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Team 1. Todd Gurley – RB
Team 2. Alvin Kamara – RB
Team 3. Melvin Gordon – RB
My team. Christian McCaffrey – RB
Team 5. Patrick Mahomes – QB
Team 6. Michael Thomas – WR
I’m happy with Christian McCaffrey as the fourth overall pick. He has climbed into borderline “elite status” with Greg Olsen out, playing a huge role in the Panthers’ rushing and passing attack. I debated taking Antonio Brown in this spot, but there are plenty of parallel receivers to him with Jones, Thomas, Hopkins, and Hill all profiling as solid options. I can wait until the next round to snag an elite WR.
I’m not surprised at all that Patrick Mahomes went in the first few rounds, but it is not a strategy I would deploy. Sure, he has been amazing to begin the season, but quarterback is general a position with tons of parity – especially when drafting in a six person league. I’m holding true to my strategy of getting a QB in the last few rounds.
Team 6. Antonio Brown - WR
Team 5. Saquon Barkley – RB
My team. Julio Jones – WR
Team 3. Ben Roethlisberger – QB
Team 2. Ezekiel Elliott – RB
Team 1. James Conner – RB
I debated taking an elite receiver in the first round, but I’m glad I waited to scoop Julio Jones five picks later. As mentioned in the previous round, there are at least five or so top tier options at WR, so you don’t necessarily have to jump on Brown or Julio in the first round.
Ben Roethlisberger in round two is a complete stretch. I’m not in the business of sugarcoating it. I mentioned Big Ben as being overrated in the DRAFT NFL Strategy column, and people will probably take him sooner than deserved in most drafts. The home/road splits with Roethlisberger are a real thing, and there are plenty of better QB options you can snag in the later rounds.
Team 1. Tyreek Hill – WR
Team 2. DeAndre Hopkins – WR
Team 3. Tevin Coleman – RB
My team. Dalvin Cook – RB
Team 5. David Johnson – RB
Team 6. Kareem Hunt – RB
My main debate here was between Dalvin Cook and Keenan Allen. I sided with the path of least resistance by taking the Minnesota running back. Cook is dealing with a hamstring injury, but recent reports suggest it’s not much of an issue to be concerned about. Cook has an excellent situation with matchup potential and game flow as the Vikings host Buffalo on Sunday.
Team 6. Tom Brady – QB
Team 5. Keenan Allen – WR
My team. Cam Newton – QB
Team 3. JuJu Smith-Schuster – WR
Team 2. Rob Gronkowski – WR
Team 1. Davante Adams – WR
Keenan Allen was scooped up one pick before I was ready to take him, which had me fall back on Cam Newton here. I don’t mind taking Newton and McCaffrey in the same lineup. I’m essentially taking the entire Panthers’ rushing attack (and hopefully all the ground TDs), while the QB-RB combination can actually work together as a stack through the air.
Team 1. Deshaun Watson – QB
Team 2. Kirk Cousins – QB
Team 3. Stefon Diggs – WR
My team. AJ Green - WR
Team 5. Odell Beckham – WR
Team 6. Chris Thompson – RB
I took a look at the other receiving options before selecting Newton, deciding that there were enough similar options that I could wait another round. I ultimately ended up with AJ Green here, which makes me pretty happy. Cincinnati’s injury to Joe Mixon could have them passing more, and Green is coming off a dominating performance (3 TD) against a tough Baltimore defense. He has just as much upside as the elite receivers that went in the first few rounds, and I got him with one of the last picks of the draft. I’ll definitely take it.
If I were Team 6, I would’ve fallen back on Jordan Howard to round out my lineup, but that’s more of a personal preference than anything.
Aaron Rodgers was not drafted. Did anyone else notice that? Perhaps the scare of playing through injury (and not practicing) is keeping people away. I’m not sure if majority of drafts will follow this pattern, but Rodgers is underrated in the default rankings – causing him to drop in the pecking order. Keep that in mind, as you could land him as a later round filler.
Jordan Howard as a late-round pick. I briefly mentioned him in the “Round 6 Analysis” section. He has his own featured write-up in the DRAFT NFL Strategy column as well. Essentially, the game flow and matchup look very good for Howard, and he could have a breakout performance on Sunday afternoon. If you didn’t snag two solid running backs in the earlier rounds, waiting on Howard makes for a fine alternate strategy.
Odell Beckham and A.J. Green in the fifth. I’m glad I didn’t end up taking Keenan Allen in the fourth, as trying to decide between Beckham and Green in the final round was a pretty good problem to have. You could argue either of them ahead of Allen, Diggs, JuJu, Gronk, or Adams – who were all taken ahead of this duo. I ultimately chose Green because he should see more targets, and I’m more confident in Dalton’s ability to get him the ball than Eli to Odell.