I participated in a six-person contest on DRAFT for NFL Week 6. Below are my round-by-round impressions and thoughts as to why I made each selection and what I could have done better. This is meant to be used as a general guide before embarking on your own personal conquest on DRAFT.
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Team 1. Todd Gurley – RB
Team 2. Melvin Gordon – RB
Team 3. Julio Jones – WR
My team. Christian McCaffrey – RB
Team 5. Antonio Brown – WR
Team 6. Saquon Barkley – RB (Thursday)
I’m really happy McCaffrey fell into my lap here. Even though DRAFT has him ranked sixth among running backs, I believe he’s a top three overall play. He sees a ton of volume through the ground and air, facing a Washington defense on a short week after getting trounced at New Orleans.
The rest of the first round went pretty much according to script.
Team 6. DeAndre Hopkins – WR
Team 5. Mike Evans – WR
My team. James Conner – RB
Team 3. Joe Mixon – RB
Team 2. Ezekiel Elliott – RB
Team 1. Patrick Mahomes – QB
Yes, Patrick Mahomes is the top quarterback of this slate. Does that mean you should take him in the first two rounds? Not really. If you frequent this column, then you already know my strategy of waiting until the final two rounds to take a quarterback. I’m not budging from that stance this week. There are enough quality options to wait on a signal caller in a six person draft.
Taking James Conner gives me two elite running backs right away. I really like this strategy, as I feel like the depth of the RB position really falls off towards the later rounds. You’ll see what I mean as this article progresses.
Yes, I’m looking towards James Conner over Ezekiel Elliott and David Johnson. I really don’t like the matchups for either of those players, and the Steelers know they need to keep Conner involved to get the offense humming (similar to last week). More details on how I rank Elliott and Johnson are included in the DRAFT NFL Strategy piece.
Team 1. TJ Yeldon – RB
Team 2. Odell Beckham – WR (Thursday)
Team 3. Adam Thielen – WR
My team. Davante Adams – WR
Team 5. Kareem Hunt – RB
Team 6. David Johnson – RB
I was seriously debating Conner vs Thielen or Beckham in the previous round. I think I ended up making the correct decision, as the opportunity cost at RB is significantly less … Ultimately, it stings that I was one pick away from snagging both players from my wish list, but falling back on Davante Adams isn’t a bad thing by any stretch of the imagination.
Team 6. AJ Green – WR
Team 5. Tom Brady – QB
My team. Rob Gronkowski – WR/TE
Team 3. Matt Ryan – QB
Team 2. Tyreek Hill – WR
Team 1. Travis Kelce – WR/TE
I realized I made a mistake with Gronkowski as soon as pressed the “draft” button. It’s not that I didn’t want Gronk on my team, as I believe he can feast in a high-scoring shootout with Kansas City. However, Gronkowksi’s 11.3 FP projection leaves him buried in the WR/TE rankings. I could’ve easily taken Matt Ryan in this spot (great matchup vs Tampa), then waited on Gronkowski as my last pick.
Team 1. Tyler Boyd – WR
Team 2. Aaron Rodgers – QB
Team 3. James White – RB
My team. Cam Newton – QB
Team 5. Phillip Lindsay – RB
Team 6. Deshaun Watson – QB
Taking Cam Newton as my quarterback isn’t a bad thing at all. However, I would’ve liked to get Matt Ryan at home in a better matchup while also diversifying my squad – as I now have Newton and McCaffrey in my lineup. Oh well, maybe I’ll get lucky and CMC will catch a touchdown pass from Newton.
Either way, that’s the purpose of this column – to learn from my triumphs and mistakes.
Hope this helps!
Running Back could gain more depth. Isaiah Crowell and Devonta Freeman are currently questionable. If both are ruled out, Bilal Powell and Tevin Coleman would become viable RB2 picks in later rounds. I would project Coleman at 15.0 FP with Powell checking in around 13.5 FP if given the starting nod.
No Rams’ WRs were drafted. Kupp and Woods particularly have lofty projections at 14.8 and 14.6 FP respectively. Despite that, they were passed over for other receivers on this Thursday afternoon draft. That could change if we get clarity surrounding Kupp and Cooks’ questionable status. That’s another injury situation to monitor.
Players not drafted. Among the noteworthy options that did not get drafted are QB Ben Roethlisberger, RB Sony Michel, WR Robert Woods, WR Cooper Kupp, WR Keenan Allen, WR/TE Zach Ertz (Thu), QB Carson Wentz (Thu).