I participated in a six-person contest on DRAFT for NFL Week 4. 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. Alvin Kamara – RB
Team 2. Todd Gurley – RB (Thursday)
Team 3. Saquon Barkley – RB
Team 4. Ezekiel Elliott – RB
My Team. Melvin Gordon – RB
Team 6. Julio Jones – WR
This all went according to plan for the most part. I’m more than fine with getting Melvin Gordon in the fifth spot, as I actually had him marginally ahead of Barkley and Elliott in my personal rankings. You can see more on my strategy, rankings, movers, and shakers in the DRAFT NFL Strategy column that was published on Wednesday.
Julio Jones going as the top overall receiver is somewhat of a noteworthy event. In my opinion, there’s a logjam of elite receivers at the top. I feel comfortable with any one of Brown, Thomas, Beckham, Jones, Hopkins, and maybe even Hill (in that order) among the highest tier of WR.
Team 6. Michael Thomas – WR
My Team. Antonio Brown – WR
Team 4. Tyreek Hill – WR
Team 3. David Johnson – RB
Team 2. James Conner – RB
Team 1. Odell Beckham – WR
I’ll gladly take Antonio Brown in this spot, as he’s actually listed as my top overall receiver. Baltimore has only faced on elite WR this season, and they were shredded for three touchdowns by A.J. Green on Thursday Night Football. Emmanuel Sanders somehow pieced together a nice fantasy performance against them last week too. In other words, I’m not worried about “AB” in this matchup … On another note, it appears that my fellow drafters are staying true to the projections so far.
Team 1. DeAndre Hopkins – WR
Team 2. Adam Thielen – WR (Thursday)
Team 3. Drew Brees – QB
Team 4. Patrick Mahomes – QB
My Team. Davante Adams – WR
Team 6. Giovani Bernard – RB
This round was an inflection point for my team. I could’ve went several different directions with wide receiver or running back. Even though I saw tons of parity at those two positions, I wasn’t even considering looking towards a quarterback this early. In a six person draft, I knew there would be some elite options left in the final round or two.
I decided on Davante Adams as the top receiving option from an elite QB while facing a Buffalo defense that was torn apart by the Chargers and Ravens earlier this season. I ultimately think this was the best decision, as Adams seems a bit safer than the rest of the receiving options from here on out.
Team 6. Jordan Howard – RB
My Team. Kareem Hunt – RB
Team 4. Tevin Coleman – RB
Team 3. Mike Evans – WR
Team 2. Keenan Allen – WR
Team 1. Leonard Fournette – RB
I was on the fence between picking WR Adams and either RB Kareem Hunt or RB Tevin Colemanv in the previous round. I knew one of them would more than likely fall to me with only two spots separating my next pick in the subsequent round. I ultimately chose Hunt while he’s tied to an offense that moves the ball very well, presenting plenty of fantasy opportunities, but it was pretty much a coin flip between him and Coleman.
It’s important to note that as of Thursday afternoon, DRAFT has Leonard Fournette’s projection at 0.0 fantasy points. I briefly considered adding him to my list, but ultimately decided that was too much risk while coming off a hamstring injury. He’s certainly viable as RB12 in six person leagues and deeper, as the RB pool starts to get thin around that area. I’m personally looking to secure a healthier option at RB2 before then (Coleman, Hunt, Howard, Bernard, etc), but I understand the merit in snagging Fournette and his upside if he gets a full workload.
Team 1. Aaron Rodgers – QB
Team 2. Deshaun Watson – QB
Team 3. Travis Kelce – WR
Team 4. Rob Gronkowski – WR
My Team. Tom Brady – QB
Team 6. Matt Ryan – QB
Drew Brees and Patrick Mahomes went two rounds earlier, but take a look at all of these elite QBs who fell to the final round: Rodgers, Watson, Brady, Ryan … I’m more than happy stabilizing my lineup then taking a quality signal caller to fill out my squad as the last pick in six person leagues.
WR left undrafted. Among my favorite receivers not drafted were AJ Green, Jarvis Landry, JuJu Smith-Schuster, and Emmanuel Sanders. They are among the next-in-line picks for deeper leagues, but take note that Sanders is buried with a 10.1 FP projection that could represent value.
RB left undrafted. The RB pool gets shallow at this point, which is why I didn’t mind Team 1 taking a chance on Fournette. Hyde, Michel, Lynch, and Collins are RB2 options in deeper leagues, but I’m focused on trying to secure better options in the first several rounds. You’ll really want to attack this position aggressively no matter your draft size.