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Gather ’round the camp fire children as this long story about how the 2013 rankings were made is winding down.  This will be the last Running Back rankings post for the 2013 season.  We stopped caring by the Top 40, Sky.  You’re too kind, Imaginary Reader…no wait, you’re not kind, you’re an a-hole but that’s alright, at least you’re imaginary reading my stuff.  I’ll take what I can get…well, I guess I should stop the inner monologue just in case we have guest readers hanging around.  I find it best to weed out the weirdos by starting off being a weirdo.  Yup, that’s my bi-polar story and I’m sticking to it.  WHO SAID THAT?!?  Anywhoo, when we last left off on our Running Back journey, we were in the ‘Back Off’ tier which is for backups who aren’t exactly enticing ones to own and I’d rather steal someone else’s then get these guys.  If you’re curious where to find said rankings, you can click on this link: 2013 Fantasy Football Rankings.  However, if you’re feeling adventurous, you can guide yourself up to the menu bar and poke around with your mousey where it says ‘Rankings’ and get similar results.  I can’t say they’ll be the same results namely cuz I have no idea what ‘poking around with your mousey’ means to you comparative to me and I don’t want to assume.  But now that I’ve guided you as best as possible, let’s journey on to the end of our RB rankings with the Top 80 Running Backs for 2013 Fantasy Football…

Stats based on rushing yards, rushing touchdowns, receptions, receiving yards, and receiving touchdowns.  Rankings based on a PPR setting.

61. Toby Gerhart – This has zero to do with talent when doing this type of ranking.  I called Toby a sleeper in 2012 due to AP’s health issues heading into the year and plus Gerhart ain’t a bad player in and of himself.  But All Day came back and played just like his namesake and Toby got left in the dust.  I don’t see any reason to draft Gerhart when he’s playing second fiddle to Purple Jesus outside of the deepest of leagues.  2013 Projections: 280/1/28/196/1

62. Robert Turbin – Turbin is the start of the next tier and it runs to James.  I call this tier ‘Explosive Diarhea’ because…wow, I’ve kinda stumped myself on this one.  I think it’s because even though they’re flashy and ‘explosive’, drafting them will probably leave you feeling like you’re sitting on the crapper.  Yeah, we’ll go with that analogy even though it’s held together by gum and hairpins.  If the Seahawks run game were The Rock and Seann William Scott from The Rundown, Skittles would be the Thunder and Turbin would be the Lightning.  And then the Seahawks went and drafted Christine Michael and mucked up any and all references I could make to that movie.  I don’t even think Turbin takes over if Lynch goes down.  He’s just an exciting player in the wrong situation.  I think he can be safely avoided this year.  2013 Projections: 399/3/30/255/1

63. Roy Helu – There was a time not so long ago that Helu looked like a viable fantasy option at running back.  Then The Butler stepped in and did all of RGIII’s dirty work while Roy was sidelined with various injuries.  I do think Roy MIGHT have PPR value this year as it’s not really Morris’ job in that offense but I still question it being enough to draft him too high in rankings.  I don’t know why you say Helu, I say goodbye.  2013 Projections: 282/0/45/315/2

64. Ronnie Hillman – I don’t have much to say about Hillman other than he was given the bench and Moreno was given the ball down the stretch in 2012 when Willis went down hurt.  There are rumors that the Broncos want to incorporate him and Ball a lot this year in tandem but I just have a hard time believing an organization would do that quick of an about face on a guy.  If you didn’t give him a chance last year, what makes this year so special?  He was a rook, I know, but you couldn’t let him prove it just a little bit?  Ok, enough with the yadda to the third, I probably wouldn’t draft Hillman in regular leagues this year anyways.  2013 Projections: 373/1/25/150/2

65. LaMichael James – Now hear this: I like James.  Good, with that covered now hear this.  That’s what I think it’ll be like to own James this year.  With his size, he seems destined in my mind to be a Sproles type but he has to play for the right team to make that work or for his current team to make that role more prominent.  Well he’s not getting traded and I don’t think the latter is happening in 2013 so here we are.  2013 Projections: 345/1/35/263/2

66. Mike Gillislee – Mike is the start of the next tier and it runs to Denard.  I call this one the ‘Well Rookie What We Got Here’ tier cuz…well yeah, they’re all rookies.  But not only are they rookies, they aren’t destined for primary touches but do provide more upside potential then the pile of players below them.  If Gillislee provides any major help to owners this year, I’d have to guess it would be in 3rd down PPR situations or maybe going wide in the slot a few times.  In reality, I’m starting to think Lamar Miller is in for a monster year and Gillislee might be a forgotten man by the end of it all for this year.  2013 Projections: 306/1/25/200/2

67. Christine Michael – Remember above how I said I don’t think Turbin takes over if Lynch goes down?  Depending on how quickly Michael catches on with the ‘hawks, I see Michael taking over as second fiddle in that backfield sooner rather than later and is probably the lead back next year.  But of course, we don’t care about next year right now.  This year will do.  2013 Projections: 405/2/12/76/0

68. Knile Davis – Really, he needs an ‘s’ on the end of his first name.  I wonder if his parents were a big Miles Davis fan but said ‘we gotta name him something close but not the same or else people will pick on him…I know, let’s add a silent K and change the ‘M’ to an ‘n’ and remove the ‘s’…GENIUS!’  I don’t have too much to say about Davis other than he’s playing behind a guy I have in the top 3 for a coach that likes to run the ball.  Good set up but he needs more then just his talent to get him higher in these rankings.  2013 Projections: 338/1/12/109/2

69. Denard Robinson – Um, they keep calling him a Running Back…to put it in the words of Inigo Montoya, ‘I don’t think Running Back means what YOU think it means’.  I mean, he’d be the 3rd stringer behind Justin Forsett anyway, right?  Actually, they’ve been calling him an ‘OW’ short for ‘Offensive Weapon’.  Really, we’ve seen this before.  His name was Kordell Stewart.  They called him ‘Slash’ because he was a QB/WR/RB/CIA/GNR…well, you get the point.  I hope you also get the point that he’s going to be a nice asset for his team, not yours.  In reality, the best case scenario for Denard is he gets Wide Out designated – which he already is in yahoo leagues – and actually plays QB for the Jags, a la Joe Webb did in helping a few fantasy teams back in 2011.  All this to say, these kinds of guys can be exciting to watch but the reality is they’re not going to have a huge affect on your fantasy world.  2013 Projections: 147/1/35/308/2 (and at least 3 miscellaneous touchdowns)

70. Knowshon Moreno – Moreno is the start of the final tier with projections.  I call this tier ‘We’ll Always Have Paris’ as a way of saying ‘the world has moved on around you but I will cherish our memories together’.  My memories of Knowshon are beautiful.  I said for you to buy him over Hillman.  I was right.  That’s really the only beautiful thing about Moreno, he’s a pretty boring player who’s injury prone.  That all said, he’s serviceable when he’s the starter.  So I ranked him.  And I’m done.  2013 Projections: 492/2/35/210/1

71. DuJuan Harris – He was a nice little find down the stretch for desperate running back owners.  Then GB drafted not one but TWO viable starting RBs.  I honestly don’t know what Harris’ role with his team is at this point without an injury.  So unless you’re  into handcuffing handcuffs, Harris is not DuJuan that you want.  2013 Projections: 540/2/12/102/1

72. Kendall Hunter – I’d try and give you hope and say he’s the heir apparent to Gore in San Fran but I think that’ll be Lattimore’s when we start talking 2014 fantasy football.  But we’re not there yet, we’re in Kendall Hunter limbo.  How low can he go?  This low.  2013 Projections: 428/2/15/95/0

73. Rashad Jennings – Another back up of a back up as he moves to Oakland.  And when he started last year for the Jags, you have to ask yourself: how stankonia was he?  His roses really did smell like poo-oo-oo to me.  And he goes from the Jags (bad) to the Raiders (worse).  Pew…  2013 Projections: 271/1/21/157/1

74. Daniel Thomas – Battled through injuries last year and is considered an afterthought for the lead role in Miami this year.  Maybe he gets a shot at being a short yardage guy?  Eh, maybe he gets cut, I’d say it’s just as possible.  2013 Projections: 333/2/13/78/0

75. Jonathan Dwyer – I hate you Dwyer.  I know you all want some form of analysis here but that’s all I can say.  imers[-ef=[…sorry about that, it’s really hard to type while giving two middle fingers.  2013 Projections: 340/1/10/60/0

76. Isaac Redman – Le’Veon is really gonna have to mess up to let this pile of Armpittsburgh players into the game.  2013 Projections: 254/1/15/75/0

77. Evan Royster – Morris’ stability last year made Royster a non-factor.  An injury gives Evan another chance but I don’t see him having a big role this year without one.  2013 Projections: 164/0/10/60/0

78. Michael Turner – Turner is the start of the final tier and it stretches through to McGehee.  I call this tier ‘FU FAs’ because I ain’t ranking you any higher until you show me you got a job, you slackers!  You’re gonna see some talent in here and you’re gonna see some old guys who might be past their prime.  I’d say Turner was past his prime all of last year and he still scored 10 touchdowns.  Of course, that’s why I ranked Steven Jackson so high.  Turner was proof you could put raw meat in the Falcons backfield and still be an RB2.

79. Felix Jones - He’s had a few interviews over the off-season.  One of them with the Eagles – a team I thought he might fit on – but nothing ever materialized.  He’s not an every down back but I’ll be surprised if he doesn’t have a job by the Fall somewhere.  He’s not great but he’s not Rashad Jennings either.

80. Beanie Wells – That offensive line in Arizona is atrocious and so is Wells’ health history.  Put them together and you got 8 games of blech.  I’d say he’s even better then Felix at being an actual lead back but there’s no place for him to play that role as of now so we just sit back and watch…TV,  or your kids play, something.  But definitely not Beanie.

81. Cedric Benson – I think any RB with a modicum of talent can excel in Green Bay.  That’s why you won’t see me talking about Alex Green anywhere.  Benson was actually pretty good for a flex play last year until the injury bug hit.  It’s gonna take some major injury somewhere for him to resurface on a team at this point, though.

82. Willis McGehee – Moreno was a cheaper 3rd back to keep.  That’s really the only reason Willis doesn’t have a job right now.  There have been rumors in San Diego about him but nothing’s materialized yet.  Would probably be the only landing spot for him to come close to a full time gig, though.  Yes, I’m pretending Ryan Mathews doesn’t exist and you should too.

45 Responses

  1. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    I remember the Moreno article like it was yesterday and the title he led me too. You really Knowhow to make me get all sappy.

    Have you seen the team names in the league, you are so cool with your fancy one word name that it’s catching on like gonorrhea at a high school party. Speaking of social ills, I have to share this video and would like to point out there are a few things just absolutely wrong and funny in here

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mzz2xJlekGg&feature=youtu.be

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I look back on it with fondness from time to time…

      I appreciate gangsta looking slap fights! I may or may not change the name in there. We shall see. Part of the problem is all the expert leagues I’m in will use the same gravatar so even calling myself something silly will look…well silly with the image. But it may change in the future.

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Sky: as ridiculous as the alarm on that beat up van, the lady holding the baby takes the cake as the dumbass of the week.

        I have joined the band wagon and gone with a one word name, but as you will find out, I will change my name at least a dozen times through the year

        You should put the Moreno article on the fridge

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Haha, yeah…please don’t tell me you were filming that!

          I already framed it above my fireplace right next to my clown college degree.

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @Sky: If I was filming you would of heard me yell at the woman to get the fuck out of the way and then follow that with yelling for these guys to stop dancing and start fighting.

            clown college, very nice, I have a manipulator’s degree, which if you don’t know validates me to make money with my marionettes….and no they are not dolls!

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              Haha, of course! Jack Full of Straight Talk!

              I don’t wanna know what you’re dangling from the rafters to make money for!

              • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                @Sky: well I love doing children’s party’s and entertaining the elderly

                • Sky

                  Sky says:
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                  You’re not joking?

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Sky: actually it’s sororities and fraternities who are surprisingly big fans of puppets, make sense if you really think about it?

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Haha, ok you ARE joking. I didn’t want to make fun of any puppeteers before I made sure…and now that I think about it, I don’t really know many puppeteers…

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Sky: they need to come out of the box, like I would have the time to do fantasy sports if I played with dolls all day

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      So I take it you were blown away by how good Team America: World Police was, right? I’m not just talking about the dialogue/yucks.

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Sky: I own the soundtrack on CD!

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Haha, it’s an awesome soundtrack. ‘Pearl Harbor Sucked and I miss you’. Best love song ever!

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Hahaha, seriously, I could quote that movie for the rest of my life. And I probably will. MATT DAMON!

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Sky: It’s so funny, my buddy at work and I will drop matt Damon’s, so ronery, derka derka jihad, dick’s and pussies, and america fuck yeah. He was trying to get his old band to do a cover of the America Fuck Yeah, but they wouldn’t go for it

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      How could you NOT do that song? If I had a band, we’d come together once a year on the 4th and sing it. We’d do an extended jam session of it.

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Sky: a 4th of July medley with that song and freedom isn’t free

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Haha exactly. Seriously, the South Park guys are this generations Jonathan Swift. People are going to look back and realize how intelligent these guys were. Hopefully sooner rather than later.

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Sky: wow a Swift reference, too bad a hated all my lit classes and a foot note in my history classes, but still, you get a wow. I have always loved their libertarian propoganda, I think most miss that part, but it’s such a great undertone to the show

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      I think people are quick to judge sarcasm for apathy or cheap humor. It can be but when it’s done really well, it’s really the best form of humor to put society up in front of the mirror, exposing it for what it is. Swift was considered to just be a ‘poop joke’ writer in his day too. Not many people realize that. Can’t remember the poem but it was about a ladies dressing room and how he was ‘shocked’ to find out Celia shits. He was really just pointing out the stupidity of society pretending we’re something we’re not. South Park carries that tradition on well.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      NM, shit got real at the end. I still laughed, though. As Mike Patton once sang, ‘It’s always funny until someone gets hurt and then it’s just hilarious’:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Ob6O0GEMK0

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Sky: stupidity at it’s finest, we once had to carry a guy out of the bar who went limp where I had to hold his feet and my buddy had his arms and he got tossed on the ground like a sack of concrete, he was trying to hit his girlfriend, the hilarious part were the shots people took on him as he got dragged out and the icing was his shoe flying out of nowhere and drilling him in the head

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          That is what they call ‘instant karma’.

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @Sky: John Lennon would of been proud

              • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                @Sky: If you have ever seen me do karaokee, I would of made a great artist in the 60′s and 70′s

                • Sky

                  Sky says:
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                  Soooooo many drugs…

    • Wallpaper Paterson says:
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      @Jack Full of Hate: I originally had a typical for me team name (city or state and
      then an oddball object) but changed to Tree after that Dirt guy showed up.

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Wallpaper Paterson: yeah, he’s my fsbf, but I’m sensing a jealousy of Sky

  2. Phoenix Rising says:
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    First thoughts about this dynasty league…Who to keep in a $200 salary cap league, no limit of keepers, everyone kept goes up 10%

    Brees $42, luck $12, romo $6
    dmc $35, forte $36, ballard $1
    roddy $29, garcon $7, shorts $4, hartline $1, d moore $3, k wright $3

    Already parting with everyone else that was on my roster…I’m thinking of sticking with brees and trading luck for a good young RB…Romo at that price is good value, but I’d like your input on all of it. Thanks and I’m looking fwd to following the razz team on the ffl side of it, baseball’s been a blast this year!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Thanks, glad to have you around!

      Team looks solid; you’ll obviously need to bump up your RBs in the draft as best you can. Ahmad is always hurt but doesn’t usually miss that many games. DMC is the other side of that coin, as you know. I like the cheap talent you have at WR. I think Hartline is going to be the WR3 PPR machine that everyone still expects from Welker this year but at a much cheaper price. I have my doubts about D Moore this year but for $3, he’s worth the price to find out.

      You say you’re thinking of trading Luck for a good young QB? Isn’t he that already? What’s your target for him?

      • Phoenix Rising says:
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        @Sky: Luck for a good young RB…I know I need the help there..You think I should drop either Forte or DMC to get them cheaper in the FA auction? Gotta be honest, I am a Raiders fan, so the homer in me wants to keep DMC and see if them going back to a power running scheme helps him…I’ll be drafting 10th and we do 2 rounds of rookies, so maybe I can grab a RB then, depending on who falls. Otherwise, gotta see who else is dropped into the pool.

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Ah, gotcha. That makes sense, RE: Luck.

          Ignore your inner homer! I’d be inclined to drop DMC personally unless you know you can’t get another starter back in the draft for a reasonable price. But that really depends most on what that draft pool looks like. I think at worst you can pay the same amount. I’d go that route.

  3. Plenty of players I would rather take a flyer on than Denard Robinson, history shows college QBs making an offensive position change in the NFL are usually very ineffective.
    Moreno seems to be great value in re-draft towards the 14th/15th round, shocking that Denver drafts a mediocre running back and everyone forgets about what Moreno did at the end of 2012. Regardless of lack of talent and injury history he knows the offense and Manning trusts him which seems to be the only thing that matters to John Fox and that offense. He’s also still a young 26 years old.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      With you on both counts. I think Knowshon doesn’t need to be drafted in a standard, though, that’s all I was highlighting. In reality, it’ll only take one stumble by Ball and Moreno has another shot to be steady, if unexciting. Don’t tell Michael Salfino: it’s Montee or bust with him this year!

      • @Sky: I think Mr. Salfino blocked me for saying SJax would have more than 30 receptions in ’13 haha so your secret is safe. I’m liking Jack’s idea for Razzball football T-Shirt Ideas. How many inapproriate slogans can you come up with a last name like Ball?

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Ha, I banter with him. He’s actually one of my favorites to follow, namely because he has convictions but isn’t vicious about it. He believes what he says and stands behind it both in failure AND in success. But we have some baseball in common so there’s that.

          Inappropriate T-Shirts from Razzball? Never! I like the term ‘Casual Flex’ for guys you know are only good for a one week run and then you’re done with them. Could imagine having a T-shirt with that on it.

  4. Pope says:
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    Hey Sky,

    Love all these articles and rankings, shows how little I know about guys in the NFL. So I just created a PPR league with 13 teams (so far). I looked up how to set the scoring because I had no idea. Are you going to be doing an article on draft strategy in the future? As much as I’ve been going over your rankings, I’m still having trouble comparing them to your mock draft (I don’t see Ballard in your top 100, yet he went in like the 5th which you said was good value). Also, what does your standard roster look like? Right now I’ve got QB, RB, WR, WR, TE, FLEX, D/ST, K, 8 Bench spots.

    Thanks a lot for your help man

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      That mock draft was from prior to the draft and some signings. Ballard isn’t the starter in Indy anymore, it’s Bradshaw.

      I’ll be covering draft strategy here over the coming weeks.

      I’d prefer 2 RB and 3 WR and no kicker, personally. Could add another flex w/a That allows QB as well but that’s something I like to do.

      Thanks for the kind words! Hope you enjoy the rest of what we bring.

      • Pope says:
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        @Sky: Oh right of course, forgot about Bradshaw.

        Thanks again, I like the idea of 2RB and 3 WR, and kickers suck

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          No prob and happy drafting!

  5. Joe B says:
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    In a 14-man standard, keeper league where you can keep up to four players; each player kept will account as an early round 1-4 draft pick. Keep in mind our league in the past has a tendency to go overzelous ( Luck, Wilson, Kapernick, and RG3 most likely ending up as early keepers along set the obvious keeper QBs in Rogers, Peyton, Brady, Brees, Newton, Ryan)

    Overall I feel good about my keepers but afraid I’ll get stuck with a subpar qb as my starter like last year (Carson Palmer). Which of following options should be my keeper selection choices:

    1. Keep Ray Rice, Doug Martin, Demarius Thomas, and Reggie Wayne as my keepers thus equating to my first four picks but risk having Romo (If lucky as the 5th pick; chances more likely slim to none in happening) Eli, Dalton, Freeman, Big Ben, Palmer, Cutler or Tannehill as my starting qb in the subsequent rounds (6-10).

    2. Keep Ray Rice, Doug Martin, Demarius Thomas as my keepers for my first three picks and throw Reggie Wayne back in the pool and lose him but get a chance at Stafford (4th) or Romo (4th or maybe 5th). But plan to solidify the WRs with possible middle round picks of Ty Hilton, DNX, Josh Gordon, Kenny Britt, Miles Austin or Vincent Brown. If the QBs don’t pan out and are selected then I may have a chance at Montee Ball, Lamar Miller, or Levon Bell as a pick (But my hunches is that the other teams in dire need of RBs will draft them leaving Stafford or Romo im the 4th)

    Your thoughts on the best approach is much appreciated.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Option 2 makes the most sense to me

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