The middle of the draft should be a solid mix of guys with a track record of decent production and maybe some riskier high upside guys that may be seeing an increased role or a different scheme that fits their skill set. There will be a mix of players that I have already written about and there will be some new names here as well.
We left off Monday finishing up the fifth round so rounds 6-10 will be covered in this post followed by the rest of the fliers that I like on Friday. Once you’re finished with this post pop on over to my RCL post and grab a spot for your shot at 10 RazzBowl openings that we left open for next season. We still have spots available for each day from August 30th through September 2nd.
In the introduction paragraph I wrote about drafting a mixture of risk and safety and picks don’t get much riskier than this. In weeks 5-14 last season, Josh Gordon finished as the #22 overall WR in PPR and that’s good enough for a low end WR2 result during that timeframe. But we all know the Josh Gordon story and we can only hope that he gets better at handling his situations moving forward. Gordon is entering his second season with Tom Brady and in their first season together, Tom and Josh built a solid connection in the passing game. There is a chance that Gordon is going to start flying off the board in the 5th round but if Gordon is sitting there in the 6th, I wholeheartedly believe that you should pull the trigger.
I am a huge Justin Jackson fan but whether or not Melvin Gordon plays the first couple of months or not, Austin Ekeler has sustainability for the entire season as the most efficient pass catching back since he entered the league. If he is splitting carries with Justin Jackson and handling a lot of the pass catching out of the backfield to begin the season, there is plenty of room for profit from his 6th round ADP. I’m still in on Justin Jackson’s upside but I can’t ignore Ekeler’s value.
Geranimo Allison has taken plenty of snaps with the starters in practice throughout training camp and that’s a great spot to be in when you’re playing with Aaron Rodgers. There is risk of inconsistency, but I think that an 8th round draft pick in PPR allows you to take a shot on talent and projected opportunity.
It will all be about staying healthy when it comes to Will Fuller because when he is on the field, the production does the talking. In 7 starts last season, Fuller had four 100 yard receiving games to go along with four touchdowns. With Coutee probably a go for the regular season, and DeAndre Hopkins on the other side, there is will be plenty of room for Will Fuller to make plays.
Winston has at least three explosive weapons in this offense in O.J. Howard, Mike Evans, and Chris Godwin. Bruce Arians will run a high risk/high reward pass heavy offense which fits right into Jameis Winston’s repertoire. Jameis is going in the 10th round and he rounds out the last group that I want to take as my QB1.
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Not Drafting List
This is painful for me because I love Robby Anderson as a wide receiver but the man is going to be facing a lot of elite corners this year and I just don’t think that it bodes well for him. Robby had a hell of a finish last season but there are times when owning Robby Anderson left you high and dry. I love Sam Darnold this season, but I’ll be more willing to take Jamison Crowder as a complementary receiver later in the draft. I hope Robby proves me wrong. Wait, no I don’t, then I would look dumb.
“But he’s playing with Drew Brees! Drew Brees loved targeting Jimmy Graham in the red zone so that means Jared Cook will excel in New Orleans!” I don’t buy this narrative. This passing game will be built around Michael Thomas and Alvin Kamara. I also wouldn’t be surprised if Tre’quan Smith is the 3rd option behind those two. New Orleans will rely more and more on the running game as Brees continues to not get any younger. Jared Cook succeeded to the degree that he did in Oakland because he was THE BEST PASS CATCHER IN OAKLAND.
Chicago Bears Defense/Special teams
I’ve always found it ludicrous to target a d/st before the 13th round at the very earliest but according to Fantasy Football Calculator, the Bears d/st is being drafted at the end of the 8th round ON AVERAGE. The Bear’s defense is very good and likely won’t falter following a great season like the Jaguars d/st did one year ago, but the Bears’ 2018 turnover and defensive turnover rate seems unsustainable in back to back seasons. I propose that your league gets rid of kickers and d/st positions and adds two flex spots in their place.
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