If you haven’t already dove into a fantasy mock draft then you’re already behind the ball.
Not to fret, I’m here to help all stay current with the hair splitting debates you’ll soon encounter. Here you’ll be jumping into a draft spot with a limited selection of players. You’ll know who you drafted and it’s up to us to figure out the best selection for our fantasy team.
It may be early in regards to the next football season, but it’s crunch time when it comes to fantasy. The OTAs are going to start the roller coaster of hype for many players. We’re already hearing reports of certain players lighting it up in practice, so let the debating begin.
In 2017 this team took a chance with Gurley in the second round and was rewarded heavily. Riding Gurley’s coattails to a fantasy championship. We’re sitting on cloud nine as we pull up to your buddies garage. Trophy in one hand, a 30 pack in the other. We trash talk, we drink, we discuss family and friends. Before we know it, it’s draft time.
Sitting at the turn, with the 12th and 13th pick, in a .5 PPR league, redraft style.
The first 11 picks went as followed…
Odell Beckham Jr.
My Tight End Ertz When Eifert is now on the clock with two straight selections. Let’s discuss.
Have To Draft: Melvin Gordon – RB – LAC
Gordon has made his 2015 rookie season a thing of the past and in return posted two straight consistent, terrific fantasy seasons. Gordon finally ecliped the 1,000 rushing yard mark in 2017, finishing with 1,105 rushing yards and adding eight touchdowns on the ground. Yet, it’s the receiving skills that makes Gordon a top 10 back. 83 targets, 58 receptions, 476 receiving yards and 4 receiving touchdowns in 2017. Last year it was Gurley, who carried teams to the championship and beyond, this season it might be the other Los Angeles running back doing the same thing.
Best Upside: Dalvin Cook – RB – MIN
Cook’s upside is out of this world. After watching Cook tear up defenses for the first couple weeks of the season last year, I have a lot of hype again for this guy. The Vikings only got better both on offense and defense. To add to the bonuses for Cook, the Vikings made the biggest splash in free agency when they signed Kirk Cousins. Having Cousins under center will make opposing defensive coordinators have to think twice before they try to stack the box. Cook’s defense is one of the elite defenses in the league. This gives more chances for the running game to burn time, resulting in even more volume. I like Cook a lot this season.
Sleeper: A.J. Green – WR – CIN
It’s quite tough to say anyone is a sleeper with the 12th and 13th pick in the draft. However, A.J. Green hasn’t even been whispered this offseason. The Bengals are laying low, but Green’s numbers remain as loud as ever. Green finished with another 1,000+ yard season (his sixth in seven seasons). In his defense, the only time Green didn’t catch for 1,000 yards he only played in 10 games and still tallied 964 yards. Green is being drafted near the bottom of the second round, so there’s no chance of him falling to us after our two selections, yet he always has the chance to be the league’s best fantasy receiver.
Bust: Devonta Freeman – RB – ATL
Again, it’s kind of hard to select a bust at this position. Though it’s inevitable, it’s a very hard decision to make. Unfortunately, Freeman is my guy. I am not buying in on the Falcons this season. I am buying in on Coleman, and even Ito Smith, getting more reps. I understand that Freeman got the money last offseason but I wasn’t impressed last year as I was in years past. In 2017 Freeman only eclipsed 100 rushing yards in two games and after week four, scored a measly, three total touchdowns. I’ll let someone else try to capture old glory with Freeman.
How The Hell Is He Still Available: Julio Jones – WR – ATL
There was a lot of mystery surrounding Jones after he went on a Twitter cleanse. Scrubbing his profile of any Falcon pictures and unfollowing many Falcon workers and teammates. As it seems right now, Jones isn’t going anywhere. Jones has now caught 1,400+ yards in four straight seasons. People worry about his three touchdowns in 2017 along with many single digit touchdown seasons. Yet, touchdowns are as easy to come by in the NFL as finding a four leaf clover. Sometimes you run into a batch that’s filled with them and other times you have to work your ass off to find one. Jones’ lack of touchdowns is the least concerning stat I’ve seen entering a season. His yardage is there and the at bats are there. He’ll connect a few times and find himself in the end zone at least 8-10 times this season.
THE SELECTIONS: Melvin Gordon – RB – LAC / Julio Jones – WR – ATL
I wanted everyone at this spot, but I needed two. I love Gordon as my number one back in a .5 PPR league. Julio could be the best receiver in the league and we got him as a steal with the first pick of the second round. This draft is starting off great. Make sure to tune in next week to see who we draft in the third and fourth round.