You’re On The Clock: Who Would You Pick?
Welcome to Gridiron Experts group discussion article “You’re on the Clock.” The concept of this article is to pause a fantasy football draft at a particular moment and discuss what the owner should do with their pick based how the draft is shaping up and how the owner’s team is looking thus far. The team we are looking at on the clock for this article is team eight. After drafting Dez Bryant in the first round and snagging Allen Robinson in the second round, team eight has waited a while to make his 3rd round selection. He is off to an excellent start, but does he continue to load up on wide receivers or look to take his first running back? What would do if you were this owner? Please feel free to leave a comment below or tell us on Twitter.
- 12 Owners | 20 Player Roster
- League Details: PPR
- Starting Lineup: QB, 2RB, 3WR, 1TE, 1Flex, K, Def
Best Available Players
- Jordan Reed | TE | Redskins
- Carlos Hyde | RB | 49ers
- Kelvin Benjamin | WR | Panthers
- Jeremy Maclin | WR | Chiefs
- Sammy Watkins | WR | Bills
- Donte Moncrief | WR | Colts
- Thomas Rawls | RB | Seahawks
- John Brown | WR | Cardinals
Sammy Watkins – I am fully embracing Zero RB this season. Especially in PPR formats. Dez, ARob and Sammy is a lethal WR combination. Watkins foot injury afforded him some value in drafts. Meanwhile, all reports indicate he’s on track to be back for the start of the season. He was one of the most efficient receivers in the NFL last season and made leaps and bounds in his route running during his sophomore campaign. With wide receivers flying off the board at an alarming pace, it feels necessary to gobble up as many of the greats as you can early. Running Back is a toss up anyways, so it makes more sense to wait and load up on the PPR-enhanced options in the mid rounds.
Donte Moncrief – I guess most people would look to draft Kelvin Benjamin or Sammy Watkins here, but I would take Moncrief. I believe the Colts are going to bounce back in 2016, and there is a chance that Moncrief emerges as a true number one weapon for Andrew Luck. I feel Moncrief is a player on the rise where T.Y Hilton has a limited ceiling and more of a chance to disappoint.
Donte Moncrief – If you could’ve landed Mark Ingram or Doug Martin, I would’ve probably gone that route, but in this situation, you can dig deep and embrace a Zero-RB strategy. Thomas Rawls and Matt Forte don’t excite me nearly enough at this point, especially when you have guys like Sammy Watkins, Julian Edelman, Golden Tate, and Donte Moncrief available. And while Watkins is hard to pass on, I like Moncrief and his upside above all else. His red zone potential and go-to reliability in short-yardage situations have him primed for something really nice in 2016.
Sammy Watkins – This is THE inflection point of drafts this year, up to this point there are fairly favorable options, but right at this spot you are met with a very tough choice: do you risk health at wide receiver (Sammy Watkins, Julian Edelman), limited upside wide receiver (Golden Tate, Jeremy Maclin), gamble on upside wide receiver (Kelvin Benjamin, Donte Moncrief), single position options (Jordan Reed, Cam Newton) or force an early running back (C.J Anderson, Dion Lewis). With news that Watkins is back at practice and making some good looking plays, I think with the Bryant and Robinson picks in the bank, you might as well continue the Zero RB and go for the high ceiling receiver, regardless of health and take Sammy Watkins here.
Jeremy Maclin – Why does everyone seem uninterested in Jeremy Maclin this year? During his first year with the Kansas City Chiefs, he and Alex Smith built a strong rapport, which resulted in Maclin catching 87 passes for 1,088 yards and eight touchdowns in 15 games. While Jamaal Charles was injured, the running game still kept on rolling, so I don’t have much of a concern about Maclin losing looks. If anything, I expect his 124 targets to get surpassed in 2016, as he and Smith have another offseason under their belt to work together.
Sammy Watkins – I was going to say Julian Edelman for this spot until he aggravated his foot injury in practice. The shifty has become overly fragile. I’ll go with Sammy Watkins now, who was a close second anyway. He is somewhat of an injury risk as well, but he recently came off the PUP list and will be ready for the regular season. Watkins doesn’t catch a lot of balls, but he can make up for that with yards and touchdowns. He has found the endzone 15 times in his two-year career, including nine scores in just 13 games last year. Plus, he’s the only legitimate receiving threat the Bills have, by far. Adding Watkins would give Team 8 one of the best wide receiver groups in this draft, and there will still be value at running back later on.
Thomas Rawls – While this is a PPR format and receivers hold much more value than running backs do, I am choosing to go against the grain here and take Thomas Rawls at the 8th pick of the third round. While having players such as Sammy Watkins, Moncreif, and Maclin at this slot are very tempting WR3’s, the pool of running back talent drops off very sharply from Rawls. This back has shown that he can be a fantasy stud in this league, as long as he stays healthy; and locking him up as my RB1 with Allen Robinson and Dez Bryant on my team already would make me a very happy camper. There will be some out there who worry about his injury history and the crowded Seahawk backfield, but Rawls is the only proven back that has truly excelled at the position on the roster. I like my chances of being able to take a solid WR3 on the go-around with the 5th pick of the fourth round, with plenty of high-upside receivers being left on the board that can fill that spot. Rawls is a potential steal at the back of the third round, and I’ll pull the trigger on him happily.
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