1.01 Todd Gurley LAR RB1 (RB1) The only thing that tempted me away from the chalk pick is Kamara’s upside but I figured the Rams to go farther in the playoffs. Also Brady given his track record and thus was surprised he didn’t go until 19, after going fourth last year.
2.32 Chris Hogan NEP WR25 (WR44) The playoff points and Edelman’s absence seemed to justify this optimism.
3.01 Jimmy Graham GBP TE5 (TE7) Playoff points and a better offense made this hard to argue with.
4.32 Sterling Shepard NYG WR 51 (WR 45) Unlikely playoff points but if he stays healthy he should be more like WR40 or so.
5.01 John Ross CIN WR52 (WR217) No, that’s not a misprint, he was WR217 last season. 198 scored at least .1 points, 18 that were in MFL’s data base had zero, and then there was Ross, coming in last on the list with his negative .8. But he seems to have more upside potential in his situation than the WR that were left. I considered locking down a second RB in Bernard at this point, but figured I’d instead swing for the fences.
6.32 and 7.01 Alfred Morris RB64 (RB67) and Matt Breida RB65 (RB49) When I passed on Bernard I looked down the list to figure out which RB might be available after 63 more picks and hoped Breida would, given that his preseason injury had kept him out of games. He was still there Saturday morning into the sixth round , so I put him at the top of my list. Then the news about McKinnon comes out that afternoon, and I figure with me 4 picks away I won’t get him so I add Morris. Then some SF writer says Morris will be primary beneficiary of the injury, so I put him first and Breida second and end up with both (wasn’t planning filling flex but now it seemed a good idea). I see that in PPR Dodds has them at RB44 and 43, respectively so I don’t think I could do any better at this point at RB and flex.
8.32 and 9.01 AZ DEF20 (DEF16) and Ka’imi Fairbairn Hou PK19 (PK21) At this point I had to consider which of last team picks at 10.32 among QB, Def, and K will hurt me least, and I figure it is QB, given the Def scoring and the tendency of kickers to get cut throughout the season. AZ Def won’t likely get playoff points, but they seem to get turnovers so was satisfied with this pick. Houston’s PK may show up in the playoffs but whether it is this guy remains to be seen.
10.32 Buffalo Team QB32 (QB20) The only hope may be with the Buffalo defense bad that there will be the potential for garbage time points.