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Players you target in every draft (1 Viewer)

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Who are players you are targeting in every drafts no matter what. These can be players that you will have to overpay (draft them before their ADP) to get them, but can also be sleepers with potential. Simplier said, your favourite players for this year.

These are my targets:

Charles, McCoy, Graham, Dez Bryant, Gore, Luck, Vincent Brown, Kenny Britt, Cecil Shorts, Rueben Randle, Chris Givens, Woodhead

 
Ignoring first couple rounds, and pre Thursday, I always snagged David Wilson if I could in 3rd. For later guys, I heavily target Romo, Michael Floyd, Josh Gordon, Jared Cook. This isn't really the year for an underrated RB like CJ Spiller was last year.

 
I've been targeting Josh Gordon. The suspension is pushing him too far down and the guy is going to play like a top 20 WR you're getting for a WR3 price.

 
I have had the 6th or 7th pick in 12-team drafts, and have targeted Jamaal Charles, LeSean McCoy or CJ Spiller in the first round, and Dez Bryant or Brandon Marshall in the 2nd. In the mid rounds I have targeted Josh Gordon and Shane Vereen, and Kenny Britt and Joique Bell (Reggie Bush is back on turf) in the 9th or 10th round.

 
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This isn't really the year for an underrated RB like CJ Spiller was last year.
How can you say that? I can think of plenty of possible jackpot RBs...

Denver RB, if any one of them takes starter reps he'll be gold

DeAngelo Williams, if Carolina gets their offense going

Ingram/Thomas, if one settles in as the primary runner

Bradshaw, if he stays healthy

Vereen, if he is used in the passing game as much as some predict

Bell, when he gets healthy

Then, there are plenty of really good backups that are an injury away from being starting FF RBs.

 
Blackmon, Gordon, Givens, Gronk, Hilton, Andre Johnson. I really like the value of the guys who will be out the first few games.

I seemed to follow a similar strategy in most of my drafts:

3 RBs, 1 WR, and Gronk in the first 5 rounds. This left me loading up on the mid/late round WRs.

 
Ive shifted from targeting players, at least earlier in drafts, to targeting positions or strategies - ALL very contingent on who drops to me and how a draft evolves.

This year, the depth at RB after you get past the top 6-8 depending on who on the "elite" list you like, really flattens. Pretty similar at WR where you have a top 2-3, then 5-6 then a lot of good. That allowed me to think TE - Graham or Gronk, if either presented value. Because you also have a lot of depth after those two, if you go for this strategy and lose out, you'll have plenty of options that are decent... but I felt these guys presented enough separation and positional value where they were going that I could take one if they fell not to crazy value, but just decent value (close to ADP).

Later in the draft as the level flattens a bit, I think you can look to target. Some that I had in mind were Boldin, Givens, Vick (2 QB leagues especially, but he goes much, much higher there because his upside is so large compared to QBs around 16 overall or worse)

 
Charles has been my Round 1 pick in almost all of my drafts, I'm fully bought into him in that system.

David Wilson - I'd been reaching for him in the early to mid 3rd round prior to the Brown injury. I currently own him in every redraft league I'm in... I'd still probably be buying him at the 1/2 turn ADP. As with Charles fully bought into him.

Tavon Austin - Everyone is freaking out about Givens but honestly, Fischer's flat out said that they've literally not shown a single thing of what Austin can do. People were completely freaking out about him during OTAs and Training Camp and the hype died down when preseason came and he didn't do anything besides a big punt return. I really do see him surpassing 80 catches and 7+ TDs this eason and ending as the #1 receiving option on the team.

Kenbrell Thompkins - I don't trust Amendola to stay healthy and while signs point to Gronk coming back in a few weeks, we have no guarantee how healthy he'll remain. He's been a literal mess this offseason and the end of last year. I think there's a 50/50 shot Thompkins ends as the #1 fantasy receiving option on the Patriots. And for his current ADP it's worth it for me to grab him in every league I'm in currently.

RG3 - He's slipping way further than he should be in my opinion. I've gotten him as late as the 11th round in one league as QB12 off the board. Blows my mind. If he doesn't blow out his ACL in the playoffs last season, he enters this year as a Top 3-4 option behind only Manning, Rodgers, Brees. And possibly ahead of one of them. ACL is healed (from what we hear 100%) and after AD's recovery and Charles recoveries last season, I fully believe he'll be back to form as the Elite QB1 he was most of last season. How quickly we forget he was the #1 overall QB through most of the regular season last year.

In deep leagues (12 team 20+ man rosters/dynasty): Marlon Brown from Baltimore... there's a solid shot he's an every down WR for the Ravens by week 3-4. He's a physical freak on the field and has looked amazing all preseason. He's CLEARLY a better receiving option than both Jones and Stokley and who knows, he may be better/more consistent than Smith.

 
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Sam Bradford - Wound up on half my teams not targeting specifically but there he is

Andre Roberts - I like the upside and have him on almost all of my teams

 
Golden Tate

Chris Givens

Sam Bradford

Giovani Bernard

Ben Tate

And I want to say I've been targeting Cook as well, but I am 0/3 in getting him.

 
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CJ2K

Roddy White

David Wilson

Cecil Shorts

Chris Givens

Pettigrew (PPR only)

Heath Miller

Andre Roberts

 
I seem to ALWAYS get Gronk in mocks, live drafts, whatever. My original plan is usually to target Graham, but it seems like Gronk always falls later than expected, so I usually pass on Jimmy and wait for the Gronk steal.

 
Ben Tate has been a must have for me in my leagues. I've also been all over Andy Dalton. Antonio Brown is up there as well but if someone grabs him from me I usually land Emmanual Sanders many rounds later.

 
QB - really nobody; I guess Stafford & Kaspernick if anyone.

RB - McCoy, Bradshaw, Tate, B. Brown

WR - Nelson, Miles Austin, Blackmon, Randle

TE - Gronk

 
I seem to ALWAYS get Gronk in mocks, live drafts, whatever. My original plan is usually to target Graham, but it seems like Gronk always falls later than expected, so I usually pass on Jimmy and wait for the Gronk steal.
How do you know Gronk is going to fall later than expected when you pass on Graham earlier?

 
I really like the browns players t rich/gordon/cameron.

antonio brown, sanders if I miss on brown

Hilton

Chris givens

Sam bradford

Andy dalton

Thompkins if hes there in the 10th

 
Mike Williams. CJ?K. MJD. Demaryius Thomas. Doug Martin.

Here is a quick run down: 10 total teams, all standards scoring. Some of the guys I have acquired many times.

Tampa Mike: 7
Doug Martin: 4
Giovani Bernard: 4
Dez Bryant: 3
Drew Brees: 3
Kenny Britt: 3
Danny Amendola: 3
Chris Johnson: 3
Wes Welker: 3
Jared Cook: 3
Tony Romo: 3

Baltimore: 5
Cincinnati: 4
St. Louis 4
Randy Bullock: 6
 
Believe it or not I have been targeting Ingram in every draft in the 9th or 10th rd. he is my rb4 in just about every league I'm in. I just feel like the stars are aligning for him this year.

If I'm wrong, ill be really wrong BC he will be a wasted pick on every one of my teams lol.

Also targeted Vincent brown, hartline (I think he will improve on last years numbers, especially Tds), Balt. D (I feel like their value is surprised BC people are down on them after ray Lewis and Ed Reed left but they should still be very good).

 
Believe it or not I have been targeting Ingram in every draft in the 9th or 10th rd. he is my rb4 in just about every league I'm in. I just feel like the stars are aligning for him this year.

If I'm wrong, ill be really wrong BC he will be a wasted pick on every one of my teams lol.

Also targeted Vincent brown, hartline (I think he will improve on last years numbers, especially Tds), Balt. D (I feel like their value is surprised BC people are down on them after ray Lewis and Ed Reed left but they should still be very good).
You know what, me too!

After hearing Matt Williamson and Sig gush about him on On the Couch, I did my research on him, and it's there. I went as a high as the 6th

 
H. Nicks, A. Brown, P. Garcon, J. Jones, M. Austin, M. Williams, K. Thompkins, J. Cook, Z. Sudfeld, J. Thomas, Pats D/ST.

 
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Ignoring first couple rounds, and pre Thursday, I always snagged David Wilson if I could in 3rd. For later guys, I heavily target Romo, Michael Floyd, Josh Gordon, Jared Cook. This isn't really the year for an underrated RB like CJ Spiller was last year.
lol, I have all of these guys on one of my team this year. Ive also targeted Thompkins, Cameron and the Pats defense. One more guy ive picked up in the last round a couple of times is Patton in San Fran.

 
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the 6th hole in a 12 man ppr 3wr n a flex has looked like this

1. Mccoy

2. Green/ marshall/cj2k/Jackson/mjd

3. Sproles/Murray/ Andre Johnson/ fitz/ roddy

4. d. Wilson/ Gronk/ vjax/bowe

5. Jordy/ matthews/ wayne

6. Bernard/ Bradshaw/ Nicks/ wallace

7. Wilson/Rg3

8. Decker/ shorts/ t.y/ miles/ britt

9. Leveon/Bryce/ miles/ britt

10. Cook/ olsen/ Vick/

11. Vick/ daniels/ blackmon

12. Vincent Brown/ redman/

13. Hartline/sydney rice

 
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This isn't really the year for an underrated RB like CJ Spiller was last year.
How can you say that? I can think of plenty of possible jackpot RBs...

Denver RB, if any one of them takes starter reps he'll be gold

DeAngelo Williams, if Carolina gets their offense going

Ingram/Thomas, if one settles in as the primary runner

Bradshaw, if he stays healthy

Vereen, if he is used in the passing game as much as some predict

Bell, when he gets healthy

Then, there are plenty of really good backups that are an injury away from being starting FF RBs.
I don't see any of those guys having Spiller upside (meaning, potential to be a 1st/2nd rounder in 2014 drafts).

 
In 5 drafts (all within the last 2 weeks), I seem to be ending up with:

- Josh Freeman (as QB2, waiting until late)

- Christine Michael (rb4. sometimes rb3. search and destroy method!)

- Gordon/Britt/Blackmon (usually wr3/wr4/wr5)

- Cook/Cameron/Julius Thomas (te1/te2/te3. have been able to do this in every league - though I didn't always nab te3)

 
In 5 drafts (all within the last 2 weeks), I seem to be ending up with:

- Josh Freeman (as QB2, waiting until late)

- Christine Michael (rb4. sometimes rb3. search and destroy method!)

- Gordon/Britt/Blackmon (usually wr3/wr4/wr5)

- Cook/Cameron/Julius Thomas (te1/te2/te3. have been able to do this in every league - though I didn't always nab te3)
hate drafting early season lineup issues, you may not have a wr3 til week 3
 
Shady McCoy

CJ2K

Miles Austin

Romo

DMC

Steve Smith

All represent good bang for your buck, imo.

 
Dan Bailey as my last round kicker. I play in leagues where you get negative points for FG misses and this guy is money, career 90% kicker, only 2 misses last year both 50+ yard tries. I think the cowboy offense should give him plenty of opportunities for scoring

 
G. Tate
K. Hunter

R. Wilson

Ed Dickson

Really high on Wilson and think Tate is his best WR. Wilson was a top 12 QB despite having the fewest attempts of any team in the league. Wilson was coddled the first few games and started was dominant when they started opening the offense up in the 2nd half last year. He wasn't officially the starter until week 3/4 of the preseason last year, so he should only improve with more reps and having the offense tailored around his skillset. Not bad for a guy coming off probably the 2nd best rookie season by a QB ever. Tate is along for the ride, imo.

Hunter was as productive as Gore last year. Gore has been very injury prone in his career and is 30 years old. Hunter could easily step into the best rushing situation in the league.

Dickson was every bit as productive per target as Pitta last season. If the Ravens throw it close to 657 times again this season, those balls have to go somewhere.
Dickson
7.7 yards per target
65.9% catch rate
41 targets

Pitta
7.4 yards per target
66.4% catch rate
113 targets

 

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