Fantasy Draft Recaps Experts Draft Recap

By Jared Smola 8:08am EDT 8/12/16

I’m anti-Zero RB. And with how quickly WRs are flying off draft boards this summer, I usually end up starting RB-heavy. Not necessarily by design, but because RBs represent the best value regardless of position.

That was the case again in the Experts Draft I took part in last week. But for the 1st time, this draft made me wonder just how RB-heavy is too heavy.

A whopping 28 WRs were gone by the end of the 4th round. I had just 1 of those guys. That meant I was diving into the 30s just for my WR2.

And the WR-craziness didn’t stop. 35 were selected in the first 5 rounds, 42 through 7 rounds and 46 through 8.

That had me feeling a bit uneasy about my WRs by the end of this thing. And it reminded me that there’s a limit to what “value” is worth. You need to fill out a starting lineup, and bench players don’t score points.

So you might need to grab a WR or 2 a bit earlier than you’re comfy with — or the MVP Board tells you to — in order to build the strongest team. At least that’s what I learned in this draft.

Here’s a round-by-round recap of my picks in the Experts Draft. It’s a PPR league starting 1 QB, 2 RBs, 3 WRs, 1 TE, 1 K and 1 DEF. You can view the full draft results here.

1.02 - Julio Jones, WR, Falcons

Close call between Jones and Odell Beckham. Jones gets the slight edge based on volume. He out-targeted Beckham by 2.2 targets per game last year.

2.11 - Jamaal Charles, RB, Chiefs

2.11 is a fair price to pay for a guy with risk coming off a torn ACL, but also massive upside. Charles had finished as a top 9 PPR RB in 3 straight seasons prior to last year, including #1 in 2013.

3.02 - Le’Veon Bell, RB, Steelers

I’d been wondering where I’d feel comfy drafting Bell, and this is it. With last year’s knee injury looking like less and less of an issue with each passing day, there’s a good chance I’m getting 12 games of top 3 RB production in the 3rd round.

The top-ranked WR available, by the way, was Golden Tate. Tough to justify taking Tate’s limited ceiling over Bell.

4.11 - Eddie Lacy, RB, Packers

I’ve drafted Lacy a few times in the early 3rd round, so no way was I passing him up in the late 4th. An in-shape Lacy was a top 8 fantasy RB in both of his first 2 seasons.

Getting Lacy here also made it much less of a priority to land DeAngelo Williams to cover Bell’s 4-game suspension.

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