Draft Strategy

The 6 Safest Picks in Fantasy Drafts

By Kevin English 9:08am EDT 8/5/19

“Safe” is a relative term in fantasy football. You know there are no sure things in this game.

Injuries can strike anyone.

TD production can be volatile.

Coaches can — check that, will — make poor decisions.

Price also plays a huge role. For example, Tyrell Williams in Round 6 would be rich. But the largely blemish-free WR has an unbelievable ADP in Round 13. He’s a no-risk pick there packing plenty of upside — especially with Antonio Brown battling a foot injury.

Consider these 6 guys safer than most.

James White, RB, Patriots

Sony Michel garnered only 11 targets as a rookie. But during training camp, he’s earned more pass-catching work.

If the trend sticks, it’ll probably lower White’s upside. After all, Michel caught 64 balls in college. The Pats should be able to utilize that skill set.

Still, White will retain a relatively safe PPR outlook. The Pats have had a 40+ catch RB in 7 straight seasons. White has been responsible for 4 of them, including a career-best 87-751-7 line last fall.

Durability provides another mark in White’s favor. He’s missed just 2 games over the past 3 seasons. Michel, meanwhile, started training camp on the PUP list due to a knee scope. He missed 3 games with knee trouble last year and has a lengthy injury history going back to high school (ACL tear).

Translation: White’s set up for another 60+ catches, especially with the Pats' suspect WR corps.

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