Let’s do a simple draft exercise. Using the ECR (which is likely not indicative of any draft, but not too far removed), I am going to draft a team for a 10 team league in redraft, with PPR and superflex, using the ECR as the teams I am playing against. The roster will be a typical QB, RB, RB, WR, WR, TE, Flex, Superflex, and 5 bench spots. I will assume the number 6 pick in a snaking draft:
1.06: RB Najee Harris: Frankly, I consider Harris a potential 1.01 for people not sold on Jonathan Taylor. With a stronger armed QB in Pittsburgh (frankly, my dead grandmother has a stronger arm than Ben Roethlisberger at this point), that should stretch the field and give Harris even more room to be dangerous. At the 6 pick, he’s a steal.
2.05: WR Stefon Diggs: While Travis Kelce is tempting here, I am just not comfy with the Chiefs new offense minus Tyreek, not to mention Kelce isn’t getting any younger. While Diggs is no spring chicken, he is “da man” in Buffalo’s high-powered offense. At the very least, he is a high floor option, which allows me to take greater risks on other WR’s.
3.06: TE Kyle Pitts: Passing up Kelce for Pitts is the play here. Pitts is not only the TE1 in Atlanta, but it can be argued he is also the WR1. Sure, rookie Drake London is there, but as good as he was in college, how good will he be in the pros? Even if he turns into a great one, that just opens things up even more for Pitts.
4.05: QB Derek Carr: My gut says Carr has a career year with his receivers (Adams, Waller, and Renfrow). I normally don’t like taking QB’s this early, but I can’t resist the Raiders all-time passing leader in his best situation ever.
5.06: RB Breece Hall: Rookie RB’s are hit or miss, but Hall looked like a great one in college. While he may end up being just a 2 down back, those 2 downs should be good for him. Plus I love the Jets offense this year.
6.05: RB AJ Dillon: While it seems early to grab another RB, Dillon has too much potential to pass. Plus you can never have too many good RB’s.
7.06: WR Darnell Mooney: As second receivers go, Mooney is a good one. And who else is Justin Fields going to throw to? Mooney did pretty good last year, even with Allen Robinson still on the roster.
8.05: QB Jameis Winston: Locking up my superflex with Jameis here. He may be the most underrated QB going into this season. Potential top 5 QB.
9.06: WR Hunter Renfrow: Early hot take: Renfrow improves on last year’s numbers, thanks to having Davante Adams around.
10.05: RB Michael Carter: I took Breece Hall, so why not his handcuff? Carter was good last year, and even if he gets pushed into a 3rd down role, he could still have some flex value.
11.06: QB Davis Mills: This is superflex, and considering Winston is coming off an injury, it’s not too early to grab insurance. I was tempted by Rhamondre Stevenson and Chase Claypool here, but QB gets a little thin after this.
12.05: WR Garrett Wilson: Wilson is just too good to pass up here. He could easily end up being my starter before the end of the season.
13.06: TE Rob Gronkowski: I need a backup TE, and Gronk is a great longshot play. Will he sign with the Bucs? If he plays, then yes. If he doesn’t, I can drop him later and grab a lottery ticket off the waiver wires.
Overall, I love this team! I’d feel quite content going into the season with them. Feel free to leave your own impressions.