DENVER (CBS4) – Got a fantasy football draft coming up? Don’t worry, CBS4 has got you covered.
The following advice comes from the following two CBS4 experts:
– Mark Ackerman
credentials: CBS4 Producer. AFC North Expert. Childhood ruined by Drive & Fumble. Drafted Adrian Peterson and still won it all last year.
– Brett Heinzerling
credentials: CBS4 Producer. Bronco fan since birth. 7 years as a sports producer. Won the regular season twice, never won the big one. Call me Peyton. (I know, he won it all once, just humor me)
We want to help you beat your friends and co-workers in your fantasy football league. If our column helps the daily fantasy player that’s great, but the high stakes stuff is not our focus.
This is perhaps the most exciting time of the year for any Fantasy football player. The possibilities are still endless. Here is some advice to help you make the most of your upcoming draft.
Mark: Pick guys you want to be successful and will enjoy watching on TV. Select just one QB and one TE. Fill your bench with WRs and RBs to add depth. Pick K and DEF last. A winning team rides the waiver wire each week to find the best matchups.
Brett: Avoid rookies like the plague. They may turn out to be fantasy studs, but more often than not, they are out of their depth for at least a while, at which point, they should still be available. Unless you have a top 3 pick, take a QB in the first round. Second tier running backs are a dime a dozen, an elite QB will put up monster numbers.
My Top 5
Mark: Adrian Peterson, Jamaal Charles, LeVeon Bell, Antonio Brown, Eddie Lacy
Brett: Marshawn Lynch, Eddie Lacy, LeVeon Bell, Aaron Rodgers, Andrew Luck
Peyton Manning (CBS#47 ,Yahoo #45, ESPN # 38)
Are you really going to take Melvin Gordon, Lamar Miller, Carlos Hyde, Drew Brees or Russell Wilson before Peyton Manning?
No chance. He’s a steal if he lasts into the fourth round. He’s the third best QB option behind Andrew Luck and Aaron Rodgers.
C.J. Anderson (CBS #5 ,Yahoo #14, ESPN #7)
Mark: I think Anderson should be a late second rounder. I don’t see him replicating last year’s stretch run with a healthy Montee Ball and Ronnie Hillman.
Brett: We disagree on this one. I like him in the late first round. He’s stronger and more confident than he was last season, and the Broncos added focus on the run game will translate into plenty more touches. Montee won’t take playing time, and Hillman will only see the field when Anderson needs a breather. That’s how Gary Kubiak has always run an offense.
Demaryius Thomas (CBS #12 ,Yahoo #10, ESPN #10)
Demaryius Thomas is a steal if you can get him at the top of the second round. More likely he’s gone at the end of the first.
Mark: Russell Wilson, Jeremy Hill, CJ Anderson,
Brett: DeMarco Murray, Alshon Jeffrey, Jamaal Charles
Mark: Frank Gore, Andre Johnson, Peyton Manning
Brett: Jimmy Graham, Doug Martin, Peyton Manning
Count Me Out:
The following players will be missing games due to supension or injury, so be warned.
LeVeon Bell (RB Pittsburgh) Suspended Return Week 3
Arian Foster (RB Houston) Mid-season return?
Jordy Nelson (WR Green Bay) Out for season
Kelvin Benjamin (WR Carolina) Out for season
Tom Brady (QB New England) Suspended, Return Week 6
Kevin White (WR Chicago) Mid-season return?
Josh Gordon (WR Cleveland) Suspended
Justin Blackmon (WR Jacksonville) Suspended
Geno Smith (QB NY Jets) Return Week 6?
Antonio Gates (TE San Diego) Suspended Return Week 5