INDIANAPOLIS --- Everybody’s fantasy football drafts are fast approaching, and we all have decisions to make about how to build our fantasy rosters.
Do we use an early pick on an elite quarterback? Do we go traditional and draft a bunch of running backs right away? When do we take a tight end?
All valid questions. BUT FIRST:
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Now...this week NFL.com Fantasy Insider Adam Rank joined Colts.com to help answer some of those questions, in a little true/false quiz (Rank goes into more detail in the podcast above):
1. True or False: It is okay to use a 1st or 2nd round pick to draft Peyton Manning:
Rank: True. I don’t think it’s crazy to expect Peyton Manning to have another monster season. I would stay away from him in the first round, but 2nd round? I’m all about it.
Me: False. Rank and NFL.com Fantasy Editor Michael Fabiano disagree on this, and I tend to lean towards Fabiano. Quarterback in fantasy is deeper than it’s ever been. You can get top-10 QB talent as late as the 10th round in many cases. I would not use a 1st or 2nd round pick on any quarterback in 2014.
2. True or False: This is the year to not draft a RB in both the 1st and 2nd rounds.
Rank: True. For so many years, fantasy football was about drafting a running back in the first two rounds. My strategy has been when I’m doing one of these mock drafts, I’ll take one of those top-5 running backs (Peterson, McCoy, Charles, Forte, Lacy), but if I’m in the latter half of the first round, then I start looking at Megatron, Jimmy Graham possibly.
Me: True. I couldn’t agree with Rank more here. If you have a top-5 pick, it’s a no-brainer. Snag one of the stud RBs, but if you’re in the back end of the 1st round, get one of the elite WRs or Jimmy Graham, then draft a RB in the 2nd round, like Montee Ball or DeMarco Murray, if he’s there in the 2nd round.
3. With all the Sammy Watkins buzz, go draft him after the 5th round.
Rank: True. I like the buzz he’s getting in training camp (listen to the podcast for Rank’s big sleeper in Buffalo not named Sammy Watkins).
Me: False. I avoid rookie WRs like the plague. They rarely pan out in fantasy, and if I have to use a pick that I can otherwise use to fill another starting position or grab a more established WR, I’d rather do that.
4. True/False: Rob Gronkowski is the better pick over Julius Thomas at TE.
Rank: False. I’m going to go with Julius Thomas. I love this Broncos offense. And now without Eric Decker there, Julius Thomas is going to increase his touchdown production this season.
Me: False. This was the toughest question for both of us. I’m leaning Thomas for the reason stated above, but with Gronkowski already practicing off the ACL injury, I’m really tempted. I might change my answer later in the preseason, but if Gronk’s ADP goes into the 2nd round, then I still would rather have Thomas in the 3rd.
5. True/False: It’s okay to draft the Seahawks Defense or top kickers before the last couple of rounds.
Rank: False. False. False. False. False. Don’t do this to yourself. Don’t take a risk on a team like the Seahawks who were amazing last year, but there’s no guarantee they’re going to be that good this season...and that’s how much I care about kickers. I’ll just pick up whoever. Gostkowski is the guy that’s consistently the best, but you can find kickers.
Me: True and False. I think it is not that big of a deal to draft the Seahawks in the 9th or 10th round after your starting lineup and a bench spot or two are filled. They were consistent a season ago, and I don’t see much reason why they would regress much in 2014. After all, it is a starting spot in your lineup. However, I agree with Rank on kickers. No way, no how, you should take one before the last two rounds. There are kickers on great offense like Robbie Gould and Matt Bryant and
Again, for more details on each of these questions and one of Rank’s key sleepers, listen to the podcast above. Our thanks to Adam Rank for joining the column this week.