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Okay, this article is simple. I'm going to run down the FantasyPros standard league Average Draft Position (ADP) list (as of 8/2/16) and point out the things that I think are nonsense. By "nonsense," I mean situations that you should either avoid or use to your advantage. Shall we?
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Todd Gurley: ADP: 3
Okay. I'm not sure where I've been the last few days. I feel like the last time I checked, Gurley was around pick 7, which is where I think he should be. He's currently the highest-ranked running back, but I prefer David Johnson and Ezekiel Elliott over him. I also prefer Julio Jones in terms of overall players.
It's hard for me to embrace drafting players on generally bad offenses, and the Rams offense has definitely not given me much confidence in the last, oh I don't know, decade or so. The idea of defenses stacking the box constantly makes me run away with my pants around my ankles. It doesn't always matter, though: see Peterson, Adrian, 2012. If you love Gurley, have at it. I won't be.
Jamaal Charles: ADP: 16
I've written about Charles in what seems like every article. I don't want him unless it's the fourth round, and that's not going to happen. Moving on.
Alshon Jeffery: ADP: 20
I'm a little hesitant about Jeffery this year. The Bears offense looked pitiful last season, and I don't think the likely emergence of Kevin White helps Jeffery's case. I'd be more comfortable a little later than this pick.
Cam Newton: ADP: 22
I've already written about this. You don't need to take a quarterback this early. You can, and you might be happy about it, but you can get very similar production 2-3 rounds later.
Brandin Cooks: ADP: 27
Should be number one.
I love Cooks. Most people know that I love Cooks. I do prefer him to some of the guys around him like Amari Cooper, Mike Evans, and even Alshon Jeffery (above). Honestly, though, this slot is where he should be. I just wanted to talk about him.
Kelvin Benjamin: ADP: 37
I do think Benjamin will have a solid year. That isn't my issue.
The odd thing is that this team's number one pass-catcher is going seven picks later and plays a much scarcer position - that would be Greg Olsen: ADP: 44. I'd prefer to swap these two..
Ryan Mathews: ADP: 53
Already covered this one on FantasyPros!
Jeremy Langford: ADP: 57
Keep an eye on this one. There's a lot of chatter that 1) Jeremy Langford just isn't good at football and 1a) Jordan Howard is going to take his job. Look out.
Michael Floyd: ADP: 58, Larry Fitzgerald: ADP: 60, John Brown: ADP: 72
I'm planning on just avoiding all of these guys. It's a constant cycle of excitement and disappointment because you never know which one will be the most productive week by week. Count me out across the board.
Melvin Gordon: ADP: 70
Okay, Gordon was supposed to be good last year, and ended up not scoring a single touchdown. Eek.
I expect a major bounce-back year from Gordon in 2016, and that potential is enough for me to jump all over him at pick 70. He's one of the mid-round guys I'll be targeting.
Ameer Abdullah: ADP: 77
Just go ahead and take Melvin Gordon's description above and replace 1. "Gordon" with "Abdullah", 2. "not scoring a single touchdown" with "scored a measly three touchdowns", and 3. "70" with "77". Pretty easy, huh?
Seattle Seahawks: ADP: 91 and Denver Broncos: ADP: 92
Guys, come on. I get that you want a good defense, but the tenth round? At least wait until the 12th.
Ladarius Green: ADP: 93
Tight ends are awful. You can do a lot worse than Green. I'm expecting a solid season from him, so don't overlook him because he was vastly unproductive behind Antonio Gates in San Diego.
Stephen Gostkowski: ADP: 114
Matthew Stafford: ADP: 142
Would you like to guess how many times since 2011 Stafford has thrown for less than 4,257 yards? YUP, YOU GOT IT. Zero. I get that he lost his major weapon in Calvin Johnson, but he's still going to come out slinging. Stafford sneakily had a solid campaign in 2015: 67.2% completion percentage (fifth in the NFL), 32 touchdowns (t-seventh) and 13 interceptions for 4,262 yards (eighth). I'm not saying he's amazing, but he shouldn't be going among the kickers.
Eric Ebron: ADP: 160
"Oh, hey Matthew! Didn't expect to see you here," Eric exclaims as he stares up into teammate Matthew Stafford's undercarriage 18 floors above him.
There has been a lot of chatter about Ebron as a viable tight end breakout candidate, including from our very own Mike Streb. Stafford's Megatron-less production should leak into Ebron's stat line. Leak? Why did I use that word?
Ted Ginn: ADP: 172
The only time you can draft him is if you're in a 28-team, 64-round draft. That's it.