Maybe this should be in the Draft Kit?
You know where we’re going with this. Let’s dive in:
Question 1: Can I trust Ezekiel Elliott?
Well, in short, yes. People are scared of Elliott because he’s a rookie, but that doesn’t really bother me. Todd Gurley and David Johnson lit the world on fire last season, and they were rookies too. Granted, you didn’t have to pay a first or second rounder for them like you do with Elliott, but still. The Cowboys had their highest draft pick in a very long time and used it on Elliott instead of addressing any of their other needs. They’re going to use him. He’s good and that offensive line is incredible. It’ll be okay.
My rank: RB2, 5th overall
Question 2: What’s up with the Packers offense? Are they back to normal?
Um, I don’t know. Do I look like a wizard?
Honestly, I think the Packers will go back to normal. I’m much more comfortable drafting Eddie Lacy than Jordy at this point, considering Jordy is coming off a torn ACL and already aggravated his other leg. They might both be great again. They’re going in the second/third round, so they absolutely present an opportunity for good value.
My ranks: Lacy: RB6, 14th overall; Jordy: WR9 18th overall
Question 3: Will I hate myself if I draft Thomas Rawls?
Ugh. This is a tough one.
Rawls averaged a league-leading and actually insane 5.65 yards per carry in 2016. He suffered a broken ankle towards the end of the season, and his recovery process has been vague to say the least.
I really like Rawls. I want him to come back and be healthy and tear it up, but I just don’t know if that’s going to be the case. He is currently being drafted at the 31st pick according to FantasyPros, and that’s right around where I have him too. If he falls to 40ish, I’m completely on board. If you want to take a chance with him around his ADP, make sure you grab an extra RB or two (maybe make one of them C.J. Prosise).
My rank: RB13, 29th overall
Question 4: Who THE HELL is the Cardinals number one wide receiver?
I have no idea.
I can tell you, however, that I like the value that John Brown presents. According to FantasyPros, Michael Floyd is being drafted as WR26 at pick 58, and Larry Fitzgerald as WR27 at pick 60. Little Johnny Brown is being drafted as WR32 at pick 71. Now I know that they’re all very close, but saving a round for a guy who may end up being the number one is a situation I wouldn’t hate.
My ranks: Floyd: WR32; Fitzgerald: WR33; Brown: WR34 – I honestly didn’t mean to do that on purpose but I think it’s hysterical that I did.
Question 5: Is Brandin Cooks going to be the next President?
Well we’d have to amend the Constitution to allow 22 year olds (yes, he’s only 22) to be president, but it’s probably worth it. So yes, most likely.
Question 6: Do I need to draft DeAngelo Williams if I draft Le’Veon Bell?
Assuming Bell’s suspension stays at 4 games, it’s probably a good idea. In Williams, you’re getting a minimum four-week starter on a premier offense and also the handcuff for arguably the best fantasy player in the league (Antonio Brown glares directly through my face. I run away screaming).
I’m not saying you need to draft DeAngelo in the first five rounds, but if no one is tickling your fancy in round eight or nine, be safe and snag him.
Question 7: Donald, where do I get my draft materials and trophies and stuff?
Man, I love shameless plugs. FantasyJocks. For sure.
Question 8 from @JohnCiminonbun on Twitter: Is Matt Forte going to have the same role in the Jets offense as he did in Chicago?
Role? Yes, probably. Production? Probably not.
As I’ve mentioned previously, Forte had one of the most unproductive seasons of his career in 2015: he had the least rushing yards, tied for the least amount of receptions, and the least receiving yards of his eight year career. Forte will be 31 in December, and it looks like that classic running back breakdown is looming.
Bilal Powell also has a similar skill set to Forte, which makes me nervous about the timeshare that they’ll have. Will either one of them be a workhorse? Probably not.
I have Forte ranked as RB19 and my 46th overall player. You can definitely do worse at running back, but don’t come crying to me when he doesn’t get as much work as you’re used to. It’s a shaky situation at best.
Question 9: If you had to choose between drafting Ted Ginn in the first round or attempting a swan dive off of Mount Everest into a pit of boiling lava filled with genetically disfigured super-alligators, what would you do?
It’s been real everyone.
Question 10: Is DeMarco Murray going to screw me again?
I think the Titans offense will be sneaky good in 2016 (2015 Jaguars anyone?). They have some weapons, and remember that Murray is only two years removed from running for 1,845 yards.
Murray presents a lot of value as he is being drafted as RB18 with the 45th pick. I have him ranked as RB15 and 35th overall. For those of you employing the Zero-WR strategy (more on that another time, maybe), Murray is a guy I’d absolutely keep my eye on. Oh, and don’t worry about Derrick Henry.
That’s all I have for this session. If you have any additional questions, let me know on Twitter @DonaldGibsonFF, and you may see your questions pop up here next time. Happy drafting!