Whenever the topic of “when can we hold the draft” comes up, I always try to have it as close to the season kickoff as possible. Sometimes it’s not possible and fellow draftees have their hands tied and must have it earlier in the preseason. It tends to work that way and it stinks. This year, I even proposed to the commissioner in my home league to implement a safety system so that whoever has a projected starter injured is able to replace them with their projected substitute.
I do this because I have a soul. Clearly, no one else in my league does.
I get shot down and what do you know, Dion Lewis’ knee procedure is projected to sideline him indefinitely. Now, the reason I suggested a safety system wasn’t because I was thinking of the other individuals in my league. Mainly it was to protect myself.
“Whoa man, quit being selfish.” Well ya know what? The Fantasy Gods tend to hate me when it comes to making players inactive, so deal with it. We can take this back a couple of years, whether it be due to Adrian Peterson’s child abuse case or Jordy Nelson’s torn ACL the day after our draft, I tend to now prepare for the worst when it comes to drafting.
When I saw Dion Lewis’ name still available after my 5th round selection, I was praying that he would make it back to my pick in the 6th. Unfortunately, he was made with the last pick of that round and I was forced to turn my sights somewhere else.
Flash forward a couple of days and boom, Lewis is projected to be sidelined for a significant amount of time. Now I was fortunate (*genius) enough to draft LeGarrette Blount in the 11th round, something that I consider to be a very good pick now. But some are still hesitant about Blount and all of the talk in the fantasy world is about James White, who will seemingly replace Lewis in the pass-catching, but should still succumb to Blount in the rushing department.
So I ran a poll on Twitter so that I may get a little feedback from the amazing followers of this website. The results were the following:
I thought it was strange that so many were still targeting Dion Lewis, and so little targeting James White. Dion Lewis is projected to miss the first 8-10 weeks of the season, meaning that he could be a spark your team might need for a playoff push. By this time, however, the Patriots could make several moves to fill in at running back. I still see Lewis getting a good amount of work, especially receptions, but I don’t think he’s worth holding onto. If you’re still not happy with your RB or Flex position by week 8, or you just enjoy watching your fantasy league burn, you should try to scoop him from waivers assuming he’s made available.
Now let’s talk about James White. One team in my home league immediately made the decision to add White, and it wasn’t the Dion Lewis owner. I don’t like White. I just don’t trust him. He’s currently owned in 25% of leagues, kinda low in my opinion. I think he can help a lot of teams out, but I’m sorry, I’m sure he’s a nice guy and his 32 receptions with 4 TDS from weeks 11-17 last year are pretty nice too. I just can’t trust the system. The only guy who gets routine work out of New England’s backfield is Blount, and sometimes his workload is a little, eh, off. But with Blount you know that you are getting (most of) the goal-line work. He’s not an attractive pick, or man for that matter, but Blount is more than serviceable and could be a waiver wire addition in the 20% of leagues he’s not owned in. In addition, Blount should see more work in the first four games, assuming Mr. Bill doesn’t decide to mess with us fantasy owners.
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