August not only marks the start of NFL action, but it also marks another season: Fantasy football season.
Drafts take place online, in basements and at sports bars across the land. It’s a time to come up with that catchy team name and destroy the dreams of that brother who might not call you enough on holidays. Traditional “snake drafts” and auction affairs are available at a variety of websites, some free, some for a fee.
NFL.com recently listed some of fantasy football’s safest picks in each round to emphasize the importance of not reaching for a player too soon in the draft. NFL.com also outlined some of the risky picks, which can prove tough for fans of a specific player.
The list of the safest picks by round included nine choices. These are often the rounds where you make up the meat of your team. Later rounds are for bye week replacements, sleeper picks and longshots.
New York Giants’ wide receiver Odell Beckham topped the list for safety in the first round. This means he’s a certainty in this round and he won’t be there for you in the second and beyond. Beckham could prove to be one of the most potent wide receivers this season, according to NFL.com, thanks to the addition of Brandon Marshall on the other side of the field.
Five other wide receivers and a pass-catching tight end also made the list. Gone are the days where teams stacked up on running backs. The NFL is a more pass-heavy league now and that’s evident in this list.
Consistent stars Jordy Nelson (Green Bay), Julian Edelman (Torn ACL) and Travis Kelce (Kansas City) were safety picks for the second, fourth and sixth rounds, respectively. New England quarterback Tom Brady was listed for the third round in what is the typical first run on signal-callers.
Running backs topped the first three spots on NFL.com’s riskiest picks. Pittsburgh’s Le’Veon Bell, Jacksonville rookie Leonard Fournette and Oakland’s Marshawn Lynch were Nos. 1-3.
Bell has proved himself, but is amid a contract dispute. The latter two haven’t faced this type of competition in a while.
Running backs also made up the list at Nos. 5, 7, 8, 9 and 10. This again shows the trend toward wide receivers and tight ends who score touchdowns. Running backs are used less these days and the ones who see a bulk of the carries often are removed from goal line situations.
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