Stills in one of a handful of players I had high on my dynasty start-up wish list, and he fills a need discussed in the Vincent Jackson commentary, that he’s a young budding WR to balance out the Larry Fitzgerald and Jackson picks. Watching Stills play, we can see he is much more than a one trick deep ball specialist the Saints have rotated through for a number of seasons without any lasting fantasy impact. Although his targets are still modest, snaps increased through the season and he should continue to work his way up the Saints depth chart. In the meantime, he’s a big play waiting to happen so the low targets are not as much of a detriment as they otherwise would be. A 1-70-1 line from your WR3 can help you win a week.
Favourite Pick Round 6: 6.04 TE Jordan Cameron, CLE
Least Favourite Pick Round 6: 6.06 WR Roddy White, ATL
Okay, I’m not nearly the biggest Chris Johnson fan around, but doesn’t this look like a steal for a mid-7th round pick? Maybe not grand larceny, but at least petty theft. I owned CJ in one league this past season. Unfortunately it was an auction league and he counted a lot towards my cap, and he truly gave me a headache trying to figure out when to start him or whether to bench him. Regardless, he has never finished a season with less than 1,400 yards. He missed 40 receptions once (36 in 2012). He scored 10 or more TD four times, including 10 in 2013. When he gets released from the Tennessee Titans, he will sign somewhere to be a feature back. Maybe that team will use him to maximize his talent. If the offers aren’t what he expects, maybe he’ll get a chip on his shoulder to show just how talented he is. There is a whole lot of upside with this pick.
Favourite Pick Round 7: 7.11 QB Nick Foles, PHI
Least Favourite Pick Round 7: 7.12 TE Jordan Reed, WAS
Moore has not quite lived up to the expectations of fantasy football message board communities, but then again, some pretty heady expectations come out of those parts of the Internet. Moore has consistently averaged 7.1 to 7.7 fantasy points per game for three seasons. He’s missed 1 to 3 games each year. He’s played with terrible quarterbacking on a sad sack of a franchise. He’s still only 25 years old. The talent is there for more. The opportunity might not be, for now, given the state of the Oakland Raiders. He is worth an add at this point given his youth and talent to see which way his career trends.
Least Favourite Pick Round 8: 8.11 TE Kyle Rudolph, MIN
When you take a QB early in the draft, as I did in this one, it is difficult to also take a top TE early and not leave yourself a bit desperate looking at RB and WR, or vice versa if you take a TE early. Sure, I wouldn’t mind a Julius Thomas or Cameron Jordan, or a prospect like Ladarius Green, but I wasn’t willing to pay that high a price for one of them. Given this team is shaping into an early contender, why not add a reliable, consistent top TE to shore up that starter spot? There will be lots of opportunity for TE prospects later. As luck would have it, both Davis and Jason Witten were available. Davis relies more on touchdowns for fantasy, while Witten relies more on volume of catches. The decision to go with Davis essentially came down to age, with VD holding a two year youth advantage on JW.
Favourite Pick Round 9: 9.04 RB Ben Tate, HOU
Least Favourite Pick Round 9: 9.11 RB Pierre Thomas, NO
Is this the earliest 2013 UDFA drafted so far? Not sure, but Brown earned it with the rookie campaign he put together for the receiver needy Baltimore Ravens. Normally I wouldn’t be quick to jump on a potential one-year wonder (and really, a 10th round pick is not that significant), but Brown has two things going for him that stand out for me. First, he’s 6’5″ and 215 lbs. If you are going to take a flier on a young WR, get one with ideal physical traits. Brown has that. Second, he scored 7 TD all inside the red zone. Sure, Dennis Pitta was out for most of the season which gave Brown some opportunity, but he showed an incredible knack for scoring in close. Great skill, one many receivers never latch on to. I feel bullish on Brown and I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt for not a lot of pedigree getting bypassed in the rookie draft. The forward looking Ravens WR depth chart is still very thin.
Favourite Pick Round 10: 10.08 WR Jarrett Boykin, GB
Least Favourite Pick Round 10: 10.04 WR Ace Sanders, JAC