EARLY FANTASY FOOTBALL DRAFT GUIDE TO SUCCESS
Moving forward in fantasy football, there is a lot that we can learn from the events that have transpired in the 2014 season. Several players we drafted in the mid rounds performed like first round picks, and many of you are licking your wounds because your top choices severely under-performed this season. The best picks are always the seemingly sure fire choices, but the ones that provided the best value for your team. These are the picks that usually off set bad judgment calls you have made. Let’s take a look at some players that were obtained later on in drafts this year, BUT will be top picks next year.
RUNNING BACK – Demarco Murray and LeVeon Bell were absolute 2nd and 3rd round studs this year, easily out performing top picks Jamaal Charles and LeSean McCoy. Both will be amongst the first off the board next season, but the edge should easily go Bell, who has shown to be extremely versatile in the passing game as well. Bell is slightly younger, and slightly less prone to injuries, but when injury talk concerning the RB position is negligible. A couple of RBs that should give you plus value next year are Justin Forsett and Knowshon Moreno both of whom you should be able to get after the 2nd round. Keep a close eye on Jeremy Hill as well, as he seems to be figuring out how to find space as the season winds down.
WIDE RECEIVER – Odell Beckham’s 11 TDs is tops amongst rookies, and most players, as he went largely undrafted this year. This was the pickup of the year by far, but most WRs performed exactly as they should have this season. A.J. Green was injured, and Keenan Allen still had 70 plus receptions. Moving forward Keenan Allen is going to be a steal if you can get him in the 4th round next year. Consequently Odell Beckham will be a 2nd rounder and worth every penny. A.J Green will slide below Beckham but not by much, and Julio Jones should be a top 3 wide out behind Calvin Johnson and Demaryius Thomas. Brandin Cooks and Golden Tate will continue to be value picks in the mid rounds.
QUARTERBACK – You can officially move Andrew Luck into the elite class for QBs. His running ability makes him a clear #2 behind Aaron Rodgers next year. If you are looking for next year’s dark horse to over throw Mannings and Bradys of the world – look no Further than Russell Wilson and Ryan Tannehill. Expect consistency from both next and let other people draft the older QBs that are on their way out. Both Tony Romo and Eli Manning are superb value picks as well.