Beat Jeff Erickson2 - Early Backs, WR's Late

Beat Jeff Erickson2 - Early Backs, WR's Late

This article is part of our NFL Observations series.

Friday night was the second "Beat Jeff Erickson 2" draft, part of The NFFC's RotoWire Online Championship. A quick reminder - this is a 12-team, PPR league with an overall contest component. Plus, The NFFC uses third-round reversal in their drafts - that came as a surprise to one of the teams in the draft, as he hadn't played in the NFFC format before. Before we discuss my players, here's the full draft grid:

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1.10 - Nick Chubb: I wanted to be near the back end of this draft, both because I had the first pick in the previous "Beat Jeff Erickson" draft, and because the advantages that 3RR provides in this player pool. Even though it's a PPR league, I'm still all-in on Nick Chubb - I just buy into both the player and the team context, especially that OL. I don't trust Austin Ekeler to get enough carries or to stay healthy enough to take him over Chubb.

2.15 - DK Metcalf: Speaking of "all-in" - here you go. I have no problem with those who slot Calvin Ridley or Stefon Diggs over Metcalf, but I prefer Metcalf slightly over both - I worry a smidge about Matt Ryan's decline for Ridley, and Diggs staying fully healthy for a second season in a row.

3.27 - James Robinson: Debated taking Keenan Allen, who went next of course, but happy to have a three-down back (theoretically). Here's where 3RR really makes a difference - I far prefer my options at the beginning of the third round than the end - I think there's a pretty decent-sized cliff around pick 32-33.

4.46 - George Kittle: I didn't map out taking Kittle here when I was planning my draft, but that's only because I thought he'd be long-gone. You have to be agile enough to adapt on the fly when a bargain comes through, as Kittle did here. 

5.51 - Robby Anderson: Taking Kittle cost me Jerry Jeudy or Tee Higgins, but Anderson is in that range for me. I think you'll be surprised by the Carolina offense this year.

6.70 - Darrell Henderson: I think this was probably a mistake, insomuch as I only had two WR's at this point, and I knew I'd take Russell Wilson or Justin Herbert with my next pick if given the opportunity. I'd rather play a wide receiver at flex all things being equal in a PPR, and I could have taken Deebo Samuel, who went with the next pick.

7.75 - Justin Herbert: Wilson pairs better with Metcalf than Herbert, but I'm thrilled to get Herbert this late. In retrospect, if I knew I was going to get Herbert, maybe I should have gone with Keenan Allen instead of James Robinson just for the correlation, but that's a bonus, not a necessity. I knew at this point I'd be taking a slew of receivers in the mid-to-late rounds.

8.94 - Michael Gallup: Some are writing off Gallup too quickly as a third receiver - there's still plenty of volume to support three receivers in Dallas. I would have rather had Antonio Brown or Mecole Hardman, who went back-to-back in front of me.

9.99 - Michael Thomas: Ok, so I might have said that I wouldn't have any Michael Thomas this year, but a series of events pushed me here. A - Draft price was low. B - Jameis Winston won the starting QB job for the Saints, which works better for Thomas in my opinion. C - I waited on wideouts, so a gamble at upside seemed necessary. That he was put on the PUP list earlier this week chilled my opinion on this though - I wouldn't do it again.

10.118 - Elijah Moore: I'm now an Elijah Moore hype man and want him in the remainder of my drafts. I would now take him ahead of Thomas, among others.

11.123 - Henry Ruggs: Looking for an affordable second-year WR breakout? Ruggs certainly qualifies. I love that the Raiders committed to Ruggs and Bryan Edwards by letting John Brown walk.

12.142 - Terrace Marshall: I'm also a Terrace Marshall hype man.

13.147 - Kenneth Gainwell: Gainwell is a good pass-catching back, though fighting for reps might be a concern in Philly. I'm hoping he's useful as a bye-week option.

14.166 - Rashod Bateman: Bateman will miss at least the first three weeks, but he was getting raves out of Baltimore's camp before his injury. I can wait, I hope.

15.171 - Rams D/ST: In a 20-round draft, I like getting difference-makers at defense and kicker. The Rams certainly qualify - hopefully the Bears carry through with their threat to start Andy Dalton.

16.190 - Donovan Peoples-Jones: DPJ looks like he'll win the third receiver job in Cleveland, and there's a chance that OBJ isn't 100 percent to begin the season.

17.195 - Chiefs Kicker: The NFFC switched to Team Kickers this year, so we'll list it as this instead of just naming Harrison Butker. Give me a great kicker with a late bye week every time.

18.214 - Sam Darnold: The Panthers are a good landing spot for Darnold. If it works, I also have Robby Anderson to go with him.

19.219 - Cole Kmet: My new favorite late-round tight end, now that Irv Smith is out.

20.238 - Olamide Zaccheaus: I'm a skeptic that Russell Gage is all that much better than Zaccheaus, and if the Atlanta passing game pops, Zaccheaus should play a role in that. That, and I didn't see a running back I liked better in this spot.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jeff Erickson
Jeff Erickson is a co-founder of RotoWire and the only two-time winner of Baseball Writer of the Year from the Fantasy Sports Writers Association. He's also in the FSWA Hall of Fame. He roots for the Reds, Bengals, Red Wings, Pacers and Northwestern University (the real NU).
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