Fantasy Football Mailbag: Best And Worst Draft Positions

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Welcome to the first Fantasy Football Mailbag of the preseason. You can catch Paige Dimakos and myself every Friday at 3 p.m. ET/12 p.m. PT on Twitter, Periscope, Facebook, and more by following any of The Draft Network platforms. We're answering all of your fantasy football questions, and the ones we don't get to on the video show are answered here.

Check out Friday's show below before diving into the additional questions below.

Now, here are the ones we didn't get to:

Will Jalen Hurts have any fantasy value?

I don't think so. Carson Wentz's injury history is concerning, but he'd have to miss several games in order for Hurts to truly be fantasy-relevant. If Wentz misses one game, Hurts might be worth starting depending on the matchup and how many teams are on bye that week, but I wouldn't bank on it. Rookie quarterbacks are at a major disadvantage this season compared to prior ones, so a project quarterback is certainly not someone I want to tie my fantasy success to, even short term.

Is Jimmy Graham draftable?

It depends on how deep your league is. For most of you reading this, the answer is no. But for those in really deep formats (or in leagues with multiple tight end spots, for some reason), Graham may be worth keeping an eye on. Chicago Bears quarterback Nick Foles is a fan of targeting tight ends, and although there are approximately 600 in Chicago right now, Graham is at the top of the list for 2020. He's currently my TE22 with a modest projection of 51/525/4. That means, he's a bye-week fill-in at best in 10-14 team formats.

What's your favorite and least favorite spot to draft from?

My favorite spot is usually somewhere toward the high-end of the middle of the round. For example, usually pick four or five-ish. I say "four or five-ish" because it depends where I draw the line for elite running backs. This season, I think Christian McCaffrey, Saquon Barkley, Alvin Kamara, and Ezekiel Elliott are my clear top options. Right now, I'd need a top five pick to ensure I get one of those players—I'm banking on one of Michael Thomas (ADP: 4.3) or Dalvin Cook (ADP: 6.0) going in the top five. The advantage of getting one of my top running backs is very tantalizing, so if I had to choose, give me pick No. 4 or 5.

My least favorite spot is usually 11th or 12th in a 12-team league. The No. 1 overall spot kinda sucks too, but I don't hate it as much this year. Depending on how the draft plays out, the No. 1 pick has a chance to be a cheat code depending on who falls to you at pick Nos. 24 and 25. Picking at the end of the first round usually forces you to either reach for a running back or start WR-WR, which I really don't like. The usual quality of players at the end of the third round, particularly running backs, necessitate that you hit on middle round picks in order to compete with the top teams in the league.

Will Carson Wentz be a top-8 QB?

My co-host, Jake Arians, and I disagree on this one. I do not think Wentz will be a top-eight quarterback. While I'm a big fan of the real-life quarterback, for fantasy purposes, he more of a borderline QB1. He's my current QB13 factoring in a couple potential missed games, but even on a per-game basis my projections have him as the 12th-best quarterback. If you're waiting on quarterback he's a very solid player to pair with someone else (Ben Roethlisberger, Aaron Rodgers, Jared Goff, etc.) and play the matchups with.

Which WR are you most comfortable drafting in Round 1?

I have four wide receivers with a first-round grade (top 12): Michael Thomas, Davante Adams, Julio Jones, and Tyreek Hill. Thomas (No. 5 overall) is ranked the highest of the bunch, but I believe the spirit of the question is about which wide receiver would I feel most comfortable with at their ADP. I'm not taking Thomas third or fourth overall like he's going in many drafts. Adams and Hill's current ADPs are sufficient. My answer is Jones, whose ADP is currently 13.8 but is ranked No. 9 overall for me. You can read more about why I'm so high on him this season here.

Jones is one of the most productive players at his position in the NFL. Since coming into the league as the sixth overall pick of the 2011 NFL Draft, Jones has never had fewer than 1,198 yards in any season in which he’s played more than 13 games. He’s led the league in receiving in two of the past five seasons, and led in receiving yards per game in three of the last five. 

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Written By:

Jaime Eisner

Managing Editor

Managing Editor of The Draft Network. He’s a former editor for Sports Illustrated, FanRag Sports and Arizona Sports. He’s the co-host of the TDN Fantasy Podcast and has an extensive background covering fantasy sports and sports betting.

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