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1. Marco: WR Julio Jones
2. Matt: RB Fred Jackson
3. Dan: WR Victor Cruz
4. Rob: WR Jordy Nelson
5. James: RB Steven Jackson
6. Gary: RB Frank Gore
7. Ralph: QB Michael Vick
8. Tim: WR Dez Bryant
9. Ryan: QB Tony Romo
10. Alex: WR Kenny Britt
I was open to RB2 or WR2 in this round because none of the QBs appealed to me here.
I like Doug Martin so much that I considered taking him here in the fourth round. But, of the teams drafting before I pick again in the fifth round, only two teams (James and Gary) do not have two RBs already.
With at least four other remaining RBs listed higher than Martin on ADP lists, and given that a lot of people are not as high on Martin as I am, I was pretty confident James and Gary would not take Martin.
So I decided to go WR here in the fourth.
I was interested in Victor Cruz, but since he was taken just before me, I was happy to take Jordy Nelson.
Nelson is younger than teammate Greg Jennings by two years, so I think Nelson's arrow is still pointing up. What many fantasy owners don't realize is that Nelson (12.1 FPPG) finished ahead of Jennings (11.5 FPPG) last year as the most productive Packers receiver, yet Jennings is the first Packers receiver taken in this year's fantasy drafts. So I'm thrilled to take Nelson in the fourth round.
And my gamble ended up paying off, as James and Gary chose Steven Jackson and Frank Gore, respectively.
Fred Jackson is a great fourth-round pickup. Jackson was the fourth-best RB last year (normalizing for injuries), and, despite the emergence of C.J. Spiller in this year's Bills offense, Jackson should still be the primary ball-carrier.
Victor Cruz in the fourth is just like Jordy Nelson in that Cruz (12.1 FPPG) was the most productive fantasy receiver on the Giants last year, yet Hakeem Nicks (9.8 FPPG) is the first Giants receiver to be taken in this year's fantasy drafts.
While the fourth round seems like a safe spot to take running backs Steven Jackson and Frank Gore, I personally am avoiding both. With their high mileage and advancing RB age, respectively, and their NFL teams drafting rookie running backs as competition, I'm looking elsewhere to fill my RB2 role.