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- Russell Wilson, QB, SEA
- Sammy Watkins, WR, BUF
- Jeremy Hill, RB, CIN
Khiry Robinson, RB, NO
LeGarrette Blount, RB, PIT
- Antonio Gates, TE, SD
Shonn Greene, RB, TEN
- Terrance Williams, WR, DAL
- Charles Clay, TE, MIA
- Cecil Shorts, WR, JAX
- St. Louis Rams D/ST
- Christine Michael, RB, SEA
First the Vultures, Then the Hyenas, Then Shonn Greene
You know, for a position that is allegedly decreasing in fantasy value, the drafters here sure seemed intent on making sure that there isn't a running back with a pulse left on the waiver wire when all's said and done.
Five more running backs were selected in Round 10. They include a trio of first- and second-year players in Hill, Robinson and Michael, who are one injury away from being potential top-20 fantasy options.
Biggest Value: Shonn Greene
I feel dirty just typing this.
There isn't a running back in the NFL who personifies the term "plodder" more than Shonn Greene. The sixth-year veteran hasn't averaged four yards a carry since 2011, and his career average barely eclipses that benchmark.
He may have all the explosiveness of a soaking wet box of Cinnamon Toast Crunch, but the fact is Greene, for now, is the Titans lead back. Twice in the last three years Greene has topped 1,000 yards on the ground.
At this point in the draft, any starting running back is a steal.
Even (shudder) Shonn Greene.
Biggest Reach: LeGarrette Blount
A week ago, this pick wouldn't have gotten a second thought.
In fact, for most of the summer I've been cool on Le'Veon Bell's fantasy prospects, in large part due to Blount's arrival in the Steel City after his career year with the Patriots in 2013.
I thought (and still do) that Blount is going to eat into Bell's workload more than many believe.
However, in light of Blount and Bell's recent marijuana arrest, I've cooled even more on both backs.
The Steelers haven't ruled out disciplinary action against the pair, regardless of what the NFL does. When it comes to the doghouse pecking order, I'd wager the veteran with the checkered past gets priority over the rookie without one.
In fact, I wouldn't rule out the Steelers using Blount to send a message to Bell.
Blount has more than a little value as a "handcuff" for Bell owners, but outside that, there were better ways to invest this selection.
My Pick: Russell Wilson
I could rattle off a number of reasons why I took Wilson here. That while the Seattle offense limits his fantasy upside, his mobility (and the fantasy points that come with it) make him a more than viable reserve under center.
I could even throw in that Wilson has looked phenomenal in the preseason, and that if head coach Pete Carroll follows through on his pledge to open up the offense, a breakout season for Wilson could be in store.
It's all plausible. True, even.
It's also a lie.
I'm a huge Russell Wilson fan. I love his Tarkenton-esque ability to extend plays, all the while keeping his eyes peeled downfield searching for broken coverages. He seems, from all indications, like a class act.
I wanted him on my team, so I drafted him.
Because fantasy football is supposed to be fun.