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On the whole? No, because RBs are still king. Sure, there are a handful (Calvin Johnson, Steve Smith, Randy Moss) who are among the top 10-15 players in the league and will go that high every year, but its much easier to find a productive WR in middle to late rounds than a starting RB.
No. Still the smartest move is to grab a viable running back with your first pick. Especially if they catch a lot of passes. Still can draft Fitzgerald, Johnson, or Moss have value in round 2 or 3.
With all the tandem backfields, yes. But would I draft Fitz over LT? Probably not. Fitz over Gore? Probably not. Fitz over Steven Jackson? Maybe. But that comes down to personal preference.
Yes, definitely. The only receiver who is first round-worthy is Larry Fitzgerald of the Arizona Cardinals. With Anquan Boldin still playing opposite of him, it will give Fitzgerald a number of one-on-one opportunities and Kurt Warner proved last year that he can still be effective in this league.
Slot receiver Steve Breaston burst onto the scene last year as well and look for second-year receiver Early Doucet to get some reps as well. Take Fitzgerald.
The only WR I would consider drafting in the first round is Larry Fitzgerald. Other wise, all other receiver selections will wait until at least the third round.
The only wide receiver I would draft in the first round is Larry Fitzgerald because of his offense and his incredible ability. All other receivers can be taken later anyways so if you are looking to take one in round 1, Fitzgerald is the only option.
Absolutely. All too often, people get caught up in how many total points a player will have at the end of a given season when assessing a player's fantasy value.
Instead, one should focus on how much comparatively better a potential draft pick will be compared to others at his position to make the highest value pick at each selection.
For instance, D'Angelo Williams is going to put up major points at running back this season.
However, can we really guarantee he will be that much better than Frank Gore, Chris Johnson, LT, and the slew of other top tier backs that look to be available at the middle-to-end of the first round?
Conversely, Larry Fitzgerald and Andre Johnson, especially in PPR leagues, provide a much better comparative level of production than the next closest wide receivers, as both Randy Moss and Calvin Johnson will have around 30 less catches than Fitz and Andre, and the next tier of top receivers (Steve Smith, Greg Jennings, Roddy White, etc) won't even come close to touching.
With that in mind, I can definitely justify taking Fitz or Andre Johnson towards the end of the first round.