By Jeremiah Delgado
It is time to see what the 2016 fantasy football draft would look like if we knew what we know now. There are so many things that have happened this season to players and coaches that would completely shift the dynamic of every draft.
This is what the top ten in a draft might look like if we could re-do it today.
1.David Johnson, RB, Arizona Cardinals
As you see the rest of the round play out, you will realize the first three picks all have similar skillsets. David Johnson has scored double digits in every game except one and has been the lone star on the Arizona Cardinals this season. His ability to run and catch passes out of the backfield makes him a great player in all fantasy formats.
2.Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Dallas Cowboys
Ezekiel Elliott was projected to have a good season and after the first two weeks it looked like it was a good season but nothing special. All of those projections about a rookie not being worth a first-round pick was were right. Then, came week 3 against the Chicago Bears where he really turned it on.
Elliott has become patient and is running right through those big holes the offensive line is providing for him. He has rushed for over 100 yards in four games this season and is becoming better in the passing game. Elliott will continue to get better as he becomes more comfortable in the offense.
3.Le’Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers
Yes, Le’Veon Bell was suspended the first three games to start the season but he is still considered the best running back in football. During his sophomore season in 2014, Bell had over 2,000 all-purpose yards and eight touchdowns total. There should be no reason he can’t put up similar numbers as long as he stays healthy.
4.Julio Jones, WR, Atlanta Falcons
Nobody saw the Atlanta Falcons having this kind of offensive output especially with the schedule they have. Julio Jones has been an absolute monster for the Falcons. He has caught almost everything thrown his way and has 859 receiving yards to go along with four touchdowns.
Jones has the highest yards per reception at 20.0 in the NFL and is second in the NFL for yards per game with 107.4.
5.A.J. Green, WR, Cincinnati Bengals
The only reason A.J. Green is below Jones is because of his quarterback play. Andy Dalton has shown plenty of inconsistency this season and Green has been the one who suffers in fantasy. Despite that, Green has been fantastic at the position and would certainly go fifth overall in the draft.
6.Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers
2015 Fantasy Football Player of the Year Antonio Brown has been a little underwhelming this season. He still is amazing and will be near the top of position rankings at the end of the season, but it is probably because most teams drafted him first overall. Most people have had the expectation of Brown to double his production from last season but that’s unrealistic.
He is actually on pace to surpass his numbers from last year through eight games. Last year, he had 718 receiving yards and three touchdowns and this season before his eighth game, he has 592 receiving yards and five touchdowns.
7.DeMarco Murray, RB, Tennessee Titans
Everyone was unsure how DeMarco Murray would perform after his abysmal season with the Philadelphia Eagles. There was no way anyone could have foreseen such a great bounce back season like this. He has helped the Titans become one of the best rushing offenses in the NFL.
He has scored double-digit fantasy points in every single game this season and does not look like he shows signs of stopping.
8.Mike Evans, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Mike Evans has been able to build a great rapport with Jameis Winston this season and that has lead to a great season for him. He has already doubled his receiving touchdowns with six, after having just three all of last season. Evans has gone from a great WR2 into a WR1 that is matchup proof.
9.LeSean McCoy, RB, Buffalo Bills
Despite the nagging hamstring injury, LeSean McCoy has become “Shady” again and carried Buffalo through their four-game win streak. McCoy is another player who has been able to score double-digit points in almost all of the games he has played.
He has also almost eclipsed his rushing yards from all of last season in just seven games.
10.Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England Patriots
Sure, you would have spent the first four weeks of the season looking for a tight end to play, but now Rob Gronkowski is well worth his draft stock. Since the return of Tom Brady, “Gronk” has had a touchdown catch in all but one game. This season has been awful for the tight end position and consistency from “Gronk” would be an absolute luxury for any team.
Now, unfortunately for most of us there is no re-draft and you are stuck with the team and bad decisions you might have made until next season.
Jeremiah Delgado is a fan of the Jets, Yankees and Knicks. He doubts he will, but hopes to live long enough to see the Jets or the Knicks win a championship.
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