I promise you that this will be the most half-assed draft-prep article you will read this year.
This is a little (read: a lot) late but I made these great Charts to show you how the RB and WR studs have been drafted that last few years. Problem is, I had shit to do this weekend, and forgot to write anything about them. Therefore, in an effort to not let these fine charts go to waste, I will throw them out into the world, and give you a few takeaways.
WR at the TOP-TIER
- All of the Receivers being drafted as elite, only Odell Beckham does not have 3 years being drafted as fantasy starter.
- On the hole, Elite Receivers stay fairly constant from year to year.
- Jolio Jones has been taken in the 2nd round pretty much every year. Looking for a safe & elite WR1 to grab early?
- AJ Green could fall to the late 2nd/early 3rd round despite being a 1st round contender for the last 2 years. Players get hurt, so he will probably still be great.
- This is the first year in 5 years that you can expect to grab Megatron in the 2nd round.
- What two Elite Receivers have not spent at least 3 years being drafted in the early rounds? ODJ and… Antonio Brown.
- The only Receiver to be a possible 1st round pick for 3 years in a row? Dez Bryant.
WR who fell from grace & Vincent Jackson
- The only former elite to drop out of the top-tier this year is Brandon Marshall. He could be a huge steal in the 4-6th round.
- Keenan Allen had a great rookie year, then was drafted right outside of the elites. Very similar to Mike Evans and Odell Beckham… maybe we are being a bit bullish on those guys.
- Never an exciting pick, Vincent Jackson has consistently been a mid-round WR2. Need a safe bet in the mid rounds? Pick him up.
- Every year, someone holds out hope for Fitzgerald and Cruz, and every year they fall further down the board.
RB ADP over the years
- Despite some consistency from Charles, Lynch, Peterson, and Forte… There is a good deal of movement from year-to-year for Stud RBs.
- The Straightest line on this chart? Frank Gore.
- Guys who had one off season plunge their ADP before returning to stud-ranks:
o Lamar Miller
o DeMarco Murray
o Shady McCoy
- No one likes Alfred Morris despite always finishing in the top-15.
- Key takeaway from this chart: It’s a crapshoot.
Want to see how all the WRs I profiled match up?
fantasyreaList Writer: P. Christian Swafford