The draft season is officially upon us, and with that being said, I wanted to get out a few quick reads to help you condense your player pool heading into your draft.
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This article will contain my picks for players that will demolish their current ADP! These are guys I feel you should look to picking in your drafts.
Let’s get to it!
*Average draft positions via ESPN
WR | Doug Baldwin | Seattle Seahawks | ADP: 33 (WR14)
Doug Baldwin is currently going 33rd overall in ESPN fantasy drafts on average. Baldwin is a part of a diminished Seahawks team that has lost both Jimmy Graham and Paul Richardson.
Baldwin was able to lead the NFL in scoring with 14 TDs in 2015 and has scored 15 TDs in his last two seasons. Last year he scored 8 TDs and 4 in his last 4 games. 16 TDs were scored combined from Richardson and Graham and I expect that Baldwin will get some of those coming his way.
Baldwin is as dependable as they come. He almost never drops passes, works hard, and does not get injured. I have Baldwin cracking my top 10 in terms of fantasy WRs and I think you should too. While Jaron Brown and Brandon Marshall may be nice adds for the Seahawks for now, they will not be nearly as much of a threat to Baldwin’s workload as Graham and Richardson’s 176 targets and 16 TDs. Graham himself had 96 targets himself and a league best 26 red zone targets.
Another thing to look at with the Seahawks is the fact that they have one of the worst offensive lines in the NFL. This will force them to be passing the ball a lot more than running.
With what should be an inflated target share, more red zone targets and a catch percentage of above 70%, I like Doug Baldwin to finish as a top 10 WR and beat out guys like Adam Thielen, T.Y. Hilton, and Larry Fitzgerald.
Prediction: 94 catches, 1,294 yards, 10 TDs
RB | Royce Freeman | Denver Broncos | ADP: 58 (RB26)
Royce Freeman is currently going 58th overall in ESPN fantasy drafts on average. Freeman is a 22-year-old 3rd round draft pick out of Oregon University.
The Denver run committee took a large hit when workhorse CJ Anderson took his talents to the Carolina Panthers this off season. Currently their biggest “threat” is 26-year-old back Devontae Booker, who had a less than stellar season last year only rushing for 299 yards on 79 attempts with 1 score.
The Broncos OL did have their share of struggles last year but finished top-10 in run blocking. Their run first offense should work very nicely for Royce Freeman who is used to being a workhorse from his days at Oregon.
Royce Freeman should have an opportunity right out of the gate as he knows how to follow blocking, weighs 235 pounds, and is surprisingly very fast (4.54 40).
His current ADP makes him a must draft for me as I feel he will finish as a top 20 RB. I like him over the likes of Kenyan Drake, Marshawn Lynch, and Rashaad Penny.
Prediction: 258 carries, 986 rushing yards, 7 TDs