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Wednesday 29th Mar 2017

Following up on last week’s column that showed the first three rounds of the Scout Online Championship draft that Greg Morgan and I are doing, I wanted to recap our draft.

As a reminder, this is a 12-team PPR league where lineups will be QB, RB, RB, WR, WR, WR, TE and two Flex spots (RB/WR/TE) in addition to your kicker and defense. We were drafting from the two hole, so here are the picks in order with my brief comments.

1.02 Le'Veon Bell, RB, PIT – Might still be the #1 RB without the two games

2.11 T.Y. Hilton, WR, IND – Big play receiver and favorite of Andrew Luck

3.02 DeAndre Hopkins, WR, HOU – Great going for the ball and no longer in Andre Johnson’s shadow

4.11 Greg Olsen, TE, CAR – More targets with Kelvin Benjamin out; could be #1 TE this year

5.02 Ameer Abdullah, RB, DET – Rookie showing great skills moves into Reggie Bush role

6.11 John Brown, WR, ARI – Big play receiver could easily lead Cardinal receivers this year

7.02 Joique Bell, RB, DET – Injury pushing down his draft spot but should still be a top-20 RB

8.11 Torrey Smith, WR, SF – Can get deep and Kaepernick has huge arm

9.02 Rashad Jennings, RB, NYG – I still think he is Giants best RB and a good pass catcher

10.11 Ty Montgomery, WR, GB – Should be Packers third wideout with Jordy Nelson out

11.02 Eli Manning, QB, NYG – Great receivers and check his numbers for last half of 2014

12.11 Cameron Artis-Payne, RB, CAR – Rookie there when (not if) Jonathan Stewart goes down

13.02 Charles Clay, TE, BUF – Big tight end with very good hands for whomever is the Bills QB

14.11 Allen Hurns, WR, JAC - #2 receiver for Bortles and the Jaguars

15.02 Philly Brown, WR, CAR – Sneaky pick – may be leading wide receiver for Cam Newton

16.11 Zach Zenner, RB, DET – Powerful runner in case Bell has problems

17.02 Jordan Norwood, WR, DEN – Vying for slot receiver for Peyton Manning

18.11 Tyrod Taylor, QB, BUF – Eye opening pre-season, great college career, can run and pass

19.02 Indianapolis Colts DST – Check their schedule for first four weeks

20.11 Chandler Catanzaro, K, AZ - Very strong leg and offense that can sputter + good defense

A pretty strong team in my opinion. Now we need to be vigilant on the waiver wire to adjust to anything that may happen – and there are always surprises and breakthroughs in the NFL. I will report on how we are doing in our quest for best record and most points and run for the playoffs, but always glad to answer questions here or on the message boards.

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