Welcome back to Extra Points, which we are starting extra early--before camps even--since the mock season is upon us and as our drafts kick off, the NFL season will be here before we can blink.
For the magazine draft I curated for Rotoman Peter Kreutzer and the magazine to which Mastersball contributes, I managed to nab the first pick, which was good and made for a long wait between picks.
So yes, it is three months before said kickoff, but well, we have to start somewhere, so here are my selections and what logic I could summon for the pick.
1. Todd Gurley (RB, Rams): Gurley is just establishing himself with excellent skills, but I think he will get added touches as Jared Goff gets his sealegs.
2. Julian Edelman (WR, Patriots): As long as Edelman stays healthy, he will be Tom Brady's top target. Edelman, Julian NEP In a PPR league, gold.
3. Cam Newton (QB, Panthers): True QB is deep, but Cam is the best, can put up points a lot of ways and would surely be gone 26 picks later, when my turn came up again.
4. Travis Kelce (TE, Chiefs): Perhaps a tad early, but Kelce is solid and a perfect complement for Alex Smith.
5. Tyler Lockett (WR, Seahawks): No question how explosive this kid can be, and I want him on my team when he explodes.
6. Justin Forsett (RB, Ravens): A #2 running back I like a lot, Forsett can run and catch, good in a PPR league.
7.Markus Wheaton (WR, Steelers): Another explosive receiver and serious deep threat.
8. Breshad Perriman (WR, Ravens): A 2015 first rounder who missed 2015 to injury is ready to step into the limelight.
9. DeAndre Washington (RB, Raiders): This rookie running back is NFL ready and will support Latavius Murray, both running and catching.
10. Andy Dalton (QB, Bengals): Not bad for a #2 signal caller.
11. Devontae Booker (RB, Broncos): A fourth-round selection for Denver this year, Booker might be a rookie, but if ever there was a team that needs a lot of depth--and uses it--at running back, it is the Broncos.
12. Richard Rodgers (TE, Packers): My #2 tight end is a big target out of Cal (how can I not like that) who will certainly have an increased role over last season, and with Aaron Rodgers at the helm.
13. Ted Ginn, Jr. (WR, Panthers): I guess I have the explosive WRs, as Ginn, Jr. is certainly that.
14. Braxton Miller (WR, Texans): Third-round pick out of Ohio State is a potential big play guy.
15. Oakland Raiders (Defense): First, this is a shift for me, selecting a defense near the end of a draft, but I am planning on Khalil Mack pushing the corps, and well, if the squad tanks, there will be another overlooked D on waivers and I will try to snatch them up, streaming accordingly.
16. Robbie Gould (PK, Bears): Serviceable and surely steady, I know there are those who want to dump kickers from fantasy rosters, but that would be like telling Garo Yepremian his life was worthless.
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