Since it says Standard scoring in your opener, you have to like the fact that Freeman has already been getting himself well-acquainted with the end zone....a TD in each of his preseason games. While CIN's usage of Mixon in the preseason hints at some pass catching upside, that's not going to carry over as well in Standard and I wouldn't characterize his YPC outlook as 'shining'.
Without looking at the numbers, my off the cuff impression is that Thomas stands out for his floor while Adams stands out for his ceiling. Adams could overtake Thomas but he'd need to dodge those wicked hits from the DBs and stay on the field for all 16 games.
If you look ahead to your next two chances to stock up beyond #12 & #13 and are happier with the WR choices that will be presented to you than the RBs, then stock up on RBs here...or vice versa.
One metric I'll throw out is PPR points-per-game from 2017. We have Allen 17.76 - Adams 15.89 - Jones 15.74 and Fournette 17.71 - McCaffrey 14.41. So some of that coach-speak about higher usage is going to have to come true just for McCaffrey to match your other candidates. As one looks at the rest of the field, there are more WRs down below who can give you 12 points and above than there are RBs. But a couple of mid round notables from both sides are Carlos Hyde at 14.75 and Robert Woods at 13.78 (for whatever this particular metric happens to be worth)
If you look at things from a share-of-the-pie perspective for the WRs, the light shines most favorably on Allen as neither Henry nor Gates will be there to soak up red zone targets. I think Calvin Ridley > Taylor Gabriel so that the ATL pie is diluted just a tidge. I'd say the arrival of Graham comes fairly close to making up for the departure of Nelson although this recent talk about Cobb being shopped might mean more pie for Adams.
I'd take Fournette and would have a devil of a time making a final selection from these WRs. They say that Allen had a lower TD rate last year than his average so there's room for improvement and he was first in the NFL in red zone targets with 24 and these targets might even go up this year. So that gives me additional "rationalization" to just lean on that 2017 points-per-game metric and make a call for Allen.
and it seems like Hogan was lighting up TDs when healthy last year. I probably should stop getting so attached to players.....
I think you have a pretty good sniffer. All of your names except for Goodwin are on my short list of candidates and I think I'm going to have to make a spot for him on my list as I keep reading the blurbs. The scuttlebutt is that Decker is struggling in camp so Hogan may carry some sweet upside in those first few weeks without Edelman.
I agree with the philosophy that Stonewall just put forth. I'm not shy about being a half-round to a round early on some guys so that I can come closer to mapping out ahead of time the roster that I'm going to wind up with (I can get bye week headaches and matchup plans figured out ahead of time, for instance).
......BUT in no way would I vote to not do a June Mock Draft. If this assists Mike/Doug in any way, we should keep doing it as they do so much for us and the hobby!
While there was good content around Draft-time, the flagship football forum here seems adrift to me this off-season. So it was a real shot-in-the-arm to follow this draft as a spectator. It was refreshing to see actual football become the main point of discussion again...and with some enthusiasm !
First of all, I must disclose my bias. I've been in a keeper league for four years. I've had Bell for every one of those years and in just about all my matchups against my arch rival, who's had Brown for each of those four years, his Antonio always seems to get the best of my Le'Veon. So I have a case of mad Antonio Brown envy.
Since he has produced at a gold-standard level for several years running, I'd go to the bank with that and select Brown over anyone but Bell and Gurley. Brady, Brees, and others have shown us that QB age is an issue that can be overcome.
NYJ has allowed the 9th most FPs to QBs while NO has allowed only the 18th most. Throw in that NYJ has allowed the 3rd most QB rushing yards and that Cam loves to run and that makes it a Cam vote from me. Also, Cam has just added a favorite target in Greg Olsen while Goff has just lost one in Robert Woods.
He had 1 carry for 4 yds and 3 rec's for 33 yds in BAL's first drive vs CIN in wk1 and then - poof - he was sidelined. Sure, it isn't sustainable, but 6.70 PPR points per drive is a sweet rate.
The important thing is that it was the first time that Flacco and Woodhead had been on the field together and it looked like they were already dripping with chemistry. It's significant when you consider that none of the other BAL receivers (save maybe for Ben Watson and Buck Allen) have developed into target machines for Flacco this year.