Typically occasions, because the NFL season approaches, the gamers we like to focus on find yourself rising in draft positions, detracting from their enchantment. Thus, our seek for worth turns into tougher.
However as a result of there are alternatives deeper in drafts whose projected worth, as decided by the Madman, hasn’t but resulted in a rising draft value, we like various middle-round receiving choices (from Deebo Samuel, Jarvis Landry and Jakobi Meyers to the beforehand mentioned Corey Davis, Antonio Brown and Marquez Callaway).
There are operating backs who nonetheless have surprisingly low draft prices (Josh Jacobs and Mike Davis chief amongst them) and new choices we’re extra snug with following a commerce (Sony Michel and Damien Harris).
What this implies is that our need to gather prime RBs and WRs within the early rounds is much less pressing. Which implies we will concentrate on positions we wouldn’t historically take into account in early rounds – like quarterback and tight finish. Which implies we’re even open to one thing beforehand unthinkable.
Sure, the Madman is open to drafting two tight ends within the first few rounds. Thoughts you, this isn’t a deliberate method. It ought to happen provided that the draft breaks simply completely (or on this case, simply poorly sufficient) that you would be able to’t discover good worth at different positions.
First, it requires you to have drafted Travis Kelce within the first spherical. That isn’t a foul choose, that’s a superb choose. However should you don’t make that choose, likelihood is this method isn’t going to work. So you will have Travis Kelce, then you definately choose the perfect out there participant along with your second choose. And are available the third spherical, you end up in a bind.
This bind requires James Robinson and all RBs ranked forward of him to be gone. It requires the perfect WR choice to be one thing lesser than Keenan Allen. It means Patrick Mahomes and Josh Allen have been picked.
Primarily, should you’re selecting between Allen Robinson/Terry McLaurin or Chris Carson/David Montgomery at WR and RB, and you continue to have a Flex spot to fill, we give the stamp of approval to pick out Darren Waller there, even after choosing Kelce earlier.
This does a few issues. 1. It retains a prime tight finish out of the palms of one among your rivals. 2. It creates important commerce bait for later within the season should you run right into a jam at one other place. 3. It offers you two of final season’s top-10 Flex scorers – that prime 10 amongst is all RBs, WRs and TEs. It’s like having a prime WR at each the TE and Flex spots, whereas others battle to seek out even one TE who can remotely method the numbers of both.
The Madman additionally endorses this plan if George Kittle is on the market within the fourth spherical, offered the identical circumstances are met. We will envision eventualities in which you’ll take Waller within the third and Kittle within the fourth, however we haven’t run into these but (making us imagine they’re even rarer).
Consider it this manner: That third- or fourth-round RB or WR, will they method Waller or Kittle numbers? For those who wait an additional spherical, how a lot of a RB/WR downgrade do you actually make? The disparity in projected factors for gamers at different positions is slim, however the hole between the Kelce/Waller/Kittle trio and all different tight ends is large.
Simply one thing to consider. To concentrate on if the draft breaks that one particular method. An atypical technique to assault an early draft choose should you aren’t in love with different choices. It’s a draft audible, a fallback plan, one that might ship surprisingly productive outcomes.