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Faceoff: Draft At All Costs

June 27th


Clayton Gray: Are there players that you are targeting this year? Are there players that you will select even before their ADP just to be certain that you'll get them?

Jason Wood: There are never players I would draft at all costs beyond the first few picks, the guys you consider to be the very best options in the league. But to the broader question of people I'm willing to target earlier than their ADP? I would certainly target Peyton Hillis in the late 2nd and Shonn Greene and Mark Ingram a round earlier than their current ADP. I also love Daniel Thomas and Delone Carter and would easily grab them earlier than current ADP. On the WR front, Miles Austin, Brandon Lloyd, Chad Ochocinco, Steve Smith (CAR), Jacoby Ford, Earl Bennett and Golden Tate all strike me as guys I would have a hard time passing up if they were still on the board a round or two before their current ADP.

Mark Wimer: I really like Roddy White in Atlanta this year - with Julio Jones menacing teams on the other side of the field, and given a new change-of-pace back in Jacquizz Rodgers, I think that the entire Atlanta offense will get more productive and explosive. I'm willing to take White (in the PPR format) ahead of some top-ten running backs (Frank Gore and Maurice Jones-Drew leap to mind as guys I have on the same tier as White that I'd pass over to select White, as White's health is reportedly excellent while we have questions about Gore's hip rehab and Jones-Drew's knee rehab as of mid-June).

Sigmund Bloom: Based on early drafts I've seen and done, these are the low-hanging fruit/must-haves at each position -

QB: Tony Romo is going at QB7 or later even though he was producing at a 5000/32 pace. Seems like a fifth rounder will land him in most drafts.

RB: Agree with Woodrow about Mark Ingram being a player to target earlier than ADP, mainly because his ADP is ridiculously at 58 overall and RB24. Bernard Scott, Shane Vereen, and Delone Carter are great targets once you have filled out your starters at QB/RB/WR/TE and are looking for upside player to stock your bench.

WR: Brandon Lloyd is easy to love in the fifth round when he finished in the top five last year (at his numbers didn't drop with Tim Tebow). Santonio Holmes is a borderline WR1 that you can draft as a WR2 in the fifth or sixth. Percy Harvin and Austin Collie are potential WR1s whose medical risk drop them past the fifth round in a lot of drafts. Jacoby Ford could be a breakout player of the year at the position, and you don't even have to reserve a top 100 pick for him right now. In the double digit rounds, Emmanuel Sanders, Lance Moore, and Lee Evans all look like attractive bench stashes.

TE: Owen Daniels has the confidence of the Texans (seen in the form of a contract extension just before the lockout), so he deserves our confidence as a high-end TE1 in PPR leagues who can usually be had after the sixth round.

Jeff Pasquino: While I agree that there are ADP bargains to be had (as there always are every year), I absolutely do not subscribe to the essence of the "Draft at All Costs" question. There is no player worth getting at all costs in a redraft league. Even if I loved a guy, I would not be drafting anyone significantly earlier than they should be going off of the draft board - but that also does not necessarily translate directly to picking them much earlier than their ADP. Case in point is the FBG staff draft we did in May - I took Delone Carter way earlier than his ADP, but I have him in the RB30 or so range and if I am in a draft where 30 RBs have gone off the board and he is still there, I will take him even if ADP data says he will last for a few more rounds, especially if I feel that there is a dropoff at the position about to happen.

I do agree with some of the names that Bloom dropped (Romo, Owen Daniels, Jacoby Ford) and I will add some of the rookie RBs with big upside. Later in drafts I will almost always lean towards guys with potential vs. known performers.

Matt Waldman: Punters. Draft punters at all costs. Especially the Arkansas Razorback punter so you have someone to trade with Clayton, who will surely be texting you morning, noon, and night with offers to get him. Seriously, it all depends on the ADP leading to your draft day. I think everyone here mentioned some good names - Romo, Ford, Lloyd, Ingram, Ochocinco or Steve Smith (whichever one ends up in SD or NE), and I'd add Mike Williams of Seattle as a potential bargain. Williams finally understands how to work like a professional and I think he'll have some games where he's going to be unstoppable in the short range of the field as well as the red zone.

Clayton Gray: Umm, I'd like to make an offer for Dylan Breeding.