What does it mean for a player to “make your draft”? To me, delivering every week starter reliability for half of the season or more at a cost of a fourth-round pick or less fits the bill. Your first three picks are supposed to be cornerstones. If you hit on those picks and then get a fourth cornerstone later, even in the fourth, you will be well ahead of the competition. Who are players who can make your draft?
John Brown, WR, Buffalo - Robert Foster had sustained fantasy relevance with Josh Allen last year. Brown offers a lot more than Foster to say the least. He was on a 1000 yard pace with Joe Flacco and Foster was on a 1000 yard pace with Allen. So what does that say about Brown’s ceiling with Allen this year?
Damien Harris, RB, New England - It will require a Sony Michel breakdown, but we already know his knee is a problem. Rex Burkhead could be an issue too. Harris can be a three-down back in this offense and will require patience to harvest value, but the return of Josh Gordon moves this offense back into high rent fantasy real estate.
Josh Gordon, WR, New England - Gordon produced like a WR1 in the past and again last year when Rob Gronkowski was out. He was a little slower than his previous form but he also came into the season with a hamstring injury. He might not even play right away and who knows how long he’ll stay on the field, but he also riffed very well with Tom Brady and has been working with him in the offseason.
Robby Anderson, WR, New York Jets - Anderson finished the season with a stretch of games that would make him a WR1 in fantasy leagues, but he is still going at a WR2/WR3 price. He and Sam Darnold are both on the upslope side of their career arc, so special things could happen here.