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NFL FOMO -- Players I Wanted That I Didn't Get
I did this exercise for baseball, and I’m pleased to see that none of them really panned out that big relative to his draft cost. When Cal Raleigh is the one you regret most, it’s good you showed restraint and didn’t reach to get them.
Here’s who I feel I most missed out on in my football drafts this year.
Jaylen Waddle (ADP 18) — I think he’s in the tier with CeeDee Lamb, Garrett Wilson and AJ Brown, but he goes in the second round. He’s an all-around receiver, and having Tyreek Hill around isn’t an issue as the Dolphins’ receiving corps has little depth. I just picked late in all my drafts and always liked someone ever-so-slightly more, especially after Waddle had the abdominal injury in camp.
Rhamondre Stevenson (ADP 36) — My comp for him is Le’Veon Bell — another big, slowish, runner who had great balance and patience, knew how to hit the hole and could catch passes out of the backfield. I like that the Pats signed Zeke Elliott rather than someone who could spell Stevenson on passing downs too.
Travis Etienne (ADP 37) — I wrote about Etienne at length. There’s a lot of upside here if he takes over on all the passing downs. Tank Bigsby is likely to serve as the early down complement, much like Elliott will do for the Patriots.
Jonathan Taylor (ADP 79) — I missed him by one pick in the Primetime (he went 71.) He’ll miss four games, but he’s presumably healthy, if he plays for the Colts it’s a steal, and if he’s traded to a good team, it’s a home run. Totally worth the gamble at the going rate.
D’Andre Swift (ADP 84) — He’s probably too soft for the NFL, but in the event he holds up, there is first-round upside in his current situation. I should have come away with at least one share.
Marvin Mims (118) — With Jerry Jeudy banged up, Mims could easily emerge as the team’s top wideout. If Sean Payton’s offense constitutes enough of an upgrade, Mims could have value at his cost, even if he’s the No. 3. At least I put some bets down on him to lead rookie receivers in yards.
Adam Thielen (128) — He could be an awfully cheap source of 80-plus catches as the only game in town on a weak Carolina team.
Greg Dulcich (194) — Rookie tight ends rarely do anything, but Dulcich showed promise in a partial season despite Denver’s dysfunctional passing offense. The targets are wide open in Denver, and he could be a big part of the offense in Year 2.
Patriots Defense (197) — I don’t know why, but I kept feeling a twinge of regret every time someone took them, and I had to cross them off my board. In Belichick, I trust.
Parris Campbell (207) — I don’t know why I never got him. He was cheap, and he’s the Giants receiver outside of Darren Waller I like the most. Campbell (6-0, 208) is big for a wideout who runs a 4.31, and he finally stayed healthy last year.
Hopefully this group does about as well as my baseball FOMOs did.