The Team I Wish I Had Drafted
Now that my fantasy season is over (except for my Steak League team which looks like an eater or self-buyer at worst), I'd like to focus on what might have been. If I only knew on draft day what I know now, here's the team I would have assembled:
1.1: Nick Chubb
I like his matchup in Week 1, and while I’m worried about his durability, I feel like rolling the dice a bit. Does the Justin Jefferson owner want a sidebet? Name your price.
2.12 Mike Evans
This might be a reach, but give me the guy that gets 1,000 yards every year over scrubs who get injured. Super high floor pick here. You want to double the side? Good with me.
3.12 Amari Cooper
It’s important to advance in the playoffs, and I love his Week 15 and 16 matchups against the Bears and Texans.
4.1 J.K. Dobbins
Love his upside, and you can’t be afraid of injuries, especially when you have the power of perfect foresight. My starting backfield for Week 1 is set!
5.12 Rachaad White
Need to get the giga-Rachaad here — running back depth is always key.
6.1 Alvin Kamara
I bumped him up a couple spots for kicking someone’s ass at a club. Real man.
7.12 James Conner
I know five running backs in the first seven picks is a lot, but I want guys with good playoff matchups.
8.1 Dak Prescott
Why waste an early pick on Patrick Mahomes or Joe Burrow when you can reach for Prescott with the first pick of Round 8?
9.12: Raheem Mostert
I think this is the year he stays relatively healthy. Love the speed and the scheme. My only concern is can he hold up through the *entire* season.
10.1 David Njoku
I love his playoff matchups and think he could break out were he ever paired with an older, out-of-football type quarterback willing to take shots down the field.
11.12 Matt LaPorta
Rookie tight ends are usually bad picks, but I see LaPorta as an Aaron Hernandez-level talent who can produce right away.
12.1 Jayden Reed
I’m a little thin at receiver and need someone who has good matchups in the playoffs.
13.1 Cowboys Kicker
Maybe Round 13 is early for kicker, but I feel like this rookie is a can’t-miss kicker. Oh, you’re offering me more sides? Bring it, cadelas.
14.12 Ravens Defense
Love to lock up a solid defense and kicker early, let other people chase those important positions late.
15.1 Kyren Williams
I really needed a receiver here, but couldn’t pass up on dog-house prone Cam Akers’ backup.
16.12 Tank Dell
There’s no way he holds up all year at 165 pounds, but he’s fast, and I really think the Texans scored with C.J. Stroud over Bryce Young.
17.1 Puka Nacua
Who? He’s a Rams rookie I could probably get on waivers when Dobbins inevitably is out for the year, but I love his tape and can’t risk it with Cooper Kupp iffy for the start of the year.
18.12 Raiders Defense
I love their Week 15 and 16 matchups in the playoffs. Once they get rid of that NLM Josh McDaniels and install a coach with balls, I have a feeling that unit will take off.
19.1 Saints Kicker
I need someone who will do better than the Cowboys kicker who could slump in Weeks 15 and 17.
20.12 Joe Flacco
I suppose I need a backup QB, and why not take one that’s 38 years old, been terrible for a decade and is out of the league?
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This obviously isn't the best possible team I could have drafted, but I'm positive it would have made the playoffs and crushed in every round. And the side-bet revenue — three rookie receivers, Evans and Cooper! — would probably exceed whatever the league prize is. And I could dominate despite losing my 1.1 pick in Week 2.