Fantasy Executive Round 1 Mockup: Feeling Minnesota’s Justin Jefferson, Dalvin Cook

In fact, there have been people in the fantasy community who have said that I, the Fantasy Executive, don’t have it anymore. What a fool. Yes, I understand that I haven’t been as visible in the fantasy scene in recent years, but drawing fantasy football teams is like riding a bike. I’m glad to contribute some pieces to the athletic this fantasy football draft season to show you all that I still have. Let’s start with my mock draft from the first opening round.

1.1 jonathan taylorRB, IND — Throughout my years of playing fantasy, I’ve never really liked having the first pick in the draft. There is always a lot of pressure for that player to live up to fantasy expectations. This season, give me all the first picks he can handle. Call me sir 1.1. As long as it’s not a SuperFlex league, Taylor is the easy pick at 1.1. Last season, Taylor had more than 2,000 yards of total offense. This season he gets an upgrade at QB in matt ryan. Get cute on your birthday, but not on draft day.

1.2 cooper kuppWR, LAR— The last couple of seasons we’ve seen some excellent performances from the receivers. Miguel Tomas, justin jefferson and Antonio Brown come to mind. What Kupp did in 2021 may be the most impressive of all. Last season, Kupp came off the board as a WR19, so there was a lot of value to be had. Last year’s price is not this year’s price. As of August 1, Kupp has a NFFC ADP of 1.3. Kupp had 145 receptions on 191 targets last season. That will be hard to replicate, but he will still end up as the best WR in fantasy football.

1.3 Justin Jefferson, WR, MIN. — In just two NFL seasons, Jefferson has combined for 196 receptions, more than 3,000 receiving yards, and 17 touchdowns. He has also played in all the games. This season the vikings The offense will be planned by new head coach Kevin O’Connell. O’Connell spent the past two seasons as the offensive coordinator for the Los Angeles Rams. We all saw how well that offense worked for Cooper Kupp. Optimism is high for Jefferson entering his third season, and I bet he can live up to the hype.

1.4 austin eklerBR, LAC — Ekeler is one of my fantasy favourites. Last season, in 16 games played, Ekeler averaged more than 21 points per game in PPR leagues. Ekeler does a lot of his work in the passing game: Over the course of the past three seasons, Ekeler has more than 200 receptions from the backfield. In that same span, he also had 34 touchdowns, 20 of which came last season. Some will say those touchdowns will recede, and they very well could, but let’s not act like Ekeler doesn’t have a nose for the end zone.

1.5 najee harrisRB, HOLE — Harris had an excellent rookie campaign last season. The former Alabama Crimson Tide star was a volume monster in his first season in the NFL. Harris carried the ball more than 300 times and caught 74 passes. His rushing yards were under 4.0 per attempt, but thankfully, in fantasy that’s not a way to score points. Having a lot of the ball in your hand is the best path to fantasy production. the steelmakers The offense is likely to struggle again this season, but Harris will have another heavy workload.

1.6 Dalvin CookBR, MIN — Cook is the second Vikings player to be drafted in Round 1 of fantasy drafts this season. Since he entered the NFL, Cook has rushed for 4,820 yards. Unlike Najee Harris, Cook is very efficient, averaging 4.7 yards per carry. In my opinion, only Jonathan Taylor is a better pure running back than Cook. If Cook can get the receptions out of him in the mid-50s and play in every game, there’s no question he’ll be an elite fantasy contributor.

1.7 Chase Ja’Marr, WR, CIN — During training camp and preseason last year, Chase was having a hard time catching the ball. When he was asked about it, the rookie said he wasn’t worried and said he planned to break rookie receiving records. I’ll tell you what, I wasn’t lying. I had a very nice ticket in patriots Quarterback mac jones to win the rookie of the year award. But 1,455 yards, 81 receptions and 13 touchdowns later, the Bengalis The rookie catcher made sure my ticket was a loser. In a recent episode of IM an athlete podcast said Chase playing with his college QB joe burrow it eased his transition to the NFL. I’m curious to see what he does for an encore.

1.8 davante adamsWR, LV— The last two NFL MVPs have thrown passes to Davante Adams; yes, he was the same guy, but you get my point. Adams is the best wide receiver in the league in my humble opinion. The numbers he has racked up in three of his last four seasons have been remarkable. This season the team and coaching staff change, but the domain will continue. Former college teammates Joe Burrow and Ja’Marr Chase put up big numbers last year. adams and Derek Carr, a previous couple on Fresno St., will have big seasons this year. I could talk myself into taking Adams as high as 5th overall. Adams has 29 receptions for touchdowns in his last two seasons. He is a major offensive weapon.

1.9 Christian McCaffreyRB, CAR — I’m old enough to remember when Christian McCaffrey was the most dominant offensive player in fantasy. That was just before the pandemic started; since then, CMC has played in 10 games. Once again, McCaffrey is being drafted as one of the top fantasy options. He excuses me for being skeptical. Volume may well be McCaffrey’s greatest asset, but you have to be on the field to get that volume. If you’ve played this pastime long enough, you know what McCaffrey is capable of. I don’t want to risk a high pick on that this season. If I miss it, so be it.

1.10 derrick henryRB, TEN — Henry is such an intimidating force in the titans backfield When he’s rolling, he can take your fantasy team. I am concerned about his workload in the last three seasons. Since the 2019 campaign, Henry has exactly 900 carries. That’s crazy! Now, he’s a big guy, so he’s actually taken the punishment. Last season, in just eight games played, he carried the rock 218 times. I have to believe the volume per game will drop to help him stay fresh for a potential postseason run.

1.11 D’Andre Swift, RB, DT — Last season, Swift racked up more than 1,000 yards of total offense along with seven touchdowns in 13 games played. Swift also caught 62 passes. He has put up numbers similar to what Austin Ekeler was racking up before he had his breakout season. As the lions the offense evolves, I expect Swift to be the dominant midfielder. A big campaign is coming up for the former Georgia Bulldog.

1.12 joe mixonRB, NIC — Fantasy football managers have had a love-hate relationship with Mixon. Coming off his 2021 season, I love the Bengals’ mostly reliable running back. Last year, Mixon played in 16 games, rushed for more than 1,200 yards and caught more than 40 passes. He also hit 16 times. People like to point out the touchdown regression, but I like to say that having a nose for the goal line is more skill than luck.

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