With the fantasy playoffs underway, now’s a good time to look back and see how the top-8 picks would’ve drafted had they gotten a do-over.
#1.) David Johnson
Johnson was the #1 running back on most draft boards going into draft night, and he’s shown why. The Northern Iowa grad has amassed at least 100 yards from scrimmage in every game he’s played in this season, to go along with 15 total touchdowns.
#2.) Le’Veon Bell
The only reason Le’Veon isn’t #1 in the redraft is because he missed the first three games of the year. Other than that, he’s been the most dynamic player on the planet. His 161.6 yards from scrimmage per game would be the second highest mark ever, behind only Priest Holmes in 2002 (163.4 YPG).
#3.) Antonio Brown
The other head in Pittsburgh’s two-headed offensive monster finds himself at #3. He’s struggled at times this season with Big Ben out of the lineup, and has had the misfortune of taking part in multiple games where the conditions were so poor that the Steelers all but abandoned the passing game. But other than that, he’s been the best wide receiver in football.
#4.) Ezekiel Elliot
Tons of fantasy hype surrounded Elliot going into the season, mostly because of the stellar offensive line he’d be running behind. And he’s certainly lived up to the billing, producing a fantasy season for the ages in his rookie season, and will only get better as he develops as a pass-catcher.
#5.) Julio Jones
Though a model of inconsistency due to various injuries, Julio has produced enough in his ‘on’ games to warrant a top-5 spot.
#6.) Demarco Murray
Left for dead by most fantasy owners by the end of last season, Murray has responded in a big way this campaign. His 1,135 rushing yards (with three games to go) is good for second in the league, and his 12 total touchdowns are tied for fifth.
#7.) Odell Beckham Jr.
Despite a wildly inconsistent season, Odell has found enough big plays to garner a spot on this list.
#8.) Mike Evans
The most targeted player in the league has been the vocal point of a rejuvenated Buc’s offense, which has played (surprisingly) semi-consistently.