We are all well aware of the growing dismay for RBs in fantasy football, as wide receivers have started to dominate the NFL. Fantasy drafts are seeing less and less running backs drafted in the first two rounds and some owners are waiting as long as the fourth round before selecting their RB1. If you own one of the top three picks in your draft, chances are you're going to draft Antonio Brown, Julio Jones or Odell Beckham. We ran three 12 team mock drafts out of the top three slots to see what a roster would look like if we stacked our WRs.

WR Heavy Draft Strategy Pt 2

No-brainer. Brown is my top fantasy player in 2016. I would have loved to have grabbed Brandin Cooks and Amari Cooper to finish off my WR trio, but Cooks was drafted right before it was my turn. Normally if I have two WRs already and a guy like LeSean McCoy or Eddie Lacy are available, which they were, I would go with one of them.

It's tough to draft Patriots running backs because you never know what Belichick is thinking or if Tom Brady will throw 95% of the time, but Lewis was awesome last year and Brady loved him in the passing game.

It was between Murray and Danny Woodhead to start the 5th round, and I know I shouldn't, but I'm going to ignore Murray's season last year.  He was absolutely in the wrong system and couldn't play his game. With the Titans this year he should be able to get back to what made him successful in Dallas, despite not having nearly as good as an O-Line. Derrick Henry will compete for touches but Murray could be in line for a heavy workload.

Cant be upset with a TE in the 6th round that finished with 94 receptions, 1,088 yards and 6 touchdowns a year ago.  I was targeting Drew Brees, but he was selected right before I drafted Walker.

Palmer clearly had an MVP type season last year and will be back at it again with a receiving trio of Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd and John Brown.

Fantasy Football WR Rankings


Pick #2
Julio Jones
Brandin Cooks
T.Y. Hilton
Thomas Rawls
Drew Brees
Giovani Bernard
Antonio Gates
No surprise that Antonio Brown went first overall, and I decided to go with Jones over Odell Beckham.  As mentioned above, I was targeting Cooks and I love the fact that Brees is his QB.  That duo was good for 84 receptions, 1,138 yards and 9 touchdowns last year.

Receptions, yardage and touchdowns were all down last year for Hilton, but hopefully a healthy Andrew Luck will get Hilton back to Pro Bowl production.  He has been a top 25 WR in PPR for three straight seasons.

Marshawn Lynch retired and if healthy, Thomas Rawls could put up big numbers.  He averaged 5.6 yards per carry on 147 attempts last year rushing for four scores.  He rushed for 100 yards four times as a rookie, including a 209 yard day against the 49ers and 169 against the Bengals, in Cincinnati.

If Bernard can rush for 700+ yards again this year, than I imagine he'll find the end zone more than twice, even with Jeremy Hill stealing goal line touches. His ability to catch passes out of the backfield makes him a great PPR player.

Despite being 36 and only playing 11 games last year, Gates was still very productive, catching 56 passes for 630 yards and 5 touchdowns. If he stays healthy he should have another big year with Ladarius Green in a Steelers uniform.

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OBJ got drafted second after Brown, but I value Jones higher than Beckham, so I'm happy about that.

Year two of Jameis Winston and Mike Evans should prove to be a big one. Evans only caught 3 touchdowns last season in 15 games, down from 12 in his rookie campaign. They could easily connect for double digit touchdowns.

Would have preferred to grab Doug Martin here but Thomas is a great talent regardless of who is playing QB for the Broncos....even if it is Mark Sanchez.

Limited to just 7 games last season, Hyde could prove very valuable as a fourth round pick again in 2016.  He will have the added bonus of playing in a Chip Kelly offense this year.

4,024 yards and 34 touchdowns, that's what Wilson did with his arm in 2015. 553 rushing yards and a TD is what he added with his legs. He's a deadly combo of skill and speed - a dual threat at the quarterback position.

DeMarco Murray was awful in Philly last year, but Ryan Mathews was not. Mathews ran for 539 yards with 6 touchdowns and averaged 5.1 yards per carry. With Murray gone, Mathews will be the Eagles primary running back and will get plenty of touches.  He could finish as a top RB2.

Doubling up with another Eagle, Ertz caught 75 passes in his third season and I expect this is the year he finally finds the end zone more than four times.

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