The must-draft list: Players you want to target in fantasy drafts
There’s never going to be a situation where you’re going to draft all of your must-have players. Draft dynamics simply don’t allow for it, even in auctions. However, it’s a good idea to sit down and identify the “swipe right” players on your draft board. I don’t mean Antonio Brown. We all want him on our fantasy teams. Let’s dig a little deeper and highlight some guys who aren’t as obvious.
1. Devonta Freeman, RB, Atlanta Falcons
The chatter this offseason has been about the potential for a reduced role for Freeman with Tevin Coleman expected to see more carries. While the general reaction of the fantasy community has been to downgrade Freeman, we may want to pump the brakes a bit. Freeman is coming off a massive breakout season where he posted 15 runs of 15-plus yards and ranked third among receivers in targets.
Coleman is a good bet to get some work on early downs, but Freeman remains the third-down option. Better yet, Freeman has already flashed in the preseason, scoring on a nifty 19-yard run in the Falcons’ second preseason game. Freeman was last year’s top fantasy running back, and you get him at a nice discount in the middle of the second round. That’s especially beneficial if you happen to draft a wide receiver in the first round.