The Rebuilding Of A Keeper League Team, Part 2 - Pre-ranking For Draft

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My most important fantasy football draft is this weekend. It's the most important league to me because it was a keeper (or dynasty depending on your terminology) league I started in 2001, and is still going strong after 13 seasons. It's also the most competitive with owners keeping 17 players on a 22-man roster and drafting five new players each season. Yes! I realize this is a very deep league but it's also been the most exciting.

As I've stated in my previous post The Rebuilding Of  A Keeper League Team, Part 1 - The Draft, I currently hold the number pick in this year's draft and was extremely enamored with taking Bengal's running back Giovani Bernard with my first pick. However, I had second thoughts about it over the last few years especially with the emergence of Le'Veon Bell in Pittsburgh. Bell is "slated" to be the Steelers back of the future but hasn't been able to stay healthy during the pre-season. As I watched him leave Monday's pre-season game against Washington, I started to reconsider my second thoughts about not taking Bernard.

Here are my pre-rankings going into this weekends draft. Keep in mind my league is drafting mostly rookies and most of my rankings are based on necessity as opposed to the being the best player available.

  • 1. Giovani Bernard
  • 2. Le'Veon Bell
  • 3. Montee Ball
  • 4. Eddie Lacy
  • 5. Zac Stacy
  • 6. Marcus Lattimore
  • 7. Tavon Austin
  • 8. EJ Manuel
  • 9. Joseph Randle
  • 10. Knile Davis
  • 11. Mike Gillislee
  • 12. Vincent Brown
  • 13. Chrstine Michael
  • 14. DeAndre Hopkins
  • 15. Aaron Dobson
  • 16. Denard Robinson
  • 17. Johnathan Franklin
  • 18. Jordan Cameron
  • 19. Zach Sudfeld
  • 20. Zach Ertz
  • 21. Tyler Eifert
  • 22. Geno Smith
  • 23. Ryan Broyles
  • 24. Cordarrelle Patterson
  • 25. Robert Woods
  • 26. Blaine Gabbert
  • 27. Ed Dickson
  • 28. Matt Prater
  • 29. Josh Brown

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