Now that the off-season is here, it is time to discuss who is the leading candidate to be the No. 1 overall pick in August of 2016. If you had to draft today, who would you select with the first overall pick in a 2016 fantasy football draft? Here are the top options in order of who we’d roll with.
1.01 – Todd Gurley (STL/RB): Honestly, it’s hard to argue against any of the players below, and any of the players listed below might be in the discussion for the No. 1 overall pick come August, 2016. Still, Gurley showed flashes of the kind of runner that can have those occasional 2-3TD games, and those 150+ rushing performances. He is so dynamic, and he should only get better, stronger (from his ACL recovery) heading into this upcoming year.
1.02 – LeVeon Bell (PIT/RB): His health (PCL/MCL surgery) this off-season will steer his value, but having to guess now, we think it’s pretty safe to say he will be good to go for 2016. When healthy and on the field, Bell can be just as good as Gurley. Last year’s injury (MCL/PCL) is the only reason he isn’t tied for the 1.01.
1.03 – Antonio Brown (PIT/WR): As we said above, a case can be made for Brown going 1.01, especially in PPR. This is personal preference. If you’re a good running back draft, like in middle rounds, then you might lean Brown at 1.01. If you tend to struggle during years where you try going cheap at RB, then you might consider both Gurley and Bell before you consider the top receiver… there are no bad picks in this top 6 overall.
1.04 – Julio Jones (ATL/WR): Everything just said above under Antonio Brown can be said here.
1.05 – Devonta Freeman (ATL/WR): A case can be made that there is a lot of risk here, but a case can also be made that he is the No. 1 overall pick. Because of the risk, he falls near the bottom of this group of six, but again, that’s not a bad thing, as this group of six is all 1.01 worthy.
1.06 – DeAndre Hopkins (HOU/WR): He proved this year he can outscore any WR on any given Sunday. His QB situation isn’t as strong as any of the WRs above, which is the only reason he isn’t right up there with both Brown and Jones.