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2014 Draft Prep: Picking No. 2 overall

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Pick No. 1 | Pick No. 3 | Pick No. 4 | Pick No. 5 | Pick No. 6 | Pick No. 7
Pick No. 8 | Pick No. 9 | Pick No. 10 | Pick No. 11 | Pick No. 12

Picking second overall is a good deal -- you'll land an elite-level running back with 300-plus-touch potential in Round 1 and end up with three of the Top 25 overall players on your Fantasy rank list.

The dilemma you'll face early on won't be who to take in Round 1 as much as what you'll want to do in Rounds 2 and 3. If you go with two running backs you'll be hurting at receiver. Taking back-to-back receivers might work out better but if you don't like the running backs ranked, say, 21st through 29th, then you probably shouldn't go that route since that will be what's left when you're up in Round 4.

Plan A should be one of each -- a running back and a receiver. But sometimes a better plan pops up and when it does, you should adjust.

That better plan involves an elite quarterback making it to you in Round 3. Call it a quarterback bonus. If you can get Drew Brees or Aaron Rodgers by then, that's money. It'll definitely happen if both are available to you in Round 2, since the owner who picked before you to start the draft won't take both. Or shouldn't take both. Unless he's lost, he won't take both.

Another player who could challenge your best laid plans is Rob Gronkowski, a tight end with Jimmy Graham-esque production but more injury risk. Could you potentially take a stud in Round 1, Gronk in Round 2 and a stud quarterback in Round 3? If we're talking about a smaller league then definitely, but if you're in a league with 12 teams or more it might not be a good idea. Sure, you'll have difference makers, but you'll also lag behind at receiver and running back.

I'll say this: If you have a good nose for finding sleepers and maybe even love a lot of receivers and running backs you'll be able to land in Rounds 4 through ... well, pretty much the end of your draft, then it's worth it.

We'd argue that the consistency and productivity of the Top 7 receivers on our rank list outweighs the risk involved with taking Gronkowski. Besides, he might be the guy who slips to you in Round 3. That would be delightful.

So get familiar with running backs and receivers ranked outside of the Top 20 at their positions. Like a lot of them? Plan accordingly. If not, expect to start your draft with two running backs and a receiver.

Editor's note: The percentages listed are what position you should target based on that round for each pick.

Round 1

Round 1 - Standard QB 0% RB 100% WR 0% TE 0%
Round 1 - PPR QB 0% RB 100% WR 0% TE 0%

If you're in a two-quarterback league or some weird receiver-heavy PPR format, this pick will be a running back. And it'll be a good one, one who can start for you every week without question. The candidates are going to be Matt Forte, LeSean McCoy and Adrian Peterson (with Jamaal Charles an option in case he doesn't go at the top of the draft). What's nice about these backs is that a handcuff isn't considered mandatory like some other rushers. All three have backups who aren't expected to play as well as the starters, so you're probably better off picking up a back on another team for depth in case of the unimaginable. There's no wrong answer here but of the three, Forte's the only one who should end up with the most touches (even more than McCoy now that Darren Sproles is in Philly) and doesn't have the career workload concern that Peterson has.

Players you can get here: (Standard and PPR): Matt Forte, LeSean McCoy, Adrian Peterson
My selection at No. 2 standard: Matt Forte
My selection at No. 2 PPR: Matt Forte

Round 2

Round 2 - Standard QB 5% RB 35% WR 40% TE 20%
Round 2 - PPR QB 0% RB 40% WR 40% TE 20%

Let value be your guide here. We know there are three top-tier quarterbacks, 13 or so running backs, seven top-shelf receivers and a pair of tight ends worthy of a Top 24 pick (your numbers may vary). Add those numbers up and we get 25, so you're guaranteed one of them. Expect a lot of running backs and receivers to be gone when you're up, but if one of the Top 7 wideouts is there, it's probably a good idea to take one and then aim for another one of those Top 25 players in Round 3. The quarterback bonus we referred to earlier is also in play here -- you probably should not take a quarterback in this spot. What about Gronkowski? If you're not afraid of risk it's a good pick, but pairing him with an elite passer in Round 3 will mean chasing receivers and running backs for the rest of the draft. In a PPR league, expect a running back to fall into your lap, making your next pick a receiver (quarterback shouldn't be in the equation).

Players you can get here (Standard): A.J. Green, Jordy Nelson, Doug Martin, Rob Gronkowski, Drew Brees
Players you can get here (PPR): Zac Stacy, Doug Martin, Alshon Jeffery, Randall Cobb, Rob Gronkowski
My selection at No. 23 standard: Jordy Nelson
My selection at No. 23 PPR: Zac Stacy

Round 3

Round 3 - Standard QB 20% RB 35% WR 30% TE 15%
Round 3 - PPR QB 5% RB 40% WR 50% TE 5%

This is sort of a clean-up pick in that you should pick a starter from a position you didn't take in Round 2. It doesn't have to be this way, especially if you end up with a second consecutive receiver you really like (example: A.J. Green in Round 2, Jordy Nelson in Round 3). But expect it to be a running back if you took a wideout in Round 2 or a receiver if you took a rusher with the previous pick, with the standard-league caveat being that if you game-planned for an elite quarterback in Round 2 then get him now. For the first time in several years the idea of taking three backs to start a draft isn't that appealing. You'll be behind the eight ball at nearly every position if you go that route, though it doesn't mean you can't take three backs with your first four picks.

Players you can get here (Standard): Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers, Antonio Brown, Alshon Jeffery, Randall Cobb, Andre Ellington
Players you can get here (PPR): Andre Johnson, Marshawn Lynch, Reggie Bush, Alfred Morris, Larry Fitzgerald
My selection at No. 26 standard: Drew Brees
My selection at No. 26 PPR: Andre Johnson

Round 4

Round 4 - Standard QB 5% RB 45% WR 45% TE 5%
Round 4 - PPR QB 10% RB 35% WR 45% TE 10%

If Matthew Stafford or Julius Thomas are staring you in the face, draft one. But short of that, aim for a back or a receiver. The bad news is that the running backs remaining won't be ideal -- they'll have warts. The good news? You'll select again in three picks and can sort of use the owner in the Pick 1 slot to help determine what you should take. Like if the owner has two running backs and one receiver, expect him to take at least one receiver when up for two. Maybe you'll take a receiver you really like before that owner gets his filthy mitts on him.

Players you can get here (Standard): Joique Bell, Ray Rice, Stevan Ridley, Trent Richardson, Frank Gore, Michael Floyd
Players you can get here (PPR): Michael Floyd, Wes Welker, Victor Cruz, Aaron Rodgers, Kendall Wright, Ryan Mathews
My selection at No. 47 standard: Ray Rice
My selection at No. 47 PPR: Wes Welker

Round 5

Round 5 - Standard QB 5% RB 40% WR 45% TE 10%
Round 5 - PPR QB 5% RB 45% WR 40% TE 10%

Pretty much the same advice as your previous pick: Fill your lineup up with quality starters at positions you need, with a heavy emphasis on running backs and wide receivers. Last year this was a good spot to take a quarterback, but we'd wait if you don't have one already. Too many quality ones will be available when you're up in Round 6, and if the owner in the Pick 1 slot has a quarterback by then, you can wait until Round 7. Matthew Stafford is the only good pick and he should be gone by this point. The same kind of depth is at tight end -- maybe a case could be made for Vernon Davis, but there's some worry he won't score as many touchdowns as he did last season and thus won't finish as a Top 5 tight end. If you love your first four picks and think of Davis as an elite option, then he's worth taking here. Finally, there's nothing wrong with having three receivers through five picks, especially if we're talking about high-reception wideouts in a PPR league.

Players you can get here (Standard): Emmanuel Sanders, Michael Floyd, Roddy White, Victor Cruz, Vernon Davis
Players you can get here (PPR): Kendall Wright, Ryan Mathews, Emmanuel Sanders, Trent Richardson, Julian Edelman, Vernon Davis
My selection at No. 50 standard: Emmanuel Sanders
My selection at No. 50 PPR: Kendall Wright

Round 6

Round 6 - Standard QB 15% RB 35% WR 35% TE 15%
Round 6 - PPR QB 10% RB 35% WR 40% TE 15%

We're still searching for starters in Round 6, though now you should be more open to the tight end and quarterback positions if you haven't filled them already. But hold on -- remember that advice from Round 4 about sizing up the needs of the owner in Pick 1? If you need a quarterback or a tight end and that owner already has one, chances are he won't draft another one this early. You can wait until Round 7 (an example of this is coming up) to fill a need the other owner has already taken care of. Generally speaking, Round 6 is a good enough time to start taking chances on players who might have some injury risk, playing time concerns, or both.

Players you can get here (Standard): Jeremy Maclin, Steven Jackson, Mike Wallace, Andrew Luck, Jordan Cameron, Ben Tate
Players you can get here (PPR): Pierre Thomas, Danny Woodhead, Stevan Ridley, DeSean Jackson, Torrey Smith, Jordan Cameron
My selection at No. 71 standard: Jeremy Maclin
My selection at No. 71 PPR: Stevan Ridley

Round 7

Round 7 - Standard QB 20% RB 20% WR 30% TE 30%
Round 7 - PPR QB 30% RB 20% WR 30% TE 20%

Round 7 still offers plenty of good starting options and certainly some good values at every position except running back and maybe receiver in standard leagues. This is a good spot to pick up a tight end or a quarterback, particularly if you use the needs of the Pick 1 owner against him. If that owner already has a quarterback and/or a tight end, you should have waited for one in Round 6 and gone with it here. Last year the running back depth dropped off a cliff here, but we suspect you'll have some decent options for third and fourth running backs when you're up late in Round 8 and early in Round 9.

Players you can get here (Standard): Jason Witten, Tony Romo, Terrance West, Kendall Wright, Pierre Thomas, Marques Colston
Players you can get here (PPR): Colin Kaepernick, Mike Wallace, Tom Brady, Matt Ryan, Terrance Williams, Fred Jackson
My selection at No. 74 standard: Jason Witten
My selection at No. 74 PPR: Colin Kaepernick

Round 8

Round 8 - Standard QB 20% RB 30% WR 30% TE 20%
Round 8 - PPR QB 20% RB 30% WR 30% TE 20%

If you're still shopping for starters, it better be at quarterback or tight end. That's because we're entering backup and rookie territory at running back and receiver. The most-wanted handcuffs will begin getting picked off (if you drafted Ray Rice, this is the spot to get Bernard Pierce) and the quality upside receivers will also get snatched up. If you don't feel good about your running backs, then that's the direction to go in. Remember, you're up for another pick soon and can address other needs then.

Players you can get here (Standard): Jordan Reed, Brandin Cooks, Jeremy Hill, Bernard Pierce, Robert Griffin III
Players you can get here (PPR): Devonta Freeman, Brandin Cooks, DeAngelo Williams, Knowshon Moreno, Bernard Pierce, Kyle Rudolph, Jay Cutler
My selection at No. 95 standard: Bernard Pierce
My selection at No. 95 PPR: DeAngelo Williams

Round 9

Round 9 - Standard QB 20% RB 30% WR 25% TE 25%
Round 9 - PPR QB 10% RB 30% WR 35% TE 25%

Things could start getting ugly at quarterback and at tight end, so if you don't have a starter at those spots by now then make a move for one. Depth at running back will go before depth at receiver. Make sure you don't actually see a receiver you'd want before taking the best available back. Players I'd expect to get drafted in Round 9: Zach Ertz, Jay Cutler, Rueben Randle, Christine Michael and Khiry Robinson.

Players you can get here (Standard): Christine Michael, DeAngelo Williams, Greg Olsen, Zach Ertz, Tre Mason, Jay Cutler, Rueben Randle
Players you can get here (PPR): Kyle Rudolph, Jay Cutler, Rueben Randle, Khiry Robinson, Mike Evans, Dexter McCluster, Marvin Jones
My selection at No. 98 standard: DeAngelo Williams
My selection at No. 98 PPR: Kyle Rudolph

Round 10

Round 10 - Standard QB 10% RB 30% WR 35% TE 10% K 0% DST 15%
Round 10 - PPR QB 15% RB 30% WR 30% TE 10% K 0% DST 15%

The fun part about the late rounds of a Fantasy draft is that there's no commitment. Draft someone who blows out a knee or struggles to get playing time? Cut 'em! So this is the time to start looking for two types of players: Relative bargains for quality depth or high-upside youngsters, especially if it's a receiver coming off a decent season or a running back with an older player with breakdown potential in front of them. Or ... you could take the best, most difference-making DST in Fantasy and find sleepers later on (like three picks later).

Players you can get here (Standard): Carlos Hyde, Marvin Jones, Kenny Stills, Knile Davis
Players you can get here (PPR): Tavon Austin, James White, Seahawks DST, Jarrett Boykin, Knile Davis
My selection at No. 119 standard: Marvin Jones
My selection at No. 119 PPR: Seahawks DST

Round 11

Round 11 - Standard QB 15% RB 30% WR 30% TE 10% K 0% DST 15%
Round 11 - PPR QB 15% RB 30% WR 30% TE 10% K 0% DST 15%

Sleepers and quality backup running backs (or both in the case of guys like James White, Andre Williams and Travaris Cadet) are your targets. Nothing wrong with going for an older back who would get a ton of work in case the starter in front of them goes down. Also nothing wrong with taking a DST you have a major hunch about or even a backup quarterback that slides right under your nose. One factor is that roster spots are filling up and when you're up in the next round you might only have one or two open spots to fill before taking a kicker and a DST (assuming you have to take them).

Players you can get here (Standard and PPR): Knile Davis, Harry Douglas, Riley Cooper, LeGarrette Blount, Chris Ivory, Eric Ebron, Jarrett Boykin
My selection at No. 122 standard: LeGarrette Blount
My selection at No. 122 PPR: Harry Douglas

Round 12

Round 12 - Standard QB 10% RB 30% WR 25% TE 10% K 0% DST 25%
Round 12 - PPR QB 10% RB 25% WR 30% TE 10% K 0% DST 25%

Unless you splurged on a DST already, only one of your next two picks will be an actual skill-position player. This might be your last sleeper or a backup quarterback or tight end -- but it doesn't have to happen now. Most leagues have DSTs litter the second-to-last round of a draft. If this is your third-to-last round and you're up again in three picks, you might as well wait to take your sleeper unless it's someone you just don't want to risk losing. The benefit? You can rack up a Top 5 DST. Note that if the owner in Pick 1 already has a DST then you should pass on a DST since he'll draft a sleeper with one of his picks (two if he unfathomably has a DST and a kicker already).

Players you can get here (Standard and PPR): Any non-Top 3 DST, Carson Palmer, Justin Hunter, any middle- to low-end running back handcuff
My selection at No. 143 standard: Cardinals DST
My selection at No. 143 PPR: Justin Hunter

Round 13

Round 13 - Standard QB 10% RB 20% WR 15% TE 10% K 0% DST 45%
Round 13 - PPR QB 10% RB 20% WR 15% TE 10% K 0% DST 45%

Most owners will end up with the best-available DST in this spot. Units like the Patriots and Steelers stand out because of their improved personnel and easy schedule (especially for the Steelers). Going for a kicker (and probably the best kicker you can get) is only an option if you're sure you can land the player you want with your final pick -- someone like a low-end handcuff or a player no one else in your league has heard of. But why risk that for a kicker? Wait until the last round for the boot.

Players you can get here (Standard and PPR): Any middle- to low-end running back handcuff, any DST not ranked in the Top 5, any kicker
My selection at No. 146 standard: Ka'Deem Carey (handcuff to Matt Forte)
My selection at No. 146 PPR: Ka'Deem Carey

Round 14

Round 14 - Standard QB 0% RB 0% WR 0% TE 0% K 100% DST 0%
Round 14 - PPR QB 0% RB 0% WR 0% TE 0% K 100% DST 0%

Your last pick should be the most dispensable one -- a kicker. Pick one that either has a track record of consistency (Shayne Graham, Steven Hauschka, Adam Vinatieri, Robbie Gould) or plays with a team that has a good early-season schedule (Alex Henery, Greg Zuerlein, whoever kicks for the Redskins)

Players you can get here (Standard and PPR): A kicker
My selection at No. 167 standard: Robbie Gould
My selection at No. 167 PPR: Robbie Gould

The two teams

Standard PPR
QB Drew Brees Colin Kaepernick
RB Matt Forte Matt Forte
RB Ray Rice Zac Stacy
WR Jordy Nelson Andre Johnson
WR Emmanuel Sanders Wes Welker
FLEX Jeremy Maclin Kendall Wright
TE Jason Witten Kyle Rudolph
K Robbie Gould Robbie Gould
DST Cardinals DST Seahawks DST
Reserve Bernard Pierce Stevan Ridley
Reserve DeAngelo Williams DeAngelo Williams
Reserve Marvin Jones Harry Douglas
Reserve LeGarrette Blount Justin Hunter
Reserve Ka'Deem Carey Ka'Deem Carey

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QB struggles begin to impact Cardinals DST
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(2:13 am ET) The Cardinals DST scored just one Fantasy point in standard CBSSports.com leagues Week 16 against Seattle, interrupting a stretch of 10 games in which it averaged 15.1, and the Cardinals' offensive woes may have had something to do with it.

Specifically, they've been unable to find a decent quarterback since losing Carson Palmer to injury in Week 10. Backup Drew Stanton at least mounted some kind of threat, but with him sidelined by a sprained knee in Week 16, the Cardinals had to turn to third-stringer Ryan Lindley. He turned the ball over twice without once leading his team into the end zone, completing less than half of his passes in the process.

The quick trips back to the sideline gave the Seahawks more chances to pile up points and yards, and they did, finishing with 35 and 596. Only one other time have the Cardinals allowed more than 30 points in a game, and the 596 yards were a season high. Worse yet, they were lacking in big plays, recording one sack with no takeaways.

Fortunately, the Cardinals will take on a struggling 49ers offense in Week 17, so even if Lindley is back under center, the DST at least has a chance of a respectable performance. Still, if you've been relying on it all season, you might want to make sure there isn't an appealing matchups play on the waiver wire.


Seahawks DST can't be stopped
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(2:04 am ET) The Seahawks DST had another dominant performance Week 16 at Arizona, continuing a nine-week run that has made it once again arguably the top unit in Fantasy. During that stretch, it has averaged 16.2 Fantasy points, allowing 11.9 points on 231.3 yards.

It allowed only six points on 216 yards in Week 16, recording four sacks and one interception. Of the Seahawks' 33 sacks this season, 20 have come in their last five games.

Clearly, they had a favorable matchup in this one, but they also shut down the Eagles in Week 14. You don't have any reason to shy away from the Seahawks DST against St. Louis in Week 17.


Kenbrell Thompkins comes out of nowhere
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(1:58 am ET) After making only modest contributions since coming over from the Patriots in Week 6, Raiders wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins suddenly emerged as quarterback Derek Carr's favorite target Week 16 against Buffalo, catching five passes for 90 yards. He hadn't caught even one pass since Week 13, and his previous high in yardage was 47.

Of course, you should know how this goes by now. Fellow wide receivers James Jones and Andre Holmes have both had their stretches of Fantasy relevance this season, as has tight end Mychal Rivera. The Raiders have a multitude of viable receiving targets, but their roles aren't so clear, which makes the task of picking the most impactful from week to week next to impossible.

In other words, you'd need to play in an especially deep league to take a flier on Thompkins for the season's final week.


Latavius Murray trustworthy up to a point
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(1:51 am ET) If his 23 carries Week 14 against San Francisco didn't convince you, Latavius Murray's 23 carries Week 16 against Buffalo should make the message loud and clear: He is the Raiders' top running back, and they're putting more faith in him than they ever did Darren McFadden.

Granted, it hasn't translated to much production yet, but the 49ers and Bills are two of the toughest defenses against the run. Unfortunately, Denver, the Raiders' Week 17 opponent, is ranked even higher at both.

Can you trust Murray to get his carries? He's gotten them two of the last three weeks, so most likely, yes. And with 20-plus chances, there's always the chance he breaks a long one. But the matchup will make it difficult.

You'd like to start him given his ever-increasing role, but you shouldn't force him into your lineup if you have two (or maybe three) respectable running backs already.


One way or another, Fred Jackson gets his
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(1:44 am ET) Trailing early Week 16 at Oakland with their playoff hopes on the line, the Bills didn't stick with the running game for long, attempting only three runs in the second half. But in a way, that worked to running back Fred Jackson's advantage. He's such a good pass-catcher out of the backfield that he still topped 100 total yards, doing so for the first time since returning from a groin injury in Week 12.

Even with the return of C.J. Spiller from a long-term shoulder injury, Jackson still led the Bills in carries, but with only six for 10 yards. He also led the team in catches with nine for 93 yards. He had 10 catches just two weeks ago, so clearly, he's a PPR stud.

Is he worth starting in standard leagues as well? Well, he's also gotten 20 carries twice in five games since returning. He hasn't been as effective on the ground as through the air, but yards are yards, however he gets them.

Their matchup Week 17 at New England will probably force the Bills to go pass-heavy again, so unless you're stacked at running back, you can find a spot for Jackson in your lineup.


Desperation fuels Kyle Orton's performance
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(1:35 am ET) Bills quarterback Kyle Orton didn't have the most efficient day throwing the ball Week 16 at Oakland, but from a Fantasy perspective, it was a productive one. He threw for 329 yards and three touchdowns but also had two interceptions.

What's crazy, though, is that 196 of those yards came in the second half. The Bills were trailing a winnable game with their playoff hopes on the line, and their desperation showed. Unfortunately, that desperation also contributed to the second of Orton's interceptions.

The Bills have been eliminated, so no matter how much they're trailing Week 17 at New England, they probably won't be quite as desperate. You can expect more typical numbers from Orton -- maybe about 250 yards with one or two scores -- even if the matchup appears to be a favorable one, making him a player better left for two-quarterback leagues.


Kenny Britt clearly better with Shaun Hill
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(1:27 am ET) Rams wide receiver Kenny Britt caught a season-high nine passes on a season-high 11 targets Week 16 against the Giants, but his 103 receiving yards actually weren't a season high.

That's because he had 128, along with a touchdown, Week 11 against the Broncos.

That was Shaun Hill's first game back under center. Week 16, obviously, was his latest one. In the six games since Hill reclaimed the role, Britt has averaged 3.8 catches for 66.3 yards. In the nine games before then, he averaged 2.3 catches for 34.7 yards.

Britt has been especially good lately, averaging 73.3 yards in his last three games. Hill has also been fond of Stedman Bailey, but he doesn't seem to have a clear preference for one or the other.

Of course, the Rams passing attack isn't prolific enough to sustain both, so if you're going to target Britt or Bailey off the waiver wire, make sure it's in a deeper league. You wouldn't want to roll the dice on either in the season's final week if you can help it.


Andre Williams showing more ability
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(1:19 am ET) Carrying the load for the third straight game with Rashad Jennings sidelined by an ankle injury Week 16 at St. Louis, Giants rookie running back Andre Williams delivered his second 100-yard effort during that stretch, picking up 110 yards on 26 carries. Of course, just like in Week 14, it wasn't the steadiest performance. He had a 50-yard run in that one en route to a career-best 131 yards. He had a 45-yard run en route to his 110 yards in this one.

But that's true for most 100-yard rushing performances. The best backs break long runs occasionally, which makes up for all the 2- and 3-yard gains in between. It's easy to discount Williams' performance because of a long run here or a long run there because he's been so bad on a per-carry basis this season (take that 45-yard run away, and he averaged only 2.6 yards per carry -- oh noes!), but the fact is those long runs count, too. And he barreled over a couple of tacklers to complete it, which was nice to see.

Because Williams is short on receiving ability, his numbers don't look so great when he doesn't break a long run, but with all the carries he's getting now, his chances are better than not of breaking one. He's worth starting in standard leagues Week 17 against Philadelphia.


Rueben Randle not overshadowed for once
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(1:08 am ET) Since the emergence of rookie Odell Beckham in Week 9, and especially since his even bigger emergence in Week 12, wide receiver Rueben Randle has been an afterthought in the Giants passing game, averaging 2.3 catches for 31.8 yards in the four games leading up to Week 16 at St. Louis. But quarterback Eli Manning finally had enough yards to go around in that one, delivering Beckham his usual eight grabs for 148 yards and still finding Randle on six passes for 132 yards.

Randle even caught a touchdown pass, his first since Week 5. Of course, Beckham caught two and is now up to eight in his last five games, averaging 9.6 catches for 131.4 yards during that stretch.

You see the problem here, don't you? Manning was able to sustain both Beckham and Randle in this one, but that's only because he threw for a season-high 391 yards. If he regresses to a more modest total Week 17 against Philadelphia, we all know Randle is the one taking a back seat. Beckham has other-worldly talent, and Manning is smart enough to deliver him the ball as often as possible.

Of course, the Giants will probably have to throw a lot to keep pace with the Eagles, which bodes well for Randle, but you should still treat him as no more than a No. 3 wide receiver in Fantasy.


Odell Beckham making Eli Manning a stud
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12:58 am ET) Giants rookie wide receiver Odell Beckham had another eight catches for 148 yards and two touchdowns Week 16 at St. Louis, which has become par for the course for him. It was his second straight game and third game in five with more than 140 receiving yards and multiple scores.

What you may not have noticed, though, is that quarterback Eli Manning has taken off during that same stretch. He had a season-high 391 yards and three touchdowns in Week 16, completing 25 of 32 passes. Over his last five games, he has averaged 297.2 yards with 11 touchdowns and two interceptions.

It stands to reason, of course. Beckham couldn't be putting up all those numbers without someone throwing him the ball. This may be one of those rare cases of the wide receiver making the quarterback as opposed to the other way around. Beckham is clearly a special talent, and Manning has made a point to deliver him the ball as often as possible.

It's reason enough to give Manning another chance Week 17 against Philadelphia if you've been suffering with Matthew Stafford or Colin Kaepernick and are somehow still alive in spite of it.


 
 
 
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