Originally posted on The Fake Football  |  Last updated 7/26/13
You signed up for a fantasy football draft. This was supposed to be all about drinking beer and enjoying a night with the boys. The problem is you’ve been on the clock so long that your beer’s gone warm, and your buddies can’t stand the sight of you. You’ve been faced with the seemingly insurmountable task of deciding who to pick from a group of players ranked in the same tier, and you’re paralyzed with mental anguish. We get it…and we’re here to help. This week, we’ve given our writers a group of players who fall right next to each other in positional rank and ADP. Here are the picks they would make and the logic behind them:   Wide Receiver: Reggie Wayne, Mike Wallace, Torrey Smith, Pierre Garcon   Kevin Roberts Follow @NFLSoupKevin In PPR formats you have to go Wayne. He’s not very explosive and won’t score a ton of TDs, but you know he’ll get targeted and rack up receptions and yardage. But if we’re talking standard, the answer is Mike Wallace. He’s on a new team (Dolphins) and he had a down year last season, but he is an elite big-play guy and it really looks like Miami is going to chase the big plays with Ryan Tannehill’s arm. Smith is fairly one-dimensional and has to prove he’s a legit WR1, while Garcon’s health is a serious concern. Ultimately, Wallace is fairly safe and also possesses monster upside in standard leagues. Scott Watson Follow @sdubsports This exact scenario played out for me in our recent Writer’s Mock Draft. I started RB-RB-RB and in the 4th round all of these WRs were available. Because I waited so long on my WR1, I wanted someone I could count on week in and week out. I went with Wayne. Consider this: in three of his last four years (the three years with actual QBs), Wayne posted 100+ catches and 1000+ yards. Wallace would be my next choice, but I won’t take him ahead of Wayne until I see how he looks in Miami. Torrey Smith without Anquan Boldin worries me; as does Garcon’s health. I will let someone else make those commitments, give me Mr. Reliable, Reggie Wayne.   Greg Smith Follow @gregsauce I have Reggie Wayne just ahead of Pierre Garcon in my wide receiver rankings at 16 and 17, respectively. I’m higher on Garcon than most for the same reasons I like Rob Gronkowski. In spite of their health risks, they perform at elite levels when they’re on the field, and I’m confident that my drafting and in-season roster management skills will provide me with suitable replacement options for when they don’t play. With all that said, Reggie Wayne is the pick over Garcon because he projects similar production with a fraction of the risk that Garcon carries.   Jason Willan Follow @ConsultFantasy If I felt more comfortable with Garcon’s health, I would put him at the top of this list, as I think he and RGIII can be an explosive combination in 2013. But considering Garcon has only once played an entire NFL season, it’s a safe bet that he will miss at least a few games here and there. Meanwhile, former teammate Reggie Wayne hasn’t missed a game in the last 11 years, and he had one of the better yardage totals of his career in 2012. As noted by some of my colleagues, Wayne is just the safest choice in this group. And sometimes the safest option is also the best one.   Adam Cook Follow @Fantasy_Schnerd In standard formats I would go with Mr. Former Steeler Mike Wallace. I wouldn’t worry about Ryan Tannehill too much as the guy made Brian Hartline into a 1,000 yard receiver as the #1 option in Joe Philbin’s offense just last year. I expect the Dolphins to force feed Wallace plenty of targets and to get him in open space where he is very dangerous. He could potentially be in the top 10 in targets this year, which could lead to a 1,250 yard 8 TD season. In PPR settings Reggie Wayne is the easy choice as Andrew Luck and him built an instant connection. I really like Garcon, but I don’t believe he has a lot of touchdown upside in the Redskins offense. I won’t own Torrey Smith in any leagues this year considering where he is being drafted. I think Smith is a great complimentary option, but I don’t think he can be an effective true No. 1 WR in an NFL offense.   John Kerwin Follow @JKerwin777K You can call me many different things, but a big fan of Mike Wallace isn’t one. A thin-framed speedster with inconsistent hands last season isn’t going to fool me with a monster contract and a new uniform. I had high hopes for Torrey Smith last season, but he failed to emerge as a premier wideout for the Ravens. Even with Boldin out of town, I just can’t rely on Smith until he shows consistent and steady production. Garçon is one of my favorite WR3-4 picks in all draft formats this season. If it wasn’t for his extensive health concerns he would be drafted as a legitimate WR2, which I expect if he can stay healthy. That nuisance of a Red Cross leads me to play this decision safe with Reggie Wayne. I hope his chemistry with Luck can produce 1-2 more quality seasons and maintain Wayne’s fantasy relevance.   Phil TWR Follow @PhilTWR Reggie Wayne is as overvalued coming into this season as he was undervalued coming into last season. What my buddies have neglected to tell you about Mr. Consistent is that he was ordinary down the stretch last year (50 Rec YPG weeks 13-17), he’s trying to figure out a new offense, and he was born the same year that the original Star Wars came out in theaters. There isn’t much upside with Wayne, and I’m not so sure his floor is as high as people think in an offense where Andrew Luck will need to be much more efficient with his passes. You could make the argument that Torrey Smith and Mike Wallace can both have huge years, but I won’t lose sleep if it happens on someone else’s team. When Garcon is on the field, he’s unquestionably RGIII’s favorite target. I’m fully expecting a huge year from Griffin after all the steroids he took to get back on the field by training camp (kidding I think), and that means Garcon is going along for the ride to the tune of high-end WR2 numbers.   Check out previous editions of Fake Football, Real Questions: July 25th Edition July 17th Edition July 11th Edition July 3rd Edition June 25th Edition June 18th Edition June 9th Edition June 6th Edition The post Fake Football, Real Questions (July 26th Edition) appeared first on Fantasy Football Rankings & more, The Fake Football.
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