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Episode 202: Crushing mock drafts

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Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver AJ Green is going at WR11 in most Mock Drafts right now. He's a steal at his current price. Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver AJ Green is going at WR11 in most Mock Drafts right now. He's a steal at his current price. Nathan Rupert/Flickr

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On this pod, the Helpers do a quick Mock Draft and analyze the first few rounds for value.

Here are some of their takeaways.

Round 1: Don't get cute. You can't win a draft in the first round, but you can certainly lose one. So take your stud running back or stud wide receiver and be good with that.

Also, if you're drafting in the first 4 picks, you really have 4 perfect options at running back to choose from. Alvin Kamara, Christian McCaffery, Saquon Barkley and Ezekiel Elliott. There's no wrong answer there.

Rounds 2-4: There's some interesting value to be had in these rounds, especially at WR. A.J. Green is going off at WR11, that means he's a boarderline WR2. If you can draft a stud wide receiver like a Michael Thomas or DeAndre Hopkins AND also get A.J. Green, you're sitting pretty. This scenario would likely work out in a snake draft in you're drafting around pick 6-12 in a 12-team league.

Some other notes on players...

T.Y. Hilton (WR Indianapolis Colts) — A must-get this season as far as we're concerned. Andrew Luck and the Colts were one of the hottest teams to close out the 2018 season. That offense is going to score points and T.Y. Hilton will be on the receiving end of many of them. If you can't get T.Y. Hilton, be sure to pick up Paris Campbell or Eric Ebron in the later rounds.

Tarik Cohen (RB Chicago Bears) — A lock to get 70 catches this season in that creative Bears offense. Cohen is the only proven back in that group. David Montgomery is a rookie and will have to earn his spot, and Mike Davis could be just a guy.

Amari Cooper (WR Dallas Cowboys) — A bit of disagreement here on Cooper. Scott was high on him while George wasn't. There are some concerns with Dallas not being a great passing offense. Plus Cooper's numbers waned down the stretch last season. Scott is confident Cooper will still be a force in that offense, which he probably will be. I just think there might be better options there.

Marquez Valdez-Scantling (WR Green Bay Packers) — MVS got a lot of separation last season and has blazing speed. He could be the No. 2 behind Davante Adams in Green Bay this season. Definitely want to get a piece of that offense with Aaron Rodgers. George was kinda kicking himself not taking him.

Josh Jacobs (RB Oakland Raiders) — Big fan of young running backs getting early opportunities, and Jacobs has that in Oakland. He also has some Frank Gore qualities, which hopefully means he'll be as durable as Frank Gore was. Overall, he's a potential stud at his current ADP and we're pretty high on him.

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George Banko

George Banko started talking about fantasy football shortly after graduating college. He started as an intern at before working as a staff writer for Fantasy Knuckleheads. He currently contributes to the Fantasy Hot Read podcast, which is available on itunes. He also educated himself on player evaluation and is a graduate of The Scouting Academy in 2015, which is an online course run by former NFL Scout Dan Hatman. He started Fantasy Football Helpers as a blog in 2011 and converted it to a full-scale website in 2014. Read more.

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