In honor of Bill Simmons “My Guy” podcast episode with Danny Kelly, Craig Horlbeck and Danny Heifetz the staff at 32Beatwriters.com decided to make our own lists and give a bit of insight on to why we choose a specific selection. This was honestly a pretty fun list to come up with and jogged one of the first conversations (and debates) we’ve had since starting the site.
|Zach’s Picks||Joey’s Picks||Matt’s Picks||Max’s Picks|
|‘One true love’ Guy:||Amon-Ra St. Brown||Trey Lance||Cooper Kupp||Justin Jefferson|
|‘Crazy Pills (people too low on)’ Guy:||Brandon Aiyuk||Kadarius Toney||DK Metcalf||Brandon Aiyuk|
|‘Crazy Pills (people too high on)’ Guy:||Courtland Sutton||Najee Harris||Mike Evans||DK Metcalf|
|‘Homer pick’ Guy:||Michael Gallup||Justin Fields||Jakobi Meyers||Juju Smith-Schuster|
|‘Would not take, even if free’ Guy:||Kenny Golladay||Antonio Gibson||Cam Akers||Josh Jacobs|
|‘Someone has to get points on that team’ Guy:||David Montgomery||Saquon Barkley||Brandin Cooks||Chirstian Kirk|
|‘Sorry, way too rich for my blood’ Guy:||Darren Waller||Joe Mixon||Derrick Henry||Derrick Henry|
|‘I know there is a 99% he gets hurt again’ Guy:||D’Andre Swift||Miles Sanders||Dalvin Cook||Christian McCaffrey|
|‘I want everyone on that offense’ Guy:||Gabe Davis||Jerry Jeudy||Gabe Davis||Adam Thielen|
|‘My year too early’ Guy:||Ken Walker||Breece Hall||Jameson Williams||George Pickens|
|‘We’ve all had him missionary position’ Guy:||Amari Cooper||Nick Chubb||Cole Beasley||Keenan Allen|
|‘Pre-season Hype’ Guy:||Dameon Pierce||Dameon Pierce||Isiah Pacheco||Romeo Doubs|
|‘I’ll never root for injury, but he is one injury away’ Guy:||Tony Pollard||Tony Pollard||Alexander Mattison||Javonte Williams|
Zach’s Pick – ‘I want everyone on that offense’ Guy: Gabe Davis
I almost put Davis in the “One True Love” spot, but ARSB barely gets the nod there. I don’t know if there’s anyone higher on Gabe Davis than me. He has legit top 12 wide receiver upside, mainly because of the offense he plays on. Or maybe I’m still daydreaming about his 4 touchdown performance in last season’s playoffs. By all accounts this offseason, Davis is poised and ready for a third year breakout.
Joey’s Pick – ‘Someone has to get points on that team’ Guy: Saquon Barkley
Look at the Giants depth chart behind Saquon Barkley and you’ll see names like Matt Breida, Gary Brightwell, and Antonio Williams. This is Saquon’s backfield and it’s not even close. Now look at the Giants wide receivers. Kenny Golladay has looked awful in camp and hasn’t been remotely close to the player he was in Detroit. Sterling Shepard is coming back from an Achilles injury. Kadarius Toney has, while insanely talented, has all sorts of issues that worry me. Darius Slayton is in the doghouse and could be traded or cut. Collin Johnson, who had some preseason hype, tore his ACL. Finally, there’s second round rookie Wan’Dale Robinson, who has some minor upside. The Giants hired Brian Daboll to help bring this offense into the modern age. Barring injury, it can’t get any worse than last year. Saquon is now a year removed from his ACL tear and is reportedly back to his old form. A three down bell cow is rare these days, but that’s Saquon Barkley. I’ll take him in the early second round all day long and reap the benefits.
Matt’s Pick – ‘I’ll never root for injury, but he is one injury away’ Guy: Alexander Mattison
Death, taxes and Dalvin Cook never playing a full season the only three guarantees in life. This is no knock on Cook but it’s the reason why I chose Mattison as my one injury away guy. He’s performed every single time (minus one) when Cook has been sidelined. When he plays the majority of snaps at running back he is a fantasy gem finishing as an RB1 80% of the time. Another bonus with Mattison is he can catch and pass protect, making him a potential three down back. His career average of 8.3 yards per a catch isn’t too shabby either. He also gets a bit of a bonus here because if another team has an injury at running back a trade for Mattison could be inevitable as Minnesota has had no talks about extending his contract.
Max’s Pick – ‘I’ll never root for injury, but he is one injury away’ Guy: Javonte Williams
I know it’s natural to select a backup running back here, but I’m going with Williams. He has overall RB1 potential should Melvin Gordon endure a high sprain to his ankle. He would have the three major keys to a successful fantasy season: High scoring offense, high touch count, and uber talented.