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What to Do With the Fifth Pick


For me, Sept. 7 is Labor Day not just in name, but in practice too. I've got two of my own fantasy drafts -- one of which I'll be doing live on 106.7 The Fan while filling in on the Mike Wise Show with Bill Rohland -- and several others I plan to attend for material to post on this blog.

I'll be picking fifth in my first draft today, and this being a 14-team league with standard scoring that starts one quarterback, two running backs, two wide receivers and a flex, my plan is to go RB or WR in some order the first two rounds.

Having the fifth pick in a 14-team league is far from ideal. The top four running backs probably will be off the board, and that slot is too high, at least according many experts, to take a wide receiver.

But with the dearth of elite wideouts this season, I'm not ruling out Randy Moss or Larry Fitzgerald with the fifth pick.

Basically it comes down to if I trust DeAngelo Williams or Steven Jackson or LaDainian Tomlinson to be great. Unlike Moss or Fitzgerald, those running backs are far from sure things.

Williams hasn't produced top five fantasy numbers consistently, and Jackson and Tomlinson have had injury issues in recent seasons. Plus Jackson plays on a bad team, which is another red flag.

As coaches like to say, this will be a game-time decision. Tune in to the Mike Wise Show at 10 a.m. to find out, and then you can call in to tell me why I was wrong.

By Gene Wang  |  September 7, 2009; 9:00 AM ET  | Category:  Fantasy Football Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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