Football season is in full swing, even though we are talking preseason games, this is the time to craft your perfect fantasy football team. In MFST’s first edition of the Fantasy Football Mailbag, I will be answering our readers pre-draft questions. We have received a lot of questions and will continue to answer them throughout the NFL season. At the end of the article you can see how to submit your questions to us!

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1. Antonio Brown seems like the only No.1 option in every fantasy football draft. Who should go No.2?
Heath- Louisville, Kentucky

Dan Schalk: I’m a huge believer in Odell Beckham Jr. this season and would select him No.2, more so because I think Eli Manning will be the No.1 Fantasy QB by season’s end greatly increasing Beckham’s value.

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2. Name one player drafted in the first round who will be the riskiest selection?
Jamar- New Orleans

Dan Schalk: If you listened to the My Fantasy Podcast you know I think Antonio Brown will not be worthy of a top pick this season, however, there are riskier selections out there. One that comes straight to mind is Lamar Miller. In some mocks I have participated in, he has been the second back chosen even as high as No.5 overall. To me, that’s insane. Yes Miller has boat loads of talent, but he has never lived up to expectations as a workhorse RB and for a Houston team that I believe will take a step back this season, Miller should not be selected in Round 1.

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(Ft. Worth Star Telegram)

3. Who is one handcuff you must draft?
Stacey- Omaha, Nebraska

Dan Schalk: Alfred Morris. Ezekiel Elliott will likely see the bulk of the touches out of the Cowboys backfield, but if Training Camp is any indication, relying fully on a running back is shaky. Elliott has yet to play in a preseason game due to a “tight” hamstring and Morris is next in line for touches. If an injury to Elliott happens, Morris immediately becomes a Top 10 fantasy RB. Don’t miss on Morris if you use your first round pick on Elliott.

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(AP Photo)

4. Besides Ezekiel Elliott, name one rookie who will make an impact year one?
John- London, Ontario

Dan Schalk: I’ve been praising this guy since I began scouting him in college. He was my No.1 WR in the 2016 NFL Draft class—his name Sterling Shepard. Shepard will be opposite Odell Beckham and can be just as dangerous in the receiving game for the G-men. With Beckham requiring double teams, the Giants who will be a pass-first team, will give Shepard his fair share of targets and I expect him to take full advantage.

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5. Name one player who could go undrafted but can become a waiver wire gem?
Tim, Raleigh, NC

Dan Schalk: Wendell Smallwood. Ryan Mathews is the No.1 back in Philly for the moment, but Smallwood is quietly pushing every single back on the Eagles roster. He won’t begin to pay dividends until injuries or ineffectiveness start to occur, but I would expect by mid-season Smallwood will be a regular in the Eagles backfield.

 

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