Doc On The Clock: Pick 4.02
Daily Dr. Roto—July 22, 2019
Doc on the Clock
People often ask me, “Doc, who would you take if you had this pick?” In this series I will give you different rounds and choices of players (who according to ADP) would be OTC at a similar time and then I will go through my thought process as to which player I would take and why.
Round 4.2 (Choices are Kenny Golladay, Kerryon Johnson, Sony Michel, Brandin Cooks, and Robert Woods)
As we know every draft is different, but for the most part these are some of the players who are available at this pick. Each player has something different that he brings to the table, but none of them are slam dunks.
If there was a Kenny Golladay fan club, I think I might be the Vice President. I have loved him from the time he was a rookie and now that he is the WR1 in Detroit I am elated that he will finally reach his Fantasy potential. My problem with selecting Golladay has nothing to do with the player, it has to do with the Lions’ offensive scheme. The Lions want to be a run-first team who slows the pace on offense and plays tough, hard-nosed defense. At 4.2 I want to add a player who can be a difference maker, not one who is playing on a team lucky to score 24 points.
Another Detroit Lion, RB Kerryon Johnson, is a good option at this pick as well. As I mentioned earlier, the Lions want to run the ball and Johnson is their main ball carrier. He looked special at times last season before he had a season ending knee injury. His knee supposedly is feeling better and he should be able to see 20+ touches per week. Johnson would be a slam dunk selection here if it wasn’t for the Lions adding RB C.J. Anderson in free agency. Prior to last season, Anderson looked more like Ander-vomit, but playing with the Rams seemed to inspire him and he lead them to a Super Bowl berth when Todd Gurley was injured. Even if Anderson reverts to his old ways you would have to think that the Lions will give him 8-10 carries per game which could hurt Johnson’s value.
Every expert who covers Fantasy Football will talk about Sony Michel’s knee issues and many of them will advise you to stay away from him just in case he reinjures himself this season. These same experts might also point to the Patriots drafting of Damien Harris to prove their point that the Patriots are planning for life after Michel. While all of this might have some merit, I am playing for this season’s Fantasy championship and Michel is the type of player who can lead me to a title. Throw in the fact that the Patriots play in the weak AFC East, as well as have games with the NFC East (against the porous Giants and Redskins run defenses) and Michel might just be a hard guy to pass on in the 4th round.
I am having a hard time overlooking how poorly the Rams played in last year’s Super Bowl. They were completely outmatched and outcoached by New England. Even more worrisome is how bad QB Jared Goff looked after WR Cooper Kupp was injured. I am saying all this because both Brandin Cooks and Robert Woods will be on the board come this pick and I am not sure what to do with them. If the Rams can somehow play the great offensive football that we saw for 85% of last season, then both receivers are outstanding choices. If Goff continues to struggle and press on offense, then I will avoid this entire team like the plague.
The Pick is in: Sony Michel
This is a close call and I reserve the right to change my mind come draft day. Michel’s ceiling is enormous, but I do need to make sure that the Patriots are committed to giving him the ball. I also want to see how the Rams look in preseason. If they seem to have their old swagger back, I could be very tempted to pick either Cooks or Woods, as they are outstanding talents.