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BEST-BALL: 2018 Writers Draft (Rounds 11-20)


12.01 Kenny Stills, WR, Miami  

Jody Smith: Stills was much better than DeVante Parker last season, yet I got him 68 picks later in this draft. I’m just not a believer in Parker as a No.1 NFL wideout and think Stills is a tremendous bargain that went well after his WR3/4 value.

12.02 George Kittle, TE, San Francisco  

David Olivarez: With Jimmy Garoppolo under center I know I want a piece of this offense. Kittle had a few strong outings late last year once Jimmy took the reins and comes at a nice price. It’s going to be tough to determine how the WR pecking order shakes out but Kittle looks to be their receiving TE at least as of this writing. Solid backup behind Zach Ertz and he’s got upside if this offense builds on their late season 2017 success.

12.03 Rishard Matthews, WR, Tennessee

Michael Carline: I know everyone is expecting Corey Davis to take over but I will take Mr. Consistent Rishard Matthews. It seems every year Matthews goes late in drafts only to exceed expectations.

12.04 Josh Doctson, WR, Washington

Tony Holm: Bombs away at tight end, let’s bottom fish that position later. I’ll explain my rational in my annual Draft Plan that I publish but if you can’t get Gronk, Kelce, Ertz or maybe Delanie Walker, the value is elsewhere and my advice is to just bottom feed the position. I’m back on the wide receiver train, looking for a “spikey” one that can have big games and Josh Doctson fits that bill. I think Washington is going to be very pleased with Alex Smith.

12.05 Jack Doyle, TE, Indianapolis

Chase Crampton: Being that I already had Gronk on the team, I only need a TE for a bye week but Doyle provides an interesting situation. Doyle was a Top-10 TE last year playing with Brissett and if Luck can come back to form this year, he could be in for a monster season.

12.06 James White, RB, New England

Will Weiler: James White may be part of a crowded backfield, though his role in the Patriots offense is one that is clearly defined as a pass-catching specialist. Since 2015, White ranks fourth among all NFL RBs in targets, fifth in receptions, and fifth in receiving yardage. At this point in White’s career, he’s likely never going to step into a lead back role, but is certainly capable of “going off” when the Patriots find a mismatch to take advantage of (anyone remember White’s 139-total yard/three touchdown performance in the 2017 Super Bowl?). In a best-ball format, I’ll take that potential all day in the 12th-round.

12.07 Cameron Brate, TE, Tampa Bay

Ryan Black: Brate has 14 touchdowns over his last two seasons and I still believe he will be the better option at TE for Tampa Bay (sorry, O.J. Howard truthers). He is a reliable pick here with I think, a bigger ceiling than most believe.

12.08 Derek Carr, QB, Oakland

Gary Davenport: Who DOESN’T want a part of Gruden 2.0? (Hint: it’s smart people who don’t).

12.09 Nyheim Hines, RB, Indianapolis

Lisa London: If Hines can improve as a pass-catcher he is the kind of guy who makes best-ball leagues fun to play. As the fastest rookie at the combine, Hines has the potential to have some amazing games. I expect inconsistency, especially in his first year, so I might drop him down a round in a regular league but this team is a boom-bust team so I am continuing that philosophy.

12.10 Alex Smith, QB, Washington

Jordan Gingery: Not much to say about this. Alex Smith should continue to be… fine. As starting QBs start to dwindle, I just need a reliable starter in case Aaron Rodgers breaks another clavicle.

12.11 Mitchell Trubisky, QB, Chicago

Mark Chamberlin: Looking back, I did not anticipate the QB runs well in this draft. That said, while I had to sweat this one out over the last few picks Trubisky is the last one available from this tier. He showed encouraging signs in his rookie season and I think he’s due for a big step up this year as he enters year two, getting away from John Fox.

12.12 Jordan Matthews, WR, New England

Jay Devineni: After starting his career with three consecutive 800-plus yard seasons, Matthews was traded to Buffalo, where he couldn’t even break 300 yards in 2017. Despite the disappointing season, a bounce-back year could be imminent. Matthews now appears to be a likely starter in one of the league’s best offenses, where Brandin Cooks and Danny Amendola are leaving 200 targets behind. Julian Edelman, Chris Hogan, and Rob Gronkowski will probably draw more of those targets than Matthews will, but all three of them have missed at least eight games over the last two seasons. With plenty of experience in the slot and outside, Matthews is exactly the type of receiver that the Patriots value, and his 6-foot-3, 212-pound frame should make him a good red-zone option. Matthews already has two eight-touchdown seasons in his four-year career — I wouldn’t be surprised if he has another this year.

13.01 DeSean Jackson, WR, Tampa Bay

Jay Devineni: 2017 was a disastrous year for the Buccaneers, and Jackson suffered because of it. His 668 receiving yards were the second-fewest of his career, and he only caught 20 percent of his passes that were thrown 20-plus yards downfield. Part of the problem was Jameis Winston, who continues to struggle with his deep-ball accuracy. Still, Jackson has eclipsed 1,000 yards from scrimmage in seven of his 10 seasons, and Winston’s deep ball should improve as he recovers from the right shoulder injury that plagued him for most of last year. Jackson’s WR2 days are probably behind him, but his established offensive role and big-play upside make him a valuable late-round pick in best-ball. As his chemistry with Winston continues to grow, I expect him to crack my starting lineup with a handful of big weeks.

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