The $200K grand-prize, NFFC Beat Chris Liss league took place tonight, and I drew the fifth pick.
Here are the results:
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1.5 Saquon Barkley – I wanted Jonathan Taylor here and was against taking Derrick Henry (784 carries last two years including playoffs), so I needed a backup plan if Taylor went at four. I had Yahoo's Andy Behrens on the SXM show today and asked him what I should do in that case, and he suggested Saquon Barkley. In fact, he made the case so persuasively, I wasn't sure whether I should take Barkley over Taylor if both were available (I resigned to take Taylor.) But when Taylor went I didn't mind at all. Barkley also looks like he's recovering well from a torn ACL:
2.8 DeAndre Hopkins – It was either Hopkins or Calvin Ridley here, and I narrowly went Hopkins. I usually like to go with the younger, up-and-coming player, but Hopkins had 115 catches last year despite not having much of an offseason with his new team, and he just turned 29, i.e., he's not old for a Hall of Fame-level receiver. Ridley is two and a half years younger, but he underwent foot surgery in the offseason, and he's not quite at Hopkins' level. Still, with Julio Jones gone, Ridley, like Hopkins,