My 'Do Not Draft' list 

August, 30, 2012

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is an absolute fantasy monster, an annual top performer in a safe offense that has yet to fail in producing among the best statistics in the game. Not only is he fantasy's top quarterback, the case can be made -- and I won't really argue it -- that he's the No. 1 pick off the board. Oh, one more thing: I've never drafted the guy in a league.

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Benny Sieu/US PRESSWIREAaron Rodgers could be the No. 1 overall pick in many fantasy drafts, but not if Eric Karabell has that first pick.
It's not that I refuse to change with the times, but I'm still a believer in the sanctity of early-round running backs and wide receivers to construct the puzzle that is a potent fantasy lineup, even as the former position is about as weak and ugly as ever, and the latter boasts pristine depth. I've had the first, second, fourth, eighth and 10th picks in drafts this summer, both real and mock, and I haven't chosen a quarterback in the first or second round yet. Again, nothing against Rodgers or stalwart statistical providers in awesomeness Tom Brady and Drew Brees, but I crave the players who start at running back and wide receiver early in the draft, so LeGarrette Blount doesn't end up my top flex option. There's quarterback depth and I can wait for it.