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But when you’re drafting your Best Ball Mania V teams, it’s important to note that some players are going earlier in drafts than they probably should. In this article, I’ll break down 5 players who you should avoid at their current ADP (average draft position).

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Five Players Going Too High In Best Ball Mania V Drafts

Marvin Harrison Jr., WR, Arizona Cardinals — ADP: 13.1

I like Marvin Harrison Jr. and think he’ll be a good fit with the Cardinals, but this is simply too high for any rookie wide receiver to be drafted, regardless of how polished he looks. The fact that he’s being drafted more than 5 spots ahead of Davante Adams (ADP: 18.8) is wild to me. MHJ can (and probably will) grow into an elite receiver, but for 2024, I wouldn’t take him at the start of Round 2.

Keenan Allen, WR, Chicago Bears — ADP: 46.8

I just said a rookie wide receiver shouldn’t go very high. I hold that same belief about 32-year-old wide receivers with injury histories like Keenan Allen. The former Charger is now in Chicago, where it’ll take him a while to form chemistry with rookie QB Caleb Williams. DJ Moore is the WR1 in the Windy City, and the Bears also spent a first-round pick on WR Rome Odunze. I’d love picking Allen if he were going in the 70s, but that isn’t the case so far this offseason.

Kyle Pitts, TE, Atlanta Falcons — ADP: 61.0

There’s a lot of hype around the Atlanta offense entering 2024, but I’m not buying it. Sure, it’ll be an upgrade over last year’s unit helmed by Desmond Ridder, but how much stock are we putting in QB Kirk Cousins coming off an Achilles injury? The Falcons also drafted Michael Penix Jr. in Round 1, which just seems like tension waiting to happen. Drake London’s ADP is 15.4 right now, which I also think is too high. Pitts is currently being drafted as TE6, but I’d rather wait a bit and take Brock Bowers, Jake Ferguson or David Njoku, who are currently TEs 9-11.

Jonathon Brooks, RB, Carolina Panthers — ADP: 100.5

Brooks was the first RB taken in the 2024 NFL Draft. With that sort of draft capital invested in him, you can expect he’ll have some sort of role in Carolina in 2024. But the Panthers still have Chuba Hubbard, who was a rare bright spot for the awful Carolina offense last year. And Miles Sanders still has a lot of money left on his contract. For a guy who could find himself in a 3-headed running-back-by-committee situation (and a guy who’s coming off a serious injury at Texas), going this high is too risky for my taste.

JK Dobbins, RB, Los Angeles Chargers — ADP: 160.8

In best ball tournaments, there’s no waiver wire. There’s no injured list. You draft the team you draft and that’s it. Thus, having guys on your roster who can withstand the rigors of an NFL season is very important. Since appearing in 15 (of 16) games as a rookie in 2020, Dobbins has missed time in each of the past 3 years. In 2021, he tore his ACL in the final preseason game. In 2022, he played in 8 games before suffering another knee injury. In 2023, he only appeared in 1 game before tearing his Achilles tendon. Those are not minor injuries. The talent is there when he’s healthy, but the problem is that he hasn’t been healthy in a long time. Draft him at your own risk.

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