In a 2019 fantasy football mock draft by NFL Spin Zone, Davante Adams was selected in the first round.
If you want Davante Adams on your fantasy team this season, you might have to be willing to give up a first-round pick.
That’s how a recent mock draft by Scott Edwards of NFL Spin Zone went. In his five-round, 10-team mock draft, Edwards had Adams being selected with the ninth overall pick, one spot ahead of LA Rams superstar running back Todd Gurley.
Adams isn’t the first wide receiver to be selected, however, as Texans receiver DeAndre Hopkins comes off the board one pick before Adams. This matches up perfectly with Adams’ average draft position. According to Fantasy Football Calculator, Adams’ ADP is the ninth overall pick and the second WR behind Hopkins.
A late first-round pick is about right for Adams. If you’re picking early in the round, there will be a number of elite running back options available from Saquon Barkley to Ezekiel Elliott to Alvin Kamara. But if you miss out on the run of RBs early in the draft, the best option is often to take one of the best wide receivers available.
Hopkins could be the first off the board, but there isn’t much in it. Last season, Hopkins caught 115 passes for 1,572 yards and 11 touchdowns. Adams had 111 receptions for 1,386 yards and 13 touchdowns. Both Hopkins and Adams played in 15 games.
And by picking Adams or Hopkins late in the first, you’d have the chance early in the second round to draft a great running back like James Conner, Joe Mixon or Nick Chubb. And if you leave it another round or two, Aaron Jones could be available.
In recent years, Adams has been selected anywhere from the second to fourth rounds, but after his dominant 2018 season, it looks like the Packers‘ number one wide receiver has moved up into the first round of fantasy drafts.