My 'Do Not Draft' list

Updated: August 30, 2012, 4:12 PM ET
By Eric Karabell

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.

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.

So here's my 2012 version of the "Do not draft" list, which is a bit of a misnomer. It's hardly a list of players that you shouldn't draft, because even I would at some point. It's your team and you should go with the philosophy that works for you, but it's a list of players I just haven't been drafting, mostly due to a different opinion on strategy or value. Would I take Aaron Rodgers in Round 3? Of course. It's ridiculous value. I'd draft all the players below at some point, just not where they typically are chosen, so as a result they've become highlight options on my "avoid" list. Please understand the reasoning and distinction.

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