We’ll have to agree to disagree on Bell. He has been the most consistent producer at the position for the past half decade barring injury. Either way, I couldn’t fault you for taking Gurley first either. But to just make a statement as if its fact I think is a bit near sighted. I think you can make a case for any of Gurley/Bell/DJ and even Zeke to be the top and I honestly couldn’t fault you.
I think one thing to consider before writing freeman off was he missed 3 games last season, and still finished as a top end RB2. Although I agree the offense wasn’t as steaming last year as before, but there are a couple factors. It typically takes a team a while to adjust to new OCs. Especially Sark who is known to have a pretty complex system. Don’t forget that it took Shannahan 2-3 years before that offence was clicking and eventually turned into the most prolific offense in the NFL in 2016. So I am actually not writing off that entire offense just yet after seeing 1 season.
Agree with you it will definitely be interesting to see how things unfold. But Freeman has shown again and again he is one of the NFLs best runners / pass catchers and has been extremely productive. If Atlanta’s offense reverts closer to the mean (not saying hey will ever attain 2016 numbers again, but even just their average), I think Freeman is a pretty easy value at current draft stock and I would take him over guice in a redraft.
Although I agree Guice as a prospect, may be more talented than Hunt as a prospect, we’ve now seen what Hunt can do in the NFL. He is a top RB in terms of elusiveness, yards after contact, great vision etc. And he has already done it at the NFL level leading the league in rushing as a rookie. Very capable pass catcher etc. And even though you think you know that guice can do it too, we have yet to see it at the NFL level so to automatically assume he is hell of a lot better than hunt may be a bit premature. Also as we know, fantasy is all about opportunity. And hunt landed in a workhorse role as a true 3 down back. And even though guice is more than capable of being a 3 down back, fact of the matter is Thompson will be there and if he’s healthy, is going to steal most of the passing work from him. So just another risk factor to consider.