Fantasy Football Mock Draft Per Day (6/10/13): 12 Teams, No. 3 Pick, 2-QB League
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Last preseason, we conducted one fantasy football mock draft per day using a mock draft simulator powered by FantasyPros.
Having begun our 2013 series of drafts on June 1st, we will continue to post our draft results and comments up until the start of the 2013 season on September 5th.
We will track all of the mocks here on this centralized page.
Like last year, I will vary the size of the league, the scoring format and draft slot and then post the results of my team with comments.
For today's mock, it is a 12-team standard-scoring mock (except with two starting quarterbacks) and I had the No. 3 pick. The league starts two quarterbacks, two running backs, two wide receivers, one tight end, one flex, one kicker and one team defense.
Here are my picks:
- 1.03: Doug Martin, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- 2.10: Stevan Ridley, RB, New England Patriots
- 3.03: Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots
- 4.10: David Wilson, RB, New York Giants
- 5.03: Lamar Miller, RB, Miami Dolphins
- 6.10: Mike Wallace, WR, Miami Dolphins
- 7.03: Eli Manning, QB, New York Giants
- 8.10: Steve Smith, WR, Carolina Panthers
- 9.03: Steve Johnson, WR, Buffalo Bills
- 10.10: Jared Cook, TE, St. Louis Rams
- 11.03: Miles Austin, WR, Dallas Cowboys
- 12.10: Kendall Wright, WR, Tennessee Titans
- 13.03: Ben Tate, RB, Houston Texans
- 14.10: E.J. Manuel, QB, Buffalo Bills
- 15.03: Matt Bryant, K, Atlanta Falcons
- 16.10: New York Giants D/ST
- For all picks in the mock draft, click here.
Here are some thoughts by position:
- Quarterbacks (my rankings)
Unlike most other drafts where I wait to draft a quarterback since the position is so deep, the position becomes much more scarce in a 2-QB league. Both Brady and Manning are near the top of their respective QB1 and QB2 slots even though they have some question marks when it comes to their pass catchers.
Not only did the Patriots part ways with Wes Welker and Brandon Lloyd, but Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez are recovering from offseason surgeries. In Gronkowski's case, he has (or will have) five of them: four on his forearm and one on his back. For Manning, neither Hakeem Nicks nor Victor Cruz has shown up for the team's "voluntary" offseason workouts.
With Manuel, the only rookie quarterback selected in the first round (of the real NFL Draft), there is a good chance he starts by the end (if not the beginning) of the season and has plenty of upside in this format as a dual-threat quarterback.
- Running Backs (my rankings)
Perhaps I should have taken a wide receiver (or my second quarterback) sooner, but I couldn't help myself from loading up on running backs. Both Martin and Ridley had huge seasons in 2012 and Wilson and Miller should be in store for breakout seasons in 2013.
Martin finished second to only Adrian Peterson in yards from scrimmage and the Bucs were without both of their starting guards, Carl Nicks and Davin Joseph, for long stretches last season. With both of them healthy again, the Bucs have one of the league's better offensive lines.
Will Ridley get the same type of workload that he had last season? If anything, I worry that Belichick goes back to more of a committe and Ridley sees much fewer than the 290 carries he had last year. The last back to get as many with Belichick as coach was Corey Dillion (345) in 2004.
With game-breaking speed, Wilson and Miller have the potential to have some huge weeks in 2013.
- Wide Receivers (my rankings)
With only two starting receivers in this league and the position so deep, my strategy was to wait on wide receiver and then try to draft multiple WR2/WR3 types.
One of the league's fastest receivers, Wallace is coming off a down year, but a change of scenery should do him well. Smith turned 34 years old last month, but he has more than 2,500 yards in his two seasons with Cam Newton.
Johnson has three consecutive seasons with 1,000-plus yards, but the uncertain quarterback situation poses some risk. Austin has failed to reach 1,000 yards for two consecutive seasons, but Dez Bryant should see all the double teams. Wright was tied with Justin Blackmon for most receptions as a rookie and should take another step forward in 2013.
- Tight Ends (my rankings)
Typically I wait on tight end and Jared Cook is a freakish athlete at the position that might have the breakout season that fantasy owners have been expecting for the past couple of years. He has had spurts where he showed a glimpse of his upside, but I expect the Rams and Sam Bradford to make a more concerted effort to feature Cook.
- Kickers and Defense
Almost always, I will take the best available team defense with my second-to-last pick and the best available kicker with my last pick. With 11 defenses off the board with my second-to-last pick and only one kicker selected, I reversed the order and still ended up with the defense I would have taken at 15.03.
Tomorrow I will do a 16-team mock using PPR scoring with the No. 6 pick.