Fantasy Football Mock Draft Per Day (6/1/13): 12 Teams, No. 8 Pick, Standard Scoring
Last preseason, we conducted one fantasy football mock draft per day using a mock draft simulator powered by FantasyPros.
Starting today, we will do the same until the start of the 2013 season on September 5th.
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.
To make it easier for you to find and track the mocks I do each day, you will be able to view all of them here.
In addition, you can conduct your own mock drafts, for free, using the mock draft simulator on our site.
For today's mock, it is based on standard-scoring leagues with 12 teams and I had the No. 8 pick. The league starts one quarterback, two running backs, three wide receivers, one tight end, one kicker and one team defense.
Here are my picks:
1.08: Ray Rice, RB, Baltimore Ravens
2.05: Brandon Marshall, WR, Chicago Bears
3.08: Stevan Ridley, RB, New England Patriots
4.05: Victor Cruz, WR, New York Giants
5.08: Aaron Hernandez, TE, New England Patriots
6.05: Lamar Miller, RB, Miami Dolphins
7.08: Ryan Mathews, RB, San Diego Chargers
8.05: Robert Griffin III, QB, Washington Redskins
9.08: Kenny Britt, WR, Tennessee Titans
10.05: Anquan Boldin, WR, San Francisco 49ers
11.08: Alshon Jeffery, WR, Chicago Bears
12.05: Ben Tate, RB, Houston Texans
13.08: Philip Rivers, QB, San Diego Chargers
14.05: Cincinnati Bengals D/ST
15.08: Dan Bailey, K, Dallas Cowboys
Here are some thoughts by position:
Quarterbacks: When I selected Mathews in the seventh round, only two of my top-12 fantasy quarterbacks were still available: Andrew Luck and Griffin III. Essentially I played a game of chicken with the other (simulated) drafters. My goal was to select a top-12 quarterback as the 12th quarterback off the board — and I did since Luck was selected in between my seventh- and eighth-round picks. Although RG3 is returning from a torn ACL, he appears to be far ahead of schedule. When healthy, he can produce at a level much higher than that of a QB12. In the event that he's not available (or gets injured), I wanted to use my last bench spot to grab a backup and I did that with Rivers.
Running Backs: My top four running backs all rank (barely) inside my top-24 fantasy running backs: Rice (No. 6), Ridley (No. 13), Miller (No. 22) and Mathews (No. 24). Rice and Ridley are solid bets for big seasons again, but Miller has the potential to have a breakout season as the Dolphins' featured back. Mathews was a huge disappointment last year, but he's a good value in the seventh round as my RB4. If he stays healthy and lives up to his potential, he could be a steal. If he doesn't, the price is less costly than it would have been in previous years.
Wide Receivers: Marshall and Cruz give me a dynamic duo at WR1 and WR2, but I'm less than thrilled about having Britt as my WR3. My target was Josh Gordon, a player I will target often in mocks and real drafts alike, and he was drafted at pick 9.06. In my recently updated rankings, I moved Gordon up to No. 24; Britt is my No. 41-ranked receiver. Britt has a ton of talent and is another year off a torn ACL so a breakout season could happen. Then again, Jake Locker's inaccuracy worries me. Boldin and Jeffery provide some depth at the position. Boldin is solid and may see a few more targets with the Michael Crabtree injury and Jeffery is a player that could be a real weapon in the red zone.
Tight Ends: In most drafts, I would probably wait longer to draft a tight end. Although they are used differently, Hernandez could put up huge numbers if Rob Gronkowski misses time at the start of the season. In fact, he's a player that many have thought could be poised for a breakout season although that has yet to happen. Perhaps this is the year.
Tomorrow I will do a 12-team point-per-reception (PPR) mock from the No. 5 pick and then a 16-team mock on Monday.