Fantasy Football Mock Draft Per Day (6/12/13): 12 Teams, No. 9 Pick, Standard Scoring
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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 mock and I had the No. 9 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:
- 1.09: Ray Rice, RB, Baltimore Ravens
- 2.04: Steven Jackson, RB, Atlanta Falcons
- 3.09: Andre Johnson, WR, Houston Texans
- 4.04: Hakeem Nicks, WR, New York Giants
- 5.09: Lamar Miller, RB, Miami Dolphins
- 6.04: Le'Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers
- 7.09: Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks
- 8.04: Josh Gordon, WR, Cleveland Browns
- 9.09: Tavon Austin, WR, St. Louis Rams
- 10.04: Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, New York Giants
- 11.09: Alshon Jeffery, WR, Chicago Bears
- 12.04: Vincent Brown, WR, San Diego Chargers
- 13.09: Owen Daniels, TE, Houston Texans
- 14.04: Cincinnati Bengals D/ST
- 15.09: Dan Bailey, K, Dallas Cowboys
- For all picks in the mock draft, click here.
Here are some thoughts by position:
- Quarterbacks (my rankings)
If you have been following these mock drafts, you know that I prefer to wait on quarterback and that's again what I have done. Considering that Wilson is my seventh-ranked fantasy quarterback, I am thrilled to get him as the 12th quarterback off the board.
Off to a slow-but-solid start last year, Wilson was as good as it gets in the second half. In his final eight regular-season games, Wilson had a 16-to-2 touchdown-to-interception ratio and averaged 9.03 yards per pass attempt. In addition, he averaged 6.2 yards per rush attempt and rushed for four touchdowns during that span.
With the addition of Percy Harvin, a strong defense and running game, everything is in place for Wilson to carry over last year's success into his sophomore campaign.
- Running Backs (my rankings)
There are about nine running backs that I feel comfortable taking in the first round so having the ninth overall pick is a good spot. In addition to those running backs, I would be more than comfortable taking Calvin Johnson at that spot as well.
With five running backs ranked inside my top 30, I am deep at the position. Both Rice and Jackson have proven track records with consistent production. Although I debated taking Dez Bryant at 2.04, I wanted to make sure that I had two top-12 running backs.
Both Miller and Bell have the potential to be RB2's but they have a combined 51 NFL carries. Of the Colts running backs, Bradshaw should get the largest share of the workload and I recently moved him up to No. 28 in my fantasy rankings.
- Wide Receivers (my rankings)
When healthy, Johnson and Nicks have the potential to both be WR1's. Johnson has 100-plus receptions and 1,500-plus yards in three of the past five seasons. The other two seasons he missed a combined 12 games. After being hobbled all season by a foot injury he suffered during OTAs, Nicks has stayed away during OTAs this year. Entering a walk year, however, he should be motivated to have a big season to get a big contract.
One of the players I will still target in drafts (and mocks) is Gordon, who will be suspended for the first two games of the year due to violating the league's substance-abuse policy. When he returns from the suspension, he should flourish in Norv Turner's vertical passing attack.
Austin, Jeffery and Brown provide me with depth. I am comfortable starting Austin in Weeks 1 and 2 while Gordon is serving his suspension.
- Tight Ends (my rankings)
Daniels is a solid (but not spectacular) option at tight end this late in the draft (13.09). He finished with 62 receptions for 716 yards and a career-high six touchdowns in 15 games last season.
- 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 and that's what I did here.
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Tomorrow I will do a 10-team mock using point-per-reception (PPR) scoring with the No. 7 pick.