Fantasy Football Mock Draft Per Day (6/15/13): 14 Teams, No. 12 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 14-team standard-scoring mock and I had the No. 12 pick. The league starts one quarterback, two running backs, two wide receivers, one tight end, one flex, one kicker and one team defense.
Here are my picks:
- 1.12: Alfred Morris, RB, Washington Redskins
- 2.03: Matt Forte, RB, Chicago Bears
- 3.12: Vincent Jackson, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- 4.03: Darren McFadden, RB, Oakland Raiders
- 5.12: Torrey Smith, WR, Baltimore Ravens
- 6.03: Tony Romo, QB, Dallas Cowboys
- 7.12: Josh Gordon, WR, Cleveland Browns
- 8.03: Mike Williams, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- 9.12: Johnathan Franklin, RB, Green Bay Packers
- 10.03: Kendall Wright, WR, Tennessee Titans
- 11.12: Jared Cook, TE, St. Louis Rams
- 12.03: Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Minnesota Vikings
- 13.12: Michael Crabtree, WR, San Francisco 49ers
- 14.03: Cincinnati Bengals D/ST
- 15.12: Garrett Hartley, K, New Orleans Saints
- For all picks in the mock draft, click here.
Here are some thoughts by position:
- Quarterbacks (my rankings)
As the 12th quarterback off the board in this mock, Romo threw for a career-high 4,933 yards, which ranked third in the NFL, last season. In each of the four seasons over the past six years he played a full season, Romo has thrown for 4,184-plus yards and 26-plus touchdowns.
The Cowboys have an excellent core of skill players led by Dez Bryant, Jason Witten, Miles Austin and DeMarco Murray. Through the draft, the Cowboys added more pieces to help Romo: Wisconsin center Travis Frederick, San Diego State tight end Gavin Escobar and Baylor wide receiver Terrance Williams. Although they drafted Frederick a couple of rounds earlier than anyone would have expected, he was the best center in the draft and the Cowboys needed upgrades on their interior offensive line.
- Running Backs (my rankings)
With nine running backs off the board before my first pick, I still ended up with three of my top 14 running backs (in this 14-team league).
Finishing third in the league in carries (335), Morris finished second in the NFL in both rushing yards (1,613) and rushing touchdowns (13). Morris had 20-plus carries in 10 games including the final seven of the regular season. Although he has only had double-digit touchdowns once (12 as a rookie), Forte has averaged more than 100 yards from scrimmage through his career.
Either a bigger value or perhaps a bigger risk, McFadden was the 22nd running back off the board. The obvious risk is his durability as he has never played in more than 13 games in a season. After last year's disappointing season, however, the team will move away from the zone blocking scheme in which DMC struggled. Back in 2010 and 2011, McFadden averaged 121.7 YFS and scored 15 touchdowns in 20 games.
- Wide Receivers (my rankings)
I was hoping to pair Randall Cobb with Vincent Jackson at pick 4.03, but Cobb was selected with one of the four picks in between my third- and fourth-round picks. With Anquan Boldin in San Francisco, it's another reason to expect/hope for a breakout season for Smith. That said, he has had nearly identical production in the past two seasons: 49-50 receptions, 841-855 yards, 7-8 touchdowns.
Even though he will have to serve a two-game suspension to start the year, Gordon has a chance to have a breakout season in the other 14 games. Wright was tied with Justin Blackmon for most receptions by a rookie receiver last year, but the inaccuracy of Titans quarterback Jake Locker could hold him back from taking a big step forward in Year 2. Williams had a bounce-back season with a career-high 996 yards and nine touchdowns last year.
Patterson is a boom-or-bust prospect as my WR6 and Crabtree is my WR7. Although I'm not relying on either for production, both have some upside. If Crabtree can return from his torn Achilles around Week 12, it's possible that he finds his way into the starting lineup in the fantasy playoffs for this team.
- Tight Ends (my rankings)
For a couple of rounds before I selected Cook, I seriously thought about taking him. Since I still was able to draft him, I am happy with getting him at the end of Round 11. With the athleticism to create mismatches, Cook could very well be poised to have the breakout season this year many have expected to him to have over the past couple of years.
- 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 20-team mock using standard scoring with the No. 9 pick.