Fantasy Football Mock Draft Per Day (6/22/13): 16 Teams, No. 10 Pick, Standard Scoring
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 16-team standard-scoring mock and I had the No. 10 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:
- 1.10: C.J. Spiller, RB, Buffalo Bills
- 2.07: Brandon Marshall, WR, Chicago Bears
- 3.10: Darren McFadden, RB, Oakland Raiders
- 4.07: Hakeem Nicks, WR, New York Giants
- 5.10: Robert Griffin III, QB, Washington Redskins
- 6.07: Josh Gordon, WR, Cleveland Browns
- 7.10: Giovani Bernard, RB, Cincinnati Bengals
- 8.07: Fred Jackson, RB, Buffalo Bills
- 9.10: Alshon Jeffery, WR, Chicago Bears
- 10.07: Emmanuel Sanders, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers
- 11.10: Andy Dalton, QB, Cincinnati Bengals
- 12.07: Jermaine Gresham, TE, Cincinnati Bengals
- 13.10: Cincinnati Bengals D/ST
- 14.07: Latavius Murray, RB, Oakland Raiders
- 15.10: Randy Bullock, K, Houston Texans
- For all picks in the mock draft, click here.
Here are some thoughts by position:
- Quarterbacks (my rankings)
As he continues his rehabilitation process from a torn ACL this offseason, Griffin III continues to show that he's (way) ahead of schedule. This week, RG3 advanced to change-of-direction drills for three consecutive days without any setbacks. There is an excellent chance that he will be ready for the start of training camp on July 25th, which he has previously stated is his goal.
Typically targeting one (any) of my top-12 fantasy quarterbacks, all 12 were off the board when I was back on the clock after selecting RG3. In other words, I waited just long enough to secure my quarterback. As we get closer to the heart of fantasy draft season and he continues to recover at an accelerated rate, it's unlikely that RG3 will be available as the 74th pick off the board.
Considering Griffin's injury risk — both due to his return from knee injury and running style and frequency, however, I wanted to draft a quality backup relatively early. My target was Ryan Tannehill, but he was drafted a few picks before I selected Dalton. Dalton does not have as much upside as Tannehill, but he is extremely solid and steady as a QB2.
- Running Backs (my rankings)
For me, the 10th pick is a perfect spot as I really like my top nine fantasy running backs and Calvin Johnson. Not only was Spiller available at 1.10, but so was Cleveland's Trent Richardson. In this mock, Aaron Rodgers was selected with pick 1.09 providing a bargain for the team with pick 1.11 as well.
In his breakout season, Spiller was one of five running backs last year with more than 1,700 yards from scrimmage. With a new regime, Spiller should see more work and could close in on 2,000 YFS provided he stays healthy. If he doesn't stay healthy, I have his backup in Jackson. My intent wasn't to handcuff Spiller, but when I was on the clock at 8.07, FJax was the best back available.
Call me a sucker (I've certainly been called worse), but I'm higher on Run DMC than most. He's the 14th-ranked back in my rankings and I expect a bounce-back season (on a per-game, per-touch basis) this year. The team has abandoned their zone-blocking scheme from last year, which should help McFadden, who averaged 121 YFS per game in 2010 and 2011. Obviously, he is a huge injury risk and I wanted to add Rashad Jennings as a handcuff but missed out. That said, I wouldn't be shocked if Murray ends up second on the team's depth chart.
As the first rookie back off the board in 2013 NFL Draft, Bernard is a versatile back that should see a larger share of the workload as the season progresses.
- Wide Receivers (my rankings)
Not only did Marshall set career highs in receptions (118), yards (1,508) and touchdowns (11) to become the Bears' first 1,000-yard receiver since Marty Booker, he set the franchise record for most receptions and yards in a season. Nicks is a high-end WR2 provided he can stay healthy and focused in a contract year. Nicks has missed nine games over four seasons and he was never fully healthy last year.
Gordon is a big-time talent ready for a breakout season, but the timing of the breakout will be delayed by at least two games as he serves his suspension for violating the league's substance-abuse policy. In addition, Jeffery and Sanders provide depth and both have a fair amount of upside for the upcoming season.
- Tight Ends (my rankings)
Gresham has yet to have the breakout some have expected and it may be even harder for him to do so this year with the addition of Tyler Eifert. That said, he's one of the players that Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports expects to have a breakout. If he does, he's a tremendous value in the 12th round of a 16-team league. Either way, he's a fair value at this spot.
- 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. Figuring that I could still land Murray in Round 14, I decided to take my team defense a round earlier than usual.
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Tomorrow I will do a 14-team mock using point-per-reception (PPR) scoring with the No. 14 pick.