Fantasy Football Mock Draft Per Day (6/3/13): 16 Teams, No. 1 Pick, Standard Scoring

Last preseason, we conducted one fantasy football mock draft per day using a mock draft simulator powered by FantasyPros.

Starting our 2013 series over the weekend, we have conducted our first two mock drafts and posted the results with comments. We will continue the process until the start of the 2013 season on September 5th.

We will track all of them 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 based on standard scoring leagues with 16 teams and I had the No. 1 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:

Here are some thoughts by position:

  • Quarterbacks: In a 16-team league or deeper, I'm a little (operative word: little) more willing to take a quarterback earlier than usual. With Stafford available at the 4.16/5.01 turn, I didn't want to risk one of my top-12 QBs being unavailable at pick 6.16. Even though he set the NFL single-season record with 727 pass attempts, Stafford's touchdown passes dropped last year to 20 (from 41 in 2012). That said, he finished second in the NFL in passing yards and missed his second consecutive 5,000-yard season by only 33 yards.

  • Running Backs: With the first overall pick, Peterson was a no-brainer. While I don't expect him to duplicate his 2012 numbers, he was coming off a torn ACL and needed offseason surgery to repair a sports hernia and still rushed for over 2,000 yards. In other words, what is he capable of when full healthy? With my fourth pick not coming until pick 48, I wanted to make sure that I took my second running back with one of my next two picks. For CJ2K, he has a much-improved interior offensive line to open running lanes, but the team added the less-than-dynamic-but-still-a-1,000-yard-rusher Shonn Greene, who may steal a few touches especially near the goal line. I was very surprised (but happy) that Miller was available at pick 4.16. The Daily Show is a nice value as an RB4 and Ryan Williams gives me additional depth.

  • Wide Receivers: By not taking my final starting wide receiver until pick 8.16, which is 128 picks into the mock, I ended up with a relatively weak wide receiving corps. Provided Andre Johnson stays healthy, there is no reason why he can't come close to 100 receptions and 1,500 yards again. In his last three full 16-game seasons, he has reached that mark all three times. Austin and Wright are both what should be WR3's in a 16-team league, but I like the upside of Jeffery and Brown as my WR4/WR5. If it weren't for Oakland's quarterback situation being what it is, Streater would have a much better shot to have a breakout season.

  • Tight Ends: Typically I don't reach for tight ends. Throughout the draft, there was never a tight end that I felt was a bargain early in the draft so I decided to wait until Round 13 to take the best available tight end, which turned out to be Bennett. Bennett finished with career highs across the board: 55 receptions, 626 yards and five touchdowns.

  • Kickers and Defense: As always, I will take the best available team defense with my second-to-last pick and the best available kicker with my last pick.

As a reminder, we will centralize links to our mocks here and you can conduct your own free mocks here.

Tomorrow I will do a 10-team mock using standard scoring with the No. 10 pick.

My updated 2013 fantasy football rankings: Quarterbacks | Running Backs | Wide Receivers | Tight Ends

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