Fantasy Football Mock Draft Per Day (6/6/13): 14 Teams, No. 4 Pick, PPR Scoring
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Last preseason, we conducted one fantasy football mock draft per day using a mock draft simulator powered by FantasyPros.
Starting our 2013 series, 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 point-per-reception (PPR) scoring leagues with 14 teams and I had the No. 4 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:
- 1.04: Calvin Johnson, WR, Detroit Lions
- 2.11: Percy Harvin, WR, Seattle Seahawks
- 3.04: Steven Jackson, RB, Atlanta Falcons
- 4.11: Frank Gore, RB, San Francisco 49ers
- 5.04: Ryan Mathews, RB, San Diego Chargers
- 6.11: Lamar Miller, RB, Miami Dolphins
- 7.04: Robert Griffin III, QB, Washington Redskins
- 8.11: Kenny Britt, WR, Tennessee Titans
- 9.04: Mark Ingram, RB, New Orleans Saints
- 10.11: Sidney Rice, WR, Seattle Seahawks
- 11.04: Alshon Jeffery, WR, Chicago Bears
- 12.11: Josh Freeman, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- 13.04: Brandon Myers, TE, New York Giants
- 14.11: St. Louis Rams D/ST
- 15.04: Sebastian Janikowski, K, Oakland Raiders
- For all picks in the mock draft, click here.
Here are some thoughts by position:
- Quarterbacks (my rankings): In most mock drafts, I will wait to draft a quarterback and I typically try to get one of my top-12 fantasy quarterbacks. There is a bit of a dropoff after the top 12. When I was on the clock with pick 7.04, there were only two of my top 12 quarterbacks still on the board: RG3 and Tony Romo.
The deeper the league, the more likely I am to draft a backup quarterback. In 10- or 12-team leagues, I will almost never draft a second quarterback. Considering RG3 is coming of a torn ACL, I wanted to have insurance in case he is not ready for the season opener although his rehab appears to be way ahead of schedule. Considering how many times he ran last year, he is exposed to a greater risk of getting injured than other quarterbacks. If I had drafted Romo, I probably would not have drafted a backup quarterback.
- Running Backs (my rankings): Although I waited on running backs in this mock, it's something I would be less willing to do in a real draft. Ultimately, I wanted to see how my team would turn out by waiting until the third round to draft my first running back.
Using four consecutive picks on running backs, I am very happy with the quartet of Jackson, Gore, Mathews and Miller. I doubt all four of those would be available where I drafted them in most drafts this year, but I won't complain. Jackson and Gore are solid options, but the success of this group relies on Mathews and Miller.
One of the league's most injury-prone backs, Mathews had a disappointing year even when healthy last season. If he has a bounce-back year and stays healthy (a bigger if), he could be a steal. The good thing about Mathews on this team is that he is my RB3 and I don't necessarily need him to produce (at least, the way I would if he were one of my top two backs). With Miller, he will get an opportunity to be a featured back now that Reggie Bush is in Detroit.
- Wide Receivers (my rankings): With Megatron and Harvin, I have the best 1-2 punch of wide receivers in this mock. In a league that starts 42 receivers, I was fine waiting until later to draft my WR3. Britt has the talent and potential to have a big season in a walk year, but Jake Locker is one of the most inaccurate starting quarterbacks in the league. If Gio Bernard was not selected one pick prior to Britt, I would have been strongly tempted to take him at that spot. Rice and Jeffery give me capable backups and potential WR3's in 14-team leagues.
- Tight Ends (my rankings): Like with quarterbacks, I typically wait to draft a tight end. In many mocks, that turns out to be my final pick before my defense and kicker and that's what happened here. Myers had a breakout season with 79 receptions for 806 yards and four touchdowns. I would expect Myers' targets (104 from last year) to drop to around 85-90 (Martellus Bennett had 90 last year).
- 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.
Tomorrow I will do a 12-team mock using standard scoring with the No. 2 pick.