Fantasy Football Mock Draft Per Day (6/9/13): 14 Teams, No. 9 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, 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 a 14-team standard-scoring mock and I had the No. 9 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:
- 1.09: Marshawn Lynch, RB, Seattle Seahawks
- 2.06: Dez Bryant, WR, Dallas Cowboys
- 3.09: Darren McFadden, RB, Oakland Raiders
- 4.06: Darren Sproles, RB, New Orleans Saints
- 5.09: Reggie Wayne, WR, Indianapolis Colts
- 6.06: Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks
- 7.09: Steve Johnson, WR, Buffalo Bills
- 8.06: Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, Free Agent
- 9.09: Lance Moore, WR, New Orleans Saints
- 10.06: Kendall Wright, WR, Tennessee Titans
- 11.09: Santonio Holmes, WR, New York Jets
- 12.06: Martellus Bennett, TE, Chicago Bears
- 13.09: Denver Broncos D/ST
- 14.06: Rashad Jennings, RB, Oakland Raiders
- 15.09: Garrett Hartley, K, New Orleans Saints
- For all picks in the mock draft, click here.
Here are some thoughts by position:
- Quarterbacks (my rankings)
Wilson has been a common target of mine in fantasy drafts and I was thrilled that he was available at pick 6.06.
As a rookie, Wilson was phenominal in the second half of the season. He completed 67.2 percent of his pass attempts, threw 16 touchdowns to only two interceptions and averaged 9.03 yards per attempt. In addition, he had a league-best 120.3 passer rating during that span. He also averaged 6.2 yards per carry and rushed for four scores in the second half.
Wilson finished 11th in fantasy points among quarterbacks last season only four points behind Matthew Stafford, who threw nearly twice as many pass attempts (727) as Wilson (393). With the addition of Percy Harvin, one of the league's most dynamic players, Wilson should threw the ball much more in 2013. He is my seventh-ranked quarterback heading into the 2013 season.
- Running Backs (my rankings)
Without a doubt, I knew I would get a running back that I liked at No. 9 since I really like all of the top nine running backs in my rankings.
As the eighth running back off the board, Lynch is my fifth-ranked back. Not only has Lynch scored double-digit touchdowns in back-to-back seasons, Lynch rushed for 1,590 yards on 315 carries, both career highs, last year.
One of the league's most injury-prone backs, McFadden has the talent to be a top-five back, when healthy. Last year was a disappointing year all around for DMC and his fantasy owners, but the team's new offensive coordinator will transition the offense from last year's zone-blocking scheme that did not suit McFadden's abilities well. Considering he never played more than 13 games in a season, however, I made sure to grab his handcuff late.
Even though he is much better in PPR formats, Darren Sproles is a solid flex option, especially in a 14-team league. In two seasons with the Saints, he has a total of 2,224 yards from scrimmage and 17 touchdowns over 29 games. Provided Bradshaw and the Colts agree to a deal, he won't be available this late (8.06) in future drafts. He's a great fit for the Colts offense and an extremely solid RB4.
- Wide Receivers (my rankings)
After a little more than two disappointing, under-achieving seasons, Bryant became the dominant receiver that many had thought he could become. From Week 4 through the end of the regular season, he recorded 79 receptions for 1,218 yards and 12 touchdowns in the final 13 games.
Wayne had a bounce-back season with Andrew Luck under center and although he is now 34 years old, he should another very productive season in him. Johnson, Moore, Wright and Holmes provide solid depth as my WR3-6.
- Tight Ends (my rankings)
Although I took Wilson with pick 6.06, I strongly considered taking Jason Witten at that spot. There is no reason he should have been available there. Of course, he was off the board before my next pick and I then waited until late in the draft to select Bennett. In Marc Trestman's offense, Bennett has the potential to take another step forward after his breakout season last year.
- 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. At pick 13.10, I knew that I wanted to add Jennings as insurance for McFadden and figured he would still be on the board with pick 14.06 so I decided to grab a top-five defense one round earlier than I typically would draft a defense.
Tomorrow I will do a 12-team mock starting two quarterbacks (and standard scoring otherwise) with the No. 3 pick.