Awesome Kelly in Arizona, mentioned in the July 19 version of Jerks of the Week (NFLShop.com sucks) wanted to do a fantasy football mock draft. I needed to have a new fantasy mock draft on the site, so it made sense to do this mock draft with her.
I was pretty open to any format. AKA wanted to do a PPR draft, so that was what we did. You don't argue with a hot girl who likes fantasy football.
This fantasy mock was conducted on FantasyFootballCalculator.com. I chose this Web site because I'm lazy, so I like just copy-pasting the images FFC provides instead of writing the picks up.
Here are the results with commentary below each round.
Also, be sure to check out my other 2010 Fantasy Football articles, which will include rankings, sleepers, busts, cheat sheets, other fantasy mock drafts, etc.
MY PICKS: Pretty standard. I really don't like going with a quarterback early, but Aaron Rodgers seemed too good to pass up at No. 10. I felt like it was the right pick at the time, but I actually regretted it later on. Jamaal Charles, meanwhile, was a no-brainer at 2.03.
And not to keep sucking up to Awesome Kelly in Arizona, but Ryan Mathews is a steal at 2.08.
WORST PICKS: I like Brandon Marshall, but how can you justify taking him in the first round? The Reggie Wayne pick was also weak. I'm not going to delve into why I hate Wayne for the billionth time. If you want to read about it, check out the Top 10 Players to Avoid in 2010 Fantasy Football.
MY PICKS: Fail. I can't even listen to my own advice. "Take receivers early," I say. In this mock, I wait until the fourth round to grab my first wideout. That said, Pierre Thomas and Steve Smith were great values, in my opinion.
BEST PICKs: Do I sense a theme here? Awesome pick by Awesome Kel with LeSean McCoy.
Dos? may not be too self-confident given the question mark, but I loved the Jonathan Stewart selection. I believe in ya, pal.
WORST PICKs: Three should be tested for cocaine. Matt Forte in Round 4? If you really want Forte that badly, you could at least wait until 5.03. No one was going to take that bum. No one sober, that is.
This was curious: Steve Smith-Giants going before Steve Smith-Panthers? How do people not realize that Smith-Giants had just two touchdowns in the final seven weeks of the season? I like Smith-Giants and all, but he's not a better fantasy player than Smith-Panthers.
MY PICKS: Here's the problem - Santana Moss is my WR2. I kind of like Moss this year with Donovan McNabb throwing him the ball, but he's still a very weak WR2. Would I trade Santana and Aaron Rodgers for Randy Moss and a combination of two lesser quarterbacks like Kevin Kolb, Joe Flacco, Eli Manning, Matt Ryan, Brett Favre, etc? I think so. In that case, I'd have a solid quarterback (or two), and Randy and Steve Smith as my two wideouts.
As for Ben Tate, I love the value there in the sixth round. He could easily win Offensive Rookie of the Year this season.
BEST PICKS: "W" may not be a creative name for a team, but I liked his Jahvid Best pick because I was hoping he'd fall to me.
I really like the team Kel has put together: Kolb-Mathews-McCoy-Johnson-SimsWalker is pretty sick.
WORST PICKS: What is Three doing? In back-to-back-to-back picks, he goes with a lazy running back who may not even start (Matt Forte), a receiver coming off an ugly knee injury who may not play until November (Wes Welker) and an ancient tight end who struggled at the end of the season (Tony Gonzalez). At least Three is self-confident, unlike his pal Dos?
MY PICKS: I would love to have Lee Evans as my WR4; not my WR3. Malcom Floyd is also an ideal WR4. With Vincent Jackson likely out until Week 7, Philip Rivers could really bond with Floyd in those first six games.
BEST PICKS: "D" (yet another creative name) plucked the guy I was going to take right before my pick. Michael Bush got most of the first-team reps in minicamps. He's the starter now that Al Davis has opted to sacrifice more virgins rather than call the shots for the Raiders.
D's other pick was also good - Dez Bryant was pretty high on my cheat sheet at that point.
WORST PICKS: Donald Driver is yet another guy on my Top 10 Players to Avoid in 2010 Fantasy Football. Also, Darren McFadden isn't on there because he's not injured/old, but he might as well should be because Bush has the job. Sorry, Dos? I don't believe in you anymore.
MY PICKS: I really don't get why everyone is in love with Devin Aromashodu, yet people ignore Johnny Knox. Awesome Kel theorizes that it's because Aromashodu's name is fun to say. But what about Johnny Knox? Add five letters to the end, and you get Johnny Knoxville. That takes me back to my college years at Penn State when my friends and I used to have some beers and watch that show before going out during weekends. Ah, the good old days. I miss getting drunk and throwing up in the early hours of the morning.
Speaking of Penn State and jacka**es, I still say Larry Johnson wins the running back job in Washington.
BEST PICKS: Gotta love 3rd and Schlong's team name and ninth-round pick. Donald Brown could easily start this year, so that selection has upside.
I also admire KW for getting his starting tight end at the bottom of Round 9. As someone who doesn't have a tight end yet, I can really appreciate that.
WORST PICKS: What's up with all these defenses? Maybe, just maybe I can understand the Jets because they're awesome, but why would anyone take any other defense this early?
And furthermore, why would anyone spend a ninth-round pick on T.J. Houshmandzadeh? Have fun with your weekly four catches for 35 yards, VikesRule.
MY PICKS: Starting tight end in Round 11, baby. Backup quarterback with upside in Round 12. Meh.
BEST PICKS: Two picks with a realistic major upside: Chester Taylor because he could start in a pass-happy Mike Martz offense, and Austin Collie because he might catch a ton of balls if he starts in the slot.
WORST PICKS: Shame on D. What are you going to do with a backup tight end? Seriously, what's the point of having two tight ends unless you're in a super-deep league? I'll never get anyone who drafts two tight ends.
And shame on PPR Practice, who needs to practice not taking kickers in Round 12.
MY PICKS: I didn't mean to draft Davone Bess. I was looking for Brian Hartline and James Jones, but I couldn't find them on the list. I know at least Hartline was there because Awesome Kel gloated that she was able to find him after I picked. But my time ran out, and I panicked and chose Bess.
If you're wondering why I picked a defense after my kicker, it's because I plan on playing matchups this year. I actually wanted Miami because they play the crappy Bills in Week 1, but Kelly had similar plans. Still the Chargers aren't a bad consolation prize because they'll get to beat up on the Chiefs.
By the way, I'll have an article on this matchup defense strategy later on.
BEST PICKS: I look for upside in these final rounds. Chaz Schilens has that; he's a talented receiver who will be playing with a competent quarterback for a change. Devin Thomas is another skilled wideout who could thrive if he actually starts trying hard.
And then you have Terrell Owens - if he doesn't sign with a team at all, no big deal; Three can just cut him and sign someone else he considered at 13.3. But if someone picks up Owens, Three got a hell of a deal in the final rounds of the draft. I can't believe I just praised the guy who picked Matt Forte in Round 4.
WORST PICKS: And of course, Three has to ruin everything by taking Sam Bradford two rounds later. And it's not like he drafted him as the backup; Bradford is Three's THIRD quarterback. Maybe Three can package Bradford and Forte in a trade for Todd Pinkston and a turd sandwich. I'll take Pinkston and the turd sandwich.
@Mark C. I was going to point out to Walter that people can actually travel and most people attending games don't live within walking distance of the stadiums. A 4 or 5 hour drive to go see a game is absolutely nothing. It's only 8 regular season home games each season after all.