MY PICKS, ROUNDS 1-2: OK, I need to explain something. I don't know what happened, but I signed up for the second slot in this mock draft. Suddenly, two minutes before the draft started, my name changed to BJP. I thought this was a glitch, but when I attempted to select Arian Foster, the computer told me that it was not my turn. Ray Rice was then picked. Apparently, someone named BJP somehow took my spot. We would go on to coordinate the rest of the draft together; just note that I wanted Foster instead of Rice.
Oh, and we both tried to select Hakeem Nicks. I think I've taken him in every single mock I've done this summer.
BEST PICKS, ROUNDS 1-2: I guess I have to congratulate CKane for landing Foster at No. 4, though the whole vegan thing is a concern. Chris Johnson is a steal at No. 8, while Andre Johnson provided great value at 2.02.
WORST PICKS, ROUNDS 1-2: Not sure about Greg Jennings in the first round before Larry Fitzgerald at 1.13. Also, there were some really risky running backs chosen in the middle of Round 2. Chances are that they're going to flop.
MY PICKS, ROUNDS 3-4: BJP and I both wanted Cam Newton. At that point, BJP told me that he'd choose whom I wanted, so I told him to target Antonio Gates. He was the best player available by far on my board, and a major steal at 4.13.
BEST PICKS, ROUNDS 3-4: I was hoping for Matthew Stafford, but MD4L made a good pick right before me. Victor Cruz, Percy Harvin, Miles Austin and Steve Johnson were really good acquisitions as well. And finally, I don't really like Michael Turner, but he's well worth taking toward the end of the fourth round of a 14-team draft.
WORST PICKS, ROUNDS 3-4: Mike Wallace is holding out, so he's a risky pick at 3.03. The same could be said for Adrian Peterson because of his knees. Meanwhile, Steven Jackson and Frank Gore are sure to have down years. I don't think I would have taken them at the end of the third round, but I understand that Kaiser was desperate for a running back.
The worst pick, however, well... I don't have to tell you. Hint: He drowned dogs and will certainly miss 4-6 games in 2012.
MY PICKS, ROUNDS 5-6: Ugh. I hate the running backs this year. Chris Wells would ideally be a solid seventh-round selection in a normal summer, but he and others are being pushed up by the void at the position. As for Jahvid Best, why not take a chance at the end of the sixth? Maybe he'll stay healthy for once.
BEST PICKS, ROUNDS 5-6: Philip Rivers was a steal at 5.13. Actually, I like all of the fifth-round quarterbacks, save for Matt Ryan. I was praying for James Starks to fall back to me. Oh, and Roy Helu and Mark Ingram seem like a good choices at 5.14 and 6.14, respectively.
WORST PICKS, ROUNDS 5-6: I don't like either of Ragnarok's picks. Stevan Ridley may not be the starter, while Brandon Pettigrew was a reach. I actually thought Pettigrew was available in Round 10 when I started looking for a backup tight end. Also, I'd love Kenny Britt at 5.05 if he were healthy, but he's a risk coming off a torn ACL.
MY PICKS, ROUNDS 7-8: I'm not used to chasing receivers in the middle rounds, but I guess that's what happens when you go quarterback and tight end early. You can see what sort of wideouts I obtained in a previous PPR Fantasy Mock Draft. As for this one, Darrius Heyward-Bey had a monstrous finish to his 2011 campaign, while Santana Moss was really impressive at OTAs.
BEST PICKS, ROUNDS 7-8: Malcom Floyd and Titus Young were two other wideouts I considered at 7.02, and I was really hoping Denarius Moore would fall to me at 8.13. Also, I'm starting to warm up to Ben Tate as a late Round 7 selection because of the whole Arian Foster vegan thing.
WORST PICKS, ROUNDS 7-8: I don't really hate anything in these two rounds, save for the LeGarrette Blount pick because the coaching staff really hates him. I guess it's a little too early for David Wilson, but it's unlikely he would have made it back at 8.12.
MY PICKS, ROUNDS 9-10: Another receiver. Hopefully Jonathan Baldwin is taking advantage of Dwayne Bowe's holdout. BJP and I chose Silent Bob at 10.13 as a partial handcuff to Jahvid Best. I wanted Mikel Leshoure but wasn't able to land him.
BEST PICKS, ROUNDS 9-10: Michael Floyd was chosen after numerous rookie wideouts, but for my money, he's the one to own. I could see the Shane Vereen pick being very lucrative if Bill Belichick decides to go with him as the starter. Interestingly enough, Ragnarok has secured the entire Patriot and Giant backfields.
WORST PICKS, ROUNDS 9-10: I think it's way too early for Kendall Wright, Brian Quick and Alshon Jeffery - the "lesser" rookie wideouts. Laurent Robinson is probably a wasted pick, as is Randy Moss.
MY PICKS, ROUNDS 11-12: Ryan Fitzpatrick is a solid fantasy backup quarterback. Also, the Round 12 selection was supposed to be Alex Green, but BJP couldn't find him before the minute expired. Green could be a fantasy star if James Starks gets hurt.
BEST PICKS, ROUNDS 11-12: Speaking of fantasy stars, Rashad Jennings could become one if Maurice Jones-Drew's holdout results in an injury. Meanwhile, Brent Celek is a potential TE1, so you have to love that value at 12.01.
WORST PICKS, ROUNDS 11-12: Chad Ochocinco is terrible. I wouldn't choose him in Round 24 of a 24-team mock. I'm also not a fan of Andy Dalton (no upside), Emmanuel Sanders (just a slot receiver) and Nate Burleson (has taken a back seat to Titus Young).
MY PICKS, ROUNDS 13-15: Martellus Bennett was supposed to be Randall Cobb. Once again, our pick could not be located, but it's OK since this is just a mock draft. I like Cobb's upside in Green Bay's explosive offense. Oh, and standard fantasy defense playing a bad offense in Week 1, and Matt Prater was BJP's choice.
BEST PICKS, ROUNDS 13-15: Alex Green and Randall Cobb - such awesome selections! Great job, Rags and 8!
Taiwan Jones could be a potential fantasy starter if the injury-prone Darren McFadden goes down. Tim Tebow is a steal because he'll get rushing touchdowns even if he doesn't start.
WORST PICKS, ROUNDS 13-15: What the hell is a Kliff Kingsbury, and why does it have a Week 12 bye? (I know, I know, Texas Tech quarterback, but why is it in the database?)
The worst pick goes to CKane. No pick in particular, but he concluded this mock draft with no tight end on his team. As the forum lingo goes, "Common man."
My Fantasy Team:
QB - Cam Newton, Panthers
RB - Arian Foster, Texans
RB - Chris Wells, Cardinals
WR - Hakeem Nicks, Giants
WR - Darrius Heyward-Bey, Raiders
RB/WR - Jahvid Best, Lions
TE - Antonio Gates, Chargers
K - Matt Prater, Broncos
DEF - Cardinals Defense
BN - Santana Moss, Redskins WR
BN - Jonathan Baldwin, Chiefs WR
BN - Kevin Smith, Lions RB
BN - Ryan Fitzpatrick, Bills QB
BN - Alex Green, Packers RB
BN - Randall Cobb, Packers WR
I haven't been in a league with more than 12 teams in a long time (I was once in a 20-teamer, but that was years ago), so I don't know how to measure this team. I guess it's not bad. I don't like the fact that I don't have many bust-proof players, however. Cam Newton could have a sophomore slump. Arian Foster's veganism could destroy his soul. Hakeem Nicks may not be ready to play right away (though I think he will). Antonio Gates always gets hurt. As does Jahvid Best. But this team has lots of potential.