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2012 Fantasy Football Draft: Forum PPR Fantasy Mock Draft

July 27, 2012.

This is a 2012 Fantasy Football PPR Mock Draft I took part in with 11 other members of the forum. As usual, I'll have analysis of my picks, as well as the best and worst selections from each two rounds.

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MY PICKS, ROUNDS 1-2: Ugh. I hate Maurice Jones-Drew this year, yet I took him for some reason at No. 8 overall. He was the second on my list of best players available - you can see my 2012 Fantasy Football Top 250 PPR Cheat Sheet here - but I thought there was a better chance of Andre Johnson lasting until 2.05 than Jones-Drew. My plan was to snag Johnson on the way back, though I now regret not trying to acquire Johnson, or even a safer bet in Larry Fitzgerald.

Wes Welker is a PPR monster, so even though Fitzgerald wasn't there, I was happy with him at 2.05.

BEST PICKS, ROUNDS 1-2: Fitzgerald was a steal at 2.03, as I was considering him at 1.08. Meanwhile, I really liked two picks at the end of the second round: Darren Sproles and Hakeem Nicks were great finds there.

WORST PICKS, ROUNDS 1-2: If you're wondering, MD4L took two tight ends because of a RB/WR/TE flex. I'm not opposed to the strategy if both players are worthy, but was Jimmy Graham really the best player available at 2.01? Some people like him a lot this year, but I would be cautious about all Saint players because they may not be completely mentally focused in the wake of Bountygate.

Otherwise, the worst picks in the first two rounds were Ryan Mathews and DeMarco Murray. Mathews and Murray are way too injury-prone to go that high.

MY PICKS, ROUNDS 3-4: Some receivers I wanted were taken in front of me (Greg Jennings, Percy Harvin, A.J. Green), but Dez Bryant was still the best player available.

And ugh... yeah, Steven Jackson. He was actually one of my top players available because he catches a ton of passes. That trend will continue because Sam Bradford has no receivers at his disposal.

BEST PICKS, ROUNDS 3-4: How did Greg Jennings last until 3.03? I also really loved a number of other selections in the third round, especially Julio Jones (3.01), Percy Harvin (3.04), Matthew Stafford (3.06) and Cam Newton (3.11). Fred Jackson was a steal in Round 4.

WORST PICKS, ROUNDS 3-4: I don't like the Shonn Greene choice at all; I feel that it's just reaching for a running back. Greene won't get any goal-line carries this year.

It should be noted that JamaicaKings didn't mean to take Adrian Peterson at 3.04. He wanted Steven Jackson, but the timer ran out.

MY PICKS, ROUNDS 5-6: I was pretty surprised that Dwayne Bowe was still available. He's a solid flex. Eli Manning, meanwhile, is a perfect fantasy quarterback selection in Round 6.

BEST PICKS, ROUNDS 5-6: I was hoping Antonio Gates would drop to me. He's a steal in the fifth round. The quarterback selections were good too; if you can't get Aaron Rodgers or Tom Brady in the first round (or Matthew Stafford or Cam Newton in the third), you might as well wait until Round 6 to snag Manning, Philip Rivers or Tony Romo.

WORST PICKS, ROUNDS 5-6: Vincent Jackson has never caught more than 68 passes in any season, so it's hard to like him in the fifth round of a PPR mock. Also, it seems way too early for C.J. Spiller, who's just a backup in Buffalo at the present moment.

MY PICKS, ROUNDS 7-8: BenJarvus Green-Ellis won't catch (m)any passes, but he's still a starting running back available in Round 7. He'll score touchdowns and get me points that way. He's a decent RB3 - check the 2012 Fantasy Football Running Back Rankings - so I was content to grab him there. Toby Gerhart caught a decent amount of passes toward the end of the 2011 season, even before Adrian Peterson got hurt, so I really like him in the eighth round.

BEST PICKS, ROUNDS 7-8: I wanted Jahvid Best, Jonathan Stewart or Stevan Ridley at 7.08, but they were all chosen earlier in the round. Ridley was really intriguing because Joseph Addai was cut hours beforehand.

WORST PICKS, ROUNDS 7-8: How does Ronnie Hillman go before Willis McGahee? John Fox hates rookies, so it's doubtful that Hillman will see much action. I'm also not a fan of Peyton Hillis in Round 8; he's a backup and a mediocre one at best. Meanwhile, Chris Wells and Ryan Williams in the same round seems rather strange.

MY PICKS, ROUNDS 9-10: Meh, nothing exciting. Jacquizz Rodgers will catch passes in Atlanta. He'll be on the field more with Michael Turner in decline. And Miguel Lobsterbush is decent value in Round 10 as a WR4.

BEST PICKS, ROUNDS 9-10: QB Dog Killer in Round 9!? Now this is something I can get behind. I hate the guy as a person and a football player, but he's great value at 9.01. Not that this was a best pick; I just never thought I wouldn't berate a QBDK selection.

I was jealous of the Tim Hightower pick. It's looking like he's going to start for the Redskins. Also, Nate Washington is someone I have to move up my 2012 Fantasy Football Wide Receiver Rankings because of Kenny Britt's expected suspension.

WORST PICKS, ROUNDS 9-10: Nothing too bad here, though Michael Floyd was taken too early in the wake of the news that he's been really struggling in practices.

MY PICKS, ROUNDS 11-12: Shane Vereen, like Stevan Ridley, is very intriguing because Joseph Addai was just released. And of course, Tim Tebow. He's the perfect backup for Eli Manning because he'll be starting when Manning's bye rolls around (Week 11), and he'll get rushing touchdowns until then.

BEST PICKS, ROUNDS 11-12: Alex Green has a good chance of starting this year. He was another player I was considering at 11.08. Meanwhile, Vincent Brown and Rashad Jennings offer lots of upside this late.

WORST PICKS, ROUNDS 11-12: Alshon Jeffery apparently doesn't understand the playbook, so he seems like a wasted pick at 11.11. And I think I'd rather have Kendall Hunter over LaMichael James, but who knows with that situation?

MY PICKS, ROUNDS 13-15: Ugh, this tight end flex thing really screwed me over, so my starting tight end is Greg Olsen. Blegh.

The Eagles play the crappy Browns in Week 1, while Rob Bironas is a solid fantasy kicker.

BEST PICKS, ROUNDS 13-15: Isaiah Pead is a nice choice at 13.04 because Steven Jackson is due to get hurt, given how many touches he's had over his career.

Hurricane Ditka made a big deal about Earl Bennett being a sleeper of his. Some thought it was disappointing, but it makes sense to me. Jay Cutler loves Bennett. With Alshon Jeffery struggling, Bennett could have a decent season.

WORST PICKS, ROUNDS 13-15: I'm not going to hate much on selections made in the final few rounds, but Emmanuel Sanders, Andy Dalton and Steve Breaston offer very limited fantasy upside.

My Fantasy Team:

QB - Eli Manning, Giants
RB - Maurice Jones-Drew, Jaguars
RB - Steven Jackson, Rams
WR - Wes Welker, Patriots
WR - Dez Bryant, Cowboys
RB/WR/TE - Dwayne Bowe, Chiefs WR
TE - Greg Olsen, Panthers
K - Rob Bironas, Titans
DEF - Eagles Defense

BN - BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Bengals RB
BN - Toby Gerhart, Vikings RB
BN - Jacquizz Rodgers, Falcons RB
BN - Michael Crabtree, 49ers WR
BN - Shane Vereen, Patriots RB
BN - Tim Tebow, Jets QB

I really hate this team. Maurice Jones-Drew will probably suck, so I don't know why I took him. Steven Jackson's my RB2? Blegh. And I can't wait for the four points per week from Greg Olsen.

Drafting in the 6-10 range is pretty brutal this year, especially in a PPR league. Avoid doing so, if possible.

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Mande 01-05-2014 12:15 am (total posts: 1)
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That's an expert answer to an inrnsettieg question
Haunteded 01-21-2013 07:52 pm (total posts: 1)
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MD4L 08-09-2012 01:57 pm (total posts: 1)
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QB-Tony Romo
RB-Doug Martin
RB-CJ Spiller
WR-Brandon Lloyd
WR-Santana Moss
RB/WR/TE-Jimmy Graham
TE-Rob Gronkowski
K-Jason Hanson

BN-Ben Tate, Texans RB
BN-David Wilson, Giants RB
BN-Kendall Wright, Titans WR
BN-Andrew Luck, Colts QB
BN-Coby Fleener, Colts TE
BN-Ruben Randle, Giants WR

I really like them getting the two best tight ends in the draft, but as a result their running back group took a hit. Doug Martin has a ton of upside, but I wouldn't trust him as a RB1, and CJ Spiller isn't even a starter on his team so I don't like him as a RB2. Ben Tate is a good RB3, but he will lose touches to Arian Foster. David Wilson has upside, but he won't get major playing time unless Ahmad Bradshaw gets hurt. At the end of the day, not the best team.
eric 08-06-2012 07:35 am (total posts: 1)
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well at least you didn't go after bradford and all the rams wide recievers like you did last year ... i always come to this site look at who you want and stay away from those players!! your awesome walt~
Bad Move MD4L 07-30-2012 02:56 pm (total posts: 1)
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Locking in your flex player at 2.01 is a bad strategy. It leaves you with less of a chance to take advantage of quality players in the draft that drop to you. The flex spot should likely be your best value pick of the draft. e.g. Do you already have 2 RBs but a quality RB falls to you in round 5? Pick him for your flex spot. Do already have Gronk but Gates falls to round 6? Pick him for your flex. Jimmy Graham at 2.01 isn't value; that's full blown retail.

And your in-season roster flexibility is shot as well. Find a sleeper WR late in the draft? Hope you got a need at that position, otherwise he'll rot on your bench cause it's doubtful that sleeper outperforms Graham.
Mario 07-30-2012 01:51 pm (total posts: 1)
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I really like teams 6 and 7. Not a big fan of your team Walt
Ben 07-28-2012 02:41 pm (total posts: 1)
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I don't like your PPR drafts at all
Walter sucks 07-28-2012 10:31 am (total posts: 1)
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Dude, your drafts are consistenly terrible
Michael 07-28-2012 02:20 am (total posts: 1)
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I would maybe draft both Gronk and Graham if i took one in the second round and the other fell to me in the third. I doubt that will happen though.
Matt 07-27-2012 07:44 pm (total posts: 2)
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It was the right move taking both TEs. I play a lot of fantasy football (20 leagues last year), and I am actually envious that he was that smart to make that move. If you can start both Graham and Gronk, you do it. He is starting one at TE and another TE as his RB/WR/TE Flex. Both TEs are going to be more consistent than all but about 5 Wrs and 5 RBs, so why not play one as the flex?
@ @Matt 07-27-2012 11:40 am (total posts: 1)
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This is Hurricane Ditka, all drafters were aware of the W/R/T flex at the beginning of the draft.
@Matt 07-27-2012 11:21 am (total posts: 1)
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No, it's stupid. I promise you that the other players weren't drafting for a TE Flex league, and there's no way that he could have gotten both of them in that scenario. He's also sacrificing a lot of depth at other more productive positions.

Not a bad team Walt. I really think MJD is at least going to be a solid starter on workload alone with Mularkey as the head coach. Not a bad consolation.
Bill 07-27-2012 10:49 am (total posts: 1)
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Is it possible to put together a Top 250 - 2 QB, PPR league?

Matt 07-27-2012 09:55 am (total posts: 2)
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Jimmy is 100% correct. Excellent move drafting both TEs. How can you call that the worst move?? Not only does he get two stud starters but he put an absolute stranglehold on the TE position.
Eman 07-27-2012 06:52 am (total posts: 1)
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You took Steven Jackson over Reggie Bush and Jordy Nelson ...

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