2012 Fantasy Football Draft: 2-QB PPR Fantasy Mock Draft
Aug. 9, 2012.
This is a 2012 Fantasy Football 2-QB 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: I shouldn't have to explain Arian Foster at No. 6 overall. The top quarterbacks were off the board, and he was the best player available at that point.
Philip Rivers was the logical choice in the second round, as he was the last of the Tier 3 quarterbacks still on the board. I was really glad Rivers was available there; I really wanted him in this 2-QB PPR format.
BEST PICKS, ROUNDS 1-2: Chris Johnson was a steal at No. 11, as was Larry Fitzgerald at 2.05. The Tony Romo and Eli Manning selections in Round 2 were really good, given the nature of this league.
WORST PICKS, ROUNDS 1-2: The guy running Team 12, as you'll see, is a troll whose goal was to put the worst possible team together without making it look obvious. How could he possibly spend a first-round pick on a tight end in a 2-QB format? The same could be said for Team 11's Rob Gronkowski pick, though I like the Gronk better than Jimmy Graham.
MY PICKS, ROUNDS 3-4: I can't believe Andre Johnson was available in the third round of a PPR league. I'm concerned with his durability, but he provides incredible value there.
Robert Griffin, meanwhile, should make for a nice QB2, as he'll tally high fantasy totals with his rushing numbers.
BEST PICKS, ROUNDS 3-4: Maurice Jones-Drew is another surprise player who dropped into Round 3. I know that he's holding out, but you can't deny the value he presents at that spot.
I like many other picks, most notably Roddy White (3.07), Hakeem Nicks (3.09), Ahmad Bradshaw (4.04) and Percy Harvin (4.12).
WORST PICKS, ROUNDS 3-4: I don't really hate anything. My least favorite pick is Reggie Bush at 4.10, but md4l (Miami Dolphins 4 Life) was just taking his guy.
MY PICKS, ROUNDS 5-6: I'm filling out my starting lineup (WR, FLEX) with the best players available. I love my receiving corps of Andre Johnson, Steve Johnson and Antonio Brown.
BEST PICKS, ROUNDS 5-6: If Steve Johnson weren't on the board, I definitely would have chosen Brandon Lloyd. Jeremy Maclin and Miles Austin were nice receiver picks at the end of Round 6. I also liked the Jason Witten selection.
WORST PICKS, ROUNDS 5-6: Mike Wallace sticks out as a terrible choice, but the computer crapped out on Team 11 and gave him the disgruntled Pittsburgh wideout. Andy Dalton was a legitimate pick, however, and he will not perform well as a QB1.
MY PICKS, ROUNDS 7-8: Jake Locker will probably start for the Titans. He'll rack up rushing yards, so he's a nice QB3 to have. As for James Starks, he's currently slated to start for the Packers. More on this later.
BEST PICKS, ROUNDS 7-8: I would have given serious consideration to Mark Ingram at 7.03, so that was a good pick. Kevin Smith went earlier than expected, but I really liked the choice. And then there's Tim Tebow. Sigh. I thought I'd be able to obtain him later as a QB4 with major upside.
WORST PICKS, ROUNDS 7-8: Shonn Greene won't be playing passing downs this year, so he doesn't belong in the seventh round of a 2-QB PPR league. I also really dislike the Robert Meachem selection by Sancho. Meachem hasn't been clicking at all with Philip Rivers in training camp, which you can read about in my 2012 Fantasy Football Stock Report section.
MY PICKS, ROUNDS 9-10: I had some running back options in Round 9, but there were so many of them that I just decided to pick my tight end instead. I went with Pierre Thomas in Round 10 because he'll catch 40 or so passes this year. He won't be a bad flex option in this PPR league if something happens to one of my receivers.
BEST PICKS, ROUNDS 9-10: Dwayne Bowe is holding out, but he's really good value at 9.04. Meanwhile, I like a number of running back selections, including C.J. Spiller (9.03), Jonathan Stewart (9.05), Jahvid Best (9.07), DeAngelo Williams (10.03) and Jacquizz Rodgers (10.08).
WORST PICKS, ROUNDS 9-10: It's way too early to take a defense in the ninth round, especially one that will battle the high-powered Packers and Lions in the first two weeks of the season. Team 12's selection of Kenny Britt is also sketchy, given the troubled wideout's questionable knees and off-the-field issues.
MY PICKS, ROUNDS 11-12: More running backs. I mentioned James Starks earlier. Well, Alex Green could win the job, so I have a high-potential handcuff. Evan Royster, meanwhile, is currently slated as the starter in Washington. Mike Shanahan loves him.
BEST PICKS, ROUNDS 11-12: I had the trio of Kendall Wright, Santana Moss and Michael Crabtree as the top three players available in Round 11. Four late selections in Round 12 really stand out: Randall Cobb, Shane Vereen, Jon Baldwin and Jared Cook. All have immense upside.
WORST PICKS, ROUNDS 11-12: I'm not hating on Matt Flynn, Seahawk fans. I'm just pointing out that he's Team 12's QB1. I told you that he was trolling.
Also, Randy Moss in Round 11? Blegh.
MY PICKS, ROUNDS 13-15: Some receiving depth; Greg Little posted decent stats for a rookie last year. If there were 16 rounds, I would have chosen a fifth wideout.
BEST PICKS, ROUNDS 13-15: Vick Ballard has a decent chance to start for the Colts. Danny Amendola could be a solid PPR flex because Sam Bradford loves throwing to him.
WORST PICKS, ROUNDS 13-15: I could complain about Justin Blackmon and Terrell Owens and Ryan Tannehill and Chad Ochocinco, but Kevin Kolb takes the cake because he's Team 12's QB2. Yes, that means Team 12 would be counting on Kolb as a starter if this were a real league. Kolb's not even going to be the starter on his own NFL team!
My Fantasy Team:
QB - Philip Rivers, Chargers
QB - Robert Griffin, Redskins
RB - Arian Foster, Texans
RB - James Starks, Packers
WR - Andre Johnson, Texans
WR - Steve Johnson, Bills
RB/WR/TE - Antonio Brown, Steelers
TE - Brandon Pettigrew, Lions
K - Rob Bironas, Titans
DEF - Lions Defense
I really like this team. Arian Foster is a stud; the quarterback situation is solid; my receivers are great; and Brandon Pettigrew is a decent starting tight end. The only hole is at RB2 if James Starks struggles, but that could be remedied if one of my high-upside reserve running backs steps up.