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2012 Fantasy Football Draft: Fantasy Mock Draft

Aug. 16, 2012.

This is a 2012 Fantasy Football 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 chose the seventh spot because I wanted to draft in the worst position. I assumed I'd have to make a choice between Chris Johnson and Larry Fitzgerald. Luckily for me, Tom Brady dropped to No. 7.

I wanted Julio Jones, Andre Johnson or Greg Jennings at 2.06. I was happy that all of those running backs went prior to the latter.

BEST PICKS, ROUNDS 1-2: I really don't have any "best picks." There were several very good ones, but nothing that stood out. However, you might be looking at this and thinking, "Julio Jones in the first round?" Well, that's right where he should be. He's a stud.

WORST PICKS, ROUNDS 1-2: You can't win your fantasy league in the first few rounds, but you can sure as hell lose it. Darren McFadden, DeMarco Murray, Trent Richardson and Steven Jackson were reaches because of durability concerns. Of course, they're all solid selections compared to Adrian Peterson at No. 11 overall. Where the hell did that come from?

MY PICKS, ROUNDS 3-4: I'm quite happy with Ahmad Bradshaw in Round 3. Yes, he might get hurt, but he's definitely worth the risk where I took him. And as for Jordy Nelson, well, as I jotted his name down on my sheet, I noticed that I did, indeed, draft two Packer wideouts. I cursed myself for not paying attention at first, but then I realized that they both could have huge games each week. So, I'm fine with it.

BEST PICKS, ROUNDS 3-4: It was either Hakeem Nicks or Bradshaw for me, so Team C made a good choice at 3.06. I also like where Antonio Gates and Percy Harvin went. The best value selection in these two rounds, however, is Roddy White at 4.02. What a steal.

WORST PICKS, ROUNDS 3-4: Jermichael Finley and Aaron Hernandez went too early. Reggie Bush is too injury-prone to be drafted in Round 4. And Doug Martin may not win the starting job over LeGarrette Blount, who looked shockingly phenomenal in the preseason opener.

MY PICKS, ROUNDS 5-6: I was really hoping Steve Johnson would fall to me so I could use him as a fifth-round flex. I got my wish. Meanwhile, Mark Ingram isn't the greatest RB2 to own, but he's healthy, so he could score double-digit touchdowns in his sophomore campaign.

BEST PICKS, ROUNDS 5-6: I circled three players I really wanted at 5.06: Johnson, Antonio Brown and Jeremy Maclin. They all went in consecutive order. I also liked where Matt Ryan, Eli Manning, Tony Romo and Philip Rivers went. If I chose between Chris Johnson and Larry Fitzgerald at No. 6 overall, I gladly would have taken one of them at 6.06.

WORST PICKS, ROUNDS 5-6: Mike Wallace shouldn't go in the fifth round. Even if he reports to camp, he's at risk for an injury because he hasn't been practicing. The two Peytons - Hillis and Manning - went too early for my taste. Also, Jason Witten should go later based on today's news that he may miss Week 1, but I'll excuse BasedGod because that was reported very recently.

MY PICKS, ROUNDS 7-8: Stevan Ridley looked good in his preseason debut, so I'll happily take him as my third running back. Darrius Heyward-Bey will be my fourth receiver. I'm hoping that he picks up where he left off during his hot finish last year.

BEST PICKS, ROUNDS 7-8: It was either Ridley or Kevin Smith, so Sancho made a great pick at 7.08. Smith will start for the Lions in Week 1. Other selections I liked were Torrey Smith (7.03), Denarius Moore (7.09), Evan Royster (8.02), Titus Young (8.03) and Nate Washington (8.08).

WORST PICKS, ROUNDS 7-8: I'm all for obtaining Rashad Jennings because Maurice Jones-Drew will be injury-prone this year, but Round 7 is just too early for him. As for Round 8, Kenny Britt and Roy Helu just don't belong there. Check my 2012 Fantasy Football Stock Reports for details.

MY PICKS, ROUNDS 9-10: I'm only going to use Robert Griffin once this season, but he's a great backup to have just in case Tom Brady goes down. Plus, this pick reminds me of something forum member Injured Reserve did in one of my leagues last year. He had Aaron Rodgers as his quarterback and started him every week, but he also stashed Cam Newton on his bench. He never dealt Newton, reasoning that getting someone in return would upgrade his team a little but, but improve the other squad a lot. Well, maybe I can theoretically accomplish the same feat with Griffin.

Brent Celek's my starting tight end. Meh. Moving on.

BEST PICKS, ROUNDS 9-10: Nothing really stands out as special in these two rounds. I suppose DeAngelo Williams is good value at 10.02. He can be an RB2 at the very least if Jonathan Stewart gets hurt. Austin Collie could be a nice selection too, given his apparent rapport with Andrew Luck.

WORST PICKS, ROUNDS 9-10: David Wilson is a nice handcuff to have for Ahmad Bradshaw. I have Bradshaw, but even if I wouldn't have taken him in Round 9. I would have considered him at 10.06 possibly, but more likely at 11.07.

Ronnie Hillman, Justin Blackmon and 49ers Defense stand out as other bad picks. Hillman is hurt; Blackmon has to catch passes from Blaine Gabbert; and San Francisco has to battle the Packers and Lions in the first two weeks of the season, rendering its stop unit useless.

MY PICKS, ROUNDS 11-12: Two running backs with upside. Shane Vereen is a handcuff for Stevan Ridley, both of whom looked terrific in the preseason opener. Mikel Leshoure will be back in Week 3. He could eventually start if Kevin Smith gets hurt.

BEST PICKS, ROUNDS 11-12: I was actually thinking about taking Kyle Rudolph in the 12th round as a backup tight end. Steve Smith, chosen two selections later, looked like Sam Bradford's preferred weapon on Sunday. Jon Baldwin, Greg Little, Ronnie Brown and Santana Moss all provided very good value.

WORST PICKS, ROUNDS 11-12: Andy Dalton offers no upside as a backup quarterback, so why take him? And speaking of no upside, Brandon LaFell blows.

Also, Randy Moss and Terrell Owens? Blegh.

MY PICKS, ROUNDS 13-15: Defense, kicker and high-upside, late-round flier. Kendall Hunter ran really well in the exhibition opener. Go here to read all of my Preseason Game Recaps, complete with fantasy football notes.

BEST PICKS, ROUNDS 13-15: Pierre Thomas and Robert Turbin were really nice Round 13 selections. Both of them could very easily be used as starters this season. Michael Crabtree was a solid pick in the next round.

WORST PICKS, ROUNDS 13-15: There's one awful choice in these final three rounds. Can you find it? Hint: The player headbutted his wife recently. Make sure you check out Jerks of the Week on Monday for more on this.

My Fantasy Team:

QB - Tom Brady, Patriots
RB - Ahmad Bradshaw, Giants
RB - Mark Ingram, Saints
WR - Greg Jennings, Packers
WR - Jordy Nelson, Packers
RB/WR/TE - Steve Johnson, Bills WR
TE - Brent Celek, Eagles
K - Stephen Gostkowski, Patriots
DEF - Lions Defense

BN - Stevan Ridley, Patriots RB
BN - Darrius Heyward-Bey, Raiders WR
BN - Robert Griffin, Redskins QB
BN - Shane Vereen, Patriots RB
BN - Mikel Leshoure, Lions RB
BN - Kendall Hunter, 49ers RB

I really like this team. I'm pretty strong at quarterback and wide receiver. My RB1 and tight end slots aren't too bad. I'm weak at RB2, but who isn't this year? To make up for it though, I have plenty of high-upside backs, two of whom could very easily pan out as capable starters.

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Milz 08-21-2012 02:49 pm (total posts: 1)
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heres my fantasy team I drafted for a 12 man ppr league

QB - Philip Rivers

RB - Chris Johnson

RB - T Richardson

WR - Hakeem Nicks

WR - Brandon Lloyd

TE - J Graham

Flex - Isaac Redman/Mark Ingram

Andy 08-21-2012 10:35 am (total posts: 1)
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I agree with those saying Ahmad Bradshaw is not a number one back. Of the 10 or so picks following Bradshaw, I would have taken at least eight of them over Ahmad.

I also can't believe Roddy fell as far as he did. His numbers might dip slightly, but this is going to be a more pass first offense than before. In the fourth, he's a steal.
TomTron 08-21-2012 02:45 am (total posts: 1)
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This is my team in my league that I am commissioner of, that's in it's 5th season and I am reigning champ of. I usually feel confident but this time I don't really know how I feel about my team. What do you guys think?

QB: Matt Ryan
RB: Jamaal Charles
RB: Michael Turner
WR: Larry Fitzgerald
WR: Vincent Jackson
TE: Rob Gronkowski
Flex: Beanie Wells
K: Garrett Hartley
DST: Seattle

BN: Roy Helu RB
BN: Demaryius Thomas WR
BN: Jared Cook TE
BN: Tony Romo QB
BN: Torrey Smith WR
BN: Malcom Floyd WR
Fast Jimmy 08-19-2012 10:53 pm (total posts: 1)
27     25

Here is my team drafted yesterday:

QB: Tom Brady
RB: Ahmad Bradshaw
RB: Willis McGahee
WR: Larry Fitzgerald
WR: Steve Johnson
Flex: Rob Gronkowski (there is no TE spot, just a RB/WR/TE flex)
D: Detroit
K: Sebastian Janikowski

BE:Mark Ingram
BE: Kevin Smith
BE: Darrius Heyward-Bey
BE: Evan Royster
BE: Kendall Wright
BE: Santana Moss
BE: Jake Lockert
If I were Walt 08-18-2012 12:46 pm (total posts: 5)
10     11

Sorry, Nate Burleson isn't on my bench.
If I were Walt 08-18-2012 12:44 pm (total posts: 5)
145     32

Here is my fantasy team if I were picking where Walt was picking. I'm only picking players that were available to Walt.

QB-Matthew Stafford
RB-Chris Johnson
RB-Reggie Bush
WR-Dez Bryant
WR-Stevie Johnson
RB/WR/TE-Mark Ingram
TE-Vernon Davis
K-Stephen Gostkowski
DEF-Philadelphia Defense

BN-Kevin Smith, Lions RB
BN-Ben Tate, Texans RB
BN-Robert Griffin, Redskins QB
BN-Jon Baldwin, Chiefs WR
BN-Greg Little, Browns WR
BN-Kendall Hunter, 49ers RB
BN-Nate Burleson, Lions WR

Thumbs up if my teams better, thumbs down if Walts team is better.
@My Team 08-17-2012 04:53 pm (total posts: 5)
29     16

QB-Matt Ryan
RB-Matt Forte
RB-Marshawn Lynch
WR-Roddy White
WR-Pierre Gar
@My Team 08-17-2012 04:52 pm (total posts: 5)
12     14

QB-Matt Ryan
RB-Matt Forte
RB-Marshawn Lynch
WR-Roddy White
WR-Pierre Gar
Oh boy... 08-17-2012 10:24 am (total posts: 1)
10     12

I think it's shaping up to be a long and arduous fantasy football season for Walt the way his mocks have looked thusfar.
NationofPwn 08-17-2012 12:45 am (total posts: 1)
40     8

That is by far the worst team in the draft. No troll.

Jennings was a horrific reach, as was Heyward-Bey and Celek.
My Team 08-17-2012 12:13 am (total posts: 5)
33     11

QB-Cam Newton
RB-Ray Rice
RB-Ahmad Bradshaw
WR-Antonio Brown
WR-Stevie Johnson
RB/WR/TE-LeGarrette Blount
TE-Brandon Pettigrew
DEF-Ravens Defense
K-Jason Hanson, Lions

BN-Kendall Wright, Titans WR
BN-Matt Schaub, Texans QB
BN-Jon Baldwin, Chiefs WR
BN-Shane Vereen, Patriots RB
BN-Pierre Thomas, Saints RB
BN-Mario Manningham, 49ers WR

I was picking first overall in a 12 team league. I love my Running Backs, Walt has Bradshaw as his RB1 so I really like him as an RB2. I love Newton as my QB and I like my recievers as well. I'm not in love with my bench, but I think I have some high upside guys. I would love more opinions.
Matt 08-16-2012 08:38 pm (total posts: 1)
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@ Jack Jones and Sizzle

Times have changed. RBs don't carry teams to fantasy championships anymore. Just look at last year. Guys like Rodgers, Brady, Newton, and Brees were on most championship teams. Meanwhile guys like CJ1K, Charles, and McFadden crippled the teams that took them in the first round. The position is so risky. The only RBs I will touch in the first round are McCoy, Rice, and Foster.
Barrrrry 08-16-2012 05:04 pm (total posts: 1)
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Thus looks like a fairly weak team to me, there is no way Ahmad Bradshaw is a solid RB1, especially with Ryan Williams being drafted this year, and Ingram is even worse at RB2.
Jack Jones 08-16-2012 01:39 pm (total posts: 1)
15     37

Your running backs are horrendous lol you clearly don't know a single thing about fantasy if your #1 running back is Ahmad Bradshaw and Mark Ingram is your #2.

"I don't understand how you can criticize someone for grabbing McFadden, Murray, or Richardson when your top RB is injury prone and your RB2 is coming off an injury. You took Jennings in round two and these other guys are getting comparable value in the third round."

This is exactly right. You're supposed to go RB in the first round (even if it's a reach) because that's the most valuable position this year. Feature running backs are so minimal that you almost have to reach. McFadden was a great pick at 5.
BeerMonkey 08-16-2012 01:02 pm (total posts: 1)
9     10

Hey Walt,
Thats alledgedly headbutted his wife !!!

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