This is a 2013 Fantasy Football Mock Draft (14 teams, PPR format) I took part in with 13 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. In a new addition this year, David Wipperman (forum member Ragnarok, a.k.a. Rags) will break down the best and worst teams from the mock draft.
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MY PICKS, ROUNDS 1-2: It was a close call between Marshawn Lynch and Calvin Johnson, but I figured I'd regret not taking the running back if I went with the latter. I was hoping Ray Rice would fall to me, but Blasphemy broke my heart. As for the second pick, I was hoping for one of the first five players chosen in that round. Darren Sproles isn't a bad consolation prize though.
BEST PICKS, ROUNDS 1-2: I already mentioned Rice. He's a steal, even at No. 6, in a PPR format. The first five selections in Round 2 were all great as well.
WORST PICKS, ROUNDS 1-2: There were some sketchy picks late in Round 2. DeMarco Murray isn't going to last very long, while David Wilson probably won't catch many passes because he's kind of useless on third downs.
MY PICKS, ROUNDS 3-4: Blasphemy once again stole my target. I desperately wanted Aaron Rodgers. Oh well. Drew Brees isn't too far behind him. I finally got a pick I wanted in Round 4. Reggie Wayne is a good receiver to have in a PPR format.
BEST PICKS, ROUNDS 3-4: There's no reason Rodgers should be available in Round 3. None whatsoever. Some of the receiver selections were good, such as Larry Fitzgerald, Victor Cruz, Wes Welker and Danny Amendola. I also considered Reggie Wayne at 4.08.
WORST PICKS, ROUNDS 3-4: Two injured players were chosen way too early. Rob Gronkowski could be placed on the PUP list, while Jordy Nelson won't be 100 percent for a while. I'm also not a fan of Chris IVory at 3.08, given that he's injured.
MY PICKS, ROUNDS 5-6: Danny Woodhead will catch 50-plus balls this year as Philip Rivers' go-to guy in the passing game, so I was happy to get him as a flex in the fifth round. The underrated Cecil Shorts is my WR2, as usual.
BEST PICKS, ROUNDS 5-6: All of the quarterbacks should've gone a round earlier. Other great picks include Andre Brown, who could split touches evenly with David Wilson, and James Jones, who will have a big role in the wake of Jordy Nelson's injury.
WORST PICKS, ROUNDS 5-6: Hakeem Nicks is injured and unable to practice, so he was taken a bit too early. I'm also not crazy about Mike Wallace, as you know if you checked out my updated 2013 Fantasy Football Busts list.
MY PICKS, ROUNDS 7-8: Eddie Lacy will be the starting running back in Green Bay, but Johnathan Franklin will handle the third-down work. Also, Lacy is injury-prone, so Franklin could get an increased workload as the season goes on. As for Sidney Rice, he's healthy and poised to be Russell Wilson's No. 1 receiver.
BEST PICKS, ROUNDS 7-8: Blasphemy is single-handedly trying to ruin my draft. He once again stole another player (Marcel Reece) I was about to pick. Stevie Johnson and Josh Gordon were two other picks I liked a lot.
WORST PICKS, ROUNDS 7-8: Both of Dez Nut's selections were pretty bad. It's looking like Bryce Brown won't be the No. 2 running back in Philly. QBDK, meanwhile, will be benched by Week 6 or so, thanks to injuries or turnovers.
MY PICKS, ROUNDS 9-10: I needed a fourth receiver, and Kendall Wright was the top player available at the position. Zac Stacy could pass Daryl Richardson as the starting running back. He's worth a shot in Round 10.
BEST PICKS, ROUNDS 9-10: I was planning on selecting Austin Collie a bit later because I thought he'd be ignored. Credit Leelee for snatching him. I'm also jealous of Monk's Knowshon Moreno pick, as well as Wanted ACL's choice of Denarius Moore.
WORST PICKS, ROUNDS 9-10: Beester may not have heard, but Danario Alexander is out for the year. Also, I don't get the Aaron Dobson love. Bill Belichick's receiver selections have always failed, so why would Dobson be any different? He's worth a shot in the final couple of frames, but not Round 9.
MY PICKS, ROUNDS 11-12: I waited until Round 11 for my starting tight end. All of the players at that position are just "meh" after Jimmy Graham, so I don't have an issue with Owen Daniels as my starter. Having said that, however, I wanted a backup with upside.
BEST PICKS, ROUNDS 11-12: There's some good value with three of the backup quarterbacks chosen here: Ben Roethlisberger, Joe Flacco, and yes, E.J. Manuel. Buffalo's rookie is worth drafting late because he'll score rusing touchdowns.
Outside of the signal-callers, Malcom Floyd, Ryan Broyles, Rueben Randle and Emmanuel Sanders offer quality upside in these two rounds.
WORST PICKS, ROUNDS 11-12: Denard Robinson is a wasted pick. He won't be used much on offense right away. Also, I see no point in drafting Shonn Greene. Even if Chris Johnson goes down, are you going to start him?
I also have to touch on Percy Harvin. Monk asked when he'd be back. The consensus is Week 13. I wouldn't recommend holding on to him for 12 weeks. Even if he returns by December, he may not be 100 percent.
MY PICKS, ROUNDS 13-15: As mentioned, DeMarco Murray will go down at some point, so I'm happy to draft his backup. A kicker and a defense after that.
BEST PICKS, ROUNDS 13-15: Drafting Dion Lewis isn't a bad idea because Trent Richardson is injury-prone. The Brian Hartline pick is also pretty solid.
WORST PICKS, ROUNDS 13-15: I don't see how Tandon Doss, Stephen Hill or Darrius Heyward-Bey will have any fantasy relevance this year. Many would say the same about Tim Tebow, but Leelee now has God watching over her team.
My Fantasy Team:
QB - Drew Brees, Saints
RB - Marshawn Lynch, Seahawks
RB - Darren Sproles, Saints
WR - Reggie Wayne, Colts
WR - Cecil Shorts, Jaguars
RB/WR - Danny Woodhead, Chargers
TE - Owen Daniels, Texans
K - Phil Dawson, 49ers
DEF - Steelers Defense
This team is pretty decent for a 14-leaguer. Drew Brees and Marshawn Lynch are dependable studs, as is Darren Sproles in PPR. Reggie Wayne has been consistent in terms of just catching passes. I have the weakest tight ends in the league, but I have solid running back depth to make up for that.
Best and Worst Fantasy Teams:
By David Wipperman (Rags)
Once again, I will be taking a look at my favorite and least favorite teams from this week's fantasy football mock draft. I will be judging these teams based on value, personal preference, and how I feel these players will do in a 14-team PPR format. So starting with my least favorite team ....
Team 3 - Doug Martin, DeMarco Murray, Darren McFadden, Pierre Garcon, Hakeem Nicks, Jared Cook, Eli Manning, Greg Jennings, Jermichael Finley, Andy Dalton, Jacquizz Rodgers, Rueben Randle, Julian Edelman, Joseph Randle, Minnesota Def
Doug Martin is a great pick in any format, but Team 3 really fell off from there with two massive injury risks. It is almost a certainty that Murray and McFadden will miss significant time, so taking both is a recipe for disaster. This trend continued with Team 3's next two picks in Garcon and Nicks. While not as certain to miss time as his running back selections, both wideouts have struggled with injuries recently, though each has WR1 potential. I do like the Jared Cook choice as I feel Jeff Fisher will ensure that his former draft pick is successful. Eli Manning provides good value in the seventh round as a quarterback who should bring in consistent play.
Unlike Walt, I like Greg Jennings as I believe Ponder will look to him frequently as a safety net. However, I would stay away from Finley since it does not appear that he has been getting many targets in practice. Dalton is a decent backup while I really like Jacquizz Rodgers as a handcuff to Steven Jackson. Team 3 made up for his pick of Nicks a bit by grabbing Rueben Randle, who would be the beneficiary of any missed time. I don't expect Edelman to do much of anything while I am starting to give up on Joseph Randle being the No. 2 behind Murray.
Other Least-Favorites - Dez Nuts, tap
Team WalterFootball - Marshawn Lynch, Darren Sproles, Drew Brees, Reggie Wayne, Danny Woodhead, Cecil Shorts, Johnathan Franklin, Sidney Rice, Kendall Wright, Zac Stacy, Owen Daniels, Coby Fleener, Lance Dunbar, Phil Dawson, Pittsburgh Def
Well, I suppose it had to happen eventually. Walt got the favorite team of the week. Lynch will get a ton of work in Seattle while Sproles is Brees' favorite safety net and the third-down back in New Orleans. Pairing those two teammates was an excellent move. Like Sproles, Danny Woodhead should see plenty of playing time especially on third downs so provides a very nice PPR back. I'm not as big of a fan of Cecil Shorts as Walt is, but if he can get consistent quarterback play, he could definitely put up WR2 numbers. Owen Daniels was a steal in the 11th round as he will be thrown to frequently by Schaub.
In the same mold of Sproles and Woodhead, Franklin provides a third-down back who could prove to be solid in a PPR format. With Harvin out, I think Rice is being a bit undervalued at the moment, while Kendall Wright is the Titans' wide receiver you want in PPR as Jake Locker turned to him on a regular basis last season. WalterFootball turned around and took one of my favorite sleepers in Stacy and also grabbed Dunbar who looks to be the No. 2 in Dallas. Fleener provides some nice TE2 potential in case Daniels get hurt. This is a very solid team with some excellent upside players Walt was able to grab late.
Other Favorites - Leelee, Team 11
Team Ragnarok(R) - Trent Richardson, Chris Johnson, Victor Cruz, Giovani Bernard, Antonio Brown, Russell Wilson, DeAngelo Williams, Lance Moore, Jordan Cameron, Cordarrelle Patterson, Cincinnati Def, Shonn Greene, Stephen Hill, Matt Bryant, Geno Smith
For some reason my name didn't auto-fill so I was Team R. After going first last week, I went later this week. I was thrilled to snag Trent Richardson as he will see a huge number of carries, while I believe Chris Johnson will have a fantastic year behind a revamped front line and new offensive system in Tennessee. I not only expect Giovani Bernard to get all of the third-down work, but also see the majority of the carries this year, so I really love him in this format. Cruz, as we all know, is a PPR stud, while I have taken Antonio Brown many times before due to him being the No. 1 guy in Pittsburgh. Russell Wilson is a steal in terms of his ADP especially when you realize he was the 11th quarterback taken in this draft. I took another of my favorites in Jordan Cameron, who should put up very good numbers under Norv Turner.
DeAngelo Williams is someone who I am growing on as more reports surface about Jonathan Stewart's ankles. Someone has to run the ball in Carolina besides Cam Newton. Lance Moore is another player I like in PPR formats as Brees looks to him frequently. It should be no surprise that I took Cordarrelle Patterson, and with him now in the running for the punt-return job, he holds extra value in any leagues that reward special-teams points. Another wideout to keep an eye on is Stephen Hill. He has been doing much better with drops in camp and looks to be the No. 1 guy for the Jets regardless of Santonio Holmes. I dislike Shonn Greene as a runner, but he holds value to me as the handcuff to Johnson while Geno Smith will be starting soon enough and is solely a bye-week QB. I really like this team as I felt I was able to grab dependable starters with upside to go with some solid bench options.
Feel free to message me here or on Facebook with your thoughts.
@R3belo That's kinda what I'm hoping for. The Falcons are a Super Bowl team - trading up to get a specific player is more than acceptable at this point. We can get back there - especially if the Cowboys let their owner sabotage themselves.