This is a 2013 Fantasy Football Mock Draft (12 teams, PPR format; this is actually a real fantasy league) 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. 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.
Just a heads up that we have 2013 Fantasy Football Mock Drafts every Wednesday evening. Check out the fantasy mock draft thread for details.
MY PICKS, ROUNDS 1-2: You know what's weird? I've been playing fantasy football since 1995. I've been in multiple leagues many years. Never have I once had the No. 1 pick. Well, that's not the case anymore. In back-to-back nights, I secured the top selection in two of my real leagues, including this one.
Unfortunately, there's no consensus No. 1 fantasy player in PPR formats this year. It's close between Adrian Peterson and Jamaal Charles. I feel like I would've gone with the latter prior to this weekend, but Charles' performance against the Steelers left a bad taste in my mouth. Peterson's the safer bet.
Reggie Bush, meanwhile, will catch 60-plus balls this season, making him a strong second-rounder in PPR formats.
BEST PICKS, ROUNDS 1-2: This league has passing touchdowns worth six points, so I really wanted Drew Brees. The best value choice was Chris Johnson at 2.04.
WORST PICKS, ROUNDS 1-2: There's only one pick I didn't like in these two rounds, and that would be Arian Foster at No. 3 overall. As you can see in my Fantasy Football Running Back Rankings, I have Foster near the bottom of my top 10 because of his injury and workload concerns.
MY PICKS, ROUNDS 3-4: I'll gladly take Jimmy Graham at 3.01, especially in a PPR league. Same goes with Danny Amendola, who may catch 100-plus passes if he stays healthy. A big if, I know, but he's well worth taking at 4.12.
BEST PICKS, ROUNDS 3-4: Maurice Jones-Drew was a steal at 3.06, as was Wes Welker at 4.07, so Password is Taco had two very strong rounds. I also was jealous of the two initial quarterback picks, given that passing touchdowns are worth six points.
WORST PICKS, ROUNDS 3-4: Ryan Mathews is not going to play on third downs, so he shouldn't be chosen in the fourth round of a PPR league, especially considering his durability issues. I'm also not a fan of the Cam Newton selection. Newton has been awful this preseason, as he clearly misses former offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski.
MY PICKS, ROUNDS 5-6: Daryl Richardson is my third running back, but he can start as my flex. I would have preferred to go with a receiver at 5.01, but Richardson was way better than any wideout who was available.
I also needed a quarterback. Tony Romo and Matthew Stafford were the only startable quarterbacks still available. I went with the former because I already had Reggie Bush in my lineup, so I didn't want to be too reliant on the Lions.
BEST PICKS, ROUNDS 5-6: I was really hoping for Antonio Brown, Pierre Garcon and James Jones to fall to me, so I have to congratulate the three teams for those selections. Tony Gonzalez and Ahmad Bradshaw also seem like great value picks.
WORST PICKS, ROUNDS 5-6: Montee Ball, who is one of my Fantasy Football Busts probably won't catch many passes. T.Y. Hilton and Mike Wallace were also taken too early. Hilton isn't starting, while Wallace won't be a big producer with Ryan Tannehill.
The worst pick is Chris Ivory, who's not even the Jets' starting running back. He provides horrific value in Round 5.
MY PICKS, ROUNDS 7-8: Finally, my WR2. You know, everyone talks about the lack of running back depth this year, but there are barely any receivers as well. I like Cecil Shorts, but I'd prefer to have him as my WR3.
BEST PICKS, ROUNDS 7-8: If I didn't already have three running backs, I would've snagged Giovani Bernard. Andre Brown also provided good value in Round 8.
WORST PICKS, ROUNDS 7-8: I'm not sure what Dolphins Homer is doing with both James Jones and Jordy Nelson. I won't be one to talk, as you'll see later, but I feel like he had other options. Still, Nelson himself isn't a bad choice. Greg Jennings, DeAngelo Williams, Eli Manning, BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Ronnie Hillman are.
MY PICKS, ROUNDS 9-10: Karma's a b***h. I now have two Patriot and two Jaguar receivers. In hindsight, I should've gone with Alshon Jeffery at 9.01 and perhaps Darrius Heyward-Bey at 10.12, but I think I'll be OK. It's not like I'm going to start both Amendola and Kenbrell Thompkins or both Shorts and Justin Blackmon. I needed receivers, so I took the top wideouts available.
BEST PICKS, ROUNDS 9-10: Not much sticks out here, save for Bernard Pierce and Antonio Gates. Also, I've cooled off on Marcel Reece a bit, but BobLoblaw, a Raider fan, has faith in Darren McFadden's backup. Reece could still be a decent fantasy producer if/when McFadden gets hurt.
WORST PICKS, ROUNDS 9-10: Seahawks Defense? Check out my fantasy football busts page to read why that's a bad idea. Also, I don't like the idea of relying on a rookie tight end, so Team Potter probably should've waited for Tyler Eifert.
MY PICKS, ROUNDS 11-12: It was either Kendall Wright or Kenny Britt - I was confident Nate Washington would drop because no one pays attention to my Fantasy Football Preseason Quarterback Targets list - so I went with the guy who doesn't have chronic knee problems.
Out of all the quarterbacks remaining, I felt like Philip Rivers has the best chance to throw the most touchdowns.
BEST PICKS, ROUNDS 11-12: Britt and Heyward-Bey are solid choices, as is Jonathan Dwyer, who is the favorite to start in Pittsburgh.
WORST PICKS, ROUNDS 11-12: Jonathan Stewart is on the PUP list, so there's no reason to draft him. I also question the Bryce Brown pick because Chip Kelly isn't going to use him with his fumbling issues. There's a reason Brown has been behind Chris Polk on the depth chart.
MY PICKS, ROUNDS 13-16: Yay, I now have two receivers on the Patriots, Titans and Jaguars! How exciting!
I do love Nate Washington though - almost as much as Knowshon Moreno, two members of my fantasy football sleepers page. Kicker and defense after that.
BEST PICKS, ROUNDS 13-16: I'm looking for upside here. Players who fit that description are Julius Thomas (Peyton Manning's tight end), Bilal Powell (the Jets' starting running back) and Zach Sudfeld (Baby Gronk).
WORST PICKS, ROUNDS 13-16: Players with no upside include DuJuan Harris, who is out for the year, and Austin Collie, who may not make the team.
My Fantasy Team:
QB - Tony Romo, Cowboys
RB - Adrian Peterson, Cowboys
RB - Reggie Bush, Lions
WR - Danny Amendola, Patriots
WR - Cecil Shorts, Jaguars
RB/WR - Daryl Richardson, Rams
TE - Jimmy Graham, Saints
K - Justin Tucker, Ravens
DEF - Jets Defense
I have two bust-proof studs (Adrian Peterson, Jimmy Graham) and two players who are sure to catch a ton of passes (Reggie Bush, Danny Amendola). My quarterback situation is OK, while my depth is pretty solid. I wish I had a better WR2, but as I always say, receiver is the easiest position to fill on the waiver wire, especially in a PPR league. I'll find someone else if Cecil Shorts and my other wideouts prove themselves to be inadequate.
Best and Worst Fantasy Teams:
By David Wipperman (Rags)
No analysis this week from Rags because he wasn't in this league. However, Rags will have his own weekly column here during the season, so make sure you check that out.