This is a standard 2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft I took part in with 11 other members of the forum and followers on Twitter (@walterfootball. As usual, I'll have analysis of my picks, as well as the best and worst selections every two rounds.
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MY PICKS, ROUNDS 1-2: I like the No. 5 pick, since you're guaranteed to get Todd Gurley or one of the top four receivers (Antonio Brown, Odell Beckham, Julio Jones, DeAndre Hopkins). I was fine with getting Jones at that spot.
Keenan Allen was a tougher choice. Thomas Rawls was actually slightly higher on my overall board, but I thought there was a realistic chance that he or one of the other tier-two running backs (Eddie Lacy, Mark Ingram, etc.) would fall to me at 3.05. I like my decision to take Allen, who is the safer choice.
BEST PICKS, ROUNDS 1-2: This is the first mock draft I've done where I didn't land Amari Cooper. I'm quite jealous of DeaconJonesDrewBrees, I'll have to admit. I'm also a fan of the LeSean McCoy selection.
WORST PICKS, ROUNDS 1-2: I've said it before, but I can't get behind choosing a rookie running back in the first round. When Adrian Peterson was a rookie, I got him in the sixth round of one of my leagues!
Also, Jordy Nelson is a bit risky at 1.12. It could pay off, but Nelson is still trying to get healthy, sohe may not be 100 percent.
MY PICKS, ROUNDS 3-4: My gambit paid off! Thomas Rawls slipped all the way to 3.05, so I was pretty happy about that. Rawls looked great in relief of Marshawn Lynch last year, and he should be able to continue to play well.
As for the fourth-rounder, I wrote down some options, including Eddie Lacy, Cam Newton, Kelvin Benjamin, Andrew Luck and Jeremy Hill. Those were five of the six possibilities, with Jordan Reed being the sixth. If Reed had a more extensive history, he would be going earlier in drafts. He's a stud.
BEST PICKS, ROUNDS 3-4: All of the players I just named above (Eddie Lacy, Cam Newton, Kelvin Benjamin, Andrew Luck and Jeremy Hill) can qualify as best picks.
WORST PICKS, ROUNDS 3-4: The Raiders don't really like Latavius Murray, so I can't get behind him in the third round. I wouldn't even take him in the fourth or fifth, for that matter.
Matt Forte is almost as bad. The Jets reportedly plan on splitting touches evenly with Forte and Bilal Powell, so the fourth round is way too early for him.
And finally, I need to discuss two receivers. One is John Brown. I like Brown, but before Larry Fitzgerald? No way. The other is Julian Edelman, who needs a miracle to play eight games this year on his twice-surgically repaired foot.
MY PICKS, ROUNDS 5-6: Like Amari Cooper, Ameer Abdullah has been on most of my fantasy teams this summer in mock drafts. With Calvin Johnson gone, the offense is going to go through Abdullah. He's poised for a big year.
As for Josh Gordon, I actually had Eric Decker and Emmanuel Sanders ranked above him, but both have Week 11 byes. Julio Jones and Keenan Allen share the same bye, so I thought I'd take the next-best receiver who will actually be playing that particular week.
BEST PICKS, ROUNDS 5-6: Again, how does Larry Fitzgerald go before John Brown, as well as Michael Floyd, for that matter? He's a great value pick right now.
Other great value choices include Jonathan Stewart, Matt Jones, Allen Hurns and Decker.
WORST PICKS, ROUNDS 5-6: I'm not so sure about Coby Fleener in the sixth round. There are better tight ends, and Fleener could frustrate Drew Brees and Sean Payton with his penchant for dropping passes.
Carson Palmer was taken too early as well. Palmer is a major candidate for regression. He also has trouble staying healthy. I wouldn't mind him a few rounds later, but not in the sixth.
MY PICKS, ROUNDS 7-8: I ended up going with Emmanuel Sanders anyway. I know, I know, he's my third receiver on a Week 11 bye. Oh well. Sanders was the best player available, so I just took him.
Philip Rivers is my starting quarterback, which I'm fine with. Rivers should play well as long as his offensive line stays healthy.
BEST PICKS, ROUNDS 7-8: Marvin Jones is another player I was considering at 7.05. I moved him up today in my Fantasy Football Wide Receiver Rankings. Tyler Lockett is another wideout worth taking there.
As for other positions, T.J. Yeldon could end up being a steal in Round 8. He's the best running back on the Jaguars.
WORST PICKS, ROUNDS 7-8: I'm not thrilled with STUNNA's picks in this wrap-around. Derek Carr is just a meh fantasy quarterback, while Derrick Henry was taken a couple of rounds too early.
MY PICKS, ROUNDS 9-10: LeGarrette Blount is a starting running back in the NFL, so I'll take him in the ninth round. I'd like to have a better RB3, but he'll do.
Tony Romo is a great QB2 in fantasy. Romo took preventative surgery to keep his collar bone healthy. If he can stay on the field, he could post QB1 numbers.
BEST PICKS, ROUNDS 9-10: Zach Ertz is better than a handful of tight ends who were chosen already, so I love his value in the ninth round. Also, Jameis Winston was another quarterback I was considering at 10.08. I could've easily taken Charles Sims as well.
WORST PICKS, ROUNDS 9-10: Markus Wheaton should not be drafted before Sammie Coates. The latter is just so much better. Also, I harp on this all the time, but a defense in Round 9 is just way too early. Denver's stop unit won't be as good this upcoming year with Danny Trevathan and Malik Jackson gone.
MY PICKS, ROUNDS 11-12: Two running backs on my Fantasy Football Sleepers list. Bilal Powell is set to share a similar workload compared to Matt Forte, while DeAndre Washington could start in Oakland, as the coaching staff doesn't like Latavius Murray very much.
BEST PICKS, ROUNDS 11-12: I liked the two quarterback choices surrounding me, as I would've considered both had Tony Romo been off the board. Tavon Austin provides good value as well.
My favorite pick of these two rounds, however, is Sammie Coates. He could have a huge year as Pittsburgh's No. 2 receiver.
WORST PICKS, ROUNDS 11-12: Vincent Jackson is done, so I don't like taking someone this late with no upside. Martavis Bryant has been suspended for the year, so he should not be chosen at all.
MY PICKS, ROUNDS 13-15: Sleeper receiver, defense, and... James Franklin, QB, Lions!? Who the hell is James Franklin, QB, Lions? I have no idea, but he was listed under the quarterbacks, and I found that amusing.
BEST PICKS, ROUNDS 13-15: High-upside picks include: Jimmy Graham (I don't like him this year, but I'd take a shot on him in the 13th round), Devontae Booker, Marcus Mariota, Phillip Dorsett and Karlos Williams.
I think we can all agree though that James Franklin, QB, Lions was the best pick!
WORST PICKS, ROUNDS 13-15: Low-upside picks include: Victor Cruz, Chris Johnson, Rishard Matthews and Theo Riddick.
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My Fantasy Team:
QB - Philip Rivers, QB, Chargers
RB - Thomas Rawls, RB, Seahawks
RB - Ameer Abdullah, RB, Lions
WR - Julio Jones, WR, Falcons
WR - Keenan Allen, WR, Chargers
RB/WR - Emmanuel Sanders, WR, Broncos
TE - Jordan Reed, TE, Redskins
K - James Franklin, QB, Lions
DEF - Bengals Defense
I'd be happy with this team if this were a real draft. My receivers and tight end are very strong. I don't think the running backs are too bad either at the top. My depth is questionable, but I like my sleepers, so hopefully they come through. Quarterback is a bit of an issue, but I have two guys I think could bounce back and have a strong 2016 campaign. And if anything, James Franklin, QB, Lions definitely puts me over the top. I'm going to use him as my kicker.