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 wanted to pick 12th because I felt like I needed to practice drafting at the turn. That seems like the worst spot to be stationed in this year, so I figured I'd need some experience there.
I was hoping for Allen Robinson, but that did not happen. Instead, I settled for Dez Bryant, which isn't too bad. Bryant and LeSean McCoy seem par for the course at 1.12 and 2.01. McCoy is one of the safer running backs, so he should be taken around there.
BEST PICKS, ROUNDS 1-2: I was shocked A.J. Green fell to No. 10. For a second, I thought I'd have a chance to obtain him! That was obviously wishful thinking. At any rate, I have to give a shoutout to Jheb, who took Amari Cooper at 2.06. That's another great value pick. The best selection might be Rob Gronkowski at 2.04.
WORST PICKS, ROUNDS 1-2: The only horrible choice that sticks out to me is Ezekiel Elliott at 1.09. Elliott is only a rookie, and it remains to be seen if he'll share the workload with anyone, as Alfred Morris was very impressive in the preseason. Elliott is too risky as a first-round pick. I'm not a fan of the Adrian Peterson pick - he's too old to be going third overall - but the Elliott selection was much worse.
MY PICKS, ROUNDS 3-4: I was hoping for T.Y. Hilton, but once again, my hopes were dashed. I don't mind Randall Cobb, but after last year, he seems underwhelming. I know he was hurt, but still. I guess it could work out.
I'm also not super thrilled with Jeremy Hill either; ideally, I'd like to get him late in the fourth, early in the fifth, but that's not possible with where I'm drafting. As I said, picking at the turn kind of sucks.
BEST PICKS, ROUNDS 3-4: Holy crap, how did Keenan Allen drop to the middle of the third round!? I was considering him at 2.01!
I need to mention Hilton as well, and I think there's something to be said about taking the top quarterbacks at the end of the third round. Quarterbacks are generally very safe, so they're likely to pan out for the teams that drafted them.
WORST PICKS, ROUNDS 3-4: I've discussed Latavius Murray and Matt Forte ad nauseum this summer. Check out my Fantasy Football Busts page for more.
MY PICKS, ROUNDS 5-6: I'm concerned with Carson Palmer, which I'll address in a bit, but Larry Fitzgerald has a history of producing despite playing with bums named Max Hall, Ryan Lindley and John Skelton. So I think he's fine there. And how could I pass up Ruskell Wilkens, MVP Canadate atop Round 6? That's just too much value to give away.
BEST PICKS, ROUNDS 5-6: Ameer Abdullah, Marvin Jones and Kevin White were some of the players I was considering with my selections. All provide good value in Round 6.
WORST PICKS, ROUNDS 5-6: Frank Gore and Chris Ivory stand out as bad picks; one is old, and another is a backup. However, there were two worse selections...
Arian Foster appears to be completely finished. It wouldn't surprise me at all if he didn't make the final roster. Also, John Brown is someone I'd completely stay away from in the top half of the draft. He keeps having headaches and can't pass concussion protocol, and Palmer has looked like he has diminished arm strength this preseason.
MY PICKS, ROUNDS 7-8: There were a bunch of players I was targeting at 7.12 and 8.01. This includes Jordan Matthews, Josh Gordon, T.J. Yeldon and Emmanuel Sanders. All were chosen several picks before me.
I'm not happy with Justin Forsett or DeSean Jackson, but they were the best I could pull off, according to my draft board. Like I said, picking at the turn sucks!
BEST PICKS, ROUNDS 7-8: All of the players I mentioned already apply. I was definitely jealous that I couldn't acquire any of them.
WORST PICKS, ROUNDS 7-8: I'm not happy with the Derrick Henry pick, but one selection stands out as being worse. That would be Tyler Eifert, who is not healthy. Why select an injured tight end in the eighth round? That just means you'll have to take another one a bit later so you have someone half-decent to start at the beginning of the season.
MY PICKS, ROUNDS 9-10: Charles Sims isn't the most exciting player to draft, but he could produce RB2 numbers if Doug Martin goes down. He's also not just a handcuff; Sims will be involved offensively, so he'll produce even when Martin plays.
The 10th round means you should start taking sleepers, and Devin Funchess is certainly one. He's atop my list, actually. You can check out my Fantasy Football Sleepers here.
BEST PICKS, ROUNDS 9-10: People in the chat were excited about Carson Palmer in the ninth round, but I don't know. Palmer looked like he had diminished arm strength in the preseason. Perhaps he'll take HGH like another quarterback may have done and improve, but it's not looking good right now.
As for my actual best picks, Philip Rivers is the quarterback who seems like a steal here. Devontae Booker and DeAndre Washington, meanwhile, are two upside sleepers I like.
WORST PICKS, ROUNDS 9-10: Dion Lewis? Has Da Bears not read the news? Lewis won't be playing until November, bro!
Also, Torrey Smith? Really? Why? Do you enjoy wasting ninth-round picks?
MY PICKS, ROUNDS 11-12: I needed a backup quarterback, so I took Jameis Winston. I needed a starting tight end, so I picked Dwayne Allen.
BEST PICKS, ROUNDS 11-12: NOOO, TAJAE SHARPE DIDN'T FALL TO ME! I was truly upset about this, but then remembered that this was just a mock draft. Sharpe is someone you should target aggressively beginning in Round 11. He's only a rookie, but he looks great, and he happens to be Tennessee's No. 1 receiver.
Other sleeper picks I enjoyed were Michael Thomas, Spencer Ware, Phillip Dorsett, Zach Ertz and Tyler Boyd. Oh, and I would've taken Tony Romo if he had fallen to me.
WORST PICKS, ROUNDS 11-12: Picking Vincent Jackson seems like a waste to me. He's never going to produce enough to start at any point, and he possesses no upside at this stage of his career.
MY PICKS, ROUNDS 13-15: Isaiah Pead has been the best running back on the Dolphins this preseason. I'm going to target him with my final-round pick in most leagues.
My other two choices were defense and punter. Yes, punter. Michael Koenen was listed under kickers for some reason, which I found amusing.
BEST PICKS, ROUNDS 13-15: High-upside picks include: Sammie Coates and Terrance West. Maybe Dorial Green-Beckham, too.
WORST PICKS, ROUNDS 13-15: Low-upside picks include: Steve Smith, Rishad Matthews and Ted Ginn Jr.
I'll be adjusting some of my Fantasy Football Rankings based on these draft results, so check them out. Also, we'll be doing mock drafts every Wednesday evening, so come join us!
My Fantasy Team:
QB - Russell Wilson, QB, Seahawks
RB - LeSean McCoy, RB, Bills
RB - Jeremy Hill, RB, Bengals
WR - Dez Bryant, WR, Cowboys
WR - Randall Cobb, WR, Packers
RB/WR - Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Cardinals
TE - Dwayne Allen, TE, Colts
K - Michael Koenen, K, Buccaneers
DEF - Bengals Defense
I'm not super thrilled about this team - have I mentioned that picking at the turn sucks? - but I think it's pretty well-rounded. I don't think I'm weak anywhere, save for running back depth. Russell Wilson projects as a top-five quarterback; LeSean McCoy and Jeremy Hill form a solid one-two punch at running back; my receivers aren't anything to write home about, but they're solid; and I think Dwayne Allen is underrated at tight end.