This is a PPR 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 decided to pick third because I feel like I've been drafting late in most of my mocks. Might as well see what it's like to be selecting at the beginning of the draft!
The first pick was a no-brainer, so I won't really delve into that. Dez Bryant, meanwhile, has slipped in the wake of the Tony Romo injury. I've moved him down a bit in my rankings, but he was still the best player available at that juncture. I will admit though that I was rooting for either LeSean McCoy or Jordy Nelson to fall to me!
BEST PICKS, ROUNDS 1-2: I'll give McCoy and Nelson the nod here as the best picks. They were the best value choices in these two rounds.
WORST PICKS, ROUNDS 1-2: I love ya, BCB, but I hate the Jamaal Charles pick. Charles is an injury waiting to happen, and he hasn't even regained his starting job yet thus far, as Spencer Ware has been handling most of the first-team work. Ware's had a great preseason, and I envision some sort of time share in Kansas City.
MY PICKS, ROUNDS 3-4: I did not want Mark Ingram! For some reason, my computer locked up and didn't allow me to pick. I wanted Randall Cobb, if my memory's right. I guess Ingram isn't a horrible choice, but meh.
I'm not too crazy about Kelvin Benjamin either, but there weren't many great options. If I were to do it over, I would've taken Cobb at 3.03 and then Jeremy Langford at 4.10, followed by Melvin Gordon at 5.03.
BEST PICKS, ROUNDS 3-4: I have to mention Cobb as well as some of the other receivers chosen in Round 3, including Demaryius Thomas, T.Y. Hilton and Jarvis Landry. I was also very jealous of RJM's Thomas Rawls choice; I would've taken Rawls in a heartbeat at 4.10.
WORST PICKS, ROUNDS 3-4: I can't get behind Julian Edelman and Latavius Murray. Edelman is one hit away from breaking in half, while Murray doesn't seem like he'll be able to maintain his starting job for very long. I also don't like Matt Forte, as he'll be sharing touches with Bilal Powell.
MY PICKS, ROUNDS 5-6: These were two picks I wanted, but like I said earlier, I would've rather gone Randall Cobb-Jeremy Langford-Melvin Gordon than Mark Ingram-Kelvin Benjamin-Jeremy Langford, which sounds weird because I nabbed Langford later in this scenario. Nevertheless, I'm beginning to realize that Gordon is going to have a huge year, and I want him on my teams.
As for Ameer Abdullah, I think he's a solid choice there, as he'll be heavily involved in the passing game. The last time I checked, that's good for PPR!
BEST PICKS, ROUNDS 5-6: Gordon is a great pick, but what about Cam Newton in the fifth round? I never would've imagined that I'd give the computer props for making a great pick!
As for the sixth round, I was strongly considering Allen Hurns and Larry Fitzgerald, so those were great choices.
WORST PICKS, ROUNDS 5-6: I'd criticize the computer for DeAngelo Williams, but that doesn't seem fun. Instead, I'll discuss the Tom Brady and Arian Foster picks. Brady is an unknown, given that he's now 39, and we all saw what happened to Peyton Manning at that age. Foster, meanwhile, probably won't last until the middle of October.
MY PICKS, ROUNDS 7-8: This is the first time I've drafted Travis Kelce all summer. I've felt that Kelce had been going earlier than I thought he should, but not in this draft. He was the best player on my board, so I was happy to take him.
Eli Manning has endured a rough preseason, but the Giants have too much talent not to figure things out. He should be able to post low-end QB1 numbers.
BEST PICKS, ROUNDS 7-8: What's up with the computer sniping all of my picks? I wanted Tyler Lockett! Oh well. Other players I was considering at 8.10 include Matt Jones, Michael Crabtree and T.J. Yeldon. I was really hoping Yeldon would fall to me, though it would've forced me to delay taking a quarterback.
WORST PICKS, ROUNDS 7-8: I don't want to touch John Brown, who has endured headaches the entire month of August. DeVante Parker, meanwhile, is injured with a hamstring and may miss some games.
MY PICKS, ROUNDS 9-10: Back-to-back quarterbacks makes sense, though I wish I could've obtained T.J. Yeldon in the eighth frame and then selected two signal-callers in Rounds 9-10. Also, I screwed up. Since I timed out earlier, I had to put everything into the queue ahead of time, and with the computer drafting instantly, I didn't have enough time; otherwise, I would've selected Tajae Sharpe at 9.03.
As for Spencer Ware, I ideally would've taken him a bit later, but all of my sleepers were being snatched off the board! That said, I've mentioned earlier that I love Ware, so it's not like I have regrets having him on my roster.
BEST PICKS, ROUNDS 9-10: Sharpe definitely deserves the nod as one of the top picks. The other players I was targeting include DeAndre Washington, Kevin White, Bilal Powell, Justin Forsett, Kamar Aiken, Christine Michael and Michael Thomas. All stolen from me!
WORST PICKS, ROUNDS 9-10: Nothing really offends me here, save for the defense selection. BCB said I'd hate it, and I do. I think there are plenty of other comparable defenses that can be obtained in the final or penultimate rounds of a draft.
MY PICKS, ROUNDS 11-12: More sleepers. In terms of Will Fuller, how nuts would everyone be about him right now had he caught that 84-yard touchdown that he dropped versus Arizona? Also, Chris Thompson is supposed to be Ryan Kelley, but Kelley wasn't in the database. I've already contacted Kevin, the owner of Fantasy Football Calculator, about it, notifying him that Kelley, Adam Humphries and Eli Rogers were all missing, so hopefully they're added soon.
BEST PICKS, ROUNDS 11-12: Devontae Booker was right at the top of my queue, so I love BCB's pick there, unlike his 10th-round choice. I could also see Chris Hogan having a big impact for RJM, as he'll likely catch lots of passes if Julian Edelman gets hurt.
WORST PICKS, ROUNDS 11-12: The selection I hate the most, even more so than the defense picks, is Torrey Smith. He provides absolutely no upside, and I don't even think he can be a half-decent WR6.
MY PICKS, ROUNDS 13-15: I don't mind getting Cincinnati's No. 2 receiver here. Oh, and who's Taylor Mehlhaff? Sounds like one of the bad guys from the Die Hard movies. I just had to take him.
BEST PICKS, ROUNDS 13-15: High-upside picks include: Phillip Dorsett, Jerick McKinnon, Zach Miller, Paul Perkins, Jared Cook and Jimmy Graham. I don't like Graham for where he's been going, but in the 15th round? Why the hell not? You can check out my Fantasy Football Sleepers here.
WORST PICKS, ROUNDS 13-15: Low-upside picks include: Steve Smith, Rishad Matthews and Laquon Treadwell (especially with Teddy Bridgewater out for the year.)
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 - Eli Manning, Giants
RB - Mark Ingram, Saints
RB - Jeremy Langford, Bears
WR - Julio Jones, Falcons
WR - Dez Bryant, Cowboys
RB/WR - Kelvin Benjamin, Panthers
TE - Travis Kelce, Chiefs
K - Taylor Mehlhaff, ???
DEF - Bengals Defense
This isn't exactly how I wanted to draft. As I mentioned, my computer locked up, messing with my third-round pick, Mark Ingram. I don't think this is a bad team, though. The receiving corps is strong, and the running backs aren't complete failures. I have one of the second-tier tight ends, which is nice. As for the quarterbacks, they aren't the worst. This is a team I feel like could compete for a playoff spot, assuming there aren't major injuries and a couple of the sleeper picks pan out.
@jsemmens I've been to the Big Board in the past, but it's still an inefficient way of going about a mock. Not to mention, reports and the people writing them change, no? I come to Walt's site because I used to like his insight on every player. Now, it's simply team needs and a very limited amount of actual analysis. You definitely need SOME amount of explanation behind a pick with regards to team need, but you need much more of the player evaluation angle. Any dummy can write why a particular team "needs" a specific position; it takes a pretty good eye to understand what player needs to fill it. Again, just my 2 cents.
@dawg66 I see where you're coming from. I really do. But I'm sure as a Browns fan you can understand, they have needs EVERYWHERE. You aren't gonna win a super bowl unless you have a QB. Case in point pretty much every super bowl winning quarterback ever. Second, yes you have Terrelle Pryor and Corey Coleman. Terrelle Pryor is a slot receiver which is gonna get you nowhere unless you play for New England. Corey Coleman has yet to prove a damn thing. Mike Williams, however, just took down Alabama pretty much BY HIMSELF. It's the right range for him and I'm positive Huge Jackson wouldn't pass over him at this point, meaning pre-combine and interviews.
Here's my mock based on team need, prospect value and prevailing opinion as well as some ideas of my own. Please let me know about the team(s) that you follow more closely, and any picks that you agree or disagree with. Please comment, and feel free to rate.