This is a 2017 Fantasy Football Mock Draft I took part in with 11 friends on Facebook 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've been complaining about not having two good receivers in my mocks, so I opted to force wideouts with the first two selections. I don't consider them bad picks, however, and this might be an avenue I pursue in real drafts. Receivers are a lot safer than running backs, but as you'll see, the depth at running back dries up pretty quickly. This is why I would advocate passing on quarterbacks and tight ends in the first three rounds (excluding Rob Gronkowski in the third frame).
BEST PICKS, ROUNDS 1-2: Some of the players I considered over Michael Thomas at 2.01 were Devonta Freeman, Jordan Howard, Dez Bryant and Todd Gurley, so I like those picks the most in these two rounds.
WORST PICKS, ROUNDS 1-2: I would not use a second-round pick on T.Y. Hilton, given the uncertainty with Andrew Luck's shoulder. Hilton would've made more sense at 3.05.
MY PICKS, ROUNDS 3-4: My running back picks got mixed reactions in the chat. Someone said I already needed help at running back, while someone else liked my picks. I'm lukewarm on them. Joe Mixon and Adrian Peterson both have high ceilings this year, but they also have low floors. In hindsight, my 4.01 pick should've been Dalvin Cook because I already had a Saints receiver. I wasn't paying attention to that aspect of my team, so this is something I'll focus more on future mocks.
BEST PICKS, ROUNDS 3-4: I was hoping one of C.J. Anderson, Isaiah Crowell or Keenan Allen would fall to me, butt that did not happen. Those picks were all great, and I'd also like to give "D" the nod for taking Cook, since he was next on my list. Doug Martin seems like a great pick as well, despite his suspension.
WORST PICKS, ROUNDS 3-4: I've made many rants about Spencer Ware and Carlos Hyde over the summer. Check out my Fantasy Football Busts page for more. Hyde is looking better now, but it could be a ploy by the 49ers to trade him, which I guess is still good news for his fantasy owners.
MY PICKS, ROUNDS 5-6: I would have preferred to go running back-receiver, given the low depth at both positions, but I couldn't resist Tyler Eifert, who was the best player available on my board. As for Mike Gillislee, I'm a bit concerned about his hamstring injury, so maybe that's why he dropped to the sixth round.
BEST PICKS, ROUNDS 5-6: Davante Adams and Matt Ryan were two other players I was targeting with my picks, so I liked those. Bilal Powell was pretty high on my board as well, and if Gillislee weren't available, I would have considered him.
WORST PICKS, ROUNDS 5-6: I can't say I hated much in these rounds, but if I were to choose a worst pick, it would be Jarvis Landry because he might have some legal issues that could cause him to miss games.
MY PICKS, ROUNDS 7-8: Robert Kelley isn't a flashy pick, but he's a solid choice in the seventh round, as he's a dependable backup I can use during bye weeks. Kelley still runs behind a solid offensive line, so he should do well. John Brown, meanwhile, should rebound in 2017, so I like him as a mid-round option.
BEST PICKS, ROUNDS 7-8: I was hoping Kareem Hunt would fall to me in the seventh round, but Joey broke my heart. Joey also made a terrific pick later, snatching up the talented C.J. Prosise. Another selection I liked was Derek Carr, as I would have taken him with one of my choices.
WORST PICKS, ROUNDS 7-8: The end of the eighth round is too early for Corey Davis, as he's dealing with an injury and could be slow to start the season.
MY PICKS, ROUNDS 9-10: I finally took a quarterback in the ninth round. If that seems late to you, I wouldn't think that way this year because running back and receiver are so thin. If you can nab a quarterback for great value earlier, do it, but definitely don't reach for one if you don't have one prior to the ninth round.
Meanwhile, Cameron Meredith could have a nice year, as he has looked good in training camp. I needed a fourth receiver, and Meredith should do well in that role.
BEST PICKS, ROUNDS 9-10: I had a few players listed in my queue for these two rounds. Those include DeVante Parker, Jonathan Stewart, Thomas Rawls, Tyler Lockett, Jamaal Williams and Joe Williams. Of those six, I'd say Rawls and both Williamses were the best choices, but I liked all of them.
WORST PICKS, ROUNDS 9-10: Denver's defense, or any defense, shouldn't be taken in the 10th round. I also don't know about back-to-back pedestrian tight ends for Covered in Siemian. Eric Ebron is always hurt, while O.J. Howard will be sharing targets with Cameron Brate. By the way, can we take a second to appreciate the brilliance of Covered in Siemian's name?
MY PICKS, ROUNDS 11-12: I was hoping one of Matthew Stafford, Ben Roethlisberger, Philip Rivers or Carson Wentz would fall to me. I held my breath because Jake didn't have a backup quarterback in the 11th round, but I was lucky enough to obtain Wentz. Between Prescott and Wentz, I'll be able to play matchups.
Marlon Mack has gotten some positive buzz, so perhaps he'll replace Frank Gore at some point.
BEST PICKS, ROUNDS 11-12: Roethlisberger and Rivers, obviously. Some other interesting picks include Taylor Gabriel, Adam Thielen and Jeremy Hill. The latter could start for the Bengals, making him a bargain at 12.12.
WORST PICKS, ROUNDS 11-12: The defenses, of course, but there are two other poor picks to point out. Boz said he wanted Carson Wentz, but was given Eli Manning on a misclick. Even worse is **'s Quincy Enunwa choice, as ** may not have heard that Enunwa is out for the year.
MY PICKS, ROUNDS 13-15: Allen Hurns was banged up last year, so he could go back to posting garbage-time stats.
I've been taking Atlanta's defense because of the matchup with the Bears in Week 1. As for my kicker, Buehler? Buehler? Buehler?
BEST PICKS, ROUNDS 13-15: High-upside picks include: Kenny Golladay (I was going to take him at 13.12), Kevin White, Ted Ginn (changing my mind on him), Donta Foreman, Jonathan Williams and Rex Burkhead.
WORST PICKS, ROUNDS 13-15: Low-upside picks include: Andre Ellington, Will Fuller (injured) and Cole Beasley.
'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 afternoon or evening, so come join us!
My Fantasy Team:
QB - Dak Prescott, Cowboys
RB - Joe Mixon, Bengals
RB - Adrian Peterson, Saints
WR - Jordy Nelson, Packers
WR - Michael Thomas, Saints
RB/WR - Mike Gillislee, RB, Patriots
TE - Tyler Eifert, Bengals
K - David Buehler, Cowboys
DEF - Falcons Defense
I don't hate this team. I have the best one-two punch at receiver, and I don't think my running backs are bad, considering I waited until the 36th-overall pick in the draft to take one. Perhaps a RB-WR split at the top would've been better, but as I said, receivers are so much safer.
I'm fairly strong at tight end, but my quarterbacks are weak. I can play matchups, but ideally, I'd be able to obtain someone like Matt Ryan or Russell Wilson earlier.
Also, I did a poor job of not looking at teams. I mentioned the Adrian Peterson-Michael Thomas gaffe, but I also screwed up with Joe Mixon-Tyler Eifert. This is something I'll pay more attention to in the future.