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: Odell Beckham Jr. has been falling in mock drafts since he got dinged up in the second preseason game. I'll happily take him at No. 8. I can't see him missing too much time, if any time at all.
While I wasn't surprised Beckham dropped to No. 8, I was shocked I got Michael Thomas in the second round. I'm happy with my two stud receivers.
BEST PICKS, ROUNDS 1-2: If Beckham weren't available at the eighth spot, I would have taken Mike Evans. And if Thomas didn't fall to me in the second round, I would have chosen Dez Bryant.
WORST PICKS, ROUNDS 1-2: I can't get behind taking a quarterback in the first two rounds this year. Running back and receiving depth is just way too thin to do that.
MY PICKS, ROUNDS 3-4: After going back-to-back receivers, I had to come away with at least one running back here. I took two. It doesn't feel great to have rookies as my top two backs, but they were the best players on the board. Kareem Hunt is Kansas City's featured back now, while Joe Mixon's talent level will be too much for Marvin Lewis to resist.
BEST PICKS, ROUNDS 3-4: If I hadn't gone receiver-receiver, I would have chosen Keenan Allen in the third round. He seems set to have a big year. But I really need a running back. Oh, and speaking of the position, I was hoping Isaiah Crowell would fall to me, but he was snapped up earlier.
WORST PICKS, ROUNDS 3-4: Again, I wouldn't take a quarterback so early. I'd wait on Tom Brady until the fourth round. Nothing else really bothered me in these two rounds.
MY PICKS, ROUNDS 5-6: Oh man, I was really hoping for either Doug Martin or Ameer Abdullah. When MillerTime was on the clock, I thought, "OK, I should get one of them." Nope! I was forced into Matt Ryan, which isn't terrible, but I would have preferred him in the sixth frame.
Speaking of the sixth round, I'm all about Jamison Crowder this year, as Crowder is Kirk Cousins' favorite receiver.
BEST PICKS, ROUNDS 5-6: How can Martin and Abdullah not be the top players? They provided great values in the middle of the fifth round. Also, Travis Kelce atop the fifth frame is a great bargain as well.
WORST PICKS, ROUNDS 5-6: I'm fine with taking Darren McFadden to have him start the first six weeks of the season. But in the sixth round? No thanks. Even worse was LeGarrette Blount, who may not start for the Eagles.
MY PICKS, ROUNDS 7-8: Robert Kelley isn't a sexy pick by any means, but he's a solid third running back. Martellus Bennett, meanwhile, seems like a solid bargain in the eighth round. He could reach double-digit touchdowns with Aaron Rodgers.
BEST PICKS, ROUNDS 7-8: I think I would have chosen Russell Wilson in the seventh round had I not taken Matt Ryan in the fifth frame. Also, I was going to consider Pierre Garcon, but bleh didn't allow me to take him.
Elsewhere, Thomas Rawls and Corey Coleman seemed like good choices as well. Coleman going so early made me realize that I had to move him up my rankings.
WORST PICKS, ROUNDS 7-8: Cameron Meredith is obviously the worst pick. I suppose Pistol hasn't been paying attention to the news. I also don't get Samaje Perine over Kelley, considering the latter is the clear-cut starter.
MY PICKS, ROUNDS 9-10: New England's backfield drama is going to be frustrating for fantasy owners, but I'm all for taking Rex Burkhead in the ninth round. He should get the goal-line carries, and he'll be in the mix for a good amount of receptions.
Donte Moncrief's season will obviously depend on Andrew Luck's health, but he's not a bad option in the 10th round. If Luck makes it back by Week 3 or 4, I'll have a player who can provide WR3 numbers by then.
BEST PICKS, ROUNDS 9-10: I was hoping Chris Hogan would fall to me. I considered him at 9.08, but I feel like I'm strong at receiver already, so I opted to strengthen my running back depth. Elsewhere, Corey Davis and Andrew Luck are two injured players who could provide big-time payoffs to the players who drafted them.
WORST PICKS, ROUNDS 9-10: What's with people taking players out for the year? At this rate, I expected Julian Edelman to be chosen soon. The defense picks were horrendous as well.
MY PICKS, ROUNDS 11-12: I didn't like any of the quarterbacks remaining, save for Carson Wentz, who has been on my Fantasy Football Sleepers page all summer.
Alvin Kamara is a stud, and he could lead the Saints running backs in receptions and total yards this year. The latter is a long shot, but he's definitely going to be the option on passing downs.
BEST PICKS, ROUNDS 11-12: Dak Prescott was the backup quarterback I was hoping for, but he was snatched off the board two picks before I was up. Three other steals were John Brown (finally healthy), Cooper Kupp (Jared Goff's favorite receiver) and Matt Forte (could be traded to a contender.)
WORST PICKS, ROUNDS 11-12: The defenses, of course. Eli Manning is well. He's a regressing player who provides no upside.
MY PICKS, ROUNDS 13-15: Wendell Smallwood could end up leading the Eagles running backs in touches this season. I would highly recommend trying to get him on your fantasy roster.
I've been taking Atlanta's defense because of the matchup with the Bears in Week 1. As for my kicker, well, I continue to make a mockery of the stupid position.
BEST PICKS, ROUNDS 13-15: High-upside picks include: Kenny Golladay, C.J. Prosise, Ted Ginn and Jonathan Williams.
WORST PICKS, ROUNDS 13-15: Low-upside picks include: Sam Bradford, Cole Beasley, Darren Sproles, Robby Anderson and Julian Edelman (I knew he'd be drafted!)
'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 - Matt Ryan, Falcons
RB - Kareem Hunt, Chiefs
RB - Joe Mixon, Bengals
WR - Odell Beckham Jr., Giants
WR - Michael Thomas, Saints
RB/WR - Jamison Crowder, WR, Redskins
TE - Martellus Bennett, Packers
K - Shane Lechler, Texans
DEF - Falcons Defense
I'm pretty happy with this team. I don't think I'm weak anywhere. My receivers are especially strong, and I'm fine at quarterback and tight end. Running back is the only question with two rookies starting, but that position is constantly in flux with so many players getting hurt. I took a shot with lots of running backs in the later rounds, so perhaps at least one of them will pay off and become a solid starter for me.