Aug. 15, 2013.
This is a 2013 Fantasy Football Mock Draft (12 teams, Dynasty PPR format) I took part in with 11 other members of the forum. As usual, I'll have analysis of my picks, as well as the best and worst selections from each two rounds. In a new addition this year, David Wipperman (forum member Ragnarok, a.k.a. Rags) will break down the best and worst teams from the mock draft.
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MY PICKS, ROUNDS 1-2: I would not go WR-WR in a re-draft league of any sort, but things are different in a dynasty format. Running backs come and go every year, but receivers are here to stay. Calvin Johnson and Dez Bryant are studs who will be starters for me over the next decade. They're not going anywhere, and I'll constantly outproduce all of my opponents at the receiver position, which is more important in a PPR system.
BEST PICKS, ROUNDS 1-2: With my strategy in mind, I have to commend 11 for his selection of A.J. Green. I wanted Green at 2.06. I was also going to consider Chris Johnson, who is still young. Brandon Marshall was another option.
WORST PICKS, ROUNDS 1-2: I don't blame Clov for going Doug Martin over Adrian Peterson, but I don't quite get the Reggie Bush pick. Bush is always hurt and probably won't be a starter for much longer. The same can be said for Steven Jackson.
MY PICKS, ROUNDS 3-4: I had to go running back in Round 3, and I'm happy to land Le'Veon Bell, who will be around for a while as long as he doesn't really suck. As for Andrew Luck, I think he's the safest out of all the young quarterbacks. He doesn't run around as much as the other guys, so he's less likely to suffer injuries. I'm pretty comfortable with the idea that he'll quarterback my fantasy team for the next 12-15 years.
BEST PICKS, ROUNDS 3-4: I should note that I was deciding between Bell and Lamar Miller. Giovani Bernard is a good pick as well. I didn't have dynasty rankings handy, so I forgot about him. I'm sure I'll have dynasty cheat sheets on the site soon though.
At any rate, other favorite picks of mine are Demaryius Thomas, Victor Cruz and Cam Newton. All are young and sure to produce for a very long time.
WORST PICKS, ROUNDS 3-4: I don't like the Frank Gore pick because he won't be a starter for much longer. Conversely, Montee Ball is young, but he's just not that good. Slow, Big Ten plodders just don't last very long.
MY PICKS, ROUNDS 5-6: I thought I had to defend my Andre Brown pick when someone said "WTF?" but they were referring to the previous selection. More on that later.
Andre Brown will split touches (and get receptions) with David Wilson this year. He may eventually start for someone else. James Jones, meanwhile, is starting to come into his own at 29. As long as he remains a Packer, he'll be an outstanding flex for 3-5 years.
BEST PICKS, ROUNDS 5-6: I liked all of the quarterback picks except for Peyton Manning (I'll explain why later). Antonio Brown, Eric Decker and Bernard Pierce are solid selections as young players who will produce for a long time. I was also a fan of the Percy Harvin pick as a long-term solution at wideout.
WORST PICKS, ROUNDS 5-6: I mentioned Manning. He wouldn't normally be a bad pick in the fifth round of a dynasty draft, but check out W's fourth-round selection. Why would he go Drew Brees and then Manning? I could MAYBE see it if he went with a younger quarterback and then backed him up with a veteran, but I don't get his strategy.
Not a fan of Ryan Mathews for obvious reasons. I also feel like DeAngelo Williams was a reach. Oh, and I'm not going to discuss b-cowboys' choices because he's a pathetic troll.
MY PICKS, ROUNDS 7-8: Daryl Richardson may not remain the Rams' starting running back for the long haul, but he'll be useful in a PPR league this year, as he'll catch 40 or so passes. Michael Crabtree will be my long-term flex. He won't play this year obviously, but he's worth taking in the eighth round.
BEST PICKS, ROUNDS 7-8: I was seriously considering Ben Tate at 7.07, and I would've taken him at 8.06. Great pick by 11. DeAndre Hopkins is another solid selection, but my favorite choices were Matthew Stafford and Russell Wilson in the eighth round. That's amazing value.
WORST PICKS, ROUNDS 7-8: I don't like Mike Wallace's long-term potential in Miami. The same goes for Rashard Mendenhall in Arizona. Also, I would've liked to have seen 11 go after Kenbrell Thompkins instead of Aaron Dobson. Thompkins is now the No. 1 fantasy sleeper
on this site.
MY PICKS, ROUNDS 9-10: The Seahawks love Christine Michael. He was fantastic in his preseason debut - go here for fantasy football analysis of all the preseason games
- so he could be a stud for the Seahawks down the line. Marshawn Lynch has a ton of wear and tear on his body, so it won't be long before Michael takes over the starting duties.
As for my 10th-rounder, I wanted a PPR-friendly running back who could contribute now.
BEST PICKS, ROUNDS 9-10: I was considering T.Y. Hilton in the ninth round, so W made that decision easy for me. Alshon Jeffery, Michael Floyd, Justin Blackmon, Tyler Eifert and Coby Fleener also have tons of long-term potential. Tony Romo's a steal for Beester.
WORST PICKS, ROUNDS 9-10: I find it hard to be excited about BenJarvus Green-Ellis. He's kind of useless in a PPR league, especially if it's a dynasty format. I also don't get selecting a defense (W, Houston) in the 10th round of a dynasty league. Do people really keep defenses in dynasties?
MY PICKS, ROUNDS 11-12: Two tight ends. The first for the future; the second more for the present, though Brandon Myers is just 27. I figure one of these guys should be pretty decent.
BEST PICKS, ROUNDS 11-12: Cordarrelle Patterson is an awesome 11th-rounder. He's going to be a stud once the Vikings land a talented quarterback. I like Chris Givens as a sleeper this year. He's young and has a bright future ahead of him. Zac Stacy is another player who could be a big producer down the road.
WORST PICKS, ROUNDS 11-12: Wrong Rams' running back. Isaiah Pead stinks. So do Knile Davis and Daniel Thomas. They won't be in the league for very long. Oh, and as I wrote earlier, I don't get the point of taking defenses this early in a dynasty league.
MY PICKS, ROUNDS 13-15: I needed a backup quarterback. Ben Roethlisberger's not old, so he can be my QB2 for a while. I followed that up with the usual kicker-defense grouping.
BEST PICKS, ROUNDS 13-15: Stevie Johnson stands out. He won't be very good this year, but his numbers will improve as E.J. Manuel gains more experience. The same goes for Denarius Moore. The best potential pick, however, could be Kenbrell Thompkins.
WORST PICKS, ROUNDS 13-15: It's hard to hate stuff in the final three rounds, but Brian Quick has been so underwhelming. I feel like Beester could've obtained a better sleeper receiver.
My Fantasy Team:
QB - Andrew Luck, Colts
RB - Le'Veon Bell, Steelers
RB - Andre Brown, Giants
WR - Calvin Johnson, Lions
WR - Dez Bryant, Lions
RB/WR - James Jones, Packers
TE - Brandon Myers, Giants
K - Justin Tucker, Ravens
DEF - Chiefs Defense
BN - Daryl Richardson, Rams RB
BN - Michael Crabtree, 49ers WR
BN - Christine Michael, Seahawks RB
BN - Danny Woodhead, Chargers RB
BN - Dwayne Allen, Colts TE
BN - Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers QB
My team is set at quarterback and receiver for the next 8-10 years. I love that aspect of this squad. My running backs are weak, but as I said earlier, players at that position come and go. With De'Anthony Thomas, T.J. Yeldon, Todd Gurley and others set to enter the NFL over the next couple of seasons, I should be able to bolster this area in no time.
Best and Worst Fantasy Teams:
By David Wipperman (Rags)
Once again, I will be taking a look at my favorite and least favorite teams from this week's fantasy football mock draft. I will be judging these teams based on value, personal preference, and how I feel these players will do in a 12-team PPR dynasty format. So starting with my least favorite team ....
Team 12skee -
Marshawn Lynch, Matt Forte, Larry Fitzgerald, Andre Johnson, Marques Colston, Kyle Rudolph, Rashard Mendenhall, Matthew Stafford, Mark Ingram, BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Cincinnati DEF, Jermichael Finley, Anquan Boldin, Blair Walsh, Jay Cutler
Considering that we were drafting based on dynasty principles, I gave added weight to younger players. Lynch and Forte each have a ton of wear and tear on their bodies, so you have to question their long-term benefits. Not to mention, Lynch isn't the best in a PPR format.
All three of 12skee's next picks have similar issues. They are all older receivers who could drop off at any time. Andre Johnson and Colston have shown signs of slowing down while Fitzgerald has serious quarterback issues. I personally view Mendenhall as a worthless pick being as I expect little to nothing from him on a consistent basis. The only two picks I really liked on this team were Rudolph and Stafford, two younger players who have the potential to put up top-five fantasy numbers.
Things did not get much better for this team as Ingram and Green-Ellis are both plodders (although the jury is out on Ingram) who don't offer much in the passing game. Finley has not been targeted very much this offseason, while Boldin did basically nothing last regular season. I think he is being overdrafted. This team's final pick was Cutler, whom I honestly think will put up very good numbers. Overall, I thought this team had far too many age issues and not enough boom-or-bust youth prospects.
Other Least-Favorites -
Team beester -
C.J. Spiller, David Wilson, Demaryius Thomas, Eddie Lacy, Pierre Garcon, Percy Harvin, Tavon Austin, DeAndre Hopkins, Tony Romo, Jordan Cameron, Zach Ertz, Geno Smith, Brian Quick, New York Giants DEF, Havard Rugland.
This may be my favorite team out of all the formats we have done. Spiller and David Wilson offer excellent running back potential as long-term dynasty backs who can carry a team. Not to mention Lacy who looks to be the Packers' bruiser of the future. Demaryius Thomas is already a top-five receiver while Garcon could have a fantastic season if he can stay healthy. Romo isn't the best fantasy quarterback out there, but he does put up solid numbers and is excellent value for where he was drafted.
My favorite part of this team is how it looks to the future. Not only does it have great, young running backs, but Harvin will be a steal at this next year (if you keep him in dynasty), while either Tavon Austin or Hopkins could reasonably be the top wideouts for their respective teams. As I said before, Romo is a decent starter this year, however Geno Smith could prove to be worth something in the years to come. I don't think I need to recount my feelings on Jordan Cameron this year, but I do like Ertz as well being as it seems that Philadelphia head coach Chip Kelly will use him frequently. I love how this team mixed up proven commodities with upside players to build a truly strong squad. I would expect this team to win in the very short future.
Other Favorites -
Team Ragnarok -
LeSean McCoy, Chris Johnson, Lamar Miller, Danny Amendola, Colin Kaepernick, Antonio Brown, DeSean Jackson, Jared Cook, Golden Tate, Ronnie Hillman, Zac Stacy, Kendall Wright, Kenbrell Thompkins, Ryan Tannehill, Phil Dawson.
As is usual for this season, I went running back-heavy to begin the draft. McCoy, Chris Johnson, and Lamar Miller are all three younger players who have fantastic potential not only this year, but headed into the future as well. That said, Amendola and Antonio Brown serve the same purpose. Both are going to be the new No. 1s on their respective teams and are poised for excellent seasons and excellent value. Kaepernick should be a no-brainer in a dynasty league, although I did take him way earlier than necessary considering where Russell Wilson went. As I have mentioned before, I really like Jared Cook as Rams' head coach Jeff Fisher will take extra care to make sure he gets a LOT of opportunities.
I have written before about DeSean Jackson, but I really think he goes off this year. Definitely someone I will be targeting later. As with Jackson, I have heard a lot of very positive things about Golden Tate coming into this season. Especially with Percy Harvin out, Tate has proven himself to be a frequent target of Wilson.
My next two picks were players whom I expect to be starters, if not consistent contributors, in Hillman and Stacy. Hillman is slated for the starting role, while I think Stacy takes over sooner rather than later.
It kills me to do this over my next pick ... but I have no clue why Kendall Wright is going so late. Jake Locker loves him, Cook is gone and no one can rely on Kenny Britt. Wright has looked amazing throughout camp. Taking him in the 12th round was a complete steal. Similarly, I'm not sure why Kenbrell Thompkins, one of the best New England options, was available in the 13th round. Thompkins has gotten nothing but rave reviews, so should be gone well before this, especially in a dynasty league. My final pick was Ryan Tannehill who I think will lead the Dolphins to a very respectable record. And if not, at least he will get plenty of rushing points for me.
Feel free to message me here or on Facebook with your thoughts.
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