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After a never before conceived, sleep deprived NFL free agency blitzkrieg, roster signings have slowed to a pace where Ricky Williams inking a deal with the Ravens only musters an Eeyore-esque … “Oh, hey Ricky. That’s right, you needed a team. Please sign here.”

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Because it’s been a few months since the FOX fantasy department participated in mock draft 1.0, we wanted to slap a new coat of paint on the final product.  So, fantasy contributors Michael Harmon, John Halpin, Ryan Fowler and Joel Beall invited eight guys from Whatifsports.com, the team behind the new FOX Sports Fantasy Football game, to run through mock draft version 2.0.

The following draft took place on Tuesday August 9th between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. (EST). The results are real … in a fake way.

 

Round 1
Pick Owner Player Team Pos
1
Mitch (WIS)
Adrian Peterson
Min
RB
2
Fowler
Jamaal Charles
KC
RB
3
Patrick (WIS)
Aaron Rodgers
GB
QB
4
Brad (WIS)
Ten
RB
5
Beall
Hou
RB
6
Mike (WIS)
Maurice Jones-Drew
Jac
RB
7
Jake (WIS)
LeSean McCoy
Phi
RB
8
Kevin (WIS)
Phi
QB
9
Logan (WIS)
Bal
RB
10
Halpin
Hou
WR
11
Brett (WIS)
Atl
RB
12
Harmon
SF
RB

 

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John Halpin Draft Synopsis

 

I probably reached on rookie running backs Daniel Thomas and Roy Helu, but they're secondary cogs in my fantasy machine. The Darren McFadden/Ryan Mathews tandem should be very strong, and Andre Johnson is still the best bet you can make at wide receiver.

This team's success will depend on its Cowboys. Dez Bryant was the fifth-round pick, and I was happy to get him there. He's an elite talent, and if they're smart they'll try every way possible to get the ball in his hands. Bryant is explosive, and the sky is the limit.

That brings us to Tony Romo, who was always a terrific fantasy contributor until he got hurt last season. Before the injury, he was averaging 313 yards and two touchdowns per game in 2010. Romo is still a top-five fantasy QB, and you're probably going to get him at a value slot in your draft.

Backup wideouts Lance Moore and A.J. Green should be solid enough to fill in at the flex spot often, and TE Rob Gronkowski showed results - not just potential - as a red zone threat last season (10 TDs). Let's give this mock draft effort a solid B.

 



Round 2
Pick Owner Player Team Pos
1
Harmon
Atl
WR
2
Brett
Rashard Mendenhall
Pit
RB
3
Halpin
Darren McFadden
Oak
RB
4
Logan
StL
RB
5
Kevin
Cle
RB
6
Jake
Drew Brees
NO
QB
7
Mike
Ind
QB
8
Beall
TB
RB
9
Brad
NE
QB
10
Patrick
Chi
RB
11
Fowler
SD
QB
12
Mitch
Det
WR


Round 3
Pick Owner Player Team Pos
1
Mitch
Larry Fitzgerald
Ari
WR
2
Fowler
KC
WR
3
Patrick
NYG
RB
4
Brad
Greg Jennings
GB
WR
5
Beall
Pit
WR
6
Mike
Hakeem Nicks
NYG
WR
7
Jake
Den
RB
8
Kevin
Cedric Benson
Cin
RB
9
Logan
Dal
WR
10
Halpin
Ryan Mathews
SD
RB
11
Brett
Ind
WR
12
Harmon
NYJ
RB

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Ryan Fowler Draft Synopsis

 

Should I be concerned that my first three picks are on byes in week six (Charles – 6 – Rivers 6 – Bowe – 6)?

Historically, my draft strategy has focused on picking up running backs in rounds one and two. The plethora of RBBC around the league has forced me to adapt and adopt a new philosophy.

To put that in perspective, the reason I took Rivers and Bowe in rounds two and three is because the next two running backs taken were Ahmad Bradshaw and Knowshon Moreno. I believe that you shouldn’t force the funny and shouldn’t force running backs onto your roster.

My favorite pick is Mike Williams, sleeper pick is Reggie Bush and because he will go into my fantasy football Hall of Fame, Derrick Mason is my Lifetime Achievement pick of the draft.

I grade out to a B/B-minus.

 



Round 4
Pick Owner Player Team Pos
1
Harmon
SD
TE
2
Brett
Hou
QB
3
Halpin
Tony Romo
Dal
QB
4
Logan
Atl
QB
5
Kevin
Phi
WR
6
Jake
SD
WR
7
Mike
Jonathan Stewart
Car
RB
8
Beall
Pit
QB
9
Brad
GB
RB
10
Patrick
Den
WR
11
Fowler
Mike Williams
TB
WR
12
Mitch
Dallas Clark
Ind
TE


Round 5
Pick Owner Player Team Pos
1
Mitch
Car
RB
2
Fowler
Dal
RB
3
Patrick
Chad Ochocinco
NE
WR
4
Brad
Jeremy Maclin
Phi
WR
5
Beall
Dal
TE
6
Mike
Marques Colston
NO
WR
7
Jake
Buf
WR
8
Kevin
Santonio Holmes
NYJ
WR
9
Logan
Det
RB
10
Halpin
Dez Bryant
Dal
WR
11
Brett
Bal
WR
12
Harmon
Mia
WR


Round 6
Pick Owner Player Team Pos
1
Harmon
NYG
QB
2
Brett
Mario Manningham
NYG
WR
3
Halpin
Daniel Thomas
Mia
RB
4
Logan
Wes Welker
NE
WR
5
Kevin
BenJarvus Green-Ellis
NE
RB
6
Jake
SF
TE
7
Mike
Jermichael Finley
GB
TE
8
Beall
NO
RB
9
Brad
Joseph Addai
Ind
RB
10
Patrick
Kenny Britt
Ten
WR
11
Fowler
SD
RB
12
Mitch
Ari
QB

 

Mike Harmon Draft Synopsis

 

"No guts. No glory."

It’s a nice, simple philosophy that led to my selection of Frank Gore in Round 1 (pick 12). His pre-injury numbers were huge, and the hip injury is reportedly in the rearview mirror. I had momentary buyer’s remorse.

Roddy White (my top receiver) was there in the second round and allowed me to get back on track. I then selected my first or second-ranked player at four positions overall, including Antonio Gates (the first pick of Round 4), the Pittsburgh defense (Round 11) and Nate Kaeding (Round 14).

The availability of Shonn Greene at the end of the third round was a welcome surprise, and I was similarly surprised to see Brandon Marshall there in the fifth round (Chad Henne DID pass for 3,500 yards last year). The rest of my running backs were “upside” picks. Beanie Wells will get his shot at the lead role in Arizona, Starks (Round 10) is a nice potential fill-in and possible trade chip. McGahee (Round 12) has a shot to take on a big role with goal line love in Denver.

I was happy to add Santana Moss in the eighth round (we start two receivers). My immediate reaction at seeing Garcon available in Round 13 was to search for injury information.

Finally, there’s the quarterback position. Eli Manning will NOT fire up interception after interception in 2011 and he’ll stand tall under center (his streak is second to brother Peyton). Manning’s topped 4,000 yards in back-to-back years. Then, I dipped my toe into the Denver situation with Kyle Orton. I like the choice at the time, but I remain fearful that No. 15 becomes a thorn in my side.

Give me a B … with upside.

 



Round 7
Pick Owner Player Team Pos
1
Mitch
Percy Harvin
Min
WR
2
Fowler
Malcom Floyd
SD
WR
3
Patrick
Marcedes Lewis
Jac
TE
4
Brad
Was
TE
5
Beall
SF
WR
6
Mike
Sea
WR
7
Jake
Buf
RB
8
Kevin
Bal
QB
9
Logan
Det
TE
10
Halpin
A.J. Green
Cin
WR
11
Brett
Marshawn Lynch
Sea
RB
12
Harmon
Beanie Wells
Ari
RB


Round 8
Pick Owner Player Team Pos
1
Harmon
Santana Moss
Was
WR
2
Brett
Atl
TE
3
Halpin
C.J. Spiller
Buf
RB
4
Logan
Johnny Knox
Chi
WR
5
Kevin
NO
RB
6
Jake
NYG
WR
7
Mike
Was
RB
8
Beall
StL
QB
9
Brad
NYG
RB
10 Patrick
Austin Collie
Ind
WR
11
Fowler
Reggie Bush
Mia
RB
12
Mitch
LaDainian Tomlinson
NYJ
RB


Round 9
Pick Owner Player Team Pos
1
Mitch
Jay Cutler
Chi
QB
2
Fowler
Steve Smith
Car
WR
3
Patrick
Matthew Stafford
Det
QB
4
Brad
Jac
WR
5 Beall
Atl
WR
6
Mike
TB
QB
7
Jake
Phi
RB
8
Kevin
Jermaine Gresham
Cin
TE
9
Logan
Danny Woodhead
NE
RB
10
Halpin
Rob Gronkowski
NE
TE
11
Brett
Was
RB
12
Harmon
Kyle Orton
Den
QB

 

Joel Beall Draft Synopsis

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Competition for NFL starting jobs is tougher than ever | Top position battles.

I’m a major proponent of using running backs as your fantasy foundation, so I was extremely pleased to have Arian Foster and LeGarrette Blount fall into my lap in the first two rounds. Some may doubt Foster’s ability to replicate last season’s success, but selecting him with the fifth pick was highway robbery. Blount, meanwhile, posted 1,007 yards on a meager 201 carries last season. With no viable backups in Tampa, Blount has the capability to be a top-7 back in 2011. Although I remain skeptical of the impact of rookies, getting Mark Ingram in the sixth and Ryan Williams in the 11th offers high rewards with a minimal amount of risk.

I’m loaded at the quarterback position with Ben Roethlisberger, who quietly had a terrific fantasy campaign in his abbreviated 2010 season, and Sam Bradford, a possible breakout star in Josh McDaniels’ pass-happy attack. Employing the league’s best tight end in Jason Witten should also aid my fantasy team’s aerial assault.

With a full season of Roethlisberger under center, Mike Wallace should improve on his performance of 1,257 yards and 10 touchdowns. (Last season, without Big Ben, Wallace averaged 52.75 yards a game; with Roethlisberger, 87.17 ypg.) Braylon Edwards was possibly a leap in the seventh round, although someone in San Fran outside of Vernon Davis will be receiving targets. But as insurance, I picked up Julio Jones in the ninth, Mike Sims-Walker in the 10th and Jerome Simpson in the 12th. All have enormous upside and could submit 1,000-yard seasons.

Overall, I would have to give my draft a B+ due to the lack of a sure-thing at the no. 2 WR position. Yet as long as Edwards or one of the three backup receivers comes to fruition, my fantasy team should be fine.

 



Round 10
Pick Owner Player Team Pos
1
Harmon
GB
RB
2
Brett
KC
RB
3
Halpin
Lance Moore
NO
WR
4
Logan
Oak
RB
5
Kevin
Pit
WR
6
Jake
Mike Williams
Sea
WR
7
Mike
Jordy Nelson
GB
WR
8
Beall
Mike Sims-Walker
StL
WR
9
Brad
Donovan McNabb
Min
QB
10
Patrick
Ricky Williams
Bal
RB
11
Fowler
Jimmy Graham
NO
TE
12
Mitch
Ind
RB


Round 11
Pick Owner Player Team Pos
1
Mitch
Brent Celek
Phi
TE
2
Fowler
Derrick Mason
NYJ
WR
3
Patrick
Dustin Keller
NYJ
TE
4
Brad
KC
WR
5
Beall
Ryan Williams
Ari
RB
6
Mike
Zach Miller
Sea
TE
7
Jake
Mikel LeShoure
Det
RB
8
Kevin
Davone Bess
Mia
WR
9
Logan
GB
WR
10
Halpin
Roy Helu
Was
RB
11
Brett
Chi
WR
12
Harmon
Pittsburgh
Pit
D/ST


Round 12
Pick Owner Player Team Pos
1
Harmon
Willis McGahee
Den
RB
2
Brett
KC
QB
3
Halpin
Owen Daniels
Hou
TE
4
Logan
David Garrard
Jac
QB
5
Kevin
GB
D/ST
6
Jake
Kellen Winslow
TB
TE
7
Mike
NYJ
D/ST
8
Beall
Jerome Simpson
Cin
WR
9
Brad
Robert Meachem
NO
WR
10 Patrick
Phi
D/ST
11
Fowler
Buf
WR
12
Mitch
Ten
WR


Round 13
Pick Owner Player Team Pos
1
Mitch
Justin Forsett
Sea
RB
2
Fowler
StL
RB
3
Patrick
Deion Branch
NE
WR
4
Brad
Chi
D/ST
5 Beall
Javon Ringer
Ten
RB
6
Mike
Car
RB
7
Jake
Baltimore
Bal
D/ST
8
Kevin
Donald Driver
GB
WR
9
Logan
Dal
RB
10
Halpin
Sea
QB
11
Brett
SF
WR
12
Harmon
Ind
WR


Round 14
Pick Owner Player Team Pos
1
Harmon
Nate Kaeding
SD
K
2
Brett
GB
K
3 Halpin
New York
NYG
D/ST
4
Logan
NE
D/ST
5
Kevin
Neil Rackers
Hou
K
6
Jake
NYJ
QB
7
Mike
Ten
K
8
Beall
SD
D/ST
9
Brad
Rashad Jennings
Jac
RB
10
Patrick
Christopher Ivory
NO
RB
11
Fowler
Dallas
Dal
D/ST
12
Mitch
Atl
D/ST


Round 15
Pick Owner Player Team Pos
1
Mitch
Den
QB
2
Fowler
Sebastian Janikowski
Oak
K
3 Patrick
Adam Vinatieri
Ind
K
4
Brad
David Akers
SF
K
5
Beall
Hou
RB
6
Mike
Det
WR
7
Jake
Atl
K
8
Kevin
Todd Heap
Ari
TE
9
Logan
StL
K
10
Halpin
Nick Folk
NYJ
K
11
Brett
Oak
D/ST
12
Harmon
Hou
WR


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