Fantasy Fox: Handling three simultaneous mock drafts -- #5 slot
To break up the monotony of the NFL preseason, the Fantasy Fox executed three simultaneous mock drafts on Saturday afternoon (12 teams/standard scoring) -- holding the No. 5 pick each time.
Quarterbacks Robert Griffin III (left) and Andrew Luck (right) are both excellent vlaue picks beginning in Round 6. On the flip side, tailback Le'Veon Bell (1,259 total yards, 8 TDs in 13 games) won't get past the middle of Round 2 in standard-scoring drafts.
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By Jay ClemonsFOX Sports South
To break up the monotony of the NFL preseason, I executed three simultaneous mock drafts on Saturday afternoon (12 teams/standard scoring) -- holding the No. 5 pick each time.
Adding to the degree of difficulty, I wasn't allowed to look at my positional cheat sheets for the preseason ... or "queue" up any of the players, in anticipation of snagging 'em for future rounds.
In essence, it's perhaps the most intense, pressure-filled environment one could face in fantasy circles.
Here are my results from all three mocks. For those attempting this exercise at home (and I highly recommend it), expect an avalanche of under-the-gun choices to make after Round 2:
BREAKDOWN: I had the option of grabbing Lacy -- my No. 5 overall tailback -- in all three drafts, but eventually settled on the three-tiered combination of Lacy (1,435 total yards, 11 TDs as a rookie), Forte (my No. 4 back) and Manning ... even though Peyton obviously won't match last year's single-season records for touchdown passes (55) and yards passing (5,477).
BREAKDOWN: It's weird how Eddie Lacy stands as a consensus top-10 choice in standard-scoring and PPR drafts ... and yet, Bell (1,259 total yards, eight TDs in 13 games as a rookie) gets universally acknowledged as a Round 2 selection.
Of his final 11 outings, Bell notched 98 total yards and/or one touchdown nine times. As for Stacy ... landing a top-10 rusher at No. 20 works for me.
BREAKDOWN: NFL franchises may be in the process of devaluing tailbacks in the draft ... but running backs still make the world go'round in fantasy circles. And I'm happy to grab Spiller -- my No. 9 rusher -- at 29th overall ... even though a little part of me believes he'll be available in Round 4.
I can't live in a world where someone takes Toby Gerhart over Chris Johnson ...
BREAKDOWN: And sure enough ... there's Spiller at 44 for Draft #3. BOOM!
Round 5 -- Pick 53
Draft #1 -- QB Andrew Luck, Colts Draft #2 -- RB Chris Johnson, Jets Draft #3 -- RB Chris Johnson, Jets
BREAKDOWN: I answered a phone call during the final seconds of thus Draft #1 pick and subsequently didn't have enough time to queue up a higher-ranked quarterback like Matthew Stafford or Robert Griffin III.
But this wasn't a grave error on my part, since Luck (3,822 yards passing, 27 total TDs last year) is a healthy bet for 4,000 yards passing and 30 touchdowns.
As for Johnson (six straight seasons of 1,400-plus total yards) ... it breaks my heart that Toby Gerhart actually went before him in two different drafts -- prompting this snarky Tweet from yours truly.
BREAKDOWN: It's unfortunate that I couldn't have paired Luck (Draft #1) with T.Y. Hilton in the second draft. (Love the QB-WR handcuff in all scoring formats.) In 2014, you can book a healthy Hilton down for 90 catches and/or double-digit touchdowns.
BREAKDOWN: Watching Falcons-Dolphins on Friday from the Georgia Dome press box ... I got the distinct feeling that Miami has big plans for Moreno (1,586 total yards, 13 TDs with Denver last year) -- whenever he's ready for consistent live action.
As such, when a potential workhorse back is still available in Round 8 ... you do the deed!
BREAKDOWN: Let's not fall asleep on Bowe's rock-solid production at the end of last year. From Week 9 to the wild-card round, the Chiefs wideout tallied four games of double-digit targets and four touchdowns -- including an eight-catch, 150-yard, one-TD demolition of the Colts during the playoffs.
Round 10 -- Pick 116
Draft #1 -- TE Jordan Reed, Redskins Draft #2 -- TE Jordan Reed, Redskins Draft #3 -- WR Justin Hunter, Titans
BREAKDOWN: There's only one downside to Reed -- No. 5 ranking among non-PPR tight ends -- falling into my lap at Round 10:
Reed shares a bye (Week 10) with some terrific TE2 options in the latter rounds, such as Coby Fleener (Colts), Ladarius Green (Chargers) and Garrett Graham (Texans).
Not complaining ... just saying.
Round 11 -- Pick 125
Draft #1 -- D/ST Kansas City Chiefs Draft #2 -- WR James Jones, Raiders Draft #3 -- QB Andy Dalton, Bengals
BREAKDOWN: It should be a fantasy crime to land Andy Dalton (4,293 yards passing, 35 total TDs) in Round 11. Of his first 11 games last year, the Bengals QB accounted for 290 total yards and/or multiple touchdowns nine times.
And of his final four regular-season outings, Dalton averaged 287 yards passing and 3.3 TDs.
In other words ... why should you care that his NFL playoff record is 0-3?
Round 12 -- Pick 140
Draft #1 -- RB James Starks, Packers Draft #2 -- D/ST Kansas City Chiefs Draft #3 -- D/ST New England Patriots
BREAKDOWN: Over time, I have become a supporter of drafting high-end defenses in Round 11 or 12. It's a great reward for doing your homework throughout August and getting absurd value with the first 10 or 11 selections.
Besides, if your fellow owners are going to let the Chiefs D/ST fall to Round 12 ... it's your moral obligation to snag Kansas City (the top-ranked fantasy defense last year) and laugh all the way to the bank.
And I would have said this before the Chiefs racked up three defense/special teams TDs against the Bengals the other night.