Fantasy football mock draft version 2.0

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We can see clearly now, the pain is gone.

Some obstacles are near, but we’re on our way.

No doubt, it’s gonna be a fun-fantasy day.

That’s straight NASH remix homey!

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.”

On the flip side, the chips falling where they may has left fantasy owners in a state of euphoria. FOX Sports mock draft season has commenced with a new and improved fantasy football draft app.

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)

Chris Johnson

Ten

RB

5

Beall

Arian Foster

Hou

RB

6

Mike (WIS)

Maurice Jones-Drew

Jac

RB

7

Jake (WIS)

LeSean McCoy

Phi

RB

8

Kevin (WIS)

Michael Vick

Phi

QB

9

Logan (WIS)

Ray Rice

Bal

RB

10

Halpin

Andre Johnson

Hou

WR

11

Brett (WIS)

Michael Turner

Atl

RB

12

Harmon

Frank Gore

SF

RB

 

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

Roddy White

Atl

WR

2

Brett

Rashard Mendenhall

Pit

RB

3

Halpin

Darren McFadden

Oak

RB

4

Logan

Steven Jackson

StL

RB

5

Kevin

Peyton Hillis

Cle

RB

6

Jake

Drew Brees

NO

QB

7

Mike

Peyton Manning

Ind

QB

8

Beall

LeGarrette Blount

TB

RB

9

Brad

Tom Brady

NE

QB

10

Patrick

Matt Forte

Chi

RB

11

Fowler

Philip Rivers

SD

QB

12

Mitch

Calvin Johnson

Det

WR

Round 3

Pick

Owner

Player

Team

Pos

1

Mitch

Larry Fitzgerald

Ari

WR

2

Fowler

Dwayne Bowe

KC

WR

3

Patrick

Ahmad Bradshaw

NYG

RB

4

Brad

Greg Jennings

GB

WR

5

Beall

Mike Wallace

Pit

WR

6

Mike

Hakeem Nicks

NYG

WR

7

Jake

Knowshon Moreno

Den

RB

8

Kevin

Cedric Benson

Cin

RB

9

Logan

Miles Austin

Dal

WR

10

Halpin

Ryan Mathews

SD

RB

11

Brett

Reggie Wayne

Ind

WR

12

Harmon

Shonn Greene

NYJ

RB

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

Antonio Gates

SD

TE

2

Brett

Matt Schaub

Hou

QB

3

Halpin

Tony Romo

Dal

QB

4

Logan

Matt Ryan

Atl

QB

5

Kevin

DeSean Jackson

Phi

WR

6

Jake

Vincent Jackson

SD

WR

7

Mike

Jonathan Stewart

Car

RB

8

Beall

Ben Roethlisberger

Pit

QB

9

Brad

Ryan Grant

GB

RB

10

Patrick

Brandon Lloyd

Den

WR

11

Fowler

Mike Williams

TB

WR

12

Mitch

Dallas Clark

Ind

TE

Round 5

Pick

Owner

Player

Team

Pos

1

Mitch

DeAngelo Williams

Car

RB

2

Fowler

Felix Jones

Dal

RB

3

Patrick

Chad Ochocinco

NE

WR

4

Brad

Jeremy Maclin

Phi

WR

5

Beall

Jason Witten

Dal

TE

6

Mike

Marques Colston

NO

WR

7

Jake

Stevie Johnson

Buf

WR

8

Kevin

Santonio Holmes

NYJ

WR

9

Logan

Jahvid Best

Det

RB

10

Halpin

Dez Bryant

Dal

WR

11

Brett

Anquan Boldin

Bal

WR

12

Harmon

Brandon Marshall

Mia

WR

Round 6

Pick

Owner

Player

Team

Pos

1

Harmon

Eli Manning

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

Vernon Davis

SF

TE

7

Mike

Jermichael Finley

GB

TE

8

Beall

Mark Ingram

NO

RB

9

Brad

Joseph Addai

Ind

RB

10

Patrick

Kenny Britt

Ten

WR

11

Fowler

Mike Tolbert

SD

RB

12

Mitch

Kevin Kolb

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

Chris Cooley

Was

TE

5

Beall

Braylon Edwards

SF

WR

6

Mike

Sidney Rice

Sea

WR

7

Jake

Fred Jackson

Buf

RB

8

Kevin

Joe Flacco

Bal

QB

9

Logan

Brandon Pettigrew

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

Tony Gonzalez

Atl

TE

3

Halpin

C.J. Spiller

Buf

RB

4

Logan

Johnny Knox

Chi

WR

5

Kevin

Pierre Thomas

NO

RB

6

Jake

Steve Smith

NYG

WR

7

Mike

Ryan Torain

Was

RB

8

Beall

Sam Bradford

StL

QB

9

Brad

Brandon Jacobs

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

Mike Thomas

Jac

WR

5

Beall

Julio Jones

Atl

WR

6

Mike

Josh Freeman

TB

QB

7

Jake

Ronnie Brown

Phi

RB

8

Kevin

Jermaine Gresham

Cin

TE

9

Logan

Danny Woodhead

NE

RB

10

Halpin

Rob Gronkowski

NE

TE

11

Brett

Tim Hightower

Was

RB

12

Harmon

Kyle Orton

Den

QB

 

Joel Beall Draft Synopsis

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

James Starks

GB

RB

2

Brett

Thomas Jones

KC

RB

3

Halpin

Lance Moore

NO

WR

4

Logan

Michael Bush

Oak

RB

5

Kevin

Hines Ward

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

Donald Brown

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

Steve Breaston

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

James Jones

GB

WR

10

Halpin

Roy Helu

Was

RB

11

Brett

Roy Williams

Chi

WR

12

Harmon

Pittsburgh

Pit

D/ST

Round 12

Pick

Owner

Player

Team

Pos

1

Harmon

Willis McGahee

Den

RB

2

Brett

Matt Cassel

KC

QB

3

Halpin

Owen Daniels

Hou

TE

4

Logan

David Garrard

Jac

QB

5

Kevin

Green Bay

GB

D/ST

6

Jake

Kellen Winslow

TB

TE

7

Mike

New York

NYJ

D/ST

8

Beall

Jerome Simpson

Cin

WR

9

Brad

Robert Meachem

NO

WR

10

Patrick

Philadelphia

Phi

D/ST

11

Fowler

Lee Evans

Buf

WR

12

Mitch

Randy Moss

Ten

WR

Round 13

Pick

Owner

Player

Team

Pos

1

Mitch

Justin Forsett

Sea

RB

2

Fowler

Carnell Williams

StL

RB

3

Patrick

Deion Branch

NE

WR

4

Brad

Chicago

Chi

D/ST

5

Beall

Javon Ringer

Ten

RB

6

Mike

Mike Goodson

Car

RB

7

Jake

Baltimore

Bal

D/ST

8

Kevin

Donald Driver

GB

WR

9

Logan

DeMarco Murray

Dal

RB

10

Halpin

Tarvaris Jackson

Sea

QB

11

Brett

Michael Crabtree

SF

WR

12

Harmon

Pierre Garcon

Ind

WR

Round 14

Pick

Owner

Player

Team

Pos

1

Harmon

Nate Kaeding

SD

K

2

Brett

Mason Crosby

GB

K

3

Halpin

New York

NYG

D/ST

4

Logan

New England

NE

D/ST

5

Kevin

Neil Rackers

Hou

K

6

Jake

Mark Sanchez

NYJ

QB

7

Mike

Rob Bironas

Ten

K

8

Beall

San Diego

SD

D/ST

9

Brad

Rashad Jennings

Jac

RB

10

Patrick

Christopher Ivory

NO

RB

11

Fowler

Dallas

Dal

D/ST

12

Mitch

Atlanta

Atl

D/ST

Round 15

Pick

Owner

Player

Team

Pos

1

Mitch

Tim Tebow

Den

QB

2

Fowler

Sebastian Janikowski

Oak

K

3

Patrick

Adam Vinatieri

Ind

K

4

Brad

David Akers

SF

K

5

Beall

Ben Tate

Hou

RB

6

Mike

Nate Burleson

Det

WR

7

Jake

Matt Bryant

Atl

K

8

Kevin

Todd Heap

Ari

TE

9

Logan

Josh Brown

StL

K

10

Halpin

Nick Folk

NYJ

K

11

Brett

Oakland

Oak

D/ST

12

Harmon

Jacoby Jones

Hou

WR

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