Wednesday, August 20, 2014

12 Team Fantasy Football Mock Draft

There are still 9 days until my $300 league draft takes place, but I know where I will be selecting. I drew lucky #12, the final pick in the draft. I look at is as a positive for a couple different reasons. First, I will get 2 of the top 13 players in fantasy football. Second, last year's winner selected at #12.

Last year I finished 3rd in this league with the 11th overall pick. I went with a RB and WR combo with my first two selections (Alfred MorrisDez Bryant).

I plan on following this plan, unless there are two very good running backs who fall to me, or there is a combination of A.J. Green, Dez Bryant and Demaryius Thomas available. If two of those three wide receivers are available, I'll just stack up.

Needing to do some research and practicing for the official draft, I joined a mock draft and chose the final pick in a 12-man league on Yahoo.

My Picks:

12. Marshawn Lynch
  • This is a non PPR league, so Lynch is very valuable. Assuming Lynch can stay healthy, there is no reason to think that Lynch will lose carries to Christine Michael or Robert Turbin. I firmly believe that he will have another 1,000 yard season with double digit touchdowns.
13. A.J. Green
  • Both Dez Bryant and Demaryius Thomas went right before I selected Lynch, so I happily selected A.J. Green to lead my receiving core.
36. Vincent Jackson
  • 78 catches, 1,224 yards and 7 touchdowns with Mike Glennon as his quarterback last season. This year Jackson will have Josh McCown who played extremely well with Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery. Also the Bucs drafted Mike Evans who will help take some pressure off Jackson and will allow him to make big plays
37. Julius Thomas
  • I usually tend to shy away from tight ends, but I couldn't pass on Thomas in the 4th round. He was a free agent pick up last year in fantasy leagues but he plays on Peyton Manning's offense and Manning loves his tight ends. Thomas only had 788 receiving yards but he scored 12 touchdowns. With Eric Decker gone, I believe Thomas will see an increase in targets, which will increase his receiving yards.
  • You might question why I would draft Bell as my #2 running back, being that the Lions have Reggie Bush. However word is spreading quickly that Bell could lead Detroit in carries. Bell rushed for 650 yards last year and scored 8 touchdowns on the ground. He added 53 catches for 547 yards. Only downside is that he fumbled 4 times and lost 3 of them.
61. Trent Richardson
  • I went ahead and drafted another RB despite still needing a QB and another WR. I went with Richardson because I feel like he has a chance to finally have a breakout season. The Colts passing offense is going to be lethal, which will only help the run game and make it come easy. Richardson was a #3 overall pick for a reason 3 years ago, and I think he'll finally prove his worth this year.
84. Tom Brady
  • Grabbing Tom Brady in the 7th round in my opinion is a steal. Sure the team doesn't have great WRs but have they ever? Brady will get back Rob Gronkowski and Danny Amendola healthy and he'll still have Julian Edelman. Also Kenbrell Thompkins and Aaron Dobson have a year of experience under their belt and they both have playmaking abilities. Don't get me wrong, Brady is not an elite fantasy football QB anymore, but 7th round is robbery.
85. Reggie Wayne
  • Wayne only played in 7 games last season before he tore his ACL, so he has had plenty of time to recover. Before last season Wayne had 100 or more catches in 4 of the previous 6 seasons. With T.Y. Hilton and Hakeem Nicks playing around him, Wayne should be in line for another huge season and will see plenty of 1-on-1 coverage.
108. Ben Tate
  • Sure the Browns do not have a great offense and the receiving core is awful, but that just means Tate will get a heavy workload this season. Hard to pass up on a starting RB in the 9th round as your teams 4th RB.
109. New England
  • The Patriots defense will be much better in 2014. Darrelle Revis will solidify their secondary, the D-Line will get Vince Wilfork back to clog up the middle and Jerod Mayo and Dont'a Hightower will lead the linebacking core. Also they play the Dolphins, Jets and Bills 6 times during the year. Not the most explosive offenses.
132. Riley Cooper
  • When Jeremy Maclin went down last off season, Riley Cooper had his chance to step in. Cooper racked up over 800 yards and scored 8 touchdowns. DeSean Jackson is now in Washington, so Cooper will be the Eagles big playmaker in the passing game. Maclin is coming off a knee injury so Cooper could be the guy to lead this receiving core.
133. Dan Bailey
  • The Cowboys offense is scary good. Tony Romo, Dez Bryant, Jason Witten and DeMarco Murray, that's a lot of talent on one offense. However the team still has a hard time scoring touchdowns. Dan Bailey takes advantage of this by hitting short range field goals. He hit 93.3% of his attempts last season.
156. Greg Jennings
  • Jennings was available so I grabbed him as security. I doubt I would ever play him with the guys I drafted, but in case of injury, I would feel pretty confident putting him into my starting lineup. He still put up 800 yards last year with some awful QB play. This year the QB situation is a little better, which should allow Jennings to get back to the 1,000 yard mark.
157. Jared Cook
  • Drafted Cook as a BYE week filler. With Julius Thomas, there is clearly no other reason for me to own Cook.
180. Ryan Tannehill
  • Mr Irreleveant - Ryan Tannehill. With the 180th and final pick in the draft I drafted Tannehill as my backup to Tom Brady. Tannehill had a great sophomore season, throwing for just under 4,000 yards and 24 touchdowns.
Final Roster:
QB - Tom Brady
WR - A.J. Green
WR - Vincent Jackson
WR - Reggie Wayne
RB - Marshawn Lynch
RB - Joique Bell
TE - Julius Thomas
K - Dan Bailey
DEF - New England Patriots

Bench
QB - Ryan Tannehill
WR - Riley Cooper
WR - Greg Jennings
RB - Trent Richardson
RB - Ben Tate
TE - Jared Cook

Does this look like a team that could win a 12-man league? 
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