It's a very exciting time of the year as we can smell the start of the NFL season! Yes, we have another two months to go, but it's time to get yourself prepared for your fantasy football drafts, as those will be sneaking up on you before you know it.

I participated in a 12-man fantasy football mock draft to start figure out some strategy for my leagues this fall. For whatever reason, I pick towards the end of the draft each and every year, so I'm going with that plan and will be selecting eight overall in my mock draft.

My Picks:

  • 8. Ezekiel Elliott
    • This goes against everything I stand for in fantasy football - selecting a rookie in the first round and a Dallas Cowboy at that! However I've never seen so much hype around a rookie RB in my life. Elliott was a beast in college and with the Cowboys O-Line he should continue to be a best in the NFL.
  • 17. Jordy Nelson
    • I really wanted A.J. Green who was selected right before my pick, but I love when Jordy brings to a fantasy football team. Yes he missed all of last year with a torn ACL, but it happened before the season started so he has had a long time to recover. Aaron Rodgers loves him as a deep threat and he's a lock for 80 catches, 1,200 yards and 8 touchdowns.
  • 32. Demaryius Thomas
    • Lets be honest, Peyton Manning was awful last season. Thomas still managed to have 105 catches, 1,304 yards and 6 TDs in a down year.
  • 41. Eric Decker
    • This pick fills out my WR core and a pretty talented one if you ask me. I truely believe Ryan Fitzpatrick will be back as the Jets starting QB for week 1 which helps Decker's value next season. Over the last four years, Decker is averaging 81 receptions, 1,085 yards and 10 touchdowns.
  • 56. Jonathan Stewart
    • Not in love with this pick, but Stewart is still a very realiable running back when it comes to fantasy football. 850 yars and 6 TDs is very possible.
  • 65. Blake Bortles
  • 80. Julius Thomas
    • Has a chance for a nice bounce back season if he can stay healthy.
  • 89. Duke Johnson Jr.
    • This is a PPR league so Johnson has a ton of value. It looks like Isaiah Crowell isn't serious about wanting a starting job in the NFL, so if Johnson becomes a 3 down back, he is a steal.
  • 104. Rashad Jennings
    • Jennings will open up as the Giants starter and according to rotoworld.com Giants.com's John Schmeelk believes Rashad Jennings will "get around 15-18 carries a game."
  • 113. Markus Wheaton
  • 128. Corey Coleman
    • This kid has a lot of upside being a first round pick, but has no real pressure in Cleveland as nobody has high hopes for the franchise. Coleman will be the teams #1 WR on the depth chart so he has plenty of chances to make plays, especially in garbage time late in games when the Browns are being blown out.
  • 137. Jimmy Graham
    • I have no idea what to expect from Jimmy Graham this year as he was a major let down in his first season with the Seahawks before his season ending injury. He's expected to be ready for week 1, so in round 12, it's a no brainer.
  • 152. Mason Crosby
    • Jordy is back and hopefully Eddie Lacy is good again. This team should score a ton of points next year.
  • 161. Brock Osweiler
    • The fact that he will be throwing the ball to DeAndre Hopkins next year is enough to convince me to draft him as my backup QB.
  • 176. New York Giants Defense
    • The Giants spent $200 million on defense this off season, and they'll have Jason Pierre-Paul back for a full year. Worth a shot.
Starting Team:
QB - Blake Bortles
WR - Jordy Nelson
WR - Demaryius Thomas
WR - Eric Decker
RB - Ezekiel Elliott
RB - Jonathan Stewart
TE - Julius Thomas
K - Mason Crosby
DEF - NYG

Bench:
QB - Brock Osweiler
WR - Markus Wheaton
WR - Corey Coleman
RB - Duke Johnson 
RB - Rashad Jennings
TE - Jimmy Graham

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