Continuing with our Fantasy Football Draft Strategy series, we decided to swim upstream and go RB/RB in mock drafts. With Le'Veon Bell facing suspension, Todd Gurley has jumped up draft boards as as the #1 RB selected. Odds are, should you decide to draft a RB in the 1st round with a mid-late pick, you will get to choose between Adrian Peterson, David Johnson, Ezekiel Elliot and Lamar Miller. However, it's who you draft in the 2nd round that could be the difference maker!
This was a tough pick. There were SO many running backs to pick from here, such as Doug Martin, Eddie Lacy, LeSean McCoy and C.J. Anderson but I went with who I thought would have the most potential for a monster season.
Not only did Ingram average 4.6 yards per carry last season, but he caught 50 passes in just 12 games. Ingram is the primary back for the Saints and will have plenty of chances from the goal line in a lethal offense led by Drew Brees.
Needing a guy to lead my WR trio, I went with another New Orleans Saints player. Cooks caught 84 passes for 1,138 yards and 8 touchdowns. Scary to say but those numbers will only go up as he continues to improve at the position and his chemistry with Brees gets stronger.
Jeremy Maclin was the highest ranked WR on the board and I just did not love that pick. So instead I went with a QB who was taken in the first or second round in most drafts last year and is now the highest paid player in the NFL. Injuries made him look mediocre at best last year but I have a feeling we'll see the 2014 Luck next season, which put up 4,761 yards and 40 touchdowns.
Fitz has been around forever and at 32 is considered one of the older WRs in the league. However I'm still buying into the hype after the season he put up last season, with over 100 catches and 9 touchdowns.
We've been hearing the hype around Moncrief for over two years now and still haven't seen flashes of greatness from him, YET. The 22 year old put up very respectable numbers last season (64, 733, 6) with below average quarterback play.
Finally a chance to be the primary tight end, and no Martavis Bryant, Green is in line for a breakout year.
I was lucky enough to add Freeman last year and he was nothing short of a miracle, scoring 14 touchdowns. His 73 receptions was a main reason I took him over Mark Ingram, despite his 50 receptions in 2015.
Instead of taking my first WR, which would have been T.Y. Hilton or Julian Edelman, I took a Rodgers who will have his man Jordy Nelson back this year.
Well we saw how good Cam Newton was last year with no real #1 WR, and this year, Kelvin Benjamin is back after missing the entire 2015 season. He was impressive his rookie year with 73 catches, 1,008 yards and 9 scores.
I love Eric Decker. His numbers are so consistent and he's a fantasy football monster. Over the last four seasons, Decker is averaging 81 receptions, 1,085 yards and 10 touchdowns.
I believe the Jaguars offense is going to be one of the best in the AFC in 2016. Hurns has 16 touchdowns in his first two seasons.
Added another Jaguars player with tight end Julius Thomas. He's a big red zone target and the Jaguars should score a ton of points.
We've seen Charles suffer a season ending injury before, and he came back the next year to rush for over 1,500 yards and score 6 total touchdowns. With Gronk and Dez gone, A.J. Green was still available, a guy I would love to own in 2016.
The injury to Jordy Nelson actually hurt the value of Cobb last season. Cobb's yardage dropped by over 400 yards and his touchdown were split in half (from 12 to 6) without Nelson. Well Nelson is back and the Packers offense will be firing on all cylinders. Expect a bounce back year for Cobb as he can get back to playing in the slot.
Like I stated before, I'm not in love with a Jeremy Maclin pick. So instead I went with the Lions Golden Tate. I'm not sure how the retirement of Calvin Johnson will affect Tate's performance, but we will quickly find out!
Instead of going with Drew Brees, I finished my trio of WRs. Landry as a WR3 is big. He had 110 catches last season and hopefully this year he'll find the end zone more often.
Luckily there was just two picks between my next pick and the team with the back to back picks decided to go with two WRs - Allen Hurns and Emmanuel Sanders. So I got the man I wanted to QB my team in Brees.
Ended up getting Green again, which I can't complain about.