Even with Tom Brady serving a four game suspension, fantasy football owners will still spend a first round pick on TE Rob Gronkowski. Most, if not all drafts, will start with Antonio Brown, followed by some combination of Odell Beckham, Julio Jones and Le'Veon Bell. That means the earliest you might see Gronk drafted is pick 5. While that is probably too early and would mean you pass up on Todd Gurley, DeAndre Hopkins, David Johnson and A.J. Green, it will happen in some league.
Using FantasyPros Draft Wizard, we ran eight mock drafts and made sure we landed the Patriots TE with our first pick. Here is how we filled out the rest of our rosters, which team would you prefer?
|5th Pick||6th Pick||7th Pick||8th Pick||9th Pick||10th Pick||11th Pick||12th Pick|
|QB||Philip Rivers||Eli Manning||Aaron Rodgers||Philip Rivers||Drew Brees||Cam Newton||Drew Brees||Drew Brees|
|RB1||Mark Ingram||LeSean McCoy||Doug Martin||LeSean McCoy||Ryan Mathews||Thomas Rawls||Ryan Mathews||Eddie Lacy|
|RB2||Latavius Murray||Latavius Murray||Danny Woodhead||Carlos Hyde||Matt Jones||Ryan Mathews||Duke Johnson||Carlos Hyde|
|WR1||T.Y. Hilton||Jordy Nelson||Alshon Jeffery||Allen Robinson||Allen Robinson||Jordy Nelson||Allen Robinson||Dez Bryant|
|WR2||Larry Fitzgerald||Eric Decker||Michael Floyd||Jordan Matthews||Randall Cobb||Jarvis Landry||Golden Tate||Donte Moncrief|
|WR3||Michael Crabtree||Allen Hurns||Allen Hurns||Emmanuel Sanders||Jeremy Maclin||Marvin Jones||Randall Cobb||Michael Crabtree|
We ended up drafting Allen Robinson, Drew Brees and Ryan Mathews in three separate drafts, while picking Philip Rivers, Latavius Murray, Michael Crabtree, LeSean McCoy, Jordy Nelson, Carlos Hyde, Randall Cobb and Allen Hurns twice.
One thing we noticed was how often we were able to draft Duke Johnson and/or Matt Jones, yet going a different route. We ranked Johnson 25th and Jones 27th in our RB Rankings.
If you are planning on drafting a TE in the later rounds, you can probably hold off until the 7th or 8th and still land Coby Fleener or Gary Barnidge. Wait until the 9th and you might be able to land Ladarius Green or Jimmy Graham.
Check out our TE rankings here.