Fighting Chance Fantasy Football Mock #1

On Wednesday, July 5th, Fighting Chance Fantasy was joined by some of the best and the brightest in the fantasy football world for our first mock draft of the season. It is still at least a month before the real fantasy football draft season revs up, but I know that a lot of you out there are already clamoring for information, so that is why we decided to do it now. The format of the draft is pretty standard. 1 QB, 2 RBs, 3 WRs, 1 TE, FLEX, K, and D/ST. You'll notice a couple of people didn't draft a kicker and that is my fault. Somehow when setting up the mock I set all starting positions to FLEX so everyone had free reign to draft whatever. It still went very smoothly, and the entire draft took just over an hour. No sense in me rambling anymore, let's get right to the participants, and then the picks themselves.

Tim Heaney, Rotowire (@tim_heaney)
Ryan Hallam, Fighting Chance Fantasy (@fightingchance)
Howard Bender, Fantasy Alarm (@rotobuzzguy)
Brandon Marianne Lee, Her Fantasy Football/Pro Football Focus (@BrandonHerFFB)
Dennis Sosic, Fantasy Six Pack (@fantasysixpack)
Steve Rapin, Fighting Chance Fantasy (@fantasygeek37)
Steve Gardner, USA Today (@SteveAGardner
Mike Harmon, (@swollendome)
Jody Smith, Gridiron Experts (@jodysmithNFL)
Joe Gallina, RotoExperts (@joegallina)
Lisa Ann, Sirius/XM Fantasy Sports Radio (@thereallisaann)
Patrick Wisniewski, Fighting Chance Fantasy/Mastersball (@polkapat)

Round 1

Round/Pick Team Player
1.1 Tim Heaney, Rotowire (@tim_heaney) David Johnson, RB, Arizona Cardinals
1.2 Ryan Hallam, Fighting Chance Fantasy (@fightingchance) Le'Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers
1.3 Howard Bender, Fantasy Alarm (@rotobuzzguy) Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Dallas Cowboys
1.4 Brandon Marianne Lee, Her Fantasy Football (@BrandonHerFFB) Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers
1.5 Dennis Sosic, Fantasy Six Pack (@fantasysixpack) Odell Beckham, Jr., WR, New York Giants
1.6 Steve Rapin, Fighting Chance Fantasy (@fantasygeek37) Julio Jones, WR, Atlanta Falcons
1.7 Steve Gardner, USA Today (@steveagardner) LeSean McCoy, RB, Buffalo Bills
1.8 Mike Harmon, (@swollendome) Mike Evans, WR, Tampa Bay Bucs
1.9 Jody Smith, Gridirion Experts (@jodysmithNFL) Melvin Gordon, RB, San Diego Chargers
1.10 Joe Gallina, RotoExperts (@joegallina) A.J. Green, WR, Cincinnati Bengals
1.11 Lisa Ann, Sirius/XM Fantasy Sports Radio (@thereallisaann) Jordy Nelson, WR, Green Bay Packers
1.12 Patrick Wisniewski, Mastersball (@polkapat) Jay Ajayi, RB, Miami Dolphins

When you get a mock draft with the likes of which we have gathered here, there aren't going to be any crazy picks right off the bat. I think you'll find the first round to be pretty typical of most drafts that you will participate in. I tend to like Mike Evans a little more than most and probably would have had him higher, and I'm also a big Jordy Nelson guy this year. Good picks by Mike Harmon and Lisa Ann. I might not be the majority, but I like both guys over Julio Jones. I am also a big believer in Melvin Gordon, taken by Jody Smith of Gridiron Experts. Let's move on to the next round.

Round 2

Round/Pick Team Player
2.1 Patrick Wisniewski, Mastersball (@polkapat) Michael Thomas, WR, New Orleans Saints
2.2 Lisa Ann, Sirius/XM Fantasy Sports Radio (@thereallisaann) Devonta Freeman, RB, Atlanta Falcons
2.3 Joe Gallina, RotoExperts (@joegallina) T.Y. Hilton, WR, Indianapolis Colts
2.4 Jody Smith, Gridirion Experts (@jodysmithNFL) Dez Bryant, WR, Dallas Cowboys
2.5 Mike Harmon, (@swollendome) Demarco Murray, RB, Tennessee Titans
2.6 Steve Gardner, USA Today (@steveagardner) Jordan Howard, RB, Chicago Bears
2.7 Steve Rapin, Fighting Chance Fantasy (@fantasygeek37) Amari Cooper, WR, Oakland Raiders
2.8 Dennis Sosic, Fantasy Six Pack (@fantasysixpack) Todd Gurley, RB, Los Angeles Rams
2.9 Brandon Marianne Lee, Her Fantasy Football (@BrandonHerFFB) Isaiah Crowell, RB, Cleveland Browns
2.10 Howard Bender, Fantasy Alarm (@rotobuzzguy) Leonard Fournette, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars
2.11 Ryan Hallam, Fighting Chance Fantasy (@fightingchance) Demaryius Thomas, WR, Denver Broncos
2.12 Tim Heaney, Rotowire (@tim_heaney) Brandin Cooks, WR, New England Patriots

Same thing with Round 2. These guys and gals are among the best in the fantasy football business, and they aren't going to make any mistakes early on. I was surprised to see how far Jordan Howard fell, as I expected him to go more towards the top of the round. Todd Gurley is causing a lot of discussion in the offseason. Many are sour on him after his horrific sophomore year, but I still believe that he can turn it around. Hopefully the Rams have done a little to improve their offense and Jared Goff will mature some and not look lost in his second year and defenses won't be able to just stack the box to stop Gurley. I still like him late in the second round. In fact, I was planning on picking him if he made it to me. Brandon Marianne Lee came on our podcast after the draft and admitted while she thought Crowell deserved being picked where she chose him, she wasn't 100% sold on the pick. The Browns offensive line is solid, but Crowell still holds some question marks. He might be better served as a third round pick.

Round 3

Round/Pick Team Player
3.1 Tim Heaney, Rotowire (@tim_heaney) Allen Robinson, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars
3.2 Ryan Hallam, Fighting Chance Fantasy (@fightingchance) DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Houston Texans
3.3 Howard Bender, Fantasy Alarm (@rotobuzzguy) Keenan Allen, WR, Los Angeles Chargers
3.4 Brandon Marianne Lee, Her Fantasy Football (@BrandonHerFFB) Marshawn Lynch, RB, Oakland Raiders
3.5 Dennis Sosic, Fantasy Six Pack (@fantasysixpack) Doug Baldwin, WR, Seattle Seahawks
3.6 Steve Rapin, Fighting Chance Fantasy (@fantasygeek37) Lamar Miller, RB, Houston Texans
3.7 Steve Gardner, USA Today (@steveagardner) Alshon Jeffery, WR, Philadelphia Eagles
3.8 Mike Harmon, (@swollendome) Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England Patriots
3.9 Jody Smith, Gridirion Experts (@jodysmithNFL) Jordan Reed, TE, Washington Redskins
3.10 Joe Gallina, RotoExperts (@joegallina) Carlos Hyde, RB, San Francisco 49ers
3.11 Lisa Ann, Sirius/XM Fantasy Sports Radio (@thereallisaann) Terrelle Pryor, WR, Washington Redskins
3.12 Patrick Wisniewski, Mastersball (@polkapat) Jarvis Landry, WR, Miami Dolphins

Round 3 found our first tight ends taken with Rob Gronkowski going to Mike Harmon and Jordan Reed to Jody Smith. Both carry great injury risk, but both are also immensely talented. I have no problem taking either guy here (although I like Greg Olsen more than Reed), however, be sure if you take one of these tight ends be sure you take another tight end that you can count on if you need them for multiple weeks.Tim Heaney led off the round with Allen Robinson, a guy I have always liked despite the awful 2016. I still believe in him, even if a lot of his points are scored in garbage time. I took my favorite wide receiver in DeAndre Hopkins. I know last year was bad, and I know the quarterback situation isn't ideal, but the guy has all the talent in the world and he has to be better in 2017. Howard Bender took Keenan Allen and surely has his fingers crossed that he doesn't get injured again. Brandon Marianne Lee takes the returning Marshawn Lynch who I think should have a 1,000 yard, ten touchdown season. The rest of the picks were solid, but the one I really liked was our own Patrick Wisniewski taking PPR gold Jarvis Landry with the last pick in the third round.

Round 4

Round/Pick Team Player
4.1 Patrick Wisniewski, Mastersball (@polkapat) Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Carolina Panthers
4.2 Lisa Ann, Sirius/XM Fantasy Sports Radio (@thereallisaann) Tyreek Hill, WR, Kansas City Chiefs
4.3 Joe Gallina, RotoExperts (@joegallina) Michael Crabtree, WR, Oakland Raiders
4.4 Jody Smith, Gridirion Experts (@jodysmithNFL) Sammy Watkins, WR, Buffalo Bills
4.5 Mike Harmon, (@swollendome) Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers
4.6 Steve Gardner, USA Today (@steveagardner) Davante Adams, WR, Green Bay Packers
4.7 Steve Rapin, Fighting Chance Fantasy (@fantasygeek37) Travis Kelce, TE, Kansas City Chiefs
4.8 Dennis Sosic, Fantasy Six Pack (@fantasysixpack) Stefon Diggs, WR, Minnesota Vikings
4.9 Brandon Marianne Lee, Her Fantasy Football (@BrandonHerFFB) Golden Tate, WR, Detroit Lions
4.10 Howard Bender, Fantasy Alarm (@rotobuzzguy) Christian McCaffrey, RB, Carolina Panthers
4.11 Ryan Hallam, Fighting Chance Fantasy (@fightingchance) Tevin Coleman, RB, Atlanta Falcons
4.12 Tim Heaney, Rotowire (@tim_heaney) Paul Perkins, RB, New York Giants

The first quarterback went off the board in the fifth round when Mike Harmon took Aaron Rodgers. I usually wait until the fifth round, but Rodgers is one of the top couple guys at the position so I'm not going to make a big deal out of this. To me, the best pick of the round was by Steve Gardner with Davante Adams. Sure, he hasn't always been reliable, but he was one of the best touchdown scoring wide receivers last season, and with Randall Cobb taking a step back, Adams is the second receiver on one of the best passing offenses in football. Brandon Marianne Lee also had a great pick with Golden Tate, who is a receiver who gets nice extra value in PPR leagues. I went with Tevin Coleman who surely is going to have to share carries with Devonta Freeman in Atlanta, but he is also the passing catching back and can take any carry or catch all the way to end zone. Tim Heaney's pick of Paul Perkins should give him the number one back in New York. He hasn't proven that he is ready to be a reliable running back, but he also has pass catching ability and hopefully the Giants offensive line has improved.

Round 5

Round/Pick Team Player
5.1 Tim Heaney, Rotowire (@tim_heaney) Bilal Powell, RB, New York Jets
5.2 Ryan Hallam, Fighting Chance Fantasy (@fightingchance) Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots
5.3 Howard Bender, Fantasy Alarm (@rotobuzzguy) Donte Moncrief, WR, Indianapolis Colts
5.4 Brandon Marianne Lee, Her Fantasy Football (@BrandonHerFFB) Emmanuel Sanders, WR, Denver Broncos
5.5 Dennis Sosic, Fantasy Six Pack (@fantasysixpack) Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Arizona Cardinals
5.6 Steve Rapin, Fighting Chance Fantasy (@fantasygeek37) Mike Gillislee, RB, New England Patriots
5.7 Steve Gardner, USA Today (@steveagardner) Julian Edelman, WR, New England Patriots
5.8 Mike Harmon, (@swollendome) Spencer Ware, RB, Kansas City Chiefs
5.9 Jody Smith, Gridirion Experts (@jodysmithNFL) Joe Mixon, RB, Cincinnati Bengals
5.10 Joe Gallina, RotoExperts (@joegallina) Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints
5.11 Lisa Ann, Sirius/XM Fantasy Sports Radio (@thereallisaann) Eric Decker, WR, Tennessee Titans
5.12 Patrick Wisniewski, Mastersball (@polkapat) Andrew Luck, QB, Indianapolis Colts

With the second pick of the fifth round I drafted Tom Brady. One quarterback had already gone off the board, and I felt more were coming. At that point I already had two running backs and two receivers that I was very happy with, so I was comfortable going QB there. PPR beasts Larry Fitzgerald, Julian Edelman, and Emmanuel Sanders were all also drafted in this round, and I think they were all good picks. After the top 20 or so receivers are off the board, guys who rack up a good number of receptions begin to have more value. I can almost guarantee that all three of those guys will top 90 catches if healthy. Some running backs with question marks were chosen here, but it is the sixth round so you are no longer getting slam dunks. Jody Smith went with rookie Joe Mixon, hoping that he can get a stranglehold on the starting job right off the bat and run with the job....literally. Steve Rapin is hoping that Mike Gillislee comes to New England from Buffalo and immediately fills the LeGarrette Blount role from last year. I believe New England likely won't rely on a single back, but of all of them, Gillislee should be the workhorse though. And Tim Heaney led the round with Bilal Powell. Will Matt Forte be on the team and if he will how much of a role will he have? I would think the team would have cut him by now if they were going to. Will the offensive line be any good and will the Jets have any passing game to keep defenses honest? I'm not sure of those, but Powell has talent.

Round 6

Round/Pick Team Player
6.1 Patrick Wisniewski, Mastersball (@polkapat) Dalvin Cook, RB, Minnesota Vikings
6.2 Lisa Ann, Sirius/XM Fantasy Sports Radio (@thereallisaann) Ameer Abdullah, RB, Detroit Lions
6.3 Joe Gallina, RotoExperts (@joegallina) Danny Woodhead, RB, Baltimore Ravens
6.4 Jody Smith, Gridirion Experts (@jodysmithNFL) Martavis Bryant, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers
6.5 Mike Harmon, (@swollendome) Jamison Crowder, WR, Washington Redskins
6.6 Steve Gardner, USA Today (@steveagardner) Brandon Marshall, WR, Giants
6.7 Steve Rapin, Fighting Chance Fantasy (@fantasygeek37) Cameron Meredith, WR, Chicago Bears
6.8 Dennis Sosic, Fantasy Six Pack (@fantasysixpack) Jeremy Maclin, WR, Baltimore Ravens
6.9 Brandon Marianne Lee, Her Fantasy Football (@BrandonHerFFB) Eddie Lacy, RB, Seattle Seahawks
6.10 Howard Bender, Fantasy Alarm (@rotobuzzguy) DeVante Parker, WR, Miami Dolphins
6.11 Ryan Hallam, Fighting Chance Fantasy (@fightingchance) Ty Montgomery, RB, Green Bay Packers
6.12 Tim Heaney, Rotowire (@tim_heaney) Willie Snead, WR, New Orleans Saints

The player that caused the most banter in the chat room during the draft was Brandon Marianne Lee's selection of Eddie Lacy. From Buffet Killer to "he puts the eat in Seattle" there were plenty of Lacy fat jokes. Personally, I'm not a huge fan. There are two other decent backs in Seattle in Prosise and Rawls, and the offensive line is trash. Add to the fact that outside of last year, Lacy's yards per carry were poor and I am not high on Lacy to succeed. I picked Ty Montgomery who bulked up in the offseason and is now a full time running back for a good Green Bay team. Rookie Dalvin Cook could be very good if he can hold off veteran Latavius Murray for carries, and Lisa Ann took the flier on Ameer Abdullah to finally live up to the hype in 2017. I really liked Steve Gardner's pick of Brandon Marshall here, and Steve Rapin taking Cameron Meredith should reward him with many fantasy points as well. Howard Bender took DeVante Parker who could be a top 15 wide receiver, or could continue to be inconsistent and let us down. Miami has a good looking offense, let's hope this is the year he makes a big impact.

Round 7

Round/Pick Team Player
7.1 Tim Heaney, Rotowire (@tim_heaney) Greg Olsen, TE, Carolina Panthers
7.2 Ryan Hallam, Fighting Chance Fantasy (@fightingchance) Pierre Garcon, WR, San Francisco 49ers
7.3 Howard Bender, Fantasy Alarm (@rotobuzzguy) Rishard Matthews, WR, Tennessee Titans
7.4 Brandon Marianne Lee, Her Fantasy Football (@BrandonHerFFB) Jimmy Graham, TE, Seattle Seahawks
7.5 Dennis Sosic, Fantasy Six Pack (@fantasysixpack) C.J. Anderson, RB, Denver Broncos
7.6 Steve Rapin, Fighting Chance Fantasy (@fantasygeek37) Mark Ingram, RB, New Orleans Saints
7.7 Steve Gardner, USA Today (@steveagardner) Kyle Rudolph, TE, Minnesota Vikings
7.8 Mike Harmon, (@swollendome) John Brown, WR, Arizona Cardinals
7.9 Jody Smith, Gridirion Experts (@jodysmithNFL) Adrian Peterson, RB, New Orleans Saints
7.10 Joe Gallina, RotoExperts (@joegallina) Eric Ebron, TE, Detroit Lions
7.11 Lisa Ann, Sirius/XM Fantasy Sports Radio (@thereallisaann) LeGarrette Blount, RB, Philadelphia Eagles
7.12 Patrick Wisniewski, Mastersball (@polkapat) Zach Ertz, TE, Philadelphia Eagles

Four rounds after the first tight end went off the board, Tim Heaney got the one that I think could be the top guy at the position and that's Greg Olsen. Very consistent and a great red zone option. Two more great PPR receivers were taken with Pierre Garcon and Rishard Matthews, although they both carry question marks. Garcon is now the best receiver on a revamped 49er offense, and could get a ton of targets, even without the best quarterback under center. Matthews has been a great PPR option, but with the addition of Corey Davis and Eric Decker, the Titan offense now has more options. I still believe that Matthews will get the most targets though. I like Eric Ebron to have his full breakout season this year, so I love that choice by Joe Gallina. Both Mark Ingram and Adrian Peterson of the Saints were chosen in this round. My gut right now is telling me that Ingram is the guy to own. Peterson is over 30 and has had some injury problems lately, while the Saints already know and like Ingram. He doesn't have as much name value, but I think he will score more fantasy points. Finally, I like Lisa Ann's pick of LeGarrette Blount to pick up the slack of touchdown scoring out of the Philly backfield, a unit that definitely needs some stability.

Round 8

Round/Pick Team Player
8.1 Patrick Wisniewski, Mastersball (@polkapat) Doug Martin, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
8.2 Lisa Ann, Sirius/XM Fantasy Sports Radio (@thereallisaann) C.J. Prosise, RB, Seattle Seahawks
8.3 Joe Gallina, RotoExperts (@joegallina) Theo Riddick, RB, Detroit Lions
8.4 Jody Smith, Gridirion Experts (@jodysmithNFL) DeSean Jackson, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
8.5 Mike Harmon, (@swollendome) Adam Theilen, WR, Minnesota Vikings
8.6 Steve Gardner, USA Today (@steveagardner) Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks
8.7 Steve Rapin, Fighting Chance Fantasy (@fantasygeek37) James White, RB, New England Patriots
8.8 Dennis Sosic, Fantasy Six Pack (@fantasysixpack) Kareem Hunt, RB, Kansas City Chiefs
8.9 Brandon Marianne Lee, Her Fantasy Football (@BrandonHerFFB) Corey Coleman, WR, Cleveland Browns
8.10 Howard Bender, Fantasy Alarm (@rotobuzzguy) Breshad Perriman, WR, Baltimore Ravens
8.11 Ryan Hallam, Fighting Chance Fantasy (@fightingchance) Delanie Walker, TE, Tennessee Titans
8.12 Tim Heaney, Rotowire (@tim_heaney) Jamaal Charles, RB, Denver Broncos

Patrick Wisniewski started Round 8 with the ridiculously inconsistent Doug Martin. Will he be the megastar of 2015, or will he be a colossal disappointment like he has been most of the rest of his career. At this point in Round 8, the upside is worth the risk if you can get him this late, even if he is suspended for three games to start the season. I like Lisa Ann and Joe Gallina taking C.J. Prosise and Theo Riddick back to back. Even if neither is the primary ball carrier (which they both have the chance to be), they both will still carry fantasy value for the pass catching ability out of the backfield. Both could be weekly starters if a couple of things break right. Dennis Sosic added Kareem Hunt who is looking to take carries from Spencer Ware in the Kansas City backfield. Can Corey Coleman, Breshad Perriman or Jamaal Charles stay healthy? If any of them do, then Brandon Marianne Lee, Howard Bender, and Tim Heaney had great eighth round selections.

Round 9

Round/Pick Team Player
9.1 Tim Heaney, Rotowire (@tim_heaney) Duke Johnson, RB, Cleveland Browns
9.2 Ryan Hallam, Fighting Chance Fantasy (@fightingchance) Samaje Perine, RB, Washington Redskins
9.3 Howard Bender, Fantasy Alarm (@rotobuzzguy) Marqise Lee, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars
9.4 Brandon Marianne Lee, Her Fantasy Football (@BrandonHerFFB) Matt Ryan, QB, Atlanta Falcons
9.5 Dennis Sosic, Fantasy Six Pack (@fantasysixpack) Frank Gore, RB, Indianapolis Colts
9.6 Steve Rapin, Fighting Chance Fantasy (@fantasygeek37) Jordan Matthews, WR, Philadelphia Eagles
9.7 Steve Gardner, USA Today (@steveagardner) Latavius Murray, RB, Minnesota Vikings
9.8 Mike Harmon, (@swollendome) Marlon Mack, RB, Indianapolis Colts
9.9 Jody Smith, Gridirion Experts (@jodysmithNFL) Randall Cobb, WR, Green Bay Packers
9.10 Joe Gallina, RotoExperts (@joegallina) Tyrell Williams, WR, Los Angeles Chargers
9.11 Lisa Ann, Sirius/XM Fantasy Sports Radio (@thereallisaann) Cameron Brate, TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
9.12 Patrick Wisniewski, Mastersball (@polkapat) Mike Williams, WR, Los Angeles Chargers

At this point of the draft, we are just starting to take calculated risks. Lisa Ann isn't believing the O.J. Howard hype, and sticks with Cameron Brate who was a great red zone target for the Bucs last year. I took Samaje Perine who I am hoping steals the starting running back job for the Redskins. Tim Heaney is hoping that Duke Johnson takes on more of a pass catching role for the Browns. Dennis Sosic hopes that Frank Gore can hold on one more year for the Colts, while Mike Harmon is hoping that rookie Marlon Mack eats into his carries as a rookie. Personally, I have more confidence in Mack. Gore has to age at some point. I liked Joe Gallina's pick of Tyrell Williams to keep catching touchdowns in a very crowded Charger receiving corps, and Howard Bender is hoping that former second rounder Marqise Lee has a coming out party in Jacksonville. Patrick Wisniewski took rookie Mike Williams, who apparently Lisa Ann wanted to draft but had technical difficulties. The kid has a world of potential, and hopefully he earns quarterback Philip Rivers' trust during the preseason and can be an integral part of the offense right away. However, rookie receivers tend to take a little time to become accustomed to the NFL.

Round 10

Round/Pick Team Player
10.1 Patrick Wisniewski, Mastersball (@polkapat) Marvin Jones, WR, Detroit Lions
10.2 Lisa Ann, Sirius/XM Fantasy Sports Radio (@thereallisaann) Hunter Henry, TE, Los Angeles Chargers
10.3 Joe Gallina, RotoExperts (@joegallina) Matt Forte, RB, New York Jets
10.4 Jody Smith, Gridirion Experts (@jodysmithNFL) Derrick Henry, RB, Tennessee Titans
10.5 Mike Harmon, (@swollendome) Cam Newton, QB, Carolina Panthers
10.6 Steve Gardner, USA Today (@steveagardner) Mike Wallace, WR, Baltimore Ravens
10.7 Steve Rapin, Fighting Chance Fantasy (@fantasygeek37) Josh Doctson, WR, Washington Redskins
10.8 Dennis Sosic, Fantasy Six Pack (@fantasysixpack) Corey Davis, WR, Tennessee Titans
10.9 Brandon Marianne Lee, Her Fantasy Football (@BrandonHerFFB) Kenny Britt, WR, Cleveland Browns
10.10 Howard Bender, Fantasy Alarm (@rotobuzzguy) "Fat" Robert Kelley, RB, Washington Redskins
10.11 Ryan Hallam, Fighting Chance Fantasy (@fightingchance) Robby Anderson, WR, New York Jets
10.12 Tim Heaney, Rotowire (@tim_heaney) Kevin White, WR, Chicago Bears

Tim Heaney took the ultimate upside pick in Chicago wideout Kevin White. Much was made of the former top ten pick, but he hasn't been healthy enough to take the field yet. The talent is there, hopefully it will come through in 2017. I took Robby Anderson who was a popular target of Bryce Petty in the second half of last year for the Jets. I think Petty might be the starter, and hopefully the chemistry continues this season. Lisa Ann takes Hunter Henry who many project to be the workhorse tight end for the Chargers. He had a good number of catches in limited time last season, so she is hoping he might be able to get near that ten touchdown mark. Jody Smith takes one of the better running back handcuffs in my opinion in Derrick Henry. The Titans are definitely going to be able to run the ball, and if anything happens to 29 year old Demarco Murray, Henry is going to be a very hot commodity. Steve Gardner took deep threat Mike Wallace, Steve Rapin took second year man Josh Doctson who has quite the hype train going for him, but I'm not sure why. Time will tell, but I'm not a fan as of now. Dennis Sosic takes rookie Corey Davis who could have a big impact for the Titans, and Brandon Marianne Lee takes the Browns new number one receiver in Kenny Britt. I have never been a huge Britt fan, but someone has to catch the ball in Cleveland so why not Britt?

Round 11

Round/Pick Team Player
11.1 Tim Heaney, Rotowire (@tim_heaney) Quincy Enunwa, WR, New York Jets
11.2 Ryan Hallam, Fighting Chance Fantasy (@fightingchance) Zay Jones, WR, Buffalo Bills
11.3 Howard Bender, Fantasy Alarm (@rotobuzzguy) Jonathan Stewart, RB, Carolina Panthers
11.4 Brandon Marianne Lee, Her Fantasy Football (@BrandonHerFFB) Cooper Kupp, WR, Los Angeles Rams
11.5 Dennis Sosic, Fantasy Six Pack (@fantasysixpack) Marcus Mariota, QB, Tennessee Titans
11.6 Steve Rapin, Fighting Chance Fantasy (@fantasygeek37) Kirk Cousins, QB, Washington Redskins
11.7 Steve Gardner, USA Today (@steveagardner) Taylor Gabriel, WR, Atlanta Falcons
11.8 Mike Harmon, (@swollendome) Cole Beasley, WR, Dallas Cowboys
11.9 Jody Smith, Gridirion Experts (@jodysmithNFL) Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Pittsburgh Steelers
11.10 Joe Gallina, RotoExperts (@joegallina) Thomas Rawls, RB, Seattle Seahawks
11.11 Lisa Ann, Sirius/XM Fantasy Sports Radio (@thereallisaann) Terrence Williams, WR, Dallas Cowboys
11.12 Patrick Wisniewski, Mastersball (@polkapat) Terrence West, RB, Baltimore Ravens

Kirk Cousins, Marcus Mariota, and Ben Roethlisberger all were drafted in Round 11. I like Roethlisberger the best of the bunch, but he seems to be way down in people's minds. I think it is because he has gotten more and more banged up as his career goes on, but I think he is still a weekly starter at fantasy quarterback. Mariota could take the next step to the top 12 in fantasy quarterbacks, but I'm not willing to bet my team's success on it. And I think Cousins is best served as a fantasy backup, and Steve addresses that concern in the next round. Tim Heaney picks a Jet again with their top receiver Quincy Enunwa. Q was a great find last season, but it will be interesting to see how he grows now that he is the man and without a great quarterback. I took rookie Zay Jones who will try to make an impact in Buffalo's run first attack. Brandon Marianne Lee took Rams' third rounder Cooper Kupp. He is a possession type receiver who could have some nice value in PPR leagues if Jared Goff could pull his head out of his ass and be a viable quarterback.

Round 12

Round/Pick Team Player
12.1 Patrick Wisniewski, Mastersball (@polkapat) Sterling Shepard, WR, New York Giants
12.2 Lisa Ann, Sirius/XM Fantasy Sports Radio (@thereallisaann) Jeremy Hill, RB, Cincinnati Bengals
12.3 Joe Gallina, RotoExperts (@joegallina) J.J. Nelson, WR, Arizona Cardinals
12.4 Jody Smith, Gridirion Experts (@jodysmithNFL) Tyler Eifert, TE, Cincinnati Bengals
12.5 Mike Harmon, (@swollendome) Martellus Bennett, TE, Green Bay Packers
12.6 Steve Gardner, USA Today (@steveagardner) Jack Doyle, TE, Indianapolis Colts
12.7 Steve Rapin, Fighting Chance Fantasy (@fantasygeek37) Jameis Winston, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
12.8 Dennis Sosic, Fantasy Six Pack (@fantasysixpack) Coby Fleener, TE, New Orleans Saints
12.9 Brandon Marianne Lee, Her Fantasy Football (@BrandonHerFFB) Dak Prescott, QB, Dallas Cowboys
12.10 Howard Bender, Fantasy Alarm (@rotobuzzguy) Austin Hooper, TE, Atlanta Falcons
12.11 Ryan Hallam, Fighting Chance Fantasy (@fightingchance) Derek Carr, QB, Oakland Raiders
12.12 Tim Heaney, Rotowire (@tim_heaney) Philip Rivers, QB, Los Angeles Chargers

TIGHT END RUN!!!!! Round 12 saw a half dozen tight ends being selected out of the 12 picks in the round. If Tyler Eifert can get healthy, Jody Smith got one of the steals of not only this round but the whole draft. The Bengals tight end has a world of talent, but the injuries have just derailed him the past couple of years. Mike Harmon took Martellus Bennett who rejuvenated his career in New England last season. He goes to an equally good passing game in Green Bay and should have good success there too. With Dwayne Allen in New England, Steve Gardner is hoping that Jack Doyle will step into the full time tight end role and thrive. Four second string quarterbacks went off the board, but I like a couple of them to be top ten guys. I took Derek Carr who should be ready from his horrible injury and I think can throw 30 touchdowns. Steve Rapin took another one I love in Jameis Winston who I think he would end up starting over Kirk Cousins. Tim Heaney also got a great one with Philip Rivers who has so many weapons to throw to it is ridiculous. And what will Dak Prescott's sophomore season look like? Brandon Marianne Lee likes him for her QB2.

Round 13

Round/Pick Team Player
13.1 Tim Heaney, Rotowire (@tim_heaney) Tyler Lockett, WR, Seattle Seahawks
13.2 Ryan Hallam, Fighting Chance Fantasy (@fightingchance) Allen Hurns, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars
13.3 Howard Bender, Fantasy Alarm (@rotobuzzguy) Andy Dalton, QB, Cincinnati Bengals
13.4 Brandon Marianne Lee, Her Fantasy Football (@BrandonHerFFB) C.J. Fiedorowicz, TE, Houston Texans
13.5 Dennis Sosic, Fantasy Six Pack (@fantasysixpack) Alvin Kamara, RB, New Orleans Saints
13.6 Steve Rapin, Fighting Chance Fantasy (@fantasygeek37) Houston Texans D/ST
13.7 Steve Gardner, USA Today (@steveagardner) Justin Tucker, K, Baltimore Ravens
13.8 Mike Harmon, (@swollendome) Jonathan Williams, RB, Buffalo Bills
13.9 Jody Smith, Gridirion Experts (@jodysmithNFL) Charles Sims, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
13.10 Joe Gallina, RotoExperts (@joegallina) Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
13.11 Lisa Ann, Sirius/XM Fantasy Sports Radio (@thereallisaann) Tyrod Taylor, QB, Buffalo Bills
13.12 Patrick Wisniewski, Mastersball (@polkapat) Blake Bortles, QB, Jacksonville Jaguars

Round 13 comes with people just taking chances on players. We have a lot of second string running backs taken by people hoping for injuries to the starter, we have a couple of second string quaterbacks, and we even have our first kicker and team defense selected. I normally wait until the last round, but I have no trouble taking an elite kicker like Justin Tucker, or one of the best defenses in the Houston Texans in the 13th round instead of 14th. Brandon Marianne Lee took her second tight end and got a good one in C.J. Fiedorowicz. He was a popular target in the second half of the season and should be good again. Jody Smith and Joe Gallina both took a Tampa Bay backup running back in Charles Sims and Jacquizz Rodgers, respectively. Personally, I'm more of a Rodgers fan as he was very good last year when Doug Martin went down. Sims has a bunch of talent, but does get hurt a lot himself. Three solid quarterbacks went in Andy Dalton, Tyrod Taylor, and Blake Bortles. All obviously have question marks, but that's also why they aren't starting fantasy QBs. All can get you through for two or three weeks if you have an injury to your starter, but I wouldn't want to count on any of them. If I had to pick my favorite, it would be Dalton.

Round 14

Round/Pick Team Player
14.1 Patrick Wisniewski, Mastersball (@polkapat) Devin Funchess, WR, Carolina Panthers
14.2 Lisa Ann, Sirius/XM Fantasy Sports Radio (@thereallisaann) Eli Manning, QB, New York Giants
14.3 Joe Gallina, RotoExperts (@joegallina) New York Giants D/ST
14.4 Jody Smith, Gridirion Experts (@jodysmithNFL) Seattle Seahawks D/ST
14.5 Mike Harmon, (@swollendome) Denver Broncos D/ST
14.6 Steve Gardner, USA Today (@steveagardner) Matthew Stafford, QB, Detroit Lions
14.7 Steve Rapin, Fighting Chance Fantasy (@fantasygeek37) Will Fuller, WR, Houston Texans
14.8 Dennis Sosic, Fantasy Six Pack (@fantasysixpack) Minnesota Vikings D/ST
14.9 Brandon Marianne Lee, Her Fantasy Football (@BrandonHerFFB) New England Patriots D/ST
14.10 Howard Bender, Fantasy Alarm (@rotobuzzguy) Stephen Gostkowski, K, New England Patriots
14.11 Ryan Hallam, Fighting Chance Fantasy (@fightingchance) Arizona Cardinals D/ST
14.12 Tim Heaney, Rotowire (@tim_heaney) Dan Bailey, K, Dallas Cowboys

The last two rounds are almost all kickers and defenses, so I will talk about them both together. I'm not gonna break down each individual pick, and I don't like ranking kickers or defenses, so pay attention to where they are chosen here. But I will say that the selections of Matthew Stafford and Eli Manning as second string quarterbacks this late are amazing selections. Both were a little off last year, but both are also capable of throwing 30-32 touchdowns and being worthy of starting every week. To grab them at the end is awesome work. The only other position player taken was Will Fuller by Steve Rapin. He started out like a house of fire last year before getting injured and the dropsies.  I believe that Fuller will have a very solid second season and was a great pick by my man Steve.

Round 15

Round/Pick Team Player
15.1 Tim Heaney, Rotowire (@tim_heaney) Jacksonville Jaguars D/ST
15.2 Ryan Hallam, Fighting Chance Fantasy (@fightingchance) Wil Lutz, K, New Orleans Saints
15.3 Howard Bender, Fantasy Alarm (@rotobuzzguy) Kansas City Chiefs D/ST
15.4 Brandon Marianne Lee, Her Fantasy Football (@BrandonHerFFB) Brandon McManus, K, Denver Broncos
15.5 Dennis Sosic, Fantasy Six Pack (@fantasysixpack) Matt Bryant, K, Atlanta Falcons
15.6 Steve Rapin, Fighting Chance Fantasy (@fantasygeek37) Cairo Santos, K, Kansas City Chiefs
15.7 Steve Gardner, USA Today (@steveagardner) Carolina Panthers D/ST
15.8 Mike Harmon, (@swollendome) Sebastian Janikowski, K, Oakland Raiders
15.9 Jody Smith, Gridirion Experts (@jodysmithNFL) Adam Vinatieri, K, Indianapolis Colts
15.10 Joe Gallina, RotoExperts (@joegallina) Matt Prater, K, Detroit Lions
15.11 Lisa Ann, Sirius/XM Fantasy Sports Radio (@thereallisaann) New York Jets D/ST
15.12 Patrick Wisniewski, Mastersball (@polkapat) Pittsburgh Steelers D/ST

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