Fighting Chance Football Mock Draft #3


On July 27th we conducted our third mock draft of the fantasy football preseason. This one we had a few technical difficulties (no-shows) and went from a 12 team draft to a 10 team draft at the last minute. That being said the group was still great, and we still almost had the whole thing done in about an hour. Keep tabs on all of our mocks to take a look at how they play out, and what trends that you can see over the last few weeks. So without any further ramblings by me, let's get to the participants and then the picks! As always we have the three guys from Fighting Chance Fantasy which are Ryan, Steve and Patrick, and in this one we had a fourth honorary Fighting Chance Fantasy member in Peter Noel. After us, here is who we had

Joe Gallina, RotoExperts (@joegallina)
John LaPresto, So-Called Fantasy Experts (@TheJohnLaPresto)
Lance Brozdowski, Big Three Sports (@LanceBrozdow)
Pamela Michelle, Bets Like A Girl Show (@SportyDiva)
Rachel Wold, Sportsnaut (@liveocgirl)
Emil Kadlec, Football Diehards

And here are the picks folks!

Round 1

Round/Pick Team Player
1.1 Joe Gallina, RotoExperts (@joegallina) David Johnson, RB, Arizona Cardinals
1.2 John LaPresto, So-Called Fantasy Experts (@TheJohnLaPresto) Le'Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers
1.3 Ryan Hallam, Fighting Chance Fantasy (@fightingchance) Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers
1.4 Steve Rapin, Fighting Chance Fantasy (@fantasygeek37) Odell Beckham, Jr., WR, New York Giants
1.5 Lance Brozdowski, Big Three Sports (@LanceBrozdow) Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Dallas Cowboys
1.6 Pamela Michelle, Bets Like A Girl (@sportydiva) Devonta Freeman, RB, Atlanta Falcons
1.7 Rachel Wold, Sportsnaut (@liveocgirl) Julio Jones, WR, Atlanta Falcons
1.8 Emil Kadlec, Football Diehards Mike Evans, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
1.9 Pete Noel, Fighting Chance Fantasy (@panfather) A.J. Green, WR, Cincinnati Bengals
1.10 Patrick Wisniewski, Fighting Chance Fantasy (@polkapat) Jordy Nelson, WR, Green Bay Packers

There usually aren't a lot of surprises in the first round of a mock draft with folks such as these. I was interested to see what the effect the latest trouble Ezekiel Elliott got in would have on his draft status. He went fifth overall to Lance Brozdowski, and that is not much later than I expected. I had the third pick, but I have been on the "Antonio Brown at 1.03" bandwagon all month, so the latest news didn't bother me. Steve picked Odell Beckham fourth and when I asked him if that was because of the latest news he told me it was a factor. Other than that, not much surprised me about the first round. In previous mocks more running backs have gone in the first round, but in a ten team league things are a little different.

Round 2

Round/Pick Team Player
2.1 Patrick Wisniewski, Fighting Chance Fantasy (@polkapat) Jay Ajayi, RB, Miami Dolphins
2.2 Pete Noel, Fighting Chance Fantasy (@panfather) LeSean McCoy, RB, Buffalo Bills
2.3 Emil Kadlec, Football Diehards Michael Thomas, WR, New Orleans Saints
2.4 Rachel Wold, Sportsnaut (@liveocgirl) DeMarco Murray, RB, Tennessee Titans
2.5 Pamela Michelle, Bets Like A Girl (@sportydiva) Jordan Howard, RB, Chicago Bears
2.6 Lance Brozdowski, Big Three Sports (@LanceBrozdow) Amari Cooper, WR, Oakland Raiders
2.7 Steve Rapin, Fighting Chance Fantasy (@fantasygeek37) Melvin Gordon, RB, Los Angeles Chargers
2.8 Ryan Hallam, Fighting Chance Fantasy (@fightingchance) Todd Gurley, RB, Los Angeles Rams
2.9 John LaPresto, So-Called Fantasy Experts (@TheJohnLaPresto) Dez Bryant, WR, Dallas Cowboys
2.10 Joe Gallina, RotoExperts (@joegallina) T.Y. Hilton, WR, Indianapolis Colts

With wide receivers dominating the first round, it was no surprise to see running backs carry the second. The biggest surprise to me was to see how long Melvin Gordon lasted. He has been a first round pick in our other two mocks, so to see him fall to 17th overall was a bit of a surprise. I wanted him in the second, but of course that butthole Steve took him the pick before me. I settled for Todd Gurley as a guy so many people are down on after a tough sophomore campaign. The Rams hired a new offensive minded head coach and I am hoping he will find a way to get Gurley back to the guy he was when he was a rookie. The picks I really like are Demarco Murray to Rachel Wold, Jordan Howard to Pamela Michelle, and Amari Cooper to Lance Brozdowski. All three should have great seasons and are tremendous value in the second round.

Round 3

Round/Pick Team Player
3.1 Joe Gallina, RotoExperts (@joegallina) Lamar Miller, RB, Houston Texans
3.2 John LaPresto, So-Called Fantasy Experts (@TheJohnLaPresto) DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Houston Texans
3.3 Ryan Hallam, Fighting Chance Fantasy (@fightingchance) Terrelle Pryor, WR, Washington Redskins
3.4 Steve Rapin, Fighting Chance Fantasy (@fantasygeek37) Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England Patriots
3.5 Lance Brozdowski, Big Three Sports (@LanceBrozdow) Carlos Hyde, RB, San Francisco 49ers
3.6 Pamela Michelle, Bets Like A Girl (@sportydiva) Brandin Cooks, WR, New England Patriots
3.7 Rachel Wold, Sportsnaut (@liveocgirl) Leonard Fournette, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars
3.8 Emil Kadlec, Football Diehards Joe Mixon, RB, Cincinnati Bengals
3.9 Pete Noel, Fighting Chance Fantasy (@panfather) Sammy Watkins, WR, Buffalo Bills
3.10 Patrick Wisniewski, Fighting Chance Fantasy (@polkapat) Allen Robinson, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars

I have a few favorite picks in Round 3 and most involve wide receivers. Patrick Wisniewski led the round with Allen Robinson who I think will have a much better season. The Jags got a new coach at the end of last year and Robinson thrived in that short sample size. I expect him to have a big 2017. I really like Leonard Fournette to Rachel Wold. The third round to get the year's best rookie is a great value even in a ten team league. Hopefully his offensive line won't stop him from being effective. I took Terrelle Pryor who I think is going to have a great season. He was a very athletic and a great red zone target. He goes to Washington with a better offense and a much better quarterback. I really like Pryor this season. Right before my pick DeAndre Hopkins was selected and I was pissed. He is one of my favorite wide receivers in fantasy football. The quarterback situation should be better this year and he should go 95/1100/11

Round 4

Round/Pick Team Player
4.1 Patrick Wisniewski, Fighting Chance Fantasy (@polkapat) Isaiah Crowell, RB, Cleveland Browns
4.2 Pete Noel, Fighting Chance Fantasy (@panfather) Doug Baldwin, WR, Seattle Seahawks
4.3 Emil Kadlec, Football Diehards Travis Kelce, TE, Kansas City Chiefs
4.4 Rachel Wold, Sportsnaut (@liveocgirl) Jarvis Landry, WR, Miami Dolphins
4.5 Pamela Michelle, Bets Like A Girl (@sportydiva) Michael Crabtree, WR, Oakland Raiders
4.6 Lance Brozdowski, Big Three Sports (@LanceBrozdow) Keenan Allen, WR, Los Angeles Chargers
4.7 Steve Rapin, Fighting Chance Fantasy (@fantasygeek37) Demaryius Thomas, WR, Denver Broncos
4.8 Ryan Hallam, Fighting Chance Fantasy (@fightingchance) Marshawn Lynch, RB, Oakland Raiders
4.9 John LaPresto, So-Called Fantasy Experts (@TheJohnLaPresto) Mark Ingram, RB, New Orleans Saints
4.10 Joe Gallina, RotoExperts (@joegallina) Golden Tate, WR, Detroit Lions

Our second tight end went off the board in Round 4 with Emil Kadlec taking Travis Kelce. I'm not sure why I'm not the biggest Kelce fan, but this is a good place to take him. He is one of a few tight ends who truly has wide receiver type skills. For the second consecutive draft, I took Marshawn Lynch. I really like Lynch's running style, and a year out of the league hopefully has re-energized him. He also now plays behind a team with a much better offensive line and is almost a guarantee around the goal line to get a touchdown. PPR receivers were a big part of the fourth round with Jarvis Landry, Michael Crabtree, and Golden Tate all taken. None of these guys are big touchdown scorers like Demaryius Thomas and Doug Baldwin who were also selected, but their value comes in the number of catches they have.

Round 5

Round/Pick Team Player
5.1 Joe Gallina, RotoExperts (@joegallina) Tyreek Hill, WR, Kansas City Chiefs
5.2 John LaPresto, So-Called Fantasy Experts (@TheJohnLaPresto) Greg Olsen, TE, Carolina Panthers
5.3 Ryan Hallam, Fighting Chance Fantasy (@fightingchance) Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers
5.4 Steve Rapin, Fighting Chance Fantasy (@fantasygeek37) Julian Edelman, WR, New England Patriots
5.5 Lance Brozdowski, Big Three Sports (@LanceBrozdow) Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Carolina Panthers
5.6 Pamela Michelle, Bets Like A Girl (@sportydiva) Hunter Henry, TE, Los Angeles Chargers
5.7 Rachel Wold, Sportsnaut (@liveocgirl) Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots
5.8 Emil Kadlec, Football Diehards Davante Adams, WR, Green Bay Packers
5.9 Pete Noel, Fighting Chance Fantasy (@panfather) Dalvin Cook, RB, Minnesota Vikings
5.10 Patrick Wisniewski, Fighting Chance Fantasy (@polkapat) Alshon Jeffery, WR, Philadelphia Eagles

Someone from each of the four positions all were drafted in Round 5 as things start to get interesting. My favorite pick of the round is Dalvin Cook to Pete Noel. I really have a poor opinion of Latavius Murray (besides the fact he isn't healthy), and I think Cook is going to have a chance to take the starting job and never look back. He was a beast in college and I think he can have a big impact this season. I was a big fan of Steve's pick of Julian Edelman, as I considered him with my pick. Despite adding Brandin Cooks, Edelman will still catch the most passes for the Pats. Cooks might have more touchdowns, but I all but guarantee Edelman will catch 90+ balls. Emil Kadlec went with Davante Adams which is another pick I liked. Adams had his breakout season last year, and I expect him to continue to be the number two receiver in front of Randall Cobb. Aaron Rodgers loved to find Adams in the end zone and I think that will continue in 2017. Speaking of Aaron Rodgers, that was my pick, and the first quarterback taken. He is simply the best fantasy quarterback by a nose over Tom Brady, who was taken a few picks later by Rachel Wold. I like having a dominant fantasy quarterback so I don't mind spending a fifth round pick on one.

Round 6

Round/Pick Team Player
6.1 Patrick Wisniewski, Fighting Chance Fantasy (@polkapat) Jordan Reed, TE, Washington Redskins
6.2 Pete Noel, Fighting Chance Fantasy (@panfather) John Brown, WR, Arizona Cardinals
6.3 Emil Kadlec, Football Diehards Ameer Abdullah, RB, Detroit Lions
6.4 Rachel Wold, Sportsnaut (@liveocgirl) Christian McCaffrey, RB, Carolina Panthers
6.5 Pamela Michelle, Bets Like A Girl (@sportydiva) Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints
6.6 Lance Brozdowski, Big Three Sports (@LanceBrozdow) Donte Moncrief, WR, Indianapolis Colts
6.7 Steve Rapin, Fighting Chance Fantasy (@fantasygeek37) Ty Montgomery, RB, Green Bay Packers
6.8 Ryan Hallam, Fighting Chance Fantasy (@fightingchance) Spencer Ware, RB, Kansas City Chiefs
6.9 John LaPresto, So-Called Fantasy Experts (@TheJohnLaPresto) Mike Gillislee, RB, New England Patriots
6.10 Joe Gallina, RotoExperts (@joegallina) Matt Ryan, QB, Atlanta Falcons

Running backs dominated Round 6, and there were a few that I really liked. At this point of the draft I have no trouble with Rachel Wold taking Christian McCaffrey. Some don't believe in the Carolina rookie, but in the sixth round you haven't burned a really early pick. And if he hits, you got great value. I am on the Ty Montgomery train with Steve who took him here. Montgomery had the whole offseason to turn into a running back full time, so he should be ready to shoulder a bigger load. He, obviously after being a receiver, can also be a great source of points as a pass catcher out of the backfield in PPR leagues. I went with Spencer Ware who I think is good value here. I know the Chiefs drafted Kareem Hunt, but I still think that Ware will hold on to most of the job. He will have over 200 carries again, and should catch 40-45 passes as well. John LaPresto took Mike Gillislee in the sixth. Coming over from Buffalo, many are hoping that Gillislee is able to have the same success in New England that LeGarrette Blount did last year for the Pats. I don't quite see Gillislee having as many touchdowns as Blount did, but I can see around 1,000 yards and ten touchdowns. Lastly, I am a fan of Pamela Michelle taking Drew Brees. Like I said earlier I love having an elite quarterback and Brees definitely qualifies as that.

Round 7

Round/Pick Team Player
7.1 Joe Gallina, RotoExperts (@joegallina) Kyle Rudolph, TE, Minnesota Vikings
7.2 John LaPresto, So-Called Fantasy Experts (@TheJohnLaPresto) Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Arizona Cardinals
7.3 Ryan Hallam, Fighting Chance Fantasy (@fightingchance) Emmanuel Sanders, WR, Denver Broncos
7.4 Steve Rapin, Fighting Chance Fantasy (@fantasygeek37) DeVante Parker, WR, Miami Dolphins
7.5 Lance Brozdowski, Big Three Sports (@LanceBrozdow) Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks
7.6 Pamela Michelle, Bets Like A Girl (@sportydiva) Sterling Shepard, WR, New York Giants
7.7 Rachel Wold, Sportsnaut (@liveocgirl) Eric Decker, WR, Tennessee Titans
7.8 Emil Kadlec, Football Diehards Martavis Bryant, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers
7.9 Pete Noel, Fighting Chance Fantasy (@panfather) DeSean Jackson, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
7.10 Patrick Wisniewski, Fighting Chance Fantasy (@polkapat) C.J. Anderson, RB, Denver Broncos

Seven of the ten picks in Round 7 were wide receivers. All should have fantasy impact, but most have some sort of question attached. What will Martavis Bryant's role with the Steelers be after missing all of last year due to suspension? Others seem to be higher on him than me, but Pittsburgh throws a lot so he should get a good deal of targets. How much longer can DeSean Jackson do it and how will he transition to the Bucs? He is pretty touchdown dependent at this stage of his career, but he should be a good deep threat for Jameis Winston and could catch seven touchdowns. Where in the target pecking order will Eric Decker be in Tennessee? He joins an already crowded receiving corps, but he could be the most productive one of the group. His usage is tough to predict, but he's been a reliable receiver for a few years now and should top 80 catches. Can Larry Fitzgerald have one more great season? I don't expect him to match 2016 figures, but Larry Fitz will be good again. Can Sterling Shepard repeat his rookie season? It seems unlikely with Brandon Marshall in town, but he likely will still be a good source of touchdowns. Can this be the year DeVante Parker goes wild? Man, I hope so.

Round 8

Round/Pick Team Player
8.1 Patrick Wisniewski, Fighting Chance Fantasy (@polkapat) Willie Snead, WR, New Orleans Saints
8.2 Pete Noel, Fighting Chance Fantasy (@panfather) Jameis Winston, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
8.3 Emil Kadlec, Football Diehards Bilal Powell, RB, New York Jets
8.4 Rachel Wold, Sportsnaut (@liveocgirl) LeGarrette Blount, RB, Philadelphia Eagles
8.5 Pamela Michelle, Bets Like A Girl (@sportydiva) Danny Woodhead, RB, Baltimore Ravens
8.6 Lance Brozdowski, Big Three Sports (@LanceBrozdow) Tyler Eifert, TE, Cincinnati Bengals
8.7 Steve Rapin, Fighting Chance Fantasy (@fantasygeek37) Jamison Crowder, WR, Washington Redskins
8.8 Ryan Hallam, Fighting Chance Fantasy (@fightingchance) Tevin Coleman, RB, Atlanta Falcons
8.9 John LaPresto, So-Called Fantasy Experts (@TheJohnLaPresto) Stefon Diggs, WR, Minnesota Vikings
8.10 Joe Gallina, RotoExperts (@joegallina) Theo Riddick, RB, Detroit Lions

Two great picks in Round 8 were Jameis Winston to Pete Noel, and Stefon Diggs by John LaPresto. I have Winston as a top 12 fantasy quarterback so to get your starter this late is good. And Diggs actually still put up good fantasy stats last year when the Viking offense was completely dreadful. He could be even better this year. This was the round of the pass catching runners, except for LeGarrette Blount who could shoulder the running load in Philly and possibly score ten times. Bilal Powell, Danny Woodhead, Tevin Coleman and Theo Riddick were all drafted and all could be running backs who have at least 70 catches and maybe more. I think all were appropriate picks in the eighth round. My pick of Coleman likely won't have as many catches as the others, but he should be more involved running the ball, and he is so explosive he can score a touchdown almost any time he touches the ball.

Round 9

Round/Pick Team Player
9.1 Joe Gallina, RotoExperts (@joegallina) Pierre Garcon, WR, San Francisco 49ers
9.2 John LaPresto, So-Called Fantasy Experts (@TheJohnLaPresto) Eddie Lacy, RB, Seattle Seahawks
9.3 Ryan Hallam, Fighting Chance Fantasy (@fightingchance) Cameron Meredith, WR, Chicago Bears
9.4 Steve Rapin, Fighting Chance Fantasy (@fantasygeek37) Andrew Luck, QB, Indianapolis Colts
9.5 Lance Brozdowski, Big Three Sports (@LanceBrozdow) Doug Martin, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
9.6 Pamela Michelle, Bets Like A Girl (@sportydiva) Derek Carr, QB, Oakland Raiders
9.7 Rachel Wold, Sportsnaut (@liveocgirl) Martellus Bennett, TE, Green Bay Packers
9.8 Emil Kadlec, Football Diehards Paul Perkins, RB, New York Giants
9.9 Pete Noel, Fighting Chance Fantasy (@panfather) Jordan Matthews, WR, Philadelphia Eagles
9.10 Patrick Wisniewski, Fighting Chance Fantasy (@polkapat) Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Pittsburgh Steelers

I really liked Joe Gallina starting Round 9 with Pierre Garcon. The number one receiver on what could be an improving offense in San Francisco under new Head Coach Kyle Shanahan seems like he should have a good fantasy season for ninth round value. Pamela Michelle took David Carr as her second quarterback, making an amazing QB situation pairing him with Drew Brees. No matter what, Pam is going to play a monster at quarterback each week. I am a fan of Rachel Wold's pick of Martellus Bennett at this point of the draft. Bennett stayed healthy and showed that he was still capable of getting it done last year in New England. He goes to Green Bay who uses their tight end less than the Pats, but they throw so much that Bennett still should get 700 yards and seven scores. Emil Kadlec went with Paul Perkins who is a guy I'm very interested to see how he does this year. He had mild success in his rookie season, but is set up to be the primary ball carrier this year and can catch a few out of the backfield as well. He doesn't have a great offensive line in front of him, but I think Perkins is going to have a pretty decent season.

Round 10

Round/Pick Team Player
10.1 Patrick Wisniewski, Fighting Chance Fantasy (@polkapat) Zach Ertz, TE, Philadephia Eagles
10.2 Pete Noel, Fighting Chance Fantasy (@panfather) Jimmy Graham, TE, Seattle Seahawks
10.3 Emil Kadlec, Football Diehards Rishard Matthews, WR, Tennessee Titans
10.4 Rachel Wold, Sportsnaut (@liveocgirl) Jeremy Maclin, WR, Baltimore Ravens
10.5 Pamela Michelle, Bets Like A Girl (@sportydiva) Corey Davis, WR, Tennessee Titans
10.6 Lance Brozdowski, Big Three Sports (@LanceBrozdow) Adrian Peterson, RB, New Orleans Saints
10.7 Steve Rapin, Fighting Chance Fantasy (@fantasygeek37) Duke Johnson, RB, Cleveland Browns
10.8 Ryan Hallam, Fighting Chance Fantasy (@fightingchance) Brandon Marshall, WR, New York Giants
10.9 John LaPresto, So-Called Fantasy Experts (@TheJohnLaPresto) Marcus Mariota, QB, Tennessee Titans
10.10 Joe Gallina, RotoExperts (@joegallina) Tyrell Williams, WR, Los Angeles Chargers

John LaPresto made the pick that is one of the most talked about players this preseason and that is Marcus Mariota. The weapons are there, the maturity appears to be there, the only thing left to do is to make it happen on the field. I want to believe in Mariota, but I don't know that I have enough faith in him myself to make him my starter for the year. I can't wait to see how that plays out. I'm a big fan of Joe Gallina's pick of Tyrell Williams as I think he has a great chance to duplicate or even surpass his 2016 stats. I took Brandon Marshall who I think will have a good season for the Giants. Marshall seems motivated, and when he is motivated and on a winning team he tends to have great seasons. There are a few mouths to feed in the New York offense, but I think Marshall will get his fair share and have a solid season. Lance Brozdowski took another guy I can't wait to see how he does and that's Adrian Peterson. I like to believe that AD still has plenty in the tank, but can he take enough carries from Mark Ingram to be a factor? Can he break the stereotype of an over 30 running back losing steam. If any back can, it might be Peterson, but I wonder what the carry split will be between he and Ingram. Personally, I think it is going to heavily favor Ingram.

Round 11

Round/Pick Team Player
11.1 Joe Gallina, RotoExperts (@joegallina) Samaje Perine, RB, Washington Redsins
11.2 John LaPresto, So-Called Fantasy Experts (@TheJohnLaPresto) Randall Cobb, WR, Green Bay Packers
11.3 Ryan Hallam, Fighting Chance Fantasy (@fightingchance) Delanie Walker, TE, Tennessee Titans
11.4 Steve Rapin, Fighting Chance Fantasy (@fantasygeek37) James White, RB, New England Patriots
11.5 Lance Brozdowski, Big Three Sports (@LanceBrozdow) John Ross, WR, Cincinnati Bengals
11.6 Pamela Michelle, Bets Like A Girl (@sportydiva) New England Patriots D/ST
11.7 Rachel Wold, Sportsnaut (@liveocgirl) C.J. Prosise, RB, Seattle Seahawks
11.8 Emil Kadlec, Football Diehards Kirk Cousins, QB, Washington Redskins
11.9 Pete Noel, Fighting Chance Fantasy (@panfather) Terrance West, RB, Baltimore Ravens
11.10 Patrick Wisniewski, Fighting Chance Fantasy (@polkapat) Kareem Hunt, RB, Kansas City Chiefs

We saw our first team defense come off the board in Round 11 as Pamela Michelle takes the New England Patriots. With four games against the offensively challenged Jets and Bills they aren't a bad team to take. I really liked Pete Noel's pick of Terrance West. Everyone went crazy on the Danny Woodhead bandwagon with the injury to Kenneth Dixon, but I think that West is gonna pick up the lion's share of the carries, while Woodhead will still be the pass catching back with a handful of more rushes. He won't be a fantasy stud by any means, but I like West in 2017. Rachel Wold took C.J. Prosise which is another pick I really like. I'm not on the fat ass Eddie Lacy bandwagon, and Prosise is the most talented back on the Seahawks. It is a shame their offensive line is so bad, but I think Prosise could be looking at a really nice year. I took Delanie Walker who is one of the more underrated fantasy tight ends. The Titans have a lot of guys to throw to now, but Walker is still gonna be Marcus Mariota's safety blanket and will have his fair share of big catches and possibly eight touchdowns. Joe Gallina ended the round with Samaje Perine who has a great chance to be Washington's starting running back very soon. Rob Kelley filled in at the end of the year, but he isn't the answer. If Joe got a starting fantasy running back in Round 11 that could be one of the best picks of the draft.

Round 12

Round/Pick Team Player
12.1 Patrick Wisniewski, Fighting Chance Fantasy (@polkapat) Derrick Henry, RB, Tennessee Titans
12.2 Pete Noel, Fighting Chance Fantasy (@panfather) Matt Forte, RB, New York Jets
12.3 Emil Kadlec, Football Diehards Matthew Stafford, QB, Detroit Lions
12.4 Rachel Wold, Sportsnaut (@liveocgirl) Denver Broncos D/ST
12.5 Pamela Michelle, Bets Like A Girl (@sportydiva) Jonathan Stewart, RB, Carolina Panthers
12.6 Lance Brozdowski, Big Three Sports (@LanceBrozdow) Cam Newton, QB, Carolina Panthers
12.7 Steve Rapin, Fighting Chance Fantasy (@fantasygeek37) Philip Rivers, QB, Los Angeles Chargers
12.8 Ryan Hallam, Fighting Chance Fantasy (@fightingchance) Frank Gore, RB, Indianapolis Colts
12.9 John LaPresto, So-Called Fantasy Experts (@TheJohnLaPresto) Adam Theilen, WR, Minnesota Vikings
12.10 Joe Gallina, RotoExperts (@joegallina) Zay Jones, WR, Buffalo Bills

Four running backs were taken in the 12th round. It was started with Derrick Henry to Patrick Wisniewski. Henry will need an injury to starter Demarco Murray to claim a fantasy relevant role, but if Murray does go down, Henry should be a beast. The other three taken are old, crochety veterans. Matt Forte went to Pete Noel. Most think that Bilal Powell is gonna take over the majority of the workload from Forte for the Jets. He's younger and has more mobility at this point, but Forte will still have the chance to have some fantasy relevance. Jonathan Stewart went to Pamela Michelle. The Panthers drafted Christian McCaffrey which pushes Stewart back to the second pony spot, but if McCaffrey doesn't translate well to the NFL, then perhaps Stewart could be something. I took Frank Gore who will start the season as the starter. The team continues to draft running backs waiting for Gore's wheels to fall off. Can Gore hold off Father Time one more year? We will find out. Lastly, Philip Rivers going to Steve Rapin was a steal. Rivers has 30+ touchdowns in three of the last four seasons and can still be a starting option at fantasy quarterback.

Round 13

Round/Pick Team Player
13.1 Joe Gallina, RotoExperts (@joegallina) Eli Manning, QB, New York Giants
13.2 John LaPresto, So-Called Fantasy Experts (@TheJohnLaPresto) Josh Doctson, WR, Washington Redskins
13.3 Ryan Hallam, Fighting Chance Fantasy (@fightingchance) Carson Wentz, QB, Philadelphia Eagles
13.4 Steve Rapin, Fighting Chance Fantasy (@fantasygeek37) Houston Texans D/ST
13.5 Lance Brozdowski, Big Three Sports (@LanceBrozdow) Mohamed Sanu, WR, Atlanta Falcons
13.6 Pamela Michelle, Bets Like A Girl (@sportydiva) Jamaal Charles, RB, Denver Broncos
13.7 Rachel Wold, Sportsnaut (@liveocgirl) Dak Prescott, QB, Dallas Cowboys
13.8 Emil Kadlec, Football Diehards Marqise Lee, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars
13.9 Pete Noel, Fighting Chance Fantasy (@panfather) Stephen Gostkowski, K, New England Patriots
13.10 Patrick Wisniewski, Fighting Chance Fantasy (@polkapat) Seattle Seahawks D/ST

Three quarterbacks were taken in the 13th round, but my favorite was Eli Manning to Joe Gallina. With the addition of Brandon Marshall and Evan Engram from last year, the Giants have an embarrassment of riches with options to throw the ball to. Last year certainly wasn't great for the Giants offense, but I expect a bounceback from Eli and the whole New York offense. I took Carson Wentz expecting a greater improvement in his sophomore campaign. The team brought in Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith as weapons for Wentz and I think he has an outside chance at 30 touchdowns this season. Dak Prescott was the third to Rachel Wold, and I think we are going to see another solid, consistent year from Dak. He's never going to challenge Tom Brady or Aaron Rodgers for the top fantasy quarterback, but he's not going to have a five interception game either. Finally, Emil Kadlec took Marqise Lee of Jacksonville. He is a great 13th round pick because he has big time touchdown upside if the Jags get their passing game fixed, but if he isn't a major factor Emil didn't burn a mid round pick on him.

Round 14

Round/Pick Team Player
14.1 Patrick Wisniewski, Fighting Chance Fantasy (@polkapat) Corey Coleman, WR, Cleveland Browns
14.2 Pete Noel, Fighting Chance Fantasy (@panfather) Arizona Cardinals D/ST
14.3 Emil Kadlec, Football Diehards Minnesota Vikings D/ST
14.4 Rachel Wold, Sportsnaut (@liveocgirl) Justin Tucker, K, Baltimore Ravens
14.5 Pamela Michelle, Bets Like A Girl (@sportydiva) Dan Bailey, K, Dallas Cowboys
14.6 Lance Brozdowski, Big Three Sports (@LanceBrozdow) Kansas City Chiefs D/ST
14.7 Steve Rapin, Fighting Chance Fantasy (@fantasygeek37) Matt Bryant, K, Atlanta Falcons
14.8 Ryan Hallam, Fighting Chance Fantasy (@fightingchance) New York Giants D/ST
14.9 John LaPresto, So-Called Fantasy Experts (@TheJohnLaPresto) Los Angeles Rams D/ST
14.10 Joe Gallina, RotoExperts (@joegallina) Miami Dolphins D/ST

Let's look at the last two rounds together since they are mostly kickers and defenses. I don't like to analyze kickers and defenses so let's just look at the other picks. My favorite picks of these two rounds was Jacquizz Rodgers by Pete Noel. He's going to start the first few games when Doug Martin is suspended. He was very good when Martin was suspended last year and has a chance to carve out a role for himself early in the season. Martin is also not the picture of health so if he does go down, Rodgers has massive upside.  Steve took Eric Ebron as his second tight end after taking Gronk earlier. As much as I love to give Steve a hard time, that was a brilliant pick for him. You need a solid tight end if you draft Gronk, and to get that guy in the last round is great drafting. Rachel took Kenny Stills which I love as a last round pick. Stills had by far his best season last year is a great deep threat for the Dolphins. He won't be a high volume reception guy, but he can threaten ten touchdowns.

Round 15

Round/Pick Team Player
15.1 Joe Gallina, RotoExperts (@joegallina) Adam Vinatieri, K, Indianapolis Colts
15.2 John LaPresto, So-Called Fantasy Experts (@TheJohnLaPresto) Matt Prater, K, Detroit Lions
15.3 Ryan Hallam, Fighting Chance Fantasy (@fightingchance) Wil Lutz, K, New Orleans Saints
15.4 Steve Rapin, Fighting Chance Fantasy (@fantasygeek37) Eric Ebron, TE, Detroit Lions
15.5 Lance Brozdowski, Big Three Sports (@LanceBrozdow) Sebastian Janikowski, K, Oakland Raiders
15.6 Pamela Michelle, Bets Like A Girl (@sportydiva) Coby Fleener, TE, New Orleans Saints
15.7 Rachel Wold, Sportsnaut (@liveocgirl) Kenny Stills, WR, Miami Dolphins
15.8 Emil Kadlec, Football Diehards Cairo Santos, K, Kansas City Chiefs
15.9 Pete Noel, Fighting Chance Fantasy (@panfather) Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
15.10 Patrick Wisniewski, Fighting Chance Fantasy (@polkapat) Brandon McManus, K, Denver Broncos

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