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Fantasy Assembly Mock Draft

It is that time of the year. Everyone is getting ready for their drafts and testing out what strategies might work in mock drafts.

We completed a slow mock draft via email so from start to finish there were a few things that would have changed had things been done in a two-hour period. The draft consists of writers Tommy Landseadel, Joe Mica and (me) Andy Germani as well as some fantasy football fanatics Joe recruited from the SportsHoopla message board.

The setup
1 QB
2 RB
3 WR
1 TE
1 D
1 K
5 Bench spots

Scoring
All touchdowns 6 points
25 yards per point passing
10 yards per point rushing/receiving

Draft Order

  1. Chef
  2. TKO
  3. Monkey
  4. Harold
  5. Joe Mica – F.A.
  6. Broncosmitty
  7. Fuzzy
  8. Andy Germani – F.A.
  9. Banit
  10. Tommy Landseadel – F.A.
  11. Barilko
  12. Trudem

The draft was done over about a week and by the time it was over a few players got injured. I will make a note of them as they come up as well as share my thoughts on how each round went.  Here we go!

ROUND 1
1 Adrian Peterson Chef
2 Jamaal Charles TKO
3 Eddie Lacy Monkey
4 Marshawn Lynch Harold
5 LeSean McCoy Joe Mica
6 Rob Gronkowski Broncosmitty
7 Le’Veon Bell Fuzzy
8 Antonio Brown Andy Germani
9 Matt Forte Bandit
10 Jeremy Hill Tommy Landseadel
11 Dez Bryant Barilko
12 C.J. Anderson Trudem

Thoughts

The first four picks were not a surprise. The big surprise was Le’Veon Bell falling all the way to number seven. A lot of people view Bell as the number one overall pick, but the suspension scared a few people off in this draft. I have Bell ranked as the number five player on my board.

I like the pick of Rob Gronkowski at six overall. After the top five running backs, Peterson, Charles, Lacy, Lynch and Bell, I think there is a steep dropoff in drafts. At the sixth pick is where I would look to draft either Gronkowski or Antonio Brown.

Joe Mica’s thoughts on McCoy over Bell: “He’s a pick based on the system because I see the way that Rex Ryan operates. Ryan’s a run-first guy in a pass-happy era. No other NFL team averaged more rushing attempts per game than the Rex Ryan teams. McCoy also has a decent career YPC so even a meager 200 touches will get him close to 1000 yards. And if Rex feeds him close to 300 attempts, McCoy could be over 1300 yards. And this doesn’t even consider any receiving yards.

I’m not superstitious, and I don’t have time to look up statistical proof, but more often than not, the RB that finishes first (LeVeon Bell), doesn’t always finish first in the next season. Plus Bell has a suspension, and is coming off a knee injury.”

My Pick

Like I said after the first five picks I would settle for Gronkowksi or Brown and with one of them falling down to me at number eight it made my decision easier.

 

 

ROUND 2
13 Demaryius Thomas Trudem
14 Julio Jones Barilko
15 Odell Beckham Jr. Tommy Landseadel
16 Calvin Johnson Bandit
17 Jordy Nelson Andy Germani
18 A.J. Green Fuzzy
19 Aaron Rodgers Broncosmitty
20 Lamar Miller Joe Mica
21 Randall Cobb Harold
22 Alshon Jeffery Monkey
23 Andrew Luck TKO
24 DeMarco Murray Chef

Thoughts

This year round two is loaded with wide receivers and this draft was no different. The surprise of this round was DeMarco Murray falling to the last pick of round two. A lot of people are down on him after he had so many touches last year, but at that point he is a great value even if he only plays 12 games.

My Pick

Ugh. I was very excited about this pick at the time, but Jordy Nelson’s injury Sunday means it is most likely a wasted pick. Had I known about the injury prior to the pick I would have taken A.J. Green.

 

 

ROUND 3
25 Mike Evans Chef
26 Jimmy Graham TKO
27 Frank Gore Monkey
28 Mark Ingram Harold
29 T.Y. Hilton Joe Mica
30 Melvin Gordon Broncosmitty
31 Justin Forsett Fuzzy
32 Alfred Morris Andy Germani
33 Emmanuel Sanders Bandit
34 DeAndre Hopkins Tommy Landseadel
35 Jordan Matthews Barilko
36 Kelvin Benjamin Trudem

Thoughts

The third round is usually where people will venture off a bit and possibly reach a round or two for a player. A notable player selected in this round was Kelvin Benjamin but this was prior to his ACL tear. I probably wouldn’t have taken Frank Gore and Melvin Gordon until round four, but if those teams really liked those players they had to select them because there is a good chance they weren’t going to make it back in round four.

Barlilko took his third wide receiver in this round, and while I have no problems with Jordan Matthews I don’t like putting myself in a spot where in the next handful of rounds it would hurt my team to draft a wide receiver, essentially narrowing my focus to the other positions.

My pick

There were a few players I was hoping would fall to me. I like Alfred Morris a lot and being able to get him in the third round is great value. He won’t go and win me a league, but he is going to be one of the better rushers (when it comes to fantasy points) in the NFL. He doesn’t do a lot in the passing game and that tends to scare people off. Had I not had the Nelson injury I would be loving my team right now.

 

ROUND 4
37 Brandin Cooks Trudem
38 Joseph Randle Barilko
39 Andre Johnson Tommy Landseadel
40 Latavius Murray Bandit
41 Peyton Manning Andy Germani
42 Amari Cooper Fuzzy
43 Ameer Abdullah Broncosmitty
44 Keenan Allen Joe Mica
45 Sammy Watkins Harold
46 Jeremy Maclin Monkey
47 Martavis Bryant TKO
48 Travis Kelce Chef

Thoughts

This was the “hype” players round. I think Amari Cooper, Ameer Abdullah, Martavis Bryant and Travis Kelce all should have been drafted later. Each player could be good and provide value, but when they get taken this early it erases all of the potential profit. Bryant and Copper went over receivers like DeSean Jackson and Julian Edelman while Abdullah (who might not even be the starting running back on his own team) got taken over starters like T.J. Yeldon and Carlos Hyde.

There were different opinions on some of these players.

Fuzzy liked the Abdullah pick saying that “he seems like he is the real deal even though it is a small sample size“.

Many people seemed to agree on Amari Cooper going a bit too early. Joe Mica said “with Cooper in one of the worst offenses in the NFL he didn’t like the pick“.

I do like how Barilko came back in this round and drafted, what I expect, to be a good running back to support an elite wide receiving group.

My pick

This is the part of the draft that I hate. No one jumps out to me and it seems like a dead zone. I didn’t want to reach for a running back I feel that I could get in the next round. At this point if Gore or Randle aren’t available I usually settle for Peyton Manning. There are a lot of concerns with Kubiak coming to Denver, but a teams don’t change their offense to use one of their strengths less. Think of it this way: if Rex Ryan went to Indianapolis, do you think he would take the ball out of Andrew Luck’s hands to run a ball control running offense?

 

ROUND 5
49 Ben Roethlisberger Chef
50 Jonathan Stewart TKO
51 Jarvis Landry Monkey
52 Kevin White Harold
53 T.J. Yeldon Joe Mica
54 Golden Tate Broncosmitty
55 DeSean Jackson Fuzzy
56 Carlos Hyde Andy Germani
57 Andre Ellington Bandit
58 Russell Wilson Tommy Landseadel
59 Giovani Bernard Barilko
60 Chris Ivory Trudem

Thoughts

Kevin White, like Benjamin, was selected before the news came out he was likely done for a while if not the season entirely.

Others agreed that White went too early even if it was before he was looking to be out for a while. Tommy Landseadel said that “it was a massive reach and we knew at the time he was at least already a little dinged up“.

This round is one of the reasons I am fine with waiting on a running back, especially in a league where you can only start two. Jonathan Stewart, Yeldon, Hyde, Andre Ellington and Chris Ivory were all taken in this round and can be solid players to a team with elite players elsewhere.

My pick

I wanted one of Stewart, Yeldon, Hyde or Ellington to fall. Going receiver with my first two picks put me a little behind at running back, but I was able to put two top five receivers with two solid running back twos and a top five quarterback.

Not everyone agreed with me though on Hyde. Harold said “he sees a bust in Hyde because he didn’t look good last year and the 49ers had turnover on their offensive line“.

 

ROUND 6
61 Doug Martin Trudem
62 Darren McFadden Barilko
63 Todd Gurley Tommy Landseadel
64 Greg Olsen Bandit
65 Julian Edelman Andy Germani
66 Rashad Jennings Fuzzy
67 Brandon Marshall Broncosmitty
68 Steve Smith Joe Mica
69 Tony Romo Harold
70 Vincent Jackson Monkey
71 LeGarrette Blount TKO
72 Nelson Agholor Chef

Thoughts

Todd Gurley can be a steal at this point. His season status isn’t known at this point, but his points per game will far surpass his draft value. The key is to get Tre Mason to cover for him until Gurley can get back.

I was surprised to see Tony Romo get selected. Not because he isn’t good, but because Drew Brees was still on the board.

Harold thinks “Brees is going to be in a run first offense with a worse receiving group, and Brees’s age is going to be problems; while Romo should be passing more with Murray gone. The offensive line will give Romo time to throw and that Dez Bryant is going to be a stud this season“.

My pick

In his last two seasons as a starter in New England, Julian Edelman has 197 catches and 2,028 yards with 10 touchdowns. His per season output (had he played a full 16 games last year) would be 105 catches with 1,082 yards and five touchdowns. Not amazing numbers, but great for a number three receiver.

 

ROUND 7
73 Anquan Boldin Chef
74 John Brown TKO
75 Drew Brees Monkey
76 Seattle Seahawks Harold
77 Martellus Bennett Joe Mica
78 Charles Johnson Broncosmitty
79 Matt Ryan Fuzzy
80 Isaiah Crowell Andy Germani
81 Eli Manning Bandit
82 Tre Mason Tommy Landseadel
83 Alfred Blue Barilko
84 C.J. Spiller Trudem

Thoughts

I am big on not drafting a defense until the very end of the draft and seeing the Seahawks go before Charles Johnson, Isiah Crowell and Matt Ryan (among others) makes me even happier to wait on a defense.

I like Tommy’s selection of Mason to back up Gurley essentially locking up his running back two spot.

Greg Olsen could turn out to be a steal for Bandit going in round six, especially after Benjamin’s injury.

My pick

At the time, I was happy with my wide receiving group and my quarterback so this is the point where I like to load up on high upside running backs. With my receiving group I never see myself sitting one unless of an injury (again ugh) so I didn’t want to use a pick on a player I would only use in a worst case scenario. I went with Isaiah Crowell because I think when all is said and done in Cleveland he wins the job. He has a lot more skill than Terrance West and Duke Johnson has yet to get on the field.

 

ROUND 8
85 Allen Robinson Trudem
86 Davante Adams Barilko
87 David Cobb Tommy Landseadel
88 Roddy White Bandit
89 Ryan Mathews Andy Germani
90 Tevin Coleman Fuzzy
91 Torrey Smith Broncosmitty
92 Buffalo Bills Joe Mica
93 Breshad Perriman Harold
94 Danny Woodhead Monkey
95 Jonas Gray TKO
96 Brian Quick Chef

Thoughts

This is what I had written before the Nelson injury: “Davante Adams was selected a little earlier than normal but I actually like the pick. Receivers in the Packers’ offense are great fantasy options and if something happens to Nelson or Cobb, Adams is a top 15 option and he could potentially be a solid wide receiver three even with the top two targets healthy”.

Remember Cobb was actually the third receiver in his 2012 breakout season where he had 80 catches and lead the team with 954 yards and Nelson only missed four games. After the injury, this pick is a steal. I stand by my thought on Adams as a top-15 receiver this season.

My pick

I kept my stockpiling of upside running backs going with Ryan Mathews. If DeMarco Murray gets injured then Mathews vaults up to a top 15 running back. Murray has had his injuries in the past and he is coming off of a season where he had 497 touches. Mathews could even be a viable bye week or injury fill in while Murray is healthy.

 

This is the point in the draft where I don’t think you can necessarily have a bad pick so I am going to lump these rounds together and point out some of my favorites.

ROUND 9 ROUND 10
97 Chris Polk Chef 109 Ryan Tannehill Trudem
98 Eric Decker TKO 110 Houston Texans Barilko
99 Shane Vereen Monkey 111 Delanie Walker Tommy Landseadel
100 Andre Williams Harold 112 St. Louis Rams Bandit
101 Matthew Stafford Joe Mica 113 Cody Latimer Andy Germani
102 Charles Sims Broncosmitty 114 Jason Witten Fuzzy
103 Terrance Williams Fuzzy 115 DeVante Parker Broncosmitty
104 Joique Bell Andy Germani 116 Marques Colston Joe Mica
105 Cam Newton Bandit 117 Marvin Jones Harold
106 Arian Foster Tommy Landseadel 118 Larry Fitzgerald Monkey
107 Tom Brady Barilko 119 Brandon Coleman TKO
108 Zach Ertz Trudem  120 Darren Sproles Chef

 

ROUND 11 ROUND 12
121 DeAngelo Williams Chef 133 Tyler Eifert Trudem
122 Devin Funchess TKO 134 Dwayne Allen Barilko
123 Roy Helu Monkey 135 Miami Dolphins Tommy Landseadel
124 Matt Jones Harold 136 Duke Johnson Bandit
125 Devonta Freeman Joe Mica 137 Jordan Cameron Andy Germani
126 Stephen Gostkowski Broncosmitty 138 Kenny Stills Fuzzy
127 Denver Broncos Fuzzy 139 Detroit Lions Broncosmitty
128 Eddie Royal Andy Germani 140 Joe Flacco Joe Mica
129 Mike Wallace Bandit 141 Kyle Rudolph Harold
130 Markus Wheaton Tommy Landseadel 142 Charles Clay Monkey
131 Owen Daniels Barilko 143 Lorenzo Taliaferro TKO
132 Philip Rivers Trudem 144 Minnesota Vikings CHEF

 

ROUND 13 ROUND 14
145 Jerick McKinnon Chef 157 Justin Tucker Trudem
146 New York Jets TKO 158 Mason Crosby Barilko
147 Philadelphia Eagles Monkey 159 Stevie Johnson Tommy Landseadel
148 Michael Floyd Harold 160 Steven Hauschka Bandit
149 Brandon LaFell Joe Mica 161 Dan Bailey Andy Germani
150 Sam Bradford Broncosmitty 162 Connor Barth Fuzzy
151 Teddy Bridgewater Fuzzy 163 Zach Zenner Broncosmitty
152 New England Patriots Andy Germani 164 Matt Bryant Joe Mica
153 Victor Cruz Bandit 165 Blair Walsh Harold
154 Adam Vinatieri Tommy Landseadel 166 Matt Prater Monkey
155 Carson Palmer Barilko 167 Nick Novak TKO
156 Baltimore Ravens Trudem 168 Dan Carpenter Chef

Thoughts

I like Terrance Williams as I think Romo will have to go somewhere other than Dez Bryant. I got burned on Williams last year, but I think he has a nice bounce back season.

Even after Benjamin’s injury, I think Cam Newton is steal at pick 105.

I love Tommy’s pick of Arian Foster. Once he comes back he will be a top running back option, and getting four or five weeks of a top five running back with pick 106 is a great return.

I love the Owen Daniels selection. I usually end up with him when I don’t get a tight end early. He is a high upside play this late in the draft and if it turns out he flops after two weeks there will be plenty of available tight ends on the wire.

My picks

I think some people forget that Joique Bell is still the starter in Detroit when healthy. I think Abdullah is the better player and will take over the job at some point, but for now Bell is the guy.

This is where I usually get Davante Adams in my mocks. I had to settle for Cody Latimer who I like almost as much as Adams. I like Adams a touch more because he actually showed something on the field last season.

Even before Kevin White went down I liked Eddie Royal as a “keep an eye on” type sleeper. Not a guy I would draft, but someone to look at after a week or two in the regular season. After the White injury he becomes a great option as a number five receiver.

I finally took my tight end in Jordan Cameron. I have him at fifth in my tight end rankings so I was happy to see him still around at this point.

The Rosters
Below is what everyone’s final roster looks like. What were your favorite picks? Least favorite? Whose team do you like? Discuss it in the comment section below. 

Chef  TKO  Monkey 
RB Adrian Peterson RB Jamaal Charles RB Eddie Lacy
RB DeMarco Murray QB Andrew Luck WR Alshon Jeffery
WR Mike Evans TE Jimmy Graham RB Frank Gore
TE Travis Kelce WR Martavis Bryant WR Jeremy Maclin
QB Ben Roethlisberger RB Jonathan Stewart WR Jarvis Landry
WR Nelson Agholor RB LeGarrette Blount WR Vincent Jackson
WR Anquan Boldin WR John Brown QB Drew Brees
WR Brian Quick RB Jonas Gray RB Danny Woodhead
RB Chris Polk WR Eric Decker RB Shane Vereen
RB Darren Sproles WR Brandon Coleman WR Larry Fitzgerald
RB DeAngelo Williams WR Devin Funchess RB Roy Helu
D Minnesota Vikings RB Lorenzo Taliaferro TE Charles Clay
RB Jerick McKinnon D New York Jets D Philadelphia Eagles
K Dan Carpenter K Nick Novak K Matt Prater

 

Harold Joe – F.A. Broncosmitty
RB Marshawn Lynch RB LeSean McCoy TE Rob Gronkowski
WR Randall Cobb RB Lamar Miller QB Aaron Rodgers
RB Mark Ingram WR T.Y. Hilton RB Melvin Gordon
WR Sammy Watkins WR Keenan Allen RB Ameer Abdullah
WR Kevin White RB T.J. Yeldon WR Golden Tate
QB Tony Romo WR Steve Smith WR Brandon Marshall
D Seattle Seahawks TE Martellus Bennett WR Charles Johnson
WR Breshad Perriman D Buffalo Bills WR Torrey Smith
RB Andre Williams QB Matthew Stafford RB Charles Sims
WR Marvin Jones WR Marques Colston WR DeVante Parker
RB Matt Jones RB Devonta Freeman K Stephen Gostkowski
TE Kyle Rudolph QB Joe Flacco D Detroit Lions
WR Michael Floyd WR Brandon LaFell QB Sam Bradford
K Blair Walsh K Matt Bryant RB Zach Zenner

 

Fuzzy Andy – F.A. Bandit
RB Le’Veon Bell WR Antonio Brown RB Matt Forte
WR A.J. Green WR Jordy Nelson WR Calvin Johnson
RB Justin Forsett RB Alfred Morris WR Emmanuel Sanders
WR Amari Cooper QB Peyton Manning RB Latavius Murray
WR DeSean Jackson RB Carlos Hyde RB Andre Ellington
RB Rashad Jennings WR Julian Edelman TE Greg Olsen
QB Matt Ryan RB Isaiah Crowell QB Eli Manning
RB Tevin Coleman RB Ryan Mathews WR Roddy White
WR Terrance Williams RB Joique Bell QB Cam Newton
TE Jason Witten WR Cody Latimer D St. Louis Rams
D Denver Broncos WR Eddie Royal WR Mike Wallace
WR Kenny Stills TE Jordan Cameron RB Duke Johnson
QB Teddy Bridgewater D New England Patriots WR Victor Cruz
K Connor Barth K Dan Bailey K Steven Hauschka

 

Tommy – F.A. Barilko Trudem
RB Jeremy Hill WR Dez Bryant RB C.J. Anderson
WR Odell Beckham Jr. WR Julio Jones WR Demaryius Thomas
WR DeAndre Hopkins WR Jordan Matthews WR Kelvin Benjamin
WR Andre Johnson RB Joseph Randle WR Brandin Cooks
QB Russell Wilson RB Giovani Bernard RB Chris Ivory
RB Todd Gurley RB Darren McFadden RB Doug Martin
RB Tre Mason RB Alfred Blue RB C.J. Spiller
RB David Cobb WR Davante Adams WR Allen Robinson
RB Arian Foster QB Tom Brady TE Zach Ertz
TE Delanie Walker D Houston Texans QB Ryan Tannehill
WR Markus Wheaton TE Owen Daniels QB Philip Rivers
D Miami Dolphins TE Dwayne Allen TE Tyler Eifert
K Adam Vinatieri QB Carson Palmer D Baltimore Ravens
WR Stevie Johnson K Mason Crosby K Justin Tucker

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Andy Germani
I am a lifelong Pittsburgh sports fan and a graduate from Penn State. Baseball was my first love and I still play to this day in an adult baseball league. I always love helping people with their questions on Twitter so feel free to follow me and ask questions.

2 comments on “Fantasy Assembly Mock Draft

  1. Nice job with the write up Andy!

    Man, I wish I could have this team in a real league. A couple of my picks are trending up (Foster, Wheaton) and the Dolphins D is a sleeper to be the top defense in Fantasy this year. This is what happens when you draft in early August. Sometimes you get crushed by injuries (Nelson, Benjamin) and other times your late round picks see their values continue to rise. I think I got pretty lucky this time.

    • Thanks Tommy. I liked my team a lot at the time of the draft but right now I am glad it is not a real league. Losing Jordy and now Edelmen seems to be hurt more than I previously thought. My receivers were an expected strength at the draft but it isn’t looking that way now.

      I agree about your comment on the time of drafting. Draft too early and you get injuries, but you also get great steals. Draft too late and your sleepers are gone 3 rounds earlier.

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