Monday, May 14, 2012

Mock Draft Monday Results/Notes: 5-14

RoundMichael Rathburn - Daily Joustkbross - Fantasy Football Poolskilling timeJefferson Darcykneel before zod!
R1 ?Arian FosterLeSean McCoyRay RiceMaurice Jones-DrewCalvin Johnson
R2 ?A.J. GreenMatthew StaffordRob GronkowskiWes WelkerMarshawn Lynch
R3 ?DeMarco MurrayAdrian PetersonJimmy GrahamGreg JenningsMichael Vick
R4 ?Mike WallaceDwayne BoweMiles AustinPercy HarvinVincent Jackson
R5 ?Demaryius ThomasJeremy MaclinMarques ColstonMichael TurnerAhmad Bradshaw
R6 ?Steve JohnsonJermichael FinleyEli ManningDarren SprolesChris Wells
R7 ?Peyton ManningDarrius Heyward-BeyWillis McGaheeAntonio BrownPhilip Rivers
R8 ?Mark IngramVernon DavisTim TebowAaron HernandezJason Witten
R9 ?Robert GriffinC.J. SpillerMichael CrabtreeShonn GreeneLaurent Robinson
R10 ?Jacob TammeNate WashingtonMatt SchaubBen TateSidney Rice
R11 ?Stevan RidleyRobert MeachemMario ManninghamMike WilliamsDonald Brown
R12 ?Denarius MooreMichael FloydBrent CelekMaurice MorrisJahvid Best
R13 ?Jared CookJames StarksMatt RyanRyan FitzpatrickGreg Little
R14 ?Baltimore RavensGreen Bay PackersJosh BrownDavid AkersAlex Henery
R15 ?Mason CrosbyRobbie GouldNew York GiantsNew York JetsPhiladelphia Eagles

bruteFORCELuke HooverexlaxCraig Macchi - GridironGod.comMike Gottlieb: RotoWire Social Media AdminRound
Aaron RodgersTom BradyMatt ForteDrew BreesRyan Mathews? R1
Chris JohnsonTrent RichardsonCam NewtonLarry FitzgeraldAndre Johnson? R2
Victor CruzJordy NelsonHakeem NicksSteven JacksonJamaal Charles? R3
Frank GoreFred JacksonRoddy WhiteDarren McFaddenBrandon Marshall? R4
Tony RomoJulio JonesSteve SmithDeSean JacksonDez Bryant? R5
Roy HeluKenny BrittReggie BushAntonio GatesBrandon Lloyd? R6
Isaac RedmanDoug MartinJonathan StewartPierre GarconBen Roethlisberger? R7
LeGarrette BlountPeyton HillisDeAngelo WilliamsSan Francisco 49ersMichael Bush? R8
Cedric BensonJustin BlackmonReggie WayneBenJarvus Green-EllisJay Cutler? R9
Tony GonzalezEric DeckerSantonio HolmesTorrey SmithMalcom Floyd? R10
Anquan BoldinMikel LeshoureDaniel ThomasAndrew LuckRandy Moss? R11
Santana MossFred DavisVincent BrownTE PlaceholderJermaine Gresham? R12
Mike TolbertAlex GreenOwen DanielsDevin HesterPittsburgh Steelers? R13
Sebastian JanikowskiHouston TexansStephen GostkowskiKevin SmithToby Gerhart? R14
Detroit LionsMatt PraterDallas CowboysNeil RackersNate Kaeding? R15
Mock Draft Monday Notes: 5/14

10-Team Standard Flex

§  Wide Receiver Pool is Crazy Deep: I know that this was only a 10-team league, but there are great values to be had at the wide receiver position, so do not feel bad if you do not snag Calvin Johnson, Larry Fitzgerald, or Wes Welker early.  For example, Malcom Floyd and Robert Meachem were drafted in the 10th and 11th round respectively and will be competing to be Philip Rivers' #1 receiver in San Diego's traditionally high-powered offense.  Sure, they won't put up the same numbers as Megatron, but the difference in fantasy points will not be enough to discredit the value of getting a player like Meachem or Floyd approximately 100 picks later than one of the top wide receivers.  Speaking fo Floyds, Michael Floyd in Arizona is my sleeper this year.  The major knock on him coming out of Notre Dame was his route-running ability, but now he gets to learn from Larry Fitzgerald.  Problem solved.

§  …So is the Tight End Pool: Yes, Gronkowski and Graham separated themselves last year from other tight ends and had solid #2/low-end #1 wide receiver value, but there are viable substitutes if you do not get one of the top two TEs in the early rounds.  Aaron Hernandez is a good value four or five rounds later.  Plus, do not sleep on Coby Fleener's value in Indy, (known as TE Placeholder in this draft) especially in PPR formats.  Tight ends and running backs are rookie QBs best friends and Fleener and Andrew Luck already had a strong chemistry at Stanford before arriving at Indy together.

§  Don't Reach to Get a QB Early: Would I have taken Drew Brees with the 10th overall pick?  Probably.  However, Macchi got him first at #9.  That left me staring at Cam Newton and Matthew Stafford's names as the next highest rated quarterbacks.  As tempting as it was to take Killer Cam, I chose to test the QB depth and was hoping for Philip Rivers in the sixth round, but had to settle for Roethlisberger when Kneel Before Zod! (great team name) took Rivers five picks before me.  Plus, I was able to nab Jay Cutler two rounds later to fill out what is a solid, but not spectacular QB tandem. 

§  Trent Richardson is the Most Volatile Draft Pick: Richardson went #14 overall to Luke Hoover who obviously believes in the rookie RB in Cleveland.  Will he have the opportunity to be a top-10 running back this season?  Yes.  However, he has an absolutely brutal schedule (good defenses in their divison plus games against the NFC East and vastly improved AFC West) and supporting cast.  This is what says about the Browns 2012 schedule: "[The Browns] likely will be underdogs in every game they play against much more talented teams except for these two: an away tilt at Indianapolis in October, where Andrew Luck might have his sea legs under him; and a home game against the Redskins in mid-December."  Robert Griffin III may also have his sea legs under him in mid-December, as well.  Overall, Richardson is the ultimate boom-or-bust pick.


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