Fantasy Football Mock Draft: Avoiding The Temptation To Reach Or Over Draft

Posted on July 30, 2014 by Ken Zalis

Before you know it, it will be fantasy football draft time. Leading up to that time, I will be conducting mock drafts. During the drafts, I will pick in all 12 positions, with all sorts of scenarios. 

As a rule, I prefer to draft three starting running backs within the first four rounds. It is a tried-and-true strategy, which has done me well for 20-plus years. The mock drafts I do will all assume 12 teams are in the league (unless otherwise noted) with the following positions: quarterback, two running backs, three wide receivers, tight end, a flex (running back, wide receiver or tight end), kicker, team defense and six bench spots. So it is a 16-round snake draft.

Here is scenario No. 10.

As a reminder, here are scenario No. 1scenario No. 2scenario No. 3scenario No. 4scenario No. 5scenario No. 6scenario No. 7scenario No. 8 and scenario No. 9.

II have the 10th overall pick. Let's see how it all works out. In this format, we are playing in a standard scoring league.

You can see the entire draft by clicking here

Round 1, Pick 10: running back Marshawn Lynch (Seattle)

Round 2, Pick 3: wide receiver Demaryius Thomas (Denver)

Round 3, Pick 10: wide receiver Pierre Garcon (Washington)

Round 4, Pick 3: running back Rashad Jennings (NY Giants)

Round 5, Pick 10: wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson (Minnesota)

Round 6, Pick 3: running back Joique Bell (Detroit)

Round 7, Pick 10: quarterback Nick Foles (Philapdelphia)

Round 8, Pick 3: running back Pierre Thomas (New Orleans)

Round 9, Pick 10: tight end Kyle Rudolph (Minnesota)

Round 10, Pick 3: running back Khiry Robinson (New Orleans)

Round 11, Pick 10: quarterback Jay Cutler (Chicago)

Round 12, Pick 3: wide receiver Dwayne Bowe (Kansas City)

Round 13, Pick 10: wide receiver James Jones (Oakland)

Round 14, Pick 3: Kelvin Benjamin (Carolina)

Round 15, Pick 10: kicker Justin Tucker (Baltimore)

Round 16, Pick 3: Baltimore Ravens defense 

Some observations:

This is a solid team. I could not pass up Thomas as a wide receiver during round two. I passed onGiovani Bernard and Le'Veon Bell to get Thomas. Getting Bell and Robinson in a standard league should do fantasy football players well.

I took a quarterback slightly earlier than I would have liked, but Foles in the seventh round is hard to pass up. I think in my next mock I will use Cutler as my top quarterback choice and see how it works out. I expect Cutler to be great in 2014.

Overall, this draft has solid depth and I did not reach or over draft anyone.

What do you think? Let me know by leaving a comment or contacting me on Twitter @fansfantasy.

You can sign up for a free mock draft simulator by clicking here. Practice makes perfect.

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