Fantasy Football Mock Draft: Taking Advantage Of Late-round Picks

Posted on August 06, 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. 12.

As a reminder, here are scenario No. 1scenario No. 2scenario No. 3scenario No. 4scenario No. 5scenario No. 6scenario No. 7scenario No. 8scenario No. 9scenario No. 10 and scenario No. 11.

I have the 12th overall pick. Let's see how it all works out. In this format, we are playing in a points per reception scoring league.

You can see the entire draft by clicking here

Round 1, Pick 12: running back Montee Ball (Denver)

Round 2, Pick 1: tight end Jimmy Graham (New Orleans)

Round 3, Pick 12: running back Reggie Bush (Detroit)

Round 4, Pick 1: running back Rashad Jennings (NY Giants)

Round 5, Pick 12: running back Joique Bell (Detroit)

Round 6, Pick 1: running back Ray Rice (Baltimore)

Round 7, Pick 12: wide receiver Terrance Williams (Dallas)

Round 8, Pick 1: running back Lamar Miller (Miami)

Round 9, Pick 12: wide receiver Anquan Boldin (San Francisco)

Round 10, Pick 1: wide receiver Marvin Jones (Cincinnati)

Round 11, Pick 12: quarterback Jay Cutler (Chicago)

Round 12, Pick 1: wide receiver Tavon Austin (St. Louis)

Round 13, Pick 12: wide receiver Justin Hunter (Tennessee)

Round 14, Pick 1: kicker Matt Prater (Denver)

Round 15, Pick 12: Houston Texans defense

Round 16, Pick 1: quarterback Eli Manning (NY Giants) 

Some observations:

The 12th pick … how I love thee. You just let the draft fall into place, and grab the mistakes of other owners.

I took Ball during round one, and I would prefer him as opposed to Giovani Bernard, Bell and Arian Foster this year. I got a top six running back at the 12th slot. Then I took the top tight end in Graham to start round two. As good as Graham is, I wouldn't take him in the top 10, but at 11 or 12 during round one, or the start of round two, he is a no-brainer.

Then, I took four running backs during the next four rounds, including the handcuff, Bell. This is the only handcuff I would take before the eighth round. Miller as an eighth-round pick could be the steal of the draft. There is a new offense in Miami, and it's similar to the Chip Kelly offense in Philadelphia. Miller is almost perfect for that role.

Yes, my wide receivers are weak, but in Williams, Boldin, Jones, Austin and Hunter, the upside is there. You have to pay a price somewhere for taking a tight end or a quarterback early during drafts. 

Again, I didn't take a quarterback until round 11. Cutler will be a top eight quarterback this year … book it. Manning, my 16th-round pick, is a fine backup.

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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