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

July 30, 2014

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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