Before you know it, it will be fantasy football draft time. During the next month or so, I will be conducting several 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.
I have the 12th overall pick; let's see how it all works out. In this format, I am playing in a point-per-reception (PPR) scoring league.
Here is my roster:
Round 1, Pick 12: Dalvin Cook, RB, Minnesota Vikings
Round 2, Pick 1: Nick Chubb, RB, Cleveland Browns
Round 3, Pick 12: Josh Jacobs, RB, Oakland Raiders
Round 4, Pick 12: Stefon Diggs, WR, Minnesota Vikings
Round 5, Pick 1: Jarvis Landry, WR, Cleveland Browns
Round 6, Pick 12: Allen Robinson, WR, Chicago Bears
Round 7, Pick 12: Dede Westbrook, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars
Round 8, Pick 1: Tevin Coleman, RB, San Francisco 49ers
Round 9, Pick 12: Austin Ekeler, RB, Los Angeles Chargers
Round 10, Pick 1: Darrell Henderson, RB, Los Angeles Rams
Round 11, Pick 12: Jared Goff, QB, Los Angeles Rams
Round 12, Pick 1: Austin Hooper, TE, Atlanta Falcons
Round 13, Pick 12: Minnesota Vikings DST
Round 14, Pick 1: Greg Zuerlein, K, Los Angeles Rams
Round 15, Pick 12: Kirk Cousins, QB, Minnesota Vikings
Round 16, Pick 1: Deebo Samuel, WR, San Francisco 49ers
The 12th pick in a draft -- or the wheel spot -- is sometimes tricky, as you have to wait seemingly forever and can't get too stuck on positional runs. In fact, you want to try to start them.
In this mock, I decided to pass up on a top-tier receiver like Julio Jones and grab two top-10 running backs. I was concerned that if I passed on a back with one of these picks, many of the top 20 guys would be long gone. I correctly assessed the flow, as 19 running backs were drafted before my third pick.
My running backs are strong, especially if Melvin Gordon continues to hold out and Austin Ekeler is the starter for the Chargers. I am happy at quarterback with Jared Goff and Kirk Cousins after again choosing to wait as long as I could on that position. In this mock, Goff lasted until Round 11. I will say it until I am proven wrong, but 30-plus-touchdown and 4,500-yard potential in Round 11 is nutzo.
My receivers are blah but not bad. Stefon Diggs is a stud and Jarvis Landry is a solid WR2, but I forced the round peg in the square hole and grabbed Allen Robinson in Round 6 when Dante Pettis would have been the upside pick. I love Dede Westbrook in the seventh though, so maybe it works out.
I may have to trade for a wide receiver upgrade, but I have the running back depth to do so. Overall, this is a 'B' draft.
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