On the May 30th podcast, Andy, Mike, and Jason did an on-air Mock Draft. Always fan favorites, the mock draft episodes give you a chance to follow along round by round, pick by pick as we use tier-based drafting to make selections. Get access to constantly updated Tiered Rankings inside the Ultimate Draft Kit.
12 teams, Standard Scoring
QB, 2 RB, 2 WR, TE, 1 Flex, DST, K, 5 Bench
Here’s a summary of the draft, picking from the #9 spot:
Round 1, Pick 9
Devonta Freeman, RB
He’s been great two years in a row, regardless of the Falcons offense overall. Jordy Nelson is in the top tier of WRs for us so he was also being considered.
Other players considered: Jordy Nelson
Round 2, Pick 4
DeMarco Murray, RB
Jordy Nelson went off the board before our 2nd pick. Murray is a workhorse back and there are not many left in the NFL. We’re happy to start the draft with two workhorse backs, especially in Standard scoring.
Round 3, Pick 9
Demaryius Thomas, WR
This was a tough choice with other potential workhorse RBs available. While Demaryius’ TDs have come down, he still finished as the 11th WR in 2016. He’s also topped 90 receptions and 1000 yards in five straight seasons.
Round 4, Pick 4
Sammy Watkins, WR
Sammy is one of the few players left who offers Top 5 upside if he can stay healthy. It’s a high risk/high reward pick but could pair well with the consistent Demaryius Thomas.
Round 5, Pick 9
Andrew Luck, QB
While we normally advocate the “Wait on QB” strategy, Andy’s love for Luck won over. Plus, if there’s ever a time to test a strategy, it’s during a mock draft! Andy sees Luck as a big difference maker at QB and worth the late 5th Round pick.
Round 6, Pick 4
Mike Gillislee, RB
We’re taking the TD upside with Mike Gillislee. Maybe the 18 TDs that LeGarrette Blount had as the lead back for the Patriots last season is too much to expect, but the lead back for that high-powered offense offers a ton of upside.
Round 7, Pick 9
Donte Moncrief, WR
The Andrew Luck and Donte Moncrief stack could be glorious. He can serve as insurance to the Sammy Watkins pick earlier.
Other players considered: Frank Gore, Ameer Abdullah
Round 8, Pick 4
Derrick Henry, RB
After much debate, we decided to handcuff DeMarco Murray. Henry could also offer Flex value in a number of weeks. While Frank Gore is a great value here, it’s too many Colts to put on one lineup with Andrew Luck and Donte Moncrief. Martavis Bryant was heavily considered as a true high upside type WR.
Round 9, Pick 9
Willie Snead, WR
We’ve got the Need for Snead! We’re going for the upside of Snead in New Orleans with Brandin Cooks headed to New England.
Round 10, Pick 4
Kareem Hunt, RB
Another big upside play here. If Hunt does indeed take the starting job in KC from Spencer Ware, he will be a fantasy beast.
Other players considered: Eric Ebron
Round 11, Pick 9
Eric Ebron, TE
Easy pick here. He was being considered last round but fell to the 11th. This is why we typically wait on the tight end position.
Round 12, Pick 4
Josh Doctson, WR
While Terrelle Pryor is projected to be the top WR in Washington, Mike wouldn’t be shocked to see Josh Doctson end as that guy. Jason was leaning towards a safer pick like Mike Wallace.
Other players considered: Jordan Matthews, Mike Wallace, Breshad Perriman
Round 13, Pick 9
Carolina Panthers, DEF/ST
There’s a strategy to NOT draft a Defense at all (if your league rules allow it). The idea is that you take a shot on another upside guy, a handcuff perhaps, battling for a bigger role, because sometimes things change on the depth chart between your fantasy draft and the start of the regular season.
Round 14, Pick 4
Dan Bailey, K
While you shouldn’t take more than about 10 seconds choosing your kicker at the end of your draft, there IS a method to the kicker madness.
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