Though it didn’t feel right doing a mock draft this early, I figured I’d get a feel for certain players’ ADP. There are changes from year to year in terms of how people will orchestrate their drafts. Last year, many fantasy football players went with the “zero RB” strategy and loaded up on wide receivers. This year I feel like it is all over the place. In my first mock, I got the first pick..which really isn’t too bad this year. Here are my results:
Rd 1 Pick 1: Le’Veon Bell
This really just came down to Bell or DJ. My preference could change by the start of drafting season, but for now, I like Bell a bit more. Ultimately, it is a coin flip for me.
Rd 2 Pick 24: Demaryius Thomas
I considered going with Fournette with one of these picks on the turn, but with so many top tier WR’s still available, it was hard to take another RB.
Rd 3 Pick 25: DeAndre Hopkins
Even though he burned many people last year, I am willing to give him another chance. I think the offense in Houston is going to be much different with Osweiler out of there. Hopkins still has all the talent in the world. Give me him in the third round all day. You can check out more reasons I like Hopkins from Nate Hamilton’s article with FantasyPros.
Rd 4 Pick 48: Bilal Powell
My plan here was to go with Allen Robinson, however, he was selected right before my pick. I am very high on Powell and fine with him being my RB2 in a PPR. Forte should not be that much of a threat.
Rd 5 Pick 49: Andrew Luck
Many positions were getting thin, I’ll give Luck another go. I feel like he always ends up being my quarterback even when I try and wait for one.
Rd 6 Pick 72: Paul Perkins
I learned quickly that the RB position gets very thin, very fast. There are so many backfields that are a question mark at this point in the offseason. However, Perkins should be the feature back in NY
Rd 7 Pick 73: Jamison Crowder
PPR machine. Even more opportunity with DeSean and Garcon out of town. Been hearing good things about him in camp.
Rd 8 Pick 96: Zach Ertz
Normally would wait on a TE, but there wasn’t much else that I liked at this spot in the draft. Also, will not be streaming TE’s from week to week this year. Did not go well for me last year. Feel like Ertz can be a stable option.
Rd 9 Pick 97: Samaje Perine
Don’t see Rob Kelley beating him out. Should be the starter sooner rather than later.
Rd 10 Pick 120: Robert Woods
They paid him big money…and who else are they going to throw the ball to?
Rd 11 Pick 121: Kenneth Dixon
Young talent. Four game suspension but could get starter reps once he returns. Worth a gamble this late when RB is so thin.
Rd 12 Pick 144: Quincy Enunwa
With Decker gone, I don’t see anyone else at this point in time who is going to steal targets from Enunwa. They’ll be throwing the ball often, lots of garbage time!
Rd 13 Pick 145: Vikings D/ST
Basically the same unit as last year. Died off at the end but led the league in fantasy points by a large margin from the start. I think they can get back to form.
Rd 14 Pick 169: Eli Manning
Even if he’s not my starter in some leagues, you better believe he’ll still find his way on my roster.
Rd 15 Pick 170: Mason Crosby
Gotta draft a kicker eventually. Should be a high scoring offense once again.
Rd 16 Pick 192: Thomas Rawls
Even though there is a lot going on in this Seattle backfield, it doesn’t seem like too tall of a task to take Lacy’s starting spot. Rawls should get his work regardless.