USA Today Sports Weekly Mock Recap

On Tuesday, July 22, I participated in a 12-team, non-PPR mock draft with several industry leaders for USA Today Sports Weekly’s fantasy football special edition, which hits newsstands on August 4. I’ve been given permission to blog about the draft and my strategy, which is greatly appreciated, and I hope it sparks some discussion.

This was a non-PPR league with a relatively standard starting lineup – 1 QB, 2 RBs, 2 WRs, 1 TE, W/R/T flex, K, D/ST. We were allowed to fill seven bench spots, as well.

I picked from the #9 spot, which I was excited to do because it’s a pretty interesting spot this year as most of the best RBs are off the board, and it could be an ideal spot for starting WR/WR or Graham/WR.

The draft grid is as follows (odd rounds read left to right, even rounds right to left. Click to enlarge):

Note that the empty 12th-round pick between Jordan Matthews and Carlos Hyde was meant to be Odell Beckham, and the empty 16th-round pick for Tuvey is meant to be Bryce Brown.

Here’s my team, and I’ll talk about my strategy afterward.

QB: Colin Kaepernick, Carson Palmer

RB: Le’Veon Bell, Ben Tate, Jeremy Hill, Chris Ivory, Carlos Hyde

WR: [...]

8-Team PPR Mock Draft Analysis

Let’s take a look at a recent 8-Team PPR Mock Draft I monitored as part of the FantasyGuru.com Mock Draft Series. Starting lineup was: 1 QB/3 WR/3 RB/1 FLEX/1 TE/1 K/1 D (No minimums for any position). Check here to see the draft results. Here’s the teams:

1st Pick
Cutler, Jay CHI QB
Ryan, Matt ATL QB
Barber, Marion DAL RB
Grant, Ryan GBP RB
Jackson, Fred BUF RB
Jones-Drew, Maurice JAC RB
Rice, Ray BAL RB
Driver, Donald GBP WR
Evans, Lee BUF WR
Jennings, Greg GBP WR
Ochocinco, Chad CIN WR
Wayne, Reggie IND WR
Daniels, Owen HOU TE
Miller, Zach OAK TE
Elam, Jason ATL PK
Cowboys, Dallas DAL Def

2nd Pick
Edwards, Trent BUF QB
Rivers, Philip SDC QB
Forte, Matt CHI RB
Gore, Frank SFO RB
Johnson, Larry KCC RB
Sproles, Darren SDC RB
Stewart, Jonathan CAR RB
Avery, Donnie STL WR
Edwards, Braylon CLE WR
Jackson, Vincent SDC WR
Morgan, Josh SFO WR
Smith, Steve CAR WR
Carlson, John SEA TE
Miller, Heath PIT TE
Longwell, Ryan MIN PK
Chargers, San Diego SDC Def

3rd Pick
Cassel, Matt KCC QB
Rodgers, Aaron GBP QB
Jones, Felix DAL RB
Lynch, Marshawn BUF RB (O)
Peterson, Adrian MIN RB
Ward, Derrick TBB RB (P)
Williams, DeAngelo CAR RB
Bennett, Earl CHI WR
Bowe, Dwayne KCC WR
Cotchery, Jerricho NYJ WR
Royal, Eddie DEN WR
White, Roddy ATL WR
Celek, Brent PHI TE
Olsen, Greg CHI TE
Kaeding, Nate SDC PK
Ravens, Baltimore BAL Def

4th Pick
Palmer, Carson CIN QB
Romo, [...]

Breaking down my expert mock draft on NFL.com

With the Guru on vacation, he asked me to take his place in an expert mock draft taking place on NFL.com. It was a standard scoring league (Non-PPR) with a starting lineup of 1 QB, 2 RBs, 3 WRs, Flex (RB/WR/TE), 1 K, and 1 DST. 12 teams, 16 rounds, and no limitations on number of reserves per position. Let’s take a look at my picks. The draft order was as follows:

1. Adam Caplan (FantasyGuru/Sirius Radio)
2. Nicholas Minnix (KFFL)
3. Greg Ambrosius (Krause Publications)
4. Mike Doria (Rotowire)
5. Matt Camp (Fantasy Guru)
6. Scott Engel (RotoExperts)
7. Michael Fabiano (NFL.com)
8. Gregg Rosenthal (Rotoworld)
9. Craig Ellenport (NFL.com)
10. Roger Rotter (FOX Sports)
11. David Ganos (OPEN Sports)
12. David Sabino (Sports Illustrated)
Check out the draft results here to follow along.

1.05 Steven Jackson – I was torn between Jackson and LT here, but with Jackson being the only legit weapon in the Rams offense, and this not being a PPR league, I felt I made the right call. Side note – I was baffled to see DeAngelo Williams go right after me considering his situation in Carolina. Way too early, in my opinion.

2.08 Greg Jennings – This was going a little off from our rankings, but I just don’t have [...]

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