Jun 15, 2009
I’m doing yet another mock draft today, and this one I’m actually going to do well in as opposed to the last one, when I only did “okay” in. The reason I was distracted while drafting this past Friday was because, just when I started to draft, we got an initial shipment of magazines in the office, and Matt Camp and I had to unload a sh&tload of mags and carry them into the building, so I wasn’t paying attention to the draft.
If you ordered a magazine, you should be getting yours some time next week.
I have the 11th pick, so it should be an interesting study on what to do if you’re drafting late in the first. I’m thinking of testing out taking 2 stud WRs with my first two picks and see what I end up with.
I’ll be posting my picks as the draft starts, starting at 1pm ET.
1:30: I’m doing a little experiment, since this is a mock only and it’s a PPR, I’m going to see what I end up with if I go two stud WRs with my first two picks starting out at the #11 hole. The results so far have been pretty decent.
1st: Andre Johnson – A PPR beast and even has upside from 2009.
2nd: Randy Moss - Took him over Wayne for the upside.
3rd: Reggie Bush – Lucky to get him this late in a PPR, of course he’s a risk.
4th: Derrick Ward – Took him over TJones and Grant simply because I like the juice Ward has compared to those two.
It’s 6 points per TD pass, so I don’t imagine I’ll have a crack at Rodgers, Rivers, or Warner in the 5th, but I’d probably take one of those if I do.
5th: Philip Rivers – Little surpised the QBs didn’t go off the board, but they are going to go quickly, and since I pick almost back-to-back I had to take one with one of my next two picks. I chose Rivers over Warner and Rodgers. I love the Charger offense, and I felt like going for a little more upside and juice, which I feel Rivers has (after last year, he obviously does).
6th: Chris “Beanie” Wells – I’m not 100% sold on him, but I love him as a value player to target right around here, in the 6th round. In this spot, he doesn’t have to go nuts to go down as a solid pick; he only has to stay relatively healthy and be just okay, which he should on this team.
7th: Devin Hester – I’m looking really good here, this is my kind of team. Lots of upside and not going out on too big of a limb to get it.
8th: Torry Holt – Oh, man. Darren Sproles goes 2 picks in front of my or else I would really be loving this draft. Since you can start up to 4 WRs in this league, I felt Holt was a nice pick. Really like that value in the 8th round. There are still some serviceable RBs out there for depth, too.
9th: Jamaal Charles – It was either him or Willis McGahee, and even tho McGahee is probably the better value, I rolled with Charles’ upside, plus I couldn’t stand taking McGahee again.
10th: Visanthe Shiancoe – I knew the team picking the double pick at the end of the 9th and top of the 10th wasn’t taking a TE, so I took a chance that John Carlson would fall to me. I got a little goofy with this pick (took him over Zach Miller and Dustin Keller), but I think it’s about 90% Brett Favre is a Viking. If so, this is a pick that may look like a brilliant one in 4-5 months, in case anyone’s watching. Seriously, look out for Visanthe Shiancoe is Favre is a Viking.
11th: Miles Austin – Wanted Mark Clayton, but he went, as did Tim Hightower for my Wells pick, but he went. So I went with more upside with Austin.
12th: Fred Taylor – I guess I’m the only one who think the Pats got Taylor to actually play him. I do like Sammy Morris, but the more I think about it Taylor’s going to go down as a terrific value this year, I’m thinking 900 yards and 6-7 TDs. That’s pretty good for a 12th rounder.
13th: Dustin Keller – You can actually start a TE as a flex, so this was actually a good value in a PPR league. Who else is catching the ball here?
14th: Minnesota - 4-5 DTs had already been taken, and all the good ones would have been gone with 20+ picks before my next pick, so I was lucky to get them, Williams Brothers suspension and all.
15th: Devin Thomas – I cheated a little because it was a mock and I didn’t take a backup QB, so I was able to add even more upside with Thomas, who defintiely has it.
16th: David Akers – One advantage to picking late in the first round in a 16-round draft is that you get to pick a top kicker, at least I picked one of the top guys from 2009.
Final Analysis – Honestly, I don’t think I paid too big of a price not taking a RB until the 3rd round. I may not do that in a non-PPR and I probably won’t, but in a PPR, this could be the move if you’re drafting late in the first. With a break or two, this team could be downright bursting with potential. As it stands, I like it.
QB: Philip Rivers
RB: Reggie Bush
RB: Derrick Ward
WR: Andre Johnson
WR: Randy Moss
WR: Devin Hester
Flex: Torry Holt or Beanie Wells
TE: Visanthe Shiancoe or Dustin Keller
PK: David Akers
Rest of the Bench: Jamaal Charles, Fred Taylor, Miles Austin, Devin Thomas
That’s a damn good team in a PPR league, and from the 11th spot.