8/17 USA Today mock draft

I did an expert mock draft for USA Today and their special fantasy preview publication that will hit newsstands next week. I admittedly didn’t focus on the just the draft (I was working on several things at the time) and I simply queued up a bunch of players I liked. It wasn’t efficient at all, and I only like the squad (not love), but for what it’s worth the Fantasy Pros software rated my squad #1 out of 12 in this PPR draft (1 QB, 2 RB, 2 WR, 1 RB/WR/TE, 1 PK, 1 DT). Drafting out of the #3 hole, here’s how it went:

Antonio Brown
Justin Forsett
Brandin Cooks
Travis Kelce
Jonathan Stewart
Drew Brees
Joique Bell
Bishop Sankey
Eddie Royal
Jason Witten
Marques Colston
Buffalo Bills
DeVante Parker
Matt Jones
Steven Hauschka
Albert Wilson

I wound up taking a few players I normally wouldn’t take (like Sankey), but the best takeaway here is simply that using an early pick on Travis Kelce (or another TE) can hurt your chances of forming a truly great team. I wound up getting Jason Witten as my TE2, but ideally he’s my TE1 and I use that 4th round pick on a RB with Jarvis Landry as my WR3 in the 5th.

12-team PPR IDP Mock Draft results

I have been buried since the NFL draft doing our post-draft work, 2015 projections, and more, so I didn’t get a chance to post a draft I participated in for most of May (slow draft). It’s for Athlon Sports’ fantasy magazine, so I can’t publish the entire draft. But here’s my team. This league stars 1 QB, 2 RBs, 3 WRs, 1 Flex, 1 TE, 1 PK, 1 DT, 1 DL, 1 LB, 1 DB, and 1 IDP flex. I liked this team a lot. This is PPR scoring.


2014 YTD PTS

Bradford, Sam PHI QB (Q)


Roethlisberger, Ben PIT QB

Ellington, Andre ARI RB

Forsett, Justin BAL RB

Herron, Dan IND RB

Johnson, Duke CLE RB


Sproles, Darren PHI RB

Agholor, Nelson PHI WR


Boldin, Anquan SFO WR

Bowe, Dwayne CLE WR (P)

Brown, Antonio PIT WR

Cobb, Randall GBP WR

Kelce, Travis KCC TE

Thomas, Julius JAC TE

Vinatieri, Adam IND PK

Wake, Cameron MIA DE

Kuechly, Luke CAR LB

Weddle, Eric SDC S

Woodson, Charles OAK S

Eagles, Philadelphia PHI Def



First draft of the 2015 season

Although it is disgustingly early for a 2015 fantasy football draft for most, we are closing in on the time of the year when a draft is at least viable. Free agency is basically over, so all we have to wait for now is the draft. I’ve also been intrigued with what our friends at myfantasyleague.com have been doing with their MFL10s. It’s a great idea for the hardcore fantasy fans who love to draft, and drafting now is an interesting exercise because we have no idea where this year’s rookies will be playing. That can be a huge advantage, but also a disadvantage if your drafted rookie players end up in situations that are not conducive for fantasy production.

I haven’t been in many “best ball” leagues that require you to only draft your team, but I did participate in one last year, when I was invited to draft in a “Pros vs. Joe’s” league, which was a mixture of experts and what I would think were knowledgeable players who aspire to be an expert (or at least beat them). I did win that league, thanks to late, late picks of Odell Beckham and Jarvis Landry. At the time of […]

Week 17 storylines

Here are the top stories I’m following for Week 17

Cleveland (7-8) at Baltimore (9-6)

Brown QB situation. Brian Hoyer (right shoulder/biceps) did not practice Friday. Rookie Connor Shaw is set to start for them at Baltimore.
Do they give Terrance West any snaps to evaluate him? He played 0 snaps last week.
Does Josh Gordon do anything to leave us something to remember for 2015?
Final game of Jordan Cameron’s rookie contract, UFA in March.

Torrey Smith says he fears he won’t be back in Baltimore in 2015 as FA
Can Justin Forsett get back on track or has he hit a wall (which he has).

Jacksonville (3-12) at Houston (8-7)

Just the final look at rookies Blake Bortles, Marqise Lee, and Allen Hurns. Cecil Shorts is a UFA and likely gone.
Does Toby Gerhart play? He’s been limited with rib issue, so if he’s out Jordan Todman will play more but Storm Johnson is the guy to watch.

DeAndre Hopkins’ wrist is still an issue, so can he play hurt again this week?
Do the Texans keep getting their TEs involved?   (shoulder) was listed as limited Thursday but he’s the guy to look at here for the future.

San Diego (9-6) at Kansas City (8-7)

Ryan Mathews is likely out, and he’s a free agent […]

Week 16 storylines

Here are the top stories that I will be following in Week 16 for fantasy.

Philadelphia (9-5) at Washington (3-11)

Robert Griffin III did play better last week, but does it mean anything? It’s hard to trust him even against a beatable secondary and a defense that lost a top pass rusher in Trent Cole.
If you’re playing in Week 17, can you trust DeSean Jackson, Jordan Reed, and maybe Pierre Garcon with RGIII likely starting again next week?

Can Mark Sanchez bounce back against a defense that sets up well for him to have success? The Redskins have a poor pass rush and are very vulnerable on the back end. Nick Foles threw for 300+ with 3 TD passes against them earlier this year and they’re worse now.
Can we trust Jordan Matthews in Week 17 after he received only 1 target in Week 15? He should do well, so we probably can.
Is it best to completely forget about the Eagle TEs?  Probably so, since they continue to split up the production almost in half.

San Diego (8-6) at San Francisco (7-7)

Is it time to move on from the Charger offense with Philip Rivers dealing with a “significant” back injury and Ryan Mathews likely out […]

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