This past month, we have been posting draft results following Howard Bender's (@Rotobuzzguy) #MockDraftArmy. But, since the Army will not be mobilized till later tonight, I thought I would note ten players whom I really like as football picks for the coming season. NOTE the number in parenthesis is the NFFC ADP in 12-team PPR leagues.
1. Julian Edelman (#37): The ADP is pretty much dead on to me, though I have been getting Edelman later, around the fifth round of the mocks I have done, Hard to pass up the average of 98 catches per season over the past couple of years, and that has been over just 11 games each season.
2. Anquan Boldin (#74): I am prejudiced as Boldin is one of my favorite players, but despite being 34 years old, the Niners WR has reached 1,000 receiving yards each of the past two seasons, averaging 84 catches a year. He is an animal: one I have been getting right around the seventh round.
3. Joique Bell (#84): The #1 RB on the Lions who ran for 860 yards last year and caught 34 (53 targets) is a seventh round gamble in the NFFC but I think he is worthy of a #2 RB slot, and might emerge as a top 20 pick by next year.4/5. Danny Woodhead (#98)/Darren Sproles (#137): Woodhead is coming off an injury, but either one of these guys will do some running, catch some passes, return some punts, and have at least one monster week, possibly up to three. They are good flex guys for bye weeks when the pool is thin and extra iffy.
6. Brian Quick (#127): Quick was just coming into his own last year before injury cut his season short, but the former second rounder is poised to step into the top tier of wideouts.
7. Coby Fleener (#156): Fleener was targeted 92 times last year, and scored eight, and that is pretty good for a tight end selection in the 13th round. Deal.
8. Eric Ebron (#158): This 2014 first rounder will step it up with a full season of play on a team that should have a very nice offense.
10. Derek Carr (#235): OK, maybe it is my Raider love that I am simply stuck with, but Carr is really good. I saw him a lot last year, and he is mobile, has a great arm, and knows how to handle the ball. The Raiders have begun to obtain some talent around him (Latavius Murray and Amari Cooper, to start) and I think Carr becomes a top QB in a couple of years. In the meantime, gamble on him low and get ready to sit on a fun keeper for awhile if your league allows.
Note that this weekend I will post on the Thursday mock and don't forget you can follow me @lawrmichaels.