Since Mock Draft season is in full swing, we will cover some mocks along with updates on the NHL Entry Draft and Free-Agency which begins shortly.
For today's mock, the league format is a Two-QB Draft. While I’m not a huge fan of this style, I can see why it’s so appealing to many fantasy players. Rosters will carry 2-QB, 2-RB, 3-WR, 1-Flex, 1-Defense, and 1-Kicker, in a PPR format off of Fantasy Pros Mock Draft Simulator (which I love because there are no idiots taking Geno Smith in the first round just to mess things up). For the mock, I picked second, which in Kentucky Derby Style would be my second choice.
1.2 – LeVeon Bell (RB, Steelers): It was a toss-up here between Bell and Julio Jones, and as RB is thinner in my eyes, I took the biggest all- around threat. Quarterback thoughts at this point were way too early even if eight went in the first two rounds, including Tom Brady and his pending four-game suspension.
2.11 – Allen Robinson (WR, Jaguars): Lamar Miller was the other option here, but I’m just not sold on his whole game yet. Robinson had a huge breakout season last year, so hopefully the addition of Chris Ivory and a healthy Julius Thomas will keep the defense honest and allow Robinson the same opportunities to dominate again.
3.2 – Jordy Nelson (WR, Packers): This pick was a very close coin toss between Nelson, Alshon Jeffery or my first quarterback, and not taking a QB was solved for me when Carson Palmer was sniped just before my pick. I selected Nelson simply based on having Aaron Rodgers as his QB, and a great supporting cast.
4.11 – Jameis Winston (QB, Buccaneers): This is one I want back after realizing what other quarterbacks were still on the board. Winston does have huge upside and I’m not belittling his skills, but Andy Dalton, Kirk Cousins, Marcus Mariota and Matt Ryan were all still available.
5.2 – T.Y.Hilton (WR, Colts): I was torn between Hilton and C.J. Anderson, but after the way Anderson treated me last year, I couldn’t trust him. Hilton, along with the entire Colts offense, is due for a bounce back year after last season’s disappearing act.
6.11 – Travis Kelce (TE, Chiefs): Kelce seemed like the right pick here with the quarterbacks dropping off and the running backs available not on my favorites list. Kelce plays 16 games, will grab you between 65-80 catches with 800-900 yards, and hopefully more than five touchdowns. Good enough for me.
7.2 – Ryan Tannehill (QB, Dolphins): This pick was between Tannehill or Joe Flacco and I like Miami’s receiving corps better, so Tannehill was the pick. With the Dolphins running game still not that established and the break out last year of Jarvis Landry, Miami will be throwing often.
8.11 – Jeremy Langford (RB, Bears): With LeVeon Bell already in tow, I felt I could wait on my second running back and fill other needs in the interim. That led me to Langford, who gets the keys to the running game handed to him this season.
9.2 – Giovani Bernard (RB, Bengals): Gio is another good PPR running back option and for this team will be either RB2 or Flex player. Thanks to Jeremy Hill, Bernard's stock has certainly dropped over the last few years, but the potential is what keeps bringing me back to him.
10.11 – Markus Wheaton (WR, Steelers): Wheaton won the coin flip over Willie Snead of the Saints, though you cannot go wrong with either pick (I see more Steelers games, which was probably the deciding factor). With Martavis Bryant taking the year off due to his "extra-curricular activities," Wheaton is in a prime spot to take the WR2 spot in the Steel City and not surrender it.
11.2 – Kenneth Dixon (RB, Ravens): At this point of the draft, with all the established studs gone, it’s time to go for the fences and Dixon could be a home run. One of the NCAA’s all-time leaders in touchdowns with 72 (#4 all-time), this fourth-round pick could shine when Justin Forsett gets dinged up (or eventually retires).
12.11 - Seattle Defense: Two defenses were already taken and surprisingly Seattle wasn’t one of them. I’ve never had a problem taking a defense early, especially one this good all over the field.
13.2 – Kamar Aiken (WR, Ravens): I’m somehow finding Aiken on my team in each mock draft I do, and I’m not complaining. The receiver has every opportunity to succeed in the Baltimore pass game with Breshad Perriman still hobbled and Steve Smith (37) getting older than ever. Mike Wallace was brought in along with Ben Watson, but Aiken has the fresh legs.
14.11 – DeAngelo Williams (RB, Steelers): I was honestly surprised Williams lasted this long even as a handcuff as he stood out last year as the fill-in for LeVeon Bell and showed everyone he was still fantasy relevant with a 200/907/11 slash.
15.2 – Paxton Lynch (QB, Broncos): Lynch may be starting during the bye weeks of my other two quarterbacks, and Denver has toys galore for this kid to play with while learning to be a professional.
16.11 – Stephen Gostkowski (K, Patriots): I have no problem snagging the best kicker available a round or two early in any format.
17.2 – Devin Funchess (WR, Panthers): Funchess had a decent rookie year, and considering he was thrown into the fray so soon after the Kelvin Benjamin injury, he did well. With Benjamin back, Greg Olsen doing his usual work and a team with a huge chip on its shoulder, I feel fine about Funchess being my last pick in the draft with his playing time and upside.
Summary: I was really happy with my team after this draft, even with a few admitted quarterback mistakes.
LeVeon Bell is one of four or five players I’d build my team around, and getting such a PPR stud running back allowed me to go out and get three top tier, number one wide receivers and a tight end in the process. The gap between the first and 15th quarterback is not as great as the gap between Antonio Brown and the 15th wide receiver. My other running backs all have great upside and chances to succeed in a PPR league, with Gio Bernard and Jeremy Langford most likely being RB2 or at least Flex worthy.
I’m thrilled with my wide receivers and tight end: any owner who isn't happy starting Allen Robinson, Jordy Nelson, T.Y. Hilton and Travis Kelce at this point of the season should find another game.