So, last week, #mockdraftarmy 38 went through its paces under the tutelage of Howard Bender (@rotobuzzguy), hosted by our mates at Fantrax.
This draft was a breath of fresh air after spending mocks drafting literally to bye weeks, and focusing on wide receivers. For, though I know the arguments that point to getting the most point differentials from the wideouts, I just wanted to see my team based upon drafting around the receiver slot.
Mock #38 is a PPR league with 12 teams selecting 15 players, and I picked in the 11th slot, and was thinking at that point I would grab the duo of Rob Gronkowski and Cam Newton as my top two targeted players, figuring the depth at Wide Receiver would give me a shot at fleshing that spot out with enough good receivers that I would be ok.
However, the Rotobuzzguy sniped my first pick, grabbing Gronk #4, and forcing me to adjust before I even began picking. Still, I did shy from the WR slot with my first two picks, and for sure that spot got awful thin after 20 more picks and the choice returned to me. However, I did get some interesting pass catchers and augmented my Running Back slot with guys who have good hands.
The results are a team I really like, at least before the season begins.
|1.||Cam Newton (QB)||Screw conventional thinking: Cam gets the most points.|
|2.||Adrian Peterson (RB)||Pretty solid top runner.|
|3.||Allen Hurns (WR)||I do like the #2 guys on teams, especially when the #1 guy merits double teaming.|
|4.||Kelvin Benjamin (WR)||Like I said, the slot got thin, but I liked Benjamin last year before he got hurt, so I like him now, too.|
|5.||Theo Riddick (RB)||Caught 80 passes last year, so that helps the PPR game.|
|6.||Michael Crabtree (WR)||Another #2 WR, but one who bagged 83 passes last year.|
|7.||Bilal Powell (RB)||Like Riddick, big time pass catching potential out of the backfield.|
|8.||Markus Wheaton (WR)||He plays behind the best receiver on earth, and will get chances accordingly.|
|9.||Mohamed Sanu (WR)||Had moments in Cincy, and will get Matty Ice's attention now.|
|10.||DeAndre Washington (RB)||Another RB with hands.|
|11.||Breshad Perriman (WR)||Like Benjamin, if healthy, could be a breakout guy.|
|12.||Steven Hauschka (PK)||I drafted differently atop my roster, so went for a high-scoring kicker early.|
|13.||Seattle (DEF)||As with kicker, I picked a team with a history of scoring some points and picked early to try and make sure my point total is as proactive as permits.|
|14.||Richard Rodgers (TE)||Big upside as the #1 guy.|
|15.||Tyrod Taylor (QB)||Bye week coverage and insurance just in case Cam throws a rod. Plus, Taylor is really good!|