With football season looming, Extra Points returns to fill your Friday mornings, at least till the season begins when who knows who will be where.
Over this past week, I participated in two of Howard Bender's (aka @rotobuzzguy) Mock Draft Army and another Mock curated by Steve Gardner of USA Today, which I will look at Tuesday in a special Extra Points.
As for today, the review of MDA drafts 2 and 4 are under the microscope.
These mocks were both 16-player mocks with standard rosters, held with our friends at RealTime Sports, and I picked in the seven slot for both. The big difference between the pair was the first was a PPR league, and the second a Standard league.
I must say that I am not nearly as used to the Standard format any longer as I am PPR (which, I really do prefer), so it felt a little "fish out of water-ish" to me. But, for both drafts, I did list my picks and theoretical rationale.
So, with kick-off just a little over a month away, let's have at it.
|Round||PPR Player||Rationale||STD Player||Rationale|
|1||Odell Beckham, Jr. (WR)||Kind of stunned he was available.||Melvin Gordon (RB)||He's the man in SD.|
|2||Amari Cooper (WR)||Solid WR2 on a team ready to go.||Marshawn Lynch (RB)||
The Beast is back!
|3||Julian Edelman (WR)||A fave and reception monster.||Julian Edelman (WR)||Lots of yards w/Brady.|
|4||Golden Tate (WR)||Solid WR gives me flex during Byes.||Michael Crabtree (WR)||
Big year out there as #2.
|5||Paul Perkins (RB)||
Big upside in The Big Apple.
|Jordan Reed (TE)||Grabbed spot early in STD format.|
|6||Mike Gillislee (RB)||Another RB with upside.||Derek Carr (QB)||Again, STD makes the QB pick different.|
|7||Jimmy Graham (TE)||Expecting he kicks it up second Seattle year.||Theo Riddick (RB)||He did gain 837 yards on the ground last year.|
|8||Derek Carr (QB)||MVP breakout year time!||Cole Beasley (WR)||Love him in any format.|
|9||Jonathan Stewart (RB)||Still top dog in Carolina and just 31.||Tyler Lockett (WR)||Like Beasley, love the upside.|
|10||Cole Beasley (WR)||He and Dak click.||Cam Newton (QB)||A monster as a back-up.|
|11||Tyler Lockett (WR)||Explosive receiver can get big points||Jalen Richard (RB)||Off a solid rookie year, he can break it out.|
|12||Philip Rivers (QB)||Pretty good pick for a back-up.||O.J. Howard (TE)||Rookie gamble is different in STD format.|
|13||Jalen Richard (RB)||Also explosive play behind the Beast.||Jerick McKinnon (RB)||Solid late-round RB.|
|14||Jason Witten (TE)||Another solid positional back-up.||Jeremy Kerley (WR)||Should grab a lot of garbage yards.|
|15||Pittsburgh Steelers (DEF)||Will stream spot and Week 1 is Browns.||Pittsburgh Steelers (DEF)||Same reason as PPR.|
|16||Sebastian Janikowski (PK)||Will get a lot of shots at points.||Sebastian Janikowski (PK)||Same reason as PPR.|
So, stay tuned over the coming weeks with more mocks coming each week and related analysis as I see what rosters different slots and approaches reveal.
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