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Monday 16th Oct 2017

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.
 Amari Cooper (WR) Solid WR2 on a team ready to go.  Marshawn Lynch (RB)

The Beast is back!

 Julian Edelman (WR) A fave and reception monster.  Julian Edelman (WR) Lots of yards w/Brady.
 Golden Tate (WR) Solid WR gives me flex during Byes.  Michael Crabtree (WR) 

Big year out there as #2.

 Paul Perkins (RB)

Big upside in The Big Apple.

 Jordan Reed (TE) Grabbed spot early in STD format.
 Mike Gillislee (RB) Another RB with upside.  Derek Carr (QB) Again, STD makes the QB pick different.
 Jimmy Graham (TE) Expecting he kicks it up second Seattle year.  Theo Riddick (RB) He did gain 837 yards on the ground last year.
 Derek Carr (QB) MVP breakout year time!  Cole Beasley (WR) Love him in any format.
 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.

If you want to join the fun, contact Howard via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or @Rotobuzzguy on Twitter.

You can always bug me on Twitter as well @lawrmichaels.

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