Nine other members of the Rant Sports squad, along with myself, got together to conduct the third Rant Sports Fantasy Football Mock Draft. I had pick ten in our ten man draft, which meant I would have back-to-back picks throughout the entire draft. This also meant I would have 19 pick waits in between all my picks. I am confident this squad would make me a happy General Manager if this were an actual league.
Round 1 – QB Drew Brees - I am convinced Tom Brady is going to have a monster season but he was drafted the pick before me leaving me with the Saints captain. Drew Brees is the definition of a professional and I feel that he is on a mission to make a statement this season for obvious reasons. I remember Drew having multiple 40+ point fantasy performances last season. Who dat?!
Round 2 – TE Jimmy Graham - I can’t recall ever drafting a tight-end this high in a fantasy league, but I am sold on Jimmy Graham having a huge season. Pairing him with Drew Brees would crush fantasy opponents every week as well. With the departure of Robert Meachem, Graham will surely get even more targets. My boy Jimmy also is one of the best yards-after-catch TE’s in the league. Call this a “Who Dat Connection.”
Round 3 – WR Julio Jones - Hours after this draft, Julio caught six balls for 100+ yards and added a touchdown in one quarter of Atlanta Falcons preseason football. Jones will also be matched up against #2 corners for the majority of the season if Roddy White stays healthy.
Round 4 – RB Ahmad Bradshaw - I feel like Bradshaw is being drafted too late in most fantasy drafts I have participated in. This guy is going to get the bulk of carries for a fluid New York Giants offense. Bradshaw also has 81 receptions over the last two seasons.
Round 5 – RB Reggie Bush - As much as I want to be objective, Reggie ran wild the last four games of the season in 2011 and helped me win a fantasy title. Bush also had over 1000 yards on the ground and seven total touchdowns. Reggie is determined to become an every down back, and I have faith in the Heisman winner. Yes, I said it, Heisman winner.
Round 6 – RB Doug Martin - I bit on the rookie who is “supposedly” getting the bulk of the carries for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. I am normally not a fan of drafting rookie players, but in round six, if Martin is the starting back for Tampa, this could be a great pick.
Round 7 – WR Reggie Wayne – If Andrew Luck can live up to half the hype, Reggie Wayne will surely have a good fantasy season. Wayne is being undervalued in my opinion in most mock drafts. Reggie had 960 yards with four touchdowns last season with piss-poor quarterbacks throwing him the rock. I am not even naming these quarterbacks they are so bad.
Round 8 – D/ST Baltimore Ravens - I have heard and read all the opinions on when to draft a defense. With that said, I am a huge fan of having an elite defense at all costs regardless if you reach for it. I passed on the San Francisco 49er’s defense primarily because the other power offenses in their division.
Round 9 – WR Denarius Moore - Carson Palmer is going to air the rock out this year, and Moore has that big-play ability. The Oakland Raider receiver does fall into the “hit or miss” category though.
Round 10 – RB Ben Tate - The Houston Texans backup at running back had 942 yards on the ground and four touchdowns. The Texans also pound the rock more than every team in the league. If Arian Foster gets hurt, Tate is gold. If Arian stays healthy, Tate is still a solid flex option.
Round 11 – WR Anquan Boldin – Torry Smith becoming the number one option should help Boldin’s production. Boldin had 887 yards and three touchdowns last season, but I expect a better offensive output from the Ravens this season.
Round 12 – WR Nate Washington - I was a Washington owner last season and I couldn’t have been happier. Nate had 1023 yards and seven touchdowns. If Kenny Britt gets suspended, Nate will be the team’s number one option at receiver.
Round 13 – WR Randy Moss - I am not a huge Moss fan, fantasy wise that is, primarily because Alex Smith doesn’t throw a ton of touchdowns. Regardless, Moss is out to prove something, and he will certainly get targets.
Round 14 – RB Mikel LeShoure - Although LeShoure has never played a NFL down, he may get half the carries for a prolific Detroit Lions offense. Javid Best is also injury prone which could result in more LeShoure carries. Kevin Smith also demands some carries when he is healthy though, so owners beware of LeShoure.
Round 15 – K Rob Bironas - Bironas has the ability to hit deep field-goals. No more analysis here. On a different note, Bironas tweeted me “Good looking out!” after I tweeted the pick during the mock draft. Comical indeed.
QB – Drew Brees
RB – Ahmad Bradshaw, Reggie Bush, Doug Martin, Ben Tate, Mikel LeShoure
WR – Julio Jones, Reggie Wayne, Denarius Moore, Anquan Boldin, Nate Washington, Randy Moss
TE – Jimmy Graham boy!
K – Rob Bironas
D/ST – Baltimore Ravens
If this team had a downfall, it would be because of a lack of production from Reggie Bush. If Bush remains reliable, I would have several options for each week’s flex option.
Below is analysis of my first Rant Sports Mock Draft squad.
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