2013 Fantasy Football: Early Mock Draft Round 1

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Who Will Be the Top Ten Picks?

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Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

It may be the beginning of May, but I’m already thinking ahead to the beginning of the fantasy football season. The NFL Draft is over and that means the preparation for the upcoming season must begin at least for me and I’m sure for many other people out there. I have taken the time to put together a nine-round mock draft to see how this year could go.

The rosters for this mock draft are three wide receivers, two running backs, a quarterback, tight end, kicker and a defense. There is no flex position during this mock draft with a snake draft format. I’m trying to keep this simple just to get an idea of where players may land along the way. I’m sure there will be many disagreements with where players are ranked and that is fine because everyone’s opinions of players are different.

I will be releasing one round a day for the next two weeks with a recap of each team’s roster at the end of this. It will give you the chance to vote and comment on which team looks the best when this is completed. I was going to just do the first three or four rounds to start with, but got into a place where I couldn’t stop. This has evolved into a complete starting lineup for a 10-team PPR league where six points are given per touchdown, a point for each reception and a point for every 10 yards rushing or receiving. I’m ready to get started, so let’s begin this early mock draft and I will revisit this when it is time to draft our teams for real...

Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports, like his Facebook page or add him to your network on Google.

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1. RB Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings

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Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

This is the easiest top pick that I can ever think of. I would be shocked if any draft isn’t started by Peterson, coming off a 2,097 yard season on the ground with 12 touchdowns.

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2. RB Arian Foster, Houston Texans

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Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The owner who gets the second pick will be happy to get Foster, who finished with 1,424 yards rushing. He also added 40 catches, which adds to his value in this format.

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3. RB Ray Rice, Baltimore Ravens

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Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Rice is likely going to find himself as the No. 3 pick in most drafts including this one. He had 1,143 rushing yards and added 61 catches for 478 yards for the Super Bowl champs.

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4. RB Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

Martin has really risen up the draft board from last season. He will improve on his rookie season of 1,454 rushing yards in 2013. He also had 49 catches for 472 yards and could finish the year higher.

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5. WR Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions

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Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

The first wide receiver off the board is Megatron. Johnson had 122 catches for 1,964 yards last season. He may have had only five touchdowns, but that will improve this coming year with a more-balanced offense around him.

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6. RB LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia Eagles

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Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

McCoy struggled through an injury-plagued year last season with just 840 rushing yards to go with his 54 catches. The new offense he is in this season will give a huge boost to his numbers.

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7. QB Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers

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Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

Rodgers is the first quarterback off the board and should be. He had 4,295 passing yards and 39 touchdowns in 2012. Some people may not want to go quarterback in the first round, but this is a very safe pick.

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8. RB Trent Richardson, Cleveland Browns

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Ron Schwane-USA TODAY Sports

Richardson is on the verge of doing something special this season. He may have had just 950 yards rushing with 51 receptions to go with it last year, but he will be worth a first-round pick this year.

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9. RB Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs

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John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

I’m surprised that Charles fell this far honestly. He had 1,509 yards rushing in 2012, but had just five touchdowns. Charles is a great player who should be better with an improved offensive line in front of him in 2013.

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10. RB C.J. Spiller, Buffalo Bills

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Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

This is a very interesting pick with the final pick of the first round. Spiller could find himself splitting time again, but word is that he is going to be the starter. After a season where he had 1,244 rushing yards and 43 catches, Spiller provides a dynamic force to lead a team’s running game.

1 of 11

Who Will Be the Top Ten Picks?

picks
Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

It may be the beginning of May, but I’m already thinking ahead to the beginning of the fantasy football season. The NFL Draft is over and that means the preparation for the upcoming season must begin at least for me and I’m sure for many other people out there. I have taken the time to put together a nine-round mock draft to see how this year could go.

The rosters for this mock draft are three wide receivers, two running backs, a quarterback, tight end, kicker and a defense. There is no flex position during this mock draft with a snake draft format. I’m trying to keep this simple just to get an idea of where players may land along the way. I’m sure there will be many disagreements with where players are ranked and that is fine because everyone’s opinions of players are different.

I will be releasing one round a day for the next two weeks with a recap of each team’s roster at the end of this. It will give you the chance to vote and comment on which team looks the best when this is completed. I was going to just do the first three or four rounds to start with, but got into a place where I couldn’t stop. This has evolved into a complete starting lineup for a 10-team PPR league where six points are given per touchdown, a point for each reception and a point for every 10 yards rushing or receiving. I’m ready to get started, so let’s begin this early mock draft and I will revisit this when it is time to draft our teams for real...

Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports, like his Facebook page or add him to your network on Google.

2 of 11

1. RB Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings

peterson
Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

This is the easiest top pick that I can ever think of. I would be shocked if any draft isn’t started by Peterson, coming off a 2,097 yard season on the ground with 12 touchdowns.

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2. RB Arian Foster, Houston Texans

foster
Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The owner who gets the second pick will be happy to get Foster, who finished with 1,424 yards rushing. He also added 40 catches, which adds to his value in this format.

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3. RB Ray Rice, Baltimore Ravens

rice
Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Rice is likely going to find himself as the No. 3 pick in most drafts including this one. He had 1,143 rushing yards and added 61 catches for 478 yards for the Super Bowl champs.

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4. RB Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

martin
Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

Martin has really risen up the draft board from last season. He will improve on his rookie season of 1,454 rushing yards in 2013. He also had 49 catches for 472 yards and could finish the year higher.

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5. WR Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions

johnson
Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

The first wide receiver off the board is Megatron. Johnson had 122 catches for 1,964 yards last season. He may have had only five touchdowns, but that will improve this coming year with a more-balanced offense around him.

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6. RB LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia Eagles

mccoy
Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

McCoy struggled through an injury-plagued year last season with just 840 rushing yards to go with his 54 catches. The new offense he is in this season will give a huge boost to his numbers.

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7. QB Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers

rodgers
Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

Rodgers is the first quarterback off the board and should be. He had 4,295 passing yards and 39 touchdowns in 2012. Some people may not want to go quarterback in the first round, but this is a very safe pick.

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8. RB Trent Richardson, Cleveland Browns

richardson
Ron Schwane-USA TODAY Sports

Richardson is on the verge of doing something special this season. He may have had just 950 yards rushing with 51 receptions to go with it last year, but he will be worth a first-round pick this year.

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9. RB Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs

charles
John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

I’m surprised that Charles fell this far honestly. He had 1,509 yards rushing in 2012, but had just five touchdowns. Charles is a great player who should be better with an improved offensive line in front of him in 2013.

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10. RB C.J. Spiller, Buffalo Bills

spiller
Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

This is a very interesting pick with the final pick of the first round. Spiller could find himself splitting time again, but word is that he is going to be the starter. After a season where he had 1,244 rushing yards and 43 catches, Spiller provides a dynamic force to lead a team’s running game.


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