2013 Fantasy Football: Three-Round Mock Draft

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2013 Three Round Mock Draft

Adrian Peterson
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It's that time of year again, and like the real NFL, hope springs eternal. The best way to prepare for your draft is to practice. Several sites allow users to practice draft strategies via mock drafts. To be helpful, I've listed several of the most popular draft strategies below.

Conventional wisdom: Draft a running back with the first and possibly second pick. Of the big three positions (QB,RB,WR) running back is the thinnest. The running back by committee philosophy has become more and more popular around the league, turning workhorse, 25-plus carry backs into dinosaurs.

Value-Based Drafting: The concept is fairly simply -- outscore your opponent by enough points at enough positions and you should win. It doesn't really matter whether you outscore him at the QB, RB, WR, or TE position -- as long as you outscore him by enough at your strong positions to carry the day.

Consistency: Two players who score the same number of fantasy football points in a season could result in significantly different wins / losses in terms of fantasy play. This is because some players tend to have huge games and then disappear for several games at a time. In building your team, it is important to understand these tendencies and draft the players who are consistent scorers.

Do the opposite: It's as obvious as it sounds. If everyone else is swimming one way, sometimes it's beneficial to go the other way. Take a quarterback in the first round, load up on receivers, etc..

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Round One 1-5

Jamaal Charles
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1.Adrian Peterson 2. Jamaal Charles 3. C.J. Spiller 4. LeSean McCoy 5. Doug Martin

After coming eight yards shy of breaking the all-time single-season rushing mark, Adrian Peterson has nowhere to go but down. Peterson is more of a risk than many believe, but the fact that he's superhuman should also factor into the equation.

Charles is intriguing and I have him higher than most, after an injury-riddled season two years ago, Charles bounced back last year with 1,509 yards on the ground and 35 receptions. With Andy Reid as coach, those numbers will go up.

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Round One 6-10

Arian Foster
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6. Arian Foster 7. Trent Richardson 8. Calvin Johnson 9. Ray Rice 10. Marshawn Lynch

Most experts believe you should pick running backs in the first two rounds, the problem with that strategy is that running backs aren't guaranteed to have repeat seasons. Foster is the best example, his yards per carry have declined in each of the last three seasons (4.9, 4.4, 4.1). With over a thousand total touches in those seasons, Foster is a prime candidate for the dreaded running back burnout.

Ray Rice is another running back who's numbers will go down next season, in his case it won't be because of burnout, but because of his backup, Bernard Pierce. Pierce siphoned 10 carries a game away from Rice during the later part of their Super Bowl run, averaging 5.0 yards a carry. Pierce is the biggest enemy to Rice owners.

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Round Two 11-15

Dez Bryant
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11. A.J. Green 12. Dez Bryant 13. Brandon Marshall 14. Julio Jones 15. Aaron Rodgers

Green and Bryant are young receivers on the verge of becoming a elite, you can't go wrong with any one of them. Marc Trestman should make the Bears offense more efficient, which means plenty of targets for Marshall. Aaron Rodgers, actually had a down year by his own standards. All five of these gentlemen will produce.

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Round Two 16-20

D.Thomas
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16. Matt Forte 17. Demaryius Thomas 18. Randall Cobb 19. Maurice Jones-Drew 20. Alfred Morris

Randall Cobb is the most versatile receiver in the league, he lines him up on the outside, in the slot and in the backfield. Look for Cobb to post Madden-type numbers. Thomas is another receiver on the rise, he and Peyton Manning got acquainted last year with fantastic results, look for him to improve on his numbers this season.

I have Morris lower than most, last year he benefited from RG III's running ability, we don't know what RG III's running ability will be this season and defenses will adjust to the their offense and coach Mike Shanahan is notoriously fickle with his runners.

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Round Three 21-25

Steven Jackson
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21. Steven Jackson 22. Jimmy Graham 23. Larry Fitzgerald 24. Drew Brees 25. Stevan Ridley

Brees will bounce back from a sub-par season, as he is reunited with head coach Sean Payton. Tight End Jimmy Graham, will also be another beneficiary of that the Brees-Payton reunion. Fiztgerald should catch the ball more this year, with the addition of Carson Palmer and Steven Jackson will benefit from not being the focus of an opposing defense for the first time in his career.

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Round Three 26-30

Cam Newton
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26. Cam Newton 27. Victor Cruz 28. Roddy White 29. Percy Harvin 30. Andre Johnson

As always, the quarterback position is deep, you can afford to wait to pick one. Newton is an intriguing prospect because his running ability almost provides bonus points for his owners. Percy Harvin teaming up with Russell Wilson is an intriguing prospect and Roddy White is always steady.

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2013 Three Round Mock Draft

Adrian Peterson
Brett-Davis-USA-TODAY-Sports

It's that time of year again, and like the real NFL, hope springs eternal. The best way to prepare for your draft is to practice. Several sites allow users to practice draft strategies via mock drafts. To be helpful, I've listed several of the most popular draft strategies below.

Conventional wisdom: Draft a running back with the first and possibly second pick. Of the big three positions (QB,RB,WR) running back is the thinnest. The running back by committee philosophy has become more and more popular around the league, turning workhorse, 25-plus carry backs into dinosaurs.

Value-Based Drafting: The concept is fairly simply -- outscore your opponent by enough points at enough positions and you should win. It doesn't really matter whether you outscore him at the QB, RB, WR, or TE position -- as long as you outscore him by enough at your strong positions to carry the day.

Consistency: Two players who score the same number of fantasy football points in a season could result in significantly different wins / losses in terms of fantasy play. This is because some players tend to have huge games and then disappear for several games at a time. In building your team, it is important to understand these tendencies and draft the players who are consistent scorers.

Do the opposite: It's as obvious as it sounds. If everyone else is swimming one way, sometimes it's beneficial to go the other way. Take a quarterback in the first round, load up on receivers, etc..

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Round One 1-5

Jamaal Charles
Jason-Bridge-USA-TODAY-Sports1

1.Adrian Peterson 2. Jamaal Charles 3. C.J. Spiller 4. LeSean McCoy 5. Doug Martin

After coming eight yards shy of breaking the all-time single-season rushing mark, Adrian Peterson has nowhere to go but down. Peterson is more of a risk than many believe, but the fact that he's superhuman should also factor into the equation.

Charles is intriguing and I have him higher than most, after an injury-riddled season two years ago, Charles bounced back last year with 1,509 yards on the ground and 35 receptions. With Andy Reid as coach, those numbers will go up.

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Round One 6-10

Arian Foster
Kirby-Lee-USA-TODAY-Sports

6. Arian Foster 7. Trent Richardson 8. Calvin Johnson 9. Ray Rice 10. Marshawn Lynch

Most experts believe you should pick running backs in the first two rounds, the problem with that strategy is that running backs aren't guaranteed to have repeat seasons. Foster is the best example, his yards per carry have declined in each of the last three seasons (4.9, 4.4, 4.1). With over a thousand total touches in those seasons, Foster is a prime candidate for the dreaded running back burnout.

Ray Rice is another running back who's numbers will go down next season, in his case it won't be because of burnout, but because of his backup, Bernard Pierce. Pierce siphoned 10 carries a game away from Rice during the later part of their Super Bowl run, averaging 5.0 yards a carry. Pierce is the biggest enemy to Rice owners.

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Round Two 11-15

Dez Bryant
Tim-Heitman-USA-TODAY-Sports

11. A.J. Green 12. Dez Bryant 13. Brandon Marshall 14. Julio Jones 15. Aaron Rodgers

Green and Bryant are young receivers on the verge of becoming a elite, you can't go wrong with any one of them. Marc Trestman should make the Bears offense more efficient, which means plenty of targets for Marshall. Aaron Rodgers, actually had a down year by his own standards. All five of these gentlemen will produce.

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Round Two 16-20

D.Thomas
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16. Matt Forte 17. Demaryius Thomas 18. Randall Cobb 19. Maurice Jones-Drew 20. Alfred Morris

Randall Cobb is the most versatile receiver in the league, he lines him up on the outside, in the slot and in the backfield. Look for Cobb to post Madden-type numbers. Thomas is another receiver on the rise, he and Peyton Manning got acquainted last year with fantastic results, look for him to improve on his numbers this season.

I have Morris lower than most, last year he benefited from RG III's running ability, we don't know what RG III's running ability will be this season and defenses will adjust to the their offense and coach Mike Shanahan is notoriously fickle with his runners.

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Round Three 21-25

Steven Jackson
Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

21. Steven Jackson 22. Jimmy Graham 23. Larry Fitzgerald 24. Drew Brees 25. Stevan Ridley

Brees will bounce back from a sub-par season, as he is reunited with head coach Sean Payton. Tight End Jimmy Graham, will also be another beneficiary of that the Brees-Payton reunion. Fiztgerald should catch the ball more this year, with the addition of Carson Palmer and Steven Jackson will benefit from not being the focus of an opposing defense for the first time in his career.

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Round Three 26-30

Cam Newton
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26. Cam Newton 27. Victor Cruz 28. Roddy White 29. Percy Harvin 30. Andre Johnson

As always, the quarterback position is deep, you can afford to wait to pick one. Newton is an intriguing prospect because his running ability almost provides bonus points for his owners. Percy Harvin teaming up with Russell Wilson is an intriguing prospect and Roddy White is always steady.


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