Round 1 (Pick 5): Calvin Johnson
With running backs Adrian Peterson, Arian Foster, Marshawn Lynch and Ray Rice off the board, I went best available and drafted WR Calvin Johnson. Last year, he broke the NFL record for most receiving yards and carried the Detroit Lions on his back. Johnson will be Matt Stafford‘s number one target again this year.
Round 2 (Pick 16): Steven Jackson
Since I took a WR in the first round, I drafted RB Jackson in the second round. Jackson will face new scenery with the Atlanta Falcons, and it is unknown how many touches Jackson will get. However, Jackson is known for being a power back and breaking tackles. On the other hand, he isn’t the fastest running back, but Jackson is still a quality first RB option.
Round 3 (Pick 25): Tom Brady
With Aaron Rodgers taken already, it was a no-brainer to draft Brady. Brady is without some offensive weapons from last season, but he is one of the best quarterbacks and knows how to adjust to who his receivers are.
Round 4 (Pick 36): Dennis Pitta
At the time of the draft, I consider drafting TE Pitta at this point a steal. However, it looks like he might miss the entire season due to a hip injury. So, the excitement I felt during the mock draft has since dissipated. One thing is for sure: don’t draft Pitta in your fantasy draft now.
Round 5 (Pick 45): Anquan Boldin
After picking up Pitta in the fourth round, I stayed with the receiver theme and drafted San Francisco 49ers WR Boldin. Last year, Boldin was a threat with the Ravens, and that will continue this year in San Francisco. Colin Kaepernick and Boldin should be a dynamic duo who every opponent wishes they didn’t have to face.
Round 6 (Pick 56): Torrey Smith
After drafting Boldin in the fifth round, I drafted his former teammate Smith. With Boldin’s departure, Smith is going to see more passes come his way. In addition, with Pitta’s injury, Smith could see even more, but I would not draft him any higher than the sixth round.
Round 7 (Pick 65): Le’Veon Bell
With drafting three straight TE or WR options, I needed to address my running game. Bell is another power back, but the 2013 second-round draft pick shows promise. With Ben Roethlisberger losing passing threat Mike Wallace, the Pittsburgh Steelers could run more. In addition, Bell could be utilized as a screen-pass threat. This is a wait-and-see pick, but Bell has potential for the Steelers and fantasy owners alike.
Round 8 (Pick 76) Russell Wilson
Wilson had a great season last year, and 2013 should be no different. He will be a great fantasy backup QB, if not starter ,this season.
Round 9 (Pick 85): Houston Texans D/ST
It was a tough choosing the Texans over the 49ers, but I have a feeling S Ed Reed will comeback from injury and could inspire the clubhouse. DE J.J. Watt will dominate offensive lines yet again, and his sack total will stack up. Watch out Texans’ opponents.
Round 10 (Pick 96): Sidney Rice
Last season, Rice had 748 yards and seven touchdowns on 50 receptions. In the 10th round, Rice is a decent choice to be placed in the Flex position and used on another player’s bye week.
Round 11 (Pick 105): Michael Bush
I don’t know what I was thinking drafting Bush. He is Matt Forte‘s backup and doesn’t see many touches. I guess this was a use-Bush-during-another-player’s-bye-week kind of pick.
Round 12 (Pick 116): Emmanuel Sanders
With Wallace’s exit, Sanders could find more receptions this season and has the potential to break 1,000 receiving yards. If he does not, I didn’t waste too much taking Sanders in the 12th round.
Round 13 (Pick 125): Justin Tucker
Tucker took Cundiff’s job last preseason. He was very accurate last year and has a big leg for making long kicks. Look for more of the same this year.
Round 14 (Pick 136): Matt Schaub
Schaub led the Texans to their first playoff appearance and could do the same this year. If anything, Schaub could be good trade bait mid-season.
Round 15 (Pick 145): Baltimore Ravens D/ST
I needed a backup defense in case the Texans implode, so I drafted the best defense left: the Ravens. Their defense is a big question mark but could prove their doubters wrong.