If you haven’t already been in mock draft lobbies across the most popular Fantasy Football sites – what are you doing? August is well underway and your draft is probably only two or three weeks out. You can call it petty, but I believe doing numerous mocks is the only way to go. If you do enough of them, your chances of selecting a well-balanced team dramatically increases.
So as I’ve been doing my numerous 2013 fantasy football mocks (10 team/standard), I couldn’t help but notice the huge shift in this year’s draft boards. In 2012, there were multiple quarterbacks in the top 10. This year, not so much. It’s back to the way it used to be, with running backs clogging the top of the rankings. In all the mocks I’ve done, running backs have been at a premium and have gone very quickly. Lots of people are going RB-RB in rounds one and two, so you’ll have to think quickly and have plenty of options on your draft board.
As was the case in 2012, wide receiver is also a very deep position. This makes running back selections even more important. However, it will again be easy to mask two decent RBs with rotating three or four WRs.
But the position that continues to amaze me is QB. I’ve seen Tom Brady drop like a rock multiple times well into the fourth round. Owners are being scared off by all the changes to his receiving corps, and rightly so. This year Brady is much closer to the middle-tier of fantasy QBs, which again is headed up by Matt Ryan. He’s been there in fifth round all day so far. After that, you should have your pick of Robert Griffin III, Colin Kaepernick or Matthew Stafford. All three guys should have very solid fantasy seasons. Heck, Stafford will probably flirt with 5,000 yards passing again, and he’s going in the sixth and seventh round on a regular basis.
There’s nothing wrong with getting an elite fantasy QB early on in your draft, but if you stay patient and focus on RBs and WRs in the first four rounds, there will still be plenty of great options to chose from for your signal caller.