2016 Fantasy Football Draft Prep: Post NFL Draft mock draft – CBSSports.com
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Sometimes an idea sounds good in your head, but when you see the final results you end up wondering if it actually makes sense. That happened to me in this 12-team standard mock draft.
We did this mock draft in the second week of May, and this is a good time to experiment with different strategies in preparation for your real Draft Day later this summer. Try going WR-WR or RB-RB with your first two picks. Take a quarterback early or wait forever for your fallback option at the position. It doesn’t matter — this is what mocks drafts are for.
With the No. 1 overall pick, I drafted Steelers receiver Antonio Brown, which was the plan all along. Then I apparently became a Saints fan. Who Dat? Me.
I drafted Mark Ingram, Brandin Cooks, Coby Fleener and Drew Brees with four of my next six picks, and now I’m all in on the New Orleans offense. Not that it’s a horrible situation — Brees was the No. 6 quarterback in standard leagues in 2015, Ingram the No. 15 running back, Cooks the No. 12 receiver and Fleener is a breakout candidate now that he’s with the Saints — but I don’t love the idea of being tied to one team.
But when you break it down, these are exceptional players at their respective positions, and Ingram and Cooks were hard to pass up at No. 24 and 25 overall given how this draft unfolded. Now that I had two stud receivers and a top-10 running back, I wanted more depth in the backfield, so I took Matt Jones and Jay Ajayi at No. 48 and 49 overall, and I’m happy with that start.
This is where things potentially could have gone differently. I want Fleener whenever possible now that he’s in New Orleans. He’s been good at times with the Colts, especially when Dwayne Allen has been out, and he’s now in one of the best tight end offenses in the NFL with Sean Payton and Brees. A breakout season is on the table, and I consider him a top-five option in all formats. He was my target at No. 72 overall.
I would normally have passed on Brees, who likely won’t be there in Round 7 in most formats, but as you’re well aware, quarterbacks fall in our drafts. But no one else stood out, and I didn’t want to settle for Frank Gore, Danny Woodhead, Charles Sims or Kevin White. Instead, I went with Brees, and I wanted to see what my Saints, er, Fantasy team would look like.
The starting lineup is legit as long as New Orleans continues to be an offensive juggernaut (minus Week 5 when the Saints are on a bye),and I like the reserves in Kenyan Drake, who is the handcuff for Ajayi, Dorial Green-Beckham, Phillip Dorsett, DeAndre Washington, Theo Riddick and Chris Hogan. Green-Beckham, Dorsett, Washington and Hogan are all sleeper candidates this year, and Riddick has a solid role with the Lions as their third-down back.
I wouldn’t plan on hitching your Fantasy wagon to one team, but the Saints are a good option if you want to go that route. We’re not playing out this league, but I’m beyond curious to see what the end result would be with this team.
As for the rest of the results, this was our first mock draft following the NFL Draft, so this can be an early guide of where some of the rookies will land for Fantasy owners. Ezekiel Elliott was drafted first in Round 1, which is a fair spot for him, although I’d rather see him slide to Round 2. He’s definitely being drafted in the first 15 overall picks in any format.
Sterling Shepard and Corey Coleman were the next rookies off the board in Round 7, and C.J. Prosise, Derrick Henry, Devontae Booker and Kenneth Dixon were drafted in Round 8. The biggest steal among the rookies was Laquon Treadwell in Round 10 – after Shepard, Coleman, Josh Doctson and Michael Thomas. Treadwell can easily be the best rookie receiver this season.
The first three rounds of this draft were receiver heavy with 18 selected in the first 36 picks. There were 15 running backs drafted over that span, along with Rob Gronkowski at No. 6 overall, and Aaron Rodgers and Cam Newton went in Round 3. All of this should be expected since receivers are safe and just as dominant as running backs coming into this season.
There were three owners who went WR-WR with their first two picks (Jeff Tobin, Will Brinson and Meron Berkson),and you should follow their teams to see if this strategy appeals to you. There also were three owners who went RB-RB with their first two picks (Dave Richard, George Maselli and Peter Madden),and you should see if that’s something you like as well.
This is the time of year to experiment with different strategies in a mock draft. And you never know what plan you’ll like and end up using when your real draft is here.
In this league, all touchdowns are worth six points, and we award one point for every 10 yards rushing and receiving and one point for every 25 yards passing. We feature a starting lineup of QB, 2 RB, 2 WR, TE, K, DST and a FLEX (RB/WR/TE). There will also be six reserve spots for a 15-round draft.
Our draft order is as follows:
1. Jamey Eisenberg, Senior Fantasy Writer
2. Chris Towers, Fantasy Writer
3. Nick Kostos, Video Host
4. Dave Richard, Senior Fantasy Writer
5. Jeff Tobin, Director of Editorial/Managing Editor
6. Heath Cummings, Senior Fantasy Writer
7. Adam Aizer, Podcast Host
8. George Maselli, Editor
9. R.J. White, NFL Editor
10. Will Brinson, NFL Writer
11. Meron Berkson, Producer
12. Peter Madden, Managing Director, SportsLine