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

Round by Round
Round 1
1EisenbergAntonio Brown, WR, PIT
2TowersLe’Veon Bell, RB, PIT
3KostosTodd Gurley, RB, LAR
4RichardAdrian Peterson, RB, MIN
5TobinOdell Beckham, WR, NYG
6CummingsRob Gronkowski, TE, NE
7AizerJulio Jones, WR, ATL
8MaselliDavid Johnson, RB, ARI
9WhiteEzekiel Elliott, RB, DAL
10BrinsonDeAndre Hopkins, WR, HOU
11BerksonDez Bryant, WR, DAL
12MaddenJamaal Charles, RB, KC
Round 2
13MaddenDevonta Freeman, RB, ATL
14BerksonJordy Nelson, WR, GB
15BrinsonA.J. Green, WR, CIN
16WhiteAllen Robinson, WR, JAC
17MaselliEddie Lacy, RB, GB
18AizerLamar Miller, RB, HOU
19CummingsDoug Martin, RB, TB
20TobinAlshon Jeffery, WR, CHI
21RichardLeSean McCoy, RB, BUF
22KostosSammy Watkins, WR, BUF
23TowersAmari Cooper, WR, OAK
24EisenbergMark Ingram, RB, NO
Round 3
25EisenbergBrandin Cooks, WR, NO
26TowersMike Evans, WR, TB
27KostosKeenan Allen, WR, SD
28RichardAaron Rodgers, QB, GB
29TobinLatavius Murray, RB, OAK
30CummingsDemaryius Thomas, WR, DEN
31AizerT.Y. Hilton, WR, IND
32MaselliCam Newton, QB, CAR
33WhiteThomas Rawls, RB, SEA
34BrinsonBrandon Marshall, WR, NYJ
35BerksonRyan Mathews, RB, PHI
36MaddenKelvin Benjamin, WR, CAR
Round 4
37MaddenRandall Cobb, WR, GB
38BerksonC.J. Anderson, RB, DEN
39BrinsonJordan Reed, TE, WAS
40WhiteAndrew Luck, QB, IND
41MaselliJulian Edelman, WR, NE
42AizerCarlos Hyde, RB, SF
43CummingsDeMarco Murray, RB, TEN
44TobinJeremy Hill, RB, CIN
45RichardMichael Floyd, WR, ARI
46KostosMatt Forte, RB, NYJ
47TowersGolden Tate, WR, DET
48EisenbergMatt Jones, RB, WAS
Round 5
49EisenbergJay Ajayi, RB, MIA
50TowersGreg Olsen, TE, CAR
51KostosTyler Eifert, TE, CIN
52RichardDoug Baldwin, WR, SEA
53TobinJeremy Maclin, WR, KC
54CummingsLarry Fitzgerald, WR, ARI
55AizerDion Lewis, RB, NE
56MaselliJarvis Landry, WR, MIA
57WhiteJeremy Langford, RB, CHI
58BrinsonJonathan Stewart, RB, CAR
59BerksonEmmanuel Sanders, WR, DEN
60MaddenRussell Wilson, QB, SEA
Round 6
61MaddenDuke Johnson, RB, CLE
62BerksonChris Ivory, RB, JAC
63BrinsonAmeer Abdullah, RB, DET
64WhiteEric Decker, WR, NYJ
65MaselliKarlos Williams, RB, BUF
66AizerMelvin Gordon, RB, SD
67CummingsJohn Brown, WR, ARI
68TobinDeVante Parker, WR, MIA
69RichardAllen Hurns, WR, JAC
70KostosJordan Matthews, WR, PHI
71TowersBen Roethlisberger, QB, PIT
72EisenbergCoby Fleener, TE, NO
Round 7
73EisenbergDrew Brees, QB, NO
74TowersFrank Gore, RB, IND
75KostosGiovani Bernard, RB, CIN
76RichardDanny Woodhead, RB, SD
77TobinDelanie Walker, TE, TEN
78CummingsCharles Sims, RB, TB
79AizerDeSean Jackson, WR, WAS
80MaselliSterling Shepard, WR, NYG
81WhiteCorey Coleman, WR, CLE
82BrinsonT.J. Yeldon, RB, JAC
83BerksonTravis Kelce, TE, KC
84MaddenJavorius Allen, RB, BAL
Round 8
85MaddenKevin White, WR, CHI
86BerksonCarson Palmer, QB, ARI
87BrinsonC.J. Prosise, RB, SEA
88WhiteSteve Smith, WR, BAL
89MaselliGary Barnidge, TE, CLE
90AizerLadarius Green, TE, PIT
91CummingsDerrick Henry, RB, TEN
92TobinDevontae Booker, RB, DEN
93RichardKenneth Dixon, RB, BAL
94KostosBlake Bortles, QB, JAC
95TowersDonte Moncrief, WR, IND
96EisenbergDorial Green-Beckham, WR, TEN
Round 9
97EisenbergKenyan Drake, RB, MIA
98TowersRashad Jennings, RB, NYG
99KostosPaul Perkins, RB, NYG
100RichardMarvin Jones, WR, DET
101TobinTom Brady, QB, NE
102CummingsTyler Lockett, WR, SEA
103AizerTony Romo, QB, DAL
104MaselliDeAngelo Williams, RB, PIT
105WhiteZach Ertz, TE, PHI
106BrinsonDarren McFadden, RB, DAL
107BerksonJordan Howard, RB, CHI
108MaddenTevin Coleman, RB, ATL
Round 10
109MaddenIsaiah Crowell, RB, CLE
110BerksonMarkus Wheaton, WR, PIT
111BrinsonJameis Winston, QB, TB
112WhiteLeGarrette Blount, RB, NE
113MaselliJosh Doctson, WR, WAS
114AizerMichael Thomas, WR, NO
115CummingsLaquon Treadwell, WR, MIN
116TobinJustin Forsett, RB, BAL
117RichardJerick McKinnon, RB, MIN
118KostosMichael Crabtree, WR, OAK
119TowersWillie Snead, WR, NO
120EisenbergPhillip Dorsett, WR, IND
Round 11
121EisenbergDeAndre Washington, RB, OAK
122TowersCameron Artis-Payne, RB, CAR
123KostosJulius Thomas, TE, JAC
124RichardAntonio Gates, TE, SD
125TobinEli Manning, QB, NYG
126CummingsVincent Jackson, WR, TB
127AizerCharcandrick West, RB, KC
128MaselliPhilip Rivers, QB, SD
129WhiteAlfred Morris, RB, DAL
130BrinsonMatthew Stafford, QB, DET
131BerksonTravis Benjamin, WR, SD
132MaddenStefon Diggs, WR, MIN
Round 12
133MaddenBreshad Perriman, WR, BAL
134BerksonBilal Powell, RB, NYJ
135BrinsonTyler Boyd, WR, CIN
136WhiteDST DEN Broncos
137MaselliDST SEA Seahawks
138AizerDerek Carr, QB, OAK
139CummingsAndy Dalton, QB, CIN
140TobinDarren Sproles, RB, PHI
141RichardDST ARI Cardinals
142KostosWill Fuller, WR, HOU
143TowersDevin Funchess, WR, CAR
144EisenbergTheo Riddick, RB, DET
Round 13
145EisenbergChris Hogan, WR, NE
146TowersChris Thompson, RB, WAS
147KostosRyan Tannehill, QB, MIA
148RichardArian Foster, RB, HOU
149TobinPharoh Cooper, WR, LAR
150CummingsMatt Ryan, QB, ATL
151AizerTyler Ervin, RB, HOU
152MaselliTim Hightower, RB, NO
153WhiteJay Cutler, QB, CHI
154BrinsonDST CAR Panthers
155BerksonTorrey Smith, WR, SF
156MaddenJimmy Graham, TE, SEA
Round 14
157MaddenStephen Gostkowski, K, NE
158BerksonDST HOU Texans
159BrinsonKeith Marshall, RB, WAS
160WhiteKa’Deem Carey, RB, CHI
161MaselliTavon Austin, WR, LAR
162AizerDST CIN Bengals
163CummingsDST KC Chiefs
164TobinDST MIN Vikings
165RichardJustin Tucker, K, BAL
166KostosDST NYG Giants
167TowersDST PIT Steelers
168EisenbergDST NE Patriots
Round 15
169EisenbergChris Boswell, K, PIT
170TowersMason Crosby, K, GB
171KostosRoberto Aguayo, K, TB
172RichardEric Ebron, TE, DET
173TobinGraham Gano, K, CAR
174CummingsBlair Walsh, K, MIN
175AizerDan Bailey, K, DAL
176MaselliBrandon McManus, K, DEN
177WhiteChandler Catanzaro, K, ARI
178BrinsonJosh Brown, K, NYG
179BerksonCairo Santos, K, KC
180MaddenDST LAR Rams
Team by Team
Adam Aizer
1.7Julio Jones, WR, ATL
2.6Lamar Miller, RB, HOU
3.7T.Y. Hilton, WR, IND
4.6Carlos Hyde, RB, SF
5.7Dion Lewis, RB, NE
6.6Melvin Gordon, RB, SD
7.7DeSean Jackson, WR, WAS
8.6Ladarius Green, TE, PIT
9.7Tony Romo, QB, DAL
10.6Michael Thomas, WR, NO
11.7Charcandrick West, RB, KC
12.6Derek Carr, QB, OAK
13.7Tyler Ervin, RB, HOU
14.6DST CIN Bengals
15.7Dan Bailey, K, DAL
Meron Berkson
1.11Dez Bryant, WR, DAL
2.2Jordy Nelson, WR, GB
3.11Ryan Mathews, RB, PHI
4.2C.J. Anderson, RB, DEN
5.11Emmanuel Sanders, WR, DEN
6.2Chris Ivory, RB, JAC
7.11Travis Kelce, TE, KC
8.2Carson Palmer, QB, ARI
9.11Jordan Howard, RB, CHI
10.2Markus Wheaton, WR, PIT
11.11Travis Benjamin, WR, SD
12.2Bilal Powell, RB, NYJ
13.11Torrey Smith, WR, SF
14.2DST HOU Texans
15.11Cairo Santos, K, KC
Will Brinson
1.10DeAndre Hopkins, WR, HOU
2.3A.J. Green, WR, CIN
3.10Brandon Marshall, WR, NYJ
4.3Jordan Reed, TE, WAS
5.10Jonathan Stewart, RB, CAR
6.3Ameer Abdullah, RB, DET
7.10T.J. Yeldon, RB, JAC
8.3C.J. Prosise, RB, SEA
9.10Darren McFadden, RB, DAL
10.3Jameis Winston, QB, TB
11.10Matthew Stafford, QB, DET
12.3Tyler Boyd, WR, CIN
13.10DST CAR Panthers
14.3Keith Marshall, RB, WAS
15.10Josh Brown, K, NYG
Heath Cummings
1.6Rob Gronkowski, TE, NE
2.7Doug Martin, RB, TB
3.6Demaryius Thomas, WR, DEN
4.7DeMarco Murray, RB, TEN
5.6Larry Fitzgerald, WR, ARI
6.7John Brown, WR, ARI
7.6Charles Sims, RB, TB
8.7Derrick Henry, RB, TEN
9.6Tyler Lockett, WR, SEA
10.7Laquon Treadwell, WR, MIN
11.6Vincent Jackson, WR, TB
12.7Andy Dalton, QB, CIN
13.6Matt Ryan, QB, ATL
14.7DST KC Chiefs
15.6Blair Walsh, K, MIN
Jamey Eisenberg
1.1Antonio Brown, WR, PIT
2.12Mark Ingram, RB, NO
3.1Brandin Cooks, WR, NO
4.12Matt Jones, RB, WAS
5.1Jay Ajayi, RB, MIA
6.12Coby Fleener, TE, NO
7.1Drew Brees, QB, NO
8.12Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, TEN
9.1Kenyan Drake, RB, MIA
10.12Phillip Dorsett, WR, IND
11.1DeAndre Washington, RB, OAK
12.12Theo Riddick, RB, DET
13.1Chris Hogan, WR, NE
14.12DST NE Patriots
15.1Chris Boswell, K, PIT
Nick Kostos
1.3Todd Gurley, RB, LAR
2.10Sammy Watkins, WR, BUF
3.3Keenan Allen, WR, SD
4.10Matt Forte, RB, NYJ
5.3Tyler Eifert, TE, CIN
6.10Jordan Matthews, WR, PHI
7.3Giovani Bernard, RB, CIN
8.10Blake Bortles, QB, JAC
9.3Paul Perkins, RB, NYG
10.10Michael Crabtree, WR, OAK
11.3Julius Thomas, TE, JAC
12.10Will Fuller, WR, HOU
13.3Ryan Tannehill, QB, MIA
14.10DST NYG Giants
15.3Roberto Aguayo, K, TB
Peter Madden
1.12Jamaal Charles, RB, KC
2.1Devonta Freeman, RB, ATL
3.12Kelvin Benjamin, WR, CAR
4.1Randall Cobb, WR, GB
5.12Russell Wilson, QB, SEA
6.1Duke Johnson, RB, CLE
7.12Javorius Allen, RB, BAL
8.1Kevin White, WR, CHI
9.12Tevin Coleman, RB, ATL
10.1Isaiah Crowell, RB, CLE
11.12Stefon Diggs, WR, MIN
12.1Breshad Perriman, WR, BAL
13.12Jimmy Graham, TE, SEA
14.1Stephen Gostkowski, K, NE
15.12DST LAR Rams
George Maselli
1.8David Johnson, RB, ARI
2.5Eddie Lacy, RB, GB
3.8Cam Newton, QB, CAR
4.5Julian Edelman, WR, NE
5.8Jarvis Landry, WR, MIA
6.5Karlos Williams, RB, BUF
7.8Sterling Shepard, WR, NYG
8.5Gary Barnidge, TE, CLE
9.8DeAngelo Williams, RB, PIT
10.5Josh Doctson, WR, WAS
11.8Philip Rivers, QB, SD
12.5DST SEA Seahawks
13.8Tim Hightower, RB, NO
14.5Tavon Austin, WR, LAR
15.8Brandon McManus, K, DEN
Dave Richard
1.4Adrian Peterson, RB, MIN
2.9LeSean McCoy, RB, BUF
3.4Aaron Rodgers, QB, GB
4.9Michael Floyd, WR, ARI
5.4Doug Baldwin, WR, SEA
6.9Allen Hurns, WR, JAC
7.4Danny Woodhead, RB, SD
8.9Kenneth Dixon, RB, BAL
9.4Marvin Jones, WR, DET
10.9Jerick McKinnon, RB, MIN
11.4Antonio Gates, TE, SD
12.9DST ARI Cardinals
13.4Arian Foster, RB, HOU
14.9Justin Tucker, K, BAL
15.4Eric Ebron, TE, DET
Jeff Tobin
1.5Odell Beckham, WR, NYG
2.8Alshon Jeffery, WR, CHI
3.5Latavius Murray, RB, OAK
4.8Jeremy Hill, RB, CIN
5.5Jeremy Maclin, WR, KC
6.8DeVante Parker, WR, MIA
7.5Delanie Walker, TE, TEN
8.8Devontae Booker, RB, DEN
9.5Tom Brady, QB, NE
10.8Justin Forsett, RB, BAL
11.5Eli Manning, QB, NYG
12.8Darren Sproles, RB, PHI
13.5Pharoh Cooper, WR, LAR
14.8DST MIN Vikings
15.5Graham Gano, K, CAR
Chris Towers
1.2Le’Veon Bell, RB, PIT
2.11Amari Cooper, WR, OAK
3.2Mike Evans, WR, TB
4.11Golden Tate, WR, DET
5.2Greg Olsen, TE, CAR
6.11Ben Roethlisberger, QB, PIT
7.2Frank Gore, RB, IND
8.11Donte Moncrief, WR, IND
9.2Rashad Jennings, RB, NYG
10.11Willie Snead, WR, NO
11.2Cameron Artis-Payne, RB, CAR
12.11Devin Funchess, WR, CAR
13.2Chris Thompson, RB, WAS
14.11DST PIT Steelers
15.2Mason Crosby, K, GB
R.J. White
1.9Ezekiel Elliott, RB, DAL
2.4Allen Robinson, WR, JAC
3.9Thomas Rawls, RB, SEA
4.4Andrew Luck, QB, IND
5.9Jeremy Langford, RB, CHI
6.4Eric Decker, WR, NYJ
7.9Corey Coleman, WR, CLE
8.4Steve Smith, WR, BAL
9.9Zach Ertz, TE, PHI
10.4LeGarrette Blount, RB, NE
11.9Alfred Morris, RB, DAL
12.4DST DEN Broncos
13.9Jay Cutler, QB, CHI
14.4Ka’Deem Carey, RB, CHI
15.9Chandler Catanzaro, K, ARI