Fantasy Sports Fix: 2016 football mock drafts
This past weekend I was curious to see how all my reading and research for this year’s fantasy football season was paying off and I decided to do some mock drafts. I only kept track of three of the drafts, but I actually did six in total. In all honesty, I’ve been doing these football mock drafts since they opened up back in May. I’m pretty sure I have a good feel of how most drafts will turn out minus the few surprises I’ve encountered along the way.
Let’s start with a look at the first mock draft, which was a 10-team points per reception league where I had the third pick.
I opted for Odell Beckham, Jr. and Brandon Marshall with my first two picks. I feel like I really solidified my receiving corps with these two picks. I’m of the opinion that Marshall might not have the season he had in 2015, but that’s okay, I think he’ll still be good for over 1,000 yards and seven or eight touchdowns.
When it got to the third round, I still managed to find some good value at running back when I picked Doug Martin. I was surprised he was still there, because he’s a real dual threat out of the backfield who can catch the ball. I also picked up breakout candidate, Matt Jones in the fourth round.
Other notable picks in the draft were quarterback Matthew Stafford in the ninth round, tight end Julius Thomas in the 11th round and rookie Derrick Henry in the 13th. I believe rookie running back Derrick Henry will have some opportunities with the Ravens this year, and nobody is really talking about him.
The second mock draft was a 12-team, points per reception league where I lucked out and had the second pick. It was a little more interesting as I took rookie running back Ezekiel Elliot with my first pick. Okay, I’m kind of buying his hype now, after reading about how his coach feels comfortable with him on the field in any situation. Pretty rare for a rookie.
With my fourth pick, I picked an undervalued Demarco Murray. I think he’s going to do just fine in Tennessee, and at this point in the summer he is way undervalued.
I waited until the 11th round to pick a quarterback because I feel like I found a great deal in Kirk Cousins. A round 11 pick who can potentially net me 4,500 yards and 30 touchdowns? Sign me up.
The third mock draft was a standard scoring, 12-team league and I had the seventh pick. I started off by picking Rams running back Todd Gurley, who is projected to get more than 1,200 yards and maybe even 10 touchdowns.
My second pick was slightly risky as I picked Jordy Nelson from the Packers who missed last season with an ACL injury. I also selected two receivers who I feel will have great seasons, Amari Cooper in the third round and the Cardinals’ John Brown in the fifth round.
That’s it for this week. Look for my fantasy football draft special, starting later this month.
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