Love the fantasy football mock draft. To my fiancée there couldn't possibly be anything more pointless. A FANTASY draft for a FANTASY league. I can see that look on her face now, a mixture of genuine confusion, slight irritation, and just a pinch of pity. To the uninitiated a fantasy football mock draft probably does seem like a huge waste of time. For the fantasy football power player however, mock drafting is a very useful tool. A mock draft populated with folks who are taking things seriously is an excellent way to try out various draft strategies, gauge average draft position of players, and is just plain fun. What follows is the first entry in what will be an ongoing series of blog posts. I'll chronicle my adventures in mock drafting for your perusal. Feel free to comment, praising me for my draft acumen or mocking me for my wanton stupidity. Here we go...
Yahoo Mock Draft 10 Team League 7/28/2010
Round 1 (5) - Steven Jackson - Big time talent. Piled up lots of yards but only 4 TD's last season. That number has got to go up this season right?
Round 2 (16) - Larry Fitzgerald - Pretty happy to get Fitzgerald here. No Warner worries me for sure but Larry Fitz is a beast, he should put up very respectable numbers as a number one receiver.
Round 3 (25) - Jammal Charles - Charles seems like a nice dual threat option. Hoping Thomas Jones doesn't vulture too many TD's. Colston, Jennings, Rice, Marshall, and both Steve Smiths still on the board.
Round 4 (36) - Phillip Rivers - Schaub goes one pick before me. Romo, Brady, Peyton Manning, Brees, and Rodgers are all gone. I decide to pull the trigger on the last elite level QB remaining.
Round 5 (45) - Steve Smith (NYG) - Thought I was going to miss out on Smith but the guy before me inexplicably grabs Hines Ward. Nothing against Ward but in the 5th round?
Round 6 (56) - Ronnie Brown - Bit of a gamble here but the 6th round seemed like good value. Brown cleared to fully participate in training camp...if he can only stay healthy.
Round 7 (65) - Brent Celek - Celek I think is a good safe pick. He should be heavily involved in the offense this year. Solid.
Round 8 (76) - Vincent Jackson - Risky pick here don't know if I'd do this in a real draft. This could pay off huge if Jackson comes off of his three game suspension ready to play. With Jackson threatening a holdout though this could just as easily turn into a wasted pick.
Round 9 (85) - Devin Aromashodu - Another gamble. At this point it's uncertain as to which receiver in Chicago will reap the benefits of Mike Martz's arrival in Chicago. Less sexy picks like Derrick Mason and Santana Moss were still on the board. After gambling on Jackson one pick earlier I probably should have made a safer choice here.
Round 10 (96) - Justin Forsett - With Leon Washington coming off an injury and Julius Jones as his only other competition I have to believe Forsett has the inside track to start this season.
Round 11 (105) - Donovan McNabb - Snooze. This choice feels very uninspired. McNabb could be okay but has little to no upside. I should have waited a bit longer to grab my back-up QB and gambled on Stafford, Henne, or Vince Young.
Round 12 (116) - Kenny Britt - Trying to solidify my receiving corps. Britt showed flashes last season but reportedly hasn't had the best off-season. He looks like the most talented receiver the Titans have though and should emerge as the number one at some point this season.
Round 13 (125) - Fred Jackson - Jackson showed workhorse potential last season but is mired in a three way time share on one of the worst offenses in the NFL. All signs so far point to C.J. Spiller being used as a change of pace back. Hopefully Marshawn Lynch will be moved before the start of the season giving Jackson more opportunities to showcase his skills.
Round 14 (136) - Dallas D/ST - The Cowboy defense was on a tear at the end of last season. More turnovers and special teams plays would be nice but I primarily play the match-ups on a week to week basis when it comes to D/ST units anyway.
Round 15 (145) - David Akers. A kicker is a kicker is a kicker. I'll draft one in the last round and play the match-ups throughout the season. I liked Akers last season and he was still there so....
This is an okay team. Nothing special by far. I would definitely need for some things to go my way and be active on the waiver wire for this team to be a serious contender. There's just too many question marks and uncertainties for this squad to be considered championship material.
DRAFT GRADE: C-
This concludes the first entry of Mock Draft Madness. Should have another of these posted in the next couple of days so check back soon. Feedback is always appreciated so shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with your opinions.