2014 fantasy football mock draft

When it comes to fantasy football drafts, it always amuses me when people start churning out mock drafts long before Labor Day weekend. There are too many unknowns due to injuries, position battles and stupidity for it to be worth it. I guess if you’re in a league that requires you to draft weeks before the season starts, it makes sense, but even that makes me laugh. If it’s a league for fun, go crazy. However, most of us have a financial stake in how our team is doing, and I’m sure I don’t want any of my top picks missing time due to an injury outside of the regular season or an off-the-field issue. It’s quite interesting to see the change in the average draft position in the weeks leading up to the season. Players like Steven Ridley and Cam Newton have sunk and players like James White and Emmanuel Sanders have skyrocketed.

Mock Drafts can vary greatly depending on the scoring system, especially when using Points Per Reception, and whether or not the league is a Rework League or a Dynasty League. For our purposes, this is a standard fantasy football league scoring system for a redesigned league.

This assumes a starting roster of 1 QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, 1 TE, 1 K, and 1 D/ST. Points will be awarded for the following actions:

  • Passing: 1 point for every 25 yards, 4 points for every touchdown and -2 for every interception
  • Rushing: 1 point for every 10 yards, 6 points for every touchdown, and -2 for every fumble lost
  • Receive: 1 point for every 10 yards, 6 points for every Touchdown
  • Kicks: 3 points for each field goal made and 1 point for each extra point made
  • Defense: 2 points for each fumble recovered, 2 points for each interception, 1 point for each sack, 2 points for a shutout, and 2 points for a safety

round 1

1 Jamal Charles, Kansas

2LeSean McCoy, PHI

3 Adrian Peterson, MIN

4Eddie Lacy, United Kingdom

5 Matt Forte, CHI

6Jimmy Graham, NO

7 Marshawn Lynch, MAR

8 Calvin Johnson, DET

9 Demaryius Thomas, DEN

10 Montee Ball, DEN

11 AJ Green, NIC

12 Peyton Manning, DEN

Assessment: Having a top 5 pick is easy as you could defend any of those running backs. After that, it’s a bit sketchy as there’s great depth at tight end and quarterback this year. It’s nice to think of a team with Jimmy Graham or Peyton Manning, but I would prefer a running back to start my team and develop it.

round 2

13 DeMarco Murray, DAL

14 Brandon Marshall, CHI

Dec 15 Bryant, DAL

16 Andre Ellington, ARI

17 Zac Stacy, STL

18 Drew Brees, NO

19 Giovani Bernard, CIN

20 Alshon Jeffery, CHI

21 Doug Martin, TB

22 Le’Veon Bell, PIT

23 Aaron Rodgers, UK

24 Ryan Mathews, South Dakota

Assessment: Decision time in round 2. Should I go traditional and get a second RB or is it better to get a good RB and a good WR? I think there is a lot of depth in WR this year and I recommend you get 2 solid RBs.

Round 3

25 Julio Jones, ATL

26 Jordy Nelson, United Kingdom

27 Antonio Brown, WELL

28 Randall Cobb, United Kingdom

29 Alfred Morris, WAS

30 Arian Foster, HOU

July 31 Thomas, DEN

32Andrew Luck, Ind.

33Rashad Jennings, New York

34 Toby Gerhart, JAC

35 Victor Cruz, NYG

36 Reggie Bush, DET

Assessment: If you’ve already taken two RBs, you definitely need to take a WR in round 3. If you split them, I recommend taking that second RB. If you caught Peyton, Brees, or Rodgers, you need to balance your team this round as the levels start to drop from here.

Round 4

37 Vincent Jackson, TB

38 Rob Gronkowski, NE

39 Andre Johnson, HOU

40 Matthew Stafford, DET

41 Keenan Allen, South Dakota

42 Frank Gore, San Francisco

43 DeSean Jackson, was

44 Michael Floyd, A.R.I.

45 Pierre Garcon, WAS

46 Roddy White, ATL

47Chris Johnson, NYJ

48 TY Hilton, IND

Assessment: Questions abound in round 4 due to direct or indirect health concerns. Stafford should have a great year, but I really like Kennan Allen in this spot.

Round 5

49 Larry Fitzgerald, ARI

50 Ben Tate, CLE

51 Torrey Smith, Law School

52 Steven Jackson, ATL

53 CJ Spiller, BUF

54 Jordan Cameron, CLE

55 Cordarrelle Patterson, MIN

56 Reggie Wayne, IND

57 Fred Jackson, BUF

58 ShaneVereen, NE

59 marks Colston, NO

60 Percy Harvin, AES

Assessment: If you thought round 4 was hard, round 5 is even harder. There are a handful of very high-potential players here, like Cordarrelle and CJ, but I quite like Cameron since Cleveland has the absolute worst WRs ever lined up in pro football.

Round 6

61 Julian Edelman, NE

62 Jeremy Maclin, PHI

63Eric Decker, New York

64 Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco

65Vernon Davis, S.F.

66 Wes Welker, DEN

67 Emmanuel Sanders, DEN

68 Trent Richardson, IND

69 Tom Brady, NE

70Joique Bell, DET

71 Golden Tate, DET

72 Bishop Sankey, TEN

Assessment: Tom Brady in round 6? It’s been a long time since we’ve seen anything like this. I still think he would check and grab Ryan, Rivers or Cutler in one of the next 3 rounds. I like Sanders if I want a WR here or Bell if I want a RB. He put up big numbers last year, even in a split role. That role should continue this year with him working in the red zone. Also, Reggie is not Mr. Durability.

Round 7

73Matt Ryan, ATL

74 Jason Witten, DAL

75 Mike Wallace, M.I.A.

76 Kendall Wright, TEN

77 Terrance Williams, DAL

78 Michael Crabtree, San Francisco

79 Ray Rice, BAL

80 Maurice Jones-Drew, OAK

81 Knowshon Moreno, MIA

82 Riley Cooper, PHI

83 Darren McFadden, OAK

84Nick Foles, PHI

Assessment: There is a lot of value in this round. I like that Mike Wallace has a solid year with Tannehill growing in his position. Matty Ice retrieves the weapons from him. Moreno should take over the No. 1 RB spot in a few weeks. Cooper, Williams and Wright will have solid numbers. Enjoy this round as it won’t be that easy for a few rounds.

Round 8

85 Sammy Watkins, BUF

86 Russell Wilson, AES

87 Steve Ridley, NE

88Pierre Thomas, NO

89 Tony Romo, DAL

90 Lamar Miller, M.I.A.

91 Cam Newton, CAR

92 Brandin cooks, NO

93 Cecil Shorts, JAC

94 Philip Rivers, South Dakota

95 Dwayne Bowe, Kentucky

96 Terrance West, CLE

Assessment: LOTS of questionable selections here. If you need a QB, Rivers is a must pick right now. I trust Cooks and West as rookies more than Watkins, but I’d leave Cam and Ridley alone here. Bowe could be a valuable pick here since KC has no receivers beyond him.

Round 9

97 Dennis Pitta, LBA

98 Carlos Hyde, S.F.

99 DeAndre Hopkins, HOU

100 Kyle Rodolfo, MIN

101 Jay Cutler, CHI

102 Robert Griffin III, WAS

103 Shonn Greene, TEN

104 Bernard Pierce, BA

105 Kelvin Benjamin, CAR

106 Greg Olsen, CAR

107 Darren Sproles, PHI

108 Anquan Boldin, SF

Assessment: This round is a mix of good and bad. Cutler’s ceiling is through the roof this season, but the threat of injury is always through the roof with him. Kyle Rudolph should be a solid pick now, as should Olsen. Lots of potential with Benjamin, Pitta and Hopkins.

Round 10

109 Jordan Reed, WAS

110 Jeremy Hill, CIN

111 Angelo Williams, CAR

112 Danny Woodhead, South Dakota

113 Hakeem Nicks, IND

114 Justin Hunter, TEN

115 James White, NE

116 Martellus Bennett, CHI

117 Mark Ingram, NO

118 Danny Amendola, NE

119 James Jones, OAK

120Jonathan Stewart, CAR

Assessment: I’ve been fooled by Stewart, Amendola and Nicks enough to stay away in all my fantasy football leagues. There is a lot of value in Hunter, White, Jones and Ingram in this round. Hill should see a good split of action with Bernard, as should Reed and Bennett on teams with plenty of other options.

Round 11

121 Greg Jennings, MIN.

122 Cristina Michael, AES

123 Marchioness Lee, JAC

124 Ben Roethlisberger, Well

125 Zach Ertz, PHI

126 Tre Mason, STL

127 Jordan Matthews, PHI

128 Mike Evans, VG

129 Markus Wheaton, HOLE

130 Donald Brown, South Dakota

131 LeGarrette Blount, PIT

132 Steve Smith, LBA

Assessment: Just when you’d expect to be dragging the bottom of the barrel, you’ll find happiness in plenty of WR options here. This round epitomizes why I emphasized a career in RBs early on. Lee and Matthews could end up being the top receiving options on their respective teams. Wheaton, Smith and Evans can also put up significant numbers, as can Ertz in the TE position.

Round 12

133 Devonta Freeman, ATL

134 Ladarius Green, South Dakota

135 Andy Dalton, CIN

136 Andre Williams, NYG

137 James Starks, United Kingdom

138 Knile Davis, KC

139 Khiry Robinson, NW

140 Rueben Randle, New York

141 CJ Anderson, DEN

142 Carson Palmer, ARI

143 Tavon Austin, STL

144 Seattle Seahawks D/ST

Assessment: Hi Wives! It’s always a good idea to back up your stud RBs if they have talented backups. That’s the majority of this round. There is always a team that considers itself smart in picking the best defense before the inevitable late run. I guess I can support that with a backup QB.

Round 13

145 Brandon LaFell, NE

146 Josh McCown, tuberculosis

147 Ronnie Hillman, DEN

148 Doug Baldwin, AES

149 Joe Flacco, attorney

150 Jericho Cotchery, CAR

151 Charles Clay, MIA

152 Kenny stills, NO

153 Mike James, VG

154 Mike Williams, BUF

164 San Francisco 49ers D/ST

155 Ahmad Bradshaw, IND

156 Ryan Tannehill, M.I.A.

Assessment: As mentioned in round 11, you can find solid receiving options in these later rounds. The Patriots don’t have an established No. 1 WR and LaFell could easily step into that role. Carolina is starting again at WR and Cotchery has the most seniority. Seattle showed they believe in Baldwin by giving him a win-win contract, and Stills showed a decent relationship with Brees last season, but you can’t expect consistent production from him.

round 14

157 Brian Hartline, M.I.A.

158 Mohamed Sanu, CIN

159 Andrew Hawkins, CLE

160 Kenbrell Thompkins, NE

161 Carolina Panthers D/ST

162 Denver Broncos D/ST

163 Lance Dunbar, DAL

165 Antonio Gates, South Dakota

166 Dwayne Allen, INDIA

167 Robert Woods, BUF

168Michael Vick, NYJ

Assessment: Bottom of the barrel, we found you here. Hartline, Thompkins and Hawkins are well worth a trip here if you have room for an additional WR. Other than that, take a backup or think about diving into the pool of defenses.

round 15

169 Stephen Gostkowski, NE

170 New England Patriots D/ST

171 Houston Texans D/ST

172 Cincinnati Bengals D/ST

173 Arizona Cardinals D/ST

174 Dr. Archer, Well

175Matt Bryant, ATL

176 Tampa Bay Buccaneers D/ST

177 Buffalo Bills D/ST

178 Kansas City D/ST Chiefs

179 Justin Tucker, LBA

180 St. Louis Rams D/ST

Assessment: Get a defense. They’re pretty skinny this year.

Round 16

181 Steven Hauschka, AES

182Chris Ivory, NYJ

183 Mason Crosby, UK

184 Phil Dawson, San Francisco

185 Adam Vinatieri, IND

186 Baltimore Ravens D/ST

187 Nick Folk, NYJ

188 Robbie Gould, CHI

189 Dan Bailey, DAL

190 Shayne Graham, NW

191 Alex Henery, PHI

192 Nick Novak, SD

Assessment: Get a kicker. You have to start one.

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