Recently, twelve Fantasy Football Cafe regulars got together for a mock draft to pass the time during the offseason. This mock draft includes rookies from the 2007 NFL Draft.
This draft is a 16-round serpentine style draft that starts 1 QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, 1 TE, 1 K, and 1 DEF. The scoring is pretty standard with the exceptions of 4 points per passing touchdown and .5 points per reception (PPR). Included below the draft is a round by round commentary on the draft by resident Cafe experts Jeff LaGrassa and Gary Davenport. We hope that the mock draft helps you in your fantasy draft endeavors and please feel free to post any comments, criticisms, or questions for the drafters in the Cafe forums that can be found by clicking the link at the bottom of the page.
|1.||LaDainian Tomlinson – RB, SD||1||Gnu|
|2.|| Steven Jackson – RB, StL||1||FFN|
|3.|| Larry Johnson – RB, KC||1||BBB|
|4.|| Frank Gore – RB, SF||1||Dlux|
|5.|| Willie Parker – RB, Pit||1||Blitz|
|6.|| Shaun Alexander – RB, Sea||1||GB4L|
|7.|| Brian Westbrook – RB, Phi||1||Madas|
|8.|| Joseph Addai – RB, Ind||1||Joel|
|9.|| Peyton Manning – QB, Ind||1||Ski|
|10.|| Rudi Johnson – RB, Cin||1||Kroy|
|11.|| Reggie Bush – RB, NO||1||Treat|
|12.|| Clinton Portis – RB, Was||1||Ste|
|13.|| Steve Smith – WR, Car||2||Ste|
|14.|| Laurence Maroney – RB, NE||2||Treat|
|15.|| Marvin Harrison – WR, Ind||2||Kroy|
|16.|| Travis Henry – RB, Den||2||Ski|
|17.|| Chad Johnson – WR, Cin||2||Joel|
|18.|| Torry Holt – WR, StL||2||Madas|
|19.|| Terrell Owens – WR Dal||2||GB4L|
|20.|| Reggie Wayne, WR Ind||2||Blitz|
|21.|| Willis Mcgahee- RB, Bal||2||Dlux|
|22.|| Ronnie Brown – RB, Mia||2||BBB|
|23.|| Maurice Jones-Drew – RB, Jax||2||FFN|
|24.||Thomas Jones – RB, NYJ||2||Gnu|
|25.||Larry Fitzgerald – WR, Ari||3||Gnu|
|26.|| TJ Houshmandzadeh – WR, Cin||3||FFN|
|27.|| Edgerrin James – RB, Ari||3||BBB|
|28.|| Roy Williams- WR, Det||3||Dlux|
|29.|| Cedric Benson – RB, Chi||3||Blitz|
|30.|| Javon Walker – WR, Den||3||GB4L|
|31.|| Marshawn Lynch – RB, Buf||3||Madas|
|32.|| Randy Moss, WR, NE||3||Joel|
|33.|| Antonio Gates, TE, SD||3||Ski|
|34.|| Deuce McAllister – RB, NO||3||Kroy|
|35.|| Andre Johnson – WR, Hou||3||Treat|
|36.|| Marion Barber – RB, Dal||3||Ste|
|37.|| Marques Colston – WR, NO||4||Ste|
|38.|| Anquan Boldin – WR, Ari||4||Treat|
|39.|| Brandon Jacobs – RB, NY||4||Kroy|
|40.|| Donald Driver – WR, GB||4||Ski|
|41.|| Cadillac Williams – RB, TB||4||Joel|
|42.|| Lee Evans – WR, Buf||4||Madas|
|43.|| Adrian Peterson – RB, Min||4||GB4L|
|44.|| Braylon Edwards – WR, Cle||4||Blitz|
|45.|| Plaxico Burress – WR, NYG||4||Dlux|
|46.|| Darrell Jackson – WR, SF||4||BBB|
|47.|| Ahman Green – RB, Hou||4||FFN|
|48.||Hines Ward – WR, Pit||4||Gnu|
|49.||Warrick Dunn – RB, Atl||5||Gnu|
|50.|| Drew Brees – QB, NO||5||FFN|
|51.|| Carson Palmer – QB, Cin||5||BBB|
|52.|| Jamal Lewis- RB, Cle||5||Dlux|
|53.|| Tom Brady, QB, NE||5||Blitz|
|54.|| Calvin Johnson – WR, Det||5||GB4L|
|55.|| Reggie Brown – WR Phi||5||Madas|
|56.|| Laveranues Coles – WR, NYJ||5||Joel|
|57.|| Santana Moss, WR, Was||5||Ski|
|58.|| Donovan McNabb – QB, Phi||5||Kroy|
|59.|| Marc Bulger – QB, StL||5||Treat|
|60.|| Chester Taylor – RB, Min||5||Ste|
|61.|| Kellen Winslow Jr. – TE, Cle||6||Ste|
|62.|| Todd Heap – TE, Bal||6||Treat|
|63.|| Tony Gonzalez – TE, Kan||6||Kroy|
|64.|| Julius Jones-RB, Dal||6||Ski|
|65.|| Tatum Bell – RB, Det||6||Joel|
|66.|| Vincent Jackson – WR, SD||6||Madas|
|67.|| Deangelo Williams – RB, Car||6||GB4L|
|68.|| Chris Chambers – WR, MIA||6||Blitz|
|69.|| Alge Crumpler – TE, ATL||6||Dlux|
|70.|| Joey Galloway – WR, TB||6||BBB|
|71.|| Deion Branch – WR, Sea||6||FFN|
|72.||Matt Hasselbeck – QB, Sea||6||Gnu|
|73.||Jeremy Shockey – TE, NYG||7||Gnu|
|74.|| Bears Defense – DT, Chi||7||FFN|
|75.|| Fred Taylor – RB, Jax||7||BBB|
|76.|| Baltimore Defense – DT, Bal||7||Dlux|
|77.|| Terry Glenn – WR, Dal||7||Blitz|
|78.|| Jon Kitna – QB, Det||7||GB4L|
|79.|| Michael Vick – QB, Atl||7||Madas|
|80.|| Tony Romo – QB, Dal||7||Joel|
|81.|| Brandon Jackson – RB, GB||7||Ski|
|82.|| Mark Clayton – WR, Bal||7||Kroy|
|83.|| Devery Henderson – WR, NO||7||Treat|
|84.|| Jerricho Cotchery – WR, NYJ||7||Ste|
|85.|| Vernand Morency – RB, GB||8||Ste|
|86.|| Chris Henry – RB, Ten||8||Treat|
|87.|| D.J. Hackett – WR, Sea||8||Kroy|
|88.|| DeShaun Foster – RB, Car||8||Ski|
|89.|| Vince Young – QB, Ten||8||Joel|
|90.|| Jay Cutler – QB, Den||8||Madas|
|91.|| Chris Cooley – TE, Was||8||GB4L|
|92.|| Vernon Davis – TE, SF||8||Blitz|
|93.|| Bernard Berrian – WR, Chi||8||Dlux|
|94.|| Joe Horn – WR, Atl||8||BBB|
|95.|| Kevin Jones – RB, Det||8||FFN|
|96.||Issac Bruce – WR, StL||8||Gnu|
|97.||Phillip Rivers – QB, SD||9||Gnu|
|98.|| Greg Jennings – WR, GB||9||FFN|
|99.|| Jason Witten – TE, Dal||9||BBB|
|100.|| Matt Jones – WR, Jax||9||Dlux|
|101.|| Lamont Jordan – RB, Oak||9||Blitz|
|102.|| Adam Vinatieri – K, Ind||9||GB4L|
|103.|| Jerious Norwood – RB, Atl||9||Madas|
|104.|| Dominic Rhodes – RB, Oak||9||Joel|
|105.|| Kevin Curtis – WR, Phi||9||Ski|
|106.|| Reuben Droughns – RB, NYG||9||Kroy|
|107.|| Sydney Rice – WR, Min||9||Treat|
|108.|| Matt Leinart – QB, Ari||9||Ste|
|109.|| Santonio Holmes – WR, Pit||10||Ste|
|110.|| New England Patriots – DT, NE||10||Treat|
|111.|| Donte Stallworth – WR, NE||10||Kroy|
|112.|| Eli Manning – QB, NYG||10||Ski|
|113.|| Muhsin Muhammad – WR, Chi||10||Joel|
|114.|| Mike Bell – RB, Den||10||Madas|
|115.|| Lendale White RB Ten||10||GB4L|
|116.|| Ladell Betts- RB, Was||10||Blitz|
|117.|| Michael Turner- RB, SD||10||Dlux|
|118.|| Brandon Jones – WR, Ten||10||BBB|
|119.|| Jerry Porter – WR, Oak||10||FFN|
|120.||Leon Washington – RB, NYJ||10||Gnu|
|121.||Michael Clayton – WR, TB||11||Gnu|
|122.|| Chargers Defense – DT, SD||11||FFN|
|123.|| Drew Bennett – WR, StL||11||BBB|
|124.|| Brett Favre – QB, GB||11||Dlux|
|125.|| Dwayne Jarrett – WR, CAR||11||Blitz|
|126.|| Randy McMichael – TE StL||11||GB4L|
|127.|| Mike Furrey – WR, Det||11||Madas|
|128.|| Derrick Mason – WR, Bal||11||Joel|
|129.|| Eddie Kennison – WR, KC||11||Ski|
|130.|| Ben Roethlisberger – QB, Pit||11||Kroy|
|131.|| Lorenzo Booker – RB, Mia||11||Treat|
|132.|| Alex Smith – QB, SF||11||Ste|
|133.|| Kenny Irons – RB, Cin||12||Ste|
|134.|| Michael Bush – RB, Oak||12||Treat|
|135.|| Dwayne Bowe – WR, Kan||12||Kroy|
|136.|| Anthony Thomas – RB, Buf||12||Ski|
|137.|| Ben Watson – TE, NE||12||Joel|
|138.|| Desmond Clark – TE, Chi||12||Madas|
|139.|| Anthony Gonzalez – WR, Ind||12||GB4L|
|140.|| Travis Taylor – WR, Oak||12||Blitz|
|141.|| Jake Delhomme – QB, Car||12||Dlux|
|142.|| LJ Smith – TE, Phi||12||BBB|
|143.|| Robert Meachem – WR, NO||12||FFN|
|144.||Reggie Williams – WR, Jax||12||Gnu|
|145.||Maurice Morris – RB, Sea||13||Gnu|
|146.|| Heath Miller – TE, Pit||13||FFN|
|147.|| Chris Henry – WR, Cin||13||BBB|
|148.|| Marty Booker- WR, MIA||13||Dlux|
|149.|| Dallas Clark – TE, Ind||13||Blitz|
|150.|| Miami Dolphins – Def, Mia||13||GB4L|
|151.|| Robbie Gould – K, Chi||13||Madas|
|152.|| Tony Scheffler – TE, Den||13||Joel|
|153.|| Keyshawn Johnson – WR, Free Agent||13||Ski|
|154.|| Jacksonville Jaguars – DT, Jax||13||Kroy|
|155.|| Jeff Wilkens – K, StL||13||Treat|
|156.|| Ronald Curry – WR, Oak||13||Ste|
|157.|| Greg Olsen – TE, Chi||14||Ste|
|158.|| J.P. Losman – QB, Buf||14||Treat|
|159.|| Antonio Pittman – RB, NO||14||Kroy|
|160.|| Joe Jurevicious – WR, Cle||14||Ski|
|161.|| Denver Broncos – DT, Den||14||Joel|
|162.|| Owen Daniels – TE, Hou||14||Madas|
|163.|| Brandon Marshall – WR, Den||14||GB4L|
|164.|| Philadelphia Eagles – DT, Phi||14||Blitz|
|165.|| Brandon Lloyd – WR, Was||14||Dlux|
|166.|| Rex Grossman – QB, Chi||14||BBB|
|167.|| Shayne Graham – K, Cin||14||FFN|
|168.||Dallas Cowboys – DT, Dal||14||Gnu|
|169.||Nate Kaeding – K, SD||15||Gnu|
|170.|| Jeff Garcia – QB, TB||15||FFN|
|171.|| Carolina Panthers – DT, Car||15||BBB|
|172.|| Musa Smith -RB, Bal||15||Dlux|
|173.|| Adrian Peterson – RB Chi||15||Blitz|
|174.|| Byron Leftwich – QB, Jax||15||GB4L|
|175.|| Pittsburgh Steelers – DT, Pit||15||Madas|
|176.|| Kansas City Chiefs – DT, KC||15||Joel|
|177.|| Seattle Seahawks – DT, Sea||15||Ski|
|178.|| Ted Ginn Jr. – WR, Mia||15||Kroy|
|179.|| Correll Buckhalter – RB, Phi||15||Treat|
|180.|| Atlanta Falcons – DT, Atl||15||Ste|
|181.|| Jason Hanson – K, Det||16||Ste|
|182.|| Hank Baskett – WR, Phi||16||Treat|
|183.|| David Akers – K, Phi||16||Kroy|
|184.|| Neil Rackers – K, Ari||16||Ski|
|185.|| Najeh Davenport – RB, Pit||16||Joel|
|186.|| Olindo Mare – K, NO||16||Madas|
|187.|| Sammy Morris – RB, NE||16||GB4L|
|188.|| Dave Rayner – K, GB||16||Blitz|
|189.|| Jason Elam – K, Den||16||Dlux|
|190.|| Stephen Gostkowski – K, NE||16||BBB|
|191.|| Eric Johnson – TE, NO||16||FFN|
|192.||David Martin – TE, Mia||16||Gnu|
Gnu = Gnu314
FFN = FFNewbie
BBB = BigBadBrawler
Dlux = Deluxe_247
Blitz = Mrblitz
GB4L = GreenBay4Life
madas = Madaslives911
Joel = Joelamosobadiah
Ski = Skibrett15
Kroy = Kilroy1872
Treat = Treat24
Ste = Steelerfan513
By Jeff LaGrassa and Gary Davenport
Gary Davenport: Much as you would expect, there weren’t any big surprises in this draft’s first round. Peyton Manning went a bit earlier than I would have figured in a league that awards four points for passing touchdowns. The Reggie Bush selection at 1.11 is a nice value pick in a PPR league such as this one, and if Clinton Portis returns to form in 2007, he could be a bargain at 1.12.
Jeff LaGrassa: I agree that there weren’t any big surprises in the first round; the participants are all fantasy football experts here at the Cafe so there shouldn’t be. I also agree that Reggie Bush at 1.11 in a PPR league is quite appropriate.
GD: Another fairly “by the numbers” round. As it stands to reason in a PPR league that starts three wide receivers, you would see some of the “elite” wide receivers chosen in the second round. I’m not as convinced as some that Laurence Maroney will thrive as the Patriots’ featured back given his struggles down the stretch last season. I also think it was something of a stretch to take him ahead of a more “proven” running back in Willis McGahee. The 11th pick of the round once again yielded a solid value in the form of a second-year running back with Jacksonville’s Maurice Jones-Drew.
JL: The only pick that struck me as an odd one in round two was Ronnie Brown at 2.10, especially since Edgerrin James was still available. I’m not a big fan of Miami’s offseason moves and their draft, and the Cardinals have two experienced coaches coming in and upgraded their offensive line considerably through the draft and free agency.
GD: Some eye-opening selections in this round. Taking a rookie running back (Marshawn Lynch) who is playing behind a mediocre line on a bad team in Buffalo at 3.07 has to be considered a reach. The same can be said about Randy Moss one pick later. While the trade to New England certainly increases Randy’s fantasy value, I think that given his temperamental nature and Tom Brady’s propensity to spread the ball around, it was reaching to draft him ahead of the likes of Anquan Boldin and Andre Johnson, who led the NFL in receptions with 103 in 2006.
JL: I didn’t think the Marshawn Lynch pick was a reach considering the other RBs available at that spot (D. McAllister, M. Barber, B. Jacobs, C. Williams). The talented rookie will step right into a starting position in Buffalo, a team that upgraded their offensive line in the offseason as well. I think that when fantasy drafts roll around later this summer, Lynch’s average draft position (ADP) will fall in the middle of the third round, and right in line with this pick.
GD: Wide receivers were the name of the game in Round Four, with 8 of the 12 picks coming from that position. Anquan Boldin at 4.2 was a great value and may have been the steal of the draft to this point. The Browns’ offseason and draft has been cause for optimism in Cleveland, but not so much so as to justify drafting Braylon Edwards this early. The selection of Darrell Jackson was an interesting choice given his recent trade to San Francisco, which I feel decreases his fantasy value enough to drop him behind the likes of Hines Ward and Laveraneus Coles, who were both available.
JL: I agree that Boldin at 4.2 is great value and Braylon Edwards was drafted a little too soon. Even if you’re a firm believer in the “Third-year WR stud” theory, it’s hard to imagine that Edwards will accrue stats worthy of this draft position with possibly rookie QB Brady Quinn slinging the rock to him, especially considering Quinn’s known accuracy issues. Plaxico Burress, Hines Ward, and Reggie Brown are just three of the marquee names that were still available at that point. I’m also one who thinks that Ahman Green’s fortunes won’t improve despite the change of scenery in Houston. This is a 30 year old RB playing with a first year starting QB, behind one of the worst offensive lines in football, and most likely in a running back by committee (RBBC) situation.
GD: Signal callers took center stage in round number five, as five quarterbacks were drafted, and the likes of Drew Brees, Carson Palmer, Tom Brady, Donovan McNabb, and Marc Bulger are all solid values in the fifth. Selecting Lions rookie wide receiver Calvin Johnson ahead of wideouts such as Reggie Brown, Laveranues Coles, and Santana Moss was a risky move, but if the Georgia Tech star meets expectations that risk may pay off.
JL: I’m actually quite impressed that the mock drafters held off on QBs this long – these experts wisely focused on building RB and WR depth in the earlier rounds, knowing that there’s a lot of depth in the second tier of QBs after Peyton Manning. If I must nitpick, I personally didn’t like the choice of Donovan McNabb before Marc Bulger given McNabb’s injury history and the slew of weapons Bulger has available to him in St. Louis.
GD: Round six kicked off with a group of second-tier Tight Ends being selected (Kellen Winslow, Todd Heap, and Tony Gonzalez, in that order), who all scored within 8 fantasy points of each other in this format in 2006. Tatum Bell could definitely be looked at as a high-risk/high-reward pick. If Kevin Jones’ injured foot keeps him sidelined for a significant part of 2007, Tatum Bell could pay big fantasy dividends in Mike Martz’s offense. However, recent reports have stated that Kevin Jones will be ready for training camp, which would likely relegate Tatum to the bench and make this pick a wasted one.
JL: I thought the Winslow and Gonzalez picks were appropriate considering their owners had built good depth on their rosters to that point. However the Heap pick was a luxury that owner could not afford which left him with very shaky running back depth. Deangelo Williams at 6.07 was a steal!
GD: The selection of two defenses in the first part of Round Seven are questionable in my opinion. Given the inherent unpredictability of Fantasy Defenses (rarely does the top-ranked defense entering the season finish the season in that spot), and the importance of depth to a fantasy roster, drafting any defense (even those as vaunted as Chicago’s or Baltimore’s) is not generally advisable. If Jacksonville running back Fred Taylor can come close to matching his 2006 production (1,388 yards from scrimmage and 6 TDs) this season, he would represent excellent value with the third pick of the round.
JL: There appears to be considerable controversy at the Cafe over the drafting of a top defense early. I’m in 100% agreement that the selection of two defenses in the 7th round is not a preferred strategy. One can’t say enough about the value of these middle round picks and adding depth, instead of using these picks on these less important positions. There exists a wealth of data and consistent trends that the top defensive teams and kickers rarely repeat as top finishers the following year, and the difference between the top defenses or kickers and the average ones is very small. The loss of value when using draft picks on defenses and kickers before the 11th round is simply enormous.
GD: This year’s Madden cover boy (and potential “curse” victim), Tennessee quarterback Vince Young, was selected in the eighth round, and while his passing numbers were far from spectacular in 2006 (51.5% completion percentage, 12 touchdowns, 13 interceptions), his 552 yards and 7 touchdowns on the ground offset this (especially in a 4 pt. passing/6 pt. rushing TD league such as this one). However, I do feel he is a solid pick as a “platoon” QB. The end of the round saw two veteran wideouts in Joe Horn and Isaac Bruce chosen, and while each has had an excellent NFL career, each also has significant questions regarding their durability and situations heading into the 2007 season.
JL: In the offseason, the Titans had some significant free agent losses in RB Travis Henry and WR Drew Bennett, and in my opinion, there are major questions about the running backs and wide receivers that will start this year in Tennessee which affects Vince Young’s value. I would have opted for the QB selected with the next pick, Jay Cutler. The young Denver quarterback averaged 88.5 in QB rating and threw two touchdown passes in four out of five starts at the end of last year. With regards to “platooning”, I did find it curious that both managers who took Young and Cutler also selected a quarterback in the previous round. I have San Francisco TE Vernon Davis ranked as my second best for 2007 after Gates, and acquiring him late in the 8th round may prove to be a steal.
JL: Waiting until the end of the 9th round to choose a starting QB was a risky move, but that owner has to be ecstatic at nabbing Matt Leinart. A new coaching staff and an upgraded offensive linemen should pay dividends for the young quarterback. The owner that drafted a kicker in the 9th round should be hanging his head in shame. Who would you rather have on your roster – Eli Manning, Ladell Betts, Michael Turner, or a kicker?
GD: Couldn’t agree more. Simply put, there is no viable reason to ever select a kicker as early as Adam Vinatieri was in this draft since the top rated fantasy kicker and top scoring fantasy kicker are rarely ever the same, and even if they were, 9.06 would still be way too soon to take one.
JL: Woe is the Tomlinson and Portis owners who didn’t handcuff their stud RBs. I’m actually surprised that Turner and Betts made it to the tenth round. Mike Bell is also a necessary handcuff that the Travis Henry owner missed out on. Not every stud running back has a handcuff, but fantasy owners of those who do need to keep them in mind when drafts approach later this summer.
GD: I find it interesting that in this draft so little “fantasy faith” existed for Titans’ second-year running back LenDale White that he was drafted a full two rounds later than Tennessee rookie Chris Henry, especially given that Henry was a split-time back who gained less than 1,000 Yards on the ground in his collegiate career at Arizona.
JL: Now we are starting to see some appropriate defensive picks. I really like the Chargers here in the 11th round. Also, if rumors of the new spread offense with 4 WR sets and 3 TE sets for the Steelers are true, getting Ben Roethlisberger here could be a steal.
GD: The San Diego selection isn’t a bad one in and of itself, however, given that defenses generally have little trade value in fantasy football and that the same team spent a seventh round pick on a defense (Chicago at 7.02), the selection of the Chargers’ defense at 11.02 strikes me as a wasted pick.
JL: We’ve already seen a few, but now the rookies are beginning to come off the boards in the 12th round, which is where most of them should be going. With a few exceptions, it’s rare to see rookies make much of a fantasy impact no matter the position, and the chance of bust is great. Oakland WR Travis Taylor is a curious selection, given that Ronald Curry was still available.
GD: I agree that rookies have a fairly high chance of busting, but I also feel the three rookie wide receivers drafted here all have some decent sleeper potential. Dwayne Bowe (12.03) should start opposite Eddie Kennison in Kansas City, while both Anthony Gonzalez (12.07) and Robert Meachem (12.11) will be playing in high-powered offenses (Indianapolis and New Orleans, respectively).
JL: A 13th round pick that yielded a lot of debate as this draft was occurring was WR Chris Henry of the Bengals, who will be suspended for the first 8 games of the season. Unless bench sizes are exceedingly large, with NFL bye weeks and surprise free agents in the first few weeks of the season, it’s doubtful that Henry would make it to the 9th game on that manager’s roster (or it would be foolish to do so) and I agree that this is a wasted pick. WR Keyshawn Johnson retired after this draft occurred which makes that owner’s pick unfortunately a wasted one as well. I think the 13th round is still too early for a kicker. Wouldn’t you rather have a sleeper QB with upside like J.P Losman, Jeff Garcia or Rex Grossman, or a WR prospect like Ronald Curry, Brandon Marshall or Ted Ginn Jr. instead of a kicker could turn out to be average and swapped out by the 6th game of the season?
GD: I agree completely about Henry. Although he’s a talented receiver, a seven man bench is simply too small to waste a roster spot on a player that will miss at least eight weeks. Keyshawn was a risky pick (and an illustration of the potential perils of early drafts), but had he signed with, say, Tennessee (as had been rumored) it would have been a great value, so I’m willing to give a “Mock Mulligan” on that choice.
JL: In the 14th round we’re seeing some backup TEs and QBs selected, including the aforementioned sleepers at QB. I think the selection of RB Antonio Pittman is a little curious in anything but dynasty keeper leagues. With RBs Deuce McAllister and Reggie Bush ahead of him on the depth chart I’d be surprised if Pittman sees the field, let alone be fantasy relevant, in a yearly re-draft league such as this mock is based on.
GD: I see Pittman as low-cost injury insurance for McAllister owners. Personally, I would rather burn a late flier on that type of insurance than hope I have waiver priority should Deuce go down, as at that time, the former Buckeye’s role in the New Orleans Offense would likely increase significantly. Cleveland wideout Joe Jurevicius could be a great value this late if he can recapture even part of his 2005 “magic”, when he scored double-digit touchdowns for the Seattle Seahawks.
JL: By the 15th round, the defenses are coming out in full force, and with a defensive minded coach like Mike Tomlin at the helm, I think getting the Steelers defense here is fantastic value. I see that Correll Buckhalter was chosen in this round, a player that struggled to remain fantasy relevant last year when he had the backup gig to Brian Westbrook to himself. Now competing for carries with Tony Hunt, I’d be surprised if Buckhalter can make any fantasy impact in 2007, even if Westbrook were to miss some time.
GD: Considering his recent struggles during stints on bad teams in Cleveland and Detroit and that he may not even be the opening day starter in Tampa, I think the best place for quarterback Jeff Garcia (15.02) to begin the 2007 fantasy season in most leagues is on the waiver wire.
JL: And the kickers come flying off the shelves in the 16th and final round as they should. They are simply fantasy afterthoughts that should barely affect overall scoring in your league. If there are kickers scoring more than 20 points any given week in your league, then you have poor league settings. Fantasy football should be won or lost by the combined efforts of your RBs, WRs, QBs, TEs, and defense, not because you award a silly 10 points for a field goal of 50 yards or more.
GD: Looking back on my own mock, I can’t say I’m thrilled (or disgusted) with the team I assembled, and it was due in large part to my selection of Marvin Harrison in the 2nd round. I’ve got nothing against Mr. Harrison (he’s my top-ranked WR heading into the season), and this is a topic that will be discussed and debated extensively as we near the heart of fantasy draft “season”, but if you decide to draft a wide receiver in the first two rounds, don’t be surprised if you find yourself scrambling for running backs, or if the final result isn’t what you had intended.
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