To help prepare for the upcoming football season, twelve Cafe members got together and went through a long exercise of mocking a draft for a dynasty league. The Cafe members who participated in this mock draft and their corresponding draft order, are as follows:
1 – iamgregg
2 – FantasyFutballGuru13
3 – madaslives911
4 – Wenchtamer
5 – LS2throwed
6 – Kareighuis
7 – TrueNinerFan
8 – PMoneyTKE
9 – Yianni2112
10 – aawall91
11 – houstonherdfan
12 – water boy
Starter settings are as follows: Starting roster: 1 QB; 2 RB; 3 WR; 1 TE; 1 K; 1 D/ST. The scoring rules include:
Every 25 passing yards: 1 point
Each passing TD: 4 pts
Each interception thrown: -2 points
Every 10 rushing yards: 1 point
Each rushing TD: 6 points
Every 10 receiving yards: 1 point
Each receiving TD: 6 points
Each return TD: 6 points
Each reception: 0.5 points
While the mock draft has taken place early May, the results should be able to serve as an indicator of how most fantasy football players would value certain players come draft day and where your favorite players would go off the draft board. Hereunder are the results for the initial seven rounds which include a brief analysis for each round.
Round 1 Analysis:
Not really a huge RB run here but obviously, experienced fantasy players would normally draft their starter RB in the first round considering the importance and volatility of the position. As expected, Adrian Peterson would be the first RB taken in most draft and that only a Vikings or Peterson hater would maybe decide to pass him. Some of the PPR studs like Brian Westbrook and Ladainian Tomlinson who have traditionally occupied the top of the best breed of RBs are getting older so it’s not surprising to see Forte, Jones-Drew, Chris Johnson and Slaton as the new cream of the crop that will be taken ahead of them… There is no doubt that Jones-Drew would be a solid pick at 1.03 since the absence of Fred Taylor elevates Jones-Drew’s value… Forte’s performance last season was simply amazing so it is not that surprising to see him taken early at 1.02… The Jonathan Stewart pick might be quite of a reach here considering that he is playing second fiddle to DeAngelo Williams but he has a lot of upside. Take note that Williams have been ignored in this round.
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Round 2 Analysis:
The eyebrow raisers in this round were Hightower who was taken so high at 2.02 and DeAngelo Williams slipping at 2.07… Considering the offseason moves, it would be a risk to take Hightower early in the second round as he would have to slug it out with Chris Wells for the starting gig. Hightower was given that opportunity to replace Edgerrin James as the main RB last season but unfortunately, it gave him a bout of “stage fright”. We can only hope that he would be able to overcome that nervousness in this point of his career.
Going back to DeAngelo Williams, his performance last year was awesome… So awesome specially if we look at his production statistics which include 1515 rushing yards (94.7 average rushing yards per game) 18 rushing TDs and 2 receiving TDs… Inspite of these sweet and high numbers and being a TD machine, no one took him on the first round. A forgotten hero i hope not… LT at 1.12 would not be a tough pill to swallow.
In the case of the WRs taken in this round, we see five receivers getting off the board. I was a bit surprised to see Calvin Johnson being taken ahead of Larry Fitzgerald given the unstable QB situation in the Lions camp. Nonetheless, Calvin Johnson and Fitzgerald will definitely be the top wideouts who would be drafted high this year.
|Pick #||POS||Selected Player|
Analysis: We see this round being dominated by wide receivers. A couple of them like Roy Williams and Braylon Edwards have good sleeper values…. Look for Holmes to be a potential candidate for being a top wideout this year since the Steelers have a soft passing schedule… Knowshon Moreno at 3.03 was an intriguing pick but could be justified by the explanation that the owner was looking to build a dynasty team composed of young players with lots of potentials and upside… I think he will be the most sought after RB in dynasty leagues with PPR scoring.
Analysis: Quarterbacks would normally be taken in the 5th round but not for this mockers and it’s quite a shocker that Tony Romo comes off the board ahead of the three elite QBs Brees, Manning and Brady. With Terrell Owens gone, Romo doesn’t have much plenty of solid weapons and he usually chokes on playoff games. Take him early if you love him but prudence dictates that you either have to draft Brees, Manning or Brady (not necessarily in that order) if ever you want to draft a QB early.
Randy Moss at 4.05 and being the 17th WR taken could be a steal. He was a scoring machine last time Brady was healthy so look for this duo to stage a good bounceback season and be the best QB-WR tandem if they could stay away from injuries…. Jason Witten could be the consensus top pick for the TE position as he’d be the only experienced receiver in the Cowboys team.
|05.12||WR||Chad Ocho Cinco|
Analysis: Nothing much I can say about this round as we see some owners snagging the top-ranked rookies (or should I rather term them as the Boom-or-Bust players?). Darren McFadden and Mendenhall didn’t live up to expectations last year so I don’t think they would have much fantasy value except as being back-up RBs… Chad Ocho Cinco could be a bitter pill to take here – another love him or hate him case but I personally wouldn’t waste my pick on this guy.
Analysis: Players like Tony Gonzalez, Terrell Owens and Derrick Ward will have a change of scenery which could either bode well for them or create some problems with respect to play adjustments but either way, they are good value picks in this round… the next set of QBs taken are Rodgers, Ryan and Rivers. Am not that sure whether Rivers would be that productive this year and for the future years to come (I still hate his face) but am optimistic that Rodgers and Ryan would become solid fantasy QBs.
|07.11||WR||Ted Ginn Jr.|
Analysis: Here is the round where injury-prone RBs or unpredictable RBs get to be drafted like Willie Parker, Lendale White, Larry Johnson, Thomas Jones and Willis McGahee. It’s not really that risky to take them unless their injury history is a major concern to some fantasy owners…. Jay Cutler is a good value pick in this round and if he can limit his tantrums and start acting as a leader, I think he will be able to orchestrate a good passing offense for the Bears. Cutler loves to throw the ball to his receivers and with Forte, Hester, Olsen, Bennett and Iglesias as good weapons, there is a high probability that his value will skyrocket when the Bears offense gets going.
By the way, am the one who drafted Jay Cutler and here is the fantasy team which I have assembled for this mock draft:
1.03 Maurice Jones-Drew – RB, JAC
2.10 Reggie Wayne – WR, IND
3.03 Knowshon Moreno – RB, DEN
4.10 Wes Welker – WR, NE
5.03 Ryan Grant – RB, GBP
6.10 Eddie Royal – WR, DEN
7.03 Jay Cutler – QB, CHI
8.10 Darren Sproles – RB, SDC
9.03 Owen Daniels – TE, HOU
10.10 Brian Robiskie – WR, SFO
11.03 Carson Palmer – QB, CIN
12.10 Ernest Graham – RB, TBB
13.03 Domenik Hixon – WR, NYG
14.10 Fred Taylor – RB, NE
15.03 Davone Bess – WR, MIA
16.10 Tony Scheffler – TE, DEN
17.03 Tenessee Titans – D/ST
18.10 Malcolm Floyd – WR, SDC
19.03 Josh Freeman – QB, TBB
20.10 Mason Crosby – K, GBP
My RB crew might not be that spectacular but I could probably be able to upgrade my RBs by way of trades. I got my kicker in the last round and I couldn’t be more than happy to have Mason Crosby here. All kickers are ripe for picking in the last round in case you didn’t know. Overall, I think that this fantasy team would be decent enough to put up a good fight. So with that, good luck in your 2009 drafting!
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