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To quote Woody Allen, ‘my daughter is hot’.  Woah, wrong quote!  No, the quote I was gonna go with here was ’80 percent of life is just showing up’.  That’s where all the opportunities lie, really, and this one was no different.  I was minding my own beeswax on Sunday afternoon, writing in my fantasy football diaries.  Dear diary, I dreamt of C.J. Spiller in a pool full of pudding.  $200 dollars worth to be exact.  I don’t know the significance of this price tag nor why it was pudding but I awoke with a smile on my face and my shorts didn’t fit as well as they did the night before.  I had to lay very still as the excitement that had washed over me wouldn’t settle and I knew what I had to do to quench this raging…when all of the sudden I was interrupted.  BRRRR-ring BRRR-ring!  It was twitter (my twitter brrr-ring brrr-rings at me.  No not really.  Just go with it).  Twitter told me that Jody Smith (whom you can follow @JodySmith_ on twitter) was in need of another expert for their 2013 12 team PPR redraft-style Mock Draft.  Who was I to tell a good woman no?  Oops…just looked at the twitter account and see Jody grew out a sweet red beard for no shave November.  So decidedly, Jody is not a hot chick he’s a hot guy…or something.  So off I weaseled my way onto this mock and here’s what I cam up with:

Position Player Round
QB Drew Brees 4.02
WR Calvin Johnson 1.11
WR T.Y. Hilton 6.02
WR Danario Alexander 7.11
RB Maurice Jones-Drew 2.02
RB Chris Ivory 3.11
TE Fred Davis 12.02
Flex Ahmad Bradshaw 5.11
K Stephen Gostkowski 16.02
DEF Chargers D/ST 15.11
BENCH
QB Ryan Tannehill 13.11
RB Johnathan Franklin 9.11
RB Mark Ingram 8.02
RB Pierre Thomas 10.02
WR Alshon Jeffery 11.11
WR Jarius Wright 14.02

So a few quick notes before I analyze: this was an early draft but we weren’t able to do what everyone should do with an early draft: not draft the K and the DEF.  It’s July all, if you’re doing real live drafts right now and drafting those positions,  you’re wasting a roster spot.  Sit on a couple more RBs or an RB and WR in their stead before the season starts and then figure it out.  All that said, unless you’re in a Dynasty, you shouldn’t be drafting right now.  Too many injuries and too much information can pass between now and the start of the season so I’d slow your roll.  Ok, now that we’ve covered that part, let’s break it down.  Literally, I have a team that looks like it’ll break down at any moment.  Wasn’t fully my plan but Calvin Johnson falling to me at 1.11 was the tipping point.  After that – and I’m being truthful here – I wasn’t fully familiar with the draft site we were on and had only used it sparingly in the past.  Keep in mind, this was dropped on my plate an hour before the draft started.  All this to say, I didn’t realize you had to search by last name and took Maurice Jones-Drew because I didn’t realize Steven Jackson was 1) ranked so low I couldn’t see him with a quick scroll through the list and 2) that he was available.  As you already know, I’m big on S-Jax this year so was a little saddened when that happened but I did get another guy I’m high on for the year in the 3rd.  How high am I on him?  Well you can read my Chris Ivory Sleeper post to find out.  From there, taking Drew in the 4th…I seriously can’t help myself.  He’s on the same level as Aaron Rodgers for fantasy and as much as people talk about QB being deep – myself included – Drew’s history makes him well worth the price of a 4th round when you consider he went in the 1st in many drafts last year.  Now I could blather on and on about the rest of these guys but I’m gonna point out some key things.  Andre Brown went two picks before Ingram.  That’s who I wanted and Mark is who I got.  Sad emoticon for that but at least I got Pierre to balance it out.  And speaking of PT, you can see he’s going late.  There’s value there, especially if the news of him playing first team in the OTAs holds over into the season.  He might relegate Ingram to a short yardage back.  My Fred Davis pick was me seeing a lot of ‘meh’ at TE and looking for upside.  In a 12 teamer that only starts one, I don’t see a good reason to overdraft guys like Pettigrew or Bennett.  Once you start looking at the TE position from about the 9th best down, the lines start to blur together.  At worst, this team is built for finding this year’s Dennis Pitta or streaming at the position.  High Upside with zero risk: hard to accomplish but that’s how it happened.  Outside of that, Megatron afforded me to take a bit of risk at WR the rest of the way.  I feel confident that both DX and TY are WR2 types in 2013 but I don’t think others are sold on them yet.  I have a funny feeling both of them are gonna be on a lot of my teams in 2013.  My bench WRs are pretty much forgotten men in fantasy drafts this year as well.  I’d keep my eye on these guys for early in the year and I’ll be drafting them for depth in regular leagues as well.

And with that, there be the out of the blue mock draft I participated in.  It was fun and I give thanks to Gridiron Experts for inviting me to fill in for whoever Ladd is and if you’d like to check out their combo write up, you can take a look here.  And if you’re a twitter advocate, I strongly suggest you follow those involved.  Good times with good people there.

42 Responses

  1. One Man Crusade says:
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    I love you starters. Brees in the 4th is an absolute steal. Calvin is a class of his own at WR. And your RB depth is awesome. I think Bradshaw will easily outperform his draft position (if healthy). I also like Jarius Wright late. I think he is going to put up better numbers than people think.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Thanks! Yeah, round 14 on Wright feels good and cheap. People are expecting Patterson to be that slot guy in MIN this year even though most info coming from the Vikings says he’s special teams. Wright’s gonna get a shot, he just needs to prove it.

      With how deep QB is, I know I shouldn’t take Brees there but I keep going back to the well. Rodgers and him, hard to pass them up when consistency is a factor. Calvin slipping to me with the 11th pick is downright ridiculous. I couldn’t pass it up.

  2. Kap says:
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    I love TY Hilton this year. An insane amount. He had some ridiculous games down the stretch as a rookie and he should be developing right alongside Luck. Wouldn’t be surpirsed to see him produce more than Wayne in non-PPR, but obviously not expecting it. Love your WR here, including Alshon Jeffrey. I think he’s criminally underrated this year. Where you got him (#131 overall) actaully seems pretty high compared to where he’s going in the mocks I’ve done (around 145-150), but I would still love to get him there. He’s currently the 49th pre-ranked WR on Yahoo, don’t think it’s crazy for him to be in the top 40 this year. I’m probably going to target him in real drafts when we’re past the Maclin/Britt/Mike Williams tier and the top default choices are Sidney Rice, Lance Moore, and Kendall Wright.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Yeah, I would’ve loaded up on upside WRs with my last two picks if I were allowed to but like the blurb said, had to play nice with the set up.

      I have TY ahead of Wayne even in PPR settings this year. Like you said, he was great down the stretch but the other side of the coin was Wayne faltered. I think there’ll be some old reliable names that are going to disappoint this year in drafts (Welker & Wayne are going higher then they should, IMHO) based on their ADP.

      Since it was a mock and I couldn’t get Reuben Randle, I was trying to point out some good upside fliers at that point in the draft with Alshon. Last season’s stats vs how well he played are two different things. Definitely a good candidate to end the year in the Top 40. Like the smattering of WRs you mention there. Name to keep tabs on that won’t wow you but could give you a Welker-lite year if things go right: Brian Hartline. Finally the #2 guy in Miami instead of the #1, should have a good year with Wallace stretching the field.

  3. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    Funny, I have an alarm that goes off when you write a new article or tweet, I call it stalk watch

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I have stalk watch on mine too! Just pretend those police sirens aren’t for you…

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Sky: I live in denial, so it won’t be a stretch, are you feeling any better, you had 6 bowel movements the other day, bad nachos? good indian? wife poison you?

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Haha, I’ll go with D) all of the above.

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @Sky: she is slowly killing you from the inside out

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              So we have a typical marriage is what you’re saying

              • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                @Sky: white picket fence and jerking off to her Victoria’s Secret catalog perfect

                • Sky

                  Sky says:
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                  Haha, wedded bliss in one sentence right there.

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Sky: I like to keep my finger on the pulse….did you catch my creeper of the week freestyle in Grey’s article?

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Ha, I didn’t, I’ll have to go check.

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Sky: sorta side note, i am not married and I never wonder why

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Haha, I am married and I wonder how my wife puts up with me.

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Sky: stealing prescription meds and sitting on the washer during the spin cycle?

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Ha! We do go through A LOT of fabric softener…

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Hahahaha, now I have to watch that movie again.

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Sky: an 80′s classic….I miss John Candy

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Very rare he turned out something unwatchable. Uncle Buck is a household favorite.

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Sky: As much as I love him in Uncle Buck, Spaceballs, and Summer Rental, I have to say my favorite is as Tom Tuttle from Tacoma, Washington in Volunteers with Tom Hanks, which is my favorite Hanks comedy flick

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Haven’t seen that one or if I have I’m too young to remember. Cover looks familiar on IMDB. I’ll have to give it a shot at some point.

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Nope, but I was 6 still probably in a booster seat when it came out so it’s not that shocking.

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Sky: I don’t think I ever used a booster seat, between 4-7 being in the front seat was best shit ever

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Sky: wait a minute, how old are you?

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      early 30′s

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Sky: I’ll be 38 in a couple of months

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Most of my ‘movie memories’ probably start closer to late 80′s, early 90′s unless it got played a lot on cable later on.

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Sky: my brother was 5 years older which in turn pushed me years ahead of myself, i saw Animal House before I turned 8

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Completely understand. I’m the oldest of my bunch so I didn’t have that going for me.

  4. Wallpaper Paterson says:
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    I have Wright and DX on my new dynasty team but I would not have drafted Wright in this here league. I also don’t like the Thomas pick. Otherwise, you drafted good.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Understandable. I found out late we couldn’t do what you should with an early draft – draft no K/DST – so I was doing highlighting more then I was drafting per se. PT is more a question of having Ingram and not being sure which route the Saints will go. He’s actually the front runner for the lead back job right now. Don’t be surprised if he relegates Ingram to short yardage/GL duty.

  5. Big Magoo says:
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    I actually like MJD over SJax. Jackson turns 30 this month, and has over 2800 career touches – he’s not for the risk-averse. CJ and Brees are nice value picks. I like your upside-filled bench too. Health is a bit of a question mark. This is a boom-or-bust team for sure, but it looks pretty solid.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Thanks! Yeah, from my rankings I have MJD right behind S-Jax in the rankings. I think their stability makes him superior, not the talent per se.

      I took Fred Davis but I get what you’re saying. In reality, there are only about 6 to 7 TE I’d draft this year with the idea of playing them every week. Once you’re outside that, you’re either aiming for safe or upside. I’ll take upside everyday and a fortnight at that position at that point.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Just realized you said ‘Health’ not ‘Heath’. Bravo, Sky! Health definitely a concern. But that’s all about the discount associated. Boom or bust definitely apt.

  6. Matt says:
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    Sky…who would you keep as a 3rd keeper from this group:

    Cam Newton – kept in Round 1
    Jeremy Maclin – kept in Round 3
    Kendall Wright – kept in Round 9
    Kendall Hunter – kept in Round 13
    Martellus Bennett – kept in Round 14

    14 team, PPR, 3 player keeper league, players kept in the round they were drafted in the previous year. I have Cam Newton down as my keeper, but I’m wondering since QB is deep, maybe I should let him go and keep one of the others freeing up my 1st round pick. I have 2 3rd round picks and 3 5 round picks this year which would also help grabbing WRs. My other 2 keepers are Martin and Spiller.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I’d have to say Cam. Value may not be there but I think the rest of those guys are easy to get in the draft if you want them.

      • Matt says:
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        @Sky: Thanks man…

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          No prob, good luck in your league this year.

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