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Yup, it’s that time of year.  The time of year where football is all about the what ifs and the maybes and the possibilities.  A time where everyone could have value and no pick could possibly go wrong.  So of course this was a great time to have a Mock Draft when the world is your oyster and you get to shuck the hell out of it.  So with that mindset, I joined Murph for a little bit of late February, early March mockery of the 2013 fantasy football draft system.  Let’s just look at how I did, shall we?  Yes, let’s:

Position Player Spot Drafted
QB Drew Brees 3.06
WR Julio Jones 2.07
WR Michael Crabtree 4.07
RB Jamaal Charles 1.06
RB Vick Ballard 5.06
TE Greg Olsen 7.06
FLEX Isaiah Pead 11.06
K Alex Henery 16.07
DEF Arizona Cardinals 15.06
BENCH
RB Jacquizz Rodgers 6.07
WR Kenny Britt 8.07
RB Marcus Lattimore 9.06
RB Bilal Powell 10.07
WR Rueben Randle 12.07
RB Jonathan Franklin 13.06
WR Golden Tate 14.07

So without further ado, I need to add some ado.  This was a 12 team snake draft that was made possible and sponsored by Hostess.  Hrm, that’s not right…but now I could really go for a Suzie Q.  No, it was held by MyFantasyLeague.com with real people and by real people I mean ‘non-mock robots’.  I can’t say for sure if one of them was a Kardashian or a Hilton so on that term for real people, your guess is as good as mine.  But in either case, I’m happy with this team in a 12 team draft and it’s good to see where value might lie in upcoming drafts because of it.  So, the first thing I’m gonna throw under the microscope is my penis team and see what’s good/bad/ugly/disease-ridden.  The thing I like the most would have to be my QB in Drew Brees from the third round.  Now, Brees going to me in the 3rd of a 12 team says a lot about how to view quarterbacks in 2013 fantasy drafts.  While I wasn’t the first guy to take a QB – surprisingly RG3 was the first off the board at 3.01 followed by Rodgers at 3.04 – it was a round where 6 total went.  However, Brees was one of the few set it and forget it guys from that cluster and is the main reason why I didn’t draft a backup QB.  No reason to when the man you draft has two straight 5,000+ yard, 40+ touchdown seasons under his belt, not to mention has only missed one game in the last 8 seasons.  Now what I did find interesting was how the first round shook out.  Of the first 12 picks, only Calvin Johnson broke the RB trend at 1.07 and of those RBs, there were some picks that made me worry about draft day inflation.  I took Jamaal Charles at 1.06 right after someone took Spiller with the 1.05 pick.  Now I’m not here to say CJ isn’t awesome but the fact remains Fred Jackson is still a part of that offense.  Couple that with Marshawn Lynch going at 1.08 – criminally low in my opinion – and it makes me wonder if some of these RBs are gonna get hyped above what their respective values should be for 2013.  Ok, enough about others, let’s talk about me again.  I like Vick Ballard for 2013 and he’s looking to be a decent value pick if his 5th round going rate holds.  In terms of TE, the usual suspects went high – Gronk at 2.01 and Graham at 2.04 – and I rolled with Greg Olsen because…well, because the top two were off the board and I didn’t care.  I was pleasantly surprised to not see any faith in Pitta as he went at 9.11.  Now, if you’ve ever read anything I’ve ever said, you’ll know I’m not a huge Ravens passing game fan but Pitta in the 9th is some crazy good value.  Now with Bolden a 49er, Pitta should get even more opportunities.  Outside of that, getting Pead at 11.06 is criminal and shouldn’t have happened but there are a lot of Daryl Richardson believers out there, including the team that took him at 8.10.  Count me out on that.  On my bench, my favorite picks were Golden Tate and Bilal Powell.  Though it’s not clear if Bilal will be the starter or not, he was extremely serviceable in stints last year and if he gets an expanded role, a low end RB2 type year isn’t out of the question.  Golden Tate is me believing in his last 11 games, including the playoffs where he was on a 16 game pace for 61 receptions, 923 yards and 7 touchdowns.  Or as I like to think of it, Torrey Smith without the associated price tag.  Yes, I still hold to that even with the Percy Harvin trade.

Overall, I’m happy with this way too early mock.  Probably cuz it’s way to early to be unhappy about it but also because there’s plenty of upside potential.  I feel it has a nice blend of young up and comers and stable production and feel I’d be comfortable to draft this team even in July or August.  But not September…no never September.

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  1. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    Am i the only razzballer in the football room?….that’s a little sad for me and you….lets be sad together *pops bottle cap*

    I heard you are doing a football glossary?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Depends on the news but yeah, it’s officially baseball season. Everyone and Greys mom are over at that party right now. I’ll take a root beer.

      It’s true, I’m working one up right now. There’ll be some bleed over of course. An analcyst for baseball is an analcyst for football but hoping to get it like the baseball side some day.

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Sky: if i have any ideas, I’ll throw them out. I might have to actually read your articles to get your style

        Who’s your Rudy? or do you just have a sock puppet called ground?

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Cool yeah, when I get it out there I hope to get flooded with ideas/suggestions. You don’t need to read them, just buy the cliff’s notes version.

          My Rudy is still Rudy for the most part. When Rudy doesn’t have time I put googly eyes on a sock and glue a metal scrubber on top of it.

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @Sky: HA!…so does he write articles or just help manage the site, make decisions?

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              Yeah mostly manages background operations but like Grey I’ll lean on him for glossary references. Hoping to work with him for weekly defensive stream-o-nator stuff and player rater like baseball has but I don’t know if that’s for this year or not.

                • Sky

                  Sky says:
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                  Completely. Rudy is our Warren G.

                  I still need to watch Sunny…I’ll get there, working through new season of Archer. DANGER ZONE!

                  Ha, on The Jerk! I sent the same thing to Grey when he posted Snafu Larry. There should be plenty of room for ideas, it’s not gonna start out as big as the baseball side is right now.

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Sky: tthe Rudylator

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Sky: it’s like looking in a mirror sometimes with you

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      I gotta say, you look good.

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Sky: right back at you, I noticed the buy you a mojito, I would prefer to send you an IPA

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      I’m a Hemingway fan so I felt it would be good to roll with that. That being said, who’s to say I can’t have both?

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Bill Hicks! Love that man. So sad his life was cut short. Should’ve been bigger than he was. Any man who can influence Tool is alright by me.

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Sky: my all time favorite comic. It is really sad. so many comics from the 90’s ripped him off

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Dennis Leary’s fame was Bill Hicks’ hard work. Ridiculous. I just loved him because it was genuine and that’s what made him stand out. It wasn’t a routine in the same way it was for other guys. ‘Life is just a ride’ will forever and always be my mantra.

                      BTW, Daniel Tosh pre-Tosh 2.0 – I say pre because I’ve never watched it – is what Dane Cook wishes he could be. Nowhere near the same level of Bill Hicks in terms of my like/his ability but I watched ‘Completely Serious’ and then someone introduced me to Cook. I about threw up. And he’s not even that funny!

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Sky: making fun of dane cook is just too easy at this point. it’s like pointing out that Adam Dunn strikes out a lot or that Bruce Bochy has a big head. Tosh is cool, i like his show, has great delivery. Hicks was special because if you listened to him in 2008 you would swear he was talk about Bush Jr. and that he was contemporary. it’s like Carlin had a baby in the south and sent it to college

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Ha! Yeah, I wasn’t wasting my time with that. Just amazing how popular he is/was. Never got it. Completely Serious ran probably 10 minutes longer than it should’ve but I still love it.

                      Agree about Bill. That’s the human element in it. It feels like a conversation, not a stand up routine. I think that’s part of what makes it feel timeless coupled with the actual content, of course. He just presents the facts and asks you to look at it for what it is without too much glitz on top of it and does it well.

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Sky: the masses love crap, they eat it and they buy it. A guy like hicks would scare them because they don’t want to think. I have heard two cook fans who hate Carlin, they say he is too whiney. Enough said…

                    here is my all time fav

                    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NPTJXdBBrcU

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