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:
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.