For the year-round thrill ride that is fantasy football, here's a dry run of draft expectations when holding the No. 6 slot in 12-team leagues (standard scoring), working exclusively off MockDraftCentral.com's current Average Draft Position (ADP) rankings.
Round 2, Pick 19 Overall: Motive—Best player available, preferably tailback
1st option: RB Darren McFadden, Raiders
2nd option: WR Hakeem Nicks, Giants
3rd option: RB Jamaal Charles, Chiefs
Round 3, Pick 30 Overall: Motive—Best running back or receiver
1st option: RB Jamaal Charles, Chiefs
2nd option: RB Fred Jackson, Bills
3rd option: RB Michael Turner, Falcons
Round 4, Pick 41 Overall: Motive—Best receiver or running back
1st option: WR Dwayne Bowe, Chiefs
2nd option: RB Roy Helu, Redskins
3rd option: RB Beanie Wells, Cardinals
Round 5, Pick 54 Overall: Motive—Best player available
1st option: RB Trent Richardson, Browns
2nd option: WR Jeremy Maclin, Eagles
3rd option: TE Aaron Hernandez, Patriots
Round 6, Pick 65 Overall: Motive—Best wide receiver available
1st option: WR DeSean Jackson, Eagles
2nd option: WR Reggie Wayne, Colts
3rd option: WR Kenny Britt, Titans
Round 7, Pick 78 Overall: Motive—Best receiver or tailback available
1st option: WR Justin Blackmon, Jaguars
2nd option: WR Reggie Wayne, Colts
3rd option: RB C.J. Spiller, Bills
Round 8, Pick 89 Overall: Motive—Best high-end talent available
1st option: RB Jahvid Best, Lions
2nd option: RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Bengals
3rd option: WR Sidney Rice, Seahawks
Round 9, Pick 102 Overall: Motive—Best high-end tight end or running back
1st option: TE Fred Davis, Redskins
2nd option: RB Toby Gerhart, Vikings
3rd option: RB Mikel Leshoure, Lions
Round 10, Pick 113 Overall: Motive—Best high-end talent available
1st option: RB Toby Gerhart, Vikings
2nd option: WR Nate Washington, Titans
3rd option: RB Felix Jones, Cowboys
Round 11, Pick 126: Motive—Best player available
1st option: WR Nate Washington, Titans
2nd option: TE Brandon Pettigrew, Lions
3rd option: RB Evan Royster, Redskins
Round 12, Pick 137: Motive—Best tight end available
1st option: TE Brandon Pettigrew, Lions
2nd option: TE Dustin Keller, Jets
3rd option: TE Coby Fleener, Colts
Round 13, Pick 150: Motive—Best quarterback available
1st option: QB Josh Freeman, Buccaneers
2nd option: QB Andy Dalton, Bengals
3rd option: QB Joe Flacco, Ravens
Round 14, Pick 161: Motive—Best defense or kicker
1st option: D/ST Green Bay Packers
2nd option: D/ST Philadelphia Eagles
3rd option: D/ST Chicago Bears
Round 15, Pick 174: Motive—Best kicker available
1st option: PK Matt Prater, Broncos
2nd option: PK Nate Kaeding, Chargers
3rd option: PK Rian Lindell, Bills
Round 16, Pick 185: Motive—Best wide receiver available
1st option: WR Titus Young, Lions
2nd option: WR Michael Floyd, Cardinals
3rd option: WR Jonathan Baldwin, Chiefs
- I would have taken Aaron Rodgers at No. 6 anyway, but I was disappointed to see that Calvin Johnson had been scooped up one pick earlier. From a selfish standpoint, it's always nice to have options—especially in leagues where the in-draft trading of picks is permissible.
- I currently have Fred Jackson ranked ahead of Jamaal Charles on my preseason Top 25 Running Backs list. However, landing Charles at the No. 30 slot would supercede that ranking. I just didn't want him in the first two rounds or as my top-rated tailback. Anything after that is fine.
- In a typical standard-scoring draft, I would probably take Roy Helu or Beanie Wells over Dwayne Bowe (my No. 14 receiver), but I didn't want a repeat of the last mock simulation, where Philly's DeSean Jackson was atop my wideout depth chart. That's just too much targets consternation for one to bear.
- If Trent Richardson is potentially the most explosive rookie tailback since Adrian Peterson, doesn't it make sense to draft Richardson at Round 5—Peterson's pre-draft value five years ago? Richardson is an ideal RB3 in standard-scoring leagues.
- Landing Brandon Pettigrew (83 catches, 777 yards, five TDs) at 137 is an absolute heist. When healthy, he's a lock for 75 catches and 110 targets. In a points-per-reception setting, Pettigrew would never squeeze past the 70th pick.
- I couldn't have asked for a better backup QB from Round 13 than Josh Freeman. The kid has immense talent, a new toy at running back (rookie Doug Martin) and the No. 11 trio of wide receivers (thanks to Vincent Jackson's arrival).
- Michael Floyd may possess greater upside than Titus Young, especially as a last-round pick. But I have a strict rule of drafting no more than two rookies in non-keeper leagues; and that quota was already filled with Richardson and Justin Blackmon.
- I prefer Reggie Wayne and Bills RB C.J. Spiller over Justin Blackmon in most standard-scoring scenarios. However, Blackmon's draft value (78) and spot as my WR3 warranted the sudden change of heart. It's fine to think upside after the first 72 picks go off the board.
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