Fantasy Football 2012: 12-Team PPR Draft Recap and Review
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Enough with the mock drafting, right? It's time for an actual draft. And as it happens, I took part in a draft Saturday (July 7th) night. Here's the basic breakdown:
- 12-team, PPR, redraft league
- Paid entries and cash prizes
- Public league
- Start 1 QB, 2 RB, 2 WR, 1 RB/WR, 1 TE, 1 DST, 1 K
We are going to break down this draft and see what we can learn. While I will not be reviewing every pick in detail, we will examine each round.
Being that this draft took place in July, I would expect your draft in late-August to look a bit differently. But I've learned over time that you can actually be MORE successful drafting earlier in the summer, provided that you do your homework. So don't be afraid to take the plunge if you feel that you are ready.
NOTE: Teams will be referred to as "Team A", "Team B", "Team C" etc.
Round 1 Breakdown
Arian Foster was the No. 1 overall pick in the draft.
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Pick 1 - Team A - Arian Foster, RB, HOU
Pick 2 - Team B - LeSean McCoy, RB, PHI
Pick 3 - Team C - Ray Rice, RB, BAL
Pick 4 - Team D - Chris Johnson, RB, TEN
Pick 5 - Team E - Ryan Matthews, RB, SD
Pick 6 - Team F - Calvin Johnson, WR, DET
Pick 7 - Team G - Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, JAC
Pick 8 - Team H - Darren McFadden, RB, OAK
Pick 9 - Team I - Jimmy Graham, TE, NO
Pick 10 - Team J - Aaron Rodgers, QB, GB
Pick 11 - Team K - Trent Richardson, RB CLE
Pick 12 - Team L - Matt Forte, RB, CHI
Interesting first round. Three RBs currently holding out (Rice, Jones-Drew & Forte) were still drafted where they would be anyway.
I wouldn't touch Darren McFadden in Round 1, but to each his own. I like Trent Richardson, but he would have to have one of the great all-time rookie seasons by a RB to justify his draft position.
Jimmy Graham goes ahead of Gronkowski who is not drafted in Round 1. This was a VERY RB-heavy round. Old school, if I do say so myself.
BEST PICK - Aaron Rodgers at No. 10.
I'm not a big fan of drafting QBs early, but that's a nice value late in Round 1.
WORST PICK - Darren McFadden at No. 8.
Even early-to-mid Round 2 might be too early for McFadden, at least for me.
Round 2 Breakdown
Drew Brees fell all the way to the No. 11 pick in Round 2.
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Pick 1 - Team L - DeMarco Murray, RB, DAL
Pick 2 - Team K - Marshawn Lynch, RB, SEA
Pick 3 - Team J - Larry Fitzgerald, WR, ARI
Pick 4 - Team I - Wes Welker, WR, NE
Pick 5 - Team H - Tom Brady, QB, NE
Pick 6 - Team G - Jamaal Charles, RB, KC
Pick 7 - Team F - Rob Gronkowski, TE, NE
Pick 8 - Team E - Darren Sproles, RB, NO
Pick 9 - Team D - Steven Jackson, RB, STL
Pick 10 - Team C - Adrian Peterson, RB, MIN
Pick 11 - Team B - Drew Brees, QB, NO
Pick 12 - Team A - Fred Jackson, RB, BUF
After the mad rush for RBs in Round 1, Round 2 proved to be a feeding frenzy for what remained at the RB position. Sproles is the only RB drafted in Round 2 without significant injury questions, and his upside is limited by his total number of touches.
Only three WRs are off the board through two rounds. Drew Brees at the end of Round 2 is a steal. He will be going late in Round 1 very, very soon.
BEST PICK - Drew Brees at No. 11.
There is a clear separation after the top tier of QBs and Brees has done nothing to make you think his production will fall off in 2012.
WORST PICK - Adrian Peterson at No. 10.
Look, I love AP. But he is still a human being. No RB has ever suffered a torn ACL as late in the season as Peterson did and produced as a fantasy RB1 the next season.
Could he have some useful games in the second half of the season? Sure. Is that worth your second round draft pick? Not a chance.
Jamaal Charles at No. 6 is a close second-place here.
Round 3 Breakdown
Victor Cruz has gone from waiver wire phenom to a second round draft pick in less than a calendar year.
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Pick 1 - Team L - Julio Jones, WR, ATL
Pick 2 - Team K - Andre Johnson, WR, HOU
Pick 3 - Team J - Victor Cruz, WR, NYG
Pick 4 - Team I - Doug Martin, RB, TB
Pick 5 - Team H - Cam Newton, QB, CAR
Pick 6 - Team G - Roddy White, WR, ATL
Pick 7 - Team F - A.J. Green, WR, CIN
Pick 8 - Team E - Greg Jennings, WR, GB
Pick 9 - Team D - Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, NYG
Pick 10 - Team C - Hakeem Nicks, WR, NYG
Pick 11 - Team B - Percy Harvin, WR, MIN
Pick 12 - Team A - Matthew Stafford, QB, DET
And so begins the massive run on WRs. Pretty good value on Cam Newton here and excellent value on Matthew Stafford as the last pick in the round. Julio Jones goes before Roddy White and Victor Cruz goes before Hakeem Nicks.
Doug Martin and Ahmad Bradshaw seem like reaches here, a product of the number of RBs already selected.
BEST PICK - Matthew Stafford at No. 12.
Stafford and Newton seem the most likely candidates to move into that top tier of QBs. Stafford should be a bit more consistent than Newton as the latter will somewhat rely on rushing TDs to maintain/increase his value.
WORST PICK - Doug Martin at No 4.
I like Doug Martin the football player. I am excited about the future prospects of Doug Martin the fantasy football player. I am not at all excited about Doug Martin as the No. 4 pick in the third round during his rookie season.
He's not guaranteed to start and he will be in some kind of timeshare all season long. He could return mid-range RB2 value, but it would be better to get a potential WR1 here, especially in a PPR league.
Round 4 Breakdown
Despite offseason concerns about a decreasing number of carries, Michael Turner was still a third round draft pick.
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Pick 1 - Team L - Jordy Nelson, WR, GB
Pick 2 - Team K - Dez Bryant, WR, DAL
Pick 3 - Team J - Brandon Marshall, WR, DEN
Pick 4 - Team I - Marques Colston, WR, NO
Pick 5 - Team H - Mike Wallace, WR, PIT
Pick 6 - Team G - Michael Vick, QB, PHI
Pick 7 - Team F - Reggie Bush, RB, MIA
Pick 8 - Team E - Miles Austin, WR, DAL
Pick 9 - Team D - Demaryius Thomas, WR, DEN
Pick 10 - Team C - Antonio Gates, TE, SD
Pick 11 - Team B - Michael Turner, RB, ATL
Pick 12 - Team A - Jeremy Maclin, WR, PHI
And the plot begins to thicken. Michael Vick is a wild-card, but he should go in Round 4 or Round 5 in these formats. I would rather have Eric Decker over his teammate Demaryius Thomas.
Reggie Bush is a big gamble here. Michael Turner could fall even further than this as the summer progresses. Dez Bryant went ahead of Miles Austin.
BEST PICK - Mike Wallace at No. 5.
Wallace will be in camp for the Steelers. Remember he's a restricted free agent, not under a franchise tag. He doesn't catch as many passes as you would like in a PPR, but his big-play ability is elite and he has high-end WR1 upside.
WORST PICK - Demaryius Thomas at No. 9.
Yes, Thomas made some big plays (after the catch) last season. But he spent the early part of the season injured. Again. And played "banged-up" later in the year. He has all of the physical talent in the world. But his average-at-best route running won't please Peyton Manning. I would rather have Eric Decker.
Round 5 Breakdown
Frank Gore was once a first round fantasy draft pick. It wasn't even that long ago. He was drafted in the 5th round.
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Pick 1 - Team A - Steve Smith, WR, CAR
Pick 2 - Team B - Dwayne Bowe, WR, KC
Pick 3 - Team C - Antonio Brown, WR, PIT
Pick 4 - Team D - Steve Johnson, WR, BUF
Pick 5 - Team E - DeSean Jackson, WR, PHI
Pick 6 - Team F - Issac Redman, RB, PIT
Pick 7 - Team G - Frank Gore, RB, SF
Pick 8 - Team H - Roy Helu, RB, WAS
Pick 9 - Team I - Shonn Greene, RB, NYJ
Pick 10 - Team J - C.J. Spiller, RB, BUF
Pick 11 - Team K - Eric Decker, WR, DEN
Pick 12 - Team L - Jahvid Best, RB, DET
This round was the fantasy football equivalent of the Island of Misfit Mascots. This was the tail-end of the WR group with WR1 potential. All of the RBs here have questions of some sort and we've seen our first "backup" RB get drafted when C.J. Spiller went at No. 10.
BEST PICK - Dwayne Bowe at No. 2.
I'm not a huge Dwayne Bowe guy. But he is undoubtedly talented and he has been a WR1 in the recent past. He is a "boom-or-bust" type of player, but he's playing for a contract and we could see a career-best season from him.
WORST PICK - Roy Helu at No. 8.
Have ya'll learned nothing? You do not DRAFT Mike Shanahan RBs. You pick them up off of the waiver wire. The Redskins do not see Helu as a full-time RB. He should be successful enough with limited touches to be a fantasy asset, but more of a flex-type player, not a fifth round draft pick.
Round 6 Breakdown
Will Willis McGahee come close to matching last season's success with Peyton Manning replacing Tim Tebow at QB for the Broncos?
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Pick 1 - Team L - Brandon Lloyd, WR, NE
Pick 2 - Team K - Tony Romo, QB, DAL
Pick 3 - Team J - Beanie Wells, RB, ARI
Pick 4 - Team I - Willis McGahee, RB, DEN
Pick 5 - Team H - Aaron Hernandez, TE, NE
Pick 6 - Team G - Vincent Jackson, WR, TB
Pick 7 - Team F - James Starks, RB, GB
Pick 8 - Team E - Jermichael Finley, TE, GB
Pick 9 - Team D - Philip Rivers, QB, SD
Pick 10 - Team C - Kenny Britt, WR, TEN
Pick 11 - Team B - Jonathan Stewart, RB, CAR
Pick 12 - Team A - Ben Tate, RB, HOU
Now this round seemed to have a bit more meat on its bones. Brandon Lloyd, Vincent Jackson and Kenny Britt all have low-end WR1 upside. With Finley and Hernandez off of the board, Jason Witten and Vernon Davis should go soon.
Ben Tate is our first pure "handcuff" draft pick as he was selected by Arian Foster's owner. And such is the price of owning Foster.
BEST PICK - Aaron Hernandez at No 5.
Hernandez was the No. 3 fantasy TE in most formats last season, and it's doubtful that he's going to slow down much with Tom Brady at QB. Although TE is a deep position, Hernandez will outscore some of the WRs who were drafted ahead of him.
WORST PICK - Beanie Wells at No. 3.
I'm almost speechless. Sure, Wells had a few nice games last season. But physically, he was a mess all year. He pretty much has been that way since Ohio State. There's not even a guarantee that he is healthy at the start of the season or that he's the clear-cut No. 1 starting RB in Arizona.
Round 7 Breakdown
Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning was still available in Round 7.
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Pick 1 - Team A - Vernon Davis, TE, SF
Pick 2 - Team B - Jason Witten, TE, DAL
Pick 3 - Team C - Pierre Garcon, WR, WAS
Pick 4 - Team D - Reggie Wayne, WR, IND
Pick 5 - Team E - Ryan Williams, RB, ARI
Pick 6 - Team F - Eli Manning, QB, NYG
Pick 7 - Team G - David Wilson, RB, NYG
Pick 8 - Team H - BenJarvus Green-Ellis, RB, CIN
Pick 9 - Team I - Stevan Ridley, RB, NE
Pick 10 - Team J - Peyton Hillis, RB, KC
Pick 11 - Team K - Torrey Smith, WR, BAL
Pick 12 - Team L - Mark Ingram, RB, NO
Wow. You have two very established TEs and one elite QB being drafted in this round. Literally every other selection was a reach, sleeper, handcuff or bounce-back selection. None of these players inspires much confidence.
Torrey Smith could be a nice pick here and Pierre Garcon is not without upside with Robert Griffin III at QB. But Ryan Williams isn't even healthy yet. And David Wilson is far from a lock to be the handcuff to Ahmad Bradshaw.
BEST PICK - Eli Manning at No. 6.
I think I like Eli the "actual" QB better than Eli the "fantasy" QB. But he's a great value here. Think about it. He has a proven track record, solid weapons on offense and he stays healthy. How did Tony Romo go before him?
WORST PICK - David Wilson at No. 7.
This isn't even Bradshaw's owner reaching for a supposed handcuff. Somebody just drafted Wilson as a starter for his fantasy team. He's currently fourth on the Giants RB depth chart. Think of him as future insurance for Bradshaw, not necessarily an asset in 2012, especially early in the year.
Round 8 Breakdown
Toby Gerhart could see a heavy workload early in the season as Adrian Peterson makes his way back from knee surgery.
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Pick 1 - Team L - Brandon Pettigrew, TE, DET
Pick 2 - Team K - Michael Bush, RB, CHI
Pick 3 - Team J - Toby Gerhart, RB, MIN
Pick 4 - Team I - Matt Ryan, QB, ATL
Pick 5 - Team H - Donald Brown, RB, IND
Pick 6 - Team G - Robert Meachem, WR, SD
Pick 7 - Team F - Denarius Moore, WR, OAK
Pick 8 - Team E - Malcom Floyd, WR, SD
Pick 9 - Team D - Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, ATL
Pick 10 - Team C - Ben Roethlisberger, QB, PIT
Pick 11 - Team B - Santonio Holmes, WR, NYJ
Pick 12 - Team A - Daniel Thomas, RB, MIA
It's not getting ugly yet, but it will be "last call" soon enough.
Toby Gerhart could be a very solid RB2, at least early in the season. Donald Brown is an intriguing pick and he has plenty of upside if he has the Colts RB job all to himself.
Meachem and Denarius Moore both carry injury risks and tons of upside. Both of the QBs here are solid values in Round 8.
BEST PICK - Donald Brown at No. 5.
Brown does little to excite you much. But RBs who are the primary RB for their NFL team have good fantasy value. Give a RB twenty touches in a PPR league and he will return RB2 value. Not to mention that once upon a time Donald Brown was a highly-regarded prospect and a first-round pick in the actual NFL draft.
WORST PICK - Daniel Thomas at No. 12.
There weren't very many egregious picks in this round, so Thomas "wins." The offseason rumblings have indicated that Thomas might not be that good and the new coaching staff is not tied to him. Rookie Lamar Miller seems to be getting the hype right now and he could be a decent PPR fill-in for Bush if (when) he gets injured.
Round 9 Breakdown
Peyton Manning dropped to the ninth round, the latest he has gone in fantasy drafts since his rookie season.
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Pick 1 - Team A - Peyton Manning, QB, DEN
Pick 2 - Team B - Sidney Rice, WR, SEA
Pick 3 - Team C - LeGarrette Blount, RB, TB
Pick 4 - Team D - Fred Davis, TE, WAS
Pick 5 - Team E - Ronnie Hillman, RB, DEN
Pick 6 - Team F - Titus Young, WR, DET
Pick 7 - Team G - Robert Griffin III, QB, WAS
Pick 8 - Team H - Greg Little, WR, CLE
Pick 9 - Team I - DeAngelo Williams, RB, CAR
Pick 10 - Team J - Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR, OAK
Pick 11 - Team K - Mikel Leshoure, RB, DET
Pick 12 - Team L - Jay Cutler, QB, CHI
Wow. I hadn't planned on breaking down each round like this past Round 8, but this round is bloody spectacular. Almost every player taken has solid upside.
The QBs (Manning, RG3 and Cutler) are borderline outstanding and Fred Davis is a TE1. Not to mention the WRs. And I don't love DeAngelo Williams by any means (unless Jonathan Stewart and Mike Tolbert get hurt), but he's an excellent value pick in Round 9.
BEST PICK - Fred Davis at No. 4.
Davis is a clear TE1 and he has a shot to be the best fantasy TE not named Gronkowski or Graham. He could end up being the No. 1 target for Griffin, which is huge in fantasy.
WORST PICK - Ronnie Hillman at No. 5.
This is really nitpicking, but I would try to wait a round or two for Hillman. The mini-camp reports weren't promising and he'll enter training camp as the No. 4 RB on the depth chart. I don't believe in McGahee, but this a bit too early for Hillman for my tastes.
Round 10 Breakdown
After being out of the NFL in 2011, Randy Moss is back, playing for the San Francisco 49ers.
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Pick 1 - Team L - Randy Moss, WR, SF
Pick 2 - Team K - Santana Moss, WR, WAS
Pick 3 - Team J - Pierre Thomas, RB, NO
Pick 4 - Team I - Shane Vereen, RB, NE
Pick 5 - Team H - Tim Hightower, RB, WAS
Pick 6 - Team G - Sam Francisco 49ers DST
Pick 7 - Team F - Anquan Boldin, WR, BAL
Pick 8 - Team E - Jacob Tamme, TE, DEN
Pick 9 - Team D - Jermaine Gresham, TE, CIN
Pick 10 - Team C - Mike Tolbert, RB, CAR
Pick 11 - Team B - Felix Jones, RB, DAL
Pick 12 - Team A - Tony Gonzalez, TE, ATL
Another round with quite a few players that I like. Not too wild about Hightower (coming off a torn ACL) even if he ends up being the starter for the Redskins.
Still too early to take a DST, but the 49ers will be the consensus pick for the top unit. Mike Tolbert is currently working at fullback for the Panthers, but he could see some catches and possibly goal line touches. Shane Vereen could be a more valuable PPR option than Stevan Ridley.
BEST PICK - Tony Gonzalez at No. 12.
The fact that you can grab a solid TE1 late in Round 10 should give you an idea about the depth at the position. I doubt Gonzalez cracks the top-five fantasy TEs in PPR leagues, but I'd be very surprised if he fell out of the top-12.
WORST PICK - Felix Jones at No. 11.
How are we not done with Jones yet? He's Mr. Glass, pure and simple. I guess he could be a decent flex option in deep PPR leagues if he gets enough work. But if DeMarco Murray goes down, Jones will soon follow suit.
Round 11 Breakdown
In 2011, Mike Williams was being drafted in the first five rounds of fantasy drafts. He went in the 11th round here.
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Pick 1 - Team A - Rashad Jennings, RB, JAC
Pick 2 - Team B - Matt Schaub, QB, HOU
Pick 3 - Team C - Michael Floyd, WR, ARI
Pick 4 - Team D - Mike Williams, WR, TB
Pick 5 - Team E - Brian Quick, WR, STL
Pick 6 - Team F - Lance Moore, WR, NO
Pick 7 - Team G - Brent Celek, TE, PHI
Pick 8 - Team H - Leonard Hankerson, WR, WAS
Pick 9 - Team I - Josh Freeman, QB, TB
Pick 10 - Team J - Carson Palmer, QB, OAK
Pick 11 - Team K - Jared Cook, TE, TEN
Pick 12 - Team L - Laurent Robinson, WR, JAC
Again, the depth of the TE and QB positions are showing here. Celek and Cook should both be decent starting options with some upside. None of the QBs are locks to be a QB1, but all of them possess a decent amount of upside and not too much risk.
The depth at the WR position is finally running out as we're down to rookies and crafty veterans.
BEST PICK - Jared Cook at No. 11.
If Cook grabs a couple of long passes in the preseason, you will see his fantasy draft stock soar. He's a physical marvel but it's taken him a while to become more of a complete TE.
He should see a career-high number of snaps played (and targets) in 2012. And outside of an injured Kenny Britt, there aren't very many proven options in the Titans passing game. (Sorry Nate Washington.)
WORST PICK - Leonard Hankerson at No. 8.
After some solid, early-season buzz, Hankerson has fallen out of favor. We've heard all about Pierre Garcon and Santana Moss. Even Josh Morgan has some heat right now.
Hankerson might be a viable waiver wire option later in the season. But if you draft him here, you will probably cut him shortly after the bye weeks begin. If you even wait that long.
Round 12 Breakdown
Can Bengals QB Andy Dalton build on the success he had as a rookie starter in 2011?
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Pick 1 - Team L - Detroit Lions DST
Pick 2 - Team K - Kevin Smith, RB, DET
Pick 3 - Team J - Greg Olsen, TE, CAR
Pick 4 - Team I - Danny Amendola, WR, STL
Pick 5 - Team H - Chicago Bears DST
Pick 6 - Team G - Austin Collie, WR, IND
Pick 7 - Team F - Justin Blackmon, WR, JAC
Pick 8 - Team E - Stephen Hill, WR, NYJ
Pick 9 - Team D - Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, BUF
Pick 10 - Team C - Andy Dalton, QB, CIN
Pick 11 - Team B - Philadelphia Eagles DST
Pick 12 - Team A - Randall Cobb, WR, GB
Good to see Kevin Smith get drafted. He could wind up being the Detroit Lions RB you want to own in fantasy.
More rookie and aging veteran WRs come off of the board here. I'd love Randall Cobb if Donald Driver had retired and James Jones had left town. Alas, he won't see enough targets to be viable, except in leagues that reward points for return yardage.
The DSTs (and kickers) will start to come off the board now.
BEST PICK - Andy Dalton at No. 10.
If Andy Dalton can improve on his rookie season, he should be at least a low-end QB1. That's fantastic value in Round 12. He's a young guy with some weapons and few injury questions. I would've rather had Dalton than Fitzpatrick or Carson Palmer who went in the previous round.
WORST PICK - Austin Collie at No. 6.
Maybe it's just me. But I avoid players with a history of concussions like the plague. And I'm pretty sure that a decent portion of Collie's value was tied up in the fact that Peyton Manning was his QB. I might pick Collie up off the waiver wire, but I'm not drafting him in 12-team leagues.
Round 13 and Round 14 Breakdown
After toiling behind Cedric Benson for years, Bernard Scott should have an increased role in 2012.
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Pick 1 - Team A - Jonathan Dwyer, RB, PIT
Pick 2 - Team B - Nate Washington, WR, TEN
Pick 3 - Team C - David Akers, K, SF
Pick 4 - Team D - Steve Smith, WR, STL
Pick 5 - Team E - Nate Burleson, WR, DET
Pick 6 - Team F - Michael Crabtree, WR, SF
Pick 7 - Team G - Isaiah Pead, RB, STL
Pick 8 - Team H - Evan Royster, RB, WAS
Pick 9 - Team I - Davone Bess, WR, MIA
Pick 10 - Team J - Joe McKnight, RB, NYJ
Pick 11 - Team K - Bernard Scott, RB, CIN
Pick 12 - Team L - Coby Fleener, TE, IND
Pick 1 - Team L - Sebastian Janikowski, K, OAK
Pick 2 - Team K - Cedric Benson, RB, FA
Pick 3 - Team J - Taiwan Jones, RB, OAK
Pick 4 - Team I - Houston Texans DST
Pick 5 - Team H - Mason Crosby, K, GB
Pick 6 - Team G - Alex Green, RB, GB
Pick 7 - Team F - Pittsburgh Steelers DST
Pick 8 - Team E - Stephen Gostkowski, K, NE
Pick 9 - Team D - Jonathan Baldwin, WR, KC
Pick 10 - Team C - Dustin Keller, TE, NYJ
Pick 11 - Team B - Dan Bailey, K, DAL
Pick 12 - Team A - Jerome Simpson, WR, MIN
Round 15 and Round 16 Breakdown
Kendall Hunter should be in line to recieve some of the touches that once all went to Frank Gore.
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Pick 1 - Team A - Alex Henery, K, PHI
Pick 2 - Team B - Owen Daniels, TE, HOU
Pick 3 - Team C - Mario Manningham, WR, SF
Pick 4 - Team D - Matt Bryant, K, TB
Pick 5 - Team E - Green Bay Packers DST
Pick 6 - Team F - Matt Prater, K, DEN
Pick 7 - Team G - Rob Bironas, K, TEN
Pick 8 - Team H - Mike Goodson, RB, OAK
Pick 9 - Team I - Jason Hanson, K, DET
Pick 10 - Team J - Garrett Hartley, K, NO
Pick 11 - Team K - Kendall Hunter, RB, SF
Pick 12 - Team L - Brandon Jacobs, RB, SF
Pick 1 - Team L - David Nelson, WR, BUF
Pick 2 - Team K - Emmanuel Sanders, WR, PIT
Pick 3 - Team J - Lestar Jean, WR, HOU
Pick 4 - Team I - New York Jets DST
Pick 5 - Team H - Mohamed Sanu, WR, CIN
Pick 6 - Team G - Brandon LaFell, WR, CAR
Pick 7 - Team F - Joe Flacco, QB, BAL
Pick 8 - Team E - Jake Locker, QB, TEN
Pick 9 - Team D - New York Giants DST
Pick 10 - Team C - Dallas Cowboys DST
Pick 11 - Team B - San Diego Chargers DST
Pick 12 - Team A - Christian Ponder, QB, MIN
What Did We Learn?
There is a ton of fantasy love for Browns rookie RB Trent Richardson so far in 2012.
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So after completing an entire draft, what did we learn? Every draft is different and over the course of the summer, we will see quite a few changes. But the basic principles should remain the same. Deep positions will remain deep, shallow positions won't suddenly find new stud players.
If you don't get one of the top-four QBs or one of the top-two TEs, you can wait to fill that position on your roster. And when I say wait, I mean WAIT. There is a massive amount of talent available at those positions, especially when you consider you can only start one at each.
The RB position is very top heavy. There is a good chance that an early run on RBs could leave you wanting at the position.
That's alright. Grab talent at other positions and take a bunch of fliers on RBs later in the draft. In PPR leagues, you can get away with using a part-time RB more than you can in standard leagues.
The middle rounds will be filled with WRs. There's a ton of depth at the position and not a lot of it will go early or late. Instead, the middle of your draft will be populated by WRs. Don't wait too long. Despite the amount of talent available, it will go faster than you think. Especially in PPR leagues where most owners will start three WRs.
Rookies will continue to be over-valued. Sure the rookies being drafted will have some value. And some rookie players will be amongst the viable fantasy options at several positions. But the problem is, we never quite get this right. Rookies are best to be drafted late, or acquired off the waiver wire, at least in re-draft (non-keeper) leagues.
What did you think of this draft? Are there any particular teams that you like or dislike? Can you guess which team is mine? If you have something to add, please use the comments feature. Thanks for reading and good luck this season.
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