Fantasy Football 2012 Mock Draft: Who Are Next Year's First Rounders?

Kyle Vassalo@VassaloBRFeatured ColumnistDecember 27, 2011

GREEN BAY, WI - DECEMBER 25:  Quarterback Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers smiles as he leaves the field after a touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Chicago Bears at Lambeau Field on December 25, 2011 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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With Adrian Peterson tearing his ACL and MCL, quarterbacks dominating fantasy football this season and so many 2011 first-round fantasy picks tanking this year, 2012 is going to be a bizarre fantasy season, to say the least.

Fantasy football purists are going to cringe when they see the amount of quarterbacks and wide receivers in the first round, but fantasy football is no longer a mad scramble for workhorse backs.

Here is how the first round should shake out next season in a 12-team, non-ppr league.

1. Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers

With 46 touchdowns and only six picks, Aaron Rodgers lit up the stat sheet week in and week out.

He's a lock for 4,500 yards. The consistency and ridiculous numbers are far too great to pass on.

2. Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints

Drew Brees broke the record for most passing yards in a single season.

Any quarterback that can get you upwards of 5,000 yards is guaranteed to produce ridiculous points and though his touchdown vs. interception ratio isn't Rodgers', he's still a force in fantasy.

3. LeSean McCoy, RB, Philadelphia Eagles

The Eagles have been grossly disappointing this season, but LeSean McCoy has dominated.

He's found the end zone a combined 20 times this season and is good for at least 1,500 yards. If the Eagles can get back on track, his stock increases even further.

4. Calvin Johnson, WR, Detroit Lions

Matthew Stafford is really starting to develop into a top-flight quarterback and Calvin Johnson has turned into a touchdown machine.

He's put up 15 touchdowns thus far and could easily finish the season with over 1,500 yards receiving.

5. Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars

Regardless of how bad his offense is or who Maurice Jones-Drew faces, he shows up. With only one game under 84 yards and five games over 100 yards, he's the opposite of a feast or famine back.

MoJo is a must-start every week and one of the few every-down backs still in existence.

6. Arian Foster, RB, Houston Texans

Arian Foster has over 1,200 yards and double-digit scores, even with the nagging hamstring that kept him from playing a full season.

Foster proved that his monster 2010 year wasn't a fluke and he's going to be an early favorite to take the rushing title next season.

7. Adrian Peterson, RB, Minnesota Vikings

Adrian Peterson is the best running back in the league, but the knee injury he sustained makes this pick highly risky.

There is no telling if he's going to ever be the same back we're accustomed to seeing, but hopefully when the draft rolls around, we'll have a better understanding of how he's progressed.

8. Wes Welker, WR, New England Patriots

Wes Welker is leading the league in receiving and will be Tom Brady's go-to guy until TB12 decides to hang up his cleats.

His nine touchdowns make him a tough sell in the first round, but his production in their high-scoring offense makes him wildly attractive and will undoubtedly leave fantasy owners happy they took the plunge.

9. Andre Johnson, WR, Houston Texans

Obviously Andre Johnson owners aren't pleased with how his season went, but the banged-up wideout is still the best in the game.

Don't let his hamstring woes fool you into thinking he's not going to be an elite fantasy scorer. Andre the Giant is still dependable and a lethal asset.

10. Cam Newton, QB, Carolina Panthers

Cam Newton set the record for most rushing touchdowns by a quarterback in a single season. He's on pace to surpass the 4,000-yard mark in his rookie campaign. He's a dual threat quarterback like we've never seen and his numbers will only improve as they surround him with more help.


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