Here are my picks for the final ten rounds of the dynasty mock draft I’m participating in. Or at least it would be if we hadn’t stalled a little bit the last couple days and final few rounds. For now, Rounds 11 to 18, and I’ll edit and add the remainder if and when we get there. If you missed them, first check out Rounds 1 to 5 and Rounds 6 to 10, plus the complete draft report.
All-in-all, this team is more heavily leaning towards “win now” mode, which perhaps will turn off some dynasty purists who wants to see a huge cast of youth and upside prospects. My philosophy in a dynasty start-up is typically to balance things out, compete (and win) early, getting quality veterans who are undervalued because people are writing them off too soon.
Things change so quickly in the NFL, and it is much tougher to predict things further into the future, I find when owners draft a player with a “6-8 year window”, or longer, that just isn’t realistic to expect in football. Plus, there are still plenty of opportunities to acquire the next best prospects in dynasty leagues via rookie drafts, waivers and trades. All the future success building your dynasty does not have to come from the start-up draft.
Todman performed well in his start against the Buffalo Bills when Maurice Jones-Drew was sidelined. Of course, since it was against the Bills that may not be saying much. Will MJD sign elsewhere as a free agent? There is a good possibility. The Jags are unlikely to pay him what he feels he is worth.
Brown is a handcuff for my franchise back LeSean McCoy, and I’m actually a little surprised I was able to hold off this long to get him. Chris Polk received more carries than expected this past season, and Brown was completely invisible for some games, which hurt Brown’s value relative to the end of the prior season. However, I still feel moderately bullish about his talent and future prospects.
Draft a New England Patriot RB and you are asking for a headache, but at this point I don’t mind adding Blount, who emerged as the most reliable of NE backs all season. Recently there was a news report about Bill Belichick recommending a change in running style for Blount, and he’s responded well to that notching 40-265-4 in the final two regular season games. Small sample size, sure, but I’ll take it at this low price.
After a bad playoff game against the San Diego Chargers, there are a lot of “I told you so” comments going around about how Dalton is just not a very good QB. I remember drafting Dalton in one league last year and buddy Matt Waldman asking, “do you like Dalton?” in one of those what are you thinking type of tones (albeit, politely). I said not really, but love the talented skill players the Bengals put around him. That led to Dalton finishing #3 at QB in 2013. He’s streaky, has an average arm and makes some dumb mistakes, but he is good enough and entrenched enough he won’t be easy to replace. I think people underestimate that. Undervalued, again.
It is so easy to find moderate fantasy production at TE, at this point I might as well go for a guy who could possibly, if things break right, challenge for the top half of the TE rankings long-term. Willson fits the bill after an acceptably positive rookie season. 20-272-1 on 28 targets, including a handful of long catches.
Greene is one of the more popular fantasy pundit whipping boys in recent years. Truthfully, I myself more don’t expect this to work out than I do, but following up the news that the Tennessee Titans are likely to release Chris Johnson given his high contract and cap number, right now Greene is the projected starter. For a 16th round pick and a couple 1,000+ yard seasons on his resume, thats a bargain.
The remaining WR I’m looking at are so off the radar I figured I’d wait a little longer. I did want TE Robert Housler, kept letting him slide, and eventually I missed out. I decided a third QB is in order, and it came down to Joe Flacco, a reliable, very secure in his starting position QB, versus more of a prospect with upside. I went with the prospect with upside. The Redskins just announced they are hiring Jay Gruden as their new head coach. That was after the pick, before these comments. Cousins has to sit behind the Redskins face of the franchise, RG3. I’m still back and forth on this one in my head, and think maybe Flacco or Geno Smith would make better picks than a guy waiting for an injury for his next opportunity.
Lots of competition for targets in Chicago between Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery, but hopefully Wilson can learn from these guys. I recall Sigmund Bloom likes Wilson, and at this stage of the draft that is a good endorsement to add a deep prospect.
19.07 Pre-drafted QB Joe Flacco, WR Junior Hemingway, WR Marvin McNutt
20.06 Pre-drafted TE Vance McDonald, TE Levine Toilolo, Hemingway, McNutt