I was assigned to DLF Mock 5. Participants are not required to add commentary, but I plan to write a few words about my thought process for each pick. I’ll add my picks and comments here, plus mention another pick as my favourite and least favourite for each round.
The fave/least fave could be due to great/poor value, IMHO, or because I like the owner taking a calculated risk, or its a player I’m just not very bullish about. Nothing personal in these assessments, but if you have questions as to why I picked who I did, please post a comment.
Scoring is 4 points per passing TD, 1 point per reception, all positions. I don’t believe lineup requirements were communicated but I assume a typical 1 QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, 1 TE format. Remember, this is for a dynasty league. I drew the 6th spot in the draft.
Seems most or all of these DLF drafts are going to be full of WR whores (meant as a compliment). I could tow the line, but I’m in absolute awe when I watch LeSean McCoy play. Great player, great fit offense. I’ll start with a RB to build my mock team around.
Favourite Pick Round 1: 1.07 WR Julio Jones, ATL
Least Favourite Pick Round 1: 1.12 RB Doug Martin, TB
Rarely would I be the first to draft a QB in any draft, but since I committed RB in the 1st I didn’t want to add a second so soon. It seemed a bit early for the available WR. Happy to add an upper echelon QB to plug in every week. Rodgers has a significant age advantage over Peyton Manning and Drew Brees, and with no one else – IMHO – really threatening Rodgers in reliable, top tier fantasy output, he’s separated himself as the clear #1 dynasty option, in a tier by himself, at QB.
Favourite Pick Round 2: 2.08 RB Adrian Peterson, MIN
Least Favourite Pick Round 2: 2.10 TE Rob Gronkowski, NE
I really hoped for Keenan Allen to fall to me, but it wasn’t meant to be. Perhaps Jordy Nelson to pair up with Rodgers, but just missed out on that. DeMarco Murray is a nice value here at RB, but it is time to address the WR position in what is, not surprisingly, a WR dominated draft. Fitzgerald rebounded pretty well from a trying 2012 campaign to score 10 TD in 2013, and just missed 1,000 yards. If the Cards can better protect their QB perhaps there will be fewer complete dud games from Fitz. Or if defenses decide to pay more attention to Michael Floyd, advantage Fitz. Either way I’m good to add Fitz here at age 30 with projected solid production for a 3 year window.
Favourite Pick Round 3: (Tie) 3.05 WR Jordy Nelson, GB and 3.09 RB DeMarco Murray, DAL
Least Favourite Pick Round 3: 3.10 RB Shane Vereen, NE
Considering what Mathews accomplished in the second half of the 2013 season, this appears to be exceptional value for a mid-4th round pick. That said, Mathews has some warts that make many fantasy owners skittish about hitching their ride to him long-term. He gets dinged up a lot for one thing. My bigger concern might be his maturity though, which I believe has contributed to his career-to-date settling below expectations. He seemed to hit a nice stride with a new coaching staff, he now has four seasons under his belt, and turned 26 last October. These factors give some reason for optimism he is – and will continue to be – more dedicated to becoming a top NFL RB. He has the talent to do it.
Favourite Pick Round 4: 4.11 QB Andrew Luck, IND
Least Favourite Pick Round 4: 4.03 WR Hakeem Nicks, NYG
The plan going in wasn’t necessarily to add two 30-year olds to top my WR depth chart, but the way the draft played out, and given how talented these two are, I’ll gladly look for younger prospects to fill my third, fourth and fifth spots. Jackson relies a lot on his speed, a concern the longer he plays, but he clearly has much more than that in his arsenal to be practically the only decent skill player still standing on the Buccaneers by the end of the 2013 season, yet amassing over 1,200 yards and 7 TD. I didn’t even mention that was with a trainwreck of Josh Freeman early and an unheralded rookie Mike Glennon late. My impression is VJax seems generally undervalued in fantasy circles, but he’s been huge for the Bucs for two straight seasons, and no reason for that to change in the short-term.
Favourite Pick Round 5: 5.04 WR Eric Decker, DEN
Least Favourite Pick Round 5: 5.01 RB Christine Michael, SEA