Written by George Haraktsis @GH_Blitzalytics
It’s Mock Draft Monday!!! In my first draft of the 2019 season I'm selecting from pick #5 in our 0.5 PPR format. In addition to 0.5 PPR, Blitz will be releasing mocks from all sorts of league types, including 2QB, Standard, Dynasty, and Auction. These mocks are done using Fantasy Pros’ Mock Draft Wizard, and the roster settings for today’s mock are as follows: 1QB, 2RB, 3WR, 1TE, 1Flex (RB/WR/TE), D/ST (team defense), and K, with 0.5 PPR. Make sure to be on the lookout for more mocks throughout the summer!
QB: Carson Wentz (PHI)
RB: Melvin Gordon (LAC)
RB: Kerryon Johnson (DET)
WR: Mike Evans (TB)
WR: A.J. Green (CIN)
WR: Courtland Sutton (DEN)
TE: Jack Doyle (IND)
FLX: Mark Ingram (BAL)
DST: Cleveland Browns
K: Mason Crosby (GB)
RB: Tarik Cohen (CHI)
RB: Royce Freeman (DEN)
RB: Ronald Jones II (TB)
WR: DeSean Jackson (PHI)
WR: Adam Humphries (TEN)
WR: Devante Parker (MIA)
With every roster I build in redraft league, I try to mix in an even amount of certainty and risk. I think I managed to do that with this roster as a whole. More specifically, at the running back position. Melvin Gordon may never win a rushing title or finish as a top 3 back, but he is one of the safest players in this draft on one of the most consistent offenses in the league. On top of being the last true workhorse left on the board, in 2018 there were only four running backs who managed RB2 or better performances in at least 90 percent of their games: Saquon Barkley, Ezekiel Elliot, Christian McCaffrey, and Gordon.
Pairing him with the newly signed Mark Ingram ( Ingram was a steal in the 5th round here), who will certainly see a lot of volume on a run-first team behind a great offensive line gives me plenty of flexibility at the position. These two guys allow me to comfortably take a shot on a guy like Kerryon Johnson. Kerryon was wildy effective in limited work last season, he was RB18 in PPG in 2018, and now gets a shot to be the Lions #1 back. He has potential to catch about 50-60 balls this season, and may not offer top 5 upside, but he has a real shot at consistent RB2 production.
My next three running backs have a mix of consistency/upside in their situations. We know what we will get with Tarik Cohen, who is a marvel in PPR leagues and has a firmly established role in his offense. Think of him as a James White. As for for Ronald Jones and Royce Freeman, these guys had somewhat disappointing 2018 rookie seasons and many will be weary of drafting. Due to my roster structure, I can take shots on them with confidence. The Bucs did not draft or sign a running back, now have Bruce Arians, and only have Peyton Barber standing in his way. Jones is poised for a breakout. As for Freeman, many have written off the Oregon alum after the emergence of Phillip Lindsay. I don't think that should be the case, due to Lindsay's injury, and Royce's previous draft position. He could easily slide into a starting role if anything were ever to happen to Lindsay. While these guys could flop, I'm in great position to handle that due to Roster construction.
I just love my QB position this year, many will see this as a weakness, but I am convinced this is easily one of my strengths. I'm about as high as anyone on Carson Wentz this year. in the 11 games he was "healthy" last season he was the QB13. This doesn't scream "Draft me!", but you have to look a little deeper. He has a stable of weapons around him now, has cemented himself as the Eagles QB of the future with his recent extension, and the Nick Foles signing in JAX. He has Top 5 potential, and could easily finish this year as the QB1. Couldn't be happier about where and when I got him.
My biggest weakness is the depth and relative uncertainty at the Wide Receiver position. Aside from Mike Evans, who will finish as AT LEAST at top 10 fantasy WR, the rest of my selections all have question marks by their names. I personally have no issue with A.J. Green as my number two WR, every time he has played 16 games he has finished as a top 10 WR. The problem is, he has been injured twice in the last two seasons, and has Andy Dalton throwing to him, but to me he's still a WR1.
Here's where it starts to get hairy. Courtland Sutton is a very talented young WR, who is seemingly the number one option in his offense now, but will potentially have to vie with Sanders in his offense for targets and has Joe Flacco throwing to him. DeSean Jackson matches perfectly with Carson Wentz, and should see some decent numbers, but that offense is Ertz and Jeffrey's when it comes to passing production.
Adam Humphries and DeVante Parker are fliers if I've ever seen one. Humphries was signed to a big deal in Free Agency (so they have plans for him), but has Corey Davis, Delanie Walker, Jonnu Smith, and a seriously inconsistent Marcus Mariota to deal with. While Parker is a true shot in the dark, because he has never performed and has no certainty under center in Miami.
This position could give me trouble this year, but if just one of these guys emerges on my bench, I would be in a very solid spot.
I'm also not totally sold on my tight end position here. Eric Ebron emerged as a huge red zone threat last season in the Colts offense, after Jack Doyle's injury and he is returning this season. What does give me hope is the snap count once Doyle did return from injury. He outsnapped Ebron 196 to 112, so we cannot rule out the possibility of Doyle being the number one TE in that offense. He has dealt with his injuries in his career as well, but in the 13th round, I cant complain.
Kicker and Defense
These two positions need a category of their own, because they really don't make or break a team. I chose Mason Crosby, because Aaron Rodgers. He did have some pretty publicized misses last year, but I'll take a shot on a kicker who is playing with Aaron Rodgers any day of the week.
While I don't normally like drafting defense, this pick actually made me surprisingly happy. The Cleveland Browns, in the 15th round is not too shabby. They have the Titans in Week 1 and the Jets in Week 2, and are a part of a division who, as of recently, has some questions surrounding their offense. Not to mention, they have managed to put together one of the most talented and deep defensive depth charts on paper this offseason. This is a low risk high reward type of pick here.
This roster should be able to compete every week. Obviously a single injury could knock this team off it's course immediately, but that is usually the case for almost every fantasy team. Like I previously stated above, I have my strength in my running backs and quarterback who will be the focal point of this roster, and will make up for the shortcomings of the Wide receiver depth, and questions at the Tight End position
As with every draft, I am betting on few of these guys to outplay their draft position and provide solid depth or potentially become starters. This is definitely not a perfect team, but with even okay in-season management, and a few good breaks, this team would easily make the playoffs in almost every draft format.