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Fantasy Football Mock Pick #10: Standard Scoring



Written by: William Heiges II


This week we have pick #10, and this mock is for our standard scoring format. Blitz also releases full, 12-team mocks from each draft slot for standard, 0.5ppr, and 2 QB standard leagues. These mocks are done using FantasyPros’ 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 standard scoring. Make sure to check out all our other mocks and keep an eye out later this week for more!


Final Roster:

QB Andrew Luck (IND)

RB Kareem Hunt (KC)

RB Alex Collins (BAL)

WR Julio Jones (ATL)

WR T.Y. Hilton (IND)

WR Chris Hogan (NE)

TE Delanie Walker (TEN)

FLX Lamar Miller (HOU)

DST Los Angeles Chargers

K Stephen Gostkowski (NE)


Bench:

WR Kelvin Benjamin (BUF)

RB C.J. Anderson (CAR)

WR DeSean Jackson (TB)

QB Jimmy Garoppolo (SF)

TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins (JAX)

DST Carolina Panthers


Overview: When you have one of the first or last picks in round one, you have to make sure you get the players you want when you can because there will be a long turnover before you pick again. That being said, having the 10th pick meant I had to go for sought after positions early on and make sure to get the best player available every time.

For a breakdown of each pick of the draft, read below!


Round 1:

1) Le’veon Bell, RB — PIT

2) Antonio Brown, WR — PIT

3) Todd Gurley, RB — LAR

4) Ezekiel Elliott, RB — DAL

5) David Johnson, RB — ARI

6) Alvin Kamara, RB — NO

7) Saquon Barkley, RB — NYG

. 8) DeAndre Hopkins, WR — HOU

9) Leonard Fournette, RB — JAX

10) Kareem Hunt, RB — KC

11) Odell Beckham Jr., WR — NYG

12) Melvin Gordon, RB — LAC


Analysis: Having the 10th pick in the first round means that most of the top-tier running backs would be gone. But I had two solid options in Melvin Gordon and Kareem Hunt, and I chose the latter simply because of how well he fared in his breakout rookie season. It would be foolhardy for the Chiefs to not give him as many snaps as possible. He and Gordon are both dual purpose backs that will receive 20–25 touches, but Gordon has had some injury issues in the past. Both players are suitable here.


Round 2:

13) Dalvin Cook, RB — MIN

14) Michael Thomas, WR — NO

15) Julio Jones, WR — ATL

16) Keenan Allen, WR — LAC

17) Davante Adams WR — GB

18) Devonta Freeman, RB — ATL

19) Christian Mccaffrey, RB — LAC

20) Jordan Howard, RB — CHI

21) A.J. Green, WR — CIN

22) LeSean McCoy, RB — BUF

23) Mike Evans, WR — TB

24) Rob Gronkowski, TE — NE


Analysis: After choosing a running back in the first round I felt that I could chose another back or wideout in the second round depending on who was available at pick 15. In this case, having Julio Jones fall to me was too good to pass up. If Dalvin Cook was there I might have had a tougher decision to make, but you can’t go wrong with Julio at this point.


Round 3:

25) Adam Thielen, WR — MIN

26) Jerick Mckinnon, RB — SF

27) Travis Kelce, TE — KC

28) Joe Mixon, RB — CIN

29) Doug Baldwin, WR — SEA

30) Aaron Rodgers, QB — GB

31) Tyreek Hill, WR — KC

32) Derrick Henry, RB — TEN

33) Stefon Diggs, WR — MIN

34) T.Y. Hilton, WR — IND

35) Allen Robinson, WR — CHI

36) Zach Ertz TE — PHI


Analysis: Two rounds completed, with one back and one wideout. Here is a spot where you should choose the best wideout or running back available. Lots of great players were taken in this round so I decided to call T.Y. Hilton’s number. He showed flashes last year despite not having Andrew Luck throwing him the ball. Well, Luck is back, and when these two play together they put up top five numbers for both of their positions. If Luck is healthy and stays behind center for a majority of the season, Hilton is a safe bet at the WR2 spot.


Round 4:

37) Larry Fitzgerald, WR — ARI

38) Rashaad Penny, RB — SEA

39) Alex Collins, RB — BAL

40) Derrius Guice, RB — WAS

41) Jay Ajayi, RB — PHI

42) Demaryius Thomas, WR — DEN

43) Amari Cooper, WR — OAK

44) Deshaun Watson, QB — HOU

45) JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR — PIT

46) Kenyan Drake, RB — MIA

47) Alshon Jeffery, WR — PHI

48) Brandin Cooks, WR — LAR


Analysis: In the 4th round I want to make sure that I was set at the other starting running back slot after going back-to-back with my wideouts. There were still plenty of backs left, but I decided to go with Alex Collins. Some of these other guys are rookies or individuals who still have to compete with free agent signees or draft picks. Collins should be the primary back in Baltimore’s backfield after a breakout season that saw him lead the league in average yards per carry. With this pick I am set at both starting RB positions.


Round 5:

49) Jarvis Landry, WR — CLE

50) Sony Michel, RB — NE

51) Josh Gordon, WR — CLE

52) Russell Wilson, QB — SEA

53) Marvin Jones, WR — DET

54) Golden Tate, WR — DET

55) Mark Ingram, RB — NO

56) Jimmy Graham, TE — GB

57) Carson Wentz, QB — PHI

58) Lamar Miller, RB — HOU

59) Royce Freeman, RB — DEN

60) Will Fuller, WR — HOU


Analysis: Even though I already have two running backs, if there was a quality one still available at this point I would be inclined to go that way again. I initially wanted to solidify my receiving corps with Golden Tate but he fell four picks ahead of me, so with the options left I went with Lamar Miller. There are some questions about him going into this year, and some think that D’Onta Foreman will become the starter after solid production in limited action last year. Pump the breaks on the assumptions. For starters, Foreman is recovering from an Achilles injury and might not be able to play to start the season, and Miller played really well when Deshaun Watson was healthy. Now that Watson is back the production should go back to where it was before. Miller is just fine for the flex spot or to come in as a starter.


Round 6:

61) Greg Olsen, TE — CAR

62) Dion Lewis, RB — TEN

63) Chris Hogan, WR — NE

64) Evan Engram, TE — NYG

65) Cam Newton, QB — CAR

66) Michael Crabtree, WR — BAL

67) Sammy Watkins, WR — KC

68) Corey Davis, WR — TEN

69) Devin Funchess, WR — CAR

70) Pierre Garcon, WR — SF

71) Drew Brees, QB — NO

72) Carlos Hyde, RB — CLE


Analysis: In this round I determined that filling the #3 WR spot should be a main priority. When my pick came along, I found 4 eligible candidates in Chris Hogan, Sammy Watkins, Michael Crabtree and Pierre Garcon. Of all of them, Hogan made the most sense simply because he plays with one of the top offenses in the league with the G.O.A.T., Tom Brady, playing top notch at the QB position. The Patriots lost Brandin Cooks and Danny Amendola, plus Julian Edelman is suspended for the first 4 games of the season. Even with a healthy Gronk, Brady still needs a guy he can trust on the outside and as a viable deep threat. Here’s where Hogan comes in, and the fantasy points are reaped.


Round 7:

73) Jordy Nelson, WR — OAK

74) Trey Burton, TE — CHI

75) Tom Brady, QB — NE

76) Julian Edelman, WR — NE

77) Emmanuel Sanders, WR — DEN

78) Tevin Coleman, RB — ATL

79) Kyle Rudolph, WR — KC

80) Robert Woods, WR — LAR

81) Ronald Jones II, RB — TB

82) Delanie Walker, TE — TEN

83) Matthew Stafford, QB — DET

84) Jamison Crowder, WR — WAS


Analysis: After taking care of the starting RB, WR, and Flex spots, it was time to turn my attention to the TE position. With many of the top players at the position being taken in prior rounds, having Delanie Walker still available at pick #82 allows me to feel some relief in terms of reliability at the position. Walker has been top 8 in fantasy points at his position in each of the last three years and often sees over a hundred targets per year. His TD numbers may not be very high, but having 750+ yards each season and being one of the more reliable options for his QB, Marcus Mariota, lets me feel very safe with this pick.


Round 8:

85) Kirk Cousins, QB — MIN

86) Kerryon Johnson, RB — DET

87) Andrew Luck, QB — IND

88) Cooper Kupp, WR — LAR

89) Devante Parker, WR — MIA

90) Ben Roethlisberger, QB — PIT

91) Randall Cobb, WR — GB

92) Marshawn Lynch, RB — OAK

93) Marlon Mack, RB — IND

94) Sterling Shepard, WR — NYG

95) Robby Anderson, WR — NYJ

96) Jared Goff, QB — LAR


Analysis: In this round, you can either go one of two routes. The first is looking for more skill players to fill up your bench with so that you have quality backups should injuries or bye-weeks cause a dilemma. The second route is to select your starting QB if you think they are worth a mid-round pick instead of a later one. Kirk Cousins was an ideal candidate but having Andrew Luck still available was not a bad consolation prize. Luck might be a risk since he has not played a single snap of football since the end of the 2016 season. Early reports indicate that Luck is close to what he once was. These same reports also say that the connection between him and T.Y. Hilton hasn’t missed a beat, so having both of them on my roster could give me great success if Luck stays healthy.


Round 9:

97) Duke Johnson, RB — CLE

98) Chris Thompson, RB — WAS

99) Jacksonville Jaguars, DST

100) Marquise Goodwin, WR — SF

101) Allen Hurns, WR — DAL

102) Rex Burkhead, RB — NE

103) Kenny Stills, WR — MIA

104) Tarik Cohen, RB — CHI

105) D.J. Moore, WR — CAR

106) Kelvin Benjamin, WR — BUF

107) Nelson Agholor, WR — PHI

108) Cameron Meredith, WR — NO


Analysis: Because there are three starting wideout spots and a flex position, having a few receivers on the bench to come in is pretty important. In this round I was looking at Allen Hurns, as he is currently the favorite to start the season as Dallas’ top receiver. Alas, he was picked before I came on the board but not all was lost. I decided to jump on Kelvin Benjamin instead. By no means do I think that the Bills offense is spectacular, and I know LeSean McCoy will have to carry them most of the way. But on passing downs, considering the weapons on the team, Benjamin is sure to get 8–12 looks a game due to his size and ability to win tightly-contested passes. Will he replicate the success he had in Carolina? Perhaps not, but he is one of the best players on a poor offense, so he should get the ball thrown his way often.


Round 10:

109) Isaiah Crowell, RB — NYJ

110) Jamaal Williams, RB — GB

111) C.J. Anderson, RB — CAR

112) Nick Chubb, RB — CLE

113) Aaron Jones, RB — GB

114) Rishard Matthews, WR — TEN

115) Kenny Golladay, WR — DET

116) Calvin Ridley, WR — ATL

117) Jordan Reed, TE — WAS

118) Dez Bryant, WR — FA

119) Giovani Bernard, RB — CIN

120) Chris Carson, RB — SEA


Analysis: After getting a bench receiver it’s a good idea to look for a backup running back. At pick #111, I am more than content with taking C.J. Anderson. Anderson might be overlooked because of Christian Mccaffrey but remember that last year with the Panthers. Jonathan Stewart was their ground and pound back while Mccaffrey handled more passing duties. I see it being similar this year with Anderson getting a decent number of carries, especially near the goaline.


Round 11:

121) Josh Doctson, WR — WAS

122) Devontae Booker, RB — DEN

123) Marqise Lee, WR — JAX

124) Los Angeles Rams, DST — LAR

125) Mike Williams, WR — LAC

126) Anthony Miller, WR — CHI

127) Latavius Murray, RB — MIN

128) D’onta Foreman, RB — HOU

129) Minnesota Vikings, DST — DEF

130) DeSean Jackson, WR — TB

131) Michael Gallup, WR — DAL

132) Philadelphia Eagles, DST — PHI


Analysis: In this round I decide to go with DeSean Jackson, seeing as there were plenty of times last year when Jameis Winston barely missed him on some deep throws downfield. Jackson still remains one of the better deep threats in the league, and having a key role in a potentially high powered Tampa offense means he’s due for some big games this year. Hey may not be consistent, but he’s enough as a bench player to use for a few weeks.


Round 12:

133) Martavis Bryant, WR — OAK

134) Corey Clement, RB — PHI

135) Jimmy Garoppolo, QB — SF

136) Christian Kirk, WR — ARI

137) Paul Richardson, WR — WAS

138) George Kittle, TE — SF

139) James White, RB — NE

140) Ty Montgomery, RB — GB

141) Doug Martin, RB — OAK

142) Theo Riddick, RB — DET

143) Jack Doyle, TE — IND

144) Bilal Powell, RB — NYJ


Analysis: After filling in all of my skill position starters and getting a backup WR and RB, I decided to address the backup QB spot in case Andrew Luck should succumb to injury again. There were a few quality candidates left but Jimmy Garoppolo intrigues me. Forever in the shadow of Tom Brady the first few years of his career, “Jimmy G” only got to show us a small sample of what he could be until he was finally traded to the 49ers. Now we finally have a chance to see what he can do in a full season. He still needs a bit more talent surrounding him to tap into his full potential, but he can still put up big numbers.


Round 13:

145) Philip Rivers, QB — LAC

146) Dede Westbrook, WR — JAX

147) Mohamed Sanu, WR — ATL

148) David Njoku, TE — CLE

149) Tyler Eifert, TE — CIN

150) O.J. Howard, TE — TB

151) Alex Smith, QB — WAS

152) Jake Butt, TE — DEN

153) Jared Cook, TE — OAK

154) Los Angeles Chargers, DST

155) Charles Clay, TE — BUF

156) Nyheim Hines, RB — IND


Analysis: The Chargers defense is loaded with talent with a top three pass rushing duo in Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram. The starting corners are solid if healthy and the addition of Derwin James in the draft means that this defense might be ready to take the next step forward. This is a very serviceable defense that should rack up a decent amount of sacks and get some turnovers from its more balanced secondary.


Round 14:

157) Chris Ivory, RB — NYJ

158) Houston Texans, DST

159) Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE — JAX

160) Austin Ekeler, RB — LAC

161) Matt Ryan, QB — ATL

162) Peyton Barber, RB — TB

163) Mike Gesicki, TE — MIA

164) LeGarrette Blount, RB — NE

165) Matt Breida, RB — SF

166) Frank Gore, RB — MIA

167) Jameis Winston, QB — TB

168) Corey Coleman, WR — CLE


Analysis: I addressed all the backups in previous rounds except for tight end. This is simply because I felt that the other positions were more pressing and the players available just did not seem to be worth it to me. I look at what is left of the crop and decided to take a stab at Austin Seferian-Jenkins. This was an extremely talented guy coming out of college, but he never got to show us his playmaking ability on a regular basis because he was released from the Buccaneers early on in his career and then played on a poor Jets offense. If he stays on the field and has an above-average QB throwing him the ball, he could thrive. Blake Bortles lost both Allen Hurns and Allen Robinson this past season. Even though the Jaguars love to run the ball, there will be times when passing is needed. Seferian-Jenkins could be a sleeper this year to emerge as the team’s best receiving option.


Round 15:

169) Denver Broncos, DST

170) Baltimore Ravens, DST

171) Dak Prescott, QB — DAL

172) Tyler Lockett, WR — SEA

173) New Orleans Saints, DST

174) Tennessee Titans, DST

175) Seattle Seahawks, DST

176) New England Patriots, DST

177) Courtland Sutton, WR

178) Stephen Gostkowski, K — NE

179) Cameron Brate, TE — TB

180) Keelan Cole, WR — JAX


Analysis: Gostkowski has been one of the best at his position and plays for a team that rarely has trouble moving the ball down into field goal range. Kicking 4–6 XPs a game also gives him strong value to give consistent points and reach double-digits on a weekly basis.


Round 16:

181) Greg Zuerlein, K — LAR

182) Justin Tucker, K — BAL

183) Carolina Panthers, DST

184) Cairo Santos, K — NYJ

185) Jake Elliott, K — PHI

186) Matt Bryant, K — ATL

187) Harrison Butker, K — KC

188) Mason Crosby, K — GB

189) Will Lutz, K — NO

190) Chris Boswell, K — PIT

191) Matt Prater, K — DET

192) Blair Walsh, K — FA


Analysis: In the last round mostly kickers are selected, but since I already had one I decided to get a backup defense for the weeks that the Chargers are playing against tough offensive opponents. The Carolina Panthers defense has some solid talent on the front seven and can surprise from time to time. And if I need to pick someone up, then dropping a second defense won’t cause any remorse on my end.

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