Fantasy Football Mock Pick #6: 12-team, 2QB Standard



Written by: Alexander Amir


This week I drafted from the #6 position in a 2QB, standard scoring format. Follow Blitzalytics across all your favorite social media platforms, as we’ll be releasing full, 12-team mocks from each draft position for standard, 0.5 PPR, and 2QB standard leagues. These mocks were done using FantasyPros’ Mock Draft Wizard, and the roster settings for today’s mock are as follows: 2QB, 2RB, 3WR, 1TE, 1Flex (RB/WR/TE), D/ST (team defense), and K. Make sure to check out last week’s mocks, and stay tuned later in the week for more!


Final Roster:

QB: Matt Ryan (ATL)

QB: Marcus Mariota (TEN)

RB: David Johnson (ARI)

RB: Mark Ingram (NO)

WR: Michael Thomas (NO)

WR: Davante Adams (GB)

WR: Stefon Diggs (MIN)

TE: Trey Burton (CHI)

FLEX: Marshawn Lynch (OAK)

D/ST: N/A

K: Wil Lutz

Bench:

RB: Jamaal Williams (GB)

QB: Mitchell Trubisky (CHI)

RB: Bilal Powell (NYJ)

WR: Rishard Matthews (TEN)

RB: Doug Martin (OAK)

WR: Tyler Lockett (SEA)

WR: Tyrell Williams (LAC)


Overview: This was an interesting draft, one in which I implemented a lot of my overarching fantasy strategies but also one that was aided by some questionable picks by the FantasyPros mock draft simulator. David Johnson and Antonio Brown both shouldn’t be available at pick #6. Getting Johnson gave me the freedom to take 3 receivers with my next 3 picks, Michael Thomas, Davante Adams, and Stefon Diggs, all of whom have the potential to rank in the top 10 by season’s end. I’m worried about my running backs as they all have question marks, between suspensions, injuries, age, and starting competition. Johnson should pick up a lot of the slack, so I have to hope a couple other guys step up. Finally, I was able to get two extremely underrated QBs quite late, which I think would be the key to this team’s season. If I’m right about Matt Ryan and Marcus Mariota, this team would be extremely competitive.

For a breakdown of each pick, keep reading down below!


Round 1:

1) Todd Gurley, RB — LAR

2) Le’veon Bell, RB — PIT

3) Ezekiel Elliott, RB — DAL

4) Aaron Rodgers, QB — GB

5) Deandre Hopkins, WR — HOU

6) David Johnson, RB — ARI

7) Antonio Brown, WR — PIT

8) Deshaun Watson, QB — HOU

9) Alvin Kamara, RB — NO

10) Saquon Barkley, RB — NYG

11) Russell Wilson, QB — SEA

12) Kareem Hunt, RB — KC


Analysis: I was shocked that David Johnson dropped to me at 6. I was even more shocked that Antonio Brown was available too. Despite this being a 2QB league, you should never draft a QB in the first 2 rounds. The talent is too good at the other positions and the QB class is too deep. Johnson v Brown is an interesting choice, but since this is a standard scoring league, I decided to go with the more valuable position. Finally, Antonio Brown should be the top receiver off the board in all fantasy leagues. I’m disappointed in you, Fantasy Pros.


Round 2:

13) Melvin Gordon, RB — LAC

14) Odell Beckham, WR — NYG

15) Tom Brady, QB — NE

16) Leonard Fournette, RB — JAX

17) Cam Newton, QB — CAR

18) LeSean Mccoy, RB — BUF

19) Michael Thomas, WR — NO

20) Carson Wentz, QB — PHI

21) Dalvin Cook, RB — MIN

22) Keenan Allen, WR — LAC

23) Julio Jones, WR — ATL

24) Drew Brees, QB — NO


Analysis: At this point 5 QBs were already taken, but I wasn’t too worried, as there is plenty more QB talent to be had later on. Michael Thomas has been a top 10 fantasy receiver both his years in the league, and I expect his rapport with Drew Brees to just get better as he ages. Dalvin Cook and Keenan Allen were also considerations for this pick, but I just think Thomas was the overall best player available.


Round 3:

25) Devonta Freeman, RB — ATL

26) A.J. Green, WR — CIN

27) Tyreek Hill, WR — KC

28) Mike Evans, WR — TB

29) Jerick Mckinnon, RB — SF

30) Davante Adams, WR — GB

31) Kirk Cousins, QB — MIN

32) Christian McCaffrey, RB — CAR

33) Rob Gronkowski, TE — NE

34) Adam Thielen, WR — MIN

35) Matthew Stafford, QB — DET

36) Doug Baldwin, WR — SEA

Analysis: I was extremely close to picking Kirk Cousins here, but I thought the value was a tiny bit too low. I think Cousins will do very well next season, but not enough to warrant a 3rd round pick given the guys available behind him. However, the value of Davante Adams in the 3rd is sky-high. Since the start of 2016 he leads the NFL in touchdowns with 22, despite missing two games due to injury and losing his star QB to injury for half of last season. Now that Jordy Nelson is gone, Adams is in for a boatload of targets and touchdowns.


Round 4:

37) Joe Mixon, RB — CIN

38) Jordan Howard, RB — CHI

39) Larry Fitzgerald, WR — ARI

40) T.Y. Hilton, WR — IND

41) Derrick Henry, RB — TEN

42) Travis Kelce, TE — KC

43) Stefon Diggs, WR — MIN

44) Andrew Luck, QB — IND

45) Jimmy Garoppolo, QB — SF

46) Brandin Cooks, WR — LAR

47) Kenyan Drake, RB — MIA

48) Josh Gordon, WR — CLE


Analysis: At this point I was pushing my luck at QB a bit, as 9 of them were off the board. However, like Adams, I love Diggs too much to not take him in the 4th. With a gun-slinging QB like Kirk Cousins now at the helm, I expect him to have a breakout year and post fringe WR1 numbers. This pick gives me 3 potential #1 receivers. While I can already see that running back will be a weakness, these three receivers will pick up the slack, and one of them could easily be used in a trade.


Round 5:

49) Amari Cooper, WR — OAK

50) Jared Goff, QB — LAR

51) Ben Roethlisberger, QB — PIT

52) Allen Robinson, WR — CHI

53) Julian Edelman, WR — NE

54) Matt Ryan, QB — ATL

55) Alshon Jeffery, WR — PHI

56) Jarvis Landry, WR — CLE

57) Philip Rivers, QB — LAC

58) Zach Ertz, TE — PHI

59) Devin Funchess, WR — CAR

60) Patrick Mahomes, QB — KC


Analysis: 13 picks later, and I finally get my first QB. Matt Ryan is extremely underrated after his disappointing 2017 season, but I’m confident that a 2nd year under his offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian and a variety of new faces on offense will boost Ryan’s numbers. A key in 2QB formats is targeting one later on in the draft to become a starter, so that you can strengthen the rest of your roster in the early rounds. That’s what I tried to do here.


Round 6:

61) Demaryius Thomas, WR — DEN

62) Alex Collins, RB — BAL

63) Rashaad Penny, RB — SEA

64) Juju Smith-Schuster, WR — PIT

65) Golden Tate, WR — DET

66) Jay Ajayi, RB — PHI

67) Marcus Mariota, QB — TEN

68) Royce Freeman, RB — DEN

69) Derrius Guice, RB — WAS

70) Lamar Miller, RB — HOU

71) Dion Lewis, RB — TEN

72) Jimmy Graham, TE — GB


Analysis: I was hoping for Phillip Rivers to be available for me here, but I had to settle on someone a little riskier. Marcus Mariota has not yet lived up to his potential in the NFL, but he is someone I expect to breakout this year with a new offensive coordinator and a healthier supporting cast (for more on Mariota’s sleeper status, read here). I knew I had to take a QB here but I started to get very worried about running back, because there were very few starters left.


Round 7:

73) Marvin Jones, WR — DET

74) Evan Engram, TE — NYG

75) Ronald Jones, RB — TB

76) Sony Michel, RB — NE

77) Michael Crabtree, WR — BAL

78) Mark Ingram, RB — NO

79) Greg Olsen, TE — CAR

80) Carlos Hyde, RB — CLE

81) Corey Davis, WR — TEN

82) Pierre Garcon, WR — SF

83) Will Fuller, WR — HOU

84) Delanie Walker, TE — TEN


Analysis: Most of my RB targets were gone, so I had to go with the one remaining that had the highest floor. Ingram is an interesting case in fantasy, as he is suspended for the first 4 weeks of the season and may lose touches to Alvin Kamara. For what it’s worth, head coach Sean Payton said he’s committed to playing both together. Regardless while Ingram may not play up to last year’s standards, he should do enough to be a consistent RB2.


Round 8:

85) Sammy Watkins, WR — KC

86) Jordan Reed, TE — WAS

87) Chris Hogan, WR — NE

88) Robert Woods, WR — LAR

89) Jordy Nelson, WR — OAK

90) Jameis Winston, QB — TB

91) Marshawn Lynch, RB — OAK

92) Marquise Goodwin, WR — SF

93) Cooper Kupp, WR — LAR

94) Kyle Rudolph, TE — MIN

95) Dez Bryant, WR — FA

96) Emmanuel Sanders, WR — DEN


Analysis: At this point all my starters were set, but given the big question mark at running back I knew I had to build a lot of depth. Marshawn Lynch isn’t what he used to be, but he is still the starter in Oakland in an offense run by an old-school coach in Jon Gruden. As long as he stays healthy, he will be fine in the flex spot in a standard scoring league. Lynch was also the last definitive starter left on the board.


Round 9:

97) Derek Carr, QB — OAK

98) Dak Prescott, QB — DAL

99) Alex Smith, QB — WAS

100) Devante Parker, WR — MIA

101) Mike Gesicki, TE — MIA

102) Trey Burton, TE — CHI

103) Kenny Stills, WR — MIA

104) Tevin Coleman, RB — ATL

105) Case Keenum, QB — DEN

106) Baker Mayfield, QB — CLE

107) Robby Anderson, WR — NYJ

108) Andy Dalton, QB — CIN


Analysis: I took a quick peek at the tight end board and saw that Burton was the last left of the top 10. Burton will now be on a Chicago team with a young, pass-happy QB after showing flashes of talent backing up Zach Ertz. Overall, my TE strategy is this: either pick Rob Gronkowski or Travis Kelce very high, or wait until very late. The middle-of-the-pack tight ends aren’t significantly better than the lower-end ones given the value at other positions in those rounds.


Round 10:

109) Jamison Crowder, WR — WAS

110) Chris Thompson, RB — WAS

111) Jacksonville Jaguars, DST — JAX

112) Marlon Mack, RB — IND

113) Tarik Cohen, RB — CHI

114) Duke Johnson, RB — CLE

115) Jamaal Williams, RB — GB

116) Nick Chubb, RB — CLE

117) D.J. Moore, WR — CAR

118) Eli Manning, QB — NYG

119) Blake Bortles, QB — JAX

120) Kerryon Johnson, RB — DET


Analysis: I needed more depth at running back, and this one is just a shot in the dark. Nobody knows whether Jamaal Williams or Ty Montgomery will be the starter next season, but I suspect Williams will be as he is more of a typical running back and a better blocker. In a PPR format though I would probably lean more towards Ty.


Round 11:

121) Los Angeles Rams, DST — LAR

122) Sterling Shepard, WR — NYG

123) Calvin Ridley, WR — ATL

124) Randall Cobb, WR — GB

125) D’onta Foreman, RB — HOU

126) Mitch Trubisky, QB — CHI

127) Rex Burkhead, RB — NE

128) Martavis Bryant, WR — OAK

129) Tyrod Taylor, QB — CLE

130) Isaiah Crowell, RB — NYJ

131) C.J. Anderson, RB — CAR

132) Ryan Tannehill, QB — MIA

Analysis: In 1 QB leagues I normally don’t draft a backup, as there will normally be guys available on the waiver wire in case of injury. However, in 2QB leagues it’s important to make sure that position is strong, and Trubisky becomes a very high upside backup. The Bears have retooled their offense and Trubisky’s undergone a year of development. If he can play up to his 2nd overall pick potential, this becomes an extremely high value pick.


Round 12:

133) Nelson Agholor, WR — PHI

134) Aaron Jones, RB — GB

135) Lamar Jackson, QB — BAL

136) Kelvin Benjamin, WR — BUF

137) Allen Hurns, WR — DAL

138) Joe Flacco, QB — BAL

139) Bilal Powell, RB — NYJ

140) Sam Bradford, QB — ARI

141) Courtland Sutton, WR — DEN

142) Theo Riddick, RB — DET

143) Chris Carson, RB — SEA

144) Josh Allen, QB — BUF


Analysis: Again, I needed to load up on running backs to offer protection for my riskier starters. Powell has been a top 26 running back each of the past two years, which becomes a solid flex in 12-team leagues. While Isaiah Crowell is now competing with Powell for snaps, Crowell will likely be more of a passing down back (and accordingly would be my pick in PPR formats). Additionally, if Sam Darnold proves to become the star that they hope he is, the entire offense will see a boost.


Round 13:

145) Mike Williams, WR — LAC

146) Desean Jackson, WR — TB

147) Marqise Lee, WR — JAX

148) Josh Doctson, WR — WAS

149) LeGarrette Blount, RB — DET

150) Rishard Matthews, WR — TEN

151) Christian Kirk, WR — ARI

152) Cameron Meredith, WR — NO

153) Devontae Booker, RB — DEN

154) James White, RB — NE

155) Michael Gallup, WR — DAL

156) Ty Montgomery, RB — GB


Analysis: I’m high on the Tennessee this year with former Rams offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur now running the offense. While running backs Derick Henry and Dion Lewis may still be the focal points of the offense, Matthews is just two years removed from a top 14 finish in fantasy. If LaFleur lets Mariota air it out, Matthews could see a big boost in his numbers. He has upside if nothing else.


Round 14:

157) Josh Mccown, QB — NYJ

158) Teddy Bridgewater, QB — NYJ

159) Mohamed Sanu, WR — ATL

160) Minnesota Vikings, DST — MIN

161) Tyler Eifert, TE — CIN

162) Dede Westbrook, WR — JAC

163) Doug Martin, RB — OAK

164) Ricky Seals-Jones, TE — ARI

165) David Njoku, TE — CLE

166) Cameron Brate, TE — TB

167) Sam Darnold, QB — NYJ

168) Corey Clement, RB — PHI


Analysis: Always look for handcuffs in the later rounds, as they take away some of the uncertainty of late round running backs by ensuring that if one of your starters goes down, you already have the position covered with his backup. Lynch is one of my riskiest starters, and while Doug Martin hasn’t been a great fantasy performer in recent years, he will get all the touches if Lynch is injured or ineffective.


Round 15:

169) Latavius Murray, RB — MIN

170) Demarco Murray, RB — FA

171) Peyton Barber, RB — TB

172) Nyheim Hines, RB — IND

173) Ted Ginn, WR — NO

174) Tyler Lockett, WR — SEA

175) Giovani Bernard, RB — CIN

176) George Kittle, TE — SF

177) Kenneth Dixon, RB — BAL

178) Frank Gore, RB — MIA

179) Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE — JAX

180) Paul Perkins, RB — FA


Analysis: I feel like I’ve done all I could at running back and there was really no one left that I liked, so I figured I might as well work on my already strong receiving corps. Theoretically, on a Seattle offense with few weapons, Lockett should be productive given that he ran a route on 80% of the team’s pass playslast season. Jimmy Graham is gone which means even more possibility for production. Lockett is worth a look this late.


Round 16:

181) Philadelphia Eagles, DST — PHI

182) Denver Broncos, DST — DEN

183) Danny Amendola, WR — MIA

184) Josh Rosen, QB — ARI

185) Los Angeles Chargers, DST — LAC

186) Houston Texans, DST — HOU

187) Tyrell Williams, WR — LAC

188) Baltimore Ravens, DST — BAL

189) New Orleans Saints, DST — NO

190) Pittsburgh Steelers, DST — PIT

191) New England Patriots, DST — NE

192) Kenny Golladay, WR — DET


Analysis: I decided to forgo drafting a defense and take my last receiver instead. I usually stream defenses during the season based on matchup, so it didn’t seem worth it to me to draft one. Tyrell Williams also has upside this year, as he is a big target to potentially replace injured tight end Hunter Henry. Either him or Lockett will be dropped before week 1 depending on what they show in preseason.


Round 17:

193) Greg Zuerlein, K — LAR

194) Matt Bryant, K — ATL

195) Stephen Gostkowski, K — NE

196) Justin Tucker, K — BAL

197) Jake Elliott, K — PHI

198) Wil Lutz, K — NO

199) Dan Bailey, K — DAL

200) Harrison Butker, K — KC

201) Chris Boswell, K — PIT

202) Matt Prater, K — DET

203) Robbie Gould, K — SF

204) Adam Vinatieri, K — IND


Analysis: Kicker on a good offense. That’s all you need.