Fantasy Football Mock Pick #7: 12-team, 2QB Standard



Written by: William Heiges II


I had the 7th overall pick in this draft, which was in a 2QB, standard scoring format. This mock was conducted using FantasyPros’ Mock Draft Wizard, with the roster settings being: 2QB, 2RB, 3WR, 1TE, 1Flex (RB/WR/TE), D/ST (team defense/special teams) and K. Be sure to follow Blitzalytics across all your favorite social media platforms for previous and upcoming mock drafts with different picks, rosters, and scorings!


Final Roster:

QB Ben Roethlisberger (PIT)

QB Dak Prescott (DAL)

RB Jordan Howard (CHI)

RB Alex Collins (BAL)

WR Antonio Brown (PIT)

WR Julio Jones (ATL)

WR Chris Hogan (NE)

TE Delanie Walker (TEN)

FLX Devante Parker (MIA)

DST Minnesota Vikings

K Stephen Gostkowski (NE)


Bench:

RB C.J. Anderson (CAR)

TE Trey Burton (CHI)

QB Andy Dalton (CIN)

WR Michael Gallup (DAL)

DST New England Patriots

K Dan Bailey (DAL)


Overview: This draft was very peculiar, as I was able to snag arguably the two best receivers in the league in Antonio Brown and Julio Jones with my first two picks. Even with selecting two wideouts with my first couple of picks, there were quite a few QBs taken in the first two rounds which made me feel comfortable in getting a decent RB1 in round three. Sure enough, I was able to get Jordan Howard, who is a very underrated back in this league considering his production the past two years. As a whole my overall team is solid, especially in the receiving corps, with some the guys that I selected being poised for a breakout season. Running back may be a little weak for me but the amount of volume and touches my starters have should translate into points. Also, it might not be wise to have a QB and WR from the same team in your lineup, but when it comes to Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown they are among the few exceptions to this situation.

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


Round 1:

1) Todd Gurley, RB — LAR

2) Le’veon Bell, RB — PIT

3) Tom Brady, QB — NE

4) Ezekiel Elliott, RB — DAL

5) Aaron Rodgers, QB — GB

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) Cam Newton, QB — CAR

12) Melvin Gordon, RB — LAC


Analysis: Usually in the first round I would consider targeting a top tier running back, but when a player like Antonio Brown falls to you at # 7 you just can’t pass up the best player at the wide receiver position. I was a little surprised to see four QBs go off the board in the first round given the talent that was available, but hey, anything can happen in fantasy mocks.


Round 2:

13) Kareem Hunt, RB — KC

14) DeAndre Hopkins, WR — HOU

15) Odell Beckham Jr., WR — HYG

16) Dalvin Cook, RB — MIN

17) Leonard Fournette, RB — JAC

18) Julio Jones, WR — ATL

19) Russell Wilson, QB — SEA

20) Michael Thomas, WR — NO

21) Keenan Allen, WR — LAC

22) Andrew Luck, QB — IND

23) Devonta Freeman, RB — ATL

24) Christian Mccaffrey, RB — CAR


Analysis: After choosing a receiver in the first round, conventional wisdom and typical fantasy strategy would say to go with a running back in the second. But in this case, I couldn’t let Julio Jones go after falling to me at 18. Now I can say I would arguably have the top “one — two” punch at receiver in the entire league. If Cook or Fournette had fallen to me there might have been a tougher decision to make, but Julio still makes the most sense given his talent and volume when healthy.


Round 3:

25) A.J. Green, WR — CIN

26) Carson Wentz, QB — PHI

27) LeSean McCoy, RB — BUF

28) Davante Adams, WR — GB

29) Drew Brees, QB — NO

30) Rob Gronkowski, TE — NE

31) Jordan Howard, RB — CHI

32) Mike Evans, WR — TB

33) T.Y. Hilton, WR — IND

34) Joe Mixon, RB — CIN

35) Matthew Stafford, QB — DET

36) Adam Thielen, WR — MIN


Analysis: Two rounds, two wideouts. Here is where you would hope that a top tier, if not decent, running back happens to fall to your slot. Sure enough, Jordan Howard was gift-wrapped right there for me at 31. This is a guy that can flat out play and his production has been outstanding despite being on a team that everyone knew was going to run the ball most of the time the past two seasons. With the Bears now adding more pass weapons and a new offensive scheme, Jordan may not get as many touches, but teams will be hesitant to stack the box for fear of the air attack. If this is the case, then look for him to be just as productive as he was before.


Round 4:

37) Kirk Cousins, QB — MIN

38) Marvin Jones, WR — DET

39) Stefon Diggs, WR — MIN

40) Jerick McKinnon, RB — SF

41) Tyreek Hill, WR — KC

42) Ben Roethlisberger, QB — PIT

43) Doug Baldwin, WR — SEA

44) Josh Gordon, WR — CLE

45) Travis Kelce, TE — KC

46) Demaryius Thomas, WR — DEN

47) Derrick Henry, RB — TEN

48) Zach Ertz, TE — PHI


Analysis: Seeing as this draft format is a 2 QB, the fourth round would be a good time to look for a quality starter at the position. Kirk Cousins was the initial target but Ben Roethlisberger is not a bad consolation. This works out for me in some ways, as having Big Ben’s favorite target, Antonio Brown, on my roster means that every time the two connect for a big gain or touchdown I will essentially be rewarded double the points. I would not do this for all QBs and their top receiver, but the numbers these two have put up in recent years are out of this world.


Round 5:

49) Jimmy Garoppolo, QB — SF

50) Amari Cooper, WR — OAK

51) JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR — PIT

52) Jared Goff, QB — LAR

53) Kenyan Drake, RB — MIA

54) Allen Robinson, WR — CHI

55) Alex Collins, RB — BAL

56) Jay Ajayi, RB — PHI

57) Philip Rivers, QB — LAC

58) Patrick Mahomes, QB — KC

59) Rashaad Penny, RB — SEA

60) Larry Fitzgerald, WR — ARI


Analysis: At this point I want to make sure that I become set at the other starting running back slot after devoting resources to being stacked at receiver. Kenyan Drake was in consideration, but alas was off the board two selections before me. I was very happy and content with Alex Collins, who should be the primary back in Baltimore’s backfield after a breakout season during which he posted an average of 4.6 yards per carry and finished as the 16th ranked running back. With Howard and Collins I may not have the most elite of starting backs, but the two are solid and will both see plenty of carries.


Round 6:

61) Golden Tate, WR — DET

62) Robby Anderson, WR — NYJ

63) Derrius Guice, RB — WAS

64) Alshon Jeffery, WR — PHI

65) Brandin Cooks, WR — LAR

66) Chris Hogan, WR — NE

67) Ronald Jones II, RB — TB

68) Mark Ingram, RB — NO

69) Jarvis Landry, WR — CLE

70) Lamar Miller, RB — HOU

71) Will Fuller, WR — HOU

72) Julian Edelman, WR — NE


Analysis: This was supposed to be the round in which I addressed the tight end spot in my lineup, but in seeing so many receivers getting selected and with there being three slots for the position, I decided to go with Chris Hogan. Hogan had a great first year with the Patriots when he was on the field and would have had a better second year if not for a shoulder injury last season that saw him miss a few games. Entering this year, the Patriots traded Brandon Cooks and lost Danny Amendola in free agency and also won’t have Julian Edelman for the first four games due to suspension. Hogan is Brady’s clear number one receiving option for week one along with Rob Gronkowski, and this early time will allow him to get in sync with a QB who can throw the ball 35–50 times a game a week. Hogan is a great value here.


Round 7:

73) Jimmy Graham, TE — GB

74) Matt Ryan, QB — ATL

75) Royce Freeman, RB — DEN

76) Sony Michel, RB — NE

77) Greg Olsen, TE — CAR

78) Evan Engram, TE — NYG

79) Delanie Walker, TE — TEN

80) Devin Funchess, WR — CAR

81) Michael Crabtree, WR — BAL

82) Corey Davis, WR — TEN

83) Tevin Coleman, RB — ATL

84) Kyle Rudolph, TE — MIN


Analysis: After filling up both running back and all three wideout slots in previous rounds it’s time to take a look at the tight end spot. Apparently I wasn’t the only one who thought this, as there were five tight ends selected in this round alone. If you want consistency and durability for the position, look no further than Delanie Walker. You might not get excited when you hear his name, but believe me, he’s worth it. This guy has been a top 8 tight end for the past four seasons with at least 100 targets each of those years. As Marcus Mariota continues his development, look for Walker to continue to put up solid numbers at the position.


Round 8:

85) Pierre Garcon, WR — SF

86) Dion Lewis, RB — TEN

87) Marcus Mariota, QB — TEN

88) Alex Smith, QB — WAS

89) Derek Carr, QB — OAK

90) Dak Prescott, QB — DAL

91) Sammy Watkins, WR — KC

92) Jamison Crowder, WR — WAS

93) Robert Woods, WR — LAR

94) Jordan Reed, TE — WAS

95) Jordy Nelson, WR — OAK

96) Marquise Goodwin, WR — SF


Analysis: In a 2 QB formatted draft lots of quality passers will go early on, which makes it vital that you use your early to mid round picks to get two guys you know you can count on. What helped me realize this was that three quality QBs all went before my pick this round, and I was more than okay with selecting Dak Prescott as my #2 QB. Despite having a “down” year in many peoples’ eyes, last year was a tale of two tapes for the young player. In the first half of the season, Dak was on fire and on pace to shatter his passing TD total from the previous year. Then, when RB Ezekiel Elliott finally gave in to his suspension and star LT Tyron Smith went down with injury, everything went downhill. From bad drops to poor play calling and atrocious blocking, Dak practically had nothing go right for him the second half of the season. This year will be different, and will show more of the Dak we all got excited to watch. His value as a runner for rushing TDs is also a nice bonus.


Round 9:

97) Jameis Winston, QB — TB

98) Emmanuel Sanders, WR — DEN

99) Randall Cobb, WR — GB

100) Case Keenum, QB — DEN

101) Cooper Kupp, WR — LAR

102) Eli Manning, QB — NYG

103) Devante Parker, WR — MIA

104) Carlos Hyde, RB — CLE

105) Marshawn Lynch, RB — OAK

106) D.J. Moore, WR — CAR

107) Kelvin Benjamin, WR — BUF

108) Baker Mayfield, QB — CLE


Analysis: It is always tricky to figure out how you want to approach the FLEX spot in your lineup. I typically want the player in this lineup to give me solid production week in and out and be someone that I can thrust into a regular spot should a bye-week or injury come up. Considering my options and who was available, I decided to roll with Devante Parker. The talented receiver has not been fantasy relevant for the last two years but this could be the season that it all comes together. Jarvis Landry, who ate up many targets, is gone to Cleveland and QB Ryan Tannehill is back from injury. Parker was chosen out of Louisville to be an eventual star for Miami and his coaches have said that this offseason he’s been working hard on the field and in the weight room to prove all the doubters wrong. Add all that up with the fact that his only competition for being the top receiver in this offense is Albert Wilson and Danny Amendola. Both aren’t bad, but stil…..


Round 10:

109) Jacksonville Jaguars, DST — JAC

110) Isaiah Crowell, RB — NYJ

111) Nick Chubb, RB — CLE

112) Marlon Mack, RB — IND

113) Tarik Cohen, RB — CHI

114) C.J. Anderson, RB — CAR

115) Jamaal Williams, RB — GB

116) Chris Thompson, RB — WAS

117) Kerryon Johnson, RB — DET

118) Rishard Matthews, WR — TEN

119) Allen Hurns, WR — DAL

120) Nelson Agholor, WR — PHI


Analysis: Finding a quality backup running back in the later rounds can be quite a daunting task. It’s usually at this avenue where people can select a “handcuff” player that is the backup for one of the players on your team and you can plug them into the starting line-up should your regular guy go down. I’m cool with doing that if there are no solid options left. Fortunately for me, RB C.J. Anderson was still on the board. When healthy and on the field, this was a very productive guy for the Broncos as their feature back. In Carolina, everything will most likely be centered around Christian McCaffrey, but that doesn’t mean Anderson won’t see his fair share of touches similar to the role Jonathan Stewart had last year as a grinder and goal-line back. Works for me as a bench player if not a spot starter.


Round 11:

121) Duke Johnson, RB — CLE

122) Calvin Ridley, WR — ATL

123) Nyheim Hines, RB — IND

124) Mitch Trubisky, QB — CHI

125) Rex Burkhead, RB — NE

126) Dez Bryant, WR — FA

127) Trey Burton, TE — CHI

128) Sterling Shepard, WR — NYG

129) Kenny Stills, WR — MIA

130) Christian Kirk, WR — ARI

131) Donte Moncrief, WR — JAC

132) James White, RB — NE


Analysis: It’s always good to have a solid back up at the tight end position which why I used this pick to grab Trey Burton. Burton was the top guy at his position this past year in free agency, which might not say much given his career totals as a backup. However, it wouldn’t make sense for the Chicago Bears to pay him $32 million over 4 years if they didn’t have a plan for him to have a huge role in the pass game. Even with all the other talent the team has added in free agency and the draft, Burton will still get plenty of looks, considering he did have a few exciting moments with the Eagles when given the opportunity. Not a bad pickup this late in the draft.


Round 12:

133) Lamar Jackson, QB — BAL

134) D’Onta Foreman, RB — HOU

135) David Njoku, TE — CLE

136) Marqise Lee, WR — JAC

137) Martavis Bryant, WR — OAK

138) Andy Dalton, QB — CIN

139) Blake Bortles, QB — JAC

140) Aaron Jones, RB — GB

141) Los Angeles Rams, DST — LAR

142) Kenny Golladay, WR — DET

143) Mike Williams, WR — LAC

144) Ryan Tannehill, QB — MIA


Analysis: In a 2 QB formated draft, one can only hope that one of their two starters doesn’t get injured. Selecting the best QB left available would be a very wise choice in this round to protect the position group on your roster. The two best players at this position left were Blake Bortles and Andy Dalton. I decided to go with the latter for a few simple reasons. One, Dalton might not be among the elites, but he can put up some decent stats when his offense is in sync. Two, he’s got more skill position talent around him and one of the top receivers in the league in A.J. Green. I spoke earlier about the insane numbers that Big Ben and AB have put up together in Pittsburgh; well Dalton and Green have also had one of the better QB-WR connections since they were drafted together. Finally, the Jaguars are more of a run-oriented team as they realize their best chance to win is to not ask so much of Bortles. Neither of them are superstars, but Dalton seems to be the better one to use in a pinch.


Round 13:

145) Cameron Meredith, WR — NO

146) LeGarrette Blount, RB — DET

147) Theo Riddick, RB — DET

148) Ty Montgomery, RB — GB

149) Josh Doctson, WR — WAS

150) Devontae Booker, RB — DEN

151) Minnesota Vikings, DST — MIN

152) DeSean Jackson, WR — TB

153) Jack Doyle, TE — IND

154) Sam Darnold, QB — NYJ

155) Latavius Murray, RB — MIN

156) Mohamed Sanu, WR — ATL

Analysis: Once you finish addressing all your skill position players and their backups, this seems to be a great spot to pick the best quality DST available to have as your primary starter for the spot. Seeing the Vikings DST still on the board this late in the draft has to make you say “BINGO!” when it’s your turn. This defense is loaded with talent, and the addition of Sheldon Richardson will make their d-line even more ferocious. Their back seven is also full of play-makers and studs, which makes this defense a must start or solid option at the worst almost every week.


Round 14:

157) Giovani Bernard, RB — CIN

158) Eric Ebron, TE — IND

159) O.J. Howard, TE — TB

160) Tyrod Taylor, QB — CLE

161) Tyler Eifert, TE — CIN

162) Michael Gallup, WR — DAL

163) Anthony Miller, WR — CHI

164) Joe Flacco, QB — BAL

165) Tyler Lockett, WR — SEA

166) Mike Gesicki, TE — MIA

167) George Kittle, TE — SF

168) Chris Carson, RB — SEA


Analysis: Even with four wideouts on the roster it can’t hurt to add another player that can be useful as the season goes on. Looking at all the receivers left, most of them are unproven backups or rookies looking to make an impact. This is where I think Michael Gallup holds great value. QB Dak Prescott just lost the two most productive receiving options that Dallas has had in the last few seasons in Jason Witten and Dez Bryant. Someone has to step up, and Gallup’s teammates are already noticing his work and efforts in these summer sessions and practices. Gallup was one of my favorite value picks in the NFL Draft this year, and he’s a great value pick here for the potential to be Dak’s most productive and reliable target on the outside.


Round 15:

169) Corey Clement, RB — PHI

170) Doug Martin, RB — OAK

171) Cole Beasley, WR — DAL

172) Bilal Powell, RB — NYJ

173) Cameron Brate, TE — TB

174) Matt Breida, RB — SF

175) Stephen Gostkowski, K — NE

176) Peyton Barber, RB — TB

177) Charles Clay, TE — BUF

178) Kalen Ballage, RB — MIA

179) Denver Broncos, DST — DEN

180) Kenneth DIxon, RB — BAL


Analysis: At this juncture of the draft if you have all your starters and backups selected you can look at getting your starting kicker. In this case, I went with Stephen Gostkowski, simply because he’s 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 extra points per game also gives him strong value to give consistent points.


Round 16:

181) Nick Foles, QB — PHI

182) Benjamin Watson, TE — NO

183) Las Angeles Chargers, DST — LAC

184) Philadelphia, DST — PHI

185) Houston Texans, DST — HOU

186) New England, DST — NE

187) Baltimore Ravens, DST — BAL

188) New Orleans Saints, DST — NO

189) Josh Allen, QB — BUF

190) Pittsburgh Steelers, DST — PIT

191) Kansas City Chiefs, DST — KC

192) Seattle Seahawks, DST — SEA


Analysis: In this late round I wanted to find a decent if not efficient DST to have on my bench. For whatever reason, I have always thought it to be wise to have a second DST on your roster just in case you like looking at weekly matchups instead of relying on just one all season long. In this case, I’m going with the New England DST. Hear me out on this one, as we all know that this unit had some struggles last year. Head coach Bill Belichick is one of the greatest defensive minds in league history and always finds a way to get the best performance out of the talent he’s got. New England might have a few hiccups, but they often get solid consistent play for certain stretches of the season, which is why I took a waiver on them.


Round 17:

193) Greg Zuerlein, K — LAR

194) Justin Tucker, K — BAL

195) Matt Bryant, K — ATL

196) Will Lutz, K — NO

197) Matt Prater, K — DET

198) Jake Elliott, K — PHI

199) Dan Bailey, K — DAL

200) Harrison Butker, K — KC

201) Chris Boswell, K — PIT

202) Cairo Santos, K — NYJ

203) Mason Crosby, K — GB

204) Robbie Gould, K — SF


Analysis: This last pick can go to the best player available or someone that you think can surprise if thrust into a lineup, but I’m gonna go with another kicker to cover my bases and to make sure that each position on my roster has at least one backup. In this case, I picked Dan Bailey, as he’s one of the most accurate kickers in the league (when healthy), and I believe that Dallas will have moments where he’s gonna get plenty of action.