Fantasy Football Mock Pick #8: 12-team, 2QB Standard



Written by: William Heiges II


This draft was a 2QB, standard scoring format from the #8 overall pick. This mock was conducted using FantasyPros’ Mock Draft Wizard, with the roster settings for the mock 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 roster and scoring settings!


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 Sammy Watkins (KC)

TE Trey Burton (CHI)

FLX Allen Hurns (DAL)

DST LA Chargers

K Stephen Gostkowski (NE)


Bench:

RB Mark Ingram (NO)

TE Jordan Reed (WAS)

QB Andy Dalton (CIN)

RB Bilal Powell (NYJ)

WR Christian Kirk (ARI)

DST New England Patriots


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 guys that I selected being poised for a breakout season. Running back is also very solid as I have two decent starters, not to mention Mark Ingram waiting in the wings after his suspension. Also, it might not be wise to have a QB and WR from the same team in your lineup, but Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown are among the few exceptions to this rule.

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) Aaron Rodgers, QB — GB

4) Saquon Barkley, RB — NYG

5) Ezekiel Elliott, RB — DAL

6) David Johnson, RB — ARI

7) Tom Brady, QB — NE

8) Antonio Brown, WR — PIT

9) Alvin Kamara, RB — NO

10) Deshaun Watson, QB — HOU

11) Dalvin Cook, RB — MIN

12) Russell Wilson, QB — SEA


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 # 8 you just can’t pass up the best player at the receiver position. I was a little shocked to see four QBs taken in the first round but hey, anything can happen in fantasy mocks.


Round 2:

13) Kareem Hunt, RB — KC

14) DeAndre Hopkins, WR — HOU

15) Leonard Fournette, RB — JAC

16) Odell Beckham Jr., WR — NYG

17) Julio Jones, WR — ATL

18) Cam Newton, QB — CAR

19) Melvin Gordon, RB — LAC

20) Michael Thomas, WR — NO

21) Carson Wentz, QB — PHI

22) Devonta Freeman, RB — ATL

23) Keenan Allen, WR — LAC

24) Drew Brees, QB — NO


Analysis: After choosing a wideout in the first round conventional wisdom and typical fantasy strategy would say to go with a running back in the second . In this case, having

Julio Jones fall to me at 17 was too good let him slide further, and now I can say I would arguably have the top “one -two punch” at receiver in the entire league. If Hunt 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. Melvin Gordon would also have been an appropriate selection as well.


Round 3:

25) Rob Gronkowski, TE — NE

26) Davante Adams, WR — GB

27) Kirk Cousins, QB — MIN

28) Jimmy Garoppolo, QB — SF

29) LeSean McCoy, RB — BUF

30) A.J. Green, WR — CIN

31) Jerick Mckinnon, RB — MIN

32) Jordan Howard, RB — CHI

33) Christian Mccaffrey, RB — CAR

34) Joe Mixon, RB — CIN

35) T.Y. Hilton, WR — IND

36) Mike Evans, WR — TB


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 32. This is a guy that can flat out play and his production has been outstanding despite being on a team with very little talent on the offense, allowing defenses to key in on him. 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) Matthew Stafford, QB — DET

38) Adam Thielen, WR — MIN

39) Doug Baldwin, WR — SEA

40) Tyreek Hill, WR — KC

41) Ben Roethlisberger, QB — PIT

42) Kenyan Drake, RB — MIA

43) Stefon Diggs, WR — MIN

44) Travis Kelce, TE — KC

45) Amari Cooper, WR — OAK

46) Rashaad Penny, RB — SEA

47) Zach Ertz, TE — PHI

48) Derrick Henry, RB — TEN


Analysis: Seeing as this draft format is a 2 QB, now would be a good time to look for a quality starter at the position. Matthew Stafford was the initial target but Ben Roethlisberger is not a bad consolation. This works out for me in some way,s 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 wideout, but the numbers these two have put up in recent years are out of this world.


Round 5:

49) Josh Gordon, WR — CLE

50) Andrew Luck, QB — IND

51) JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR — PIT

52) Allen Robinson, WR — CHI

53) Jared Goff, QB — LAR

54) Alex Smith, QB — WAS

55) Larry Fitzgerald, WR — ARI

56) Alex Collins, RB — BAL

57) Matt Ryan, QB — ATL

58) Alshon Jeffery, WR — PHI

59) Philip Rivers, QB — LAC

60) Golden Tate, WR — DET



Analysis: At this point of the draft I want to make sure that I become set at the other starting running back slot after devoting resources to being stacked at wideout. 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 that saw him lead the league in average yards per carry. 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) Derrius Guice, RB — WAS

62) Jay Ajayi, RB — PHI

63) Demaryius Thomas, WR — DEN

64) Brandin Cooks, WR — LAR

65) Mark Ingram, RB — NO

66) Marvin Jones, WR — DET

67) Greg Olson, TE — CAR

68) Jarvis Landry, WR — CLE

69) Corey Davis, WR — TEN

70) Chris Hogan, WR — NE

71) Lamar Miller, RB — HOU

72) Michael Crabtree, WR — BAL


Analysis: This was supposed to be the round where I addressed the tight end spot in my lineup, but I couldn’t pass up on Mark Ingram. I already have two starting backs but Ingram can step in when needed or operate as my flex. He may be suspended for a few games to start the season, but the Saints are determined to use him and Alvin Kamara as one of the best one-two punches at their position as they did with great success last year. I can manage with him on the bench early on and will enjoy the rewards he brings upon his return.


Round 7:

73) Ryan Tannehill, QB — MIA

74) Jimmy Graham, TE — GB

75) Ronald Jones II, RB — TB

76) Sony Michel, RB — NE

77) Pierre Garcon, WR — SF

78) Delanie Walker, TE — TEN

79) Evan Engram, TE — NYG

80) Sammy Watkins, WR — KC

81) Devin Funchess, WR — CAR

82) Will Fuller, WR — HOU

83) Emmanuel Sanders, WR — DEN

84) Julian Edelman, WR — NE


Analysis: Time to fill up the last starting receiver slot on the roster, and I decided to go with Sammy Watkins. There are other good candidates in Julian Edelman and Emmanuel Sanders, but I love the potential of Watkins in the Chiefs offense. Teams will try to take away the ultimate deep threat in Tyreek Hill and one of the league’s better tight ends in Travis Kelce, which means that Watkins can flash the potential he showed when healthy in Buffalo and early on with his short stint with the Rams. Patrick Mahomes will love him as a big bodied receiver, and I am very satisfied with him as a WR3.


Round 8:

85) Dion Lewis, RB — TEN

86) Patrick Mahomes, QB — KC

87) Kyle Rudolph, TE — MIN

88) Derek Carr, QB — OAK

89) Dak Prescott, QB — DAL

90) Robert Woods, WR — LAC

91) Marcus Mariota, QB — TEN

92) Randall Cobb, WR — GB

93) Royce Freeman, RB — DEN

94) Jamison Crowder, WR — WAS

95) Cooper Kupp, WR — LAR

96) Tevin Coleman, RB — ATL


Analysis: In a 2QB formatted draft, lots of quality passers will go early on, making it vital that you use your early- to mid-round picks to get two guys that you can count on or at least give you some reassurance. What helped me realize this was that two quality QBs went before my pick this round and I was more that okay with selecting Dak Prescott as my #2 QB. Despite having a “down” year in many people’s 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 pass 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 his value as a runner for rushing TDs is also a nice bonus.


Round 9:

97) Robby Anderson, WR — NYJ

98) Jameis Winston, TB — QB

99) Marshawn Lynch, RB — OAK

100) D.J. Moore, WR — CAR

101) Case Keenum, QB — DEN

102) Marquise Goodwin, WR — SF

103) Jamaal Williams, RB — GB

104) Trey Burton, TE — CHI

105) Carlos Hyde, RB — SF

106) Eli Manning, QB — NYG

107) Marlon Mack, RB — IND

108) Devante Parker, WR — MIA


Analysis: The tight end position needs to be addressed at this point and most of my options were selected in earlier rounds, so the best option available to me is Trey Burton. Burton flashed in a limited capacity with Philadelphia and even though his position had a very thin market in free agency, I cannot see the Bears paying him over $30 million just to have a backup role. Chicago is becoming more pass friendly, and Burton should get plenty of targets every week to make him worthy of a starting spot.


Round 10:

109) Tarik Cohen, RB — CHI

110) Kenny Stills, WR — MIA

111) Kerryon Johnson, RB — DET

112) Jordy Nelson, WR — OAK

113) Allen Hurns, WR — DAL

114) Marqise Lee, WR — JAC

115) Isaiah Crowell, RB — NYJ

116) Jacksonville, DST — JAC

117) Calvin Ridley, WR — ATL

118) LeGarrette Blount, RB — DET

119) Chris Thompson, RB — WAS

120) Rishard Matthews, WR — TEN


Analysis: In a league where there are three starting spots for wideouts on the roster, it is imperative to have depth at this position. In this case, I wanted to take a shot with Allen Hurns. Dallas lost Dez Bryant and Jason Witten this past offseason, so the new production has to come from somewhere. Hurns is the current clear favorite to be Dak Prescott’s number one receiver, but that will probably change as the season continues. Still, the opportunities will be there for him to be Dallas’ top target, so this is a solid pick for depth.


Round 11:

121) Los Angeles Rams, DST — LAR

122) Mitch Trubisky, QB — CHI

123) Nelson Agholor, WR — PHI

124) Nick Chubb, RB — CLE

125) Rex Burkhead, RB — NE

126) DeSean Jackson, WR — TB

127) Duke Johnson, RB — CLE

128) Jordan Reed, TE — WAS

129) Sterling Shepard, WR — NYG

130) C.J. Anderson, RB — CAR

131) Devontae Booker, RB — DEN

132) Cameron Meredith, WR — NO


Analysis: It’s always good to have a solid back up at tight end, which why I used this pick to grab Jordan Reed. Reed has had some bad injury luck the past few years which has robbed us of a guy that could be top 5 at his position in fantasy points based on the limited action he’s seen. If healthy, and now paired with a QB in Alex Smith that has loved his tight ends over the years (Vernon Davis and Travis Kelce), look out, as he could be a major playmaker and potential starter in this lineup.


Round 12:

133) Kelvin Benjamin, WR — BUF

134) Jack Doyle, TE — IND

135) Minnesota Vikings, DST — MIN

136) Dez Bryant, WR — DAL

137) Andy Dalton, QB — CIN

138) Kenny Golladay, WR — DET

139) Blake Bortles, QB — JAC

140) Baker Mayfield, QB — CLE

141) O.J. Howard, TE — TB

142) Mike Williams, WR — LAC

143) Philadelphia Eagles, DST — PHI

144) Michael Gallup, WR — DAL


Analysis: In a 2QB format, one can only hope that one of their two starters at QB 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 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 QB is a superstar, but Dalton seems to be the better one to use in a pinch.


Round 13:

145) Tyrod Taylor, QB — CLE

146) Martavis Bryant, WR — OAK

147) D’Onta Foreman, RB — HOU

148) Lamar Jackson, QB — BAL

149) James White, RB — NE

150) Josh Doctson, WR — WAS

151) Aaron Jones, RB — GB

152) Los Angeles Chargers, DST — LAC

153) Ty Montgomery, RB — GB

154) Tyler Lockett, WR — SEA

155) Joe Flacco, QB — BAL

156) Nyheim Hines, RB — IND


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 Chargers 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, 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.


Round 14:

157) George Kittle, TE — SF

158) Cameron Brate, TE — TB

159) Sam Bradford, QB — ARI

160) Tyler Eifert, TE — CIN

161) Bilal Powell, RB — NYJ

162) Houston Texans, DST — HOU

163) Giovani Bernard, RB — CIN

164) Mohamed Sanu, WR — ATL

165) David Njoku, TE — CLE

166) Ricky Seals-Jones, TE — ARI

167) Chris Carson, RB — SEA

168) Matt Breida, RB — SF


Analysis: Even with three running backs on the roster it can’t hurt to add another player that can be useful as the season goes on. Looking at all the RB’s that were left, most of them are unproven/shaky backups or rookies looking to make an impact. This is where I think Bilal Powell holds great value. Powell has had solid production for the Jets during his time with the team and even though they seem to be unaware of who the starter is, Powell is sure to make his case when he gets touches.


Round 15:

169) Corey Clement, RB — PHI

170) Doug Martin, RB — OAK

171) Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE — JAC

172) Austin Ekeler, RB — LAC

173) Theo Riddick, RB — DET

174) Latavius Murray, RB — MIN

175) Ted Ginn, WR — NO

176) Christian Kirk, WR — ARI

177) Peyton Barber, RB — TB

178) Kenneth Dixon, RB — BAL

179) Frank Gore, RB — MIA

180) Hayden Hurst, TE — BAL


Analysis: At this juncture of the draft, if you have most of your starters and backups selected, you can look at adding another backup who may not start off hot but can catch steam as the season continues. In this case, Christian Kirk is the guy who I think will have some great fill-in moments this season. I watched Kirk play while at Texas A&M and let me tell you, this guy is special every time the ball is in his hands. The Cardinals drafted him to be the top guy that Josh Rosen will be throwing the ball to once Larry Fitzgerald retires. Kirk is also a beast returner, so look for him to get some reps on special teams as well.


Round 16:

181) Denver Broncos, DST — DEN

182) Baltimore Ravens, DST — BAL

183) Benjamin Watson, TE — NO

184) Seattle Seahawks, DST — SEA

185) Stephen Gostkowski, K — NE

186) Charles Clay, TE — BUF

187) New Orleans Saints, DST — NO

188) Nick Foles, QB — PHI

189) Carolina Panthers, DST — CAR

190) Pittsburgh Steelers, DST — PIT

191) Anthony Miller, WR — CHI

192) Jaron Brown, WR — SEA


Analysis: At this point of the draft you have your roster pretty filled out, so now you can look at getting your starting kicker. In this case, I went with Stephen Gostkowski simply for the reason that 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 XPs a game also gives him strong value to give consistent points.


Round 17:

193) Greg Zuerlein, K — LAR

194) Justin Tucker, K — BAL

195) Matt Bryant, K — ATL

196) Jake Elliott, K — PHI

197) Will Lutz, K — NO

198) Matt Prater, K — ATL

199) Chris Boswell, K — PIT

200) New England, DST — NE

201) Harrison Butker, K — KC

202) Dan Bailey, K — DAL

203) Robbie Gould, K — SF

204) Josh Lambo, K — JAC


Analysis: In this late round I want 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 — I’ll take a waiver on them.