Fantasy Football Mock Pick #9: 12-team, 2QB Standard

Written by: Cody Manning

This week I drafted from the #9 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: Philip Rivers (LAC)

QB: Marcus Mariota (TEN)

RB: Melvin Gordon (LAC)

RB: Joe Mixon (CIN)

WR: DeAndre Hopkins (HOU)

WR: T.Y. Hilton (IND)

WR: Marvin Jones (DET)

TE: Kyle Rudolph (MIN)

FLX: Marshawn Lynch (OAK)

DST: Carolina Panthers

K: Justin Tucker (BAL)

Bench:

QB: Eli Manning (NYG)

RB: Isaiah Crowell (NYJ)

WR: Josh Doctson (WAS)

WR: Tyler Lockett (SEA)

RB: Corey Clement (PHI)

RB: Peyton Barber (TB)

Overview:

The #9 slot in a 12-team league can be difficult to navigate through, especially in a 2QB format where quarterbacks are going off the board higher than they typically do in your standard fantasy football format. I really like my top two running backs, Melvin Gordon and Joe Mixon. Gordon has the talent to end up as a top 5 fantasy back this year, and Mixon is a candidate to break out in the fantasy scene. My trio of receivers, DeAndre Hopkins, T.Y. Hilton, and Marvin Jones could all finish as a top 15 fantasy receiver. Those five players make a strong core for my roster. If Philip Rivers and MarcusMariota can give me a solid season, then I like my chances of making the playoffs with this roster.

ROUND 1:

  1. Todd Gurley RB — LAR

  2. Le’veon Bell RB — PIT

  3. Ezekiel Elliott RB — DAL

  4. Aaron Rodgers QB — GB

  5. David Johnson RB — ARI

  6. Alvin Kamara RB — NO

  7. Antonio Brown WR — PIT

  8. Tom Brady QB — NE

  9. DeAndre Hopkins WR — HOU

  10. Russell Wilson QB — SEA

  11. Saquon Barkley RB — NYG

  12. Kareem Hunt RB — KC

Analysis: After seeing all the top backs and the top receiver go off the board, I was happy to land Hopkins at the 9th spot. I was considering pulling the trigger on Odell Beckham Jr., but I feel like there are just too many mouths to feed in the Giants offense. Hopkins should see a consistent amount of targets every week and will be the focal point of the Texans passing attack once again.

ROUND 2:

  1. Cam Newton QB — CAR

  2. Deshaun Watson QB — HOU

  3. Odell Beckham Jr. WR — NYG

  4. Melvin Gordon RB — LAC

  5. Leonard Fournette RB — JAX

  6. Dalvin Cook RB — MIN

  7. Julio Jones WR — ATL

  8. Michael Thomas WR — NO

  9. Carson Wentz QB — PHI

  10. Keenan Allen WR — LAC

  11. Devonta Freeman RB — ATL

  12. Davante Adams WR — GB

Analysis: After taking a receiver in the first round I knew I had to land my RB1 the next round. Gordon has been one of the better fantasy backs over the last couple seasons and should be able to continue to ascend his play as he heads into his fourth season. With the injury to tight end Hunter Henry, the Chargers will lean on Gordon as much as they can. With no threat to take away his touches, he should dominate all the opportunities given to their backfield.

ROUND 3:

  1. Christian McCaffery RB — CAR

  2. A.J. Green WR — CIN

  3. Jordan Howard RB — CHI

  4. Jerick McKinnon RB — SF

  5. Rob Gronkowski TE — NE

  6. Mike Evans WR — TB

  7. LeSean McCoy RB — BUF

  8. Kirk Cousins QB — MIN

  9. Joe Mixon RB — CIN

  10. Travis Kelce TE — KC

  11. Drew Brees QB — NO

  12. Ben Roethlisberger QB — PIT

Analysis: I was debating on taking a quarterback with this selection, but after looking over the backs I knew I needed to pull the trigger on one. I felt like Mixon was the best choice left because he will be dominating the touches in the Bengals backfield. With an improved offensive line I like his chances to have a breakout season.

ROUND 4:

  1. Derrius Guice RB — WAS

  2. Derrick Henry RB — TEN

  3. Brandin Cooks WR — LAR

  4. T.Y. Hilton WR — IND

  5. Adam Thielen WR — MIN

  6. Tyreek Hill WR — KC

  7. Doug Baldwin WR — SEA

  8. Stefon Diggs WR — MIN

  9. Kenyan Drake RB — MIA

  10. Zach Ertz TE — PHI

  11. Amari Cooper WR — OAK

  12. Andrew Luck QB — IND

Analysis: When it came back around to me I was shocked to see Hilton still on the board. With the return of Andrew Luck, we should see Hiltonreconnect with his favorite quarterback and put up some big numbers this season. He has the potential to finish as a top 10 fantasy receiver.

ROUND 5:

  1. Allen Robinson WR — CHI

  2. Matthew Stafford QB — DET

  3. Jimmy Garoppolo QB — SF

  4. Alshon Jeffery WR — PHI

  5. Patrick Mahomes QB — KC

  6. Matt Ryan QB — ATL

  7. Jared Goff QB — LAR

  8. Larry Fitzgerald WR — ARI

  9. Philip Rivers QB — LAC

  10. Ronald Jones RB — TB

  11. Josh Gordon WR — CLE

  12. Juju Smith-Schuster WR — PIT

Analysis: After waiting five rounds to take my first starting quarterback I decided to go with Rivers because of his potential. Even though Hunter Henry is already done for the season, the Chargers still have Keenan Allen, Mike Williams, and Tyrell Williams to go three-wide and spread defenses out this season. I think he is going to have a solid season, and that’s all I am asking for since I waited so long for my QB1.

ROUND 6:

  1. Golden Tate WR — DET

  2. Demaryius Thomas WR — DEN

  3. Jarvis Landry WR — CLE

  4. Marvin Jones WR — DET

  5. Rashaad Penny RB — SEA

  6. Jay Ajayi RB — PHI

  7. Alex Collins RB — BAL

  8. Lamar Miller RB — HOU

  9. Chris Hogan WR — NE

  10. Michael Crabtree WR — BAL

  11. Jimmy Graham TE — GB

  12. Sony Michel RB — NE

Analysis: After selecting my first quarterback I felt comfortable waiting around, so I wanted to address some of the other spots left on my starting lineup. I did consider Jimmy Graham here, but I couldn’t pass up on the talent that Marvin Jones offers. He was a surprise last year in fantasy, and I think he is going to continue his growth. This pick solidifies my receivers as I believe I have three guys I can count on every week.

ROUND 7:

  1. Corey Davis WR — TEN

  2. Delanie Walker TE — TEN

  3. Greg Olsen TE — CAR

  4. Emmanuel Sanders WR — DEN

  5. Evan Engram TE — NYG

  6. Will Fuller WR — HOU

  7. Devin Funchess WR — CAR

  8. Mark Ingram RB — NO

  9. Kyle Rudolph TE — MIN

  10. C.J. Anderson RB — CAR

  11. Sammy Watkins WR — KC

  12. Robert Woods WR — LAR

Analysis: After seeing the second-tier of tight ends picked before my turn, I knew I couldn’t risk waiting for the next round to grab mine. Rudolph has been one of the most efficient tight ends in the red zone over the past couple of seasons and should be able to continue to produce like he always has. I feel like he is more of a sure thing over the remaining tight ends on the board.

ROUND 8:

  1. Trey Burton TE — CHI

  2. Jordy Nelson WR — OAK

  3. Pierre Garcon WR — SF

  4. Marcus Mariota QB — TEN

  5. Jordan Reed TE — WAS

  6. Derek Carr QB — OAK

  7. Dak Prescott QB — DAL

  8. Julian Edelman WR — NE

  9. Royce Freeman RB — DEN

  10. Cooper Kupp WR — LAR

  11. Jameis Winston QB — TB

  12. David Njoku TE — CLE

Analysis: With so many picks until I was going to be up again, I knew I had to walk away with my second starting quarterback in this round. Mariota could have a bounce-back season under his new offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur, and he still has the legs to get me some points on the ground. If Mariotabecomes the quarterback that the Titans drafted him to be then this is a steal at this point in the draft.

ROUND 9:

  1. Alex Smith QB — WAS

  2. Jamison Crowder WR — WAS

  3. Mitch Trubisky QB — CHI

  4. Randall Cobb WR — GB

  5. Ryan Tannehill QB — MIA

  6. Dion Lewis RB — TEN

  7. Carlos Hyde RB — CLE

  8. Devante Parker WR — MIA

  9. Marshawn Lynch RB — OAK

  10. Blake Bortles QB — JAC

  11. Marquise Goodwin WR — SF

  12. D.J. Moore WR — CAR

Analysis: I really liked this pick as my flex starter because Lynch should be able to dominate most of the carries out of the Raiders backfield. He should see plenty of opportunities to put up some points, and I believe he could have an RB2-type season. If he does, then that helps solidify my roster depth even more.

ROUND 10:

  1. Rex Burkhead RB — NE

  2. Robby Anderson QB — NYJ

  3. Marlon Mack RB — IND

  4. Eli Manning QB — NYG

  5. Jacksonville Jaguars DST — JAX

  6. Tevin Coleman RB — ATL

  7. Tarik Cohen RB — CHI

  8. Kerryon Johnson RB — DET

  9. Kelvin Benjamin WR — BUF

  10. Chris Thompson RB — WAS

  11. Duke Johnson RB — CLE

  12. Calvin Ridley WR — ATL

Analysis: With the quarterback position thinning out at this point I decided to go ahead and use my first bench spot on Manning. This isn’t the sexiest of picks due to his performance last year, but with the weapons he has at his disposal, this selection could prove to pay huge dividends if everything comes together for the Giants offense.

ROUND 11:

  1. Joe Flacco QB — BAL

  2. Sterling Shepard WR — NYG

  3. Case Keenum QB — DEN

  4. Jamaal Williams RB — GB

  5. Los Angeles Rams DST — LAR

  6. Cameron Meredith WR — NO

  7. Dez Bryant WR — FA

  8. Marqise Lee WR — JAC

  9. Isaiah Crowell RB — NYJ

  10. Nick Chubb RB — CLE

  11. Allen Hurns WR — DAL

  12. Kenny Stills WR — MIA

Analysis: This isn’t a flashy pick either, but Crowell should be entering the season as the Jets top back on their depth chart. He offers me a solid spot start during bye weeks provided he dominates most of the touches throughout the season.

ROUND 12:

  1. Aaron Jones RB — GB

  2. Nelson Agholor WR — PHI

  3. Bilal Powell RB — NYJ

  4. Josh Doctson WR — WAS

  5. James White RB — NE

  6. Martavis Bryant WR — PIT

  7. Mike Williams WR — LAC

  8. Andy Dalton QB — CIN

  9. Rishard Matthews WR — TEN

  10. Minnesota Vikings DST — MIN

  11. Tyrod Taylor QB — CLE

  12. Philadelphia Eagles DST — PHI

Analysis: Doctson is one of my favorite sleeper fantasy receivers for the upcoming season. He is entering his third year, and with his size, he should see plenty of red zone opportunities. I am betting on his potential with this bench selection.

ROUND 13:

  1. D’onta Foreman RB — HOU

  2. Desean Jackson WR — TB

  3. Kenny Golladay WR — DET

  4. Devontae Booker RB — DEN

  5. Anthony Miller WR — CHI

  6. Michael Gallup WR — DALB

  7. Latavius Murray RB — MIN

  8. Mohamed Sanu WR — ATL

  9. Tyler Lockett WR — SEA

  10. Josh Allen QB — BUF

  11. Ty Montgomery RB — GB

  12. Baker Mayfield QB — CLE

Analysis: The Seahawks need someone to step up to help Russell Wilson besides Doug Baldwin. Lockett will be looking to do so after the departures of Jimmy Graham and Paul Richardson. I am betting on him taking his play to the next level with this pick.

ROUND 14:

  1. George Kittle TE — SF

  2. Tyler Eifert TE — CIN

  3. Seattle Seahawks DST — SEA

  4. Corey Clement RB — PHI

  5. Giovani Bernard RB — CIN

  6. Jack Doyle TE — IND

  7. Austin Seferian-Jenkins TE — JAX

  8. Matt Breida RB — SF

  9. Jared Cook TE — OAK

  10. Chris Carson RB — SEA

  11. Theo Riddick RB — DET

  12. Christian Kirk WR — ARI

Analysis: Clement is one of my sleeper fantasy backs for the upcoming season. After showing flashes of his potential last year, and he is in store for a more prominent role in their backfield. Jay Ajayi will open the season as the lead back, but I think Clement will cut into his touches as the season goes along.

ROUND 15:

  1. Nyheim Hines RB — IND

  2. LeGarrette Blount RB — DET

  3. Doug Martin RB — OAK

  4. O.J. Howard TE — TB

  5. Austin Ekeler RB — LAC

  6. Chris Ivory RB — BUF

  7. Lamar Jackson QB — BAL

  8. Nick Foles QB — PHI

  9. Peyton Barber RB — TB

  10. Corey Coleman WR — CLE

  11. Frank Gore RB — MIA

  12. Kenneth Dixon RB — BAL

Analysis: For my last bench spot I had no problem with the selection of Barber. He finished the season strong last year and could be the Bucs Week 1 starter. If he loses the job to Ronald Jones, then he is easily expendable.

ROUND 16:

  1. Denver Broncos DST — DEN

  2. Los Angeles Chargers DST — LAC

  3. Wayne Gallman RB — NYG

  4. Justin Tucker K — BAL

  5. Charles Clay TE — BUF

  6. Houston Texans DST — HOU

  7. Baltimore Ravens DST — BAL

  8. Jordan Matthews WR — NE

  9. New England Patriots DST — NE

  10. Paul Richardson WR — WAS

  11. New Orleans Saints DST — NO

  12. Mike Gesicki TE — MIA

Analysis: Why not select the best leg in the NFL? If Tucker can’t get me points because the Ravens offense is terrible (which hasn’t been an issue yet in his career) then I will search the waivers for his replacement instead.

ROUND 17:

  1. Cairo Santos K — NYJ

  2. Stephen Gostkowski K — NE

  3. Greg Zuerlein K — LAR

  4. Matt Bryant K — ATL

  5. Harrison Butker K — KC

  6. Wil Lutz K — NO

  7. Jake Elliott K — PHI

  8. Chris Boswell K — PIT

  9. Carolina Panthers DST — CAR

  10. Dan Bailey K — DAL

  11. Mason Crosby K — GB

  12. Matt Prater K — DET

Analysis: I like to stream defenses, so who knows if I would stick with the Panthers, but they typically always have a stout unit. They were worth a shot with my last pick.

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