Fantasy Mock Pick #5: 12-team, 2QB



By: Phillip Salmo


This week we’ve been drafting from pick #5 in our three different league types. For anyone unfamiliar, let me give you a quick refresher of how our Blitz Mock Drafts work. Each week we will pick from a new draft position. Last week was from the fourth pick, this week is with the fifth pick, next week will be with the sixth pick, and so on. To further break it down for all those different league types out there, we’ll be releasing full mocks from each draft position for 12 team standard, 0.5 PPR, and 2QB standard leagues. These mocks were done using Fantasy Pros’ 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, with standard scoring. Make sure to check out last week’s mocks, and stay tuned later in the week for more!


Final Roster:

QB: Kirk Cousins (MIN)

QB: Philip Rivers (LAC)

RB: David Johnson (ARI)

RB: Marshawn Lynch (OAK)

WR: A.J. Green (CIN)

WR: Alshon Jeffrey (PHI)

WR: Golden Tate (DET)

TE: Rob Gronkowski (NE)

FLX: Chris Hogan (NE)

DST: Minnesota Vikings

K: Matt Bryant (ATL)

Bench:

WR: Kelvin Benjamin (BUF)

TE: Jack Doyle (IND)

RB: Devontae Booker (DEN)

WR: Tyler Lockett (SEA)

RB: Peyton Barber (TB)

WR: Ted Ginn (NO)


Overview: I’m going to start off by saying that this is my first mock draft for Blitz, but I am pretty happy with the players that I was able to acquire. My two starting QBs are going to be consistent and strong performers, which is incredibly important at the position. I believe that my depth at the wide receiver position was perhaps the strongest point of my mock draft. My three starters were incredibly productive last season, with two breaking the 1,000 yard receiving mark. A.J. Green and Golden Tate will undoubtedly be great contributors, and Alshon Jeffery, despite a recent injury, will build on his success from last season. In addition, I acquired David Johnson, who, despite a dislocated wrist from last season, should return to form this upcoming season. My second starting running back, Marshawn Lynch, will look to pick off right where he left off in his comeback season with Oakland. Rob Gronkowski, considered one of the best tight ends in the game, rounds out my offensive lineup very nicely. Finally, while some may choose to not initially draft a defense and stream from week-to-week, my experience is that a top defense can add a great deal of value to a fantasy team. I chose the Minnesota Vikings to lock in for the season. For a breakdown of each pick, look down below!


Round 1:

1.1 Todd Gurley, RB (LAR)

1.2 Ezekiel Elliott, RB (DAL)

1.3 Odell Beckham Jr., WR (NYG)

1.4 Le’veon Bell, RB (PIT)

1.5 David Johnson, RB (ARI)

1.6 Antonio Brown, WR (PIT)

1.7 Alvin Kamara, RB (NO)

1.8 Deandre Hopkins, WR (HOU)

1.9 Aaron Rodgers, QB (GB)

1.10 Kareem Hunt, RB (KC)

1.11 Russell Wilson, QB (SEA)

1.12 Tom Brady, QB (NE)


Analysis: While Johnson was out almost all of last year with a dislocated wrist, he is nonetheless poised to return to his healthy and productive form of the 2016–2017 season, when he gained over 2,000 yards from scrimmage. I have no doubt that he will be one of the NFL’s most productive running backs, barring any sort of freak injury like his wrist last year, or any ongoing contact dispute that continues into the season.


Round 2:

2.1 Lesean McCoy, RB (BUF)

2.2 Cam Newton, QB (CAR)

2.3 Carson Wentz, QB (PHI)

2.4 Davante Adams, WR (GB)

2.5 A.J. Green, WR (CIN)

2.6 Julio Jones, WR (GB)

2.7 Dalvin Cook, RB (MIN)

2.8 Leonard Fournette, RB (JAC)

2.9 Melvin Gordon, RB (LAC)

2.10 Michael Thomas, WR (NO)

2.11 Saquon Barkley, RB (NYG)

2.12 Deshaun Watson, QB (HOU)


Analysis: What more can be said about the production and consistency of A.J. Green? He’s been selected to the Pro Bowl every year that he has been in the league. He’s gained over 1,000 years receiving every year that he has been in the league except for the 2016–2017 season, in which he was out 6 games with an injury. He’s undoubtedly one of the league’s best and most consistently-producing receivers, and I believe that he will continue to produce at a high level this upcoming season. He will certainly be a key piece of my receiving corps.


Round 3:

3.1 Keenan Allen, WR (LAC)

3.2 Mike Evans, WR (TB)

3.3 Tyreek Hill, RB (KC)

3.4 Devonte Freeman, WR (CIN)

3.5 Rob Gronkowski, TE (NE)

3.6 Doug Baldwin, WR (SEA)

3.7 Drew Brees,QB (NO)

3.8 Christian McCaffrey, RB (CAR)

3.9 Matthew Stafford, QB (DET)

3.10 Jerick McKinnon, WR (SF)

3.11 Jordan Howard, RB (CHI)

3.12 Adam Thielen, WR (MIN)


Analysis: I was rather surprised that Gronk was still available in the 3rd round. I know that high-producing tight ends are sometimes few and far between in the league, so I was confident that he would make a great addition to my roster. The way in which Gronk plays could even place him more in the category of receiver than tight end based on his consistently impressive production when healthy. While some may be worried by his injury history and flirtation with retirement this past offseason, I have no reason to believe that he won’t again be in the top 10 for receiving yards, as he was this past season.


Round 4:

4.1 Zack Ertz, TE (PHI)

4.2 Stefon Diggs, WR (MIN)

4.3 Jimmy Garoppolo, QB (SF)

4.4 Travis Kelce, TE (KC)

4.5 Kirk Cousins, QB (MIN)

4.6 Jared Goff, QB (LAR)

4.7 T.Y Hilton, WR (IND)

4.8 Amari Cooper, WR (OAK)

4.9 Joe Mixon, RB (CIN)

4.10 Josh Gordon, WR (CLE)

4.11 Demaryius Thomas, WR (DEN)

4.12 Larry Fitzgerald, WR (ARI)


Analysis: While I’m fairly unfamiliar with 2QB leagues, I am very content with this pick. While Kirk Cousins may not be considered a “top” quarterback, he has nonetheless been a relatively consistent producer the past three seasons in Washington. That being said, I believe that he may have been underrated because of the lack of success that the Redskins as a team had. Individually, he did finish as a top 8 quarterback in every season that he was a full-time starter. I believe that he will have better winning success in Minnesota because of the quality of the team and the number of weapons around him, which will undoubtedly prove to be very helpful in helping Cousins to produce at an even higher level than before.


Round 5:

5.1 Andrew Luck, QB (IND)

5.2 Allen Robinson, WR (CHI)

5.3 Derrick Henry, RB (TEN)

5.4 Ben Roethlisberger, QB (PIT)

5.5 Alshon Jeffery, WR (PHI)

5.6 Kenyan Drake, RB (MIA)

5.7 Juju Smith-Schuster, RB (PIT)

5.8 Matt Ryan, QB (ATL)

5.9 Jarvis Landry, WR (CLEV)

5.10 Patrick Mahonnes, QB (KC)

5.11 Michael Crabtree, QB (BAL)

5.12 Rashaad Penny, RB (SEA)


Analysis: I really like the value of Alshon Jeffrey in the fifth round. While he did not break the 1,000 yard receiving mark this past season, he nonetheless produced at a high level with 9 receiving touchdowns. I’d look for him to capitalize on the momentum from the Eagles’ Super Bowl win and continue to be the favorite target of a (hopefully) healthy Carson Wentz.


Round 6:

6.1 Randall Cobb, WR (GB)

6.2 Sony Michel, RB (NE)

6.3 Evan Engram, TE (NYG)

6.4 Marvin Jones, WR (DET)

6.5 Golden Tate, WR (DET)

6.6 Ronald Jones, RB (TB)

6.7 Derrius Guice, RB (WAS)

6.8 Jay Ajayi, RB (PHI)

6.9 Brandin Cooks, WR (LAR)

6.10 Royce Freeman, RB (DEN)

6.11 Mark Ingram, RB (NO)

6.12 Alex Collins, RB (BAL)


Analysis: I think Tate is a steal in the sixth round. He is another 1,000 yard receiver that only adds to my very deep starting receiving corps. He rounds out my previous two wide receiver and tight end selections very nicely. I look for him, along with A.J Green, to again be in the top 15 in receiving yards. While new head coach Matt Patricia may implement more of a run-first approach, the team’s strength is still with QB Matt Stafford and his ability to sling it. Tate should be the top target of Stafford’s once again.


Round 7:

7.1 Lamar Miller, RB (HOU)

7.2 Corey Davis, WR (TEN)

7.3 Greg Olsen, TE (CAR)

7.4 Jimmy Graham, TE (GB)

7.5 Philip Rivers, QB (LAC)

7.6 Julian Edelman, WR (NE)

7.7 Will Fuller, WR (HOU)

7.8 Devin Funchess, WR (CAR)

7.9 Dion Lewis, RB (TEN)

7.10 Marcus Mariota, QB (TEN)

7.11 Emmanuel Sanders, WR (DEN)

7.12 Delanie Walker, TE (TEN)


Analysis: Rivers is a very nice complement to my selection of Kirk Cousins in this 2QB league. He is another strong and consistent producer that is perhaps underrated because of the lack of success that his team has has in recent years. His team’s overall lack of success has neither stopped him from being a top 14 quarterback the past five seasons nor from being the №8 ranked QB last season. Rivers has yet to throw below 26 touchdowns over the past 10 seasons, showing his consistency at the quarterback position. Despite his age (36), he had one of his best seasons last year, and I believe that he will continue to do the same. He arguably has one of his strongest supporting casts of recent years, with a solid offensive line, strong running game, and reliable receivers, which will only further fuel his production.


Round 8:

8.1 Robby Anderson, WR (NYJ)

8.2 Trey Burton, TE (CHI)

8.3 Devante Parker, WR (MIA)

8.4 Sammy Walkins, WR (KC)

8.5 Marshawn Lynch, RB (OAK)

8.6 Jameis Winston, QB (TB)

8.7 Derek Carr, QB (OAK)

8.8 Kyle Rudolph, TE (MIN)

8.9 Jordan Reed, TE (WAS)

8.10 Robert Woods, WR (LAR)

8.11 Dak Prescott, QB (DAL)

8.12 Pierre Garcon, WR (SF)


Analysis: I’d argue that 2017 was a return to form for Marshawn Lynch, or at the very least a step in the right direction. While he did not break the 1,000 rushing mark, he did have flashes of “Beast Mode” that we all so fondly remember. I believe that, while he won’t be the #1 producer in the pass-heavy Oakland offense, he will nonetheless get his touches under the Gruden system to have another solid season. While 32 is very old for a running back, and may spell the beginning of the end, Lynch should at least have a season equal in production to the one that he had last year.


Round 9:

9.1 Alex Smith, QB (WAS)

9.2 Baker Mayfield, QB (CLE)

9.3 Carlos Hyde, RB (CLE)

9.4 Case Keenum, QB (DEN)

9.5 Chris Hogan, WR (NE)

9.6 Cooper Kupp, WR (LAR)

9.7 Jordy Nelson, WR (OAK)

9.8 Mitch Trubisky, QB (CHI)

9.9 Marquise Goodwin, WR (SF)

9.10 Marlon Mack, RB (IND)

9.11 Dez Bryant, WR (FA)

9.12 Jamison Crowder, WR (WAS)


Analysis: While perhaps not my ideal pick in this round, Hogan still has the potential to slide very nicely into my FLEX spot. While he did have a rather pedestrian season last year with just 439 receiving yards, he was injured throughout, only playing in half the games. In addition, it is undoubtedly hard to stand out in terms of stats when you are teammates with Rob Gronkowski and Brandin Cooks (who is now with the Rams), and when you are Tom Brady’s likely fourth option. Despite this, Hogan has shown flashes of greatness in key moments, including his 6 catch, 128 yard performance in Super Bowl LII. I’d look for him, in his sixth season, to continue this trend, and hopefully stay healthy, to make this pick worthwhile.


Round 10:

10.1 Sterling Shepard, WR (NYG)

10.2 Nick Chubb, RB (CLE)

10.3 C.J. Anderson, RB (CAR)

10.4 Tarik Cohen, RB (CHI)

10.5 Minnesota Vikings, DST

10.6 Kerryon Johnson, RB (DET)

10.7 Allen Hurns, WR (DAL)

10.8 Eli Manning, QB (NYG)

10.9 Nelson Agholor, WR (PHI)

10.10 Anthony Miller, WR (CHI)

10.11 Tevin Coleman, RB (ATL)

10.12 Jacksonville Jaguars, DST


Analysis: While some may be surprised at me taking a defense this early, I believe that this is a solid pick. While some may choose to not initially draft a defense and stream from week, my experience in fantasy leagues is that a top defense can add a great deal of value to a fantasy team. I chose the Minnesota Vikings as my defense, as a Top-5 defense such as theirs provides a consistent boost to a fantasy lineup. I would even go so far as to argue that Minnesota is the TOP defense in the NFL right now. Last season, their defense finished №1 in both yards and points allowed. They allowed just 13 touchdowns through the air last season, and added first-rounder Mike Hughes to bolster their secondary. I’d look for the Vikings to continue to be one of the best, if not the top, defense in the league this season.


Round 11:

11.1 Andy Dalton, QB (CIN)

11.2 Los Angeles Rams, DST

11.3 Duke Johnson, RB (CLE)

11.4 Blake Bortles, QB (JAC)

11.5 Kelvin Benjamin, WR (BUF)

11.6 Chris Thomson, RB (WAS)

11.7 Calvin Ridley, WR (ATL)

11.8 Martavis Bryant, WR (OAK)

11.9 Isaiah Crowell, RB (NYJ)

11.10 Aaron Jones, RB (GB)

11.11 D’onta Foreman, RB (HOU)

11.12 Rex Burkhead, RB (NE)


Analysis: Despite my already strong receiving corps, I decided to take a player with lots of upside. While he has never quite returned to his rookie year form due to a torn ACL in 2015, he can nonetheless be a dependable receiver. While he saw less action and touches during his six games in Buffalo following a 2017 trade from the Panthers, I’d look for him to become a more prominent target for the big-armed rookie Josh Allen in Sean McDermott’s system. He can also be a utilized to balance out the Buffalo’s lethal running attack from Shady McCoy. While I don’t anticipate needing Benjamin, I feel confident that he is a solid backup.


Round 12:

12.1 Richard Matthews, WR (TEN)

12.2 Sam Darnold, QB (NYJ)

12.3 Josh Doctson, WR (WAS)

12.4 Philadelphia Eagles, DST

12.5 Jack Doyle, TE (IND)

12.6 Marqise Lee, WR (JAC)

12.7 Mike Williams, WR (TB)

12.8 Ty Montgomery, RB (GB)

12.9 D.J. Moore, WR (CAR)

12.10 Cameron Meredith, WR (NO)

12.11 Desean Jackson, WR (TB)

12.12 Jamaal Williams, RB (GB)


Analysis: Like my pick of Benjamin, I believe that Doyle can be a solid backup to Gronkowski. While the hope is that Gronk stays healthy this season, one never knows given his injury history. Doyle really came into his own this past season as the primary tight end for the Colts. He has since moved away from the pass blocking days of his first few seasons when Coby Fleener was the starter and has now reached his potential was a receiver. He set career highs for both receptions (80) and receiving yards (690) this past season. I’d look for him to only continue this level of production this upcoming season with a (hopefully) healthy Andrew Luck under new head coach Frank Reich’s offensive system that looks to be multi-dimensional and uptempo.


Round 13:

13.1 Theo Riddick, RB (DET)

13.2 Corey Clement, RB (PHI)

13.3 Bilal Powell, RB (NYJ)

13.4 Kenny Stills, WR (MIA)

13.5 Devontae Booker, RB (DEN)

13.6 George Kittle, TE (SF)

13.7 Legarrette Blount, RB (DET)

13.8 Kenny Golladay, WR (DET)

13.9 Ryan Tannehill, QB (MIA)

13.10 Jordan Matthews, WR (NE)

13.11 Terrance Matthews, WR (DAL)

13.12 James White, RB (NE)


Analysis: With David Johnson and Marshawn Lynch having unfortunate injury histories, I felt it necessary to have a bit of security at running back. While Booker has had issues with ball security, fumbling a total of six times the past two seasons, as well as vision and decision-making, he is only going into his third season with time to still grow and mature. He did only have 299 yards and one touchdown this past season, down from his respectable 612 yards and 4 touchdown rookie season, but he now has the opportunity to fill the hole left by starter C.J. Anderson. Booker likely will be the Broncos starting running back, and I would look for him to return to his rookie year form, if not beyond that.


Round 14:

14.1 Sam Bradford, QB (ARI)

14.2 Courtland Sutton, WR (DEN)

14.3 Joe Flacco, QB (BAL)

14.4 Giovani Bernard, RB (CIN)

14.5 Tyler Lockett, WR (SEA)

14.6 Tyrod Taylor, QB (CLE)

14.7 O.J. Howard, TE (TB)

14.8 Tyler Eifert, TE (CIN)

14.9 Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE (JAC)

14.10 David Njoku, TE (CLE)

14.11 Charles Clay, TE (BUF)

14.12 Mohamed Sanu, WR (ATL)


Analysis: Tyler Lockett has certainly not made a name for himself as of yet in Seattle. His numbers this past season, 45 receptions for 555 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns, certainly aren’t flashy or league-leading. What he provides to me is wide receiver depth in the event of an injury to one of my starting three or a bye week. I will say that Lockett has the potential to be far better this season, because there is no surefire player that can either (a) be the second option to Doug Baldwin for Russell Wilson or (b) take the place of Jimmy Graham, who left this past offseason. Someone has to fill the receiving needs for the Seahawks. Perhaps Lockett, with his speed and agility necessary for the return game, can be the person to do it.


Round 15:

15.1 Nyheim Hines, RB (IND)

15.2 Doug Martin, RB (OAK)

15.3 Dede Westbrook, WR (JAC)

15.4 Latavius Murray, RB (MIN)

15.5 Peyton Barber, RB (TB)

15.6 Chris Carson, RB (SEA)

15.7 Frank Gore, RB (MIA)

15.8 Matt Breida, RB (SF)

15.9 Demarco Murray, RB (FA)

15.10 AJ McCarron, QB (BUF)

15.11 Eric Ebron, TE (IND)

15.12 Jared Cook, TE (OAK)


Analysis: This pick really falls in the vein of my 13th round selection of Devontae Booker. Depth at the running back position can be key when I have starters that, while incredibly productive, can become injured at any time. Peyton Barber, while having only a modest 423 receiving yards for 3 touchdowns, can be the person to act as a solid backup this season. I believe this to be the case. Barber will certainly have a steady role in the offensive, as the reports indicate the Bucs coaching staff believes that he has a great deal of talent and high ceiling for offensive production. While he will likely split the load with second-round pick Ronald Jones II, Barber will still get his touches. Barber could also see more touches during the first few games of the season, as the Bucs will look to rely more on the running game given the recent three-game suspension of star quarterback Jameis Winston for violating the league’s personal conduct policy.


Round 16:

16.1 New England Patriots, DST

16.2 Mike Gesicki, TE (MIA)

16.3 Kansas City Chiefs, DST

16.4 Paul Richardson, WR (WAS)

16.5 Ted Ginn, WR (NO)

16.6 Baltimore Ravens, DST

16.7 New Orleans Saints, DST

16.8 Houston Texans, DST

16.9 Los Angeles Chargers, DST

16.10 Seattle Seahawks, DST

16.11 Denver Broncos, DST

16.12 Lamar Jackson, QB (BAL)


Analysis: Of all my bench selections, this is one of the ones with the most overall upside (despite it being the 16th round!). While I could have used this pick to draft another quarterback for my bench, I felt as though I could most likely drop one of my bench players based on a determination of their initial production for a quarterback that was not drafted. Ginn proved to be a solid third option for Drew Brees and the Saints this past year, catching 53 passes for 787 yards and 4 touchdowns. I would look for Ginn to have another solid year in the pass-happy offense that the Saints employ, making him a reliable backup in the event of an injury to one of my starting three.


Round 17:

17.1 Stephen Gostkowski, K (NE)

17.2 Greg Zuerlein, K (LAR)

17.3 Justin Tucker, K (BAL)

17.4 Will Lutz, K (NO)

17.5 Matt Bryant, K (ATL)

17.6 Matt Prater, K (DEN)

17.7 Mason Crosby, K (GB)

17.8 Jake Elliott, K (PHI)

17.9 Harrison Butker, K (KC)

17.10 Dan Bailey, K (DAL)

17.11 Chris Boswell, K (PIT)

17.12 Robbie Gould, K (CHI)


Analysis: In short, Matt Bryant is an incredibly efficient and dependable kicker, with a career made field goal average just shy of 86% and a career long of 62 yards. His efficiency complements his kicking strength.