By: Jake Leicht
Over the past several weeks, I have completed five different mock drafts. Two of the drafts were 2QB standard scoring leagues, one was a .5 PPR league, and the other two were just a normal standard scoring league. Today, I will be breaking down another 2 QB standard scoring mock draft. I drafted from the number 12 overall position. We are finally at the bottom of the draft order, so I was able to draft some players that I had not yet broken down on my previous mocks. Like normal, this mock was completed using FantasyPros’ Mock Draft Wizard (https://draftwizard.fantasypros.com/football/mock-draft-simulator/settings/), and the roster settings are as follows: 2QB, 2RB, 3WR, 1TE, 1Flex (RB/WR/TE), D/ST (team defense), and K. I drafted 5 bench players as well. This being our last mock of the season, thank you for all your support, and we hope that they have helped you draft a kick-ass team!
QB: Andrew Luck IND QB: Marcus Mariota TEN RB: Kareem Hunt, KC RB: Carlos Hyde, CLE WR: Odell Beckham Jr, NYG WR: Stefon Diggs, MIN WR: Allen Robinson, CHI FLEX: Isaiah Crowell, NYJ TE: Kyle Rudolph, MIN D/ST: New England Patriots K: Greg Zuerlein
QB: Eli Manning, NYG RB: Mark Ingram, NO WR: Allen Hurns, DAL QB: Josh Allen, BUF TE: Jack Doyle, IND
According to FantasyPros' grading scale, this mock draft received a grade of 94/100. That is very solid. I like the way I started off this draft by grabbing Kareem Hunt and Odell Beckham. I believe that both of those players could easily bring back 1st round value. Allen Robinson and Stefon Diggs rounded out my starting receiving corps. Both of those players are their respective team’s number one red zone target, so I love grabbing them in a standard scoring league. I loved selecting Mark Ingram in the 7th round despite him having to miss the first 4 games of the 2018 season. Carlos Hyde and Isaiah Crowell should be able to fill in nicely for those first few weeks, and I expect both of those guys to get the bulk of carries for their teams as well. Kyle Rudolph is a staple on several of my fantasy teams, and I think getting a starting tight end like Rudolph in round 12 is incredible value. In a 2QB league, I was able to net Andrew Luck and Marcus Mariota to lead my squad. They are both high upside options that could be awesome this year. Eli Manning is a solid backup with great weapons around him. Allen Hurns and Josh Allen are two upside selections that could easily be cut if they do not pan out early on in the season. Overall, I like this team, and I would feel confident if this was my real fantasy team heading into the 2018 season.
1) Todd Gurley RB - LAR 2) Le'veon Bell RB - PIT 3) Ezekiel Elliott RB - DAL 4) David Johnson RB - ARI 5) Alvin Kamara RB - NO 6) Antonio Brown WR- PIT 7) Aaron Rodgers QB- GB 8) Saquon Barkley RB- NYG 9) Tom Brady QB- NE 10) Deshaun Watson QB- HOU 11) Deandre Hopkins WR- HOU 12) Kareem Hunt RB- KC
Analysis: I was all too happy to pick Kareem Hunt with the 12th pick in this 2QB standard mock draft. It is great to get a proven running back that is playing in a good offense. Having Andy Reid as Hunt’s play caller helps as well. I have drafted Hunt several times during our mock drafts, and this is what I have written about him: “I think that Hunt will have a huge role in the Chiefs’ offensive, especially considering they will be playing with a first year starting quarterback in Pat Mahomes. Last season, he rushed for 1,327 yards on 272 carries and 8 touchdowns. Hunt also caught 53 passes for 455 yards and 3 touchdowns. He was not even the team’s third down back for most of the year. With the Chiefs using him a ton as a rookie, I would expect them to use him even more to take the load off of Mahomes this season as well. I like drafting running backs early in a standard league.”
13) Odell Beckham Jr- NYG 14) Russell Wilson QB- SEA 15) Leonard Fournette RB- JAX 16) Melvin Gordon RB- LAC 17) Dalvin Cook RB- MIN 18) Carson Wentz QB- PHI 19) Keenan Allen WR- LAC 20) Julio Jones WR- ATL 21) Michael Thomas WR- NO 22) Cam Newton QB- CAR 23) Drew Brees QB- NO 24) Christian McCaffrey RB- CAR
Analysis: There is no player in the NFL with as much star power as Odell Beckham Jr. right now. Kids idolize him, and every time a player makes a one handed catch someone mentions Beckham’s one handed grab from a few seasons ago. While those things have little to do with fantasy football, it still helps fantasy football players understand the power and name recognition of Odell on draft night. First off, I have not been in any actual fantasy football draft in which Beckham has fallen to the 2nd round. A lot of that is probably fantasy football owners recognizing his name and potential, but I actually think Odell is going too low in drafts considering what he actually brings to the table on a week-to-week basis.
Before last season, Beckham had NEVER had less than 1,300 yards or 10 touchdowns during his first 3 seasons in the league. That is what I view as his baseline this season, providing he does not get injured like he did in 2017. Beckham has better weapons around him now than he has had in the past, so he may not have as many total yards as many fantasy experts are suggesting. However, teams will not be able to double team him as easily with Saquon running between the tackles and Sterling Shepard being healthy. The fact of the matter is that getting a healthy Odell Beckham Jr. in the 2nd round of any fantasy football league is a positive for any team.
25) Davante Adams WR- GB 26) Devonta Freeman RB- ATL 27) Jordan Howard RB- CHI 28) A.J. Green WR- CIN 29) T.Y. Hilton WR- IND 30) Mike Evans WR- TB 31) Rob Gronkowski TE- NE 32) Tyreek Hill WR- KC 33) LeSean McCoy RB- BUF 34) Joe Mixon RB- CIN 35) Jerick Mckinnon RB- MIN 36) Stefon Diggs WR- MIN
Analysis: Here is what I think of Diggs going into this season: “Stefon Diggs had one of the most iconic catches in the history of the NFL last season when he scored the game winning touchdown as time expired in the playoffs versus the New Orleans Saints. This year, I look for him to have a huge season playing with the Vikings’ new quarterback, Kirk Cousins. I believe that Cousins’ favorite receiver will be Diggs because of his versatile skill set and ability to make a play on deep balls. Last year with Case Keenum (a less dynamic QB), Diggs had 64 catches for 849 yards and 8 touchdowns. I believe that in this new offense led by Cousins, he could see double digit touchdowns and more receptions. In a standard scoring league that starts 3 wide receivers, Stefon Diggs makes for a nice pick in the back of the 3rd round.”
37) Andrew Luck QB- IND 38) Travis Kelce TE- KC 39) Kirk Cousins QB- MIN 40) Adam Thielen WR- MIN 41) Zach Ertz TE- PHI 42) Amari Cooper WR- OAK 43) Alex Collins RB- BAL 44) Matt Stafford QB- DET 45) Doug Baldwin WR- SEA 46) Jimmy Garoppolo QB- SF 47) Ben Roethlisberger QB- PIT 48) JuJu Smith-Schuster WR- PIT
Analysis: The more I watch Andrew Luck this preseason, the more excited I get about his fantasy prospects. Drafting him in the 4th round is ambitious, but he has more upside than any QB left in the draft at this point. “Again, I am a major risk taker in fantasy football. I want to win championships, and to do that you have to think outside the box. Andrew Luck is one of the best quarterbacks in the league for fantasy purposes when he is healthy. The question is, is he healthy? I honestly do not know the answer to that question, but he is finally throwing footballs at the Colts’ training facility again. That is a step in the right direction. When healthy, he has 35 touchdown potential. I will sign-up for that.”
49) Matt Ryan QB- ATL 50) Jarvis Landry WR- CLE 51) Brandin Cooks WR- LAR 52) Philip Rivers QB- LAC 53) Marvin Jones WR- DET
54) Jared Goff QB- LAR 55) Jay Ajayi RB- PHI 56) Pat Mahomes QB- KC 57) Larry Fitzgerald WR- ARI 58) Demaryius Thomas WR- DEN 59) Alshon Jeffery WR- PHI 60) Allen Robinson WR- CHI
Analysis: Allen Robinson has some serious potential to put up big numbers heading in his 5th season in the league. Two short years ago, Robinson put up 80 catches for 1,400 yards and 14 touchdowns. That is worthy of a mid first round pick in 2018. The problem is that he vastly underperformed in 2016, and he was injured for almost all of the 2017 season. In 2016, Robinson dealt with poor quarterback play from Blake Bortles, and opposing teams double teamed him most of the year. Robinson is a big play threat that averages 14.5 yards-per-reception in his career. I think that moving the Bears will do wonders for A-Rob’s production, especially considering Matt Nagy has already stated that the team will move him around in their offensive sets. This will ensure that defenses cannot simply double team Robinson, and Nagy will find a way to get him the ball. Hopefully Trubisky continues to improve, and if that happens, A-Rob will certainly provide 5th round value this season.
61) Marcus Mariota QB- TEN 62) Dion Lewis RB- TEN 63) Josh Gordon WR- CLE 64) Greg Olsen TE- CAR 65) Golden Tate WR- DET 66) Corey Davis WR- TEN 67) Kenyan Drake RB- MIA 68) Royce Freeman RB- DEN 69) Lamar Miller RB- HOU 70) Devin Funchess WR- CAR 71) Michael Crabtree WR- BAL 72) Jimmy Graham TE- GB
Analysis: Marcus Mariota is one of my favorite quarterbacks to draft this year. He vastly underperformed last year, so I believe he is being way undervalued this season.
Again, I have drafted him many times in our mock drafts. I wrote earlier: “I'm super pumped up to be able to draft a QB like Marcus Mariota as my QB2 in this 2QB mock draft. Last year at this time, Mariota was viewed as a potential top 5 quarterback for fantasy. Last year, he struggled due to injury. He was not able to get the fantasy points on the ground like many fantasy owners had hoped. This year, I believe Mariota will have a much better running attack to back up his passing game. Adding Dion Lewis was huge for his development. Corey Davis is also a year older, so his weapons on the outside should be better than ever. A quarterback with his upside should be drafted higher in a 2QB league. Having Mariota and Luck on my roster is very risky, but it could also bring me a fantasy championship. I will take the risk and have fun watching 2 gunslinging quarterbacks play for me come the fall.”
73) Derek Carr QB- OAK 74) Evan Engram TE- NYG 75) Sammy Watkins WR- KC 76) Alex Smith QB- WAS 77) Tyrod Taylor QB- CLE 78) Delanie Walker TE- TEN 79) Derrick Henry RB- TEN 80) Will Fuller WR- HOU 81) Dak Prescott QB-DAL 82) Chris Hogan WR- NE 83) Case Keenum QB- DEN 84) Mark Ingram RB- NO
Analysis: I was really hoping that Derrick Henry fell to me here in round 7, but I am happy to obtain a talent like Mark Ingram. Ingram is suspended for the first 4 games of the 2018 season, but he could still prove to have incredible value in the 7th round. Last season with the Saints, he posted 1,124 yards rushing and 12 touchdowns. He also chipped in an astonishing 58 catches for 416 yards receiving. That is amazing considering Alvin Kamara is also starred in the Saints’ offense. Had Ingram not been suspended 4 games, he would have obviously been selected way earlier in the draft. I hate that this team would have to fill in for Ingram over the first 4 weeks, but at the same time he would give this team an amazing boost come week 5 of the season.
85) Eli Manning QB- NYG 86) Pierre Garcon WR- WAS 87) Marshawn Lynch RB- OAK 88) Robert Woods WR- LAR 89) Jameis Winston QB- TB 90) Julian Edelman WR- NE 91) Mitch Trubisky QB- CHI 92) Tevin Coleman RB- ATL 93) Rashaad Penny RB- SEA 94) Sony Michel RB- NE 95) Marquise Goodwin WR- SF 96) Jordy Nelson WR- OAK
Analysis: This is fairly early for me to be targeting a QB3, but I don't like many of the options left at the position. Eli Manning should have a bounce back year in 2018. For one thing, getting back Odell Beckham will do wonders for Manning. As he has gotten older Manning’s arm strength has started to decline, so he is relying on timing and accuracy to get by in today’s NFL world. The problem last season was that the Giants’ starting receiving corps was decimated by injuries. Manning did not have his timing down whatsoever in 2017. Now he will have weapons such as Odell Beckham, Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard, and Evan Engram at his disposal. I would probably use him as a trade chip later on in the season if he is putting up top 12 QB numbers.
97) Jacksonville Jaguars DST 98) Cooper Kupp WR- LAR 99) Ronald Jones III RB- TB 100) Rex Burkhead RB- NE 101) Latavius Murray RB- MIN 102) Jamaal Williams RB- GB 103) Kerryon Johnson RB- DET 104) Andy Dalton QB- CIN 105) Los Angeles Rams DST 106) Marlon Mack RB- IND 107) Bilal Powell RB- NYJ 108) Carlos Hyde RB- CLE
Analysis: Hyde has looked fantastic this preseason for the Cleveland Browns. He looks fast, and he is hitting holes quickly. Here's what I wrote earlier: “If you read my columns, you know that I'm a huge Cleveland Browns fan. Drafting 2 Browns with my first 7 picks will probably cause you to roll your eyes, but I did draft a couple of playmakers. Carlos Hyde is probably going to start at running back for the Cleveland Browns in 2018, and I recently wrote an article on the Browns’ backfield situation that you can find right here. To summarize, I believe that Hyde has the best chance to do damage for the Browns on the ground and in the air. He may also see goal line carries, but I would assume the Browns’ will give those carries to Nick Chubb by at least midseason due to their investment in him. The Browns only gave Hyde a 1 year deal essentially, so they may run him into the ground with carries until the rookie is ready to be the primary back.”
109) Isaiah Crowell RB- NYJ 110) Chris Thompson RB- WAS
111) Emmanuel Sanders WR- DEN 112) Tarik Cohen RB- CHI 113) Jamison Crowder WR- WAS 114) DeVante Parker WR- MIA 115) Blake Bortles QB- JAX 116) Chris Carson RB- SEA 117) Robby Anderson WR- NYJ 118) Nick Chubb RB- CLE 119) Minnesota Vikings DST 120) Baker Mayfield QB- CLE
Analysis: Crowell is not a flashy pick, but being able to retain a starting running back in the 10th round of any fantasy football league is awesome value. Last season, Crowell only rushed for 853 yards and 2 touchdowns with the Cleveland Browns. He even lost goal line touches to Duke Johnson late in the season. I expect Crowell to post similar rushing yards in his first season with the New York Jets, but I think he will score a few more touchdowns as well. Again, with Mark Ingram out the first 4 weeks of the season, I need a running back that can get me decent numbers early in 2018.
121) Duke Johnson RB- CLE 122) James White RB- NE 123) Randall Cobb WR- GB 124) Kenny Stills WR- MIA 125) Corey Clement RB- PHI 126) C.J. Anderson RB- CAR 127) Philadelphia Eagles DST 128) Aaron Jones RB- GB 129) Dez Bryant WR- FA 130) Kelvin Benjamin WR- BUF 131) Sterling Shepard WR- NYG 132) Allen Hurns WR- DAL
Analysis: The Cowboys are in a world of hurt at the wide receiver position going into the 2018 season. They did draft Michael Gallup, a young receiver out of Colorado State that could prove to be a valuable commodity early on in the season, and also picked up former Jaguars standout Allen Hurns as well. This selection is not so much about Hurns as it is about the opportunity to grab a team’s number 1 receiver. I do expect Hurns to put up solid numbers, especially considering that I am getting him in the 11th round. My expectations for Hurns this season is somewhere around 700 yards receiving and 5 touchdowns. Those are serviceable numbers in a league that starts 3 wide receivers.
133) Kyle Rudolph TE- MIN 134) Joe Flacco QB- BAL 135) Calvin Ridley WR- ATL 136) Rishard Matthews WR- TEN 137) Mike Williams WR- LAC
138) Marqise Lee WR- JAX 139) Rob Kelly RB- WAS 140) Cameron Meredith WR- NO
141) Devontae Booker RB- DEN 142) Nelson Agholor WR- PHI 143) Ryan Tannehill QB- MIA 144) D.J. Moore WR- CAR
Analysis: I selected Kyle Rudolph in the 8th round of my 2QB mock draft a few weeks ago. Getting him in the 12th round here feels like an absolute steal. Here is what I wrote about him: "Rudolph is a red-zone threat that scored 8 touchdowns last year, and his team just added a better quarterback than he had last year. Cousins is great in the red zone, and Rudolph is one of the better red zone tight end targets in the league."
145) Kenny Golladay WR- DET 146) Tyrell Williams WR- LAC 147) Jordan Reed TE- WAS 148) Josh Rosen QB- ARI 149) Trey Burton TE- CHI 150) Peyton Barber RB- TB 151) Josh Doctson WR- WAS 152) D’Onta Foreman RB- HOU 153) Desean Jackson WR- TB 154) David Njoku TE- CLE 155) Samaje Perine RB- WAS 156) Jack Doyle TE- IND
Analysis: Going back-to-back tight ends was not my plans, but I really like Jack Doyle this year. Absolutely nothing flashy here, but Jack Doyle is a very safe TE2 because Andrew Luck loves his tight ends. And even without Luck last year, he had 80 receptions for 690 yards and 4 touchdowns. Those are TE1 numbers in a 12 team league. I'm happy to select a guy like Doyle that has a stable role in a decent offense this late in the draft.
157) Josh Allen QB- BUF 158) Keelan Cole WR- JAX 159) Los Angeles Chargers DST 160) Lamar Jackson QB- BAL 161) Sam Bradford QB- ARI 162) Jordan Wilkins RB- IND 163) Sam Darnold QB- NYJ 164) Josh McCown QB- NYJ 165) Jared Cook TE- OAK 166) Nick Foles QB- PHI 167) Ty Montgomery RB- GB 168) Gio Bernard RB- CIN
Analysis: This pick is strictly upside. There is a distinct possibility that Josh Allen is the starting quarterback for the Buffalo Bills this season. He has played very well in the 2018 preseason, and quite frankly, he does not have a lot of heavy competition for the job either. A.J. McCarron has been a career backup in the NFL, and Nathan Peterman is best known for throwing 5 interceptions in the first half of a game last season. Allen could easily start for the Bills, and I really like grabbing a potential starting quarterback in round 14 of a 2QB league. Bring on the high upside.
169) Ryan Fitzpatrick QB- TB 170) Ted Ginn WR- NO
171) Houston Texans DST 172) Denver Broncos DST 173) Seattle Seahawks DST 174) Baltimore Ravens DST 175) Mason Rudolph QB- PIT 176) New Orleans Saints DST 177) Mohamed Sanu WR- ATL 178) Teddy Bridgewater QB- NYJ 179) Chicago Bears DST 180) New England Patriots DST
Analysis: The Patriots have some playmakers on defense and they also play in a division that has some very weak offenses. I do not get excited about defenses, and I typically stream them during the season.
181) Greg Zuerlein K - LAR 182) Stephen Gostkowski K- NE 183) Justin Tucker K - BAL
184) Jake Elliott K - PHI 185) Matt Bryant K - ATL 186) Wil Lutz K - NO 187) Chris Boswell K- PIT 188) Harrison Butker K - KC 189) Matt Prater K- DET 190) Robbie Gould K - SF 191) Mason Crosby K - GB 192) Daniel Carlson K- MIN
Analysis: Zuerlein is the best kicker in the NFL. He plays on a good offense in warm weather, and he has a huge leg. I would be happy to have him as my kicker in the last round.