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Written By: Jett Rosenstein
Welcome to the 1st edition of Mock Draft Monday! Each Monday, I will draft from a different spot in the order. Every mock draft has been completed via FantasyPros.com. I will go through each round and tell you my thought process for each of my picks. It is based on a 10 team PPR league with 15 roster spots (1 QB, 2 RB, 2 WR, 1 TE, 1 W/R/T, 1 K, 1 D/ST, 6 BN). Enjoy and Happy Fantasy Football season!
Pick 1.1: Christian McCaffrey (RB-CAR)
Some people are considering Kamara, Cook, or Henry for this spot. This pick is a no-brainer for me. Let’s chalk up McCaffrey’s 2020 season as bad luck. He is back and he will most likely lead RBs in receptions and continue racking up TDs. He is going to have every opportunity on this new and improved Carolina offense to show you why he should be the number 1 pick in every league.
Picks 2.10 & 3.1: Calvin Ridley (WR-ATL) and Travis Kelce (TE-KC)
I prefer to start off with 2 RBs if possible, but I would have had to reach for someone. Calvin Ridley is going to have another monster year, especially with no more Julio Jones. He is going to dominate on a pass-heavy Atlanta offense and I will gladly have him as my WR1.
I am a big proponent of taking one of the top TEs early on in your draft. Travis Kelce isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. He will continue to be a focal point of the Kansas City offense and getting the top TE in the league puts me at a significant advantage over my fellow league members.
Picks 4.10 & 5.1: Robert Woods (WR-LAR) and Mike Davis (RB-ATL)
Mr. Overlooked. Year after year, Robert Woods exceeds his ADP and this year will be no different. Matthew Stafford is a big improvement from Jared Goff and Woods will get fed the ball constantly. Woods adds stability, slotting him in at my WR2 spot.
A lot of people may be on the fence with Mike Davis this year due to the questions about him handling a major workload. But, we have seen what he can do in the absence of McCaffrey last year and now he is joining a high-powered Atlanta Falcons offense. According to Fantasy Pros, I may have slightly reached, but for where I am in the draft order, I could not have risked missing out on him.
Picks 6.10 & 7.1: James Robinson (RB-JAX) and Lamar Jackson (QB-BAL)
James Robinson is up to this point my riskiest pick in this draft. Yes, they added Hyde and Etienne to the backfield. Like I have said before, Robinson isn’t going anywhere. Even with Etienne potentially stealing some 3rd down work, Robinson will be the guy on the goal line. I needed to add depth at my RB position and Robinson slots in nicely at my flex spot.
I usually like to wait until the end of the draft to snag a QB, but I couldn't resist the temptation of drafting Lamar Jackson after he slid a few picks. He has gone in the 5th round in most leagues. I want my QB to be a dual-threat and Jackson fits the mold. While he did have a down 2020, people forget the ridiculous 2019 he had and now he has a much improved supporting cast in 2021.
Picks 8.10 & 9.1: Jerry Jeudy (DEN-WR) and Michael Carter (RB-NYJ)
Jeudy is one of the 2nd year WRs that I think will make a major leap in 2021. Whether he has Drew Lock or Teddy Bridgewater throwing to him, his combination of sensational route running and elite separation should bode well for fantasy managers. He could end up cracking my starting lineup on a weekly basis.
Like I mentioned in my previous article, I am very excited about Michael Carter this year. He has a great opportunity to seize the bulk of the carries in the NY Jets backfield. I may have reached on him, but at this stage in the draft, you have to get the guys you value the most.
Picks 10.10 & 11.1: Michael Pittman Jr. (WR-IND) and Jaylen Waddle (WR-MIA)
A lot of these picks in this portion of the draft are dart-throws but still have the ability to pay off. Michael Pittman Jr. has a much-improved QB situation in Carson Wentz in 2021. Look for him to be another one of those 2nd year WRs who could possibly take a jump. A nice addition to my WR depth.
I usually try not to let real-life football interfere with fantasy football, but besides the fact that I am a Dolphin fan, I have high hopes for Jaylen Waddle not only this year but for the entirety of his career. This pick is going to be all riding on if Tua Tagovailoa can make a jump in year 2. Even if he does, there are a lot of mouths to feed on this Dolphins offense, so we shall see.
Pick 12.10 & 13.1: AJ Dillon (RB-GB) and Darnell Mooney (WR-CHI)
We saw what AJ Dillon can do late in the 2020 season, but unfortunately, his fantasy stock is hindered by Aaron Jones. This selection was purely based on the fact that Dillon is a high-end handcuff and would provide elite fantasy production if Aaron Jones were to miss any games.
This is probably my favorite pick of all my late-round selections. Darnell Mooney is firmly locked in as the number 2 option on a Bears offense with hopefully a much-improved QB room. A lot of people are identifying Mooney as a potential “sleeper” candidate for 2021 and I am fully aboard that hype train.
Pick 14.10 & 15.1: Buccaneers D/ST and Younghoe Koo (K-ATL)
Overall, I like the potential of this team. I am not a fan of drafting out of the number 1 slot, but I made the best of it. I got the best player in fantasy and built a strong starting lineup around him. I may run into issues at my flex spot (James Robinson), but the hope is one of my late-round selections turns into an every-week starter (Jerry Jeudy, Michael Carter, Michael Pittman Jr.). I also may run into depth issues at RB after not taking one until the 5th round after CMC. Let me know what you guys think or what you would have done differently on Twitter @rosey_jett
DRAFT GRADE: B+ (87 out of 100)