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You Are Now On The Clock (Pick #8)

Updated: Aug 24, 2021

(image credit: Kyle Posey/USA Today)

By: Jett Rosenstein

Twitter: @rosey_jett

Welcome back to “Mock Draft Monday.” This week we are picking from the #8 slot in the draft order. As always, this is a 10-team PPR league. I need to fill out a roster of 1 QB, 2 RB, 2 WR, 1 TE, 1 W/R/T, 1 K, 1 D/ST, and 6 BN. This draft was completed via FantasyPros’ Draft Wizard. So, without further ado, let's get this draft started!

Pick 1.8- Austin Ekeler (RB-LAC)

To begin the draft, 6 of the first 7 selections were running backs. The lone WR that had been taken was Davante Adams. For me, I was deciding between Austin Ekeler, Saquon Barkley, and Nick Chubb. Austin Ekeler is the guy for me with this pick. As I have stated in some of my recent work, he has the upside to finish within the top 3 at his position. He may not be one of those bell-cow backs but with positive touchdown regression on the way to go along with him maintaining his huge role in the receiving game, Ekeler is sure to ascend among the fantasy ranks in 2021.

Picks 2.3 & 3.8- Tyreek Hill (WR-KC) and Allen Robinson (WR-CHI) As great as it would have been to start off with multiple RBs, there comes a point in time where there is no need to reach on a RB especially with some of the dominant ball hogs available with this pick. As it pertains to Tyreek Hill, there isn’t much to be said. He is close to a near-lock to finish within the top 5 once again, health permitting. The Cheetah will lead many fantasy managers to the promised land once again in 2021.

What Allen Robinson has done up to this point in his career is rather remarkable. He has put together 2 consecutive top-10 finishes with subpar QB play. Now with Justin Fields destined to take over sooner rather than later, Robinson may have more upside than ever. Lock him in as my WR2, but he will be in the WR1 conversation all throughout the season.

Picks 4.3 & 5.8- Chris Carson (RB-SEA) and Tyler Lockett (WR-SEA)

It was very important that I head back over to the RB position with this pick and Chris Carson was an easy selection. While he has yet to play a full season in his NFL career, Carson is a very productive back when healthy. He is part of a Seahawks offense that loves to run the football and Carson should see a sizable workload.

Sticking with the Seahawks offense, my next pick was Tyler Lockett. In 2020, Lockett finished as the WR8 in 2021. However, he was very inconsistent on a per-game basis. Down the stretch in 2020, part of his inconsistencies was due to his offense not being able to sustain their game plan down the stretch. With a new OC, that will most likely not be the case. I’ll take someone at this point in the draft who has spit out 3 consecutive top 20 finishes.

Picks 6.3 & 7.8- TJ Hockenson (TE-DET) and Mike Davis (RB-ATL)

Coming into the season, TJ Hockenson is slated to be the #1 option on the Detroit Lions offense. He will be seeing a ton of targets go his way which is only a good thing for fantasy football. He may lack significant TD upside but due to the state of the position, there aren’t many other options who project to receive as much volume as Hockenson.

There is a ton of uncertainty as to whether Mike Davis can sustain a large workload throughout the season. He started to wear down in 2020 with Carolina after being in a similar position. But, for the time being, Davis is the starter and has no clear threats behind him. He provides value in the receiving game as well. He could be a steal if he shows the ability to stay healthy and be productive.

Picks 8.3 & 9.8- Robby Anderson (WR-CAR) and Michael Carter (RB-NYJ)

After finishing as the WR19 in 2020, Robby Anderson currently has an ADP of WR30 in 2021. The most likely reason for that is CMC coming back into the fold and the questions surrounding new QB Sam Darnold. However, Anderson is still going to see a ton of volume and will be especially valuable in PPR leagues even if the touchdowns never come.

One of the hot names throughout the offseason has been Michael Carter. This is in large part due to the starting RB position for the NY Jets up for grabs. While the veteran Tevin Coleman will most likely have the first shot at it, Carter will be right behind him. He can potentially take over the backfield and be a league winner for fantasy managers.

Picks 10.3 & 11.8- Ronald Jones (RB-TB) and Ryan Tannehill (QB-TEN)

After the Bucs playoff run where Leonard Fournette balled out, Ronald Jones seems to be the forgotten man. Despite not being a factor in the passing game, Jones will still be the primary ball carrier for this team. He just missed 1000 yards in 2020. With 2 consecutive top 25 finishes under his belt, Jones is a great RB to have on your bench to use as a flex or a bye-week fill-in.

With my team being the last one in need of a QB, I had my sights set on Ryan Tannehill. He was already a value in fantasy drafts, but I picked him off 2 rounds later than his ADP which was a steal. Tannehill has resurrected his career in Tennessee and his fantasy production has been up there with the best of the best. He could approach the top 5 and prove the fantasy community wrong once again.

Picks 12.3 & 13.8- Jamaal Williams (RB-DET) and Russell Gage (WR-ATL)

With D’Andre Swift dealing with injury issues in training camp thus far, Williams could be locked in to see even more of a workload than he was originally supposed to. This goes along with the Lions coaching staff hyping up Williams all offseason. Williams showed flashes in his time with Green Bay and should be productive once again in Detroit. There aren’t many other dependable options in the receiving game so Jared Goff may lean on his RBs a little more than normal.

With Julio Jones now in Tennessee, Russell Gage slots into the WR2 spot on the depth chart behind Calvin Ridley. He has shown flashes and had his best season to date in 2020. Someone will need to step up as another dependable option for the Falcons offense and Gage could be that guy. Take a chance on him at the end of drafts.

Picks 14.3 & 15.8- Ravens D/ST (BAL) and Matt Prater (ARI)

FINAL GRADE: A (93 out of 100)


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