My First Mock Fantasy Football Draft
The Sporting News has a sweet Live Mock Fantasy Football Draft that I’ve been using for the last few years to get ready for the season. They offer 10 & 12 Team Drafts that go 15 rounds. I use it as a gauge to see where certain people are picked. As the season approaches, these Mock Drafts become better because everyone is more up-to-speed on the players and you get a full draft. When there isn’t a full draft, there is an Autopick in place. They go by Sporting News rankings. It’s not ideal, but it’s acceptable. Another cool feature is the chat board which allows you to discuss players with other fantasy football fanatics. Unfortunately I wasn’t in a very chatty room so I didn’t gain much fantasy insight this time around. Oh well, there’s always next time.
For my first mock I got the 9th pick. The Big Dog RBs (as well as Brady, Moss, and Lynch) were off the board. I opted to go for Larry Johnson. With my second pick I opted to go with the 2 RB system and grabbed Clinton Portis. I thought about Larry Fitzgerald, but chose to go with 2 RBs here with thoughts of grabbing 2 WRs in the next Snake swing. When my pick got to me I was surprised to see Torry Holt still hanging around. Naturally, I grabbed him. The other WRs available were Jennings, Harrison, Boldin, and Roy Williams so I eschewed the 2 WR thought and went with Carson Palmer. I again let the WRs slide (as Dwayne Bowe and Chris Chambers were the ilk of WRs available) and took Darren McFadden with my 5th pick. Dwayne Bowe was still available when the Snake swung to me so I grabbed him. I took old man Hines Ward with my 7th pick to round out my starting WR corps. In the 8th round, I opted to take another rookie RB in Jonathan Stewart. With my 9th pick I added WR depth with Vincent Jackson, hoping he’ll meet the high expectations that were put on him last year. I finished off with a TE. I debated between Alge Crumpler and Vernon Davis, but was afraid one is washed up and the other is too injury-prone so I went with Chicago’s Greg Olsen. In Round 11 I decided to go Defense and chose Pittsburgh. In Round 12 I decided to add RB depth by choosing Deuce McAllister. In the 13th round I went with D.J. Hackett. I was a big fan of his heading into last year, and think he should do fine in Carolina. I took a flier on the Giants’ Steve Smith in the 14th. I finished the draft by taking a Kicker. Much to my delight Adam Vinatieri was available. I snatched him up quickly.
One suggestion I have is to stick with the picks until the end. Often people duck out early to get to their next draft (because they are rather addictive), but that defeats the purpose of the mock draft. Anyone can pick the first several rounds. Where you want to practice is the middle to late rounds. That’s where fantasy football championships are won. So head on over to the Sporting News and sign up for a Mock Draft right away. My team name is Lester’s Legends. If you see me, say hi.