2012 Experts Mock Draft (August) Results: FFToday.com
 
 
 
 

Experts Mock Draft Results: FFToday.com

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Roster:

2012 Experts Mock Draft (August)

Draft took place Aug 14 - 24

Scoring System:
12 Fantasy Sites square off with PPR scoring
20 rounds
Starters of 1QB, 2RB, 3WR, 1TE, 1FLEX, 1K, and 1DEF

Franchises:

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Ovr Pick Franchise Selection Pos. Team Age Exp.
1 1.04 FFToday.com Calvin Johnson WR DET 29 5
I am pretty tempted to go with a RB given the perceived depth at WR vs. RB this year, but Madden curse be damned, I'll take Megatron because he is so dominant at his position.
2 2.09 FFToday.com Andre Johnson WR HOU 33 9
A lot of different directions I could go here. WR-WR to start isn't at the top of people's strategies this year - more like a Plan C or D - but I like Andre Johnson quite a bit while I'm more even on the available RB. I'd rather wait at QB. I'm loath to leave that second stud TE for one of the guys who got a top 3 RB already, but c'est la vie. Short of getting Jimmy Graham, I'd rather wait at TE too.
3 3.04 FFToday.com Roddy White WR ATL 33 7
I was hoping for Jamaal Charles to fall here and as a Bills fan I've got too much pent up angst against Marshawn Lynch to trust him with even the smallest of red flags next to his name on my cheatsheet. He's not a sexy pick, but a reliable (very) high target guy in White who people are writing off a little too soon as we're all wowed by the young guy Julio Jones.
4 4.09 FFToday.com Demaryius Thomas WR DEN 26 2
Remember that old game show, Press Your Luck? Feels like I'm playing that right now with this mock draft. I know I should be taking a RB here, or a QB or a TE. I had a RB queued up and the write-up ready to go and everything. And then I thought... what if? Thomas looks really tempting. How is this going to turn out if I grab my Flex starter - another WR - and then still need to fill the other skill positions later? I'll take a hit at RB no doubt, but if I remember last year in half of these drafts a bunch of my RB didn't last the season anyway. Okay, lets find out. No whammies.
5 5.04 FFToday.com Antonio Gates TE SD 34 9
I had Michael Turner, Michael Vick and a pair of TE pre-drafted at this pick - in reverse order. Gates was my number one choice although it was really dead even between him and Aaron Hernandez. Already certain I'm going to get raked over the coals for this draft, I'm not going to settle for an average RB in Turner (had he made it) or C.J. Spiller just to finally address the position. I'd rather get players capable of being the best at their position while they are still available, of which Gates/Hernandez/Vick fit the bill.
6 6.09 FFToday.com Kevin Smith RB --- 28 4
Smith surprised everyone when he was pulled off the street midseason last year and performed well. Off the street people! Now look at him, the last guy standing between him, Jahvid Best and Mikel Leshoure to start the season, and with a full training camp under his belt. Smith showed his talent as a rookie and has clearly re-dedicated himself to the game with his comeback. Staying healthy has always been a concern for Smith, but with so many pros in his favor - talent, opportunity, high powered offense, pass catcher - he is a good bet to produce what I need, and perhaps then some, getting him at this point in the draft when RB pickings are slim.
7 7.04 FFToday.com Donald Brown RB SD 27 3
With two of the three teams to the left of me passing at QB, that opens the door for me to pass too and wait until the next round. Of course I have my preferences at the position of those still available, and anything could happen in this draft, but playing the odds I should be in line for a decent starter. This allows me to keep digging for a decent RB after my early WR hoarding. Donald Brown - yeah, never been a big fan, but the opportunity is there and he is a good pass catcher. He's the most experienced RB on the Colts and the team should lean on him to protect their new prized asset. He's a worthwhile bet at this price.
8 8.09 FFToday.com Ben Roethlisberger QB PIT 32 8
Not the QB I was hoping for on the way back but still pretty satisfied with Roethlisberger as a late drafted starter. He's got a trio of good receivers, now Wallace is back, and the running game looks like a bit of a mess plus the defense is showing its age. Big Ben could be in line for more passing attempts than we are accustomed to seeing from him. Here is hoping his stats trend upwards too and his body can handle the wear and tear, a legitimate concern, for sure.
9 9.04 FFToday.com Cedric Benson RB --- 31 7
Not loving this pick but since I've backed myself into a corner here having to take a RB and Benson seems like a reasonable risk at this point compared to the other options.
10 10.09 FFToday.com Kendall Hunter RB SF 26 1
The 49ers backfield is crowded but Hunter looks willing and able to make a strong contribution. I don't expect much from Brandon Jacobs - and this pick was made prior to learning of Jacobs' injury. Happy to add Hunter as a 4th RB given the strength of the running game and need to limit Gore's carries to keep him healthy.
11 11.04 FFToday.com Matt Schaub QB OAK 33 8
I could wait for my backup QB a little longer, but with Big Ben my starter I should acquire one a little earlier than I otherwise would, plus Schaub seems to be a little undervalued right now. The Texans will be a top contending team in the AFC and Schaub should be in position to put up some strong numbers as a result.
12 12.09 FFToday.com Alshon Jeffery WR CHI 24 R
Time to add my first WR since round 4. Pickings are pretty slim at this point but I'll take a chance on this rookie who has two pretty good preseason games under his belt, and should start ahead of Devin Hester and Earl Bennett. With opposing defenses paying a lot of attention to Brandon Marshall, Jay Cutler should be able to find Jeffery a fair bit.
13 13.04 FFToday.com Dustin Keller TE FA 30 4
I think Keller is going to have a hard time making the Pro Bowl in the same conference with Gronk, Hernandez and Gates, among others, but he is the poster boy for the tried and (sometimes) true "well, someone has to catch the ball" fantasy football theory. Hopefully Sanchez/Tebow can keep up their end of the bargain and the Jets don't average 3 points a game all season.
14 14.09 FFToday.com Bilal Powell RB NYJ 26 1
From a handful of boom or bust prospects available, I've still got to lean to RB since I'm more set at WR, and Powell gets the nod early as one I least want to let slip away. This is a reach for him here, but he's had a strong camp and I feel he will be next in line if the Jets decide to switch out Shonn Greene.
15 15.04 FFToday.com Christian Ponder QB MIN 26 1
16 16.09 FFToday.com Emmanuel Sanders WR DEN 27 2
17 17.04 FFToday.com Arizona Def ARI    
I was looking at the Bills and Lions prior to my last pick, and they both got scooped up.
18 18.09 FFToday.com Atlanta Def ATL    
19 20.09 FFToday.com Greg Zuerlein PK STL 26 R