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Experts Mock Draft Results


2012 Experts Mock Draft (June)

Draft took place June 6, 2012 - June 25, 2012

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

Ovr Pick Franchise Selection Pos. Team Age Exp.
1 1.01 @FansFantasy Arian Foster RB HOU 28 3
Where is my staples easy button
2 1.02 @2MugsFF LeSean McCoy RB BUF 26 3
Safe, healthy, & a huge part of this offense. Oh, and one of the few top 10 RBs not hurt or holding out for money.
3 1.03 @JameyEisenberg Ray Rice RB --- 28 4
Rice is easily a Top 3 selection in any format, and the only thing that could hinder his production is a holdout. If he signs his tender or gets a new deal then he should thrive this season.
4 1.04 @FF_Today Ryan Mathews RB PHI 27 2
The benefit of a mock draft is to try different things than what your instincts tell you. In a real draft, I would absolutely go with that Decepticon fellow as the first WR off the board at this pick. Given we have pretty high projections for one Ryan Mathews over at FF Today (RB2 behind Foster), and mostly because I want to see how this plays out in the subsequent rounds starting with a RB, Mathews is the pick. Go Chargers. And just when I was coming around to unsubscribing from their fan club, they pulled me back in.
5 1.05 @draftcalc Calvin Johnson WR DET 29 5
After the big three, Foster, McCoy and Rice, the only two players I consider are Aaron Rodgers and Calvin Johnson. I think with a top 4-5 overall pick, it's important to land a player that can finish No. 1 at his position. You can't go wrong with either Rodgers or Calvin with that No. 4 or 5 slot this year.
6 1.06 @FantasySharks Maurice Jones-Drew RB --- 30 6
Contract squabbles aside, just shy of 2,000 combined yards and 11 TD's in 2011 certainly has my attention. The Jaguars are making a run at trying to improve and the addition of Justin Blackmon could help Blaine Gabbert and the entire offense stay on the field more. I see a real potential for MJD's total TD's to go up in 2012.
7 1.07 (Ben) @BenStandig Aaron Rodgers QB GB 31 7
To me, this is the tricky spot in round one. Prefer going with an RB, but I don't 100% trust the remaining options. Could go WR, but there is much depth within the position this year. Same argument could be made at QB, but the difference is the elite are true difference makers so I'll take the biggest difference maker of them all.
8 1.08 @thehuddle Larry Fitzgerald WR ARI 31 8
You can make a reasonable case for several players here, but none are as reliable as Fitz. With barely competent QB play he's been a stud; expecting improvement from Kolb and/or Skelton--and even bigger numbers from Fitz as a result--isn't as far-fetched as asking McFadden to stay healthy or the Bears to suddenly pry open their wallet and pay Forte.
9 1.09 @kffl Darren McFadden RB DAL 27 4
I expect DMC to be a top-five fantasy back if he can remain healthy ... he has to do it at least once in his career, right? I'm pleased to get him here and considered no one else with this pick.
10 1.10 @mschauf63 Chris Johnson RB NYJ 29 4
Combine the talent, the past production, the motivation to bounce back from last year and a coach who wants to run a lot ... Johnson is not at all difficult to draft at this point. He'll be back this year.
11 1.11 @Rotoworld_FB Matt Forte RB CHI 29 4
His injury situation, last year's knee injury and Michael Bush all loomed large in my head before making this pick, but I simply couldn't pass Forte up at 1.10. I'm telling you -- the bottom of the first round is a bad place to be this year. Lack of RB depth makes taking a RB nearly essential, but so many question marks outside of the top four. Thought Forte had the fewest of them among himself, Charles, Peterson and Richardson.
12 1.12 (Matt) @FFToolbox Cam Newton QB CAR 25 1
Name the only QB who has a legit shot to score more points than Aaron Rodgers? That's right, it's the one and only Cam Newton.
13 2.01 (Matt) @FFToolbox Trent Richardson RB OAK 23 R
Every defense is going to put eight guys in the box to try to stop "the best running back since Adrian Peterson." And he's still going to score a ton of fantasy points.
14 2.02 @Rotoworld_FB Jamaal Charles RB KC 28 4
So many players I want to take here, but I'll settle on my second running back (RB with questions, that is) in four picks. I feel very strongly that the best strategy this season is to go RB/RB 1/2 because there's just so few players with proven workhorse roles/RB1 pedigrees. It's true Charles is coming off major injury and now has Peyton Hillis to contend with, but he's almost a year removed from his torn ACL, and has proven he can succeed in a two-back backfield. He's not without risk, but the upside is too great to pass up here.
15 2.03 @mschauf63 Jimmy Graham TE SEA 28 2
There are a few WRs I'd be comfy drafting right here. But that position has a deep pool, and the Draftmasters format makes it easier to wait. No position presents a bigger drop-off this year than TE, and the top 2 should be gone by the time the draft makes it back to me. I'll take Graham slightly ahead of Gronk because he's healthy and likely to see more targets -- perhaps a bunch more.
16 2.04 @kffl Wes Welker WR --- 33 8
I felt that I had to pick the safest wideout after choosing McFadden with my first selection. Welker will be playing for a big-money deal and shouldn't disappoint. I'm expecting nearly 100 grabs for 1,250 yards and around eight scores.
17 2.05 @thehuddle Rob Gronkowski TE NE 25 2
As Geddy Lee once said, "If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice." The voices in my head couldn't come to a consensus on Gronk or Andre Johnson, so ADP cast the deciding vote. Gronk is one of two difference-makers at a mandatory position. He doesn't need to match last year's record numbers to still warrant a pick this high.
18 2.06 (Ben) @BenStandig Andre Johnson WR IND 33 9
There I was, sitting on deck,ready to select the top tight end in Rob Gronkowsk, a true difference maker even among a solid class of options. And then, poof, no more Gronk. Fine, I'll have to suffer with AJ, arguably the best WR when healthy. Hamstring concerns make Johnson a touch risky, but in PPR, it's a risk worth taking.
19 2.07 @FantasySharks Tom Brady QB NE 37 12
Drafting Brady, Brees or Stafford in either the 2nd or 3rd round this year is turning into my 2012 move to open a draft. I want security and heaps of points from the position in what is turning into a passing league. I realize many would go Brees here but I like what the Patriots are providing Tom Brady for weapons more.
20 2.08 @draftcalc DeMarco Murray RB PHI 27 1
DeMarco Murray has top 12-14 overall upside, so even though he still feels a bit unproven, this isn't exactly a reach and it feels somewhat low-risk/high-reward. Calvin Johnson and DeMarco Murray is a fine start given we went WR with our first-round pick.
21 2.09 @FF_Today Marshawn Lynch RB SEA 28 5
Here is something I haven't done in a while, double up at RB to start a draft. If Brady was available here he would have been tempting, but I probably still pass on him, and the WR are fairly interchangeable at this point. Lynch looks like the last of the expected workhorse RB who... uh... find the end zone once in a while (S-Jax). Not much flash to the Seahawks but I do like their commitment to the run. Lynch tore it up the second half of last season. Skittles power!
22 2.10 @JameyEisenberg Roddy White WR ATL 33 7
He might be slowing down, he might have too many drops and he might not be the best receiver on his own team. Or he might lead the NFL in targets again, catch 100 passes again, reach at least 1,200 receiving yards for the fifth time in six years and grab at least eight touchdowns for the third year in a row. I'll take my chances with White remaining a stud.
23 2.11 @2MugsFF Adrian Peterson RB MIN 30 5
He's not from this planet, so I'll take my chances on AP bouncing back and presenting ridiculous value as a #2RB. I'll gladly wait on WRs/TEs & a QB. Featured backs are tough to find, and injuries aside...I now have two.
24 2.12 @FansFantasy Darren Sproles RB PHI 31 7
In a ppr Sproles is gold. not worried about all the other RB's in New Orleans as Sproles is a special weapon that should catch 70 balls with ease
25 3.01 @FansFantasy Drew Brees QB NO 36 11
Round 2 I took Sproles who in a ppr format is gold Jerry gold I tell ya. In round 3 I am going to double up with Saints and know in the end that Mr. Brees and New Orleans will work it all out. 3rd round for a QB is usually way way early for me but the value forces my hand.
26 3.02 @2MugsFF Matthew Stafford QB DET 27 3
Stay on the field, and his value is as strong as any QB in the top 5. The sky is the limit.
27 3.03 @JameyEisenberg Greg Jennings WR --- 31 6
The Packers are loaded at WR, but Jennings remains the best target for Aaron Rodgers. I love getting two of my Top 6 receivers in a PPR league.
28 3.04 @FF_Today A.J. Green WR CIN 26 1
Unfortunate Jennings got nabbed because I think he was the easy choice amongst the WR options when I looked ahead to this pick. I'm not a true believer in Cruz. He's the highest projected WR on the FF Today board (per Mike Krueger's projections), but only by a point over Colston. A.J. Green is conservatively projected 30 points behind those guys, but I do agree with the consensus from our FFT Forums crew that he is the pick here. He won't make it back, and he is a rare talent. Guess we need to double cross our fingers no sophomore slump for him or Andy Dalton, impacting Green.
29 3.05 @draftcalc Julio Jones WR ATL 26 1
FFToday just said "Unfortunately Jennings got nabbed"... Well, unfortunately Green just got nabbed, as Green was was my top-ranked player left at that point. Julio Jones is a nice second prize, though, as he is truly capable of top 5 fantasy WR numbers in 2012. A.J. Green and Julio Jones are special - Both receivers are going to explode this season and I feel that both receivers will be top 8-12 overall picks heading into all leagues and formats next year.
30 3.06 @FantasySharks Victor Cruz WR NYG 28 2
For me it was a choice between Brandon Marshall or Victor Cruz. Marshall is talented but a head case at times, in an offense geared to run the ball. Cruz has an accomplished quarterback and may have even more looks if Nicks is delayed coming back. I'd take Brandon Marshall if he were on the Giants but since that's not the case, sign me up for Victor Cruz. It's hard not to like this kid, he comes from good stock.
31 3.07 (Ben) @BenStandig Hakeem Nicks WR --- 27 3
Considering Nicks is dealing with a foot injury that likely keeps him out of the preseason, I'm taking a risk. To varying degrees, Mike Wallace (contract) and Brandon Marshall (loony) are also risky. I'm not convinced Cruz can repeat at that level. Nicks can.
32 3.08 @thehuddle Mike Wallace WR MIN 28 3
I'm banking on the Steelers sticking to their word and not cutting Wallace's tender, though an angry Wallace playing for a paycheck wouldn't be a bad get either. He's at the top of the next tier of receivers; for me there wasn't as clear a leader at any of the other positions.
33 3.09 @kffl Brandon Marshall WR NYJ 31 6
Paired with Welker, Marshall gives me two wideouts with the potential to each snare 100 receptions this season. I am excited for his reunion with Jay Cutler in what should be a more respectable, less gimmicky offensive approach that what Marshall had dealt with while in Miami.
34 3.10 @mschauf63 Miles Austin WR CLE 30 6
Austin has put up huge numbers when he and Tony Romo are healthy together. There's room for that to continue even if Dez Bryant steps up.
35 3.11 @Rotoworld_FB Dez Bryant WR DAL 26 2
36 3.12 (Matt) @FFToolbox Jordy Nelson WR GB 29 4
Will Jordy Nelson score 15 TDs again? No. He's still in the best offense in the NFL though and he'll have huge scoring outputs on occasion.
37 4.01 (Matt) @FFToolbox Steven Jackson RB --- 31 8
Reports of Steven Jackson's death have been greatly exaggerated. If Sam Bradford can provide any relief to this offense, Jackson could score double-digit TDs to go along with his reliable 1,500ish total yards.
38 4.02 @Rotoworld_FB Tony Romo QB DAL 34 9
39 4.03 @mschauf63 Fred Jackson RB BUF 34 6
This is Tiki Barber 2.0. Jackson was awesome before his injury -- even awesomer than C.J. Spiller was as a fill-in afterward. Pro Football Focus rated Jackson the best all-around RB in the league last year. And the injury (broken leg) isn't the type that lingers. The lack of early-career carries is much more important than his age.
40 4.04 @kffl Vincent Jackson WR TB 32 7
I love me some V-Jax this year. Josh Freeman will rely heavily on him, and this offense should utilize Jackson's downfield presence as well as San Diego's did. Tampa Bay plays in a division that knows how to score points, and none of these teams are exactly defensive stalwarts against the pass.
41 4.05 @thehuddle Ahmad Bradshaw RB --- 29 5
As enticing as some of the remaining receivers are, the backs are already thinned so going that direction is the prudent move. Bradshaw has churned out productive fantasy numbers as part of a backfield committee before, so adding a first-round pick to the mix isn't a concern.
42 4.06 (Ben) @BenStandig Steve Smith WR BAL 35 11
Prefer Smith in non-PPR formats, but his explosive production some weeks will be stellar in this best-ball format. And yes, I'm aware it's four rounds in and I have not drafted a RB. Just not in love with anyone here. Kind of curious myself how this will turn out...
43 4.07 @FantasySharks Marques Colston WR NO 31 6
There's something comforting in the WR1 that Drew Brees throws to. The Saints locked up Colston for 5 years this off-season, not messing around with him or his contract. He's as stable as they come in one of the top offenses in the league. Works for me.
44 4.08 @draftcalc Michael Vick QB --- 34 11
We predict a bounce-back season out of Vick in 2012. Drafting Vick in the 4th and 5th round is low-risk/high-reward. He has top 5QB upside, and at this value, there just is really no risk.
45 4.09 @FF_Today Percy Harvin WR BUF 26 3
Way back during our 3rd round pick we already had our 4th round target in mind - Percy Harvin. With about six picks to go I pre-drafted just Harvin, Marques Colston and Steve Smith. Smith went quickly, then Colston, and then nervousness set in seeing if Harvin made it to us, and thankfully he did. Once Minnesota figured out how to properly use this guy last year, he had a huge second half including scoring a TD in 5 of 6 straight games, a pair of 10 reception games, and a pair of 8 reception games. Let's not forget the rushing. He rushed 51 times last year, and 32 times in the second half. At 5 yards a pop that adds ~250 yards to his total plus a TD or two. We've got Harvin projected comfortably inside the top 10 WR, which is huge return for a 4th round pick.
46 4.10 @JameyEisenberg Demaryius Thomas WR DEN 27 2
Was planning to take a RB here, but there are a few guys I think will fall to me with my next pick. I don't want to miss out on Thomas when I have the chance to take him. If Peyton Manning returns to form, Thomas should be a stud, especially as my No. 3 WR.
47 4.11 @2MugsFF Jeremy Maclin WR KC 26 3
The Mac Daddy will blow up like a tick on a Kardashian's booty. Bank on it.
48 4.12 @FansFantasy Kenny Britt WR STL 26 3
49 5.01 @FansFantasy Dwayne Bowe WR CLE 30 5
Taking an injured and a holdout back to back is a risk but the reward of two solid number 1 receivers was too great to pass up.
50 5.02 @2MugsFF Stevie Johnson WR SD 28 4
For the Bills to keep pace with Brady & Co., they'll have to throw it a ton. As a #2 WR, I'll talke my chances with Lil' Steven.