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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.
51 5.03 CBSSports.com @JameyEisenberg Doug Martin RB TB 25 R
Glad I went with Thomas with my last pick looking at the run on receivers. This pick is a toss-up for me between Martin, Bush and Turner. I'll go with the upside of Martin and hope he lives up to the hype.
52 5.04 FFToday.com @FF_Today Antonio Gates TE SD 34 9
From a pure numbers standpoint, Antonio Gates is not the ideal value pick here. He is amongst a pretty crowded group of similarly projected TE like Jason Witten, Aaron Hernandez, Jermichael Finley amongst others. However, no player at any position was really standing out for us at this point, the most significant being WR Antonio Brown. I'm expecting a big bounce back year from this former stud. He's another year away from his foot problems that slowed him the last two seasons, and the departure of Vincent Jackson and Mike Tolbert should persuade Philip Rivers to look to his primary security blanket even more than he otherwise would. I'll be happier letting Brown go to someone else and settling for a lower ranked WR, than I would be letting Gates pass me by.
53 5.05 DraftCalc.com @draftcalc C.J. Spiller RB BUF 27 2
We have high hopes for Spiller in 2012. He is a very sneaky low-end RB2 heading into 2012.
54 5.06 FantasySharks.com @FantasySharks Michael Turner RB FA 32 8
It's hard for me to pass up Michael Turner here. Yes this is a PPR draft so Turner should rightly slide down the draft board and Turner isn't getting any younger but he doesn't have a lot of NFL mileage on him having started his career late. He has been looking great so far, running well, cutting well, and there's no way defenses can let Roddy White, Julio Jones and Harry Douglas run wild which means less coverage to stop Turner as opposing defenses can't stack the box.
55 5.07 FFToolbox.com (Ben) @BenStandig Roy Helu RB WAS 25 1
Frank Gore is an obvious option and Reggie Bush's value rises in PPR, but both of those runners play in crowded backfields. Helu, not so much (yeah, let's just say I'm not a believer in Tim Hightower or ready to buy an Evan Royster jersey). After racking up points as a rookie starter last year, I expect more the same out of Helu.
56 5.08 TheHuddle.com @thehuddle Reggie Bush RB DET 29 6
There aren't a whole lot of playmakers on the football side of South Beach, so Bush should get plenty of work. He was the last of the RBs I was hoping would still be on the board when my turn came back around.
57 5.09 KFFL.com @kffl Frank Gore RB SF 31 7
I was really hoping Roy Helu would make it back to me, so now I'm stuck deciding between a lot of less-than-appealing options. Part of me feels like I am making a mistake drafting Gore, yet I come back to how he was given a large contract just a few short years ago. Brandon Jacobs isn't much of a factor in my eyes, and LaMichael James is so close to what Kendall Hunter is that I can't help but feel like Gore will have one final year of substantial carries.
58 5.10 DraftSharks.com @mschauf63 Antonio Brown WR PIT 26 2
Big stuff lies ahead for this guy under an offensive coordinator (Todd Haley) who has proved adept at crafting the scheme to fit the talent available.
59 5.11 RotoWorld.com @Rotoworld_FB Brandon Lloyd WR SF 33 9
60 5.12 FFToolbox.com (Matt) @FFToolbox Aaron Hernandez XX FA 24 2
Hernandez is hit-or-miss, such is the nature of playing behind Gronk. But when he hits, he hits big. Pairing him with a more reliable, steady option is the way to go.
61 6.01 FFToolbox.com (Matt) @FFToolbox DeSean Jackson WR WAS 27 4
DeSean Jackson is, was and forever will be a knucklehead, but I'm not drafting a best friend. I'm not drafting a babysitter and I'm not drafting a ride home from the airport. I'm drafting a wide receiver who will score points in bunches.
62 6.02 RotoWorld.com @Rotoworld_FB Torrey Smith WR BAL 25 1
63 6.03 DraftSharks.com @mschauf63 Eric Decker WR NYJ 27 2
Hit me with two straight young breakout receivers. I think the presence of Demaryius Thomas makes it easy to overlook the impressive speed and athleticism of Decker. Plus there's the hands. Oh yeah, and Peyton Manning.
64 6.04 KFFL.com @kffl Willis McGahee RB FA 32 9
I am passing up several other running backs that I would be happy with in favor of taking a chance on McGahee excelling because of the Peyton Manning factor. Double-digit touchdowns and at least 1,100 yards are in the cards if all goes well. If not, he should still be a serviceable third back.
65 6.05 TheHuddle.com @thehuddle Eli Manning QB NYG 33 8
Decker and McGahee going off the board immediately prior to this pick make it much easier for me to fill my QB need, as those were the selections I had queued up. Instead I'll make Eli the first Manning off the board for the first time... well, ever.
66 6.06 FFToolbox.com (Ben) @BenStandig Shonn Greene RB TEN 29 3
Replacement pick made by Commissioner
67 6.07 FantasySharks.com @FantasySharks Beanie Wells RB FA 26 3
I'm a believer, I ain't no deceiver. He had his knee scoped this off season and while it technically was knee surgery it isn't a lot to be worried about heading into the season. Wells had a career year last season on a bum knee, expect his numbers to at least match what he was able to produce last year. Yes the Cardinals do have some competition in the depth chart but I still like Beanie's chances.
68 6.08 DraftCalc.com @draftcalc Jermichael Finley TE FA* 27 4
We expect Finley to have that breakout season he was meant to have last year. He truly is as talented as Jimmy Graham and Rob Gronkowski... And he has as good a QB as both. As long as he is healthy, everything is pointing to Finley exploding in 2012.
69 6.09 FFToday.com @FF_Today Reggie Wayne WR IND 35 11
Wayne makes a great late drafted WR3, the 30th WR off the board in this draft. He's got a rookie QB, but one that couldn't be more highly touted as a passer coming into the league. Targets should be plentiful for Wayne. Even with modest TD expectations, Wayne is going to make up a lot of points on receptions. Some extremely good WR options in the last half dozen off the board, such as Steve Johnson, Antonio Brown, Torrey Smith and Eric Decker.
70 6.10 CBSSports.com @JameyEisenberg BenJarvus Green-Ellis RB FA* 29 4
He's not a sexy pick, but he's a serviceable No. 3 RB even in this format.
71 6.11 2MugsFF.com @2MugsFF Fred Davis TE FA 28 4
He'll likely end up the number one option for RG3, and you have to love his upside.
72 6.12 FansFantasyFootball.com @FansFantasy Vernon Davis TE SF 30 6
Number 1 target in what is hopefully a more dynamic 2012 offense
73 7.01 FansFantasyFootball.com @FansFantasy Jonathan Stewart RB CAR 27 4
A nice RB4 for my squad a shame he is still in a shared backfield.
74 7.02 2MugsFF.com @2MugsFF Robert Meachem WR NO 29 5
As a #3 WR? Damn skippy. If he stays healthy, he's in the right offense to succeed, and live up to his potential.
75 7.03 CBSSports.com @JameyEisenberg Philip Rivers QB SD 32 8
Waiting on a QB pays off as Rivers should bounce back from a down year with his high interception rate. The addition of Meachem is solid, and hopefully Gates stays healthy.
76 7.04 FFToday.com @FF_Today Peyton Manning QB DEN 38 14
Manning was the 10th QB off the board. I'll take a shot on him at that point. Matt Ryan was still on the board, the only available QB projected higher by FF Today than Peyton, but I'm luke warm on Ryan talent wise. He's got a pair of great receivers, but a new offense and his prior two seasons of improved fantasy stats came on a ton of pass attempts, which I'm not sure is sustainable with their new OC. Peyton has health issues - maybe. We won't truly know until he hits the field again and we see him play. The Broncos have the faith though, and I'll show the same faith in this once in a generation talent.
77 7.05 DraftCalc.com @draftcalc Denarius Moore WR OAK 25 1
Moore has top 10-15 WR upside. He is no lock to produce, which is why he is a sleeper... but as a WR3, he is low risk/high reward!
78 7.06 FantasySharks.com @FantasySharks Matt Ryan QB ATL 29 4
This is one of those "in this format" selections. With Tom Brady rostered it may raise a few eyebrows that I pick Matt Ryan here but this isn't my first 20 round best ball draft and I've decided that I like me some quarterbacks in 2012. I really like Matt Ryan this year. His weapons are vast and he has spent the off season getting stronger and quicker. His coaches say he is throwing the ball harder and farther than he ever has. He has improved every year, cracking the top 10 at the position last year and has all the opportunity to improve once again in 2012. Witten was a consideration here as well but Ryan for me is one of those special players that stands head and shoulders above the rest at this spot.
79 7.07 FFToolbox.com (Ben) @BenStandig James Starks RB GB 28 2
Last year I had zippy interest in Starks, especially when his ADP was on the rise. Considering the high-scoring Pack brought in scant help/competition this offseason, he almost has to fall into half-dozen strong fantasy games at least. If he's actually playa, could be a lot more.
80 7.08 TheHuddle.com @thehuddle Isaac Redman RB FA 29 3
As an RB3 I don't necessarily need Redman to hold off Rashard Mendenhall all year... but that possibility certainly adds upside to this pick.
81 7.09 KFFL.com @kffl Matt Schaub QB OAK 33 8
In two full seasons with the Texans, Schaub passed for at least 4,300 yards and 24 touchdowns. At this stage of the draft, I'll accept similar numbers after building the core of my team to this point.
82 7.10 DraftSharks.com @mschauf63 Ben Roethlisberger QB PIT 32 8
I think Roethlisberger has 30+ TD upside with Todd Haley around. There's a lot of passing-game talent on hand in Pittsburgh, which should drive the offense.
83 7.11 RotoWorld.com @Rotoworld_FB Jahvid Best RB --- 25 2
84 7.12 FFToolbox.com (Matt) @FFToolbox Sidney Rice WR FA 28 5
Rice is a very high-risk/high-reward player. He can never seem to stay healthy and banking on that will probably be a mistake. But hey, maybe I get lucky.
85 8.01 FFToolbox.com (Matt) @FFToolbox Titus Young WR --- 25 1
Young is far better than Nate Burleson and should improve upon his solid rookie campaign. This offense is due for at least 500 points so I just have to hope more targets are headed his way.
86 8.02 RotoWorld.com @Rotoworld_FB David Wilson RB FA 23 R
87 8.03 DraftSharks.com @mschauf63 Robert Griffin III QB WAS 24 R
It's frustrating to leave Witten on the board here, and I probably wouldn't if we could use TEs at flex. As it is, I'm looking at a bunch of guys I like similarly and no one I love. ... So I decided while typing this to grab the high-upside rookie and go after a killer best-ball QB combo. I expect Griffin to finish among the top-12 fantasy QBs. I don't expect a Newton redux. Just check what rushing numbers did for Mark Sanchez and Josh Freeman last year, and Vince Young in his rookie season. Throw in the league's most pass-heavy coach. At the least, there will be big games.
88 8.04 KFFL.com @kffl Jason Witten TE DAL 32 9
I was quite surprised to see Witten available at this point. PPR scoring makes him a steal, especially since the Cowboys don't have a bona fide No. 3 receiver to steal some looks.
89 8.05 TheHuddle.com @thehuddle DeAngelo Williams RB CAR 31 6
Just can't resist the siren song of such a talented back. The best ball format makes his inconsistent contributions easier to handle; this group's widely disparate opinions on wide receivers make it likely I can still find guys I like in the next few rounds.
90 8.06 FFToolbox.com (Ben) @BenStandig Pierre Garcon WR WAS 28 4
Was hoping Witten would hang on a bit longer, but also not sure why Garcon is still around. Yes, the Redskins receiving hierarchy remains a touch sketchy and I'm a tad concerned about Garcon transitioning from a WR2 to WR1. Still he figures to produce and have some nice games for this format.
91 8.07 FantasySharks.com @FantasySharks Brandon Pettigrew TE DET 29 3
Pettigrew was a favorite target of Matt Staffords in 2011, setting career and franchise records at the position. I believe you can wait on TE this year and still get a serviceable choice later but once in a while a guy like Pettigrew floats up. If there were anything that I wanted as a must have player available here, I would go in that direction secure in the knowledge that I will still have choices at TE but in this case, the bone is picked clean for now at RB and WR so Pettigrew it is.
92 8.08 DraftCalc.com @draftcalc Mark Ingram RB NO 24 1
Ingram is no lock to produce in 2012, and he may not even get starter carries right away... but we like this kid and talent should shine through! By mid-season, Ingram could be a very decent fantasy RB2, or at least a great flex option.
93 8.09 FFToday.com @FF_Today Peyton Hillis RB NYG 28 4
It took some convincing from FF Today Forums member stonewall to get me to draft Hillis, as he really wasn't on my radar, but I am now connecting the dots on the choice as a solid upside pick. Hillis moves to the Chiefs off clearly a bad year with the Browns. He has something to prove to redeem himself. The Chiefs Jamaal Charles is rehabbing from a serious knee injury, suffered early in the 2011 season, but regardless, Charles is not built for a ton of carries even at full health. Hillis has a nice opportunity to show his 2010 coming out party wasn't a flash in the pan performance.
94 8.10 CBSSports.com @JameyEisenberg Stevan Ridley RB NE 25 1
Not the best running team by far, but Green-Ellis had at least 11 touchdowns each of the past two years. I like his upside.
95 8.11 2MugsFF.com @2MugsFF Shane Vereen RB NE 25 1
Glad Ridley went first, because I think the door is wide open for Vereen. This is the point where you look for RBs in a good situation to take over a majority of the starting snaps.
96 8.12 FansFantasyFootball.com @FansFantasy Ben Tate RB CLE 26 2
Have to handcuff your first pick even in the best ball format...8th round is about right for a guy one play away from being a must start
97 9.01 FansFantasyFootball.com @FansFantasy Michael Bush RB FA 30 5
Forte holding out and could be dealt (unlikely) but the longer the holdout the better this pick.
98 9.02 2MugsFF.com @2MugsFF Alshon Jeffery WR CHI 24 R
I tend to think Jeffery will be the recipient of too much attention being paid to Brandon Marshall, in an otherwise lackluster WR corps. 70 catches? I think that's a low ball estimate.
99 9.03 CBSSports.com @JameyEisenberg Jermaine Gresham TE CIN 26 2
Seems like a tight end on the verge of a breakout.
100 9.04 FFToday.com @FF_Today Darrius Heyward-Bey WR PIT 27 3
While I want to draft a backup QB earlier than I perhaps normally would, I feel we can wait until the next pair of picks for that. A few half decent choices for our first backup WR, but DHB gets the nod because of his steady improvement from year 2 to year 3 of his NFL career, in hopes it continues this season. With Carson Palmer on board, there is less uncertainty about the Raiders young receivers developing than we are typically used to with this team.


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