A PPR Mock From the 4-Hole
A look at our draft plan in action
I drew the 4th overall selection in my PPR league the other day, so I thought I’d bang out a mock from the 4-hole this morning as I sipped my go-go juice. I used the Rotobahn plan and waited on my QB and it paid off. The draft can be seen by clicking this link. My team’s name is Rotobahn, obviously. I thought this would be a good chance to show folks how am I drafting at this point. I'll try to post a mock from the other end of the draft tomorrow to give you a different perspective.
For those of you looking for cheat sheets, rankings or other draft prep materials, go to The Rotobahn and get to work. Drafting season is here ... finally. The draft took place at Fantasy Football Calculator. It's a great place to mock. They have an excellent interface. If you're looking for a place to practice, I recommend their site highly.
Round 1 (4 overall) CJ, Spiller, RB, Bills
An easy choice by the Rotobahn rankings and it’s a fit for the PPR format. Spiller’s a great way to start a team in 2013. He's out of Fred Jackson's shadow and he's the central cog in his team's offense.
Round 2 (21 overall) Julio Jones, WR, Falcons
I wanted an elite receiver though I toyed with the idea of taking David Wilson, who I had a feeling would not make it back to me. Still, Julio is state-of-the-art and he gives me elite play at one of the most important spots. He's a great player in a great offense and he works with a quality quarterback.
Round 3 (28 overall) Eddie Lacy, RB, Packers
Wilson was taken around the bend, which I expected, so I was happy to have Eddie Lacy on the board. He's going to be the main back in Green Bay this year and he'll be a solid step up from what Cedric Benson did ealry on in 2012. Now I have two very solid backs and an elite WR1 option. Perfect.
Round 4 (45 overall) Vincent Jackson, WR, Buccaneers
No way am I passing up on a WR1 option in round four. Jackson may not be a PPR darling, but I project him for double digit scores and over a thousand yards with 75+ grabs. That’s a steal in round four.
Round 5 (52 overall) Daryl Richardson, RB, Rams
As a RB3, I just couldn’t turn Richardson down. He’ll catch plenty of passes and he looks like the guy at this point. My team is in very good shape so far. I’m seriously strong at RB1, RB2, RB3/Flex, WR1 and WR2. The core is in place. I can pretty much scope out value from here on out.
Round 6 (69 overall) Eric Decker, WR, Broncos
Decker should never have gotten to me, but I had a feeling he might. He’s a steal in round six and is an outstanding WR3. Team Rotobahn is looking very good right now ... crushing it at every spot.
Round 7 (76 overall) James Jones, WR, Packers
I was hoping to nab Ben Tate here, but he went between my picks. Jones is not something I need at this point, but he’s great value and in a real league, I’d be using him as trade bait. He’s WR2 caliber and he’s on my bench or in my flex spot.
Round 8 (93 overall) Josh Gordon, WR, Browns
He was the best upside option on the board and was reason enough to hold off on my quarterback for one more round, knowing full well that all the teams that would select before my next pick already had their quarterbacks. I’m in great position to wait out Gordon’s suspension. He could be a very enticing trade chip when the bye weeks start hitting teams.
Round 9 (100 overall) Andrew Luck, QB, Colts
I was very happy to land a legit QB1 in the 9th round, but that’s the benefit to waiting. With only a tight end left as a real concern, we are in great shape and we already have outstanding tradability.
Round 10 (117 overall) Isaiah Pead, RB, Rams
This was the first mediocre value pick I made, but the backs were going fast and none of my desired RB targets were left on the board. Pead offers me insurance for my RB3 (Richardson) and he has a ton of ability. This is a brick-and-mortar selection.
Round 11 (124 overall) Bears Defense
This is way early for me to go defense, but I had so much upside at receiver and the tight end run had already happened. I knew I’d have plenty of upside options in the next round so I took a stud defense while it was there.
Round 12 (141 overall) Michael Floyd, WR, Cardinals
See what I mean? Floyd has too much upside to pass up in round 12. The former Notre Dame star has serious bust-out potential and will help me if I need to deal or fill in for an injured starter.
Round 13 (148 overall) Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Vikings
When you can get a potential star this late, you do it. My receivers are now absurdly strong, but I created no weaknesses with the exception of tight end, which is the 2nd easiest position to fill after QB. And, as you’ll see, I’m not finished yet.
Round 14 (165 overall) Coby Fleener, TE, Colts
He’s the purely offensive tight end on the Colts and for that, I took him ahead of Dwayne Allen, who is a great all-around TE and an underrated fantasy asset. Now I have a tight end with a lot of upside albeit with a problematic floor.
Round 15 (172 overall) Dwayne Allen, TE, Colts
It’s just not possible for both Allen and Fleener to stink. I’ll eventually have Andrew Luck’s primary tight end and that works out nicely since Luck is my QB. There’s nothing wrong with having a hook-up. While Fleener is about upside, Allen is about having a solid a floor. Now I have both.
So the team looks liek this....
- Andrew Luck
- RUNNING BACK
- C.J. Spiller
- Eddie Lacy
- Daryl Richardson
- Isaiah Pead
- WIDE RECEIVER
- Julio Jones
- Vincent Jackson
- Eric Decker
- James Jones
- Josh Gordon
- Michael Flloyd
- Cordarrelle Patterson
- TIGHT END
- Coby Fleener
- Dwayne Allen
- Bears Defense
So this was an example of how the Rotobahn plans works this year. Be patient with your quarterbacks and tight ends. Wait for value while you load up on the scarce commodities to the extent that you can use them. There is excellent depth at QB, TE and WR3 caliber receivers. And, yes, I left out my kicker. I never draft a kicker unless required to do so. It's much better to wait and pick up a kicker before the start of the year while I hold more upside options on my roster. Plus, since my real draft is 20 rounds, I'd never have gone kicker within the top 15 rounds anyway. I also blew off drafting my QB2, because there were still plenty left and there's very little competition for them on the waiver wire.
Good luck to all of you drafting tonight.
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