Quick Mock from the 12-Hole
I’ve uploaded a screen shot of a mock I did this morning over at Fantasy Football Calculator. I chose the 12-hole because it’s one of the tougher positions to draft from this year if not the toughest. You have to a find a way to build depth and still have enough upside talent to compete with the teams that started with Charles, Peterson or McCoy. It’s a challenge, but you can do it if you avoid reaching too badly or getting your team too far out-of-whack. This mock was for leagues using standard or non-PPR scoring.
I split with an RB and a WR at the first turn, to keep my options open for the 3/4 turn. It worked out ok, but I was not satisfied with the remaining backs, so I went with the tight end. Julius Thomas was the best value left on my board and he also gave me some upside and some differentiation. I like the idea of getting Cordarrelle Patterson as my WR2 versus any of the backs left as my RB2. The strategy worked out ok as I was able to get Chris Johnson at the 5/6 turn and that gave me a running game I can live with. Adding Torrey Smith, my highest ranked player on the board, after Johnson gave me a locked-in receiving group, which allows me to search for running backs later on if I need to.
You can see that I went with Rotobahn’s best available player with my next pick. We like Decker a lot in the 7th round and we’ll occasionally try to get him even later, but he gives me some upside as a true number one option for the Jets. I know they will try to get him the ball as much as they can. Then I went for upside with Terrance West—a high-end talent playing behind a guy with a deep injury history. In fact, it’s not out-of-the-question that West wins the job outright. We see him as the back who will post the most stats in Cleveland this year. He’s a special talent.
I waited on my quarterback as I usually do, and my reward was Jay Cutler with the last pick of the 9th round. Then I locked up the Seattle ground game by taking (handcuffing w/Lynch) Christine Michael. Was it a bit early? I don’t care. I know I have a RB1 all the way through now. After that, I was able to nab some high-end guys that I covet, like Justin Hunter and Knile Davis.
This shows that you can put a good team together drafting late. It’s a little more stressful, but you can do it if you stick with your board and try to stay in balance.