This is the 6th article in the Mock Draft Series; where Top2 Sports teams up with fantasy experts from across the community to participate in, and break down mock drafts. A link of the draft is below, followed by an explanation of highlighted picks, in the authors words-not mine.
This draft is tailored to the rules of the Scott Fish Bowl 8 (#SFB8). A quick highlight of those rules: Superflex, Tight End Premium, .5 PPR, and .5 points per first down. Oh yeah…did I mention it’s 22 rounds deep? Let’s do this!
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1.05 Alvin Kamara (Dynasty Dorks)
Sean Peyton consistently has top 10 backs and we all know that Kamara has huge upside. Really wanted to go RB round 1, didn’t like my chances of RBs after the turn. RB early tends to put me in the right direction and I like my team in the end a lot better. Kamara at the 5 spot is not a reach IMO and think with this format that it was a home run. Can’t miss round 1.
1.11 Melvin Gordon (Christopher Nelson)
I loved the fact that I could manage to grab Gordon here. He’ll be top a top 10 RB given the amount of targets he has a chance to soak up in the absence of Henry. High volume nice pick.
2.07 Davante Adams (Wheeler, SFB8 Participant)
This is the only receiver I’ve seen that has better numbers without Aaaron Rodgers than he does with him. I’m a believer that it’s merely because Hundley wouldn’t throw to Jordy while Rodgers would pepper him. With Rodgers/ security blanket gone, he will be looking for someone he can rely on. I expect Cobb will see plenty of targets as well, but Adams will be the clear WR1 in this offense.
3.04 Jordan Howard (Ryan Cearfoss, SFB8 Participant)
I was happy to grab Howard in the 3rd. His first two seasons in the NFL he has produced a ton of rushing yards and now in an improved offense it should translate to more red zone opportunities. This combined with the half point per first down should make him a big time fantasy producer this year in the mid to late rb1 range
4.04 Larry Fitzgerald (Matt Hicks, SFB8 Participant)
Fitzgerald is one of my favorite values this season in redraft formats. He’s coming off a 2017 campaign where he caught 109 passes for 1,156 yards and 6 touchdowns. This is in a season where Blaine Gabbert and Drew Stanton combined for 330 attempts; meaning Bradford and/or Rosen are an immediate upgrade. Fitzgerald finished as WR4 overall last season, yet he is being drafted in ADP as WR15 (3.09). That’s behind Michael Thomas, Julio Jones, Tyreek Hill, A.J. Green, Mike Evans, Davante Adams, and Adam Thielen; all of which Fitzgerald outscored last season. I’m not buying into the age argument either; Fitzgerald has finished as a WR1 in each of the last 3 seasons. In the 4th, Fitz is a steal.
5.08 Jimmy Garoppolo (Marc Szymanski)
I waited too long on QB. At this point in the draft, the remaining QBs were ones that I’m not very high on, except Jimmy G. Thankfully, his June peak in ADP seems to be dropping back to reality. Let’s not forget how terrible the 49ers were last year and then he led them to five wins in a row. I believe there is tremendous upside. If I can grab him as the 14th QB off the board like I did here, I’ll be satisfied.
6.01 Sammy Watkins (Happy-Hour Fantasy)
Love Watkins this year, and i chose to go his upside over Cooks,Jeffery, Landry to name a few. He’s been paid like a #1 WR and will be used as such, Mahomes has a cannon arm and supposedly they have been clicking in training camp.
6.11 Mark Ingram (Anthony Zaragoza, SFB8 Participant)
For the last two years, Mark Ingram has been a beast for New Orleans. Ingram is averaging 1,083 yards rushing, 11 total touchdowns, and 52 receptions since 2016. Getting this type of production late in the sixth is huge. Obviously, I won’t have him for the first four weeks of the season, but having that type of production for the rest of the year is nice value.
7.09 Julian Edelman (Matt Hicks, SFB8 Participant)
Suspension or not, Edelman is a PPR machine. In 2016 (he missed 2017 with an injury), he caught 98 of his 159 targets for 1,106 yards and 3 touchdowns. His lowest target total, in a full season, is 134. Combine those numbers with the 114 vacated targets from Cooks; who led New England in targets last season.
8.01 Emmanuel Sanders (Happy-Hour Fantasy)
If there’s a value guy i’m trying to get on almost every team it’s Manny. He can be had round 8 and maybe later but has the upside to be a top 25 WR. Keemun is an upgrade and Sanders is possibly in his last year with Denver so he could be balling out for what will most likely be his last big contract of his career.
8.07 Trey Burton (Wheeler, SFB8 Participant)
@YahooNoise said it best: “Phenomenal athletic profile. Expected to fill the Travis Kelce slot role in Matt Nagy’s offense. Always showed occasional flashes of greatness with the Eagles. Blessed with a major opportunity in a revamped Bears offense, he’s set to explode.”
9.05 Jack Doyle (Dynasty Dorks)
Doyle round 9, can’t say I love it. But with this scoring format I am not just hoping for the random TD. I am looking at receptions and first downs. I know Ebron is there, but Luck knows doyle and loves doyle. He was one of the best available here.
10.05 C.J. Anderson(Marc Szymanski)
Every. Single. Draft. Jonathan Stewart’s carries aren’t going to go to Christian McCaffrey. CJ Anderson is a lead back taking first and second down work and will perform better than the worn out and frequently injured Stewart. At worst, he will be a Tevin Coleman to McCaffrey’s Freeman, but I actually see it in reverse. Either way, 10th round?!? OH YEAH! If he bombs and provides no value, I’ll drop him without hesitation or sadness over the draft pick.
10.09 Jameis Winston (Ryan Cearfoss, SFB8 Participant)
This pick came after the suspension but I’m still ok with it. With the talent I already have at skill positions and QB I can survive 3 weeks without him. Once he’s back it’s game on because the suspension doesn’t stop the talent or what’s around him to succeed. It just gets me a good fantasy QB at a great value
11.02 Ryan Tannehill (Anthony Zaragoza, SFB8 Participant)
As the 26th QB off the board, I like Ryan Tannehill’s value at this spot. When he was healthy in 2014 and 2015, Tannehill finished as a top 15 quarterback in both years. Miami will be behind a lot this season, so soft coverages late in games will be gold for Tannehill.
12.02 Kenny Stills (Christopher Nelson)
Oh yeah! This must be Walmart because getting Stills here is a Great Value! One of the members of the “All-Slept On” team, Still will garner more targets this year and autperform his ADP. I expect him to breach 1000 yds this year but barely. Barring a breakout from the incumbent Parker, Stills will be the WR1 in MIA and a fantasy WR2.
14.11 Benjamin Watson (Anthony Zaragoza, SFB8 Participant)
I love where Ben Watson signed this season. Drew Brees loves throwing to the TE position but didn’t last season because of the struggles of Coby Fleener. Watson is no stranger to Brees either, having a career year back in 2015 for New Orleans (74 rec., 825 yards, 6 TD’s). Great upside pick for a TE premium league.
15.05 Peyton Barber (Dynasty Dorks)
Peyton Barber round 15 was a great value for me. I really think people are forgetting how much goal line and redzone usage he got. They are also forgetting that Jones came in weighing about 200 lbs and has not been given the starting job as far as I know. Barber could get the bulk of the work early and even if they split…I think he gets the goalline work which offered more than most of the other options this late in the draft. Both upside and value here, one of the only guys left that had a high probability of seeing the field early or without someone else having to get hurt.
Ryan 16.09 Hayden Hurst (Ryan Cearfoss, SFB8 Participant)
Picking this late is always a dart throw but if Hurst wins the starting job in Baltimore (which I expect) it could be a good one. Ravens tight ends always end up being target hogs which we saw last year with an aging Ben Watson. If Hurst starts seeing that kind of volume of targets isn’t out of the question and Hurst has the athletism to do something with that when the balls in his hands.
17.06 AJ McCarron (Wheeler, SFB8 Participant)
Superflex league and I missed out on a third starting QB. I’m just hoping McCarron can make it to week 8 so he can cover my bye weeks. There wasn’t any QB left that has the possibility of covering a week 5 & 7 bye week in my eyes.
19.08 Keke Coutee (Marc Szymanski)
Greetings, flyer pick! Fuller has been injured plenty of times. I don’t think Coutee remains behind Ellington or Miller on the depth chart. Finally, he lines up in the slot, so he could still see plenty of snaps/targets even if Fuller remains healthy. He’s not as big as Fuller, but doesn’t need to be. He runs routes quite well and displayed pretty impressive vision in his college tape. While he could have great value, I doubt he will actually have any in 2018. But in the 19th round, who cares?
20.01 Justin Jackson (Happy-Hour Fantasy)
When you get into round 20 and later the pickings get slim. Jackson was my favorite handcuff available and i think he surpasses Ekeler as the backup in SD. He averaged 4.8 yards a carry and caught 122 passes throughout his college career. If Gordon were to go down, Jackson becomes very valuable in that SD offense.
Matt 21.9 Mark Walton (Matt Hicks, SFB8 Participant)
I’m going to keep this one short and sweet. I don’t trust Mixon; more on that here. Beyond that, the Bengals invested a 4th round pick into Walton, and have shown the desire to use a running back by committee (RBBC) approach before. So, in the 21st round of a draft, when you’re choosing flyers anyways, why not go for a rookie in a RBBC where you don’t trust that the lead back is in fact the lead back? Walton is worth the 1st round flyer each and every time.
22.02 James Conner (Christopher Nelson)
He’s actually a talented back who most forget had an insanely good season in college before he got hurt and battled cancer. Let’s face it though, we’re grasping for straws at this point and what a straw to grab. He’s in line for the 1st & 2nd work if Bell sita out or misses time. In this offense that’s all you can ask for. Barring injury, he could end up being a steal!