The Final 2019 NFL Mock Draft: 3rd Round

The Fanalysts have been grinding draft tape, monitoring team needs, and mock drafting since December. This 7-part mock-draft is one continuous mock draft and the our final one of the season for us. We will be releasing one article per day in the week leading up to the 2019 NFL Draft.

This is a summary of the 3rd Round of our mock draft for the 2019 NFL Draft. Below are links all other rounds of our final mock for the 2019 NFL Draft:

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PickTeamPlayer
65Arizona CardinalsEmmanuel Hall, WR, Missouri
66Pittsburgh SteelersAmani Hooker, S, Iowa
67San Francisco 49ersRiley Ridley, WR, Georgia
68New York JetsRoss Pierschbacher, iOL, Alabama
69Jacksonville JaguarsTrayveon Williams, RB, Texas A&M
70Tampa Bay BuccaneersDavid Long, CB, Michigan

It’s hard for me to pick just one pick from this group that stands out because they all do. Emmanuel Hall should be a welcome addition to the offensive arsenal of Arizona. The Steelers get a nice upgrade at safety with Amani Hooker. The 49ers have questions at wide receiver and Riley Ridley should answer those questions. The Jets want to protect Sam Darnold and Ross Pierschbacher does just that. If you are worried about Leonard Fournette in Jacksonville then Trayveon Williams is a perfect compliment/insurance policy. The Bucs get a corner in David Long who I believe is a tremendous value in the 3rd round.

This was a very solid start to the 3rd round and shows just how much value can be had beyond rounds 1 and 2. This is the year for your team to have as many picks as possible because good to great players will be falling throughout the draft due to tremendous depth.

PickTeamPlayer
71Denver BroncosDax Raymond, TE, Utah State
72Cincinnati BengalsKaleb McGary, OT, Washington
73New England PatriotsKahale Warring, TE, SDSU
74Buffalo BillsJosh Jacobs, RB, Alabama
75Green Bay PackersBlake Cashman, LB, Minnesota
76Washington RedskinsElgton Jenkins, iOL, Ole Miss

A couple of tight ends off the board to teams with a need at the position. I like Dax Raymond a lot and feel as if he could be a great value for Denver. Kahale Warring certainly has the tools to be a solid starter in New England but he’ll have some Gronk sized shoes to fill.

Josh Jacobs is a very interesting pick to me. First of all, he’s not going in the 3rd round. This is how our guys feel about Josh Jacobs but he’s likely going higher than this. The landing spot, Buffalo, has a couple of elder statesmen in Frank Gore and LeSean McCoy along with the recently signed TJ Yeldon. With the ages of Gore and McCoy along with the brief terms of Yeldon’s contract (2 years), I see Jacobs as a very nice developmental pick for Buffalo.

PickTeamPlayer
77Carolina PanthersDaniel Jones, QB, Duke
78Miami DolphinsJaylon Ferguson, DE, Louisiana Tech
79Atlanta FalconsRock Ya-Sin, CB, Temple
80Cleveland BrownsBobby Okereke, LB, Stanford
81Minnesota VikingsRenell Wren, iDL, Arizona State
82Tennessee TitansWill Grier, QB, West Virginia

The two quarterbacks taken from picks 77-82 stand out to me. Daniel Jones to Carolina is notable because it stands as a reminder of where we’re at with QB Cam Newton. As the person who drafted Jones to Carolina, I’m worried about Cam big time. I don’t think Carolina has done a good enough job investing in the O-Line and they will need an insurance policy in case Cam goes down.

I have never been a fan of Marcus Mariota or Ryan Tannehill. I think it’s time for the Titans to think about moving on and Will Grier is a perfect replacement. He should see playing time this season considering how injury prone both Mariota and Tannehill are. Small shoutout to the Falcons taking Rock Ya-Sin. The corner out of Temple could slot in right away at one of the outer corner spots and start day 1.

PickTeamPlayer
83Pittsburgh SteelersUgochukwu Amandi, S, Oregon
84Seattle SeahawksD’Andre Walker, EDGE, Georgia
85Baltimore RavensLJ Collier, EDGE, TCU
86Houston TexansJoejuan Williams, CB, Vanderbilt
87Chicago BearsDavid Edwards, OT, Wisonsin
88Detroit LionsTerry McLaurin, WR, Ohio State

I’ll start with the Steelers taking yet another safety. I have been adamant about the Steelers needing secondary depth so I am totally ok with that pick. If Seattle does indeed trade Frank Clark then they will need help along the defensive line and D’Andre Walker is that help.

The Bears have no picks until pick 87 and they go…Tackle. The Bears don’t have many holes but if they make their fans wait that long just to take a tackle then there will be some eye rolling. David Edwards is a very solid pick however and should compete for playing time immediately or at the very least be a nice depth option. LOVE Terry McLaurin to Detroit. There’s the replacement for Golden Tate.

PickTeamPlayer
89Indianapolis ColtsOshane Ximines, EDGE, Old Diminion
90Dallas CowboysDarnell Savage, S, Maryland
91Los Angeles ChargersBobby Evans, OT, Oklahoma
92Kansas City ChiefsJoe Giles-Harris, LB, Duke

I’m a fan of all 4 picks here towards the back end of round 3. Oshane Ximines should add nicely to the depth of the Colts defensive line. I believe Cowboys fans will do a literal back flip if they are able to land Safety Darnell Savage. That would be a lethal addition to that secondary here in round 3. The Chargers are in need of O-Line help and they address it with Bobby Evans out of Oklahoma. The Chiefs need as much defensive help as they can get so no gripes from me about taking a linebacker.

PickTeamPlayer
93New York JetsJamel Dean, CB, Auburn
94Los Angeles RamsDru Samia, iOL, Oklahoma
95New York GiantsLonnie Johnson, CB, Kentucky
96Washington RedskinsWyatt Ray, EDGE, Boston College

I’ll start with the Jets addressing corner and they have to hope Dean out of Auburn develops into a starter because their corner depth is atrocious. Dru Samia added to the Rams’ offensive line is almost not even fair. My favorite pick in all of round 3 could quite possibly be Lonnie Johnson to the Giants at 95. That is tremendous value and he should compete for playing time right away.

That wraps up round 3 of our Final 2019 NFL Mock Draft. Be on the lookout for Round 2 dropping tomorrow and be sure to comment down below on what you think about Round 3!

3 Rounds of Mock Draft for 2019 NFL Draft: NFC Teams

It is officially NFL Draft season! To celebrate the Fanalysts dynasty team performed a 3 round mock draft for all 32 NFL Teams. The results of the draft, broken down by division then team, are listed below. Every team has a full list of their draft picks and an analysis of their overall 3 round draft.

This article will will focus on the NFC teams.

For more on the fantasy football values of the 2019 Draft Class, check out the 48 Report: our 2019 Rookie Database

NFC East

Philadelphia Eagles

Round 1, 25th Overall: Byron Murphy, CB, Washington

Round 2, 53rd Overall: Andre Dillard, OT, Washington

Round 2, 55th Overall: Justice Hill, RB, Oklahoma State

Analysis: The Eagles score solid support for their secondary with Murphy in the back end of the first round. Andre Dillard likely won’t fall this far in the NFL Draft but if he does he would give them great depth and would have the time to develop as an eventual replacement for their aging tackles. Justice Hill is a dynamic pass catching back who can perfectly compliment Jordan Howard’s role in the offense.

Matt Hicks

Dallas Cowboys

Round 2, 58th Overall: Kahale Warring, TE, San Diego State

Round 3, 90th Overall: Renell Wren, iDL, Arizona State

Analysis: With just 2 picks in the first 2 days the Cowboys need to be strategic with their picks. Kahale Warring gives them a very athletic, but raw, tight end who could develop into a huge weapon for Prescott and the Cowboys offense. Wren helps them address their need on the defensive side of the trenches. Alternatively, Dallas could also look for help along the offensive line or look for a high upside wideout.

Matt Hicks

New York Giants

Round 1, 6th Overall: Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida

Round 1, 17th Overall: Devin Bush, ILB, Michigan

Round 2, 37th Overall: Chase Winovich, EDGE, Michigan

Round 3, 95th Overall: Stanley Morgan, WR, Nebraska

Bush and Winovich give the Giants two dynamic pass rushers on the defensive side of the ball. Gettleman wants to win in the trenches and Jawaan Taylor is the best pure offensive tackle in the draft; making him a clear choice with their 6th overall pick. Stanley Morgan is a gadget-type player who can help the Giants work the shortfield with Eli Manning at the helm. The Giants don’t yet have a clear vision forward under Gettleman but with these 4 players highlighting their draft class things are going to start looking a lot clearer in New York.

Matt Hicks

Washington/Salt Lake (RIP)

Round 1, 15th Overall: Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State

Round 2, 46th Overall: Parris Campbell, WR, Ohio State

Round 3, 76th Overall: Amani Hooker, S, Iowa

Washington will be looking for their quarterback of the future with Case Keenum bridging a terrible Alex Smith injury with last season’s Ohio State star. Haskins has a lot of developing to do but can fit in Gruden’s scheme after hopefully a “redshirt” year in 2019. Haskins gets paired up with his Ohio State teammate in Parris Campbell; who is fast, a good route runner, and could help break Washington’s streak of struggling wide receivers. Amani Hooker pairs up nicely with Landon Collins and helps their defense continue to be the foundation of their roster.

Matt Hicks

NFC North:

Chicago Bears

3rd round, 87th overall: Josh Jacobs, RB, Alabama

The Chicago Bears have very little draft capital in the 2019 NFL Draft.  Luckily, the Bears don’t have a ton of holes on the roster. One of the glaring needs is a well rounded running back, especially with trading Jordan Howard away.  I think Chicago could have gone RB later and addressed EDGE or secondary here, but Josh Jacobs stood out for me here. Josh Jacobs is a very powerful runner, is very agile and is more than capable of producing in the passing game.  Jacobs and Tarik Cohen would be a deadly combo if Chicago could pull this off.

Mike Colaianne

Minnesota Vikings

1st round, 18th overall: Garrett Bradbury, iOL, NC State

2nd round, 50th overall: Michael Deiter, OT, Wisconsin

3rd round, 81st overall: Marquise Brown, WR, Oklahoma

Minnesota needs to address the offensive line in this draft.  They just paid Kirk Cousins last season and invested solid draft capitol into Dalvin Cook.  The Vikings need to protect these weapons and allow the offense to produce at the level it should be.  Bradbury and Deiter should both be able to contribute right away and help take this offense to the next level.  I think Marquise Brown would be a great fit in this offense. Brown can help stretch the field, which would help create even more space for Thielen and Diggs.

Mike Colaianne

Green Bay Packers

1st round, 12th overall: Montez Sweat, EDGE, Mississippi State

1st round, 30th overall: Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, S, Florida

2nd round, 44th overall: JJ Arcega-Whiteside, WR, Stanford

3rd round, 75th overall: Joe Giles-Harris, LB, Duke

Defense, Defense, Defense! That should be the main priority for Green Bay.  They have had some nice signings in free agency, such as Adrian Amos, but this defense is far from being a complete unit.  Sweat is an athletic freak that can give the Packers some much needed pass rush. Gardner-Johnson is a very versatile player that can fill many different roles in the defense.  Giles-Harris is a very intelligent player that should be able to play right away. Finally, Arcega-Whiteside can be the huge red zone threat that Jimmy Graham never was.

Mike Colaianne

Detroit Lions

1st round, 8th overall: TJ Hockenson, TE, Iowa

2nd round, 43rd overall: Justin Layne, CB, Michigan State

3rd round, 88th overall: L.J. Collier, EDGE, TCU

Pass rush, cornerback and tight end seem to be the biggest needs for Detroit.  Honestly, they can probably address these three positions in any order in the draft.  Hockenson is a rarity in the sense that he is a great blocker and pass catcher. His balance will allow him to play right away and stay on the field no matter the situation.  Layne was converted to a cornerback after his freshman year and has developed quickly. He is a very physical player that will fit nicely opposite of Darius Slay. Collier is a player that can be moved around the defensive line and will compete no matter what position he is in.

Mike Colaianne

NFC South:

Carolina Panthers

1st Round, 16th Overall: Rashaan Gary, EDGE, Michigan

2nd Round, 47th Overall: Greg Little, T, Ole Miss

3rd Round, 77th Overall: Tytus Howard, T, Alabama State

3rd Round, 100th Overall: Damien Harris, RB, Alabama

Analysis: I took mercy on the Panthers and gave them a very good pass rusher in Rashaan Gary out of Michigan. They could use a bit more pass rush and Gary was too good to pass up. The next two picks are tackles… Because the Panthers MUST PROTECT CAM AT ALL COSTS. There were reports that Cam might need shoulder surgery and could miss the season earlier in the year but he opted for a more minor procedure. This doesn;t change the fact that the Carolina Offensive Line was just that, Offensive. I rounded it out by taking Damien Harris. Imagine a 1-2 punch of McCaffrey and Harris? Sure, for fantasy is might be a bit of a downer but that tandem would be a PROBLEM.

Eric Adams

New Orleans Saints

Round 2, 62nd Overall: Taylor Rapp, S, Washington

Analysis: Quite a bit to digest here, try not to get overwhelmed. Taylor Rapp is a draft crush of mine. This guy thumps with the best of them and a big hitting safety is just what the doctor ordered for a New Orleans team that would probably like to hit anything that moves at the moment. Other than that, take a load off New Orleans, don’t think you’ll be doing much drafting this year.

Eric Adams

Atlanta Falcons

Round 1, 14th Overall: Ed Oliver, iDL, Houston

Round 2, 45th Overall: Julian Love, CB, Notre Dame

Round 3, 79th Overall: D’Andre Walker, EDGE, Georgia

Analysis: The Atlanta Falcons needed to shore up their deficiencies on the defensive end and this was a perfect start for them. With this draft, you want to go after some of these positions early before they dry up. Ed Oliver is a great get at 14 and sort of the best player available move. As good as he is, he should be able to win out in training camp and/or start sooner rather than later. Love and Walker are great depth picks who could also end up starting in the first couple of years.

Christopher Nelson

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Round 1, 5th Overall: Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama

Round 2, 39th Overall: Mack Wilson, LB, Alabama

Round 3, 70th Overall: David Long, CB, Michigan

Analysis: With Jonah Williams available at the 5th pick, it was an easy decision to add him to a offensive line that sorely needs him. Mack Wilson went a little higher than some expected, but with the loss of Kwon Alexander this was a move that was needed. This gives him time to learn and grow behind Beckwith and David while providing depth. The pick of David Long brings in a corner who works really well against smaller receivers who would work will in the slot.

Christopher Nelson

NFC West:

Arizona Cardinals

Round 1, 1st Overall: Nick Bosa, EDGE, Ohio State

Round 2, 34th Overall: Chris Lindstrom, iOL, Boston College

Round 3, 66th Overall: Emanuel Hall, WR, Missouri

Analysis: The Cardinals have a lot of needs on their roster, replacing the franchise quarterback they traded up for in last year’s draft is not one of those needs. Instead, they need to stay the path of Rosen and take Bosa with the first overall pick. Lindstrom is a very valuable pick in the early 2nd; he would provide instant support for Arizona’s offensive line. Emanuel Hall would be a dangerous weapon for them along the outside. He would help stretch the field while Kirk and Fitzgerald work the underneath.

Matt Hicks

Los Angeles Rams

1st round, 31st overall: Amani Oruwariye, CB, Penn State

3rd round, 94th overall: Blake Cashman, LB, Minnesota

3rd round, 99th overall: Miles Sanders, RB, Penn State

The one glaring need I didn’t address for Los Angeles here is the offensive line.  I could definitely see them addressing that early in the early rounds of the draft.  The reason for taking Oruwariye instead of o-line is that they need the depth there. Peters and Talib are both free agents after 2019 and Oruwariye is a versatile player that makes big plays.  Cashman is a great athlete that can play on all three downs in the NFL. If the Rams are truly worried about Gurley’s knee, getting Sanders in the third could be a steal. Sanders can do a little bit of everything and take some of the load off Gurley.  

Mike Colaianne

Seattle Seahawks

1st round, 21st overall: Hakeem Butler, WR, Iowa State

3rd round, 84th overall: Dru Samia, iOL, Oklahoma

The recent Doug Baldwin news really influenced my picks for Seattle.  I planned on going cornerback, but as Baldwin is having a harder time staying on the field, Seattle can’t rely on Tyler Lockett to be their #1 go-to guy.  Butler would fit into this offense nicely and I think him and Lockett could be a very nice combo for Russell Wilson. Samia was a 4 year starter at Oklahoma and has the athleticism and technique to play right away.  Some other positions you could see Seattle address in the draft are cornerback and pass rusher.

Mike Colaianne

San Francisco 49ers

1st round, 2nd overall: Brian Burns, EDGE, Florida State

2nd round, 36th overall: Deandre Baker, CB, Georgia

3rd round, 67th overall: Antoine Wesley, WR, Texas Tech

San Francisco needs to address a lot of needs, but they are also picking 1.02 for a reason. The most important thing to do is add talent, especially at the top end. Brian Burns is a top notch edge rusher and a worthy player of a top 2 pick. Possibly a better pure pass rusher than Bosa, Burns gives their defense a shot in the arm that they need to make some big plays and help support their increasingly high powered offense. Deandre Baker in the second round is another nice addition to that defense. He is a quality athlete that would step right in as a starter. Wesley is an upside swing that could really work out in that offense. He fills an archetype on the boundary that they do not currently have.

Josh Padgett

Mock Draft Monday: The Post-FA Mock Draft

The first mock draft with the first wave of free agency in the books is here! The guys have tinkered a bit with who they feel should go where. Who has fallen? Who has risen? Who…hasn’t moved even a little?? Let’s jump into it, Josh Padgett is picking first with the Arizona Cardinals.

1. Arizona Cardinals: Nick Bosa, EDGE, Ohio State

Bosa is definitely the pick for Arizona if they don’t trade down. He is the most complete edge rusher in this class with the ability to morph to to fit different schemes. I am also partial to guys who want their hand in the dirt to start the rep and Bosa is that guy. He will contribute right away and with a ceiling that rivals his brother Joey, this is still a slam dunk pick at 1.

Josh Padgett

2. San Francisco 49ers: Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama

As someone who is not totally sold on Nick Bosa (I think he’s great but so is Williams), I believe Williams might actually be the best player in the draft. He is as dominant as they come along the defensive line and he ruined offensive gameplans throughout his career at Alabama. The 49ers bring him in to align with Dee Ford and a defensive line that continues to collect talent.

Eric Adams

3. New York Jets: Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama

The Jets made two big additions to their offense with Kelechi Osemele and Le’veon Bell through free agency. They still need helping protecting their franchise quarterback and their revamped offense, and Williams is exactly the piece to fill that role.

Matt Hicks

4. Oakland Raiders: Cody Ford, iOL, Oklahoma

The Raiders have been busy this offseason acquiring a lot of different talent from free agency. One position they still need help with is the offensive line which is what they dealt with here. Cody Ford is viewed by many as top 3 at the position and will be part of the reason Derek Carr stays on his feet more often in the future.

Christopher Nelson

5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Josh Allen, EDGE, Kentucky

As of now, the Buccaneers haven’t been huge players in free agency.  The Buccaneers have quite a bit of needs to still fill, with pass rusher being near the top of the list. With two O-lineman going off the board before them, they find themselves in prime position to grab Josh Allen, who had 17 sacks in 2018.

Mike Colaianne

6. New York Giants: Brian Burns, EDGE, Florida State

Burns has a super high ceiling as a bendy edge rusher who can use his length and quickness to create all kinds of problems for tackles. The Giants as an organization need playmakers. Burns will make a lot of plays in his NFL career.

Josh Padgett

7. Jacksonville Jaguars: DK Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss

Rant incoming: I am sick and tired of having to deal with people within the fantasy community who keep trying to sell me on a Jacksonville wide receiver. THEY ARE ALL MEDIOCRE. This leads me to this pick and DK Metcalf will end all discussion. He’s the WR1 in Jacksonville and it is not even remotely close.

Eric Adams

8. Detroit Lions: TJ Hockenson, TE, Iowa

Detroit filled two major needs in free agency. With their EDGE and corners voids filled, they can give Stafford a critical weapon needed to take their offense over the hump. Hockenson can support the running game for Kerryon Johnson and provide Stafford with a reliable passing option.

Matt Hicks

9. Buffalo Bills: Dalton Risner, OT, Kansas State

Having “risen” up many draft boards due to a strong path to the draft Risner has asserted himself as a one of the better tackles. Buffalo goes for offensive line help here as opposed to the chalk wide receiver pick due to the fact that the position will dry up a lot quicker than wide receiver will. Also with signings like John Brown, Cole Beasley and the emergence of Robert Foster last year, Buffalo can afford to wait.

Christopher Nelson

10. Denver Broncos: Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State

I honestly have no idea what Denver is going to do with this pick.  I’m sure new head coach Vic Fangio would love to grab DB to help bolster his defense, but there is a chance John Elway will out way Fangio and try to find the long term answer at QB. Haskins was extremely productive in his one year of starting at Ohio State and could really benefit from sitting behind Joe Flacco for a year or so.  

Mike Colaianne

11. Cincinnati Bengals: Devin White, LB, LSU

Devin White was the Butkus Award winner last year as college football’s best overall linebacker. He brings great tackling and hard nose brand of football to Cincinnati defense that has been known for just that. With Vontaze Burfict and his antics finally out the door, White provides immediate impact in the front seven.

Josh Padgett

12. Green Bay Packers: Ed Oliver, DL, Houston

Unless they go offensive lineman, I think Green Bay should take the best player available here on defense. Ed Oliver’s stock has taken a bit of a hit for whatever reason but he is a dominant player. I think Green Bay will gladly plug him into their defense.

Eric Adams

13. Miami Dolphins: Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida

The Dolphins are heading toward a long term rebuild; one that does not suggest they would leap at a quarterback in this year’s draft. Instead they invest in a critical piece for a rebuilding team: a franchise tackles.

Matt Hicks

14. Atlanta Falcons: Montez Sweat, EDGE, Mississippi State

Montez Sweat is an athletic freak similar to how DK Metcalf is to the receiver group and  cannot be ignored. Also his 84 inch wingspan will be sure to aid him in the tackling department any time someone is even remotely close to him. The Falcons also considered Clelin Ferrell here, but ultimately went with Sweat.

Christopher Nelson

15. Salt Lake Stallions (Washington Redskins): Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma

The Salt Lake Stallions find themselves in prime position to take one of the most electrifying play makers in the draft with their first pick ever! In all seriousness, Washington should be ecstatic if Murray falls to them at 15. I get all of the size concerns, but Murray gives Washington their best shot at solving their QB issues.  

Mike Colaianne

16. Carolina Panthers: Devin Bush Jr, LB, Michigan

Devin Bush has been steadily climbing boards as he tested out phenomenally at both the combine and his pro day. He is super smooth in his movements and is great in coverage. His speed and agility make him feel almost like a box safety, but he is a much stockier player than say a Mark Barron. Bush would help fill the void left by Thomas Davis.

Josh Padgett

17. New York Giants: AJ Brown, WR, Ole Miss

Maybe the Giants shouldn’t take a WR here. Maybe they should avoid the position at this particular pick so that the player is not compared to another wide receiver who did pretty well in New York. Throw all that out the window. The Giants could go a multitude of ways with this pick but AJ Brown would be a wise pick. Tate just signed for 4 years so he can learn from him. Sterling Shepard is on the last year of his deal. A Brown/Tate duo would be a great duo for a young QB to grow with.

Eric Adams

18. Minnesota Vikings: Chris Lindstrom, iOL, Boston College

The Vikings desperately need help along the offensive line; they will take the best linemen available on the board. In this mock draft there was an early run on tackles, so they’ll take the most talented interior linemen in Lindstrom.

Matt Hicks

19. Tennessee Titans: Jeffery Simmons, iDL, Mississippi State

With the Titans only having two tackles on the books for more than a year, this pick makes sense. Simmons is someone who can come in and instantly contribute aka wreak havoc on the offensive line much like he did in college on the nations #1 defense. He’s got somewhat of a past that has some teams scared, but I think he’s put that behind him and is ready to make the most of this opportunity.

Christopher Nelson

20. Pittsburgh Steelers: Greedy Williams, CB, LSU

It is no secret that Pittsburgh needs to improve their defense. They have missed on some of their draft picks used on defensive backs the last few years, but that can’t stop them from trying again with Greedy Williams.  Williams has the height, speed and tools to contribute right away in the Pittsburgh defense and take them one step closer to being up to par.

Mike Colaianne

21. Seattle Seahawks: Jachai Polite, EDGE, Florida

Polite is a talented player who has had some questions raised about his love of the game or at least his commitment to improving his game. Seattle is the type of organization that can solve those issues. The talent level is very high and he already has an array of moves and counters. If Seattle can unlock the ceiling of Polite, this pick will look like a steal.

Josh Padgett

22. Baltimore Ravens: Rashan Gary, EDGE, Michigan

Contrary to what some Ravens fans want to believe, they don’t have an impact player in the front 7 right now. That is usually their calling card. They absolutely need a receiver but I think the opportunity to take Gary is too good to pass up. He gives them the proper replacement for a departing Terrell Suggs and should be the next great Ravens defensive stalwart.

Eric Adams

23. Houston Texans: Andre Dillard, OT, Washington State

The Texans have failed to invest in their offensive line through free agency, That leaves them with no option but to take a potential franchise tackle in the first round; even one with such varied opinions.

Matt Hicks

24. Oakland Raiders (via Chicago Bears): Anthony Nelson, EDGE, Iowa

Having grabbed a few offensive pieces already and having a bevy of drafts pick, I believe the raiders will go defense early. I like Anthony Nelson for them here and no, it’s not wholly because of his last name but he thrives off of something athleticism can’t get you when it starts to disappear, technique! Strapped with a ton of moves off the line, he’ll be part of a rebuilding pass rush fit for a Gruden to rule.

Christopher Nelson

25. Philadelphia Eagles: Byron Murphy, CB, Washington

Philadelphia had a ton of troubles in their defensive secondary last year, mostly due to injuries and lack of depth.  Byron Murphy has the IQ and athleticism to start right away. Plus, with his coverage skills and play making ability, he has potential to be become an absolute stud in the NFL.  

Mike Colaianne

26. Indianapolis Colts: N’Keal Harry, WR, Arizona State

N’Keal Harry is the best receiver in this strong class. The Colts still need a wideout despite acquiring Funchess on a prove it deal. Harry makes plays with the ball in his hands constantly and is an absolute handful on contested catches. He would be the perfect complement to TY Hilton and allow Funchess, Hilton and himself to move all over formations and cause all kinds of problems for defenses.

Josh Padgett

27. Oakland Raiders: Christian Wilkins, DL, Clemson

The Raiders just need to go best player available and they will do just fine for themselves in this draft. Wilkins will jon Cody Ford and Anthony Nelson to create a formidable first round coup for the Raiders.

Eric Adams

28. Los Angeles Chargers: Charles Omenihu, iDL, Texas

The Chargers lack a lot of blaring needs, but interior defensive line makes the most sense for them in the first round. They got sniped by Oakland taking WIlkins right before them, but Omenihu gives the Chargers a versatile and dynamic player to compliment their dangerous end pieces.

Matt Hicks

29. Kansas City Chiefs: Deandre Baker, CB, Georgia

If you watched Kansas City at all, you’ll know exactly why this pick was made. The Chiefs secondary has consistently gotten scorched and for them, that needs to stop. It feels like highway robbery getting him this late, but with recent issues being raised in his interviews during the combine, this may not be as crazy of a fall as one would think.

Christopher Nelson

30. Green Bay Packers: Noah Fant, TE, Iowa

The Jimmy Graham experiment hasn’t worked in Green Bay.  It is time for them to stop trying to find old guys that are either not talented or out of their prime to fill the tight end position.  Green Bay needs to go out and get Noah Fant. Fant is extremely athletic and a natural pass catcher that can slot right into the Green Bay offense.  Combine Fant with Rodgers, Adams and possibly another WR in the draft, and all of a sudden Green Bay becomes contenders to win the NFC North.

Mike Colaianne

31. Los Angeles Rams: Greg Little, OT, Ole Miss

Greg Little is a monster of a man. He is a little bit rough around the edges, but with Andrew Whitworth sticking around, Little won’t be pressed into service immediately. He should be able to step into the role of starting left tackle for this great offense before long though.

Josh Padgett

32. New England Patriots: Kelvin Harmon, WR, NC State

A move that will certainly be a shock to some, this would be a perfect landing spot for Harmon. He’s a WR who screams route running and is just what the Patriots look for. A hard worker who will feel an immediate need and another weapon for the Patriots offensive attack. The Patriots usually never take wide receivers high in the draft but until last year they followed the same script with running backs and Sony Michel happened. They will break from the usual script and draft a wide receiver in the first 2 rounds.

Eric Adams

33. Arizona Cardinals: Irv Smith Jr., TE, Alabama

34. Indianapolis Colts: Amani Oruwariye, CB, Penn State

35. Oakland Raiders: Josh Jacobs, RB, Alabama

36. San Francisco 49ers: Hakeem Butler, WR, Iowa State

37. New York Giants: Dexter Lawrence, DL, Clemson

38. Jacksonville Jaguars: Drew Lock, QB, Missouri

39. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Justin Layne, CB, Michigan

40. Buffalo Bills: Deebo Samuel, WR, South Carolina

41. Denver Broncos: Julian Love, CB, Notre Dame

42. Cincinnati Bengals: Daniel Jones, QB, Duke

43. Detroit Lions: Dru Samia, iOL, Oklahoma

44. Green Bay Packers: Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, S, Florida

45. Atlanta Falcons: Garrett Bradbury, iOL, NC State

46. Salt Lake Stallions: JJ Arcega-Whiteside, WR, Stanford

47. Carolina Panthers: Deionte Thompson, S, Alabama

48. Miami Dolphins: Will Grier, QB, West Virginia

49. Cleveland Browns: Erik McCoy, iOL, Texas A&M

50. Minnesota Vikings: Michael Deiter, OT, Wisconsin

51. Tennessee Titans: Christian Miller, EDGE, Alabama

52. Pittsburgh Steelers: Rock Ya-Sin, CB, Temple

53. Philadelphia Eagles: David Montgomery, RB, Iowa State

54. Houston Texans: Amani Hooker, CB, Iowa

55. Houston Texans: Nasir Adderly, S, Delaware

56. New England Patriots: Zach Allen, DE, Boston College

57. Philadelphia Eagles: Mack Wilson, LB, Alabama

58. Dallas Cowboys: Jace Sternberger, TE, Texas A&M

59. Indianapolis Colts: Jonathan Abram, S, Mississippi State

60. Los Angeles Chargers: Juan Thornhill, S, Virginia

61. Kansas City Chiefs: Rodney Anderson, RB, Oklahoma

62. New Orleans Saints: Lamont Gillard, C, Georgia

63. Kansas City Chiefs: Dre’Mont Jones, iDL, Ohio State

64. New England Patriots: Jerry Tillery, iDL, Notre Dame

Mock Draft Series 6: SFB8 Style

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.

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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!

Mock Draft Series 5

This is the 5th article in the Mock Draft Series; where Top2Sports teams up with fantasy experts from across the community to participate in, and break down mock drafts. This draft is PPR, Dynasty, and Superflex. A link of the draft is below, followed by an explanation of highlighted picks, in the authors words-not mine.

Full Results

1st Round Highlights

1.03: Odell Beckham Jr., Josh Padgett 

OBJ is my number 1 dynasty player regardless of league setup.  I still build my dynasty teams around receivers. The running back revival has not convinced me to take guys like Gurley or Barkley over OBJ and Hopkins.  OBJ will be the key cog in much improve offense this year and it still the best long term asset out there.

1.08: Saquon Barkley., League Builders

This was a bit of a strategy change from my usual, and would only happen during a dynasty draft. Three stars aligned to make this pick happen: first, Antonio Brown was sniped from me at the eighth spot (once he fell past six I thought I could snag him). Second, all the new data proving that volume is the best correlating statistic to RB1 finish, and I am confident Barkley will get the necessary volume (especially in PPR). Finally, after debating with a friend over the risks (or lack thereof) of taking a rookie in the first round, I wanted to try out his viewpoint and see if I could feel confident in my final team when starting with a rookie and banking on RB1 production from him. As it turns out I am very comfortable having Saquads leading my squad.

2nd Round Highlights

2.08: Amari Cooper, Anthony Zaragoza

What does Amari Cooper, second-year WR Corey Davis and rookie Calvin Ridley have in common? 23. The number twenty-three represents their age as of today. It’s hard to believe that a two-time pro bowler is the same age as a rookie WR barely entering the league, but that’s what makes Cooper such a great pick late in the second round. He’s extremely talented and has a quarterback for years to come (Derek Carr). If I needed more assurance for the pick, new Head Coach Jon Gruden plans to force feed his new #1 WR. That’s music to my ears.

2.12: Stefon Diggs, Happy Hour Fantasy

Diggs over Thielen,Hill,Baldwin,Hilton,Gordon and A-Rob?? Yes, and here’s why: In a Dynasty setting, the 24 year old has a bright, promising future ahead of him. Diggs showed us that he can be a true WR1 in PPR at times, and flashed huge games last year. Add in a contract year where he’s gonna ball out for the big bucks to either stay with the Vikes in that ascending offense or be THEE guy for a team for the next 5+ years (my preferred option to get away from Thielen), im all in for Diggs in Dynasty.

3rd Round Highlights

3.02: Patrick Mahomes FFVigilante

I’m a big fan of “GYG” (getting your guy) and  that’s what happened here. I’m confident that he’ll be in the top 15 before it’s all said and done this season. He’s got a slew of weapons and a fantastic arm. Also, it’s dynasty, so I just happened to grab my young promising QB very early. Which is fine because I got Winston later as a vet and valuable starter to go alongside Pat. Overall, I just wanted to “get em and forget em”. I didn’t want someone to snag him while I was thinking of another position.

4th Round Highlights

4.01: Kirk Cousins, Matt Hicks

After pushing my luck and waiting until the 4th to take a quarterback I’m ecstatic to get my dynasty QB3 as the 7th QB off the board in this draft. In his three seasons as a starter, Cousins has finished as QB6, QB5, and QB8 in fantasy. Yet, he’s disrespected in both rankings and ADP even after transitioning to Minnesota where his offense weapons and scheme get markedly better. Cousins best target is Washington was an injury riddled Jordan Reed (who saw no playing time in 2017) and Jamison Crowder, who finished as WR33 in fantasy last season. Now Cousins will have Thielen (WR8 in 2017), Diggs (WR 19 in 2017), and Rudolph (TE8 in 2017) at his disposal.You can get my full take on Cousins in my Dynasty Quarterbacks article.

4.03 Demaryius Thomas, Rick Rosen

New QB, who dis? Perhaps the most overlooked elite talent in the NFL, Thomas has languished in Denver since the decline and exit of Peyton Manning. Despite the drop in production, however, Thomas has remained one of the most targeted wide receivers in the NFL.

Six straight years. For six straight NFL seasons, Thomas has seen 140+ targets and played every single game. It doesn’t get more consistent then that, especially from a position known for its volatility. It’s like taking an Antonio Brown-type floor in the fourth round.

It doesn’t directly translate to numbers, but in fantasy we look for opportunity. And with Case Keenum under center, expect way more than the five touchdowns he’s produced each of the last two season. He’s back.

5th Round Highlights

5.04: LeSean McCoy, Marc Szymanski

I already had a strong start at RB (Zeke and Davonta Freeman), but the epitome of “bell-cow running back” was staring at me in the fifth round. I just couldn’t pass it up. Part of me wonders if I should have gone RoJo here if I was determined to get a third RB in a dynasty startup. But I’m a “win now” drafter in dynasty. I’m quite satisfied with this pick. It’s another year where we’re going to wonder if Shady will be the #1 receiver in the Bills offense, too. Once I picked him, I knew that I would be grabbing Chris Ivory as a handcuff. When a person drafts Shady, it is highly recommended to grab Ivory which I did in the 14th round.

5.09: Andrew Luck, Geoff Lambert

I really wanted to go with my first RB here, but with 9 QBs already off the board in a super flex league, I felt I had to go QB. Everyone is scared of Luck based on his recent injury history, but if he can return to form, I just landed a Top 5 QB in the 5th round of a super flex league. I couldn’t pass that up.

6th Round Highlights

6.02: Nick Chubb, Ryan Cearfoss

Nick Chubb is one of the most talented running backs in this year’s class and is the front runner for the early down role in Cleveland. With 2 fantastic backs on my roster already I have the opportunity to be patient if Hyde starts right away. (https://247fantasyfootball.com/nick-chubb/)

6.06: Alshon Jeffery, Dynasty Dorks

Alshon Jeffery – Eagles, WR – Alshon had a really nice bounce back year last year.  He gets Wentz back and should be the #1WR on that prolific offense. He has big play ability and gets a lot of targets in the redzone.  Not the typical PPR WR I would take, but the value was too good here. Great Robinson insurance if needed and he is young enough. I don’t load up on rookies and hope to have the team that is going to be good….in 3 or 4 years.  A lot can change in 3 or 4 years. Don’t neglect youth, just don’t overemphasize it. Play to win now and get a good mix of middle aged guys and rookies with maybe an old vet or 2. Not the all under 25 squad that is sexy on madden.

7th Round Highlights

7.03: Royce Freeman,  Josh Padgett

Going into the seventh round with one running back was starting to feel like 0 RB too much for my liking.  Freeman has a chance to be the full time back in Denver and it’s that upside that makes him the pick here. His competition isn’t great so even if it does turn into a committee, I think the floor is there as the lead back and the likely goalline guy.  Either way, this is more of a need pick for this roster than I would like.

9th Round Highlights

9.02: Chris Godwin, FFVigilante

First off, the kid has a perfect name. Chris is my first name and a surname of God and Win? How can you not select him? Slated to more than likely take time from Desean as the flanker, this kid will be a great compliment to Evans and weapon for Winston. It’s dynasty as well, so I had to grab a kid with high upside at only 22 years old in his sophomore season (younger than that one rookie in ATL lol).  

9.08: Randall Cobb Anthony Zaragoza

From nagging injuries, having Brett Hundley at quarterback for a season and Davante Adams taking over the #1 WR role, Randall Cobb has been up and down since his pro bowl season back in 2014. But this season, Cobb has Aaron Rodgers back and his number two wide receiver spot after the departure of Jordy Nelson. And let’s not forget, Cobb is only 27 years old and healthy. In the ninth round, grabbing Rodgers second best wide receiver is not too shabby.

10th Round Highlights

10.02: Lamar Jackson Ryan Cearfoss

Lamar Jackson is a full long term investment. With Baltimore having only a year left where they have to pay Flacco, Jackson should be able to step in next year. His ridiculous rushing ability will give him a fantastic floor with the ability to be a fantasy star!

10.04: Kalen Ballage Geoff Lambert

Going with my zero RB strategy, after taking Luck in the fifth, I went with 5 straight high upside RBs, with Ballage being the last of the five. Kenyan Drake is the incumbent, but I don’t 100 percent trust him and I don’t think the Dolphins do either. They wouldn’t fully commit to Drake last year saying that he and Damian Williams were going to split carries once Williams got back from injury, they signed Frank Gore this offseason and then drafted Ballage. You don’t do that if you think you’ve found “your guy”. Ballage could end up the starter at some point this season, and at a 10th Round Pick, that’s great value.

11th Round Highlights

11.01: Nyheim Hines Happy Hour Fantasy

Ahhh my man crush so far this season. This kid is explosive (4.3 speed) and is an incredible pass catcher. IND has been lining him up as a slot receiver a ton in OTA’s as well as the primary return man. They want to get him involved in as many ways as possible and desperately need a playmaker outside of T.Y. With a healthy Luck, it should make things easier for the RB’s. Both myself and IND coaches (trust me) aren’t sold on Mack and his 3.8 YPC, and I believe by the end of the season in PPR leagues, Hines very well could lead INDY RB’s in fantasy points. And to get him this late it’s absolutely worth the high upside potential.

11.08: Martavis Bryant League Builders

For those who didn’t know, Jon Gruden has had a wide receiver finish with 1,000+ yards in ten of his eleven seasons as a head coach. Martavis Bryant is a guy who was highly touted out of college, has had some big games, but never really broken out. In Oakland he gets a fresh start, can put his off-field issues in the past, and can focus on his on-field game with a young quarterback and new head coach. His competition consists of a potentially washed-up Jordy Nelson and an Amari Cooper whose drop issues finally caught up with him last year. He’s a sleeper for me, and in the 11th round I will take the risk that his talent overcomes everything else this year (and beyond) for the Raiders.

12th Round Highlights

12.06 Blake Bortles Dynasty Dorks

Love or hate him, he was a QB1 last year.  He is young and they didn’t draft Lamar Jackson so I feel okay.  Unless Cody Kessler or Tanner Lee take the job, Bortles was a steal this late in superflex.  He is a guy you can buy low and as long as your rushing yards count the same as all runners, he is a good late round QB.  I like the new weapons around him and the improved offensive line.

13th Round Highlights

13.04: Sam Darnold Marc Szymanski

I already drafted Aaron Rodgers. In round 12, I grabbed Tyrod who might not have the role for the entire year. How to fix this? When the 13th round came around and Darnold was still on the board, I celebrated. This was a mock and I celebrated. Youth and the heir-apparent to the starting QB role. It might not have any value for the first few weeks, but by week 8 (and definitely the 2019 season) I have a starting QB in a Superflex league THIS late in the draft. I’d be pretty happy if this were a real league.

13.10: Tyler Lockett  Rick Rosen

I got two rounds left, so I’m taking home run swings. Really nice to hear that last year, when Tyler Lockett was already a sleeper of mine, he recently revealed that he played the entire season a 75-80 percent health.

Cool story, bro.

Now that the truth is out, I can once again shill for one of the best deep threats in the league. Lockett is a big-play receiver with hands to match, and should see a significant amount of snaps with only he, Doug Baldwin and the walking corpse of Brandon Marshall as capable receivers. Seattle can’t run the ball, and Lockett has great rapport with Russell Wilson. I’d be legitimately excited about this pick if this draft wasn’t real.

14th Round Highlights

14.01 Courtland Sutton, Matt Hicks

I’m thrilled Josh whiffed on Sutton and let him fall to me. This big target playmaker fits in well in Denver; and adds depth to an offense led by a consistent quarterback who has a history of making his wideouts better. Sutton has the potential to contribute this season, but his value comes in the future; with at least one or both of Thomas and Sanders likely to move on after this season.

Mock Draft Series 4

Edited by Matt Hicks, Staff Writer

Welcome back to the Mock Draft Series! This is draft 4 in a series of mock drafts that will happen throughout the 2018 NFL off-season. The drafts will have different rules, that are tailored to different league formats. This draft is Dynasty PPR. Those drafting are all writers in the fantasy football community, each featured writer has one pick explained, and that pick is unedited and in their own words, not mine.

1.1        Ryan Cearfoss @fntsyfbconnect Todd Gurley

1.2        Marc Szymanski – @FFA_Marc  Odell Beckham Jr

1.3        Wheeler – @FF_Wheeler – NFLmock.com  Ezeikel Elliot

1.4        Dave H. – @Dynastydorks   Le’veon Bell

1.5        PK Ripper @amaze652 Pyromaniac.com David Johnson

1.6        Nick Spartz @BeerFueledFF    DeAndre Hopkins

1.7        THE FANTASY TYPHOON @Jesusprotectme Saquon Barkley

1.8        Josh Padgett @jpadgett94  Antonio Brown

1.9        Eric Adams @Top2Eric     Melvin Gordon

There seems to be some negativity surrounding Gordon at the moment and I’m just not buying it. The only negative thing about him is he has failed to average 4 yards per carry in each of his first 3 seasons, but when you get used as much as Gordon does then the yards per carry might suffer. He’s 25, he’s a true dual threat and option 1A in LA and he is NOT going to get benched for Austin Ekeler.

1.10      Matt Hicks @Top2Matt   Kareem Hunt

1.11      Derek Brown @Dbro_ffb   Dalvin Cook

1.12      Anthony (@ZaragozaAnthony) – Redraft Football Factory Leonard Fournette

2.1        Anthony (@ZaragozaAnthony) – Redraft Football Factory Mike Evans

2.2        Derek Brown @Dbro_ffb  Michael Thomas

2.3        Matt Hicks @Top2Matt   Alvin Kamara

2.4        Eric Adams @Top2Eric  Christian McCaffrey

2.5        Josh Padgett @jpadgett94   Keenan Allen

2.6        THE FANTASY TYPHOON @Jesusprotectme   Derrius Guice

2.7        Nick Spartz @BeerFueledFF  Joe Mixon

2.8        PK Ripper @amaze652 Pyromaniac.com Devontae Freeman

2.9        Dave H. – @Dynastydorks  Davante Adams

2.10      Wheeler – @FF_Wheeler – NFLmock.com  Julio Jones

2.11      Marc Szymanski – @FFA_Marc  Jordan Howard

2.12      Ryan Cearfoss @fntsyfbconnect  Amari Cooper

With Green and Gurley I’m able to take a chance on upside with Cooper. He has all of the talent in the world and in a new offense without Michael Crabtree this could be the break out year fantasy owners have yearned for.

3.1        Ryan Cearfoss @fntsyfbconnect   Aj Green

3.2        Marc Szymanski – @FFA_Marc   Jarvis Landry

He is younger than Josh Gordon by 2 years. Gordon is due for a suspension. Landry has excelled with some questionable quarterbacks (Tannenhill, Cutler) throwing to him. He will continue to thrive in Cleveland who will either do well OR will have to play from behind. Either way, Landry is PPR gold, again!

3.3        Wheeler – @FF_Wheeler – NFLmock.com  Tyreek Hill

3.4        Dave H. – @Dynastydorks   Travis Kelce

3.5        PK Ripper @amaze652 Pyromaniac.com  TY Hilton

3.6        Nick Spartz @BeerFueledFF Corey Davis

3.7        THE FANTASY TYPHOON @Jesusprotectme  Stefon Diggs

3.8        Josh Padgett @jpadgett94  Juju Smith Schuster

3.9        Eric Adams @Top2Eric  Allen Robinson

3.10      Matt Hicks @Top2Matt Sony Michel

3.11      Derek Brown @Dbro_ffb   Jerrick McKinnon

3.12      Anthony (@ZaragozaAnthony) – Redraft Football Factory Brandin Cooks

4.1        Anthony (@ZaragozaAnthony) – Redraft Football Factory  Zach Ertz

4.2        Derek Brown @Dbro_ffb  Adam Thielen

4.3        Matt Hicks @Top2Matt    Doug Baldwin

4.4        Eric Adams @Top2Eric   Deshaun Watson

4.5        Josh Padgett @jpadgett94    Josh Gordon

4.6        THE FANTASY TYPHOON @Jesusprotectme   Hunter Henry

4.7        Nick Spartz @BeerFueledFF  Nick Chubb

4.8        PK Ripper @amaze652 Pyromaniac.com   Alshon Jeffery

4.9        Dave H. – @Dynastydorks   Mark Ingram

4.10      Wheeler – @FF_Wheeler – NFLmock.com   Derrick Henry

Henry is a power runner with all of the goaline and short yardage work. Lewis stayed healthy last year, but it was the first time in 5 years that he saw over 200 touches, the previous high being 85 touches in 7 games. Even if Lewis stays healthy this is at least a 50/50 split, more likely that Henry takes over this role and becomes a work-horse by next year.

4.11      Marc Szymanski – @FFA_Marc LeSean McCoy

4.12      Ryan Cearfoss @fntsyfbconnect    Ronald Jones

5.1        Ryan Cearfoss @fntsyfbconnect  Evan Engram

5.2        Marc Szymanski – @FFA_Marc     Royce Freeman

5.3        Wheeler – @FF_Wheeler – NFLmock.com     Larry Fitzgerald

5.4        Dave H. – @Dynastydorks    Golden Tate

5.5        PK Ripper @amaze652 Pyromaniac.com  Rob Gronkowski

5.6        Nick Spartz @BeerFueledFF       Sammy Watkins

Watkins is a receiver whose talent I still believe in and lands on a team who seems to have an idea of what to do with him. Think he pairs very well with Tyreek HIll

5.7        THE FANTASY TYPHOON @Jesusprotectme   Cooper Kupp

5.8        Josh Padgett @jpadgett94  Kenyon Drake

5.9        Eric Adams @Top2Eric    Rashaad Penny

5.10      Matt Hicks @Top2Matt     Marvin Jones Jr

5.11      Derek Brown @Dbro_ffb    Aaron Jones

5.12      Anthony (@ZaragozaAnthony) – Redraft Football Factory Jay Ajayi

6.1        Anthony (@ZaragozaAnthony) – Redraft Football Factory  Kerryon Johnson

6.2        Derek Brown @Dbro_ffb  Jamaal Williams

6.3        Matt Hicks @Top2Matt    Jimmy Graham

6.4        Eric Adams @Top2Eric   Calvin Ridley

6.5        Josh Padgett @jpadgett94    Courtland Sutton

6.6        THE FANTASY TYPHOON @Jesusprotectme    D.J. Moore

6.7        Nick Spartz @BeerFueledFF   Russell Wilson

6.8        PK Ripper @amaze652 Pyromaniac.com   Aaron Rodgers

6.9        Dave H. – @Dynastydorks       Demaryius Thomas

I like Thomas to bounce back, he’s been a consistent WR2 even with a hodgepodge of bad QBs behind center.  He should be able to put up top 20 or top 15 numbers with Keenum.  Peters getting shipped out helps and the value here was good, I got him after Sutton.  Give me DT all day

6.10      Wheeler – @FF_Wheeler – NFLmock.com   Tevin Coleman

6.11      Marc Szymanski – @FFA_Marc   CJ Anderson

6.12      Ryan Cearfoss @fntsyfbconnect Alex Collins

7.1        Ryan Cearfoss @fntsyfbconnect    Carson Wentz

7.2        Marc Szymanski – @FFA_Marc   Michael Gallup

7.3        Wheeler – @FF_Wheeler – NFLmock.com   Robert Woods

7.4        Dave H. – @Dynastydorks  Dion Lewis

7.5        PK Ripper @amaze652 Pyromaniac.com  Lamar Miller

7.6        Nick Spartz @BeerFueledFF   David Njoku

7.7        THE FANTASY TYPHOON @Jesusprotectme  D’onta Foreman

7.8        Josh Padgett @jpadgett94  Carlos Hyde

7.9        Eric Adams @Top2Eric     Will Fuller

7.10      Matt Hicks @Top2Matt       Cam Newton

I’m thrilled to get Newton in the late 7th round as the 5th quarterback off the board. Newton finished as QB2 in 2017 after posting 3,302 passing yards, 22 passing touchdowns, 754 rushing yards, and 6 rushing touchdowns. This was after stumbling out of the gate in Weeks 1-3 where he tried to be the pocket passing quarterback he is not. Newton gets much needed offensive help with the additions of D.J. Moore and C.J. Anderson and he gets a healthy Greg Olsen back. For all these reasons Cam Newton is currently my QB1 for 2018; so to get him this late is a steal.

7.11      Derek Brown @Dbro_ffb Christian Kirk

7.12      Anthony (@ZaragozaAnthony) – Redraft Football Factory Jared Goff

8.1        Anthony (@ZaragozaAnthony) – Redraft Football Factory Devin Funchess

8.2        Derek Brown @Dbro_ffb  Jamison Crowder

8.3        Matt Hicks @Top2Matt  O.J. Howard

8.4        Eric Adams @Top2Eric   Trey Burton

8.5        Josh Padgett @jpadgett94  Marlon Mack

8.6        THE FANTASY TYPHOON @Jesusprotectme     Jimmy Garoppolo

8.7        Nick Spartz @BeerFueledFF   Isaiah Crowell

8.8        PK Ripper @amaze652 Pyromaniac.com   Kenny Golladay

Babytron looks to be in line for a sophomore breakout season in pass happy Jim Bob Cooter offense. The 6’4 receiver should see plenty more targets especially with the deep ball; he averaged 17 yards per reception Stafford had no problem finding him hooking up with him for eight passes of 20-plus yards and five of 40-plus yards. He is position to take the Number one spot in Motor City for years to come and is a Dynasty roster priority on my teams. #HappyGolladays

8.9        Dave H. – @Dynastydorks   Kirk Cousins

8.10      Wheeler – @FF_Wheeler – NFLmock.com   Duke Johnson

8.11      Marc Szymanski – @FFA_Marc   Kyle Rudolph

8.12      Ryan Cearfoss @fntsyfbconnect   Chris Thompson

9.1        Ryan Cearfoss @fntsyfbconnect    Tarik Cohen

9.2        Marc Szymanski – @FFA_Marc    Tom Brady

9.3        Wheeler – @FF_Wheeler – NFLmock.com  Matthew Stafford

9.4        Dave H. – @Dynastydorks   Sterling Shepard

9.5        PK Ripper @amaze652 Pyromaniac.com   Keelan Cole

9.6        Nick Spartz @BeerFueledFF Chris Godwin

9.7        THE FANTASY TYPHOON @Jesusprotectme    TY Montgomery

9.8        Josh Padgett @jpadgett94    Kalen Ballage

As alluded I’ve alluded to on Top2Pod, I drafted my favorite rookie.  It may look like a little bit of a reach, but Ballage is a home run type of player (and if you can’t tell, that’s my kind of guy).  He could become the 3 down back in Miami and has already been impressing coaches.  I am all aboard this hype train and you can’t get me off of it.

9.9        Eric Adams @Top2Eric  Pierre Garcon

9.10      Matt Hicks @Top2Matt     Julian Edelman

9.11      Derek Brown @Dbro_ffb    George Kittle

9.12      Anthony (@ZaragozaAnthony) – Redraft Football Factory   Kelvin Benjamin

10.1      Anthony (@ZaragozaAnthony) – Redraft Football Factory   Mark Walton

10.2      Derek Brown @Dbro_ffb     Patrick Mahomes

Patrick Mahomes steps into a plum situation. Andy Reid just coaxed a top five fantasy quarterback season out of none other than dink & dunk champion Alex Smith. Mahomes is surrounded with weapons that can win at all levels of the field and redzone in Kareem Hunt, Sammy Watkins, Travis Kelce, & Tyreek Hill.

10.3      Matt Hicks @Top2Matt   Jordy Nelson

10.4      Eric Adams @Top2Eric    Jack Doyle

10.5      Josh Padgett @jpadgett94 Andrew Luck

10.6      THE FANTASY TYPHOON @Jesusprotectme    Michael Crabtree

10.7      Nick Spartz @BeerFueledFF    Devante Parker

10.8      PK Ripper @amaze652 Pyromaniac.com   Josh Doctson

10.9      Dave H. – @Dynastydorks    Nyhiem Hines

10.10    Wheeler – @FF_Wheeler – NFLmock.com  Drew Brees

10.11    Marc Szymanski – @FFA_Marc   Josh Rosen

10.12    Ryan Cearfoss @fntsyfbconnect   Nelson Agholor

11.1      Ryan Cearfoss @fntsyfbconnect    Corey Clement

11.2      Marc Szymanski – @FFA_Marc   DeMarco Murray

11.3      Wheeler – @FF_Wheeler – NFLmock.com  Robby Anderson

11.4      Dave H. – @Dynastydorks   Marquise Goodwin

11.5      PK Ripper @amaze652 Pyromaniac.com  Chris Carson

11.6      Nick Spartz @BeerFueledFF Paul Richardson

11.7      THE FANTASY TYPHOON @Jesusprotectme  Randall Cobb

Cobb is now the forgotten man in Green Bay. Now that Philbin, is back in control of the offense I fully expect to see more dump offs and screens to Cobb.

11.8      Josh Padgett @jpadgett94   Greg Olsen

11.9      Eric Adams @Top2Eric    Lamar Jackson

11.10    Matt Hicks @Top2Matt    Dak Prescott

11.11    Derek Brown @Dbro_ffb     Emmanuel Sanders

11.12    Anthony (@ZaragozaAnthony) – Redraft Football Factory  Anthony Miller

12.1      Anthony (@ZaragozaAnthony) – Redraft Football Factory James Washington

I’m pretty excited that I was able to snag James Washington with my last pick in this mock draft. Washington made big play after big play during his time at Oklahoma State and should provide that same spark in Pittsburgh. Former #3 WR Martavis Bryant is now in Oakland, so Washington has the chance to come in right away and play that deep threat role Bryant failed to live up to the last few seasons.

12.2      Derek Brown @Dbro_ffb   Dez Bryant

12.3      Matt Hicks @Top2Matt    LaGarette Blount

12.4      Eric Adams @Top2Eric   Cameron Meredith

12.5      Josh Padgett @jpadgett94   Jameis Winston

12.6      THE FANTASY TYPHOON @Jesusprotectme  Ben Roethlisberger

12.7      Nick Spartz @BeerFueledFF   Marqise Lee

12.8      PK Ripper @amaze652 Pyromaniac.com    Martavis Bryant

12.9      Dave H. – @Dynastydorks Marshawn Lynch

12.10    Wheeler – @FF_Wheeler – NFLmock.com     Delanie Walker

12.11    Marc Szymanski – @FFA_Marc    Donte Moncrief

12.12    Ryan Cearfoss @fntsyfbconnect    Donte Pettis