Fantasy Football Mock Draft 2014: FanDuel Staff Edition

Aug 21 2:49pm

Draft day is a tense moment in the life of any hardcore fantasy football player. It separates the men from the men that call in sick to work so that they can brush up on their kicker rankings. You’ve done your fantasy football mock draft. Now, you just hope that your real draft goes well, and that your wing related heartburn from the draft party subsides within a few days.

Today was our draft day at FanDuel. Our staff took part in a season long draft, to see who in the office reigns supreme when it comes to fantasy football. Since there are a lot of us, we broke up into a bunch of 12 team leagues, with the winners of each league playing each other in the playoffs later on this year.

Once I finished my team, I figured I would show you guys how I did. This can serve as a fantasy football mock draft for you without going through the hassle of actually doing one. It also gives you the opportunity to check out draft trends, see how highly certain rookies were taken in the draft, and learn from my mistakes if you think my team is garbage.

Here are the results from my 12 team league. The name of my team is Milliner Island. I was 10th in the draft order. Time for the breakdown. Here. We. Go.

Round 1, Pick 10

Pick OverallPositionPlayer
11RB1Adrian Peterson, MIN
22RB2LeSean McCoy, PHI
33RB3Jamaal Charles, KC
44RB4Matt Forte, CHI
55RB5Eddie Lacy, GB
66QB1Peyton Manning, DEN
77WR1Calvin Johnson, DET
88TE1Jimmy Graham, NO
99RB6Marshawn Lynch, SEA
1010QB2Drew Brees, NO
1111WR2Demaryius Thomas, DEN
1212RB6Montee Ball, DEN


Drew Brees QB, New Orleans Saints

As you can see, there was a major run on running backs to begin the draft. By the time my pick came up, I had a few options. I could have either gone with the flow and picked another running back, or I could have taken one of the best players at another position. I wasn’t about to take a chance on a middle of the road running back , or a guy that is “supposed to break out” with my first pick, so I took Drew Brees. Also, scoring will be different in every league, but it just so happens that touchdown passes are worth the same amount of points as rushing touchdowns in this league, and Brees threw 39 of those last season. Welcome to the team, Drew.

Round 2, Pick 15

1213RB7DeMarco Murray, DAL
1114WR3Brandon Marshall, CHI
1015WR4A.J. Green, CIN
916RB8Giovani Bernard, CIN
817WR5Dez Bryant, DAL
718TE2Rob Gronkowski, NE
619RB9Adrian Foster, HOU
520WR6Antonio Brown, PIT
421RB10Doug Martin, TB
322WR7Julio Jones, ATL
223QB3Aaron Rodgers, GB
124RB11Alfred Morris, WAS


AJ Green WR, Cincinnati Bengals

AJ Green was on the board, and is pretty much a lock to have a great season. Like I said, the running back situation made it impossible to justify drafting anyone that was still left with a pick this high. He’s been getting better every year. 1,426 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns last season? Sign me up. I have a feeling that not making this pick would have resulted in me crying in the shower and screaming “WHY?!?!” on a weekly basis. Had to do it.

Round 3, Pick 34

Pick OverallPositionPlayer
125QB4Andrew Luck, IND
226RB12Reggie Bush, DET
327RB13Le’Veon Bell, PIT
428WR8Wes Welker, DEN
529RB14Andre Ellington, ARI
630WR9Alshon Jeffery, CHI
731QB5Matthew Stafford, DET
832WR10Jordy Nelson, GB
933WR11Randall Cobb, GB
1034RB15Zac Stacy, STL
1135RB16Rashad Jennings, NYG
1236WR12Andre Johnson, HOU


Zac Stacy RB, St. Louis Rams

At this point, you can see everyone has been mixing it up. Since passing touchdowns, receiving touchdowns, and rushing touchdowns have all been valued the same in this league, it wasn’t as necessary to take players in a specific order. I think people went running back first out of habit, and because once you leave that elite tier of top backs, the drop off can be substantial. I realized that it was 1000% time to get a running back. I had to. Zac Stacy was the best available, and I feel confident in him building off of a year where he ran for 973 yards, and scored 7 touchdowns.

Round 4, Pick 39

1237WR13Vincent Jackson, TB
1138TE3Julius Thomas, DEN
1039RB17Toby Gerhart, JAX
940WR14Keenan Allen, SD
841RB18Ryan Mathews, SD
742RB19C.J. Spiller, BUF
643TE4Vernon Davis, SF
544RB20Ben Tate, CLE
445WR15Victor Cruz, NYG
346WR16Pierre Garcon, WAS
247WR17Cordarrelle Patterson, MIN
148WR18Larry Fitzgerald, ARI


Toby Gerhart RB, Jacksonville Jaguars

So, I have an elite quarterback and wide receiver, and a young running back with promise. After taking a look around, I figured I would take my first real chance of the draft. I picked Toby Gerhart. Now, people are freaking out about the potential for him to bust out this season, and I hope he does, but it’s still a scary pick. He has never carried the ball more than 109 times in a season, which is concerning for a guy that is going to become a team’s bell cow. At the same time though, Denard Robinson is his competition for the starting job, so he’ll probably get plenty of chances to succeed.

Round 5, Pick 58

149WR19DeSean Jackson, WAS
250WR20Roddy White, ATL
351WR21Michael Crabtree, SF
452QB6Cam Newton, CAR
553RB21Trent Richardson, IND
654RB22Benny Cunningham, STL
755RB23Joique Bell, DET
856RB24Bishop Sankey, TEN
957RB25Frank Gore, SF
1058TE5Zach Ertz, PHI
1159WR22Percy Harvin, SEA
1260RB26Chris Johnson, NYJ


Zach Ertz TE, Philadelphia Eagles

Zach Ertz has breakout potential for the Eagles this year, and I’m buying into it. With DeSean Jackson out of the picture, Ertz should get some extra looks, and has shown people thus far that he is capable of being a dynamic playmaker. Also, he earned the honor of being one of 11 tight ends in the history of the NFL to record 450 yards receiving in their rookie year. That sounds good to me. Plus, at this point, all of the can’t miss tight ends were off the board.

Round 6, Pick 63

1261WR23Michael Floyd, ARI
1162WR24T.Y. Hilton, IND
1063RB27Lamar Miller, MIA
964WR25Kendall Wright, TEN
865WR26Julian Edelman, NE
766WR27Mike Wallace, MIA
667WR28Torrey Smith, BAL
568RB28Ray Rice, BAL
469TE6Jordan Cameron, CLE
370WR29Eric Decker, NYJ
271TE7Jason Witten, DAL
172TE8Greg Olsen, CAR


Lamar Miller RB, Miami Dolphins

This pick made me shake my head a little bit. I really hope this works out. I think I was freaked out by the potential lack of rushing threats on my team, and took a shot on Miller. Knowshon Moreno has been a walking disaster this preseason, having come to camp overweight, and then requiring surgery on his knee. To me, Lamar Miller is going to get the majority of the carries on this Dolphins team. Also, I’m banking on the fact that Bill Lazor is the team’s offensive coordinator. His spread offense turned Shady McCoy into a wild man, why can’t it do the same for good old Lamar?

Round 7, Pick 82

173RB29Steven Jackson, ATL
274WR30Emmanuel Sanders, DEN
375WR31Terrance Williams, DAL
476WR32Marques Colston, NO
577RB30Shane Vereen, NE
678QB7Nick Foles, PHI
779DEF1Seattle Seahawks 
880QB8Colin Kaepernick, SF
981QB9Robert Griffin III, WAS
1082WR33Brandin Cooks, NO
1183RB31Maurice Jones-Drew, OAK
1284QB10Tom Brady, NE


Brandin Cooks WR, New Orleans Saints

Don’t sleep on Brandin Cooks. This was a big round for quarterbacks, and the first defense was snatched off the board, but I knew I wanted Cooks. He was at the top of the list of available receivers, and the ability to stack him and Drew Brees is tantalizing. He is already potentially the most dangerous weapon that the Saints have, considering he has the speed to beat you deep, and can also run a quick slant to snag a bunch of yards after the catch. Plus, the Saints’ schedule features teams that were pretty bad at defending the pass last season. Don’t be surprised if he’s this team’s number one receiver real soon.

Round 8, Pick 87

1285TE9Dennis Pitta, BAL
1186TE10Jordan Reed, WAS
1087WR34Tavon Austin, STL
988RB32Fred Jackson, BUF
889RB33Pierre Thomas, NO
790RB34DeAngelo Williams, CAR
691QB11Matt Ryan, ATL
592WR35Jeremy Maclin, PHI
493RB35Stevan Ridley, NE
394QB12Tony Romo, DAL
295WR36Reggie Wayne, IND
196RB36Darren Sproles, PHI


Tavon Austin WR St. Louis Rams

There were a couple of flex spots that needed to be filled, so I went with another speedy receiver in Tavon Austin. In his rookie season he snagged 418 receiving yards and found the end zone four times. Not too bad. But consider this. Right now, Kenny Britt is listed as the team’s number one receiver. Britt has a lot to prove, and a tumultuous past that doesn’t make him a lock to be productive. Because of that, Austin could easily find himself as this team’s number one wideout before the season is over.

Round 9, Pick 106

197WR37Anquan Boldin, SF
298WR38Riley Cooper, PHI
399TE11Kyle Rudolph, MIN
4100WR39Sammy Watkins, BUF
5101QB13Jay Cutler, CHI
6102RB36Danny Woodhead, SD
7103RB37Bernard Pierce, BAL
8104DEF2Carolina Panthers
9105TE12Martellus Bennett, CHI
10106RB38Andre Williams, NYG
11107QB14Philip Rivers, SD
12108WR40DeAndre Hopkins, HOU


Andre Williams RB New York Giants

My first bench player, and another running back to lay my hopes on. I wouldn’t have taken Williams a few weeks ago, but the Giants backfield has changed drastically, making the Boston College product a factor. David Wilson was supposed to pair up with Rashad Jennings and Peyton Hillis to form a three headed monster, until Wilson had to retire suddenly, and Hillis got injured. That left Rashad Jennings and Andre Williams as default rushing duo for the G-Men. They are both power runners, and Williams led the entire NCAA in rushing yards last season. I’m hoping some of that can translate to the NFL. And at the very least, it’d be cool if he could vulture a few Jennings touchdowns.

Round 10, Pick 111

12109DEF3San Francisco 49ers
11110RB39Mark Ingram, NO
10111TE13Ladarius Green, SD
9112DEF4Cincinnati Bengals
8113RB40Terrance West, CLE
7114WR41Dwayne Bowe, KC
6115RB41Knowshon Moreno, MIA
5116WR42Golden Tate, DET
4117TE14Charles Clay, MIA
3118DEF5Denver Broncos
2119K1Matt Prater, DEN
1120WR42Hakeem Nicks, IND


Ladarius Green TE, San Diego Chargers

In a round where people took a few defenses, and some secondary receivers, I thought I got a steal in Ladarius Green. Yes, the Chargers still have Antonio Gates, but he is roughly 190 years old. This season there will be more emphasis put on the young and athletic Green, who should be a great NFL tight end for years to come. Last year, he only made 17 catches, but still had 376 yards receiving and three touchdowns. Those numbers would look pretty good expanded over an entire season.

Round 11, Pick 130

1121RB42Shonn Greene, TEN
2122DEF6New England Patriots
3123K2Stephen Gostkowski, NE
4124QB15Russell Wilson, SEA
5125RB43Darren McFadden, OAK
6126DEF7Arizona Cardinals
7127RB44Carlos Hyde, SF
8128WR43Mike Evans, TB
9129K3Steven Hauschka, SEA
10130K4Phil Dawson, SF
11131DEF8Kansas City Chiefs
12132K5Justin Tucker, BAL


Phil Dawson K, San Francisco 49ers

Simply put, people thought it was kicker and defense time, and I agreed. I took Phil Dawson because of his reliability. He is 39, and some people are freaked out that he missed his first two kicks at Levi’s Stadium, but I think he’ll be fine. And if not, the waiver wire is pretty reliable when it comes to kicking help.

Round 12, Pick 135

12133WR44Rueben Randle, NYG
11134K6Mason Crosby, GB
10135DEF9St. Louis Rams
9136WR45Justin Hunter, TEN
8137RB45Devonta Freeman, ATL
7138WR46Danny Amendola, NE
6139K7Nick Folk, NYJ
5140TE15Antonio Gates, SD
4141WR47Brian Hartline, MIA
3142QB16Ben Roethlisberger, PIT
2143TE16Eric Ebron, DET
1144WR48Greg Jennings, MIN


St. Louis Rams Defense

The Rams added Aaron Donald to their already impressive defensive line in this year’s draft, and are now the only team in football to have four former first-round picks on their d-line. The Rams have been cultivating a strong defense for years now, and their patience should pay off this season.

Round 13, Pick 154

1145QB17Ryan Tannehill, MIA
2146QB18Alex Smith, KC
3147RB46Jeremy Hill, CIN
4148DEF10Buffalo Bills
5149WR49Doug Baldwin, SEA
6150RB47Chris Ivory, NYJ
7151QB19Andy Dalton, CIN
8152RB48Khiry Robinson, NO
9153WR50Markus Wheaton, PIT
10154QB20Carson Palmer, ARI
11155WR51Aaron Dobson, NE
12156TE17Delanie Walker, TEN


Carson Palmer QB, Arizona Cardinals

This is the point in the draft where the rest of the bench is being filled up. It’s important to pay attention and not phone your picks in, but you can take chances. Realistically, as long as he’s healthy, I’m never, ever sitting Drew Brees. Only during his bye week, when I have to. Palmer threw for over 4,000 yards and 24 touchdowns last season, although he did have a habit of throwing a lot of interceptions (22). Hopefully he can chill with the interceptions the one week I (potentially) start him.

Round 14, Pick 159

12157WR52Cecil Shorts, JAX
11158QB21Joe Flacco, BAL
10159WR53Kelvin Benjamin, CAR
9160TE18Tyler Eifert, CIN
8161TE19Heath Miller, PIT
7162WR54Robert Woods, BUF
6163TE20Dwayne Allen, IND
5164WR55Kenny Stills, NO
4165RB49Ahmad Bradshaw, IND
3166RB50Lance Dunbar, DAL
2167RB51LeGarrette Blount, PIT
1168TE21Jared Cook, STL


Kelvin Benjamin WR, Carolina Panthers

The Carolina receiving corps is a mess. Right now, their number one receiver based on production and experience is Jerricho Cotchery. I refuse to accept that it will remain this way all season. Benjamin is a rookie out of Florida State with tremendous playmaking ability. Cam has to throw the ball to someone, and as long as Benjamin stays healthy, I think he has huge upside, and becomes the go-to guy.

Round 15, Pick 178

1169DEF11Chicago Bears
2170WR56Steve Smith, BAL
3171TE22Travis Kelce, KC
4172WR57Miles Austin, CLE
5173WR58Jordan Matthews, PHI
6174WR59Kenny Britt, STL
7175WR60James Jones, OAK
8176K8Alex Henery, PHI
9177WR61Rod Streater, OAK
10178RB52Mike Tolbert, CAR
11179RB54Ronnie Hillman, DEN
12180RB55Knile Davis, KC


Mike Tolbert RB, Carolina Panthers

To be totally honest, I just want him to vulture DeAngelo Williams’ touchdowns. He’s a big, meaty monster, and that is pretty much entirely where his value lies. Moving on…

Round 16, Pick 183

12181RB56Dexter McCluster, KC
11182WR62Josh Gordon, CLE
10183QB22Blake Bortles, JAX
9184RB57Jonathan Stewart, CAR
8185QB23Geno Smith, NYJ
7186RB58Christine Michael, SEA
6187QB24Jake Locker, TEN
5188DEF12Pittsburgh Steelers
4189RB59Roy Helu, WAS
3190QB25Johnny Manziel, CLE
2191WR63Kenbrell Thompkins, NE
1192K9Dan Bailey, DAL


Blake Bortles QB, Jacksonville Jaguars

I did this for a couple of reasons. I don’t believe that Chad Henne will be starting all season in Jacksonville. Bortles has shown too much this preseason. I have two quarterbacks already, so the idea here would be to use one of these reserves as trade bait, or pick which one is going to perform better based on their matchup during Brees’ bye week.

Round 17, Pick 202

1193RB60Jonathan Grimes, HOU
2194DEF13Houston Texans
3195RB61Jacquizz Rodgers, ATL
4196K9Blair Walsh, MIN
5197K10Nick Novak, SD
6198QB26Eli Manning, NYG
7199K11Matt Bryant, ATL
8200WR64Odell Beckham, NYG
9201RB62James Starks, GB
10202WR65Donte Moncrief, IND
11203WR66Harry Douglas, ATL
12204WR67Jattett Boykin, GB


Donte Moncrief WR, Indianapolis Colts

And with my final pick, I selected Donte Moncrief from the Indianapolis Colts. Moncrief is interesting. He’s a big body that is drawing rave reviews, and could become a key part of the Colts offense if Hakeem Nicks fails to produce and Reggie Wayne can’t stay healthy. If these two do manage to stay on the field, he may not net numbers good enough to merit starting him, but with the last pick in the draft, I was willing to take a chance.

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