- PPR Scoring, 12 Teams, 16 Rounds
- Starting Lineup: 1 QB, 2 RBs, 3 WRs, 1 TE, 1 K, 1 D/ST, 1 Flex
(RB, WR, TE)
One of the best ways to prepare for your league draft is to
practice. But if you don’t have 12 warm bodies handy for a
mock draft, here’s the next best thing.
Recently I was assigned the 9th pick in an expert mock hosted
by our friends at KFFL. So,
I opened up a fresh copy of my favorite drafting tool, the Cheatsheet
Compiler & Draft Buddy, and took it for a spin against
11 other respected industry types. The results were quite intriguing,
and while no two leagues are the same, what took place on August
9th should give those of you in PPR leagues an idea of what to
expect in your drafts over the next few weeks.
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Round 1 Thoughts: A typical start
for a PPR league, although I’ve seen Peterson slide as far as
1.06 behind Rice and Charles. … This group is somewhat skittish
Jones-Drew, as worries about his knee drop him to the bottom
of the round. ... Frank
Gore is a mild surprise at 1.10. He’ll certainly live up to
this draft slot if he can stay healthy, but his injury history
suggests that’s a long shot.
Round 2 Thoughts: Two QBs come
off the board in this round, but it’s not the two you might expect.
Rodgers and Drew
Brees are certainly worthy fantasy QBs, but if the postion
of choice is quarterback, most owners will not pass on Vick’s
upside at 2.11. … Matt
Forte is an RB that will consistently be drafted 4-5 slots
earlier in PPR leagues—as he was here. I considered him at 2.04
but opted for Rashard
Round 3 Thoughts: There’s an elephant
in the room and I about peed my pants at the thought of getting
him. As the picks kept coming in, I couldn’t believe my eyes!
Could it be… will he be available when it’s my… nope. Injury concerns
or not, Guru got incredible value for Michael
Vick at 3.07 (two picks ahead of me), but don’t expect him
to last past early Round 2 in your draft. In most cases, you’ll
need to draft Vick in the first round if you want him on your
roster. … Now that Mikel
Leshoure is injured, you’re not going to get a bargain with
Best. Expect to pay full price especially in PPR leagues.
… PPR star Wes
Welker makes his appearance at 3.10, right in line with his
Round 4 Thoughts: Mark
Ingram is somebody I like but am not comfortable with as an
RB2. He was an RB3 for Footballguys, but you’ll need to spend
a fourth-round pick to get the rookie from Alabama. … LeGarrette
Blount gets devalued in PPR leagues, and rightfully so. His
5 receptions in 13 games last year scare PPR owners to death.
… Notice how Jeremy
Maclin is taken before DeSean
Jackson—something you’ll see less of as Maclin continues to
miss time with an undisclosed illness.
Round 5 Thoughts: If you want one
of the “big eight” QBs (Vick, Rodgers, Brady, Manning, Brees,
Rivers, Romo, Schaub), make sure you nab one by Round 5, otherwise
you’ll be left with Roethlisberger and Eli
Manning as your options in Round 7. Schaub is the last of
the big eight to go at 5.09. … Ryan
Torain’s stock has fallen since this mock was conducted last
Tuesday (8/9). Expect Tim
Hightower here at 5.11 moving forward.
Next: Rounds 6-10