I'm never comfortable reaching for a quarterback, no matter how deep the league. And in our 16-team PPR mock draft, I realized why I don't like it.
I had the No. 8 pick, and I started my team with Drew Brees, which is obviously fine. I got Trent Richardson in Round 2, Jordy Nelson in Round 3 and Peyton Hillis in Round 4. But looking back, I wish I stuck with my usual strategy.
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If I had taken Darren McFadden at No. 8, Richardson in Round 2 and Nelson in Round 3, I still could have ended up with Tony Romo, Philip Rivers or Peyton Manning in Round 4. I like the start to that team a lot better with any of those quarterbacks paired with McFadden, Richardson and Nelson.
This was an interesting mock draft because even though it's a deep PPR league neither of the Top 2 tight ends went in the first round. Rob Gronkowski went at No. 19 overall and Jimmy Graham at No. 20. That doesn't happen in many 12-team PPR leagues, but if it does consider it a gift if you get either one in Round 2.
There were 21 running backs drafted in the first 48 picks, and lightning-rod guys like Adrian Peterson and Maurice Jones-Drew fell to Round 3. Adam Moore took Peterson as his No. 1 running back, which is risky, but Dave Richard gambled on Jones-Drew as his No. 3 rusher, which is good value. Unfortunately he didn't get Rashad Jennings, who was drafted a little early in Round 4.
Julio Jones has now become a potential first-round pick, especially in deeper PPR leagues, and he continues to get drafted ahead of Andre Johnson and Larry Fitzgerald, which is the right move. All three receivers went in the first 21 picks, which is standard in PPR formats.
We also had a trade in this league between Richard and Chris Towers, which is rare. They swapped draft picks in Round 5, Round 6 and Round 8. Richard ended up with Peyton Manning, Jermichael Finley and Denarius Moore. Towers ended up with Jason Witten, Titus Young and Kendall Wright.
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In this league, all touchdowns are worth six points, and we award one point for every 10 yards rushing and receiving one point for every 25 yards passing and one point for every reception. We feature a starting lineup of QB, 2 RB, 2 WR, TE, K, DST and a FLEX (RB/WR/TE). There will also be five reserve spots for a 14-round draft.
Our draft order is as follows:
1. Al Melchior, Data Analyst
2. Michael Hurcomb, Fantasy Writer
3. Jeff Tobin, Associate Managing Editor
4. Chris Towers, Fantasy Writer
5. Ed Gauna, Fantasy Writer
6. Adam Moore, Fantasy Writer
7. Bill Passonno, Fantasy Writer
8. Jamey Eisenberg, Senior Fantasy Writer
9. Dave Richard, Senior Fantasy Writer
10. Igor Mello, Fantasy Writer
11. Jeff Lippman, Fantasy Writer
12. Aleese Kopf, Social Media Coordinator
13. Nathan Zegura, Senior Fantasy Writer
14. Peter Madden, Editorial Director, Fantasy Sports
15. Scott White, Senior Fantasy Writer
16. Nando Di Fino, Senior Fantasy Writer