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Does it pay to start RB-RB-RB?

By Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer

Giovani Bernard was a steal in Round 2 of this draft. (USATSI)
Giovani Bernard was a steal in Round 2 of this draft. (USATSI)

I had another 10-standard mock draft Friday with random users, and it was again a fun experience. As I've been saying, I'll continue to do this at least once a week from now until the start of the season, so jump in when I post it on Twitter @JameyEisenberg, and we'll have some fun.

Feel free to comment on my draft selections below.

I had the No. 4 overall pick, and the lineup was QB, 2 RB, 2 WR, TE, FLEX (RB/WR/TE), DST and K with five bench spots.

Round 1: Adrian Peterson, Jamaal Charles, LeSean McCoy, Matt Forte, Jimmy Graham, Calvin Johnson, Eddie Lacy, Peyton Manning, Demaryius Thomas, Dez Bryant

My pick: Forte was the easy choice at No. 4. I was actually expecting Peterson in this spot, but he was a surprise at No. 1 overall.

Round 2: A.J. Green, Montee Ball, Arian Foster, Julio Jones, DeMarco Murray, Le'Veon Bell, Giovani Bernard, Brandon Marshall, Marshawn Lynch, Alfred Morris

My pick: You're always going to find talented players slip in a 10-team league, but seeing Bernard at No. 17 overall is a steal.

Round 3: Jordy Nelson, Zac Stacy, Andre Ellington, Doug Martin, Antonio Brown, Rob Gronkowski, Aaron Rodgers, Bishop Sankey, Drew Brees, Alshon Jeffery

My pick: I was planning on Nelson here, but when he went I changed course and took the best player available, which for me was Martin. He's polarizing right now because of the chance he could be in a committee with Charles Sims , Mike James and Bobby Rainey, but I don't see that happening. I expect Martin to rebound as a Top 12 running back.

Round 4: Ryan Mathews, Randall Cobb , Toby Gerhart, Julius Thomas, Shane Vereen, C.J. Spiller, Pierre Garcon, Larry Fitzgerald, Matthew Stafford, Michael Crabtree

My pick: Garcon led the NFL in targets last year, and he gets a healthy Robert Griffin III for a full season. He's not the ideal No. 1 receiver, but I'll take him after starting my team with Forte, Bernard and Martin.

Round 5: Vincent Jackson, Keenan Allen, Cordarrelle Patterson, Andre Johnson, Reggie Bush, Colin Kaepernick, Joique Bell, Vernon Davis, Ray Rice, Trent Richardson

My pick: I'm chasing receiver now, and I was hoping Patterson fell one more spot. I'll settle for Johnson and hope he's either A) traded or B) shows up to training camp on time and happy. A holdout would lower his already sinking value.

Round 6: Chris Johnson, Stevan Ridley, Wes Welker, Michael Floyd, Roddy White, Victor Cruz, Emmanuel Sanders, Julian Edelman, Percy Harvin, Jason Witten

My pick: Sanders gives me a high upside receiver with starter potential with his move from the Steelers to the Broncos. I have now solidified my receiving corps to go with my three standout running backs.

Round 7: Golden Tate, Rashad Jennings, Dennis Pitta, Matt Ryan, Ben Tate, Frank Gore, Steven Jackson, Maurice Jones-Drew, Jordan Cameron, Pierre Thomas

My pick: I like waiting for quarterbacks, but at some point you have to jump for a player you like. I could have held out longer for Tom Brady, Andrew Luck, Tony Romo or Griffin, but I was comfortable taking Ryan here since he's a tremendous bounce-back option with a healthy Julio Jones.

Round 8: Tom Brady, Torrey Smith, DeSean Jackson, Mike Wallace, Jeremy Maclin, Kendall Wright, Terrance Williams, Andrew Luck, Greg Olsen, Robert Griffin III

My pick: Williams has amazing upside this year as the starter for the Cowboys opposite Bryant. Dallas is going to have an awful defense, and this team could be throwing all day. Williams is in line for a big year.

Round 9: Fred Jackson, Lamar Miller, Danny Woodhead, Jordan Reed, Nick Foles, Terrance West, T.Y. Hilton, Marques Colston, Knowshon Moreno, Tony Romo

My pick: Since I missed on Pitta in Round 7, I was hoping Reed would fall one more round. Lucky for me he did, and I'm excited for his outlook this season. If he stays healthy he'll be a Top 10 tight end.

Round 10: Zach Ertz, Seahawks DST, Rueben Randle, Khiry Robinson, Brandin Cooks, Mike Evans, Devonta Freeman, Christine Michael , Bernard Pierce, Kyle Rudolph

My pick: Freeman is a sleeper this season as the No. 2 running back behind Steven Jackson in Atlanta. He could easily emerge as a Top 24 running back if Jackson misses time like he did in 2013.

Round 11: DeAngelo Williams, Dwayne Bowe, Sammy Watkins, Eric Decker, Jeremy Hill, Stepfan Taylor, Eric Ebron, Reggie Wayne, Riley Cooper, Ladarius Green

My pick: At some point it doesn't hurt to pull the trigger on a player who you consider a bust, and I feel that way about Decker. But in Round 11, why not? He's my No. 5 receiver and a great stash candidate.

Round 12: Heath Miller, Martellus Bennett, Darren McFadden, Jay Cutler, Doug Baldwin, Cam Newton, Charles Sims, Chris Ivory, Justin Hunter, Stephen Gostkowski

My pick: Sims makes for a great handcuff option for Martin. I was also considering Tre Mason here, but Sims made more sense for my roster.

Round 13: Cardinals DST, Panthers DST, 49ers DST, Rams DST (my pick), Broncos DST, Patriots DST, Chiefs DST, Eagles DST, Hakeem Nicks, Buccaneers DST

Round 14: Phil Dawson, Steven Hauschka, Josh Brown, Matt Prater, Justin Tucker, Dan Bailey, Mason Crosby (my pick), Matt Bryant, Connor Barth, Darren Sproles

 
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