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Matt Forte was the easy choice at No. 3

By Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer

Matt Forte should score plenty this season to help Fantasy owners who draft him at No. 3 overall. (USATSI)
Matt Forte should score plenty this season to help Fantasy owners who draft him at No. 3 overall. (USATSI)

This week's mock draft with users was a late one Friday night, and it was a 12-team standard league. I had the No. 3 overall pick. I'm planning to do a 12-team mock draft to pick from every spot from now until the middle of August, so hopefully many of you will get a chance to draft with me.

As always, you can find the information on Twitter @jameyeisenberg. And feel free to comment on the draft and my selections below.

This was a 14-round mock draft with a lineup of QB, 2 RB, 2 WR, TE, K, DST and FLEX (RB/WR/TE) with five bench spots.

Round 1: LeSean McCoy, Jamaal Charles, Matt Forte (me), Calvin Johnson, Adrian Peterson, Peyton Manning, Eddie Lacy, Jimmy Graham, Demaryius Thomas, DeMarco Murray, Le'Veon Bell, Montee Ball

My pick: Forte was a stud last year in Marc Trestman's offense and should again be awesome. I'll gladly take him at No. 3 overall after Charles and McCoy come off the board.

Round 2: Dez Bryant, Rob Gronkowski, Marshawn Lynch, Giovani Bernard, A.J. Green, Arian Foster, Julio Jones, Brandon Marshall, Aaron Rodgers, Alfred Morris (me), Zac Stacy, Drew Brees

My pick: Morris falling to this spot was a little surprising since I would take him early in Round 2. I was planning on a receiver here, but I won't pass on Morris, who has Top 10 potential at running back this season.

Round 3: Doug Martin, Jordy Nelson, Antonio Brown (me), Toby Gerhart, Randall Cobb, Andre Ellington, Alshon Jeffery, Pierre Garcon, C.J. Spiller, Matthew Stafford, Michael Crabtree, Julius Thomas

My pick: I went with Morris with the understanding I would be able to get one of Nelson, Brown, Jeffery or Cobb here, and I like Brown second-best of that group behind Nelson. He is a Top 8 receiver this season as the No. 1 option for the Steelers.

Round 4: Shane Vereen, Bishop Sankey, Larry Fitzgerald, Keenan Allen, Reggie Bush, Ryan Mathews, Vincent Jackson, Frank Gore, Rashad Jennings, Joique Bell (me), Andre Johnson, Cordarrelle Patterson

My pick: Just like with Morris, I went with Bell here knowing a receiver I like should be available to me in Round 5 like Johnson, Patterson, Michael Floyd or Roddy White. Bell could be the best running back for the Lions this year and is easily a No. 2 Fantasy running back with Top 20 potential. He's a great flex.

Round 5: Ray Rice, Stevan Ridley, Michael Floyd (me), Roddy White, Ben Tate, Vernon Davis, Colin Kaepernick, Victor Cruz, Golden Tate, Chris Johnson, Tom Brady, Percy Harvin

My pick: This worked out great with Floyd making it back to me. I like this team a lot with Forte, Morris and Bell at running back and Brown and Floyd at receiver. I just hope I don't screw it up from this point forward.

Round 6: Emmanuel Sanders, Torrey Smith, DeSean Jackson, Trent Richardson, Andrew Luck, Wes Welker, Steven Jackson, Jeremy Maclin, Julian Edelman, Matt Ryan (me), Dennis Pitta, Jason Witten

My pick: I wasn't thrilled with the running back and receiver selection here, so I was considering Ryan or Pitta. I went with Ryan, who I consider a Top 5 quarterback now that Julio Jones and Roddy White are expected to be 100 percent.

Round 7: Mike Wallace, Pierre Thomas, Kendall Wright (me), DeAngelo Williams, Lamar Miller, Maurice Jones-Drew, Jordan Cameron, T.Y. Hilton, Robert Griffin III, Devonta Freeman, Rueben Randle, Terrance West

My pick: Wright is someone I plan to target in all leagues, and he has Top 20 potential. He was three touchdowns away from being the No. 21 receiver in standard leagues last season, and we expect an improvement this year in his third season. He's a definite high-upside No. 3 receiver and potential flex option.

Round 8: Tony Romo, Jeremy Hill, Greg Olsen, Fred Jackson, Danny Woodhead, Terrance Williams, Seahawks DST, Kyle Rudolph, Zach Ertz, Jordan Reed (me), Marques Colston, Nick Foles

My pick: When I miss on Pitta, which I did in this draft, one of my next targets at tight end is Reed. He has the chance to be special in this offense if he can stay healthy, and the Redskins clearly hope his concussion problems from last year are behind him. This should be a great value pick.

Round 9: Eric Decker, Jay Cutler, Bernard Pierce (me), Darren Sproles, Ben Roethlisberger, Sammy Watkins, Brandin Cooks, Darren McFadden, Marvin Jones, Christine Michael, Jarrett Boykin, Khiry Robinson

My pick: Pierce has a two-game audition to prove he should share touches with Ray Rice once his suspension is over. I'll take that gamble in this spot. My choice was between Pierce, Robinson and Michael, and hopefully I made the right choice.

Round 10: Cam Newton, Kenny Stills, Reggie Wayne, Charles Clay, Carlos Hyde, Eric Ebron, Mike Evans, Hakeem Nicks, Dwayne Bowe, Stepfan Taylor, Tavon Austin, Knowshon Moreno

My pick: I like taking Taylor late because he should do well working in tandem with Ellington. He could lead the Cardinals in rushing touchdowns this season and has the chance to score seven or eight times. Rashard Mendenhall had eight rushing touchdowns last year.

Round 11: Heath Miller, Doug Baldwin, Justin Hunter (me), Riley Cooper, Anquan Boldin, Martellus Bennett, Stephen Gostkowski, Danny Amendola, DeAndre Hopkins, Kelvin Benjamin, Knile Davis, Chris Ivory

My pick: Ideally, you'd like a better receiving tandem than the Titans, but I'll take a chance on Hunter this year. He should continue to develop as the No. 2 option behind Wright, and hopefully he and Jake Locker can connect often this season.

Round 12: 49ers DST, Cecil Shorts, Cardinals DST, James White, Johnny Manziel, Antonio Gates, Delanie Walker, Ladarius Green, Dexter McCluster, Tre Mason (me), Philip Rivers, Harry Douglas

My pick: Kind of fluky to see Mason fall this far, but he's an easy choice at this spot. In case Stacy gets hurt, Mason could be a star.

Round 13: Panthers DST, Broncos DST, Rams DST (me), Buccaneers DST, Patriots DST, Rod Streater, Jordan Matthews, Saints DST, Chiefs DST, Brian Hartline, Bears DST, Justin Tucker

Round 14: James Jones, Matt Prater, Phil Dawson, Mason Crosby, Steven Hauschka, Packers DST, Matt Bryant, Dan Bailey, Nick Novak, Adam Vinatieri (me), Alex Henery, Shayne Graham

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