2014 Draft Prep: 10-team draft
Enough with running mock drafts with just our writers. Let's invite the masses! Our final 10-team draft includes owners from all walks of life ... along with Dave Richard and Jamey Eisenberg.
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One critique we hear about the mock drafts on CBSSports.com is our "experts" leagues don't always show a strong representation of how the public picks players. So we decided to give you a mock draft featuring regular Fantasy owners chosen at random.
Maybe this is how you will actually draft.
We held this 10-team standard mock draft during our Fantasy Party at the CBS Scene at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., this past weekend. Dave Richard and I did the draft with eight non-CBSSports.com employees, including two radio hosts on 98.5 FM in Boston and six owners chosen from drawing names out of a hat.
You can examine the results below, but there aren't many differences from this draft to our other analyst leagues. Maybe it's because these owners play their leagues on CBSSports.com or read our content. Or they all just follow a similar draft strategy.
For example, there were no quarterbacks drafted in the first round, which is something we recommend. Peyton Manning went at No. 13 overall while Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers fell to Round 3. There were 11 running backs drafted in the first 20 picks.
Nothing stood out that made this draft unique, outside of one owner taking a different approach of two tight ends with the first four picks. But that owner was me.
I started my team with Jimmy Graham and DeMarco Murray at No. 10 overall and Doug Martin was an easy selection in Round 3. When I looked at my choices in Round 4, it was receivers like Michael Crabtree, Larry Fitzgerald or Keenan Allen or a third running back like Andre Ellington. I also could have selected a quarterback in Matthew Stafford.
Instead, I took the best player available in Julius Thomas. He's locked into my flex, which hurts the flexibility of my roster, but if he's as good as last year then I'll be fine. He could also be a great trade chip, but I didn't approach it that way. I wanted a difference-maker and Thomas fits the bill.
Now, the problem with this approach is I'm thin at receiver with Victor Cruz, Percy Harvin and Terrance Williams as my top three options, but I can play the waiver wire and find receivers throughout the year. It's unlikely I'd find someone as talented as Thomas, but we'll see how it works out.
As always, we ask you to share your thoughts on this draft. Take advantage of our Fantasy Football Twitter feed and post your comments there, or share your thoughts on our Fantasy Football Facebook page.
In this league, all touchdowns are worth six points, and we award one point for every 10 yards rushing and receiving and one point for every 25 yards passing. 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. Dave Richard
2. Jay Leclerc
3. Jeff Kolva
4. Rich Keefe
5. Evan Silvia
6. Mike Lockhart
7. Ryan Sweeney
8. Luke Servello
9. Brandon Finegold
10. Jamey Eisenberg
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