2014 Draft Prep: 10-team mock draft
How did our recent 10-team Fantasy mock draft play itself out? Check out the results as well as a few observations from our Dave Richard.
The preseason is underway and the whole world is getting a whiff of that sweet, sweet football scent floating in the air. Oh yeah, you can smell it. It smells like meat burning on the grill and fresh-cut grass. And touchdowns ... bunches of touchdowns.
If your senses are on overload then it must be time to start really gearing up for Fantasy drafts.
For some, a simple 10-team league with standard-scoring is what's in store. It's the perfect type of league to get your feet wet if you're new to Fantasy, or the right system to play if you're involving others who are new to this fun little game of ours. There's no reason to complicate it with multiple quarterbacks or crazy scoring or head coaches and salary caps. That's just ... well, that stuff is awesome but it's not for everyone.
The best part of 10-team leagues is that everyone will have a superstar lineup. The fewer owners picking, the more talent that lasts on Draft Day. It's hard to mess up a 10-team draft.
For instance, in our mock, we saw running backs defy their average draft positions and fall to inconceivable spots. Arian Foster and Marshawn Lynch into Round 3? Ray Rice and Frank Gore into Round 6? Maurice Jones-Drew into Round 9? And if you think those are nutty, wait until you see where most of the quarterbacks went!
But that's par for the course in 10-team leagues, which makes them more fun. The bigger challenge on Draft Day isn't to field a capable lineup, but rather to collect as many difference-makers as you can. Because everyone in the league will have all-star starting squads, it'll be the owner who has the most consistent stat producers who pulls ahead.
Speaking of all-stars, for this 10-team mock we enlisted in the help of two experts who know a thing or two about drafts: Rob Rang and Dane Brugler, CBSSports.com's NFL Draft analysts. For 10 months a year their specialty is watching college football and evaluating talent to the pro game. Everyone that's in the NFL has been checked out by these guys already, including this year's rookie class. Best of all, Rang and Brugler play in Fantasy leagues of their own, so they know what they're doing.
As always, we ask you to share your thoughts on this draft. Take advantage of our Fantasy Football Twitter feed (@CBSFantasyFB) 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 six reserve spots for a 15-round draft.
Our draft order is as follows:
1. Joe Polito, Social Media Coordinator
2. Michael Hurcomb, Editor
3. Dave Richard, Senior Fantasy Writer
4. Dane Brugler, NFL Draft Analyst
5. Jamey Eisenberg, Senior Fantasy Writer
6. Will Brinson, NFL Writer
7. Rob Rang, NFL Draft Analyst
8. Adam Aizer, Podcast/Video Host
9. Chris Towers, Fantasy Writer
10. Jeff Tobin, Associate Managing Editor
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