2014 Draft Prep: 12-team mock draft
How did our first "official" 12-team mock draft play out? Some new names found their way into the first round while some proven vets slipped longer than expected. Check out the results.
The time has come. Training camp is here.
That means it's time to get ready for Fantasy Football and your Draft Day. And this is just the first of many mock drafts and Draft Prep coverage we've got prepared for you. But don't just rely on us to get ready for the real thing.
You can do your own mock drafts as practice right here. This allows you to draft -- as many times as you want -- in 10-, 12- and 14-team formats with either a standard roster or flex. You will likely be paired with random people from around the country, including some from around the world. And it's a great tool for when your Draft Day actually happens.
This mock draft was a 12-team standard league. At the time of the draft, we were still awaiting word on potential suspensions for Josh Gordon and Ray Rice, and where each one was drafted was interesting.
For example, Dave Richard gambled Gordon will play at some point this season and drafted him in Round 11. Scott White isn't worried about Rice missing time and drafted him in Round 4. But he did the right thing by pairing him with Bernard Pierce in Round 9.
There were 10 running backs drafted in Round 1 and 15 in the first 20 overall picks. Some things that might surprise you are Peyton Manning and Marshawn Lynch falling to Round 2. That likely won't happen in many leagues, but I agree this is where they belong. Quarterback is a loaded position, and it pays to wait. And Lynch could struggle this year coming off a 400-touch campaign in 2013 en route to the Super Bowl.
Bishop Sankey was the first rookie drafted in Round 3, but the next rookie wasn't taken until Round 7 with Terrance West. Sammy Watkins was drafted in Round 8, and none of the rookie quarterbacks were drafted in Blake Bortles, Teddy Bridgewater or Johnny Manziel. Only four owners drafted backup quarterbacks in Adam Aizer (Ben Roethlisberger), Al Melchior (Carson Palmer), Will Brinson (Philip Rivers) and White (Nick Foles).
And, in a sign of how things have changed in the NFL and Fantasy leagues, four owners came out of the draft with receivers as likely starting flex options with Richard (Torrey Smith), Larry Hartstein (Michael Floyd), Michael Hurcomb (Percy Harvin) and me (Cordarrelle Patterson). I'm very excited about Patterson this year, and he's a breakout candidate in all formats.
My starting lineup should be solid in this league with Andrew Luck at quarterback, LeSean McCoy and Joique Bell at running back and a three-receiver set of Julio Jones, A.J. Green and Patterson. I have another breakout candidate at tight end in Dennis Pitta.
Backup running back could be an issue for me if sleepers in Devonta Freeman and Christine Michael don't pan out, but I couldn't pass on Green falling to Round 3 or Patterson in Round 5. I like his upside much better than running backs like Ben Tate, Frank Gore and Rashad Jennings.
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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 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. Al Melchior, Data Analyst
2. Jamey Eisenberg, Senior Fantasy Writer
3. Scott White, Senior Fantasy Writer
4. Will Brinson, NFL Writer
5. Larry Hartstein, Fantasy Writer
6. Chris Towers, Fantasy Writer
7. Adam Aizer, Podcast/Video Host
8. Michael Hurcomb, Editor
9. Dave Richard, Senior Fantasy Writer
10. Peter Madden, Editorial Director
11. Joe Polito, Social Media Coordinator
12. Jeff Tobin, Associate Managing Editor
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