2017 Fantasy Football Draft Prep: 12-team standard mock draft
In our latest mock draft, Jamey Eisenberg shows the value of waiting on running back with some standout picks at the position, starting in Round 5.
We held our latest 12-team standard mock draft in the middle of June, right after minicamps ended for every team, and it was one of the better mocks I've been involved with this offseason. There weren't many glaring mistakes where an owner reached for a player or someone's Fantasy value was out of whack.
Sure, there are some things you or I might have done differently. For example, I didn't like Amari Cooper or Doug Baldwin being selected ahead of Michael Thomas, Emmanuel Sanders getting drafted in Round 4 or the DeMarco Murray owner repeatedly passing on Derrick Henry instead of locking up the handcuff. But we're nitpicking with those examples, although you can probably find a few other things you don't like.
What I did like seeing was the standout value for the running backs, starting in Round 5. It shows you can still wait on the position this year, and some of the players available after No. 48 overall were Marshawn Lynch, Eddie Lacy, Paul Perkins, Dalvin Cook, Ameer Abdullah, Ty Montgomery, Tevin Coleman and C.J. Anderson, among many others.
Now, that doesn't mean you have to start your team with a Zero-RB strategy. Some of the teams I like the most drafted a running back in the first or second round, but they also waited for their second running back until Round 5 or later.
One of those teams belongs to Meron Berkson, a CBS Sports video producer. He started his team at No. 7 overall with Mike Evans, Leonard Fournette, Terrelle Pryor, Brandin Cooks and Perkins. The rest of his running backs include Kareem Hunt, Samaje Perine and Duke Johnson, and his receiving corps was filled out with Brandon Marshall, Jordan Matthews and Kenny Stills. He has Ben Roethlisberger at quarterback and Kyle Rudolph at tight end.
It's not a perfect team, but it should be competitive in this format. And a big reason why is three tremendous receivers in Evans, Pryor and Cook, along with several running backs with upside in Fournette, Perkins, Hunt and Perine.
Another competitive team belongs to Fantasy editor George Maselli, who picked at No. 5 overall. He started his team with Julio Jones, Thomas, Aaron Rodgers, Mike Gillislee, Lacy, Doug Martin and Frank Gore. His other receivers are John Brown, Marqise Lee and Sterling Shepard, and his tight end is Jack Doyle.
There are some flaws, but he has excellent running back depth, especially since his first three picks were two receivers and a quarterback. I'm confident at least two running backs from Gillislee, Lacy, Martin and Gore will be successful this year, and George also took a late-round flier on Texans rookie D'Onta Foreman, so this strategy should pay off if Jones, Thomas and Rodgers play as expected.
For my team, I took a similar approach by not reaching for running backs. Picking at No. 10 overall, I started with Melvin Gordon, T.Y. Hilton, Davante Adams, Michael Crabtree, Abdullah, Anderson and Henry.
I only drafted one more receiver with Eric Decker, but I'm loaded at that position. And I love this collection of running backs with Gordon, Abdullah, Anderson and Henry, as well as a potential sleeper in Bills backup running back Jonathan Williams. With Jameis Winston at quarterback and Zach Ertz at tight end, this team should be in good shape.
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:
- Nick Kostos, Video Host
- Adam Aizer, Podcast Host
- Will Brinson, NFL Writer
- Dave Richard, Senior Fantasy Writer
- George Maselli, Fantasy Editor
- Heath Cummings, Senior Fantasy Writer
- Meron Berkson, Video Producer
- Chris Towers, Fantasy Writer
- Matthew Coca, Video Producer
- Jamey Eisenberg, Senior Fantasy Writer
- R.J. White, NFL Editor
- Scott Reilly, Video Producer
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