2018 Fantasy Football Offseason: Rookies, Rams, Patriots and free agents highlight our latest mock draft

Rookies, Rams, Patriots and the free agents who recently signed with new teams. Those are the players of interest in our latest 12-team standard mock draft.

We held this mock draft after free agency and prior to the NFL Draft, which starts April 26. But we included rookies from the incoming draft class in this mock to get a gauge where they might be drafted in Fantasy leagues.

And I might have gone a little overboard with those guys.

After drafting David Johnson at No. 6 overall, I selected Penn State running back Saquon Barkley in Round 2. He is expected to be an early first-round pick in the NFL Draft, and he should be a featured running back with his new team. He will likely be a Round 2 pick in the majority of Fantasy leagues this year.

I also drafted Georgia running back Sony Michel in Round 6, San Diego State running back Rashaad Penny in Round 9 and Memphis receiver Anthony Miller in Round 11. Michel and Penny could also get prominent roles with their new NFL teams and be solid Fantasy options, and Miller could be a sleeper if he lands in the right spot.

No rookie quarterbacks or tight ends were drafted in this mock, but the other rookie running backs selected were LSU's Derrius Guice in Round 4, USC's Ronald Jones II in Round 6, Georgia's Nick Chubb in Round 9, Auburn's Kerryon Johnson in Round 10 and Oregon's Royce Freeman in Round 12. The other rookie receivers drafted were Alabama's Calvin Ridley in Round 7, SMU's Courtland Sutton in Round 9, Maryland's D.J. Moore in Round 10 and Texas A&M's Christian Kirk in Round 11.

We'll see how closely this resembles their Fantasy value following the NFL Draft, but now is the time to start getting to know the rookies because several of them will make a significant impact in your leagues this year. You want to try and find the next Kareem Hunt and Alvin Kamara now before the rest of your league catches up.

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This draft was also held right after the blockbuster trade between the Patriots and Rams, who acquired receiver Brandin Cooks. His value takes a hit with the move from New England to Los Angeles, but he was still drafted in Round 4 here. That's too soon for me, and I would not draft him before Round 6 since I now view him as a No. 3 Fantasy receiver.

There were several receivers drafted after Cooks that I would rather have, including Julian Edelman, Josh Gordon, Dez Bryant, Allen Robinson, Marvin Jones, Larry Fitzgerald, Jarvis Landry, Chris Hogan, Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp. That's right, I consider Cooks the third-best Fantasy receiver on the Rams.

For the Patriots, Edelman and Hogan both get a boost in value with Cooks gone. While Edelman was selected a little too soon here in Round 4 -- he's more of a Round 5 or 6 selection -- I love the value for Hogan in Round 7. He was someone I planned to draft and just missed him by one spot, which is when I selected Woods.

The other interesting aspect of this mock draft had to do with the free agents and the impact of their new teams on their Fantasy value. For example, Jerick McKinnon was drafted in Round 3 as the No. 16 running back off the board. I'm fine with that now that he's the new starter in San Francisco.

Dion Lewis, however, was drafted a little too soon in Round 5. He's going to share touches with Derrick Henry in Tennessee, and Lewis should be considered more of a No. 3 Fantasy running back with the Titans than a starting option. I won't draft Lewis in standard leagues before Round 6.

Other free agents of note included new Minnesota quarterback Kirk Cousins (drafted in Round 10), new Browns running back Carlos Hyde (Round 5), new Bears receiver Robinson (Round 5), new Browns receiver Landry (Round 6), new Ravens receiver Michael Crabtree (Round 6), new Raiders receiver Jordy Nelson (Round 8), new Packers tight end Jimmy Graham (Round 6) and new Bears tight end Trey Burton (Round 9).

I'm fine with the value on all these players, and I wanted Burton, who I consider a top-10 Fantasy tight end this year. Instead, I settled for Delanie Walker in Round 10.

I love my quarterback in Russell Wilson and my running back corps, which featured a steal in Johnson at No. 6 overall (he's easily a top four overall pick), as well as Alex Collins in Round 4 to go with the rookies in Barkley, Michel and Penny. Those players are the strength of my team, especially if the rookies end up in prominent spots.

My receiving corps is a potential weak link, and I was slightly frustrated with how this draft went for me at that position. Doug Baldwin is excellent as my No. 1 receiver, and I'm fine with Woods as my No. 2 guy. I expect Jamison Crowder to bounce back from a down year in 2017, and Quincy Enunwa is a sleeper coming back from last year's neck injury. Paul Richardson could be a surprise after signing as a free agent with the Redskins, and we'll see where Miller ends up.

But as stated above, I wanted Hogan, and I might have made a mistake taking Michel in Round 6 instead of Hogan in that spot. I also expected Marquise Goodwin to be there in Round 9, but he was selected toward the end of Round 8. And I was hoping Nelson Agholor would have been there for me in Round 11, but he went three spots before I selected in that round.

We'll see how much I regret missing on those players, but I expect this team to be fine. And since this is one of many mock drafts will be doing all offseason, I get the chance to learn from my mistakes, which is why we encourage you to do as many mocks as possible as well.

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:

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Round by round
Team by team
Round 1 Adam Aizer
PICK TEAM  PLAYER Rd.Pk Player
1 Reilly Todd Gurley, RB, LAR 1.9 Leonard Fournette, RB, JAC
2 Richard Ezekiel Elliott, RB, DAL 2.4 Michael Thomas, WR, NO
3 Berkson Le'Veon Bell, RB, PIT 3.9 Derrick Henry, RB, TEN
4 Cummings DeAndre Hopkins, WR, HOU 4.4 Zach Ertz, TE, PHI
5 Maselli Antonio Brown, WR, PIT 5.9 Carlos Hyde, RB, CLE
6 Eisenberg David Johnson, RB, ARI 6.4 Deshaun Watson, QB, HOU
7 Bache Kareem Hunt, RB, KC 7.9 Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama
8 White Alvin Kamara, RB, NO 8.4 Cooper Kupp, WR, LAR
9 Aizer Leonard Fournette, RB, JAC 9.9 Ty Montgomery, RB, GB
10 Brinson Odell Beckham, WR, NYG 10.4 Devontae Booker, RB, DEN
11 Darst Julio Jones, WR, ATL 11.9 Randall Cobb, WR, GB
12 Towers A.J. Green, WR, CIN 12.4 Ben Roethlisberger, QB, PIT
Round 2 13.9 Greg Zuerlein, K, LAR
PICK TEAM  PLAYER 14.4 Terrelle Pryor, WR, NYJ
13 Towers Melvin Gordon, RB, LAC 15.9 DST Chiefs, KC
14 Darst Dalvin Cook, RB, MIN Jeremy Bache
15 Brinson Rob Gronkowski, TE, NE Rd.Pk Player
16 Aizer Michael Thomas, WR, NO 1.7 Kareem Hunt, RB, KC
17 White Mike Evans, WR, TB 2.6 Mark Ingram, RB, NO
18 Bache Mark Ingram, RB, NO 3.7 T.Y. Hilton, WR, IND
19 Eisenberg Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State 4.6 Jay Ajayi, RB, PHI
20 Maselli Keenan Allen, WR, LAC 5.7 Marvin Jones, WR, DET
21 Cummings LeSean McCoy, RB, BUF 6.6 Evan Engram, TE, NYG
22 Berkson Davante Adams, WR, GB 7.7 Corey Davis, WR, TEN
23 Richard Devonta Freeman, RB, ATL 8.6 Isaiah Crowell, RB, NYJ
24 Reilly Christian McCaffrey, RB, CAR 9.7 Kenny Stills, WR, MIA
Round 3 10.6 Kirk Cousins, QB, MIN
PICK TEAM  PLAYER 11.7 James White, RB, NE
25 Reilly Amari Cooper, WR, OAK 12.6 DST Rams, LAR
26 Richard Tyreek Hill, WR, KC 13.7 Mike Williams, WR, LAC
27 Berkson Jordan Howard, RB, CHI 14.6 Justin Tucker, K, BAL
28 Cummings Travis Kelce, TE, KC 15.7 Latavius Murray, RB, MIN
29 Maselli Jerick McKinnon, RB, SF Meron Berkson
30 Eisenberg Doug Baldwin, WR, SEA Rd.Pk Player
31 Bache T.Y. Hilton, WR, IND 1.3 Le'Veon Bell, RB, PIT
32 White Joe Mixon, RB, CIN 2.1 Davante Adams, WR, GB
33 Aizer Derrick Henry, RB, TEN 3.3 Jordan Howard, RB, CHI
34 Brinson Adam Thielen, WR, MIN 4.1 Julian Edelman, WR, NE
35 Darst Stefon Diggs, WR, MIN 5.3 Allen Robinson, WR, CHI
36 Towers Demaryius Thomas, WR, DEN 6.1 Jarvis Landry, WR, CLE
Round 4 7.3 Hunter Henry, TE, LAC
PICK TEAM  PLAYER 8.1 Marquise Goodwin, WR, SF
37 Towers Alshon Jeffery, WR, PHI 9.3 Andrew Luck, QB, IND
38 Darst Kenyan Drake, RB, MIA 10.1 DeMarco Murray, RB, TEN
39 Brinson Brandin Cooks, WR, NE 11.3 Nelson Agholor, WR, PHI
40 Aizer Zach Ertz, TE, PHI 12.1 Albert Wilson, WR, MIA
41 White Aaron Rodgers, QB, GB 13.3 Jameis Winston, QB, TB
42 Bache Jay Ajayi, RB, PHI 14.1 DST Ravens, BAL
43 Eisenberg Alex Collins, RB, BAL 15.3 Wil Lutz, K, NO
44 Maselli Tom Brady, QB, NE Will Brinson
45 Cummings Derrius Guice, RB, LSU Rd.Pk Player
46 Berkson Julian Edelman, WR, NE 1.1 Odell Beckham, WR, NYG
47 Richard Josh Gordon, WR, CLE 2.3 Rob Gronkowski, TE, NE
48 Reilly Dez Bryant, WR, DAL 3.1 Adam Thielen, WR, MIN
Round 5 4.3 Brandin Cooks, WR, NE
PICK TEAM  PLAYER 5.1 Lamar Miller, RB, HOU
49 Reilly Carson Wentz, QB, PHI 6.3 Ronald Jones, RB, USC
50 Richard Jamaal Williams, RB, GB 7.1 Marlon Mack, RB, IND
51 Berkson Allen Robinson, WR, CHI 8.3 Bilal Powell, RB, NYJ
52 Cummings Rex Burkhead, RB, NE 9.1 Aaron Jones, RB, GB
53 Maselli Dion Lewis, RB, TEN 10.3 Cam Newton, QB, CAR
54 Eisenberg Russell Wilson, QB, SEA 11.1 Patrick Mahomes, QB, KC
55 Bache Marvin Jones, WR, DET 12.3 Wayne Gallman, RB, NYG
56 White Larry Fitzgerald, WR, ARI 13.1 Ameer Abdullah, RB, DET
57 Aizer Carlos Hyde, RB, CLE 14.3 DST Texans, HOU
58 Brinson Lamar Miller, RB, HOU 15.1 Graham Gano, K, CAR
59 Darst Greg Olsen, TE, CAR Heath Cummings
60 Towers Chris Carson, RB, SEA Rd.Pk Player
Round 6 1.4 DeAndre Hopkins, WR, HOU
PICK TEAM  PLAYER 2.9 LeSean McCoy, RB, BUF
61 Towers C.J. Anderson, RB, DEN 3.4 Travis Kelce, TE, KC
62 Darst Tevin Coleman, RB, ATL 4.9 Derrius Guice, RB, LSU
63 Brinson Ronald Jones, RB, USC 5.4 Rex Burkhead, RB, NE
64 Aizer Deshaun Watson, QB, HOU 6.9 Michael Crabtree, WR, BAL
65 White JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, PIT 7.4 Devin Funchess, WR, CAR
66 Bache Evan Engram, TE, NYG 8.9 DeVante Parker, WR, MIA
67 Eisenberg Sony Michel, RB, Georgia 9.4 Courtland Sutton, WR, SMU
68 Maselli Marshawn Lynch, RB, OAK 10.9 Giovani Bernard, RB, CIN
69 Cummings Michael Crabtree, WR, BAL 11.4 Corey Clement, RB, PHI
70 Berkson Jarvis Landry, WR, CLE 12.9 Rishard Matthews, WR, TEN
71 Richard Robby Anderson, WR, NYJ 13.4 DST Eagles, PHI
72 Reilly Jimmy Graham, TE, GB 14.9 Alex Smith, QB, WAS
Round 7 15.4 Chris Boswell, K, PIT
PICK TEAM  PLAYER J. Darin Darst
73 Reilly Golden Tate, WR, DET Rd.Pk Player
74 Richard Drew Brees, QB, NO 1.11 Julio Jones, WR, ATL
75 Berkson Hunter Henry, TE, LAC 2.2 Dalvin Cook, RB, MIN
76 Cummings Devin Funchess, WR, CAR 3.11 Stefon Diggs, WR, MIN
77 Maselli Chris Hogan, WR, NE 4.2 Kenyan Drake, RB, MIA
78 Eisenberg Robert Woods, WR, LAR 5.11 Greg Olsen, TE, CAR
79 Bache Corey Davis, WR, TEN 6.2 Tevin Coleman, RB, ATL
80 White D'Onta Foreman, RB, HOU 7.11 Will Fuller, WR, HOU
81 Aizer Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama 8.2 Emmanuel Sanders, WR, DEN
82 Brinson Marlon Mack, RB, IND 9.11 Matt Breida, RB, SF
83 Darst Will Fuller, WR, HOU 10.2 Matthew Stafford, QB, DET
84 Towers Sammy Watkins, WR, KC 11.11 Jared Goff, QB, LAR
Round 8 12.2 Doug Martin, RB, OAK
PICK TEAM  PLAYER 13.11 Danny Amendola, WR, MIA
85 Towers Jordy Nelson, WR, OAK 14.2 Stephen Gostkowski, K, NE
86 Darst Emmanuel Sanders, WR, DEN 15.11 DST Patriots, NE
87 Brinson Bilal Powell, RB, NYJ Jamey Eisenberg
88 Aizer Cooper Kupp, WR, LAR Rd.Pk Player
89 White Chris Thompson, RB, WAS 1.6 David Johnson, RB, ARI
90 Bache Isaiah Crowell, RB, NYJ 2.7 Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State
91 Eisenberg Jamison Crowder, WR, WAS 3.6 Doug Baldwin, WR, SEA
92 Maselli Kyle Rudolph, TE, MIN 4.7 Alex Collins, RB, BAL
93 Cummings DeVante Parker, WR, MIA 5.6 Russell Wilson, QB, SEA
94 Berkson Marquise Goodwin, WR, SF 6.7 Sony Michel, RB, Georgia
95 Richard Tarik Cohen, RB, CHI 7.6 Robert Woods, WR, LAR
96 Reilly Marqise Lee, WR, JAC 8.7 Jamison Crowder, WR, WAS
Round 9 9.6 Rashaad Penny, RB, San Diego State
PICK TEAM  PLAYER 10.7 Delanie Walker, TE, TEN
97 Reilly Duke Johnson, RB, CLE 11.6 Anthony Miller, WR, Memphis
98 Richard Nick Chubb, RB, Georgia 12.7 Paul Richardson, WR, WAS
99 Berkson Andrew Luck, QB, IND 13.6 Quincy Enunwa, WR, NYJ
100 Cummings Courtland Sutton, WR, SMU 14.7 DST Chargers, LAC
101 Maselli Samaje Perine, RB, WAS 15.6 Matt Prater, K, DET
102 Eisenberg Rashaad Penny, RB, San Diego State George  Maselli
103 Bache Kenny Stills, WR, MIA Rd.Pk Player
104 White Pierre Garcon, WR, SF 1.5 Antonio Brown, WR, PIT
105 Aizer Ty Montgomery, RB, GB 2.8 Keenan Allen, WR, LAC
106 Brinson Aaron Jones, RB, GB 3.5 Jerick McKinnon, RB, SF
107 Darst Matt Breida, RB, SF 4.8 Tom Brady, QB, NE
108 Towers Trey Burton, TE, CHI 5.5 Dion Lewis, RB, TEN
Round 10 6.8 Marshawn Lynch, RB, OAK
PICK TEAM  PLAYER 7.5 Chris Hogan, WR, NE
109 Towers LeGarrette Blount, RB, DET 8.8 Kyle Rudolph, TE, MIN
110 Darst Matthew Stafford, QB, DET 9.5 Samaje Perine, RB, WAS
111 Brinson Cam Newton, QB, CAR 10.8 Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, SF
112 Aizer Devontae Booker, RB, DEN 11.5 Peyton Barber, RB, TB
113 White Sterling Shepard, WR, NYG 12.8 Kenny Golladay, WR, DET
114 Bache Kirk Cousins, QB, MIN 13.5 DST Vikings, MIN
115 Eisenberg Delanie Walker, TE, TEN 14.8 Jake Elliott, K, PHI
116 Maselli Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, SF 15.5 Frank Gore, RB, MIA
117 Cummings Giovani Bernard, RB, CIN Scott Reilly
118 Berkson DeMarco Murray, RB, TEN Rd.Pk Player
119 Richard Kerryon Johnson, RB, Auburn 1.1 Todd Gurley, RB, LAR
120 Reilly D.J. Moore, WR, Maryland 2.12 Christian McCaffrey, RB, CAR
Round 11 3.1 Amari Cooper, WR, OAK
PICK TEAM  PLAYER 4.12 Dez Bryant, WR, DAL
121 Reilly Jeremy Hill, RB, NE 5.1 Carson Wentz, QB, PHI
122 Richard Christian Kirk, WR, Texas A&M 6.12 Jimmy Graham, TE, GB
123 Berkson Nelson Agholor, WR, PHI 7.1 Golden Tate, WR, DET
124 Cummings Corey Clement, RB, PHI 8.12 Marqise Lee, WR, JAC
125 Maselli Peyton Barber, RB, TB 9.1 Duke Johnson, RB, CLE
126 Eisenberg Anthony Miller, WR, Memphis 10.12 D.J. Moore, WR, Maryland
127 Bache James White, RB, NE 11.1 Jeremy Hill, RB, NE
128 White DST Jaguars, JAC 12.12 Matt Ryan, QB, ATL
129 Aizer Randall Cobb, WR, GB 13.1 Cameron Brate, TE, TB
130 Brinson Patrick Mahomes, QB, KC 14.12 Matt Bryant, K, ATL
131 Darst Jared Goff, QB, LAR 15.1 DST Broncos, DEN
132 Towers Kelvin Benjamin, WR, BUF Dave Richard
Round 12 Rd.Pk Player
PICK TEAM  PLAYER 1.2 Ezekiel Elliott, RB, DAL
133 Towers Rob Kelley, RB, WAS 2.11 Devonta Freeman, RB, ATL
134 Darst Doug Martin, RB, OAK 3.2 Tyreek Hill, WR, KC
135 Brinson Wayne Gallman, RB, NYG 4.11 Josh Gordon, WR, CLE
136 Aizer Ben Roethlisberger, QB, PIT 5.2 Jamaal Williams, RB, GB
137 White Royce Freeman, RB, Oregon 6.11 Robby Anderson, WR, NYJ
138 Bache DST Rams, LAR 7.2 Drew Brees, QB, NO
139 Eisenberg Paul Richardson, WR, WAS 8.11 Tarik Cohen, RB, CHI
140 Maselli Kenny Golladay, WR, DET 9.2 Nick Chubb, RB, Georgia
141 Cummings Rishard Matthews, WR, TEN 10.11 Kerryon Johnson, RB, Auburn
142 Berkson Albert Wilson, WR, MIA 11.2 Christian Kirk, WR, Texas A&M
143 Richard Jordan Reed, TE, WAS 12.11 Jordan Reed, TE, WAS
144 Reilly Matt Ryan, QB, ATL 13.2 Kenneth Dixon, RB, BAL
Round 13 14.11 DST Saints, NO
PICK TEAM  PLAYER 15.2 Harrison Butker, K, KC
145 Reilly Cameron Brate, TE, TB Chris Towers
146 Richard Kenneth Dixon, RB, BAL Rd.Pk Player
147 Berkson Jameis Winston, QB, TB 1.12 A.J. Green, WR, CIN
148 Cummings DST Eagles, PHI 2.1 Melvin Gordon, RB, LAC
149 Maselli DST Vikings, MIN 3.12 Demaryius Thomas, WR, DEN
150 Eisenberg Quincy Enunwa, WR, NYJ 4.1 Alshon Jeffery, WR, PHI
151 Bache Mike Williams, WR, LAC 5.12 Chris Carson, RB, SEA
152 White Jack Doyle, TE, IND 6.1 C.J. Anderson, RB, DEN
153 Aizer Greg Zuerlein, K, LAR 7.12 Sammy Watkins, WR, KC
154 Brinson Ameer Abdullah, RB, DET 8.1 Jordy Nelson, WR, OAK
155 Darst Danny Amendola, WR, MIA 9.12 Trey Burton, TE, CHI
156 Towers Philip Rivers, QB, LAC 10.1 LeGarrette Blount, RB, DET
Round 14 11.12 Kelvin Benjamin, WR, BUF
PICK TEAM  PLAYER 12.1 Rob Kelley, RB, WAS
157 Towers DST Steelers, PIT 13.12 Philip Rivers, QB, LAC
158 Darst Stephen Gostkowski, K, NE 14.1 DST Steelers, PIT
159 Brinson DST Texans, HOU 15.12 Mason Crosby, K, GB
160 Aizer Terrelle Pryor, WR, NYJ R.J. White
161 White Jonathan Stewart, RB, NYG Rd.Pk Player
162 Bache Justin Tucker, K, BAL 1.8 Alvin Kamara, RB, NO
163 Eisenberg DST Chargers, LAC 2.5 Mike Evans, WR, TB
164 Maselli Jake Elliott, K, PHI 3.8 Joe Mixon, RB, CIN
165 Cummings Alex Smith, QB, WAS 4.5 Aaron Rodgers, QB, GB
166 Berkson DST Ravens, BAL 5.8 Larry Fitzgerald, WR, ARI
167 Richard DST Saints, NO 6.5 JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, PIT
168 Reilly Matt Bryant, K, ATL 7.8 D'Onta Foreman, RB, HOU
Round 15 8.5 Chris Thompson, RB, WAS
PICK TEAM  PLAYER 9.8 Pierre Garcon, WR, SF
169 Reilly DST Broncos, DEN 10.5 Sterling Shepard, WR, NYG
170 Richard Harrison Butker, K, KC 11.8 DST Jaguars, JAC
171 Berkson Wil Lutz, K, NO 12.5 Royce Freeman, RB, Oregon
172 Cummings Chris Boswell, K, PIT 13.8 Jack Doyle, TE, IND
173 Maselli Frank Gore, RB, MIA 14.5 Jonathan Stewart, RB, NYG
174 Eisenberg Matt Prater, K, DET 15.8 Robbie Gould, K, SF
175 Bache Latavius Murray, RB, MIN
176 White Robbie Gould, K, SF
177 Aizer DST Chiefs, KC
178 Brinson Graham Gano, K, CAR
179 Darst DST Patriots, NE
180 Towers Mason Crosby, K, GB
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