Fantasy Football: Our first standard mock draft for 2018 starts with four running backs

We know, it's early. Super Bowl LII just ended, and it was an exciting finish, with the Eagles beating the Patriots 41-33.

But we're not wasting any time in getting started on our preparation for the 2018 campaign. The more you know, the better off you are, and we want you ready come Draft Day.

With that in mind, we have already done our first 2018 mock draft. This was a 12-team standard draft, and the purpose for this mock was to see where players will likely be selected coming off their performance in 2017.

We did not include the upcoming rookies for this mock draft, and we are well aware a lot will change with free agency and the NFL Draft. As such, we will do multiple mock drafts in the coming months.

For this mock draft, the first round was likely what you will see for most leagues this season, especially at the top with Todd Gurley, Le'Veon Bell, Ezekiel Elliott and David Johnson going in the first four picks. Bell could fall if he decides to hold out because of his contract situation, but he should be on the field for the Steelers in Week 1.

Four receivers went in the first round with Antonio Brown, DeAndre Hopkins, Odell Beckham and Julio Jones, which is fine, but I actually like Michael Thomas better than Jones coming into the year. Thomas went at No. 17 overall.

The other running backs to finish out the first round were, in order, Leonard Fournette, Kareem Hunt, Melvin Gordon and Dalvin Cook. I would have drafted Hunt and Gordon over Fournette, and I like Alvin Kamara better than Cook. Kamara went at No. 14 overall.

There's a lot of speculation that went into this draft, with some players potentially getting a boost in value because they could get elevated on the depth chart. For example, I drafted Derrick Henry in Round 2 because I expect the Titans to move on from DeMarco Murray this offseason. Murray was still drafted in Round 5.

And you have the guessing game of where some free agents will end up. Some of the prominent players who could be switching teams this offseason include Kirk Cousins (he was drafted in Round 13), Dion Lewis (Round 3), Carlos Hyde (Round 4), Jerick McKinnon (Round 7), Isaiah Crowell (Round 9), Jarvis Landry (Round 4), Allen Robinson (Round 5) and Jimmy Graham (Round 8).

It was also interesting to see where some of the players coming off significant injuries were drafted, including Cook and Robinson. Aaron Rodgers was still the No. 1 quarterback (he was drafted in Round 4), and no one was really shying away from Carson Wentz (Round 6), Chris Carson (Round 6), Deshaun Watson (Round 6), Chris Thompson (Round 7), Julian Edelman (Round 7) and Cameron Meredith (Round 9).

Jordan Reed was drafted in Round 11, and Andrew Luck was drafted in Round 13. Those two players could see a significant spike in value if they are healthy for the start of training camp.

I took a few risks with my roster from No. 2 overall. After Bell, who is somewhat risky until his contract is settled, and Henry, who could remain in a timeshare with the Titans, I drafted Tyreek Hill in Round 3. There are about 10 receivers I feel confident in as of now as top-tier guys -- Brown, Hopkins, Beckham, Thomas, Jones, A.J. Green, Davante Adams, Mike Evans, Keenan Allen and Hill -- and I was thrilled to get Hill after selecting those two running backs.

I drafted another running back in Round 4 with Jamaal Williams, and I expect him to be the best running back in Green Bay. He should get a boost with Rodgers back, and I made sure to handcuff him with Aaron Jones in Round 8.

In Round 5, I went with Robinson over Larry Fitzgerald with the chance that Fitzgerald could announce his retirement in the next two weeks. If Fitzgerald returns in 2018 then I would have taken him over Robinson, who should be fine from last year's torn ACL and could stay in Jacksonville again as a free agent. If Robinson ends up in San Francisco, for example, then his value would rise.

My final two receivers are Devin Funchess (Round 7) and Kenny Golladay (Round 11), and this is a position I might need to address if we were playing out this league. While I like Funchess as a No. 3 receiver and Golladay as a sleeper, this group could be in trouble if Hill struggles. And let's keep in mind he's getting a new quarterback in Patrick Mahomes, which hopefully won't hinder his production.

The rest of my running backs are D'Onta Foreman (Round 9) and Matt Breida (Round 10), and I love the talent I have at this position. Bell, Henry and one of the Packers' running backs should be in my lineup each week, but I might also have the best running back for the Texans if Foreman is OK coming off last year's Achilles injury, along with the starter for the 49ers if Hyde leaves as a free agent.

At quarterback, Watson could be a steal if he's 100 percent as expected from last year's torn ACL, and he was the fifth quarterback drafted after Rodgers, Tom Brady, Russell Wilson and Wentz. And I took a pair of tight ends with Eric Ebron (Round 12) and Adam Shaheen (Round 13). 

I'm hopeful that Ebron can pick up this season where last season ended when he had a touchdown or 90 receiving yards in three of his final four games. And Shaheen is my favorite sleeper tight end this year heading into his sophomore campaign.

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. Scott White, Senior Fantasy Writer
  2. Jamey Eisenberg, Senior Fantasy Writer
  3. Matthew Coca, Video Producer
  4. R.J. White, NFL Editor
  5. Adam Aizer, Podcast Host
  6. Heath Cummings, Senior Fantasy Writer
  7. George Maselli, Fantasy Editor
  8. Jeremy Bache, Fantasy Sales Coordinator
  9. Dave Richard, Senior Fantasy Writer
  10. Meron Berkson, Video Producer
  11. Chris Towers, Senior Editor, Fantasy
  12. Will Brinson, NFL Writer
Round By Round
Round 1
Pos Team Player
1 Will Brinson T. Gurley RB LAR
2 Robert Arciero L. Bell RB PIT
3 Heath Cummings E. Elliott RB DAL
4 Andrew Baumhor D. Johnson RB ARI
5 George Maselli D. Hopkins WR HOU
6 Chris Towers A. Brown WR PIT
7 Adam Aizer M. Gordon RB LAC
8 Dave Richard K. Hunt RB KC
9 R.J. White A. Kamara RB NO
10 Matthew Coca O. Beckham WR NYG
11 Jamey Eisenberg S. Barkley RB NYG
12 J. Darin Darst L. Fournette RB JAC
Round 2
Pos Team Player
13 J. Darin Darst J. Jones WR ATL
14 Jamey Eisenberg M. Thomas WR NO
15 Matthew Coca D. Cook RB MIN
16 R.J. White A. Green WR CIN
17 Dave Richard D. Adams WR GB
18 Adam Aizer R. Gronkowski TE NE
19 Chris Towers K. Allen WR LAC
20 George Maselli J. Howard RB CHI
21 Andrew Baumhor L. McCoy RB BUF
22 Heath Cummings T. Kelce TE KC
23 Robert Arciero T. Hill WR KC
24 Will Brinson M. Evans WR TB
Round 3
Pos Team Player
25 Will Brinson T. Hilton WR IND
26 Robert Arciero D. Baldwin WR SEA
27 Heath Cummings D. Freeman RB ATL
28 Andrew Baumhor S. Diggs WR MIN
29 George Maselli C. McCaffrey RB CAR
30 Chris Towers Z. Ertz TE PHI
31 Adam Aizer D. Henry RB TEN
32 Dave Richard J. Mixon RB CIN
33 R.J. White J. McKinnon RB SF
34 Matthew Coca A. Rodgers QB GB
35 Jamey Eisenberg K. Drake RB MIA
36 J. Darin Darst A. Collins RB BAL
Round 4
Pos Team Player
37 J. Darin Darst D. Thomas WR DEN
38 Jamey Eisenberg J. Gordon WR CLE
39 Matthew Coca R. Jones RB TB
40 R.J. White A. Thielen WR MIN
41 Dave Richard A. Jeffery WR PHI
42 Adam Aizer A. Cooper WR OAK
43 Chris Towers J. Smith-Schuster WR PIT
44 George Maselli R. Penny RB SEA
45 Andrew Baumhor G. Tate WR DET
46 Heath Cummings A. Robinson WR CHI
47 Robert Arciero R. Wilson QB SEA
48 Will Brinson D. Guice RB WAS
Round 5
Pos Team Player
49 Will Brinson L. Fitzgerald WR ARI
50 Robert Arciero S. Michel RB NE
51 Heath Cummings M. Jones WR DET
52 Andrew Baumhor M. Ingram RB NO
53 George Maselli H. Henry TE LAC
54 Chris Towers L. Miller RB HOU
55 Adam Aizer J. Ajayi RB PHI
56 Dave Richard J. Williams RB GB
57 R.J. White J. Edelman WR NE
58 Matthew Coca J. Landry WR CLE
59 Jamey Eisenberg R. Freeman RB DEN
60 J. Darin Darst T. Brady QB NE
Round 6
Pos Team Player
61 J. Darin Darst G. Olsen TE CAR
62 Jamey Eisenberg M. Mack RB IND
63 Matthew Coca D. Bryant WR DAL
64 R.J. White K. Johnson RB DET
65 Dave Richard B. Cooks WR LAR
66 Adam Aizer C. Hogan WR NE
67 Chris Towers D. Lewis RB TEN
68 George Maselli M. Lynch RB OAK
69 Andrew Baumhor J. Graham TE GB
70 Heath Cummings M. Crabtree WR BAL
71 Robert Arciero E. Engram TE NYG
72 Will Brinson S. Watkins WR KC
Round 7
Pos Team Player
73 Will Brinson T. Burton TE CHI
74 Robert Arciero C. Hyde RB CLE
75 Heath Cummings I. Crowell RB NYJ
76 Andrew Baumhor R. Burkhead RB NE
77 George Maselli D. Watson QB HOU
78 Chris Towers C. Anderson RB CAR
79 Adam Aizer C. Davis WR TEN
80 Dave Richard T. Coleman RB ATL
81 R.J. White R. Woods WR LAR
82 Matthew Coca N. Chubb RB CLE
83 Jamey Eisenberg C. Kupp WR LAR
84 J. Darin Darst R. Matthews WR TEN
Round 8
Pos Team Player
85 J. Darin Darst T. Cohen RB CHI
86 Jamey Eisenberg W. Fuller WR HOU
87 Matthew Coca D. Funchess WR CAR
88 R.J. White C. Wentz QB PHI
89 Dave Richard D. Foreman RB HOU
90 Adam Aizer D. Parker WR MIA
91 Chris Towers K. Benjamin WR BUF
92 George Maselli D. Moore WR CAR
93 Andrew Baumhor T. Montgomery RB GB
94 Heath Cummings A. Hurns WR DAL
95 Robert Arciero J. White RB NE
96 Will Brinson D. Brees QB NO
Round 9
Pos Team Player
97 Will Brinson D. Booker RB DEN
98 Robert Arciero D. Walker TE TEN
99 Heath Cummings M. Goodwin WR SF
100 Andrew Baumhor Jaguars DST JAC
101 George Maselli J. Crowder WR WAS
102 Chris Towers D. Murray RB TEN
103 Adam Aizer A. Luck QB IND
104 Dave Richard R. Anderson WR NYJ
105 R.J. White C. Thompson RB WAS
106 Matthew Coca L. Murray RB MIN
107 Jamey Eisenberg C. Newton QB CAR
108 J. Darin Darst J. Nelson WR OAK
Round 10
Pos Team Player
109 J. Darin Darst N. Agholor WR PHI
110 Jamey Eisenberg K. Rudolph TE MIN
111 Matthew Coca D. Njoku TE CLE
112 R.J. White P. Garcon WR SF
113 Dave Richard B. Roethlisberger QB PIT
114 Adam Aizer J. Wilkins RB IND
115 Chris Towers A. Jones RB GB
116 George Maselli S. Shepard WR NYG
117 Andrew Baumhor R. Cobb WR GB
118 Heath Cummings B. Powell RB NYJ
119 Robert Arciero A. Miller WR CHI
120 Will Brinson M. Breida RB SF
Round 11
Pos Team Player
121 Will Brinson K. Cousins QB MIN
122 Robert Arciero C. Ridley WR ATL
123 Heath Cummings D. Johnson RB CLE
124 Andrew Baumhor E. Sanders WR DEN
125 George Maselli J. Garoppolo QB SF
126 Chris Towers G. Bernard RB CIN
127 Adam Aizer C. Meredith WR NO
128 Dave Richard J. Reed TE WAS
129 R.J. White M. Stafford QB DET
130 Matthew Coca P. Richardson WR WAS
131 Jamey Eisenberg C. Carson RB SEA
132 J. Darin Darst L. Blount RB DET
Round 12
Pos Team Player
133 J. Darin Darst G. Kittle TE SF
134 Jamey Eisenberg K. Stills WR MIA
135 Matthew Coca K. Golladay WR DET
136 R.J. White Vikings DST MIN
137 Dave Richard Rams DST LAR
138 Adam Aizer Eagles DST PHI
139 Chris Towers M. Bryant WR OAK
140 George Maselli N. Hines RB IND
141 Andrew Baumhor M. Ryan QB ATL
142 Heath Cummings P. Rivers QB LAC
143 Robert Arciero Texans DST HOU
144 Will Brinson T. Eifert TE CIN
Round 13
Pos Team Player
145 Will Brinson J. Doctson WR WAS
146 Robert Arciero P. Mahomes QB KC
147 Heath Cummings M. Lee WR JAC
148 Andrew Baumhor A. Ekeler RB LAC
149 George Maselli Broncos DST DEN
150 Chris Towers J. Winston QB TB
151 Adam Aizer J. Goff QB LAR
152 Dave Richard C. Clement RB PHI
153 R.J. White P. Barber RB TB
154 Matthew Coca Chargers DST LAC
155 Jamey Eisenberg K. Ballage RB MIA
156 J. Darin Darst D. Carr QB OAK
Round 14
Pos Team Player
157 J. Darin Darst S. Gostkowski K NE
158 Jamey Eisenberg Saints DST NO
159 Matthew Coca J. Tucker K BAL
160 R.J. White J. Doyle TE IND
161 Dave Richard G. Zuerlein K LAR
162 Adam Aizer M. Gallup WR DAL
163 Chris Towers Falcons DST ATL
164 George Maselli C. Kirk WR ARI
165 Andrew Baumhor J. Elliott K PHI
166 Heath Cummings Ravens DST BAL
167 Robert Arciero M. Bryant K ATL
168 Will Brinson Panthers DST CAR
Round 15
Pos Team Player
169 Will Brinson H. Butker K KC
170 Robert Arciero D. Westbrook WR JAC
171 Heath Cummings W. Lutz K NO
172 Andrew Baumhor A. Smith QB WAS
173 George Maselli M. Prater K DET
174 Chris Towers K. Forbath K MIN
175 Adam Aizer C. Boswell K PIT
176 Dave Richard S. Ware RB KC
177 R.J. White R. Gould K SF
178 Matthew Coca C. Sutton WR DEN
179 Jamey Eisenberg M. Crosby K GB
180 J. Darin Darst Seahawks DST SEA
Team by Team
Will Brinson
Rd Pk Player
1 1 T. Gurley RB LAR
2 24 M. Evans WR TB
3 25 T. Hilton WR IND
4 48 D. Guice RB WAS
5 49 L. Fitzgerald WR ARI
6 72 S. Watkins WR KC
7 73 T. Burton TE CHI
8 96 D. Brees QB NO
9 97 D. Booker RB DEN
10 120 M. Breida RB SF
11 121 K. Cousins QB MIN
12 144 T. Eifert TE CIN
13 145 J. Doctson WR WAS
14 168 Panthers DST CAR
15 169 H. Butker K KC
Robert Arciero
Rd Pk Player
1 2 L. Bell RB PIT
2 23 T. Hill WR KC
3 26 D. Baldwin WR SEA
4 47 R. Wilson QB SEA
5 50 S. Michel RB NE
6 71 E. Engram TE NYG
7 74 C. Hyde RB CLE
8 95 J. White RB NE
9 98 D. Walker TE TEN
10 119 A. Miller WR CHI
11 122 C. Ridley WR ATL
12 143 Texans DST HOU
13 146 P. Mahomes QB KC
14 167 M. Bryant K ATL
15 170 D. Westbrook WR JAC
Heath Cummings
Rd Pk Player
1 3 E. Elliott RB DAL
2 22 T. Kelce TE KC
3 27 D. Freeman RB ATL
4 46 A. Robinson WR CHI
5 51 M. Jones WR DET
6 70 M. Crabtree WR BAL
7 75 I. Crowell RB NYJ
8 94 A. Hurns WR DAL
9 99 M. Goodwin WR SF
10 118 B. Powell RB NYJ
11 123 D. Johnson RB CLE
12 142 P. Rivers QB LAC
13 147 M. Lee WR JAC
14 166 Ravens DST BAL
15 171 W. Lutz K NO
Andrew Baumhor
Rd Pk Player
1 4 D. Johnson RB ARI
2 21 L. McCoy RB BUF
3 28 S. Diggs WR MIN
4 45 G. Tate WR DET
5 52 M. Ingram RB NO
6 69 J. Graham TE GB
7 76 R. Burkhead RB NE
8 93 T. Montgomery RB GB
9 100 Jaguars DST JAC
10 117 R. Cobb WR GB
11 124 E. Sanders WR DEN
12 141 M. Ryan QB ATL
13 148 A. Ekeler RB LAC
14 165 J. Elliott K PHI
15 172 A. Smith QB WAS
George Maselli
Rd Pk Player
1 5 D. Hopkins WR HOU
2 20 J. Howard RB CHI
3 29 C. McCaffrey RB CAR
4 44 R. Penny RB SEA
5 53 H. Henry TE LAC
6 68 M. Lynch RB OAK
7 77 D. Watson QB HOU
8 92 D. Moore WR CAR
9 101 J. Crowder WR WAS
10 116 S. Shepard WR NYG
11 125 J. Garoppolo QB SF
12 140 N. Hines RB IND
13 149 Broncos DST DEN
14 164 C. Kirk WR ARI
15 173 M. Prater K DET
Chris Towers
Rd Pk Player
1 6 A. Brown WR PIT
2 19 K. Allen WR LAC
3 30 Z. Ertz TE PHI
4 43 J. Smith-Schuster WR PIT
5 54 L. Miller RB HOU
6 67 D. Lewis RB TEN
7 78 C. Anderson RB CAR
8 91 K. Benjamin WR BUF
9 102 D. Murray RB TEN
10 115 A. Jones RB GB
11 126 G. Bernard RB CIN
12 139 M. Bryant WR OAK
13 150 J. Winston QB TB
14 163 Falcons DST ATL
15 174 K. Forbath K MIN
Adam Aizer
Rd Pk Player
1 7 M. Gordon RB LAC
2 18 R. Gronkowski TE NE
3 31 D. Henry RB TEN
4 42 A. Cooper WR OAK
5 55 J. Ajayi RB PHI
6 66 C. Hogan WR NE
7 79 C. Davis WR TEN
8 90 D. Parker WR MIA
9 103 A. Luck QB IND
10 114 J. Wilkins RB IND
11 127 C. Meredith WR NO
12 138 Eagles DST PHI
13 151 J. Goff QB LAR
14 162 M. Gallup WR DAL
15 175 C. Boswell K PIT
Dave Richard
Rd Pk Player
1 8 K. Hunt RB KC
2 17 D. Adams WR GB
3 32 J. Mixon RB CIN
4 41 A. Jeffery WR PHI
5 56 J. Williams RB GB
6 65 B. Cooks WR LAR
7 80 T. Coleman RB ATL
8 89 D. Foreman RB HOU
9 104 R. Anderson WR NYJ
10 113 B. Roethlisberger QB PIT
11 128 J. Reed TE WAS
12 137 Rams DST LAR
13 152 C. Clement RB PHI
14 161 G. Zuerlein K LAR
15 176 S. Ware RB KC
R.J. White
Rd Pk Player
1 9 A. Kamara RB NO
2 16 A. Green WR CIN
3 33 J. McKinnon RB SF
4 40 A. Thielen WR MIN
5 57 J. Edelman WR NE
6 64 K. Johnson RB DET
7 81 R. Woods WR LAR
8 88 C. Wentz QB PHI
9 105 C. Thompson RB WAS
10 112 P. Garcon WR SF
11 129 M. Stafford QB DET
12 136 Vikings DST MIN
13 153 P. Barber RB TB
14 160 J. Doyle TE IND
15 177 R. Gould K SF
Matthew Coca
Rd Pk Player
1 10 O. Beckham WR NYG
2 15 D. Cook RB MIN
3 34 A. Rodgers QB GB
4 39 R. Jones RB TB
5 58 J. Landry WR CLE
6 63 D. Bryant WR DAL
7 82 N. Chubb RB CLE
8 87 D. Funchess WR CAR
9 106 L. Murray RB MIN
10 111 D. Njoku TE CLE
11 130 P. Richardson WR WAS
12 135 K. Golladay WR DET
13 154 Chargers DST LAC
14 159 J. Tucker K BAL
15 178 C. Sutton WR DEN
Jamey Eisenberg
Rd Pk Player
1 11 S. Barkley RB NYG
2 14 M. Thomas WR NO
3 35 K. Drake RB MIA
4 38 J. Gordon WR CLE
5 59 R. Freeman RB DEN
6 62 M. Mack RB IND
7 83 C. Kupp WR LAR
8 86 W. Fuller WR HOU
9 107 C. Newton QB CAR
10 110 K. Rudolph TE MIN
11 131 C. Carson RB SEA
12 134 K. Stills WR MIA
13 155 K. Ballage RB MIA
14 158 Saints DST NO
15 179 M. Crosby K GB
J. Darin Darst
Rd Pk Player
1 12 L. Fournette RB JAC
2 13 J. Jones WR ATL
3 36 A. Collins RB BAL
4 37 D. Thomas WR DEN
5 60 T. Brady QB NE
6 61 G. Olsen TE CAR
7 84 R. Matthews WR TEN
8 85 T. Cohen RB CHI
9 108 J. Nelson WR OAK
10 109 N. Agholor WR PHI
11 132 L. Blount RB DET
12 133 G. Kittle TE SF
13 156 D. Carr QB OAK
14 157 S. Gostkowski K NE
15 180 Seahawks DST SEA
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