Fantasy Football: Tom Brady ruined my 0.5 PPR mock draft

Tom Brady is arguably the best quarterback of all time. He also could be the No. 1 Fantasy quarterback this year.

And he might have just ruined my Fantasy team.

I hate drafting a quarterback early. In fact, I despise it. But every now and then, like all of us, you get seduced by greatness. And Brady is great.

The Patriots have arguably the best receiving corps in the NFL with Rob Gronkowski back from last year's back injury and the addition of Brandin Cooks to go with Julian Edelman, Chris Hogan, Malcolm Mitchell and Dwayne Allen, as well as pass-catching running backs in James White, Dion Lewis and Rex Burkhead. How can you stop Brady this year?

Sure, Father Time could catch up with him since he'll be 40 on Aug. 3. He could get hurt (Brady's wife, Gisele Bundchen, recently said he suffered a concussion last year), or maybe the Patriots decide that Jimmy Garoppolo is better, which is why they kept him on the roster. There's also the "Madden Curse" since Brady is on the cover of the upcoming video game.

We're kidding, of course, about Garoppolo and the "Madden Curse," and Brady should have another outstanding season in 2017. But that still doesn't mean I'm happy he's on my Fantasy team in this 0.5 PPR mock draft.

My first three picks were fine from the No. 4 overall spot with Antonio Brown, Leonard Fournette and Lamar Miller. Brown is the best Fantasy receiver in any format, Fournette should prove to be a stud rookie this year and Miller is headed for a bounce-back campaign, even with the Texans adding rookie D'Onta Foreman, who reported to rookie minicamp out of shape. 

But in Round 4, there was Brady at No. 45 overall. Aaron Rodgers was already gone by Round 3, and I got enamored with Brady's upside. It was an immediate regret.

Instead, I should have drafted Cooks, who went at No. 48 overall, or Golden Tate, who went at No. 51. Then, I would have waited on a quarterback until Rounds 8, 9, 10 or 11, which is when guys like Jameis Wintson, Ben Roethlisberger, Cam Newton, Derek Carr, Dak Prescott, Kirk Cousins and Marcus Mariota came off the board.

Those guys won't produce like Brady. But their value is likely better, and I could have stockpiled more talent at running back and receiver along the way. It's just a better strategy, and certainly one that I prefer.

Now, I still like my team. But I wanted another receiver behind Brown and ahead of Willie Snead and Brandon Marshall on my depth chart. Someone like Cooks or Tate would have solidified my roster -- and made me a happier Fantasy owner.

Some other interesting picks of note were Mike Evans ahead of Odell Beckham in the first round, Joe Mixon in the third round and Ty Montgomery in the fourth round. For you podcast listeners, Adam Aizer pulled off his "Aizer Strategy" with John Brown in Round 7 and J.J. Nelson in Round 9.

I also made another mistake later in the draft by selecting Alvin Kamara in Round 11 with the thought that I could get one the receivers left in my queue next from Breshad Perriman, John Ross, Josh Doctson and Quincy Enunwa. All of them went before my next selection in Round 12, and I had to settle for Adam Thielen.

The good news is this is just a mock. It's a time to practice things that you like and think might work in your real draft this year. For me, this was a good lesson, and I will continue to wait on a quarterback -- no matter what.

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 also award 0.5 point for every reception. 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. Jeff Tobin, Director of Editorial/Managing Editor
  2. George Maselli, Fantasy Editor
  3. Chris Towers, Fantasy Writer
  4. Jamey Eisenberg, Senior Fantasy Writer
  5. R.J. White, NFL Editor
  6. Dave Richard, Senior Fantasy Writer
  7. Matthew Coca, Video Producer
  8. Will Brinson, NFL Writer
  9. Nick Kostos, Video Host
  10. Adam Aizer, Podcast Host
  11. Heath Cummings, Senior Fantasy Writer
  12. Meron Berkson, Video Producer
Round by Round
Round 1
Pick Team Player
Pick Team Player
1 Tobin David Johnson, RB, ARI
2 Maselli Le'Veon Bell, RB, PIT
3 Towers Ezekiel Elliott, RB, DAL
4 Eisenberg Antonio Brown, WR, PIT
5 White Julio Jones, WR, ATL
6 Richard Mike Evans, WR, TB
7 Coca Odell Beckham, WR, NYG
8 Brinson A.J. Green, WR, CIN
9 Kostos Dez Bryant, WR, DAL
10 Aizer Jordy Nelson, WR, GB
11 Cummings T.Y. Hilton, WR, IND
12 Berkson LeSean McCoy, RB, BUF
Round 2
Pick Team Player
13 Berkson Melvin Gordon, RB, LAC
14 Cummings Devonta Freeman, RB, ATL
15 Aizer Jordan Howard, RB, CHI
16 Kostos Rob Gronkowski, TE, NE
17 Brinson DeAndre Hopkins, WR, HOU
18 Coca DeMarco Murray, RB, TEN
19 Richard Michael Thomas, WR, NO
20 White Jay Ajayi, RB, MIA
21 Eisenberg Leonard Fournette, RB, JAC
22 Towers Amari Cooper, WR, OAK
23 Maselli Todd Gurley, RB, LAR
24 Tobin Doug Baldwin, WR, SEA
Round 3
Pick Team Player
25 Tobin Demaryius Thomas, WR, DEN
26 Maselli Alshon Jeffery, WR, PHI
27 Towers Allen Robinson, WR, JAC
28 Eisenberg Lamar Miller, RB, HOU
29 White Davante Adams, WR, GB
30 Richard Isaiah Crowell, RB, CLE
31 Coca Christian McCaffrey, RB, CAR
32 Brinson Joe Mixon, RB, CIN
33 Kostos Sammy Watkins, WR, BUF
34 Aizer Aaron Rodgers, QB, GB
35 Cummings Keenan Allen, WR, LAC
36 Berkson Terrelle Pryor, WR, WAS
Round 4
Pick Team Player
37 Berkson Jarvis Landry, WR, MIA
38 Cummings Ty Montgomery, RB, GB
39 Aizer Ameer Abdullah, RB, DET
40 Kostos Carlos Hyde, RB, SF
41 Brinson Dalvin Cook, RB, MIN
42 Coca Travis Kelce, TE, KC
43 Richard Michael Crabtree, WR, OAK
44 White Jordan Reed, TE, WAS
45 Eisenberg Tom Brady, QB, NE
46 Towers Greg Olsen, TE, CAR
47 Maselli Mike Gillislee, RB, NE
48 Tobin Brandin Cooks, WR, NE
Round 5
Pick Team Player
49 Tobin Mark Ingram, RB, NO
50 Maselli Julian Edelman, WR, NE
51 Towers Golden Tate, WR, DET
52 Eisenberg Paul Perkins, RB, NYG
53 White Jamison Crowder, WR, WAS
54 Richard Tevin Coleman, RB, ATL
55 Coca Stefon Diggs, WR, MIN
56 Brinson Larry Fitzgerald, WR, ARI
57 Kostos Marshawn Lynch, RB, OAK
58 Aizer Corey Davis, WR, TEN
59 Cummings Emmanuel Sanders, WR, DEN
60 Berkson Andrew Luck, QB, IND
Round 6
Pick Team Player
61 Berkson Donte Moncrief, WR, IND
62 Cummings Drew Brees, QB, NO
63 Aizer C.J. Anderson, RB, DEN
64 Kostos Tyreek Hill, WR, KC
65 Brinson Bilal Powell, RB, NYJ
66 Coca Spencer Ware, RB, KC
67 Richard Jimmy Graham, TE, SEA
68 White Pierre Garcon, WR, SF
69 Eisenberg Willie Snead, WR, NO
70 Towers Eddie Lacy, RB, SEA
71 Maselli Martavis Bryant, WR, PIT
72 Tobin Danny Woodhead, RB, BAL
Round 7
Pick Team Player
73 Tobin Matt Ryan, QB, ATL
74 Maselli Kareem Hunt, RB, KC
75 Towers Rob Kelley, RB, WAS
76 Eisenberg Brandon Marshall, WR, NYG
77 White Theo Riddick, RB, DET
78 Richard Doug Martin, RB, TB
79 Coca Kelvin Benjamin, WR, CAR
80 Brinson Delanie Walker, TE, TEN
81 Kostos Mike Williams, WR, LAC
82 Aizer John Brown, WR, ARI
83 Cummings Zach Ertz, TE, PHI
84 Berkson DeSean Jackson, WR, TB
Round 8
Pick Team Player
85 Berkson Frank Gore, RB, IND
86 Cummings Jamaal Williams, RB, GB
87 Aizer Samaje Perine, RB, WAS
88 Kostos Derrick Henry, RB, TEN
89 Brinson DeVante Parker, WR, MIA
90 Coca Latavius Murray, RB, MIN
91 Richard Jameis Winston, QB, TB
92 White Russell Wilson, QB, SEA
93 Eisenberg Kyle Rudolph, TE, MIN
94 Towers Cameron Meredith, WR, CHI
95 Maselli Ben Roethlisberger, QB, PIT
96 Tobin Eric Decker, WR, NYJ
Round 9
Pick Team Player
97 Tobin Adrian Peterson, RB, NO
98 Maselli Jack Doyle, TE, IND
99 Towers LeGarrette Blount, RB, PHI
100 Eisenberg C.J. Prosise, RB, SEA
101 White Randall Cobb, WR, GB
102 Richard Kenneth Dixon, RB, BAL
103 Coca Cam Newton, QB, CAR
104 Brinson Giovani Bernard, RB, CIN
105 Kostos Corey Coleman, WR, CLE
106 Aizer J.J. Nelson, WR, ARI
107 Cummings Matt Forte, RB, NYJ
108 Berkson Tyler Eifert, TE, CIN
Round 10
Pick Team Player
109 Berkson Marlon Mack, RB, IND
110 Cummings Mike Wallace, WR, BAL
111 Aizer Hunter Henry, TE, LAC
112 Kostos Jamaal Charles, RB, DEN
113 Brinson Derek Carr, QB, OAK
114 Coca Rishard Matthews, WR, TEN
115 Richard Jeremy Hill, RB, CIN
116 White James White, RB, NE
117 Eisenberg Joe Williams, RB, SF
118 Towers Terrance West, RB, BAL
119 Maselli Dak Prescott, QB, DAL
120 Tobin Tyrell Williams, WR, LAC
Round 11
Pick Team Player
121 Tobin Martellus Bennett, TE, GB
122 Maselli Marqise Lee, WR, JAC
123 Towers Jordan Matthews, WR, PHI
124 Eisenberg Alvin Kamara, RB, NO
125 White Darren Sproles, RB, PHI
126 Richard Breshad Perriman, WR, BAL
127 Coca DST Broncos, DEN,
128 Brinson Marcus Mariota, QB, TEN
129 Kostos Kirk Cousins, QB, WAS
130 Aizer O.J. Howard, TE, TB
131 Cummings Duke Johnson, RB, CLE
132 Berkson John Ross, WR, CIN
Round 12
Pick Team Player
133 Berkson Josh Doctson, WR, WAS
134 Cummings Jonathan Stewart, RB, CAR
135 Aizer Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, TB
136 Kostos Thomas Rawls, RB, SEA
137 Brinson Quincy Enunwa, WR, NYJ
138 Coca Marvin Jones, WR, DET
139 Richard DST Chiefs, KC,
140 White DST Seahawks, SEA,
141 Eisenberg Adam Thielen, WR, MIN
142 Towers Eli Manning, QB, NYG
143 Maselli D'Onta Foreman, RB, HOU
144 Tobin Jeremy Maclin, WR, KC
Round 13
Pick Team Player
145 Tobin Jonathan Williams, RB, BUF
146 Maselli DST Patriots, NE,
147 Towers Charles Sims, RB, TB
148 Eisenberg Ted Ginn, WR, NO
149 White Dion Lewis, RB, NE
150 Richard DeAndre Washington, RB, OAK
151 Coca Kenny Britt, WR, CLE
152 Brinson James Conner, RB, PIT
153 Kostos Jalen Richard, RB, OAK
154 Aizer DST Giants, NYG,
155 Cummings Sterling Shepard, WR, NYG
156 Berkson Philip Rivers, QB, LAC
Round 14
Pick Team Player
157 Berkson DST Cardinals, ARI,
158 Cummings DST Falcons, ATL,
159 Aizer Stephen Gostkowski, K, NE
160 Kostos DST Vikings, MIN,
161 Brinson DST Ravens, BAL,
162 Coca Justin Tucker, K, BAL
163 Richard Eric Ebron, TE, DET
164 White Rex Burkhead, RB, NE
165 Eisenberg DST Eagles, PHI,
166 Towers DST Rams, LAR,
167 Maselli Matt Bryant, K, ATL
168 Tobin DST Texans, HOU,
Round 15
Pick Team Player
169 Tobin Adam Vinatieri, K, IND
170 Maselli Tyler Lockett, WR, SEA
171 Towers Dan Bailey, K, DAL
172 Eisenberg Wil Lutz, K, NO
173 White Caleb Sturgis, K, PHI
174 Richard Graham Gano, K, CAR
175 Coca Kevin White, WR, CHI
176 Brinson Mason Crosby, K, GB
177 Kostos Sebastian Janikowski, K, OAK
178 Aizer Kenny Stills, WR, MIA
179 Cummings Matt Prater, K, DET
180 Berkson Dustin Hopkins, K, WAS

Team by Team
Adam Aizer
Rd.Pk Player
1.10 Jordy Nelson, WR, GB
2.3 Jordan Howard, RB, CHI
3.10 Aaron Rodgers, QB, GB
4.3 Ameer Abdullah, RB, DET
5.10 Corey Davis, WR, TEN
6.3 C.J. Anderson, RB, DEN
7.10 John Brown, WR, ARI
8.3 Samaje Perine, RB, WAS
9.10 J.J. Nelson, WR, ARI
10.3 Hunter Henry, TE, LAC
11.10 O.J. Howard, TE, TB
12.3 Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, TB
13.10 DST Giants, NYG,
14.3 Stephen Gostkowski, K, NE
15.10 Kenny Stills, WR, MIA
Meron Berkson
Rd.Pk Player
1.12 LeSean McCoy, RB, BUF
2.1 Melvin Gordon, RB, LAC
3.12 Terrelle Pryor, WR, WAS
4.1 Jarvis Landry, WR, MIA
5.12 Andrew Luck, QB, IND
6.1 Donte Moncrief, WR, IND
7.12 DeSean Jackson, WR, TB
8.1 Frank Gore, RB, IND
9.12 Tyler Eifert, TE, CIN
10.1 Marlon Mack, RB, IND
11.12 John Ross, WR, CIN
12.1 Josh Doctson, WR, WAS
13.12 Philip Rivers, QB, LAC
14.1 DST Cardinals, ARI,
15.12 Dustin Hopkins, K, WAS
Will Brinson
Rd.Pk Player
1.8 A.J. Green, WR, CIN
2.5 DeAndre Hopkins, WR, HOU
3.8 Joe Mixon, RB, CIN
4.5 Dalvin Cook, RB, MIN
5.8 Larry Fitzgerald, WR, ARI
6.5 Bilal Powell, RB, NYJ
7.8 Delanie Walker, TE, TEN
8.5 DeVante Parker, WR, MIA
9.8 Giovani Bernard, RB, CIN
10.5 Derek Carr, QB, OAK
11.8 Marcus Mariota, QB, TEN
12.5 Quincy Enunwa, WR, NYJ
13.8 James Conner, RB, PIT
14.5 DST Ravens, BAL,
15.8 Mason Crosby, K, GB
Matthew Coca
Rd.Pk Player
1.7 Odell Beckham, WR, NYG
2.6 DeMarco Murray, RB, TEN
3.7 Christian McCaffrey, RB, CAR
4.6 Travis Kelce, TE, KC
5.7 Stefon Diggs, WR, MIN
6.6 Spencer Ware, RB, KC
7.7 Kelvin Benjamin, WR, CAR
8.6 Latavius Murray, RB, MIN
9.7 Cam Newton, QB, CAR
10.6 Rishard Matthews, WR, TEN
11.7 DST Broncos, DEN,
12.6 Marvin Jones, WR, DET
13.7 Kenny Britt, WR, CLE
14.6 Justin Tucker, K, BAL
15.7 Kevin White, WR, CHI
Heath Cummings
Rd.Pk Player
1.11 T.Y. Hilton, WR, IND
2.2 Devonta Freeman, RB, ATL
3.11 Keenan Allen, WR, LAC
4.2 Ty Montgomery, RB, GB
5.11 Emmanuel Sanders, WR, DEN
6.2 Drew Brees, QB, NO
7.11 Zach Ertz, TE, PHI
8.2 Jamaal Williams, RB, GB
9.11 Matt Forte, RB, NYJ
10.2 Mike Wallace, WR, BAL
11.11 Duke Johnson, RB, CLE
12.2 Jonathan Stewart, RB, CAR
13.11 Sterling Shepard, WR, NYG
14.2 DST Falcons, ATL,
15.11 Matt Prater, K, DET
Jamey Eisenberg
Rd.Pk Player
1.4 Antonio Brown, WR, PIT
2.9 Leonard Fournette, RB, JAC
3.4 Lamar Miller, RB, HOU
4.9 Tom Brady, QB, NE
5.4 Paul Perkins, RB, NYG
6.9 Willie Snead, WR, NO
7.4 Brandon Marshall, WR, NYG
8.9 Kyle Rudolph, TE, MIN
9.4 C.J. Prosise, RB, SEA
10.9 Joe Williams, RB, SF
11.4 Alvin Kamara, RB, NO
12.9 Adam Thielen, WR, MIN
13.4 Ted Ginn, WR, NO
14.9 DST Eagles, PHI,
15.4 Wil Lutz, K, NO
Nick Kostos
Rd.Pk Player
1.9 Dez Bryant, WR, DAL
2.4 Rob Gronkowski, TE, NE
3.9 Sammy Watkins, WR, BUF
4.4 Carlos Hyde, RB, SF
5.9 Marshawn Lynch, RB, OAK
6.4 Tyreek Hill, WR, KC
7.9 Mike Williams, WR, LAC
8.4 Derrick Henry, RB, TEN
9.9 Corey Coleman, WR, CLE
10.4 Jamaal Charles, RB, DEN
11.9 Kirk Cousins, QB, WAS
12.4 Thomas Rawls, RB, SEA
13.9 Jalen Richard, RB, OAK
14.4 DST Vikings, MIN,
15.9 Sebastian Janikowski, K, OAK
George Maselli
Rd.Pk Player
1.2 Le'Veon Bell, RB, PIT
2.11 Todd Gurley, RB, LAR
3.2 Alshon Jeffery, WR, PHI
4.11 Mike Gillislee, RB, NE
5.2 Julian Edelman, WR, NE
6.11 Martavis Bryant, WR, PIT
7.2 Kareem Hunt, RB, KC
8.11 Ben Roethlisberger, QB, PIT
9.2 Jack Doyle, TE, IND
10.11 Dak Prescott, QB, DAL
11.2 Marqise Lee, WR, JAC
12.11 D'Onta Foreman, RB, HOU
13.2 DST Patriots, NE,
14.11 Matt Bryant, K, ATL
15.2 Tyler Lockett, WR, SEA
Dave Richard
Rd.Pk Player
1.6 Mike Evans, WR, TB
2.7 Michael Thomas, WR, NO
3.6 Isaiah Crowell, RB, CLE
4.7 Michael Crabtree, WR, OAK
5.6 Tevin Coleman, RB, ATL
6.7 Jimmy Graham, TE, SEA
7.6 Doug Martin, RB, TB
8.7 Jameis Winston, QB, TB
9.6 Kenneth Dixon, RB, BAL
10.7 Jeremy Hill, RB, CIN
11.6 Breshad Perriman, WR, BAL
12.7 DST Chiefs, KC,
13.6 DeAndre Washington, RB, OAK
14.7 Eric Ebron, TE, DET
15.6 Graham Gano, K, CAR
Jeff Tobin
Rd.Pk Player
1.1 David Johnson, RB, ARI
2.12 Doug Baldwin, WR, SEA
3.1 Demaryius Thomas, WR, DEN
4.12 Brandin Cooks, WR, NE
5.1 Mark Ingram, RB, NO
6.12 Danny Woodhead, RB, BAL
7.1 Matt Ryan, QB, ATL
8.12 Eric Decker, WR, NYJ
9.1 Adrian Peterson, RB, NO
10.12 Tyrell Williams, WR, LAC
11.1 Martellus Bennett, TE, GB
12.12 Jeremy Maclin, WR, KC
13.1 Jonathan Williams, RB, BUF
14.12 DST Texans, HOU,
15.1 Adam Vinatieri, K, IND
Chris Towers
Rd.Pk Player
1.3 Ezekiel Elliott, RB, DAL
2.10 Amari Cooper, WR, OAK
3.3 Allen Robinson, WR, JAC
4.10 Greg Olsen, TE, CAR
5.3 Golden Tate, WR, DET
6.10 Eddie Lacy, RB, SEA
7.3 Rob Kelley, RB, WAS
8.10 Cameron Meredith, WR, CHI
9.3 LeGarrette Blount, RB, PHI
10.10 Terrance West, RB, BAL
11.3 Jordan Matthews, WR, PHI
12.10 Eli Manning, QB, NYG
13.3 Charles Sims, RB, TB
14.10 DST Rams, LAR,
15.3 Dan Bailey, K, DAL
R.J. White
Rd.Pk Player
1.5 Julio Jones, WR, ATL
2.8 Jay Ajayi, RB, MIA
3.5 Davante Adams, WR, GB
4.8 Jordan Reed, TE, WAS
5.5 Jamison Crowder, WR, WAS
6.8 Pierre Garcon, WR, SF
7.5 Theo Riddick, RB, DET
8.8 Russell Wilson, QB, SEA
9.5 Randall Cobb, WR, GB
10.8 James White, RB, NE
11.5 Darren Sproles, RB, PHI
12.8 DST Seahawks, SEA,
13.5 Dion Lewis, RB, NE
14.8 Rex Burkhead, RB, NE
15.5 Caleb Sturgis, K, PHI
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