Fantasy Football: Tom Brady ruined my 0.5 PPR mock draft
In our latest mock draft, Jamey Eisenberg selected Tom Brady in Round 4, which might have ruined his Fantasy team.
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 Jimmy Garoppolo is better, which is why they kept him on the roster. There's also the "Madden Curse" since Brady is .), or maybe the Patriots decide that
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:
- Jeff Tobin, Director of Editorial/Managing Editor
- George Maselli, Fantasy Editor
- Chris Towers, Fantasy Writer
- Jamey Eisenberg, Senior Fantasy Writer
- R.J. White, NFL Editor
- Dave Richard, Senior Fantasy Writer
- Matthew Coca, Video Producer
- Will Brinson, NFL Writer
- Nick Kostos, Video Host
- Adam Aizer, Podcast Host
- Heath Cummings, Senior Fantasy Writer
- Meron Berkson, Video Producer
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