Footballguys Mock Draft #8: 12-Team FPC Scoring

On August 5th, the Footballguys staff got together for their eighth draft of 2015, a 20-round FPC mock draft with dual flex spots. Our Alessandro Miglio provides an unbiased summary of each team's draft. Each draft participant answers questions about their team and strategies. 

On August 5th, the Footballguys staff completed a 12-team FPC rules mock draft with dual flex spots. Below is the league's scoring and bylaws.


  • 12 teams 

  • 20 roster spots

  • Starting Lineup

    • 1 quarterback

    • 2 running backs

    • 2 wide receivers

    • 1 tight end

    • 2 flex (either a running back, wide receiver, or tight end)

    • 1 place kicker

    • 1 team defense


  • Offensive Players

    • 4 points - passing touchdown

    • -1 points - interception thrown

    • 6 points - rushing/receiving touchdown

    • 0.05 points - passing yard

    • 0.1 points - rushing/receiving yard

    • 1 point - receptions (QB/RB/WR)

    • 1.5 points - receptions (TE)

  • Place Kickers

    • 3 points - field goal up to 30 yards

    • 0.1 points - each additional yard beyond 30

    • 1 point - each extra point

  • Team Defense

    • 6 points - touchdown

    • 2 points - turnover forced

    • 5 points - safety

    • 1 point - sack

    • 12 points - shutout

    • 8 points - 1-6 points allowed

    • 5 points - 7-10 points allowed


The draft order was randomly generated. After the first round, the draft continues in a regular serpentine manner. Click here for the Full Draft, pick by pick.

1. Justin Bonnema

2. Steve Holloway

3. Austin Lee

4. Chris Feery

5. Aaron Rudnicki

6. Steve Buzzard

7. Jason Wood

8. John Mamula

9. Chad Parsons

10. Cian Fahey

11. John Lee

12. James Brimacombe

Starting with Justin Bonnema from the 1.01 spot, we will go over each person's selections in the mock draft.







C.J. Anderson, RB, DEN



Mike Evans, WR, TBB



Justin Forsett, RB, BAL



Alfred Morris, RB, WAS



Andre Johnson, WR, IND



Russell Wilson, QB, SEA



Jordan Cameron, TE, MIA



David Johnson, RB, ARI



Charles Sims, RB, TBB



Donte Moncrief, WR, IND



Kenny Stills, WR, MIA



Coby Fleener, TE, IND



Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, MIN



Jaelen Strong, WR, HOU



Miami Dolphins, DST, MIA



Andy Dalton, QB, CIN



Tyler Lockett, WR, SEA



Mohamed Sanu, WR, CIN



Cole Beasley, WR, DAL



Josh Brown, PK, NYG


Traditional Start


Russell Wilson, QB3, 6.12. Waiting at quarterback is an industry staple, but being able to add Wilson this late is a luxury nonetheless. The dynamic Seahawks quarterback was sixth in fantasy scoring last season on the wings of his league-leading 849 rushing yards and six touchdowns. His rushing prowess returns, and he has a bona fide weapon in the passing game now—tight end Jimmy Graham.


Donte Moncrief, WR49, 10.12. Somehow taking the fourth receiver on his team’s depth chart as the third receiver on your fantasy squad seems like a bad idea. Granted, Moncrief hasn’t been shoved aside just yet, but the Colts haven’t exactly given him a vote of confidence this offseason. Not only did they sign Andre Johnson—whom Bonnema also selected in the draft—but they drafted speedster Phillip Dorsett in the first round of the draft. Along with starting wideout T.Y. Hilton, tight ends Coby Fleener and Dwayne Allen, and running back Frank Gore, Moncrief is going to struggle to see targets this season.


Bonnema took three running backs in the first four rounds and five before taking his third receiver. A strong stable should make for big outputs at the position every week, but picking C.J. Anderson first overall was eyebrow raising to say the least. Bonnema was clearly a fan of the Indianapolis passing game, but he may have taken the worst trio possible. Andre Johnson could thrive now that he has a bona fide quarterback, but he is also a big wideout who just turned 34. Coby Fleener outshined Dwayne Allen last season, but only because the latter was injured. Then there is the aforementioned Moncrief debacle.

This team will be strong at quarterback and running back, but it’ll be white-knuckling its way through receivers and tight ends this season.

Post Draft Questions

1. What players are you targeting in nearly all of your drafts this year?  Explain why you're high on these players. 

There are three players that immediately come to mind. I'll list them in order of their current ADP:

Lamar Miller is consistently available in the third round. I really like the Dolphins' offense, and their defense, and think Miller stands to benefit from both. He provides the luxury of an RB1 even If you start with a pair of receivers. I'm happy to admit my Miller bias and target him in every draft. 

Chris Ivory also has RB1 potential yet he's falling to the seventh round. The Jets offense will be much better with Chan Gailey and a pair of stud wide receivers. Whether or not that means Ivory earns the elusive workhorse role, or even so much as a permanent feature on Sundays, remains to be seen. But, for the price, I'm bullish enough to think that he flirts with a top-12 finish. He's the only running back this late in the draft that has great chance of opening the season as the clear No. 1.

Going deeper, Kendall Wright will be on a lot of my PPR teams. He's not going to win over "Team Big Wide Receiver", and he may never see double-digit touchdowns in a single season, but as things stand, he's the best wide receiver the Titans have. Marcus Mariota is going to look to him a lot for the short to intermediate throws. In fact, their skill-sets blend beautifully, so it's not like 80-90 receptions is out of the question (Bob Henry projects him for 78). Wright ranked 19th in yards after the catch last year and ranked 10th--tied with Randall Cobb and Justin Hunter--in yards after the catch per reception. In summary, you're getting a No. 1 wide receiver in the 12th round and a guy that may have his best season ever.  
2.Which would you rather have on your roster, a WR2 on a strong offense or a WR1 on a weak offense?  Explain your answer.  
(Sounds like this should be a full length article) 

This is a great question and is kind of the bootstrap paradox of fantasy football. If you were to think about it linearly, no WR2 would ever be drafted before a WR1. But that's not logical. We can point to a perfect example of this with Emmanuel Sanders and DeAndre Hopkins. Sanders is a clear No. 2 and Hopkins is a clear No. 1 in their respective offenses. Sanders is being selected ahead of Hopkins in almost every draft. 
It's really a matter of talent, opportunity and cost. Hopkins is far more talented than Sanders, but his opportunity to produce fantasy points in his current offense, and justify his fourth round ADP, explains why he's being drafted after Sanders.

You see more of these scenarios as you explore the draft board: Martvis Bryant vs. Amari Cooper, Golden Tate vs. Sammy Watkins, Victor Cruz vs. Allen Robinson. Each of these pairs are similarly priced but one player is the top dog on the depth chart in a bottom-barrel offense, and the other is the wing man on a good, if not great, offense. Obviously there can't be a blanket answer. It's situation dependent. But more often than not, I'm going err on the side of talent and take the No. 1 wide receiver.    
3. What is your preferred outcome after the first four picks? Go heavy on running backs or wide receivers or perhaps have a balance of both? 

For all of the postmodern zero-RB love, and all of the old-school running back heavy truthers, you'll find common sense and championships fall somewhere in the middle. Depending on your draft order, you could easily design a core roster of C.J. Anderson/Calvin Johnson/Lamar Miller/Andre Johnson. Feel free to substitute the first Johnson for Jordy Nelson and the second one for Keenan Allen if you're so inclined.

That said, if I had to choose one of the two extremes, I'd go heavy wide receivers. A Dez Byrant/Jordy Nelson/Mike Evans/Jonathan Stewart lineup looks a lot better than a Eddie Lacy/Justin Forsett/ Lamar Miller/Keenan Allen lineup.

In other words, give me balance or give me wide receivers. 







Rob Gronkowski, TE, NEP



Andrew Luck, QB, IND



DeAndre Hopkins, WR, HOU



Giovani Bernard, RB, CIN



Andre Ellington, RB, ARI



Vincent Jackson, WR, TBB



Mike Wallace, WR, MIN



Larry Fitzgerald, WR, ARI



Josh Hill, TE, NOS



Steve Smith, WR, BAL



Reggie Bush, RB, SFO



Eli Manning, QB, NYG



Jay Ajayi, RB, MIA



Denver Broncos, DST, DEN



Markus Wheaton, WR, PIT



Devin Funchess, WR, CAR



Terrance West, RB, CLE



Clive Walford, TE, OAK



Brandon Coleman, WR, NOS



Blair Walsh, PK, MIN


A Gronking to Remember


Andre Ellington, RB23, 5.02. You could do worse if you wait at running back.

Last season’s abysmal output could be traced to a foot injury Ellington dealt with for much of the year. He lacked the explosiveness we came to love from his rookie season, and it appears many fantasy owners are still healing after getting burned. Ellington still managed to rank 20th in fantasy scoring last year despite missing four games.


Broncos Defense, DST6, 14.11. There are times you need to take a player in the middle of a draft run at the position so that you’re not left choking on the dust. This is not one of those times.

Taking a defense this early makes a lot more sense in best-ball situations, namely because you will need to take at least two to be successful. Given this wasn’t a best-ball mock draft, however, it was a bit of a head-scratcher to see a run in the 14th round, culminating with the Denver Broncos, of all teams.


Go big or go home, that’s the Hollo-way. Taking Rob Gronkowski and Andrew Luck with his first two picks in this format, Holloway likely has the top scorer at the tight end and quarterback positions, respectively. He probably could have chanced taking Luck after the turn—it wasn’t good value in the second round, especially in hindsight—but DeAndre Hopkins was a nice consolation in the third. This draft strategy was a much more comfortable to go “Zero RB”—take a couple of guys in the middle rounds while asserting yourself elsewhere early. Even better, those two guys should be heavily involved in the passing game.

Assuming health, Gronk and Luck will buoy this team throughout the season.

Post Draft Questions

1. You drafted DeAndre Hopkins in the early third round. Explain your thoughts on his projected outcome with the injury news to Arian Foster. 
In ppr scoring leagues, I much prefer to have strength at the receiving positions. In this particular format with increases TE scoring (1.5 ppr), that expands to include tight ends. I have Gronkowski in his own tier among tight ends and the additional scoring adds to his separation at that position. However, with my selection of Gronkowski at #2, there were 10 wide receivers off the board before my second pick. I considered Mike Evans at 2.12, but decided to grab my top QB, Andrew Luck to have my team anchored by the consensus to quarterback and tight end.
If Justin Forsett had not been taken just ahead of my 3rd pick, I would have taken him, but when he was off the board, I went with my WR12, DeAndre Hopkins. I realized that it was a little ahead of his ADP and most have him behind Hilton, Benjamin and even Cooks) (all taken immediately after). My thoughts on Hopkins are that he is the unquestioned top offensive threat and will get many more than the 127 targets he had last year when he made 76 catches for 1,210 yards and 6 TDs. Even with the poor quarterback play that I see in 2015 for the Texans, Hopkins will be a volume target player and he produced last year with poor quarterback play, so he should be productive even in a dismal offense in 2015.
2. You finished with a TE-QB-WR-RB after the first four picks. Explain why this balanced approach to the start of your draft is beneficial. 
I do not set a goal of drafting one starter at each of the four primary positions when I draft, but it does allow increased flexibility. As I said earlier, the selections of Gronkowski and Luck with my first two picks gave me strength at those two slots and allowed me to focus on the wide receivers and running backs in the upcoming rounds. It was not surprising to me that I drafted two running backs and three more wide receivers after the Hopkins pick. There are a lot of players at both these positions that I like in the middle rounds, particularly ppr scoring and I was able to get some players that I rank ahead of consensus.
3. Choose a player you selected later in the draft and explain why you have optimistic expectations for them this year. 
My favorite late picks are all at wide receiver. I drafted Larry Fitzgerald at WR40, Steve Smith at WR48 and Markus Wheaton at WR 65.Fitzgerald is the consensus WR33 among our staff and I have him ranked well above that consensus. He and Palmer have been consistently good playing together and yes Palmer does seem an injury risk, but definitely worth taking at WR40.
Similarly Steve Smith is the consensus WR42 and I rank him as WR32. Smith finished as WR20 a year ago and is the lone primary target carrying over for Joe Flacco in 2015. HIs targets and catches could very well equal his numbers from last year when he had 134 targets, 70 catches for 1,065 yards and 6 TDs.







Adrian Peterson, RB, MIN



Alshon Jeffery, WR, CHI



T.Y. Hilton, WR, IND



Julian Edelman, WR, NEP



Jonathan Stewart, RB, CAR



Jeremy Maclin, WR, KCC



Devonta Freeman, RB, ATL



Duke Johnson, RB, CLE



Drew Brees, QB, NOS



Larry Donnell, TE, NYG



Antonio Gates, TE, SDC



Rueben Randle, WR, NYG



Jerick McKinnon, RB, MIN



Cody Latimer, WR, DEN



Chris Polk, RB, HOU



Phillip Dorsett, WR, IND



Nick Toon, WR, NOS



Carson Palmer, QB, ARI



New Patriots, NEP, England



Matt Bryant, PK, ATL


Checking All the Boxes


Drew Brees, QB5, 9.03. Considering Andrew Luck was taken so early, it’s a wonder Drew Brees lasted this late, even in a draft among experts. Lee was able to snag a top-five option at the position in the ninth round while vacuuming up value at running back and receiver in the process. He also kicked off the first major run at the quarterback position in the draft.


Devonta Freeman, RB32, 7.03. Running backs were drying up, so it’s understandable why Lee jumped on Freeman here. But what good is he going to do behind Tevin Coleman—who was the 31st running back off the board in this draft—on the depth chart?

Granted, we don’t know that’s going to happen, but Freeman didn’t do much to stake claim to the starting gig as a rookie, and the Falcons did him no favors by taking Coleman in the third round this year.


Lee did almost everything right in this draft in order to field a balanced team. His first four picks were an excellent mix of upside and stability, and he did a nice job filling out the roster all around.

Eschewing the quarterback position didn’t hurt Lee one bit given Brees fell to him in the ninth round, and Larry Donnell should fill in nicely at tight end while Lee awaits Antonio Gates’ return from suspension. Lee even waited until the last two rounds to draft his defense and kicker, something we should all strive to do in traditional redraft formats.

Post Draft Questions

1. You selected three wide receivers in the first four picks of your draft. Explain why you like this strategy.
My draft strategy remains flexible regardless of format. I usually draft two running backs in the first four rounds of PPR leagues, but the way this draft unfolded allowed me to snag three high-quality receivers in the first four rounds without sacrificing too much at RB2.
When I take a stud running back like Adrian Peterson in the first round, I'm likely to go WR-WR with my next two PPR picks unless Justin Forsett falls to me in the third round. I'm not enamored with Lamar Miller, C.J. Spiller, or the rookie RB2s at their current ADP, and I'm higher than most on Alfred Morris and Jonathan Stewart.
The last receiver available in my WR2 tier, Julian Edelman, fell to me at 4.10, which represents great value in PPR. With Morris, Andre Ellington, and Stewart still available, I took my chances that one of them would fall to me at 5.03. It worked out, and I took Stewart.
Flexible drafting combines awareness of draft flow, tracking your player tiers, and paying attention to the needs of owners between your back-to-back picks.
2. Which team (other than yours) had the best draft? Explain why you think so.
I struggle to pick a favorite team that isn't my own. The quality of the other teams are sooo far behind mine that they all blur together. I kid! I kid. We're so competitive at Footballguys—even in mock drafts—that I had to give the readers a taste. The smack-talk king, David Dodds, riles us up.
Aaron Rudnicki drafted my favorite team. Jamaal Charles and LeSean McCoy provide an excellent one-two punch as running back starters. Kelvin Benjamin and Keenan Allen aren't fantasy WR1s, but they'll generate solid numbers as every-week starters. I love the tandem of Martellus Bennett and Delanie Walker in this tight-end-premium format, and Matt Ryan is a solid quarterback.
Every team has at least one weakness, even mine. Aaron's squad lacks an elite pass-catcher, but the rest of the team should carry him to victory most weeks. I'm not a fan of Aaron's running back depth choices, but I like his bench receiver picks. Sammy Watkins, Michael Floyd, and Michael Crabtree all have the potential to become regular staters.
Overall, Aaron built a well-rounded team that I wouldn't want to face in a head-to-head matchup.
3. What players do you find yourself targeting in middle rounds of drafts this year?
Older receivers, like Anquan Boldin, Steve Smith, and Marques Colston slip too far in drafts. In a league where I can start four receivers, I typically grab a high-floor value receiver in the middle rounds. I balance this out by grabbing high-ceiling players like Brian Quick, Cody Latimer, and Philip Dorsett a few rounds later.
I like drafting Kendall Wright in the middle rounds as a high-floor PPR player, and I end up with Reuben Randle on a lot of my teams. I have Randle ranked ahead of teammate Victor Cruz.







Le'Veon Bell, RB, PIT



Jeremy Hill, RB, CIN



Brandin Cooks, WR, NOS



Amari Cooper, WR, OAK



Jarvis Landry, WR, MIA



Tevin Coleman, RB, ATL



Isaiah Crowell, RB, CLE



Kyle Rudolph, TE, MIN



Eric Decker, WR, NYJ



Owen Daniels, TE, DEN



Teddy Bridgewater, QB, MIN



Roy Helu, RB, OAK



Marvin Jones, WR, CIN



Houston Texans, DST, HOU



Ladarius Green, TE, SDC



Joe Flacco, QB, BAL



Jace Amaro, TE, NYJ



Jeremy Langford, RB, CHI



Cincinnati Bengals, DST, CIN



Matt Prater, PK, DET


Stockpiling youth


Joe Flacco, QB21, 16.09. We’ll get into Feery’s first pick at quarterback in a minute, but I have a feeling his second choice might see the starting lineup a good amount this season. That’s because Joe Flacco is poised to break out in the fantasy realm under new offensive coordinator and fabled quarterback whisperer Marc Trestman.


Teddy Bridgewater, QB9, 11.04. Feery got a bit cute taking Owen Daniels as his second tight end, but he ultimately didn’t lose a starting quarterback to the strategy. With Cam Newton, Ryan Tannehill, Philip Rivers and even Eli Manning still on the board, Feery was going to get great value. Instead he took Teddy Bridgewater.

True, Bridgewater had a nice second half and got an upgrade to his arsenal this offseason, but why forego Newton? They both have some upside as rushers, but the latter uses that rushing ability with purpose and great effect in the fantasy realm. He should have a big bounce-back, too, assuming he doesn’t break another rib this preseason.


There is plenty of youthful depth at running back and wide receiver here. That will be especially helpful as Le’Veon Bell makes his way back from a reduced, two-game suspension and a balky knee that was still not 100 percent heading into training camp. At receiver, Brandin Cooks and Jarvis Landry will be PPR maniacs in 2015, and Amari Cooper provides some serious upside as a rookie.

The decision to take four tight ends was a curious one, even in this format. Teams can start two, but taking almost as many tight ends as Feery did wideouts was a bit of a head-scratcher.

Post Draft Questions

1. You selected two running backs to begin your draft. Explain why you chose this approach and how it can be beneficial?

It was mainly the way this particular draft played out. Selecting from the No.4 spot in Round 1, I was pretty confident going in that Rob Gronkowski would be selected with one of the first three picks, guaranteeing me one of my top three picks at running back. Gronkowski went off the board at No.2 and several stud RBs were still available at No.4 when I chose Le’Veon Bell. As with any draft, I have a game plan going in but ultimately have to see how the rest of the draft plays out and adapt accordingly. When it was time for my round two pick, nine RBs had already been selected and the top two tight ends in this TE-friendly league were already off the board. Wide receiver is very deep, I was confident there would still be solid choices available for the next two rounds and I would be able to find a good quarterback in later rounds. Jeremy Hill, who I view as a top ten back for this year, was available and I viewed it as a great opportunity to solidify my team with two top ten backs. I may have gone wide receiver if only backs outside of my top ten were on the board, but Hill was available so I pulled the trigger. The benefit is that I solidified the running back position early and did not place myself in a position where I overvalued my second running back with a player I may not be as high on. Running back locked and loaded, I was able to focus on balancing out the rest of my team over the remainder of the draft.  

2. What factors are most important to you when selecting your defense? 

The ability to generate turnovers and place pressure on the quarterback are my top two factors, followed by opponents on schedule for the upcoming season. Turnovers are pretty hard to predict on a year-to-year basis but a good defensive scheme that can generate pressure is easy to spot. In a perfect world, I’d like a top five projected defense. In this particular draft, four defenses had come off the board before my round fourteen pick. If I wanted one of my top five defenses, now was the time to move and the Houston Texans happened to be available. The prospect of J.J. Watt plus the added bonus of a defense that has to play well if the team has any prayer of chasing a wild card were too good to pass up. If selecting a top five defense doesn’t break right, I’ll look to defenses that will be facing several projected weak offenses for the upcoming season. Poor offenses create opportunities for even the lesser-regarded defenses. Teams with a few of them on their schedule could be a nice source of points for your team.

3. What late round wide receivers are you targeting in drafts this year?  Explain why you have high expectations for them?

Wide receiver is extremely deep but there are several on my short list as drafts turn into the double-digit rounds. I love the upside for both Markus Wheaton and Reuben Randle in particular this season. I’m viewing the Steelers as a potential top 5 offense and the Giants could surprise some people with their potency in year two of the Ben McAdoo offense. Both quarterbacks have given the aforementioned receivers glowing reviews this offseason and have also commented on their expectations for high-scoring offenses in 2015. Even if both turn out to be the third wide receiver for their teams, there will be plenty of targets to go around and they provide great upside for later round wide receivers. For the much later rounds, I’m high on two receivers from the NFC South. Leonard Hankerson has been impressive this offseason for Atlanta and appears to be locked in as the third wide receiver. While the Falcons will go with a more balanced approach this season, I expect Hankerson to receive his fair share of opportunities – especially with an aging Roddy White as the second option. An intriguing late-round flyer from New Orleans is also on my radar. Brandon Coleman, a 6’6’ 225 lb. undrafted free agent, has been turning heads at Saints camp and could be in the mix for the third wide receiver role. We’ll have to see how it continues to play out through the preseason, but he could be the next Saints wide receiver to seemingly come out of nowhere and be a productive part of the offense.  







Jamaal Charles, RB, KCC



LeSean McCoy, RB, BUF



Kelvin Benjamin, WR, CAR



Keenan Allen, WR, SDC



Martellus Bennett, TE, CHI



Sammy Watkins, WR, BUF



Michael Floyd, WR, ARI



Delanie Walker, TE, TEN



Matt Ryan, QB, ATL



David Cobb, RB, TEN



Alfred Blue, RB, HOU



Michael Crabtree, WR, OAK



Fred Jackson, RB, BUF



Buffalo Bills, DST, BUF



Percy Harvin, WR, BUF



Jay Cutler, QB, CHI



DeAngelo Williams, RB, PIT



Cecil Shorts, WR, HOU



Lance Dunbar, RB, DAL



Steven Hauschka, PK, SEA


Having the Best Draft


Alfred Blue, RB48, 11.05. This may prove to be nothing if the Texans decide to sign Chris Johnson or Ray Rice or Arian Foster somehow makes it back in September. But it was a bit of a shock to see Alfred Blue fall so far given the current situation in Houston. Blue could wind up being waiver wire fodder, or he could put up a top-20 fantasy season.


Jay Cutler, QB20, 16.08. This was an excellent draft, so it’s difficult to pinpoint a bad pick. Perhaps David Cobb as Rudnicki’s third running back would do here, but Rudnicki was clearly trying to throw late-round darts at the position on purpose.

Rudnicki could have gone without a second quarterback. Or he could have gone with someone other than Jay Cutler, who is just as liable to put up a goose egg when called to action than do anything great. Joe Flacco was still available. Just saying.


Pass-catching volume runners? Check. Target hogs at receiver and tight end? Check. A quarterback with top-five potential? You betcha.

There wasn’t much to dislike about this draft. Rudnicki got his two starting running backs with PPR upside early, then he sat back and let the draft come to him. Who cares that his depth is questionable? That’s what the waiver wire is for.

Post Draft Questions

1. What two players would you insert as your two flex options for Week 1 and explain why you like those options. 
Given that DeAngelo Williams should have little competition in the Steelers backfield to start the season, he would likely be an obvious choice for one of the flex spots. Le'Veon Bell is set to miss the first two games due to a suspension, so I'd likely take my chances with Williams going up against the Patriots on opening night. The second choice would be a tougher decision, but I'd probably lean towards using Sammy Watkins in the home opener vs the Colts. The Bills QB situation is a concern, but I think he's good enough to overcome that and produce. Delanie Walker would have been the other choice, but I'd likely want to wait and see how he does with a rookie QB likely to be under center first.
2. What's the most important factor when deciding who to draft as your starting quarterback for your team? What about your backup quarterback? 
I think if you don't get one of the elite players early in the draft, you are much better off waiting a long time before grabbing a couple to use in a committee approach. In this case, I was able to wait until round 9 and still got a QB1 I'm happy to rely on in most weeks with Matt Ryan. I pulled the trigger on him because I felt there wasn't going to be much of a dropoff between picks at the other positions at that point. When to take the backup also depends on who you get as your #1. If you have a player who you can rely on as an everyweek starter, then there's really no need to grab a 2nd quarterback until very late. There are always starting QBs available on the waiver wire in a league of this size with a deep starting lineup. If you wind up with a low-end QB1, however, I think it's best to land one of the better QB2s in the league. That way, you can choose who to start based on their matchups each week and also have a better chance of one of them having a huge breakout season that will give you an edge against your opponents.

3. What was your strategy going into this draft with FPC rules and scoring? 
I think it's always critical in these leagues to wait at QB and draft as much quality depth as you can get at RB, WR, and TE. The starting lineups allow for added flexibility in terms of positions, but I find it's best to have at least one anchor at RB who you can count on for consistent production each week. Then, I usually feel like the WR and TE spots usually offer more scoring upside so I'd look to build up depth there where possible. As with most drafts, I look to find value through the mid and early portions of the draft, and then start to look for players who I think offer plenty of upside since you will need to hit on a few in order to win. Always great to throw some darts late in the draft hoping to hit on a player who could become a starter for you if you catch the right break early on. If it doesn't happen, then you can always drop the player to free up space.







Antonio Brown, WR, PIT



Randall Cobb, WR, GBP



Melvin Gordon, RB, SDC



Emmanuel Sanders, WR, DEN



Golden Tate, WR, DET



Zach Ertz, TE, PHI



Ben Roethlisberger, QB, PIT



Arian Foster, RB, HOU



Victor Cruz, WR, NYG



Danny Woodhead, RB, SDC



Montee Ball, RB, DEN



Knile Davis, RB, KCC



Dan Herron, RB, IND



Jordan Reed, TE, WAS



Charles Clay, TE, BUF



Colin Kaepernick, QB, SFO



Malcom Floyd, WR, SDC



Arizona Cardinals, DST, ARI



Adam Vinatieri, PK, IND



Green Packers, GBP, Bay


Team "Small Receiver"


Danny Woodhead, RB45, 10.07. This might seem counterintuitive considering Buzzard took fellow Chargers running back Melvin Gordon in the third round. Both might be found in his starting lineup on occasion this season, though.

That’s because Woodhead still figures to be a big part of the offense, namely in the passing game. That much was true two years ago, when the diminutive back ranked 12th in PPR scoring in his first season with the Chargers.


Packers Defense, DST15. This isn’t a best-ball league. Sure, there are deep benches, but there is really no reason to take two defenses in traditional formats.


This was easily the most interesting draft of all.

Buzzard not only went Zero RB to a degree—taking only rookie Melvin Gordon in the early rounds at the position—but he did so in order to stockpile small receivers. Antonio Brown, Randall Cobb and Emmanuel Sanders all happen to be a few of the 12 receivers under six feet tall who have scored over 200 standard fantasy points in NFL history. The problem here is that no diminutive receiver has ever repeated the feat.

Taking Arian Foster in the eighth round is one of those genius-or-insane moves we will know more about in a few weeks.

Post Draft Questions

1. You drafted four wide receivers in the first five picks of the draft. Explain why you chose this strategy and how it can be beneficial? 

This is actually not a strategy I usually take but wanted to try something different. My goal was to load up on wide receivers early since I could start up to four.  With the transition to a more pass heavy league it is often wise to start a wide receiver in your flex spots, plus they are cheaper. On the running back side I wanted to get a solid running back like Melvin Gordon or Frank Gore and then add Arian Foster for cheap later in the draft which would give me a top end team for the playoffs, if I got there. Until Foster came back I would use some cheap running backs that could compile cheap stats or running backs that have solid upside if the lead back went down. Unfortunately I didn't quite pull the trigger early enough on some of my key low end running backs like Chris Ivory. Overall, I like where things turned out but with a few breaks it would have worked perfectly.

2. Choose two players that you selected later in the draft and explain why you have interest in them this year. 

A lot of my success will rely on how long Arian Foster is out and how he performs when he gets back. I may have pulled the trigger a little early on Foster but I am a big believer in playing very aggressively in your fantasy leagues. My goal isn't to just put together a good team. It's to put together a team that can crush the others and win a championship. There is no easier way than by taking chances on guys like Arian Foster. 

3. Does your drafting strategy change knowing you can make in-season waiver pick ups? Explain why this could be beneficial. 

Absolutely! I wouldn't have tried this strategy at all in a best ball league. If the league has in-season moves it allows me to take some strategic risks where if I end up short at a specific position I can cobble together some guys off the waivers or make a trade. Both of which have been key to many of my championships over the years. 







Julio Jones, WR, ATL



Jimmy Graham, TE, SEA



Lamar Miller, RB, MIA



Mark Ingram, RB, NOS



Allen Robinson, WR, JAC



Doug Martin, RB, TBB



John Brown, WR, ARI



Tyler Eifert, TE, CIN



Torrey Smith, WR, SFO



Tony Romo, QB, DAL



Terrance Williams, WR, DAL



Philip Rivers, QB, SDC



Javorius Allen, RB, BAL



New Jets, NYJ, York



Minnesota Vikings, DST, MIN



Cameron Artis-Payne, RB, CAR



Eddie Royal, WR, CHI



Stephen Gostkowski, PK, NEP



Jonas Gray, RB, NEP



Robert Housler, TE, CLE


Take the Value, Leave the Cannoli


Tony Romo, QB8, 10.06. Wood had a fine draft, but there wasn’t one pick that screamed value. Philip Rivers might have qualified had Wood not taken a quarterback two rounds earlier.

That quarterback was Tony Romo, who was a pretty good pick all the way in the 10th round. I might have taken Cam Newton here, but Romo has top-five upside as long as he can stay healthy.


Vikings Defense, DST8, 15.07. What’s worse than taking a defense too early? How about taking two?

As we have already stated, there is little reason to take two defenses in a traditional formats. taking two before the 16th round is just throwing value out the window. (Incidentally, so is taking a kicker before the last round, which Wood also did.)


Julio Jones and Jimmy Graham will buttress this team nicely out of the first two round in this format—assuming they can stay healthy—while Lamar Miller and Mark Ingram provide some stability at running back in the next two. Allen Robinson’s value evaporated as he continues to get talked up, but he should be a nice second wideout.

Unfortunately, this draft seems like a low-ceiling, high-floor deal. Without a waiver wire stud, this team is doomed to solid-but-unspectacular scoring every week that is vulnerable to the ravages of bad luck.

Post Draft Questions

1. What strategy would you recommend for attacking this draft with a dual flex and 1.5 PPR for tight ends? 

By definition, this format invites flexibility. In a way it's freeing because you don't have to worry as much about staying balanced at the skill positions. All too often in a regular draft you'll find yourself pigeon-holed into grabbing a need (e.g., grabbing your RB2 in the 5th round if you went WR/WR/RB/QB) when there are better overall players at other skill positions. In this format, you have the added advantage of taking the best player on your board; staying rigorous to value at the expense of worrying about need. The other significant component to this format is the 1.5 PPR for tight ends. This makes Rob Gronkowski the 1st overall pick, in my mind, and Jimmy Graham a no-brainer 2nd rounder. Travis Kelce is also worthy of second round consideration and is a must add in the 3rd round if he falls. 
2. It's popular to select players on high scoring offenses. Who are some players that you would target on average or even low scoring offenses? Explain why drafting such a player or players can be beneficial. 

I try to avoid drafting players on teams that I forecast to be bottom dwellers offensively, but there are exceptions. This year, I think it's safe to target the likes of T.J. Yeldon and Allen Robinson in Jacksonville. I'm also comfortable rostering DeAndre Hopkins in Houston in spite of the uncertain status of Arian Foster and the quarterbacks. Hopkins will see an enormous number of targets such that even if his catch rate drops (because of tighter coverage), he'll make it up in volume. Looking at what Mike Evans did last year in a terrible offense, he seems safe even if Tampa Bay struggles again (I don't think Winston will be good, but he'll be better than Glennon/McCown). The more I think about your question the more I would say it comes down to value. I wouldn't want Sammy Watkins as my WR2, but if he fell to my WR3/WR4? Why not? I can say the same for most players.
3. What one player do you covet in nearly every draft? Why are you high on this player this year? 

Since I do detailed projections for the site -- starting in April and then updated in near real-time thereafter -- I'm fairly disciplined about my draft board. I find that targeting certain players can be disastrous because you either reach for fear of missing them, or you panic if the players you're coveting are drafted by someone else. Instead, I do lots of early drafts and mocks to test my own assumptions. If I have a running back ranked 14th at his position, but hesitate drafting him when he's atop my rankings and I'm on the clock -- that tells me I need to go back and revisit that player's outlook. 

In terms of a few players I seem to end up with repeatedly, I will give you one per position:

*** QB -- Ryan Tannehill -- If I don't grab Rodgers or Luck, I tend to wait at quarterback and Tannehill is the guy I'm most likely to select. He always falls to me and is usually the last of my top-10 passers on the board. With a second year under Bill Lazor, a rebuilt supporting cast and (hopefully) an improved line, the sky is the limit.
*** RB -- C.J. Anderson -- I rank C.J. Anderson as a top 5 running back in all scoring formats, yet he's generally available late in the first round or early in the second round. If I'm picking toward the end of the 1st round, Anderson is often my target.
*** WR -- Mike Wallace -- I'm not in the camp that thinks Charles Johnson and Mike Wallace are interchangeable. Wallace is the more proven, more talented, and more valuable player. Yet he falls past Johnson in most drafts. Grabbing Wallace as your WR3 could be a league-winning decision.
*** TE -- Travis Kelce -- I think Kelce will have similar numbers to Jimmy Graham this year, but has an ADP in the 5th round. To me you either grab Gronkowski in the 1st/2nd, Kelce in the 5th or you wait until the consensus top 12 are off the board and take a pair of your favorite breakouts like Tyler Eifert or Austin Sefarian-Jenkins.







Odell Beckham, WR, NYG



Jordy Nelson, WR, GBP



C.J. Spiller, RB, NOS



Greg Olsen, TE, CAR



Latavius Murray, RB, OAK



Nelson Agholor, WR, PHI



Roddy White, WR, ATL



Darren Sproles, RB, PHI



Ryan Mathews, RB, PHI



Darren McFadden, RB, DAL



Cam Newton, QB, CAR



Tom Brady, QB, NEP



Matt Jones, RB, WAS



Dwayne Bowe, WR, CLE



Carolina Panthers, DST, CAR



Vernon Davis, TE, SFO



Tavon Austin, WR, STL



Stevan Ridley, RB, NYJ



Mason Crosby, PK, GBP



Andrew Hawkins, WR, CLE


Dominate Through the Air


Cam Newton, QB10, 11.08. The quarterback position might have been devalued in this draft, but this is just highway robbery.

Sure, Newton was a fantasy disaster for much of last season after being injured all offseason and easing his way into action behind an atrocious offensive line and throwing to a new crop of receivers. He still managed to score the eighth-most points per game.


Dwayne Bowe, WR62, 14.05. It’s not that Dwayne Bowe is a terrible value as the 62nd wide receiver off the board. It’s that he stinks, and so will that Cleveland Browns passing game.


Jordy Nelson and Odell Beckham Jr. will provide some serious fantasy fireworks for this squad, a nice 1-2 punch to start the draft. Greg Olsen was a nice value in the fourth round considering he’ll be getting 1.5 points per reception, and his quarterback was a screaming steal.

Post Draft Questions

1. What was your strategy heading into the draft? Explain how the dual flex and 1.5 tight end PPR factored into your decision making.

My strategy heading into every draft is to build a core group of players in the first four rounds. I am specifically targeting players in which I project to have high floor/high upside, based on the league's scoring system. I believe I did well out of the 8th spot with these types of players (Odell Beckham Jr., Jordy Nelson, C.J. Spiller, Greg Olsen). When you include a dual flex into the scoring system, I think it magnifies the importance of waiting to select your QB1. Obviously, many other owners in this draft felt the same way as only 2 QBs, Aaron Rodgers and Andrew Luck, were selected in the first 5 rounds! Even though these two QBs are elite, I believe drafting a QB within the first 4 rounds will put your team behind with regards to the dual flex starting roster. I was able to hold off and steal Cam Newton in the 11th round, followed up with Tom Brady in the 12th round.

By increasing tight end scoring to 1.5 PPR, I make sure to take an additional look at all tight ends remaining, before selecting every one of my early draft picks. When my RB targets, Frank Gore and Joseph Randle were selected before me in the fourth round, I pivoted to Greg Olsen because he was graded much higher on my sheet as compared to the remaining RBs. Olsen has shown to be a consistent player over the past few seasons. With Olsen, you can comfortably slot him into the TE position every week, regardless of matchup. The drawback of selecting only one RB through the first 4 rounds is an overall weakness at this position within my core group of players. I knew that I needed to concentrate on this position moving forward. I selected a 4 RBs (Latavius Murray, Darren Sproles, Ryan Matthews, Darren McFadden) over the course of my next 6 draft selections.

2. In this dual flex league, who would be your starting two flex options for Week 1? Explain why you chose them.

While there is alot of time before Week 1, here is my current Week 1 starting flex positions:

Flex1: Roddy White vs Philadelphia.
Flex 2: Nelson Agholor, Darren Sproles, or Ryan Matthews, all @ATL
I expect the Week 1 Atlanta vs Philadelphia game to have alot of scoring. As long as Roddy White is in the Atlanta starting lineup, he will be on my starting roster. I believe Roddy White will be consistent early in the season until father time gives way to another injury. I envision locking Roddy White into my flex position early in the season and doing the same with Nelson Agholor later in the season after he breaks out. For Week 1, the flex 2 position is a more difficult decision for this team. I prefer to hold off making my flex 2 decision until after the Preseason. I will be actively watching Philadelphia preseason games to gauge what to expect from these players. I will also be reading all training camp reports looking for any details on what to expect from the Philadelphia offense Week 1.

3. Most teams have a weakness somewhere in 12 team drafts. What position would you rather have as your weakness knowing you can build via the waiver wire?

In a standard 12 team draft, you can hold off selecting a TE until late and building this position through the waiver wire. I do not feel this is an option in leagues with 1.5 PPR for TEs. There were 32 TEs selected in this draft with most teams selecting 2 or 3 TEs! Thus, trying to build TE through the waiver wire in this type of league is not really possible, as most of the starting TEs have already been drafted.
I believe that you can build defense via the waiver wire in all types of leagues. This is due to the changeover in personal and coaches on many teams throughout the league. I drafted Carolina in this league due to their Week 1 matchup at Jacksonville. I recommend keeping an eye every defense in the league the first couple of weeks and then playing matchups throughout the season.








Eddie Lacy, RB, GBP



A.J. Green, WR, CIN



Todd Gurley, RB, STL



Frank Gore, RB, IND



Joique Bell, RB, DET



Shane Vereen, RB, NYG



Breshad Perriman, WR, BAL



Davante Adams, WR, GBP



Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, TBB



DeVante Parker, WR, MIA



Marques Colston, WR, NOS



Brian Quick, WR, STL



Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, TEN



Sam Bradford, QB, PHI



Andre Williams, RB, NYG



Jacob Tamme, TE, ATL



Josh Robinson, RB, IND



Aaron Dobson, WR, NEP



Indianapolis Colts, DST, IND



Dan Bailey, PK, DAL


Late Round Quarterbacking


Marques Colston, WR52, 11.09. Parsons certainly went with a youthful array of wide receivers, but oldest entry might have been the best value.

Colston is no spring chicken at 32, and neither is his quarterback, Drew Brees. But the duo should be good for some big games this season, especially given Brees’ safety blanket was traded away this offseason.


Joique Bell, RB26, 5.09. It was a bit surprising to see Parsons take Joique Bell over rookie Ameer Abdullah, especially in this PPR format. Bell’s stock has steadily declined this offseason while Abdullah has impressed, and the latter has the pass-catching upside Bell does not possess. This pick was especially tough to like considering Parsons already had three running backs.


Holy running backs, Batman! This was the opposite of the “Zero RB” draft, not that there’s anything wrong with that.

Parsons took a whopping five backs in the first six rounds, choosing to stockpile young receivers and fortify a fragile position. The trouble is in finding them “playing time”—while you can theoretically start four every week, that seems sub-optimal in a format that favors tight ends and receivers.

Parsons stuck to his guns at quarterback, waiting all the way until the 14th round to snag an injury-prone guy with massive upside. If Sam Bradford can stay healthy, he’ll be huge in Chip Kelly’s offense and Parsons’ starting lineup.

Post Draft Questions

1. You selected three rookie wide receivers (Breshad Perriman, DeVante Parker and Dorial Green-Beckham. Explain which one you are most high on this year?

Breshad Perriman is my favorite blend of ceiling and floor as a WR3/4 this season. Perriman has Julio Jones-light qualities to his prospect profile, the Baltimore depth chart is wide open for a high snap count, Marc Trestman added to the mix, and Joe Flacco is a functional quarterback. Parker will likely be a slow starter, but with Odell Beckham-like potential in terms of mid-season impact. Green-Beckham is more of the boom-bust option where his touchdown upside rivals most at the position, but the weekly inconsistency and being completely unusable are likely road blocks.

2. You waited until the 14th round to select your only quarterback (Sam Bradford). Explain why you chose this strategy and why you like Bradford.

Quarterback is an easy position to wait on this year. Even with 10-15 quarterbacks off the board, options like Eli Manning, Sam Bradford, Joe Flacco, and Carson Palmer are readily available. Going with the late-round approach allows an owner to load up at other positions, plus no commitment to wait out a slow start from the low investment selection. Bradford is an ideal upside shot with an enticing Week 1 matchup and an up-tempo offense. If I do not like what I see, Bradford can be recycled to the waiver wire for a trendy Week 2 matchup or a hot quarterback from Week 1 with limited waiver wire competition from owners with a higher-level draft investment in their signal-caller.

3. Who is one player that you are avoiding in drafts this year? Explain why you're staying away.

Brandon Marshall is a player I will avoid at nearly all costs. Historically, wide receivers changing teams are poor bets to do anything but drop substantially in production the following season. Marshall is on the wrong side of the age curve and now enters a fantasy wasteland with the Jets. Geno Smith, Ryan Fitzpatrick, and Bryce Petty are arguably the worst quarterback trio in the NFL and fueling anything more than WR3/4 production, at best, for the top receiver is a significant leap of faith. Eric Decker is another functional receiver in the mix, sapping Marshall’s upside as well.







Marshawn Lynch, RB, SEA



Calvin Johnson, WR, DET



T.J. Yeldon, RB, JAC



Travis Kelce, TE, KCC



Julius Thomas, TE, JAC



DeSean Jackson, WR, WAS



Bishop Sankey, RB, TEN



Kendall Wright, WR, TEN



Tre Mason, RB, STL



Kevin White, WR, CHI



Ryan Tannehill, QB, MIA



Eric Ebron, TE, DET



Stevie Johnson, WR, SDC



St. Rams, DST, St. Louis



Christine Michael, RB, SEA



Marcus Mariota, QB, TEN



Denard Robinson, RB, JAC



Kenny Britt, WR, STL



Lorenzo Taliaferro, RB, BAL



Cody Parkey, PK, PHI


Boom or Bust


Marshawn Lynch, RB6, 1.10. Sure, some are chalking up Lynch’s success over the past few years to good luck—he hasn’t had any injury woes to speak of, after all. His injury luck may have certainly played a part, but Lynch has also been a top-four fantasy scorer each of the past three seasons because he is pretty good, and his offense plays to his strengths. That won’t change much in 2015.


Julius Thomas, TE7, 5.10. This could have been Christine Michael, who could be on the roster bubble in Seattle. But he only cost a 15th-round pick—it’s Julius Thomas, a new member of quarterback purgatory in Jacksonville, who was a bad value.

Fahey not only took Thomas too early, he took the big tight end a round after having taken Travis Kelce. Granted, his strategy was clearly aimed at starting both, but a whole lotta good that’s going to do him when Thomas falls to the rest of the pack with Blake Bortles throwing him the ball this year instead of Peyton Manning.


Banking on tight ends isn’t a bad idea in this format, but it can backfire quickly if you take the wrong ones. Travis Kelce has all the upside in the world, but his volume—or lack thereof—might nullify the advantages in scoring. We’ve already discussed Thomas’ downside.

Fortunately, Fahey should have some stability at running back and wide receiver thanks to Lynch and Calvin Johnson. Beyond his first two picks, though, his roster is largely of the “boom or bust” variety.

Post Draft Questions

1. You selected two tight ends early in the draft. Explain why you chose this strategy and how that affected your draft. 

Getting 1.5 PPR for tight ends with multiple flex spots definitely played a role in taking two tight ends, but more than that it was just the value of the specific players I chose. Tight end is a top-heavy position this season as far as I can tell and it's worth investing two higher picks rather than three later picks to come away with potentially high-production pieces.
2. Which later round running backs and wide receivers do you find yourself targeting this year? Explain why you have high expectations for these players. 

One of the reasons I've invested more in running backs early than any other position this year is my distaste for the late-round options this year. When I do look to take a running back it's typically Stevan Ridley in the 13th or 14th round or Lorenzo Taliaferro much later than that. Ridley is the most talented back in New York and the best fit in Chan Gailey's scheme, he just has to prove his health in his return from that torn ACL. Taliiaferro is behind an unspectacular starter in a great situation in Baltimore. At wide receiver, it's too early to give up on Justin Hunter as a late-round flyer but Kenny Britt is also outstanding value. Britt may be the Rams number one receiver this year because Brian Quick is coming off a shoulder injury that nearly ended his career. 
3. Do you feel it is more important to have quality depth at running back or wide receiver for in-season waiver leagues?  Explain your answer.
It's definitely running back just because of the scarcity at the position and how devastating an injury to your top back can be. It's easier to land receivers in the mid rounds of your draft who can be viable backups and some matchup-specific pieces can still be searched out on the waiver wire during the season.







Matt Forte, RB, CHI



DeMarco Murray, RB, PHI



Aaron Rodgers, QB, GBP



Jordan Matthews, WR, PHI



Brandon Marshall, WR, NYJ



Rashad Jennings, RB, NYG



Chris Ivory, RB, NYJ



Jason Witten, TE, DAL



Brandon LaFell, WR, NEP



Anquan Boldin, WR, SFO



Pierre Garcon, WR, WAS



Doug Baldwin, WR, SEA



Seattle Seahawks, DST, SEA



Jameis Winston, QB, TBB



Heath Miller, TE, PIT



Pierre Thomas, RB, FA*



Kamar Aiken, WR, BAL



James Starks, RB, GBP



Connor Barth, PK, DEN



Niles Paul, TE, WAS


Shoot from the Hip


Aaron Rodgers, QB2, 3.11. Again, it seems illogical to call a quarterback a great pick when so many fell so far, but Rodgers a full round after Andrew Luck is a win for Lee. Rodgers has been a top fantasy producer for a while now, a reliable starter whose only issue has been the occasional injury. He and Luck are ahead of the pack heading into 2015.


Rashad Jennings, RB28, 6.02. There is a good chance the new Thunder and Lightning—that would be Andre Williams and Shane Vereen—will eat up most of the touches in New York this season. That would be bad news for Rashad Jennings, whom Lee took early in the sixth round here. He would have been better off taking Vereen, who went a round later.


It almost seems like Lee panicked a bit when running backs flew off the board in the fourth and fifth rounds. Taking Jennings and Chris Ivory in consecutive picks so early were suboptimal moves that could hurt a team like this early.

Post Draft Questions

1. Are there any strategies or tips from DFS that carry over into season-long draft decisions or vice versa?  
DFS is all about value on any given WEEK...season-long football is about value over the course of a YEAR.  So, yes, these formats are similar in the sense that value is key.  To achieve value in DFS, a person is looking for fantasy points per dollar spent, whereas value in season-long draft is generally thought to be based upon fantasy points scored against draft position.  The key in both formats is to find a player who is undervalued by others, but exceeds that value over the course of the game (one weekend for DFS, one season for redrafts).
2. Are there any players that you are high on that are returning from a major injury this year?  Explain why you like them this year.   
Two guys I really like entering 2015 that were on injured reserve last year are Brian Quick (WR, Rams, ADP 14.04) and Austin Seferian-Jenkins (TE, Buccaneers, ADP 13.10).  After slow starts in his first two NFL seasons, Quick was on pace for an 81 reception, 1288 yards, and 12 touchdown season before being leaving his Week #5 game against the 49ers in 2014.  This season, Quick will be the Rams' WR1 with no real receiving competition in the form of Kenny Britt, Stedman Bailey, and/or Tavon Austin; as such, I fully expect Brian Quick to see > 100 targets this season, which should equate to a similar statline to what was projected for 2014 (above) if he manages to stay healthy this season.  The other player who could impress this season is Austin Seferian-Jenkins (ASJ), who has the tools and athleticism to be a top 5 tight end in this league.  Coming off a back injury in 2014, ASJ will be overlooked by most defenses because of the presence of wide receivers Mike Evans and Vincent Jackson; with a rookie quarterback in the form of Jameis Winston, I fully expect Winston to look to the 6'6" tight end early and often this season.  At the end of the 13th round, Seferian-Jenkins offers a lot of upside with almost zero risk.
3. Which pick of yours do you feel was the best value for where you selected him? Explain why you like that player this year. 

For this particular draft, I think I got great value on two players:  Chris Ivory at the end of the 7th round (7.11) and Kamar Aiken in the 17th round (17.11).  Ivory is routinely being drafted in the 9th round and Aiken is not being drafted in most leagues at all.  Ivory is the starting RB for a Jets' team that nobody likes, but Ivory is a 27-year old RB who was ProFootballFocus' #3 most-elusive running back last season on a Jets' team that had limited weapons on the offensive side of the ball; this year, the Jets have a new coach and they have added Brandon Marshall, both of whom should help Ivory's fantasy prospects in 2015.  Ivory has solid RB2 upside, but has a draft position is that is in the RB3 range.  The other player I love is Kamar Aiken.  Aiken is going undrafted in many leagues, but could end up being a high-end WR2 and possibly a WR1 by the end of the year.  Why?  ...because rookie Breshad Perriman has a sprained knee that has kept him from practicing at any point this season and because Steve Smith is playing on borrowed time at the age of 36 years; furthermore, Owen Daniels is now in Denver and has been replaced by two talented, but unproven tight ends in the form of Crockett Gilmore and Maxx Williams.  All of this strongly supports a starring role for Kamar Aiken, who could make a huge difference for any fantasy team drafting him in the 15th round or later for the 2015 season.







Dez Bryant, WR, DAL



Demaryius Thomas, WR, DEN



Joseph Randle, RB, DAL



Carlos Hyde, RB, SFO



Ameer Abdullah, RB, DET



Martavis Bryant, WR, PIT



LeGarrette Blount, RB, NEP



Charles Johnson, WR, MIN



Peyton Manning, QB, DEN



Dwayne Allen, TE, IND



Matthew Stafford, QB, DET



Richard Rodgers, TE, GBP



Theo Riddick, RB, DET



James White, RB, NEP



Josh Huff, WR, PHI



Maxx Williams, TE, BAL



Allen Hurns, WR, JAC



Philadelphia Eagles, DST, PHI



Justin Tucker, PK, BAL



Greg Jennings, WR, MIA


Catch the Upside


Peyton Manning, QB7, 9.12. Peyton Manning is criminally underrated this season, and that proved true here. Few quarterbacks provide more upside in format that reward more passing yards than the 39-year-old. Heck, if he runs like he has in practice, it’ll be a nice bonus.

Despite an injury-fueled late-season decline that cost his fantasy owners dearly last year, Manning remains one of the best in the league. He could threaten 5,000 yards and 50 touchdowns yet again if health is a non-issue.


Richard Rodgers, TE19, 12.01. Sure, tight ends hold more value in this format, but does that mean anyone should take Richard Rodgers this early?

The Green Bay Packers haven’t exactly been a bastion of fantasy scoring at the position ever since Jermichael Finley roamed Lambeau Field. Heck, even in his heyday, Finley only ever exceeded five touchdowns once. Rodgers has some appeal because of his eponymous quarterback, but it’ll be impossible to tell when to start him effectively.


Brimacombe took two home run hacks at the turn when Dez Bryant fell to him alongside Demaryius Thomas. Those two are invaluable in PPR leagues, and Brimacombe was sitting pretty right out of the gate. Combined with Martavis Bryant—assuming his demotion isn’t somehow permanent—this should be a fun receiving corps with the capability to go nuclear each week.

Brimacombe might have some trouble at tight end unless Dwayne Allen can stay healthy, and his running back situation is on the edge of a cliff. But this is a high-upside team with a strong pass-catching corps, one of the most solidly constructed teams in this draft.

Post Draft Questions

1. Who are some players that you are targeting most in drafts this year. Explain why you have such high expectations for these players. 

I am most excited about the WR position and can often find players at a nice ADP that I like to take some big chances on. Two names that I thought were great value in our draft that I was able to draft were Martavis Bryant (6.01) and Charles Johnson (8.01). I especially like Martavis Bryant heading into the season as the Pittsburgh offense looks to be one of the elite passing and scoring offenses in all of the NFL. Just looking at his rookie numbers from last season, he only played in the final 10 games of the season and in those games posted a 26/549/8 line. Those numbers are even a little more tainted as he also only saw limited snaps in a lot of those games. In 2015 I am banking on Bryant to stay on the field as a full time player and to play in all 16 games, both of which should drive his stats up in a big way. Even in limited time as a rookie it is hard to deny his 8 touchdowns and 21.1 yards per reception, there is just too much upside for a player like Bryant and if you can draft him as a WR3 you should be well ahead of the game. 

Charles Johnson is another guy similar to Martinis Bryant who has a lot of upside going forward. In fantasy drafts you want to have a team full of guys that have a higher upside and Johnson offers exactly that in a Vikings offense that should turn things around with 2nd year QB Teddy Bridgewater leading the charge. Johnson is continuing to gain rave reviews this offseason after he emerged as the top threat in the Vikings pass game a season ago. Coming off a year where he produced a 31/475/2 stateline on 59 targets in 11 games played, Johnson has set himself up for a potential breakout year for the Vikings who have both Adrian Peterson and Kyle Rudolph back in 2015. Johnson is a nice target in the 8-10 round range as a lot of other drafters may be scared off by the team he plays on and the fact that he only has 11 NFL games to his name. These are the exact type of players that you need to be passionate about and try to be ahead of the curve on against your opponents.
2. You drafted two strong wide receivers with your first two picks and used the third, fourth and fifth round for running backs. Explain why you chose this strategy and how that can be beneficial to use.   

Drafting at the turn you are always looking for the best two players you can find but you also have to remember that by the time you draft in the 3rd round you are going to miss out on a lot of talent. In this draft I just went all in on Dez Bryant and Demaryius Thomas as guys that I knew would catch a lot of passes and the thought of having two WR1 types that I could lock in every single week was very appealing to me. The downside of doing this was that I wouldn't have a shot at drafting a RB until the 36th overall pick in the draft and knew that there wouldn't be much available as RB's generally go off the board quick and early. This was the case once again and it forced my hand in taking 3 RB's back to back to back with Joseph Randle, Carlos Hyde, and Ameer Abdullah. All three of those RB's are swing for the fences types with situations that look less than ideal on paper. I pretty much used that strategy to grab the two WR1's with my first two picks but then followed it up with the RB's hoping that one of the three would turn out to be a RB1 by the end of the season. Randle looks to have the starting job in Dallas, Hyde is the clear cut guy in San Francisco and Abdullah has the talent to win the job in Detroit. 
3. What pros and cons are there to drafting out of the 12 slot? Did you find the draft easier or more challenging drafting two picks at the turn?

I usually enjoy picking around the turn as it always seems to give you an advantage on one of your targeted players falling to you. In this draft particularly it was a tough spot to be in as the Footballguys staff is always tough to draft with and to find the players that can give you the best shot at putting a top team together. You find yourself having to zigzag a lot more and taking chances on players earlier than you usually do in fear of that player being off the board when you come back to the turn the next time around. RB's are the toughest to draft when you are at the turn, as they are a limited position and once the top ones are off the board there are so many question marks at the position. This especially holds true when you wait to pick 3.12 in a draft to take your first Running Back. Looking back now it might have been a better strategy to be more balanced at the turn to start the draft and play it safe with 1 top WR and 1 top RB, but then again when does it ever pay off to play it safe in fantasy football?

Full Draft - Pick by Pick

Pick Overall Franchise Selection
1.01 1 Justin Bonnema Anderson, C.J. DEN RB
1.02 2 Steve Holloway Gronkowski, Rob NEP TE
1.03 3 Austin Lee Peterson, Adrian MIN RB
1.04 4 Chris Feery Bell, Le'Veon PIT RB
1.05 5 Aaron Rudnicki Charles, Jamaal KCC RB
1.06 6 Steve Buzzard Brown, Antonio PIT WR
1.07 7 Jason Wood Jones, Julio ATL WR
1.08 8 John Mamula Beckham, Odell NYG WR
1.09 9 Chad Parsons Lacy, Eddie GBP RB
1.10 10 Cian Fahey Lynch, Marshawn SEA RB
1.11 11 John Lee Forte, Matt CHI RB
1.12 12 James Brimacombe Bryant, Dez DAL WR
2.01 13 James Brimacombe Thomas, Demaryius DEN WR
2.02 14 John Lee Murray, DeMarco PHI RB
2.03 15 Cian Fahey Johnson, Calvin DET WR
2.04 16 Chad Parsons Green, A.J. CIN WR
2.05 17 John Mamula Nelson, Jordy GBP WR
2.06 18 Jason Wood Graham, Jimmy SEA TE
2.07 19 Steve Buzzard Cobb, Randall GBP WR
2.08 20 Aaron Rudnicki McCoy, LeSean BUF RB
2.09 21 Chris Feery Hill, Jeremy CIN RB
2.10 22 Austin Lee Jeffery, Alshon CHI WR
2.11 23 Steve Holloway Luck, Andrew IND QB
2.12 24 Justin Bonnema Evans, Mike TBB WR
3.01 25 Justin Bonnema Forsett, Justin BAL RB
3.02 26 Steve Holloway Hopkins, DeAndre HOU WR
3.03 27 Austin Lee Hilton, T.Y. IND WR
3.04 28 Chris Feery Cooks, Brandin NOS WR
3.05 29 Aaron Rudnicki Benjamin, Kelvin CAR WR
3.06 30 Steve Buzzard Gordon, Melvin SDC RB
3.07 31 Jason Wood Miller, Lamar MIA RB
3.08 32 John Mamula Spiller, C.J. NOS RB
3.09 33 Chad Parsons Gurley, Todd STL RB
3.10 34 Cian Fahey Yeldon, T.J. JAC RB
3.11 35 John Lee Rodgers, Aaron GBP QB
3.12 36 James Brimacombe Randle, Joseph DAL RB
4.01 37 James Brimacombe Hyde, Carlos SFO RB
4.02 38 John Lee Matthews, Jordan PHI WR
4.03 39 Cian Fahey Kelce, Travis KCC TE
4.04 40 Chad Parsons Gore, Frank IND RB
4.05 41 John Mamula Olsen, Greg CAR TE
4.06 42 Jason Wood Ingram, Mark NOS RB
4.07 43 Steve Buzzard Sanders, Emmanuel DEN WR
4.08 44 Aaron Rudnicki Allen, Keenan SDC WR
4.09 45 Chris Feery Cooper, Amari OAK WR
4.10 46 Austin Lee Edelman, Julian NEP WR
4.11 47 Steve Holloway Bernard, Giovani CIN RB
4.12 48 Justin Bonnema Morris, Alfred WAS RB
5.01 49 Justin Bonnema Johnson, Andre IND WR
5.02 50 Steve Holloway Ellington, Andre ARI RB
5.03 51 Austin Lee Stewart, Jonathan CAR RB
5.04 52 Chris Feery Landry, Jarvis MIA WR
5.05 53 Aaron Rudnicki Bennett, Martellus CHI TE
5.06 54 Steve Buzzard Tate, Golden DET WR
5.07 55 Jason Wood Robinson, Allen JAC WR
5.08 56 John Mamula Murray, Latavius OAK RB
5.09 57 Chad Parsons Bell, Joique DET RB
5.10 58 Cian Fahey Thomas, Julius JAC TE
5.11 59 John Lee Marshall, Brandon NYJ WR
5.12 60 James Brimacombe Abdullah, Ameer DET RB
6.01 61 James Brimacombe Bryant, Martavis PIT WR
6.02 62 John Lee Jennings, Rashad NYG RB
6.03 63 Cian Fahey Jackson, DeSean WAS WR
6.04 64 Chad Parsons Vereen, Shane NYG RB
6.05 65 John Mamula Agholor, Nelson PHI WR
6.06 66 Jason Wood Martin, Doug TBB RB
6.07 67 Steve Buzzard Ertz, Zach PHI TE
6.08 68 Aaron Rudnicki Watkins, Sammy BUF WR
6.09 69 Chris Feery Coleman, Tevin ATL RB
6.10 70 Austin Lee Maclin, Jeremy KCC WR
6.11 71 Steve Holloway Jackson, Vincent TBB WR
6.12 72 Justin Bonnema Wilson, Russell SEA QB
7.01 73 Justin Bonnema Cameron, Jordan MIA TE
7.02 74 Steve Holloway Wallace, Mike MIN WR
7.03 75 Austin Lee Freeman, Devonta ATL RB
7.04 76 Chris Feery Crowell, Isaiah CLE RB
7.05 77 Aaron Rudnicki Floyd, Michael ARI WR
7.06 78 Steve Buzzard Roethlisberger, Ben PIT QB
7.07 79 Jason Wood Brown, John ARI WR
7.08 80 John Mamula White, Roddy ATL WR
7.09 81 Chad Parsons Perriman, Breshad BAL WR
7.10 82 Cian Fahey Sankey, Bishop TEN RB
7.11 83 John Lee Ivory, Chris NYJ RB
7.12 84 James Brimacombe Blount, LeGarrette NEP RB
8.01 85 James Brimacombe Johnson, Charles MIN WR
8.02 86 John Lee Witten, Jason DAL TE
8.03 87 Cian Fahey Wright, Kendall TEN WR
8.04 88 Chad Parsons Adams, Davante GBP WR
8.05 89 John Mamula Sproles, Darren PHI RB
8.06 90 Jason Wood Eifert, Tyler CIN TE
8.07 91 Steve Buzzard Foster, Arian HOU RB
8.08 92 Aaron Rudnicki Walker, Delanie TEN TE
8.09 93 Chris Feery Rudolph, Kyle MIN TE
8.10 94 Austin Lee Johnson, Duke CLE RB
8.11 95 Steve Holloway Fitzgerald, Larry ARI WR
8.12 96 Justin Bonnema Johnson, David ARI RB
9.01 97 Justin Bonnema Sims, Charles TBB RB
9.02 98 Steve Holloway Hill, Josh NOS TE
9.03 99 Austin Lee Brees, Drew NOS QB
9.04 100 Chris Feery Decker, Eric NYJ WR
9.05 101 Aaron Rudnicki Ryan, Matt ATL QB
9.06 102 Steve Buzzard Cruz, Victor NYG WR
9.07 103 Jason Wood Smith, Torrey SFO WR
9.08 104 John Mamula Mathews, Ryan PHI RB
9.09 105 Chad Parsons Seferian-Jenkins, Austin TBB TE
9.10 106 Cian Fahey Mason, Tre STL RB
9.11 107 John Lee LaFell, Brandon NEP WR
9.12 108 James Brimacombe Manning, Peyton DEN QB
10.01 109 James Brimacombe Allen, Dwayne IND TE
10.02 110 John Lee Boldin, Anquan SFO WR
10.03 111 Cian Fahey White, Kevin CHI WR
10.04 112 Chad Parsons Parker, DeVante MIA WR
10.05 113 John Mamula McFadden, Darren DAL RB
10.06 114 Jason Wood Romo, Tony DAL QB
10.07 115 Steve Buzzard Woodhead, Danny SDC RB
10.08 116 Aaron Rudnicki Cobb, David TEN RB
10.09 117 Chris Feery Daniels, Owen DEN TE
10.10 118 Austin Lee Donnell, Larry NYG TE
10.11 119 Steve Holloway Smith, Steve BAL WR
10.12 120 Justin Bonnema Moncrief, Donte IND WR
11.01 121 Justin Bonnema Stills, Kenny MIA WR
11.02 122 Steve Holloway Bush, Reggie SFO RB
11.03 123 Austin Lee Gates, Antonio SDC TE
11.04 124 Chris Feery Bridgewater, Teddy MIN QB
11.05 125 Aaron Rudnicki Blue, Alfred HOU RB
11.06 126 Steve Buzzard Ball, Montee DEN RB
11.07 127 Jason Wood Williams, Terrance DAL WR
11.08 128 John Mamula Newton, Cam CAR QB
11.09 129 Chad Parsons Colston, Marques NOS WR
11.10 130 Cian Fahey Tannehill, Ryan MIA QB
11.11 131 John Lee Garcon, Pierre WAS WR
11.12 132 James Brimacombe Stafford, Matthew DET QB
12.01 133 James Brimacombe Rodgers, Richard GBP TE
12.02 134 John Lee Baldwin, Doug SEA WR
12.03 135 Cian Fahey Ebron, Eric DET TE
12.04 136 Chad Parsons Quick, Brian STL WR
12.05 137 John Mamula Brady, Tom NEP QB
12.06 138 Jason Wood Rivers, Philip SDC QB
12.07 139 Steve Buzzard Davis, Knile KCC RB
12.08 140 Aaron Rudnicki Crabtree, Michael OAK WR
12.09 141 Chris Feery Helu, Roy OAK RB
12.10 142 Austin Lee Randle, Rueben NYG WR
12.11 143 Steve Holloway Manning, Eli NYG QB
12.12 144 Justin Bonnema Fleener, Coby IND TE
13.01 145 Justin Bonnema Patterson, Cordarrelle MIN WR
13.02 146 Steve Holloway Ajayi, Jay MIA RB
13.03 147 Austin Lee McKinnon, Jerick MIN RB
13.04 148 Chris Feery Jones, Marvin CIN WR
13.05 149 Aaron Rudnicki Jackson, Fred BUF RB
13.06 150 Steve Buzzard Herron, Dan IND RB
13.07 151 Jason Wood Allen, Javorius BAL RB
13.08 152 John Mamula Jones, Matt WAS RB
13.09 153 Chad Parsons Green-Beckham, Dorial TEN WR
13.10 154 Cian Fahey Johnson, Stevie SDC WR
13.11 155 John Lee Seahawks, Seattle SEA Def
13.12 156 James Brimacombe Riddick, Theo DET RB
14.01 157 James Brimacombe White, James NEP RB
14.02 158 John Lee Winston, Jameis TBB QB
14.03 159 Cian Fahey Rams, St. Louis STL Def
14.04 160 Chad Parsons Bradford, Sam PHI QB
14.05 161 John Mamula Bowe, Dwayne CLE WR
14.06 162 Jason Wood Jets, New York NYJ Def
14.07 163 Steve Buzzard Reed, Jordan WAS TE
14.08 164 Aaron Rudnicki Bills, Buffalo BUF Def
14.09 165 Chris Feery Texans, Houston HOU Def
14.10 166 Austin Lee Latimer, Cody DEN WR
14.11 167 Steve Holloway Broncos, Denver DEN Def
14.12 168 Justin Bonnema Strong, Jaelen HOU WR
15.01 169 Justin Bonnema Dolphins, Miami MIA Def
15.02 170 Steve Holloway Wheaton, Markus PIT WR
15.03 171 Austin Lee Polk, Chris HOU RB
15.04 172 Chris Feery Green, Ladarius SDC TE
15.05 173 Aaron Rudnicki Harvin, Percy BUF WR
15.06 174 Steve Buzzard Clay, Charles BUF TE
15.07 175 Jason Wood Vikings, Minnesota MIN Def
15.08 176 John Mamula Panthers, Carolina CAR Def
15.09 177 Chad Parsons Williams, Andre NYG RB
15.10 178 Cian Fahey Michael, Christine SEA RB
15.11 179 John Lee Miller, Heath PIT TE
15.12 180 James Brimacombe Huff, Josh PHI WR
16.01 181 James Brimacombe Williams, Maxx BAL TE
16.02 182 John Lee Thomas, Pierre FA* RB
16.03 183 Cian Fahey Mariota, Marcus TEN QB
16.04 184 Chad Parsons Tamme, Jacob ATL TE
16.05 185 John Mamula Davis, Vernon SFO TE
16.06 186 Jason Wood Artis-Payne, Cameron CAR RB
16.07 187 Steve Buzzard Kaepernick, Colin SFO QB
16.08 188 Aaron Rudnicki Cutler, Jay CHI QB
16.09 189 Chris Feery Flacco, Joe BAL QB
16.10 190 Austin Lee Dorsett, Phillip IND WR
16.11 191 Steve Holloway Funchess, Devin CAR WR
16.12 192 Justin Bonnema Dalton, Andy CIN QB
17.01 193 Justin Bonnema Lockett, Tyler SEA WR
17.02 194 Steve Holloway West, Terrance CLE RB
17.03 195 Austin Lee Toon, Nick NOS WR
17.04 196 Chris Feery Amaro, Jace NYJ TE
17.05 197 Aaron Rudnicki Williams, DeAngelo PIT RB
17.06 198 Steve Buzzard Floyd, Malcom SDC WR
17.07 199 Jason Wood Royal, Eddie CHI WR
17.08 200 John Mamula Austin, Tavon STL WR
17.09 201 Chad Parsons Robinson, Josh IND RB
17.10 202 Cian Fahey Robinson, Denard JAC RB
17.11 203 John Lee Aiken, Kamar BAL WR
17.12 204 James Brimacombe Hurns, Allen JAC WR
18.01 205 James Brimacombe Eagles, Philadelphia PHI Def
18.02 206 John Lee Starks, James GBP RB
18.03 207 Cian Fahey Britt, Kenny STL WR
18.04 208 Chad Parsons Dobson, Aaron NEP WR
18.05 209 John Mamula Ridley, Stevan NYJ RB
18.06 210 Jason Wood Gostkowski, Stephen NEP PK
18.07 211 Steve Buzzard Cardinals, Arizona ARI Def
18.08 212 Aaron Rudnicki Shorts, Cecil HOU WR
18.09 213 Chris Feery Langford, Jeremy CHI RB
18.10 214 Austin Lee Palmer, Carson ARI QB
18.11 215 Steve Holloway Walford, Clive OAK TE
18.12 216 Justin Bonnema Sanu, Mohamed CIN WR
19.01 217 Justin Bonnema Beasley, Cole DAL WR
19.02 218 Steve Holloway Coleman, Brandon NOS WR
19.03 219 Austin Lee Patriots, New England NEP Def
19.04 220 Chris Feery Bengals, Cincinnati CIN Def
19.05 221 Aaron Rudnicki Dunbar, Lance DAL RB
19.06 222 Steve Buzzard Vinatieri, Adam IND PK
19.07 223 Jason Wood Gray, Jonas NEP RB
19.08 224 John Mamula Crosby, Mason GBP PK
19.09 225 Chad Parsons Colts, Indianapolis IND Def
19.10 226 Cian Fahey Taliaferro, Lorenzo BAL RB
19.11 227 John Lee Barth, Connor DEN PK
19.12 228 James Brimacombe Tucker, Justin BAL PK
20.01 229 James Brimacombe Jennings, Greg MIA WR
20.02 230 John Lee Paul, Niles WAS TE
20.03 231 Cian Fahey Parkey, Cody PHI PK
20.04 232 Chad Parsons Bailey, Dan DAL PK
20.05 233 John Mamula Hawkins, Andrew CLE WR
20.06 234 Jason Wood Housler, Robert CLE TE
20.07 235 Steve Buzzard Packers, Green Bay GBP Def
20.08 236 Aaron Rudnicki Hauschka, Steven SEA PK
20.09 237 Chris Feery Prater, Matt DET PK
20.10 238 Austin Lee Bryant, Matt ATL PK
20.11 239 Steve Holloway Walsh, Blair MIN PK
20.12 240 Justin Bonnema Brown, Josh NYG PK

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