Standard League Mock Draft
Another year looks to be heading our way after a long lockout that is still going through, what is hopefully the final stages before an agreement is settled in July. With the up beat news from negotiations I had to participate in a few mock drafts as we head into the early stages of the summer, and our first view of results with other fantasy owners in the room.
Mock drafts are in no way the end all for fantasy analysis but they are fun and this draft took place on one of my favorite sits which is ESPN. Many times at this point in the season, mocks can be a hit and miss on ESPN as they allow you to partake in just about unlimited mocks each day, or so it seems. With this lose structure, you can get various people not even showing up for the start of the mock, but in this draft, it seemed about seven of us were in for at least the first five rounds or so.
While I have the results for the entire mock draft, as I usually do, I wanted to select a few players from the results to talk about for this article.
RB. BenJarvus Green-Ellis – Round 5, Selection 6
Fantasy owners found cheep value in BenJarvus Green-Ellis and receiving back Danny Woodward from the Patriots last season. Both moved way up the depth chart to become worthy starting options and Woodhead wasn’t even with the team (Jets) at the start of the season. Green-Ellis became the teams’ goal line back and racked up over ten touchdowns on the season with over 1,000 yards on the ground.
If we had a guarantee (never happens in New England) that the team would us Green-Ellis for the execute amount of touches as a year ago, I wouldn’t have a problem with fantasy owners drafting this physical runner in the fifth round as an early flex play back. That said, the Patriots drafted two talented runners in the early mid rounds of this years’ draft in Shane Vereen from Cal and Stevan Ridley from LSU.
While the fantasy owners that selected Green-Ellis got him cheaper than his ADP value (45.50 average selection), I would have selected other options like Javid Best, Fred Jackson or even Ryan Grant and Mark Ingram who went few rounds later.
QB. Matthew Stafford – Round 12, Selection 2
Because of Matthew Stafford’s shoulder problems over the past two seasons, his fantasy value is way underrated compared to what he should be capable of doing of the field. You could make the argument that Stafford’s hype is way too high for a player who hasn’t done much in the regular season, but we saw a sampling (be it small) a year ago that suggested he was ready to be a starter in ten team leagues.
Look to Stafford as a great back for your team this year at the draft, and if you get your quarterback late, he’s worth a gamble to be the starter from week one on. The Lions are set to score a tone of points once again, and the addition of Titus Young will help Stafford down the field.
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