Mock Draft Results – 2nd Round
Aaron Rodgers fell into the middle of the second round as Michael Vick was selected as the first quarterback off the board. With about seven stud quarterbacks heading into drafts this summer, it seems that quarterbacks like Rodgers, Brees and others are falling some in ten team leagues, because most teams will get a quality quarterback. Below you will find my thoughts on each player selected in the second round of our mock draft results, with their respective ADP value from Mock Draft Central listed.
11. Matt Forte (ADP 20.43): While Matt Forte should be a respectable No.2 fantasy back in PPR leagues, he can lack the consistency that is needed for a regular starting No.2 back in standard league play. In this mock, we clearly had the last team in the draft, either testing out some theory, or just going after player they liked, because selecting Forte at this point is a stretch to say the least.
12. Darren McFadden (ADP 11.77): While Darren McFadden is probably the new Fred Taylor, he does have talent worthy of begin selected in this part of the draft. I’m concerned about the teams’ loss of offensive lineman and that their one dependable pass catcher in tight end Zach Miller is now gone to the Seahawks.
This is going to be an interesting season in Oakland as I’m concerned, they may fall back to a 6-10 season, and McFadden could have problems when he faces good defenses. All that said, it’s hard to pass on him as a second round selection and his ADP value reflects that thinking.
13. Andre Johnson (ADP 14.89): One of the top three wide receivers in fantasy football, Andre Johnson may never find that magical season where he amasses double digit touchdowns, but he is a very dependable option. It’s all about consistency and for Johnson to remain as one of the top five receivers, while battling a bad ankle last season, speaks volumes to the type of player he is.
14. Michael Turner (ADP 8.99): I’m not a big fan of Michael Turner this year as the Falcons resigned Jason Snelling, and I believe they will throw the football more. Turner may have one more strong year left in him, but don’t be fooled by his overall numbers last year, as he was horrible for the first six games, and failed to produce down the stretch.
15. Roddy White (ADP 13.19): The best receiver in fantasy football last year, Roddy White continued to show us why he truly is one of the elite options to select. I’m a little concerned that Julio Jones will take away key opportunities down the field, as Matt Ryan looks to his rookie for one on one matchups. Still, White should have another great season and will give you top five production by the end of the year.
16.Aaron Rodgers (ADP 10.18): I couldn’t believe Aaron Rodgers came back to me in the second round, but hey, this is a mock draft. Clearly, he was undervalued in this draft because his ADP stands in as a boarder line first-round pick in ten team leagues. With Jeremy Maclin likely out for a stretch (concerning health issues), look to Rodgers as the first quarterback to take off the board and not Vick.
17.Calvin Johnson (ADP 16.46): If Rodgers wasn’t available, I would have taken Calvin Johnson with my second pick as I have him ranked as the top receiver to select in standard scoring leagues. Johnson can post top five numbers at the receiver position, without a respectable quarterback. What will he do is Matthew Stafford can actually stay on the field for a full season?
18.Frank Gore (ADP 15.59): With Anthony Dixon bulking up for what could be more of a role as a full back and rookie Kendall Hunter struggling in pass protection, fantasy owners should feel safe that Frank Gore should remain as the feature back. We will have to keep an eye on his health (hip surgery last winter), but it seems like he’s doing well, since coming back from his holdout last week.
For the first time in Gore’s career, he will actually have an offensive minded head coach so the play calling should improve by leaps and bounds over last year.
19. Peyton Hillis (ADP 15.14): For those of you that love Montario Hardesty, it’s time to scale back your hopes of seeing him perform on the field at a high level, as his knee that cost him, all of last season is still an issue. While this is great news for Peyton Hillis, I still have some concerns about the former fullbacks durability to be a true second round selection.
I’m willing to play ball with Hillis at this selection in PPR leagues, but for standard league play, he’s probably going to be an overvalued selection.
20. Dwayne Bowe (ADP 28.47): My father selected Dwayne Bowe in the second round, and this pick is looking better than it may have a month ago. Rookie receiver Jonathan Baldwin is having issues in camp against press coverage and clearly has a ways to go before he’s a threat to dipping into Bowe’s workload.
Second year tight end Tony Moeaki is coming back slowly from a knee surgery this off-season, so it appears that Bowe main competition for targets in the offense will be Steve Breaston. Clearly not a possession receiver, Breaston shouldn’t hold Bowe back from being a threat for over 80 receptions and double digit touchdowns.