One of our writers, Brian Derario (@BrianDFF), joined other fantasy football experts in an industry wide Mock Draft.
As we get into the heart of “draft season”, a few members of the fantasy football industry and myself got together to do a mock draft and analyze every pick. It is an excellent way to compare our thoughts with your own while possibly reconsidering where you have players valued. As I go through every round this post will update. Feel free to reach out to me, @BrianDFF on Twitter, as well as the other industry members about what you think! At last, The 2018 Fantasy Football Industry Mockstavaganza!
Round 1, Pick 2
The first overall pick went to @Tim_Monk85 and he chose Todd Gurley. For the reason that it will be extremely difficult for Gurley to repeat his production, which is why he is in my top 3. Still an excellent pick and I imagine it will go that way in many drafts. With the second pick overall, I decided to choose David Johnson.
Following the 2016 season, Johnson had recorded 1,239 yards rushing and added on 879 yards receiving. I know for certain Johnson went on The Fantasy Footballers Podcast before the 2017 season and proclaimed he was striving for 1,000+ yards receiving and 1,000+ yards rushing. That would easily put him close to that #1 spot alone, not including touchdowns.
That is why I have Johnson #1 overall in my rankings for re-draft leagues. He has that potential for 1,000+ in both categories with the way he was used in Bruce Arians’ system. We will see what Steve Wilks has in store for Johnson, but I imagine it will be hard to not feed a talent like that.
Round 2, Pick 11
@FFStompy picked Rob Gronkowski directly before me. Gronk is a player I am targeting at the end of the second round or early in the third. Gronk has the ability to finish #1 at his position every year he is healthy. After following Tom Brady’s training regiment, Gronk played 14 of the 16 games and was able to remain healthy throughout the postseason. Look for him to have a fantastic season.
I followed that pick with A.J. Green. After a disappointing season riddled with bad offensive line and quarterback play, he still finished the season with over 1,000 yards and 8 touchdowns. He also saw the second highest targets of his career with 143. With a surely improved offensive line and hopefully a bounceback from what was a disappointing Bengals season, Green could see himself easily in the top-12 wide receivers and potentially a top-5 candidate.
Round 3, Pick 2
@Tim_Monk85 picked Stefon Diggs directly before me. I believe Diggs has a ton of upside, but you wonder what his rapport will be like with Cousins. Look for him to finally break 1,000 yards this season, with Cousins having a history of supporting two 1,000 yard wide receivers (Jackson and Garcon).
I followed that pick with Larry Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald, since moving to the slot, has seen three consecutive seasons with 100+ receptions and 1,000+ yards. Look for Bradford and/or Rosen to target him heavily, as he will remain a focal point of that offense.
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