2018 Club Fantasy 10-Team PPR Mock Draft

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By The Hudsonian, Joshua Hudson

It’s draft season! Seriously, one of my favorite times of the year. Even more fun? Mock drafts. Drafting teams just for the fun of it. The annoying part is when people jump into draft rooms, make two picks and leave. What assholes. They just ruin the fun for everyone.

When it comes to mock drafts, every fantasy site will write up articles providing analysis on draft picks and why someone was great value or over-drafted. The whole goal is to let you know when to target certain players and help you not only choose the best team, but to extract maximum value. Here’s what most of these sites fail to bring to your attention: no draft plays out the same because everyone thinks differently. Not every league is full of diehards who eat, sleep, and breathe fantasy football. Most leagues have a fair share of novice players mixed in with a few diehards. I’m willing to bet there are more casual players than fantasy nerds like me.

I bring this up because when sites do posts like this where they perform a write up of a recent mock draft, they don’t include the everyday common folk. All proclaim to be experts, each with their own players they value slightly more than others so opinions will differ. I wanted to change the narrative with this exercise. Yes, I’m going to post the results of a recent mock draft I did with my colleagues here at Club Fantasy. Here’s the fun part: some of them drafted with their heart instead of their head. What does that mean? How many times have you done a draft with league owners who are fans of a favorite team and they take a player at a certain position from the team they love over someone you or I may have more highly rated? Happens in every draft. I thought this would be a cool exercise to get you to understand my Golden Rules of fantasy drafting: know your league and expect the unexpected.

Now let’s dive into the madness of fantasy football drafting. Many will seem like sound picks, some may make you scratch your head. Keep in mind, this draft was done with Club Fantasy settings. Meaning your starting squad is 1 QB, 1 RB, 1 RB/WR, 2 WRs, 1 FLEX (RB/WR/TE), 1 TE, 1 D/ST, 1 K, and 7 bench spots. There are some very interesting strategies laid out here and it once again highlights my point which I can’t stress enough: Know. Your. League.

I’d like to give a big thanks to Cole Hoopingarner, Joe Zollo, Patrick Meehan Nader, and Derrick Mack for assisting me in this exercise. And in the spirit of keeping it fun, I let Joe provide each team with their own pun-tastic nicknames. Each of us drafted two teams. On to the draft!

Todd Gurley

Rams’ superstar RB Todd Gurley was the highest scoring player in Fantasy Football in 2017. Is it any surprise he went number one overall? (Photo from http://www.sportingnews.com)

Round 1
Pick By Player Team Position
1 My Rawls Itch Todd Gurley LAR RB1
2 Inglorious Staffords Ezekiel Elliott DAL RB2
3 Morning Woodhead David Johnson ARI RB3
4 Rudolph the Red Zone Reindeer Le’Veon Bell PIT RB4
5 Hot Lockett Alvin Kamara NO RB5
6 Sly Cooper Antonio Brown PIT WR1
7 Goff Balls Odell Beckham Jr. NYG WR2
8 Me and Mrs. Jones Melvin Gordon LAC RB6
9 S.W.A.T.T. Team DeAndre Hopkins HOU WR3
10 PokeMoncrief A.J. Green CIN WR4

Pretty normal 1st round if you ask me. Two things stand out to me here: four wide receivers in the first round and Le’Veon Bell is the fourth RB off the board. “Bell’s my number one running back. Seeing him at four was like Christmas in July,” said our Editor Supreme, Cole Hoopingarner. Zeke is my number one RB this year so being able to grab him at 2 was, to me, a steal. One of our draftees is a huge fan of A.J. Green this year. “He consistently puts up points and is hungry,” says our Facebook liaison, Derrick Mack.

Round 2
Pick By Player Team Position
11 PokeMoncrief Michael Thomas NO WR5
12 S.W.A.T.T. Team Dalvin Cook MIN RB7
13 Me and Mrs. Jones Saquon Barkley NYG RB8
14 Goff Balls Kareem Hunt KC RB9
15 Sly Cooper Leonard Fournette JAX RB10
16 Hot Lockett Joe Mixon CIN RB11
17 Rudolph the Red Zone Reindeer Davante Adams GB WR6
18 Morning Woodhead LeSean McCoy BUF RB12
19 Inglorious Staffords Keenan Allen LAC WR7
20 My Rawls Itch Jarvis Landry CLE WR8

This is kind of what I expected to see in the 1st round — a more running back heavy round. RBs have shown their worth in recent seasons, even in PPR formats. Fewer RBs scored more than 200 fantasy points in 2017 (11) than in 2016 (13) but WRs fell off also (14 in 2017, 20 in 2016). What that tells me is that there’s more depth at WR to help fill out a roster if you miss on a top WR. With RBs, all the value is at the top so it’s better to grab RBs earlier than later. PokeMoncrief will test that theory as the article goes on. To my point? Three of the four teams that took a WR in Round 1 followed that up with a RB in Round 2. “I try to take two big stars with my first two picks, preferably a wide receiver and a running back,” said our Twitter savant Patrick Meehan Nader. I snagged Fournette in Round 2 after grabbing Antonio Brown in Round 1. You can bet your ass I was ecstatic about that. Two of the bigger reaches in this round in my opinion were Mixon (RB11; I have him as RB17) and Landry (WR8; I have him as WR11). “(Landry) has shown in the past he can put up big numbers, but in a new system and with a new quarterback, he’s a risk at 20,” offers up No Punt Intended host Joe Zollo. “However, I can see where his upside was too good to pass up.”

Gronk

Patriots’ TE Rob Gronkowski is the first TE off the board. The 3rd round seems like a good place for that to happen. (Photo from www.bostonglobe.com)

Round 3
Pick By Player Team Position
21 My Rawls Itch Stefon Diggs MIN WR9
22 Inglorious Staffords Julio Jones ATL WR10
23 Morning Woodhead T.Y. Hilton IND WR11
24 Rudolph the Red Zone Reindeer Devonta Freeman ATL RB13
25 Hot Lockett Mike Evans TB WR12
26 Sly Cooper Christian McCaffrey CAR RB14
27 Goff Balls Kenyan Drake MIA RB15
28 Me and Mrs. Jones Rob Gronkowski NE TE1
29 S.W.A.T.T. Team Adam Thielen MIN WR13
30 PokeMoncrief Zach Ertz PHI TE2

After three rounds, still not a QB in sight. Hmm. But we do get our first two tight ends off the board in Patriots’ Rob Gronkowski and Eagles’ Zach Ertz. I can’t even be mad. Those are my top two TEs this year. I think the biggest shocker is seeing Julio Jones, arguably one of the best WRs in the league, be the 10th WR off the board — in the 3rd round! And Stefon Diggs going as WR9. I like the Vikings WRs, but with a new QB, albeit a good one, who knows which WR he’ll like better. When asked why he took Gronk instead of a WR when he already had two RBs, Joe followed it up with an atypical response. “Gronk is a wide receiver.” Well played, Joe. Well played.

Round 4
Pick By Player Team Position
31 PokeMoncrief Golden Tate DET WR14
32 S.W.A.T.T. Team Jerick McKinnon SF RB16
33 Me and Mrs. Jones Amari Cooper OAK WR15
34 Goff Balls Brandin Cooks LAR WR16
35 Sly Cooper Jordan Howard CHI RB17
36 Hot Lockett Chris Thompson WAS RB18
37 Rudolph the Red Zone Reindeer Larry Fitzgerald ARI WR17
38 Morning Woodhead Doug Baldwin SEA WR18
39 Inglorious Staffords Josh Gordon CLE WR19
40 My Rawls Itch Derrick Henry TEN RB19

Through four rounds, PokeMoncrief still doesn’t have a RB. And My Rawls Itch took Derrick Henry over Dion Lewis. One of my fun facts about Henry as seen in our A Look Inside the Titans is that Henry had 8 runs where he gained 268 yards. In his other 168 rushes, he averaged 2.8 yards per carry. Asked why he prefers Henry to Lewis, Patrick kept it simple. “Because of his power.” The biggest steal in this round? Jordan Howard. He’s averaged over 1,200 yards rushing the last two years. Only Ezekiel Elliott and Le’Veon Bell have outrushed him over the last two years. He may not catch many passes, but I’ll take that kind of production from my RB3 behind Fournette and McCaffrey. (Hell, those are great RB2 numbers.)

NFL: AFC Divisional-Pittsburgh Steelers at Kansas City Chiefs

Chiefs’ WR Tyreek Hill goes as the 20th receiver off the board. He scored the 3rd most points at the position in 2017. Any chance a switch at QB has something to do with that? (Photo from ftw.usatoday.com)

Round 5
Pick By Player Team Position
41 My Rawls Itch Travis Kelce KC TE3
42 Inglorious Staffords Dion Lewis TEN RB20
43 Morning Woodhead Kyle Rudolph MIN TE4
44 Rudolph the Red Zone Reindeer Tyreek Hill KC WR20
45 Hot Lockett Pierre Garcon SF WR21
46 Sly Cooper Alshon Jeffery PHI WR22
47 Goff Balls JuJu Smith-Schuster PIT WR23
48 Me and Mrs. Jones Marvin Jones Jr. DET WR24
49 S.W.A.T.T. Team Aaron Rodgers GB QB1
50 PokeMoncrief Tom Brady NE QB2

We have a quarterback sighting folks! I’m a big proponent in waiting to take a QB, I am. Even in leagues where you get 6 points per passing TD, there’s no reason to reach when you can secure quality at RB, WR, and TE first. S.W.A.T.T. Team and PokeMoncrief saw an opening with arguably the two best QBs on the board. “I typically like waiting on a QB. But I had already secured two top 15 RBs and two top 10 WRs, and the only position player I was considering over Rodgers was Ingram. I chose the guy who, when healthy, is a lock for top 2 numbers at his position,” said Cole. Smith-Schuster’s big breakout has many people loving his potential in the Steelers high-powered offense. Hard to argue with a WR trio of OBJ, Brandin Cooks, and JuJu.

Round 6
Pick By Player Team Position
51 PokeMoncrief Jimmy Graham GB TE5
52 S.W.A.T.T. Team Demaryius Thomas DEN WR25
53 Me and Mrs. Jones Mark Ingram NO RB21
54 Goff Balls Jay Ajayi PHI RB22
55 Sly Cooper Greg Olsen CAR TE6
56 Hot Lockett Kirk Cousins MIN QB3
57 Rudolph the Red Zone Reindeer Evan Engram NYG TE7
58 Morning Woodhead Cooper Kupp LAR WR26
59 Inglorious Staffords Royce Freeman DEN RB23
60 My Rawls Itch Sammy Watkins KC WR27

I know he’s suspended for four games, but Mark Ingram as the 21st RB off the board just feels low. He’s my preseason RB20, but you know he’ll float to around RB9 or RB12 by season’s end after injuries. “The suspension leads to Ingram being my RB3 which is a steal,” said Joe. Three more TEs come off the board here. I managed to snag Olsen for Sly Cooper. I’m a big believer in getting a top option at TE. Sure, people think it’s deep every year, but it inevitably shows by year’s end there are only 3-5 strong options. Give me the guy who is the only TE in history to have three straight years of 1,000 receiving yards. Also of note? PokeMoncrief snagging a 2nd TE (Jimmy Graham to pair with Zach Ertz) before drafting a RB. Derrick sees the upside in the decision: “After Gronk went and seeing what was left at running back, my move was to go after two decent tight ends.” Let’s see if the strategy pays off.

Deshaun Watson

Texans’ QB Deshaun Watson shot out of a cannon. Can he replicate his small sample size from 2017 into a full 2018 of greatness? (Photo from clutchpoints.com)

Round 7
Pick By Player Team Position
61 My Rawls Itch Lamar Miller HOU RB24
62 Inglorious Staffords Deshaun Watson HOU QB4
63 Morning Woodhead Carlos Hyde CLE RB25
64 Rudolph the Red Zone Reindeer Rashaad Penny SEA RB26
65 Hot Lockett C.J. Anderson CAR RB27
66 Sly Cooper Allen Robinson CHI WR28
67 Goff Balls Julian Edelman NE WR29
68 Me and Mrs. Jones Marquise Goodwin SF WR30
69 S.W.A.T.T. Team Derrius Guice WAS RB28
70 PokeMoncrief Randall Cobb GB WR31

You know how I said you can wait on a quarterback? I didn’t listen to myself when Watson fell to the Inglorious Staffords in the 7th round. With Elliott, Lewis, and Freeman at RB, and Allen, Julio Jones, and Josh Gordon at WR, I felt it was a worthy gamble. Hopefully a quality tight end makes it to me later. Another interesting find for my other team was Allen Robinson as the 28th WR off the board. “I thought about him earlier, but he’s let me down before,” said Patrick. And Randall Cobb in the 7th? A healthy Rodgers could easily help him rise back to fantasy relevance. Derrick is “hoping for the best, preparing for the worst.” Definitely the biggest head-scratcher of the night.

Round 8
Pick By Player Team Position
71 PokeMoncrief Jordy Nelson OAK WR32
72 S.W.A.T.T. Team Robert Woods LAR WR33
73 Me and Mrs. Jones Duke Johnson Jr. CLE RB29
74 Goff Balls Delanie Walker TEN TE8
75 Sly Cooper D’Onta Foreman HOU RB30
76 Hot Lockett Giovani Bernard CIN RB31
77 Rudolph the Red Zone Reindeer Carson Wentz PHI QB5
78 Morning Woodhead Ronald Jones II TB RB32
79 Inglorious Staffords Corey Davis TEN WR34
80 My Rawls Itch Russell Wilson SEA QB6

With Lamar Miller going as the 24th RB, I thought Foreman as RB30 was a great find. He ran well prior to the Achilles’ injury last year and should be primed to take over the lead role this year. I also have him rated higher than Miller so there’s that. There’s been a lot of hype around Ronald Jones II as a savior in Tampa Bay this season. I don’t like him that much, but Joe sees the potential: “Absolute wildcard. (Jones) has RB1 upside with no competition but his offense isn’t that great.” Two more quarterbacks off the board, and the highest scoring quarterback from a year ago is the 6th off the board.

BeastMode

Is this it for Raiders’ RB Marshawn Lynch? Beast Mode is looking to go out on top with Jon Gruden now running the Silver & Black. (Photo from www.sfchronicle.com)

Round 9
Pick By Player Team Position
81 My Rawls Itch Rex Burkhead NE RB33
82 Inglorious Staffords Trey Burton CHI TE9
83 Morning Woodhead Sterling Shepard NYG WR35
84 Rudolph the Red Zone Reindeer Marshawn Lynch OAK RB34
85 Hot Lockett Chris Carson SEA RB35
86 Sly Cooper Robby Anderson NYJ WR36
87 Goff Balls Andrew Luck IND QB7
88 Me and Mrs. Jones Devin Funchess CAR WR37
89 S.W.A.T.T. Team Alex Collins BAL RB36
90 PokeMoncrief LeGarrette Blount DET RB37

At least Inglorious Staffords snagged their tight end. If you’ve read my preseason rankings, you’d know I’m a big believer in Trey Burton in Chicago. And PokeMoncrief grabs a running back! Blount as the 37th RB off the board isn’t the worst thing I’ve seen, but he’s not likely to hold the starting job all season with rookie Kerryon Johnson looming. Alex Collins, a starting running back in the NFL, is grand theft. Seriously. Cole thought so: “From Weeks 8 – 16, Collins was fantasy’s 11th best RB, which is even more impressive when you consider that he isn’t really a big part of the Ravens’ passing game. I don’t feel threatened by Kenneth Dixon or Buck Allen. Collins in the 9th as my fourth RB may be my best value pick of the draft.”

Round 10
Pick By Player Team Position
91 PokeMoncrief T.J. Yeldon JAX RB38
92 S.W.A.T.T. Team Jamison Crowder WAS WR38
93 Me and Mrs. Jones Drew Brees NO QB8
94 Goff Balls Isaiah Crowell NYJ RB39
95 Sly Cooper Will Fuller V HOU WR39
96 Hot Lockett Michael Gallup DAL WR40
97 Rudolph the Red Zone Reindeer Chris Hogan NE WR41
98 Morning Woodhead Michael Crabtree BAL WR42
99 Inglorious Staffords Tarik Cohen CHI RB40
100 My Rawls Itch Latavius Murray MIN RB41

After a down 2017 in terms of touchdown passes, Drew Bress fell to QB12. Joe couldn’t believe he was on the board in round 10: “Shocked.” That’s a mouthful. I couldn’t believe Tarik Cohen fell that far. Yes, he’s a third down, pass catcher only type guy but this is a PPR format. Unreal. The first rookie wide receiver is taken here is Michael Gallup of the Cowboys. He is, in fact, the first Cowboys wide receiver off the board. I’m a big believer in Gallup and I certainly can’t hate on him being the first Cowboys’ receiver taken.

JustinTucker

A kicker in the 11th round. Joe is testing my patience. For as much as I despise the position in fantasy, it’s hard to go wrong with the Ravens’ Justin Tucker. (Photo from http://www.businessinsider.com)

Round 11
Pick By Player Team Position
101 My Rawls Itch DeSean Jackson TB WR43
102 Inglorious Staffords Kenny Stills MIA WR44
103 Morning Woodhead Justin Tucker BAL K1
104 Rudolph the Red Zone Reindeer Tevin Coleman ATL RB42
105 Hot Lockett Dak Prescott DAL QB9
106 Sly Cooper Jamaal Williams GB RB43
107 Goff Balls Frank Gore MIA RB44
108 Me and Mrs. Jones Emmanuel Sanders DEN WR45
109 S.W.A.T.T. Team Jordan Reed WAS TE10
110 PokeMoncrief Jimmy Garoppolo SF QB10
Round 12
Pick By Player Team Position
111 PokeMoncrief Brandon LaFell CIN WR46
112 S.W.A.T.T. Team Marqise Lee JAX WR47
113 Me and Mrs. Jones Benjamin Watson NO TE11
114 Goff Balls DeDe Westbrook JAX WR48
115 Sly Cooper Josh Doctson WAS WR49
116 Hot Lockett Hayden Hurst BAL TE12
117 Rudolph the Red Zone Reindeer Kelvin Benjamin BUF WR50
118 Morning Woodhead Jaguars D/ST JAX DST1
119 Inglorious Staffords Mike Gesicki MIA TE13
120 My Rawls Itch Allen Hurns DAL WR51

Joe hit me with the mic drop. A damn kicker in round 11. About five rounds too early. “I’ve won and lost weeks because of a kicker,” says Joe. So have I, but that doesn’t mean I’m taking one that early! I’ll accentuate my point on this later. “Fat” Kelvin Benjamin, the Bills number one receiver, comes off the board in round 12. What a fall from grace for this guy. And the Jaguars D/ST. At least this I can understand. They scored a whopping 264 fantasy points, more than their star running back scored. Oddly good value. Also, it’s been 12 rounds, and no sign of Cam Newton, fantasy’s number 5 QB in 2017.

Round 13
Pick By Player Team Position
121 My Rawls Itch Rams D/ST LAR DST2
122 Inglorious Staffords Theo Riddick DET RB45
123 Morning Woodhead Philip Rivers LAC QB11
124 Rudolph the Red Zone Reindeer Sony Michel NE RB46
125 Hot Lockett Jack Doyle IND TE14
126 Sly Cooper Jared Goff LAR QB12
127 Goff Balls Mohamed Sanu Jr. ATL WR52
128 Me and Mrs. Jones Marcus Mariota TEN QB13
129 S.W.A.T.T. Team Marlon Mack IND RB47
130 PokeMoncrief Steelers D/ST PIT DST3
Round 14
Pick By Player Team Position
131 PokeMoncrief Ty Montgomery GB RB48
132 S.W.A.T.T. Team Cameron Brate TB TE15
133 Me and Mrs. Jones Chargers D/ST LAC DST4
134 Goff Balls Eagles D/ST PHI DST5
135 Sly Cooper Kerryon Johnson DET RB49
136 Hot Lockett Cole Beasley DAL WR53
137 Rudolph the Red Zone Reindeer Cam Newton CAR QB14
138 Morning Woodhead Austin Sefarian-Jenkins JAX TE16
139 Inglorious Staffords James White NE RB50
140 My Rawls Itch Terrance Williams DAL WR54

Sly Cooper snagged their first and only QB in round 13 with Jared Goff. This once again proves my point: you can wait on a QB. We’ve now seen four Cowboys receivers come off the board before a fellow NFC East receiver who finished in the top 20, Nelson Agholor. Lots of big time defenses in rounds 13 and 14 also. I can live with that as they will technically start. But if you’re anything like Cole, you’ll probably just end up streaming them throughout the season: “There’s no position in fantasy football that sees greater point swings on a week-to-week basis than D/ST, and a defense’s fortunes can change quickly from season to season. The Saints finished as fantasy’s 29th ranked D/ST in 2016. Just one year later they finished as #6. I’ll stream and hope to strike gold.”

NFL

Falcons’ QB Matt Ryan received zero respect in this mock draft. He was the 15th QB taken. I for one am not shocked. He’s had little in the way of consistent fantasy success. (Photo from www.si.com)

Round 15
Pick By Player Team Position
141 My Rawls Itch Matt Ryan ATL QB15
142 Inglorious Staffords Vikings D/ST MIN DST6
143 Morning Woodhead DeVante Parker MIA WR55
144 Rudolph the Red Zone Reindeer Broncos D/ST DEN DST7
145 Hot Lockett Ravens D/ST BAL DST8
146 Sly Cooper Bears D/ST CHI DST9
147 Goff Balls Tyrod Taylor CLE QB16
148 Me and Mrs. Jones Stephen Gostkowski NE K2
149 S.W.A.T.T. Team Panthers D/ST CAR DST10
150 PokeMoncrief Greg Zuerlein LAR K3
Round 16
Pick By Player Team Position
151 PokeMoncrief Lions D/ST DET DST11
152 S.W.A.T.T. Team Chris Boswell PIT K4
153 Me and Mrs. Jones D.J. Moore CAR WR56
154 Goff Balls Wil Lutz NO K5
155 Sly Cooper Harrison Butker KC K6
156 Hot Lockett Matt Bryant ATL K7
157 Rudolph the Red Zone Reindeer Jake Elliott PHI K8
158 Morning Woodhead Josh Rosen ARI QB17
159 Inglorious Staffords Robbie Gould SF K9
160 My Rawls Itch Matt Prater DET K10

And here’s my point about kickers. Sly Cooper snagged Harrison Butker as the 6th kicker off the board. Fun fact: did you know that Butker actually had the most fantasy points per game among kickers last year? He went undrafted last year. Case in point why I can’t vouch for taking a kicker before the 15th round in 16 round drafts.

And that’s all she wrote folks. PokeMoncrief certainly gambled by taking only three RBs but it’s safe to say he has some trade ammo in his depth at TE. Who do you think had the best draft? The worst draft? Keep in mind, you’re not likely to win your league on draft day, but you certainly can lose it. I’ll reiterate again, know your league and know your settings. It’ll be crucial to how you see the draft board.

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