Who’s the RB2 behind Jonathan Taylor?

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There is no such thing as a extra vital a part of making ready for fantasy football drafts than doing a mock. Whereas issues might play out otherwise in the actual factor, the hot button is to be comfy in your considering so you possibly can regulate on the fly and transfer shortly from Plan A to Plan B and even Plan C if wants be.

However when you’ve run out of time to do your personal mocks, we’ve you coated right here at PFN with our personal mock draft with evaluation. On this 2022 fantasy soccer mock draft, we break down the decision-making within the first two rounds after which analyze how our crew turned out and what we realized from this mock.

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We modified up the format of this mock draft to be a non-PPR, 1QB format. This differs from the PPR Superflex format we did final week, so be sure you verify that one out if that format is what your league makes use of. Going ahead, we will probably be additional mixing up the codecs between non-PPR, half-PPR, and PPR, in addition to each 1QB and Superflex.

Our beginning lineup for this mock was: QB, RB, RB, WR, WR, TE, two flex spots, with six bench spots. Neither D/ST nor kickers had been included on this mock, as all 4 analysts agreed that the final principle is each positions are chosen within the remaining two rounds. For extra perception into the concepts behind drafting D/STs and kickers, join our draft guide available through the PFN Pass.

The format of this mock noticed 4 of our analysts every choosing three completely different groups. Tommy Garrett (TG) had groups 1, 5, and 9. Jason Katz (JK) had groups 2, 6, and 10. Ian Wharton (IW) had groups 3, 7, and 11. Ben Rolfe (BR) had groups 4, 8, and 12.

The decide in parentheses from Spherical 2 onwards is the general decide within the draft. 

Spherical 1

Choose 1: Jonathan Taylor, RB, IND

TG: In 2022, I really feel we’ve a definitive 1.01 for each Superflex or 1QB leagues. In a 1QB league corresponding to this, Jonathan Taylor is the runaway 1.01, particularly in commonplace codecs. With receptions equating to solely yardage or scores, I’m searching for as a lot quantity as attainable.

You’ll be hard-pressed to discover a working again with extra expertise or quantity than Taylor. The RB1 of 2021, Taylor rushed a staggering 332 instances for 1,811 yards (5.5 ypc), clearing Nick Chubb at No. 2 by 552 yards. Taylor discovered the tip zone 18 instances due to his league-leading 85 red-zone carries. Barring damage, which is a caveat with all gamers, Taylor will probably be proper up there with Derrick Henry for the league lead in touches and alternatives.

Choose 2: Christian McCaffrey, RB, CAR

JK: With none PPR, it’s very tough to take a large receiver this early. If I’m going working again with Taylor off the board, it must be Christian McCaffrey.

There’s no arguing that McCaffrey is riskier than somebody like Derrick Henry or Austin Ekeler. Nonetheless, I don’t like enjoying for security — I need to chase upside. McCaffrey can be the unquestioned first general decide in any non-Superflex format if we knew he’d play 17 video games.

Choose 3: Derrick Henry, RB, TEN

IW: I’m very happy to take Henry with Taylor and McCaffrey off the board. In a non-PPR league, I’d’ve nonetheless taken Henry No. 2. The Titans will once more rely closely on the massive man to be their offensive catalyst. I’m unsure there was one other again left apart from possibly Najee Harris who might make that declare.

Grabbing Henry over a receiver this early is a no brainer nonetheless as a result of there’s a lot flexibility I can take from right here on out. At my subsequent decide, I’ll have the possibility to get a robust RB2, or I can do one thing extra distinctive since I’ve two picks inside six of one another. The Henry decide finally ends up being a foundational decide that opens flexibility for the remainder of my draft.

Choose 4: Austin Ekeler, RB, LAC

BR: This was a simple alternative. Whereas Ekeler is just not as priceless relative to these round him in non-PPR codecs, his receiving work nonetheless carries large worth for the yards and TD potential. One factor to recollect is that it’s extraordinarily probably Ekeler sees regression from his 20 touchdowns in 16 video games. He’s solely had double-digits as soon as earlier than in his profession (2019 – 11).

It appears unlikely anybody on the Chargers will take sufficient carries to cut back Ekeler’s workload. Moreover, if his catch fee rebounds above 80%, then 1,750 whole yards might very a lot be on the playing cards. That ought to assist make up for a possible 10+ drop in touchdowns this 12 months.

Choose 5: Dalvin Prepare dinner, RB, MIN

TG: It’s essential to draft gamers who will discover the tip zone in commonplace fantasy drafts, as that is the place the majority of factors will come. Few have been higher at this than Dalvin Prepare dinner. Over the past 4 seasons, Prepare dinner has scored 40 touchdowns. In truth, final 12 months was the primary time since 2018 that Prepare dinner didn’t high 1,500 scrimmage yards and double-digit touchdowns in a season. Enjoying in 13 video games, Prepare dinner rushed 249 instances for 1,159 yards (fifth-most) with six dashing touchdowns. I’ll take that for a “down 12 months.”

Averaging 106.4 yards per recreation, Prepare dinner was fourth within the NFL in whole yards however fifteenth in fantasy factors and tied eighth in factors per recreation (13.3). I anticipate Prepare dinner to return to his common and be within the double-digit vary in what ought to be a extra explosive offense underneath Kevin O’Connell.

Choose 6: Joe Mixon, RB, CIN

JK: I’m compelled to go working again within the first spherical right here. Mixon is the lead runner on one of many league’s finest offenses, and with an improved offensive line, he has reliable 20-touchdown upside.

I went Mixon over Harris as a result of considerations about Harris’ TD upside behind a foul offensive line. In a post-Ben Roethlisberger world, Harris gained’t profit from a bunch of verify downs, and in non-PPR, these aren’t as priceless anyway.

Cincinnati Bengals working again Joe Mixon (28) takes the sphere for the primary quarter of Tremendous Bowl 56 between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Los Angeles Rams at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Calif., on Sunday, Feb. 13, 2022. The Rams got here again within the remaining minutes of the sport to win 23-20 on their dwelling area. Credit score: The Enquirer

Choose 7: Najee Harris, RB, PIT

IW: That is the purpose within the first spherical the place I can both power a working again or take one of many high receivers with out feeling uneasy in regards to the determination. I nonetheless fortunately take Harris over the receivers. Harris would be the id of the Steelers’ offense as soon as once more, and the crew improved his offensive line from final 12 months.

At worst, I can have a hero RB strategy in place with Harris. I felt the drop-off from Harris to whoever can be there on the 2.6 was massive sufficient to not go for a receiver. After seeing my subsequent decide and who was on the board nonetheless at WR, I believe I made the suitable determination on the 1.07.

Choose 8: Justin Jefferson, WR, MIN

BR: The again finish of the primary spherical is intriguing. There are 5 – 6 working backs who’re a lock, however then it turns into time to have a look at receivers. With all 5 of these backs gone, taking the primary receiver off the board was the sensible choice. In PPR, Cooper Kupp can be that participant, however within the non-PPR format, Justin Jefferson is greater than a match with potential room for development.

Beginning the draft with a WR is all the time a danger, given the unsure panorama at RB. Nonetheless, that’s what mocks are for — to see how issues play out. The lesson from that is that there’s sufficient RB depth in Rounds 4-6 that you simply don’t should chase the place within the first couple of rounds. Equally, the expertise at RB on the again finish of Spherical 1 is fairly flat, permitting you to go WR within the first if that’s what you need to do.

Choose 9: Cooper Kupp, WR, LAR

TG: Sure, I do know it is a commonplace format, however with RBs making six of the primary seven picks, I couldn’t cross up including Cooper Kupp to this roster. On the finish of the day, I’m searching for as a lot potential yardage as I can. In 2021, solely Taylor (2,271) had extra yards from scrimmage than Kupp with 1,965.

The Triple Crown winner, Kupp led the NFL in targets (191), receptions (145), yards (1,957), and touchdowns (18). Even an 85% model of this might nonetheless be the WR1 once more in 2022. With an anticipated regression, Kupp can nonetheless be penciled in for 120 receptions and 1,600 yards with double-digit touchdowns. With Kupp within the first spherical, I’ll look so as to add a working again with my subsequent decide to steadiness out the crew, one thing crucial in commonplace drafts.

Choose 10: Ja’Marr Chase, WR, CIN

JK: After beginning with working backs at my earlier two positions, I needed to change it up right here. Ja’Marr Chase is my clear WR3, and I took him as such. On a high-powered Bengals offense, his ceiling is as excessive as anybody.

Looking back, maybe an RB would’ve been the suitable name. As I got here to understand within the rounds that adopted, large receivers fall whereas working backs go shortly. Though, Chase wasn’t actually the problem. It was extra my decide in Spherical 2 that induced the considerations.

Choose 11: Nick Chubb, RB, CLE

IW: For as a lot as I like having flip picks, it may be an actual gamble on who you land. I’m comfortable to get Nick Chubb right here in a non-PPR league since he’s the workhorse in Cleveland. Chubb ought to profit massively as soon as Deshaun Watson is eligible to play as effectively, giving me an excellent worth with this decide. I figured Ben would take a minimum of one RB along with his two picks, so it was higher to attend on a receiver.

If Chubb was off the board, I’d probably attain for Aaron Jones and pair him with one other again at 2.2. However having a hero RB opened the door for a unique method with the subsequent decide.

Choose 12: Deebo Samuel, WR, SF

BR: Very similar to with the collection of Ekeler at decide 4, it was arduous to cross up a participant who can contribute on the bottom and thru the air. Deebo Samuel is primarily a receiver, however the position the 49ers use him in out of the backfield offers him an incredible ceiling. In 2021, Samuel had 23.7% of the crew dashing work inside each the 20-yard and 10-yard traces.

With the mixture of receiving work and dashing work, Samuel presents the right alternative. He has a improbable ground and unimaginable ceiling. His 1,405 receiving yards are sufficient to provide him borderline WR1-level output. The potential of dashing touchdowns boosts that as much as high 5 on the place potential.

Spherical 2

Choose 1 (13): Saquon Barkley, RB, NYG

BR: This might not be the most secure choice, however the upside with Saquon Barkley is extremely excessive. There is no such thing as a reliable competitors for vital touches within the Giants’ backfield, which supplies Barkley an enormous ceiling.

The priority is that after going WR within the first spherical, if Barkley will get injured, it might depart the roster quick at RB. Having Barkley offers an enormous upside, but it surely comes with a really low ground.

Choose 2 (14): Stefon Diggs, WR, BUF

IW: I needed Samuel, however Ben took him instantly after my Chubb decide. That’s okay, as I nonetheless landed a top-notch receiver in Stefon Diggs. Diggs has been spectacular with Josh Allen, and I believe one of the best may nonetheless be coming this 12 months. I knew I’d be ready some time for my subsequent decide, so I made a decision to go along with the highest potential level scorer over forcing a again I didn’t love right here.

Taking Diggs over Davante Adams was a harder alternative than a rusher over Diggs. I nonetheless like Adams’ potential in Vegas, however I assumed I’d take extra of the positive factor since we could be assured in Diggs’ quantity and alternatives.

Choose 3 (15): Travis Kelce, TE, KC

JK: This was not an excellent decide. Taking Travis Kelce looks as if an awesome concept — get a transparent edge at tight finish. In hindsight, I ought to’ve gone Leonard Fournette right here.

I used to be capable of get well effectively by grabbing Breece Corridor within the third, AJ Dillon within the fifth, and J.Okay. Dobbins within the sixth. Whereas I like all three, under no circumstances do I really feel assured on this RB trio. I’d have been a lot better off passing on Kelce in favor of Fournette and simply rolling with Dawson Knox as my TE1, who I bought within the eleventh spherical.

The query is whether or not I like my beginning lineup higher with Kelce and Dobbins or Fournette and Knox. If Dobbins is totally wholesome, this may occasionally work out. But when he’s not, it’s fairly clearly Fournette and Knox — particularly if I find yourself having to begin Allen Lazard or Isaiah Spiller in Week 1 — would’ve been the higher play.

Choose 4 (16): Alvin Kamara, RB, NO

TG: Watching 9 RBs come off the board, I can’t wait till the third to pick out the primary one, so I seize one who could possibly be a large steal or damage my crew in Alvin Kamara. In case you might assure a full season of Kamara, he’d by no means make it out of Spherical 1. But, given the uncertainty of his off-the-field points, Kamara is in a state of limbo for the fantasy neighborhood.

With that mentioned, I’m keen to take the danger realizing the expertise Kamara brings, even in a typical draft. Kamara set a brand new career-high dashing common at 17.5 makes an attempt per recreation (12 video games). His targets took successful, dropping from 7.1 in 2020 to five.4 in 2021. In 13 video games, Kamara rushed 240 instances for 898 yards (3.7 ypc) with 4 touchdowns.

As famous, his targets did drop. Nonetheless, he was nonetheless No. 6 amongst RBs with 67 targets. Of these, Kamara hauled in 47 passes (tied ninth) for 439 yards (seventh) and 5 touchdowns. Certain, I’m not getting the bonuses for the receptions, however yards are yards on the finish of the day.

A safer decide would have been to pick out both Fournette or Jones, who adopted this, however banking on the upside and the actual fact he performs in 2022 has me taking the shot on Kamara in Spherical 2. By taking Kamara, I additionally ensure to draft his handcuff, Mark Ingram, in Spherical 11. Ingram will probably be a top-24 RB in video games the place Kamara is out.

Choose 5 (17): Leonard Fournette, RB, TB

BR: The way in which the Buccaneers are tanking the fantasy worth of all their property just lately means we might but see them add a veteran that hurts Leonard Fournette’s worth. Nonetheless, proper now, Fournette has a pleasant mixture of ground and ceiling. He ought to see nearly all of the work within the Buccaneers’ backfield, and he proved final 12 months that the ceiling is sky excessive.

Brady trusts Fournette, and subsequently, so ought to fantasy managers.

Choose 6 (18): Aaron Jones, RB, GB

IW: I used to be thrilled to see Barkley, Fournette, and even Kamara come off the board earlier than Aaron Jones. For as a lot as I like Dillon’s position in Inexperienced Bay for 2022, Jones is wholesome now and could be launched after the season. He ought to see lots of targets earlier than the Packers make a monetary determination.

A Harris-Jones begin is as stable because it will get even when I don’t have the upside of a number of the different backs. My lack of a star receiver at this level means I’ll should prioritize the place within the coming rounds. However the one different gamers I’d have thought of right here had been Davante Adams and CeeDee Lamb, so I’m proud of this decide.

Inexperienced Bay Packers working again Aaron Jones (33) participates in coaching camp on July 28, 2022, in Ashwaubenon, Wis. Credit score: PackersNews

Choose 7 (19): Davante Adams, WR, LV

JK: I hoped to get Fournette right here, however he didn’t make it again. The very best working again on the board was D’Andre Swift, who’s downgraded with none PPR, and it felt too early for the likes of Javonte Williams.

So, I went with the highest large receiver on my board. Adams might not have the ceiling he as soon as did, however his ground is extraordinarily excessive. At worst, he ought to be a low WR1.

Trying forward, I used to be lucky to seize Travis Etienne within the fourth spherical. Had I not, my RB scenario might need been dire.

Choose 8 (20): D’Andre Swift, RB, DET

TG: The an increasing number of I draft, the extra I like having a top-five decide this 12 months. Even right here, I really feel I can let the draft come to me and discover worth. Provided that RBs carry elevated worth in a typical draft, D’Andre Swift is my subsequent decide to shore up this a part of my roster.

Swift does lose upside on this format as he crushed final 12 months due to his pass-catching prowess, ending fourth in targets final season (78) and tied for the lead amongst RBs in targets per recreation (six). Paired along with his dashing quantity, Swift averaged 17.6 alternatives per recreation.

From Weeks 1-11, Swift was the RB9 in commonplace codecs on a struggling however bettering Lions offense. I anticipate this crew to take one other step ahead, together with Swift’s ceiling. In hindsight, maybe Williams would have match the scoring format higher, however Swift should not have any points residing as much as his ADP.

Choose 9 (21): Tyreek Hill, WR, MIA

BR: In PPR, I could have checked out CeeDee Lamb right here as a result of his ground feels larger. Nonetheless, Tyreek Hill’s game-breaking means makes him a really intriguing fantasy asset. There is perhaps the odd bump as he transitions to Tua Tagovailoa at QB, however Hill is a rock stable start-him-and-forget-it choice who comes with thrilling upside primarily based on his expertise.

Moreover, at this level, there have been nonetheless a handful of backs within the present tier. Subsequently, it was definitely worth the danger that considered one of Javonte Williams, Ezekiel Elliott, or David Montgomery would slide. This RB-WR begin set the roster up properly to permit flexibility the remainder of the best way down the draft.

Choose 10 (22): Josh Allen, QB, BUF

IW: I didn’t enter this draft with my coronary heart set on touchdown Josh Allen, however because the second spherical performed out, he turned a way more viable choice for me. I’ve the second-tier of backs all rated equally, so seeing Javonte Williams, Cam Akers, Ezekiel Elliott, and David Montgomery nonetheless on the board opened the potential of Allen right here. On face worth, sure, I took Allen 10 picks earlier than Mahomes, however I used to be frightened both Katz or Tommy would seize him since they owned the subsequent 4 picks.

I’m comfortable to land Allen alongside Henry. Each have the upside to be the highest general scorer at their place, placing my crew in an awesome place to win the league. Importantly to me as effectively is that they’ve excessive flooring. They simply want to remain wholesome.

Choose 11 (23): CeeDee Lamb, WR, DAL

JK: The dearth of PPR pushes large receivers down the board. Lamb enters the 2022 season as Dak Prescott’s clear WR1 for the primary time in his profession. Lamb has improved yearly of his profession and is poised to actually escape this season.

What I’ve gathered is selecting on the entrance presents a bonus in having the ability to draft a high-end WR whereas additionally having the ability to safe a robust RB2. Trying forward, I used to be capable of seize Cam Akers at my subsequent decide after which principally ignore working again the remainder of the best way. Looking back, I in all probability ought to’ve grabbed a 3rd RB within the sixth or seventh spherical. However hey, that’s why we apply!

Choose 12 (24): Javonte Williams, RB, DEN

TG: Now on the flip with Taylor already on my crew, I significantly contemplated going RB/RB to load up on the place, realizing it might be depleted by the point it comes again within the fourth spherical. Seeing Javonte Williams on the board made this decide a simple alternative.

Regardless of a useless even 50/50 break up on carries with Melvin Gordon III final 12 months at 203 a bit, Williams completed thirteenth in touches with 246 (14.6 per recreation). He additionally maximized his touches and made them depend, ending No. 5 in compelled missed tackles, No. 7 in 10+ yard rushes, and No. 7 in yards after contact regardless of being fifteenth in carries.

I anticipate this backfield to be extra of a 60/40 break up with Williams main the best way for the now Russell Wilson-led Broncos. Realizing that groups can’t stack the field in opposition to them, Williams is primed to dominate in 2022.

Fantasy mock draft | Rounds 3-14

Spherical 3

Choose 1 (25): Mike Evans, WR, TB
Choose 2 (26): Cam Akers, RB, LAR
Choose 3 (27): Ezekiel Elliott, RB, DAL
Choose 4 (28): David Montgomery, RB, CHI
Choose 5 (29): Mark Andrews, TE, BAL
Choose 6 (30): Tee Higgins, WR, CIN
Choose 7 (31): Terry McLaurin, WR, WAS
Choose 8 (32): Patrick Mahomes, QB, KC
Choose 9 (33): James Conner, RB, ARI
Choose 10 (34): Breece Corridor, RB, NYJ
Choose 11 (35): Kyle Pitts, TE, ATL
Choose 12 (36): Josh Jacobs, RB, LV

Spherical 4

Choose 1 (37): DJ Moore, WR, CAR
Choose 2 (38): Diontae Johnson, WR, PIT
Choose 3 (39): Michael Pittman Jr., WR, IND
Choose 4 (40): Lamar Jackson, QB, BAL
Choose 5 (41): Antonio Gibson, RB, WAS
Choose 6 (42): Justin Herbert, QB, LAC
Choose 7 (43): Travis Etienne, RB, JAX
Choose 8 (44): A.J. Brown, WR, TEN
Choose 9 (45): Keenan Allen, WR, LAC
Choose 10 (46): George Kittle, TE, SF
Choose 11 (47): Darren Waller, TE, LV
Choose 12 (48): Courtland Sutton, WR, DEN

Spherical 5

Choose 1 (49): Jalen Hurts, QB, PHI
Choose 2 (50): Allen Robinson, WR, LAR
Choose 3 (51): Marquise Brown, WR, ARI
Choose 4 (52): Elijah Mitchell, RB, SF
Choose 5 (53): Mike Williams, WR, LAC
Choose 6 (54): Joe Burrow, QB, CIN
Choose 7 (55): Chris Godwin, WR, TB
Choose 8 (56): DK Metcalf, WR, SEA
Choose 9 (57): Dalton Schultz, TE, DAL
Choose 10 (58): AJ Dillon, RB, GB
Choose 11 (59): Kenneth Walker III, RB, SEA
Choose 12 (60): Cordarrelle Patterson, RB, ATL

Spherical 6

Choose 1 (61): Brandin Cooks, WR, HOU
Choose 2 (62): Kyler Murray, QB, ARI
Choose 3 (63): J.Okay. Dobbins, RB, BAL
Choose 4 (64): Jaylen Waddle, WR, MIA
Choose 5 (65): Devin Singletary, RB, BUF
Choose 6 (66): Miles Sanders, RB, PHI
Choose 7 (67): Adam Thielen, WR, MIN
Choose 8 (68): Damien Harris, RB, NE
Choose 9 (69): Darnell Mooney, WR, CHI
Choose 10 (70): Amari Cooper, WR, CLE
Choose 11 (71): JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, KC
Choose 12 (72): Rashod Bateman, WR, BAL

Spherical 7

Choose 1 (73): Melvin Gordon, RB, DEN
Choose 2 (74): Dak Prescott, QB, DAL
Choose 3 (75): Kareem Hunt, RB, CLE
Choose 4 (76): Tony Pollard, RB, DAL
Choose 5 (77): Jerry Jeudy, WR, DEN
Choose 6 (78): Chase Edmonds, RB, MIA
Choose 7 (79): Treylon Burks, WR, TEN
Choose 8 (80): DeAndre Hopkins, WR, ARI
Choose 9 (81): Drake London, WR, ATL
Choose 10 (82): Gabriel Davis, WR, BUF
Choose 11 (83): Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB, KC
Choose 12 (84): Tom Brady, QB, TB

Spherical 8

Choose 1 (85): Amon-Ra St. Brown, WR, DET
Choose 2 (86): DeVonta Smith, WR, PHI
Choose 3 (87): Aaron Rodgers, QB, GB
Choose 4 (88): Rashaad Penny, RB, SEA
Choose 5 (89): James Robinson, RB, JAX
Choose 6 (90): Dallas Goedert, TE, PHI
Choose 7 (91): Elijah Moore, WR, NYJ
Choose 8 (92): Michael Thomas, WR, NO
Choose 9 (93): Tyler Lockett, WR, SEA
Choose 10 (94): Hunter Renfrow, WR, LV
Choose 11 (95): Brandon Aiyuk, WR, SF
Choose 12 (96): Rhamondre Stevenson, RB, NE

Spherical 9

Choose 1 (97): T.J. Hockenson, TE, DET
Choose 2 (98): Michael Carter, RB, NYJ
Choose 3 (99): James Prepare dinner, RB, BUF
Choose 4 (100): Gus Edwards, RB, BAL
Choose 5 (101): Russell Wilson, QB, DEN
Choose 6 (102): Zach Ertz, TE, ARI
Choose 7 (103): Michael Gallup, WR, DAL
Choose 8 (104): Kenny Golladay, WR, NYG
Choose 9 (105): Ronald Jones, RB, KC
Choose 10 (106): Allen Lazard, WR, GB
Choose 11 (107): Kadarius Toney, WR, NYG
Choose 12 (108): Mecole Hardman, WR, KC

Jan 23, 2022; Kansas Metropolis, Missouri, USA; Kansas Metropolis Chiefs large receiver Mecole Hardman (17) runs the ball in opposition to the Buffalo Payments throughout extra time in an AFC Divisional playoff soccer recreation at GEHA Area at Arrowhead Stadium. Credit score: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports activities

Spherical 10

Choose 1 (109): Darrell Henderson, RB, LAR
Choose 2 (110): Marlon Mack, RB, IND
Choose 3 (111): Isaiah Spiller, RB, LAC
Choose 4 (112): Robert Woods, WR, TEN
Choose 5 (113): Russell Gage, WR, ATL
Choose 6 (114): Chris Olave, WR, NO
Choose 7 (115): Dameon Pierce, RB, HOU
Choose 8 (116): Alexander Mattison, RB, MIN
Choose 9 (117): Chase Claypool, WR, PIT
Choose 10 (118): Trey Lance, QB, SF
Choose 11 (119): Christian Kirk, WR, JAX
Choose 12 (120): Skyy Moore, WR, KC

Spherical 11

Choose 1 (121): Tyler Boyd, WR, CIN
Choose 2 (122): Kenneth Gainwell, RB, PHI
Choose 3 (123): Jameson Williams, WR, DET
Choose 4 (124): Darrel Williams, RB, ARI
Choose 5 (125): Khalil Herbert, RB, CHI
Choose 6 (126): Rachaad White, RB, TB
Choose 7 (127): Sony Michel, RB, LAR
Choose 8 (128): Cole Kmet, TE, CHI
Choose 9 (129): Mark Ingram, RB, NO
Choose 10 (130): Dawson Knox, RB, BUF
Choose 11 (131): Christian Watson, WR, GB
Choose 12 (132): Kenyan Drake, RB, LV

Spherical 12

Choose 1 (133): Tyler Allgeier, RB, ATL
Choose 2 (134): Alec Pierce, WR, IND
Choose 3 (135): Garrett Wilson, WR, NYJ
Choose 4 (136): Tim Patrick, WR, DEN
Choose 5 (137): Jamaal Williams, RB, DET
Choose 6 (138): Brian Robinson Jr., RB, WAS
Choose 7 (139): Jarvis Landry, WR, NO
Choose 8 (140): Jahan Dotson, WR, WAS
Choose 9 (141): Marquez Valdes-Scantling, WR, KC
Choose 10 (142): Raheem Mostert, RB, MIA
Choose 11 (143): D’Onta Foreman, RB, CAR
Choose 12 (144): Deshaun Watson, QB, CLE

Spherical 13

Choose 1 (145): Nyheim Hines, RB, IND
Choose 2 (146): Jakobi Meyers, WR, NE
Choose 3 (147): Okay.J. Osborn, WR, MIN
Choose 4 (148): Matthew Stafford, QB, LAR
Choose 5 (149): Jalen Tolbert, WR, DAL
Choose 6 (150): Pat Freiermuth, TE, PIT
Choose 7 (151): Donovan Peoples-Jones, WR, CLE
Choose 8 (152): DJ Chark, WR, DET
Choose 9 (153): Tyrion Davis-Value, RB, SF
Choose 10 (154): J.D. McKissic, RB, WAS
Choose 11 (155): A.J. Inexperienced, RB, ARI
Choose 12 (156): Sammy Watkins, WR, GB

Spherical 14

Choose 1 (157): Albert Okwuegbunam, TE, DEN
Choose 2 (158): Kirk Cousins, QB, MIN
Choose 3 (159): Robbie Anderson, WR, CAR
Choose 4 (160): Julio Jones, WR, TB
Choose 5 (161): Jamison Crowder, WR, BUF
Choose 6 (162): Odell Beckham Jr., WR, FA
Choose 7 (163): Joshua Palmer, WR, LAC
Choose 8 (164): Irv Smith Jr., TE, MIN
Choose 9 (165): Mike Gesicki, TE, MIA
Choose 10 (166): Hunter Henry, TE, NE
Choose 11 (167): Derek Carr, QB, LV
Choose 12 (168): Van Jefferson, WR, LAR

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Workforce 1 – TG

R1: Jonathan Taylor, RB, IND
R2: Javonte Williams, RB, DEN
R3: Mike Evans, WR, TB
R4: Courtland Sutton, WR, DEN
R5: Jalen Hurts, QB, PHI
R6: Rashod Bateman, WR, BAL
R7: Melvin Gordon III, RB, DEN
R8: Rhamondre Stevenson, RB, NE
R9: T.J. Hockenson, TE, DET
R10: Skyy Moore, WR, KC
R11: Tyler Boyd, WR, CIN
R12: Deshaun Watson, QB, CLE
R13: Nyheim Hines, RB, IND
R14: Van Jefferson, WR, LAR

Total, I’m very proud of how this crew turned out. At QB, I’ve a great deal of upside in Jalen Hurts however have much more with Deshaun Watson, assuming he performs in 2022. All indicators level to this, giving me an attention-grabbing pair I can play matchups with down the highway.

It was arduous to screw this up at RB after going Taylor and Williams to begin. I thought of choosing Akers on the flip, and maybe I ought to have as that position for the Rams could possibly be, on common, 18 touches a recreation. With that mentioned, including Rhamondre Stevenson within the mid-rounds could possibly be a big transfer, as I wouldn’t be stunned in any respect if he outscores Damien Harris.

So far as the cross catchers go, Mike Evans, Courtland Sutton, and Rashod Bateman are all of the WR1s for his or her respective rosters, and T.J. Hockenson ought to push for round 90 targets. Though I choose Dalton Schultz at TE, Hockenson in on the 9.01 is likely one of the finest values on this roster. Throw in potential breakout Skyy Moore and Tyler Boyd, and it is a crew prepared for a deep run into the playoffs.

Workforce 2 – JK

R1: Christian McCaffrey, RB, CAR
R2: CeeDee Lamb, WR, DAL
R3: Cam Akers, RB, LAR
R4: Darren Waller, TE, LV
R5: Allen Robinson, WR, LAR
R6: JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, KC
R7: Dak Prescott, QB, DAL
R8: Brandon Aiyuk, WR, SF
R9: Michael Carter, RB, NYJ
R10: Christian Kirk, WR, JAX
R11: Kenneth Gainwell, RB, PHI
R12: D’Onta Foreman, RB, CAR
R13: Jakobi Meyers, WR, NE
R14: Derek Carr, QB, LV

I actually like the best way this crew performed out…principally. Getting two working backs I can depend on within the first three rounds feels paramount in a non-PPR format. I used to be additionally capable of do a few different issues to enhance the worth of my crew.

Waller and Robinson each fell to me far past the place I’m keen to draft them. Within the seventh spherical, I used to be capable of seize Prescott to stack him with Lamb. Total, I actually like the beginning.

Now, for the teachings realized. Taking a quarterback and a decent finish within the first seven rounds doesn’t actually work. It now forces Aiyuk into my beginning lineup when he’s higher served as a bench participant.

I additionally waited method too lengthy on my RB3, ending up with Carter within the ninth spherical. He ought to be my RB4. Looking back, I in all probability ought to’ve taken considered one of Kareem Hunt, Tony Pollard, or Chase Edmonds on the 6-7 flip, both in lieu of JuJu Smith-Schuster or Prescott.

Workforce 3 – IW

R1: Derrick Henry, RB, TEN
R2: Josh Allen, QB, BUF
R3: Ezekiel Elliott, RB, DAL
R4: George Kittle, TE, SF
R5: Marquise Brown, WR, BAL
R6: Amari Cooper, WR, CLE
R7: Kareem Hunt, RB, CLE
R8: Hunter Renfrow, WR, LV
R9: James Prepare dinner, RB, BUF
R10: Trey Lance, QB, SF
R11: Jameson Williams, WR, DET
R12: Raheem Mostert, RB, MIA
R13: Okay.J. Osborn, WR, MIN
R14: Hunter Henry, TE, NE

I attempted to steadiness touchdown high-floor gamers till the center rounds with late stabs on gamers who might breakout in the event that they keep wholesome. I beloved my center rounds since I’m larger on Elliott than the general public, and Kittle was one of many final two elite tight ends on the board once I took him. I used to be capable of stack Kittle with Lance, in case Allen will get damage or Lance emerges as an elite choice.

My receivers aren’t probably the most dynamic, however Brown and Cooper ought to see an excellent mixture of quantity and scoring alternatives. Renfrow and Williams can hopefully win me a matchup once I want them to play, however I don’t anticipate both to have constantly excessive outputs. Osborn was a low-risk wager that Minnesota’s offense will proceed to develop.

My working backs outdoors of Henry and Elliott are solely first rate. Hunt is terrific when he performs however has damage considerations. I like Prepare dinner’s means to win the beginning job in Buffalo finally, however he’s a rotational again for now. Mostert was one other low-risk upside play since I didn’t take care of any of the remaining backs.

Workforce 4 – BR

R1: Austin Ekeler, RB, LAC
R2: Tyreek Hill, WR, KC
R3: David Montgomery, RB, CHI
R4: Keenan Allen, WR, LAC
R5: Elijah Mitchell, RB, SF
R6: Darnell Mooney, WR, CHI
R7: Tony Pollard, RB, DAL
R8: Tyler Lockett, WR, SEA
R9: Gus Edwards, RB, BAL
R10: Chase Claypool, WR, PIT
R11: Darrel Williams, RB, ARI
R12: Marquez Valdes-Scantling, WR, KC
R13: Matthew Stafford, QB, LAR
R14: Mike Gesicki, TE, MIA

The way in which this performed out was a very nice construct, alternating RB and WR for the primary 12 rounds. The technique allowed for constructing a stable roster, realizing there have been usable choices at QB and TE within the later rounds. Stafford is a pleasant starter, however being left with Gesicki is just not excellent. The hope is that he could be George Kittle-lite on this offense, however he is also the fourth or fifth pass-catching choice.

Elsewhere, there’s a pleasant steadiness of security and upside. Ekeler, Hill, Montgomery, Allen, and Mitchell current each week starters. Then there may be upside in Mooney, Pollard, Lockett, Edwards, Claypool, Williams, and Valdes-Scantling. If considered one of them emerges, improbable. But when not, enjoying the matchups with them is stable sufficient.

Workforce 5 – TG

R1: Dalvin Prepare dinner, RB, MIN
R2: D’Andre Swift, RB, DET
R3: Mark Andrews, TE, BAL
R4: A.J. Brown, WR, PHI
R5: Mike Williams, WR, LAC
R6: Damien Harris, RB, NE
R7: Jerry Jeudy, WR, DEN
R8: Michael Thomas, WR, NO
R9: Russell Wilson, QB, DEN
R10: Alexander Mattison, RB, MIN
R11: Khalil Herbert, RB, CHI
R12: Jahan Dotson, WR, WAS
R13: Jalen Tolbert, WR, DAL
R14: Irv Smith Jr., TE, MIN

The draft board didn’t fall completely in favor of this slot, however I nonetheless am reasonably proud of the squad. Beginning with Prepare dinner and Swift had me in a superb course. It continued with Mark Andrews on the 3.05, opting to take the positional worth he brings.

I would really like a greater RB3 than Damien Harris as he’s a regression candidate after a 15-TD season on simply 202 carries, however the board didn’t fall in a method I felt reaching was acceptable on the time. But, if he can duplicate his RB8 season of a 12 months in the past, this decide will look sensational.

I opted to attend on QB, choosing Russell Wilson within the ninth, one thing extra consistent with my typical draft philosophy. At receiver, A.J. Brown, Mike Williams, Jerry Jeudy, and Michael Thomas present tons of each ground and room to vastly exceed their ADPs. Thomas is the true wild card as we don’t know what he’ll seem like having performed in seven video games within the final two seasons. Nonetheless, if he’s wholesome, Thomas ought to lead the Saints in targets and would have WR2 upside at a fraction of the worth.

Within the later rounds, I went for upside. Alexander Mattison is the required handcuff for Prepare dinner, Khalil Herbert will see extra work than David Montgomery followers will probably be comfy with, and each Jahan Dotson and Jalen Tolbert are potential breakout rookie receivers in 2022.

Workforce 6 – JK

R1: Joe Mixon, RB, CIN
R2: Davante Adams, WR, LV
R3: Tee Higgins, WR, CIN
R4: Travis Etienne Jr., RB, JAX
R5: Joe Burrow, QB, CIN
R6: Adam Thielen, WR, MIN
R7: Chase Edmonds, RB, MIA
R8: Elijah Moore, WR, NYJ
R9: Zach Ertz, TE, ARI
R10: Dameon Pierce, RB, HOU
R11: Rachaad White, RB, TB
R12: Jarvis Landry, WR, NO
R13: Pat Freiermuth, TE, PIT
R14: Joshua Palmer, WR, LAC

Usually, at decide six within the first spherical, I’m taking one of many high three large receivers. Not on this format. Having Mixon and Etienne is a stable RB duo, however Etienne is riskier as a result of his upside is within the receiving division. If he loses goal-line work to James Robinson, this working again duo is perhaps somewhat weak.

At receiver, I’ve an excellent mixture of dependable veterans and ascending younger expertise. Adams and Thielen are dependable previous guys, whereas Higgins and Moore are younger and nonetheless bettering.

I like that I used to be capable of stack Higgins with Burrow within the fifth spherical. On the identical time, I’m wondering if I ought to’ve taken AJ Dillon there. Whereas I do like Edmonds this 12 months, he’s not nearly as good of an RB3 in non-PPR as in PPR codecs. Pierce and White are good upside performs late, however there’s a really actual likelihood they don’t have any worth in any respect this season, particularly early on. That would depart me perilously skinny at RB.

This was the one considered one of my three groups the place I waited on tight finish. Clearly, Waller and Kelce are method higher than Ertz, however I believe I like Ertz in Spherical 9 higher than Waller within the fourth or Kelce within the second. Edmonds or Moore as my remaining beginning flex feels loads higher than Aiyuk. The lesson right here is you possibly can take a QB or TE early, however not each.

Nov 21, 2021; Seattle, Washington, USA; Arizona Cardinals tight finish Zach Ertz (86) celebrates after catching a landing cross in opposition to the Seattle Seahawks in the course of the second quarter at Lumen Area. Credit score: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports activities

Workforce 7 – IW

R1: Najee Harris, RB, PIT
R2: Aaron Jones, RB, GB
R3: Terry McLaurin, WR, WAS
R4: Justin Herbert, QB, LAC
R5: Chris Godwin, WR, TB
R6: Miles Sanders, RB, PHI
R7: Treylon Burks, WR, TEN
R8: Dallas Goedert, TE, PHI
R9: Michael Gallup, WR, DAL
R10: Chris Olave, WR, NO
R11: Sony Michel, RB, MIA
R12: Brian Robinson Jr., RB, WAS
R13: Donovan Peoples-Jones, WR, CLE
R14: Odell Beckham Jr., WR, FA

I used to be capable of shortly add some high-upside receivers following my two backs. Grabbing McLaurin and Godwin was a stable restoration after passing on the place. With Godwin injured, I made positive to search out some stopgaps in Burks and Olave in case he’s not prepared for Week 1.

I added one other injured however gifted starter in Gallup. It’s a danger that I is perhaps counting on two rookies if Gallup and Godwin don’t work out, however a minimum of the rookies will probably be top-two choices of their respective offenses.

I used to be thrilled I might get Herbert within the fourth spherical as soon as I observed the highest 4 quarterbacks had been taken. I didn’t suppose I might wait longer for an elite QB, and it seems I used to be proper. I used the identical technique at TE, the place I landed Goedert because the final high-upside participant at his place.

My RB depth is a priority. I took cube rolls on Michel and Robinson since each can vulture goal-line carries. I like Sanders to be a productive flex choice, however I’m already anticipating needing a fourth again sooner or later with this roster.

Workforce 8 – BR

R1: Justin Jefferson, WR, MIN
R2: Leonard Fournette, RB, TB
R3: Patrick Mahomes, QB, KC
R4: Antonio Gibson, RB, WAS
R5: DK Metcalf, WR, SEA
R6: Devin Singletary, RB, BUF
R7: DeAndre Hopkins, WR, ARI
R8: James Robinson, RB, JAX
R9: Kenny Golladay, WR, NYG
R10: Russell Gage, WR, TB
R11: Cole Kmet, TE, CHI
R12: Jamaal Williams, RB, DET
R13: DJ Chark, WR, DET
R14: Jamison Crowder, WR, BUF

Taking a QB within the first 5 rounds is never a tactic that I make the most of. Nonetheless, in Spherical 3, the worth on the different positions was very flat, and Mahomes is a possible differentiator on the place. It truly labored out fairly properly and is one thing I’d advocate if there should not large drop-offs at different positions.

The trio of backs in Fournette, Gibson, and Singletary gives three stable starters, whereas Jefferson is a good anchor to the receiving group. Having Metcalf, Golladay, and Hopkins is dangerous for the primary six weeks. The hope is that both Gage or Crowder could be an emergency starter for these first six weeks if Metcalf or Golladay show to be too inconsistent. Kmet was the final tight finish that I felt assured about, and I ought to have taken him within the tenth spherical to make sure I bought my man as a substitute of risking him being taken.

Workforce 9 – TG

R1: Cooper Kupp, WR, LAR
R2: Alvin Kamara, RB, NO
R3: James Conner, RB, ARI
R4: Lamar Jackson, QB, BAL
R5: Dalton Schultz, TE, DAL
R6: Jaylen Waddle, WR, MIA
R7: Drake London, WR, ATL
R8: Rashaad Penny, RB, SEA
R9: Ronald Jones, RB, KC
R10: Robert Woods, WR, TEN
R11: Mark Ingram, RB, NO
R12: Tim Patrick, WR, DEN
R13: Tyrion Davis-Value, RB, SF
R14: Julio Jones, WR, TB

You by no means draft the identical crew within the again half of a fantasy draft because the board will all the time dictate your picks, not the opposite method round. Sadly, I did miss on a couple of gamers I like, however that’s the case for each draft. It’s all about not dropping your cool and pivoting.

By going early on each QB (Lamar Jackson) and TE (Dalton Schultz), I did nothing however draft RBs and WRs, focusing my consideration on two participant swimming pools. Deciding on Kupp within the first allowed me to attend on my WR2. I crammed that with Jaylen Waddle within the sixth, adopted by my rookie WR1, Drake London, within the seventh. Robert Woods offers some first rate worth assuming coaching camp goes effectively on his repaired ACL.

If that doesn’t work, I’ve Tim Patrick, who I believe might end forward of Jeudy, and Julio Jones, a pure upside decide I made with the ultimate decide. Timing is all the pieces, as I used to be on the clock when information of his signing broke. I apologize for nothing.

Paired with Kamara, James Conner was a improbable bailout decide within the third, realizing the TD upside he brings. I did take two gambles within the mid-rounds, and the way they pan out will decide how aggressive this crew is come midseason. Rashaad Penny was other-worldly to shut the season, dashing for 671 yards with six TDs on 92 carries between Weeks 14 and 18. If he holds off Kenneth Walker III, Penny is nearer to a top-20 or higher RB than his ADP of RB35.

The opposite gamble is Ronald Jones of the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs. Personally, I really feel Jones is on par as a rusher with Clyde Edwards-Helaire. Certain, that may not be saying loads, however there’s a path for Jones to be a big contributor on the bottom for the Chiefs. With Jones on a prove-it deal together with Edwards-Helaire’s damage woes plus his incapacity to attain constantly in goal-to-go carries, Jones may have a task in 2022.

Workforce 10 – JK

R1: Ja’Marr Chase, WR, CIN
R2: Travis Kelce, TE, KC
R3: Breece Corridor, RB, NYJ
R4: Michael Pittman Jr., WR, IND
R5: AJ Dillon, RB, GB
R6: J.Okay. Dobbins, RB, BAL
R7: Gabriel Davis, WR, BUF
R8: Aaron Rodgers, QB, GB
R9: Allen Lazard, WR, GB
R10: Isaiah Spiller, RB, LAC
R11: Dawson Knox, TE, BUF
R12: Garrett Wilson, WR, NYJ
R13: J.D. McKissic, RB, WAS
R14: Robbie Anderson, WR, CAR

My preliminary ideas had been beginning the draft with out a working again within the first two rounds is a really unhealthy concept. I nonetheless suppose that, however this actually labored out effectively. Corridor, Dillon, and Dobbins could possibly be a really robust RB trio on this format.

On the identical time, it might additionally blow up in my face. Corridor might cede an excessive amount of work to Carter. Dillon might find yourself not getting as a lot dashing and goal-line work as I undertaking. And Dobbins could not be wholesome.

I’d argue this crew has extra upside than any roster within the league, but it surely additionally has a really low ground. Davis is my remaining beginning flex, which feels very robust. I used to be capable of pull that off by ready on a quarterback, grabbing Rodgers within the eighth spherical. Pairing him with Lazard within the ninth was additionally helpful. It offers the roster somewhat extra upside.

Based mostly on how issues performed out, beginning with out an RB within the first two rounds is viable. Nonetheless, it’s actually not beneficial. I used to be lucky to have three working backs fall into my lap as they did. In one other world, I might simply have ended up with only one viable starter. Hero RB builds are very efficient, however that first working again must be dependable. Corridor is the final man that might match that mildew, and even with him, I wouldn’t say I’m assured. I like how this roster performed out, but when I might do it once more, I’d in all probability cross on both Chase or Kelce in favor of Fournette.

Workforce 11 – IW

R1: Nick Chubb, RB, CLE
R2: Stefon Diggs, WR, BUF
R3: Kyle Pitts, TE, ATL
R4: Diontae Johnson, WR, PIT
R5: Kenneth Walker III, RB, SEA
R6: Kyler Murray, QB, ARI
R7: Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB, KC
R8: DeVonta Smith, WR, PHI
R9: Kadarius Toney, WR, NYG
R10: Marlon Mack, RB, IND
R11: Christian Watson, WR, GB
R12: Alec Pierce, WR, IND
R13: A.J. Inexperienced, WR, ARI
R14: Kirk Cousins, QB, MIN

Whereas I appreciated the expertise I amassed in Rounds 3 and 4 with Pitts and Johnson, I ought to have taken a working again with a type of picks. I attempted to get cute by ready on a second again till the fifth spherical. Having Dillon go one decide earlier than my 5.11 crushed my soul.

There have been different good choices even with Dillon gone. I gambled on Walker as a result of I like his expertise and suppose the Seahawks will give him a number of touches. Very similar to Harris final 12 months, lots of unhealthy touches can nonetheless be good for fantasy. We’ll see the way it pays off.

To compensate for my roster deficiency, I felt I needed to seize Murray after the flip in Spherical 6. Murray was the highest dual-threat left apart from Deshaun Watson, so this was an awesome worth. However once more, this was a sacrifice to cross over a again and solidify my flex place, so the trade-off is extreme.

I’d in all probability do my center rounds over if I might. Strolling away with CEH and Marlon Mack as my backups is as dangerous because it will get. However I even have a bevy of receivers who might emerge as difference-makers.

Workforce 12 – BR

R1: Deebo Samuel, WR, SF
R2: Saquon Barkley, RB, NYG
R3: Josh Jacobs, RB, LV
R4: DJ Moore, WR, CAR
R5: Cordarrelle Patterson, RB, ATL
R6: Brandin Cooks, WR, HOU
R7: Tom Brady, QB, TB
R8: Amon-Ra St. Brown, WR, DET
R9: Mecole Hardman, WR, KC
R10: Darrell Henderson, RB, LAR
R11: Kenyan Drake, RB, LV
R12: Tyler Allgeier, RB, ATL
R13: Sammy Watkins, WR, GB
R14: Albert Okwuegbunam, TE, DEN

Choosing on the flip means you merely should take your guys, even when it seems like a attain. That’s the case on this roster with the likes of Patterson and Cooks. There’s a lot upside on this roster, however there are additionally lots of dangers. If Barkley will get damage, there isn’t a sure-fire weekly RB choice. Nonetheless, handcuffing Jacobs with Drake and getting the Falcons’ backfield locked down a minimum of gives choices.

By way of the large receivers on the roster, it is a good construct. Samuel and Moore provide a stable base, permitting excessive upside picks in Cooks, St. Brown, and Hardman. Having Brady because the QB gives potential top-five upside on the place. The largest danger is Albert Okwuegbunam because the beginning tight finish. There have been larger relative security tight ends earlier within the draft, however Albert O has lots of upside for a late-round choice.


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