Fantasy Football Expert PPR Mock Draft – July 5, 2012 (hosted by TheFantasyFix.com)

On July 5, 2012, I participated in my first fantasy football mock draft of the season.  It was a 12-team PPR league hosted by the good people at TheFantasyFix.com and conducted on Mock Draft Central.  This draft was comprised of some of the biggest names in fantasy football including Nathan Zegura, FootballGuys.com, Fantasy Alarm, PFF Fantasy, Razzball, FP911, and NFLSoup.  I had the 12th slot which meant I had the wrap-around with the last pick of the first round and the first pick of the second round. 

Here is a breakdown of the overall team I drafted:

1. Greg Jennings (WR-GB)

2. Drew Brees (QB-NO)

3. Michael Turner (RB-ATL)

4. Percy Harvin (WR-MIN)

5. Shonn Greene (RB-NYJ)

6. Torrey Smith (WR-BAL)

7. Brandon Pettigrew (TE-DET)

8. Darrius Heyward-Bay (WR-OAK)

9. Rashad Jennings (RB-JAX)

10. Vincent Brown (WR-SD)

11. Rueben Randle (WR-NYG)

12. LeGarrette Blount (RB-TB)

13. Tim Tebow (QB-NYJ)

14. New York Giants (DEF)

15. Robbie Gould (K-CHI)

This being a PPR league and having the wrap-around picks, I fully intended on drafting two wide receivers.  With my first pick, I took Greg Jennings which was a no-brainer because he is Aaron Rodgers’ primary target in Green Bay’s explosive offense.  I was ready to take Andre Johnson or Larry Fitzgerald, but instead I changed my mind and went with Drew Brees.  Looking back at the draft board, I could have waited awhile to grab a good quarterback.  However, I felt that Brees was primed to have an historic season as he literally puts the Saints on his shoulders to overcome all of the adversity the franchise has endured this off-season.  I filled out my receiving core later on with Percy Harvin (4th round) and Torrey Smith (6th round).  Harvin, if he can stay healthy, could have a big year as Christian Ponder’s favorite target.  And with Adrian Peterson not 100%, Minnesota is likely going to pass the ball more frequently.

My running backs are definitely a weakness on this team.  I took Michael Turner in the 3rd round right after Ahmad Bradshaw was taken one pick before me.  Someone commented immediately in the draft room that this was too early for Turner.  I agree because Turner will likely see less carries due to his age and size.  However, he has been a workhorse, and when push comes to shove, he will be more reliable than Jason Snelling and Jacquizz Rodgers.  Turner may not amass 1,500 yards and 15 touchdowns, but he should still be able to produce respectable numbers.  My other primary running back is Shonn Green (5th round).  Greene should see plenty of touches in Tony Sparano’s new offense with the Jets which will likely focus on the ground attack. 

I ended up with Brandon Pettigrew for my tight end after Tony Gonzalez was taken one pick before me.  In retrospect, I am fine with this pick because he developed a nice rapport with Matthew Stafford and should be in line for close to double-digit touchdowns. 

The two potential steals of my draft were Rueben Randle (WR-NYG) and Tim Tebow (QB-NYJ).  Randle, a rookie, could end up immediately replacing Mario Manningham as Eli Manning’s third wide receiver.  There will be others such as Dominik Hixon looking to take that role, but Jerry Reese has proven over the years that he drafts impact players who can step right in and produce.  With opposing secondaries focusing on Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz, Randle could end up reaping the benefits.  As for Tebow, I think he will see a lot of playing time running the Wildcat offense and occasionally providing a change of pace.  At some point, I see him taking over for Mark Sanchez if he struggles.  If nothing else, he could be good trade bait because there is probably someone else who would want him more.

Overall, I am satisfied with the team I drafted.  It certainly doesn’t look like a championship team as it is constructed now.  But this team should compete for a playoff berth and has enough depth to be able to make some trades later on.

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