CFB Fantasy: ACC Mock Draft

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ACC Mock Draft

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Athlon's editors sat down for an eight team mock draft, using only players from the ACC. Which players do they expect to have a big fantasy season? The mock draft was conducted as an eight team total points league, with a standard conference lineup selected using only players from the ACC – 1 QB, 1 RB, 1 WR, 1 TE, 1 Flex – RB/WR, 1 K, 1 DEF and 3 bench spots. Each starting spot was allowed 12 starts during the season, eliminating the need to have a backup for every position for bye weeks.

Draft results based upon standard scoring system – passing touchdowns = 4 pts, rushing touchdowns = 6 pts, 25 passing yards = 1 point, 10 rush/receiving yards = 1 point, receptions = 0.5 points, 2 point conversions = 2 points

Round 1

1. Charlie Miller - Ryan Williams, RB, Virginia Tech
2. Braden Gall - Anthony Allen, RB, Georgia Tech
3. Steven Lassan - Montel Harris, RB, Boston College
4. Patrick Snow - Joshua Nesbitt, QB, Georgia Tech
5. Rob Doster - Russell Wilson, QB, NC State
6. Mitch Light - Jacory Harris, QB, Miami
7. Jake Veyhl - Christian Ponder, QB, Florida State
8. Doug Word - Andre Ellington, RB, Clemson

The ACC is deep at quarterback, but not so much at running back. With a big dropoff at running back after the heavy hitters - Ryan Williams, Anthony Allen and Montel Harris - getting a draft position near the top is crucial to having a quality rusher. If you miss out on one of the top three backs, be prepared to look at a committee approach. Florida State, North Carolina, Miami and Clemson each could use at least two backs prominently this year. If you grab the player you expect to start, be sure to get the other to ensure yourself of a quality option each week.

Although Joshua Nesbitt was the first quarterback off the board, owners in ACC-only leagues shouldn't be surprised if Christian Ponder, Russell Wilson or Jacory Harris is selected as the top passer. If you wait on a quarterback in Round 1, steady options like Virginia Tech's Tyrod Taylor, Clemson's Kyle Parker, Maryland's Jamarr Robinson or Duke's Sean Renfree will be around in the later rounds.

Round 2

9. Doug Word - Jamie Harper, RB, Clemson
10. Jake Veyhl - Da'Rel Scott, RB, Maryland
11. Mitch Light - Torrey Smith, WR, Maryland
12. Rob Doster - Chris Thompson, RB, Florida State
13. Patrick Snow - Damien Berry, RB, Miami
14. Steven Lassan - Tyrod Taylor, QB, Virginia Tech
15. Braden Gall - Jarmon Fortson, WR, Florida State
16. Charlie Miller - Kyle Parker, QB, Clemson

Round 2 was a mixed bag of selections. Doug Word's selection of Jamie Harper was a good move, especially since he selected backfield mate Andre Ellington at the end of Round 1. Two solid starting quarterbacks were selected, along with the first two receivers of the draft. The ACC is limited in elite fantasy options at receiver this year, but Smith and Fortson should be among the top 70 overall in 120 formats this season.

Round 3

17. Charlie Miller - Leonard Hankerson, WR, Miami
18. Braden Gall - North Carolina Defense
19. Steven Lassan - Greg Little, WR, North Carolina
20. Patrick Snow - Donovan Varner, WR, Duke
21. Rob Doster - Jarvis Williams, WR, NC State
22. Mitch Light - Josh Adams, RB, Wake Forest
23. Jake Veyhl - George Bryan, TE, NC State
24. Doug Word - Sean Renfree, QB, Duke

In an eight team league, an elite defense will go off the board early and that's exactly the case with North Carolina. The Tar Heels are one of the top fantasy defenses in college football this season, but wait too long to make them your selection and you could be stuck at the end of the team defense run. Patrick Snow's pick of Donovan Varner could be the best in this round. Even with a new quarterback, Varner should still catch 55-65 passes this season.

Round 4

25. Doug Word - Jarrett Boykin, WR, Virginia Tech
26. Jake Veyhl - Marshall Williams, WR, Wake Forest
27. Mitch Light - Clemson Defense
28. Rob Doster - Jermaine Thomas, RB, Florida State
29. Patrick Snow - Bert Reed, WR, Florida State
30. Steven Lassan - Virginia Tech Defense
31. Braden Gall - Roddy Jones, RB, Georgia Tech
32. Charlie Miller - Zack Pianalto, TE, North Carolina

Getting the other portion of a backfield to ensure a quality handcuff or flex option is a good strategy executed by Rob Doster and Braden Gall in this round. Doster selected Chris Thompson in Round 2, while Gall drafted Anthony Allen in Round 1. If Thompson or Allen is lost to injury, both teams should be in good shape thanks to handcuffing with the backup.

Round 5

33. Charlie Miller - Miami Defense
34. Braden Gall - Jamarr Robinson, QB, Maryland
35. Steven Lassan - Curtis Underwood, RB, NC State
36. Patrick Snow - Boston College Defense
37. Rob Doster - Florida State Defense
38. Mitch Light - Aldarius Johnson, WR, Miami
39. Jake Veyhl - Shaun Draughn, RB, North Carolina
40. Doug Word - Dwayne Allen, TE, Clemson

Round 6

41. Doug Word - Georgia Tech Defense
42. Jake Veyhl - Ryan Houston, RB, North Carolina
43. Mitch Light - Richard Gordon, TE, Miami
44. Rob Doster - Stephen Hill, WR, Georgia Tech
45. Patrick Snow - Lamar Miller, RB, Miami
46. Steven Lassan - Colin Larmond, WR, Boston College
47. Braden Gall - Dave Shinskie, QB, Boston College
48. Charlie Miller - Owen Spencer, WR, NC State

With a lack of elite fantasy options at receiver, there's no need to reach in the early rounds of the draft. Need evidence? The selections of Hill, Larmond and Spencer are good value picks and each should be set for at least five scores and 30 receptions this year. Gall's selection of Shinskie was a good insurance policy for Maryland starter Jamarr Robinson.

Round 7

49. Charlie Miller - T.J. Yates, QB, North Carolina
50. Braden Gall - Desmond Scott, RB, Duke
51. Steven Lassan - Torrey Mack, RB, Virginia
52. Patrick Snow - Matt Bosher, K, Miami
53. Rob Doster - Chris Pantale, TE, Boston College
54. Mitch Light - Casey Barth, K, North Carolina
55. Jake Veyhl - Devon Brown, WR, Wake Forest
56. Doug Word - Maryland Defense

Round 8

57. Doug Word - Skylar Jones, QB, Wake Forest
58. Jake Veyhl - Wake Forest Defense
59. Mitch Light - Brandon Pendergrass, RB, Wake Forest
60. Rob Doster - Mike Glennon, QB, NC State
61. Patrick Snow - Bo Reliford, TE, Florida State
62. Steven Lassan - Joe Torchia, TE, Virginia
63. Braden Gall - Dustin Hopkins, K, Florida State
64. Charlie Miller - Scott Blair, K, Georgia Tech

Round 9

65. Charlie Miller - Darren Evans, RB, Virginia Tech
66. Braden Gall - Jheranie Boyd, WR, North Carolina
67. Steven Lassan - Conner Vernon, WR, Duke
68. Patrick Snow - Marc Verica, QB, Virginia
69. Rob Doster - Embry Peeples, RB, Georgia Tech
70. Mitch Light - Bryn Renner, QB, North Carolina
71. Jake Veyhl - EJ Manuel, QB, Florida State
72. Doug Word - Will Snyderwine, K, Duke

Round 10

73. Doug Word - Travis Benjamin, WR, Miami
74. Jake Veyhl - Josh Czajkowski, K, NC State
75. Mitch Light - NC State Defense
76. Rob Doster - Chris Hazley, K, Virginia Tech
77. Patrick Snow - Giovanni Bernard, RB, North Carolina
78. Steven Lassan - Robert Randolph, K, Virginia
79. Braden Gall - Andre Smith, TE, Virginia Tech
80. Charlie Miller - Davin Meggett, RB, Maryland

Expect to see a couple of gambles late in drafts and that's exactly what Patrick Snow did with his pick of Giovanni Bernard. Although the Tar Heels have Shaun Draughn and Ryan Houston returning, Bernard could work his way into carries this season.

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