2013 Fantasy Football IDP Mock Draft

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<p> 2013 Fantasy Football IDP Mock Draft</p>

The start of training camps are still more than a month away, but it's never too early to start thinking about fantasy football. That's why my colleagues at Athlon Sports and several of our industry friends and fellow fantasy football contributors recently got together for our first fantasy football mock draft.

One caveat, if you will, as you analyze our picks. This exercise was conducted a few weeks ago, which means plenty of on- and off-the-field action has happened since then.

Below is a complete breakdown of the 12-team, 20-round IDP mock draft we conducted, along with some thoughts of my own interspersed. This mock draft also can be found in this year's Fantasy Football Magazine, which also features 500 players ranked, a 280-player big board and 3,200 projected stats, along with position-by-position breakdowns and team-by-team analysis from NFL beat writers. Other content in this year's edition includes a "Who's No. 2?" debate after consensus top pick Adrian Peterson, a dissection of the rapidly evolving quarterback position, our picks for potential breakout candidates as well as some fantasy busts from 2012 who may or may not bounce back in 2013.

12-team, 20-round serpentine-style mock draft based on Athlon Sports standard scoring (see below):

Starting lineup: 1 QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, 1 TE, 1 Flex (RB/WR), 1 K, 1 DEF/ST, 1 DL, 1 LB, 1 DB, 1 Flex IDP (DL/LB/DB), 6 bench spots

Click here to see each team's complete roster

Round 1
Pick Overall Player, Position, Team Drafter Affiliation
1 1 Adrian Peterson, RB, MIN Eric Mack Sports Illustrated
2 2 LeSean McCoy, RB, PHI Matt Schauf DraftSharks.com
3 3 Arian Foster, RB, HOU Corby Yarbrough Athlon Sports
4 4 Doug Martin, RB, TB Mike Clay Pro Football Focus
5 5 Jamaal Charles, RB, KC Mark Ross Athlon Sports
6 6 Marshawn Lynch, RB, SEA Steven Lassan Athlon Sports
7 7 Ray Rice, RB, BAL Brandon Funston Yahoo! Sports
8 8 Calvin Johnson, WR, DET Nathan Rush Athlon Sports
9 9 Trent Richardson, RB, CLE John Hansen FantasyGuru.com
10 10 C.J. Spiller, RB, BUF Braden Gall Athlon Sports
11 11 Alfred Morris, RB, WAS Jamey Eisenberg CBSSports.com
12 12 Matt Forte, RB, CHI Mitch Light Athlon Sports

Round 1 Analysis: What a difference a year makes, huh? Adrian Peterson went from a question mark following his serious knee injury at the end of the 2011 season to the NFL MVP who nearly broke the single-season rushing mark. No surprise he's the consensus No. 1 pick. What may be surprising, however, is that LeSean McCoy went No. 2 or that everyone except Nathan took a RB in the first round, and he took wide receiver Calvin Johnson and not a QB. 

Round 2
Pick Overall Player, Position, Team Drafter Affiliation
1 13 A.J. Green, WR, CIN Mitch Light Athlon Sports
2 14 Steven Jackson, RB, ATL Jamey Eisenberg CBSSports.com
3 15 Julio Jones, WR, ATL Braden Gall Athlon Sports
4 16 Jimmy Graham, TE, NO John Hansen FantasyGuru.com
5 17 Chris Johnson, RB, TEN Nathan Rush Athlon Sports
6 18 Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, JAC Brandon Funston Yahoo! Sports
7 19 Dez Bryant, WR, DAL Steven Lassan Athlon Sports
8 20 Brandon Marshall, WR, CHI Mark Ross Athlon Sports
9 21 Rob Gronkowski, TE, NE Mike Clay Pro Football Focus
10 22 Percy Harvin, WR, SEA Corby Yarbrough Athlon Sports
11 23 Demaryius Thomas, WR, DEN Matt Schauf DraftSharks.com
12 24 Aaron Rodgers, QB, GB Eric Mack Sports Illustrated

Round 2 Analysis: Rob Gronkowski was already considered a risky pick when we did this mock draft, which was before news about his upcoming back surgery came out. There's no questioning Gronk's fantasy potential, but he can't help your team if he's not in the lineup. It will be very interesting to see how his ongoing health concerns impact his draft status come late summer. As far as value picks go, how about getting Aaron Rodgers, the first QB taken, with the last pick of the second round?

Round 3
Pick Overall Player, Position, Team Drafter Affiliation
1 25 Stevan Ridley, RB, NE Eric Mack Sports Illustrated
2 26 Darren McFadden, RB, OAK Matt Schauf DraftSharks.com
3 27 DeMarco Murray, RB, DAL Corby Yarbrough Athlon Sports
4 28 Frank Gore, RB, SF Mike Clay Pro Football Focus
5 29 Randall Cobb, WR, GB Mark Ross Athlon Sports
6 30 Andre Johnson, WR, HOU Steven Lassan Athlon Sports
7 31 Victor Cruz, WR, NYG Brandon Funston Yahoo! Sports
8 32 Roddy White, WR, ATL Nathan Rush Athlon Sports
9 33 Larry Fitzgerald, WR, ARI John Hansen FantasyGuru.com
10 34 Jordy Nelson, WR, GB Braden Gall Athlon Sports
11 35 Drew Brees, QB, NO Jamey Eisenberg CBSSports.com
12 36 David Wilson, RB, NYG Mitch Light Athlon Sports

Round 3 Analysis: Just like Round 1, running backs and wide receivers dominate this round with Drew Brees, last year's leading fantasy scorer according to Athlon Sports' scoring system, the only outlier. New England's Stevan Ridley was the first running back taken this round following a breakthrough 2012 campaign which had him finish just outside of the top 10 at his position. The interesting thing about Ridley is that he appears to be, for now, a one-dimensional player. Ridley caught a total of six passes last season, which tied Mark Ingram for the fewest among any running back in the top 40 in fantasy scoring last season. Unless that changes in 2013, Ridley's fantasy value appears to be tied solely to the Patriots' ability to run the ball and him taking advantage in the red zone (12 rushing TDs in 2012).

Round 4
Pick Overall Player, Position, Team Drafter Affiliation
1 37 Matt Ryan, QB, ATL Mitch Light Athlon Sports
2 38 Vincent Jackson, WR, TB Jamey Eisenberg CBSSports.com
3 39 Montee Ball, RB, DEN Braden Gall Athlon Sports
4 40 Reggie Bush, RB, DET John Hansen FantasyGuru.com
5 41 Colin Kaepernick, QB, SF Nathan Rush Athlon Sports
6 42 Cam Newton, QB, CAR Brandon Funston Yahoo! Sports
7 43 Wes Welker, WR, DEN Steven Lassan Athlon Sports
8 44 Darren Sproles, RB, NO Mark Ross Athlon Sports
9 45 Hakeem Nicks, WR, NYG Mike Clay Pro Football Focus
10 46 Aaron Hernandez, TE, NE Corby Yarbrough Athlon Sports
11 47 Jason Witten, TE, DAL Matt Schauf DraftSharks.com
12 48 Marques Colston, WR, NO Eric Mack Sports Illustrated

Round 4 Analysis: Four rounds in and less than half of the teams (five) have taken a quarterback. Colin Kaepernick went one pick before fellow dual-threat Cam Newton and expectations will be high, both in fantasy and as far as the 49ers' Super Bowl hopes go, for Kaepernick in his first full season as the starter. Montee Ball is the first rookie to come off of the board, as the former Wisconsin Badger appears to have landed in an ideal situation in Denver with Peyton Manning handing the ball off and both Willis McGahee and Knowshown Moreno recovering from ACL injuries. If Ball can come close to at least matching Trent Richardson's rookie production (950 yards rushing, 367 receiving, 12 total TDs in 15 G) from last season, then using an early-round pick on him in non-keeper leagues would be justified.

Round 5
Pick Overall Player, Position, Team Drafter Affiliation
1 49 Eric Decker, WR, DEN Eric Mack Sports Illustrated
2 50 J.J. Watt, DL, HOU Matt Schauf DraftSharks.com
3 51 Lamar Miller, RB, MIA Corby Yarbrough Athlon Sports
4 52 Reggie Wayne, WR, IND Mike Clay Pro Football Focus
5 53 Tom Brady, QB, NE Mark Ross Athlon Sports
6 54 Le'Veon Bell, RB, PIT Steven Lassan Athlon Sports
7 55 Ryan Mathews, RB, SD Brandon Funston Yahoo! Sports
8 56 Mike Wallace, WR, MIA Nathan Rush Athlon Sports
9 57 Dwyane Bowe, WR, KC John Hansen FantasyGuru.com
10 58 Eddie Lacy, RB, GB Braden Gall Athlon Sports
11 59 Vick Ballard, RB, IND Jamey Eisenberg CBSSports.com
12 60 Torrey Smith, WR, BAL Mitch Light Athlon Sports

Round 5 Analysis: Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt is the first IDP to go, which makes perfect sense. However, even as dynamic a player as Watt is, taking him in the fifth round, before Tom Brady or one of the No. 1 running backs or wide receivers that were still available, seems a little early in my opinion. Watt was far and away the most productive DL in fantasy last season, but he will pretty much need to repeat his 2012 production (not to mention stay healthy) to justify taking him this early. Meanwhile, I was delighted to have Brady "fall" to me in this round, while two other rookie running backs went in Pittsburgh's Le'Veon Bell and Green Bay's Eddie Lacy.

Round 6
Pick Overall Player, Position, Team Drafter Affiliation
1 61 Andre Brown, RB, NYG Mitch Light Athlon Sports
2 62 Pierre Garcon, WR, WAS Jamey Eisenberg CBSSports.com
3 63 Andrew Luck, QB, IND Braden Gall Athlon Sports
4 64 Peyton Manning, QB, DEN John Hansen FantasyGuru.com
5 65 DeSean Jackson, WR, PHI Nathan Rush Athlon Sports
6 66 Danny Amendola, WR, NE Brandon Funston Yahoo! Sports
7 67 Steve Smith, WR, CAR Steven Lassan Athlon Sports
8 68 Antonio Brown, WR, PIT Mark Ross Athlon Sports
9 69 Chris Ivory, RB, NYJ Mike Clay Pro Football Focus
10 70 James Jones, WR, GB Corby Yarbrough Athlon Sports
11 71 T.Y. Hilton, WR, IND Matt Schauf DraftSharks.com
12 72 Jeremy Maclin, WR, PHI Eric Mack Sports Illustrated

Round 6 Analysis: Quarterbacks continue to trickle off of the board with Andrew Luck and Peyton Manning going in back-to-back picks. Six rounds in and four teams have yet to take one. What does this mean? Thanks to the emergence of rookies like Luck, Robert Griffin III and Russell Wilson last season, not to mention the ascension of Kaepernick, the quarterback position appears to be fairly deep for 2013. While there is still a clear-cut upper tier, populated by the likes of Rodgers, Brees, Brady and Manning, the gap between them and options like Newton, Matt Ryan, and even the likes of Matthew Stafford and Tony Romo, perhaps isn't as large as it once was. Waiting a little longer on a quarterback than you may have done in years past may not be such a bad strategy after all.

Round 7
Pick Overall Player, Position, Team Drafter Affiliation
1 73 Stevie Johnson, WR, BUF Eric Mack Sports Illustrated
2 74 Tony Romo, QB, DAL Matt Schauf DraftSharks.com
3 75 Tavon Austin, WR, STL Corby Yarbrough Athlon Sports
4 76 Greg Jennings, WR, MIN Mike Clay Pro Football Focus
5 77 Giovani Bernard, RB, CIN Mark Ross Athlon Sports
6 78 Jason Pierre-Paul, DL, NYG Steven Lassan Athlon Sports
7 79 Cecil Shorts, WR, JAC Brandon Funston Yahoo! Sports
8 80 BenJarvus Green-Ellis, RB, CIN Nathan Rush Athlon Sports
9 81 Tony Gonzalez, TE, ATL John Hansen FantasyGuru.com
10 82 Vernon Davis, TE, SF Braden Gall Athlon Sports
11 83 Danario Alexander, WR, SD Jamey Eisenberg CBSSports.com
12 84 Lance Moore, WR, NO Mitch Light Athlon Sports

Round 7 Analysis: Tavon Austin is the first rookie wide receiver to go and between now and draft day it would not surprise me one bit to see his round value continue to rise. The Percy Harvin comparisons are inevitable and there's a reason the Rams traded up in the first round to grab the dynamic, all-purpose threat. I went with fellow first-year pro Giovani Bernard here as I am intrigued by his big-play potential and the versatility he could bring to the Bengals' offense as a pass-catcher out of the backfield. If I had my wish, I would have liked to have nabbed BenJarvus Green-Ellis with my next pick, but Nathan made that moot just three picks later. John decided to lock down the tight end position by taking Tony Gonzalez despite his second-round selection of Jimmy Graham. That's one heck of an insurance policy or at worst, potential trade fodder down the road.

Round 8
Pick Overall Player, Position, Team Drafter Affiliation
1 85 Kyle Rudolph, TE, MIN Mitch Light Athlon Sports
2 86 Shane Vereen, RB, NE Jamey Eisenberg CBSSports.com
3 87 Michael Floyd, WR, ARI Braden Gall Athlon Sports
4 88 Rashard Mendenhall, RB, ARI John Hansen FantasyGuru.com
5 89 Antonio Gates, TE, SD Nathan Rush Athlon Sports
6 90 Miles Austin, WR, DAL Brandon Funston Yahoo! Sports
7 91 Jonathan Stewart, RB, CAR Steven Lassan Athlon Sports
8 92 Mark Ingram, RB, NO Mark Ross Athlon Sports
9 93 Robert Griffin III, QB, WAS Mike Clay Pro Football Focus
10 94 Josh Gordon, WR, CLE Corby Yarbrough Athlon Sports
11 95 Isaiah Pead, RB, STL Matt Schauf DraftSharks.com
12 96 Daryl Richardson, RB, STL Eric Mack Sports Illustrated

Round 8 Analysis: Mike decides to be the one to pull the trigger on Robert Griffin III, the reigning Offensive Rookie of the Year and owner of the most-watched right knee in the entire world. Even with the obvious questions concerning RGIII's recovery and the timing related to his return to action, I don't have any issues with taking him here. Adrian Peterson wrote the blueprint on ACL recovery last season and while they play different positions, RGIII is comparable in many ways to Peterson in terms of physical condition, athleticism and perhaps most importantly, competitiveness. While the potential reward could end up far outweighing the risk associated with drafting RGIII this season, be sure to have a solid Plan B in place and I don't mean Redskins backup Kirk Cousins.

Round 9
Pick Overall Player, Position, Team Drafter Affiliation
1 97 Zac Stacy, RB, STL Eric Mack Sports Illustrated
2 98 Kenny Britt, WR, TEN Matt Schauf DraftSharks.com
3 99 Matthew Stafford, QB, DET Corby Yarbrough Athlon Sports
4 100 Ben Tate, RB, HOU Mike Clay Pro Football Focus
5 101 Mikel Leshoure, RB, DET Mark Ross Athlon Sports
6 102 Russell Wilson, QB, SEA Steven Lassan Athlon Sports
7 103 Dennis Pitta, TE, BAL Brandon Funston Yahoo! Sports
8 104 Bernard Pierce, RB, BAL Nathan Rush Athlon Sports
9 105 Mike Williams, WR, TB John Hansen FantasyGuru.com
10 106 Johnathan Franklin, RB, GB Braden Gall Athlon Sports
11 107 Denarius Moore, WR, OAK Jamey Eisenberg CBSSports.com
12 108 Luke Kuechly, LB, CAR Mitch Light Athlon Sports

Round 9 Analysis: The run on St. Louis running backs concludes with Eric making rookie Zac Stacy the last of the three taken in a row. Waiting on a QB pays off handsomely for both Corby and Steven as they end up with Matthew Stafford and Russell Wilson, both of whom finished among the top 11 at their position, in Round 9. Just the third IDP and the first linebacker also comes off of the board in this round as Mitch tabs Carolina's tackle-machine Luke Kuechly. The second-year linebacker didn't disappoint as a rookie, amassing 165 total tackles and finishing behind only Arizona's Daryl Washington in fantasy points.

Round 10
Pick Overall Player, Position, Team Drafter Affiliation
1 109 DeAngelo Williams, RB, CAR Mitch Light Athlon Sports
2 110 Bryce Brown, RB, PHI Jamey Eisenberg CBSSports.com
3 111 San Francisco, DST, SF Braden Gall Athlon Sports
4 112 Fred Jackson, RB, BUF John Hansen FantasyGuru.com
5 113 Patrick Willis, LB, SF Nathan Rush Athlon Sports
6 114 Bobby Wagner, LB, SEA Brandon Funston Yahoo! Sports
7 115 Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, ATL Steven Lassan Athlon Sports
8 116 Justin Blackmon, WR, JAC Mark Ross Athlon Sports
9 117 Kendall Wright, WR, TEN Mike Clay Pro Football Focus
10 118 Cameron Wake, DL, MIA Corby Yarbrough Athlon Sports
11 119 Sidney Rice, WR, SEA Matt Schauf DraftSharks.com
12 120 Seattle, DST, SEA Eric Mack Sports Illustrated

Round 10 Analysis: This is where the draft started shifting towards the IDP side as Patrick Willis, Bobby Wagner and Cameron Wake are selected. In addition, Braden makes San Francisco the first DST picked with Eric ending the round by nabbing Seattle. I decided to roll the dice a little with my selection of Justin Blackmon. Even though the second-year receiver will miss the first four games of the season due to suspension and the Jaguars aren't exactly settled at the quarterback position, I thought it was still a worthwhile gamble to add his talent and potential upside (38-615-4 in his last seven games last season) to my WR corps.

Round 11
Pick Overall Player, Position, Team Drafter Affiliation
1 121 NaVorro Bowman, LB, SF Eric Mack Sports Illustrated
2 122 Pierre Thomas, RB, NO Matt Schauf DraftSharks.com
3 123 Ryan Williams, RB, ARI Corby Yarbrough Athlon Sports
4 124 James Laurinaitis, LB, STL Mike Clay Pro Football Focus
5 125 Von Miller, LB, DEN Mark Ross Athlon Sports
6 126 Lavonte David, LB, TB Steven Lassan Athlon Sports
7 127 Paul Posluszny, LB, JAC Brandon Funston Yahoo! Sports
8 128 DeMarcus Ware, DL, DAL Nathan Rush Athlon Sports
9 129 Chad Greenway, LB, MIN John Hansen FantasyGuru.com
10 130 Jared Allen, DL, MIN Braden Gall Athlon Sports
11 131 Charles Johnson, DL, CAR Jamey Eisenberg CBSSports.com
12 132 Mario Williams, DL, BUF Mitch Light Athlon Sports

Round 11 Analysis: Six linebackers and four defensive linemen go in this round with running backs Pierre Thomas and Ryan Williams the only non-IDP selections. Nathan bypassed both Jared Allen and Mario Williams for DeMarcus Ware, whose fantasy value could jump considerably with his move from LB to DL in the Cowboys' new 3-4 scheme. Be sure to double-check his position eligibility before taking Ware in an IDP draft, as he's much more appealing as an upper tier DL compared to a middle-of-the-pack LB.

Round 12
1 133 Aldon Smith, LB, SF Mitch Light Athlon Sports
2 134 Emmanuel Sanders, WR, PIT Jamey Eisenberg CBSSports.com
3 135 Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, FA Braden Gall Athlon Sports
4 136 Derrick Johnson, LB, KC John Hansen FantasyGuru.com
5 137 Danny Woodhead, RB, SD Nathan Rush Athlon Sports
6 138 Denver, DST, DEN Brandon Funston Yahoo! Sports
7 139 Ben Roethlisberger, QB, PIT Steven Lassan Athlon Sports
8 140 Eli Manning, QB, NYG Mark Ross Athlon Sports
9 141 Sean Lee, LB, DAL Mike Clay Pro Football Focus
10 142 DeAndre Hopkins, WR, HOU Corby Yarbrough Athlon Sports
11 143 Vincent Brown, WR, SD Matt Schauf DraftSharks.com
12 144 Alshon Jeffery, WR, CHI Eric Mack Sports Illustrated

Round 12 Analysis: Only two running backs taken in this round, but each are intriguing for different reasons. Despite his injury history, Ahmad Bradshaw has shown himself to be productive (1,015 yards rushing last season) and you have to think he will sign with some team eventually. In fact, it could happen as early as this week following his recent visit with the Colts. This is a situation that bears watching as his destination will not only have fantasy implications for Bradshaw, but also for his new backfield mates. On the other hand there's Danny Woodhead, who left the Patriots to join the Chargers. At worst, Woodhead figures to serve in a similar role as the one he had with New England, but don't forget that Ryan Mathews, the presumed starter in San Diego, had two separate collar bone injuries last season and hasn't been the most durable of backs.

Round 13
Pick Overall Player, Position, Team Drafter Affiliation
1 145 Charles Tillman, DB, CHI Eric Mack Sports Illustrated
2 146 D'Qwell Jackson, LB, CLE Matt Schauf DraftSharks.com
3 147 Morgan Burnett, DB, GB Corby Yarbrough Athlon Sports
4 148 Kendall Hunter, RB, SF Mike Clay Pro Football Focus
5 149 Jerod Mayo, LB, NE Mark Ross Athlon Sports
6 150 Desmond Bishop, LB, GB Steven Lassan Athlon Sports
7 151 Aaron Dobson, WR, NE Brandon Funston Yahoo! Sports
8 152 Michael Vick, QB, PHI Nathan Rush Athlon Sports
9 153 Chris Givens, WR, STL John Hansen FantasyGuru.com
10 154 Keenan Allen, WR, SD Braden Gall Athlon Sports
11 155 Greg Olsen, TE, CAR Jamey Eisenberg CBSSports.com
12 156 Andy Dalton, QB, CIN Mitch Light Athlon Sports

 

Round 14
Pick Overall Player, Position, Team Drafter Affiliation
1 157 Santonio Holmes, WR, NYJ Mitch Light Athlon Sports
2 158 Ryan Broyles, WR, DET Jamey Eisenberg CBSSports.com
3 159 Joe Flacco, QB, BAL Braden Gall Athlon Sports
4 160 Harrison Smith, DB, MIN John Hansen FantasyGuru.com
5 161 Anquan Boldin, WR, SF Nathan Rush Athlon Sports
6 162 Calais Campbell, DL, ARI Brandon Funston Yahoo! Sports
7 163 Owen Daniels, TE, HOU Steven Lassan Athlon Sports
8 164 Geno Atkins, DL, CIN Mark Ross Athlon Sports
9 165 Julius Peppers, DL, CHI Mike Clay Pro Football Focus
10 166 Jay Cutler, QB, CHI Corby Yarbrough Athlon Sports
11 167 Daryl Washington, LB, ARI Matt Schauf DraftSharks.com
12 168 Brandon Pettigrew, TE, DET Eric Mack Sports Illustrated

Rounds 13 and 14 Analysis: The first two DBs taken in the draft are in the form of Charles Tillman and Morgan Burnett. Also it was a little surprising that Kendall Hunter was the next San Francisco running back selected rather than LaMichael James, who went in the 16th round. Obviously, Anquan Boldin's draft status will rise considerably in light of Michael Crabtree's Achilles injury. The same could happen with fellow 49er wide receiver A.J. Jenkins (taken by Eric with the first pick of the 15th round) and perhaps even rookie Quinton Patton. Santonio Holmes is another veteran wideout who could end up being a valuable contributor. Holmes put up decent numbers (20-272-1) in the four games he played in last season before sustaining a foot injury that sidelined him the rest of the way. His recovery from the injury (could start training camp on the PUP list) will be something to watch, not to mention the state of the Jets' quarterback situation. But Holmes caught eight touchdown passes in 2011, so you never know.

Round 15
Pick Overall Player, Position, Team Drafter Affiliation
1 169 A.J. Jenkins, WR, SF Eric Mack Sports Illustrated
2 170 Philip Rivers, QB, SD Matt Schauf DraftSharks.com
3 171 Chicago, DST, CHI Corby Yarbrough Athlon Sports
4 172 Ryan Tannehill, QB, MIA Mike Clay Pro Football Focus
5 173 Houston, DST, HOU Mark Ross Athlon Sports
6 174 Cincinnati, DST, CIN Steven Lassan Athlon Sports
7 175 Ronnie Hillman, RB, DEN Brandon Funston Yahoo! Sports
8 176 Martellus Bennett, TE, CHI Nathan Rush Athlon Sports
9 177 Sam Bradford, QB, STL John Hansen FantasyGuru.com
10 178 Mark Barron, DB, TB Braden Gall Athlon Sports
11 179 Lawrence Timmons, LB, PIT Jamey Eisenberg CBSSports.com
12 180 St. Louis, DST, STL Mitch Light Athlon Sports

 

Round 16
Pick Overall Player, Position, Team Drafter Affiliation
1 181 Tyler Eifert, TE, CIN Mitch Light Athlon Sports
2 182 Jared Cook, TE, STL Jamey Eisenberg CBSSports.com
3 183 Sean Weatherspoon, LB, ATL Braden Gall Athlon Sports
4 184 LaMichael James, RB, SF John Hansen FantasyGuru.com
5 185 New England, DST, NE Nathan Rush Athlon Sports
6 186 Eric Berry, DB, KC Brandon Funston Yahoo! Sports
7 187 Eric Weddle, DB, SD Steven Lassan Athlon Sports
8 188 Jermichael Finley, TE, GB Mark Ross Athlon Sports
9 189 Rueben Randle, WR, NYG Mike Clay Pro Football Focus
10 190 Joseph Randle, RB, DAL Corby Yarbrough Athlon Sports
11 191 Wesley Woodyard, LB, DEN Matt Schauf DraftSharks.com
12 192 Greg Hardy, DL, CAR Eric Mack Sports Illustrated

Rounds 15-16 Analysis: DSTs were the preferred choice in Round 15 with four more taken followed by New England (Nathan) in the following round. So just how deep is the quarterback position this season? How about getting Philip Rivers in the 15th round as your backup? Also Ryan Tannehill and Sam Bradford, two intriguing sleepers based on their respective team's offseason moves, figure to be later-round options. This may be the year tight end Jared Cook finally capitalizes on his potential, especially with the move from Tennessee to St. Louis, while Cowboys' rookie running back Joseph Randle is at worst the must-have handcuff for DeMarco Murray owners.

Round 17
Pick Overall Player, Position, Team Drafter Affiliation
1 193 Shonn Greene, RB, TEN Eric Mack Sports Illustrated
2 194 Brian Hartline, WR, MIA Matt Schauf DraftSharks.com
3 195 Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, MIN Corby Yarbrough Athlon Sports
4 196 Tyvon Branch, DB, OAK Mike Clay Pro Football Focus
5 197 Dwayne Allen, TE, IND Mark Ross Athlon Sports
6 198 Jonathan Dwyer, RB, PIT Steven Lassan Athlon Sports
7 199 Fred Davis, TE, WAS Brandon Funston Yahoo! Sports
8 200 Patrick Peterson, DB, ARI Nathan Rush Athlon Sports
9 201 Green Bay, DST, GB John Hansen FantasyGuru.com
10 202 Mohamed Sanu, WR, CIN Braden Gall Athlon Sports
11 203 Kam Chancellor, DB, SEA Jamey Eisenberg CBSSports.com
12 204 LaRon Landry, DB, IND Mitch Light Athlon Sports
Round 18
Pick Overall Player, Position, Team Drafter Affiliation
1 205 Richard Sherman, DB, SEA Mitch Light Athlon Sports
2 206 Baltimore, DST, BAL Jamey Eisenberg CBSSports.com
3 207 Robert Woods, WR, BUF Braden Gall Athlon Sports
4 208 Justin Smith, DL, SF John Hansen FantasyGuru.com
5 209 Pittsburgh, DST, PIT Nathan Rush Athlon Sports
6 210 Golden Tate, WR, SEA Brandon Funston Yahoo! Sports
7 211 Rod Streater, WR, OAK Steven Lassan Athlon Sports
8 212 Cortland Finnegan, DB, STL Mark Ross Athlon Sports
9 213 Mike Gillislee, RB, MIA Mike Clay Pro Football Focus
10 214 Donald Butler, LB, SD Corby Yarbrough Athlon Sports
11 215 Johnathan Cyprien, DB, JAC Matt Schauf DraftSharks.com
12 216 Toby Gerhart, RB, MIN Eric Mack Sports Illustrated

Rounds 17-18 Analysis: Coming into the home stretch it's all about filling out your starting lineups, especially on the IDP side, and finding those hidden gems. Corby pulled the trigger on Minnesota first-round pick Cordarrelle Patterson, who has all the physical tools but is still learning how to play wide receiver. How quickly he adapts to the NFL and his chemistry with Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder will determine his potential fantasy impact this season. The same goes for fellow first-year wideout Robert Woods, who was taken in the second round by Buffalo, and has a similar type of opportunity as the Bills have a new head coach and new quarterback this season. Mike Gillislee is another rookie to watch, as the former Gator should have a chance to carve out a role in a Miami backfield that no longer includes Reggie Bush. Eric was very wise in grabbing Toby Gerhart with the last pick of the 18th round, locking down the Minnesota backfield.

Round 19
Pick Overall Player, Position, Team Drafter Affiliation
1 217 Stephen Gostkowski, K, NE Eric Mack Sports Illustrated
2 218 Atlanta, DST, ATL Matt Schauf DraftSharks.com
3 219 Matt Bryant, K, ATL Corby Yarbrough Athlon Sports
4 220 Tampa Bay, DST, TB Mike Clay Pro Football Focus
5 221 Blair Walsh, K, MIN Mark Ross Athlon Sports
6 222 Stepfan Taylor, RB, ARI Steven Lassan Athlon Sports
7 223 Matt Schaub, QB, HOU Brandon Funston Yahoo! Sports
8 224 Justin Tucker, K, BAL Nathan Rush Athlon Sports
9 225 Phil Dawson, K, SF John Hansen FantasyGuru.com
10 226 Arthur Brown, LB, BAL Braden Gall Athlon Sports
11 227 Matt Prater, K, DEN Jamey Eisenberg CBSSports.com
12 228 Brandon LaFell, WR, CAR Mitch Light Athlon Sports
Round 20
Pick Overall Player, Position, Team Drafter Affiliation
1 229 Greg Zuerlein, K, STL Mitch Light Athlon Sports
2 230 London Fletcher, LB, WAS Jamey Eisenberg CBSSports.com
3 231 Alex Henery, K, PHI Braden Gall Athlon Sports
4 232 Michael Bush, RB, CHI John Hansen FantasyGuru.com
5 233 Manti Te'o, LB, SD Nathan Rush Athlon Sports
6 234 Dan Bailey, K, DAL Brandon Funston Yahoo! Sports
7 235 Sebastian Janikowski, K, OAK Steven Lassan Athlon Sports
8 236 Malcom Floyd, WR, SD Mark Ross Athlon Sports
9 237 Kai Forbath, K, WAS Mike Clay Pro Football Focus
10 238 Brian Cushing, LB, HOU Corby Yarbrough Athlon Sports
11 239 Adam Vinatieri, K, IND Matt Schauf DraftSharks.com
12 240 Elvis Dumervil, DL, BAL Eric Mack Sports Illustrated

Rounds 19-20 Analysis: The final two rounds were primarily about the kickers, as they are required to complete a starting lineup. The final IDPs taken included two rookie linebackers in Baltimore's Arthur Brown and San Diego's Manti Te'o. Both are intriguing options, but for my money, I'll take Brown. The former Kansas State Wildcat should step right into the Ravens' starting lineup and has the ability, mindset and attitude to become an instant fantasy contributor in his first season, similar to what Kuechly, Wagner and Tampa Bay's Lavonte David did last season. Brian Cushing also is a prime bounce-back candidate, as the Houston linebacker saw his 2012 campaign come to an early end when he tore his ACL in Week 5.

Scoring:

OFFENSE
10 yards rushing = 1 pt
10 yards receiving = 1 pt
25 yards passing = 1 pt
6 pts for all TDs
0.5 pts per reception

KICKING
FGs 39 yds and under = 3 pts
FGs 40-49 yds = 4 pts
FGs 50-59 yds = 5 pts
60+ yds = 6 pts
PATs = 1 pt

TEAM DEFENSE
0 pts allowed = 12 pts
1-6 PA = 10 pts
7-13 PA = 8 pts
14-20 PA = 6 pts
21-27 PA = 2 pts
28+ PA = 0 pts
Safeties = 2 pts
Fumbles recovered = 2 pts
Interceptions = 2 pts
Sacks = 1 pt
DEF/ST TDs = 6 pts

IDPs
Solo tackle = 1 pt
Tackle assist = 0.5 pts
Sack = 3.5 pts
INT = 3.5 pts
Forced Fumble/Recovery = 2 pts
Defensive TD = 8 pts
Safety = 2 pts
Pass Defended = 0.5 pts
Blocked Kick = 4 pts

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