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CFB Fantasy: Big Ten Mock Draft

Athlon's editors sat down for an eight team mock draft, using only players from the Big Ten. 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 Big Ten – 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

ACC mock

Big East mock

Round 1

1. Rob Doster - Terrelle Pryor, QB, Ohio State
2. Braden Gall - John Clay, RB, Wisconsin
3. Patrick Snow - Evan Royster, RB, Penn State
4. Mitch Light - Larry Caper, RB, Michigan State
5. Charlie Miller - Mikel LeShoure, RB, Illinois
6. Doug Word - Keith Smith, WR, Purdue
7. Steven Lassan - Lance Kendricks, TE, Wisconsin
8. Jake Veyhl - Tandon Doss, WR, Indiana

There are two positions that might be only one player deep in the Big Ten. Terrelle Pryor is head and shoulders above the rest of the quarterbacks in the conference. TP2 was the smart pick for Rob Doster at No. 1 overall. While to a lesser extent, Clay is the clear top option at running back and so my first pick was an easy one. Penn State will lean heavily on Royster now that Daryll Clark is gone so he was the clear No. 3. After that, it is a crap shoot. Tight end Lance Kendricks should be the nation's top fantasy tight end this season, so he could go as high as fourth in any Big Ten league. Caper is super talented but will lose some carries to Edwin Baker — as is the case with LeShoure and Jason Ford. Both receivers were solid picks.

Round 2

9. Jake Veyhl - Tate Forcier, QB, Michigan
10. Steven Lassan - Kirk Cousins, QB, Michigan State
11. Doug Word - Brandon Saine, RB, Ohio State
12. Charlie Miller - Ben Chappell, QB, Indiana
13. Mitch Light - Robert Marve, QB, Purdue
14. Patrick Snow - DeVier Posey, WR, Ohio State
15. Braden Gall - Nick Toon, WR, Wisconsin
16. Rob Doster - Keshawn Martin, WR, Michigan State

Jake Veyhl didn't wait long to take the second quarterback in Tate Forcier. If he can stay healthy and make smarter decisions, he should easily finish as the league's No. 2 fantasy QB. Cousins, and the entire Sparty offense for that matter, is gaining a lot of fantasy steam this summer, so the upside pick by Lassan was strong. Unlike the Big 12 or ACC, the value at quarterback for this league is in the middle (not in the first round) as we saw four signal callers picked in this round. The best value in this round might have been Snow's pick of DeVier Posey. He is very close with Pryor, has all the talent in the world and had a great second half last season. Toon and Martin were sneaky upside picks as well.

Round 3

17. Rob Doster - Darius Willis, RB, Indiana
18. Braden Gall - Drake Dunsmore, TE, Northwestern
19. Patrick Snow - Dan Persa, QB, Northwestern
20. Mitch Light - Damarlo Belcher, WR, Indiana
21. Charlie Miller - Allen Reisner, TE, Iowa
22. Doug Word - Kevin Newsome, QB, Penn State
23. Steven Lassan - Al-Terek McBurse, RB, Purdue
24. Jake Veyhl - Adam Robinson, RB, Iowa

The two Northwestern Wildcats offer some upside. Tight end Dunsmore should be the clear No. 2 option at his position in this format as his 9 catches for 120 yards and a score against Auburn will attest. Persa also offers plenty of potential. Northwestern's quarterback has been scoring plenty of fantasy points since Pat Fitzgerald took over and Persa is a strong leader with a plucky attitude. Picking at the end (or beginning) of any rounds has its advantage and disadvantages. Veyhl pulled it off beautifully with the Iowa running backs here. The Adam Robinson pick is very intriguing. He had a great freshman year and returns behind a veteran offense with an run-oriented coach calling the plays. The carries distribution is still unknown so it was important he made the right fourth round pick (see below).

Round 4

25. Jake Veyhl - Jewel Hampton, RB, Iowa
26. Steven Lassan - Michael Shaw, RB, Michigan
27. Doug Word - Daniel Herron, RB, Ohio State
28. Charlie Miller - Edwin Baker, RB, Michigan State
29. Mitch Light - Arby Fields, RB, Northwestern
30. Patrick Snow - Ohio State Defense
31. Braden Gall - Scott Tolzien, QB, Wisconsin
32. Rob Doster - Marvin McNutt, WR, Iowa

My homer-ism knows no bounds. I took my third Badger in four rounds, however, it is important that none were reaches. Tolzien was the league's most efficient passer a year ago and posted much better numbers than most would guess. He returns behind a stellar line with a great skill group around him. Doug Word did a solid job locking up both Ohio State backs. Both Herron and Saine offer value as every week starters in a format this deep. Snow took the first team DEF/ST with Ohio State — which at No. 30 overall seemed like a steal considering some other leagues (UNC went at No. 18 overall in the ACC mock).

Round 5

33. Rob Doster - Duane Bennett, RB, Minnesota
34. Braden Gall - Montee Ball, RB, Wisconsin
35. Patrick Snow - Stephfon Green, RB, Penn State
36. Mitch Light - Charlie Gantt, TE, Michigan State
37. Charlie Miller - Iowa Defense
38. Doug Word - Kyle Adams, TE, Purdue
39. Steven Lassan - Penn State Defense
40. Jake Veyhl - Jake Stoneburner, TE, Ohio State

Patrick and I both locked up the primary back-ups to our first round picks in true hand-cuffing fashion. As a side note, in conference-only formats, hand-cuffing is not advised, it is mandatory. Both team defenses were solid picks here as both Penn State and Iowa always offer up a stingy defensive unit. The tight end picks in this round were mostly upside picks but there was little left to choose from.

Round 6

41. Jake Veyhl - Wisconsin Defense
42. Steven Lassan - Derek Moye, WR, Penn State
43. Doug Word - Michigan State Defense
44. Charlie Miller - Derrell Johnson-Koulianos, WR, Iowa
45. Mitch Light - Northwestern Defense
46. Patrick Snow - Kevin Koger, TE, Michigan
47. Braden Gall - Jarred Fayson, WR, Illinois
48. Rob Doster - Brian Linthicum, TE, Michigan State

The Johnson-Koulianos pick by Charlie Miller was a solid pick considering his running mate (Marvin McNutt) went 12 picks earlier. Yes, McNutt scored more touchdowns last year but DJK is poised to become the school's all-time leading receiver. Fayson could also turn out to be a steal if Nathan Scheelhaase can be effective.

Round 7

49. Rob Doster - Michigan Defense
50. Braden Gall - Philip Welch, K, Wisconsin
51. Patrick Snow - Dane Sanzenbacher, WR, Ohio State
52. Mitch Light - B.J. Cunningham, WR, Michigan State
53. Charlie Miller - Roy Roundtree, WR, Michigan
54. Doug Word - Devin Barclay, K, Ohio State
55. Steven Lassan - Sidney Stewart, WR, Northwestern
56. Jake Veyhl - Denard Robinson, QB, Michigan

Round 8

57. Jake Veyhl - Troy Stoudermire, WR, Minnesota
58. Steven Lassan - DeLeon Eskridge, RB, Minnesota
59. Doug Word - Jamaal Berry, RB, Ohio State
60. Charlie Miller - Ricky Stanzi, QB, Iowa
61. Mitch Light - Daniel Murray, K, Iowa
62. Patrick Snow - Vincent Smith, RB, Michigan
63. Braden Gall - Purdue Defense
64. Rob Doster - Jason Ford, RB, Illinois

I love the Jason Ford pick. Although, I would have loved it more had Miller made it (he took LeShoure in round one). Ford will get his chance to help carry the load with LeShoure. Berry also has plenty of upside as Word completes the OSU triumverate. What can happen when you wait on a team defense is apparent here as I got stuck with the Purdue defense (I am not sure if I helped or compounded the problem by taking the Illini defense in the ninth round).

Round 9

65. Rob Doster - Adam Weber, QB, Minnesota
66. Braden Gall - Illinois Defense
67. Patrick Snow - Collin Wagner, K, Penn State
68. Mitch Light - Stephen Simmons, RB, Northwestern
69. Charlie Miller - Stefan Demos, K, Northwestern
70. Doug Word - Paul Jones, QB, Penn State
71. Steven Lassan - Carson Wiggs, K, Purdue
72. Jake Veyhl - Nick Freeland, K, Indiana

Round 10

73. Jake Veyhl - Brandon Wegher, RB, Iowa
74. Steven Lassan - Fitzgerald Toussaint, RB, Michigan
75. Doug Word - Matt McGloin, QB, Penn State
76. Charlie Miller - Mike Cox, RB, Michigan
77. Mitch Light - MarQueis Gray, QB, Minnesota
78. Patrick Snow - Nathan Scheelhaase, QB, Illinois
79. Braden Gall - Zach Brown, RB, Wisconsin
80. Rob Doster - Kevin Muma, K, Michigan State

As is the case with most final rounds, gambles on upside reign supreme. And rightly so. Wegher was tied in with both Robinson and Hampton while MarQueis Gray will get the ball in his hands somehow for the Gophers — not matter position he actually lines up at.