2018 Fantasy Football IDP Mock Draft

Athlon editors and contributors make their picks in a 20-round, IDP fantasy draft

Athlon Sports’ 2018 Fantasy Football magazine

NFL training camps has begun, which means the countdown to the start of the 2018 fantasy football season is on! Diehard fantasy football fans probably started their preparations months ago, but there's still plenty of time to get ready for your draft.

 

For hands-on practice, nothing beats a mock draft, which is exactly what 12 Athlon Sports editors and fantasy contributors did in May. For example, neither Jameis Winston nor Julian Edelman (among many others) was suspended when we drafted, so please keep that in mind when analyzing our picks. And of course, injuries are sure to rear their ugly heads as training camps ramp up and once preseason games start, so the landscape will continue to shift right up to (and probably after) your league holds its draft.

 

Below is a complete breakdown of the 12-team, 20-round IDP mock draft we conducted, along with some analysis of my own. This mock draft also can be found in Athlon Sports’ 2018 Fantasy Football magazine, which is available for purchase online and at newsstands everywhere. And for those who enjoy mock drafts, be sure to check out FantasyPros’ Mock Draft Simulator.

 

12-team, 20-round serpentine-style mock draft based on Athlon Sports standard scoring and with the following 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

 

Round 1
Pick Overall Player POS Team Drafter Affiliation
1 1 Todd Gurley RB LAR Michael Horvath AthlonSports.com contributor
2 2 Le'Veon Bell RB PIT Corby Yarbrough Athlon Sports contributor
3 3 David Johnson RB ARI Mark Ross Athlon Sports
4 4 Antonio Brown WR PIT John Gworek Athlon Sports
5 5 Ezekiel Elliott RB DAL Rivers McCown Football Outsiders
6 6 Saquon Barkley RB NYG Matt Schauf DraftSharks.com
7 7 DeAndre Hopkins WR HOU Mike Clay ESPN
8 8 Alvin Kamara RB NO Sarah Lewis AthlonSports.com contributor
9 9 Kareem Hunt RB KC John Hansen FantasyGuru.com
10 10 Melvin Gordon RB LAC Jamey Eisenberg CBS Sports
11 11 Odell Beckham Jr. WR NYG Chris Meyers AthlonSports.com contributor
12 12 Julio Jones WR ATL David Gonos SoCalledFantasyExperts.com

Round 1 Analysis: It's only fitting that the four guys who got votes in our annual "Who's No. 1?" debate went with the first four picks in our mock. With the third pick I took David Johnson, banking on a big bounce-back campaign from the wrist injury that torpedoed many owners' 2017 fantasy seasons. I have no problem if you prefer Antonio Brown over Johnson in that spot and some may be more bullish on Ezekiel Elliott. The real debate in the first round will be how high does rookie Saquon Barkley go? Do you take him over established guys like Melvin Gordon or the studs from the 2017 draft class -- Kareem Hunt, Leonard Fournette, Alvin Kamara and Dalvin Cook? It will be interesting to see how Barkley's ADP fluctuates leading up to Week 1.

 

Round 2          
Pick Overall Player POS Team Drafter
1 13 Leonard Fournette RB JAC David Gonos
2 14 Dalvin Cook RB MIN Chris Meyers
3 15 Michael Thomas WR NO Jamey Eisenberg
4 16 Davante Adams WR GB John Hansen
5 17 Keenan Allen WR LAC Sarah Lewis
6 18 A.J. Green WR CIN Mike Clay
7 19 Mike Evans WR TB Matt Schauf
8 20 Doug Baldwin WR SEA Rivers McCown
9 21 Devonta Freeman RB ATL John Gworek
10 22 Amari Cooper WR OAK Mark Ross
11 23 Tyreek Hill WR KC Corby Yarbrough
12 24 LeSean McCoy RB BUF Michael Horvath

Round 2 Analysis: The second round was all about running backs and wide receivers. It was interesting to see how each drafter viewed the tier right below the elite guys, such as how second-year players Leonard Fournette and Dalvin Cook went ahead more established veterans in Devonta Freeman and LeSean McCoy (among others). Same goes for the wide receivers. Davante Adams over Mike Evans? Doug Baldwin over Amari Cooper? Some tough choices to be made in the early rounds.

 

Round 3          
Pick Overall Player POS Team Drafter
1 25 Mark Ingram RB NO Michael Horvath
2 26 Christian McCaffrey RB CAR Corby Yarbrough
3 27 Jordan Howard RB CHI Chris Meyers
4 28 Joe Mixon RB CIN John Gworek
5 29 Jerick McKinnon RB SF Rivers McCown
6 30 Rob Gronkowski TE NE Matt Schauf
7 31 Travis Kelce TE KC Mike Clay
8 32 Zach Ertz TE PHI Sarah Lewis
9 33 Allen Robinson WR CHI John Hansen
10 34 T.Y. Hilton WR IND Jamey Eisenberg
11 35 Stefon Diggs WR MIN Chris Meyers
12 36 Derrick Henry RB TEN David Gonos

Round 3 Analysis: Rob Gronkowski, not surprisingly, is the first tight end taken. But unlike past seasons when we may have gone as early as the first round, here in the third makes more sense. And he wasn't alone. At this point, I don't think anyone would quibble if you were to take Travis Kelce or even Zach Ertz as the first TE off the board, although when healthy and clicking with Tom Brady, Gronk can certainly justify his top billing at the position. Also, with the knowledge that Mark Ingram will miss four games (who was picked in this mock draft prior to his suspension being announced), is he still valuable enough to take before guys you know are going to get the ball (if healthy) for the entire season?

 

Round 4           
Pick Overall Player POS Team Drafter
1 37 Adam Thielen WR MIN David Gonos
2 38 Aaron Rodgers QB GB Chris Meyers
3 39 Josh Gordon WR CLE Jamey Eisenberg
4 40 Derrius Guice RB WAS John Hansen
5 41 Alshon Jeffery WR PHI Sarah Lewis
6 42 Rashaad Penny RB SEA Mike Clay
7 43 Jay Ajayi RB PHI Matt Schauf
8 44 Kenyan Drake RB MIA Rivers McCown
9 45 Russell Wilson QB SEA John Gworek
10 46 Brandin Cooks WR LAR Mark Ross
11 47 Demaryius Thomas WR DEN Corby Yarbrough
12 48 JuJu Smith-Schuster WR PIT Michael Horvath

Round 4 Analysis: We finally have a quarterback taken (actually two)! Quarterback is one position I'm not really sweating that much this season as it seems to be fairly deep. That said, if you have your heart set on Aaron Rodgers or Russell Wilson or probably Tom Brady and maybe one or two others, you still need to be prepared to take him early. But if you are content to wait, you should have little trouble finding options that you can start with confidence every week. Also, which rookie RB not named Saquon Barkley will have a bigger fantasy impact in 2018 – Derrius Guice? Rashaad Penny? Someone else? There are plenty to choose from so it will be interesting to see how the preseason impacts the pecking order behind Barkley.

 

Round 5          
Pick Overall Player POS Team Drafter
1 49 Corey Davis WR TEN Michael Horvath
2 50 Dez Bryant WR FA Corby Yarbrough
3 51 Jarvis Landry WR CLE Mark Ross
4 52 Sammy Watkins WR KC John Gworek
5 53 Tom Brady QB NE Rivers McCown
6 54 Dion Lewis RB TEN Matt Schauf
7 55 Ronald Jones II RB TB Mike Clay
8 56 Carlos Hyde RB CLE Sarah Lewis
9 57 Golden Tate WR DET John Hansen
10 58 Alex Collins RB BAL Jamey Eisenberg
11 59 Will Fuller WR HOU Chris Meyers
12 60 Larry Fitzgerald WR ARI

David Gonos

Round 5 Analysis: At this point, it doesn't look like Dez Bryant will have much fantasy value in 2018, since he still hasn't found a new team. However, this is something that could change and quickly, depending on what happens during training camp and in preseason games. This round also had several "old faces in new places" taken, another factor to keep in mind this year. Will Jarvis Landry have similar or better numbers in Cleveland compared to Miami? What about Sammy Watkins going from the Rams to the Chiefs? Or Dion Lewis, who goes from being part of the backfield puzzle in New England to co-leader alongside Derrick Henry in Tenenssee? Oh and the reigning leaguve MVP quietly goes in the middle of the fifth round. Carry on.

 

Round 6          
Pick Overall Player POS Team Drafter
1 61 Royce Freeman RB DEN David Gonos
2 62 Aaron Jones RB GB Chris Meyers
3 63 Julian Edelman WR NE Jamey Eisenberg
4 64 Sony Michel RB NE John Hansen
5 65 Nick Chubb RB CLE Sarah Lewis
6 66 Robert Woods WR LAR Mike Clay
7 67 Marvin Jones WR DET Matt Schauf
8 68 Devin Funchess WR CAR Rivers McCown
9 69 Evan Engram TE NYG John Gworek
10 70 Tevin Coleman RB ATL Mark Ross
11 71 Lamar Miller RB HOU Corby Yarbrough
12 72 Cooper Kupp WR LAR Michael Horvath

Round 6 Analysis: Somewhat ironically, Aaron Jones and Julian Edelman, who were both suspended after this mock draft took place, go in back-to-back picks. Edelman will miss twice as many games, but Jones could be the one more impacted by the missed time. With Jamaal Williams and Ty Montgomery among the other options at RB for the Green Bay, Jones may have a hard time getting back into the rotation even though he will miss just two games. Also interesting how Sony Michel and Nick Chubb, former Georgia teammates, went in consecutive picks. Michel has the luxury of joining the Patriots' offense, but will Bill Belichick give him the opportunities right away? And Chubb joins a Cleveland backfield that already has Carlos Hyde (who went in the third round) and Duke Johnson Jr. (lasted until Round 9). The upside is apparent with both rookies, but there's also a fair amount of risk for redraft leagues.

 

Round 7          
Pick Overall Player POS Team Drafter
1 73 DeVante Parker WR MIA Michael Horvath
2 74 Deshaun Watson QB HOU Corby Yarbrough
3 75 Jimmy Garoppolo QB SF Mark Ross
4 76 Marquise Goodwin WR SF John Gworek
5 77 Jamison Crowder WR WAS Rivers McCown
6 78 Michael Crabtree WR BAL Matt Schauf
7 79 Emmanuel Sanders WR DEN Mike Clay
8 80 Sterling Shepard WR NYG Sarah Lewis
9 81 Delaine Walker TE TEN John Hansen
10 82 Greg Olsen TE CAR Jamey Eisenberg
11 83 Chris Thompson RB WAS Chris Meyers
12 84 Carson Wentz QB PHI David Gonos

Round 7 Analysis: More quarterbacks come off of the board, but it may not be the ones people were expecting. Deshaun Watson and Carson Wentz have plenty of fantasy appeal but each will be coming back from a torn ACL. For Watson, it's the second such injury in his football career, while Wentz tore his in mid-December. How quickly will both not only be back on the field but also back in form? Don't forget, Wentz was replaced by the guy who went on to become Super Bowl MVP. And then there's Jimmy Garoppolo, who averaged better than 20 fantasy points in the five games he started. Albeit a small sample size, that type of production over a full season would have made him a top-10 fantasy QB. But can he sustain that over 16 games and now that teams have even more film of him to study? Plenty of upside with all three signal-callers but is the risk worth taking, especially with so many other options still on the board?

 

Round 8          
Pick Overall Player POS Team Drafter
1 85 Jimmy Graham TE GB David Gonos
2 86 Marlon Mack RB IND Chris Meyers
3 87 Jamaal Williams RB GB Jamey Eisenberg
4 88 Cam Newton QB CAR John Hansen
5 89 Kirk Cousins QB MIN Sarah Lewis
6 90 Pierre Garcon WR SF Mike Clay
7 91 Joey Bosa DL LAC Matt Schauf
8 92 Tarik Cohen RB CHI Rivers McCown
9 93 Devontae Booker RB DEN John Gworek
10 94 Isaiah Crowell RB NYJ Mark Ross
11 95 Luke Kuechly LB CAR Corby Yarbrough
12 96 Andrew Luck QB IND Michael Horvath

Round 8 Analysis: Speaking of other QBs... Cam Newton, Kirk Cousins and Andrew Luck are the next to be taken. Newton hasn’t been near as productive since his 2015 MVP campaign, and he injured his knee in the Panthers' playoff loss in January. Cousins got paid handsomely to become a Viking, but will the production follow him to his new team as well? And everyone knows the deal when it comes to Luck. If you had your choice between these three which would you choose? (Or would you go in a different direction entirely?) Decisions, decisions, decisions… This round also sees the first IDPs go off of the board in Joey Bosa and Luke Kuechly. In other years, it may have been J.J. Watt or Khalil Mack, but the former hasn't been able to stay healthy and the latter's numbers suffered last season due to a lack of support around him. Kuechly himself also has had trouble staying on the field the past few seasons. But when healthy, he's one of the best players in the game, regardless of position.

 

Round 9          
Pick Overall Player POS Team Drafter
1 97 D'Onta Foreman RB HOU Michael Horvath
2 98 Kyle Rudolph TE MIN Corby Yarbrough
3 99 Mike Williams WR LAC Mark Ross
4 100 Corey Clement RB PHI John Gworek
5 101 Bobby Wagner LB SEA Rivers McCown
6 102 Duke Johnson Jr. RB CLE Matt Schauf
7 103 Marshawn Lynch RB OAK Mike Clay
8 104 C.J. Mosley LB BAL Sarah Lewis
9 105 Deion Jones LB ATL John Hansen
10 106 Kerryon Johnson RB DET Jamey Eisenberg
11 107 Telvin Smith LB JAC Chris Meyers
12 108 Sean Lee LB DAL

David Gonos

Round 9 Analysis: Will Marshawn Lynch find his second wind with Jon Gruden as his head coach? The opportunity is there for Lynch to be the man for the Raiders, but last year's performance didn't exactly represent a vote of confidence in that respect. Meanwhile D'Onta Foreman and Kerryon Johnson also could emerge as the No. 1 backfield options for their respective teams, although the former is coming back from a torn Achilles, and the latter is a rookie with a couple of veterans likely ahead of him on the depth chart, to start the season anyways. More IDPs taken as well, all linebackers.

 

Round 10          
Pick Overall Player POS Team Drafter
1 109 Jason Pierre-Paul DL TB David Gonos
2 110 O.J. Howard TE TB Chris Meyers
3 111 J.J. Watt DL HOU Jamey Eisenberg
4 112 Rex Burkhead RB NE John Hansen
5 113 Calvin Ridley WR ATL Sarah Lewis
6 114 Zach Brown LB WAS Mike Clay
7 115 Michael Gallup WR DAL Matt Schauf
8 116 Nelson Agholor WR PHI Rivers McCown
9 117 Khalil Mack DL OAK John Gworek
10 118 Calais Campbell DL JAC Mark Ross
11 119 Drew Brees QB NO Corby Yarbrough
12 120 George Kittle TE SF Michael Horvath

Round 10 Analysis: Jason-Pierre Paul taken before J.J. Watt or Khalil Mack, or All-Pro Calais Campbell for that matter? It depends on how you think JPP will do with his new team. In my case, I took Campbell after Watt and Mack went off the board. Calvin Ridley figures to be a potentially polarizing guy come draft day. Some may see him as the perfect complement to Julio Jones for Atlanta's passing attack while others may view him as the clear No. 3 WR with Mohamed Sanu ahead of him in the pecking order. Either way, Ridley will be drafted; it's just a matter of when. And remember what I said about QB being deep? Even if that is the case, Drew Brees lasting until the 10th round seems extreme. Don't count on the same thing happening in your draft.

 

Round 11          
Pick Overall Player POS Team Drafter
1 121 Kwon Alexander LB TB Michael Horvath
2 122 Robby Anderson WR NYJ Corby Yarbrough
3 123 Christian Kirksey LB CLE Mark Ross
4 124 Kelvin Benjamin WR BUF John Gworek
5 125 Trey Burton TE CHI Rivers McCown
6 126 Josh Doctson WR WAS Matt Schauf
7 127 Demarcus Lawrence DL DAL Mike Clay
8 128 D.J. Moore WR CAR Sarah Lewis
9 129 Chris Hogan WR NE John Hansen
10 130 C.J. Anderson RB CAR Jamey Eisenberg
11 131 Myles Garrett DL CLE Chris Meyers
12 132 Doug Martin RB OAK David Gonos

Round 11 Analysis: Kelvin Benjamin could emerge as a solid No. 1 WR for Buffalo, but just be sure you're not banking on him to produce as such. Same goes for Trey Burton, who seemingly has wound up in a great situation, at least on paper. Can Josh Doctson become Alex Smith's new Tyreek Hill in Washington? I really like C.J. Anderson signing with Carolina. Christian McCaffrey is No. 1 on the depth chart, but the Panthers need someone who can get the job done between the tackles. Remember Jonathan Stewart had several solid years in Carolina. Anderson will fill a similar role and could put up even better numbers depending on McCaffrey's development and if Cam Newton doesn't run the ball as much as he has in the past. Doug Martin is another one to watch, as he could steal Marshawn Lynch's thunder and become Jon Gruden's top backfield option in Oakland. Or he could disappoint tremendously as he has done in the past.

 

Round 12          
Pick Overall Player POS Team Drafter
1 133 Landon Collins DB   David Gonos
2 134 Blake Martinez LB   Chris Meyers
3 135 Rishard Matthews WR   Jamey Eisenberg
4 136 Reshad Jones DB   John Hansen
5 137 Keanu Neal DB   Sarah Lewis
6 138 Lavonte David LB   Mike Clay
7 139 Alec Ogletree LB   Matt Schauf
8 140 Aaron Donald DL   Rivers McCown
9 141 Chandler Jones DL   John Gworek
10 142 Christian Kirk WR   Mark Ross
11 143 Danielle Hunter DL   Corby Yarbrough
12 144 Kevin Byard DB   Michael Horvath

Round 12 Analysis: The first defensive backs are taken and no surprise it's the top three safeties. Kevin Byard had an All-Pro season for Tennessee but just keep in mind that much of his fantasy value was tied to his league-leading eight interceptions. Defensive backs that rack up the tackles, like Landon Collins, Reshad Jones and Keanu Neal, are a bit safer. Alec Ogeltree could be even more valuable in fantasy as a Giant than he was a Ram, which is saying something since he was a top-20 option last year. And speaking of the Rams, reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year Aaron Donald is somewhat overlooked in fantasy but probably shouldn't be. He was a top-15 DL even though he played in just 14 games last season and while he may be viewed as a tackle, defensive coordinator Wade Phillips will probably utilize him more on the outside with Los Angeles adding Ndamukong Suh up front. Don't let Donald wait too long in IDP drafts this year, unless his contract situation becomes an issue once again.

 

Round 13           
Pick Overall Player POS Team Drafter
1 145 Carlos Dunlap DL CIN Michael Horvath
2 146 Chris Carson RB SEA Corby Yarbrough
3 147 Ben Roethlisberger QB PIT Mark Ross
4 148 Randall Cobb WR GB John Gworek
5 149 Theo Riddick RB DET Rivers McCown
6 150 Jameis Winston QB TB Matt Schauf
7 151 Giovani Bernard RB CIN Mike Clay
8 152 Cameron Jordan DL NO Sarah Lewis
9 153 Jordy Nelson WR OAK John Hansen
10 154 Eric Kendricks LB MIN Jamey Eisenberg
11 155 Martavis Bryant WR OAK Chris Meyers
12 156 Allen Hurns WR DAL

David Gonos

 

Round 14          
Pick Overall Player POS Team Drafter
1 157 Jordan Reed TE WAS David Gonos
2 158 Kenny Golladay WR DET Chris Meyers
3 159 Patrick Mahomes QB KC Jamey Eisenberg
4 160 Ezekiel Ansah DL DET John Hansen
5 161 Ty Montgomery RB GB Sarah Lewis
6 162 Jordan Wilkins RB IND Mike Clay
7 163 Nyheim Hines RB IND Matt Schauf
8 164 Harrison Smith DB MIN Rivers McCown
9 165 Matt Ryan QB ATL John Gworek
10 166 Jacksonville DST JAC Mark Ross
11 167 Marqise Lee WR JAC Corby Yarbrough
12 168 Dede Westbrook WR JAC Michael Horvath

Rounds 13 & 14 Analysis: Ben Roethlsiberger in the 13th round? Matt Ryan in the 14th? Welcome to the new reality when it comes to fantasy QBs. Jameis Winston will likely slide given his suspension, but even he still makes for an appealing late-round choice given the fact that he will start once he's reinstated and the potential for big numbers is clearly there. Potential also is a word that can be used to describe Patrick Mahomes, who takes over for Alex Smith and has plenty of weapons that will allow him to put up good numbers right away. The first defense/special teams (DST) comes off the board as well. If it's not Jacksonville this year, I will be surprised, although a case can be made for the Rams, Vikings, Chargers and/or Eagles.

 

Round 15           
Pick Overall Player POS Team Drafter
1 169 Jared Goff QB LAR Michael Horvath
2 170 Jordan Poyer DB BUF Corby Yarbrough
3 171 Charles Clay TE BUF Mark Ross
4 172 Demario Davis LB NO John Gworek
5 173 Philadelphia DST PHI Rivers McCown
6 174 Cameron Meredith WR NO Matt Schauf
7 175 Matthew Stafford QB DET Mike Clay
8 176 Chris Godwin WR TB Sarah Lewis
9 177 James White RB NE John Hansen
10 178 Kenny Stills WR MIA Jamey Eisenberg
11 179 Derek Carr QB OAK Chris Meyers
12 180 DeSean Jackson WR TB David Gonos

 

Round 16           
Pick Overall Player POS Team Drafter
1 181 Los Angeles Rams DST LAR David Gonos
2 182 Jamal Adams DB NYJ Chris Meyers
3 183 Philip Rivers QB LAC Jamey Eisenberg
4 184 Corey Coleman WR CLE John Hansen
5 185 Mitchell Trubisky QB CHI Sarah Lewis
6 186 Anthony Miller WR CHI Mike Clay
7 187 Derwin James DB LAC Matt Schauf
8 188 Marcus Mariota QB TEN Rivers McCown
9 189 Minnesota DST MIN John Gworek
10 190 Roquan Smith LB CHI Mark Ross
11 191 Tremaine Edmunds LB BUF Corby Yarbrough
12 192 David Njoku TE CLE Michael Horvath

Rounds 15 & 16 Analysis: Still waiting on a QB? Jared Goff, Matthew Stafford, Derek Carr, Philip Rivers, Mitchell Trubisky or Marcus Mariota as your starter at this point would be considered thievery, until you take inventory of who has already been taken. QB is deep in 2018. Case closed. Rookies can be hard to trust in fantasy, but the tide has been turning in recent seasons and there are definitely some that jump out more than others. On the defensive side of the ball, I love Roquan Smith with the Bears (obviously) but have no problem with taking Tremaine Edmunds to fill one of my LB (or IDP flex) spots either. I'm not as bullish on Derwin James from a fantasy standpoint (love the fit for him and the Chargers) this year but that's more due to the supply vs. demand (most leagues use one DB) dynamic rather than an indictment of the player himself.

 

Round 17          
Pick Overall Player POS Team Drafter
1 193 Myles Jack LB JAC Michael Horvath
2 194 LeGarrette Blount RB DET Corby Yarbrough
3 195 Courtland Sutton WR DEN Mark Ross
4 196 Micah Hyde DB BUF John Gworek
5 197 Tyler Eifert TE CIN Rivers McCown
6 198 Dak Prescott QB DAL Matt Schauf
7 199 Jack Doyle TE IND Mike Clay
8 200 Jadeveon Clowney LB HOU Sarah Lewis
9 201 Los Angeles Chargers DST LAC John Hansen
10 202 Jarrad Davis LB DET Jamey Eisenberg
11 203 Mike Gesicki TE MIA Chris Meyers
12 204 Eli Manning QB NYG David Gonos

 

Round 18          
Pick Overall Player POS Team Drafter
1 205 Deone Bucannon LB ARI David Gonos
2 206 Jeremy Hill RB NE Chris Meyers
3 207 Eric Berry DB KC Jamey Eisenberg
4 208 Ameer Abdullah RB DET John Hansen
5 209 Denver DST DEN Sarah Lewis
6 210 Houston DST HOU Mike Clay
7 211 Mark Barron LB LAR Matt Schauf
8 212 Tyler Lockett WR SEA Rivers McCown
9 213 Quincy Enunwa WR NYJ John Gworek
10 214 Budda Baker DB ARI Mark Ross
11 215 Greg Zuerlein K LAR Corby Yarbrough
12 216 Baltimore DST BAL Michael Horvath

Rounds 17 & 18 Analysis: While I will not be the one taking a kicker until the next to last round at the earliest, I don't have a problem with doing so near the end of the 18th round. Has Greg Zuerlein replaced Stephen Gostkowski as the top option at the position? The Rams' offense should be just as potent in 2018 as it was last year, although the addition of WR Brandin Cooks and another year of development for Jared Goff could result in fewer field goal opportunities for Greg the Leg. But he should still score plenty of points.

 

Round 19          
Pick Overall Player POS Team Drafter
1 217 Stephen Gostkowski K NE Michael Horvath
2 218 Spencer Ware RB KC Corby Yarbrough
3 219 Benjamin Watson TE NO Mark Ross
4 220 Pittsburgh DST PIT John Gworek
5 221 Melvin Ingram DL LAC Rivers McCown
6 222 Justin Tucker K BAL Matt Schauf
7 223 Matt Bryant K ATL Mike Clay
8 224 Samaje Perine RB WAS Sarah Lewis
9 225 Joe Schobert LB CLE John Hansen
10 226 New Orleans DST NO Jamey Eisenberg
11 227 Kansas City DST KC Chris Meyers
12 228 Peyton Barber RB TB David Gonos

 

Round 20           
Pick Overall Player POS Team Drafter
1 229 Harrison Butker K KC David Gonos
2 230 Wil Lutz K NO Chris Meyers
3 231 Jake Elliott K PHI Jamey Eisenberg
4 232 Robbie Gould K SF John Hansen
5 233 Dan Bailey K DAL Sarah Lewis
6 234 Jahleel Addae DB LAC Mike Clay
7 235 Chicago DST CHI Matt Schauf
8 236 Chris Boswell K PIT Rivers McCown
9 237 Matt Prater K DET John Gworek
10 238 Josh Lambo K JAC Mark Ross
11 239 Carolina DST CAR Corby Yarbrough
12 240 Alex Smith QB WAS

Michael Horvath

Rounds 19 & 20 Analysis: The last two rounds may be considered an afterthought but picking up guys like Melvin Ingram and Joe Schobert to round out your starting lineup is impressive in its own right. Even Spencer Ware or Samaje Perine could prove valuable depending on what happens to the guys in front of them. And when it comes to our version of Mr. Irrelevant, you could do a lot worse than Alex Smith, who was a top-five fantasy QB last year. Not saying he will repeat this success with Washington, but he's a solid backup/QB2.

 

Positional Breakdown          
QB RB WR TE DL LB DB DST K
23 58 67 18 14 23 12 13 12
Event Date: 
Tuesday, August 1, 2017 - 16:39

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