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2018 Fantasy Football IDP Mock Draft

Author:
Le'Veon Bell

Le'Veon Bell

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 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

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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.