NFL.com held its second experts league mock draft of the year on Friday, July 19th. The PPR scoring league consists of NFL Fantasy LIVE members Dave Dameshek, Elliot Harrison, Michael Fabiano, Akbar Gbajabiamila, Jaime Maggio, Adam Rank, Matt "Money" Smith and Jason Smith. Also in the league was NFL.com associate fantasy editor John Juhasz. Each owner was required to put together a lineup of one quarterback, two running backs, two wide receivers, one flex (RB/WR/TE), one tight end, one kicker and one defense/special teams unit.
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What is your draft strategy?
Well, things are a little different in PPR drafts. This is the only draft where you can go receiver in the first round. However, I still had my heart set on a running back at No. 6, because I knew there was no way I was going to get Megatron with that pick and it was a bit too early for Dez Bryant. So I wanted to get a solid running back to open with and McCoy dropped to me, so I was really pleased with that. I also wanted to load up with a No. 1 receiver in the second-round and Bryant was gone, but Julio Jones was there when I picked again, so I really liked that.
Did your draft strategy work?
I would say so. I was able to come back with Darren Sproles as my RB2, so I was really pleased with that. Reggie Wayne and Wes Welker should provide big points as a WR2 and flex option. I also wanted to wait for a quarterback, which can be a big risk in these drafts. But with just 10 players, I felt I could wait for it. And I ended up with Colin Kaepernick, so I was really stoked with that choice. He can have a big year, so I'm rather pleased overall.
What was your favorite pick(s)?
I was really scared about passing on Jason Witten when I chose Welker in the fifth. I thought that would haunt me. Imagine my pleasant surprise when Witten was still available to me in the sixth-round. This is a PPR league, and Witten is a machine in these types of leagues. I really love this pick. Honestly, I'm going to be crowing about this one for a long time. I'm very, very happy with it. I also really loved DeSean Jackson, too. He could have a very big year in Chip Kelly's offense. And Shane Vereen, too. And Chris Givens. Wow, I'm really good at this. Oh yeah, and SEABASS! I really love this team.
What was your worst pick(s)?
Who drafted the best team?
The Hall of Famer, Michael Fabiano, did a masterful job of getting Ray Rice and Trent Richardson. Love his team a lot. Marcas Grant stole a player or two from me, most notably, Dez Bryant. So that was a very good team, too.