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Not sleeping on sleepers in new mock draft


STRATEGY: Going in I wanted to make sure I was deep enough at RB and WR before I picked the sleepers I've fallen in love with over the last couple of months. Mainly it worked, as there was just one pick I wasn't thrilled with.

BEST PICK: Ben Tate, fifth round and Riley Cooper, 11th round. Tate should have gone earlier. I don't know if everyone fell in love with Terrance West in shorts at rookie mini-camp but I was more than happy to get a third round talent two rounds later than I should. Nick Foles' relationship with Riley Cooper was a big surprise last year. This time around there's no DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin is coming off injury and can't stay healthy. So getting the number one WR on a top three offense that late? Yeah, I'm good with that.

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WORST PICK: Kendall Wright, sixth round and Chris Ivory, 11th. See above where I said "sleepers I've fallen in love with." I love Wright and I know he's going to continue his fantasy ascension into stardom this season. But I should have trusted my instincts and taken either Ray Rice or Shane Vereen instead, and then come back to Wright in the next round. I'm pretty sure I still would have gotten him there - or even a round later than that.

STARTING LINEUP IF THE SEASON STARTED TODAY: Peyton Manning, LeSean McCoy, Giovani Bernard, Kendall Wright, Julian Edelman, Ben Tate (RB/WR), Julius Thomas, Justin Tucker, Bengals D/ST.

REVIEW: I'm more than happy with my starting lineup, and feel like with Eric Decker and Riley Cooper I'll have great options at WR and my flex. Marques Colston and Chris Ivory are serviceable, but they're matchup-based and bye week starters at best. Marqise Lee is intriguing but he also holds the distinction of being the first person I would waive to pick up a free agent. Philip Rivers is a terrific backup to Peyton, but I was close to drafting Johnny Manziel instead. In the end, Rivers production is more certain than Manziel's, but if I was faced with the prospect of the Eli Mannings and Ryan Tannehills of the world as my backup, then Manziel would be on my roster.