With the 2012 NFL Draft in the rearview mirror, we are closer to getting a grasp of player fantasy values for next season. In putting together the third one-man mock draft of the year, one thing became apparent. The old philosophy of focusing on running backs in Round 1 is dead, due in large part to numerous injuries and the increase in backfield committees. In a passing league, it's the quarterbacks that now rule the NFL roost. Wide receiver is also a more powerful position at the top, and even a few tight ends snuck into the first three rounds. Clearly, we are seeing a new age in fantasy football.
This mock draft is based on NFL.com's standard 10-team leagues with a basic (non-PPR) scoring system that rewards four points for touchdown passes and six points for all other touchdowns scored. Each numbered position represents an individual fantasy team, so no more than one quarterback, three running backs, three wide receivers or one tight end will be selected per roster.
41. Peyton Manning, QB, Broncos
42. Michael Turner, RB, Falcons
43. Eli Manning, QB, Giants
44. Jordy Nelson, WR, Packers
45. Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, Giants
46. Fred Jackson, RB, Bills
47. Darren Sproles, RB, Saints
48. Marques Colston, WR, Saints
49. Dwayne Bowe, WR, Chiefs
50. Miles Austin, WR, Cowboys