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.
*Note: To view the entire 15-round mock draft, click here.
What is your draft strategy?
I wanted to get as many pass-catchers with high reception totals as I could, and I held my breath for Calvin Johnson in the first round, which worked out. I was more than happy to nab Lance Moore and Kendall Wright back-to-back late, because both of those players are going to see a marked increase in receptions this season.
Did your strategy work?
I was about 70 percent happy with my strategy. It was a toss-up between Morris and Larry Fitzgerald in Round 2, but in the end I was more confident with Morris than I was in a bounce-back from Fitzgerald to the tune of 90-plus receptions. But it was close. It was hard to take Andre Johnson because at any time he can fall off the fantasy cliff and become a No. 2 fantasy WR. So I wound up taking too many chances than I'd be comfortable with.
What was your favorite pick?
I have a couple. Getting Drew Brees, who at worst is the No. 2 overall fantasy QB in Round 4 was pretty special. Coming back for Chris Ivory in the fifth was also fortuitous. As time goes on, he's going to be a player who garners more and more attention and will probably be a third-rounder at worst by the time the summer ends. I'm also partial to Danny Woodhead in the 12th round as handcuff protection for Ryan Mathews. I felt a lot better about Mathews after getting Woodhead.
What pick do you most regret?
Danario Alexander is one I'd like to have over. Is he really going to stay healthy throughout 2013? Is he going to still catch a ton of passes even with the addition of Keenan Allen and the return of Vincent Brown? He's a playmaker, which is great, but like I said before, he's a big question mark and I don't like having too many of them. I just wasn't happy immediately after I made this pick.
Who had the best draft?
Fabiano. And I only say this because he still owes me lunch and I have a better chance of him paying up if I say something nice about him.