Michael Fabiano | Tags: Adrian Peterson, Anquan Boldin, Antonio Bryant, Bernard Berrian, Chester Taylor, Chris Cooley, Donald Driver, Joe Flacco, Kevin Curtis, LenDale White, Mason Crosby, Philip Rivers, Ricky Williams, Ronnie Brown
When you’re in the fantasy football business, expert mock drafts are as common as sunshine in Southern California.
Rotoworld held an experts draft on Tuesday, June 30 (12-team, non PPR), and for the first time I had the No. 1 overall selection. I would much rather prefer to have a pick in the middle of each round, but you have to be able to build a competitive team no matter the draft position.
Here’s how my team looked at the end of the draft:
Round 1: Adrian Peterson, RB, Minnesota — No-brainer here. I’d have taken Peterson even if this league did reward points for receptions.
Round 2: Ronnie Brown, RB, Miami — I like Brown a lot next season and was thrilled to see him still on the board after a long, 22-pick wait.
Round 3: Anquan Boldin, WR, Arizona — Boldin is falling in a lot of drafts, for some reason. I’ll take him with the first pick in the third round.
Round 4: Antonio Bryant, WR, Tampa Bay — The wideout position was thinning out, so I had to take Bryant despite not loving him going into ’09.
Round 5: Philip Rivers, QB, San Diego — With a long wait in between this pick and my next one, I felt taking the best available QB was a good move.
Round 6: LenDale White, RB, Tennessee — White will be my main flex starter. He should score 10-plus touchdowns for the Titans again.
Round 7: Bernard Berrian, WR, Minnesota — When Brett Favre becomes a Viking (notice I said when and not if), Berrian’s fantasy stock will rise.
Round 8: Chris Cooley, TE, Washington — Cooley basically guaranteed me six touchdowns next season, so this could be a very nice bargain.
Round 9: Donald Driver, WR, Green Bay — Driver isn’t the same superstar he was a few seasons ago, but I’ll take him as my No. 4 fantasy WR.
Round 10: Chester Taylor, RB, Minnesota — I like to handcuff my top backs, so this pick speaks for itself. If A.P. goes down, I’m covered.
Round 11: Ricky Williams, RB, Miami — With no attractive runners left on the board, I decided on Williams to handcuff Brown.
Round 12: Kevin Curtis, WR, Philadelphia — A former 1,000-yard receiver, Curtis was well worth a late-round flier as my fifth fantasy wideout.
Round 13: Joe Flacco, QB, Baltimore — I won’t be sitting Rivers (barring injuries), so Flacco won’t see a lot of playing time. He’s a good backup.
Round 14: Titans defense — This unit won’t be the same without DT Albert Haynesworth, but it was the best defense on the board.
Round 15: Mason Crosby, K, Green Bay — I have Crosby ranked as a top-five fantasy kicker, so taking him with my final pick was an easy choice.
What do you think? Is this team a title contender or did I fail to put together a championship-caliber roster?
Leave your thoughts in the discussion section below. Or, you can also send me an email and put “Experts league” in the subject field.
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