John Ashbrook’s Fantasy Football Mock Draft: Rounds 1-2

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November 13, 2011; Tampa FL, USA; Houston Texans running back Arian Foster (23) carries the ball in the first half of their game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Phil Sears-US PRESSWIRE

 

Round 1

 

Pick Team Player

Position Ranking

1 A Arian Foster, HOU

RB4

2 B Ray Rice, BAL

RB1

3 C LeSean McCoy, PHI

RB2

4 D Maurice Jones-Drew, JAC

RB3

5 E Aaron Rodgers, GB

QB1

6 F Drew Brees, NO

QB2

7 G Marshawn Lynch, SEA

RB5

8 H Calvin Johnson, DET

WR1

9 I Frank Gore, SF

RB6

10 J Tom Brady, NE

QB3

11 K Ryan Mathews, SD

RB7

12 L Cam Newton, CAR

QB4

 

Initial response: The first pick is the only time I went against my own rankings to make a selection and the reason for doing so is simple. Because ESPN told me so. ESPN has Arian Foster ranked number 1 and so will the majority of fantasy magazines you pick up at your local grocery store. While Arian Foster has shown the potential to be a fantasy league MVP, he has since struggled with injuries and his twitter account proves it. Ray Rice was the most productive RB in fantasy football last year and there is no reason to think he won’t continue dominance of a RB position that demands receptions out of the backfield to remain a productive fantasy player.

Sleeper pick: Taking Cam Newton in the first round is a risk that has high reward and actually little risk. Barring a season ending injury, I expect Cam Newton to be a top 5 QB and be in the running for a fantasy football MVP before the season is over. Think Michael Vick only more durable and more capable of carrying his team and putting up 40-point games on a weekly basis.

 

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