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

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October 02, 2011; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson (80) makes a second quarter reception against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-US PRESSWIRE

 

Round 2

 

Pick Team Player

Position Ranking

1 L Andre Johnson, HOU

WR2

2 K Chris Johnson, TEN

RB8

3 J Fred Jackson, BUF

RB9

4 I Matthew Stafford, DET

QB5

5 H Darren McFadden, OAK

RB10

6 G Larry Fitzgerald, ARI

WR3

7 F Steven Jackson, STL

RB11

8 E Rob Gronkowski, NE

TE1

9 D Matt Forte, CHI

RB12

10 C Mike Wallace, PIT

WR4

11 B Greg Jennings, GB

WR5

12 A Adrian Peterson, MIN

RB13

 

 

Initial response: The E team has an interesting setup at this point drafting Gronkowski and Rodgers in the first two rounds but the points don’t lie. Over 600 points total between the two, last year, justifies the picks but leaves no room for error over the next 8 rounds to build a complete lineup. Also, only 3 teams (A, D, K) drafted back-to-back running backs, which I’ll go ahead and say is unusual for a 12-team draft. Though the fact remains that the depth at RB isn’t what it used to be in fantasy football and now elite WR’s and QB’s are picking up the slack in the era of a pass happy offensive league. Case in point is all 3 of these teams with 2 RB’s after the first two rounds took a significant risk with one of their picks. Team A drafted Adrian Peterson in the 2nd, who should be worth the gamble providing that he plays more than half the season. The D team took the same risk drafting Matt Forte, who needs to settle a contract dispute before he even takes the field for pre-season workouts. Team K might seem the most prepared after the second round, drafting up and comer Ryan Matthews and then taking the not so troubled anymore because he got paid Chris Johnson, who is likely to return to form in 2012.

Sleeper pick: Fred Jackson being taken with the 3rd pick in the second round is a little sheepish, after picking Tom Brady in the first round someone might be more inclined to take a more stable RB like Steven Jackson or Darren McFadden, but the upside of Fred Jackson avoiding the injury bug this year and keeping C.J. Spiller on the sideline during a potential playoff run for the Bills has too much value in it.

 

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