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Mock Draft Debate: “You’re on the Clock” Vol.8

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Gridiron Experts popular Mock Draft Analysis piece called “You’re On The Clock“ is back! The concept is simple, a group of our writers will be given a scenario and asked their opinion to make the next pick in a fantasy football draft.


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Dez Bryant WR DAL
Brandon Marshall WR CHI
Peyton Manning QB DEN
Giovani Bernard RB CIN
Alshon Jeffery WR CHI
Le’Veon Bell RB PIT
Aaron Rodgers QB GB
Montee Ball RB DEN
Antonio Brown WR PIT

You’re on the Clock: Mock Draft Analysis

Details: 12 Man League
Scoring: PPR
Roster Size: 16
Starting Line-up: QB, 2RB, 3WR, TE, K, DEF

Gridiron Experts popular Mock Draft Analysis piece called “You’re On The Clock“ is back! The concept is simple, a group of our writers will be given a scenario and asked their opinion to make the next pick in a fantasy football draft. Here is what our writers did with picks 1.12 and 2.1 picking last in a PPR league draft…

Zach Greubel -GridironExpertsI have been a big fan of going WR-WR at the 1/2 turn in drafts this year, so that’s what I would do here. I’m targeting Dez Bryant as much as I can this year, so it’s nice to see him still on the board with the twelfth pick. He doesn’t usually last that long in my experience. I would probably couple Bryant with Brandon Marshall with the first pick of the second round. That way I start out with two potential top-five wide receivers and will be able to focus on running backs for the next few rounds, unless of course I can get some bargains at wide receiver or tight end. The Bryant and Marshall picks make me pretty happy here though.

Zach Picks: Dez Bryant and Brandon Marshall

Mike Rigz -Gridiron ExpertsI agree with Zach, this seems like an easy decision. Fantasy owners have been conditioned to take an RB early, but history has shown that there is far more risk than reward when going with a back. I would have no remorse drafting two elite fantasy wide receivers at 12th &13th overall

Mike Picks: Dez Bryant and Brandon Marshall

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Jody Smith -Gridiron ExpertsI love the WR/WR picks here, but running back is so dangerously thin that it would be very risky to wait two rounds’ worth of picks to take the slim pickings that are sure to be remaining there. Giovani Bernard should rack up more than the 56 receptions he put up playing part time last season, while also scoring more total touchdowns. Dez Bryant would be a steal this late in Round 1 or the top of Round 2. Having a top-3 wide receiver and top-7 PPR running back after Round 2 is a solid start in any league.

Jody Picks: Giovani Bernard and Dez Bryant

Jason Willan -Gridiron ExpertsI hate to sound like a broken record here, but I would also go with the Bryant/Marshall combo on the turn. Bryant is a no-brainer for me. I consider him the last of the elite-level wide receivers remaining on the board. With Scott Linehan calling plays in Dallas this season, Dez could easily make a run at the top spot among fantasy wide receivers in 2014. While Marshall has to share the field with Alshon Jeffrey, he is clearly Jay Cutler’s top choice in the Bears’ passing game. A higher percentage of Cutler’s attempts, completions and yards went to Marshall in 2013. When it comes to touchdowns, Cutler relied on Marshall for almost 50% of his passing scores compared to just 16% for Jeffrey. If Cutler stays healthy, Marshall will build on his already-impressive numbers from a year ago.

Jason Picks: Dez Bryant and Brandon Marshall

Shae Cronin -Gridiron ExpertsI commonly find myself on the tail-end of most 12 and 14-team drafts, so I’m very much accustomed to Dez Bryant as a late first-rounder and I’m not sure there’s a pick out there that feels as reassuring as Bryant does in that spot. He’s solid gold here at No. 12 and I don’t think there’s any question. The Cowboys are going to sling it, whether Tony Romo’s spine remains intact or not, and Bryant has a good shot at fantasy royalty in 2014 (can you tell he’s on my dyno team?). As much as I’d love to go with another studly lock at No. 13 with Brandon Marshall – who should continue to destroy PPR formats – I’m going to address my backfield and insert a dual-threat cat like Pittsburgh’s Le’Veon Bell. Yes, Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin seems to really like LeGarrette Blount, but it’s not enough to make me tremble at this point. I look at the potential drop-off of both running back and wide receiver between this 13th-overall pick and the next time I’m on the clock and I tend to like what’s available at wide receiver a whole lot more than what’s likely available at running back. 

Shae Picks: Dez Bryant and Le’Veon Bell

Bob Talbot -Gridiron ExpertsSince everybody has commented on Bryant, I’ll give my two cents on Montee Ball. I trust six running backs going into the 2014 season: McCoy, Charles, Forte, Peterson, Lacy and Ball. Naysayers will tell you Montee Ball can’t block. I argue he’s had a full season and now two full offseasons to pick up the blocking schemes. The Broncos trusted Ball down the 2013 stretch and in the playoffs. They let Moreno walk. Manning and company obviously have a lot of confidence in this guy. Any running back in this offense is a lock for a top 10 finish when healthy. Every time he touches the ball it will be because Peyton Manning believes it’s the best situation for him to have it. This is a no-brainer for me. Once his appendix is gone we don’t have to worry about Ball re-injuring it. He’ll be at full strength and primed for a huge 2014 season. As far as I’m concerned, landing Ball in the second round of a 12-team league is an absolute steal.

Bob Picks: Dez Bryant and Montee Ball


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