They're coming fast and furious now, folks.
Today's mock draft with the Sporting News experts was a 10-team standard (non-PPR) league. Once again, I "randomly" ended up with the 8th overall pick.
Here's what I did with it:
Pick 1.8: Drew Brees, QB, Saints. Last time, I selected Ryan Mathews with the same pick. Today, he was taken #7. Since the only WR worth a 1st rounder in my eyes (Megatron) was long gone, my choice was either Darren McFadden or my 2nd-ranked QB. I went with Brees and, fortunately, found RunDMC waiting for me at the turn.
Pick 2.3: Darren McFadden, RB, Raiders. The only problem with McFadden, as we all know, is his injury history. So this is a roll of the dice, but one that could pay off handsomely. He is clearly first-round caliber, when healthy.
Pick 3.8: Rob Gronkowski, TE, Patriots. I was targeting an elite WR here, but when AJ Green and Mike Wallace were snagged right before my pick, I decided to claim last year's Fantasy MVP. I won't have too long to wait for my WR1.
Pick 4.3: Julio Jones, WR, Falcons. At the top of the 4th round, the electrifying sophomore could be a steal. With his sure hands and explosiveness, there's no reason to think he can't out-pace Roddy White this season. Not yet at elite status, he's not far off either.
Pick 5.8: Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, Giants. With Brandon Jacobs exiled to the West coast, Bradshaw will get the bulk of the carries in this high-scoring offense; at least until a viable backup emerges (David Wilson doesn't concern me one bit, at this point). I love Bradshaw as a RB2, especially in the 5th round.
Pick 6.3: DeSean Jackson, WR, Eagles. Will he get his head out and return to near-elite status? Good question. I guess we're about to find out. I was weighing D-Jax, Antonio Brown or Torrey Smith here; and guess what...
Pick 7.8: Torrey Smith, WR, Ravens. I got two of the three! Smith is one of my favorite sleepers of the 2012 season. If he and Flacco can form a close bond, Smith could approach elite status. No doubt, he'll be significantly more valuable than the aging Anquan Boldin, who was selected next.
Pick 8.3: Jahvid Best, RB, Lions. If either McFadden or Best remains healthy all year, I'll be just fine at RB. If they both stay upright, I'm golden.
Pick 9.8: Pierre Garcon, WR, Redskins. Never been a big fan, but he's in the best position to be RJ3's No. 1 receiving weapon. That could make the former Colt a viable fantasy play many (but not all) weeks.
Pick 10.3: Denarius Moore, WR, Raiders. Another of my sleeper selections, Moore should be Carson Palmer's favorite target in his sophomore campaign. He'll be good for a spot start or three, assuming he can stay healthy.
Pick 11.8: Mikel LeShoure, RB, Lions. Here's the deal. I don't believe for one second that Jahvid Best will survive the entire season. I would have taken LeShoure here whether or not Best was on the roster. Between the two, I've got one potentially blue-chip rusher.
Pick 12.3: Nate Washington, WR, Titans. Kenny Britt is a ding-dong, and Kendall Wright is an unseasoned rookie. That makes Washington the most reliable -- if least exciting -- receiver on the Titans. Whatever that means.
Pick 13.8: Tim Hightower, RB, Redskins. Not sure what possessed me to jump on Mike Shanahanigan's RB merry-go-round, but I did. That's why they call it a mock draft.
Pick 14.3: Packers defense/special teams. I'd been planning to pull the trigger on the Pack for the last two rounds, but nobody had selected a defense since the 49ers were taken in the middle of the 11th round. My top-ranked unit came awfully cheap.
Pick 15.8: Joe Flacco, QB, Ravens. Finally, the rest of the world has figured out that Flacco is over-rated as a fantasy QB. (I've been saying it for years.) Now, he's a steal.
Pick 16.3: Alex Green, RB, Packers. I'm pretty convinced that he'll be the starting RB in Green Bay by mid-season. James Starks has shown flashes, but he's also been terribly inconsistent.
Pick 17.8: John Kasay, K, Saints. Honestly, I'm not sure if Kasay or Garrett Hartley will be New Orleans' kicker this season. So if I chose wrong, I'll correct it in free agency. If this were real...
There you have it. I kinda like this team.
What do you think?