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Fantasy Sharks Writers’ Mock Draft 1: Analysis

The very first Fantasy Sharks Writers’ draft is finished, finito, fertig gestellt.
  The grade A shark writers have taken some time to analyze the results, have thrown their daggers and long stem roses at their enemies, and have drooled more than a St. Bernard over their own fantasy valuables.


If you’re looking for any kind of preview — The Prognosticator calls
Dez Bryant

stupid with a five year old twist, within his Department of Defense Mr. Sheiner believes he has the 2012 version of
Justin Forsett

, and the Betbot is caught aimlessly BZZTing about Rita Hayworth. Everything in between you’ll have to read for yourself.

Scoring Rules: Fantasy Sharks Format

Lineup Requirements: 1 QB, 2 RB, 2 WR, 1 TE, 1 FLEX (RB, WR or TE), 1 K, and 1 DST. 


Fantasy Sharks Writers 1 Draft Board

  The Prognosticator Waiver Wire Wonders Risers and Fallers Fantasy Intelligence Report Content Manager IDP Manor Department of Defense JLs Observation Deck The Market The Sin City BetBot 6000 Kellogg’s Komments What did we learn?
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Ray Rice LeSean McCoy Arian Foster Aaron Rodgers Calvin Johnson Ryan Mathews Rob Gronkowski Jimmy Graham Chris Johnson Trent Richardson Maurice Jones-Drew Cam Newton
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Matthew Stafford Matt Forte Drew Brees Roddy White DeMarco Murray Jamaal Charles Tom Brady Marshawn Lynch Adrian Peterson Larry Fitzgerald Darren McFadden Wes Welker
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Andre Johnson Victor Cruz Darren Sproles Steven Jackson Julio Jones A.J. Green Brandon Marshall Doug Martin Greg Jennings Hakeem Nicks Frank Gore Fred Jackson
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Dez Bryant Marques Colston Percy Harvin Reggie Bush Eli Manning Steve Smith Ahmad Bradshaw Miles Austin Philip Rivers Michael Vick Mike Wallace Jordy Nelson
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Demaryius Thomas Michael Turner Jeremy Maclin Vincent Jackson Roy Helu Jahvid Best Steve Johnson Antonio Brown Aaron Hernandez Kenny Britt Dwayne Bowe Eric Decker
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Chris ‘Beanie’ Wells Vernon Davis Jason Witten Jermichael Finley Brandon Lloyd Antonio Gates DeSean Jackson Tony Romo Pierre Garcon Isaac Redman Peyton Manning Shonn Greene
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BenJarvus Green-Ellis Matt Ryan Willis McGahee Robert Meachem Jonathan Stewart Reggie Wayne James Starks C.J. Spiller Denarius Moore Stevan Ridley Brandon Pettigrew Donald Brown
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Ben Tate Michael Crabtree Michael Bush Toby Gerhart Mikel Leshoure Peyton Hillis Mark Ingram David Wilson Greg Little Deangelo Williams Randy Moss Torrey Smith
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Titus Young Jay Cutler Malcom Floyd Ronnie Hillman Fred Davis Ben Roethlisberger Anquan Boldin LeGarrette Blount Ryan Williams Santonio Holmes Matt Schaub Tony Gonzalez
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Andy Dalton Justin Blackmon Michael Floyd Doug Baldwin Felix Jones San Francisco 49ers Robert Turbin Jacquizz Rodgers Robert Griffin III Darrius Heyward-Bey Lance Moore Daniel Thomas
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Mike Williams Sidney Rice Josh Freeman Nate Washington Brian Quick Ryan Fitzpatrick Carson Palmer Brent Celek Tim Hightower Jacob Tamme Detroit Lions Mike Goodson
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Jermaine Gresham Jerome Simpson Austin Collie Rashard Mendenhall Alex Smith Pierre Thomas Laurent Robinson Philadelphia Eagles Kyle Rudolph Isaiah Pead Mason Crosby Santana Moss
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Jared Cook Jason Snelling Shane Vereen Randall Cobb Rashad Jennings Brandon LaFell Coby Fleener Andrew Luck LaMichael James Joe Flacco Dexter McCluster Bernard Scott
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Green Bay Packers Sam Bradford Dustin Keller Matt Flynn David Akers Owen Daniels Buffalo Bills Greg Olsen Houston Texans Baltimore Ravens Lamar Miller Pittsburgh Steelers
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Stephen Gostkowski Chicago Bears New York Giants Kansas City Chiefs New England Patriots Kevin Smith Sebastian Janikowski Kendall Wright Billy Cundiff Matt Prater Devery Henderson Matt Cassel
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Danny Amendola Matt Bryant Alex Henery Jason Hanson Alex Green Dan Bailey Cedric Benson Kendall Hunter New York Jets Javon Ringer Christian Ponder Nate Kaeding


Tony Holm

The Prognosticator


Roster Snapshot

Dalton, Andy CIN QB

Stafford, Matthew DET QB

Green-Ellis, BenJarvus CIN RB

Rice, Ray BAL RB

Tate, Ben HOU RB

Wells, Beanie ARI RB

Amendola, Danny STL WR

Bryant, Dez DAL WR

Johnson, Andre HOU WR

Thomas, Demaryius DEN WR

Williams, Mike TBB WR

Young, Titus DET WR

Cook, Jared TEN TE

Gresham, Jermaine CIN TE

Gostkowski, Stephen NEP PK

Packers, Green Bay GBP Def


Who was your favorite draft pick from your own team?

RB gets thin in a hurry in 2012 and even though I reached for BenJarvus Green-Ellis in Round 7 a little, he’ll be put to the test in

, will be relied on and can hit the hole hard. He’ll get the tough yards and on an up and coming offense, will get opportunities to score.

Who was your least favorite draft pick from your own team?

Stupid Dez Bryant. Once again I fall for the “promise of the athlete” and hoping his maturity level has raised trap. One of these days, Bryant could be one of the top receivers in this league. It sounds like this may not be his day.

Which team did the best job of drafting for value?

With no offense to my fellow Sharks, three teams stood out to me. In no particular order, I really like what Doug Coutts did (Waiver Wire Wonders) opening with LeSean McCoy and pairing him with Matt Forte. Cha-ching in a PPR league. Holding out till the 7th to get Matt Ryan looks great. Cutler a couple rounds later and depth all well done.

Also like Steve Sheiners’ (Department of Defense) team. After opening with Brady and Gronk, I’ve tried this in a couple of drafts too, you have to hammer RB and WR until the cows come home and he did exactly that. I really like the Benson pick in the 16th too.

What did we learn? also picked up a pile of solid value all the way through the draft. Really like most of the players on his team.

Which team had the best first five rounds?

As I mentioned, I think Doug Coutts (Waiver Wire Wonders) opened very well. Greg Kellogg too I thought had a good first 5 picks opening RB-RB-RB and then polishing off with Mike Wallace and Dwayne Bowe. For my tastes though, I think Doug Coutts knocked it out of the box with his first 5.


Eric Huber

Fantasy Intelligence Report


Roster Snapshot

Flynn, Matt SEA QB

Rodgers, Aaron GBP QB

Bush, Reggie MIA RB

Gerhart, Toby MIN RB

Hillman, Ronnie DEN RB

Jackson, Steven STL RB

Mendenhall, Rashard PIT RB

Baldwin, Doug SEA WR

Cobb, Randall GBP WR

Jackson, Vincent TBB WR

Meachem, Robert SDC WR

Washington, Nate TEN WR

White, Roddy ATL WR

Finley, Jermichael GBP TE

Hanson, Jason DET PK

Chiefs, Kansas City KCC Def


Which team had the best first five rounds? Explain.

Without a doubt it was Doug Coutts and his Waiver Wire Wonders.
  He ended up with LeSean McCoy at number two overall, scooped up Matt Forte in round two, and then plucked Victor Cruz on the turn. Doug continued to build his stellar starting lineup with the additions of Marques Colston and the forgotten runner, Michael Turner.


Who was your favorite draft pick from your own team? Why?

I was really pleased with the selection of Doug Baldwin in the tenth round. He has been working with Matt Flynn a lot this offseason, and is perhaps the Seahawks’ best wide receiver, Sidney Rice is old news.
  As a fourth wideout he was my standout grab. 

Would you be happy with this team in a real life draft? Explain.

Yes. What I believe I did was prove that you don’t have to land a running back in the first round to have a successful draft — that’s an old school “smash mouth” outdated philosophy anyways. Reggie Bush and Steven Jackson were solid values where I selected them, and Toby Gerhart and Ronnie Hillman have tremendous upside. Jermichael Finley in the sixth round was huge, especially after seeing where the top two just ahead of him in my rankings ended up going off the board.


If you had to choose a new draft position to select from, which one would it be?

The number three spot. Since there is an overwhelming amount of Brett Favre-like hatred towards selecting a quarterback early on amongst some fantasy writers I would be interested to see if Rodgers would drop to me in the second round to go alongside Arian Foster and a top receiver in round three. But I only say that because I now know some of the tendencies and passionate feelings of my opponents.


Doug Coutts

Waiver Wire Wonders

Roster Snapshot

Bradford, Sam STL QB

Cutler, Jay CHI QB

Ryan, Matt ATL QB

Forte, Matt CHI RB

McCoy, LeSean PHI RB

Snelling, Jason ATL RB

Turner, Michael ATL RB

Blackmon, Justin JAC WR

Colston, Marques NOS WR

Crabtree, Michael SFO WR

Cruz, Victor NYG WR

Rice, Sidney SEA WR

Simpson, Jerome MIN WR

Davis, Vernon SFO TE

Bryant, Matt ATL PK

Bears, Chicago CHI Def


Who was your favorite draft pick from your own team? Why?

QB Jay Cutler (Chi) – After missing out on the top QBs, it made sense to wait it out. Ninth round selection of Jay Cutler will pay big dividends. Coming off injury, he’s flying under the radar so far this year, the Bears know they need to keep him healthy so look for more short drops and quick throws. Cutler will end up the season as one of the top 10 fantasy QBs.


Who was your least favorite draft pick from your own team? Why?

RB Jason Snelling (Atl) – The selection was made strictly as a backup to Michael Turner, and these things rarely work out. Snelling isn’t even the clear #2, and though the pick was made late in the draft, I feel like adding a second defense to my team would have been a better option so that I could play matchups based on the week.


If you could draft again from the same position, what would you do differently?

If I could do it again, I would wait longer on TE. Not disappointed in who I ended up with, but after selecting Davis at 6.11, Pettigrew went 7.11, then the next TEs (Davis and Gonzalez) weren’t selected until the ninth round. I feel that even Celek at 11.08 would have been serviceable.


Would you be happy with this team in a real life draft? Explain.

Yes, pleased with the team. Ryan or Cutler at QB with a dark horse Bradford should anything go wrong; McCoy and Forte as RBs with Turner in the mix; Colston, Crabtree and a slew of upside WRs to help at that position; Vernon Davis at TE. Strong group of starters will win a lot of games.

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