Below you will find an early 2013 Fantasy Football Mock Draft (Dynasty). This is an expert league mock draft, and we’re battling it out against some of the best sites and writers in the fantasy football industry (ex: Jeff Haseley from Footballguys, and our Pals Tav and Kevin over at Fantasy Football Xtreme). A special thanks goes out to Jay over at Dynasty Football Warehouse for the invite to this expert mock draft!
More Info: This is a PPR mock draft, with line-up requirements of 1QB, 2-3RBs, 3-4WRs, 1TE, 1DST, 1K. Each draft selection includes the expert’s own take on his pick, so give all of those takes a read, including my own, and be sure to comment below! It’s never too early to start 2013 draft preparation! If you aren’t already doing so… Mock draft! Mock draft! Mock draft!
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2013 Fantasy Football Mock Draft
1.01 1. Michael Bronte – Invictus Standard Peterson, Adrian MIN RB - Michael: No expert commentary entered.
1.02 2. Marc Caviglia – Bruno Boys Rice, Ray BAL RB - Marc: No expert commentary entered.
1.03 3. Neal Ryder – FFX Foster, Arian HOU RB - Neal (aka Tav): You can’t go wrong with a top three pick. Foster had a lot of carries last year but he’s only 27 and still elite. (Comments Added Sun Jan 20 11:41:50 a.m. ET 2013)
1.04 4. Cliff – Wild Thing Football Martin, Doug TBB RB (R) - Cliff: No-brainer first round pick with his rookie season accumulating 319 carries, 1,454 rushing yards, 49 receptions, 472 receiving yards, and 12 total scores. (Comments Added Sat Jan 19 8:29:09 p.m. ET 2013)
1.05 5. Kevin – FFX Johnson, Calvin DET WR - Kevin: Pick made based on Pre-Draft List I was hoping Martin might fall. Johnson is a great consolation prize. In PPR leagues, he deserves to be a top 5 selection. Even in non-ppr leagues he’s still a top 7 pick. Locking up the best WR in a league where we start 3 WRs is excellent. An argument could have been made for 3 other RBs, or a QB but we’re happy with Megatron! (Comments Added Sat Jan 19 5:11:57 p.m. ET 2013)
1.06 6. Scott Spratt – PFF Richardson, Trent CLE RB (R) - Scott: Aaron Rodgers is probably the best value pick here, but I expect there to be a lot of differences in opinions on the values of QBs 6-14. So, I am going to play aggressively and take a RB here, a position with a small elite tier and little depth. Richardson can make a case for RB1 in dynasty. At 22, he is by far the youngest of the backs you feel good about.
1.07 7. Jim Day – FantasyTaz Rodgers, Aaron GBP QB - Jim: Real tough choice not to take McCoy here, but I want a QB I can start every week for the foreseeable future and right now that is Rodgers.
1.08 8. Jay – Dynasty Football Warehouse McCoy, LeSean PHI RB - Jay: Shady may not ever have a year like he did in ’11, but he’s still very young along with being a dynamic play-maker when it comes to the PPR format. Has some questions with the new staff and Bryce in the mix, but the value is too good to pass at 1.08 knowing his potential upside.
1.09 9. Smitty – DraftCalc Green, A.J. CIN WR - Smitty: Given Green is my No. 1 WR this year, and boldly and controversially was all off-season long last year, I couldn’t be more pleased to see him still available at the 1.09. Green could pull in 15-20 scores in 2013!
1.10 10. Jeff Haseley – Football Guys Charles, Jamaal KCC RB - Jeff H: Going with Charles here. He had some inconsistency this year due to the Chiefs offensive woes, but still finished in the Top 6. I like fantasy RBs in Andy Reid offense, especially in PPR leagues. Charles is only 26 and still has at least three more years left as top flight fantasy RB. I see him being a Top 6 RB in 2013.
1.11 11. John Evans – X’s and Y’s Podcast Jones, Julio ATL WR - John: Still prefer silky smooth AJ Green, but the best is yet to come for this beast. The Mattural is more gifted than Dalton.
1.12 12. Jeff Ratcliffe – PFF Lynch, Marshawn SEA RB - Jeff R: No expert commentary entered.
2.01 13. Jeff Ratcliffe – PFF Spiller, C.J. BUF RB - Jeff R: No expert commentary entered.
2.02 14. John Evans – X’s and Y’s Podcast Morris, Alfred WAS RB (R) - John: Despite his lack of pedigree, I don’t think Alf is a flash in the pan. Optimistic that RG3 comes back in good shape and encouraged that Morris started catching a couple of balls late in the season.
2.03 15. Jeff Haseley – Football Guys Marshall, Brandon CHI WR - Jeff H: Yes Marshall is 28 years old however he is the premier wide receiver on the Bears and should be the main target guy there for years with plenty of scoring chances. Age is important but consistent scoring and domination is hard to ignore.
2.04 16. Smitty – DraftCalc McFadden, Darren OAK RB - Smitty: I can’t say I love this pick, given the risks, but at 2.04 type value in a dynasty mock, it’s hard to argue this pick isn’t loaded with tons of low-risk upside. Could he miss games or end up being a borderline top 10RB? Sure, but that’s the value I’m paying right here. Does he still have elite RB1 upside? Absolutely. And at 25, turning 26 this August, my advice is not to give up on this guy if the price is right like it is right here.
2.05 17. Jay – Dynasty Football Warehouse Gronkowski, Rob NEP TE - Jay: At 18 ppg he’s 8ppg better than the 12th best TE which is a huge weekly advantage and he’s only 23, plus WR is really deep.
2.06 18. Jim Day – FantasyTaz Graham, Jimmy NOS TE Mon - Jim: I was hoping Gronkowski would fall to me here, but since he just went I will go with the other top TE. Graham has only had 4 games in the last 2 years where he failed to score in double digit points and at only 26 he will only continue to get better. He will be a top 2 TE for a long time.
2.07 19. Scott Spratt – PFF Newton, Cam CAR QB - Scott:Newton is 23 years old and is 2/2 in seasons of elite production. Because of his size, I do not worry about his health the way I would for other running quarterbacks. 700-8 rushing is like a 1400-12 passing baseline in our scoring.
2.08 20. Kevin – FFX Johnson, Chris TEN RB - Kevin: No expert commentary entered.
2.09 21. Cliff – Wild Thing Football Cruz, Victor NYG WR - Cliff: Wanted AJ or Julio but will settle for Cruz. Expecting he will get an extension signed with the Giants soon and have a monster 2013 season (Comments Added Mon Jan 21 12:16:00 p.m. ET 2013)
2.10 22. Neal Ryder – FFX Jones-Drew, Maurice JAC RB - Neal (aka Tav): MJD has top five potential in a PPR league and no matter who the quarterback is next season he should be a focal point in the offense. Given his holdout and subsequent short season last year he should hold up and retain starting value for three more seasons.
2.11 23. Marc Caviglia – Bruno Boys Harvin, Percy MIN WR - Marc: Pick Skipped By Commissioner Replacement pick made by Commissioner
2.12 24. Michael Bronte – Invictus Standard Hernandez, Aaron NEP TE - Michael: After the Gronk and Graham this is the top TE with room to grow by far. He’s a hybrid WR but a great weekly advantage in the TE slot for you.
3.01 25. Michael Bronte – Invictus Standard Bryant, Dez DAL WR - Michael: Part truth part perception, but the productive finish cannot be denied. Another player with so much room to grow with the physical flashes of greatness. Keep your head on Dez, learn that position, sky is the limit!
3.02 26. Marc Caviglia – Bruno Boys Forte, Matt CHI RB - Marc: No expert commentary entered.
3.03 27. Neal Ryder – FFX Thomas, Demaryius DEN WR - Neal (aka Tav): If feel Thomas have top five potential in the coming year. Getting a WR1 in the third round is solid value. I heavily considered going RB again in a league that can start three but that would have left me chasing wide receivers in subsequent rounds. As we have to start at least three wide receivers in this league going with a young elite talent was an easy choice. (Comments Added Tue Jan 22 11:25:46 a.m. ET 2013)
3.04 28. Cliff – Wild Thing Football Brady, Tom NEP QB - Cliff: Brady dominates every year and I expect 2013 to be the same. Will be a Top 5 QB and 3rd round pick is a bargain.
3.05 29. Kevin – FFX Murray, DeMarco DAL RB - Kevin: The value at RB falls significantly after Murray. In a two RB league, it’s vital we take the player with the highest value over replacement. Happy with this pick.
3.06 30. Scott Spratt – PFF Ridley, Stevan NEP RB - Scott:Things have already gotten pretty ugly by this point. I think we’re through the top tier of RB, WR, and TE, and I already have a QB. Ridley is less valuable in PPR formats, but he should be as safe as anyone to scored double-digit TDs every year in that offense.
3.07 31. Jim Day – FantasyTaz Wilson, David NYG RB (R) - Jim: When you wait on RB you have to take some chances so I will take the chance that Wilson gets to expand his role next year. He definitely showed some serious flashes, but will still need to work on pass protection to make Tom Coughlin happy.
3.08 32. Jay – Dynasty Football Warehouse Cobb, Randall GBP WR - Jay: I wanted Wilson here, but the value now falls to the high-end WR2s. Cobb is young and electric in the mold of Percy 2.0 w/an elite QB. Jennings should be moving on which leaves targets for Cobb who would get his regardless IMO.
3.09 33. Smitty – DraftCalc Griffin III, Robert WAS QB (R) - Smitty: I realize 2013 could be slow-starting for RG3, and it’s tough to know right now if he will play 16 games or 8… In a dynasty format, though, RG3 has tremendous value in the late third-round. Once back to form, and I firmly believe he eventually will be, RG3 could lead all scorers for multiple years.
3.10 34. Jeff Haseley – Football Guys Luck, Andrew IND QB (R) - Jeff H: Really surprised Andrew Luck fell this far to 3.10. I contemplated taking him at 2.03. The sky is the limit on the league’s new Golden Boy. He has the arm, the smarts and the drive to keep improving. Top flight running backs are becoming more scarce, if not gone completely. I need to secure my RB2 at some point, but I can’t pass up Andrew Luck here. He has all the tools to be an elite QB for years to come.
3.11 35. John Evans – X’s and Y’s Podcast Brees, Drew NOS QB - John: Wanted to wait on QB but Brees is probably the last elite-tier player on the board, and there’s still a lot of talent available at WR.
3.12 36. Jeff Ratcliffe – PFF Nicks, Hakeem NYG WR - Jeff R: No expert commentary entered.
4.01 37. Jeff Ratcliffe – PFF Ryan, Matt ATL QB - Jeff R: No expert commentary entered.
4.02 38. John Evans – X’s and Y’s Podcast Smith, Torrey BAL WR - John: Ascending player with a young quarterback who, say what you want about him, probably throws the best deep ball in the league.
4.03 39. Jeff Haseley – Football Guys Sproles, Darren NOS RB Mon - Jeff H: Best RB2 available in my opinion. Sproles is 29 years old, but he has been a durable commodity through the years. He is a Top 10 RB in PPR leagues, due to his involvement in the Saints passing game. My other choice was Michael Crabtree, but the RB2 choices were dwindling fast. Ultimately decided to go with Sproles.
4.04 40. Smitty – DraftCalc Fitzgerald, Larry ARI WR - Smitty: Fitz is a tough player to rank right now, as you want to believe AZ is going to give him a stronger passer… without that QB upgrade, Fitz can’t play like a fantasy WR1, or even a decent fantasy WR2… I believe a new Cardinals coaching staff will get a stronger passer under center, which puts Fitz back in the low-risk/high-reward category. I wouldn’t be shocked to see him go well over a round higher than this if that does happen… 2-3 years of elite play is a long time, and Fitz has at least that left with a solid passer, again, which is something I’m banking on.
4.05 41. Jay – Dynasty Football Warehouse Crabtree, Michael SFO WR - Jay: Might be a reach, but I’m a Kap fan and he and Crabtree have looked great together. Crabtree was the #6 WR (19ppg) from weeks 8-17 and has looked just as good in the playoffs.
4.06 42. Jim Day – FantasyTaz Johnson, Andre HOU WR - Jim: Surprised to see Johnson fall this far, especially after an almost 1600 yard season. There are some concerns with age and injury, but he is only 31 and should play for at least another 4 years if he can stay healthy. Happy to get him here.
4.07 43. Scott Spratt – PFF White, Roddy ATL WR - Scott:White has at least 83 receptions the last 6 seasons. He’s had at least 7 touchdowns all 5 seasons with Matt Ryan. And he’s signed in a stable offense for two more years, which is more than Wes Welker can claim.
4.08 44. Kevin – FFX Stafford, Matthew DET QB - Kevin: We went WR, RB, RB. Now is time to lock up the last elite young QB. The lions pass happy philosophy will not be changing anytime soon. After Stafford we felt the QBs either had large question marks or were very old.
4.09 45. Cliff – Wild Thing Football Gore, Frank SFO RB - Cliff: Put up 1,214 yds and a total of 9 TD’s in the regular season. Aging but still a Top 10 RB, perhaps even Top 5 in 2013.
4.10 46. Neal Ryder – FFX Nelson, Jordy GBP WR - Neal (aka Tav): Nelson moves up the food chain in Green Bay this year and gives me another talented young WR that can start each week no matter the competition.
4.11 47. Marc Caviglia – Bruno Boys Welker, Wes NEP WR - Marc: No expert commentary entered.
4.12 48. Michael Bronte – Invictus Standard Kaepernick, Colin SFO QB - Michael: With all the top guns off the board I’ll take the sexy pick with the athletic ability equal to his tats. Picking from the turn can’t gamble and get caught at QB in Dynasty, there are a couple others I like at this point but he has the better cast.
5.01 49. Michael Bronte – Invictus Standard Decker, Eric DEN WR - Michael: I can see by next pick the pickens will be slim. Top WR, best days ahead and a great value in a WR heavy format
5.02 50. Marc Caviglia – Bruno Boys Maclin, Jeremy PHI WR Tue - Marc: No expert commentary entered.
5.03 51. Neal Ryder – FFX Wilson, Russell SEA QB (R) - Neal (aka Tav): I had Kaepernick and Wilson on my pre-draft list and had planned on drafting one of them from the beginning of the draft. Despite a conservative passing game early in the season Wilson ended up as a QB1 in most formats and was ranked higher from Week 6 onwards. Seattle will probably add a WR early in the draft and Wilson could end up in the middle of QB1′s next season. (Comments Added Tue Jan 22 11:40:39 a.m. ET 2013)
5.04 52. Cliff – Wild Thing Football Jackson, Vincent TBB WR - Cliff: The Buccaneers offense seems to be on the rise and Jackson will be a big target again in 2013.
5.05 53. Kevin – FFX Colston, Marques NOS WR - Kevin: No expert commentary entered.
5.06 54. Scott Spratt – PFF Bowe, Dwayne KCC WR - Scott:Bowe had a disappointing 2012 season, but his situation can’t get worse in 2013. He’ll either sign elsewhere or return to KC with a new coach and new quarterback. He is an elite talent, and I expect him to turn in another 75-1100 season with tremendous touchdown upside.
5.07 55. Jim Day – FantasyTaz Leshoure, Mikel DET RB Tue - Jim: Tough pick here but need a back that I feel with definitely get a good amount of touches going forward and while there is an injury risk here, the fact that he is only 22 bodes well for his future. If he increases his number by even 10% in 2013 he is a Top 15 back next year.
5.08 56. Jay – Dynasty Football Warehouse Mathews, Ryan SDC RB - Jay: He was hidden in the alpha section, so I’m not sure if he would normally fall this far. It’s great value in the 5th here. Normally it’s a good thing to have Norv as your OC/Coach as he used to lean on one primary back. He went away from that the last two years, is that due to a philosophy change or the talent he had to work with?!? Regardless of the answer hNorv is gone and Mathews will be given another chance in ’13 looking to prove to the new coaching staff that he can be an all-purpose back. I still believe, but make no mistake ’13 is a BIG year which will determine the outlook for Ryan from ’14 and beyond.
5.09 57. Smitty – DraftCalc Brown, Antonio PIT WR - Smitty: This may seem early, but Mike Wallace should be elsewhere in 2013… And how quickly we forget that this past off-season, almost all of us had this guy on the fast track to becoming a true low-end fantasy WR1… No Wallace in 2013, mixed with some good health = steal.
5.10 58. Jeff Haseley – Football Guys Witten, Jason DAL TE - Jeff H: Smitty – you’re not early on Antonio Brown, because he was going next, for the same reasons you mentioned. Instead of grabbing Brown, I turned my attention to the best player available. In my opinion it’s Jason Witten. Witten is 30 and is coming off a 110-reception season. Even if his reception numbers fall, he’s still a very good value at this point of the draft. Dez Bryant, Miles Austin and Witten will make up the majority of the Cowboys receiving game in 2013. Witten has 90+ catches in four of the last six years, never dipping below 79 in a season. As long as he stays away from Rolando McClain (spleen hit), he should be a very adequate starting TE for the next three years.
5.11 59. John Evans – X’s and Y’s Podcast Garcon, Pierre WAS WR - John: The specter of the foot was just raised again, but Garcon showed long-term Top 10 potential after his return. Turns 27 next season. (Comments Added Tue Jan 22 8:26:54 p.m. ET 2013)
5.12 60. Jeff Ratcliffe – PFF Britt, Kenny TEN WR - Jeff R: No expert commentary entered.
6.01 61. Jeff Ratcliffe – PFF Hillman, Ronnie DEN RB (R) - Jeff R: No expert commentary entered.
6.02 62. John Evans – X’s and Y’s Podcast Ballard, Vick IND RB (R) - John: Need RB and there are only question marks here. Of the workhorse backs left, Ballard is by far the youngest and slated for lots of carries in 2013. Replacement pick made by Commissioner
6.03 63. Jeff Haseley – Football Guys Blackmon, Justin JAC WR (R) - Jeff H: I have a lot to day about Justin Blackmon. I was high on him last year and perhaps expected too much of him too soon. He turned it on over the final 8 games with 41-640-4. Pro-rated over a 16 game schedule, that is 82-1280-9. And that was his rookie year. His 129 PPR FP over the last eight games is 10th among receivers, including TEs. His performance in that span was virtually identical to Jimmy Graham (130 FP). Over the last eight games, Blackmon produced more than Roddy White, AJ Green, Eric Decker, Marques Colston, Tony Gonzalez and Reggie Wayne. Every year we see players, especially wide receivers rise up and become elite. Justin Blackmon is in that territory, heading into 2013 and beyond.
6.04 64. Smitty – DraftCalc Green-Ellis, BenJarvus CIN RB - Smitty: I’m not thrilled with this pick, but he has fresh legs given his age. He is on an offense that can make him a sneaky-good RB2 for a couple more years. Could CIN draft a back? Yeah, probably, but everyone needs a back-up in the NFL, and I doubt CIN drafts a runner that immediately puts Green-Ellis on the bench. So far I’m pleased with : Robert Griffin, DMac, Green-Ellis, AJ Green, Larry Fitz, Antonio Brown
6.05 65. Jay – Dynasty Football Warehouse Wallace, Mike PIT WR - Jay: Lots of questions on where he’ll be next year, hopefully he goes somewhere with a strong-armed QB.
6.06 66. Jim Day – FantasyTaz Johnson, Stevie BUF WR - Jim: Was really hoping Wallace would make it back to me, but not so lucky this time. So let’s go with Steve Johnson. Averaging just about 80 receptions, 1,000 yards and 7+ Tds a year with Fitz at Qb is still pretty good. New coach should try to find a new QB which should only allow this 26-year old to get better.
6.07 67. Scott Spratt – PFF Stewart, Jonathan CAR RB - Scott:This seems like a reach until you consider the alternatives. I believe Stewart has a healthy floor of 35 catches, so he has a short-term baseline of production that will play as a RB3. Plus, if either he or DeAngelo Williams is cut or traded, both should see a boost in production. Stewart had RB2 upside, and he’s still young and fresh.
6.08 68. Kevin – FFX Moreno, Knowshon DEN RB - Kevin: No expert commentary entered.
6.09 69. Cliff – Wild Thing Football Manning, Peyton - Cliff: Peyton had an incredible season throwing for 37 touchdowns and 4,659 yards. He has a good couple years left and should be a Top 5 QB again in 2013 and 2014. An absolute steal in the 6th round and possible trade bait mid-season.
6.10 70. Neal Ryder – FFX Hilton, T.Y. IND WR (R) - Neal (aka Tav): Pick made based on Pre-Draft List Last half of the season Hilton was a high end WR2. He’ll continue to develop along with Luck…and they’ll both develop more quickly if they can fix that offensive line.
6.11 71. Marc Caviglia – Bruno Boys Marc: Waiting On Marc Caviglia – Bruno Boys For The Next Pick