Post Fantasy Football Mock Draft Breakdown: Team Wang


Andy Dalton (left) was a surprise fantasy stud last season. Will be replicate that success in 2014? (Phelan M. Ebenhack/AP Photo)

In the wake of the Washington Post 2014 Fantasy Football Mock Draft, here’s an in-depth look at the roster of Gene Wang’s team to see what went right, and what went wrong. Wang held the No. 3 pick in the draft.

QB Andy Dalton, Cin QB Rd. 11
RB Alfred Morris, Wsh RB Rd. 2
RB Stevan Ridley, NE RB Rd. 5
WR Calvin Johnson, Det WR Rd. 1
WR Antonio Brown, Pit WR Rd. 4
TE Julius Thomas, Den TE Rd. 3
FLEX Jeremy Maclin, Phi WR Rd. 6
D/ST Broncos D/ST Rd. 13
K Phil Dawson, SF K Rd. 16
Bench Chris Johnson, NYJ RB Rd. 7
Bench Bernard Pierce, Bal RB Rd. 8
Bench Marques Colston, NO WR Rd. 9
Bench Khiry Robinson, NO RB Rd. 10
Bench Jeremy Hill, Cin RB Rd. 12
Bench Jonathan Stewart, Car RB Rd. 14
Bench Josh McCown, TB QB Rd. 15

Self-Analysis: Best pick – Marques Colston

Drew Brees’s favorite target fell because of subpar numbers last season, but there’s no reason to think he won’t bounce back given the consistency throughout his career. Colston is in line for increased targets with the departures of Lance Moore and Darren Sproles. Love the value in Round 9. — Wang

Self-Analysis: Worst pick – Stevan Ridley

I’m not overjoyed with getting Ridley in Round 5. I would have preferred Frank Gore, but he was drafted one spot ahead, so I’m just keeping my fingers crossed Ridley is more like the 2012 version than last season. — Wang

Draft Chatter: Alf overdrafted

Gene choosing Alfred Morris in the late second-round pick as the 10th RB taken was too early for me. Redskins Head Coach Jay Gruden likes to use his running backs in the passing game and I am not sold on Morris fitting the bill. For example, Bengals RB Giovani Bernard was targeted 69 times last season and averaged 1.7 yards per route run. In Washington, Morris was targeted 11 times for 0.45 yards per route run (as tracked by Pro Football Focus) and Roy Helu had 40 targets for 0.83 yards per route run. If Morris doesn’t fit in the passing game, his fantasy value as a Top 10 RB gets put in jeopardy. — Neil Greenberg

Bieler’s Breakdown

Starters: B | Bench: B- | Overall: B

Gene waited the longest to draft a QB, and it shows — his Dalton/McCown Combo is easily the league’s weakest (on paper). I’m generally a proponent of waiting on a QB myself, and, in fact, waited the second-longest (hey, it’s what we fantasy experts do), so I’m not going to ding him too much for that, but it strikes me as odd that a) he passed up Jay Cutler, last of the huge-upside QBs, in favor of Robinson, and b) that he opted for the question mark that is McCown over Ben Roethlisberger, a much more proven commodity. Prior to all that, Gene sent mixed signals by taking Johnson over consensus No. 3 overall pick Adrian Peterson, which is the kind of move that would usually happen in a PPR league. His choices at RB almost lean too far in the other direction, as he has reception-phobic backs in both Morris (see Greenberg’s concerns above) and Ridley.

Gene sensibly stocked his bench with RBs, but he is a braver man than I for wading hip-deep into the Saints’ annual swamp by taking both Robinson and Ingram (what, no love for Travaris Cadet?); however, I do really like Hill in a standard league. He might have been better served leaving McCown in his proper place on the waiver wire and going with a second bench WR, perhaps drafting Colston insurance (or a potential usurper) in Kenny Stills.

This former editor and part-time writer at The Post is now happy to prove that if you combine 'blowhard' and 'blaggard,' you get 'blogger.' He previously had used 'Desmond Bieler' as his byline, but feels that shortening the first name to 'Des' nicely conveys his ever-decreasing gravitas. He also covers Fantasy Football.
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