Post Fantasy Football Mock Draft Breakdown: Team Bonesteel


Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan could be boom or bust in the 2014 fantasy season. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

In the wake of the Washington Post 2014 Fantasy Football Mock Draft, here’s an in-depth look at the roster of Matt Bonesteel’s team to see what went right, and what went wrong. Bonesteel held the No. 2 pick in the draft.

QB Matt Ryan, Atl QB Rd. 8
RB LeSean McCoy, Phi RB Rd. 1
RB Giovani Bernard, Cin RB Rd. 3
WR Dez Bryant, Dal WR Rd. 2
WR Roddy White, Atl WR Rd. 4
TE Jordan Reed, Wsh TE Rd. 9
FLEX Ryan Mathews, SD RB Rd. 5
D/ST Chiefs D/ST Rd. 15
K Nick Novak, SD K Rd. 16
Bench Michael Floyd, Ari WR Rd. 6
Bench Trent Richardson, Ind RB Rd. 7
Bench Jay Cutler, Chi QB Rd. 10
Bench Golden Tate, Det WR Rd. 11
Bench Cecil Shorts, Jac WR Rd. 12
Bench Danny Woodhead, SD RB Rd. 13
Bench Mark Ingram, NO RB Rd. 14

Self-Analysis: Best pick — Michael Floyd

He’s a 1,000-yard receiver who’s entering his third season (aka, the $$$ season for young WRs) and is paired with a WR who isn’t getting any younger (Larry Fitzgerald). So yeah, I’ll take that in the sixth round. — Bonesteel

Self-Analysis: Worst pick — Matt Ryan

This is the type of QB you’re looking at if you wait until the eighth round to pick one. I’m really hoping his receivers stay healthy this year and that his last five or so games of last season were indicative of what’s to come. If not, it’s Cutler Time. Hooboy. – Bonesteel

Draft Chatter: Cutler could be huge

In terms of pure value, Jay Cutler going off the board in Round 10 is not bad at all. There’s potential for 35-plus touchdowns with Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery as his top wide receivers. — Gene Wang

Bieler’s Breakdown

Starters: A | Bench: B | Overall: B+

The top of the draft could hardly have gone better for Matt, who had the good fortune of landing a no-brainer in McCoy, then plucked high-end commodities Bryant and Bernard at the Round 2/3 turn. It’s possible to question his choice of White over Keenan Allen and Larry Fitzgerald, then passing over Fitz again in favor of Matthews. But add in a high-upside TE with Reed, and this is the kind of strong-at-every spot lineup I like to see in this format.

Matt’s bench leaves a little to be desired at RB, as he is really relying on Richardson and/or Ingram to be more useful than either has shown so far, and Woodhead is far more valuable in a PPR league. I’m not crazy about using a second draft pick at QB in a 10-team league, but Cutler could turn into a major asset. The Bears and Falcons share the same bye week, but as it is Week 9, Matt would have a couple of months to figure out what to do with that situation. The strength of Matt’s bench is really its excellent depth at WR.

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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