In the wake of the Washington Post 2014 Fantasy Football Mock Draft, here’s an in-depth look at the roster of Scott Allen’s team to see what went right, and what went wrong. Allen held the No. 1 pick in the draft.
|QB||Matthew Stafford, Det QB||Rd. 4|
|RB||Jamaal Charles, KC RB||Rd. 1|
|RB||Zac Stacy, StL RB||Rd. 3|
|WR||Brandon Marshall, Chi WR||Rd. 2|
|WR||Keenan Allen, SD WR||Rd. 5|
|TE||Greg Olsen, Car TE||Rd. 8|
|FLEX||Shane Vereen, NE RB||Rd. 6|
|D/ST||Bengals D/ST||Rd. 15|
|K||Blair Walsh, Min K||Rd. 16|
|Bench||Torrey Smith, Bal WR||Rd. 7|
|Bench||Kendall Wright, Ten WR||Rd. 9|
|Bench||Maurice Jones-Drew, Oak RB||Rd. 10|
|Bench||Mike Wallace, Mia WR||Rd. 11|
|Bench||Tre Mason, StL RB||Rd. 12|
|Bench||Danny Amendola, NE WR||Rd. 13|
|Bench||Darren McFadden, Oak RB||Rd. 14|
Self-Analysis: Best pick — Darren McFadden
Adding Mike Wallace as my fifth receiver in the 11th round was a pleasant surprise, but I was even happier to handcuff Maurice Jones-Drew with McFadden after running backs such as Andre Williams, Roy Helu and Mark Ingram were picked in the 14th round. Any chance we can add Lisfranc injuries as a scoring category? — Allen
Self-Analysis: Worst pick — Zac Stacy
I generally like to go with established producers in the first few rounds and Stacy has exactly 14 games of experience. I was planning to grab Dez Bryant and Brandon Marshall with my back-to-back picks at 20 and 21, but Bryant was nabbed at 19, so I was forced to scramble. — Allen
Draft Chatter: I like Mike
Mike Wallace drove owners (that’s me with my hand raised) nuts with a sorry 2013, turning in seven weeks with 3-points or fewer, but he averaged over 10 a game during the final six weeks of the season. With a full year to get acclimated to the Miami playbook and (presumably) a more stable, sideshow-free offensive line to protect Ryan Tannehill and buy Wallace time to get downfield, I think he’ll easily surpass his sticker price as an 11th-round pick. — Mike Hume
Draft Chatter: Raving ’bout a Raven
As a Maryland alum twice over (undergrad and grad school) I thought it’d only be fitting to pick up Torrey Smith as he continued to fall down the draft board. With the No. 64 overall pick in the seventh round, I had Smith queued up to be my second wide receiver, only to have Scott Allen take him three spots ahead. — Kelyn Soong
Starters: A- | Bench: C | Overall : B
In the vast swimming pool of fantasy leagues, 10-teamers with nine starting positions per squad are paddling in the shallow end. So I have to be a tough grader here, with expectations for each team to come away with a strong starting lineup. Ideally, benches would feature players who could start in a pinch, but as there would be plenty of solid contributors on the waiver wire (were we to play this league out), I would like to see a couple of high-upside guys who could blossom down the road.
I really like Scott’s starters, because he stocked up on players who should get the ball plenty. Stafford went about where he should have, but represents a decent value as the sixth QB off the board and gives Scott a shot at monster stats in any given week. He is relying on some not-so-proven commodities in Stacy, Allen and Vereen.
Smith is a great player to stash on the bench, and he could end up supplanting Vereen in Scott’s lineup. I am concerned about the RB situation; McFadden and Jones-Drew are an uninspiring pair, as they seem ticketed for a timeshare in a bad offense. And while Scott thought to handcuff those two and add Tre Mason (Stacy’s backup), a better idea would have been to buy insurance for the team’s most expensive investment (Charles) by drafting Knile Davis.