In the wake of the Washington Post 2014 Fantasy Football Mock Draft, here’s an in-depth look at the roster of Neil Greenberg’s team to see what went right, and what went wrong. Greenberg held the No. 9 pick in the draft.
|QB||Drew Brees, NO QB||Rd. 2|
|RB||Montee Ball, Den RB||Rd. 1|
|RB||Arian Foster, Hou RB||Rd. 3|
|WR||Victor Cruz, NYG WR||Rd. 6|
|WR||Cordarrelle Patterson, Min WR||Rd. 8|
|TE||Rob Gronkowski, NE TE||Rd. 4|
|FLEX||Toby Gerhart, Jac RB||Rd. 5|
|D/ST||Seahawks D/ST||Rd. 9|
|K||Justin Tucker, Bal K||Rd. 16|
|Bench||Rashad Jennings, NYG RB||Rd. 7|
|Bench||Philip Rivers, SD QB||Rd. 10|
|Bench||Mike Evans, TB WR||Rd. 11|
|Bench||Anquan Boldin, SF WR||Rd. 12|
|Bench||Delanie Walker, Ten TE||Rd. 13|
|Bench||Roy Helu, Wsh RB||Rd. 14|
|Bench||Doug Baldwin, Sea WR||Rd. 15|
Self-Analysis: Best pick — Rashad Jennings
Jennings was being taken in the early sixth round on average in mock drafts (per FantasyPros.com) leading up to our mock draft but fell to the seventh round here. News out of camp is he is on top of the Giants’ depth chart and if he comes close to his 2014 projection of 214 carries, 935 yards rushing and six TDs he will be a steal. — Greenberg
Self-Analysis: Worst pick — Victor Cruz
This pick isn’t bad in of itself (mock drafts having him going in the early fifth round as the 17th WR taken) but when he is the top WR on my team I get a little nervous. I was torn between taking TE Rob Gronkowski or WR Alshon Jeffrey in the fourth round and decided the positional value of Gronk was greater than what I would have left to choose from at the WR position. If Gronkowski is 100-percent, I made the right choice. — Greenberg
Starters: A- | Bench: B- | Overall: B+
Neil acquired terrific depth at running back, and major difference-makers at QB and TE. Of course, the catch was that he appears a bit unsteady at WR, as he acknowledges. But the Giants’ talk of going to more of a quick-hitting passing attack augurs well for Cruz’s production.
Given Neil’s selection of Brees at No. 12 and subsequent issues at WR, I have to ding him for drafting Rivers with the 92nd pick, when there were several receivers available who combined high upsides and prominent roles. By the time he picked again, those receivers were largely gone, and he had to settle for Evans, who certainly has the upside but can be expected to suffer rookie growing pains. And all that certainly makes his selection of the Seahawks at No. 89 look questionable; Seattle’s defense last year was good enough to lead the franchise to a Super Bowl win, but it wasn’t far and away the best unit in fantasy.