In the wake of the Washington Post 2014 Fantasy Football Mock Draft, here’s an in-depth look at the roster of Kelyn Soong’s team to see what went right, and what went wrong. Soong held the No. 4 pick in the draft.
|QB||Robert Griffin III, Wsh QB||Rd. 2|
|RB||Adrian Peterson, Min RB||Rd. 1|
|RB||Frank Gore, SF RB||Rd. 4|
|WR||Jordy Nelson, GB WR||Rd. 3|
|WR||Wes Welker, Den WR||Rd. 5|
|TE||Jordan Cameron, Cle TE||Rd. 6|
|FLEX||Julian Edelman, NE WR||Rd. 7|
|D/ST||Cardinals D/ST||Rd. 12|
|K||Matt Prater, Den K||Rd. 13|
|Bench||Chris Ivory, NYJ RB||Rd. 8|
|Bench||Colin Kaepernick, SF QB||Rd. 9|
|Bench||Martellus Bennett, Chi TE||Rd. 10|
|Bench||Eric Decker, NYJ WR||Rd. 11|
|Bench||Patriots D/ST||Rd. 14|
|Bench||Adam Vinatieri, Ind K||Rd. 15|
|Bench||Steve Smith, Bal WR||Rd. 16|
Self-Analysis: Best pick — Jordan Cameron
I was pretty surprised to see Blake Griffin’s BFF, Cameron, still available in the sixth round and that six tight ends had already been drafted ahead of him. Cameron only trailed wide receiver Josh Gordon — likely suspended for the 2014 season — in targets, receptions, touchdowns and 20-plus yards catches last season for the Cleveland Browns, according to Rotoworld.
Self-Analysis: Worst pick — Robert Griffin III (But hear me out …)
I’m going to use this space to defend my second-round draft pick of Robert Griffin III. I typically select quarterbacks in the first round, but seeing that Adrian Peterson was still available at No. 4 overall, I pushed that plan back to the next round.
With the 17th overall pick, I knew I wanted a quarterback. The top three fantasy quarterbacks according to ESPN – Peyton Manning, Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees – had already been taken by that point, so I went with Griffin.
Despite the Washington’s 3-13 record last year and his benching toward the end of the season, Griffin still had four games with a quarterback rating over 100; Griffin averaged 24.49 fantasy points in those four games.
For comparison – Peyton Manning, the top-scoring fantasy quarterback in 2013 by over 50 points, averaged 25.6 points in 16 games last season. Matthew Stafford, the fourth-ranked fantasy quarterback averaged 17.4 points last year, No. 5 Cam Newton had an 18.6 average and No. 6 Andrew Luck had an 18.2 average. Griffin was ESPN’s seventh-ranked fantasy quarterback.
The point is, with several new weapons at the wide receiver position (including, DeSean Jackson) I thought RG III had enough upside and has proven a capable enough fantasy quarterback to warrant a second-round pick.
Draft Chatter: But seriously, RG III in Round 2?
Kelyn took #knowyourwhy and turned it into #why?. The 17th pick of the draft is waaaaaayyyy too early to pick a QB with so many question marks (new coach, new system, sketchy knee). The next quarterback wasn’t taken until the 35th pick, and Andrew Luck is a better QB than RG III in terms of fantasy (and reality, probably). Ditto the next QB off the board, Matthew Stafford at No. 40. Sorry, but only Redskins fans are taking RG III that high. — Matt Bonesteel
I’m not sure someone who has never participated in a fantasy draft before should be assigning shame and ridicule, but RG III before Luck, Stafford and even Nick Foles seems, ahem, provincial. — Matt Rennie
It wouldn’t completely shock me if Griffin finished as a Top 5 quarterback, but he’s too high-risk for my taste in the second round with the likes of teammate Alfred Morris and stud receivers Dez Bryant and Brandon Marshall still on the board. Even in a D.C.-based league, Kelyn probably could’ve waited another three rounds to nab Griffin. — Scott Allen
Drafting damaged goods, at least last season, in Round 2 is really a stretch. Pretty sure this is going to be all-but-unanimously regarded as the worst pick among my Post peers who participated in our mock draft. — Gene Wang
Draft Chatter: A backup kicker?
Not to pile on, but Adam Vinatieri in the 15th round? I get the, “I already had a kicker, but I couldn’t pass up Vinatieri” argument. Wait, no I don’t. — Thomas Johnson
Starters: B | Bench: D- | Overall: C-
I was as agog as everyone else when Kelyn took RG III in the second round, but the comments above (not to mention my usage of this example in another fantasy article) should make the necessary point. Griffin heads a fantasy lineup that actually looks like it could do some damage, at least some of the time, especially considering that Gore may keep most of his usual workload.
Thomas nailed it when he pointed to Vinatieri as a far bigger head-scratcher than even the selection of Griffin in the second round. Unless you are playing in that rare two-kicker league (or a draft-only league where you can’t make in-season moves), there is simply no reason to ever draft a backup at that position. And even that second kicker was taken before the final round, which is when any sane fantasy owner takes his first kicker. The mind, it boggles. But Kelyn was clearly going with the Noah’s Ark approach, grabbing two of everything (including — ugh — a backup D/ST). For the positions that truly require depth, that approach left him with decent talent at WR in Decker and Smith, but just one, lonely, injury-prone backup RB (Ivory).