FantasySports.org » Martellus Bennett http://fantasysports.org A site dedicated to people who enjoy playing fantasy sports Thu, 11 Dec 2014 13:25:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.5 Breaking down a 12-team mock draft http://fantasysports.org/breaking-down-a-12-team-mock-draft/ http://fantasysports.org/breaking-down-a-12-team-mock-draft/#comments Fri, 07 Jun 2013 13:00:33 +0000 http://www.fantasysports.org/?p=2416   It’s June 6. We’re 90 days away from the first game of the NFL season. I’ve already completed over 20 mock drafts. Say what you want, but I love it. I’ve done two quarterback league mock drafts, IDP mock drafts, dynasty mock drafts, standard ten-team mock drafts, 12-team mock drafts. You name it, I’ve ...

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It’s June 6. We’re 90 days away from the first game of the NFL season. I’ve already completed over 20 mock drafts. Say what you want, but I love it. I’ve done two quarterback league mock drafts, IDP mock drafts, dynasty mock drafts, standard ten-team mock drafts, 12-team mock drafts. You name it, I’ve drafted it.

But now we’re getting into minicamps and soon enough we’ll be into training camps. That means player stocks are rising and falling with injury, with word of coaches, beat writers, and other sources. We’ve already seen injuries to Rob Gronkowski,  Michael Crabtree and Trent Richardson move them right on down the draft board, and they’re the first of many.

That’s why we have this here 12-team, 15-round, non-PPR mock draft. I did a mock on Wednesday to look at some good picks and some not so good picks in fantasy football right now.  Some of the picks that I like (for value or others news). To expand the mock (you probably can’t read it in the image above, my sincerest apologies) just click on the image of the draft board above. However, I’ll be breaking down some of my favorite picks and five of the worst picks down below. Let’s get to it.

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Best Picks

Jimmy Graham, TE at 2.07

Graham gives you such an advantage over other tight ends, that he’s worth a second-round pick. He would have been mine if running backs weren’t flying off of the board so quickly. However, I”m glad I didn’t grab Graham, because I was happy with the way my team turned out.

 

Demaryius Thomas, WR at 3.07

I know this is my own pick, but really, Thomas was the ninth wide receiver off the board. Are you kidding me? Behind Julio Jones, Roddy White, Vincent Jackson and Larry Fitzgerald? There was absolutely no contest for this pick. He is my fifth ranked wide receiver for 2013.

 

Tony Gonzalez, TE at 7.03

Value, value, value. Regardless of age, Gonzalez was the third scoring tight end in non-PPR last season. He was the seventh tight end off of the board in this draft. It’s the lowest that I’ve seen him drop. A great value like this is the only reason that you should be taking a tight end in the middle rounds. If you don’t get Graham or an obvious value in the middle rounds, I’m passing until my final picks. Then, I may be streaming during the regular season.

 

Shane Vereen, RB at 9.04

It’s astonishing that Vereen lasted this long, and seeing some of the other backups that wen’t before him. Zac Stacy, Fred Jackson, Bryce Brown, Daryl Richardson, and Johnathan Franklin, all currently backups, were drafted before Vereen, who is the most fantasy-relevant back-up in the NFL right now. Say what? Vereen should finish the year as a top 25 running back, if not better, on a team that lost Danny Woodhead and has committed to the run over the last couple of years.

 

Greg Olsen, TE at 12.06; Martellus Bennett, TE at 15.08

Unless you get Jimmy Graham, there is no reason to get a tight end in the middle rounds (unless Gonzalez is somehow there in the seventh round). Olsen was sixth highest scoring tight end last season, and he should be in that scoring region again. Plus, he’s taken two rounds before my defense? I love this pick. Bennett was taken in the last round and could easily produce top 12 numbers in Marc Trestman’s pass-happy offense, so that was also a great pick.

 

Justin Blackmon, WR at 11.08

Blackmon is at the end of the bench, which is the best you can ask for as a fantasy owner. He doesn’t need immediate production with Percy Harvin, Randall Cobb and Wes Welker at the top, which is a very solid group. Blackmon’s four-week suspension is no biggie, because this owner has blanketed his team with other wide receivers, so Blackmon can  serve as a fill-in when Harvin/Cobb/Welker get to their bye weeks. Great pick.

 

Worst Picks

Aaron Rodgers (2.10) and Drew Brees (2.11)

No reason to take a quarterback in the first two rounds, or even the first three. The position is not valuable.  The owner of Team 3 who drafted Rodgers in the second round ended up with Doug Martin and Ryan Mathews as his starting running backs. And his wide receivers were Roddy White, Greg Jennings and Mike Williams. That’s painful to see. There are too many good quarterbacks. Don’t waste picks early on. Also worth noting that Team 2 drafted Matthews Stafford in the sixth round as a back-up to Brees, which is beyond me, but he actually had a very solid lineup.

Better options: DeMarco Murray, Reggie Bush — go running back, almost regardless, in the first two rounds.

 

Rashard Mendenhall, RB at 5.03

Wait… what? I was befuddled at this pick. It simply didn’t make sense. We’re not even sure Mendenhall will start, and even if he does, he has three solid options — Ryan Williams and rookies Andre Ellington and Stepfan Taylor — behind him that will take plenty of carries. Not a fan of Mendenhall, even of he does start. Nothing to see.

Better options: With only Roddy White in the WR corps, this team should have picked either Wes Welker, Mike Wallace, Hakeem Nicks, or Danny Amendola, all of which can be no. 2 receivers for your team. Then in the sixth round, rather than draft Greg Jennings, he should have grabbed Mark Ingram. But desperate running back situations in the fifth round cause for desperate picks.

 

Vernon Davis, TE at 6.01

I don’t blame the guy who made the pick, but I’m not on this bandwagon yet. His role should expand, but how much? He never really clicked with Colin Kaepernick last season, and I don’t see that changing that much this season. His lack of production in recent years, despite his incoming increase in targets with the Miachel Crabtree injury, has driven me off the cliff with Davis.

Better Options:  Tony Gonzalez, Dennis Pitta, Kyle Rudolph

 

Daryl Richardson (7.05) and Zachary Stacy (9.03)

I continue to scratch my head at these picks. Stacy and Richardson will be in a timeshare for Week 1 when Isaiah Pead is suspended, but when Pead returns, I believe he will be the clear starter. He’s the most talented running back on this team, and the coaches are backing him despite the suspension. The suspension is nothing to worry about with Pead. There’s no reason these two guys, who will be very limited all year long in their current situation, should be drafted this high.

Better Options for Richardson: Mark Ingram, Jonathan Stewart, Andre Brown

Better Options for Stacy: Shane Vereen, Danny Woodhead, Isaiah Pead

 

Seattle Seahawks (8.04) and San Francisco 49ers (9.05)  defenses

When defenses go before the last three rounds, it just makes me shake my head. Every damn year this happens. When will owners learn? It just doesn’t make sense. There are still solid bench players still on the board, and instead some owners fill the need to complete their starting lineup first. Defenses are one of the easiest positions to stream and play matchups with, especially when owners are only owning one defense at a time in today’s fantasy football. Go defense and kicker in your last two rounds, like I did. (I still ended up with Baltimore, which I felt very good about.)

Better Options for Seattle: T.Y. Hilton, Eli Manning, Shane Vereen

Better Options for San Francisco: Miles Austin, Danny Woodhead, Cecil Shorts, Jeremy Maclin, Lance Moore

 

Bad late-round picks

The late rounds are hard to analyze. But here I’m going to list some of the picks that I really didn’t like the upside of in the late rounds, something that should be the primary focus of owners at this point in the draft.

DeAngelo Williams (10.01), Joseph Randle (11.05), Brian Hartline (12.10), LaMichael James (13.03), Shonn Greene (13.10).

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Thanks for reading and I hoped you enjoyed reading about some of my draft strategy for this season early on in this summer. What parts did you agree with? Disagree with? Leave your comments below or hit me up on Twitter. You can also suggest blog ideas over on that Twitter, and I hope you do so!

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Gronkowski shockwave: Other options for your keeper league http://fantasysports.org/gronkowski-shockwave-other-options-for-your-keeper-league/ http://fantasysports.org/gronkowski-shockwave-other-options-for-your-keeper-league/#comments Sat, 01 Jun 2013 12:00:56 +0000 http://www.fantasysports.org/?p=2393 Oh, Rob Gronkowski. Why, God? Why, of all the average tight ends, did you have to choose this physical specimen to abuse? The 6-foot-6-inch, 265-pound freak is set to undergo microdisectomy on his L5-S1. In human speak, he is set to undergo back surgery. And it’s not good, especially for those who are banking on ...

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Oh, Rob Gronkowski. Why, God? Why, of all the average tight ends, did you have to choose this physical specimen to abuse? The 6-foot-6-inch, 265-pound freak is set to undergo microdisectomy on his L5-S1. In human speak, he is set to undergo back surgery. And it’s not good, especially for those who are banking on him in dynasty and keeper leagues. The injury is going to linger. the effects are widespread. A doctor who deals with athlete’s backs on a regular basis told me that he his chances of returning to 100 percent are “zero”.

“It will haunt him the rest of his career”, the source said.

While the media is projecting Gronkowski to miss training camp but be back for the season. I’m doubting that. From talking to sources, at a minimum, Gronkowski is looking at a of four to six month recovery time. In other words: you re-draft owners, start looking elsewhere. I can tell you, personally, that I won’t be touching this guy until the double-digit rounds this season (Which, in other words, means that I won’t be touching him at all.)

So, as a fantasy owner, what do you do? I’ll give you five answers to that question to give you a security blanket if my doctor friend sources are right.Martellus Bennett

Martellus Bennett, TE, Chicago Bears

Alright, so I’m not digging very deep on this one, but in most keeper leagues he should be available. Bennett has sort of been a second thought in his first five years of his career. On a pass-happy Dallas team, he sat for four years, learning the NFL behind one of the NFL’s best, Jason Witten. In New York playing for Big Blue in 2012, he was no longer an after thought (55 receptions, 626 yards, 5 touchdowns), but with many other targets for Eli Manning to target, Bennett didn’t truly reach his full potential. Bennett is expected to be used as more of a vertical threat this year, stretching the field and working the seams, something that he can do with his extraordinary athleticism, but hasn’t been in the situation to be able to. He’s already been praised by his coaches for getting his nose in the Bears playbook, and this is a team that should throw a lot in 2013 behind an improved offensive line. Bennett was a huge signing for the Bears, and he’ll put up tight end one numbers.

 

Jordan Cameron, TE, Cleveland Browns

Cameron will be on all of my teams this season. He’s going to be one of the last picks in your re-draft leagues, and he’s going to be a steal. Rob Chudzinski loves to use his tight ends. He was the tight ends coach in San Diego in 2005, 2006, 2009 ad 2010. In 2005, Gates hauled in 89 catches, his career high. In 2009 under Chudzinski, Gates totaled 1,157 yards, another career high. Exhibit B: Greg Olsen under Chudzinski’ as the offensive coordinator of the Carolina Panthers. In 2012, Olsen totaled 843 yards on 69 receptions, both career highs. Cameron has already been hyped in OTAs. According to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, “The Browns really like tight end Jordan Cameron as their starting tight end and plan to throw to him a lot. Cameron was targeted on plenty of deep balls in OTAs.” Cameron is already building hype. Hopefully that hype stays on the down low so that he can remain a steal on draft day.

 

Tyler Eifert, TE, Cincinnati Bengals

I know that Eifert is going to be available in all of your leagues, because he’s a rookie. Like Cameron, Eifert is already making waves at OTAs. He’s already been talked up by quarterback Andy Dalton, and has been running in two tight end sets with incumbent starter Jermaine Gresham. It shouldn’t be long until Eifert overtakes Gresham, who doesn’t have any real special features to his game. Although both will probably be somewhat productive in 2013, as the Bengals plan to use both, and Gresham will likely be more involved near the goal line. However, Eifert should be more productive from a fantasy stand point because he can play the slot and stretch the field successfully, unlike Greshham.

 

Robert Housler, TE, Arizona Cardinals

Housler has yet to score his first career tight end, so why is he here? Talent. Well, more than one reason, but we will start with talent. Housler has the ability to stretch the seam with his absurd speed for a tight end. He’s 6-foot-5-inches and plays like a receiver most of the time. Secondly, not only does Larry Fitzgerald benefit from the addition of a quarterback this offseason, Housler and the other Cardinals targets do too. Housler has a quarterback that he can build a rapport with amd pme that is substantially better than any that he has played with before in Carson Palmer. New head coach Bruce Arians is also notably a fan of Housler, and it’s likely that Arians will use Housler to attack the seam, something that few in the NFL can do better than Housler.

 

Travis Kelce, TE, Kansas City Chiefs

Kelce is extremely athletic and will be targeted in Andy Reid’s offense. Early in his college career, Kelce moved around the offense, even taking snaps at wildcat quarterback. While he’s strong and will take more than one to take down, he can stretch the field and has the hands of a wide receiver (one not named Darriues Heyward-Bey). He also pancaked a guy or two in college; he can run block. More importantly, Reid already likes him. Tight ends in the Chiefs offense since Tony Gonzalez left have totaled 46, 61, 35 and 44 catches over the last four years. Under Reid, the Eagles have totaled 79, 51, 75 and 82 catches over the past four years, primarily from Brent Celek and Clay Harbor. Reid loves his tight ends, and he’s already compared Kelce to Shockey. Needless to say, he must like what he has seen, and I’m sure that he didn’t use his third-round pick on him to sit behind Anthony Fasano and Tony Moeaki. Kelce will start this year and has an enormous ceiling.

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Thanks for reading. I hope you have some replacement level options for Gronkowski for your keeper league or some sleeper ideas for your re-draft leagues. There are lots of guys I like in the last round this year, and all of them are young and talented, which makes them even more exciting in a keeper or dynasty league. If you’d like to recommend my next blog topic, you can send me a tweet. I’m always looking for new topics! See you all soon.

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