Football season is going to be here in no time, so it’s time to prepare for some fantasy football mock drafts! We have preseason games started already and a few kicking off tonight. The season is nearing in and the headlines are getting more and more exaggerated. For example Dez Bryant comments on a photo of him in a Browns uniform and all of sudden he is going to Cleveland and he is not going to Cleveland. Reporters have turned that news into about six different headlines, sheesh. Sticking to fantasy football, come draft time, when and if you are ever put in this situation what would you do?
Wide Receivers: Who would you go with?
Tyrek Hill or Michael Thomas? These two will definitely be on the board at the same time come later in the first, and even into the second or third round. Therefore who do you go with? Hill had an unbelievable year, one that shocked the NFL, going for 1183 receiving yards, 75 receptions and 7 receiving touchdowns. He does not get a bye week until week 12 and opens up the first five weeks vs the Chargers, Steelers, 49ers, Denver and Jacksonville, not easy opponents. As for Thomas he brought in 104 receptions for 1245 yards and 5 touchdown catches plus he has Drew Brees throwing to him and opens up with Tampa Bay, Cleveland, Atlanta, Redskins and Giants with a bye week in week six. What’s your move? Mine is Michael Thomas 10/10 times.
Nelson Agholor or Cooper Kupp? This is a tough one, they bought reeled in 62 receptions last season. Except Kupp went for 869 yards and Agholor went for 768 but Agholor reeled in 8 touchdown catches to Kupp’s five. Agholor opens up the first five weeks with Atlanta, Tampa Bay, Colts, Tennessee and Minnesota. Plus with also Alshon Jeffrey and Mike Wallace now plus Zach Ertz, Agholor has some players to contend with. Kupp has the same issue as the Rams acquired Brandin Cooks. Kupp had a very solid rookie season, he opens the year with Oakland, Arizona, Chargers, Minnesota and Seattle, some very tough opponents to start the year with. If push came to shove and I was in a tight situation, I would probably go Kupp here.
Running backs: Who would you go with?
Alvin Kamara vs Kareem Hunt? Another Saints vs Chiefs duo, did not plan this at all. But Kamara came out the gates last year and never looked back, that backfield in New Orleans was a question mark to start but Kamara quickly took over the ranks and has no plans on giving it back. The other day, Kamara came out and said
“I was in the f—king pokeball in Bama and I f—king evolved into some other sh-t. That orange mother–ker. Charizard.” As reported by Bleacher report.
Well it seems as if Kamara could use an English lesson or two but still he seems to be feeling confident and in the zone. Last season he rushed for 728 yards on 120 attempts while also receiving 81 passes for 826 yards, combined between rushing and receiving Kamara totaled 13 touchdowns. Kamara opens the year with Tampa, Cleveland, Atlanta, Redskins and Giants. Hunt was a story from the beginning of the year, in many leagues he was undrafted but by week three he was owned in nearly 99% of leagues. He quickly made a name for himself in that Kansas City backfield and in the NFL. Hunt went for 1327 yards on 272 attempts and 455 receiving yards with 53 receptions. Hunt combined for 11 touchdowns total. Although Hunt has some major upside in Kansas City due to their offense being very one-dimensional and Hunt being able to receive and run the ball, which means he has a chance to touch the ball every down, Kamara and the Saints offense has more upside and they are more consistent and not as predictable. I’d go Kamara if I had too.
Ezekiel Elliot or LeSean McCoy? Ehh, the Dallas offense scares me a little and Elliot not playing a whole last season is worrisome, plus McCoy is always a guaranteed top 10 running back in the league. I remember when Elliot emerged in the league, McCoy was the number one or two ranked guy and this is was a big conversation, Elliot or McCoy? So… Elliot only played in 10 games last season in which he rushed for 983 yards on 242 attempts while also rushing for seven touchdowns. While reeling in 26 receptions for 269 yards and two touchdowns. McCoy the Bills focal point for years now rushed for 1138 yards on 287 attempts and 6 touchdowns in 16 games. McCoy also does his fair share in the receiving game going for 448 yards on 59 receptions for two touchdowns as well. They are pretty close in numbers even with Elliot missing 7 games, McCoy opens the year with Ravens, Chargers, Minnesota, Green Bay and Tennessee getting a bye week in the eleventh week, while Elliot opens with Carolina, Giants, Seattle, Detroit and Houston with his bye week coming in week eight. If it came down to these two, I’d be using the full 1:30 to pick and scratching my head the whole time…
Quarterbacks: Who would you go with?
Carson Wentz or Dak Prescott? Two QB’s drafted in the same year, one had a more successful first year while the other blew the other QB out of the water their second year. One has a Super Bowl ring and almost MVP trophy while the other has a lot of ground to make up for a poor 2017 season. Prescott and Wentz have been compared for several years now, all throughout college and now in the NFL. Playing in the same division they see a lot of each other and will never be able to run from the comparison talks. Prescott numbers last season were as follows, 308/490 completion rate of 62.9, throwing for 3,324 yards, with 22 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. Prescott’s QB rating was 86.6 compared to his 104.9 rookie year, his interceptions went from 4 to 13. While Wentz’s numbers last year were 265/440 with a rating of 60.2, 3,296 yards, 33 touchdown passes and 7 interceptions. Wentz’s QB rating was 101.9 to his 79.3 his rookie year. His interceptions went from 14 to 7. Prescott opens the year with Carolina, Giants, Seattle, Detroit and Houston. While Wentz opens with with Atlanta, Tampa Bay, Colts, Tennessee and Minnesota. The two had nearly opposite seasons from 2016 to 2017. Both very good quarterbacks but with the core Philadelphia has and Dallas probably losing Dez Bryant it worries some about Prescott’s wide receivers and their ability to be of use to the young QB, while Wentz is coming off a bad ACL injury, that has worried some as well. For me when it comes down to these two, I’d go Wentz.