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The 12 team, PPR, dynasty, 2 round, fixed, rookie draft with prior completed trades shared by real living friends from Wisconsin in college, ages 20-21, playing each other in their fantasy football league, works perfectly as a situational mock draft for you, the fans of The Football Guys You Fantasize About. Their dynasty league utilizes a $1000 cap with fixed rookie contracts amounts starting at $50 for pick 1.01 and going down $1 every pick until $27 for pick 2.12. Then each player can sign their rookies to a max of 3 years with one rookie franchise tag per year available after the 3rd year of a rookie contract. Whether you play in a league full of college aged guys and need to get inside their brains, are in a 12 team dynasty league with your rookie draft coming up, or need to understand more about the value of the 2017 rookie class, this real life draft gives you an advantage and tool to go out there and murder your draft to eventually do the same to all your friends in your league.
- Team 8 trades pick 2.08 and $15 to Team 2 for pick 2.02.
- Team 3 trades pick 2.03 to Team 12 for $35.
- Team 8 trades pick 1.08 to Team 12 for pick 1.12 and $20.
- Team 6 trades pick 1.06 to Team 4 for pick 2.04 and $30.
- Team 3 trades $5 to Team 6 for pick 2.06.
1.01: Team 1 drafts Leonard Fournette, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars
1.02: Team 2 drafts Christian McCaffrey, RB, Carolina Panthers
1.03: Team 3 drafts Corey Davis, WR, Tennessee Titans
1.04: Team 4 drafts Joe Mixon, RB, Cincinnati Bengals
1.05: Team 5 drafts Dalvin Cook, RB, Minnesota Vikings
1.06: Team 4 drafts Mike Williams, WR, San Diego Chargers
1.07: Team 7 drafts John Ross, WR, Cincinnati Bengals
1.08: Team 12 drafts Kareem Hunt, RB, Kansas City Chiefs
1.09: Team 9 drafts David Njoku, TE, Cleveland Browns
1.10: Team 10 drafts O.J. Howard, TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
1.11: Team 11 drafts Samaje Perine, RB, Washington Redskins
1.12: Team 8 drafts Zay Jones, WR, Buffalo Bills
2.01: Team 1 drafts Jamaal Williams, RB, Green Bay Packers
2.02: Team 8 drafts Carlos Henderson, WR, Denver Broncos
2.03: Team 12 drafts JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers
2.04: Team 6 drafts D’Onta Foreman, RB, Houston Texans
2.05: Team 5 drafts Joe Williams, RB, San Francisco 49ers
2.06: Team 3 drafts Alvin Kamara, RB, New Orleans Saints
2.07: Team 7 drafts Donnel Pumphrey, RB, Philadelphia Eagles
2.08: Team 2 drafts ArDarius Stewart, WR, New York Jets
2.09: Team 9 drafts Kenny Golladay, WR, Detroit Lions
2.10: Team 10 drafts Mitch Trubisky, QB, Chicago Bears
2.11: Team 11 drafts Evan Engram, TE, New York Giants
2.12: Team 12 drafts Curtis Samuel, WR, Carolina Panthers
Contracts and Our Grades:
Team 1 ($912): Leonard Fournette 3yr/$50 and Jamaal Williams 1yr/$38
Grade: C+. Team 1 made the safe choice with the first overall pick by drafting the undisputed Jacksonville bell cow in Fournette who will get all the touches he can handle. The first pick of the second round most likely had to do more with Williams being on their favorite team rather than smart draft strategy because 2.01 is way too early in the draft to spend $38 on a 1 year deal banking on Ty Montgomery moves back into a receiver role and Williams wins the job in camp.
Team 2 ($935): Christian McCaffrey 3yr/$49 and ArDarius Stewart 2yr/$31
Grade: A-. With their league being a full point PPR and the NFL’s plethora of great wide receivers compared to running backs, team 2 chose McCaffrey 2.02 assuming the new look Carolina offense will feature the No. 8 overall pick allowing him to make more plays as they finally start to protect Cam. Trading down to 2.08, saving and making cap money, and selecting flier ArDarius Stewart of the Jets looks like a pro move and hopeful chance of getting a sleeper wide receiver on a bad Jets team who might get a lot of chances year 1.
Team 3 ($949): Corey Davis 3yr/$48 and Alvin Kamara 3yr/$33
Grade: A. Team 3 was picking whoever one of Leonard Fournette, Christian McCaffrey, or Corey Davis that fell to the third spot. Davis was a college stud, 19TDs senior year, who will likely be the #1 WR coming into camp. The addition of Eric Decker along with the presence of Delanie Walker, DeMarco Murray, and others takes some of the pressure off Davis both mentally and physically, but unfortunately, takes away some targets as well. Trading away pick 2.03 for $35, then trading $5 for pick 2.06 makes drafting Saints’ potential change of pace back Alvin Kamara almost free.
Team 4 ($878): Joe Mixon 3yr/$47 and Mike Williams 3yr/$45
Grade: B+. Team 4 wanted certain guys and went out and got them. He took seemingly everyone’s “surprise” pick to be the #1 fantasy rookie in 2017 in Joe Mixon. Many analysts have him winning the feature role in Cincy at some point throughout the season, but personally I think he’s a great running back for year 2 and 3. I think he’ll have a David Johnson type start to his career where he puts up good numbers in limited appearances year 1 and wreaks havoc in year 2. He also took Clemson stand out Mike Williams, who I saw make DeShaun Watson a Heisman candidate over the last few years. Unfortunately, he already has an injury to his back which could hinder his rookie season if he can’t get the number of camp reps the other rookies will get. It was smart of team 4 to sign them both for 3 year max lengths.
Team 5 ($920): Dalvin Cook 1yr/$46 and Joe Williams 1yr/$34
Grade: B-. Dalvin Cook over Mike Williams and John Ross at pick 5 is certainly the right choice in my mind, and it’s just a few pick too early for me to take a chance with potential Chiefs starter Kareem Hunt. However, Cook will be in a camp battle with newly acquired 3 year/$15 million veteran Latavius Murray. I expect Cook to at least be the 3rd down back with better hands and good size for pass blocking in the Viking’s offense, but Murray ill likely have the goal line work in September. That being said, Cook is the Vikings RB of the future. At 2.05 Joe Williams is a weird pick. Team 5 already took a top rookie RB, and Curtis Samuel, Carolina’s 2nd round WR was still on the board. Carlos Hyde has that 49ers job locked down as of right now, and signing Williams, who will likely not play much this year, to only a 1 year deal is a waste of $34.
Team 6 ($1000): D’Onta Foreman 1yr/$35
Grade: A. Team 6 is all about winning now, and I absolutely love it. Going into the draft with a full $1000 after trading pick 1.06 for $30 and pick 2.04, then trading pick 2.06 for $5 is a dream come true. They got D’Onta Foreman for free who could play a role in the Texans backfield this season and in the future if Lamar Miller doesn’t work out the way the Texans hoped when they signed him to a 4 year/$26 million contract last summer and only produced 4 yards per carry for 1,073 and just 5 TDS.
Team 7 ($924): John Ross 2yr/$44 and Donnel Pumphrey 1yr/$32
Grade: B-. I like Team 7 getting John Ross, who as Madden would say, has run away from cop cars speed, with the 7th pick. Ross reminds me of Will Fuller in his rookie year last season, expect for one major difference. They are both top end speed guys who stretch a defense over the top, and came into the league to complement their #1, All-Pro, do-it-all wide receivers in A.J. Green for Ross and DeAndre Hopkins for Fuller. The major difference is that Andy Dalton is a way better QB than the shit storm that was Brock Osweiler last season. Will Fuller finished with 47 catches for 635 yards and 2 touchdowns as a rookie, and I see that as Ross’ floor this season. You can slide Team 7’s pick 2.07 into the very much used category in this draft of a waste of $32 on a 1 year deal because he’s currently a member of an Eagles’ backfield which already features Ryan Mathews, Darren Sproles, LeGarrett Blount, and Wendell Smallwood.
Team 8 ($929): Zay Jones 3yr/$39 and Carlos Henderson 3yr/$37
Grade: B. Team 8 is another win now type of team. They traded back in the first round and up in the second round to pick two lesser known wide receivers who have huge upside, while making $5 in the process. Jones caught 158 balls in 12 games, so over 13 per game, in his senior season. He’s now on Buffalo Bills team as the second best wide receiver behind the dead man himself, Sammy Watkins. I expect Jones to be utilized a lot in his rookie season as a slot guy. Henderson is more of a dark horse sleeper that won’t make much of an impact this season. It was smart of team 7 to sign him for 3 years because Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders are running the show in Denver right now, and Paxton Lynch or Trevor Siemian aren’t exactly Peyton Manning.
Team 9 ($928): David Njoku 2yr/$42 and Kenny Golladay 1yr/$30
Grade: C-. At 1.09, Team 9 should’ve made a better and easier pick. David Njoku is probably the best athlete on the offensive side of the ball for the Cleveland Browns already, before anything’s even happened. No offense, but that’s not really saying that much. Njoku is a big bodied, fast tight end who I think will be good, just not this year with Brock Lobster or rookie Deshonne Kizer throwing to him. He should’ve took O.J. Howard who will be a nice weapon for Jameis Winston or Samaje Perine, who only has to beat out Fat Rob for the feature role. Kenny Golladay helps team 9’s draft a lot by being a high upside, 6’4”, 4.5 receiver for Fat Stafford to chuck darts to if he puts a little bit more weight on to up it from 213 pounds.
Team 10 ($930): O.J. Howard 2yr/$41 and Mitch Trubisky 1yr/$29
Grade: D. In any kind of draft in fantasy football, no matter what the situation, if you only come out with a tight end and quarterback, you fucked up. O.J. Howard’s probably the right pick besides Samaje, and I think he’s a going to be a good tight end with all the other weapons in Tampa Bay. However, I wouldn’t even spit in the direction of Mitch Trubisky fantasy football quarterback. Straight up waste of everything on that pick. It’s so bad, I don’t even want to talk about it.
Team 11 ($932): Samaje Perine 3yr/$40 and Evan Engram 1yr/$28
Grade: A+. The best draft of their league’s rookie draft. Team 11, sitting at the 11th pick of both rounds, came away with two first rounders for one of the cheapest payouts in this league on rookie day. He had potential RB1 of the Redskins and a wide receiver, tight end in Engram who most analysts had as a first round pick in dynasty rookie drafts. The combination of upside and value with these picks are unmatched compared to the other 11 teams.
Team 12 ($839): Kareem Hunt 3yr/$43, JuJu Smith-Schuster 2yr/$36, and Curtis Samuel 2yr/$27
Grade: C+. This rookie draft looks like team 12 already gave up on the season. Going into the auction with $39 less dollars than the next closest team, and having 3 rookies just screams rebuild. Fortunately, I think he hit on two of the three selections. Hunt and Samuel will both play major roles with the Chiefs and Panthers respectively this season. Hunt has a chance to win the starting job from day 1 with underwhelming Spencer Ware being the only kinda challenge. I expect Hunt to touch the ball a lot. Samuel also was a good pick with crazy value, by being picked last overall. Cam Newton said McCaffrey and Samuel will take the load off of him this year in the Panthers new offense, and I expect Samuel to be a good PPR option as Newton’s slot guy. JuJu Smith-Schuster is a different story. He’s not a bad player, he was just picked too early after Team 11 spent $35 for pick 2.03. He’s also behind a lot of other weapons on a good Steelers team. Good luck on the rebuild.