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2018 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: Drafting A QB First

Drafting a QB first
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With your first round pick, you should select either a top five WR or a Top 7 RB. It is highly recommended that you shouldn’t draft a QB in the first round. For the benefits of this article, I will show you the outcome of drafting a QB first.

When you’re drafting a QB with your first pick it puts you behind the eight ball right away. Instead of getting players like Antonio Brown, Julio Jones, Le’Veon Bell, or any top RB and WR at their position you get Aaron Rodgers. No surprise I took Rodgers with my first pick because in most opinions he is the best quarterback in Fantasy Football.

Most fantasy experts would recommend that drafting a QB in the first round is an inexperienced move. I know there are multiple draft strategies people look at and try out. It can be RB/RB, WR/RB, WR/WR, and in this case, I went QB/RB. The reason for that is there is a drop off of RB and WR is very deep this season. The only bright side of drafting a QB first like Rodgers in the first round is that I can build my team around the best QB in Fantasy Football.

If you are looking to practice your draft strategies you can mock draft using Fantasy Pros and their DraftWizard. With this mock draft I did Half PPR, Snake, and the positions are QB, RB, RB, WR, WR, TE, K, D/ST with six bench spots. There are 12 teams in this lobby and I randomized my pick, which ended up being in the ninth slot.

2018 Mock Draft: Drafting a QB First

1.9: Aaron Rodgers, QB, GB

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No surprise here. Rodgers finished as the best QB in 2016 and 2014. Without Jordy Nelson in 2015, he finished as the seventh best QB in Fantasy Football. Going into 2018 Rodgers is without Nelson as he was signed by the Oakland Raiders this offseason. To offset the loss of Nelson, Green Bay brought in TE Jimmy Graham. The Packers also drafted multiple WRs, too.

What happened to Rodgers in 2017 was a freak injury and when he returned to try to help Green Bay into the playoffs he still didn’t seem 100 percent. Now in 2018, fully recovered and with a new group of weapons, Rodgers is looking to claim his number one spot again.

2.16: Devonta Freeman, RB, ATL

Drafting Freeman wasn’t ideal, but he was the best RB available, in my opinion. It was between him and Jordan Howard, but since this is half PPR, that made choosing Freeman easier. The problem I face with Devonta Freeman is his backup Tevin Coleman. Tevin is a very good backup and with everything he has shown, he could be a starter on some teams. Even with Coleman looming in Freeman’s shadow, Devonta has finished as a Top 15 RB since 2015. Last season he was a RB13, RB6 in 2016, and then was RB1 back in 2015.

3.33: Adam Thielen, WR, MIN

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Nothing to be upset with here. Thielen has a high ceiling with the addition of former Redskins QB Kirk Cousins. No disrespect to Case Keenum, but Cousins is a major upgrade. With Dalvin Cook returning, opposing defenses have to respect both Minnesota’s passing and ground game.

Thielen had his best season in 2017. He caught 91 passes for 1,276 yards and 4 touchdowns. While the touchdowns are low, he more than makes up for it with his catches and yards. He finished as a WR8 last season and he could easily be a Top 10 WR or better in 2018.

4.40: Alex Collins, RB, BAL

I think that Collins could be the difference maker of this team. Baltimore has fellow RB Kenneth Dixon, returning to the backfield, but that doesn’t scare me. Alex Collins didn’t score his first touchdown until Week 11 and he scored six total touchdowns last year.

Another reason I went with Collins here is because of the Ravens’ improved offense. They’ll be getting back almost every starter from their offensive line. On top of that, they actually have a decent passing game. Both of those improvements are key to how well Collins plays in 2018.

5.57: Golden Tate, WR, DET

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Having my two RB positions locked down, I had to finish rounding out my two WR positions. I went with Golden Tate here and I chose him over Alshon Jeffery and Marvin Jones. Alshon is still recovering from his rotator cuff surgery and is currently on the PUP. Marvin Jones is an amazing WR, but in PPR I would rather have Tate.

Last season, Jones set a career high in receiving yards (1,101) and had his second most touchdowns (9). I think that his touchdowns will regress, but I am more confident in Tate to have another 90-plus catches. He has four straight seasons of 90-plus catches and has only one season in Detroit without a 1,000-yard season. Golden Tate is more consistent than Marvin Jones and is better in half PPR leagues with all his catches.

6.64: Mark Ingram, RB, NO

I know that he is suspended for the first four games, but when he returns he’ll be an RB1. It is worth hanging onto him as a backup RB and he could be a good substitute for either Collins or Freeman. The other RB’s that were getting drafted around him were Marshawn Lynch, Rex Burkhead, Royce Freeman, Sony Michel, and C.J. Anderson. Ingram has the most upside compared to the other players who will be competing for carries.

7.81 Pierre Garcon, WR, SF

Adding Garcon to my team is an undervalued pick. He was the main weapon in the offense last season before suffering his season-ending neck injury. The 49ers only added Jerick McKinnon and drafted Dante Pettis. Garcon had 40 catches and 500 yards in 8 games but didn’t score a touchdown. He didn’t have Jimmy Garoppolo throwing to him though. If he can stay healthy and his neck is completely healed, he could be a steal.

8.88: Kyle Rudolph, TE, MIN

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Just like Adam Thielen, Kyle Rudolph will also get a boost with the addition of QB Kirk Cousins. In 2017, Rudolph was the eighth best TE despite a serious drop in his catches and receiving yards. In 2017 he had 26 fewer catches than in 2016 and he had 308 less receiving yards, too. Rudolph has tremendous upside with Cousins now under center. He has the potential to be a Top 3 TE at the end of this season.

9.105: Sterling Shepard, WR, NYG

This was an interesting pick I had to make because there weren’t a whole lot of upside or potential breakout candidates at WR this time around. I took Shepard because I think he is way better than what he showed last season. Everything went bad for the Giants last season and going into 2018 their offense has the potential to be one of the best in the league. Shepard was unable to stay healthy last season, but he did show flashes of greatness.

He had two games with 11 catches and over 138 yards in that pitiful Giants’ offense. Getting Odell Beckham Jr. back from breaking his ankle and drafting Saquon Barkley with the second overall pick in the draft only benefits Sterling. The Giants have too many weapons this season and their opponents are going to be more focused on stopping OBJ and Saquon. I think some teams will forget about Sterling Shepard and he’ll have a few monster games.

10.112: Philadelphia Eagles D/ST

I was looking to grab the Rams’ defense, but they went earlier than expected. A lot of us here at SCFE think the Eagles are a Top 3 defense. They finished as the third-best defense last year even though they were plagued with injuries. They will be getting some new faces on the defensive side of the ball as well as some of the crew from last season.

Philadelphia brought in Michael Bennett and Haloti Ngata to add to their already imposing defensive line. Daryl Worley and Cory Nelson were brought in to solidify their cornerbacks. Jordan Hicks and Ronald Darby were gone for most of the 2017 season with devastating injuries. The smartest thing the Eagles did was re-signing one of their defensive leaders in Nigel Bradham. With so much talent coming to this Philadelphia defense, no wonder why we’re all so high on them.

11.129: Chris Carson, RB, SEA

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This pick was made solely based on the reports I am hearing out of Seahawks training camp. Head Coach Pete Carroll has stated multiple times how great Chris Carson looks. Carson was the stabilizing RB to that chaotic backfield in 2017 before he went down with a broken leg.

Seattle drafted San Diego State RB, Rashaad Penny, with their first-round pick in this year’s draft. Even with Penny looking like the favorite to start, he might be splitting carries with Carson. With everyone taking Penny in the first six rounds of Fantasy Football drafts, that makes Carson an even better steal. Make sure to keep an eye on this situation as we quickly approach the first week of the regular season.

12.136: Philip Rivers, QB, LAC

Sometimes it’s not the prettiest pick, but it needs to be made. This was more for security reasons. If Rodgers goes down again, cross your fingers he doesn’t, but at least I have Rivers. I went with him over other upside talents like Patrick Mahomes, Marcus Mariota, Mitch Trubisky, etc.. I just know what I’m getting with him unlike with any of those other QB’s. Even with TE Hunter Henry out for the year with a torn ACL, I still like Rivers. He quietly finished as a QB8 last year and I won’t have to worry about whether or not to start him because I have Rodgers.

13.153: Tyler Lockett, WR, SEA

Again, I’m going with this pick based off of training camp rumors. Doug Baldwin, Seattle’s best offensive weapon besides Russell Wilson, hurt his knee but should be ready for Week 1 and will sit out the rest of the preseason. This could be a precaution as they don’t want to exacerbate his injury. If this turns out to be worse than we thought, then Tyler Lockett will have to step up to be the top option for Wilson. The upside with this pick could be astronomical and if it doesn’t work out then I can always drop him for a player on the waiver wire.

14.160: Justin Tucker, K, BAL

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With my last pick to round out my team, I get Mr. Accurate, Justin Tucker. This guy is one of the most consistent and accurate kickers in the NFL. In 2017 he didn’t miss a single extra point and only missed three field goals. He was the fourth-best kicker in Fantasy Football despite being part of a team with an insufficient offense. Now the Ravens have a ton of weapons and should be able to get the ball down the field. That should put Tucker in scoring position.

Final Roster

So here’s what a typical roster might look like when drafting a QB first:
QB: Aaron Rodgers, GB
RB: Devonta Freeman, ATL
RB: Alex Collins, BAL
WR: Adam Thielen, MIN
WR: Golden Tate, DET
TE: Kyle Rudolph, MIN
DST: Philadelphia Eagles, PHI
K: Justin Tucker, BAL
BN: Mark Ingram, NO
BN: Pierre Garcon, SF
BN: Sterling Shepard, NYG
BN: Chris Carson, SEA
BN: Philip Rivers, LAC
BN: Tyler Lockett, SEA


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