Down and Distance staff mock fantasy draft: 8 team standard

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It’s that time of year again for fantasy football players, draft season! As players sort through numerous rankings, news articles, and keep up with training camps from around the league, everybody’s trying to find the latest sleeper or the guy who’s moving up on his team’s depth chart.

In this mock draft, 8 teams are participating based on standard fantasy football scoring rules, so no points-per-reception, no defensive players, etc. Participating in this mock draft of (mostly) Down and Distance staff, we have Brett Krummenacker, Jim Racalto, Justin Arbogast, Tad Johnson, myself, friend-of-the-staff Ty Davis, Around the Rink director Arun Morace, and Austin Peat.

Round 1

BenJarvus Green-Ellis could thrive with the opportunity to run more in Cincinnati. (Credit: Getty Images North America)

  1. Krummenacker: Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay
  2. Racalto: Arian Foster, RB, Houston
  3. Arbogast: Calvin Johnson, WR, Detroit
  4. Johnson: Ray Rice, RB, Baltimore 
  5. Ray: LeSean McCoy, RB, Philadelphia
  6. Davis: Tom Brady, QB, New England
  7. Morace: Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans
  8. Peat: BenJarvus Green-Ellis, RB, Cincinnati
Round 2
  1. Peat: Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Pittsburgh
  2. Morace: Ryan Mathews, RB, San Diego
  3. DavisMatt Forte, RB, Chicago
  4. Ray: Chris Johnson, RB, Tennessee
  5. Johnson: Matthew Stafford, QB, Detroit
  6. Arbogast: DeMarco Murray, RB, Dallas
  7. Racalto: Cam Newton, QB, Carolina
  8. Krummenacker: Darren McFadden, RB, Oakland

Round 3

With Maurice Jones-Drew holding out of camp for a new contract, teams might be able to pick him outside the first round. (Credit: Sam Greenwood, Getty Images Sport)

  1. Krummenacker: Adrian Peterson, RB, Minnesota
  2. Racalto: Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England
  3. Arbogast: Trent Richardson, RB, Cleveland
  4. Johnson: Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, Jacksonville
  5. Ray: Greg Jennings, WR, Green Bay
  6. Davis: Andre Johnson, WR, Houston
  7. Morace: Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Arizona
  8. Peat: Jimmy Graham, TE, Saints
Round 4
  1. Peat: Jamaal Charles, RB, Kansas City
  2. Morace: Jermichael Finley, TE, Green Bay
  3. DavisDeAngelo Williams, RB, Carolina
  4. Ray: Michael Vick, QB, Philadelphia
  5. Johnson: Victor Cruz, WR, New York Giants
  6. Arbogast: CJ Spiller, RB, Buffalo
  7. Racalto: Marshawn Lynch, RB, Seattle
  8. Krummenacker: Michael Turner, RB, Atlanta

Round 5

Reuniting with Jay Cutler in Chicago could help Brandon Marshall back to the top of the wide receiver rankings. (Credit: David Zalubowski, AP)

  1. Krummenacker: Julio Jones, WR, Atlanta
  2. Racalto: AJ Green, WR, Cincinnati
  3. Arbogast: Tony Romo, QB, Dallas
  4. Johnson: Wes Welker, WR, New England
  5. Ray: Roddy White, WR, Atlanta
  6. Davis: Mario Manningham, WR, San Francisco
  7. Morace: Brandon Marshall, WR, Chicago
  8. Peat: Jordy Nelson, WR, Green Bay
Round 6
  1. Peat: Miles Austin, WR, Dallas
  2. Morace: Jeremy Maclin, WR, Philadelphia
  3. DavisTony Gonzalez, TE, Atlanta
  4. Ray: Fred Jackson, RB, Buffalo
  5. Johnson: Vernon Davis, TE, San Francisco
  6. Arbogast: Stevie Johnson, WR, Buffalo
  7. Racalto: Mike Wallace, WR, Pittsburgh
  8. Krummenacker: Steven Jackson, RB, St. Louis

Round 7

Will Frank Gore’s workload be diminished after the additions of Brandon Jacobs and LaMichael James? (Credit: Jed Jacobsohn, Getty Images North America)

  1. Krummenacker: Vincent Jackson, WR, Tampa Bay
  2. Racalto: DeSean Jackson, WR, Philadelphia
  3. Arbogast: Antonio Gates, TE, San Diego
  4. Johnson: Dez Bryant, WR, Dallas
  5. Ray: Eric Decker, WR, Denver
  6. Davis: Matt Schaub, QB, Houston
  7. Morace: Doug Martin, RB, Tampa Bay
  8. Peat: Brandon Lloyd, WR, New England
Round 8
  1. Peat: Frank Gore, RB, San Francisco
  2. Morace: Shonn Greene, RB, New York Jets
  3. DavisMarques Colston, WR, New Orleans
  4. Ray: Darren Sproles, RB, New Orleans
  5. Johnson: LeGarrette Blount, RB, Tampa Bay
  6. Arbogast: 49ers D/ST, D/ST, San Francisco
  7. Racalto: Reggie Bush, RB, Miami
  8. Krummenacker: Dwayne Bowe, WR, Kansas City

Round 9

Don’t sit on a healthy Ahmad Bradshaw. He lasted until the 10th round in this mock, but you’ll be lucky to find him this late in most drafts. (Credit: Andy Lyons, Getty Images)

  1. Krummenacker: Peyton Manning, QB, Denver
  2. Racalto: Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh
  3. Arbogast: Jason Witten, TE, Dallas
  4. Johnson: Bills D/ST, D/ST, Buffalo
  5. Ray: Steve Smith, WR, Carolina
  6. Davis: Giants D/ST, D/ST, New York Giants
  7. Morace: Jets D/ST, D/ST, New York Jets
  8. Peat: Aaron Hernandez, TE, New England
Round 10
  1. Peat: Texans D/ST, D/ST, Houston
  2. Morace: Robert Griffin III, QB, Washington
  3. DavisAhmad Bradshaw, RB, New York Giants
  4. Ray: Eli Manning, QB, New York Giants
  5. Johnson: Matt Ryan, QB, Atlanta
  6. Arbogast: Philip Rivers, QB, San Diego
  7. Racalto: Demaryius Thomas, WR, Denver
  8. Krummenacker: Ravens D/ST, D/ST, Baltimore

Round 11

Moving from college to the pros with Andrew Luck makes 6’6″, 250-pound TE Coby Fleener an enticing option. (Credit: Ezra Shaw, Getty Images)

  1. Krummenacker: Jacob Tamme, TE, Denver
  2. Racalto: Jay Cutler, QB, Chicago
  3. Arbogast: Sebastian Janikowski, K, Oakland
  4. Johnson: Justin Blackmon, WR, Jacksonville
  5. Ray: Seahawks D/ST, D/ST, Seattle
  6. Davis: Jason Avant, WR, Philadelphia
  7. Morace: Packers D/ST, D/ST, Green Bay
  8. Peat: Percy Harvin, WR, Minnesota
Round 12
  1. Peat: Ben Tate, RB, Houston
  2. Morace: Torrey Smith, WR, Baltimore
  3. DavisLawrence Tynes, K, New York Giants
  4. Ray: Coby Fleener, TE, Indianapolis
  5. Johnson: Billy Cundiff, K, Baltimore
  6. Arbogast: Isaac Redman, RB, Pittsburgh
  7. Racalto: Roy Helu, RB, Washington
  8. Krummenacker: Stephen Gostkowski, K, New England

Round 13

Randy Moss played for 3 teams in 2010, none in 2011. Will San Francisco be rewarded for giving him a chance? (Credit: Getty Images North America)

  1. Krummenacker: Reggie Wayne, WR, Indianapolis
  2. Racalto: Steelers D/ST, D/ST, Steelers
  3. Arbogast: Randy Moss, WR, San Francisco
  4. Johnson: Anthony Fasano, TE, Miami
  5. Ray: Peyton Hillis, RB, Kansas City
  6. Davis: Kevin Boss, TE, Kansas City
  7. Morace: Brandon Pettigrew, TE, Detroit
  8. Peat: Bears D/ST, D/ST, Chicago
Round 14
  1. Peat: Matt Prater, K, Denver
  2. Morace: Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, Atlanta
  3. DavisDanny Amendola, WR, St. Louis
  4. Ray: Alex Henery, K, Philadelphia
  5. Johnson: Tim Tebow, QB, New York Jets
  6. Arbogast: Santonio Holmes, WR, New York Jets
  7. Racalto: Brent Celek, TE, Philadelphia
  8. Krummenacker: Mark Ingram, RB, New Orleans

    As far as kickers go, David Akers seems as sure a bet as any to be a major fantasy contributor. (Credit: Ezra Shaw, Getty Images)

Round 15

  1. Krummenacker: Denarius Moore, WR, Oakland
  2. Racalto: David Akers, K, San Francisco
  3. Arbogast: Fred Davis, TE, Washington
  4. Johnson: Felix Jones, RB, Dallas
  5. Ray: Donald Jones, WR, Buffalo
  6. Davis: Andy Dalton, QB, Cincinnati
  7. Morace: Rob Bironas, K, Tennessee
  8. Peat: Jake Locker, QB, Tennessee

All in all, it was a pretty solid draft with a couple of more surprising picks. If you’re playing in a league with only 8 teams, expect the talent to be very deep on every team You will also have lots of great options in free agency should your team need it.

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