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Fantasy football: Mock my Mock — 3rd edition

Getting a top 10 RB and top 10 WR with your first two picks is the way to go. Photo by New Orleans Saints/Facebook

The fantasy season is almost upon us and that also means you are reading the last edition of Mock my mock for 2018. For those that are unfamiliar with this article, each week I have drafted from a different draft slot to help illustrate how different a fantasy team will be based purely on which draft pick you have. I have done this exercise from the #7 spot and the #2 spot based on a twelve team league. This week I drafted at the turn, pick no. 12.

The key to drafting in this spot is having an idea about which players will make it back to you in the following rounds. I’ve tried going RB-RB and WR-WR in other mocks, and I feel like I’m chasing RB or WR the rest of the draft, so I advise taking one of each. I started this draft taking Chargers RB Melvin Gordon, and then followed that with Saints WR Michael Thomas. I have participated in a few mock drafts where Odell Beckham made it to me, and if that happens to you, don’t hesitate to draft him.

Next, I have a long wait before I get to pick again but when it’s finally my turn, I take Raiders WR Amari Cooper and Dolphins RB Kenyon Drake. I’m not too worried about Frank Gore stealing touches from Drake, and Cooper could be poised for a bounce-back year. Tyreek Hill got taken right before I picked, and that would have been my selection if he was available. For me, waiting on QB when you’re drafting in the #12 spot is the way to go. In general waiting on QB is a good idea this year. The position has never been deeper.

In the middle rounds, I focused on adding RB depth, and I did just that with my next couple picks. I selected Pats RB Rex Burkhead and Lions rookie RB Kerryon Johnson. If I had this mock draft to do over again, Greg Olsen would have been one of my picks here.

In round 7 I took Sammy Watkins and then followed that with Redskins TE Jordan Reed. I love Reed’s talent but he’s always hurt. I think this team would be better with Olsen at TE, and I could have grabbed more RB depth a little later.

I finished the draft by grabbing more depth at RB and WR.  I was able to get Kenny Stills in the 9th round, and I think he’s the No.1 WR in Miami. DeVante Parker’s family has my condolences because he’s officially dead to me.

I finally got my QB in the 11th round and I was very pleased to come away with Falcons QB Matt Ryan. I think he’ll have a nice season in year 2 of Steve Sarkisian’s offense. The important thing to take away from this exercise is how your first 4 picks turn out and how you handle QB and TE. You can wait forever on QB, but you better take a TE in the first 5 or 6 rounds unless you’re okay with streaming TEs. Let’s face it, David Njoku and Jordan Reed have a lot of uncertainty surrounding them. One guy’s never done anything, and the other seems to leave the game every time he gets tackled.

This is my final edition of Mock my mock and all my mock drafts have been on ESPN, just so you know the ADP I’m working with. Be sure to check out my new show MoneyLine with Jerry Bo on ESPN 97.5. We’re on every Sunday from 10-noon, and we’ll talk a lot about fantasy football and NFL gambling. Our goal is to get you ready for your draft, and to help with Start/Sit questions when the regular season begins. Also, be sure to follow us on Twitter. If you missed last week's article drafting from the #7 spot, you can check it out here. You can also check out my first edition of Mock my Mock where I drafted from the #2 spot here.

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Houston is falling down the rankings

Tigers pound Odorizzi, Astros with homers as Houston drops fourth in a row

The Astros have not looked great in their last four games. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images

After watching their hot start of 6-1 cool down to a 6-4 record with three straight losses, the Astros returned to Minute Maid Park on Tuesday night, looking to do a better job at home against a beatable Tigers team.

Recent games' woes would continue, though, with Houston's pitching getting blasted by the opposing offense and their own bats primarily quiet.

Final Score: Tigers 8, Astros 2

Astros' Record: 6-5, tied for second in AL West

Winning Pitcher: Matthew Boyd (2-1)

Losing Pitcher: Jake Odorizzi (0-1)

Astros score first, then Tigers unload on Odorizzi

Houston looked to have something brewing in the bottom of the second, with three singles in the first four batters of the inning, the third an RBI-single by Myles Straw to put the Astros in front 1-0. However, Matthew Boyd would limit the damage, getting back-to-back strikeouts to end the threat.

After two easy innings for Jake Odorizzi in his regular-season debut for his new team, he would allow a game-tying solo homer to Akil Baddoo, his fourth of the year, in the top of the third. Detroit struck again in the top of the fourth, getting a leadoff double to set up a two-run go-ahead home run to jump ahead 3-1.

They didn't stop there, getting another two-run bomb later in the same inning; a frame that would take Odorizzi 31 pitches to get only one out before Houston would bring in Bryan Abreu to get the last two outs. Odorizzi's final line in his debut: 3.1 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, 3 HR, 0 BB, 4 K, 80 P.


Detroit continues home run parade, Houston loses fourth in a row

Abreu would hope to do what Luis Garcia did the night before, eat up as many innings as possible after a poor outing from Houston's starter. The Tigers would get yet another two-run homer, though, in the top of the fifth, extending their lead to 7-1, with all seven runs coming over a three-inning span. For good measure, they'd knock one more out with two outs in the top of the ninth, making it 8-1.

As far as Houston at the plate, other than their string of hits to bring in a run earlier in the second, they were getting nothing done against Boyd, who would go six and two-thirds innings. Detroit's bullpen would finish things off, despite an all-too-late sac fly by the Astros in the bottom of the ninth, with Houston dropping their fourth-straight game and continuing to lose ground in the division.

Up Next: The finale of this three-game set with Detroit will be an hour earlier on Wednesday, getting underway at 6:10 PM Central. Lance McCullers Jr. (1-0, 1.80 ERA) will try to maintain his perfect record and improve upon his two five-inning one-run starts for the Astros, going opposite of Michael Fulmer (0-0, 2.57 ERA) for the Tigers.

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