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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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Texans fall to 1-6. Photo by Getty Images

Don't you worry, son. It will all be over soon.

- Teddy KGB, Rounders

The Texans horrible season continued on Sunday when they were soundly beaten by the Green Bay Packers. The Texans got some garbage points to make the score look better late, but they were never in this. They could not run the football, and even though he had a receiving score, maybe it's time the David Johnson experiment ended. Aaron Rodgers ate their souls with four touchdown passes and the Texans fell to 1-6. Five thoughts on the game:

1) First impressions? Not so much. For the seventh time this season, the Texans failed to score on their opening drive. They had ONE touchdown last season on their opening drive, week 17 against the Titans. While Bill O'Brien still gets a lot of that blame, Tim Kelly is now 0 for 3 as an OC. Whoever takes over next season has to fix this. Especially against good teams, the Texans simply can't afford to get down early. They were down 21-0 at the half and never had a real chance.

2) There is good news! Hopefully this lets the team know that there is no chance of anything this season. With the trade deadline looming, any veteran not named Watson or Tunsil should be available for draft picks. It remains unlikely they will do anything, but they have some pieces that might bring a return. Hopefully they no longer think the season can be salvaged.

3) They really aren't close against good teams. The little things continue to be a problem. Key penalties to hurt drives; untimely failures on third down. The offense has to do a better job staying on the field, because the defense just is not good enough to stop solid offenses. Things got worse when their best corner, Bradley Roby went out with injury. Overall, the Packers were better on both sides of the ball, and they made the Texans look bad throughout. The Texans needed some breaks to go their way in order to be competitive, like what happened last week against Tennessee. That didn't happen, and they were never in the game.

4) They won special teams! They blocked a punt in the fourth quarter that helped make the final score a little closer. They also blocked a kick last week. Other than their overpaid kicker (who missed a field goal), the special teams have been solid. Their punter might be the best player at his job on the entire team. So there's that. A positive, right?

5) The future? Meh. The Texans get the Jaguars, Browns and Patriots next, so they should have a chance at some wins, but they could also lose to all three of those teams. And with no high draft pick reward at the end of the year, there is little left to play or root for in this season.

With nine games left, you would like to think there was something left to care about. But if it isn't over yet, it's as Teddy said: It will all be over soon.

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