Perfect Draft Series: Drafting 7th in a 10 Team League
Perfection is a word, merely an idea construed by man, and not a tangible item. When one accepts that the world and everything in it cannot be viewed as a singularity, and instead everything is viewed from a seemingly infinite number of subjective points of view, the only conclusion is that perfection can never be attained as each individual perceives perfection in a different way.
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A perfect series of events both large and small, all of which began billions of years ago, has led me to you and we meet here now to discuss this 10-team, PPR mock draft. I have the seventh pick in this draft and that's an interesting spot when considering the first round. "The Big 3" as they are being referred to this year (Arian Foster, Ray Rice and LeSean McCoy) should be long gone. Aaron Rodgers and Calvin Johnson will likely be off the board as well. This leaves some interesting choices when considering your first choice from the seventh slot.
Starters: 1 QB / 2 RB / 2 WR / 1 TE / 1 K / 1 D
Roster rules: No more than two QBs, five RBs, five WRs, two TEs, two Ks and two Ds.
Drafting a quarterback in the first round is becoming more commonplace since, as you may have heard, the game is making it easier on quarterbacks to score points. Now if you can grab Brady, Drew Brees or even Aaron Rodgers in the second half of the first round, you'll hear no arguments from me. The former sixth-round pick out of Michigan will go down as one of the most prolific quarterbacks in NFL history. He might not throw 50 TD passes like he did in 2007, but he's coming off his second-best season statistically and shows no signs of slowing down.
Gronkowski after Brady is a ballsy play, but what the QB-TE strategy does allow you to do is hold off on drafting backups at these two positions for at least 7 or 8 more rounds. This then allows you stockpile running backs and wide receivers (the real meat and potatoes of your team) without having to worry about when is the right or wrong time to dip back into either position.
I'll admit that taking your first running back in the third round flies in the face of everything we've come to understand about fantasy football. The position is thin as ever and there are risks with almost every selection. With that in mind, Sproles can and will produce consistently. Since he relies so heavily on yardage and receptions instead of touchdowns for his points, I'll be getting what I want out of my RB1 spot: reliability.