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PPR Mock Draft Analysis

Thursday, August 12, 2010

The following industry draft took place throughout the month of July (and when I say "throughout," I mean it -- it was done over email) for a league that will not be played out. The scoring format is points per reception, and quarterbacks are awarded four points per passing touchdown. All other TDs are worth six points. It's a 12-teamer with 18 rounds (216 picks), so we had to show our depth of player knowledge in the latter portion of the draft.

Editor's Note: Get updated player projections in the 2010 Rotoworld Draft Guide.

I received the second overall pick. Here's how it went down:

Round One

1.1. Vikings RB Adrian Peterson
1.2. Rotoworld - Titans RB Chris Johnson
1.3. Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew
1.4. Ravens RB Ray Rice
1.5. 49ers RB Frank Gore
1.6. Texans WR Andre Johnson
1.7. Patriots WR Randy Moss
1.8. Falcons RB Michael Turner
1.9. Rams RB Steven Jackson
1.10. Colts WR Reggie Wayne
1.11. Packers QB Aaron Rodgers
1.12. Steelers RB Rashard Mendenhall

Comments: The top five is the same in every draft, regardless of format. ... It's not surprising that three receivers went in round one of a PPR draft, but just one of the three selected here rank in our PPR top three. It's disappointing to see Larry Fitzgerald continue to be undervalued. Unless you're the guy getting him in the second round. ... With rookie Jonathan Dwyer showing nothing in camp, Mendenhall is gaining steam. Capable of flirting with 400 touches, Rocket Rashard is a rock-solid first-round pick.

Round Two

2.1. Cowboys WR Miles Austin
2.2. Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald
2.3. Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams
2.4. Lions WR Calvin Johnson
2.5. Falcons WR Roddy White
2.6. Packers WR Greg Jennings
2.7. Saints WR Drew Brees
2.8. Chiefs RB Jammal Charles
2.9. Dolphins WR Brandon Marshall
2.10. Colts QB Peyton Manning
2.11. Rotoworld - Saints RB Pierre Thomas
2.12. Chargers RB Ryan Mathews

Comments: No major surprises in this round. Austin comes closest, but he's in our top-five PPR wide receivers, so I can't argue. Dez Bryant's anticipated slow start due to a high ankle sprain works in Austin's favor. ... I was hoping for Jennings or Marshall, but had to opt for "RB-RB" despite the PPR scoring. Pierre Thomas has plenty of upside for a late second-round pick. Make no mistake: Lynell Hamilton's season-ending ACL tear significantly increases Thomas' touchdown potential. Undrafted backs P.J. Hill and Christopher Ivory are practice squad material at best. Ivory couldn't even start at Washington State, leaving the D-I college in 2009 for D-II Tiffin with four career rushing scores in three seasons.

Round Three

3.1. Saints WR Marques Colston
3.2. Rotoworld - Vikings WR Sidney Rice
3.3. Eagles WR DeSean Jackson
3.4. Giants WR Steve Smith
3.5. Cardinals RB Chris Wells
3.6. Packers RB Ryan Grant
3.7. Broncos RB Knowshon Moreno
3.8. Eagles RB LeSean McCoy
3.9. Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart
3.10. Ravens WR Anquan Boldin
3.11. Jets RB Shonn Greene
3.12. Cowboys QB Tony Romo

Comments: I wasn't as concerned with Rice's hip injury in early July as I am now. I still think he's worth a fifth- or sixth-round pick, but would've went with Jackson or Steve Smith of the Panthers if I could redo it. ... I'm still not bullish on McCoy's talent, and certainly would've drafted Stewart, Moreno, and even Jahvid Best over him. The PPR factor does make McCoy a safer bet.

Round Four

4.1. Bengals RB Cedric Benson
4.2. Bears RB Matt Forte
4.3. Texans QB Matt Schaub
4.4. Panthers WR Steve Smith
4.5. Patriots WR Wes Welker
4.6. Lions RB Jahvid Best
4.7. Colts TE Dallas Clark
4.8. 49ers WR Michael Crabtree
4.9. Patriots QB Tom Brady
4.10. Colts RB Joseph Addai
4.11. Rotoworld - Cowboys RB Felix Jones
4.12. Jaguars WR Mike Sims-Walker

Comments: Benson, unsurprisingly, only received two carries in the Hall of Fame game, but it was hard not to be impressed with his flashes of and power and quick cuts in the small sample size. He went too early here with the PPR scoring, but it was promising to see Benson run well after his late-season hip injury last year. ... Welker's ADP is deservedly on the rise. He's continued to surge up our rankings. ... Chris Wesseling's concerns about Felix Jones are warranted, but my pick came down to Jones versus Dwayne Bowe. I thought I had a better chance of snagging Bowe in the fifth, and ...

Round Five

5.1. Chargers TE Antonio Gates
5.2. Rotoworld - Chiefs WR Dwayne Bowe
5.3. Bengals WR Chad Ochocinco
5.4. 49ers TE Vernon Davis
5.5. Giants WR Hakeem Nicks
5.6. Dolphins RB Ronnie Brown
5.7. Chargers QB Philip Rivers
5.8. Saints WR Robert Meachem
5.9. Steelers WR Hines Ward
5.10. Seahawks RB Justin Forsett
5.11. Vikings WR Percy Harvin
5.12. Packers TE Jermichael Finley

Comments: ... I got him. To me, Bowe stands out as the best value of round five. ... Of course, there were a lot of questionable picks here. Nicks is a tremendous talent, but probably won't top 75 receptions. ... Rivers is relying on a rare sixth-year breakout from Malcom Floyd and a makeshift left tackle (Brandyn Dombrowksi). Let someone else draft him. ... Meachem (toe) still hasn't practiced in training camp, and continues to lose ground to Devery Henderson. He just isn't good value in the fifth. ... Wesseling summed up Forsett's 2010 outlook nicely in this column.

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Evan Silva is a senior football editor for Rotoworld.com. He can be found on Twitter .
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