With the bye weeks now in the rear-view mirror, depth is not a huge priority. Owners should be focusing less on their fringe players, and more on the front-line guys. The studs are the ones that win over the next few weeks and in the fantasy playoffs.
But who are the studs? We decided to hold a mini four-man mock draft Tuesday to find out.
The parameters for this draft were simple: If we were drafting today just for Weeks 11 through 16, who would you take?
It's non-PPR, and we each had to fill out the following roster spots: QB, RB, RB, WR, WR, FLEX. Due to some poor planning on my part, we did not do a snake draft. So Chris Wesseling got screwed royally by drawing the fourth spot, and Gregg Rosenthal in the three hole got the shaft to a slightly smaller degree.If you wish to see more "going forward" thinking like this, check out the Season Pass.
Chris ranks the top-200 players in there every Wednesday. It's essentially a one-man draft with the same parameters as this, except he doesn't have to fill out a roster.
Anyway, on to the results
:1. CHRIS JOHNSON:
Johnson doesn't have another run defense ranked better than 15th on the schedule until Week 16, when he squares off with the 13th-ranked Chiefs. Randy Moss
is already helping. (Evan Silva)2. ARIAN FOSTER: Adrian Peterson
's reliability is tempting here, but with Tarvaris Jackson
likely taking over soon, Foster is the better bet for touchdowns. (Adam Levitan)3. ADRIAN PETERSON:
When I saw we were doing this, I knew who the first three picks would be. So I'm glad I don't have the fourth pick. Peterson will top 2,000 yards from scrimmage for first time. (Gregg Rosenthal)4. MICHAEL VICK:
It's a toss-up between Vick and Frank Gore
after a no-brainer top three picks. I want the chance at difference-making transcendence that Vick offers while playing the best he ever has with the most explosive weaponry he's ever enjoyed. (Chris Wesseling) 5. DARREN MCFADDEN:
McFadden has already shown that he is matchup-proof, and following a relatively tough three-game stretch to close out the fantasy regular season, he doesn't face a run defense ranked higher than 21st before Week 17. (ES)6. RODDY WHITE:
Roddy will play five of his next six games either in a dome or in good weather. He does not get injured and can not be stopped by double teams. The most reliable of the stud receivers. (AL)7. FRANK GORE:
Like I'm going to wait any longer to take the Inconvenient Truth when he's slated for his second 2,000-yard (from scrimmage) season. Plus he has the Bucs and three NFC West games left. (GR)8. MAURICE JONES-DREW:
Looks like I'm getting the short end of the stick again, but I'll take Maurice Jones-Drew
and his ideal fantasy playoff schedule (vs. OAK, @IND, vs. WAS). His uptick in yards per carry over the past few weeks is another point in his favor. (CW)9. PHILIP RIVERS:
Rivers is on pace to shatter the single-season passing yards record yet his arrow is still pointing up. Vincent Jackson
is fresh, Malcom Floyd
(hamstring) has resumed practicing, Antonio Gates used the Week 10 bye to rest his feet and The Seyi Hey Kid has emerged as a viable deep threat in the league's top passing attack. (ES)10. CALVIN JOHNSON: Shaun Hill
knows where his bread is buttered. He targeted Megatron 14 times on Sunday, a number that will remain constant down the stretch. The Lions have three dome games and three warm-weather road games left. (AL)11. ANDRE JOHNSON:
Screw the matchups. It's Andre (freaking) Johnson. (GR)12. JAMAAL CHARLES: Thomas Jones
is falling to pieces, as expected, and Charles just keeps plugging away as the most effective per-play back in the NFL. I expect his role to grow and his TDs to increase while playing out a soft schedule the rest of the way. (CW)
Keep reading for the final 12 picks of this mini mock.