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Hard to go wrong with Welker in a PPR league
Hard to go wrong with Welker in a PPR league

PPR Bliss

by Geoffrey Stein on August 17 2009
Sponsored by: Football Guys
On Friday, Aug. 8, I participated in Friday Afternoon Draft with Geoff, a weekly draft that Mock Draft Central will host every Friday at 2 pm Eastern until the start of the season. Anyone can join; sign up today, though, as spots are first come, first serve.

The 12-team draft included starting rosters of one QB, TE, K, team defense and Flex (RB, WR or TE), two RBs and three WRs. Ten bench players were also selected.

Scoring included a point-per-reception (PPR), four points for a passing TD, six points for all other scores, one point for every 10 rushing and receiving yards and one point for every 20 passing yards.

Here is the team that I drafted out of the No. 1 spot....

Round 1, Pick 1: RB Adrian Peterson, Vikings -- PPR scoring or not, I`m taking the safest pick at first overall. To me, that is unquestionably Peterson. I`ll pass on the upside of Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew for the security of the Minnesota stud.

Round 2, Pick 12: WR Wes Welker, Patriots -- With 223 receptions over the past two seasons, Welker is a money selection in PPR leagues.

Round 3, Pick 1: WR Roddy White, Falcons -- Hard to think that I`d be able to get White at this position today with his contract issues behind him.

Round 4, Pick 12: TE Jason Witten, Cowboys -- Wasn`t a fan of any QBs, RBs or WRs available, so I decided to grab the No. 1 TE, Witten.

Round 5, Pick 1: WR Anthony Gonzalez, Colts -- There are much worse No. 3 WRs out there than Gonzalez. Love my pass-catching corps of Welker, White, Witten and Gonzalez.

Round 6, Pick 12: RB Felix Jones, Cowboys -- Think this guy is on the verge of something big. I`m more than comfortable with Jones as my No. 2 in a PPR league.

Round 7, Pick 1: QB Donovan McNabb, Eagles -- There are only three sure things in life: death, taxes and the Eagles throwing the football a ton.

Round 8, Pick 12: RB Fred Jackson, Bills -- I believe Jackson has a good amount of value beyond the season`s first three games. He`s a definite option at Flex on the weeks that Buffalo has a favorable matchup.

Round 9, Pick 1: WR Derrick Mason, Ravens -- The veteran wide out is an excellent No. 4 WR and Flex option with 183 catches over the past two seasons, and back-to-back years of 1,000-plus receiving yards.

Round 10, Pick 12: RB Earnest Graham, Buccaneers -- I`m not sure how Tampa`s RB rotation is going to work itself out, but Graham at the end of the 10th-round is well worth the gamble, in my opinion.

Round 11, Pick 1: QB Kyle Orton, Broncos -- Just practicing for my Stinkball league, that`s all.

Round 12, Pick 12: TE Jeremy Shockey, Saints -- Not a lot of downside to this pick with Witten in the fold. The upside, however, is tremendous.

Round 13, Pick 1: RB Laurence Maroney, Patriots -- The good news: Maroney started New England`s preseason opener. The bad news: he ran for 14 yards on six carries.

Round 14, Pick 12: WR Michael Crabtree, 49ers -- He becomes a value at some point. To me, it was at the final pick of the 14th-round.

Round 15, Pick 1: WR Joey Galloway, Patriots -- There are worse picks here than one of Tom Brady`s starting WRs.

Round 16, Pick 12: WR Greg Camarillo, Dolphins -- Looks to be back to full health which means he should be good for some catches.

Round 17, Pick 1: RB James Davis, Browns -- It`s just not a Fantasy Football draft if I don`t draft a Cleveland RB in the double-digit rounds. This time, however, it was Davis, not Jerome Harrison.

Round 18, Pick 12: WR Ronald Curry, Rams -- Maybe he`ll get some catches? Somebody in the St. Louis` WR corps has to, right? Right?

Round 19, Pick 1: DEF Miami Dolphins -- I had to draft a defense.

Round 20, Pick 12: K Jason Hanson, Lions -- I had to draft a kicker.

I normally hate drafting out of the No. 1 slot, but that wouldn`t be the case if more teams turned out looking like this.

The first five selections, in my opinion, turned out perfectly for the format with three No. 1 or No. 2 WRs and the No. 1-rated TE.

RB2 and Flex are a bit worrisome, but I`m confident that two or three of the gambles will turn into legit options.

Overall, I really like this team, and wish that it was more than a mock.

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