2 QB Dynasty Mock Rounds: 1-5

As it stands right now, our dynasty league that will be starting next season will be a two QB league. With each team required to start two QB, position scarcity will become much more of an issue and the focus of the draft will shift to locking up someone in the QB position. This draft will be in mock format so I will be drafting each team as if these teams were actually selecting their roster. Since there are 12 teams, the teams will be given a letter as a name. Team A picks 1 in round 1, B picks 2, etc. The starting roster for the league will be 2 QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, 1 TE, and 2 Flex (RB/WR/TE), 1 DST. The remaining 6 rounds of this draft, to get all starters, will be completed in the next week.

 

  1. A- Aaron Rodgers
  2. B- Drew Brees
  3. C- Tom Brady
  4. D- Matthew Stafford
  5. E- Cam Newton
  6. F- Lesean McCoy
  7. G- Arian Foster
  8. H- Ray Rice
  9. I- Calvin Johnson
  10. J- Michael Vick
  11. K- Maurice Jones- Drew
  12. L- Larry Fitzgerald
  13. L- Matt Ryan
  14. K- AJ Green
  15. J- Ryan Mathews
  16. I- Eli Manning
  17. H- Chris Johnson
  18. G- Tony Romo
  19. F- Philip Rivers
  20. E- Rob Gronkowski
  21. D- Marshawn Lynch
  22. C- Jamaal Charles
  23. B- Matt Forte
  24. A- Adrian Peterson
  25. A- Hakeem Nicks
  26. B-Julio Jones
  27. C- Roddy White
  28. D- Greg Jennings
  29. E- Darren McFadden
  30. F- Peyton Manning
  31. G- Matt Schaub
  32. H- Andre Johnson
  33. I- Frank Gore
  34. J- Jimmy Graham
  35. K- Ben Roethlisberger
  36. L- Demarco Murray
  37. L- Steven Jackson
  38. K- Mike Wallace
  39. J- Wes Welker
  40. I- Mark Ingram
  41. H- Josh Freeman
  42. G- Percy Harvin
  43. F- Victor Cruz
  44. E-  Dez Bryant
  45. D- Aaron Hernandez
  46. C- Andy Dalton
  47. B- Ahmad Bradshaw
  48. A- Joe Flacco
  49. A- Reggie Bush
  50. B- Sam Bradford
  51. C- Brandon Marshall
  52. D- Rashard Mendenhall
  53. E- Jay Cutler
  54. F- Vernon Davis
  55. G- Jordy Nelson
  56. H- Ryan Fitzpatrick
  57. I- Christian Ponder
  58. J- Matt Flynn
  59. K- Alex Smith
  60. L- Kenny Britt

So that’s it for the first 5 rounds. Here’s a look at how the teams turned out

  • A- Aaron Rodgers, Adrian Peterson, Hakeem Nicks, Joe Flacco, Reggie Bush
The team with the lucky first pick will almost certainly take Rodgers, like this. With a solid QB the took the risk of AP in round 2. I like the idea but would cover AP with a better, more certain RB2 than Bush if I did it again.
  • B-  Drew Brees, Matt Forte, Julio Jones, Ahmad Bradshaw, Sam Bradford
Went with Brees at the 2, which is almost obvious. Aside from Brees, this team is very young. Julio had an up and down year but he has all the talent in the world. I’d be quite pleased to actually draft this team.
  • C-  Tom Brady, Jamaal Charles, Roddy White, Andy Dalton, Brandon Marshall
Brady is aging, but, in my opinion, is still the obvious pick at three based on QB scarcity. Jamaal is somewhat risky because of a 2011 injury, but I think he’ll recover fine. Not a bad start to a team.
  • D- Matt Stafford, Marshawn Lynch, Greg Jennings, Aaron Hernandez, Rashard Mendenhall
Mendenhall is a risky pick because of a late season injury as is Marshawn. Besides Mendy, this team seems pretty solid. The Pats gave Aaron carries in the playoffs. If that happens next year, he’ll be even better than last season.
  • E- Cam Newton, Rob Gronkowski, Darren McFadden, Dez Bryant, Jay Cutler
This team may be one of the bigger “boom or bust” teams. McFadden could be a top 5 RB easily if he were able to finish a season. Gronkowski will be a solid career player but is unlikely to ever repeat 2011. Dez has mental issues holding back his obvious talent.
  • F- Lesean McCoy, Philip Rivers, Peyton Manning, Victor Cruz, Vernon Davis
Picking Manning was a risk, but a fairly smart one with a solid QB in Rivers. Obviously with Manning you will want to carry a third QB for a while with his uncertain status. Probably a little early on Vernon but that’s the postseason performance hype. Regardless, I feel Davis is certainly a top 8 dynasty TE.
  • G-  Arian Foster, Tony Romo, Matt Schaub, Percy Harvin, Jordy Nelson
This team turned out to be my favorite. Nelson and Harvin both fell and teaming them with, arguably, the best QB duo and a great RB helps.
  • H- Ray Rice, Chris Johnson, Andre Johnson, Josh Freeman, Ryan Fitzpatrick
I decided to make one team wait on QB to see the results.With two good RB and a good WR your other positions would  be okay but Freeman/Fitz is gross. This team can’t rely on a rookie QB pick either as they would have pick 5 in the rookie draft and would likely miss RG3 and Luck.
  • I- Calvin Johnson, Eli Manning, Frank Gore, Mark Ingram Christian Ponder
I don’t care for the way this team turned out. I certainly reached on Ingram but he is young and an injury slowed him down last year. Not a Gore fan so I would be certain to pick up Kendall Hunter in the next few rounds. I do like Ponder as a QB2 but he may be a reach in the top 60. With Megatron and a 4th pick in the rookie draft I would grab a rookie WR to pair with the best WR.
  • J- Michael Vick, Ryan Mathews, Jimmy Graham, Wes Welker, Matt Flynn
Welker fell, too far, to this team in early round 4 so that helps this team. I like Mathews as a young feature back and Graham as a lock for the TE spot for the next few years. Flynn is questionable depending on where he goes, but I like him. Drafting Vick is a risk but he has the ability to score major points.
  • K- Maurice Jones-Drew, AJ Green, Ben Roethlisberger, Mike Wallace, Alex Smith
This team ended up with a top 5 RB and the best WR duo in the draft. Alex Smith will be a suitable QB2 but this team has opportunity to get a rookie QB or Trent Richardson in the draft and be sitting pretty.
  • L- Larry Fitzgerald, Matt Ryan, Demarco Murray, Steven Jackson, Kenny Britt

With the first pick in the rookie draft, this team will have first dibs on Luck or RG3 to pair with Matt Ryan. This team will have two solid RB and a pretty good WR duo going into the season. 12 seems like a pretty good pick to have if you miss out on the first 4 or 5 picks.

2012 Top 60

At this point in the year, what little inkling we have of next season will without a doubt be changed through the NFL off season. As teams hire coaches and, later in the year, change players around, these rankings will certainly be subject to change. This is my, too early, top 60 rankings. In theory this is the order I believe these players should come off the board right now.

  1. Ray Rice
  2. Arian Foster
  3. Aaron Rodgers
  4. Lesean McCoy
  5. Drew Brees
  6. Calvin Johnson
  7. Maurice Jones-Drew
  8. Jamaal Charles- He’s moved up since my positional rankings, I trust him.
  9. Marshawn Lynch
  10. Ryan Mathews
  11. Tom Brady
  12. Chris Johnson
  13. Wes Welker
  14. Larry Fitzgerald
  15. Roddy White
  16. Matt Forte
  17. Darren McFadden
  18. Rob Gronkowski
  19. Michael Vick
  20. Cam Newton
  21. DeMarco Murray
  22. Michael Turner
  23. Jimmy Graham
  24. Matthew Stafford
  25. Adrian Peterson
  26. Hakeem Nicks
  27. Steven Jackson
  28. Greg Jennings
  29. Andre Johnson
  30. Frank Gore
  31. Fred Jackson
  32. Mike Wallace
  33. AJ Green
  34. Victor Cruz
  35. Jordy Nelson
  36. Antonio Gates
  37. Peyton Manning
  38. Reggie Bush
  39. Darren Sproles
  40. Steve Smith
  41. Dwayne Bowe
  42. Jeremy Maclin
  43. Percy Harvin
  44. Matt Ryan
  45. Eli Manning
  46. Tony Romo
  47. Beanie Wells
  48. Dez Bryant
  49. LeGarrette Blount
  50. Michael Bush
  51. Brandon Marshall
  52. Brandon Lloyd
  53. Stevie Johnson
  54. Ahmad Bradshaw
  55. Roy Helu
  56. Cedric Benson
  57. Vincent Jackson
  58. Julio Jones
  59. Marques Colston
  60. Willis McGahee

Dynasy Veterans Draft Early Top 60

Sometime in the summer, we will start our dynasty league. The dynasty, for the inaugural year, will have a veterans draft (20 rounds) followed by a rookie-only draft (2 rounds). Today I am doing a (very) early look at the top 60 (5 rounds) picks,in my opinion, of the veteran draft. First, my logic. In this draft, and with the changing landscape of the NFL, I will probably overvalue a great QB. Guys like Rodgers and Brees will be very valuable in a dynasty when you can circulate more fluid positions like RB and WR through the years. I’ll obviously value younger and less injury prone RB and WR over some solid recent players. These rankings are in an overall format, as opposed to a mock draft format, so I will be listing a top 60 instead of a round by round look at players. I’ll interject periodically to discuss players and groups of players.

  1. Aaron Rodgers- I personally think you’d be crazy to take anyone else here.
  2. Drew Brees
  3. Tom Brady- *I considered going lower with Brady and Brees due to age but to get 5 solid years of them is still better than any other QB in my opinion.
  4. Matthew Stafford- As long as he has Calvin Johnson, yes.
  5. Arian Foster
  6. Lesean McCoy
  7. Ray Rice
  8. Ryan Mathews
  9. Calvin Johnson
  10. Cam Newton
  11. Larry Fitzgerald
  12. Maurice Jones-Drew- So hypothetically this was the end of round one. Like I said in the intro, it is my opinion that there are 5-6 QB who should go in round 1. Ryan Mathews was a big mover, but he is young and is becoming a feature back in SD. If he stays healthy, he has number 1 RB potential. MJD is my biggest question in round 1. He has quite a few carries on those legs, but for the time being he is the 5th best RB.
  13. Chris Johnson
  14. Jamaal Charles
  15. Marshawn Lynch
  16. Mike Wallace
  17. Demarco Murray
  18. Darren McFadden
  19. AJ Green
  20. Victor Cruz
  21. Eli Manning
  22. Michael Vick
  23. Hakeem Nicks
  24. Jimmy Graham- Graham over Gronk was my most noticeable question mark this round. I just think in a dynasty, I want the guy with no competition at his spot. The start of this round 2 group was RB heavy with plenty of high risk/reward guys like CJ and Jamaal. I have trouble ranking Cruz/Nicks but at this time I think it has to be Cruz but both will be top 25 players in my opinion.
  25. Matt Forte
  26. Andre Johnson- Forte and AJ are two injury fears so they fell in these ranks.
  27. Rob Gronkowski
  28. Greg Jennings
  29. Wes Welker
  30. Matt Ryan
  31. Tony Romo
  32. Phillip Rivers
  33. Brandon Marshall
  34. Michael Turner
  35. Reggie Bush
  36. Jordy Nelson- these next 12 guys were injured/aged guys and QB. At this point there are  QB off the board and in my opinion these are the least questionable guys. If these guys are gone, I would wait.
  37. Roddy White
  38. Steve Smith
  39. Julio Jones
  40. Adrian Peterson
  41. Dwayne Bowe
  42. Vincent Jackson
  43. Dez Bryant
  44. Antonio Gates
  45. Beanie Wells
  46. Steven Jackson
  47. LeGarrette Blount
  48. Jeremy Maclin- Adrain Peterson will probably be the hardest to rank player next year, but I’ll be conservative here. Too conservative I imagine, but I think that type of injury has more implications than missed time. Roddy ahead of Julio based on targets, but it is close because Julio has the huge play ability. Either way it bodes well for Matt Ryan. Bowe has proven he can be a top 10 guy when Cassel is healthy but his inconsistency dropped him here. Not a fan of any of the Wells/S Jax/Blount trio, but for the most part they get their carries.
  49. Percy Harvin
  50. Stevie Johnson
  51. Roy Helu
  52. Ben Roethlisberger
  53. Aaron Hernandez
  54. Jason Witten
  55. Kenny Britt
  56. Michael Crabtree
  57. Frank Gore
  58. Fred Jackson
  59. Cedric Benson
  60. Denarius Moore- Moore is personal bias at the end of round 5. Big Ben was the 11th QB so if you were a guy who missed him, you can wait late and try to get Andrew Luck. There was plenty of high upside WR in this round with Stevie, Harvin, Britt, and Crabtree. With the pass heavy league, QB and WR will benefit with the most depth.

Needless to say, the entire veteran draft will be interesting as no owner has dynasty experience. You will have to get your first two round picks in mind and wing it. Personally, the first pick is the most desirable pick. You can get Rodgers and a solid RB/WR duo. This league will be depth heavy but have a fairly normal starting lineup, with an extra flex spot, so after locking up a QB it will be about how you handle your draft. These ranks are ridiculously early, so I will be updating them after the draft in April and again before the preseason.