Mock Draft Monday – Rounds 5-8

As discussed in my previous post, every Monday between now and the beginning of the NFL season. I will also be giving my analysis of the draft and what I am learning from my picks. So let’s get to it.

Round 5 – Travis Kelce – TE – Kansas City

By this point in the draft I have 3 wide receivers and one running back. I felt this was the best time to lock down a Top 5 tight end. The tight end is the kind of player that can turn a whole league in your favor. Having a Top 5 tight end is a great advantage. A prolific scoring tight end is an unicorn. In order to win a league, you require a Top 5 tight end. I have spent the last two years of fantasy football messing around with mid-level tight ends and all the frustrations that come with them. This year, my plan is to grab a Top 5 tight end early to make sure I am set up for victory.

That is where Travis Kelce comes in. Arguably he is #2 or #3 in the tight end ranks. He can turn the league in my favor. He has the speed of a wide receiver with the size and difficulty to tackle of a tight end. As long as he is injury free, he destined for high targets and lots of end zone looks.

Round 6 – Greg Olson – TE – Carolina

Greg Olson is arguably the #2 or #3 tight end in the NFL. By grabbing Travis Kelce in Round 5 and Olson in Round 6, I have given myself some options in the my flex position. I have taken an equalizer off the board from other teams. I can also use the Olson or Kelce as trade bait. If I fail to snag a satisfactory running back in later rounds, I can use Kelce or Olson to get a better back from someone who cannot draft a satisfactory tight end.

Round 7 – Carlos Hyde – RB – San Francisco

At this point in the draft, I was looking for another running back. Carlos Hyde was the best back still on the board. With Kyle Shanahan coaching the 49ers and Brian Hoyer being the starting quaterback, I believe that Hyde is in for a heavy carry season. The big issue is whether he can stay healthy. He also does a decent job catching the ball.

Round 8 – Matthew Stafford – QB – Detroit

This is the point in the draft when the run on quarterbacks began. I chose Matthew Stafford because he is durable and you know what you are going to get with him. He is constantly improving under the Jim Bob Cooter offense. He got better lineman and he puts up fantasy points. Maybe if I had gone a round or two early, I could have gotten a Brees, Brady or Rodgers. However with Stafford, I have three top 15 receivers and two Top 5 tight ends. I have a team that I can make the playoffs with this team.

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