2021 Way Too Early Redraft Mock
#CastleBlack Hyper Early Mock
Pick 8 in a 12 Team PPR Mock
I chose pick 8 with the specific strategy of taking Travis Kelce with my first pick and seeing how the rest of the team came together. Kelce was such a championship winning asset last year that he clearly warrants a first round selection. I and most likely everyone drafting is going to have to choose between Kelce and either your #1 or 2 overall WR in the back half of round 1. I could have went Adams or Hill (my personal top 2 WRs) but I went Kelce due to the dominance at the position. You can pass on Kelce and spend a late 2nd on Kittle and pray he can give you a full season. You can spend a mid to late 3rd on Waller but I would rather have Kelce and see what WRs I can pair him with.
1.08 Travis Kelce
2.05 Stefon Diggs
Diggs most likely won’t duplicate his monster 2021 but I am thrilled to have him as my WR1 to go with Kelce. Diggs showed brilliant chemistry with Josh Allen and is right in the prime of his career. No brainer pick here with the top available RBs not really getting me excited.
3.08 David Montgomery
Monty is also unlikely to put up a stat line like 2020 next season but he showed that he has the skill set and stamina to be on the back end RB1 spectrum even when he loses some work to Cohen. Not my ideal RB1 but after getting the TE1 and WR3 from 2020 with my first picks I will take DM here all day.
4.05 Amari Cooper
Was hoping another RB I liked fell to me here but Cooper was my best available by a wide margin here. Cooper was fantastic with Dak Prescott early last year and in the first half of 2019 before nagging injuries slowed him down. Coop is almost a lock for top 15 with top 5 potential if He and Dak can play 15-16 games.
5.08 Dak Prescott
This is earlier than I would normally take a QB but this is a mock and there was a bit of a run on the position. There are about 7-8 QBs I view as actual fantasy game changers and Dak is one of them. His pace for last season was insane as in a 6,000 yard campaign. I don’t expect 6k but Dallas will no doubt be a high scoring offense again.
6.05 Kareem Hunt
I expect Hunt to regress from last season with a healthy Nick Chubb but he showed he is a solid RB2 with RB1 upside. Considering I locked up Kelce Diggs Montgomery Cooper and Dak already, Hunt was a pleasant surprise here. Likely to average 12-15 PPR points and he is one of the more durable backs in the league, I considered this pick a big win for round 6.
Chase Claypool Robby Anderson Nyheim Hines
Claypool showed monster potential last year and with Juju likely on the way out he should be an almost every down player. Anderson put up a real solid PPR floor last season and hit 1,000 yards for the first time. He is likely to catch more than 3 TDs as well. Hines is going to be an annoyance to Johnathan Taylor managers and because of his pass catching skills and the coaching staff’s trust in his pass protection, he is likely to be a top 25-30 rb even if Taylor is healthy all year.
Cole Beasley Curtis Samuel JD McKissic
For the double digit rounds these are 3 nice options. Beasley had over 960 yards last year and is likely to get there again in that offense. Samuel could land in a great role via free agency and McKissic remains under contract with Washington and is coming off an 80 catch season.
Final 3 Rounds
Jamaal Williams Justin Tucker Rams D/ST
There is a not too far off world where Jamaal Williams end up being the highest scoring Green Bay RB or at the very least a competent PPR back complimenting Dillon or a returning Aaron Jones in 2021. For my last skill player taken I was thrilled to get him. Kicker and D/ST are kind of being phased out of fantasy these days but if you need to play them, Justin Tucker and the Rams D are fine options.
Overall I like this team and this exercise showed me that taking Kelce is not going to hamstring your overall roster.