NFL fantasy football: Mock draft strategies

NFL.com held it's first experts league mock draft of the year on Monday, May 20th. The standard scoring league consists of NFL Fantasy LIVE members Dave Dameshek, Elliot Harrison, Michael Fabiano, Akbar Gbajabiamila, Jaime Maggio, Adam Rank, Matt "Money" Smith and Jason Smith. Also in the league are NFL.com fantasy editor Marcas Grant and NFL.com features editor Alex Gelhar. Each owner was required to put together a lineup of one quarterback, two running backs, two wide receivers, one flex (RB/WR/TE), one tight end, one kicker and one defense/special teams unit.

Note: To view the entire 15-round mock draft, click here.

My strategy was the same as everyone else's ... draft the strongest team possible! I had the fifth pick, and being in the middle of the pack definitely has its pros and cons. With that pick I took Ray Rice, which would be a solid first round pick for anyone, but with the departure of Anquan Boldin, I feel there will be even more emphasis on the run game in Baltimore.

Did your draft strategy work?

It's called a mock draft. I'm just warming up!

What was your favorite pick(s)?

I got Aaron Rodgers in the third round. THE THIRD ROUND. Last season, he threw for 4,295 yards and 39 touchdowns. Enough said. Suckas!!

What pick(s) do you most regret?

This was by far the quickest moving draft I have ever participated in. While I was doing my "discount double check" dance around the office I was bamboozled by autodraft, which selected Ryan Mathews in the seventh round. Have you seen his injury reports throughout his pro career? I'm pretty sure he twisted his ankle as he was walking to my bench.

Who drafted the best fantasy team?

You're never going to win if you don't have confidence so ... I drafted the best team! Alas, this is just a mock draft. They say if you love someone you have to set them free. But there is no way Aaron Rodgers is going to be available in the third round again.

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