Everyone who follows football knows that the quarterback position is the most important. However, in fantasy leagues the depth at that position waters down the value of the elite quarterbacks. Because of that more fantasy leagues are going to super FLEX leagues where you can play a quarterback in a FLEX spot.
Depending on the league’s scoring, playing two quarterbacks every week could be very critical to winning. In leagues with six points per passing touchdown, fantasy owners are almost always better off playing a quarterback in the super FLEX spot over a skill position player.
For this 10 team super FLEX mock draft I drafted 16 rounds with a starting line up of 1 QB, 2 RB, 2 WR, 1 TE, 1 normal FLEX, 1 super FLEX, 1 D/ST and 1 kicker with six bench players. Thanks to the draft position randomizer I ended up in the #3 spot. Any fantasy owner can do their own mock draft thanks to Fantasy Pros.
1.03 (#3 Overall)- Todd Gurley, RB, Rams
When picking early in the first round I tend to lean towards drafting a running back. I can’t be mad landing last year’s fantasy MVP Todd Gurley with my first selection. Gurley averaged 25.6 fantasy points per game last season and during the fantasy playoffs he stepped up big time to an average of 35.7 fantasy points per game. Gurley is currently my RB2 and overall number two player.
2.10 (#18 Overall)- Michael Thomas, WR, Saints
Michael Thomas finished as the WR6 last season and WR7 as a rookie. The number one wide receiver for Drew Brees has always been fantasy friendly. Thomas has 270 targets over the last two season and easily should top 140 targets this season while finishing as a top five wide receiver.
3.03 (#23 Overall)- Davante Adams, WR, Packers
Aaron Rodgers’ number one wide receiver almost always finishes as a WR1. Furthermore, Davante Adams has improved every year he’s been in the league. I have big expectations for Adams, as he has the most receiving touchdowns in the league over the last two seasons. With Jordy Nelson in Oakland, Adams should finally see enough targets to top the 1,000 yard mark this season.
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— numberFire NFL (@numberFire_NFL) June 15, 2018
4.10 (#38 Overall)- Rob Gronkowski, TE, Patriots
Despite all the talk of possibly retiring, Rob Gronkowski will play for the Patriots in 2018. Thanks to the early run on quarterbacks I was about to grab him this late in the draft. When healthy, Gronkowski has been the top fantasy tight end. Since 2014, he has averaged 15.8 fantasy points per game and has 34 touchdowns. With Brandin Cooks now in Los Angeles, Gronkowski is even more clearly Tom Brady’s top receiving option and should score 10 plus touchdowns this season. Gronk is the only tight end I would select with a top 40 selection and easily my TE1.
5.03 (#43 Overall)- Stefon Diggs, WR, Vikings
Last season Stefon Diggs finished tied for the WR12 on a points per game basis and caught touchdowns from both Sam Bradford and Case Keenum. Diggs was tied for the team lead in receiving touchdowns with eight. Currently, Diggs is still looking for a long term contract from the Vikings and that will provide extra motivation entering the 2018 season. With a clear upgrade at quarterback, Diggs should improve off a career year in 2017.
6.10 (#58 Overall)- Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Steelers
After the Steelers week nine bye last season, Ben Roethlisberger averaged 22.7 FPPG and finished as a QB1 six out of the seven weeks. The knock with Roethlisberger has always been his health but he has missed just one game over the last two seasons. The Steelers have the best offensive trio in the league with Le’Veon Bell, Antonio Brown, and JuJu Smith-Schuster. When in a super FLEX league, I tend to grab a high upside quarterback first and Roethlisberger can win you your week single handedly at times.
Ben Roethlisberger struggled early in 2017, but he righted the ship down the stretch. pic.twitter.com/S1xUcsx7Fj
— PFF Fantasy Football (@PFF_Fantasy) June 27, 2018
7.03 (#63 Overall)- Philip Rivers, QB, Chargers
Over the last four seasons, Philip Rivers finished on average as the QB11 with 16.9 fantasy points per game. Rivers has one of the better receiving groups in the league lead by Keenan Allen. Currently Rivers is my QB12 and my favorite quarterback to target in super FLEX leagues because he is undervalued and consistent; both ideal for your second quarterback drafted.
8.10 (#78 Overall)- Derrius Guice, RB, Redskins
The draft day slide for Derrius Guice must have been painful for him, but he landed in a great spot for fantasy owners. The Redskins have struggled to run the ball, but Guice was drafted to be a featured part of the offense. While Chris Thompson will remain the pass catching back, Guice has the upside and motivation to finish the season as a low-end RB1. Over the last three seasons, the Redskins lead running back has averaged 196.3 touches per season and I believe Guice’s floor is 210. Currently he is my RB15.
9.03 (#83 Overall)- Ronald Jones II, RB, Buccaneers
For some odd reason Ronald Jones II isn’t get the fantasy love that he should. Last season, the Buccaneers trio of Peyton Barber, Doug Martin and Jacquizz Rodgers averaged 21.5 touches per game. However, they averaged just 3.9 yards per touch. By comparison Jones had 623 touches and averaged 6.3 yards per touch during his time at USC. Furthermore, the Buccaneers improved their offensive line from last season. Jones has a clear line to the starting role and it’s 21.5 touches per game. Jones is one of my favorite rookie runners and is currently my RB18.
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10.10 (#98 Overall)- Lamar Miller, RB, Texans
D’Onta Foreman is a popular sleeper this year for many people. However, he is likely to start the season on the PUP list and miss the first six games of the season because of his Achilles injury. Last season Lamar Miller finished as the RB16 while averaging 12.1 FPPG. While Foreman may cut into Millers’ work load once he returns, getting a starting running back at the end of the 10th round is a great value.
11.03 (#103 Overall)- Marquise Goodwin, WR, 49ers
During Jimmy Garoppolo’s five starts last season, Marquise Goodwin averaged 8.6 targets per game and 15.1 FPPG while finishing as a WR1 or WR2 three times. The 49ers were very happy with Goodwin’s play in 2017 that they gave him a three year/$19.3 million extension even though he was already under contract for the 2018 season. Goodwin had a career year across the board last season and should be a consistent WR2 for fantasy owners this season.
12.10 (#118 Overall)- Rex Burkhead, RB, Patriots
Much like Lamar Miller, Rex Burkhead is a value this late in the draft given that he is currently the starting running back. First round pick Sony Michel could steal the starting job easily between now and the start of the season; however, last season Burkhead averaged 13 FPPG and finished as the RB15 based on FPPG. Burkhead got 10 or more touches in half his games last season and averaged 18.3 FPPG during those games. Assuming Burkhead has a consistent role in the offense, he has a safe floor as a weekly option in your FLEX spot.
ESPN's Mike Reiss considers RB Rex Burkhead the early favorite for goal-line duties in New England. "Burkhead filled that role at times last year, so he'd be more likely to get the initial nod over [RB Sony] Michel, who had 12 fumbles in college and migh… https://t.co/OElPacct1M
— Fantasy Football (@FantasySmarts) July 2, 2018
13.03 (#123 Overall)- Mitchell Trubisky, QB, Bears
While Mitchell Trubisky did struggle early during his rookie season, he was actually a solid option during the fantasy playoffs. From week 14 to week 16, Trubisky averaged 16.8 FPPG and finished as a QB1 twice. With the off-season additions of Allen Robinson, Trey Burton and Anthony Miller, many — myself included — believe Trubisky is a break out candidate this season. As my third quarterback, I’ll target Trubisky’s upside knowing if he fails I can stream quarterbacks if need be, given that I have two proven guys already on my roster.
14.10 (#138 Overall)- Marqise Lee, WR, Jaguars
With my final wide receiver selection, Marqise Lee offers some upside at a low cost. Last season, Lee finished as a WR1 or WR2 five times in 14 games, more than any other wide receiver on the Jaguars roster. With Allen Robinson in Chicago and Allen Hurns in Dallas, Lee is the team’s top wide receiver. While the Jaguars want to run the ball, play good defense and limit Blake Bortles’ workload, grabbing a team’s number one pass catcher this late in the draft is a good value.
15.03 (#143 Overall)- Chargers D/ST
Quietly the Chargers have built themselves a great NFL and fantasy defense. Last season the Chargers finished as the D/ST5, averaging 9.9 fantasy points per game, then they spent their first four 2018 draft picks on the defensive side of the ball, including first rounder Derwin James. The Chargers were one of only four teams to rank in the top 10 in sacks, interceptions and defensive touchdowns last season. Currently the Chargers are my D/ST3.
— A Football Friend (@AFootballFriend) April 27, 2018
16.10 (#158 Overall)- John Kelly, RB, Rams
Normally I would take a kicker in this spot. However, most kickers are a dime a dozen and are dropped on a weekly basis. Instead, I grabbed Kelly to handcuff Gurley with. While no one on the Rams roster can replace Gurley’s production, Kelly has the best shot to see Gurley’s snaps. While a long shot, Gurley could get hurt in the preseason and this way I already have his handcuff on the roster. When the season starts, I’ll drop Kelly and add a kicker then.
Final Roster Breakdown
Six Running Backs
Five Wide Receivers
One Tight Ends
16 Total Selections
After finishing the mock draft I feel I have a good, balanced team. I have a nice mix of proven players and of players with some upside to them at every position. The quarterback trio of Roethlisberger, Rivers, and Trubisky is an ideal one for a super FLEX league with six points per passing touchdown scoring, as all three quarterbacks have explosive scoring offenses around them. If you are drafting this early in the off-season and the host site allows you to do so, I highly recommend passing on drafting a kicker and grab another upside FLEX player or handcuff. As always, happy hunting fantasy friends!