Fantasy draft auto-tuned
This is what can happen to you if you miss your draft
By: Corby Yarbrough | 4/5/11, 12:42 PM EDT
If the NFL is going to lockout its players then it is locking out its fantasy players as well. So we at Athlon Sports took that to heart for this April's mock fantasy draft.
Want to know what it will look like if John Connor was right and Skynet takes over? Well this is it in mock draft form. We simply let the computer do the drafting for us.
The only parameters that were given were what positions we wanted in the first two rounds and what round we wanted our tight end selected in. We also had the computer draft a backup quarterback for us. From there, the computer went right down the line of our top 275 board and produced a 12-team, 16-round draft that not many of us are proud of.
This, folks, is what a fantasy draft lockout looks like. This is the future when computers take over. Of course this was originally done to show you what could happen if you ever get stuck in an auto draft league and let the computer do the work you should have been doing.
So enjoy — or cringe.
The highs and lows for the 12 teams "participating" in the Athlon Sports April Mock Auto Draft.
No. 1 slot: Matt Taliaferro (RB, RB)
Highs — Arian Foster, Jonathan Stewart in the first two rounds.
Lows — Having six straight receivers drafted from Rounds 3-8 and no QB until Sanchez in the 13th.
No. 2 slot: Mitch Light (RB, WR)
Highs — Adrian Peterson, Calvin Johnson, Greg Jennings in the first three rounds.
Lows — Considering it was an auto draft, none really.
No. 3 slot: Tim Clark (RB, RB)
Highs — Reggie Wayne, Jason Witten and Jeremy Maclin from rounds 3-5.
Lows — Blount as a second rounder was a result of pre-determining he wanted RB, RB to start the draft.
No. 4 slot: Charlie Miller (RB, QB)
Highs — Pretty solid first seven rounds despite having two QBs selected in a span of three rounds (a mandatory backup QB bit him there).
Lows — Had six RBs selected for him between rounds 7-15.
No. 5 slot: Rob Doster (RB, QB)
Highs — Chris Johnson, Michael Vick and Dwayne Bowe is a stellar start at the fifth spot.
Lows — The auto pick got him good with a roster full of RBs — seven of them, including five in seven picks.
No. 6 slot: Mark Malone (QB, WR)
Highs — Actually resembles a real draft with Aaron Rodgers, Matt Forte, Larry Fitzgerald, Vernon Davis, Santonio Holmes and Anquan Boldin as his first six picks.
Lows — Ended up with a string of RBBCs — five of them between rounds 7-13
No. 7 slot: Victor Drazen (RB, RB)
Highs — Held out for QB and TE and wound up with Jay Cutler and Owen Daniels in the ninth and 10th rounds — great value in this auto setup.
Lows — Have RBs will travel. The auto draft loaded him up with six RBs in his first eight rounds.
No. 8 slot: Patrick Snow (RB, QB)
Highs — The all-potential team came after his first two picks of Rashard Mendenhall and Philip Rivers. They included Mike Williams (Tampa), Vincent Jackson, Shonn Greene, Josh Freeman, Mark Ingram and Chris Cooley.
Lows — With the ninth pick in an auto draft it's hard to find where the computer might have screwed him on this one.
No. 9 slot: Steven Lassan (RB, QB)
Highs — MJD and Peyton Manning are not a bad way to start a draft.
Lows — Seven of the first 13 picks were RBs and six of them are questionable in regards to carrying a fantasy team.
No. 10 slot: Braden Gall (RB, RB)
Highs — Another spot that seemed to turn into more of a traditional draft with LeSean McCoy and Steven Jackson as his first two picks.
Lows — Hard to find any (outside of maybe being saddled with RBs for his first three picks) considering it's auto draft.
No. 11 slot: Corby Yarbrough (QB, RB)
Highs — Starts strong with Tom Brady and Darren McFadden and then Antonio Gates in the fourth.
Lows — Falls off the rails after the seventh round and pretty much until Akers is selected last.
No. 12 slot: Nathan Rush (QB, WR)
Highs — Drew Brees, Andre Johnson, Dez Bryant to begin a draft selecting in the last spot is phenomenal.
Lows — However, just as it was with the No. 1 overall slot, Rush is saddled with nine receivers and just TWO running backs between rounds 2-14.
|1 — MATT TALIAFERRO||2 — MITCH LIGHT||3 — TIM CLARK|
|Arian Foster, RB, HOU||Adrian Peterson, RB, MIN||Jamaal Charles, RB, KC|
|Jonathan Stewart, RB, CAR||Calvin Johnson, WR, DET||LeGarrette Blount, RB, TB|
|Hakeem Nicks, WR, NYG||Greg Jennings, WR, GB||Regie Wayne, WR, IND|
|Kenny Britt, WR, TEN||Tony Romo, QB, DAL||Jason Witten, TE, DAL|
|Wes Welker, WR, NE||Dallas Clark, TE, IND||Jeremy Maclin, WR, PHI|
|Sidney Rice, WR, MIN||Pierre Garcon, WR, IND||Percy Harvin, WR, MIN|
|Johnny Knox, WR, CHI||Marshawn Lynch, RB, SEA||Felix Jones, RB, DAL|
|Steve Smith, WR, NYG||Hines Ward, WR, PIT||Derrick Mason, WR, BAL|
|Zach Miller, TE, OAK||Malcom Floyd, WR, SD||Mike Williams, WR, SEA|
|Rashad Jennings, RB, JAC||Tashard Choice, RB, DAL||Matthew Stafford, QB, DET|
|Donald Brown, RB, IND||Pierre Thomas, RB, NO||Justin Forsett, RB, SEA|
|Maurice Morris, RB, DET||Nate Burleson, WR, DET||Steve Breaston, WR, ARI|
|Mark Sanchez, QB, NYJ||David Garrard, QB, JAC||Chester Taylor, RB, CHI|
|Kyle Orton, QB, DEN||Jerricho Cotchery, WR, NYJ||Anthony Dixon, RB, SF|
|Pittsburgh D/ST||Green Bay D/ST||New England D/ST|
|Nick Folk, K, NYJ||Dan Carpenter, K, MIA||Josh Brown, K, STL|
|4 — CHARLIE MILLER||5 — ROB DOSTER||6 — MARK MALONE|
|Ray Rice, RB, BAL||Chris Johnson, RB, TEN||Aaron Rodgers, QB, GB|
|Matt Ryan, QB, ATL||Michael Vick, QB, PHI||Matt Forte, RB, CHI|
|Mike Wallace, WR, PIT||Dwayne Bowe, WR, KC||Larry Fitzgerald, WR, ARI|
|Ben Roethlisberger, QB, PIT||Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, NYG||Vernon Davis, TE, SF|
|Jermichael Finley, TE, GB||Rob Gronkowski, TE, NE||Santonio Holmes, WR, NYJ|
|Michael Crabtree, WR, SF||Santana Moss, WR, WAS||Anquan Boldin, WR, BAL|
|Ryan Torain, RB, WAS||Joseph Addai, RB, IND||Ronnie Brown, RB, MIA|
|Terrell Owens, WR, CIN||Reggie Bush, RB, NO||Mike Tolbert, RB, SD|
|LaDanian Tomlinson, RB, NYJ||Michael Bush, RB, OAK||Randy Moss, WR, TEN|
|Tim Hightower, RB, ARI||Jacoby Ford, WR, OAK||James Starks, RB, GB|
|Montario Hardesty, RB, CLE||Matt Cassel, QB, KC||Carson Palmer, QB, CIN|
|Lee Evans, WR, BUF||Jordan Todman, RB, Rookie||Toby Gerhart, RB, MIN|
|Ryan Williams, RB, Rookie||Mikel LeShoure, RB, Rookie||Daniel Thomas, RB, Rookie|
|Correll Buckhalter, RB, DEN||Danario Alexander, WR, STL||Mark Clayton, WR, STL|
|Chicago D/ST||New York Jets D/ST||New York Giants D/ST|
|Adam Vinatieri, K, IND||Ryan Longwell, K, MIN||Sebastian Janikowski, K, OAK|
|7 — VICTOR DRAZEN||8 — PATRICK SNOW||9 — STEVEN LASSAN|
|Frank Gore, RB, SF||Rashard Mendenhall, RB, PIT||Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, JAC|
|Michael Turner, RB, ATL||Philip Rivers, QB, SD||Peyton Manning, QB, IND|
|DeSean Jackson, WR, PHI||Mike Williams, WR, TB||Peyton Hillis, RB, CLE|
|BenJarvus Green-Ellis, RB, NE||Vincent Jackson, WR, SD||Brandon Marshall, WR, MIA|
|Ryan Mathews, RB, SD||Shonn Greene, RB, NYJ||Cedric Benson, RB, CIN|
|Steve Johnson, WR, BUF||Josh Freeman, QB, TB||Kellen Winslow, TE, TB|
|DeAngelo Williams, RB, CAR||Mark Ingram, RB, Rookie||Ryan Grant, RB, GB|
|Fred Jackson, RB, BUF||Chris Cooley, TE, WAS||Brandon Jacobs, RB, NYG|
|Chad Johnson, WR, CIN||Lance Moore, WR, NO||Mike Thomas, WR, JAC|
|Owen Daniels, TE, Houston||Thomas Jones, RB, KC||Ricky Williams, RB, MIA|
|Jay Cutler, QB, CHI||Robert Meachem, WR, NO||Steve Smith, WR, CAR|
|Darren Sproles, RB, SD||Jason Snelling, RB, ATL||Marion Barber, RB, DAL|
|Jason Campbell, QB, OAK||DeMarco Murray, RB, Rookie||Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, BUF|
|Blair White, WR, IND||Louis Murphy, WR, OAK||Devin Hester, WR, CHI|
|Baltimore D/ST||Dallas D/ST||Philadelphia D/ST|
|Stephen Gostkowski, K, NE||Matt Bryant, K, ATL||Rob Bironas, K, TEN|
|10 — BRADEN GALL||11 — CORBY YARBROUGH||12 — NATHAN RUSH|
|LeSean McCoy, RB, PHI||Tom Brady, QB, NE||Drew Brees, QB, NO|
|Steven Jackson, RB, STL||Darren McFadden, RB, OAK||Andre Johnson, WR, HOU|
|Knowshon Moreno, RB, DEN||Brandon Lloyd, WR, DEN||Dez Bryant, WR, DAL|
|Miles Austin, WR, DAL||Antonio Gates, TE, SD||Marques Colston, WR, NO|
|Tony Gonzalez, TE, ATL||Jahvid Best, RB, DET||Matt Schaub, QB, HOU|
|Joe Flacco, QB, BAL||Eli Manning, QB, NYG||Brandon Pettigrew, TE, DET|
|Austin Collie, WR, IND||Deion Branch, WR, NE||Mario Manningham, WR, NYG|
|Sam Bradford, QB, STL||Danny Woodhead, RB, NE||Braylon Edwards, WR, NYJ|
|Jerome Simpson, WR, CIN||Mike Sims-Walker, WR, JAC||James Jones, WR, GB|
|C.J. Spiller, RB, BUF||Beanie Wells, RB, ARI||Christopher Ivory, RB, NO|
|Emmanuel Sanders, WR, PIT||Davone Bess, WR, MIA||Danny Amendola, WR, STL|
|Bernard Scott, RB, CIN||Willis McGahee, RB, BAL||Clinton Portis, RB, FA|
|Earl Bennett, WR, CHI||Anthony Armstrong, WR, WAS||Donald Driver, WR, GB|
|Jordan Shipley, WR, CIN||Nate Washington, WR, TEN||Jacoby Jones, WR, HOU|
|San Diego D/ST||Atlanta D/ST||Minnesota D/ST|
|Mason Crosby, K, GB||David Akers, K , PHI||Nate Kaeding, K, SD|
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