So here's how this works. Each week, the Yahoo fantasy crew jumps on a conference call to discuss the week that was/will be. As part of this process, we've decided to include a short mock draft - roughly, one-eighth the size of a normal draft, I shall call it mini mock. This week's mini mock draft (four rounds) consists solely of the pool of players currently owned in less than 10 percent of Yahoo leagues — each expert was required to draft a QB, RB, WR, and a TE.
Round 1 Pick 1 — Lance Dunbar, Dal, RB (Brandon Funston)
Funston says – Backup RB Joique Bell thrived in OC Scott Linehan's backfield platoon system in Detroit, and now Linehan has similar designs for the versatile Dunbar in Big D.
Round 1 Pick 2 — Knile Davis, KC, RB (Scott Pianowski)
Pianowman says – We're still speculating on the talent (his rookie efficiency numbers were ordinary), but he did score six times in his last five games of '13 (playoff included) and Andy Reid's offense is a draw. I don't like handcuffing generally, but I think Charles owners need to have this guy - and many non-JC owners can justify a lottery ticket.
Round 1 Pick 3 — Cody Latimer, Den, WR (Dalton Del Don)
3D says – Wes Welker is a major question mark after suffering yet another concussion, and Latimer has impressed this month. The rookie may have a bigger role than expected in 2014, which could yield nice results in the league's top offense.
Round 1 Pick 4 — Travis Kelce, KC, TE (Andy Behrens)
Behrens says – Yup, that's *two* Chiefs in the first round. Go crazy, KC. Riot in the streets. Kelce is surging, following a highlight-filled preseason. Kansas City needs weapons in the passing game, desperately.
Round 1 Pick 5 — Allen Hurns, Jac, WR (Brad Evans)
Noise says – The surprise rookie sensation from Jags camp has impressed the coaching staff with his work ethic, consistency and polished game. JAC will be conservative under Gus Bradley, but after a strong preseason Hurns could be the best first-year target on the team, especially if Blake Bortles takes over by midseason.
Round 2 Pick 1 — Jonathan Grimes, Hou, RB (Evans)
Noise says – In the event that Arian Foster were to physically crumble, Grimes would likely shoulder the lion's share of touches in an offense that plays to his versatile skills. Recall last year in Week 17 at TEN, he rolled up 126 combined yards and a TD.
Round 2 Pick 2 — John Brown, Ari, WR (Behrens)
Behrens says – A buzzy player throughout camp, Brown hauled in a beautiful touchdown catch on Sunday. I'm sold. He's an appealing No. 3 receiver in a pass-happy offense.
Round 2 Pick 3 — Robert Turbin, Sea, RB (Del Don)
3D says – I love Christine Michael as much as anyone, but the fact remains Turbin is still Seattle's RB2. He'd likely have major fantasy value should Marshawn Lynch go down with an injury.
Round 2 Pick 4 — Geno Smith, NYJ, QB (Pianowski)
Pianowman says – Very quietly, he was a Top 20 fantasy quarterback last year in total scoring, despite a New York supporting cast that did little to help him. No one expects the 2014 Jets to be a juggernaut, but Smith at least got some help this year (whatever's left of Chris Johnson; underrated Eric Decker; intriguing Jace Amaro). Smith also figures to run some, nectar from the fantasy gods.
Round 2 Pick 5 — Jake Locker, TEN, QB (Funston)
Funston says – Locker accounted for 10 TDs (8 pass, 2 run) in his first six games of '13 before suffering a season-ending Lisfranc injury. He has nice weapons in Kendall Wright, Delanie Walker and breakout candidate Justin Hunter. There's plausible upside in Locker's make-or-break campaign in Tennessee.
Round 3 Pick 1 — Dwayne Allen, IND, TE (Funston)
Funston says – His impressive size/speed combo should put him in the red zone picture, and he'll see plenty of work in two-TE sets along with Coby Fleener. Allen was pegged as a player that could bust out in '13 before a hip injury cut him down in Week 1. A 600-yard, 5-6 TD season is doable.
Round 3 Pick 2 — Rod Streater, OAK, WR (Pianowski)
Pianowman says – I recognize the Raiders have looked like a train wreck in the summer (heck, for years), but Streater is coming off a sneaky 888-yard season and it's not like he had much help last year. With Andre Holmes fizzling out, you can feel a little better about Streater.
Round 3 Pick 3 — Ryan Fitzpatrick, HOU, QB (Del Don)
3D says – He's the clear starter and has Andre Johnson and an emerging DeAndre Hopkins to throw to. Fitzpatrick wouldn't be the worst late-round option in two QB leagues.
Round 3 Pick 4 — Jerick McKinnon, MIN, RB (Behrens)
Behrens says – This kid was a combine freak, but obviously he's strictly a handcuff in Minnesota. He's had an excellent preseason, and he's clearly capable of delivering decent fantasy totals if touches ever become available.
Round 3 Pick 5 — Shaun Hill, STL, QB (Evans)
Noise says – From a production standpoint, going from Sam Bradford to Hill isn't a dramatic drop-off. In 26 career starts, Hill has tallied a 41:23 TD:INT split. Protect him adequately and he could crank out a 3700-24-17 line.
Round 4 Pick 1 — Richard Rodgers, GB, TE (Evans)
Noise says – A-Rod to Rich Rod? It could happen a few times this season. The Packers' plan is to rotate TEs, but after impressive summer and Preseason Week 3 performances, he could emerge from the fray and finish inside the TE top-20.
Round 4 Pick 2 — Teddy Bridgewater, MIN, QB (Behrens)
Behrens says – My favorite thing about Bridgewater, for the purposes of this mock, is that he isn't EJ Manuel. I didn't want any part of him. Bridgewater is the best QB in the class of 2014 and he'll eventually see the field.
Round 4 Pick 3 — Marcedes Lewis, JAC, TE (Del Don)
3D says – A boring option, although he did score four touchdowns over 11 games last year. After Travis Kelce and maybe Dwayne Allen, there aren't too many intriguing tight end options here.
Round 4 Pick 4 — Brent Celek, PHI, TE (Pianowski)
Pianowman says – The tight end pool isn't particularly deep for this exercise, but Celek will have some role in Philly (even if Zach Ertz zooms by him). Celek has 24 touchdowns over his last five years, including six last season (and a snappy 15.7 YPC). You can throw flags at all three of the Eagles wideouts, which might keep both tight ends in regular snaps.
Round 4 Pick 5 — Brian Quick, STL, WR (Funston)
Funston says – Quick was certainly clicking with QB Sam Bradford before the former No. 1 overall pick suffered another torn ACL. But backup QB Shaun Hill is serviceable and should be able to make use of Quick's impressive measureables. Quick has been the most impressive Rams wideout in camp.
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