Roto Arcade Fantasy Football Mock, RDs 1-2: Bow down, the JC of KC goes No. 1

Brad Evans
May 13, 2014

When Mr. Irrelevant, Lonnie Ballentine, had his named called at Radio City Music Hall last Saturday, the fantasy mock draft season officially got underway. To kick off the festivities, the Arcade crew and friend of the blog, Michael Salfino, conducted a 10-round, .5 PPR exercise, with each expert acting as owner for two different teams. Today, we reveal the first two rounds. Feel free to rake us over the coals in the comments section below.

Jamaal Charles, RB, KC — He was a one-man wrecking crew in the fantasy playoffs last year. Highly explosive, in his prime, versatile – my unrivaled top player in '14 drafts. (EVANS)

LeSean McCoy, RB, PHI — His workload is bound to diminish with Sproles in town, but he will inflict heavy damage on 300-325 total touches. Very safe RB1. (EVANS)

Adrian Peterson, RB, MIN — Sure, the upside isn't the same. But when's the last time Peterson had a bad year? Floor matters, too. (PIANOWSKI)

Matt Forte, RB, CHI — Dynamic runner, explosive receiver, and tied to a Chicago offense that fits perfectly (Trestman on the call, wideouts spreading the field). Lovely. (PIANOWSKI)

Marshawn Lynch, RB, SEA — There are really only seven backs I'm eager to snag in Round 1, so this was an easy call. Lynch is coming off back-to-back-to-back season with 1200 yards and 12 TDs. (BEHRENS)

Eddie Lacy, RB, GB — Lacy is a beast of a runner coming off an excellent rookie season, tied to a great offense. Don't be surprised by 1400 yards and 10-12 scores. (BEHRENS)

Calvin Johnson, WR, DET — There's more weapons in the DET passing game now (Tate, Ebron), which should only help Mega-Tron. But even if he only repeats '13, that's all good with me (1,489 yds, 12 TDs) (FUNSTON)

Demaryius Thomas, WR, DEN — Finished as the No. 2 fantasy WR in '13 and the reallocation of Eric Decker's RZ targets (25, third-most in '13) could mean even bigger returns for DT in '14 (FUNSTON)

Montee Ball, RB, DEN — He disappointed as a rookie but enters 2014 as the unquestioned starter for the league's most explosive offense. He has the upside to finish as fantasy's No. 1 overall player. (DEL DON)

Dez Bryant, WR, DAL — He's scored 25 touchdowns over the past two seasons and now has a new OC (Scott Linehan) who's likely to force feed Bryant the ball like he did Calvin Johnson. (DEL DON)

Jimmy Graham, NO, TE — Far and away the best at his position. Trying to get surefire qualify with late first-round pick. (SALFINO)

A.J. Green, Cin, WR — Best receiver on the board. Don't want to reach for running backs who all have flags. (SALFINO)

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ROUND 2

Peyton Manning, QB, DEN — Betting that the Broncos offense will be nearly as prolific as last year. Love additions of Sanders and Lattimer. (SALFINO)

Drew Brees, QB, NO — With Kenny Stills and rookie Brandin Cooks taking top off defense, Brees is poised for most productive fantasy campaign. (SALFINO)

Le'Veon Bell, RB, PIT — He totaled 1,259 yards with eight touchdowns over just 13 games as a rookie last season. Running back starts getting thin awfully quick, so the rare workhorse is hugely valuable. (DEL DON)

Zac Stacy, RB, STL — He plays in a tough division and needs to improve as a receiver, but again, workhorses are hard to come by these days. Stacy projects to get the majority of touches, and the Rams boast a solid offensive line that should improve after drafting Greg Robinson. (DEL DON)

Gio Bernard, RB, CIN — Love that Hue Jackson is running the offense. That's a a big positive for Gio, as the talk is that he'll see 250-300 touches. With his big-play ability, the increased touches could equate to a gold mine. (FUNSTON)

Julio Jones, WR, ATL — He was on his way to a monster '13 campaign before breaking his foot. He's healthy now, and only 25 years old - expect him to pick up where he left off. (FUNSTON)

Brandon Marshall, WR, CHI — Marshall is an elite receiver, again likely to finish among the target leaders. Chicago's offense enters year-two under Trestman, and year-one was pretty awesome. (BEHRENS)

Aaron Rodgers, QB, GB — We all recognize the middle-tiers at QB are deep and full of upside. But that doesn't mean you should avoid the top-tier, because those guys are historically great. (BEHRENS)

Jordy Nelson, WR, GB — Ding him for durability if you want, but when Nelson is on the field, no one can cover him. And he's tied to an elite QB. (PIANOWSKI)

Alshon Jeffery, WR, Chi — I was locked out of the party last year, so you better believe I'm ponying up today. More than any team, Chicago leans on its primary guys. Love that. (PIANOWSKI)

Arian Foster, RB, HOU — After an injury-filled, disastrous '13, Foster is already back at work. At 27, he's a strong candidate for a bounce-back season who should produce top-10 RB numbers on roughly 20-22 touches per game. (EVANS)

Doug Martin, RB, TB — Ignore the sophomore struggles and premature ending to his season, he's still the undisputed RB1 in a much improved, dangerous Tampa O. (EVANS)