Monday Mini-Mock: The Minority Report

In the Cleveland backfield, go West! (USAT)
In the Cleveland backfield, go West! (USAT)

So here's how this works. Each Monday, 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 (five rounds) consists solely of the pool of players currently owned in less than 50 percent of Yahoo leagues — each expert was required to draft a QB, RB, WR, TE and a Flex.

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Round 1 Pick 1 — James White, RB, NE (Andy Behrens)

Behrens saysAside from fumbling, I refuse to believe that Stevan Ridley is better than White in any area. I'm committed to landing White in every draft - even these mini-mocks.

Round 1 Pick 2 — Terrance West, RB, Cle (Scott Pianowski)

Pianowman saysThe more I look at Ben Tate, the less I like him. West looks more versatile and explosive, with a much higher upside.

Round 1 Pick 3 — Carlos Hyde, RB, SF (Brandon Funston)

Funston says – Kendall Hunter is out for the year, Frank Gore, in NFL years, is ancient, and San Fran is one of the run-heaviest teams in the league. If Hyde were to find his way into a lead role in the SF backfield, he could easily be RB1 material (this year's Eddie Lacy?).

Round 1 Pick 4 — Devonta Freeman, RB, Atl (Brad Evans)

Noise says – Steven Jackson already has one hoof in the glue factory, dealing with yet another hammy setback. Freeman is very well-rounded and would shoulder the heavy side of timeshare with Jacquizz Rodgers when S-Jax inevitably breaks down.

Round 1 Pick 5 — Jeremy Hill, RB, Cin (Dalton Del Don)

3D says – The Bengals plan to run more this season and at minimum Hill will get all the goal-line work. He's a threat to reach double-digit TDs as a rookie.

Round 2 Pick 1 — Andre Williams, RB, NYG (Del Don)

3D saysRashad Jennings is 29 years old and has never reached 175 carries in a season during his career. Williams is raw as a receiver but is the favorite for goal-line work and could be huge if Jennings were to go down.

Round 2 Pick 2 — Bernard Pierce, RB, Bal (Evans)

Noise says – With Ray Rice on ice the first two weeks, Pierce will have every opportunity to solidify his position as the Ravens' lead back. I feel strongly he'll succeed in Gary Kubiak's zone-blocking scheme.

Round 2 Pick 3 — Markus Wheaton, WR, Pit (Funston)

Funston says – He's likely going to be on more than a few of my rosters. Pittsburgh has leaned pass-heavy the past few seasons, and Wheaton looks to have the biggest opportunity to make up for the losses of Emmanual Sanders and Jerricho Cotchery (combined 1,339 rec. yards, 16 TDs in '13).

Round 2 Pick 4 — Brian Hartline, WR, Mia (Pianowski)

Pianowman says – A boring, unexciting vet, but he keeps racking up 1,000-yard seasons and Mike Sherman (mercifully) is gone. I like Mike Wallace at his cost, too.

Round 2 Pick 5 — Andrew Hawkins, WR, Cle (Behrens)

Behrens saysAssuming a Josh Gordon-less season for Cleveland (which isn't necessarily a safe assumption), Hawkins should be a reception machine. Love this landing spot.

Round 3 Pick 1 — Marqise Lee, WR, Jac (Behrens)

Behrens saysAs is the case with Hawkins, there's a clear path to targets for Lee. He's generated plenty of camp buzz, and the talent is obvious.

Round 3 Pick 2 — Darren Sproles, RB, Phi (Pianowski)

Pianowman saysHe obviously won't be the foundation of the Philly offense, but Chip Kelly will find something fun for him to do.

Round 3 Pick 3 — Eli Manning, QB, NYG (Funston)

Funston says – Pickings are slim at QB for the under 50 percent-owned crowd. So it was reasonable to gamble on Eli, who averaged more than 4,000 passing yards and 28 passing TDs in the four seasons prior to last year's meltdown.

Round 3 Pick 4 — Jarrett Boykin, WR, GB (Evans)

Noise says – Slides into the James Jones role in one of the league's deadliest passing offenses. Was a top-30 WR for a large chunk of 2013. Like the sleeper potential here.

Round 3 Pick 5 — Josh McCown, QB, TB (Del Don)

3D says – He's not going to keep last year's pace, but it sure helps having Vincent Jackson and Mike Evans to throw to.

Round 4 Pick 1 — Danny Amendola, WR, NE (Del Don)

3D saysIt's unlikely to happen but would be nice to see what Amendola could do if he ever stayed healthy over a full season, especially in the Pats' offense.

Round 4 Pick 2 — Carson Palmer, QB, Ari (Evans)

Noise says – Sure he's relatively unexciting, but the offense and the weapons surrounding him certainly aren't. Needs to cut down on the picks but still a strong candidate for at least 4,200 yards and 24-27 TDs.

Round 4 Pick 3 — Jordan Matthews, WR, Phi (Funston)

Funston says – Love this guy's tenacity, and he's creating a ton of camp buzz. That's noteworthy given that Philly finished with the third-most fantasy passing points last season and lost its top receiver (DeSean Jackson).

Round 4 Pick 4 — Garrett Graham, TE, Hou (Pianowski)

Pianowman says – Ryan Fitzpatrick loves the conservative throws between the numbers, especially in the scoring area.

Round 4 Pick 5 — Sam Bradford, QB, STL (Behrens)

Behrens saysBefore you ridicule the pick, just check Bradford's pace before last year's injury.

Round 5 Pick 1 — Richard Rodgers, TE, GB (Behrens)

Behrens saysAnother guy who's been the subject of camp hype, Rodgers seems like a fair final round flier for an August mock. You can't beat the team context.

Round 5 Pick 2 — Alex Smith, QB, KC (Pianowski)

Pianowman saysOne of the most underrated players in all of football, real and fake. Love the extra running points, and connection with Dwayne Bowe can't be any worse.

Round 5 Pick 3 — Jared Cook, TE, STL (Funston)

Funston says – He finished 11th among tight ends in fantasy points last season, and that was with Kellen Clemens behind center for nine games. A Sam Bradford return should benefit Cook.

Round 5 Pick 4 — Tim Wright, TE, TB (Evans)

Noise says – An overlooked, versatile weapon in what should be a high-flying Bucs offense. Will be shifted all about the field to exploit matchups. Underrated.

Round 5 Pick 5 — Coby Fleener, TE, Ind (Del Don)

3D says – Debated between Fleener and teammate Dwayne Allen here. Fleener's role in Indy's offense should expand now entering his third year in the league.


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