My 2019 fantasy football journey unofficially began Monday when I took part in my first mock of the year — a 14-team PPR experts draft to be printed in the annual RotoWire Football magazine.
My work on said magazine has kept me too busy for other mocks or best-ball leagues, but it's also given me a solid foundation of knowledge to prepare for the upcoming NFL season. I'll continue to refine my draft strategy throughout the summer...or at least that will be my excuse when I'm glued to my computer drafting five best-ball teams at the same time on a beautiful, sunny day in June.
While this first mock might be viewed as a rude awakening, I'll cut myself some slack given that I was drafting against the likes of Chris Liss, Mario Puig, Brad Evans, Dalton Del Don and Brandon Marianne Lee. There's also the reality of picking 13th, which forced me to start my draft with Travis Kelce rather than one of the three-down studs at RB (scroll down to see my picks in list form).
No regrets on the Kelce pick, but with the benefit of hindsight I'd switch my selection at No. 16 from Dalvin Cook to Julio Jones. My thinking was that Cook has a chance to enter the elite tier at RB based on his talent and the lack of depth behind him in Minnesota. Of course, there's a reason Cook is usually still available in