To celebrate the de facto launch of preseason action (Thursday-Monday), I put myself through a fun, but stressful piece of draft chaos on Wednesday, executing three simultaneous mock drafts (12 teams/PPR scoring)—while holding the No. 11 pick each time.

Adding to the absurd fun, we then stepped up the degree of difficulty with the following limitations/distractions:

a) I wouldn't be allowed to peruse my updated cheat sheet during the draft ... not that we had extra time anyway.

b) I wasn't allowed to 'queue' up any players in advance. The reasoning: Pressure makes diamonds.

The goal here: Training your brain to make lightning-fast decisions every 15-20 seconds. It's intense!

Here are the results from the three simultaneous mocks. For the first-timers attempting this crazy exercise at home, expect an avalanche of under-the-gun choices and permutations after Round 2, with only 45 seconds between each selection:


Round 1—RB Kareem Hunt, Chiefs

Round 2—RB Leonard Fournette, Jaguars

Round 3—WR Jarvis Landry, Browns

Round 4—WR Golden Tate, Lions

Round 5—WR Corey Davis, Titans

Round 6—TE Evan Engram, Giants

Round 7—WR Devin Funchess, Panthers

Round 8—RB Kerryon Johnson, Lions

Round 9—QB Matthew Stafford, Lions

Round 10—RB James White, Patriots

Round 11—D/ST Jacksonville Jaguars

Round 12—QB Jared Goff, Rams

Round 13—PK Justin Tucker, Ravens

Round 14—RB Spencer Ware, Chiefs

Round 15—WR Tyler Lockett, Seahawks

Round 16—WR Chris Godwin, Buccaneers


Round 1—RB Kareem Hunt, Chiefs

Round 2—RB Leonard Fournette, Jaguars

Round 3—WR Jarvis Landry, Browns

Round 4—RB Kenyan Drake, Dolphins

Round 5—RB Lamar Miller, Texans

Round 6—WR Corey Davis, Titans

Round 7—WR Devin Funchess, Panthers

Round 8—WR Kenny Golladay, Lions

Round 9—QB Matthew Stafford, Lions

Round 10—TE Trey Burton, Bears

Round 11—D/ST Jacksonville Jaguars

Round 12—WR Mike Williams, Chargers

Round 13—TE George Kittle, 49ers

Round 14—QB Jared Goff, Rams

Round 15—RB Spencer Ware, Chiefs

Round 16—PK Harrison Butker, Chiefs


Round 1—WR DeAndre Hopkins, Texans

Round 2—WR Odell Beckham Jr., Giants

Round 3—WR Jarvis Landry, Browns

Round 4—RB Kenyan Drake, Dolphins

Round 5—QB Deshaun Watson, Texans

Round 6—RB Lamar Miller, Texans

Round 7—RB Kerryon Johnson, Lions

Round 8—RB Jamaal Williams, Packers

Round 9—TE Jack Doyle, Colts

Round 10—WR Mike Williams, Chargers

Round 11—D/ST Jacksonville Jaguars

Round 12—RB Nick Chubb, Browns

Round 13—WR Calvin Ridley, Falcons

Round 14—TE Cameron Brate, Buccaneers

Round 15—QB Derek Carr, Raiders

Round 16—PK Harrison Butker, Chiefs


1. It wasn't my intention to draft the same positions for Rounds 1 and 2 of Teams A, B and C (picks 11 and 14).

Just like I didn't fully intend to snag Jarvis Landry for all three drafts (pick 35).

However, when given the opportunity to draft a guy who has averaged 100 catches, 1,009 yards and 5.5 touchdowns over a four-year span, it's a no-brainer for Round 3.

Especially now that Cleveland has a top-notch offensive mind in Todd Haley (O-coordinator).

**For Teams A and B, Hunt and Fournette were easy choices at the top, given their strong likelihood of collecting 1,300 total yards and double-digit touchdowns.

**The value was absurdly good for Team C, with Hopkins (96 catches, 1,378 yards, 13 TDs last year) and Beckham (1,300-plus yards/double-digits TDs from 2014-16) serving as my second- and third-ranked receivers for PPR leagues.

In fact, after grabbing both Hopkins and Beckham at picks 11 and 14, I had to double-check to make sure this draft wasn't a standard-scoring-only operation.

But it wasn't a dream ... just a wonderful reality.

2. The biggest Round 1 surprises for all three drafts (before my selections):

Draft A—Saquon Barkley (6th), Julio Jones (9th—ahead of Odell Beckham)

Draft B—Antonio Brown (5th–too low), Saquon Barkley (6th), Julio Jones (9th—ahead of Beckham)

Draft C—Julio Jones (9th) and Leonard Fournette (10th) went ahead of DeAndre Hopkins, who averaged 6.2 catches, 96 yards and 1.2 touchdowns with Deshaun Watson as the starting quarterback (Weeks 3-8) ... and that includes a two-catch, 19-yard clunker against the Browns.

3. For Draft A, I implemented the time-tested '4-2-1' strategy with PPR leagues—in terms of chasing four top-25 wideouts, two targets-friendly tailbacks and either a top-five tight end/top-seven quarterback in the opening seven rounds.

The only concern, and it's more of a first-world problem: Neither Corey Davis nor Devin Funchess are locks to be game-changing third wideouts ... which explains the need for a sixth receiver at the bottom of the draft (Chris Godwin).

4. Draft B was full of twists and turns, but we ended up at a good spot nonetheless:

**Four rock-solid running backs (Hunt, Fournette, Drake, Miller) in the first five rounds ... and then a no-brainer handcuff (Spencer Ware) toward the bottom.

**Kenny Golladay (28 catches, 477 yards, 3 TDs) was an obvious reach for Round 8, but it made perfect sense knowing that Matthew Stafford would be the 'handcuff' choice for Round 9.

My moles in Detroit predict Golladay will be a major breakout candidate this fall.

**I would highly recommend the rationale behind Draft B, IF tight ends are slowly coming off the board. For Rounds 9-11, I opted for three rubber-stamped starters at quarterback (Stafford), tight end (Trey Burton) and defense/special teams (Jaguars).

5. If you're going to land three elite-level receiving studs in the first three rounds (Hopkins, Beckham, Landry), similar to Draft C, then it's wise to roll with 'upside' in the latter rounds—namely Mike Williams (Round 10) and Calvin Ridley (Round 13).

And if one of the young bucks becomes a fantasy star sooner than later, they immediately become Grade-A trade fodder sometime around Week 7.

6. The beauty of three simultaneous mocks at the same spot?

Owners cannot conceal their middle-to-late-round crushes, like Kerryon Johnson (the next Billy Sims in Detroit), Stafford (averaged 303 yards passing/1.8 TDs in his final 11 games), Jared Goff (seven games of 300 yards and/or 3 TDs last year), Cameron Brate (two-year average: 79 targets, 7 TDs), Spencer Ware (1,368 total yards/5 TDs two years ago) and Patriots tailback James White—who notched 14 catches (on 16 targets), 139 total yards (110 receiving) and one touchdown in Super Bowl 51.

(Never forget that Tom Brady loves White.)

7. All three rosters look solid, at first glance. But if I had to single one out for championship contention ... it would be Team B.

**The tailback quartet (Hunt, Fournette, Drake, Miller) represent a fail-safe group, barring injury.

**I have a pair of top-10 passers sharing the quarterback load.

**There's plenty of freakishly athletic upside among the receiving corps.

**The tight-end platoon of Trey Burton and George Kittle would be first-rate.

**In this hypothetical, there should be a flood of trade-deadline opportunities, given the excellent depth at nearly every position.

Jay Clemons, the 2008 Fantasy Football Writer of the Year and 2015 Cynopsis Media award winner for "Sports Blog Of The Year," has previously served as the lead fantasy analyst for Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports South, Bleacher Report and