In mid-June, ESPN.com held a mock draft, consisting of 12 expert owners, using ESPN's traditional FFL scoring method and roster settings. Below are the results, with round-by-round commentary from Fantasy Games Associate Editor Scott Engel.
1. Team 1: LaDainian Tomlinson, RB, San Diego
2. Team 2: Shaun Alexander, RB, Seattle
3. Team 3: Priest Holmes, RB, Kansas City
4. Team 4: Edgerrin James, RB, Indianapolis
5. Team 5: Deuce McAllister, RB, New Orleans
6. Team 6: Willis McGahee, RB, Buffalo
7. Team 7: Peyton Manning, QB, Indianapolis
8. Team 8: Jamal Lewis, RB, Baltimore
9. Team 9: Domanick Davis, RB, Houston
10. Team 10: Randy Moss, WR, Oakland
11. Team 11; Corey Dillon, RB, New England
12. Team 12: Clinton Portis, RB, Washington
Engel's Angles: Considering that a passing TD only accounts for four points in this league, and most teams start two RBs here, Manning falls out of the top five. Also consider that in 2004, seven of the top 10 players were QBs, so some owners are willing to wait until later rounds for passers. Manning can be considered a top three player in other scoring systems. Lewis should have a very good "rebound" year. Portis might not improve much, because his running style simply doesn't make for a good fit in the Washington offense. Alexander goes ahead of Holmes because of durability issues, and concerns about McGahee struggling because of the J.P. Losman factor could be overrated.