2015 Fantasy Football PPR Mock Draft: 12 Teams, 11th Pick
From May 28th through Labor Day weekend, we will complete one mock draft per day and post the results.
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Here are the league settings (all customizable) for today's mock:
- 12 teams, No. 11 pick, point-per-reception (PPR) scoring
- Starting lineup: 1 QB, 2 RBs, 3 WRs, TE, K, D/ST and Flex (RB, WR or TE)
- Six bench spots, any position
With that said, here is my roster from today's mock draft:
1.11 - Demaryius Thomas, WR, Denver Broncos: In three seasons playing with Peyton Manning, Thomas has exceeded 90 catches and 1,400 yards with double-digit touchdowns each season. Repeating last year's career numbers (111/1,619/11) may not happen, but Thomas should post a fourth consecutive 90/1,400/10 line.
2.02 - Matt Forte, RB, Chicago Bears: Forte set the running back single-season record with 102 receptions last season. With the coaching change(s), Forte won't come close to 100 catches this year, but 60-plus catches seems reasonable. Forte has 1,400-plus yards from scrimmage in all seven of his NFL seasons.
3.11 - Andre Johnson, WR, Indianapolis Colts: It's unlikely that Johnson bounces back to his 2013 numbers (109 catches for 1,407 yards), but I do expect better numbers in 2015 from Johnson. Although he recently turned 34, Johnson gets a significant quarterback (Andrew Luck) and offensive upgrade with the Colts.
4.02 - Julian Edelman, WR, New England Patriots: Edelman hasn't played in the preseason, but he should be ready to go for the season opener next week. Soon we should know whether or not Tom Brady will be under center for that game (or any of the first four). If he is, that is obviously better news for Edelman, but he has averaged 6.6 receptions per game for 67.6 yards over the past two seasons.
5.11 - Travis Kelce, TE, Kansas City Chiefs: Kelce finished with 67 receptions for 862 yards and five touchdowns with the sixth-most fantasy points (PPR) among tight ends last season. With no health restrictions or snap counts, the sky's the limit for Baby Gronk in 2015.
6.02 - T.J. Yeldon, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars: Sooner or later, Yeldon figures to become Jacksonville's every-down back even if it isn't the case in Week 1.
7.11 - Giovani Bernard, RB, Cincinnati Bengals: Even though Jeremy Hill enters 2015 as the team's lead back, there is value, especially in PPR formats, with Bernard as a change-of-pace back. As an example, Hill carried the ball 22-plus times for 100-plus yards in each of the three final games in 2014, but Bernard finished as a top-12 fantasy RB (PPR) in those same games.
8.02 - Arian Foster, RB, Houston Texans: There is growing optimism that Foster will miss only a few games to start the season. Missing three games in 2014, Foster finished as a top-five fantasy running back and he has a ton of upside here.
9.11 - Eli Manning, QB, New York Giants: Manning started slowly but finished strong -- five top-five weekly finishes in his last 10 games (only Aaron Rodgers had as many). With healthier receivers and more comfort in the offensive scheme, Manning should build upon last year's success.
10.02 - Danny Woodhead, RB, San Diego Chargers: With Melvin Gordon likely to get the majority of early-down work, Woodhead should handle the bulk of third-down snaps. In his last full season, he finished with 76 catches, 1,034 YFS and eight touchdowns.
11.11 - Brian Quick, WR, St. Louis Rams: Off to a great start last season, Quick missed the second half of the season after tearing his rotator cuff. Provided he can stay healthy for the full season, perhaps this will be his breakout season.
12.02 - Michael Floyd, WR, Arizona Cardinals: Failing to build upon his 2013 breakout season, the quarterback situation (injuries) was (were) at least partly to blame. At a lower draft-day cost, Floyd has upside as my WR5.
13.11 - Markus Wheaton, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers: Wheaton barely finished as a top-60 fantasy receiver last season, but Ben Roethlisberger has predicted a breakout season for him and the four-game suspension of Martavis Bryant helps his fantasy outlook as well.
14.02 - Rueben Randle, WR, New York Giants: Aided by injuries to Victor Cruz and Odell Beckham, Randle set career highs of 71 receptions for 938 yards in his age-23 season. More than likely, it will take an injury to Cruz and ODB for Randle to exceed last year's numbers, but he has upside here.
15.11 - Miami Dolphins D/ST
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2015 Fantasy Football Resources:
- 2015 Fantasy Football Rankings (Standard Scoring)
- Fantasy Football PPR Rankings
- Top 150 Fantasy Football Cheat Sheet
- Fantasy Football Dynasty Rankings
- 2015 Fantasy Football Strength of Schedule
- Fantasy Football Average Draft Position (ADP)