Fantasy Football Mock Draft: 12 teams, No. 4 pick
The key to doing anything well is practice; and then practice some more.
We will apply that same concept to drafting fantasy football teams by using the 2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft Simulator starting today.
Like the past few seasons, we will complete one mock draft per day and post the results along with comments leading up to the start of the 2016 NFL season.
Each day, we will switch things up -- PPR vs. standard scoring, the number of teams, draft slot, etc. -- and compile the links to all of our daily fantasy football mock drafts.
With that said, here are the results of today's mock draft:
1.04 - Julio Jones, WR, Atlanta Falcons: Not only did he lead the NFL in receptions (136, tied with Antonio Brown) and yards (1,871), Jones had the second-most all-time in both categories. I'd consider a running back here in a league that starts only two receivers, but Jones is the fourth-ranked player in my overall fantasy football cheat sheet and this league starts three WRs.
2.09 - Doug Martin, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Re-signing with the Bucs this offseason, Martin stayed healthy in 2015 and ranked second behind Adrian Peterson in rushing attempts (288) and rushing yards (1,402).
3.04 - Brandin Cooks, WR, New Orleans Saints: Cooks finished the season with a productive stat line of 84/1,138/9 and closed with momentum — eight of those touchdowns in the final nine games and three of his four 100-yard games happened in December.
4.09 - Jonathan Stewart, RB, Carolina Panthers: There are a couple of concerns with Stewart: (1) durability and (2) Cam Newton-vultured touchdowns. Before a Week 14 injury, however, Stewart had eight consecutive games with 20-plus carries so the workload is there when healthy even though he has missed at least three games in four consecutive seasons.
5.04 - Jordan Reed, TE, Washington Redskins: Speaking of durability risk, Reed was dominant in the 2015 fantasy playoffs as the weekly TE1 in Weeks 14, 15 and 16 as he hauled in a total of 25 catches for 333 yards and five touchdowns during that three-game stretch. On the year, only Rob Gronkowski and Gary Barnidge scored more fantasy points than Reed.
6.09 - DeVante Parker, WR, Miami Dolphins: Parker closed the season strong with 80-plus yards in four of the final six games and amassed 22/445/3 during that six-game span. There is plenty of breakout potential for Parker heading into 2016 as my WR3.
8.09 - Giovani Bernard, RB, Cincinnati Bengals: Bernard finished as a top-21 fantasy running back in standard-scoring formats (RB16 in PPR) last season despite scoring just two touchdowns. In fact, RB21 was the worst finish of his young three-year career. In his three seasons, Bernard has averaged 213.33 touches (including 49.33 receptions) and 1,146.67 YFS per season. I like him a lot in Round 8.
10.09 - Tony Romo, QB, Dallas Cowboys: If things go according to plan for the Cowboys (at least, based on my belief of what the "plan" is), their offense should be run-heavy similar to the 2014 season, which limits Romo's upside. Even with career-best efficiency numbers in 2014, Romo finished as only the 11th-best fantasy quarterback that year. There are obvious durability concerns as well, which is another reason why I doubled up on the position here.
11.04 - Derek Carr, QB, Oakland Raiders: Slumping down the stretch, Carr averaged 18.33 fantasy points (263.18 Y/G and 24:6 TD-to-INT ratio) through Week 12, but he averaged only 14.34 (218.4 Y/G and 8:7 TD-to-INT ratio) over his final five games. That said, Carr still finished as fantasy's QB14 overall in 2016 and he's a low-end QB1/high-end QB2 going into the 2016 season. With Romo and Carr, I'll play the matchups. In fact, Romo has the second-most favorable fantasy strength of schedule.
12.09 - Devontae Booker, RB, Denver Broncos: The Broncos used a fourth-round pick on Booker and the rookie brings plenty of confidence to the team's backfield. "I’m not there to carry pads, I’m there to take someone’s job," Booker said. While he may not "take" C.J. Anderson's job, Booker is the Broncos running back to own (after CJA) and should challenge for early-down snaps.
13.04 - Carolina Panthers D/ST: Normally, I wait until the second-to-final round to draft my D/ST. I miscalculated thinking I was only one round earlier than usual.
14.09 - Nelson Agholor, WR, Philadelphia Eagles: Agholor's rookie season went much worse than anyone anticipated, but he apparently dealt with a high-ankle sprain during the middle of the season. Starting opposite Jordan Matthews, Agholor should see much improved numbers and should exceed value at this draft slot.
15.04 - Rishard Matthews, WR, Tennessee Titans: Matthews missed the final five games last season due to injury. Through the first 10 games, Matthews was on pace for 69/1,059/6. While I wouldn't expect that stat line in his first season in Tennessee, he's a solid WR depth option late in drafts.
16.09 - Brandon McManus, K, Denver Broncos: Last round, I needed a kicker.
Complete your own mock drafts for free on our Fantasy Football Mock Draft Simulator page.
Check out more of our content:
- 2016 Fantasy Football Rankings
- PPR Fantasy Football Rankings
- 2016 Fantasy Football Strength of Schedule
- 2016 Fantasy Football Projections
- 2016 Fantasy Football Profiles
- 2017 NFL Mock Draft
Follow @EDSFootball for daily updates.