2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: 14 teams, No. 7 pick
Practice is the key to doing anything well and that applies to drafting fantasy football teams as well.
Starting on May 31st, we began the process of drafting one fantasy football team per day using the 2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft Simulator and we will continue to do so up until the start of the 2016 NFL season.
Each day, we will switch things up -- e.g., PPR vs. standard scoring, the number of teams, draft slot, 2-QB leagues, etc. For an easy way to keep track of our mocks, we will centralize the links to all of our daily fantasy football mock drafts here.
With that said, here are the results of today's mock draft:
1.07 - Adrian Peterson, RB, Minnesota Vikings: There's always some concern when drafting a 31-year-old running back in the first round, but Peterson led the NFL in carries (327), rushing yards (1,485) and rushing TDs (11) in his age-30 season. Except for his one-game 2014 season, Peterson has rushed for double-digit touchdowns in the other eight seasons of his career and no team called a run on a higher percentage of their plays than the Vikings.
2.08 - Doug Martin, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: In most drafts, I prefer to go RB-WR or WR-RB in the first two rounds, but Martin was my top-ranked option available here. Finishing second behind Peterson in rushing, Martin had a bounce-back season after two injury-plagued, disappointing campaigns. If he stays healthy, he should finish as a top-10 fantasy running back in 2016.
3.07 - Demaryius Thomas, WR, Denver Broncos: With Peyton Manning retiring, we may not see comparable numbers to what we have expected from DT over the past four seasons. But the team's quarterback play in 2015 wasn't great and Thomas still put up a 105/1,304/6 stat line.
4.08 - Golden Tate, WR, Detroit Lions: With Calvin Johnson retiring this offseason, it will open up a greater role for Tate within the offense. Tate has performed well with Megatron out of the lineup and has 90-plus receptions in both of his seasons in Detroit. I have Tate projected for a 100-catch season in 2016.
5.07 - Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints: Brees has finished as a top-six fantasy quarterback for 10 consecutive seasons. With half of the eight 5,000-yard passing seasons in NFL history, Brees has also averaged more than 320 passing yards per game in four of the past five seasons.
6.08 - John Brown, WR, Arizona Cardinals: Exceeding 1,000 yards in his second NFL season, Brown is poised to take another step forward. Finishing as fantasy's WR22 last season, he's a nice value as a WR3 in a 14-team league.
7.07 - Danny Woodhead, RB, San Diego Chargers: A PPR monster (finished as the RB3 in PPR last season), Woodhead is underrated in standard-scoring formats as well. Not only did he finish as a top-10 fantasy running back in standard last season, but he has now finished as a top-24 fantasy running back in his past three full seasons.
8.08 - Kevin White, WR, Chicago Bears: White missed all of his rookie season, but he possesses elite physical tools that gives him plenty of upside as my WR4; especially if Alshon Jeffery struggles with durability again this season.
9.07 - Antonio Gates, TE, San Diego Chargers: Posting a four-year high in yards per game (57.3), Gates may not repeat that production if Keenan Allen stays healthy for the whole season, but he is still one of the better red-zone targets.
10.08 - Devontae Booker, RB, Denver Broncos: In hindsight, I should have taken Jerick McKinnon here as AP's handcuff, but Booker has a better chance to carve out the larger role if both AP and C.J. Anderson stay healthy this season.
11.07 - Dwayne Allen, TE, Indianapolis Colts: Allen is a high-upside backup TE for this team. While he has been TD-dependent, he should see more targets in 2016 with Coby Fleener signing a free-agent deal with the Saints.
12.08 - Devin Funchess, WR, Carolina Panthers: Funchess may be third in line in targets, but the second-year receiver has the potential to take a step forward in 2016. Supposedly, he has been the "star of OTAs."
13.07 - Matthew Stafford, QB, Detroit Lions: Losing Megatron hurts, but Stafford has the most favorable (on paper, at least) fantasy football strength of schedule in 2016. With 14 teams and a couple extra bench spots (eight instead of six), I decided to add backups at QB and TE. In 12-team leagues with only six bench spots, I prefer to draft only one QB and TE and use the waiver wire for bye weeks.
14.08 - Kansas City Chiefs D/ST
16.08 - Jeff Janis, WR, Green Bay Packers: While he still needs to build the trust of Aaron Rodgers, Janis is an athletic freak that should see his role continue to expand in the offense and well worth a flier this late.
17.07 - Mason Crosby, K, Green Bay Packers
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