2016 Fantasy Football 2-QB PPR Mock Draft: 12 teams, No. 3 pick
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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:
1.03 - Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers: With Cam Newton and Aaron Rodgers off the board at 1.01 and 1.02, the best and safest fantasy option falls to me at 1.03. While he set career highs of 136 catches and 1,834 yards, Brown's numbers may have been even better had Ben Roethlisberger not missed time last season. Brown averaged 9.92/133.25/0.83 per game in the 12 games Big Ben played -- that's equivalent to a full-season pace of 159/2,132/13.
2.10 - Devonta Freeman, RB, Atlanta Falcons: While few (read: nobody) saw it coming, no running back scored more fantasy points in 2015 than Freeman. Not only did Freeman rush for more than 1,000 yards, but he hauled in 73 catches, third-most among running backs, for 578 yards, and scored a total of 14 touchdowns last season. Even the Falcons want to lower his workload, he remains an elite PPR back.
3.03 - Philip Rivers, QB, San Diego Chargers: Rivers averaged a career-high 299.6 yards per game even though Keenan Allen (kidney) missed half the season. Rivers averaged 21.05 fantasy points per game with Allen; only 14.52/G without him. Through Week 8, the only quarterback that averaged more fantasy points per game than Rivers was Tom Brady. Appearing on my list of 12 Undervalued Players in 2016 Fantasy Football Drafts, Rivers is my QB6 and the 10th QB off the board in this mock.
4.10 - Sammy Watkins, WR, Buffalo Bills: Not only did Watkins have at least 80 yards in his final six games, but he exceeded 100 yards in four of those games. During that six-game span, Watkins caught 35 of 57 targets for 679 yards (19.4 Y/A) and six touchdowns.
5.03 - C.J. Anderson, RB, Denver Broncos: Anderson started slowly, but he was highly productive in the second half. Starting with Week 8, Anderson carried the ball 85 times for 540 yards (6.35 YPC) and five touchdowns and he enters 2016 as the team's clear lead back.
6.10 - Jordan Matthews, WR, Philadelphia Eagles: Matthews improved upon his rookie numbers with 85 receptions (67 as a rookie) and 997 yards (872 as a rookie) and once again hauled in eight touchdown receptions. Currently sidelined with a knee injury, Matthews expects to be ready for Week 1.
7.03 - Ryan Tannehill, QB, Miami Dolphins: Outperforming his 2016 ADP (QB22) in each of the previous three seasons, Tannehill has finished as fantasy's QB16, QB9 and QB17, respectively, from 2013 to 2015. With the coaching change (and some tutoring from Peyton Manning), Tannehill has sneaky top-12 fantasy upside. Either way, he's one of my favorite QB2 targets in 2-QB leagues like this.
8.10 - Zach Ertz, TE, Philadelphia Eagles: Setting career highs of 75 catches for 853 yards, Ertz was especially good over the final four games of the season with a 35/450/1 line during that span. Hopefully Ertz can build upon last year's positive momentum and he is expected to be more featured in the red zone this year.
9.03 - Jeremy Hill, RB, Cincinnati Bengals: Hill was a disappointment compared to his 2015 ADP, but he did score a total of 12 touchdowns. Not only do I expect a bounce-back from the 235-pound Hill, but he's a nice value in Round 9.
10.10 - Corey Coleman, WR, Cleveland Browns: The first receiver off the board in April's draft, Coleman is an explosive athlete and could wind up leading all rookie receivers in fantasy production. Few teams should find themselves trailing and needing to throw as often as the Browns.
12.10 - Torrey Smith, WR, San Francisco 49ers: Smith is coming off a career-worst season -- 33 catches, 663 yards and four touchdowns all set or tied career lows -- even though he led the NFL in yards per reception (20.1). Smith becomes the No. 1 receiver in an offense that operate at a much faster pace.
13.03 - Devin Funchess, WR, Carolina Panthers: Starting slowly as a rookie, Funchess scored five touchdowns in the final nine games and his best performance (7/120/1) happened in Week 17. Positive momentum has carried over into the offseason program and training camp for the second-year receiver.
14.10 - Sam Bradford, QB, Philadelphia Eagles: After an unsuccessful attempt to get himself traded to Denver, Bradford begins the season as Philadelphia's starting quarterback. It's possible that Carson Wentz takes over the starting gig down the stretch, but hopefully Bradford retains the job through the byes for Rivers and Tannehill.
15.03 - Houston Texans DST
16.10 - Tajae Sharpe, WR, Tennessee Titans: Even though Sharpe is only a rookie from UMass, he's an outstanding route-runner and he led college football with 111 receptions last season. Expected to begin the season as a starter, Sharpe is especially worth a late-round flier in PPR formats.
17.03 - Justin Tucker, K, Baltimore Ravens
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