2016 Fantasy Football PPR Mock Draft: 12 teams, No. 9 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:
1.09 - A.J. Green, WR, Cincinnati Bengals: Averaging a career-low 8.25 targets per game, Green saw double-digit targets in only four of 16 games in 2015. Despite a relatively low volume of targets for an elite receiver, Green finished the season with 86 catches for 1,297 yards and 10 touchdowns. With a minimum stat line of 86/1,297/10 in three of his past four seasons, Green has plenty of upside with an expected boost in targets given the team's free-agent departures at receiver.
2.04 - Keenan Allen, WR, San Diego Chargers: Playing only eight games last season, Allen hauled in 67 catches for 725 yards and four touchdowns -- or a full-season pace of 134/1,450/8. Before sustaining his kidney injury, only Julio Jones (70) had more catches and only Jones (892) and DeAndre Hopkins (870) had more receiving yards than Allen. If he can stay healthy, the 24-year-old receiver should rank near the top of the league in targets and catches in 2016.
3.09 - C.J. Anderson, RB, Denver Broncos: Starting slowly, CJA was much better in the second half of the season. 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.
4.04 - Latavius Murray, RB, Oakland Raiders: Not only did Murray rank fourth in the NFL in touches (307), but no other running back had as many games with 15-plus touches than Murray (15). The Raiders have one of the league's best offensive lines and their overall roster improvements should lead to more positive game flows when it comes to running the football. In addition, Del Rio has said that he wants Murray to get more carries in 2016 than he had in 2015.
5.09 - Jordan Matthews, WR, Philadelphia Eagles: Matthews improved on 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.
6.04 - Giovani Bernard, RB, Cincinnati Bengals: Despite scoring just two touchdowns, Bernard finished as PPR's RB16 last season. In his three seasons, Bernard has averaged 213.33 touches (including 49.33 receptions) and 1,146.67 YFS per season. Another season with 200 touches, 50 receptions and 1,000-plus YFS is likely for Bernard.
7.09 - Antonio Gates, TE, San Diego Chargers: Gates missed five games, but still finished as a top-12 fantasy tight end in 2015 at 35 years old. Gates remains the favorite red-zone target of Philip Rivers and should finish as a top-12 option at the position despite heading into his age-36 season.
8.04 - Frank Gore, RB, Indianapolis Colts: Falling short of the 1,000-yard milestone with a career-low 3.7 YPC average, Gore had the fifth-most touches and still scored the 12th-most (14th in PPR) fantasy points among running backs last season. With a healthy Andrew Luck and improved offensive line, Gore made my list of 12 Undervalued Players in 2016 Fantasy Football Drafts.
9.09 - 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, who could end up trading away talented-but-suspended Josh Gordon.
10.04 - Bilal Powell, RB, New York Jets: A PPR machine down the stretch, Powell finished as a top-25 weekly PPR performer in five of his final six games and the fourth-most PPR points among RBs during that span. Even with the addition of Matt Forte, Powell has upside as my RB5.
11.09 - Travis Benjamin, WR, San Diego Chargers: In spite of poor quarterback play in Cleveland, Benjamin broke out with a 68/966/5 season. With better weapons on San Diego's roster, Benjamin may be third (or even fourth) in line for targets, but the improvement in quarterback play should allow Benjamin to come close to his 2015 numbers even if he falls a little short.
12.04 - Derek Carr, QB, Oakland Raiders: Slumping down the stretch (at least in part due to Amari Cooper's foot injury), 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. Going into the 2016 season, Carr is a back-end QB1 with upside.
13.09 - Javorius Allen, RB, Baltimore Ravens: It's unclear exactly how 2016 touches will be allocated, but Allen has shown an ability to be productive when given the opportunity. With Justin Forsett sidelined over the final seven games of the season, Allen totalled 629 yards from scrimmage on 133 touches (including 37 receptions). The most-likely scenario for Allen would feature him in a third-down role in the team's committee.
14.04 - Rishard Matthews, WR, Tennessee Titans: Matthews missed the final five games last season due to injury. Through the first 10 games (before getting injured in his 11th), however, Matthews was on pace for 69/1,059/6. While I don't expect Matthews to reach the 1,000-yard milestone, I expect him to be the team's most productive fantasy receiver, especially now that Dorial Green-Beckham has been traded to the Eagles.
15.09 - Cincinnati Benagls DST
16.04 - Mason Crosy, K, Green Bay Packers
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