2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: 12 teams, No. 2 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:
1.02 - Julio Jones, WR, Atlanta Falcons: Following Antonio Brown, Jones and Odell Beckham are consensus top-three picks. Leading the NFL in targets (204), receptions (136, tied with Brown) and yards (1,871) last season, Jones is less than three points ahead of OBJ in 2016 Fantasy Football Projections.
2.11 - Jordy Nelson, WR, Green Bay Packers: There are durability concerns and Nelson may not finish with a stat line comparable to his 2014 season (98/1,519/13), but he's a high-upside WR2 for this squad.
3.02 - Amari Cooper, WR, Oakland Raiders: If it weren't for a foot injury down the stretch, Cooper would have posted a better stat line, but he still had a solid rookie season (72/1,070/6). Bigger and better things await Cooper in his age-22 season.
4.11 - Jarvis Landry, WR, Miami Dolphins: Better in PPR (WR8 in 2015) than standard-scoring formats (WR13), Landry set a franchise record with 110 receptions last season. There is breakout potential for second-year receiver DeVante Parker (if he can stay healthy), but Landry could once again finish with triple-digit receptions.
5.02 - Jeremy Hill, RB, Cincinnati Bengals: Disappointing fantasy owners in 2015, Hill's rushing yards dropped from 1,124 (5.1 YPC) in 2014 to 794 (3.6 YPC) in 2015. That said, he scored 12 touchdowns last year and I expect a more efficient season from the 235-pound Hill.
6.11 - 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 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.
7.02 - Zach Ertz, TE, Philadelphia Eagles: Closing the season with a bang (35/450/1 over final four games), Ertz carries positive momentum into 2016. More importantly, perhaps we will see improved red-zone production from Ertz.
8.11 - Rashad Jennings, RB, New York Giants: Racking up 419 YFS in the final three games of the season, Jennings ended the season on a positive note and it's clear that he will enter the season as the lead back. With that said, he turned 31 in March and has historically struggled with durability despite playing a full 16-game season last year.
9.02 - Ameer Abdullah, RB, Detroit Lions: Better in the second half (4.7 YPC) than the first half (3.6 YPC), Abdullah has some breakout potential as my RB4. While no team ran the ball on a lower percentage of their plays last season, the Lions plan to be more balanced on offense this season.
10.11 - Charles Sims, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Even with Doug Martin rushing for more than 1,400 yards, Sims finished as fantasy's RB22 (RB17 in PPR) in 2015. While his ceiling is capped if Martin stays healthy for a full season once again, something Martin has done only once in the past three years, it wouldn't surprise me if Sims comes close to duplicating last year's production -- 1,090 YFS, 51 receptions and four TDs.
11.02 - Christine Michael, RB, Seattle Seahawks: Referring to Thomas Rawls and Michael, coach Pete Carroll described the duo as a "little 1-2 punch that we are really excited about.'' Michael has always possessed elite physical tools, but it appears that his maturity and leadership are starting to catch up to his athleticism.
12.11 - Derek Carr, QB, Oakland Raiders: Slumping down the stretch (at least in part due to 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. Finishing as fantasy's QB14 in 2015, Carr is a back-end QB1 with upside in 2016.
13.02 - Kirk Cousins, QB, Washington Redskins: Over the final 10 games of the season, few quarterbacks were as productive as Cousins, who threw 23 touchdowns, rushed for four more and threw only three interceptions. During that 10-game span, Cousins finished as a top-10 fantasy quarterback seven times and as fantasy's weekly QB1 three times. Cousins is set up for success with a talented supporting cast — in fact, even more talented than last year's group — and a favorable fantasy strength of schedule (ninth-best).
14.11 - Houston Texans DST
15.02 - Mike Wallace, WR, Baltimore Ravens: Missing the 1,000-yard milestone in each of the past four seasons, Wallace will play for his third team in as many seasons, but he has a chance to exceed expectations in Baltimore. While neither Ryan Tannehill nor Teddy Bridgewater excel in the vertical passing game, Joe Flacco is a better match for Wallace's skill set.
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