2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: 14 teams, No. 5 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:
1.05 - David Johnson, RB, Arizona Cardinals: Highly productive on limited opportunities, Johnson scored a total of 13 touchdowns -- eight rushing, four receiving and one return -- on only 161 touches in his rookie season. Finishing as a top-five weekly performer in three of his five starts, Johnson is my top-ranked fantasy running back heading into 2016.
2.10 - Amari Cooper, WR, Oakland Raiders: Cooper had 72 catches for 1,070 yards and six touchdowns as a rookie, but he finished with 20 yards or less in four of his final seven games. If he weren't battling a foot injury down the stretch, Cooper's rookie campaign would have been even better. With the second-year receiver at full strength now, I expect bigger and better things in his age-22 season.
3.05 - 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. Murray is one of only five backs projected for 300-plus touches in my 2016 projections.
4.10 - Donte Moncrief, WR, Indianapolis Colts: In his sophomore campaign, Moncrief doubled his reception total from 32 to 64 catches for 733 yards and six touchdowns. With an ideal combination of size (6-2, 222) and athleticism (4.40 forty, 39.5-inch vertical), the 23-year-old has plenty of breakout appeal heading into his third season provided Andrew Luck stays healthy.
5.05 - 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. Six of his eight touchdowns came in his final six games and he finished with 100-plus yards in two of his final three games. Returning to the practice field earlier this week, Matthews (knee) expects to be ready for Week 1.
6.10 - 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.
7.05 - Blake Bortles, QB, Jacksonville Jaguars: Bortles needs to cut down on the turnovers and he's unlikely to throw another 35 touchdowns, but he was consistent in terms of fantasy production last year. Finishing with the fourth-most fantasy points among quarterbacks, Bortles was a top-10 weekly performer 10 times last season and I feel like he's a good value as the QB11 in this mock.
8.10 - Willie Snead, WR, New Orleans Saints: Starting opposite Brandin Cooks, Snead nearly reached the 1,000-yard mark with a 69/984/3 stat line. Snead didn't have many big games, but he had at least four receptions in 11 of 16 games. Based on my projections, Snead could give the Saints a pair of 1,000-yard wideouts in 2016.
9.05 - Ameer Abdullah, RB, Detroit Lions: Better in the second half (4.7 YPC) than he was in the first half (3.6 YPC), Abdullah has some breakout potential as he sits atop the team's depth chart heading into his second season. 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.
10.10 - Kenneth Dixon, RB, Baltimore Ravens: With a three-down skill set, Dixon rushed for 1,000-plus yards in three out of four seasons and posted 30-plus catches in back-to-back seasons at Louisiana Tech. Dixon sustained a left knee sprain in the team's third preseason game and is expected to miss four weeks. It wouldn't surprise me if Dixon got some starts down the stretch.
11.05 - Jared Cook, TE, Green Bay Packers: A seam-stretching tight end with freakish athletic ability, Cook has averaged 47 catches for 614 yards per year over his past five seasons. While he has averaged 13.1 Y/R, he has only 15 touchdowns during that five-year span including none last season. Consistently inconsistent, Cook is a high-upside punt option at tight end.
12.10 - 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.
13.05 - 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 flyer.
14.10 - Vance McDonald, TE, San Francisco 49ers: Over his final six games, McDonald had 21 catches for 262 yards and three touchdowns and he finished with the 11th-most fantasy points among tight ends over that span. Given the team's lack of offensive weapons, McDonald has the potential to pick up where he left off last season.
15.05 - New England Patriots DST
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