2016 Fantasy Football PPR Mock Draft: 12 teams, No. 6 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:
1.06 - DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Houston Texans: One of the best young talents in the NFL, Hopkins took another huge step forward in his age-23 season. Even with a less-than-ideal quarterback situation last season, Hopkins set career highs across the board with 111 receptions, 1,521 yards and 11 touchdowns.
2.07 - Amari Cooper, WR, Oakland Raiders: Cooper posted a solid 72/1,070/6 stat line as a rookie, but he battled a foot injury for much of the second half of the season. I expect bigger and better things in his age-22 season.
3.06 - Demaryius Thomas, WR, Denver Broncos: While the team's quarterback situation is less than ideal, Peyton Manning posted a 9-to-17 TD-INT ratio last season. In other words, there is a good chance that DT posts comparable numbers to 2015 (105/1,304/6).
4.07 - 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). Not only do the Raiders have one of the league's best offensive lines, but their overall roster improvements should lead to more positive game flows when it comes to running the football.
5.06 - Danny Woodhead, RB, San Diego Chargers: No running back had more receptions (80) or receiving yards (755) than Woodhead, who totaled 1,091 YFS and nine touchdowns last season. Only Devonta Freeman and Adrian Peterson scored more PPR points in 2015 than Woodhead.
6.07 - Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints: Brees has averaged more than 320 yards per game in four of five seasons with a minimum of 32 passing scores for eight consecutive seasons. If it weren't for a missed game early in the season, Brees would have finished with his fifth 5,000-yard season of his career. And since becoming a Saint in 2006, Brees has finished as a top-six fantasy QB every year (10 seasons).
7.06 - Giovani Bernard, RB, Cincinnati Bengals: Bernard finished as a top-16 PPR running back last season despite scoring just two touchdowns. In his three seasons, Bernard has averaged 213.33 touches (including 49.33 receptions) and 1,146.67 YFS per season.
8.07 - 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 14th-most PPR 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.
9.06 - 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.
10.07 - 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, it wouldn't be a shock if Sharpe led all Titans receivers in fantasy production.
13.06 - Mike Wallace, WR, Baltimore Ravens: Missing the 1,000-yard milestone in each of the past four seasons, Wallace has a chance to exceed expectations in Baltimore as Joe Flacco's strong arm is a better match for Wallace's skill set.
14.07 - Los Angeles Rams DST
15.06 - Vance McDonald, TE, San Francisco 49ers: As my 13th-ranked PPR tight end, McDonald has a much lower ADP so I felt comfortable waiting with him as my target this late. 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 49ers weak group of receivers, McDonald should be heavily involved in the passing game.
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