2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: 12 teams, No. 4 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:
1.04 - David Johnson, RB, Arizona Cardinals: Despite limited offensive touches (161) as a rookie, Johnson scored a total of 13 touchdowns -- eight rushing, four receiving and one return. Finishing as a top-five weekly performer in three of his five starts, Johnson is my top-ranked fantasy running back for 2016.
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2.09 - Jordy Nelson, WR, Green Bay Packers: Nelson tore his ACL last preseason and then dealt with some tendinitis in the other knee early in camp, but he should be fully ready to go for Week 1 against the Jaguars. Nelson may not finish with a stat line comparable to his 2014 season (98/1,519/13), but he is still a top-eight receiver for me heading into 2016.
3.04 - T.Y. Hilton, WR, Indianapolis Colts: A top-10 fantasy receiver in 2014, Hilton disappointed fantasy owners with only 1,124 yards and five touchdowns, but Andrew Luck missed nine games. Through the first seven games, Hilton had 606 receiving yards -- only five wideouts had more. Provided Luck stays healthy, Hilton is poised for a bounce-back season and has top-10 upside.
4.09 - Jeremy Hill, RB, Cincinnati Bengals: Burning many fantasy owners last season with only 794 rushing yards and a 3.6 YPC average, Hill appears intent on bouncing back from his disappointing sophomore campaign. Cincinnati Enquirer's Paul Dehner recently wrote of Hill: "His razor focus and desire to return to rookie form are very real this offseason."
- Related: Hill appeared on my list of 12 Undervalued Players in 2016 Fantasy Football Drafts
5.04 - Jarvis Landry, WR, Miami Dolphins: Setting a franchise record with 110 receptions last season, Landry had 1,157 receiving yards, 113 rushing yards and a total of six touchdowns. Even though he is/was better in PPR formats (WR8 in 2015), Landry finished as the the WR13 in standard-scoring formats last season. There is some breakout potential for second-year receiver DeVante Parker, but Landry could once again finish with triple-digit receptions.
6.09 - Melvin Gordon, RB, San Diego Chargers: Failing to score a touchdown on 217 touches and averaging just 3.48 YPC, Gordon disappointed fantasy owners as a rookie. Provided MG3 stays healthy, it shouldn't be difficult for things to go better for Gordon in year two. Even though he had offseason microfracture surgery, Gordon looked great this preseason -- 13/81/1 rushing (6.2 YPC) and 2/49/1 receiving.
7.04 - DeVante Parker, WR, Miami Dolphins: Parker closed the season strong with 80-plus yards in four of the final six games of the season and a 22/445/3 line (fantasy's WR18) over that stretch. Battling a few nagging injuries over the past month, Parker has his share of durability risk, but he's a high-upside WR4 for this team.
8.09 - Philip Rivers, QB, San Diego Chargers: Through Week 8, the only quarterback that averaged more fantasy points per game than Rivers was Tom Brady. Unfortunately, Rivers lost Keenan Allen for the season after Week 8. Rivers averaged 21.05 fantasy points per game with his go-to receiver; only 14.52/G without him.
9.04 - 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. No team ran the ball on a lower percentage of their plays last season, but the biggest concern with Abdullah is that most of his work will come between the 20's.
10.09 - Dwayne Allen, TE, Indianapolis Colts: Allen has struggled with durability -- 21 missed games over past three seasons. If he can stay healthy, however, Allen is poised for a much larger role within the offense given Coby Fleener's free-agency departure.
11.04 - 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, both he and Tajae Sharpe should finish as top-50 fantasy receivers.
12.09 - Kirk Cousins, QB, Washington Redskins: During the final 10 games, Cousins posted a 23:3 TD-INT ratio, added four rushing scores and finished as a top-10 fantasy quarterback seven times. He won't duplicate that level of success, but he has an even better supporting cast going into 2016.
13.04 - Mike Wallace, WR, Baltimore Ravens: Missing the 1,000-yard milestone in each of the past four seasons, Joe Flacco is a better match for Wallace's skill set than the QB at his previous two stops.
14.09 - Tajae Sharpe, WR, Tennessee Titans: An outstanding route-runner that led college football with 111 receptions last season, Sharpe may only be a rookie from UMass, but he has looked impressive this preseason.
15.04 - Los Angeles Rams DST
16.09 - Blair Walsh, K, Minnesota Vikings
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