2016 Fantasy Football PPR Mock Draft: 12 teams, No. 1 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:
1.01 - Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers: The consensus top receiver in fantasy, Brown is as safe and productive as it gets. While he set career highs of 136 catches and 1,834 yards, Brown's numbers may have been even better had Ben Roethlisberger not missed time last season. Brown averaged 9.92/133.25/0.83 per game in the 12 games Big Ben played -- that's equivalent to a full-season pace of 159/2,132/13.
2.12 - Amari Cooper, WR, Oakland Raiders: Cooper had 72 catches for 1,070 yards and six touchdowns as a rookie. Battling a foot injury down the stretch last season, Cooper should do bigger and better things in his age-22 season.
3.01 - Eddie Lacy, RB, Green Bay Packers: Totaling 3,001 yards from scrimmage with 24 total touchdowns in his first two seasons, Lacy disappointed fantasy owners with less than 1,000 YFS and just five total touchdowns in 2015. Lacy has shed weight this offseason and a fitter version is poised to bounce back as he enters a contract season.
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4.12 - Matt Forte, RB, New York Jets: One of the most versatile running backs in the league, Forte turned 30 in December and signed as a free agent with the Jets this offseason. Forte averaged close to 100 yards -- 69.1 rushing and 29.9 receiving -- per game in 2015 and although he won't dominate touches in the Jets' backfield the way he did in Chicago, but he's a high-end RB2 in PPR formats.
5.01 - Eric Decker, WR, New York Jets: Scoring a touchdown in 12 of 15 games, Decker's weekly production was extremely consistent: 11.7-plus PPR points every week. While he finished as a weekly top-12 fantasy wide receiver only twice, he never finished worse than PPR WR34 last season. That consistency led to WR14 full-season finish in PPR scoring in 2015.
6.12 - Zach Ertz, TE, Philadelphia Eagles: Closing the season strong (35/450/1 in final four games), Ertz will obviously slow from that pace but he carries positive momentum into 2016. One of my favorite tight end targets, Ertz appeared on my list of 12 Undervalued Players in 2016 Fantasy Football Drafts.
7.01 - 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 and he has looked great this preseason -- 13/81/1 rushing (6.2 YPC) and 2/49/1 receiving.
8.12 - 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 fantasy points among running backs last season. Gore is a nice value as the 96th player off the board in this mock.
9.01 - Rashad Jennings, RB, New York Giants: Racking up 419 YFS -- most among running backs -- in the final three games of the season, Jennings ended the season on a positive note and will enter the season as the lead back. Despite his poor durability track record, there is plenty of upside as my RB5.
10.12 - Tajae Sharpe, WR, Tennessee Titans: The rookie from UMass is an outstanding route-runner and led college football with 111 receptions last season. Expected to begin the season as a starter, Sharpe is worth a late-round flier in PPR formats and it wouldn't be a shock if he led all Titans receivers in fantasy production.
11.01 - Torrey Smith, WR, San Francisco 49ers: Smith is coming off a career-worst season -- 33 catches, 663 yards and four touchdowns all set or tied career lows -- even though he led the NFL in yards per reception (20.1). The 49ers are underdogs in every game from Weeks 1 to 16 (based on odds from sportsbook.ag) so there could be plenty of garbage-time production for Smith. If the preseason is a preview of what's to come for Smith (one target and no catches in three preseason games), however, it could be another disappointment for fantasy owners.
12.12 - 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).
13.01 - 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.
14.12 - Marcus Mariota, QB, Tennessee Titans: Typical for a rookie quarterback, Mariota had an up-and-down season, but he finished as a top-six weekly fantasy quarterback in one-third (four) of his 12 games played. Playing behind an upgraded offensive line and with a full offseason of development under his belt, Mariota is a high-upside QB2 especially if he runs more often.
15.01 - Los Angeles Rams DST
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