2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: 12 teams, No. 11 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:
1.11 - Allen Robinson, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars: Breaking out in his second season, Robinson finished with 80 catches for 1,400 yards and 14 touchdowns in 2015 and scored the fourth-most fantasy points among wide receivers. In his final 12 games of the season, Robinson finished with 100-plus yards and/or a touchdown (or more) in every game. Leading the NFL in 20-yard receptions (31), Robinson is one of only five players in the past decade to have a 1,400/14 season. By all accounts, Robinson looks even better going into his age-23 season.
2.02 - Dez Bryant, WR, Dallas Cowboys: It was a disappointing season for Dez and the Cowboys. Not only was Bryant sidelined for nearly half the season with a broken foot, but Tony Romo broke his collarbone (two times). When healthy, however, Bryant is one of the most dominant receivers in the league and only Rob Gronkowski has more receiving touchdowns than Bryant (53) since 2011.
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3.11 - 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.
4.02 - 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). With one of the league's best offensive lines, the team's overall roster improvements should lead to more positive game flows conducive to running the football. In addition, the Raiders have said they want Murray to get more carries in 2016 than he had in 2015.
6.02 - 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. Gordon has looked great this preseason -- 13/81/1 rushing (6.2 YPC) and 2/49/1 receiving.
7.11 - Rashad Jennings, RB, New York Giants: Racking up an RB-high 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. Turning 31 in March and historically struggling with durability, Jennings is worth the risk here as my flex.
8.02 - Philip Rivers, QB, San Diego Chargers: With Keenan Allen (kidney) missing eight games, Rivers averaged 21.05 fantasy points per game with Allen; only 14.52/G without him. Through Week 8, the only quarterback that averaged more fantasy points per game than Rivers was Tom Brady. Appearing on my list of 12 Undervalued Players in 2016 Fantasy Football Drafts, Rivers offers plenty of upside to those who wait to draft a QB.
9.11 - Derrick Henry, RB, Tennessee Titans: Joining DeMarco Murray as the other half of their "exotic smashmouth" backfield, Henry possesses great speed for his size (6-3, 247). Looking dominant this preseason, Henry should see his role expand as the season progresses and it wouldn't be a shock if he's the "starter" by the end of the season.
10.02 - 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.
11.11 - DeAndre Washington, RB, Oakland Raiders: Washington isn't the biggest back (5-8, 204), but Oakland's GM called Washington a "complete back" shortly after the NFL Draft. Both Washington and UDFA Jalen Richard have had good camps and preseasons, but Washington is Murray's primary backup and handcuff going into the 2016 season.
12.02 - 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 rookie Tajae Sharpe should finish as top-50 fantasy receivers.
13.11 - Derek Carr, QB, Oakland Raiders: Slumping down the stretch (at least in part due to Amari 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. That said, Carr still finished as fantasy's QB14 overall in 2015. Going into the 2016 season, Carr is a high-upside QB2 for this team.
14.02 - 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, but SI's Peter King wouldn't be surprised if he is the starter by the middle of the October. (Me either.)
15.11 - Minnesota Vikings DST
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