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June 18, 2016

2016 Fantasy Football PPR Mock Draft: 12 teams, No. 3 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.


Details of today's mock draft:
  • Scoring: Point-per-reception (PPR) scoring
  • # of Teams: 12
  • Draft Slot: 3
  • Roster Setup: QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, TE, Flex (RB/WR/TE), K, D/ST, 6 Bench

With that said, here are the results of today's mock draft:

1.03 - Le'Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers: When healthy, Bell is as good as gets among fantasy running backs. There are some concerns as he recovers from his MCL/PCL injury, but Bell is a true three-down back that had 2,215 YFS, 83 catches and 11 TDs in 2014.

2.10 - Jordy Nelson, WR, Green Bay Packers: Nelson missed all of 2015 with a torn ACL, but he has a total of 183 catches for 2,833 yards and 21 touchdowns over his past two seasons.

3.03 - Demaryius Thomas, WR, Denver Broncos: While Peyton Manning has retired, Thomas has at least 1,300 yards in four consecutive seasons and 105-plus catches in back-to-back years. Questions at quarterback could lead to another dip in production, but he's a quality WR2 for this team.

4.10 - Carlos Hyde, RB, San Francisco 49ers: If Hyde stays healthy, he is a high-upside RB2 in the up-tempo Chip Kelly offense.

5.03 - Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Arizona Cardinals: Fitzgerald turns 33 before the start of the season, but he set a career high with 109 catches and exceeded 1,000 yards (1,205) for the first time in four seasons.

6.10 - Andrew Luck, QB, Indianapolis Colts: It was a lost season for Luck, who missed more games than he played and he was at less than 100 percent when he did play. The Colts used multiple draft picks on upgrading their offensive line so assuming Luck stays healthy, he has plenty of upside here.

7.03 - Zach Ertz, TE, Philadelphia Eagles: Ertz closed the season strong (35/450/1 over final four games) and hopefully some of that momentum will carry over to 2016.

8.10 - Ryan Mathews, RB, Philadelphia Eagles: If he stays healthy, a big if, Mathews has plenty of upside in a DeMarco Murray-less backfield, but there have been some RBBC comments about the backfield from the coaches.

9.03 - Giovani Bernard, RB, Cincinnati Bengals: Even though he scored only two touchdowns, Bernard finished as fantasy's RB16 in PPR last year (and the RB28 in this mock).

10.10 - Torrey Smith, WR, San Francisco 49ers: After a disappointing first season in San Francisco, Smith is poised from a much larger role as the team's top receiver in the up-tempo Chip Kelly offense.

11.03 - DeAngelo Williams, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers: Williams was more productive than anyone could have expected as a fill-in for Bell as he ended the year with the fourth-most fantasy points among running backs. In any league that I have Bell, it will be a priority to handcuff him with Williams.

12.10 - Kamar Aiken, WR, Baltimore Ravens: Out of necessity, Aiken emerged in 2015 with a 75/944/5 season. There are plenty of question marks with the team's other three top receivers so Aiken is worth a flier here.

13.03 - Tony Romo, QB, Dallas Cowboys: Romo has his share of injury concerns, but he provides some insurance in case Luck misses time and is a nice value in the 13th round.

14.10 - Houston Texans D/ST

15.03 - Kendall Wright, WR, Tennessee Titans: Wright adds some depth as my WR6, but he averaged career lows of 3.6 catches and 40.8 yards per game.

16.10 - Blair Walsh, K, Minnesota Vikings

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June 15, 2016

2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: 12 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.


Details of today's mock draft:
  • Scoring: Standard scoring (i.e., not PPR scoring)
  • # of Teams: 12
  • Draft Slot: 5
  • Roster Setup: QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, TE, Flex (RB/WR/TE), K, DST, 8 Bench

With that said, here are the results of today's mock draft:

1.05 - Julio Jones, WR, Atlanta Falcons: Tied with Antonio Brown for the league lead in receptions (136), Jones finished with more receiving yards (1,871) than any receiver not named Calvin Johnson in his record-breaking season. Jones now has back-to-back seasons with 100-plus catches and 1,500-plus yards.

2.08 - Eddie Lacy, RB, Green Bay Packers: After racking up 3,001 YFS and 24 TDs in his first two seasons combined, Fat Eddie was a huge disappointment in 2015. A fitter version of Lacy should bounce back in a contract year.

3.05 - Brandin Cooks, WR, New Orleans Saints: Cooks finished with 84/1,138/9 in his second season and should continue to improve upon those numbers in his age-23 season.

4.08 - Latavius Murray, RB, Oakland Raiders: Finishing fourth in touches (307) and sixth in rushing (1,066 yards), Murray was the only NFL player to have 15-plus touches in 15 games last season. My plan was to get DeAndre Washington later in this draft, but unfortunately he went a few picks before when I was hoping to grab him.

5.05 - Golden Tate, WR, Detroit Lions: With Megatron out of the lineup, Tate has had some highly productive games for the Lions. Now that Johnson has retired, Tate will have an opportunity to lead the Lions in receiving on a weekly basis as this team's WR3.

6.08 - Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints: Brees has averaged more than 320 passing yards per game in four of his past five seasons and has thrown 32-plus TDs in eight consecutive seasons. Brees has finished as a top-six fantasy quarterback for 10 consecutive seasons.

7.05 - Allen Hurns, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars: Along with teammate Allen Robinson, Hurns (and Robinson) became the first players in Jaguars history to reach the 1,000-yard/10-touchdown receiving mark. Passing-game volume should decrease overall due to the team's improved outlook, but Hurns should be a productive WR4 for this team.

8.08 - Zach Ertz, TE, Philadelphia Eagles: With career highs of 75 catches for 853 yards, Ertz was especially good over the final four games (35/450/1). Obviously, he'll slow from his end-of-season pace, but hopefully he can build upon last year's momentum.

9.05 - Charles Sims, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Even with Doug Martin rushing for more than 1,400 yards, Sims finished as fantasy's RB22 (RB17 in PPR) in 2015. While his ceiling is capped if Martin stays healthy all year, it wouldn't surprise me if me duplicates last year's production -- 1,090 YFS, 51 receptions and four TDs.

10.08 - Tevin Coleman, RB, Atlanta Falcons: Devonta Freeman was outstanding finishing as fantasy's top-scoring running back in 2015, but Coleman has big-play upside and should be more involved in his second season assuming good health.

11.05 - C.J. Prosise, RB, Seattle Seahawks: Depending on the health of Thomas Rawls, Prosise has some upside. Either way, he should get plenty of work as the team's third-down back.

12.08 - Jimmy Graham, TE, Seattle Seahawks: There are plenty of injury concerns with Graham (patellar tendon), but I won't need to rely on him early in the year as my TE2.

13.05 - Tony Romo, QB, Dallas Cowboys: In most one-QB leagues, I don't draft a second quarterback, but Romo is a nice value in the 13th round (current ADP is early 10th) and there are two extra bench spots in this league.

14.08 - Nelson Agholor, WR, Philadelphia Eagles: A disappointing rookie season on the field has been followed by recent off-the-field concerns. That said, Agholor should be much more productive on the field in 2016.

15.05 - Phillip Dorsett, WR, Indianapolis Colts: Third in line for targets behind T.Y. Hilton and Donte Moncrief, Dorsett's weekly production could be volatile, but the speedster should significantly improve upon his 18/225/1 rookie stat line.

16.08 - New England Patriots D/ST

17.05 - Zach Zenner, RB, Detroit Lions: While Ameer Abdullah will lead the team's committee backfield, Zenner has some upside this late. In addition, Abdullah is coming off shoulder surgery although he is expected to ready for training camp.

18.08 - Chandler Catanzaro, K, Arizona Cardinals

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June 14, 2016

2016 Fantasy Football PPR Mock Draft: 10 teams, No. 4 pick, 2-QB league

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.


Details of today's mock draft:
  • Scoring: Point-per-reception (PPR) scoring, 2-QB league
  • # of Teams: 10
  • Draft Slot: 4
  • Roster Setup: 2 QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, TE, Flex (RB/WR/TE), K, DST, 6 Bench

With that said, here are the results of today's mock draft:

1.04 - Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers: With two QBs -- Cam Newton (1.01) and Aaron Rodgers (1.02) -- off the board, I get my top-ranked player going into 2016. Setting career highs of 136 catches and 1,834 yards last year, Brown's numbers may have been even better had Ben Roethlisberger not missed time last season.

2.07 - Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England Patriots: After taking Brown at 1.04, the plan was that I would take the best available QB here, but Gronk gives me two players atop their respective positions. Except for his injury-shortened 2013 season (seven games), Gronk has scored double-digit touchdowns every year.

3.04 - Carson Palmer, QB, Arizona Cardinals: Palmer finished as a top-five fantasy QB last season as he threw for 4,671 yards and 35 touchdowns, both of which were career highs. Being able to get Palmer here makes me feel better about going Brown/Gronk with my first two picks.

4.07 - Demaryius Thomas, WR, Denver Broncos: The loss of Peyton Manning and Brock Osweiler puts a damper on the outlook for Thomas, but neither QB had a great season last year as Thomas finished with 105 catches for 1,304 yards and six touchdowns in 2016.

5.04 - Tony Romo, QB, Dallas Cowboys: I expect the Cowboys to rely heavily on Ezekiel Elliott, the fourth-overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, but Romo is a high-end QB2 for this team as long as he stays healthy.

6.07 - Thomas Rawls, RB, Seattle Seahawks: Coming off a gruesome leg injury, Rawls has some injury concern, but we have seen what he can do with Marshawn Lynch sidelined. With Beast Mode hanging up his cleats, Rawls has plenty of upside here if he stays healthy.

7.04 - John Brown, WR, Arizona Cardinals: In his second season, Brown eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark and the arrow is pointing upward for the speedy receiver.

8.07 - Danny Woodhead, RB, San Diego Chargers: Devonta Freeman. Adrian Peterson. End of list. Those are the running backs that outscored Woodhead in PPR scoring last season. In his two full seasons in San Diego, Woodhead has at least 76 catches, 1,034 YFS and eight TDs in both seasons.

9.04 - T.J. Yeldon, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars: Signing Chris Ivory diminishes the outlook for Yeldon, but the Jags should be better as a team, which should lead to more of a commitment to the run. Yeldon provides some depth as my RB4.

10.07 - Matthew Stafford, QB, Detroit Lions: Considering the injury risk with Romo and that there is little depth on the waiver wire (30 QBs were drafted), Stafford gives me insurance. In addition, Stafford and Romo have the top-two fantasy football strength of schedules.

11.04 - DeSean Jackson, WR, Washington Redskins: Over the final six weeks of the season, Jackson had 25 catches for 469 yards, 11th-most among wide receivers during that span, and all four of his touchdowns. If he stays healthy, he's a high-upside WR4 for this team.

12.07 - Rashad Jennings, RB, New York Giants: Durability and age (31) are a concern for Jennings, but he played his first full 16-game season last year and closed the season with a bang (419 YFS over final three games).

13.04 - WIllie Snead, WR, New Orleans Saints: Snead nearly reached 1,000 yards in his first season playing in the high-powered Saints offense.

14.07 - Isaiah Crowell, RB, Cleveland Browns: Crowell provides more depth and he finished as the RB33 in PPR formats last year.

15.04 - New England Patriots D/ST

16.07 - Mason Crosby, K, Green Bay Packers

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June 12, 2016

2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: 14 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.


Details of today's mock draft:
  • Scoring: Standard (i.e., not PPR scoring)
  • # of Teams: 14
  • Draft Slot: 6
  • Roster Setup: QB, 2 RB, 2 WR, TE, Flex (RB/WR/TE), K, D/ST, 6 Bench

With that said, here are the results of today's mock draft:

1.06 - Todd Gurley, RB, Los Angeles Rams: Missing the first three games as he recovered from a torn ACL, Gurley still finished third in the NFL in rushing (1,106 yards) with 10 TDs and scored the fifth-most fantasy points among running backs. With another year removed from the injury, Gurley should be even better in 2016 despite running behind one of the league's worst offensive lines.

2.09 - Brandon Marshall, WR, New York Jets: The debate here was Marshall or Keenan Allen; the good news is I got both. For the third time in four years, Marshall finished as a top-five fantasy receiver as he posted a 109/1,502/14 stat line.

3.06 - Keenan Allen, WR, San Diego Chargers: Playing only eight games last season, Allen hauled in 67 catches for 725 yards and four touchdowns -- or a full-season pace of 134/1,450/8. Based on my rankings, Marshall and Allen give this team a pair of top-10 fantasy wideouts.

4.09 - Jay Ajayi, RB, Miami Dolphins: With Lamar Miller now in Houston, Ajayi takes over as the featured back and should be in line for 250 or so touches.

5.06 - Golden Tate, WR, Detroit Lions: In games that Calvin Johnson has missed, Tate has had some big games and now he'll get that chance all season with Megatron retiring early.

6.09 - Frank Gore, RB, Indianapolis Colts: Gore struggled last year with a career-low 3.7 YPC average, but he ranked fifth in the NFL in touches (294). Despite turning 33 last month, Gore is a solid RB3 as Andrew Luck is healthy and the team invested heavily in its OL during the draft.

- Poll: Will Gore rush for 1,000 yards in 2016?

7.06 - Philip Rivers, QB, San Diego Chargers: Throwing a career-high 662 pass attempts, Rivers averaged a career-high 299.6 yards per game and threw 29 touchdowns. Rivers averaged 21.05 fantasy points per game with Allen; only 14.52/G without him. Assuming Allen stays healthy, Rivers has upside from his QB12 draft slot.

8.09 - Charles Sims, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Even with Doug Martin rushing for more than 1,400 yards, Sims finished as fantasy's RB22 (RB17 in PPR) in 2015. While his ceiling is capped if Martin stays healthy for a full season once again, it wouldn't surprise me if me duplicates last year's production -- 1,090 YFS, 51 receptions and four TDs.

9.06 - Corey Coleman, WR, Cleveland Browns: The first rookie receiver selected in this year's draft, Coleman should also lead the group in targets this season. Not only do the Browns lack talent at the position, but they should trail often and be forced into passing situations.

10.09 - Vincent Jackson, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: V-Jax is coming off a disappointing season, but he provides some depth as my WR5.

11.06 - Dwayne Allen, TE, Indianapolis Colts: With the free-agent departure of Coby Fleener, Allen has some upside, but tight end is clearly this team's weakest position.

12.09 - Jason Witten, TE, Dallas Cowboys: Since I punted on the position, I decided to double up. Witten lacks upside these days, but Witten had 11 games with 40-plus yards last year. The only tight ends with more last season were Rob Gronkowski (13) and Travis Kelce (12).

13.06 - Kirk Cousins, QB, Washington Redskins: Cousins threw 23 touchdowns, rushed for four more, to only three interceptions over his final 10 games. During that 10-game span, Cousins finished as a top-10 fantasy quarterback seven times and as fantasy's weekly QB1 three times.

14.09 - New England Patriots D/ST

15.06 - Dan Bailey, K, Dallas Cowboys

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June 11, 2016

2016 Fantasy Football PPR Mock Draft: 12 teams, No. 10 pick, QB-Eligible Flex

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.


Details of today's mock draft:
  • Scoring: Point-per-reception (PPR) scoring; Super Flex (QB-eligible flex)
  • # of Teams: 12
  • Draft Slot: 10
  • Roster Setup: QB, 2 RB, 2 WR, TE, Super Flex (QB/RB/WR/TE), K, DST, 6 Bench

With that said, here are the results of today's mock draft:

1.10 - Andrew Luck, QB, Indianapolis Colts: Luck is the QB5 in this mock and a consensus top-three option going into 2016 in what is a de facto 2-QB league considering quarterbacks are eligible as flex options.

2.03 - Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England Patriots: No player has scored more touchdowns since entering the league than Gronk. Even if Tom Brady's four-game suspension isn't overturned, you could easily argue that Gronk is the most dominant fantasy option atop his corresponding position group.

3.10 - Amari Cooper, WR, Oakland Raiders: Only 21 years old (turns 22 next week), Cooper finished with a 72/1,070/6 stat line in 2015 and he should build upon his rookie success.

4.03 - Doug Martin, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Martin finished second in the NFL in rushing and should finish as a top-10 (or higher) fantasy running back provided he once again stays healthy.

5.10 - Randall Cobb, WR, Green Bay Packers: Not only is Jordy Nelson's return a positive for the fantasy outlook of Aaron Rodgers, but Cobb's fantasy production should improve with Nelson taking pressure and defensive attention off Cobb.

6.03 - Latavius Murray, RB, Oakland Raiders: Scoring the 11th-most fantasy points among running backs, Murray finished fourth in the NFL in touches (307) and sixth in rushing (1,066 yards) last season. Not only did he have a large workload overall, Murray is the only player to have 15-plus touches in 15 of 16 games last season.

7.10 - Jay Ajayi, RB, Miami Dolphins: With Lamar Miller now in Houston, Ajayi assumes the role of lead back for the Dolphins and should get in the neighborhood of 250 touches.

8.03 - Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Arizona Cardinals: Fitzgerald's production slowed down the stretch, but he established a career high in catches (109) and had his first 1,000-yard season (1,215) in four years.

9.10 - DeVante Parker, WR, Miami Dolphins: A potential breakout candidate, Parker closed his rookie season strong with 22/445/3 over his final six games. Getting him here feels like stealing.

- Related: 2016 Fantasy Football Profile for DeVante Parker

10.03 - Matthew Stafford, QB, Detroit Lions: No team threw the ball on a larger percentage of their plays last season than Detroit and no quarterback has a more favorable fantasy football strength of schedule than Stafford this season. The retirement of Calvin Johnson obviously hurts his outlook, but he's a nice value as the QB23 in this mock.

11.10 - Isaiah Crowell, RB, Cleveland Browns: Crowell finished as the PPR RB33 last season and provides some depth as my RB4.

12.03 - Shane Vereen, RB, New York Giants: In PPR formats (such as this league), Vereen finished as the RB27 last season with receiving stats of 59/495/4.

13.10 - Torrey Smith, WR, San Francisco 49ers: Taking over as the No. 1 receiver in an up-tempo Chip Kelly offense makes Smith a prime bounce-back candidate for fantasy owners in 2016 and a high-upside pick for this squad in Round 13.

14.03 - Los Angeles Rams D/ST

15.10 - Blair Walsh, K, Minnesota Vikings

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June 10, 2016

2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: 12 teams, No. 7 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.


Details of today's mock draft:
  • Scoring: Standard scoring (i.e., not PPR scoring)
  • # of Teams: 12
  • Draft Slot: 7
  • Roster Setup: QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, TE, Flex (RB/WR/TE), K, DST, 6 Bench

With that said, here are the results of today's mock draft:

1.07 - Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England Patriots: Not only does Gronk have back-to-back 1,100-yard seasons, but no player has more TDs (66) since he entered the league in 2010.

2.06 - Eddie Lacy, RB, Green Bay Packers: Lacy racked up 3,001 YFS and 24 TDs in his first two seasons combined and I expect a fitter Lacy to bounce back from last year's disappointing performance.

3.07 - Brandin Cooks, WR, New Orleans Saints: While many expected an even bigger jump, Cooks posted an 84/1,138/9 stat line in his sophomore campaign. In a high-powered Drew Brees-led offense, the 22-year-old (turns 23 in September) has room to take another step forward in 2016.

4.06 - Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Carolina Panthers: Missing all of 2015 due to a torn ACL, Benjamin had 1,008 yards and nine touchdowns as a rookie.

5.07 - Jeremy Hill, RB, Cincinnati Bengals: Like Lacy, Hill was a disappointment in 2015, but he scored 12 TDs last season.

6.06 - Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Pittsburgh Steelers: Durability is a bit of concern with Big Ben as he has missed three-plus games in three of the past six seasons, but he led the NFL with a career-high 328.2 passing yards per game last season.

7.07 - DeSean Jackson, WR, Washington Redskins: Over the final six weeks of the season, Jackson had 25 catches for 469 yards, 11th-most among wide receivers during that span, and all four of his touchdowns. With the team using a first-round pick on Josh Doctson, D-Jax remains a boom-or-bust weekly option, but he should finish with 1,000 yards or so as this team's WR3.

8.06 - Danny Woodhead, RB, San Diego Chargers: Woodhead has finished as fantasy's RB24, RB19 and RB10 in his last three full seasons, respectively. In both of his two full seasons with the Chargers, he has 1,000-plus YFS and eight-plus TDs each season.

9.07 - Derrick Henry, RB, Tennessee Titans: DeMarco Murray enters the season as the starter and lead back, but Henry will get plenty of opportunities in what should be a run-heavy offense. If Murray struggles like last year, Henry could see an expanded role as the season progresses.

10.06 - Vincent Jackson, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: V-Jax missed six games last year and posted a disappointing 33/543/3 stat line, but he provides some WR depth for this team.

11.07 - Travis Benjamin, WR, San Diego Chargers: Despite poor quarterback play in Cleveland, Benjamin broke out with a 68/966/5 season. Benjamin may be third in line behind Keenan Allen and Antonio Gates for targets, but the improvement in quarterback play should allow Benjamin to come close to his 2015 numbers.

12.06 - Devontae Booker, RB, Denver Broncos: C.J. Anderson is the starter, but Booker should have plenty of opportunities like Ronnie Hillman had last season.

13.07 - Mohamed Sanu, WR, Atlanta Falcons: A distant No. 2 receiver to Julio Jones, Sanu should see more consistent targets in Atlanta.

14.06 - James Starks, RB, Green Bay Packers: If Lacy struggles again, Starks gives me insurance as his handcuff.

15.07 - Kansas City Chiefs D/ST

16.06 - Chandler Catanzaro, K, Arizona Cardinals

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June 09, 2016

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.


Details of today's mock draft:
  • Scoring: Standard scoring (i.e., not PPR)
  • # of Teams: 12
  • Draft Slot: 11
  • Roster Setup: QB, 2 RB, 2 WR, TE, Flex (RB/WR/TE), K, DST, 6 Bench

With that said, here are the results of today's mock draft:

1.11 - Dez Bryant, WR, Dallas Cowboys: Injuries (to himself and Tony Romo) derailed his 2015 season, but only Rob Gronkowski (55) has more receiving TDs than Bryant (53) over the past five seasons combined.

2.02 - Lamar Miller, RB, Houston Texans: Productive on a per-touch basis (top-10 fantasy running back in back-to-back seasons), Miller joins a Texans team that ranks second only to the Seahawks in rush attempts over the past two seasons combined.

3.11 - Matt Forte, RB, New York Jets: Forte changed teams this offseason and turns 31 in December, but full-season production should be in the neighborhood of 1,300-1,500 YFS and eight or so TDs.

4.02 - T.Y. Hilton, WR, Indianapolis Colts: With the injuries to Andrew Luck, Hilton's per-game production dropped from 5.5/89.7/0.47 to 4.3/70.3/0.31. Provided Luck stays healthy, Hilton's numbers should be closer to his 2014 production.

5.11 - Eric Decker, WR, New York Jets: Despite the addition of Brandon Marshall as the team's No. 1 receiver, Decker's 2015 was remarkably consistent scoring within a range of 8.1 to 15.7 fantasy points in every game played last season.

6.02 - Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints: With 32 passing scores in eight consecutive seasons and four 5,000-yard seasons during that span, Brees averaged the second-most passing yards (324.7/G) of his career last season.

7.11 - DeVante Parker, WR, Miami Dolphins: With a strong finish (22/445/3 over final 6G) to his rookie season, Parker is a breakout candidate heading into 2016.

- Related: DeVante Parker 2016 Fantasy Football Profile

8.02 - Danny Woodhead, RB, San Diego Chargers: An underrated fantasy option, Woodhead has finished as fantasy's RB24, RB19 and RB10 in his last three full seasons, respectively. (That is standard scoring formats as he finished as the PPR RB3 last season.) In his two full seasons with the Chargers, he has 1,000-plus YFS and eight-plus TDs.

9.11 - Steve Smith, WR, Baltimore Ravens: Smith is old (relatively speaking) and coming off a torn Achilles, but he was having a productive season before the injury — career-high 6.6 catches for 95.7 yards per game.

10.02 - Tevin Coleman, RB, Atlanta Falcons: Devonta Freeman is clearly the top back in Atlanta, but Coleman could have a significant role with good health.

11.11 - Jimmy Graham, TE, Seattle Seahawks: Graham is a health risk and I may need to add another TE to this roster if he's not ready for the start of the season. Either way, there is definitely concern that he won't be productive coming off his patellar tendon injury.

12.02 - Tavon Austin, WR, Los Angeles Rams: While he's a gadget player, Austin finished as a top-20 fantasy receiver in 2015 and the Rams have talked up his volume of targets (potential receptions) this offseason.

13.11 - Kenyan Drake, RB, Miami Dolphins: Drake is a change-of-pace back, but there is some upside with limited talent beyond unproven starter Jay Ajayi.

14.02 - Los Angeles Rams D/ST

15.11 - Cairo Santos, K, Kansas City Chiefs

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June 08, 2016

2016 Fantasy Football PPR Mock Draft: 12 teams, No. 5 pick, 2-QB league

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.


Details of today's mock draft:
  • Scoring: 2-QB league, Point per reception (PPR)
  • # of Teams: 12
  • Draft Slot: 5
  • Roster Setup: 2 QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, TE, Flex (RB/WR/TE), K, DST, 6 Bench

With that said, here are the results of today's mock draft:

1.05 - Le'Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers: For what it's worth, Bell (MCL, PCL) has said that he will be 100 percent in time for camp. In 2014, Bell racked up 2,215 YFS, 83 catches and 11 TDs and he still enters 2016 as my top-ranked fantasy running back.

2.08 - Carson Palmer, QB, Arizona Cardinals: Palmer (QB8) is technically lower than Tom Brady (QB7) in my fantasy quarterback rankings, but it would be difficult to find a solid QB3 to start for Brady during his four-game suspension so I went with the safer choice.

3.05 - Allen Robinson, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars: Robinson had a breakout season (80/1,400/14) in his age-22 season. While he may not repeat those numbers, especially in the red zone, he's one of the best young receivers in the league and a quality WR1 at this point in the mock.

4.08 - LeSean McCoy, RB, Buffalo Bills: Missing four games in his first season with the Bills, McCoy averaged nearly 20 touches (19.58/G) and 100 YFS (98.92/G) per game.

5.05 - Jarvis Landry, WR, Miami Dolphins: Scoring the eighth-most PPR fantasy points among receivers last year, Landry set a franchise record with 110 catches for 1,157 yards and four touchdowns. Even if DeVante Parker breaks out as I expect, Landry remains a strong PPR WR2 for this team.

- Related: DeVante Parker 2016 Fantasy Football Profile

6.08 - Kirk Cousins, QB, Washington Redskins: Cousins may not finish as a top-eight fantasy quarterback, like he did in 2015, but Cousins has the same supporting cast with the addition of first-round receiver Josh Doctson. As the QB20 in this mock, he has plenty of upside here.

7.05 - John Brown, WR, Arizona Cardinals: Surpassing the 1,000-yard mark in his second season, Brown is a high-upside WR3 for this team.

8.08 - Jonathan Stewart, RB, Carolina Panthers: Durability concerns are always an issue with Stewart, but only Adrian Peterson (nine) had more games with 20-plus carries than Stewart (eight) even though he missed three games last year.

9.05 - Antonio Gates, TE, San Diego Chargers: Gates can still be an effective fantasy tight end going into his age-36 season as one of the better red-zone options at the position.

10.08 - Melvin Gordon, RB, San Diego Chargers: Gordon didn't score a touchdown in his disappointing rookie season and he had offseason microfracture surgery, but it's a positive that the Chargers did not add much competition at running back.

11.05 - Laquon Treadwell, WR, Minnesota Vikings: While playing in a run-first offense caps his upside, Treadwell should become the team's best red-zone option right away.

12.08 - DeAngelo Williams, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers: Williams showed last season how productive he could still be if Bell misses time.

13.05 - Tavon Austin, WR, Los Angeles Rams: Austin finished as the WR27 in PPR last season and Coach Fisher said Austin could double his receptions (as unlikely as that may be) in 2016.

14.08 - Blaine Gabbert, QB, San Francisco 49ers: If Gabbert wins the starting gig over Colin Kaepernick, he provides depth and a bye-week fill-in as my QB3.

15.05 - Houston Texans D/ST

16.08 - Clive Walford, TE, Oakland Raiders: Rookie tight ends tend to struggle, but Walford has some breakout appeal as a late-rounder here.

17.05 - Mason Crosby, K, Green Bay Packers

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June 07, 2016

2016 Fantasy Football PPR Mock Draft: 10 teams, No. 9 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.


Details of today's mock draft:
  • Scoring: Point-per-reception (PPR) scoring
  • # of Teams: 10
  • Draft Slot: 9
  • Roster Setup: QB, 2 RB, 2 WR, TE, Flex (RB/WR/TE), K, DST, 6 Bench

With that said, here are the results of today's mock draft:

1.09 - Ezekial Elliott, RB, Dallas Cowboys: Not only is Elliott a complete three-down back, but he gets to run behind the league's best offensive line.

2.02 - A.J. Green, WR, Cincinnati Bengals: With free-agent departures at receiver, Green should see a jump from the 132 targets he had last season and he still finished with an 86/1,297/10 stat line.

3.09 - Demaryius Thomas, WR, Denver Broncos: The loss of Peyton Manning and Brock Osweiler leaves a question mark at quarterback, but Thomas has 1,300-plus yards in four straight seasons with 105-plus catches in back-to-back seasons.

4.02 - Eddie Lacy, RB, Green Bay Packers: Lacy had 3,001 YFS and 24 touchdowns in his first two seasons. Will his weight loss help him bounce back from a disappointing 2015? I think so, and I love the discounted price.

5.09 - Golden Tate, WR, Detroit Lions: With Calvin Johnson hanging up his cleats, Tate will have an opportunity to be the team's No. 1 receiver. In a limited sample size with Megatron out of the lineup, Tate has put up big numbers.

6.02 - Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks: Not only did Wilson rush for more than 500 yards again, but he set career highs in passing -- 4,024 yards and 34 touchdowns.

7.09 - DeMarco Murray, RB, Tennessee Titans: Even after Tennessee drafted Derrick Henry in the second round, Murray goes into 2016 as the lead back. And if he disappoints (again), I won't need to start him.

8.02 - Danny Woodhead, RB, San Diego Chargers: In PPR-scoring formats, only Devonta Freeman and Adrian Peterson scored more fantasy points than Woodhead last season.

9.09 - DeVante Parker, WR, Miami Dolphins: With 22/445/3 in his final six games, Parker is poised for a breakout in 2016 with good health.

10.02 - Gary Barnidge, TE, Cleveland Browns: It's unlikely that Barnidge repeats his breakout performance (79/1,043/9), but he's a solid option after punting the position.

11.09 - DeSean Jackson, WR, Washington Redskins: D-Jax is a high-upside, boom-or-bust WR5 for this team.

12.02 - Steve Smith, WR, Baltimore Ravens: Smith is 37 and coming off an Achilles injury, but he was averaging 95.7 YPG, the third-highest of his career, before the injury.

13.09 - C.J. Prosise, RB, Seattle Seahawks: A receiver when he started his collegiate career with Notre Dame, Prosise will at least take over the Fred Jackson change-of-pace role, but he has upside for much more if Thomas Rawls is unable to stay healthy.

14.02 - Houston Texans D/ST

15.09 - Blair Walsh, K, Minnesota Vikings

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June 06, 2016

2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: 12 teams, No. 2 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.


Details of today's mock draft:
  • Scoring: Standard scoring (i.e., not PPR scoring)
  • # of Teams: 12
  • Draft Slot: 2
  • Roster Setup: QB, 2 RB, 2 WR, TE, Flex (RB/WR/TE), K, DST, 6 Bench

With that said, here are the results of today's mock draft:

1.02 - Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers: My plan was to take either Brown or Le'Veon Bell, whichever was left for me here, but Todd Gurley was the first pick. The top-ranked player in overall rankings, Brown is as consistent and productive as it gets -- 375/5,031/31 over past three seasons.

2.11 - Eddie Lacy, RB, Green Bay Packers: Lacy totalled 3,001 yards from scrimmage and 24 touchdowns in his first two seasons, but he was a major disappointment in 2015. Slimming down this offseason, Lacy is poised for a rebound at a cheaper cost.

3.02 - Amari Cooper, WR, Oakland Raiders: Cooper had 72/1,070/6 as a rookie and the soon-to-be 22-year-old should build upon that success in year two.

4.11 - Jeremy Hill, RB, Cincinnati Bengals: Like Lacy, Hill disappointed fantasy owners as his YPC average dropped from 5.1 to 3.6. With 21 total touchdowns over two seasons, he'll need to improve upon last year's 3.6 YPC to be more than a TD-dependent RB2 for this team, but I think he bounces back some.

5.02 - Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks: Wilson once again finished as a top-three fantasy quarterback. Not only did he rush for 553 yards, but he set passing career highs in both yards (4,024) and touchdowns (34).

6.11 - DeVante Parker, WR, Miami Dolphins: Closing the season with 22/445/3 over his final six games, Parker was the WR18 during that span and is poised for a breakout in his sophomore campaign, assuming good health.

7.02 - Frank Gore, RB, Indianapolis Colts: Gore failed to reach the 1,000-yard mark (967 rushing yards) in his first season with Indy, but Andrew Luck missed nine games. With Luck healthy and an upgraded offensive line through the draft, Gore could hit that mark this season despite turning 33 last month.

8.11 - Derrick Henry, RB, Tennessee Titans: DeMarco Murray is the starter, but Henry will be plenty involved as part of the 1-2 rushing attack and could see his role expand as the season progresses.

9.02 - Kevin White, WR, Chicago Bears: White missed all of last season, but he was the seventh overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft and has rare physical tools. Especially if Alshon Jeffery struggles with durability at all, White could have a huge year, but he's a high-upside WR4.

10.11 - Torrey Smith, WR, San Francisco 49ers: Smith will be the No. 1 WR in the up-tempo Chip Kelly offense.

11.02 - Eric Ebron, TE, Detroit Lions: With Calvin Johnson retiring, Ebron has the potential to be a bigger part of the offense.

12.11 - Dwayne Allen, TE, Indianapolis Colts: Allen has struggled with durability -- 27 games over past three seasons -- but has some upside with Coby Fleener leaving via free agency.

13.02 - James Starks, RB, Green Bay Packers: In case Lacy struggles again or misses time, Starks is a handcuff for my RB1.

14.11 - Minnesota Vikings D/ST

15.02 - Steven Hauschka, K, Seattle Seahawks

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June 05, 2016

2016 Fantasy Football PPR Mock Draft: 12 teams, No. 3 pick, QB-Eligible Flex

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.


Details of today's mock draft:
  • Scoring: Super Flex (i.e., QB-eligible flex), point per reception (PPR) scoring
  • # of Teams: 12
  • Draft Slot: 3
  • Roster Setup: QB, 2 RB, 2 WR, TE, Super Flex (QB/RB/WR/TE), K, DST, 6 Bench

With that said, here are the results of today's mock draft:

1.03 - Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers: With Cam Newton and Aaron Rodgers off the board with the top-two picks, it left my top-ranked player for PPR leagues available here at 1.03. With a QB-eligible flex, it elevates the value of elite QBs, but I was happy to start with Brown and Drew Brees (next pick). The alternative would have been to go with Andrew Luck, who went at 1.05, and someone like Allen Robinson (3.01) or Jordy Nelson (3.04) at 2.10. In that scenario, I prefer the Brown/Brees combo.

2.10 - Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints: With four career 5,000-yard seasons, Brees fell short of a fifth 5,000-yard campaign but he actually averaged 324.7 yards per game, the second-highest of his NFL career. Brees has finished as a top-six fantasy quarterback for 10 consecutive seasons and he was the QB7 in this mock.

3.03 - Lamar Miller, RB, Houston Texans: Highly productive on a per-touch basis, Miller finished as a top-10 fantasy running back in each of the past two seasons in Miami. Only the Russell Wilson-led Seahawks (1,025) have more rush attempts than the Texans (1,023) over the past two seasons combined.

4.10 - Julian Edelman, WR, New England Patriots: There are a couple of concerns with Edelman -- durability and a four-game reinstated suspension for Tom Brady -- but Edelman is an elite PPR wide receiver, when healthy.

5.03 - Kirk Cousins, QB, Washington Redskins: Cousins parlayed strong play down the stretch into a franchise tag, but he's a high-upside flex option for this team as his weapons could be even better. Not only did DeSean Jackson miss seven games last season, but the team used its first-round pick on Josh Doctson, who some believe was the best receiver in this year's draft class.

6.10 - Jonathan Stewart, RB, Carolina Panthers: Before an injury ended his regular season, Stewart had eight consecutive games with 20-plus carries. Durability and Cam-vultured rushing TDs are a concern, but heavy workloads are there when he is healthy.

7.03 - Danny Woodhead, RB, San Diego Chargers: Only Devonta Freeman and Adrian Peterson scored more PPR fantasy points among running backs last season than Woodhead (PPR's RB3). In both of his two full seasons in San Diego, Woodhead has 1,000-plus YFS, 75-plus receptions and eight-plus TDs.

8.10 - Eric Decker, WR, New York Jets: Decker finished as a top-14 fantasy receiver in PPR formats in 2015 due to his success in the red zone (12 TDs) and consistency (11.7+ PPR points in every game).

9.03 - DeVante Parker, WR, Miami Dolphins: A high-upside WR4 for this team, Parker finished his rookie campaign strong with 22/445/3 over the final six games. One of the top breakout candidates, Parker is worthy of going a few rounds earlier so I love the value here.

10.10 - Antonio Gates, TE, San Diego Chargers: Nearing the end of his career, Gates still played well in his age-35 campaign -- his 57.3 yards-per-game average was his highest over the past four seasons -- and he remains an elite red-zone option for Philip Rivers.

11.03 - C.J. Prosise, RB, Seattle Seahawks: There is upside with Prosise considering Marshawn Lynch's retirement and the injury to Thomas Rawls. At a minimum, however, Prosise, who began his Notre Dame career as a receiver, will be used as a third-down change-of-pace option for the Seahawks.

12.10 - Torrey Smith, WR, San Francisco 49ers: With Anquan Boldin no longer in San Francisco and Chip Kelly in San Francisco, Smith is a bounce-back candidate as the No. 1 receiver in an up-tempo offense.

13.03 - Jordan Howard, RB, Chicago Bears: While I'm not a fan of Jeremy Langford, at least at his current ADP, Howard is someone that I will own quite a bit at his current ADP as the Bears will likely favor a "hot-hand" approach.

14.10 - New England Patriots D/ST

15.03 - Justin Tucker, K, Baltimore Ravens

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June 04, 2016

2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: 12 teams, No. 6 pick, 2-QB league

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.


Details of today's mock draft:
  • Scoring: 2-QB league, Standard scoring (i.e., not PPR)
  • # of Teams: 12
  • Draft Slot: 6
  • Roster Setup: 2 QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, TE, Flex (RB/WR/TE), K, DST, 6 Bench

With that said, here are the results of today's mock draft:

1.06 - Andrew Luck, QB, Indianapolis Colts: In one-QB leagues, it makes sense to wait on a QB. In two-QB leagues, however, things become a little more urgent. Luck is the fourth QB off the board in this mock: Cam Newton (1.01), Aaron Rodgers (1.03) and Russell Wilson (1.05). Provided Luck stays healthy for a full season, there is a good chance that he finishes as a top-four fantasy QB in 2016.

2.07 - A.J. Green, WR, Cincinnati Bengals: With free-agency departures among wide receivers and Tyler Eifert having ankle surgery that could jeopardize his availability for the start of the season, Green should see an uptick in targets from the 132 he had last year. Even with a relatively low volume of targets compared to other elite receivers, Green still posted an 86/1,297/10 stat line last season.

3.06 - Jordy Nelson, WR, Green Bay Packers: Missing all of 2015 with a torn ACL, Nelson will help revive a Packers offense that struggled more than expected last season. In his last full season, Nelson finished with 98 catches for 1,519 yards and 13 touchdowns.

4.07 - Eddie Lacy, RB, Green Bay Packers: Losing plenty of weight this offseason, Lacy goes into a contract year with better fitness and he should bounce back after a disappointing 2015 campaign. In his first two seasons, Lacy had 3,001 yards from scrimmage and 24 touchdowns.

5.06 - Kirk Cousins, QB, Washington Redskins: Playing under the franchise tag (unless both sides can agree to a long-term deal before July 15th), Cousins is coming off an impressive first season as the club's starter. Over his final 10 games, Cousins finished as the weekly QB1 three times and as a top-10 weekly option seven times. During that span, he posted a 23:3 TD-INT ratio with four more rushing touchdowns.

6.07 - Jonathan Stewart, RB, Carolina Panthers: Durability and Cam vultured touchdowns are a concern for The Daily Show, but Stewart had 20-plus carries in eight straight games before a Week 14 injury. Stewart may lead the NFL in rush attempts if he can stay healthy for a full 16-game season.

7.06 - DeVante Parker, WR, Miami Dolphins: One of the most popular breakout candidates heading into 2016, the 14th overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft closed the season strong — 22/445/3 over the final six games. Generating plenty of offseason buzz, Parker is a high-upside WR3 for this squad.

8.07 - Emmanuel Sanders, WR, Denver Broncos: With Peyton Manning and Brock Osweiler no longer in Denver, there are quarterback concerns for the defending Super Bowl champs, but Sanders provides solid value as my WR4/flex.

9.06 - Danny Woodhead, RB, San Diego Chargers: A PPR monster, Woodhead is an undervalued standard-scoring running back option as well. In his past three seasons playing at least four games, Woodhead has finished as fantasy's RB24 (2012), RB19 (2013) and RB11 (2015).

10.07 - Charles Sims, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Even with Doug Martin finished second in the NFL in rushing, Sims still finished as the RB22 (RB17 in PPR) last season. A solid option as my RB4 with some upside if Martin misses time.

11.06 - Robert Griffin III, QB, Cleveland Browns: RG3 enters 2016 as Cleveland's starting quarterback and a change of scenery should do him well. Playing for Hue Jackson, RG3 has plenty of upside as my QB3.

12.07 - Jimmy Graham, TE, Seattle Seahawks: It appears that Graham will be available for Week 1, but it's a difficult injury from which to return so there are plenty of question marks even if is on the field in early September.

13.06 - Steve Smith, WR, Baltimore Ravens: His age and injury are a concern, but Smith has made a career out of proving doubters wrong. Before the Achilles injury, Smith was averaging 95.7 YPG (the third-highest of his career).

14.07 - Eric Ebron, TE, Detroit Lions: In his second season, Ebron finished with 47 catches for 537 yards and five touchdowns. It was an up-and-down year, but he finished as a top-12 fantasy tight end in half of his 14 games played. Following Megatron's retirement, the former top-10 pick should be more involved and could be the No. 2 option in the passing game behind Golden Tate.

15.06 - Los Angeles Rams D/ST:

16.07 - Nelson Agholor, WR, Philadelphia Eagles: Agholor had a disappointing rookie season, but he is worth a flyer in Round 16 as my WR6.

17.06 - Brandon McManus, K, Denver Broncos

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June 03, 2016

Fantasy Football PPR Mock Draft: 12 teams, No. 12 pick

Practice is the key to doing anything well and that applies to drafting fantasy football teams as well.

Starting on May 31st, we have begun the process of drafting one fantasy football team per day using the 2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft Simulator and we will do so up to 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, etc. -- and we will centralize the links to all of our daily fantasy football mock drafts.


Details of today's mock draft:
  • Scoring: Point per reception (PPR) scoring
  • # of Teams: 12
  • Draft Slot: 12
  • Roster Setup: QB, 2 RB, 2 WR, TE, Flex (RB/WR/TE), 6 Bench

With that said, here are the results of today's mock draft:

1.12 - A.J. Green, WR, Cincinnati Bengals: Targeted 10-plus times in only four games in 2015, Green should see a significant increase in targets with several free-agent departures at the position this offseason. Green has exceeded the 1,000-yard mark in all five of his NFL seasons and scored double-digit touchdowns three times.

2.01 - 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.

3.12 - Carlos Hyde, RB, San Francisco 49ers: A stress fracture in his foot limited Hyde to just seven games last season, but he should benefit from playing in an up-tempo, run-heavy Chip Kelly offense. The Eagles have ranked in the top-11 in rush attempts in all three of his seasons in Philadelphia. Provided he stays healthy, Hyde has a lot of upside in 2016.

4.01 - Dion Lewis, RB, New England Patriots: Tearing his ACL only seven games into the season, Lewis was on pace for 1,422 yards from scrimmage, 82 receptions and nine total touchdowns. (Only four running backs had 1,400-plus YFS in 2015.)

5.12 - Jonathan Stewart, RB, Carolina Panthers: Before a Week 14 injury, Stewart had eight consecutive games with 20-plus carries so the workload is there when healthy even though he has missed at least three games in four consecutive seasons.

6.01 - Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks: After a slow start, Wilson's production spiked down the stretch as he once again finished the full season as fantasy's QB3. Not only did Wilson rush for 500-plus yards for a third consecutive season, he finished with career-best passing numbers — 4,024 yards, 34 touchdowns, 68.1 completion percentage and 110.1 passer rating. Wilson should once again finish as a top-five fantasy quarterback.

7.12 - Jeremy Hill, RB, Cincinnati Bengals: Hill's rushing yards dropped from 1,124 (5.1 YPC) in 2014 to 794 (3.6 YPC) in 2015, but he did score a total of 12 touchdowns. He has some upside as my RB4.

8.01 - John Brown, WR, Arizona Cardinals: Brown finished his second season with 65 catches for 1,003 yards and seven touchdowns as he scored the 25th-most PPR fantasy points among wide receivers.

9.12 - Antonio Gates, TE, San Diego Chargers: Gates missed five games, but still finished as a top-12 fantasy tight end in 2015 at 35 years old. In fact, his 57.3 yards per game was a four-year high. If Keenan Allen stays healthy for a full season, he may average fewer yards, but he remains the favorite red-zone target of Philip Rivers and a top-12 option at the position heading into his age-36 season.

10.01 - Tyler Lockett, WR, Seattle Seahawks: Dangerous as a returner, Lockett became more involved in the team's offense in the second half of his rookie season. While he had a couple of return scores early in the season, all six of his receiving scores occurred in the final 10 games of the season. Lockett should improve upon his rookie receiving numbers (51/664/6) in 2016.

11.12 - Jordan Howard, RB, Chicago Bears: It wouldn't surprise me if Howard ends up scoring more fantasy points than presumed starter Jeremy Langford. While I have Langford ranked higher than Howard, I'd much rather draft Howard here than Langford early.

12.01 - Stefon Diggs, WR, Minnesota Vikings: Diggs provides some depth as my WR5, but the team used their first-rounder on Laquon Treadwell and no team threw it less than Minnesota last season.

13.12 - Nelson Agholor, WR, Philadelphia Eagles: Starting opposite Jordan Matthews, Agholor should see dramatically improved numbers in his second season and is worth a flyer as my WR6.

14.01 - Houston Texans D/ST

15.12 - Matt Prater, K, Detroit Lions

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June 02, 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 have begun the process of drafting one fantasy football team per day using the 2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft Simulator and we will do so up to 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, etc. -- and we will centralize the links to all of our daily fantasy football mock drafts.


Details of today's mock draft:
  • Scoring: Point per reception (PPR)
  • # of Teams: 12
  • Draft Slot: 1
  • Roster Setup: QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, TE, Flex (RB/WR/TE), 6 Bench

With that said, here are the results of today's mock draft:

1.01 - Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers: In a PPR that starts three receivers, this is a no-brainer pick. Scoring the most fantasy points among WRs over each of the past two seasons, Brown has 375/5,031/31 over the past three seasons.

2.12 - Eddie Lacy, RB, Green Bay Packers: It was a disappointing season for Fat Eddie, who is less "fat" going into the 2016 season. I think we see production closer to his first two seasons: 1,100-plus rushing yards and double-digit touchdowns each of those seasons.

3.01 - Doug Martin, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Re-signing with the Bucs this offseason, Martin played a full 16-game season and finished second in the NFL in rushing behind Adrian Peterson.

4.12 - Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Arizona Cardinals: Fitzgerald set a career high in receptions (109) last season and exceeded 1,000 yards (1,215 to be exact) for the first time in four years. I doubt we see a repeat of last year's stat line, but he's the WR24 in this mock and I'd expect at least top-24 production from him in PPR formats in 2016.

5.01 - Eric Decker, WR, New York Jets: Scoring a touchdown in 12 of 15 games, Decker's 2015 weekly production was extremely consistent: 11.7-plus PPR fantasy points every week. More than likely, Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Jets will agree on a deal and Decker should finish as a top-25 fantasy receiver (his draft slot in this mock).

6.12 - Jonathan Stewart, RB, Carolina Panthers: Before a Week 14 injury, Stewart had eight consecutive games with 20-plus carries so the workload and production is there when healthy, even though he has missed at least three games in four consecutive seasons.

7.01 - Andrew Luck, QB, Indianapolis Colts: It was a lost season for Luck, who missed more games (nine) than he played (seven) in 2015. And when he was on the field, he was (much) less than 100 percent for much of those games. With better health in 2016, I expect a bounce-back season a top-three fantasy finish from the Colts' franchise quarterback.

8.12 - Jeremy Hill, RB, Cincinnati Bengals: With one more carry than he had as a rookie, Hill's rushing yards dropped from 1,124 (5.1 YPC) in 2014 to 794 (3.6 YPC) in 2015. That said, he did score a total of 12 touchdowns. Perhaps we shouldn't expect similar efficiency as his rookie season, but I do expect to see a bit of a bounce-back from the 235-pound Hill.

9.01 - Giovani Bernard, RB, Cincinnati Bengals: Bernard finished as the RB16 in PPR 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. I love the value of both Bengals RBs at the turn.

10.12 - Gary Barnidge, TE, Cleveland Browns: It was the atypical 30-year-old breakout for Barnidge last season as he finished with 79 catches for 1,043 yards and nine touchdowns, all of which exceeded his NFL production from 2008 to 2014 combined. Barnidge won't repeat those numbers this season, but I like the value this late after punting the position.

11.01 - Sterling Shepard, WR, New York Giants: The Giants used a top-40 pick on Shepard, who could/should finish second on the team in targets and production behind Odell Beckham.

12.12 - Mohamed Sanu, WR, Atlanta Falcons: Sanu should haul in 60 catches or so as the No. 2 receiver to Julio Jones.

13.01 - Michael Thomas, WR, New Orleans Saints: Thomas will take over the Marques Colston role in one of the league's most prolific passing offenses ever.

14.12 - Sammie Coates, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers: With the suspension of Martavis Bryant, Coates could have an opportunity for a big second-year jump and is worth a flyer as my WR7.

15.01 - New England Patriots D/ST

16.12 - Chris Boswell, K, Pittsburgh Steelers

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June 01, 2016

Fantasy Football Mock Draft (June 1st): 12 teams, No. 8 pick

Practice is the key to doing anything well and that applies to drafting fantasy football teams as well.

Starting May 31st, we have begun the process of drafting one fantasy football team per day using the 2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft Simulator and we will do so up to 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, etc. -- and we will centralize the links to all of our daily fantasy football mock drafts.


Details of today's mock draft:
  • Scoring: Standard scoring (i.e., NO point per reception)
  • # of Teams: 12
  • Draft Slot: 8
  • Roster Setup: QB, 2 RB, 2 WR, TE, FLEX (RB/WR/TE), K, DST, 6 bench spots

With that said, here are the results of today's mock draft:

1.08 - Ezekial Elliott, RB, Dallas Cowboys: Using the fourth-overall pick on Elliott, the Cowboys should use Elliott as a three-down workhorse. A complete back running behind the league's best offensive line, Elliott has RB1 overall upside.

2.05 - Jordy Nelson, WR, Green Bay Packers: Nelson missed last season due to a torn ACL in the preseason, but he had stat lines of 98/1,519/13 (2014) and 85/1,314/8 (2013) in his previous two seasons before the injury.

3.08 - LeSean McCoy, RB, Buffalo Bills: Missing four games in his first season with the Bills, McCoy averaged nearly 20 touches (19.58/G) and 100 YFS (98.92/G) per game. Assuming good health, McCoy should rank near the top of the league leaders in usage and YFS in 2016.

4.05 - Julian Edelman, WR, New England Patriots: Missing seven games with a broken foot, Edelman set a career high with seven receiving touchdowns and averaged 6.8 receptions and 76.9 yards per game, both of which were career highs. Edelman has missed multiple games in each of the past two seasons, but he's a high-volume receiver playing with one of the best quarterbacks in the league. Two concerns heading into 2016, however, are another recent foot surgery and the reinstatement of Tom Brady's four-game suspension.

5.08 - Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints: Even without Jimmy Graham last year, Brees averaged 324.7 yards per game, which was the second-highest of his career. Over the past five seasons, Brees has averaged no less than 309.5 YPG with at least 32 touchdowns per year. During that five-year stretch, no quarterback has more passing yards (25,637), passing touchdowns (193) or 300-yard games (52).

6.05 - Golden Tate, WR, Detroit Lions: Tate followed up a career-best season (99/1,331/4 in 2014) with another 90-catch season although he averaged just 9.0 Y/R in 2015. With the retirement of Calvin Johnson, however, Tate should lead the team in targets and he's been productive in the games that Megatron has missed.

7.08 - DeVante Parker, WR, Miami Dolphins: Closing the season with 80-plus yards in four of his final six games, Parker amassed a total of 22 catches for 445 yards and three touchdowns and 18th-most fantasy points among wide receivers during that span. As my WR4, there is plenty of breakout potential for Parker heading into 2016.

8.05 - 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. While his January microfracture surgery isn't a positive, the Chargers don't seem too concerned based on both their words and actions (no tailbacks drafted or added via free agency). Provided he stays healthy, it shouldn't be difficult for things to go better for MG3 and offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt has talked about how reviving the team's rushing attack is his priority.

9.08 - Isaiah Crowell, RB, Cleveland Browns: Finishing in the top 25 in both categories, Crowell carried the ball 185 times for 706 yards last season. He also added 19 catches for 182 yards and scored a total of five touchdowns. New coach Hue Jackson has talked up Crowell (and backfield mate Duke Johnson) and he could once again finish as a top-25 rusher once again.

10.05 - 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. With Anquan Boldin no longer in San Francisco and Chip Kelly taking over as coach, Smith is the No. 1 receiver in an offense that should rank in the top 10 in the league in number of plays.

11.08 - Jason Witten, TE, Dallas Cowboys: I debated Rob Gronkowski at pick 1.08, and ended up completely punting the position with Witten. There's virtually no upside with him, but Witten had 11 games with 40-plus yards last year. Gronk (13) and Travis Kelce (12) are the only TEs with more such games.

12.05 - Stefon Diggs, WR, Minnesota Vikings: Diggs got off to a great start with six-plus catches and 87-plus yards in each of his first four games played and he was clearly the most productive of Minnesota's wide receivers. After the first four games, however, he exceeded 50 yards only twice and he closed the season with 22 yards or less in four of his final five games. No team threw it less than Minnesota (454 pass attempts) and they drafted Laquon Treadwell in the first round.

13.08 - Carolina Panthers D/ST

14.05 - Stephen Gostkowski, K, New England Patriots

15.08 - Nelson Agholor, WR, Philadelphia Eagles: Dealing with a midseason high-ankle sprain, Agholor was a huge disappointment in his rookie season, but he should see dramatically improved numbers in his second season. Either way, he's my WR7.

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May 31, 2016

Fantasy Football Mock Draft: 12 teams, No. 4 pick

The key to doing anything well is practice; and then practice some more.

We will apply that same concept to drafting fantasy football teams by using the 2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft Simulator starting today.

Like the past few seasons, we will complete one mock draft per day and post the results along with comments leading up to the start of the 2016 NFL season.

Each day, we will switch things up -- PPR vs. standard scoring, the number of teams, draft slot, etc. -- and compile the links to all of our daily fantasy football mock drafts.


Details of today's mock draft:
  • Scoring: Standard scoring (no PPR)
  • # of Teams: 12
  • Draft Slot: 4
  • Starting lineup: QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, 1 Flex (RB/WR/TE), K, DST

With that said, here are the results of today's mock draft:

1.04 - Julio Jones, WR, Atlanta Falcons: Not only did he lead the NFL in receptions (136, tied with Antonio Brown) and yards (1,871), Jones had the second-most all-time in both categories. I'd consider a running back here in a league that starts only two receivers, but Jones is the fourth-ranked player in my overall fantasy football cheat sheet and this league starts three WRs.

2.09 - Doug Martin, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Re-signing with the Bucs this offseason, Martin stayed healthy in 2015 and ranked second behind Adrian Peterson in rushing attempts (288) and rushing yards (1,402).

3.04 - Brandin Cooks, WR, New Orleans Saints: Cooks finished the season with a productive stat line of 84/1,138/9 and closed with momentum — eight of those touchdowns in the final nine games and three of his four 100-yard games happened in December.

4.09 - Jonathan Stewart, RB, Carolina Panthers: There are a couple of concerns with Stewart: (1) durability and (2) Cam Newton-vultured touchdowns. Before a Week 14 injury, however, Stewart had eight consecutive games with 20-plus carries so the workload is there when healthy even though he has missed at least three games in four consecutive seasons.

5.04 - Jordan Reed, TE, Washington Redskins: Speaking of durability risk, Reed was dominant in the 2015 fantasy playoffs as the weekly TE1 in Weeks 14, 15 and 16 as he hauled in a total of 25 catches for 333 yards and five touchdowns during that three-game stretch. On the year, only Rob Gronkowski and Gary Barnidge scored more fantasy points than Reed.

6.09 - DeVante Parker, WR, Miami Dolphins: Parker closed the season strong with 80-plus yards in four of the final six games and amassed 22/445/3 during that six-game span. There is plenty of breakout potential for Parker heading into 2016 as my WR3.

7.04 - Michael Crabtree, WR, Oakland Raiders: Crabtree tied previous career highs of 85 receptions and nine touchdowns last season and finished with 922 receiving yards, his most since 2012.

8.09 - Giovani Bernard, RB, Cincinnati Bengals: Bernard finished as a top-21 fantasy running back in standard-scoring formats (RB16 in PPR) last season despite scoring just two touchdowns. In fact, RB21 was the worst finish of his young three-year career. In his three seasons, Bernard has averaged 213.33 touches (including 49.33 receptions) and 1,146.67 YFS per season. I like him a lot in Round 8.

9.04 - Derrick Henry, RB, Tennessee Titans: Even if the plan is for DeMarco Murray to handle the bulk of carries, Henry will be involved and should see his role expand over the course of the season.

10.09 - Tony Romo, QB, Dallas Cowboys: If things go according to plan for the Cowboys (at least, based on my belief of what the "plan" is), their offense should be run-heavy similar to the 2014 season, which limits Romo's upside. Even with career-best efficiency numbers in 2014, Romo finished as only the 11th-best fantasy quarterback that year. There are obvious durability concerns as well, which is another reason why I doubled up on the position here.

11.04 - Derek Carr, QB, Oakland Raiders: Slumping down the stretch, 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 2016 and he's a low-end QB1/high-end QB2 going into the 2016 season. With Romo and Carr, I'll play the matchups. In fact, Romo has the second-most favorable fantasy strength of schedule.

12.09 - Devontae Booker, RB, Denver Broncos: The Broncos used a fourth-round pick on Booker and the rookie brings plenty of confidence to the team's backfield. "I’m not there to carry pads, I’m there to take someone’s job," Booker said. While he may not "take" C.J. Anderson's job, Booker is the Broncos running back to own (after CJA) and should challenge for early-down snaps.

13.04 - Carolina Panthers D/ST: Normally, I wait until the second-to-final round to draft my D/ST. I miscalculated thinking I was only one round earlier than usual.

14.09 - Nelson Agholor, WR, Philadelphia Eagles: Agholor's rookie season went much worse than anyone anticipated, but he apparently dealt with a high-ankle sprain during the middle of the season. Starting opposite Jordan Matthews, Agholor should see much improved numbers and should exceed value at this draft slot.

15.04 - Rishard Matthews, WR, Tennessee Titans: Matthews missed the final five games last season due to injury. Through the first 10 games, Matthews was on pace for 69/1,059/6. While I wouldn't expect that stat line in his first season in Tennessee, he's a solid WR depth option late in drafts.

16.09 - Brandon McManus, K, Denver Broncos: Last round, I needed a kicker.

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May 29, 2016

2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: Round 12

We have completed our latest 2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft.

Four of our contributors -- Kevin Hanson, Brendan Donahue, Sean Beazley and Dan Yanotchko -- each drafted for three (of 12) teams. The draft used standard scoring -- i.e., not point-per-reception (PPR) scoring.

With that said, here are Round 12 results from our 2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft:

12.01 - Sean Beazley (Team 3): Tony Romo, QB, Dallas Cowboys

What's worse than breaking your collar bone? Breaking it twice. Not only did Romo break his collar bone twice last season, but he had surgery in March. That said, he has been participating in the team's OTAs. If he (and Dez Bryant) can stay healthy, Romo could finish as a top-12 fantasy quarterback.

But it wouldn't surprise me if the Cowboys went with a run-heavy attack similar to two seasons ago, when Romo finished as only fantasy's QB11 despite having an incredibly efficient season (69.9 completion percentage and 34:9 TD-to-INT ratio). On a positive note, Romo has a favorable fantasy strength of schedule -- 2nd-most favorable to only Matthew Stafford and the Lions.

12.02 - Kevin Hanson (Team 3): Jimmy Graham, TE, Seattle Seahawks

Graham failed to make the impact that many expected. In fact, Russell Wilson's strong performance in the second half of the season mostly occurred with Graham injured. While it's unclear if Graham will be ready for the start of the season, the team at least is hopeful that he will be ready for Week 1.

12.03 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 3): Darren McFadden, RB, Dallas Cowboys

Despite injuries to Romo and Bryant and not starting at the beginning of the season, McFadden scored the 13th-most fantasy points among running backs in 2015. Not only did McFadden play a full 16-game season for a second year in a row, but he reached the 1,000-yard rushing mark for the second time in his career as well. Unfortunately for McFadden, the Cowboys used the No. 4 overall pick on Ohio State's Ezekiel Elliott, so his workload is set to drop considerably.

12.04 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 2): Kamar Aiken, WR, Baltimore Ravens

Aiken had a nice 2015 season with 75 catches for 944 yards, but that production should decline with the addition of Mike Wallace and returns of Steve Smith and Breshad Perriman.

12.05 - Brendan Donahue (Team 3): Devin Funchess, WR, Carolina Panthers

With Kelvin Benjamin (ACL) out for the season, Funchess underperformed expectations with a stat line of 31/473/5 in 2015. On a positive note, all five of his touchdowns came in the final nine games and his best performance (7/120/1) happened in Week 17. With Benjamin healthy, however, Funchess is no better than third (and possibly fourth) in line for targets.

12.06 - Brendan Donahue (Team 2): Michael Thomas, WR, New Orleans Saints

Underutilized at Ohio State, Thomas will step into a prominent role in one of the most prolific passing offenses in the NFL, which will give him an opportunity to make a significnat contribution as a rookie.

12.07 - Sean Beazley (Team 2): Kenyan Drake, RB, Miami Dolphins

The Dolphins used a third-round pick on Drake, who was a change-of-pace back to Derrick Henry at Alabama last season. While he's not a threat to Jay Ajayi's lead-back role, Drake should get plenty of work on third downs and could finish as a top-50 back in 2016.

12.08 - Sean Beazley (Team 1): Bilal Powell, RB, New York Jets

Powell was a PPR machine down the stretch as he finished as a top-25 weekly PPR performer in five of his final six games, which included three top-eight finishes. While Chris Ivory is no longer on the roster, signing Matt Forte, one of the best receiving backs in the NFL, was not a positive for Powell's outlook. That said, he's still a top-50 back for 2016 with more upside in PPR formats.

12.09 - Kevin Hanson (Team 2): Nelson Agholor, WR, Philadelphia Eagles

Agholor's rookie season went much worse than anyone anticipated, but he apparently dealt with a high-ankle sprain during the middle of the season. The first-round draft pick finished 2015 with only 23 catches for 283 yards and one touchdown in 13 games and had 35 yards or less in all but two games. Starting opposite Jordan Matthews, Agholor should see dramatically improved numbers in his second season and could exceed value at his current draft slot.

12.10 - Kevin Hanson (Team 1): Marcus Mariota, QB, Tennessee Titans

With Tom Brady as the starter for this team, it's possible that Mariota will need to start the first four games with Brady's four-game suspension reinstated. Especially if he runs more often, the second-year quarterback has plenty of upside in 2016.

Finishing as a top-six weekly fantasy quarterback in four of his 12 games, Mariota had his share of big games. Typical for a rookie, however, Mariota's performance was up and down, but he had one of the league's worst supporting casts around him as well. No team allowed more sacks (54), but the Titans improved both their offensive line and skill-position options this offseason as well. Even so, the Titans should find themselves in catchup mode often, which is a positive for Mariota's fantasy value.

12.11 - Brendan Donahue (Team 1): Phillip Dorsett, WR, Indianapolis Colts

One of the fastest players in the league, Dorsett, the team's first-round pick in 2015, had more than two receptions in only one of 11 games played last season. While his production should improve in his second season, he's clearly behind T.Y. Hilton and Donte Moncrief on the depth chart.

12.12 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 1): Shane Vereen, RB, New York Giants

The bulk of Vereen's production comes as a receiver (59/495/4, all of which were receiving career highs), but he still finished as the RB38 in standard-scoring formats (RB27 in PPR). In other words, he's a solid RB5 for Dan's team.

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2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: Round 11

In our latest 2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft, four of our contributors -- Kevin Hanson, Brendan Donahue, Sean Beazley and Dan Yanotchko -- will each draft for three (of 12) teams.

This mock draft will run 12 rounds and will use standard scoring -- i.e., not point-per-reception (PPR) scoring -- and we are down to the final round.

Here are the Round 11 results in our 2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft:

11.01 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 1): C.J. Prosise, RB, Seattle Seahawks

With the retirement of Marshawn Lynch and injury (broken ankle) to Thomas Rawls, the Seahawks used multiple draft picks on running backs with Prosise being the earliest (Round 3). At a minimum, however, the team plans to use Prosise as their third-down/passing-down back. In fact, Prosise began his Notre Dame career as a wide receiver.

Coach Pete Carroll recently said the following of Prosise (via the Seattle Times): "He’s going to do things that he’s really good at and then we’re going to expand his role as he can handle it. There’s no reason he can’t be a first-down back, too. We just know what we’re going to attempt to do with him on third down."

11.02 - Brendan Donahue (Team 1): DeAngelo Williams, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers

Filling in for Le'Veon Bell due to suspension and then injury, Williams finished as fantasy's RB4 in 2015. Williams racked up a total of 1,274 yards from scrimmage and 11 touchdowns last year. If Bell plays a full season, Williams obviously won't come anywhere close to his 2015 numbers, but he is a must-own for any Bell owner, like Brendan.

11.03 - Kevin Hanson (Team 1): Ladarius Green, TE, Pittsburgh Steelers

The Steelers gave Green a large contract this offseason to take over for retired Heath Miller, but Green recently underwent ankle surgery. Assuming that he is healthy before the start of the season, Green should shatter previous career highs and he has top-10 upside.

11.04 - Kevin Hanson (Team 2): Devontae Booker, RB, Denver Broncos

The Broncos used a fourth-round pick on Booker and the rookie brings plenty of confidence to the team's backfield. "I’m not there to carry pads, I’m there to take someone’s job," Booker said. While he may not "take" C.J. Anderson's job, Booker is the Broncos running back to own (after CJA) and should challenge for early-down snaps.

11.05 - Sean Beazley (Team 1): Philip Rivers, QB, San Diego Chargers

With 662 pass attempts (previous career high: 582), Rivers averaged a career-high 299.6 yards per game and threw 29 touchdowns despite multi-game absences by his top-two pass-catchers -- Keenan Allen (played eight games) and Antonio Gates (11 games). In fact, Rivers averaged 21.05 fantasy points per game with Allen; only 14.52/G without him.

Sean drafted Ben Roethlisberger in the eighth round, but Rivers gives Sean some protection if Big Ben misses time. Roethlisberger missed four games last season and has missed at least three games in three of the past six seasons.

11.06 - Sean Beazley (Team 2): Paul Perkins, RB, New York Giants

Over the past couple of seasons at UCLA, Perkins ran for 2,918 yards, hauled in 56 receptions for 443 yards and scored a total of 26 touchdowns. With Rashad Jennings having a shaky durability track record and turning 31 this offseason, Perkins could find himself with a relatively large role as a rookie.

Given that Sean waited until Round 5 to select his first running back, none of his team's running backs rank inside my top-24 backs. So with a team full of "flex" running backs, Perkins gives Sean some insurance with Jennings as one of his top-three backs.

11.07 - Brendan Donahue (Team 2): Javorius Allen, RB, Baltimore Ravens

With Justin Forsett healthy and the team drafting Kenneth Dixon in the fourth round, it's unclear how 2016 touches will be allocated, but Allen has shown an ability to be productive when given the opportunity. With Forsett sidelined over the final seven games of the season, Allen totalled 629 yards from scrimmage on 133 touches (including 37 receptions).

11.08 - Brendan Donahue (Team 3): Jerick McKinnon, RB, Minnesota Vikings

In limited opportunities, McKinnon has been productive -- 4.9 yards per carry in 165 career rush attempts. And Adrian Peterson is clearly the team's workhorse, but McKinnon should see a larger workload than he had last year (73 touches).

11.09 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 2): Sterling Shepard, WR, New York Giants

The Giants used a top-40 pick on Shepard, who should be the No. 2 option behind Odell Beckham with Rueben Randle signing with the Eagles and the uncertainty of what Victor Cruz will be able to provide. I could see Shepard finishing with 60-plus catches as a rookie.

11.10 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 3): Theo Riddick, RB, Detroit Lions

Riddick had 80 catches for 697 yards plus 133 rushing yards and three total touchdowns last season. While he's much better in PPR formats (RB18 last year), he finished as a top-40 option in standard-scoring leagues as well.

11.11 - Kevin Hanson (Team 3): Antonio Gates, TE, San Diego Chargers

Gates missed five games, but still finished as a top-12 fantasy tight end in 2015 at 35 years old. In fact, his 57.3 yards per game was a four-year high. If Keenan Allen stays healthy for a full season, he may average fewer yards, but he remains the favorite red-zone target of Philip Rivers and a top-12 option at the position heading into his age-36 season.

11.12 - Sean Beazley (Team 3): Travis Benjamin, WR, San Diego Chargers

In spite of poor quarterback play in Cleveland, Benjamin broke out with a 68/966/5 season. With better weapons on San Diego's roster, Benjamin may be third in line behind Keenan Allen and Antonio Gates, but the improvement in quarterback play should allow Benjamin to come close to his 2015 numbers even if he falls a little short.

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May 28, 2016

2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: Round 10

In our latest 2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft, four of our contributors -- Kevin Hanson, Brendan Donahue, Sean Beazley and Dan Yanotchko -- will each draft for three (of 12) teams.

This mock draft will run 12 rounds and will use standard scoring -- i.e., not point-per-reception (PPR) scoring -- and we are now down to the final two rounds.

Here are the Round 10 results in our 2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft:

10.01 - Sean Beazley (Team 3): Josh Doctson, WR, Washington Redskins

Many believed that Doctson was the best receiver in this year's rookie class, but it may be a season before his true impact is felt as DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon are still on the team's roster. It would make sense for the team to part ways with Garcon, but it sounds unlikely at this point, but both Garcon and D-Jax will become free agents next offseason. While Doctson's 2017 season should be much better than his 2016 season, his role in the offense should expand as the season progresses.

10.02 - Kevin Hanson (Team 3): Karlos Williams, RB, Buffalo Bills

When given touches, Williams was highly productive -- 93 carries for 517 yards (5.6 YPC), 11 catches for 96 yards and nine total touchdowns -- in 11 games last season. For this team, he's a high-upside RB5 if LeSean McCoy misses any time.

10.03 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 3): Julius Thomas, TE, Jacksonville Jaguars

Missing much of training camp and the first four games of the season, Thomas did not make the impact that he or the team expected when they signed him to a lucrative free-agent contract. Thomas should establish better chemistry with Blake Bortles this season provided he can stay healthy, but he has missed multiple games in each of the past three seasons as a starter with the Broncos and the Jags.

10.04 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 2): Tevin Coleman, RB, Atlanta Falcons

Injuries slowed Coleman, who missed four games as a rookie. While he lost three fumbles on just 87 carries, he did average 4.5 yards per carry and he has plenty of big-play ability. Assuming he stays healthy and does a better job of protecting the football, Coleman could wind up getting in the neighborhood of 10 touches per game in 2016. Plus, Dan's team owns Devonta Freeman as well so this pick provides him some insurance.

10.05 - Brendan Donahue (Team 3): Breshad Perriman, WR, Baltimore Ravens

The Ravens used their 2015 first-round draft pick on Perriman, but the big-play wideout missed all of 2015 due to a PCL injury. With the Ravens adding Mike Wallace, however, both receivers will compete for the same role within the offense.

10.06 - Brendan Donahue (Team 2): Mohamed Sanu, WR, Atlanta Falcons

The Falcons gave Sanu a big free-agent deal to become Atlanta's No. 2 receiver behind stud Julio Jones. Based on his contract and role more so than talent, Sanu should have an opportunity to put up numbers similar to his 2014 season (56/790/5), a year in which he also led the league in drops.

10.07 - Sean Beazley (Team 2): Coby Fleener, TE, New Orleans Saints

With 50-plus catches in each of the past three seasons, Fleener should have an opportunity to exceed that production by a considerable amount. In the team's first season without Jimmy Graham, Ben Watson essentially came out of nowhere to finish as a top-eight fantasy tight end in 2015. Playing with Drew Brees and with Watson gone, Fleener could not have landed in a better spot as a free agent.

10.08 - Sean Beazley (Team 1): 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.

10.09 - Kevin Hanson (Team 2): Zach Ertz, TE, Philadelphia Eagles

Ertz set career highs in 2015 with 75 catches for 853 yards, but he had just two touchdowns. Ertz was especially good over the final four games of the season with a 35/450/1 line during that span. Obviously, he'll slow from his end-of-season torrid pace, but hopefully Ertz can build upon last year's positive momentum.

10.10 - Kevin Hanson (Team 1): Jordan Howard, RB, Chicago Bears

The Bears used a fifth-round pick on Howard and it wouldn't surprise me if the 230-pound back ends up scoring more fantasy points than Jeremy Langford. To be clear, I have Langford ranked higher than Howard, but I'd much rather draft Howard late than Langford early. One AFC running backs coach called Howard the "best runner in this year's draft" (via NFL.com) and while I wouldn't go that far, Howard will be a back that I target late in virtually all of my drafts.

10.11 - Brendan Donahue (Team 1): Laquon Treadwell, WR, Minnesota Vikings

Some will knock Treadwell for his (lack of) speed, but the Vikings first-round pick is a big-bodied (6-2, 221), physical receiver with strong hands that runs good routes. Perhaps a bigger problem than his speed is Minnesota's offense, as no team threw it less than the Vikings in 2015, but Treadwell should make his presence felt in the red zone.

10.12 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 1): Gary Barnidge, TE, Cleveland Browns

It was the atypical 30-year-old breakout for Barnidge last season as he finished with 79 catches for 1,043 yards and nine touchdowns, all of which exceeded his NFL production from 2008 to 2014 combined. In fact, only Rob Gronkowski scored more fantasy points than Barnidge in standard-scoring formats (TE4 in PPR) last season. While he may not finish as a top-five producer once again, he enters the season as a viable starting tight end despite a change in coaching staff and quarterback.

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2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: Round 9

In our latest 2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft, four of our contributors -- Kevin Hanson, Brendan Donahue, Sean Beazley and Dan Yanotchko -- will each draft for three (of 12) teams.

This mock draft will run 12 rounds and will use standard scoring -- i.e., not point-per-reception (PPR) scoring -- and ROund 9 is now complete.

Here are the Round 9 results in our 2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft:

9.01 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 1): Blake Bortles, QB, Jacksonville Jaguars

In his second season, Bortles threw for 4,428 yards, 35 touchdowns and 18 interceptions and ran for 310 yards and two more scores. Bortles needs to cut down on the turnovers and he's unlikely to repeat the 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.

9.02 - Brendan Donahue (Team 1): Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, Tennessee Titans

The Titans have a number of receivers on their roster, but Green-Beckham is the most talented and the second-year wideout certainly has the most upside out of the group. The 6-foot-5 receiver had both of his 100-yard games in December so he will look to build upon his late-season momentum.

9.03 - Kevin Hanson (Team 1): Arian Foster, RB, Free Agent

A ruptured Achilles ended his 2015 season prematurely and he will turn 30 prior to the start of the 2016 NFL season as Foster currently remains an unsigned free agent. A couple of potential landing spots, such as Miami or Washington, could lead to a sizable workload for Foster, which makes him a high-upside, low-floor option at his current eighth-round ADP.

Using the first three of this team's picks on receivers, I've loaded up on running backs since then as Foster would be this team's RB5. Considering Jay Ajayi, my fifth-round pick, projects as the team's RB2, Foster provides some insurance in the event that he signs with the Dolphins.

9.04 - Kevin Hanson (Team 2): DeSean Jackson, WR, Washington Redskins

Taking this team's starting wide receivers -- Julio Jones and Keenan Allen -- in the first three rounds, Jackson is a high-upside weekly option as my WR3. And even though Washington used a first-round pick on Josh Doctson, D-Jax remains a boom-or-bust weekly option that should finish with 1,000 yards or so provided he remains healthy.

A hamstring injury limited Jackson to just nine games last season so his overall numbers dropped to 30/528/4 after finishing with 56/1,169/6 in 2014. Over the final six weeks of the season, Jackson had 25 catches for 469 yards, 11th-most among wide receivers during that span, and all four of his touchdowns.

9.05 - Sean Beazley (Team 1): Markus Wheaton, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers

With Martavis Bryant suspended for the season, it should lead to a higher volume of targets and production for Wheaton, who finished with 44 catches for 749 yards and five touchdowns last season. Over the first 10 games of the season, five of which Bryant missed last year, Wheaton had less than 20 yards seven times. Over the final six games, however, Wheaton had a total of 476 yards and four touchdowns.

9.06 - Sean Beazley (Team 2): Kendall Wright, WR, Tennessee Titans

Missing six games last season, Wright finished with 36 catches for 408 yards, both of which were career lows in terms of absolute numbers and per-game production. With the team signing Rishard Matthews this offseason, it's possible that Wright is off the field in two-WR sets, which makes him a low-upside WR4/5.

9.07 - Brendan Donahue (Team 2): Marvin Jones, WR, Detroit Lions

Jones set career highs in receptions (65) and yards (816) in his final season with the Bengals last year. While the Lions should be more balanced this year, no team threw the ball on a higher percentage of their plays than Detroit last year. And while Golden Tate should lead the receiving corps in targets and production, the retirement of Calvin Johnson and lack of depth beyond Tate and Jones should lead to new career highs in catches and yards for Jones.

9.08 - Brendan Donahue (Team 3): Isaiah Crowell, RB, Cleveland Browns

Finishing in the top 25 in both categories, Crowell carried the ball 185 times for 706 yards last season. He also added 19 catches for 182 yards and scored a total of five touchdowns. New coach Hue Jackson has talked up Crowell (and backfield mate Duke Johnson) and he could once again finish as a top-25 rusher once again.

9.09 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 2): Eli Manning, QB, New York Giants

For a second consecutive season, Manning finished as a top-10 fantasy quarterback. In both seasons, Manning threw 600-plus times and exceeded 4,400-plus yards while throwing a total of 65 touchdowns. With one of the league's most dynamic players as his go-to receiver, there's no reason Eli shouldn't finish as a top-10 fantasy quarterback once again. And coincidentally, Manning is the 10th quarterback off the board in this mock.

9.10 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 3): Derek Carr, QB, Oakland Raiders

Slumping down the stretch, 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 2016 and he's a low-end QB1/high-end QB2 going into the 2016 season.

9.11 - Kevin Hanson (Team 3): 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. With Anquan Boldin no longer in San Francisco and Chip Kelly taking over as coach, Smith is the No. 1 receiver in an offense that should rank in the top 10 in the league in number of plays.

9.12 - Sean Beazley (Team 3): 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.

Whether Cousins plays out this season under the franchise tag or both sides agree to a long-term deal before the July 15th deadline, he is set up for success with a talented supporting cast that drafted TCU's Josh Doctson in the first round and a favorable fantasy strength of schedule (ninth-best).

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2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: Round 8

In our latest 2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft, four of our contributors -- Kevin Hanson, Brendan Donahue, Sean Beazley and Dan Yanotchko -- will each draft for three (of 12) teams.

This mock draft will run 12 rounds and will use standard scoring -- i.e., not point-per-reception (PPR) scoring -- and we are now through Round 8.

Here are the Round 8 results in our 2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft:

8.01 - Sean Beazley (Team 3): Kenneth Dixon, RB, Baltimore Ravens

At the turn, Sean took Justin Forsett with the pick immediately preceeding this one. A talented rookie that slipped to the Ravens in the fourth round, Dixon could quickly emerge as the lead back in the team's crowded backfield. While Buck Allen will get work as well, doubling up here gives Sean a better chance of securing the team's best fantasy back.

8.02 - Kevin Hanson (Team 3): Charles Sims, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Even with Doug Martin rushing for more than 1,400 yards, Sims finished as fantasy's RB22 (RB17 in PPR) in 2015. While his ceiling is capped if Martin stays healthy for a full season once again, it wouldn't surprise me if me duplicates last year's production -- 1,090 YFS, 51 receptions and four TDs.

8.03 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 3): Chris Johnson, RB, Arizona Cardinals

Before breaking his leg, Johnson ranked near the top of the league in rush attempts and yards last season. In 11 games, CJ2K finished with 196 carries for 814 yards. That said, he averaged 3.6 YPC or less in his final four games before the injury and David Johnson should dominate backfield touches in 2016 as long as he remains healthy.

- Related: 2016 Arizona Cardinals Fantasy Football Projections

8.04 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 2): Vincent Jackson, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

With CJ2K and V-Jax, Dan has taken players with 11th-round ADPs three rounds early. Neither of these guys are guys that I would take earlier than their ADPs, however.

Missing six games last season, Jackson had his worst season since signing with the Bucs both in absolute and per-game numbers. V-Jax finished with just 33 catches for 543 yards (54.3/G) and three touchdowns in his age-32 season. Jackson had just one or two catches in four of his 10 games last year.

8.05 - Brendan Donahue (Team 3): Delanie Walker, TE, Tennessee Titans

In his third season with the Titans, Walker blew away previous career highs in receptions (94) and yards (1,088) and tied a previous career high in touchdowns (six). Walker had 52-plus yards in his final 12 games of the season and due to that level of consistency, he finished as a top-12 fantasy tight end in 11 of 16 weeks.

8.06 - Brendan Donahue (Team 2): Derrick Henry, RB, Tennessee Titans

The 2015 Heisman Trophy winner, Henry has great speed for his size (6-3, 247) and he should challenge DeMarco Murray early on for work as part of their backfield committee. Perhaps early in the season, we could see Murray getting 15-18 touches and Henry getting 10-12 touches per game.

8.07 - Sean Beazley (Team 2): Rashad Jennings, RB, New York Giants

For the first time in his career, Jennings played all 16 games and posted career highs in both carries (195) and rushing yards (863). Racking up 419 YFS in the final three games of the season, Jennings ended the season on a positive note and he should enter the season as the lead back. That said, he turned 31 in March, has struggled with durability and the Giants drafted Paul Perkins in the fifth round of this year's draft.

8.08 - Sean Beazley (Team 1): Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Pittsburgh Steelers

For a second consecutive season, Big Ben has led the NFL in passing yards per game (328.2/G in 2015). Even with the full-season suspension of Martavis Bryant, Roethlisberger has top-five upside provided he can stay healthy for 16 games.

8.09 - Kevin Hanson (Team 2): Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints

Even without Jimmy Graham last year, Brees averaged 324.7 yards per game, which was the second-highest of his career. Over the past five seasons, Brees has averaged no less than 309.5 YPG with at least 32 touchdowns per year. During that five-year stretch, no quarterback has more passing yards (25,637), passing touchdowns (193) or 300-yard games (52).

8.10 - Kevin Hanson (Team 1): Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots

It's déjà vu all over again with the four-game suspension for Brady, who appears as determined as ever to fight the suspension. Perhaps Brady won't have to serve the suspension in 2016, but even if he does, he should easily finish as a top-five (or better) quarterback in terms of fantasy points per game. Scoring more fantasy points than every quarterback not named Cam last season, Brady threw for 4,770 yards and a league-high 36 touchdowns in 2015.

8.11 - Brendan Donahue (Team 1): Carson Palmer, QB, Arizona Cardinals

Palmer set career highs in passing yards (4,671, fourth-most in the NFL) and passing touchdowns (35, second-most) in 2015 as the Cardinals led the NFL in total offense and finished second in scoring offense. With a talented trio of wide receivers in addition to one of the league's best young running backs, Palmer has a chance to once again finish as a top-five fantasy quarterback in 2016. Excluding Week 17, Palmer threw for 300-plus yards and/or multiple touchdowns in all but two games last season.

8.12 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 1): Stefon Diggs, WR, Minnesota Vikings

Diggs got off to a great start with six-plus catches and 87-plus yards in each of his first four games played and he was clearly the most productive of Minnesota's wide receivers. After the first four games, however, he exceeded 50 yards only twice and he closed the season with 22 yards or less in four of his final five games.

No team threw it less than Minnesota (454 pass attempts) and they drafted Laquon Treadwell in the first round. In other words, Diggs is a solid receiver at this spot, but the upside is limited.

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2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: Round 7

In our latest 2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft, four of our contributors -- Kevin Hanson (yours truly), Brendan Donahue, Sean Beazley and Dan Yanotchko -- will each draft for three (of 12) teams.

This mock draft will run 12 rounds and will use standard scoring -- i.e., not point-per-reception (PPR) scoring -- and we are now through Round 7.

Here are the Round 7 results in our 2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft:

7.01 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 1): Tim Hightower, RB, New Orleans Saints

If we were assigning mock draft superlatives, this would certainly earn the title of Most Surprising Pick. Based on early ADP data from Fantasy Football Calculator, Hightower has an average draft position of 180 (14th round).

I have to admit I have no idea what Dan was thinking when he made this pick, as he could have waited until the last round of this mock (Round 12) for Hightower. My guess is Dan worries about Mark Ingram's durability and is basing this pick on what Hightower did last season as Ingram's injury replacement — and could do in that role again this year. In the final four games of the season (with Ingram sidelined), Hightower finished as a top-seven fantasy running back three times and averaged 24.0 touches and 17.4 fantasy points per game over that stretch.

And even though Ingram has missed at least three games in four of his five NFL seasons, Hightower will have little weekly value when Ingram is healthy. With only LeSean McCoy (2.12) and Jeremy Langford (4.12) as starting running backs on Dan's team, I'd prefer a running back in this spot that could provide more weekly production, such as Giovani Bernard or Chris Ivory.

7.02 - Brendan Donahue (Team 1): Travis Kelce, TE, Kansas City Chiefs

Kelce's 2015 numbers (875 yards and five touchdowns) were very similar to his 2014 numbers (862 yards and five touchdowns). Among tight ends, only Rob Gronkowski (2,300), Greg Olsen (2,112) and Delanie Walker (1,978) have more receiving yards than Kelce (1,737) over the past two seasons.

7.03 - Kevin Hanson (Team 1): Giovani Bernard, RB, Cincinnati Bengals

Part of a platoon with Jeremy Hill, Bernard still finished as a top-21 fantasy running back in standard-scoring formats (RB16 in PPR) last season despite scoring just two touchdowns. In fact, RB21 was the worst finish of his young three-year career.

In his three seasons, Bernard has averaged 213.33 touches (including 49.33 receptions) and 1,146.67 YFS per season. Another season with 200 touches, 50 receptions and 1,000-plus YFS is likely for Bernard, who should easily reach value at his current ADP (RB30) even if his ceiling is limited by Hill's presence.

7.04 - Kevin Hanson (Team 2): Chris Ivory, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars

One year after finishing as a top-20 fantasy running back, Ivory finished 2015 as a top-10 fantasy back while recording his first-ever 1,000-yard season (1,070 yards on 247 carries). Signing a free-agent deal with the Jaguars, however, Ivory will be part of a 1-2 punch with second-year back T.J. Yeldon in 2016. Only the Lions ran the ball on a lower percentage of their plays than the Jaguars last season, but the team should run the ball more often in 2016 with an improved outlook.

7.05 - Sean Beazley (Team 1): Ameer Abdullah, RB, Detroit Lions

Atop the team's depth chart, Abdullah has some breakout potential in 2016. No team ran the ball on a lower percentage of their plays last season, but the retirement of Calvin Johnson should lead to more play-calling balance. Abdullah rushed for 597 yards on 143 carries, added 25 catches for 183 yards and scored three total touchdowns as a rookie.

7.06 - Sean Beazley (Team 2): 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. Moncrief had turf toe surgery earlier this offseason, but he should be ready for training camp. With an ideal combination of great size (6-2, 222) and athleticism (4.40 forty, 39.5-inch vertical), the 22-year-old (turns 23 in August) Moncrief has plenty of breakout appeal heading into his third season.

7.07 - Brendan Donahue (Team 2): Tyler Lockett, WR, Seattle Seahawks

Dangerous as a returner, Lockett became more involved in the team's offense in the second half of his rookie season. While he had a couple of return scores early in the season, all six of his receiving scores occurred in the final 10 games of the season. Lockett should improve upon his rookie receiving numbers (51/664/6) in 2016.

7.08 - Brendan Donahue (Team 3): Kevin White, WR, Chicago Bears

White missed all of his rookie season due to a stress fracture in his shin. Recovered from last year's injury, White has all of the physical tools to develop into a dominant receiver in the league and should finish second on the team in targets behind Alshon Jeffery in 2016.

7.09 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 2): LeGarrette Blount, RB, New England Patriots

In his 38 games (regular season and playoffs) as a Patriot, Blount has a total of 24 touchdowns. The biggest challenge with owning Blount — or any Patriots running back — is that he could go from 30 carries and three touchdowns one week to two carries the next week.

7.10 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 3): Steve Smith, WR, Baltimore Ravens

Postponing his retirement by one year, the obvious concerns with Smith is that he is now 37 years old and coming off a torn Achilles injury. That said, Smith had 46 catches for 670 yards and three scores in his seven games played last season. His 95.7 YPG average was the third-highest of his career and his most in nearly a decade (2008).

7.11 - Kevin Hanson (Team 3): Duke Johnson, RB, Cleveland Browns

Only four running backs had more receptions than Johnson (61) had as a rookie last season. Better in PPR formats (RB23 in 2015), Johnson still managed to finish as a top-35 fantasy running back in standard-scoring formats as well. Coincidentally, Johnson is the 35th running back off the board in this mock.

7.12 - Sean Beazley (Team 3): Justin Forsett, RB, Baltimore Ravens

Forsett broke his arm in the team's 10th game and he missed the final six games of the season. In the first nine games, however, he averaged 16.33 touches per game in the first nine games of the season. Forsett will open camp atop the team's depth chart, but he turns 31 this year and Buck Allen and rookie Kenneth Dixon will push him for snaps early on.

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2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: Round 6

In our latest 2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft, four of our contributors -- Kevin Hanson, Brendan Donahue, Sean Beazley and Dan Yanotchko -- will each draft for three (of 12) teams.

This mock draft will run 12 rounds and will use standard scoring -- i.e., not point-per-reception (PPR) scoring -- and we are now halfway through our 12-round mock draft.

Here are the Round 6 results in our 2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft:

6.01 - Sean Beazley (Team 3): Dion Lewis, RB, New England Patriots

Perhaps my favorite pick in this mock so far, I was hoping Lewis would last one more pick. Tearing his ACL only seven games into the season, Lewis was on pace for 1,422 yards from scrimmage, 82 receptions and nine total touchdowns. (Only four running backs had 1,400-plus YFS in 2015 although injuries played a part in that as well.) Still only 25 years old, there's a good chance that Lewis will be ready for the start of the season.

6.02 - Kevin Hanson (Team 3): Andrew Luck, QB, Indianapolis Colts

It was a lost season for Luck, who missed more games (nine) than he played (seven) in 2015. And when he was on the field, he was (much) less than 100 percent for much of those games. Like Cam, Luck benefits from his dual-threat abilities as he rushed for 255-plus yards per year with a total of 12 touchdowns in his first three seasons. With better health in 2016, I expect a bounce-back season a top-three fantasy finish from the Colts' franchise quarterback.

6.03 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 3): Danny Woodhead, RB, San Diego Chargers

No running back had more receptions (80) or receiving yards (755) than Woodhead, who totalled 1,091 YFS and nine touchdowns last season. Woodhead played just three games in 2014, but Woodhead has finished as a top-24 fantasy running back in each of his past three full seasons. In fact, he finished as a top-10 fantasy running back (RB3 in PPR) in 2015.

6.04 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 2): Michael Crabtree, WR, Oakland Raiders

Crabtree tied previous career highs of 85 receptions and nine touchdowns last season and finished with 922 receiving yards, his most since 2012. Crabtree exceeded 55 yards only once in his final eight games after doing so five times in his first eight games, but he had a minimum of four receptions in 15 of 16 games.

6.05 - Brendan Donahue (Team 3): DeVante Parker, WR, Miami Dolphins

The 2015 first-round pick out of Louisville, Parker closed the season strong with 80-plus yards in four of the final six games of the season. During that six-game span, Parker amassed a total of 22 catches for 445 yards and three touchdowns. There is plenty of breakout potential for Parker heading into 2016.

6.06 - Brendan Donahue (Team 2): Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks

After a slow start, Wilson's production spiked down the stretch as he once again finished the full season as fantasy's QB3. Not only did Wilson rush for 500-plus yards for a third consecutive season, he finished with career-best passing numbers — 4,024 yards, 34 touchdowns, 68.1 completion percentage and 110.1 passer rating. Wilson should once again finish as a top-five fantasy quarterback.

6.07 - Sean Beazley (Team 2): 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. While his January microfracture surgery isn't a positive, the Chargers don't seem too concerned based on both their words and actions (no tailbacks drafted or added via free agency). Provided he stays healthy, it shouldn't be difficult for things to go better for MG3 and offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt has talked about how reviving the team's rushing attack is his priority.

6.08 - Sean Beazley (Team 1): Corey Coleman, WR, Cleveland Browns

The first receiver off the board in April's draft, Coleman has a few things working in his favor. Not only is he an explosive athlete, few teams have a worse receiving corps than the Browns, who should also find themselves trailing and needing to throw. Especially if Josh Gordon isn't reinstated, it wouldn't surprise me if Coleman finishes with 70-80 receptions and roughly 1,000 yards as a rookie.

6.09 - Kevin Hanson (Team 2): T.J. Yeldon, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars

Missing four games as a rookie, Yeldon averaged more than 18 touches per game but finished with just two rushing touchdowns. With the team signing free-agent Chris Ivory in the offseason, Yeldon's workload should decline on a per-game basis. On a positive note, the team should be much more competitive in 2016 and that should lead to an improved run-play percentage (34.98 percent). Only the Lions had a lower run-play ratio in 2015.

6.10 - Kevin Hanson (Team 1): Frank Gore, RB, Indianapolis Colts

With the exception of an 11-game 2010 season, Gore rushed for 1,000-plus yards every other season from 2006 to 2014. In his first season with the Colts, however, Gore fell just shy of the 1,000-yard milestone with 967 yards on 260 carries and a career-low 3.7 YPC.

While Gore turned 33 years old earlier this month, the team used four draft picks on their offensive line, which should help both the running game and Andrew Luck, who missed nine games last season. Based on the team's depth chart behind him, Gore should get 250-plus carries once again if he can stay healthy.

6.11 - Brendan Donahue (Team 1): Emmanuel Sanders, WR, Denver Broncos

In two seasons with the Broncos, Sanders finished with 101/1,404/7 (2014) and 76/1,135/4 (2015). Given the team's quarterback situation, however, it's likely that the Broncos rely heavily on their running game and defense and Sanders sets three-year lows as a Bronco. That said, he's a strong WR3 for Brendan's team especially given the strength of his running backs (Le'Veon Bell, Mark Ingram and Carlos Hyde).

6.12 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 1): Tyler Eifert, TE, Cincinnati Bengals

Averaging a touchdown per game, Eifert finished 2015 with 52 catches for 615 yards and 13 touchdowns over 13 games and the sixth-most fantasy points among tight ends in 2016. Exceeding 53 yards in only three games, all of which occurred by Week 5, Eifert averaged only 37.88 YPG over his final eight games played. Given the team's free-agent losses in the passing game, Eifert should see a bump in targets in 2016, which will hopefully make his weekly production less TD-dependent.

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2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: Round 5

In our latest 2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft, four of our contributors -- Brendan Donahue, Sean Beazley, Dan Yanotchko and yours truly -- will each draft for three (of 12) teams.

This mock draft will run 12 rounds and will use standard scoring -- i.e., not point-per-reception (PPR) scoring -- and we are now through Round 5.

Here are the Round 5 results in our 2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft:

5.01 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 1): Allen Hurns, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars

In a breakout second season, Hurns finished with 1,031 yards and 10 touchdowns. Along with teammate Allen Robinson, the two Allens were among only nine wide receivers to post 1,000/10 lines in 2015. With an improved team outlook, the Jaguars are unlikely to rank second pass-play percentage (65.02%) once again, but Hurns is a solid WR3 in 2016.

5.02 - Brendan Donahue (Team 1): Carlos Hyde, RB, San Francisco 49ers

A stress fracture in his foot limited Hyde to just seven games last season, but he should benefit from playing in an up-tempo, run-heavy Chip Kelly offense. The Eagles have ranked in the top-11 in rush attempts in all three of his seasons in Philadelphia. Provided he stays healthy, Hyde has a lot of upside in 2016.

5.03 - Kevin Hanson (Team 1): Jay Ajayi, RB, Miami Dolphins

With Lamar Miller in Houston and the Dolphins only using a third-round pick on Alabama's Kenyan Drake, Ajayi's workload is certain to jump in his sophomore campaign. Beginning last season on short-term IR, Ajayi plans to shed about 10 pounds to be shiftier after averaging just 3.8 YPC as a rookie.

5.04 - Kevin Hanson (Team 2): Ryan Mathews, RB, Philadelphia Eagles

Earlier this offseason, Mathews was reportedly available for trade, but he enters the season as Philadelphia's lead back. The Eagles drafted Wendell Smallwood in the fifth round and still have the versatile Darren Sproles, but Mathews should get close to 250 touches if he stay healthy for a full season.

5.05 - Sean Beazley (Team 1): 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, but fantasy owners had bigger expectations from Matthews. On a positive note, 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.

5.06 - Sean Beazley (Team 2): Matt Jones, RB, Washington Redskins

Impressive during the preseason (7.0 YPC), Jones had a couple of big games in the regular season -- 19/123/2 rushing in Week 2 and 187 YFS in Week 10. That said, Jones averaged just 3.4 YPC on the season, fumbled five times on 163 touches and missed three games last season. The good news, though, is Jones will get a large workload as the Redskins have limited depth behind Jones.

5.07 - Brendan Donahue (Team 2): Greg Olsen, TE, Carolina Panthers

Olsen followed up his first career 1,000-yard season with another (77/1,104/7) and scored fourth-most fantasy points among tight ends in 2015. The durable and consistent tight end enters 2016 as a top-three tight end.

5.08 - Brendan Donahue (Team 3): Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers

The loss of Jordy Nelson (ACL) for the season hurt the offense in general and Rodgers production in particular. Rodgers completed 60.7 percent of his attempts for just 6.7 Y/A, both of which were lows since becoming a starter (2008). Before this season, however, Rodgers finished as the QB1 or QB2 in all full seasons as a starter and I'd be comfortable drafting him after Cam Newton (and perhaps Andrew Luck).

5.09 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 2): John Brown, WR, Arizona Cardinals

In Year 2, Brown finished with 65 catches for 1,003 yards and seven touchdowns as he scored the 22nd-most fantasy points among wide receivers. All three of the team's top-three receivers, however, are limited some by the presence of the other two, but the arrow is certainly pointing up for the speedy third-year receiver.

5.10 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 3): Tavon Austin, WR, St. Louis Rams

Even though Austin had just 473 receiving yards, the versatile receiver had a total of 907 yards from scrimmage and 10 touchdowns including a punt return touchdown. Even though Austin finished as a top-20 fantasy wide receiver in 2015, I don't expect a repeat performance in 2016 and there are several receivers still on the board (Golden Tate, Michael Floyd, etc. to name a few) that I'd prefer over Austin.

5.11 - Kevin Hanson (Team 3): Golden Tate, WR, Detroit Lions

Tate followed up a career-best season (99/1,331/4 in 2014) with another 90-catch season although he averaged just 9.0 Y/R in 2015. With the retirement of Calvin Johnson, however, Tate should lead the team in targets and he's been productive in the games that Megatron has missed. Tate should easily exceed his WR30 draft slot in this mock.

5.12 - Sean Beazley (Team 3): Michael Floyd, WR, Arizona Cardinals

While Floyd once again failed to exceed 1,000 yards, he finished the season strong after a slow start. A nice value here, Floyd exceeded the 100-yard mark in five of his final eight regular-season games in 2015.

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May 18, 2016

2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: Round 4

In our latest 2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft, four of our contributors -- Brendan Donahue, Sean Beazley, Dan Yanotchko and yours truly -- will each draft for three (of 12) teams.

This mock draft will run 12 rounds and will use standard scoring -- i.e., not point-per-reception (PPR) scoring -- and we now through Round 4 of our "slow" mock draft.

Here are the Round 4 results in our 2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft:

4.01 - Sean Beazley (Team 3): DeMarco Murray, RB, Tennessee Titans

After leading the NFL in rushing (1,845 yards) in 2014 and signing a large free-agent deal with the Eagles, Murray rushed for only 702 yards in 2015 and set career lows in YPG (46.8) and YPC (3.6). Murray's outlook isn't as positive after the team drafted Derrick Henry in the second round, but he should is a solid mid-RB2 going into 2016.

4.02 - Kevin Hanson (Team 3): Julian Edelman, WR, New England Patriots

Missing seven games with a broken foot, Edelman set a career high with seven receiving touchdowns and averaged 6.8 receptions and 76.9 yards per game, both of which were career highs. Edelman has missed multiple games in each of the past two seasons, but he's a high-volume receiver playing with one of the best quarterbacks in the league. Two concerns heading into 2016, however, are another recent foot surgery for Edelman and the reinstatement of Tom Brady's four-game suspension.

4.03 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 3): Jeremy Maclin, WR, Kansas City Chiefs

Reunited with Andy Reid, Maclin had his second consecutive 1,000-yard season as he finished with a career-high 87 receptions for 1,088 yards and eight touchdowns. Finishing as a mid-tier WR2 (WR17 in 2015), Maclin remains a solid WR2 heading into 2016 and he's the WR19 in this mock.

4.04 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 2): Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Arizona Cardinals

Fitzgerald got off to a phenomenal four-game start: 30/432/5. Naturally, his pace slowed from that torrid start, but he finished the year with a career-high 109 receptions for 1,215 yards, his first 1,000-yard campaign in four years, and nine touchdowns. I still expect Fitzgerald to be the most productive of the team's receivers in 2016, but Michael Floyd and John Brown will be right behind him.

4.05 - Brendan Donahue (Team 3): Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Carolina Panthers

As a rookie in 2014, Benjamin finished with 1,008 yards and nine touchdowns. Unfortunately he missed all of 2015, but he's clearly the team's top wide receiver for last year's highest-scoring offense.

4.06 - Brendan Donahue (Team 2): Doug Baldwin, WR, Seattle Seahawks

Not only did he set career highs of 78 receptions, 1,069 yards and (a league-high) 14 touchdowns last season, but Baldwin scored 11 of those touchdowns during the five-game span from Weeks 12 to 16. It's possible that Baldwin reaches the 1,000-yard milestone again, but the 5-foot-10 receiver had a total of 15 touchdowns in his first four seasons combined.

4.07 - Sean Beazley (Team 2): Randall Cobb, WR, Green Bay Packers

Through the first three games of the season, it was so far, so good with Cobb, who had hauled in 20 receptions for 245 and four touchdowns. From there on out, however, Cobb disappointed his fantasy owners. Over the final 13 games, Cobb averaged 47.85 YFS per game and scored only two touchdowns. With Jordy Nelson (ACL) back as the team's No. 1 receiver, however, it should take pressure off Cobb and lead to improved 2016 production.

4.08 - Sean Beazley (Team 1): Eric Decker, WR, New York Jets

Scoring a touchdown in 12 of 15 games, Decker's weekly production was extremely consistent: 8.1 to 15.7 fantasy points every week. While he finished as a weekly top-12 fantasy wide receiver only twice, he never finished worse than WR31 last season. That consistency led to a top-10 full-season finish in fantasy points scored among wide receivers. The quarterback situation for the Jets is still unsettled, but I ultimately think we will see Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Jets work out a short-term deal for his return.

4.09 - Kevin Hanson (Team 2): 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. Even though he missed three games last season, Forte averaged close to 100 yards -- 69.1 rushing and 29.9 receiving -- per game in 2015. Forte won't dominate touches in the Jets' backfield the way he did in Chicago, but he's a solid RB2 in 2016.

4.10 - Kevin Hanson (Team 1): Jeremy Hill, RB, Cincinnati Bengals

Admittedly, I was high, too high, on Hill going into the 2015 season and he was a disappointment. With one more carry than he had as a rookie, Hill's rushing yards dropped from 1,124 (5.1 YPC) in 2014 to 794 (3.6 YPC) in 2015. That said, he did score a total of 12 touchdowns. Perhaps we shouldn't expect similar efficiency as his rookie season, but I do expect to see a bit of a bounce-back from the 235-pound Hill and I'm more than willing to gamble on him at the end of Round 4 as my RB2.

4.11 - Brendan Donahue (Team 1): Jarvis Landry, WR, Miami Dolphins

Setting a franchise record with 111 receptions last season, Landry had 1,159 receiving yards, 111 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.

4.12 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 1): Jeremy Langford, RB, Chicago Bears

Filling in as a starter for Matt Forte in Weeks 9 to 11, Langford racked up 366 yards from scrimmage and four touchdowns in his three starts. While he averaged more than 20 fantasy points per game in his three starts, Langford averaged only 3.63 yards per carry on the season. If Langford doesn't improve his efficiency, it wouldn't surprise me if Jordan Howard carves out an expanded role as the season progresses.

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May 17, 2016

2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: Round 3

In our latest 2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft, four of our contributors -- Brendan Donahue, Sean Beazley, Dan Yanotchko and yours truly -- will each draft for three (of 12) teams.

This mock draft will run 12 rounds and will use standard scoring -- i.e., not point-per-reception (PPR) scoring -- and we are now through one quarter of our "slow" mock.

Here are the Round 3 results in our 2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft:

3.01 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 1): Mike Evans, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Although he set career highs of 74 catches for 1,206 yards, Evans had just three touchdowns (after 12 as a rookie) and led the league in drops. Only 22 years old (turns 23 in August) and with the continued development of Jameis Winston, Evans has a chance to post markedly better numbers in 2016.

3.02 - Brendan Donahue (Team 1): Brandon Marshall, WR, New York Jets

In all but two games last season, Marshall had either 100 yards and/or a touchdown (or more) as he set a career high in touchdowns (14) and nearly missed a career high with 1,502 yards. In fact, it was the first time since Randy Moss (2003) that a receiver had at least 109/1,502/14 and only the fifth time in NFL history. While I don't expect a repeat of his historic numbers, 1,200-plus yards and 8-10 touchdowns would be a reasonable projection for his second season with the Jets.

3.03 - Kevin Hanson (Team 1): Demaryius Thomas, WR, Denver Broncos

With 1,400-plus yards and double-digit touchdowns in each of the previous three seasons, Thomas had 105 catches for 1,304 yards and six touchdowns in 2015. With Peyton Manning (retirement) and Brock Osweiler (free agency) now longer in Denver, Thomas may still approach last year's stat line but his upside is a bit capped due to the team's quarterback situation for 2016.

3.04 - Kevin Hanson (Team 2): Keenan Allen, WR, San Diego Chargers

Playing only eight games last season, Allen hauled in 67 catches for 725 yards and four touchdowns -- or a full-season pace of 134/1,450/8. Before sustaining the injury, only Julio Jones (70) had more catches and only Jones (892) and DeAndre Hopkins (870) had more receiving yards. If he can stay healthy, the 24-year-old receiver should rank near the top of the league in targets in 2016.

3.05 - Sean Beazley (Team 1): Sammy Watkins, WR, Buffalo Bills

Trading up to select Watkins with a top-four pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Bills finally started to use Watkins the way fantasy owners wanted. Of course, it took some public complaints by Watkins for that to happen. Not only did Watkins have at least 80 yards in his final six games, but he exceeded 100 yards in four of those games and he scored a total of six touchdowns during that stretch. One concern with Watkins, however, is that he had foot surgery recently, which could keep him out of the preseason and foot injuries are always a concern with receivers.

3.06 - Sean Beazley (Team 2): Cam Newton, QB, Carolina Panthers

The top-scoring fantasy quarterback in 2015, Newton threw for 3,837 yards and 35 touchdowns while rushing for 636 yards and 10 touchdowns. Newton has now finished as a top-four fantasy quarterback in four of his five NFL seasons. No quarterback has more weekly upside than the 2015 NFL Most Valuable Player as he finished as the weekly QB1 in five of his final nine games in 2015.

3.07 - Brendan Donahue (Team 2): Brandin Cooks, WR, New Orleans Saints

The breakout may not have been as great as many had expected, but Cooks finished the season with a productive stat line of 84/1,138/9. Eight of those touchdowns came in the final nine games and three of his four 100-yard games happened in December so he carries momentum into 2016.

3.08 - Brendan Donahue (Team 3): T.Y. Hilton, WR, Indianapolis Colts

Disappointing fantasy owners, Hilton still finished with 1,124 yards but just five touchdowns. With 67-plus yards in six of his first seven games, Hilton had more receiving yards (606) than all but five receivers through Week 7. Given that Andrew Luck played just seven games all season including a few at less than 100 percent, Hilton's numbers should bounce back in 2016 assuming a healthier version of Luck under center.

3.09 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 2): Latavius Murray, RB, Oakland Raiders

Scoring the 11th-most fantasy points among running backs, Murray finished fourth in the NFL in touches (307) and sixth in rushing (1,066 yards). Not only did he have a large workload overall, Murray had 15-plus touches in 15 of 16 games with 13 being the lone exception. Here is the list of players with 15 15-touch games in 2015: Murray. End of list. Comments by the coaching staff about Murray this offseason are a bit of a concern, but the good news is they waited until the fifth round to draft a running back (DeAndre Washington).

3.10 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 3): C.J. Anderson, RB, Denver Broncos

Drafted as a late first-round pick in many 2015 fantasy drafts, Anderson started slowly and spent much of the season in a timeshare with Ronnie Hillman. In the second half of the season, however, CJA was much better than both his first half and Hillman. Starting with Week 8, Anderson carried the ball 85 times for 540 yards (6.35 YPC) and five touchdowns and hopefully that momentum will carry over into 2016. The Broncos brought back Hillman on a one-year deal, but the bigger concern is fourth-rounder Devontae Booker becoming more involved as the season progresses.

3.11 - Kevin Hanson (Team 3): Jonathan Stewart, RB, Carolina Panthers

There are a couple of concerns with Stewart: (1) durability and (2) Cam Newton-vultured touchdowns. After all, Newton has the third-most rushing touchdowns since entering the league in 2011. Before a Week 14 injury, however, Stewart had eight consecutive games with 20-plus carries so the workload is there when healthy even though he has missed at least three games in four consecutive seasons.

3.12 - Sean Beazley (Team 3): Jordan Reed, TE, Washington Redskins

Dominant in the 2015 fantasy playoffs, Reed finished as the weekly TE1 in Weeks 14, 15 and 16 as he hauled in a total of 25 catches for 333 yards and five touchdowns during that three-game stretch. On the year, only Rob Gronkowski and Gary Barnidge scored more fantasy points than Reed. The only concern is durability; Reed has played only 34 games through three seasons.

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May 16, 2016

2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: Round 2

In our latest 2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft, four of our contributors -- Brendan Donahue, Sean Beazley, Dan Yanotchko and yours truly -- will each draft for three (of 12) teams.

This mock draft will run 12 rounds and will use standard scoring -- i.e., not point-per-reception (PPR) scoring -- and we are now through Round 2.

Since this is a "slow" mock draft, we will post picks/rounds as they are complete.

Here are the Round 2 results in our 2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft:

2.01 - Sean Beazley (Team 3): Jordy Nelson, WR, Green Bay Packers

There are a few receivers that most would take ahead of Nelson, who is the WR6 in this mock, but I have no issues with Sean taking Nelson here. Not only was his ACL injury sustained relatively early (last preseason), but reports so far have shown him to be ahead of schedule throughout the rehab process. In other words, he should be a full participant once training camp begins.

Set to turn 31 at the end of May, Nelson had stat lines of 98/1,519/13 (2014) and 85/1,314/8 (2013) in his previous two seasons prior to the injury. Being the go-to receiver of Aaron Rodgers, Nelson should finish in the neighborhood of 1,300 yards and 10 touchdowns with good health in 2016.

2.02 - Kevin Hanson (Team 3): Allen Robinson, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars

Breaking out in his second season, the 22-year-old 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. Robinson is one of only five players in the past decade to have a 1,400/14 season.

2.03 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 3): Amari Cooper, WR, Oakland Raiders

This is a little earlier than I'd take Cooper, especially with receivers such as A.J. Green, Alshon Jeffery and Mike Evans still on the board. Still just 21 years old (turns 22 in June), however, Cooper had 72 catches for 1,070 yards and six touchdowns as a rookie and battled a foot injury down the stretch. In other words, 2015 could have been even better for Cooper and he should take a big leap in his sophomore season.

2.04 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 2): Devonta Freeman, RB, Atlanta Falcons

The top-scoring fantasy running back in 2015, Freeman rushed for 1,056 yards and hauled in 73 catches, third-most among running backs, for 578 yards as he scored a total of 14 touchdowns last season. Perhaps he won't lead the NFL in touchdowns once again, but the versatile back has upside from his RB7 draft slot.

2.05 - Brendan Donahue (Team 3): Doug Martin, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

As a rookie, Martin exploded onto the scene with 1,926 yards from scrimmage and 12 touchdowns. After two injury-plagued disappointing campaigns, Martin exceeded the value of his 2015 draft slot with 1,673 YFS and seven touchdowns last season. After re-signing with the Bucs this offseason, Martin should rank near the top of the league in workload and production provided he can stay healthy.

2.06 - Brendan Donahue (Team 2): Lamar Miller, RB, Houston Texans

Perennially under-involved in Miami's offense, Miller has been highly productive on a per-touch basis. Despite his modest workload (194 carries, 18th-most in 2015), Miller scored the sixth-most fantasy points last year and has now finished as a top-10 fantasy running back in back-to-back seasons.

Given the change of scenery, Miller is poised for a jump in workload as the new lead back in Houston. Since Bill O'Brien has taken over as coach, the Texans have ranked third in the NFL in offensive plays and second in rushing attempts.

2.07 - Sean Beazley (Team 2): A.J. Green, WR, Cincinnati Bengals

With only 132 targets last season, Green was targeted 10-plus times in only four of 16 games in 2015. While he may not have as much upside as some of the receivers selected ahead of him, Green has exceeded the 1,000-yard mark in all five of his NFL seasons and scored double-digit touchdowns three times.

2.08 - Sean Beazley (Team 1): Thomas Rawls, RB, Seattle Seahawks

It's been an impressive run for Marshawn Lynch in Seattle, however, he has decided to hang up his cleats. The Seahawks and fantasy owners have seen a glimpse of what life could be like with Rawls as the full-time starter. In the six games that he started and finished, Rawls had four 100-yard rushing games and averaged 118.67 rushing yards per game.

There is risk with Rawls, however, as the Seahawks have been less than clear about the recovery and timeline following last year's broken ankle. In addition, the Seahawks drafted three running backs including Notre Dame's C.J. Prosise in the third round.

2.09 - Kevin Hanson (Team 2): Eddie Lacy, RB, Green Bay Packers

Following back-to-back 1,100-yard rushing seasons with 24 total touchdowns in his first two seasons, Lacy disappointed fantasy owners with only 758 rushing yards and five total touchdowns. Benched for a stint during the season and called out by his coach after the season for his weight, Lacy has shed plenty of pounds as he plays for a new contract following the 2016 season.

2.10 - Kevin Hanson (Team 1): Alshon Jeffery, WR, Chicago Bears

Designated with the franchise tag, Jeffery could be playing for a new contract in 2016 if the two sides don't agree to a long-term deal by July 15th. In an injury-marred 2015 season, Jeffery averaged 6.0 catches and 89.7 yards per game, both of which were career highs. With better health in 2016, Jeffery should finish as a top-10 fantasy receiver.

2.11 - Brendan Donahue (Team 1): Mark Ingram, RB, New Orleans Saints

The biggest issue with Ingram has been durability. The 26-year-old back has missed three or more games in four of five seasons including four games in 2015. Over the past two seasons, however, Ingram has averaged 18.84 touches, 91.32 yards and 0.6 touchdowns per game. Despite playing just 12 games, Ingram still finished as fantasy's RB15 in 2015.

2.12 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 1): LeSean McCoy, RB, Buffalo Bills

Missing four games in his first season with the Bills, McCoy averaged nearly 20 touches (19.58/G) and 100 YFS (98.92/G) per game. Assuming good health, McCoy should rank near the top of the league leaders in usage and YFS in 2016.

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May 15, 2016

2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: Round 1

In our latest 2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft, four of our contributors -- Brendan Donahue, Sean Beazley, Dan Yanotchko and yours truly (Kevin Hanson) -- will each draft for three (of 12) teams.

This mock draft will run 12 rounds and will use standard scoring -- i.e., not point-per-reception (PPR) scoring.

Note: This is a "slow" mock, but picks will be added once they are made and I will include comments for all picks as well.

Here are the Round 1 results in our 2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft:

1.01 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 1): Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers

Perhaps the consensus top pick in 2016 fantasy football drafts, Dan gets a player that is as safe and productive as it gets. As the saying goes, you can't win -- but you can lose -- your league in Round 1.

While Brown set career highs of 136 catches and 1,834 yards, his numbers may have been even better had Ben Roethlisberger not missed time last season. Over his past three seasons combined, Brown has a total of 375 receptions for 5,031 yards and 31 touchdowns with a minimum of 110 catches and 1,499 yards per season.

The full-year suspension of Martavis Bryant will benefit the rest of the team's pass catchers more than Brown, but it's another reason that Brown could once again be in store for a career-best season. My top-ranked fantasy wide receiver for 2016, Brown has led all wide receivers in fantasy points in both of the previous two seasons.

1.02 - Brendan Donahue (Team 1): Le'Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers

Injuries at running back are obviously a huge risk with any running back and Bell missed a huge chunk of last season, but he's a highly productive, true three-down back when he's on the field. In 22 games over the past two seasons, Bell has 510 touches -- 403 carries and 107 receptions -- for 2,907 yards from scrimmage and 14 touchdowns. That averages out to 23.18 touches, 132.14 YFS and 0.64 touchdowns -- or more than 17 (standard) fantasy points -- per game.

Last season, only two running backs exceeded 200 fantasy pointsDevonta Freeman (243.9) and Adrian Peterson (230.7). With Bell missing 10 games due to suspension or injury last season, DeAngelo Williams stepped up big time as he finished as fantasy's RB4 (193.4 fantasy points) last year.

If we used Bell's fantasy points scored in the games he played and Williams' fantasy points in the games he did not, the featured back in those 16 games scored 265.3 fantasy points (or more than Freeman or Peterson) . There is obviously some injury concern with Bell (MCL, PCL) going into 2016, but he's my top-ranked fantasy running back and worthy of a top-two pick after Brown.

1.03 - Kevin Hanson (Team 1): Odell Beckham Jr., WR, New York Giants

Three of the top four players in my overall 2016 Fantasy Football Cheat Sheet are wide receivers. With the next two picks in this mock, I've stuck to my board with a pair of wide receivers, but I at least considered drafting a stud running back here given there are so few true workhorse backs in the league these days.

In his young career, Beckham has averaged more than 100 yards per game (2,755 yards in 27 career games). Even though he has missed five games over his first two seasons, OBJ has 15 100-yard games during that span. Only Brown (17) and Julio Jones (16) have more. In addition, no player has more receiving touchdowns than Beckham (25) during his two NFL seasons.

1.04 - Kevin Hanson (Team 2): Julio Jones, WR, Atlanta Falcons

Not only did Jones lead the NFL in receiving yards (1,871), but it was second-most of any season in NFL history. Despite having more than 100 catches and 1,500 yards in back-to-back seasons, Jones has only 14 touchdowns in those two seasons. Based on his volume of targets as well as his combination of size and speed, Jones should be more productive in the red zone.

1.05 - Sean Beazley (Team 1): David Johnson, RB, Arizona Cardinals

Injuries finally led to Johnson getting a shot at the featured role, but the third-rounder out of Northern Iowa had been productive in limited opportunities before that. Johnson scored a total of 13 touchdowns -- eight rushing, four receiving and one return -- on only 161 touches last season. Finishing as a top-five weekly performer in three of his five starts, Johnson will spend all of 2016 as the team's featured back.

1.06 - Sean Beazley (Team 2): DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Houston Texans

One of the best young talents in the NFL, Hopkins took another big step forward in his age-23 season. Even with a less-than-ideal quarterback situation, Hopkins set career highs across the board with 111 receptions, 1,521 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2015.

1.07 - Brendan Donahue (Team 2): Todd Gurley, RB, Los Angeles Rams

Despite missing the first three games of the season, Gurley finished third in the NFL with 1,106 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns. Gurley exceeded the 100-yard mark only once in his final eight games, but he still averaged 4.8 yards per carry over his rookie campaign. Despite running behind a poor offensive line and with a rookie quarterback under center, Gurley will be one more year removed from his torn ACL and could lead the league in rush attempts in 2016.

1.08 - Brendan Donahue (Team 3): Adrian Peterson, RB, Minnesota Vikings

After sitting out virtually all of the 2014 season, Peterson led the NFL in carries (327), rushing yards (1,485) and rushing touchdowns (11). The Vikings will continue to ride AP as their workhorse. Despite his superhuman physical traits, the only concern is that he turned 31 years old in March.

1.09 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 2): Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England Patriots

Counting 10 playoff games, Gronkowski has a total of 75 touchdowns in 90 career games. And with the exception of his seven-game 2013 season, Gronk has double-digit touchdowns in five of his six NFL seasons. Gronk is one of the league's biggest mismatches and the clear-cut top option at his position. If there's any concern, it's a potential slow start if Tom Brady's four-game suspension is upheld, but I would have taken him if he had slipped two more spots to me at 1.11.

1.10 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 3): Jamaal Charles, RB, Kansas City Chiefs

Coming off a torn ACL, there's obviously concerns with Charles from a health perspective, but the good news is the injury happened reasonably early in the season so he remains on track for Week 1. The next time the versatile eight-year veteran averages less than 5.0 yards per carry for a season, it will be his first. In his five games last season, he averaged 18.4 touches, 108.2 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown per game.

In addition to returning from the injury, the other concern with Charles is that the Chiefs will scale back his workload with the presence of other capable backs. Before his injury-shortened 2015 season, Charles' workload dropped from 285 carries (2013) to 259 (2014) to 206 (2015).

1.11 - Kevin Hanson (Team 3): Ezekial Elliott, RB, Dallas Cowboys

As a Cowboys fan, I still wish the team used the fourth-overall pick on Jalen Ramsey instead of Elliott. With that said, however, Elliott is a complete back with the vision, power and speed to excel as a runner. Possessing soft hands as a receiver, Elliott is also outstanding in pass protection, which can often limit rookie playing time.

From a fantasy football perspective, Elliott could not have ended up in a better situation. With the skill set to be a true three-down back, Elliott gets to run behind the NFL's best offensive line. Provided Tony Romo and Dez Bryant stay healthy to keep opposing defenses honest, Elliott has the upside to finish as the RB1 in 2016.

1.12 - Sean Beazley (Team 3): 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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February 14, 2016

Way-Too-Early 2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: Round 5

Our way-too-early 2016 fantasy football mock draft is a one-man mock draft, but we will feature more mock drafts with more of our contributors and other scoring formats later this offseason.

Here is Round 5 of my one-man 2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft:

5.01 - Team 1: Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay PackersThe loss of Jordy Nelson (ACL) for the season hurt the offense in general and Rodgers production in particular. Rodgers completed 60.7 percent of his attempts for just 6.7 Y/A, both of which were lows since he became a starter (2008). Before this season, however, Rodgers finished as the QB1/QB2 in all full seasons as a starter and I'd be more than willing to draft him here as the QB3 in this mock.

5.02 - Team 2: Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Carolina PanthersAs a rookie in 2014, Benjamin finished with 1,008 yards and nine touchdowns. Unfortunately he missed all of 2015, but he's clearly the team's top wide receiver for last year's highest-scoring offense.

5.03 - Team 3: Jeremy Langford, RB, Chicago BearsWith Matt Forte set to play somewhere else in 2016, Langford could move up in my rankings if the team doesn't add much competition via free agency and/or the draft. When Forte was sidelined, Langford was productive for fantasy football owners. Even though he averaged just 3.33 YPC from Weeks 9 to 11, Langford racked up 366 yards from scrimmage and four touchdowns in his three starts.

5.04 - Team 4: Randall Cobb, WR, Green Bay PackersCobb exceeded 100 yards in Week 2 against the Seahawks and finished with 91 yards and three touchdowns in Week 3 against the Chiefs. From there on out, Cobb disappointed his fantasy owners. Over the final 13 games, Cobb averaged 47.85 YFS per game and scored just two touchdowns. With Nelson back as the team's No. 1 receiver, however, it should benefit Cobb as well.

5.05 - Team 5: Tom Brady, QB, New England PatriotsDespite all the controversy leading into the season, Brady finished with the second-most fantasy points among quarterbacks behind Cam Newton, the 2015 NFL Most Valuable Player. With better health from his receivers (and running backs), Brady could have posted even better numbers, but he threw for 4,770 yards, 36 touchdowns and only seven interceptions with three rushing scores as well.

5.06 - Team 6: Chris Ivory, RB, New York JetsSet to become an unrestricted free agent, it's unclear where Ivory will be playing his football in 2016, but it at least seems possible that it will be for someone other than the Jets. One year after finishing as a top-20 fantasy running back, Ivory finished the season as a top-10 fantasy back while recording his first-ever 1,000-yard season (1,070 yards on 247 carries).

5.07 - Team 7: Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle SeahawksAfter a slow start, Wilson's production spiked down the stretch as he once again finished the full season as fantasy's QB3. Not only did Wilson rush for 500-plus yards for a third consecutive season, he finished with career-best passing numbers — 4,024 yards, 34 touchdowns, 68.1 completion percentage and 110.1 passer rating. With the depth of talent at the position including the guys already off the board in this mock and others (Ben Roethlisberger, Drew Brees, Carson Palmer, etc.) still available, it once again makes sense to wait on a quarterback.

5.08 - Team 8: Arian Foster, RB, Houston TexansA ruptured Achilles ended his 2015 season prematurely, but it's unclear whether Foster will be back with Houston for the final year of his contract. Not only does Foster turn 30 in August, but he has played only 25 games over the past three seasons combined. A workhorse back when healthy, Foster would go much earlier than this if you could guarantee he'd play (close to) a full season.

5.09 - Team 9: Dion Lewis, RB, New England PatriotsTearing his ACL only seven games into the season, Lewis was on pace for 1,422 yards from scrimmage, 82 receptions and nine total touchdowns. Still only 25 years old, there's a good chance that Lewis will be ready for the start of the season.

5.10 - Team 10: Jarvis Landry, WR, Miami DolphinsSetting a franchise record with 111 receptions last season, Landry had 1,159 receiving yards, 111 rushing yards and a total of six touchdowns. Better in PPR leagues, you could certainly argue that this is too low for him even in a standard-scoring league like this mock.

5.11 - Team 11: John Brown, WR, Arizona CardinalsIn Year 2, Brown finished with 65 catches for 1,003 yards and seven touchdowns as he scored the 22nd-most fantasy points among wide receivers. All three of the team's top-three receivers are limited some by the presence of the other two, but the arrow is pointing up for the speedy third-year receiver.

5.12 - Team 12: Michael Floyd, WR, Arizona CardinalsWhile Floyd once again failed to exceed 1,000 yards, he finished the season strong after a slow start. Floyd exceeded the 100-yard mark in five of his final eight regular-season games in 2015.

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Way-Too-Early 2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: Round 4

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Here is Round 4 of my one-man 2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft:

4.01 - Team 12: Matt Forte, RB, Chicago BearsOne of the most versatile running backs in the league, Forte turned 30 in December and will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason. Forte won't be back with the Bears so there is plenty of uncertainty about his 2016 outlook. Even though he missed three games last season, Forte averaged close to 100 yards -- 69.1 rushing and 29.9 receiving -- per game in 2015.

4.02 - Team 11: Sammy Watkins, WR, Buffalo BillsTrading up to select Watkins with a top-four pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Bills finally started to use Watkins the way fantasy owners wanted. Of course, it took some public complaints by Watkins for that to happen. Not only did Watkins have at least 80 yards in his final six games, but he exceeded 100 yards in four of those games and he scored a total of six touchdowns during that stretch. Based on his talent and late-season production, you could easily argue that this is too low for Watkins.

4.03 - Team 10: Carlos Hyde, RB, San Francisco 49ersA stress fracture in his foot limited Hyde to just seven games last season, but he should benefit from playing in an up-tempo, run-heavy Chip Kelly offense. The Eagles have ranked in the top-11 in rush attempts in all three of his seasons in Philadelphia.

4.04 - Team 9: Martavis Bryant, WR, Pittsburgh SteelersA big-play receiver in Pittsburgh's high-powered offense, Bryant has averaged 17.3 yards per reception and scored a total of 15 touchdowns in 21 games played. Suspended for the first four games of last season, there is the potential of a full-season ban if he violates the league's substance-abuse policy again, but he's a high-upside WR2 for this team with Alshon Jeffery as its WR1.

4.05 - Team 8: T.Y. Hilton, WR, Indianapolis ColtsDisappointing fantasy owners, Hilton still finished with 1,124 yards but just five touchdowns. With 67-plus yards in six of his first seven games, Hilton had more receiving yards (606) than all but five receivers through Week 7. Given that Andrew Luck played just seven games all season including a few at much less than 100 percent, Hilton's numbers should improve in 2016 assuming a healthier version of Luck under center.

4.06 - Team 7: C.J. Anderson, RB, Denver BroncosDrafted as a late first-round pick in many 2015 fantasy drafts, Anderson started slowly and spent much of the season in a timeshare with Ronnie Hillman. In the second half of the season, however, CJA was much better. Starting with Week 8, Anderson carried the ball 85 times for 540 yards (6.35 YPC) and five touchdowns and hopefully that momentum will carry over into 2016. In addition, Hillman will be a free agent this offseason.

4.07 - Team 6: Jermy Maclin, WR, Kansas City ChiefsReunited with Andy Reid, Maclin had his second consecutive 1,000-yard season as he finished with a career-high 87 receptions for 1,088 yards and eight touchdowns. Finishing as a mid-tier WR2 (WR17 in 2015), Maclin will be a solid WR2 to Demaryius Thomas on this team heading into 2016.

4.08 - Team 5: Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Arizona CardinalsFitzgerald got off to a phenomenal four-game start: 30/432/5. Naturally, his pace slowed from that torrid start, but he finished the year with a career-high 109 receptions for 1,215 yards, his first 1,000-yard campaign in four years, and nine touchdowns. I still expect Fitzgerald to be the most productive of the team's receivers in 2016, but Michael Floyd and John Brown will be right behind him.

4.09 - Team 4: Greg Olsen, TE, Carolina PanthersOlsen followed up with his first career 1,000-yard season with a 77/1,104/7 campaign in 2015 and the fourth-most fantasy points among tight ends. The (soon-to-be) 31-year-old durable and consistent tight end should post similar numbers in 2016.

4.10 - Team 3: Melvin Gordon, RB, San Diego ChargersMG3 disappointed fantasy owners in his rookie season as he failed to score a touchdown on 217 touches and averaged just 3.5 YPC. Bigger and better things should be expected for Gordon in his second season, however.

4.11 - Team 2: Eric Decker, WR, New York JetsScoring a touchdown in 12 of 15 games, Decker's weekly production was extremely consistent: 8.1 to 15.7 fantasy points every week. While he finished as a weekly top-12 fantasy wide receiver only twice, he never finished worse than WR31 last season. That consistency led to a top-10 full-season finish in fantasy points scored among wide receivers.

4.12 - Team 1: Jordan Reed, TE, Washington RedskinsDominant in the fantasy playoffs, Reed finished as the weekly TE1 in Weeks 14, 15 and 16 as he hauled in 25 catches for 333 yards and five touchdowns during that three-game stretch. On the year, only Rob Gronkowski and Gary Barnidge scored more fantasy points than Reed. If we knew he would play 16 games in 2016, he'd be my second-ranked TE heading into 2016, but his next 16-game season will be his first.

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Way-Too-Early 2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: Round 3

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Here is Round 3 of my one-man 2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft:

3.01 - Team 1: Latavius Murray, RB, Oakland RaidersScoring the 11th-most fantasy points among running backs, Murray finished fourth in the NFL in touches (307) and sixth in rushing (1,066 yards). Not only did he have a large workload overall, Murray had 15-plus touches in 15 of 16 games with 13 being the lone exception. Here is the list of players with 15 15-touch games in 2015: Murray. End of list.

3.02 - Team 2: T.J. Yeldon, RB, Jacksonville JaguarsYeldon missed four games as a rookie, but he averaged more than 18 touches per game. While it was disappointing that he had only two rushing touchdowns and just four carries from inside the 5-yard line, I'd expect more scoring opportunities in 2016.

3.03 - Team 3: Keenan Allen, WR, San Diego ChargersPlaying only eight games, Allen hauled in 67 catches for 725 yards and four touchdowns -- or a full-season pace of 134/1,450/8. The 23-year-old (turns 24 in April) receiver enters 2016 as the team's clear-cut top pass-catching option.

3.04 - Team 4: Jonathan Stewart, RB, Carolina PanthersThere are a couple of concerns with Stewart: (1) durability and (2) Cam Newton-vultured touchdowns. After all, Newton has the third-most rushing touchdowns since entering the league in 2011. Before a Week 14 injury, Stewart had eight consecutive games with 20-plus carries so the workload is there when healthy. That said, he has missed at least three games in four consecutive seasons.

3.05 - Team 5: Brandin Cooks, WR, New Orleans SaintsThe breakout may not have been as great as many had expected, but Cooks finished the season with a productive stat line of 84/1,138/9. Eight of those touchdowns came in the final nine games and three of his four 100-yard games happened in December so he carries momentum into 2016.

3.06 - Team 6: Jeremy Hill, RB, Cincinnati BengalsAdmittedly, I was high, too high, on Hill going into the 2015 season and he was a disappointment. With one more carry than he had as a rookie, Hill's rushing yards dropped from 1,124 (5.1 YPC) in 2014 to 794 (3.6 YPC) in 2015. That said, he did score a total of 12 touchdowns. Perhaps we shouldn't expect similar efficiency as his rookie season, but I do expect to see a bit of a bounce-back from the 235-pound Hill.

3.07 - Team 7: Jordy Nelson, WR, Green Bay PackersBased on early reports, Nelson's rehab from a torn ACL last preseason is progressing well as he's started to run full speed. Turning 31 in May, Nelson had stat lines of 98/1,519/13 (2014) and 85/1,314/8 (2013) in his previous two seasons.

3.08 - Team 8: Cam Newton, QB, Carolina PanthersThe top-scoring fantasy quarterback in 2015, Newton threw for 3,837 yards and 35 touchdowns while rushing for 636 yards and 10 touchdowns. Newton has now finished as a top-four fantasy quarterback in four of his five NFL seasons. No quarterback has more weekly upside than the 2015 NFL Most Valuable Player as he finished as the weekly QB1 in five of his final nine games in 2015.

3.09 - Team 9: Andrew Luck, QB, Indianapolis ColtsIt was a lost season for Luck, who missed more games (nine) than he played (seven) in 2015. And when he was on the field, he was (much) less than 100 percent for much of the year. Like Cam, Luck benefits from his dual-threat abilities as he rushed for 255-plus yards per year with a total of 12 touchdowns in his first three seasons. With better health in 2016, I expect a bounce-back season from the Colts' franchise quarterback.

3.10 - Team 10: Amari Cooper, WR, Oakland RaidersStill just 21 years old, Cooper had 72 catches for 1,070 yards and six touchdowns as a rookie and battled a foot injury down the stretch. With 20 yards or less in four of his past seven games, his rookie campaign could have been even better, but I expect a stronger performance throughout all of 2016 for the talented second-year receiver.

3.11 - Team 11: DeMarco Murray, RB, Philadelphia EaglesAfter leading the NFL in rushing (1,845 yards) in 2014, Murray had more than 1,100 yard less with the Eagles (702). In addition, he set career lows in YPG (46.8) and YPC (3.6). I'd like to think that things will only get better for Murray with a new coaching staff in place, but NFL Network's Ian Rapoport writes that the two sides are "not in a good place."

3.12 - Team 12: Julian Edelman, WR, New England PatriotsMissing seven games with a broken foot, Edelman set a career high with seven receiving touchdowns and averaged 6.8 receptions and 76.9 yards per game, both of which were career highs. Edelman has missed multiple games in each of the past two seasons, but he's a high-volume receiver playing with one of the best quarterbacks in the league.

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Way-Too-Early 2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: Round 2

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Here is Round 2 of my one-man 2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft:

2.01 - Team 12: Allen Robinson, WR, Jacksonville JaguarsBreaking out in his second season, the 22-year-old 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. Robinson is one of only five players in the past decade to have a 1,400/14 season.

2.02 - Team 11: A.J. Green, WR, Cincinnati BengalsWith only 132 targets last season, Green was targeted 10-plus times in only four of 16 games in 2015. While he may not have as much upside as the receivers off the board before him, Green has exceeded the 1,000-yard mark in all five of his NFL seasons and scored double-digit touchdowns three times.

2.03 - Team 10: Doug Martin, RB, Tampa Bay BuccaneersAs a rookie, Martin exploded onto the scene with 1,926 yards from scrimmage and 12 touchdowns. After two injury-plagued disappointing campaigns, Martin exceeded the value of his 2015 draft slot with 1,673 YFS and seven touchdowns last season. Martin is scheduled to become a free agent this offseason, but the team appears intent on re-signing him.

2.04 - Team 9: Alshon Jeffery, WR, Chicago BearsLike Martin, Jeffery is scheduled to become a free agent, but it's highly unlikely that the (soon-to-be) 26-year-old receiver hits the free market. In an injury-marred 2015 season, Jeffery averaged 6.0 catches and 89.7 yards per game, both of which were career highs. With better health in 2016, Jeffery should easily finish as a top-10 fantasy receiver.

2.05 - Team 8: Thomas Rawls, RB, Seattle SeahawksIt's been an impressive run for Marshawn Lynch in Seattle, however, he has decided to hang up the cleats. The Seahawks and fantasy owners have seen a glimpse of what life could be like with Rawls as the full-time starter. In the six games that he started and finished, Rawls had four 100-yard rushing games and averaged 118.67 rushing yards per game.

2.06 - Team 7: Mike Evans, WR, Tampa Bay BuccaneersAlthough he set career highs of 74 catches for 1,206 yards, Evans had just three touchdowns (after 12 as a rookie) and led the league in drops. Only 22 years old (turns 23 in August) and with the continued development of Jameis Winston, Evans has a chance to post markedly better numbers in 2016.

2.07 - Team 6: Demaryius Thomas, WR, Denver BroncosWith 1,400-plus yards and double-digit touchdowns in each of the previous three seasons, Thomas had 105 catches for 1,304 yards and six touchdowns in 2015. Assuming that Peyton Manning is no longer under center next season, Thomas should at least post a stat line similar to last year's production with a full season of Brock Osweiler as starter.

2.08 - Team 5: LeSean McCoy, RB, Buffalo BillsMissing four games in his first season with the Bills, McCoy averaged nearly 20 touches (19.58/G) and 100 YFS (98.92/G) per game. Assuming good health, McCoy should rank near the top of the league leaders in usage and YFS in 2016. One major question mark, however, is the uncertainty pending the assault investigation at the Philadelphia night club with reports that an arrest warrant could be issued soon for McCoy.

2.09 - Team 4: Eddie Lacy, RB, Green Bay PackersFollowing back-to-back 1,100-yard rushing seasons with 24 total touchdowns in his first two seasons, Lacy disappointed fantasy owners with only 758 rushing yards and five total touchdowns. Benched for a stint during the season and called out by his coach after the season, the Packers would like Lacy to lose 30 pounds in the offseason. Assuming closer attention paid to his conditioning and fitness, Lacy should rebound in 2016.

2.10 - Team 3: Mark Ingram, RB, New Orleans SaintsThe biggest issue with Ingram has been durability. The 26-year-old back has missed three or more games in four of five seasons including four games in 2015. Over the past two seasons, however, Ingram has averaged 18.84 touches per game.

2.11 - Team 2: Lamar Miller, RB, Miami DolphinsPerennially under-involved on offense, Miller has been highly productive on a per-touch basis. Scoring the sixth-most fantasy points among running backs, Miller had just 194 carries last season. Set to become an unrestricted free agent, Miller's outlook could change depending on his landing spot in free agency.

2.12 - Team 1: Brandon Marshall, WR, New York JetsIn all but two games this season, Marshall had either 100 yards and/or a touchdown (or more) as he set a career high in touchdowns (14) and nearly missed a career high with 1,502 yards. In fact, it was the first time since Randy Moss (2003) that a receiver had at least 109/1,502/14 and only the fifth time in NFL history. While I don't expect a repeat of his historic numbers, 1,200-plus yards and 8-10 touchdowns would be a reasonable projection.

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February 13, 2016

2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: Way-too-early One-Man Mock

Earlier today, I posted a way-too-early 2016 fantasy football mock draft. It's a one-man mock draft (i.e., I made all the picks), but later in the year, we will feature more mock drafts with more of our contributors and other scoring formats.

Here is Round 1 of my one-man 2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft:

1.01 - Team 1: Le'Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh SteelersFor me, the decision comes down to Bell or his teammate, Antonio Brown. Many, perhaps most, would take Brown first overall and that wouldn't necessarily be the wrong choice. Injuries at running back are obviously a huge risk and Bell missed a huge chunk of the season, but he's a highly productive, true three-down back when he's on the field.In 22 games over the past two seasons, the (now) 23-year-old Bell has 510 touches -- 403 carries and 107 receptions -- for 2,907 yards from scrimmage and 14 touchdowns. That averages out to 23.18 touches, 132.14 YFS and 0.64 touchdowns -- or more than 17 (standard) fantasy points -- per game.

1.02 - Team 2: Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh SteelersLikely the consensus top pick in 2016 fantasy football drafts, Brown is as safe and productive as it gets. While Brown set career highs of 136 catches and 1,834 yards, his numbers would have been even better had Ben Roethlisberger not missed time. Over his past three seasons combined, Brown has a total of 375 receptions for 5,031 yards and 31 touchdowns.

1.03 - Team 3: Odell Beckham Jr., WR, New York GiantsIn his young career, Beckham has averaged more than 100 yards per game (2,755 yards in 27 career games). Even though he has missed five games over his first two seasons, OBJ has 15 100-yard games during that span. Only Brown (17) and Julio Jones (16) have more. In addition, no player has more receiving touchdowns than Beckham (25) over the past two seasons.

1.04 - Team 4: Julio Jones, WR, Atlanta FalconsNot only did Jones lead the NFL in receiving yards (1,871), but it was the second-most of any season in NFL history. Jones has more than 100 catches and 1,500 yards in back-to-back seasons, but he has only 14 touchdowns in those two seasons. Based on his volume of targets as well as his combination of size and speed, Jones should be more productive in the red zone.

1.05 - Team 5: Todd Gurley, RB, Los Angeles RamsDespite missing the first three games of the season, Gurley finished third in the NFL with 1,106 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns. Gurley exceeded the 100-yard mark only once in his final eight games, but he still averaged 4.8 yards per carry over his rookie campaign. There remains concerns about the weakness of the team's passing attack (and in turn, the eight-men boxes in Gurley's future), but he will be one more year removed from his torn ACL and should rank near the top of the league in rush attempts in 2016.

1.06 - Team 6: Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England PatriotsCounting 10 playoff games, Gronkowski has a total of 75 touchdowns in career 90 games. And with the exception of his seven-game 2013 season, Gronk has double-digit touchdowns in five of his six NFL seasons. Still 26 years old (turns 27 in May), Gronk is one of the league's biggest mismatches and the clear-cut top option at his position.

1.07 - Team 7: Adrian Peterson, RB, Minnesota VikingsAfter sitting out virtually all of the 2014 season, Peterson led the NFL in carries (327), rushing yards (1,485) and rushing touchdowns (11). The Vikings will continue to ride AP as their workhorse. Despite his superhuman physical traits, the only concern is that he turns 31 years old in March.

1.08 - Team 8: DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Houston TexansOne of the best young talents in the NFL, Hopkins took another big step forward in his age-23 season. Even with a less than ideal quarterback situation, Hopkins set career highs across the board with 111 receptions, 1,521 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2015.

1.09 - Team 9: Devonta Freeman, RB, Atlanta FalconsJust like we had all expected, no running back scored more fantasy points in 2015 than Freeman. Not only did Freeman rush for more than 1,000 yards, but he hauled in 73 catches, third-most among running backs, for 578 yards. In addition, he scored a total of 14 touchdowns last season. While he may not score 14 touchdowns again, he's developed into a true three-down back for the Falcons.

1.10 - Team 10: Dez Bryant, WR, Dallas CowboysIt 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 Gronk has more receiving touchdowns than Bryant (53) since 2011.

1.11 - Team 11: Jamaal Charles, RB, Kansas City ChiefsComing off a torn ACL, there's obviously concerns with Charles from a health perspective, but the good news is the injury happened reasonably early in the season and reports suggest that his recovery is going well. The next time the versatile eight-year veteran averages less than 5.0 yards per carry will be his first. In his five games last season, he averaged 18.4 touches, 108.2 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown per game.

1.12 - Team 12: David Johnson, RB, Arizona CardinalsInjuries finally led to Johnson getting a shot at the featured role, but the third-rounder out of Northern Iowa had been productive in limited opportunities before that. Johnson scored a total of 13 touchdowns -- eight rushing, four receiving and one return -- on only 161 touches. Finishing as a top-five weekly performer in three of his five starts, Johnson has a legitimate shot at finishing as a top-five running back for all of 2016.

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September 07, 2015

2015 Fantasy Football PPR Mock Draft: Round 7

Here are Round 7 results of our 2015 Fantasy Football PPR Mock Draft:

7.01 - Sean Beazley (Team I): LeGarrette Blount, RB, New England Patriots

As we've seen from Blount in the postseason, he can go from one yard on three carries (vs. BAL) one week to 30 carries for 148 yards and three touchdowns (vs. IND) the next week. Blount's carries in his final six games through the Super Bowl were as follows: 20, eight, 10, three, 30 and 14. While we can't always count on consistent running back workloads from Belichick, Blount figures to be the "guy" in the Patriots' backfield. And Blount has been dominant at the goal line for the Patriots with 15 rushing scores in his past 15 games (including playoffs) with the Pats.

7.02 - Brendan Donahue (Team I): Danny Woodhead, RB, San Diego Chargers

Woodhead missed all but three games last season, but prior to the 2014 season, he had finished as a top-30 fantasy running back in three of his previous four seasons. In his first full season with the Chargers (2013) which also coincided with the only full season for Ryan Mathews, Woodhead had 1,034 yards from scrimmage, 76 receptions and eight total touchdowns. Even though Melvin Gordon will get the largest share of the early-down work, Woodhead should get the majority of third-down snaps.

7.03 - Kevin Hanson (Team I): DeSean Jackson, WR, Washington Redskins

Despite the revolving door at quarterback, Jackson was one of the few bright spots for Washington's offense in 2014. D-Jax finished with 56 catches for 1,169 yards and six touchdowns and he led the NFL in yards per reception (20.9). Even though he finished as the 23rd-highest scoring fantasy wide receiver, the big drawback of owning Jackson is his boom-or-bust nature. Jackson finished as a top-20 fantasy wide receiver in eight of 15 games last year; in six of the other seven games, he finished as the WR50 or worse.

7.04 - Kevin Hanson (Team II): Joique Bell, RB, Detroit Lions

Scoring the 13th-most fantasy points among running backs (PPR) in 2014, Bell finished with 223 carries for 860 yards, both of which were career highs, as well as 34 receptions for 322 yards and eight total touchdowns. That said, it was the second consecutive season that Bell has averaged under 4.0 YPC.

While I expect Bell to lead the team's backfield in touches in 2015, second-round rookie Ameer Abdullah weakens Bell's grip on the featured-back role and it wouldn't surprise me if Abdullah emerged as the lead back at some point during the season, but I like his value as the RB32.

7.05 - Dan Yanotchko (Team I): Steve Smith, WR, Baltimore Ravens

Smith's first season as a Raven went better than expectations as he posted a 79/1,065/6 full-season stat line. With all four of his 100-yard games occurring in the first six games of the season, Smith was much less effective over the final 10 games. That said, he did have at least five catches in each of the final four games for a total of 25 catches during the final month of the season. Now 36 years old, it's unlikely that Smith posts another 1,000-yard season in what will be his final NFL season, but he has made a career out of disproving his doubters.

7.06 - Dan Yanotchko (Team II): Tony Romo, QB, Dallas Cowboys

Over his past three seasons, Romo's pass attempts have dropped from 648 (2012) to 535 (2013) to 435 (2014). Despite the drop in volume, Romo threw 34 touchdowns, the most for him since 2007, with only nine interceptions, a four-year low. In addition, Romo led the league in Y/A (8.5), completion percentage (69.9), touchdown percentage (7.8) and passer rating (113.2) last year.

Assuming the team stays committed to the run game without DeMarco Murray, who signed a free-agent deal with the Eagles, Romo's upside could be somewhat limited with a relatively modest uptick in pass attempts. Even with his career year in efficiency, Romo still finished just outside the top-10 fantasy quarterbacks last season.

7.07 - Sean Beazley (Team II): Ryan Mathews, RB, Philadelphia Eagles

Mathews has struggled with durability as he has played a full 16-game season only once in his five-year career. That said, he has been productive when on the field with a pair of 1,000-yard seasons under his belt and a career 4.40 YPC average. While he enters 2015 second on the depth chart behind last year's rushing champion, Murray has his own durability concerns as he is coming off a massive 497-touch season counting the playoffs.

7.08 - Sean Beazley (Team III): Darren McFadden, RB, Dallas Cowboys

Since entering the league as a top-four pick, McFadden has largely disappointed fantasy owners due to durability issues or lack of production. Back in 2010 and 2011, he gave owners a glimpse of what could be with an average of 121.6 YFS per game and 5.27 YPC over 20 games played. For the first six seasons of his career, however, he missed at least three games every season and averaged only 11.17 games per year before finally playing a full 16-game season in 2014. In addition, McFadden has averaged just 3.34 YPC over the past three seasons combined. Having just turned 28, McFadden has some upside if he can stay healthy and get a significant share of the committee's workload. That said, the trade this weekend for Christine Michael lowers relatively modest optimism for McFadden.

7.09 - Brendan Donahue (Team II): Matt Ryan, QB, Atlanta Falcons

Ryan has more than 4,500 passing yards in three consecutive seasons with the third-most (13,928) over that span. In addition, he has 26-plus touchdowns in five consecutive seasons and the sixth-most (143) during that span. The good news is that Ryan has finished as a top-eight fantasy quarterback in four of the past five years, which makes him a solid mid-QB1 option to target. That said, he has yet to finish as a top-six fantasy quarterback in his career. He's the QB9 in this mock.

7.10 - Brendan Donahue (Team III): Ryan Tannehill, QB, Miami Dolphins

Tannehill posted career highs in passing yards (4,045), passing touchdowns (27) and completion percentage (66.4) with a career low in interceptions (12) in his first year playing for new offensive coordinator Bill Lazor. In addition, he rushed for a career-high 311 yards, which ranked fifth among all quarterbacks last season. Starting in Week 6, Tannehill finished as a top-10 fantasy quarterback in six of 11 weeks, but he finished with the eighth-most fantasy points over the full season. The team's group of top pass-catchers was entirely turned over except for Jarvis Landry, but Tannehill has plenty of upside heading into 2015.

7.11 - Kevin Hanson (Team III): Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Arizona Cardinals

Fitzgerald had 63 receptions for 784 yards and a career-low two touchdowns last season and his 784 yards were only four more than the career low he had as a rookie. Given the injuries to Carson Palmer and then Drew Stanton, the decline certainly wasn't solely the fault of Fitzgerald, who also missed two games. In the 22 games that Carson Palmer and Fitzgerald have played together over the past two seasons, Fitzgerald has averaged 5.18 receptions, 65.32 yards and 0.55 touchdowns per game. That's a 16-game pace of 83/1,045/9.

7.12 - Dan Yanotchko (Team III): Anquan Boldin, WR, San Francisco 49ers

Even though the 49ers have the second-fewest passing yards over the past two seasons, Boldin has back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons with the Niners. In addition, both of his yardage totals (1,179 and 1,062, respectively) were higher than any of his previous six seasons. Boldin is unlikely to blow up for 150 yards and two touchdowns in any given week, but he provides owners with consistent production -- 50-plus receiving yards in 12 of 16 games last season.

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2015 Fantasy Football PPR Mock Draft: Round 6

Continuing the 2015 PPR Mock Draft that we began last week, another round is in the books.

Here are Round 6 results of our 2015 Fantasy Football PPR Mock Draft:

6.01 - Dan Yanotchko (Team III): Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints

After three consecutive 5,000-yard seasons, Brees fell just shy of that mark in 2014 but still tied (with Ben Roethlisberger) for the league lead with 4,952 passing yards and threw 33 touchdowns. For the first time since signing with the Saints in 2006, however, Brees finished outside the top-five fantasy quarterbacks (sixth) in 2014. And while he has thrown at least 650 pass attempts in five consecutive seasons and he led the league in pass attempts per game (41.2) last season, a transition to a more run-based offense could begin given their offseason moves.

6.02 - Kevin Hanson (Team III): Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots

With Judge Berman nullifying the four-game suspension for Brady, it's great to have a resolution (sort of, sans the NFL's appeal) to the Deflategate drama. After a slow start last season as Rob Gronkowski worked his way back from a torn ACL, only Peyton Manning (31) threw more touchdowns than Brady (29) from Weeks 5 to 17. During that span, Brady scored the fifth-most fantasy points among QBs on a per-game basis. Assuming continued good health for Gronk, Brady could finish as a top-five fantasy QB in 2015.

6.03 - Brendan Donahue (Team III): Greg Olsen, TE, Carolina Panthers

Posting career highs of 84 catches for 1,008 yards last season, Olsen now has at least 69 receptions and 816 yards while finishing as a top-seven fantasy tight end in each of the past three seasons. Over that three-year span, Jimmy Graham (3,086) is the only tight end with more yards than Olsen (2,667) and only Graham (256) and Jason Witten (247) have more receptions than Olsen (226). He's never scored more than eight touchdowns in a season, but he has at least five scores for seven consecutive seasons. In addition, Olsen is extremely durable having played all 16 games in seven consecutive seasons.

6.04 - Brendan Donahue (Team II): Martellus Bennett, TE, Chicago Bears

Setting career highs across the board in 2014 with 90 receptions, 916 yards and six touchdowns, Bennett finished as a top-five scorer among tight ends and led the position in receptions. With the Bears trading Brandaon Marshall to the Jets and the injury to top pick Kevin White, Bennett has the potential to come close to those numbers this season.

6.05 - Sean Beazley (Team III): Martavis Bryant, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers

Inactive for the first six games, Bryant went on a scoring spree in his first four NFL games with a total of six touchdowns during that span. After that point, however, Bryant had just 12 catches for 239 yards and two touchdowns in the final six games of the season. Not only does he currently project as the team's No. 3 receiver, Bryant will miss the first four games of the season due to league suspension. It's a bit of a surprise that Sean took Bryant this early given his suspension, but he took receivers with his first two picks -- Demaryius Thomas and A.J. Green -- as his starters and Bryant certainly has upside once he returns from suspension.

6.06 - Sean Beazley (Team II): Doug Martin, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Just a couple of seasons ago, Martin racked up 1,926 yards from scrimmage, 49 receptions and 12 touchdowns in 16 games as a rookie when he finished the year as fantasy's RB2. Over the past two seasons (combined), Martin has missed 15 games while totalling only 1,080 YFS, 25 receptions and three touchdowns. Going into 2015, however, Martin is in line for the largest share of the backfield's workload and he has looked impressive this offseason and preseason (5.9 YPC).

6.07 - Dan Yanotchko (Team II): Chris Ivory, RB, New York Jets

Although he averaged a career-low 4.1 YPC, Ivory once again rushed for more than 800 yards and set a career high with six touchdowns. Despite any of the additions to the Jets' backfield, Ivory is the clear favorite to lead the team's backfield in both workload and fantasy production. More productive than most probably realized, Ivory finished as a top-24 fantasy running back (PPR) last season.

6.08 - Dan Yanotchko (Team I): Jason Witten, TE, Dallas Cowboys

Other than his rookie season, Witten's 64 receptions and 703 yards last year set or tied career lows. Witten lacks upside at this point in his career, but he should come close to last year's top-10 performance once again. If I don't get one of the top-five fantasy tight ends, however, I'd rather wait for a high-upside guy like Tyler Eifert as opposed to using a pick here on Witten.

6.09 - Kevin Hanson (Team II): Giovani Bernard, RB, Cincinnati Bengals

Better suited for his return to a change-of-pace role, Bernard should still have the opportunity to be productive as a solid RB2 in PPR leagues. As an example, Jeremy Hill carried the ball 22-plus times for 100-plus yards in the team's final three regular-season games. In those same games, Bernard finished as a weekly top-12 fantasy running back in PPR-scoring formats.

As beat writer Paul Dehner Jr. noted earlier this offseason, "... once settling into a complementary role the final three weeks, [Bernard] returned to the explosive, multi-dimensional player the Bengals team envisioned."

6.10 - Kevin Hanson (Team I): Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Pittsburgh Steelers

Based on his 2014 average draft position (ADP), Roethlisberger was one of the biggest draft values last season. Only four quarterbacks scored more fantasy points and he threw for a career-high 4,952 yards, which tied Brees last season for the league lead, and 32 touchdowns, which tied a previous career high. With continuity on the offensive line and one of the league's best group of pass catchers, it wouldn't surprise me if Big Ben posted another top-five finish in 2015.

6.11 - Brendan Donahue (Team I): Nelson Agholor, WR, Philadelphia Eagles

Landing in Chip Kelly's up-tempo offense bodes well for Agholor's short- and long-term fantasy outlook. While the Eagles lost Jeremy Maclin (6-0, 198, 4.48 forty) in free agency, Agholor (6-0, 198, 4.42 forty) has earned comparisons to the departed receiver. An excellent route runner, Agholor has the ability to play both inside and outside and finished with a 104/1,313/12 stat line last year for USC.

6.12 - Sean Beazley (Team I): Charles Johnson, WR, Minnesota Vikings

Possessing an impressive combination of size (6-2, 225) and athleticism (sub-4.4 forty), Johnson was reunited with Norv Turner in Minnesota after being released by the receiver-deficient Browns last offseason. In the final six games of the season, Johnson was on the field for all but 19 of the team's offensive snaps. And over his final seven games, Johnson posted 25 receptions for 415 yards and two touchdowns. With a full offseason and the continued development of second-year quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, Johnson should pick up where he left off last season.

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September 04, 2015

2015 Fantasy Football PPR Mock Draft: Round 5

Here are Round 5 results of our 2015 Fantasy Football PPR Mock Draft:

5.01 - Sean Beazley (Team I): Jarvis Landry, WR, Miami Dolphins

Among rookies, only his ex-LSU teammate Odell Beckham (91) had more receptions than Landry (84) last season. Over the final nine games of the season, Landry had a minimum of five receptions every game and racked up a total of 59 catches over that span. In addition, he had at least nine targets in six of his final eight games. Better in PPR formats, Landry, the WR23 in this mock, should improve upon his 84/758/5 rookie numbers.

5.02 - Brendan Donahue (Team I): Davante Adams, WR, Green Bay Packers

After a boost in playing time down the stretch and a strong offseason, all signs pointed to Adams taking a step forward in year two. That said, no player benefits more the ACL injury to Jordy Nelson (from a fantasy perspective) than Adams, who finished with 38/446/3 numbers as a rookie, as he enters the starting lineup in two-WR sets.

5.03 - Kevin Hanson (Team I): Travis Kelce, TE, Kansas City Chiefs

Kelce played only 52.3 percent of the team's offensive snaps from Weeks 1 to 10, but that percentage jumped to 86.7 percent from Weeks 11 to 17. Despite his snap-count limits during the first half of the season, Kelce still finished with 67 receptions, 862 yards and five touchdowns and the sixth-most fantasy points (PPR formats) among tight ends last season. With good health, the sky is the limit for Kelce in 2015.

5.04 - Kevin Hanson (Team II): Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks

A top-three fantasy quarterback in 2014, Wilson rushed for 849 yards and six touchdowns, both of which were career highs, and netted fantasy owners an average of 7.56 fantasy points per game from rushing stats alone. While he won't post gaudy passing statistics in Seattle's run-dominant offense, Wilson is the first quarterback in league history to throw 20-plus touchdowns with 10 or fewer interceptions in each of his first three NFL seasons, per Pro Football Reference. Wilson's volume of pass attempts may not spike in 2015, but the Seahawks pulled off a blockbuster trade for tight end Jimmy Graham, which significantly upgrades the team's weapons in the red zone.

5.05 - Dan Yanotchko (Team I): Ameer Abdullah, RB, Detroit Lions

At only 5-foot-9 and 205 pounds, Abdullah may lack the ideal size to be a bellcow back, but he has been impressive in both offseason workouts and the preseason. In addition, Abdullah posted three consecutive 1,100-yard seasons including back-to-back 1,600-yard campaigns at Nebraska. Among running backs at the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine, Abdullah finished first in the vertical jump (42.5 inches), broad jump (10-10), 3-cone drill (6.79) and 20-yard shuttle (3.95). Abdullah should begin the season behind Joique Bell on the depth chart, but his role within the offense should expand as the season progresses.

5.06 - Dan Yanotchko (Team II): Jeremy Maclin, WR, Kansas City Chiefs

After sitting out all of 2013 with a torn ACL, Maclin returned to the Eagles on a one-year deal and posted a career-best season (85/1,318/10) in Chip Kelly's offense. He then parlayed that success into a massive five-year deal to reunite with his former coach.

While the transition from Kelly's up-tempo offense to one with a quarterback that rarely challenges defenses down the field isn't a positive, the Chiefs have made a concerted effort to get the ball in Maclin's hands during the preseason. As an example, Maclin had seven catches for 65 yards and a score in the Week 3 preseason dress rehearsal.

5.07 - Sean Beazley (Team II): Vincent Jackson, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The good news is that Jackson eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark for the fourth consecutive season and sixth time in the past seven years -- the exception was his holdout-shortened 2010 season. The bad news is V-Jax had just two touchdowns, the lowest of his career since his three-catch rookie season (2005). Jackson should score more touchdowns in 2015, but the 32-year-old receiver is clearly the No. 2 receiver to Mike Evans.

5.08 - Sean Beazley (Team III): Peyton Manning, QB, Denver Broncos

Manning finished the year as the QB4 (312.68 fantasy points) behind Rodgers (354.14), Luck (350.74) and Wilson (327.6). In the first 11 games of the season, Manning averaged 23.96 fantasy points per game (323.45 YPG, 34 TDs and nine INTs). In the final five games of the season, however, he averaged just 9.83 FPPG (233.8 YPG, five TDs and six INTs) and never scored more than 13.02 fantasy points in any of those games. Much of the decline can be attributed to last year's thigh injury, but Manning's passing production also tends to slow as the weather turns colder. In a more balanced offense with some issues on the offensive line, it's possible that Manning fails to produce a top-five fantasy season.

5.09 - Brendan Donahue (Team II): C.J. Spiller, RB, New Orleans Saints

While Spiller may never rush for 1,000 yards again, Payton and the Saints coaching staff should maximize his production on a per-touch basis. Since Payton took over in New Orleans in 2006, the Saints have roughly one-third (six of 19) of the 70-reception seasons by running backs and Spiller figures to lead the backfield in receptions. One concern entering the season, however, is Spiller's recent arthroscopic knee surgery, but the expectation has been that he will be ready for Week 1.

5.10 - Brendan Donahue (Team III): T.J. Yeldon, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars

Selected with a top-36 pick in this year's draft, Yeldon has excellent size (6-1, 225) and goes to the front of the line in terms of the team's backfield depth chart. General manager David Caldwell said that he sees Yeldon as "a three-down back." Playing in an offense that ranked in the bottom two in both scoring and total offense last year could limit Yeldon's fantasy upside as a rookie, but he could end up leading rookie backs in touches in 2015.

5.11 - Kevin Hanson (Team III): Sammy Watkins, WR, Buffalo Bills

The fourth overall pick of the 2014 NFL Draft, Watkins finished his rookie campaign with 65 receptions for 982 yards and six touchdowns. While Watkins had four 100-yard games including a career-high 157 yards against his new head coach's former team, he also had nine games with 35 receiving yards or less. In a run-first offense with a less-than-ideal quarterback situation, there will still be plenty of weekly inconsistency from Watkins, but his overall numbers should improve on a year-over-year basis and has some upside as the WR27 in this mock.

5.12 - Dan Yanotchko (Team III): Alfred Morris, RB, Washington Redskins

Morris averaged a career-low 4.1 YPC last season, but he rushed 265 times for 1,074, respectable numbers but also career lows, and eight touchdowns. Washington's offensive line struggled last year, but the team used the fifth-overall pick on Brandon Scherff and the addition of Bill Callahan to the coaching staff is certainly a positive for the team's offensive line play and rushing attack overall.

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2015 Fantasy Football PPR Mock Draft: Round 4

Earlier this week, four of our contributors started a new "slow" 2015 Fantasy Football PPR Mock Draft and we are now one-third of the way through it.

Here are Round 4 results of our 2015 Fantasy Football PPR Mock Draft:

4.01 - Dan Yanotchko (Team III): Julian Edelman, WR, New England Patriots

Earlier today (Sept. 3rd), Judge Berman nullified the four-game suspension of Tom Brady, which obviously bodes well for all of the Patriots pass-catchers. After his breakout 2013 season (105/1,056/6), Edelman actually averaged slightly more receptions (6.57 in 2014 vs. 6.56 in 2013) and yards (69.43 in 2014 vs. 66.0 in 2013).

4.02 - Kevin Hanson (Team III): Andre Ellington, RB, Arizona Cardinals

The good news is that Ellington averaged more than 20 touches per game last season. The bad news, I suppose, is that Ellington averaged more than 20 touches per game last season. Given Ellington's size (5-9, 199), it wasn't a huge (no pun intended) surprise that Ellington didn't hold up for a full season and missed the final four regular-season games.

With the substantial bump in workload, Ellington underwhelmed as his yards-per-carry average plummeted from 5.5 YPC as a rookie to 3.3 on 201 carries last season. That said, the foot injury he battled all of last season is now healed and the Cardinals improved their offensive line in free agency and the draft.

4.03 - Brendan Donahue (Team III): Brandon Marshall, WR, New York Jets

It was a year to forget for Marshall (and the Bears) as he posted his lowest totals for both receptions (61) and yards (721) since his rookie season, but he gets a fresh start after being traded to the Jets this offseason. A return to his 2012 or 2013 numbers appear unlikely, but I expect a bounce-back season in the 1,000-yard range. Before last year, Marshall had seven consecutive 1,000-yard seasons.

4.04 - Brendan Donahue (Team II): Arian Foster, RB, Houston Texans

Not only did the Texans lead the NFL in rushing attempts (551), Foster is one of the league's few true workhorse backs, when healthy. Although Foster missed three games in 2014, he averaged 95.8 rushing yards per game and 4.8 yards per carry, both of which were four-year highs, and scored double-digit touchdowns (13). Not only did Foster finish as a top-five fantasy running back last season, he also finished as a top-12 fantasy running back in 10 of 13 weeks last season.

There is growing optimism that Foster will only miss a few games as opposed to half the season following his recent groin surgery. This could turn out to be a steal if he only misses three or so games.

4.05 - Sean Beazley (Team III): Joseph Randle, RB, Dallas Cowboys

While he had only 51 carries in 2014, 11 (21.6 percent) of those 51 carries resulted in runs of more than 10 yards and he averaged 6.73 yards per carry on the season. More than anything, that production is a result of running behind one of the best offensive lines in football, which should be even better this year. His YPC average will certainly decline with a bump in volume, but Randle is expected to get the largest share of the workload within the team's committee backfield.

4.06 - Sean Beazley (Team II): Carlos Hyde, RB, San Francisco 49ers

With Frank Gore signing with the Colts, Hyde sits atop the 49ers depth chart at running back going into his second season. With Gore ahead of him on the depth chart last year, Hyde had just 83 carries for 333 yards and four touchdowns as a rookie. Not only will his workload expand significantly, but I expect his effectiveness on a per-carry basis to increase from last year's 4.0 yards-per-carry average. Even though the offense has sputtered in general, Hyde has looked good this preseason (5.6 YPC).

4.07 - Dan Yanotchko (Team II): Golden Tate, WR, Detroit Lions

Tate had a career year with 99 catches for 1,331 yards and four touchdowns plus 30 rushing yards. From Weeks 4 to 8, Calvin Johnson missed three games and was a decoy in two other games (19 total yards). During that same five-game span, Tate averaged 119.8 yards per game and scored three of his four touchdowns. So, in other words, if Megatron is healthy for the entire season, Tate is unlikely to repeat last year's career numbers, but he's otherwise a solid WR2 for Dan.

4.08 - Dan Yanotchko (Team I): Jonathan Stewart, RB, Carolina Panthers

Over the final five games of the season, Stewart, who recently turned 28, rushed for 486 yards on 91 carries (5.34 YPC) and only DeMarco Murray (491) had more rushing yards during that span. With the team ready to rely on Stewart to carry the load, he has a ton of upside at this point in the draft. Durability is a real concern for Stewart, however, as he has played only 28 games over the past three seasons combined.

4.09 - Kevin Hanson (Team II): Jimmy Graham, TE, Seattle Seahawks

Slowed by a shoulder injury, Graham had 54 yards or less in six of his final seven games last season and finished with only 889 yards, a four-year low. Over his past four seasons, however, Graham has averaged 89 catches, 1,099 yards and 12 touchdowns per year. With his trade to the Seahawks, Graham goes from an offense that averaged 41.2 pass attempts per game, second-most in the NFL last year, to one that averages the fewest (28.4/G). That said, I think he's a tremendous value at the end of Round 4.

4.10 - Kevin Hanson (Team I): Allen Robinson, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars

While his season was cut short by a Week 10 foot injury, Robinson was quietly off to a strong rookie season. From Weeks 2 to 10, Robinson averaged 5.22 receptions and 60.89 yards per game with a minimum of four receptions every game during that span. With good health, Robinson is poised for a breakout season in 2015 especially given the hand injury that will sideline Julius Thomas for the next month.

4.11 - Brendan Donahue (Team I): Keenan Allen, WR, San Diego Chargers

While his receptions increased from 71 to 77 in 2014, Allen's yardage (1,046 to 783) and touchdowns (eight to four) both dropped and he barely finished as a top-40 fantasy wide receiver in PPR formats last season. Allen turned 23 this spring and should have a bounce-back season as Brendan's WR2.

4.12 - Sean Beazley (Team I): Todd Gurley, RB, St. Louis Rams

Arguably the best running back prospect since Minnesota's Adrian Peterson, Gurley ended the drought of first-round running backs and possesses all of the physical tools to be a dominant RB1-type back for years to come. With his combination of size and speed, Gurley has the ability to run over and/or outrun opposing tacklers. Recovering from his torn ACL, however, Gurley sat out of the preseason and should be eased into what will eventually be a featured-back role.

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September 03, 2015

2015 Fantasy Football PPR Mock Draft: 12 Teams, 5th Pick, Super Flex

Using the Fantasy Football Mock Draft Simulator (powered by FantasyPros), we continue our Fantasy Football Mock Draft Per Day Series for the 2015 season.

From May 28th through Labor Day weekend, we will complete one mock draft per day and post the results.

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Here are the league settings (all customizable) for today's mock:

  • 12 teams, No. 5 pick, point-per-reception (PPR) scoring, QB-eligible flex
  • Starting lineup: 1 QB, 2 RBs, 2 WRs, TE, K, D/ST and Flex (QB, RB, WR or TE)
  • Six bench spots, any position

With that said, here is my roster from today's mock draft:

1.05 - Jamaal Charles, RB, Kansas City Chiefs: It was a somewhat disappointing season for Charles even though he finished with the seventh-most fantasy points among running backs. After back-to-back seasons of 320-plus touches, Charles saw that number cut to 246 in 2014 although that number will increase in 2015 barring injury. And among the 184 players with 1,000-plus carries (via PFR), none have averaged more YPC than Charles (5.49); Hall-of-Famer Jim Brown is second (5.22) on that list.

2.08 - Julio Jones, WR, Atlanta Falcons: Jones shattered previous career highs with 104 catches and 1,593 yards last season although he has eight touchdowns in 20 games over the past two seasons. That said, I see Jones posting a 100/1,500/10 season and he's my second-ranked receiver in PPR formats.

3.05 - Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots: With his four-game suspension overturned, Brady should play all 16 games this season even though the NFL has appealed Judge Berman's decision. After a slow start last season, Brady finished with the fifth-most fantasy points per game from Weeks 5 to 17 last year. Assuming continued good health from Rob Gronkowski in 2015, Brady could finish as a top-five fantasy QB this season.

4.08 - Frank Gore, RB, Indianapolis Colts: If there's a concern with Gore, it's his age (32). Over the past four seasons, however, Gore has not missed any games while rushing for 1,100-plus yards each season. Not only does he get a boost playing in an Andrew Luck-led offense, but the Colts view Gore as a three-down back, which should lead to more receptions than he's had in recent years.

5.05 - Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Minnesota Vikings: Perhaps the most important thing with a rookie quarterback is the progress he makes over the course of the season and Bridgewater finished the year strong. Building upon last year's strong finish, he looked sharp in the preseason and he has a stronger supporting cast to help him take a big step forward in 2015.

6.08 - Travis Kelce, TE, Kansas City Chiefs: Limited to slightly more than half of the team's snaps through the first 10 games, Kelce still finished with the sixth-most fantasy points among tight ends in PPR formats. With better health (excluding his "slightly sprained ankle"), the sky's the limit for Baby Gronk in 2015.

7.05 - Brandon Marshall, WR, New York Jets: It was a year to forget for Marshall, but he'll get a chance to start over with the Jets this season. We likely won't see the numbers he posted in his first couple of seasons with the Bears, but I expect him to bounce back with a 1,000-yard season in 2015.

8.08 - Arian Foster, RB, Houston Texans: With growing optimism that he avoids short-term IR, Foster may only miss a few games to start the season following last month's groin surgery. Missing three games last season, Foster scored the fifth-most fantasy points among running backs and he has huge upside at this spot.

9.05 - Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Arizona Cardinals: With no 1,000-yard seasons over the past three years, the drought can partly be attributed to the team's quarterback play and injuries. Fitzgerald's 16-game pace in games played with Carson Palmer is 83/1,045/9.

10.08 - Devonta Freeman, RB, Atlanta Falcons: Freeman should be part of a committee backfield with rookie Tevin Coleman, but he provides me some depth especially while Foster is sidelined.

11.05 - Anquan Boldin, WR, San Francisco 49ers: The 49ers have the second-fewest passing yards over the past two seasons behind the Jets, but Boldin has still managed to post back-to-back 1,000-yard campaigns.

12.08 - Pierre Garcon, WR, Washington Redskins: With his stats nearly cut in half (68/752/3) after leading the NFL with 113 receptions in 2013, Garcon should be more involved in the passing offense in 2015.

13.05 - Knile Davis, RB, Kansas City Chiefs: Once Foster is healthy, the trio of Charles, Foster and Gore form a strong backfield nucleus for this squad. Davis provides insurance should Charles miss time and we've seen how productive he can be in those situations.

14.08 - New England Patriots D/ST

15.05 - Dan Bailey, K, Dallas Cowboys

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2015 Fantasy Football PPR Mock Draft: Round 3

Earlier this week, we began a new 12-team Fantasy Football PPR Mock Draft.

Our mock will run 12 rounds and we will post the picks as each round is completed. We are now one-quarter of the way through our mock.

Here are Round 3 results of our 2015 Fantasy Football PPR Mock Draft:

3.01 - Sean Beazley (Team I): Jordan Matthews, WR, Philadelphia Eagles

Playing only 65.0 percent of the team's offensive snaps as a rookie, that ratio will undoubtedly spike in his second season as the team lost Jeremy Maclin via free agency. In his first season in the league, Matthews finished with 67 receptions for 872 yards and eight touchdowns and finished as a top-25 fantasy wide receiver.

3.02 - Brendan Donahue (Team I): Lamar Miller, RB, Miami Dolphins

The Dolphins coaching staff has seemed reluctant to give Miller as much work as his fantasy owners would have liked, but Miller was highly productive on a per-touch basis (5.09 YPC, 7.24 Y/R). With more than 15 carries in only four games last season, Miller still managed to post his first-ever 1,000-yard season (1,099 rushing yards). In addition, Miller was very consistent throughout the season as he finished as a top-20 fantasy running back in 12 of 16 weeks.

3.03 - Kevin Hanson (Team I): Frank Gore, RB, Indianapolis Colts

The only real concern with Gore is his age (32). That said, Gore has been durable with no missed games over the past four seasons, a span during which he has rushed for more than 1,100 yards each season. Not only does he get a huge offense and quarterback upgrade, but the coaching staff views Gore as an every-down back, which means he should be much more involved as a receiver than he has been over the past four seasons (average of 18 catches per season) in San Francisco.

3.04 - Kevin Hanson (Team II): Brandin Cooks, WR, New Orleans Saints

Before suffering a season-ending injury in Week 11, Cook's 53 receptions led all rookie receivers. Generating plenty of buzz in the offseason and an excellent preseason, Cooks is poised for a major breakout as the focal point of the team's passing attack with the offseason trades of Jimmy Graham and Kenny Stills.

3.05 - Dan Yanotchko (Team I): Mike Evans, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Not only was he one of three rookie receivers to eclipse the 1,000-yard mark, but Evans was one of just five receivers to score at least 12 touchdowns last year. From Weeks 9 to 11, he gave us a glimpse of what we can expect when things really click as he posted a massive 21/458/5 line over that three-game stretch. Evans, who turned 22 in August, should take a step forward in 2015 although there may be some early-season inconsistency playing with a rookie quarterback.

3.06 - Dan Yanotchko (Team II): Emmanuel Sanders, WR, Denver Broncos

In his first season with the Broncos, Sanders blew his previous career highs (67/740/6) out of the water. Sanders finished with 101 receptions for 1,404 yards and nine touchdowns. The Broncos offense will be more balanced this season, but Sanders is a solid mid-tier WR2 option heading into 2015.

3.07 - Sean Beazley (Team II): Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers

The reigning NFL Most Valuable Player, Rodgers was also the top-scoring fantasy quarterback as well. Since becoming Green Bay's starting quarterback seven years ago, Rodgers has finished as a top-two fantasy quarterback in six of seven seasons with the lone exception due to injury (broken clavicle, 2013). Over the past four seasons, Rodgers has compiled a 139:25 TD-to-INT ratio with an average of 8.5 yards per attempt, 112.6 passer rating and 67.0 completion percentage. Even without Jordy Nelson (ACL), Rodgers should once again finish as a top-two fantasy quarterback.

3.08 - Sean Beazley (Team III): Melvin Gordon, RB, San Diego Chargers

For re-draft purposes, I expect Gordon to be the most productive rookie running back in 2015. MG3 has drawn some comparisons to Jamaal Charles and enters a favorable situation with the injury-prone Ryan Mathews no longer in San Diego. The Bolts should give Gordon the bulk of the early-down work as I have him projected for 270 touches as a rookie.

3.09 - Brendan Donahue (Team II): Mark Ingram, RB, New Orleans Saints

Once again, Ingram missed multiple games and has now missed a total of 14 games over his four-year career. That said, Ingram set career highs -- 226 carries, 964 rushing yards, nine touchdowns and 29 receptions -- in the 13 games he did play in 2014. Re-signing with the Saints, Ingram should lead the team in carries. And given the team's offseason moves, a transition to more of a run-based offense appears to be in the offing.

3.10 - Brendan Donahue (Team III): Latavius Murray, RB, Oakland Raiders

Loaded with potential and upside, Murray is a physical freak that runs a sub-4.4 forty at 6-foot-3 and 225 pounds. Murray finally got a chance to showcase what he could do down the stretch last season as he gained 478 yards from scrimmage over his final five games on a total of 83 touches (72 carries and 11 receptions). With the changes to the team's backfield, Murray will be given every opportunity to be the team's lead back in 2015.

3.11 - Kevin Hanson (Team III): Andre Johnson, WR, Indianapolis Colts

After back-to-back 1,400-yard seasons, Johnson finished with 85 receptions for just 936 yards and three touchdowns in 2014. Johnson's 62.4 Y/G and 11.0 Y/R were his lowest since 2005. Released by the Texans this offseason, Johnson gets a major upgrade in quarterback situation with Andrew Luck. Johnson, who turned 34 in July, may never record another 1,400-yard season, but Reggie Wayne finished with 106 catches for 1,355 yards in his age-34 season when Luck was a rookie.

3.12 - Dan Yanotchko (Team III): Amari Cooper, WR, Oakland Raiders

No rookie receiver is more pro-ready than Cooper, the first Biletnikoff winner in Alabama history. Cooper racked up 124 receptions for 1,727 yards and 16 touchdowns last season and should become Derek Carr's go-to receiver immediately for a team that ranked fourth in the league in pass attempts per game (39.3) in 2014.

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2015 Fantasy Football PPR Mock Draft: Round 2

Another round of our new 2015 Fantasy Football Mock Draft is in the books. This mock draft uses point-per-reception (PPR) scoring and we'll post each round as they are complete.

Here are Round 2 results of our 2015 Fantasy Football PPR Mock Draft:

2.01 - Dan Yanotchko (Team III): DeMarco Murray, RB, Dallas Cowboys

Murray has always been productive on a per-game, per-touch basis. Before last season's career year, Murray averaged 4.95 yards per carry in his first three seasons combined. The issue with Murray (before 2014) was durability as he missed multiple games in each of those three seasons.

With a total of 497 touches including the playoffs last year, durability remains Murray's biggest concern in 2015 as well. Even though the team added another talented (and injury-prone) running back (Ryan Mathews) in free agency, I'd expect Murray to still get close to 20 touches per game, when healthy. And if he plays a full season for a second straight season, he has the upside to finish as fantasy's top scorer.

2.02 - Kevin Hanson (Team III): Jeremy Hill, RB, Cincinnati Bengals

Over the final nine games of the season, Hill had 22-plus carries and 100-plus rushing yards five times including the final three games of the regular season. During that nine-game span, Hill had 172 carries for 929 yards and six touchdowns and no running back had more rushing yards than Hill during that stretch. (Lynch was second with 824 yards.) Going into the 2015 season, Hill is clearly the team's lead back with Giovani Bernard back as the change-of-pace option.

2.03 - Brendan Donahue (Team III): Odell Beckham, WR, New York Giants

Closing the season with nine consecutive games of 90-plus yards, Beckham racked up a massive stat line of 81/1,199/9 on 115 targets during that stretch. In fact, only 11 other receivers had more yards in all of 2014 than OBJ had in his final nine games. And as impressive as that sounds, he was even more dominant over his final four games -- 43/606/7 on 63 targets.

While ODB is far from being the biggest receiver, his combination of hands, route-running ability, speed and elusiveness makes him nearly impossible to cover especially in today's age of offense-friendly rules.

2.04 - Brendan Donahue (Team II): Calvin Johnson, WR, Detroit Lions

Including playoff appearances, Megatron has more 200-yard games (six) than any other receiver in league history. And while he still has as much potential as any receiver to take over a given game, he has missed a total of five games in 2013 and 2014. Johnson also appeared in a few games as a decoy, which can be even worse for fantasy owners than missed games. With five consecutive 1,000-yard seasons, however, Megatron has averaged a stat line of 90/1,467/11 during that span and he has WR1 upside if he can stay healthy.

2.05 - Sean Beazley (Team III): A.J. Green, WR, Cincinnati Bengals

Injuries kept Green from building upon his 2013 numbers (98/1,426/11), but he extended his streak of 1,000-yard seasons to begin his career to four. Only Megatron (6,214), Antonio Brown (5,092) and Demaryius Thomas (5,034) have more yards during that four-year span than Green (4,874). With good health, Green is a good bet for 1,300 yards and double-digit touchdowns in 2015.

2.06 - Sean Beazley (Team II): Randall Cobb, WR, Green Bay Packers

Recently turning 25, Cobb re-signed with the Packers prior to the official start of NFL free agency. Of course, playing in an Aaron Rodgers-led offense helps to maximize his fantasy value this year and going forward.

Cobb finished the season with 91 receptions for 1,287 yards and 12 touchdowns, all of which set career highs, but I would be surprised if he scored 12 touchdowns again in 2015. That said, the season-ending ACL injury to Jordy Nelson means that Cobb should finish as a top-eight fantasy receiver in 2015.

2.07 - Dan Yanotchko (Team II): Justin Forsett, RB, Baltimore Ravens

Arguably the biggest surprise in fantasy football last season, Forsett scored more fantasy points than all but seven other running backs in 2014. Forsett, who re-signed with the Ravens this offseason, rushed for a career-high 1,266 yards last season and averaged an RB-high 5.4 YPC while adding 44 receptions for 263 yards. With Marc Trestman hired to run the offense, Forsett should set new career highs in receptions.

2.08 - Dan Yanotchko (Team I): LeSean McCoy, RB, Buffalo Bills

Barely finishing as a top-12 fantasy running back last season, McCoy finished third in the league in rushing (1,319 yards) and was one of only two 300-carry backs. Not only did he average nearly a yard per carry less in 2014 than 2013, however, McCoy also saw his receptions (52 in 2013) and touchdowns (11 in 2013) drop roughly in half to 28 and five, respectively.

Despite running behind an inferior offensive line (compared to Philadelphia's), McCoy should see a healthy volume of work within Buffalo's ground-and-pound offense, but will his per-touch effectiveness bounce back in a less-efficient offense? And there is at least some doubt about his Week 1 status.

2.09 - Kevin Hanson (Team II): Alshon Jeffery, WR, Chicago Bears

With the Bears trading Brandon Marshall to the Jets and using a top-seven pick on West Virginia's Kevin White, who will miss at least the first six games, Jeffery now takes over as the team's clear No. 1 wide receiver. Despite year-over-year dips in both receptions (85) and receiving yards (1,133), Jeffery posted a career high in touchdowns (10) and finished with the 10th-most fantasy points (PPR) among wide receivers last season.

2.10 - Kevin Hanson (Team I): T.Y. Hilton, WR, Indianapolis Colts

Hilton had a breakout 82/1,345/7 season last year and that breakout would have been even better if he weren't limited down the stretch by a hamstring injury. Playing with Andrew Luck in one of the league's most high-powered offenses, Hilton could set new career highs in both receptions provided he stays healthy.

2.11 - Brendan Donahue (Team I): DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Houston Texans

Emerging as the team's most productive wide receiver last season, Hopkins took a huge step forward in his second season with a 76/1,210/6 stat line. If there's any concern when it comes to Hopkins taking another step forward in his third season, it's the team's less-than-inspiring quarterback play, but he's a borderline WR1/WR2 option in fantasy leagues heading into 2015.

2.12 - Sean Beazley (Team I): Andrew Luck, QB, Indianapolis Colts

Throwing for 4,761 yards and a league-leading 40 touchdowns, both of which were career highs, Luck's 40 TDs last season nearly equalled his total from his first two seasons combined (46 TDs). During the season, Luck had the second-longest streak of 300-yard games (eight) in NFL history. Not only does Luck lead one of the league's most prolific passing offenses, but he gets a boost from his mobility with at least 255 rushing yards each year and a total of 12 rushing scores.

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2015 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: 12 Teams, 2nd Pick

Using the Fantasy Football Mock Draft Simulator (powered by FantasyPros), we continue our Fantasy Football Mock Draft Per Day Series for the 2015 season.

From May 28th through Labor Day weekend, we will complete one mock draft per day and post the results.

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Here are the league settings (all customizable) for today's mock:

  • 12 teams, No. 2 pick, standard scoring
  • Starting lineup: 1 QB, 2 RBs, 2 WRs, TE, K, D/ST and Flex (RB, WR or TE)
  • Six bench spots, any position

With that said, here is my roster from today's mock draft:

1.02 - Le'Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers: In his age-22 season, Bell broke franchise record for most receptions (83) by a running back and most yards from scrimmage (2,215) in a season. Even though he's suspended for the first two games, Bell is projected to score the most fantasy points among running backs in my 2015 fantasy football projections.

2.11 - Frank Gore, RB, Indianapolis Colts: With the upgrade in offense and quarterback (Andrew Luck), the only concern with Gore is his age (32). That said, he has not missed a game over the past four seasons, in which he has rushed for more than 1,100 yards each season.

3.02 - T.Y. Hilton, WR, Indianapolis Colts: Hilton finished with a career-high 1,345 yards in his third season as he battled a hamstring injury over the final few games. From Weeks 1 to 14, only Julio Jones (1,428) and Antonio Brown (1,375) had more yards than Hilton (1,295).

4.11 - Andre Ellington, RB, Arizona Cardinals: Healthy entering the 2015 season, there are still some concerns about Ellington's ability to hold up to the workload that the Cardinals will likely give him. If he can stay healthy, however, he should bounce back from last year's disappointing 3.3 YPC.

5.02 - Travis Kelce, TE, Kansas City Chiefs: Kelce posted strong numbers despite playing roughly half of the team's offensive snaps over the first 10 games. While he's dealing with an ankle injury that doesn't appear serious, the sky's the limit for Kelce in 2015 provided he stays healthy.

6.11 - Jeremy Maclin, WR, Kansas City Chiefs: Along with Kelce, Maclin will be the focal point of Kansas City's passing attack. Coming off a career season (85/1,318/10), Maclin won't repeat last year's production, but the Chiefs appear determined to manufacture touches for him in 2015.

7.02 - Arian Foster, WR, Houston Texans: With growing optimism that Foster will miss only a few games and avoid IR designated to return, you could argue that Foster should go MUCH higher than this. After all, Foster missed three games last season, but he still scored the fifth-most fantasy points last season.

8.11 - Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Arizona Cardinals: Fitzgerald has finished with less than 1,000 yards in three consecutive seasons, but the team's quarterback (injuries) situation has been largely/partly to blame. If he maintained his current per-game average with Carson Palmer, Fitzgerald would finish with 1,045 yards and nine touchdowns over 16 games.

9.02 - Cam Newton, QB, Carolina Panthers: Losing Kelvin Benjamin to a torn ACL obviously hurts Newton's fantasy outlook, but he finished as a top-four fantasy QB in all three seasons without Benjamin. Newton has exceeded 3,000 passing yards and 500 rushing yards in all four NFL seasons.

10.11 - Anquan Boldin, WR, San Francisco 49ers: The 49ers have the second-fewest passing yards over the past two seasons yet Boldin has finished with 1,000-plus yards in back-to-back seasons.

11.02 - Michael Floyd, WR, Arizona Cardinals: Floyd had a disappointing season to follow up his breakout sophomore campaign, but again, the injuries at quarterback impacted the overall passing game last season.

12.11 - Terrance West, RB, Cleveland Browns: While I like him less than the team's two other running backs, West provides some depth as my RB5.

13.02 - Brian Quick, WR, St. Louis Rams: Quick started strong last season with four top-25 weekly finishes in his first four games, but his season was cut short at the midway point due to a torn rotator cuff. With good health, perhaps his breakout season happens in 2015.

14.11 - Miami Dolphins D/ST

15.02 - Steven Hauschka, K, Seattle Seahawks


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September 02, 2015

2015 Fantasy Football PPR Mock Draft: Round 1

Four of our contributors -- Sean Beazley, Brendan Donahue, Dan Yanotchko and yours truly -- have begun a new 2015 Fantasy Football PPR Mock Draft and we will post the rounds as they are finished.

In addition, I will post comments along with all of the picks.

This mock uses point-per-reception (PPR) scoring with four points per passing touchdown, six points per rushing or receiving touchdown, one point per 25 passing yards, one point per 10 rushing or receiving yards and one point per reception.

Here are Round 1 results of our 2015 Fantasy Football PPR Mock Draft:

1.01 - Sean Beazley (Team I): Le'Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers

Unfortunately for Bell (and his fantasy owners), he's suspended for the first two games of the season (although that was cut from his initial three-game ban). Once he returns, however, Bell's versatility makes him a true three-down back and his production won't vary much based on game flow.

Named 2014 AP First-Team All-Pro Team, Bell racked up 1,361 rushing yards, 83 receptions for 854 yards and 11 total touchdowns in his second season. Bell broke single-season franchise records for yards from scrimmage and receptions by a running back. Over the course of last year, he averaged 23.16 PPR points per game although his production spiked to 29.37/G with LeGarrette Blount out of the picture down the stretch.

And even though he'll miss the Patriots and 49ers games to start the season, I have Bell projected to lead all running backs in fantasy points.

1.02 - Brendan Donahue (Team I): Adrian Peterson, RB, Minnesota Vikings

Playing in only the first game last year, it was a lost season for Peterson in 2014. Given his high volume of work over his career (19.75 carries per game), it may bode well for him on the football field in 2015. Assuming that he plays all 16 games (or close to it), the 30-year-old Peterson should finish as a top-five (or better) back in 2015. Just a couple of seasons, Peterson nearly broke the single-season rushing record with 2,097 yards despite coming off a torn ACL.

1.03 - Kevin Hanson (Team I): Jamaal Charles, RB, Kansas City Chiefs

Despite a somewhat disappointing season, Charles finished with the seventh-most fantasy points among running backs in 2014. The 28-year-old back rushed for 1,033 yards, his fifth 1,000-yard season, and added 40 catches for 291 yards while scoring a total of 14 touchdowns.

Despite a year-over-year decline in all of those numbers, the biggest concern was his reduction in workload. After 320-plus touches in back-to-back seasons, Charles had just 246 touches -- 15 running backs had more -- in 2014. Perhaps we won't see Charles get in the 320-range ever again, but it would be a surprise to see him as low as 246 again this season.

1.04 - Kevin Hanson (Team II): Eddie Lacy, RB, Green Bay Packers

Starting slowly while facing three elite rush defenses to start the season, Lacy scored the fourth-most fantasy points (PPR scoring) among running backs from Weeks 4 to 17. Over those final 13 games of the season, he averaged 18.92 touches for 108.85 YFS per game and scored a total of 13 touchdowns. The benefit of playing with Aaron Rodgers means that opposing defenses are less likely to stack the box to (try to) slow down Lacy. After averaging a relatively modest 4.15 yards per carry as a rookie, Lacy averaged 4.63 YPC last season (and 4.89 YPC over final 13 games).

1.05 - Dan Yanotchko (Team I): Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers

Surprisingly, Brown never finished as the highest-scoring fantasy wide receiver in any given week in 2014. (In fact, that applies to both standard- and PPR-scoring formats.) Yet no wide receiver had more fantasy points over the course of the season -- in either format -- than Brown.

Over the past two seasons, Brown has a combined 239 receptions for 3,197 yards and 21 touchdowns. More impressive than his overall level of production, however, is his consistency. Counting the playoffs, Brown has at least five catches and 50 yards in 33 consecutive games.

1.06 - Dan Yanotchko (Team II): C.J. Anderson, RB, Denver Broncos

From Week 10 to 17 last year, Anderson finished as a top-seven (PPR) fantasy running back in seven of eight games. (The exception was still a solid week, RB17, as well.) With a healthy backfield and new coaching staff entering 2015, there is perhaps some uncertainty about how the workload will be allocated, but it appears that CJA is set for a featured-back role. The Denver Post's Troy Renck projected Anderson to average 18 carries per game as the team's "bellcow" and to "roll for 1,400 yards."

1.07 - Sean Beazley (Team II): Dez Bryant, WR, Dallas Cowboys

Targeted only 136 times, a three-year low, Bryant finished with 88 receptions for 1,320 yards and a career-high and league-leading 16 touchdowns. Dez now has at least 88 catches, 1,233 yards and 12 touchdowns in three consecutive seasons. And aside from Marshawn Lynch, Bryant is the only other player with at least 50 total touchdowns over the past four seasons.

1.08 - Sean Beazley (Team III): Demaryius Thomas, WR, Denver Broncos

Despite his slow start, Thomas reached the 100-yard mark in 10 of his final 13 games and finished with a full-season stat line of 111 catches and 1,619 yards, both of which were career highs, and 11 touchdowns. A fourth consecutive year of 90-plus receptions, 1,400-plus yards and double-digit touchdowns seems like a strong possibility with Peyton Manning back for (at least) one more year.

1.09 - Brendan Donahue (Team II): Julio Jones, WR, Atlanta Falcons

My second-ranked PPR wide receiver, Jones finished with 104 catches for 1,593 yards, both of which shattered his previous career highs, and six touchdowns in 2014. After scoring 0.62 TD/G on 74.4 YPG in his first two seasons, Jones has averaged just 0.40 TD/G despite a jump to 1087.7 YPG over the past two seasons. With plus size and speed, Jones should bounce back in terms of red-zone production and could put together a 100/1,500/10 season in 2015 with good health.

1.10 - Brendan Donahue (Team III): Marshawn Lynch, RB, Seattle Seahawks

In his four full seasons in Seattle, Lynch has rushed for 1,200-plus yards and double-digit touchdowns in those seasons. During that four-year span, no player has more rushing yards (5,357), rushing touchdowns (48) and or total touchdowns (56). Beast Mode's production hasn't slowed at all, but his physical running style (granted, he seems to dish out more punishment than he receives), heavy workload (league-high 1,479 regular-season and playoff touches over that four-year span) and age (turned 29 in April) is at least somewhat concerning. That said, Lynch seems to be a lock for another 1,200 rushing yards and double-digit touchdowns in one of the league's most run-dominant offenses.

1.11 - Kevin Hanson (Team III): Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England Patriots

When it comes to fantasy tight ends, he's in a tier all by himself. Named the 2014 AP Comeback Player of the Year after two injury-plagued seasons, Gronkowski posted an 82/1,124/12 stat line over 15 games. Scoring 266.4 fantasy points (PPR), Gronk had 36.5 points (or 15.88 percent) more than Jimmy Graham, who had the second-most among tight ends. Not only dominant over a full season, but Gronk was consistent as well finishing as a top-five weekly scorer at the position in eight of 15 games and a top-11 scorer in all but one game (Week 2).

1.12 - Dan Yanotchko (Team III): Matt Forte, RB, Chicago Bears

Not only did Forte lead all running backs in receptions (102) last year, but only three players had more -- Antonio Brown (129), Demaryius Thomas (111) and Julio Jones (104) -- as he broke the single-season record for receptions by a running back. With the coaching change, Forte isn't likely to see anywhere close to triple-digit receptions again, but he could certainly finish in the neighborhood of 60-70 catches.

And although Forte averaged less than four yards per carry for the first time since 2009, he has rushed for 1,000-plus yards in three consecutive seasons and has exceeded 1,400 yards from scrimmage in all seven of his NFL seasons. Only the Raiders (337) and Bucs (353) ran the ball less than the Bears (355) last season, but I'd expect the Bears to be more committed to the run in 2015 to limit Jay Cutler's turnovers.

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September 01, 2015

2015 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: Round 12

We have now completed the 12-round, 12-team 2015 Fantasy Football Mock Draft that we began on August 22nd.

Although the season is less than 10 days away, we have begun a new PPR mock draft and we will post those results as rounds are completed, so stay tuned.

For now, here are Round 12 results of our 2015 Fantasy Football Mock Draft:

12.01 - Sean Beazley (Team III): Philip Rivers, QB, San Diego Chargers

Winning the Comeback Player of the Year award in 2013, Rivers followed up his bounce-back season with 4,286 yards and 31 touchdowns but he also threw 18 interceptions. Dealing with a back injury, Rivers threw seven of those interceptions in the final three games of the season. Rivers should be a relatively safe bet for 4,000-plus yards and around 30 touchdowns once again in 2015. If Sam Bradford (11.12) stays healthy, Sean will have two potential top-12 fantasy quarterbacks to play based on matchups.

12.02 - Brendan Donahue (Team III): Phillip Dorsett, WR, Indianapolis Colts

Dorsett appears to be ahead of Donte Moncrief for the team's No. 3 receiver role and the first-round rookie from The U. has speed to spare. That said, there will likely be plenty of inconsistency from Dorsett on a weekly basis unless there is an injury to T.Y. Hilton or Andre Johnson.

12.03 - Kevin Hanson (Team III): Rueben Randle, WR, New York Giants

Randle set career highs in his age-23 season with 71 catches for 938 yards as both Odell Beckham (four games) and Victor Cruz (10 games) missed a total of 14 games last year. It's unlikely that Randle will exceed last year's production without an injury to Cruz or OBJ, though.

12.04 - Kevin Hanson (Team II): Matt Jones, RB, Washington Redskins

Jones has looked great this preseason -- 20 carries for 139 yards (7.0 YPC) -- and the third-rounder out of Florida should earn the third-down role behind Alfred Morris with the potential to steal some early-down touches from Alf as well.

12.05 - Dan Yanotchko (Team III): Percy Harvin, WR, Buffalo Bills

Wearing out his welcome in Minnesota and Seattle, it's a positive that he followed Rex to Buffalo after a brief stint together over the second half of last season. That said, Harvin is the third option, at best, in the low-powered Buffalo offense.

12.06 - Dan Yanotchko (Team II): Coby Fleener, TE, Indianapolis Colts

Fleener finished with 774 yards and eight touchdowns, both of which were career highs, on 51 receptions last season. Unsurprisingly, Fleener's best games last season came in games that Dwayne Allen was out. In the four games that Allen missed or left early due to injury, Fleener had 355 yards and four touchdowns. In the other 12 games, he had just 419 yards and four touchdowns.

12.07 - Sean Beazley (Team II): Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Minnesota Vikings

Bridgewater improved throughout his rookie season, which is something you always want to see with a young quarterback. All four of his games with a completion percentage of at least 70 percent occurred within the final five games of the season. In addition, Bridgewater posted a 1:5 TD-to-INT ratio in his first four games but improved to a 13:7 TD-to-INT ratio for the remainder of the season. With the attention that Adrian Peterson commands from opposing defenses, it should open up the passing offense for Bridgewater in year two.

Through four preseason games, Bridgewater has been extremely efficient, completing 82.9 percent of his pass attempts (29 of 35) for 295 yards although he has thrown just one touchdown.

12.08 - Sean Beazley (Team I): James Starks, RB, Green Bay Packers

The backup to one of the league's best running backs, Starks (Sean's RB6) isn't going to get a heavy workload barring an injury to Eddie Lacy. As much as the team blows out their opponents, however, there is the potential for him to get some fourth-quarter carries in addition to providing a breather for Lacy.

12.09 - Brendan Donahue (Team II): Ty Montgomery, WR, Green Bay Packers

The season-ending knee injury to Jordy Nelson has moved Davante Adams into the team's starting lineup opposite Randall Cobb and opens the door for someone to emerge as the No. 3 receiver. I'd prefer Jeff Janis due to his upside, but the rookie out of Stanford started ahead of Janis in three-wide sets on Saturday.

12.10 - Brendan Donahue (Team I): Andre Williams, RB, New York Giants

As a rookie, Williams led the team in carries (217), rushing yards (721) and rushing touchdowns (seven), but he averaged just 3.3 YPC and exceeded 3.5 YPC in only three games. Over the final four games of the season, the 230-pound back had 83 carries for 328 yards (3.95 YPC) and two touchdowns. Williams may only be the third-most productive fantasy back behind Rashad Jennings and Shane Vereen, but he could be first in line for goal-line carries. Plus, Jennings' shaky durability could lead to a few big games for Williams.

12.11 - Kevin Hanson (Team I): Roy Helu, RB, Oakland Raiders

In four seasons, Helu has been relatively productive on a per-touch basis (4.4 YPC, 8.9 Y/R). At a minimum, Helu will get a lot of work as the team's third-down back, but there is upside with unproven Latavius Murray as the featured back.

12.12 - Dan Yanotchko (Team I): Danny Amendola, WR, New England Patriots

Even though Amendola played a full 16-game season last year, he finished with only 200 yards and one touchdown. He was more involved down the stretch -- 23 catches for 224 yards and three touchdowns over the final five games counting the playoffs -- and it's possible that Brandon LaFell (foot) ends up on the reserve/PUP list.

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August 31, 2015

2015 Fantasy Football PPR Mock Draft: 12 Teams, 11th Pick

Using the Fantasy Football Mock Draft Simulator (powered by FantasyPros), we continue our Fantasy Football Mock Draft Per Day Series for the 2015 season.

From May 28th through Labor Day weekend, we will complete one mock draft per day and post the results.

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Here are the league settings (all customizable) for today's mock:

  • 12 teams, No. 11 pick, point-per-reception (PPR) scoring
  • Starting lineup: 1 QB, 2 RBs, 3 WRs, TE, K, D/ST and Flex (RB, WR or TE)
  • Six bench spots, any position

With that said, here is my roster from today's mock draft:

1.11 - Demaryius Thomas, WR, Denver Broncos: In three seasons playing with Peyton Manning, Thomas has exceeded 90 catches and 1,400 yards with double-digit touchdowns each season. Repeating last year's career numbers (111/1,619/11) may not happen, but Thomas should post a fourth consecutive 90/1,400/10 line.

2.02 - Matt Forte, RB, Chicago Bears: Forte set the running back single-season record with 102 receptions last season. With the coaching change(s), Forte won't come close to 100 catches this year, but 60-plus catches seems reasonable. Forte has 1,400-plus yards from scrimmage in all seven of his NFL seasons.

3.11 - Andre Johnson, WR, Indianapolis Colts: It's unlikely that Johnson bounces back to his 2013 numbers (109 catches for 1,407 yards), but I do expect better numbers in 2015 from Johnson. Although he recently turned 34, Johnson gets a significant quarterback (Andrew Luck) and offensive upgrade with the Colts.

4.02 - Julian Edelman, WR, New England Patriots: Edelman hasn't played in the preseason, but he should be ready to go for the season opener next week. Soon we should know whether or not Tom Brady will be under center for that game (or any of the first four). If he is, that is obviously better news for Edelman, but he has averaged 6.6 receptions per game for 67.6 yards over the past two seasons.

5.11 - Travis Kelce, TE, Kansas City Chiefs: Kelce finished with 67 receptions for 862 yards and five touchdowns with the sixth-most fantasy points (PPR) among tight ends last season. With no health restrictions or snap counts, the sky's the limit for Baby Gronk in 2015.

6.02 - T.J. Yeldon, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars: Sooner or later, Yeldon figures to become Jacksonville's every-down back even if it isn't the case in Week 1.

7.11 - Giovani Bernard, RB, Cincinnati Bengals: Even though Jeremy Hill enters 2015 as the team's lead back, there is value, especially in PPR formats, with Bernard as a change-of-pace back. As an example, Hill carried the ball 22-plus times for 100-plus yards in each of the three final games in 2014, but Bernard finished as a top-12 fantasy RB (PPR) in those same games.

8.02 - Arian Foster, RB, Houston Texans: There is growing optimism that Foster will miss only a few games to start the season. Missing three games in 2014, Foster finished as a top-five fantasy running back and he has a ton of upside here.

9.11 - Eli Manning, QB, New York Giants: Manning started slowly but finished strong -- five top-five weekly finishes in his last 10 games (only Aaron Rodgers had as many). With healthier receivers and more comfort in the offensive scheme, Manning should build upon last year's success.

10.02 - Danny Woodhead, RB, San Diego Chargers: With Melvin Gordon likely to get the majority of early-down work, Woodhead should handle the bulk of third-down snaps. In his last full season, he finished with 76 catches, 1,034 YFS and eight touchdowns.

11.11 - Brian Quick, WR, St. Louis Rams: Off to a great start last season, Quick missed the second half of the season after tearing his rotator cuff. Provided he can stay healthy for the full season, perhaps this will be his breakout season.

12.02 - Michael Floyd, WR, Arizona Cardinals: Failing to build upon his 2013 breakout season, the quarterback situation (injuries) was (were) at least partly to blame. At a lower draft-day cost, Floyd has upside as my WR5.

13.11 - Markus Wheaton, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers: Wheaton barely finished as a top-60 fantasy receiver last season, but Ben Roethlisberger has predicted a breakout season for him and the four-game suspension of Martavis Bryant helps his fantasy outlook as well.

14.02 - Rueben Randle, WR, New York Giants: Aided by injuries to Victor Cruz and Odell Beckham, Randle set career highs of 71 receptions for 938 yards in his age-23 season. More than likely, it will take an injury to Cruz and ODB for Randle to exceed last year's numbers, but he has upside here.

15.11 - Miami Dolphins D/ST

16.02 - Steven Hauschka, K, Seattle Seahawks:

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August 30, 2015

2015 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: 12 Teams, 4th Pick

Using the Fantasy Football Mock Draft Simulator (powered by FantasyPros), we continue our Fantasy Football Mock Draft Per Day Series for the 2015 season.

From May 28th through Labor Day weekend, we will complete one mock draft per day and post the results.

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Here are the league settings (all customizable) for today's mock:

  • 12 teams, No. 4 pick, standard scoring
  • Starting lineup: 1 QB, 2 RBs, 2 WRs, TE, K, D/ST and Flex (RB, WR or TE)
  • Six bench spots, any position

With that said, here is my roster from today's mock draft:

1.04 - Eddie Lacy, RB, Green Bay Packers: One week after losing Jordy Nelson to a torn ACL, the Packers were nearly dealt another major injury with Randall Cobb, who escaped with a sprained AC joint. With Aaron Rodgers keeping opposing defenses honest, Lacy has rushed for 1,100-plus yards and scored double-digit touchdowns in each of his first two seasons and is a good bet to do so again this year.

2.09 - Jeremy Hill, RB, Cincinnati Bengals: Assuming the lead-back role down the stretch, no player rushed for more yards than Hill (929) over the final nine games of the season. Lacy and Hill are my RB2 and RB7, respectively, so I'm thrilled to get both to start this mock.

3.04 - DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Houston Texans: In his age-22 season, Hopkins took a big step forward with 76 catches for 1,210 yards and six touchdowns. Although he's limited by poor quarterback play, Hopkins should build upon last year's success and he finished as fantasy's WR15 in 2014.

4.09 - Melvin Gordon, RB, San Diego Chargers: Gordon is off to a slow start this preseason (20 carries for 45 yards), but he figures to handle the bulk of the team's early-down carries. I'd be comfortable with him as my RB2 so I obviously like him more as my flex.

5.04 - Amari Cooper, WR, Oakland Raiders: The most pro-ready receiver in this year's draft class, Cooper became Alabama's first-ever Biletnikoff Award winner. Not only will Cooper enter the season as Oakland's No. 1 receiver, but only three teams threw the ball more often than the Raiders last season.

6.09 - Martellus Bennett, TE, Chicago Bears: Bennett posted career highs of 90 receptions, which led all tight ends last season, for 916 yards and six touchdowns. With Brandon Marshall traded and the injury to Kevin White, Bennett has a chance to come close to last year's numbers.

7.04 - Arian Foster, RB, Houston Texans: It's unclear how many games Foster will miss following his groin surgery, but there is plenty of optimism that he may only miss a few games. Last year, Foster missed three games yet finished as a top-five fantasy running back on the team that led the NFL in rush attempts (551).

8.09 - Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Arizona Cardinals: Although Fitzgerald is 0-for-3 in 1,000-yard seasons over the past three years, he has averaged 5.18/65.32/0.55 in the 22 games that both he and Carson Palmer have appeared. If both stay healthy for 16 games and maintain their same pace, it's a 16-game equivalent of 83/1,045/9.

9.04 - Ryan Tannehill, QB, Miami Dolphins: Tannehill set career highs across the board last season and finished with the eighth-most fantasy points among QBs last season. Tannehill has looked sharp this preseason and has upside from his QB12 spot in this mock.

10.09 - Charles Johnson, WR, Minnesota Vikings: Emerging in the second half of last season (with his third team in two NFL seasons), Johnson has a chance to build upon last year's late-season success with offseason continuity. Even though the Vikings traded for Mike Wallace, I expect Johnson to lead the team's receivers in fantasy points this season.

11.04 - Torrey Smith, WR, San Francisco 49ers: Smith started slowly, but he finished strong as he scored 10 touchdowns in the final 11 games of the season. Even though I have Brian Quick ranked higher, I took Smith first given the likelihood (via FantasyPros pick predictor: see below) that I'd have a better chance to get both if I selected them in that order.

12.09 - Brian Quick, WR, St. Louis Rams: Quick started the season strong with four consecutive weekly top-25 finishes, but his season ended prematurely due to a torn rotator cuff. Provided he can stay healthy for a full season, perhaps his breakout comes this year.

13.04 - James Starks, RB, Green Bay Packers: Even if Lacy got hurt, the trio of Hill, Foster and MG3 means that Starks may not find his way into my starting lineup in that scenario. That said, what RB available in Round 13 would?

14.09 - Baltimore Ravens D/ST

15.04 - Steven Hauschka, K, Seattle Seahawks

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2015 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: Round 11

We are now heading into the final round of our new 12-round 2015 Fantasy Football Mock Draft as the first 11 rounds are now complete.

Here are Round 11 results of our 2015 Fantasy Football Mock Draft:

11.01 - Dan Yanotchko (Team I): Pierre Garcon, WR, Washington Redskins

Garcon has now played full 16-game seasons in back-to-back years for the first time in his career. Things weren't all positive for Garcon, however, as his production was nearly cut in half to 68 catches for 752 yards and three touchdowns. (Garcon had 113/1,346/5 in 2013.) That said, the team is expected to make a more concerted effort to get the ball into Garcon's hands in 2015.

11.02 - Kevin Hanson (Team I): David Johnson, RB, Arizona Cardinals

A big back (6-1, 224) with excellent receiving skills, Johnson had over 200 receiving yards in the game against Iowa last season. By signing Chris Johnson to a one-year deal, the third-round rookie isn't a lock to get the second-most touches among the team's backs this season. That said, it's fair to question Andre Ellington's ability to hold up for a full 16-game season, which gives (I suppose either) Johnson some upside.

11.03 - Brendan Donahue (Team I): Breshad Perriman, WR, Baltimore Ravens

Generating plenty of buzz prior to the draft highlighted by a pair of sub-4.3's run at the UCF Pro Day, Perriman is the son of ex-NFL receiver Brent Perriman, who has a 1,400-yard season under his belt with the Lions. Much bigger than his father, Perriman (6-1, 212) has had some issues with drops and needs to improve as a route-runner, but he's a big play waiting to happen (when healthy). Coming off a career-best 50/1,044/9 season, Perriman has averaged more than 20.0 Y/R over the past two seasons and is an excellent fit to replace Torrey Smith as a vertical threat in this offense (again, when healthy).

11.04 - Brendan Donahue (Team II): Kenny Stills, WR, Miami Dolphins

Stills set career highs with 63 receptions for a team-high 931 yards in his second season with the Saints, but he was traded to the Dolphins this offseason. One of the areas in which Ryan Tannehill has struggled is with downfield accuracy, which doesn't necessarily bode well for the speedy Stills.

11.05 - Sean Beazley (Team I): Owen Daniels, TE, Denver Broncos

Daniels had 48 catches for 527 yards and four touchdowns last season in Baltimore and he has once again followed Coach Kubiak to Denver this offseason. While I don't expect 12 touchdowns from Daniels, which the departed Julius Thomas had done in each of the past two years in Denver, I would expect an improvement across the board from his 48/527/4 line from last season.

11.06 - Sean Beazley (Team II): Jonas Gray, RB, New England Patriots

It's not often that a running rushes for 201 yards with four touchdowns one week and is a healthy scratch the next. So what to make of Gray's projected workload is anyone's guess. Of course, that's the norm with Bill Belichick and the workloads given to New England's running backs.

11.07 - Dan Yanotchko (Team II): Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, Tennessee Titans

Receiving some pre-draft comparisons to Calvin Johnson, DGB isn't nearly as athletic as Megatron, but he has sub-4.5 speed with tremendous size (6-5, 237). Green-Beckham, the No. 1 overall high school recruit in 2012 (via Rivals.com), has the upside and potential to emerge as the best fantasy receiver out of this year's draft class long term, but his immediate impact could be limited after sitting out the 2014 college season.

11.08 - Dan Yanotchko (Team III): Cameron Artis-Payne, RB, Carolina Panthers

The biggest appeal with taking Artis-Payne late is the durability of Jonathan Stewart -- or lack thereof. The Daily Show was one of the league's most productive backs down the stretch and he enters 2015 as the team's featured back, but he has missed 20 games over the past three seasons. If Stewart misses time, CAP should lead the team in touches in those games.

11.09 - Kevin Hanson (Team II): Tyler Eifert, TE, Cincinnati Bengals

Eifert's 2014 season ended almost as soon as it began with a dislocated elbow injury in Week 1. As a rookie and part of a timeshare with Jermaine Gresham, Eifert posted a solid 39/445/2 line in 2013. Now healthy and with Gresham gone, Eifert will be counted on to be a significant part of their passing attack. Provided he stays healthy, it wouldn't surprise me if the former first-round pick finished as a top-12 fantasy tight end in 2015.

11.10 - Kevin Hanson (Team III): Cam Newton, QB, Carolina Panthers

Missing two games and at less than 100 percent for much of the season, it was a down year for Newton. That said, Newton has now exceeded 3,000 passing yards and 500 rushing yards in all four of his NFL seasons. Over those four seasons, he has averaged 3,606 passing yards and 20 passing touchdowns per season as well as 643 rushing yards and eight rushing touchdowns. Despite the down year, Newton finished seventh in fantasy points per game (17.78) among QBs. And before last season, Newton finished as a top-four fantasy quarterback in his first three NFL seasons. Before the injury to Kelvin Benjamin, I was much higher on Newton, but I still expect him to finish as a top-10 fantasy QB in 2015.

11.11 - Brendan Donahue (Team III): Ryan Tannehill, QB, Miami Dolphins

Tannehill posted career highs in passing yards (4,045), passing touchdowns (27) and completion percentage (66.4) with a career low in interceptions (12) in his first year playing for new offensive coordinator Bill Lazor. In addition, he rushed for a career-high 311 yards, which ranked fifth among all quarterbacks last season. Starting in Week 6, Tannehill finished as a top-10 fantasy quarterback in six of 11 weeks, but he finished with the eighth-most fantasy points over the full season. The team's group of top pass-catchers was entirely turned over except for Jarvis Landry, but Tannehill is a high-upside QB2 for Brendan behind Drew Brees.

11.12 - Sean Beazley (Team III): Sam Bradford, QB, Philadelphia Eagles

In five NFL seasons since being drafted first overall by the Rams, Bradford has played a total of 49 games -- and only seven of 32 games in the past two years. If, a big if, Bradford starts 16 games for the Eagles, however, he has the potential to finish as a top-12 fantasy quarterback in 2015. The duo of Nick Foles and Mark Sanchez combined to throw 4,581 yards, 27 touchdowns and 21 interceptions last season and score 258.74 fantasy points, which would have placed them 14th among quarterbacks last year.

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2015 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: Round 10

Last weekend, we began a "slow" Fantasy Football Mock Draft and we are now down to the final two rounds of our 12-round mock.

Here are Round 10 results of our 2015 Fantasy Football Mock Draft:

10.01 - Sean Beazley (Team III): Victor Cruz, WR, New York Giants

With his season cut short after six games due to a torn patellar tendon, Cruz averaged just 56.2 yards per game, a four-year low, with only one touchdown. While he avoided the PUP list to start the season, there is still significant separation between Cruz and and the team's new No. 1 wide receiver, Odell Beckham.

10.02 - Brendan Donahue (Team III): Torrey Smith, WR, San Francisco 49ers

Overall, it was a disappointing season for Smith, who either set or tied career lows with 49 receptions for 767 yards. On a positive note, however, Smith set a career high with 11 touchdowns and he was much more productive from Week 6 to 17. During that span, Smith averaged 3.8/59.1/0.9 per game and scored the 14th-most fantasy points among receivers on a per-game basis. One of the league's more dangerous vertical threats, Smith fills a void for the 49ers, but his weekly production could remain relatively volatile.

10.03 - Kevin Hanson (Team III): Eli Manning, QB, New York Giants

In the first six games of the season, Eli finished outside the top-12 fantasy quarterbacks in all but one game. Over the final 10 games of the season, however, Manning posted five weekly top-five performances. No quarterback had more top-five finishes during that span; only Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers had as many.

With better health from his wide receivers and the free-agent addition of Shane Vereen, a talented receiver out of the backfield, plus more comfort and familiarity with Ben McAdoo's offense, Eli has the potential to post career numbers in 2015. In addition, only Tampa and Washington have a more favorable fantasy strength of schedule than Eli does.

10.04 - Kevin Hanson (Team II): Michael Floyd, WR, Arizona Cardinals

Floyd opened (5/119) and closed (8/153/2) the season with a bang, but there weren't many bright spots in between. Floyd had zero, one or two receptions in eight games last season and finished the year with a 47/841/6 line after his breakout second season (66/1,054/5). Given the team's quarterback injuries, however, it's no surprise that we didn't see Floyd take another step forward in 2014. With less buzz entering 2015 drafts, Floyd has some bounce-back appeal at a lower draft-day cost than in 2014.

10.05 - Dan Yanotchko (Team III): Darren Sproles, RB, Philadelphia Eagles

Replacing LeSean McCoy with DeMarco Murray and Ryan Mathews means that Sproles goes from second in line for touches to third. That said, Chip Kelly should continue to find ways to get Sproles the ball in space and recently described him as a "Swiss army knife." While he isn't exactly a handcuff for Murray, who Dan selected at 1.08, Sproles' weekly value will rise considerably in the games that Murray (or Mathews) misses.

10.06 - Dan Yanotchko (Team II): Dwayne Allen, TE, Indianapolis Colts

With eight touchdowns on only 29 receptions in 13 games, Allen is one of the league's better red-zone options at the position. In weeks he doesn't score, however, Allen's lack of volume (2.23 catches per game) will lead to mostly boom (scores a touchdown) or bust (doesn't score a touchdown) outcomes.

10.07 - Sean Beazley (Team II): Marques Colston, WR, New Orleans Saints

On a per-game basis, Colston's 3.69 receptions, 6.25 targets and 56.38 yards per game were all career lows. One positive for Colston personally, not the offense in general, is that the team traded away both Jimmy Graham and Kenny Stills so perhaps his targets and production will see a slight bump in 2015.

10.08 - Sean Beazley (Team I): Ronnie Hillman, RB, Denver Broncos

Hillman had a couple of very productive games last season and he has a shot to earn the RB2 role behind C.J. Anderson. Hillman has run the ball well -- 16 carries for 120 yards (7.5 YPC) -- and has garnered praise from head coach Gary Kubiak this preseason.

10.09 - Brendan Donahue (Team II): Charles Sims, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Sims, who rushed for 3,465 yards in college but also added 203 receptions for 2,108 yards, was less than impressive as a rookie (2.8 YPC). While Doug Martin enters the season atop the depth chart and has looked much better than he has the past two seasons, he has missed 15 games over the past two seasons.

10.10 - Brendan Donahue (Team I): Markus Wheaton, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers

Wheaton barely finished as a top-60 fantasy receiver (either format) last year with his 53/644/2 slash line, but he should improve upon those numbers in year three (perhaps by quite a bit). Per NFL Network's Albert Breer, Wheaton "[probably] had best offseason of the Steelers WRs." And Big Ben has predicted a breakout season for Wheaton, who will start opposite Antonio Brown. In addition, second-year receiver Martavis Bryant will be suspended for the first four games of the season.

10.11 - Kevin Hanson (Team I): Brian Quick, WR, St. Louis Rams

Tearing his rotator cuff in Week 8 last season, Quick played just seven games, but he started the season strong. In the first four games of the year, Quick had a total of 21 receptions for 322 yards and three touchdowns and finished as a top-25 fantasy wide receiver in all four games. Although he had just four catches for 53 yards in his other three games, Quick was on his way to a breakout season. Depending on his ability to stay healthy, that breakout season could come for the former Appalachian State receiver in 2015.

10.12 - Dan Yanotchko (Team I): DeAngelo Williams, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers

Williams has had some really productive NFL seasons -- 1,515 rushing yards and 18 rushing scores in 2008, as an example -- and has averaged 4.78 YPC over his career. Now 32 years old, Williams won't be the featured back for his new team (starting in Week 3). With Le'Veon Bell suspended for the first two games, however, Williams is expected to lead the team's backfield in touches during that span. After that point, however, Williams would do well to average five carries per game over the final 14 games.

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August 29, 2015

2015 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: Round 9

We're closing in on the end of our new 12-round 2015 Fantasy Football Mock Draft that we started last weekend.

Here are Round 9 results of our 2015 Fantasy Football Mock Draft:

9.01 - Dan Yanotchko (Team I): Jason Witten, TE, Dallas Cowboys

Other than his rookie season, Witten's 64 receptions and 703 yards last year set or tied career lows. Witten lacks upside at this point in his career, but he's a solid option that should come close to last year's top-10 performance once again.

9.02 - Kevin Hanson (Team II): Danny Woodhead, RB, San Diego Chargers

Woodhead missed all but three games last season, but prior to the 2014 season, he had finished as a top-30 fantasy running back in three of his previous four seasons. (Woodhead's the RB42 in this mock.) In his first full season with the Chargers (2013), which also coincided with the only full season for Ryan Mathews, Woodhead had 1,034 yards from scrimmage, 76 receptions and eight total touchdowns. Even though Melvin Gordon should get the bulk of early-down work, Woodhead should get the majority of third-down snaps.

9.03 - Brendan Donahue (Team I): Darren McFadden, RB, Dallas Cowboys

Since entering the league as a top-four pick, McFadden has largely disappointed fantasy owners due to durability issues or lack of production. Back in 2010 and 2011, he gave owners a glimpse of what could be with an average of 121.6 YFS per game and 5.27 YPC over 20 games played. For the first six seasons of his career, however, he missed at least three games every season and averaged only 11.17 games per year before finally playing a full 16-game season in 2014. In addition, McFadden has averaged just 3.34 YPC over the past three seasons combined. Having just turned 28, McFadden has some upside if he can stay healthy and get a significant share of the committee's workload.

9.04 - Brendan Donahue (Team II): Julius Thomas, TE, Jacksonville Jaguars

Slowed by injuries, Thomas followed up a breakout 2013 season with only 43 catches for 489 yards, but he once again scored 12 touchdowns. Signing a massive free-agent deal with the Jaguars, Thomas is unlikely to approach that red-zone success for a third straight year. Aside from the Browns (12), no other team threw fewer touchdowns than the Jaguars (15) last season.

9.05 - Sean Beazley (Team I): Kendall Wright, WR, Tennessee Titans

One year after his 94/1,079/2 breakout season in 2013, Wright's production dropped year over year to 57/715/6 although the issues at quarterback were at least partly to blame. And even though the Titans lost 14 games and nine of them by double digits, Wright saw 10 targets in only one game last season. While it's unlikely that Wright bounces back to his 2013-level production, chemistry between Mariota and Wright have been positive so far so he should improve upon last year's disappointing numbers.

9.06 - Sean Beazley (Team II): Eddie Royal, WR, Chicago Bears

Royal posted a 62/778/7 line last year with the Chargers and finished as a top-32 fantasy wide receiver (both scoring formats). Reunited with Jay Cutler via free agency this offseason, Royal's best season was his rookie campaign (91/980/5 with 109 rushing yards) with Cutler as his quarterback. With positive reports all summer and the injury to Kevin White, Royal has plenty of upside.

9.07 - Dan Yanotchko (Team II): Reggie Bush, RB, San Francisco 49ers

Coming off one of the worst seasons of his career, Bush missed five games and gained a total of only 550 yards from scrimmage (50.0 per game) while averaging just 3.9 yards per carry and scoring just two touchdowns. Released by the Lions, Bush signed with the 49ers and will at least own a change-of-pace role to unproven second-year back Carlos Hyde.

9.08 - Dan Yanotchko (Team III): Jordan Cameron, TE, Miami Dolphins

In 2013, Cameron had a breakout season with 80 receptions for 917 yards and seven touchdowns. When healthy, he is clearly a matchup nightmare for opposing defenses. Unfortunately, Cameron missed six games last season and has a history of concussions. Perhaps no injury is more worrisome from a fantasy outlook given the greater susceptibility and unpredictability of a recurrence. If Cameron plays 16 games in 2015, however, he has top-five upside.

9.09 - Kevin Hanson (Team II): Zach Ertz, TE, Philadelphia Eagles

Ertz saw a year-over-year jump from 36 catches and 469 yards as a rookie to 58 catches for 702 yards, 11th-most among tight ends last season. With Jeremy Maclin leaving Philadelphia for Kansas City, however, Ertz should become even more involved in the passing game. That said, he was still working with the second-team offense before undergoing a surgery to repair a groin tear, both of which dampen his outlook.

9.10 - Kevin Hanson (Team III): Duke Johnson, RB, Cleveland Browns

The all-time rushing leader at The U., Johnson's production is especially impressive considering the school's alumni of talented backs (Frank Gore, Edgerrin James, Clinton Portis, etc.). While I like Johnson's skill set and his longer-term outlook, there could be some week-to-week variability in Johnson's rookie-season production. With that said, few running backs have generated as much buzz during the offseason and he appears set for a prominent role as a rookie.

9.11 - Brendan Donahue (Team III): Eric Decker, WR, New York Jets

Unsurprisingly, Decker's first year with the Jets (74/962/5) was worse than his two previous seasons with the Broncos (and Peyton Manning), but he still finished as a top-30 fantasy wide receiver in both standard- and PPR-scoring formats. Both of Decker's 100-yard games came in the final three weeks of the season including a massive 10/221/1 line against the Dolphins in Week 17. Given the team's quarterback situation, Decker's upside is capped, but the addition of Brandon Marshall as a true No. 1 wide receiver should take the attention off of Decker.

9.12 - Sean Beazley (Team III): Knile Davis, RB, Kansas City Chiefs

The best handcuff among fantasy running backs, Davis had some big games when given the opportunity as he finished as a top-eight fantasy running back four times last season. With Jamaal Charles leaving Week 2 early (only two carries) and missing Week 3, Davis had a combined 60 touches for 237 yards from scrimmage and three touchdowns in those two games.

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August 28, 2015

2015 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: Round 8

We're now two-thirds of the way complete through our new 2015 Fantasy Football Mock Draft.

Four of our contributors started a 12-round mock draft on Saturday and we have completed the first eight rounds.

Here are Round 8 results of our 2015 Fantasy Football Mock Draft:

8.01 - Sean Beazley (Team III): Devin Funchess, WR, Carolina Panthers

With the season-ending ACL injury to Kelvin Benjamin, no player benefits more from a fantasy perspective than Funchess. That said, it's highly unlikely that Funchess follows in Benjamin's steps and exceeds 1,000 yards as a rookie, but he moves into the WR3 mix due to his expanded role.

8.02 - Brendan Donahue (Team III): Bishop Sankey, RB, Tennessee Titans

Not only was Sankey the first running back selected in the 2014 NFL Draft, but he seemed (at least on paper) to have the clearest path to a sizable workload. While it's too early to call a player entering his second season a "bust," it's more than fair to say that his rookie campaign was a disappointment. Averaging only 3.7 YPC, Sankey finished with 170 total touches and only 702 yards from scrimmage. While I expect improved numbers from him in 2015, it wouldn't surprise me if rookie David Cobb is a more productive fantasy back in 2015.

8.03 - Kevin Hanson (Team III): Devonta Freeman, RB, Atlanta Falcons

Averaging just 3.8 yards per carry as a rookie, Freeman had eight or fewer carries in all but one game, but he also finished with 30 receptions. Playing on just 21.5 percent of Atlanta's offensive snaps last season, Freeman will see a huge bump in snaps, touches and production in 2015 as he and Tevin Coleman form a committee backfield.

8.04 - Kevin Hanson (Team II): Anquan Boldin, WR, San Francisco 49ers

Even though the 49ers have the second-fewest passing yards over the past two seasons combined, Boldin has back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons with the Niners. In addition, both of his yardage totals (1,179 and 1,062, respectively) were higher than any of his previous six seasons. Boldin is unlikely to blow up for 150 yards and two touchdowns in any given week, but he provides this team with consistent production -- 50-plus receiving yards in 12 of 16 games last season.

8.05 - Dan Yanotchko (Team III): Mike Wallace, WR, Minnesota Vikings

The Dolphins certainly had some buyer's remorse after signing Wallace to a big free-agent contract two offseasons ago and traded him to the Vikings this offseason. Wallace has three consecutive mediocre seasons of less than 1,000 yards and has averaged just 13.1, 12.7 and 12.9 Y/R over the past three seasons, respectively. Perhaps the change of scenery and Norv Turner's vertical-passing attack will help Wallace live up to his potential and exceed his draft spot. With three other receivers on his roster already, Dan won't have to rely on Wallace each week so it's worth a roll of the dice here.

8.06 - Dan Yanotchko (Team II): Tony Romo, QB, Dallas Cowboys

Over his past three seasons, Romo's pass attempts have dropped from 648 (2012) to 535 (2013) to 435 (2014). Despite the drop in volume, Romo threw 34 touchdowns, the most for him since 2007, with only nine interceptions, a four-year low. In addition, Romo led the league in Y/A (8.5), completion percentage (69.9), touchdown percentage (7.8) and passer rating (113.2) last year.

Assuming the team stays committed to the run game without DeMarco Murray, who signed a free-agent deal with the Eagles, Romo's upside could be somewhat limited as I project 20-plus QBs to throw more pass attempts this year. Even with his career year in efficiency, Romo still finished just outside the top-10 fantasy quarterbacks last season.

8.07 - Sean Beazley (Team II): Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots

With the NFL upholding Brady's four-game suspension, it's still unclear how many games Brady will miss as both sides are set to meet again in court on August 31st. Brady had a slow start last season, but only Peyton Manning (31) threw more touchdowns than Brady (29) from Week 5 through the end of the season. With good health once again for Rob Gronkowski, Brady could post top-five production on a per-game basis. How many games will Sean get from Brady?

8.08 - Sean Beazley (Team I): David Cobb, RB, Tennessee Titans

As noted earlier in this round, Sankey was a disappointment for the Titans last year. Coach Ken Whisenhunt described Cobb as a potential three-down back and I'd personally prefer Cobb over Sankey.

8.09 - Brendan Donahue (Team II): Tre Mason, RB, St. Louis Rams

Brendan selected Todd Gurley (4.09) earlier than I would have, but I think it's smart to pair Gurley with Mason. Mason didn't get his first carry until Week 6 last year, but he averaged 18.11 touches per game from Week 9 on. While Gurley should emerge as the lead back for the Rams at some point this season, Mason will occupy that role initially as the team eases Gurley in. From Weeks 9 to 17, Mason had the 14th-most fantasy points among running backs.

8.10 - Brendan Donahue (Team I): Brandon LaFell, WR, New England Patriots

According to some reports, LaFell (foot) could potentially land on the reserve/PUP list, which would cost him the first six games of the season. In his first year with the Patriots, LaFell had his best NFL season, by far, as he set career highs in receptions (74), yards (953) and touchdowns (seven). As solid as LaFell's overall numbers were, there was plenty of weekly inconsistency as he had four weekly top-12 finishes but he finished outside the top-36 eight times.

8.11 - Kevin Hanson (Team II): Roddy White, WR, Atlanta Falcons

Coming off a disappointing season, White still averaged a respectable 5.71 catches and 65.79 yards per game with seven touchdowns. Had he not missed two games, he was on a 16-game pace of 91/1,053/8. With White undergoing "minor" elbow surgery this month, turning 34 in November and Julio Jones now the clear-cut No. 1 wideout on the team, I have White projected for only 946 yards and six touchdowns. But that's good enough to place him among the top-35 fantasy wide receivers.

8.12 - Dan Yanotchko (Team I): Matthew Stafford, QB, Detroit Lions

No quarterback underachieved expectations more last season than Stafford, who finished as the QB15 in 2014. Even with the free-agent signing and breakout season from Golden Tate (99/1,331/4), Stafford threw for only 4,247 yards, a four-year low, and 22 touchdowns with 12 interceptions. With better health from Calvin Johnson, who missed a few games and was a decoy in others, Stafford should post better numbers in 2015.

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2015 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: Round 7

Last weekend, we began a new 2015 Fantasy Football Mock Draft with four of our contributors including yours truly.

We are posting the rounds as they are complete and another round is in the books.

Here are Round 7 results of our 2015 Fantasy Football Mock Draft:

7.01 - Dan Yanotchko (Team I): Vincent Jackson, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The good news is that Jackson eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark for the fourth consecutive season and sixth time in the past seven years -- the exception was his holdout-shortened 2010 season. The bad news is V-Jax had just two touchdowns, the lowest of his career since his three-catch rookie season (2005). Jackson should score more touchdowns in 2015 although the 6-foot-5 receiver has never scored double-digit touchdowns.

7.02 - Kevin Hanson (Team II): Arian Foster, RB, Houston Texans

The Texans led the NFL with 551 rush attempts last season and Foster is one of the league's few true workhorse backs, when healthy. Although Foster missed three games in 2014, he averaged 95.8 rushing yards per game and 4.8 yards per carry, both of which were four-year highs, and scored double-digit touchdowns (13). Not only did Foster finish as a top-five fantasy running back last season, he also finished as a top-12 fantasy running back in 10 of 13 weeks last season.

Unfortunately, Foster recently had groin surgery, which means he'll miss some time to begin the season. That said, there is growing optimism that Foster will only miss a few games as opposed to half the season. Once Foster returns, he'll immediately become a starter for this team along with Le'Veon Bell (1.02).

7.03 - Brendan Donahue (Team I): Charles Johnson, WR, Minnesota Vikings

Possessing an impressive combination of size (6-2, 225) and athleticism (sub-4.4 forty), Johnson was reunited with Norv Turner in Minnesota after being released by the receiver-deficient Browns last offseason. In the final six games of the season, Johnson was on the field for all but 19 of the team's offensive snaps. And over his final seven games, Johnson posted 25 receptions for 415 yards and two touchdowns. With a full offseason and the continued development of second-year quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, Johnson should pick up where he left off last season.

7.04 - Brendan Donahue (Team II): John Brown, WR, Arizona Cardinals

Small but ultra quick, Brown had a solid rookie season especially given the team's injuries at quarterback and finished with 48 receptions for 696 yards and five touchdowns. Improved year-over-year production should be expected, but his personal outlook is less bullish than it would have been without Larry Fitzgerald back in Arizona.

7.05 - Sean Beazley (Team I): Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Arizona Cardinals

Speaking of Fitzgerald, he had 63 receptions for 784 yards and a career-low two touchdowns last season and his 784 yards were only four more than the career low he had as a rookie. Given the injuries to the team's quarterbacks, the decline certainly wasn't solely the fault of Fitzgerald, who also missed two games.

In the 22 games that Carson Palmer and Fitzgerald have played together over the past two seasons, Fitzgerald has averaged 5.18 receptions, 65.32 yards and 0.55 touchdowns per game. That's a 16-game pace of 83/1,045/9 so perhaps Fitz ends the drought of 1,000-yard seasons if both he and Palmer stay healthy.

7.06 - Sean Beazley (Team II): Ryan Mathews, RB, Philadelphia Eagles

Mathews has struggled with durability as he has played a full 16-game season only once in his five-year career. That said, he has been productive when on the field with a pair of 1,000-yard seasons under his belt a career 4.40 YPC average. While he enters 2015 second on the depth chart behind last year's rushing champion, DeMarco Murray has his own durability concerns as he is coming off a massive 497-touch season counting the playoffs. And if Murray misses time, Mathews becomes an RB1-type fantasy back in those games.

7.07 - Dan Yanotchko (Team II): Steve Smith, WR, Baltimore Ravens

Smith's first season as a Raven went better than expectations as he posted a 79/1,065/6 full-season stat line. With all four of his 100-yard games occurring in the first six games of the season, Smith was much less effective over the final 10 games. That said, he did have at least five catches in each of the final four games for a total of 25 catches during the final month of the season. Now 36 years old, it's unlikely that Smith posts another 1,000-yard season in what will be his final NFL season, but he has made a career out of disproving his doubters.

7.08 - Dan Yanotchko (Team III): Matt Ryan, QB, Atlanta Falcons

Ryan has more than 4,500 passing yards in three consecutive seasons with the third-most (13,928) over that span. In addition, he has 26-plus touchdowns in five consecutive seasons and the sixth-most (143) during that span. The good news is that Ryan has finished as a top-eight fantasy quarterback in four of the past five years, but he has yet to finish as a top-six fantasy quarterback in his career.

7.09 - Kevin Hanson (Team II): Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Pittsburgh Steelers

Based on his 2014 average draft position (ADP), Roethlisberger was one of the biggest draft values last season. Only four quarterbacks scored more fantasy points and he threw for a career-high 4,952 yards, which tied Drew Brees last season for the league lead, and 32 touchdowns, which tied a previous career high. It wouldn't surprise me if Big Ben posted another top-five finish in 2015 so I like getting him as the QB7 in this mock.

7.10 - Kevin Hanson (Team III): Isaiah Crowell, RB, Cleveland Browns

On a positive note, the coaching staff wants to lean on the rushing attack and the Browns have one of the better run-blocking offensive lines, when healthy. On a less positive note, the coaching staff's allocation of carries was unpredictable on a weekly basis. Adding Duke Johnson to the mix only creates more uncertainty in projecting how things will shake out in Cleveland's backfield, but I still expect Crowell to lead the backfield in touches and (fantasy) production.

7.11 - Brendan Donahue (Team III): Shane Vereen, RB, New York Giants

Vereen is one of the league's better receiving backs and he set career highs last year with 52 catches for 447 yards. Especially with both Rashad Jennings and Andre Williams likely to get more carries, Vereen is a better fantasy running back in PPR formats, but he should be in the flex mix on a weekly basis in standard-scoring formats as well.

7.12 - Sean Beazley (Team III): Tevin Coleman, RB, Atlanta Falcons

The biggest home run threat in college football last year, Coleman rushed for 2,036 yards on 270 carries with four 200-yard games and eight 60-yard runs, most in both categories. Clearly, that won't be repeated at the NFL level, but it illustrates his big-play ability as he joins one of the league's better offenses. With a committee approach between Coleman and second-year back Devonta Freeman expected to start the season, Coleman is likely to see his usage expand as the season develops.

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2015 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: Round 6

Over the weekend, four of our contributors including yours truly began a "slow" 2015 Fantasy Football Mock Draft and we are posting each round as we complete them.

We are now at the midway point of our 12-round mock draft as Round 6 is complete.

Here are Round 6 results of our 2015 Fantasy Football Mock Draft:

6.01 - Sean Beazley (Team III): Greg Olsen, TE, Carolina Panthers

Posting career highs of 84 catches for 1,008 yards last season, Olsen now has at least 69 receptions and 816 yards while finishing as a top-seven fantasy tight end in each of the past three seasons. Over that three-year span, Jimmy Graham (3,086) is the only tight end with more yards than Olsen (2,667) and only Graham (256) and Jason Witten (247) have more receptions than Olsen (226). He's never scored more than eight touchdowns in a season, but he has at least five scores for seven consecutive seasons. In addition, Olsen is extremely durable having played all 16 games in seven consecutive seasons.

With the season-ending ACL injury to Kelvin Benjamin, Olsen clearly enters the season as the team's top pass-catcher should rank near the league lead in targets among tight ends.

6.02 - Brendan Donahue (Team III): Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints

After three consecutive 5,000-yard seasons, Brees fell just shy of that mark in 2014 but still tied with Ben Roethlisberger for the league lead with 4,952 passing yards and threw 33 touchdowns. For the first time since signing with the Saints in 2006, Brees finished outside the top-five fantasy quarterbacks (sixth) in 2014. And while he has thrown at least 650 pass attempts in five consecutive seasons and he led the league in pass attempts per game (41.2) last season, a transition to a more run-based offense appears set to begin with their offseason moves. My fourth-ranked fantasy quarterback heading into 2015, Brees is the fifth quarterback off the board in this mock.

6.03 - Kevin Hanson (Team III): Brandon Marshall, WR, New York Jets

A lot went wrong for Marshall and the Bears offense last season as he missed multiple games, was limited in others, Jay Cutler struggled and was benched, etc. Marshall posted his lowest totals for both receptions (61) and yards (721) since his rookie season, but he was traded to the Jets in the offseason and gets a fresh start. A return to his 2012 or 2013 numbers appear unlikely, but I expect a bounce-back to the 1,000-yard range.

6.04 - Kevin Hanson (Team II): Giovani Bernard, RB, Cincinnati Bengals

Better suited for his return to a change-of-pace role, Bernard can still be productive as the flex for this squad. As an example, Jeremy Hill carried the ball 22-plus times for 100-plus yards in the team's final three regular-season games. In those same games, Bernard finished as the weekly RB11, RB17 and RB13, respectively, in standard-scoring formats. As beat writer Paul Dehner Jr. noted earlier this offseason, "... once settling into a complementary role the final three weeks, [Bernard] returned to the explosive, multi-dimensional player the Bengals team envisioned."

6.05 - Dan Yanotchko (Team III): Sammy Watkins, WR, Buffalo Bills

The fourth overall pick of the 2014 NFL Draft, Watkins finished his rookie campaign with 65 receptions for 982 yards and six touchdowns. While Watkins had four 100-yard games including a career-high 157 yards against his new head coach's former team, he also had nine games with 35 receiving yards or less. In a run-first offense with a less-than-ideal quarterback situation, there will still be plenty of weekly inconsistency from Watkins even though his overall numbers should improve on a year-over-year basis.

6.06 - Dan Yanotchko (Team II): Jeremy Maclin, WR, Kansas City Chiefs

After sitting out all of 2013 with a torn ACL, Maclin returned to the Eagles on a one-year deal and posted a career-best season (85/1,318/10) in Chip Kelly's offense. He then parlayed that success into a five-year deal to reunite with his former coach. Few players, if any, have seen their fantasy stock drop more in free agency than Maclin as he transitions to an offense with a quarterback incapable and/or unwilling to challenge opposing defenses down the field. That said, he's a solid WR3 behind Dan's first two receivers -- Brandin Cooks and Amari Cooper.

6.07 - Sean Beazley (Team II): Jarvis Landry, WR, Miami Dolphins

Among rookies, only his ex-LSU teammate Odell Beckham (91) had more receptions than Landry (84) last season. Over the final nine games of the season, Landry had a minimum of five receptions every game and racked up a total of 59 catches over that span. In addition, he had at least nine targets in six of his final eight games. Landry should improve upon his 84/758/5 rookie numbers, but he's a much better option in point-per-reception (PPR) formats.

6.08 - Sean Beazley (Team I): Joique Bell, RB, Detroit Lions

Scoring the 14th-most fantasy points among running backs in 2014, Bell finished with 223 carries for 860 yards, both of which were career highs, as well as 34 receptions for 322 yards and eight total touchdowns. That said, it was the second consecutive season that Bell has averaged under 4.0 YPC.

While I expect Bell to lead the team's backfield in touches in 2015, second-round rookie Ameer Abdullah weakens Bell's grip on the featured-back role and it wouldn't surprise me if Abdullah emerged as the lead back at some point during the season. With Bell coming off a pair of offseason surgeries, he's still not practicing although he is expected to be ready for the opener.

6.09 - Brendan Donahue (Team II): Doug Martin, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Just a couple of seasons ago, Martin racked up 1,926 yards from scrimmage, 49 receptions and 12 touchdowns in 16 games as a rookie when he finished the year as fantasy's RB2. Over the past two seasons (combined), however, Martin has only 1,080 YFS, 25 receptions and three touchdowns in 17 games. Going into 2015, Martin appears to be in line for the largest share of the backfield's workload.

6.10 - Brendan Donahue (Team I): Martellus Bennett, TE, Chicago Bears

Setting career highs across the board in 2014 with 90 receptions, 916 yards and six touchdowns, Bennett finished as a top-five scorer among tight ends and led the position in receptions. With the Bears trading Marshall to the Jets and the injury to top pick Kevin White, Bennett has the potential to come close to those numbers this season.

6.11 - Kevin Hanson (Team II): DeSean Jackson, WR, Washington Redskins

Despite the revolving door at quarterback, Jackson was one of the few bright spots for Washington's offense in 2014. D-Jax finished with 56 catches for 1,169 yards and six touchdowns and he led the NFL in yards per reception (20.9).

Even though he finished as the 16th-highest scoring fantasy wide receiver, the big drawback of owning Jackson is his boom-or-bust nature. Jackson finished as a top-17 fantasy wide receiver in eight of 15 games last year; in all seven of the other games, he finished as the WR53 or worse. Stated differently, Jackson had zero games within the range of WR18 and WR52 in a given week last year.

6.12 - Dan Yanotchko (Team I): Alfred Blue, RB, Houston Texans

Blue averaged just 3.1 YPC as a rookie last season and he backs up one of the league's few workhorses in Arian Foster, but he finished as a top-40 fantasy running back in 2014. The Texans were more committed to the run than any other team in the league and Foster, who missed three games last season, is always a candidate to miss a game or two. In fact, Foster will miss at least some games to begin the season following groin surgery.

At this point, however, I'd actually prefer Foster over Blue. There is some optimism that Foster may only miss a few games as opposed to half the season as initially expected.

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2015 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: Round 5

Four of our contributors began a new "slow" 2015 Fantasy Football Mock Draft over the weekend and another round is complete and posted.

Here are Round 5 results of our 2015 Fantasy Football Mock Draft:

5.01 - Dan Yanotchko (Team I): Golden Tate, WR, Detroit Lions

Tate had a career year with 99 catches for 1,331 yards and four touchdowns plus 30 rushing yards. From Weeks 4 to 8, Calvin Johnson missed three games and was a decoy in two other games (19 total yards). During that same five-game span, Tate averaged 119.8 yards per game and scored three of his four touchdowns. If Megatron is healthy for the entire season, Tate is unlikely to repeat last year's career numbers, but he's otherwise a solid low-end WR2 in 2015. In this case, he's a WR3 for Dan's team with T.Y. Hilton and Julian Edelman ahead of him.

5.02 - Kevin Hanson (Team II): Travis Kelce, TE, Kansas City Chiefs

Kelce played only 52.3 percent of the team's offensive snaps from Weeks 1 to 10, but that percentage jumped to 86.7 percent from Weeks 11 to 17. Despite his snap-count limits during the first half of the season, Kelce still finished with 67 receptions, 862 yards and five touchdowns and the ninth-most fantasy points among tight ends last season. With good health and no playing time limitations, the sky is the limit for Kelce in 2015.

5.03 - Brendan Donahue (Team I): Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks

A top-three fantasy quarterback in 2014, Wilson rushed for 849 yards and six touchdowns, both of which were career highs, and netted fantasy owners an average of 7.56 fantasy points per game from rushing stats alone. While he won't post gaudy passing statistics in Seattle's run-dominant offense, Wilson is the first quarterback in league history to throw 20-plus touchdowns with 10 or fewer interceptions in each of his first three NFL seasons, per Pro Football Reference. Trading for Jimmy Graham gives Wilson an elite red-zone option for the first time in his young career.

5.04 - Brendan Donahue (Team II): Peyton Manning, QB, Denver Broncos

With a slow finish to the season, Manning finished the year as the QB4 (312.68 fantasy points) behind Aaron Rodgers (354.14), Andrew Luck (350.74) and Wilson (327.6). In the first 11 games of the season, Manning averaged 23.96 fantasy points per game (323.45 YPG, 34 TDs and nine INTs). In the final five games of the season, however, he averaged just 9.83 FPPG (233.8 YPG, five TDs and six INTs) and never scored more than 13.02 fantasy points in any of those games.

Much of last year's decline can be attributed to his thigh injury, but Manning's passing production also tends to slow as the weather turns colder. In a more balanced offense with some issues on the offensive line, it's possible that Manning fails to produce a top-five fantasy season. (He's the QB6 currently in my rankings.)

5.05 - Sean Beazley (Team I): Davante Adams, WR, Green Bay Packers

After a boost in playing time down the stretch and a strong offseason, all signs pointed to Adams taking a step forward in year two. In addition, no player benefits more by the ACL injury to Jordy Nelson (from a fantasy perspective) than Adams, who finished with 38/446/3 numbers as a rookie.

5.06 - Sean Beazley (Team II): Martavis Bryant, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers

Inactive for the first six games, Bryant went on a scoring spree in his first four NFL games with a total of six touchdowns during that span. After that point, however, Bryant had just 12 catches for 239 yards and two touchdowns in the final six games of the season. Not only does he currently project as the team's No. 3 receiver, Bryant will miss the first four games of the season due to league suspension.

[Note: Sean made this selection prior to the news of Bryant's pending suspension.]

5.07 - Dan Yanotchko (Team II): LeGarrette Blount, RB, New England Patriots

As we've seen from Blount in the postseason, he can go from one yard on three carries (vs. BAL) one week to 30 carries for 148 yards and three touchdowns (vs. IND) the next week. Blount's carries in his final six games through the Super Bowl were as follows: 20, eight, 10, three, 30 and 14. While we can't always count on consistent running back workloads from Belichick, Blount figures to be the "guy" in the Patriots' backfield. And Blount has been dominant at the goal line for the Patriots with 15 rushing scores in his past 15 games (including playoffs) with the Pats.

5.08 - Dan Yanotchko (Team III): Chris Ivory, RB, New York Jets

Although he averaged a career-low 4.1 YPC, Ivory once again rushed for more than 800 yards and set a career high with six touchdowns. The Jets signed Stevan Ridley in free agency and traded a seventh-round pick for Zac Stacy, but Ivory should lead the team's backfield in both workload and fantasy production. More productive than most probably realized, Ivory finished as a top-20 fantasy running back last season.

5.09 - Kevin Hanson (Team II): Allen Robinson, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars

With Antonio Brown and Nelson as my first two picks, the injury to Nelson hurts what I expected to be this mock's best receiving corps. Quietly off to a strong rookie season before a Week 10 foot injury ended his season, Robinson averaged 5.22 receptions and 60.89 yards per game with four-plus catches per game from Weeks 2 to 10. Assuming good health in 2015, Robinson is poised for a breakout season.

5.10 - Kevin Hanson (Team III): C.J. Spiller, RB, New Orleans Saints

Following his breakout 2012 season, the Bills (new and since ousted) coaching staff failed to utilize Spiller correctly over the past two seasons. That's certainly not a concern in 2015 as Payton & Co. should maximize Spiller's production on a per-touch basis.

Since Payton took over in New Orleans in 2006, the Saints have roughly one-third (six of 19) of the 70-reception seasons by running backs. One concern entering the season, however, is Spiller's recent arthroscopic knee surgery, but he is expected to ready for Week 1.

5.11 - Brendan Donahue (Team III): Nelson Agholor, WR, Philadelphia Eagles

Landing in Chip Kelly's up-tempo offense bodes well for Agholor's short- and long-term fantasy outlook. While the Eagles lost Jeremy Maclin (6-0, 198, 4.48 forty) in free agency, Agholor (6-0, 198, 4.42 forty) has earned comparisons to the departed receiver. An excellent route runner, Agholor has the ability to play both inside and outside and finished with a 104/1,313/12 stat line last year for USC. With that said, there are several receivers still on the board that I'd take before Agholor (WR25 in this mock).

5.12 - Sean Beazley (Team III): Rashad Jennings, RB, New York Giants

Dealing with multiple injuries, Jennings played in just 11 games in his first season with the Giants. Second-year back Andre Williams will steal some goal-line opportunities and Shane Vereen will steal some of his passing-down work, which limits the weekly upside of the soon-to-be 30-year-old Jennings.

On a positive note, the Giants used the ninth-overall pick on Ereck Flowers, one of the best run-blocking offensive linemen in this year's draft class. Only the Cardinals (3.3) and Chargers (3.4) averaged fewer YPC than the Giants (3.6) last season and at least part of those struggles can be attributed to the line play.

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2015 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: Round 4

Another round of our new 2015 Fantasy Football Mock Draft is complete. Four of our contributors are conducting a "slow" draft and we are posting updates as the rounds are complete.

With that said, another round is in the books.

Here are Round 4 results of our 2015 Fantasy Football Mock Draft:

4.01 - Sean Beazley (Team III): Carlos Hyde, RB, San Francisco 49ers

With Frank Gore signing a free-agent deal with the Colts, Hyde enters 2015 atop the 49ers depth chart at running back. With Gore ahead of him last year on the depth chart, Hyde had just 83 carries for 333 yards and four touchdowns as a rookie. Not only will his workload expand significantly, but I expect his effectiveness on a per-carry basis to increase from last year's 4.0 yards-per-carry average. On a positive note, Hyde has shed some weight and is now in the "mid 220-pound range," which should improve his elusiveness yet still allow him to flourish near the goal line.

4.02 - Brendan Donahue (Team III): Emmanuel Sanders, WR, Denver Broncos

With previous career highs of 67/740/6, Sanders blew those numbers out of the water in his first season in Denver with 101 receptions for 1,404 yards and nine touchdowns in 2014. Given a new coaching staff and more balanced philosophy, repeating a 101/1,404/9 line appears unlikely, but Sanders is a solid WR2 behind Dez Bryant (1.10) for Brendan.

4.03 - Kevin Hanson (Team III): Jordan Matthews, WR, Philadelphia Eagles

I'm thrilled that Matthews made it to me at 4.03. Playing only 65.0 percent of the team's offensive snaps as a rookie, that ratio will undoubtedly spike in his second season as the team lost Jeremy Maclin via free agency. In his first season in the league, Matthews finished with 67 receptions for 872 yards and eight touchdowns and finished as a top-25 fantasy wide receiver. With Maclin gone, it wouldn't surprisie me if he posted top-10 numbers (like Maclin last year) as the No. 1 receiver in such a high-volume offense.

4.04 - Kevin Hanson (Team II): Jonathan Stewart, RB, Carolina Panthers

Over the final five games of the season, Stewart, who recently turned 28, rushed for 486 yards on 91 carries (5.34 YPC) and only DeMarco Murray (491) had more rushing yards during that span. Entering 2015 as the team's clear featured back, Stewart will finally get the opportunity to carry the load for a full season. Well, the "full" season part is the only concern with him as Stewart has played only 28 games over the past three seasons. If, a big if, he can stay healthy for a full season, he has legitimate top-10 fantasy upside.

4.05 - Dan Yanotchko (Team III): Keenan Allen, WR, San Diego Chargers

While his receptions increased from 71 to 77 in 2014, Allen's yardage (1,046 to 783) and touchdowns (eight to four) both dropped and he finished as only the 48th-highest scoring wide receiver last season. Allen turned 23 this spring and should have a bounce-back season in 2015.

4.06 - Dan Yanotchko (Team II): Amari Cooper, WR, Oakland Raiders

No rookie receiver is more pro-ready than Cooper, the first Biletnikoff winner in Alabama history. Cooper racked up 124 receptions for 1,727 yards and 16 touchdowns last season and should become Derek Carr's go-to receiver immediately for a team that ranked fourth in the league in pass attempts per game (39.3) in 2014.

4.07 - Sean Beazley (Team II): Joseph Randle, RB, Dallas Cowboys

While he had only 51 carries in 2014, 11 (21.6 percent) of those 51 carries resulted in runs of more than 10 yards and he averaged 6.73 yards per carry on the season. More than anything, that production is a result of running behind one of the best offensive lines in football, which should be even better this year. His YPC average will certainly decline with a bump in volume, but Randle is expected to get the largest share of the workload within the team's committee backfield. The upside certainly warrants a selection higher than this and MG3/Randle give Sean two quality backs despite waiting until Rounds 3/4 to draft his first two running backs.

4.08 - Sean Beazley (Team I): Andre Johnson, WR, Indianapolis Colts

After back-to-back 1,400-yard seasons, Johnson finished with 85 receptions for just 936 yards and three touchdowns in 2014. Johnson's 62.4 Y/G and 11.0 Y/R were his lowest since 2005. Now 34 years old, Johnson may never have another 1,400-yard season, but he goes from a team with one of the league's worst quarterback situations to one of the best with Andrew Luck.

4.09 - Brendan Donahue (Team II): Todd Gurley, RB, St. Louis Rams

Arguably the best running back prospect since Minnesota's Adrian Peterson, Gurley ended the drought of first-round running backs and possesses all of the physical tools to be a dominant RB1-type back for years to come. With his combination of size and speed, Gurley has the ability to run over and/or outrun opposing tacklers. Recovering from his torn ACL, however, Gurley will be eased in slowly before eventually settling on a featured-back role. That said, there a few running backs still available that I'd prefer over Gurley including the guy that Brendan took next ...

4.10 - Brendan Donahue (Team I): Latavius Murray, RB, Oakland Raiders

Loaded with potential and upside, Murray is a physical freak that runs a sub-4.4 forty at 6-foot-3 and 225 pounds. Murray finally got a chance to showcase what he could do down the stretch last season as he gained 478 yards from scrimmage over his final five games on a total of 83 touches (72 carries and 11 receptions). With Darren McFadden and Maurice Jones-Drew out and Trent Richardson and Roy Helu in, Murray will be given every opportunity to be the team's lead back in 2015.

4.11 - Kevin Hanson (Team II): T.J. Yeldon, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars

Selected with a top-36 pick in this year's draft, Yeldon has excellent size (6-1, 225) and immediately goes to the front of the line in terms of the team's backfield depth chart. General manager David Caldwell said that he sees Yeldon as "a three-down back." Playing in an offense that ranked in the bottom two in both scoring and total offense last year could limit Yeldon's fantasy upside as a rookie, but he could end up leading rookie backs in touches in 2015.

4.12 - Dan Yanotchko (Team I): Julian Edelman, WR, New England Patriots

After his breakout 2013 season (105/1,056/6), Edelman actually averaged slightly more receptions (6.57 in 2014 vs. 6.56 in 2013) and yards (69.43 in 2014 vs. 66.0 in 2013). I'd prefer a few receivers before Edelman, but he is in the low-end WR2/high-end WR3 range for standard-scoring leagues and is the WR20 in this mock.

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2015 Fantasy Football PPR Mock Draft: 12 Teams, 12th Pick

Using the Fantasy Football Mock Draft Simulator (powered by FantasyPros), we continue our Fantasy Football Mock Draft Per Day Series for the 2015 season.

From May 28th through Labor Day weekend, we will complete one mock draft per day and post the results.

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Here are the league settings (all customizable) for today's mock:

  • 12 teams, No. 12 pick, point-per-reception (PPR) scoring
  • Starting lineup: 1 QB, 2 RBs, 3 WRs, TE, K, D/ST and Flex (RB, WR or TE)
  • Six bench spots, any position

With that said, here is my roster from today's mock draft:

1.12 - Odell Beckham, WR, New York Giants: Closing the season with 90-plus yards in his final nine games, Beckham averaged 9/133/1 on nearly 13 targets per game over that span. Those historic numbers won't be repeated, but ODB enters the season as a top-five fantasy receiver.

2.01 - Marshawn Lynch, RB, Seattle Seahawks: No player has more rushing yards (5,357) or touchdowns (56) than Lynch over the past four seasons. In addition, Lynch has at least 36 receptions in each of the past two seasons.

3.12 - Andre Ellington, RB, Arizona Cardinals: It was a disappointing season for Ellington, who saw his yards-per-carry average plummet to 3.3 in 2014 from 5.5 YPC. There are questions about his ability to hold up for a full season, but Ellington enters the season healthy after a foot injury limited him all year.

4.01 - Amari Cooper, WR, Oakland Raiders: The Biletnikoff recipient in college football, Cooper enters the NFL as the most pro-ready receiver and he'll be counted on early and often as Oakland's go-to receiver. Last year, the Raiders ranked fourth in the NFL in most pass attempts (39.3 per game).

5.12 - Travis Kelce, TE, Kansas City Chiefs: Playing roughly half of the team's snaps in the first 10 games, Kelce still posted full-year stats of 67/862/5 to finish as fantasy football's TE6 in PPR formats in 2014. Without any health limitations or snap counts, the sky's the limit for Kelce in 2015.

6.01 - Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks: It's unlikely that Wilson repeats his 849 rushing yards with six rushing scores again, but he has 308 runs for 1,877 yards and 11 touchdowns over three seasons. With 72 passing touchdowns over those three seasons, Wilson finally has an elite red-zone option (Jimmy Graham).

7.12 - Giovani Bernard, RB, Cincinnati Bengals: Even though Bernard enters 2015 as the change-of-pace option to featured back Jeremy Hill, there is the potential for both backs to be productive, especially in PPR formats. As an example, Hill rushed for more than 100 yards in each of the final three games of last season while Bernard finished as a top-12 PPR back in each of those games.

8.01 - T.J. Yeldon, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars: At some point, the Jaguars will count on Yeldon to be their three-down back and it wouldn't surprise me if he led all rookie running backs in touches. Playing in the low-powered Jags offense may limit his upside, but he's a nice value in Round 8.

9.12 - Pierre Garcon, WR, Washington Redskins: Two seasons ago, Garcon led the NFL in receptions (113). Last year, his numbers were nearly cut in half (68/752/3). He should fall somewhere in between in 2015.

10.01 - Marques Colston, WR, New Orleans Saints: Setting per-game career lows in targets, receptions and yards in 2014, Colston has an opportunity to bounce back (some) given the team's offseason moves.

11.12 - Michael Floyd, WR, Arizona Cardinals: Floyd failed to build upon his 2013 breakout season, but the team's quarterback situation (injuries) had a limiting effect on the entire passing offense. There is optimism that Floyd will be ready for Week 1.

12.01 - Darren McFadden, RB, Dallas Cowboys: McFadden, who just turned 28, has averaged 3.4 YPC or less in each of the past three seasons and durability has been a consistent issue for him. That said, he has value here if he can stay healthy as part of a committee backfield that gets to run behind the Cowboys' elite offensive line.

13.12 - Rueben Randle, WR, New York Giants: Randle set career highs of 71 receptions and 938 yards in his age-23 season, but it may be difficult to repeat those numbers if the team's other pass catchers stay healthy.

14.01 - Terrance Williams, WR, Dallas Cowboys: Williams saw his receptions (37) and yardage (621) decline as the Cowboys threw it much less in 2014 although he caught a career-high eight touchdowns. I expect better overall numbers from him in 2015, but he remains the third option in the passing offense behind Dez Bryant and Jason Witten.

15.12 - New York Jets D/ST

16.01 - Stephen Gostkowski, K, New England Patriots

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August 27, 2015

2015 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: Round 3

Four of our contributors recently began a new "slow" 2015 Fantasy Football Mock Draft and another round is now complete.

Here are Round 3 results of our 2015 Fantasy Football Mock Draft:

3.01 - Dan Yanotchko (Team I): T.Y. Hilton, WR, Indianapolis Colts

Hilton had a breakout 82/1,345/7 season last year. And that breakout year would have been even better if he weren't limited down the stretch by a hamstring injury. With good health, Hilton could set new career highs in both receptions and yards this season.

3.02 - Kevin Hanson (Team II): Andrew Luck, QB, Indianapolis Colts

Throwing for 4,761 yards and a league-leading 40 touchdowns, both of which were career highs, Luck's 40 TDs last season nearly equalled his total from his first two seasons combined (46 TDs). During the season, Luck had the second-longest streak of 300-yard games (eight) in NFL history. Not only does Luck lead one of the league's most prolific passing offenses, but he gets a boost from his mobility with at least 255 rushing yards each year and a total of 12 rushing scores.

Quarterback is deep and I usually like to wait on the position, but there is a clear-cut top tier with Luck and Aaron Rodgers and I'd be willing to take either in the third round.

3.03 - Brendan Donahue (Team I): Frank Gore, RB, Indianapolis Colts

With the exception of an 11-game season in 2010, Gore has rushed for 1,000-plus yards in eight of his past nine seasons with at least 1,100 rushing yards in four consecutive seasons. Coach Pagano has said that he still views Gore as an every-down back, which means he should get the opportunity to extend that streak. One of the league's better pass-catching backs earlier in his career, Gore should be much more involved as a receiver with the Colts than he has been over the past four seasons (average of 18 catches per season) in San Francisco.

3.04 - Brendan Donahue (Team II): DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Houston Texans

Emerging as the team's most productive wide receiver last season, Hopkins took a huge step forward in his second season with a 76/1,210/6 stat line and the team has subsequently released Andre Johnson in the offseason. If there's any concern when it comes to Hopkins taking another step forward in his third season, however, it's the team's less-than-inspiring quarterback play, but he's a strong WR2 option for Brendan behind his WR1 (Randall Cobb).

3.05 - Sean Beazley (Team I): Alfred Morris, RB, Washington Redskins

Morris averaged a career-low 4.1 YPC last season, but he rushed 265 times for 1,074, respectable numbers but also career lows, and eight touchdowns. Washington's offensive line struggled last year, but the team used the fifth-overall pick on Brandon Scherff and the addition of Bill Callahan to the coaching staff is certainly a positive for the team's offensive line play and rushing attack overall.

3.06 - Sean Beazley (Team II): Melvin Gordon, RB, San Diego Chargers

With significant injuries to the team's running backs, the Chargers ran the ball only 39.45 percent of the time last season (compared to 46.66 percent, eighth highest, in 2013). Assuming a healthy backfield, I'd expect the Chargers to be closer to 46 percent than 39 percent this season. A top-15 selection in the 2015 NFL Draft, Gordon should get the bulk of the early-down work for the Chargers with Ryan Mathews now in Philadelphia.

3.07 - Dan Yanotchko (Team II): Brandin Cooks, WR, New Orleans Saints

Before suffering a season-ending injury in Week 11, Cook's 86.3 fantasy points ranked 25th among all wide receivers and his 53 receptions led all rookie receivers. Once again generating plenty of buzz in the offseason, Cooks is poised for a major breakout with the offseason trades of Jimmy Graham and Kenny Stills.

3.08 - Dan Yanotchko (Team III): Mark Ingram, RB, New Orleans Saints

Once again, Ingram missed multiple games and has now missed a total of 14 games over his four-year career. That said, Ingram set career highs -- 226 carries, 964 rushing yards, nine touchdowns and 29 receptions -- in the 13 games he did play in 2014. Re-signing with the Saints, Ingram should lead the team in carries. And given the team's offseason moves, a transition to more of a run-based offense appears to be in the offing.

3.09 - Kevin Hanson (Team II): Lamar Miller, RB, Miami Dolphins

The Dolphins coaching staff has seemed reluctant to give Miller as much work as his fantasy owners would have liked, but Miller was highly productive on a per-touch basis (5.09 YPC, 7.24 Y/R) last season. With more than 15 carries in only four games last season, Miller still managed to post his first-ever 1,000-yard season (1,099 rushing yards).

In addition, Miller was very consistent throughout the season as he finished as a top-21 fantasy running back in 12 of 16 weeks. Although they didn't draft Jay Ajayi until the fifth round, his presence could cap Miller's upside in 2015 but I still expect his touches to be fairly close year over year.

3.10 - Kevin Hanson (Team III): Jimmy Graham, TE, New Orleans Saints

Slowed by a shoulder injury, Graham had 54 yards or less in six of his final seven games last season and finished with only 889 yards, a four-year low. With his trade to the Seahawks, Graham goes from an offense that averaged 41.2 pass attempts per game, second-most in the NFL last year, to one that averages the fewest (28.4/G).

Over his past four seasons, however, Graham has averaged 89 catches, 1,099 yards and 12 touchdowns per year. I think it's unlikely that reaches the 89/1,099 this season, but I do think he could score double-digit touchdowns as the Seahawks clear best red-zone (receiving) option.

3.11 - Brendan Donahue (Team III): Ameer Abdullah, RB, Detroit Lions

There is a lot to like about Abdullah, but this is a little too rich for my blood. Highly productive at Nebraska with back-to-back 1,600-yard campaigns, Abdullah finished first in the vertical jump (42.5 inches), broad jump (10-10), 3-cone drill (6.79) and 20-yard shuttle (3.95) among running backs at the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine. Provided Joique Bell is ready for Week 1, however, Abdullah will likely begin the season behind Bell on the depth chart, although his role within the offense should expand as the season progresses.

3.12 - Sean Beazley (Team III): Andre Ellington, RB, Arizona Cardinals

The good news is that Ellington averaged more than 20 touches per game last season. The bad news is that Ellington averaged more than 20 touches per game last season. Given Ellington's size (5-9, 199), it wasn't a huge (no pun intended) surprise that Ellington didn't hold up for a full season and missed the final four regular-season games.

With the substantial bump in workload, Ellington underwhelmed as his yards-per-carry average plummeted from 5.5 YPC as a rookie to 3.3 on 201 carries last season. That said, the foot injury he battled all of last season is now healed and the Cardinals improved their offensive line this offseason.

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August 26, 2015

2015 Fantasy Football PPR Mock Draft: 12 Teams, 8th Pick

Using the Fantasy Football Mock Draft Simulator (powered by FantasyPros), we continue our Fantasy Football Mock Draft Per Day Series for the 2015 season.

From May 28th through Labor Day weekend, we will complete one mock draft per day and post the results.

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Here are the league settings (all customizable) for today's mock:

  • 12 teams, No. 7 pick, point-per-reception (PPR) scoring
  • Starting lineup: 1 QB, 2 RBs, 2 WRs, TE, K, D/ST and Flex (RB, WR or TE)
  • Six bench spots, any position

With that said, here is my roster from today's mock draft:

1.08 - Marshawn Lynch, RB, Seattle Seahawks: No player has more rushing yards or touchdowns over the past four seasons than Lynch, who has rushed for at least 1,200 yards and scored double-digit touchdowns each season during that stretch. In addition, Beast Mode has become more productive as a receiver with at least 36 receptions in each of the past two seasons.

2.05 - A.J. Green, WR, Cincinnati Bengals: Green missed three games last season, but he extended his streak of 1,000-yard seasons to begin his career to four. With better health in 2015, Green should finish with 1,300 yards and 10 touchdowns (or better).

3.08 - Frank Gore, RB, Indianapolis Colts: The biggest concern with Gore is his age (32), but he has rushed for 1,100-plus yards in four consecutive seasons with no missed games during that stretch. Transitioning to the high-powered Andrew Luck-led Colts offense is only a positive for Gore.

4.05 - Jonathan Stewart, RB, Carolina Panthers: Over the final five games of the season, only DeMarco Murray rushed for more yards than Stewart. While durability is a concern (20 missed games over past three seasons), there is plenty of upside here if he can play a full (or close to it) season.

5.08 - Allen Robinson, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars: Robinson quietly posted a strong rookie season with four-plus catches in nine consecutive games before his season was cut short with a Week 10 foot injury. Going into his age-22 season, Robinson is poised for a breakout season.

6.05 - Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Pittsburgh Steelers: Not only did Big Ben set a career high in passing yards, but he tied Drew Brees for the NFL lead. Big Ben finished as a top-five fantasy quarterback last season and is the QB5 in my rankings this year as well.

7.08 - Arian Foster, RB, Houston Texans: Even though Foster won't be ready for Week 1, there is a chance that he'll be back on the field by the end of September. Either way, he becomes an immediate starter once he's healthy.

8.05 - Zach Ertz, TE, Philadelphia Eagles: Ertz posted a 58/702/3 line in his second season and he should improve upon those numbers in 2015, but two concerns are his groin surgery this month and his spot on the depth chart (second to Brent Celek).

9.08 - Anquan Boldin, WR, San Francisco 49ers: The 49ers have the second-fewest passing yards over the past two seasons, but Boldin still has back-to-back 1,000-yard campaigns in his two seasons with the 49ers.

10.05 - Steve Smith, WR, Baltimore Ravens: Smith exceeded 1,000 yards in his first season with the Ravens and although he has announced this will be his final NFL season, he enters 2015 as the team's No. 1 receiver.

11.08 - Marques Colston, WR, New Orleans Saints: Setting per-game career lows in targets, receptions and yards, Colston has some bounce-back appeal given the team's offseason moves.

12.05 - Matt Jones, RB, Washington Redskins: At a minimum, Jones will get many snaps as the change-of-pace to Alfred Morris, but Jones has looked really good this preseason -- averaging more than six yards per carry.

13.08 - Michael Floyd, WR, Arizona Cardinals: After a breakout sophomore campaign, Floyd's production declined year over year to 47/841/6, but at least part of that dip was due to the team's injuries at quarterback.

14.05 - Carolina Panthers D/ST

15.08 - Connor Barth, K, Tampa Bay Buccaneers:

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August 24, 2015

2015 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: 12 Teams, 3rd Pick, 2-QB League

Using the Fantasy Football Mock Draft Simulator (powered by FantasyPros), we continue our Fantasy Football Mock Draft Per Day Series for the 2015 season.

From May 28th through Labor Day weekend, we will complete one mock draft per day and post the results.

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Here are the league settings (all customizable) for today's mock:

  • 12 teams, No. 3 pick, standard scoring, 2-QB league
  • Starting lineup: 2 QBs, 2 RBs, 2 WRs, TE, K, D/ST and Flex (RB, WR or TE)
  • Six bench spots, any position

With that said, here is my roster from today's mock draft:

1.03 - Eddie Lacy, RB, Green Bay Packers: With Andrew Luck (my QB1) and Le'Veon Bell (my RB1) off the board, the choice came down to Lacy (my RB2) or teammate Aaron Rodgers (my QB2). Through two NFL seasons, Lacy has racked up 3,001 yards from scrimmage and 24 touchdowns.

2.10 - Jeremy Hill, RB, Cincinnati Bengals: One of my favorite running backs this season, Hill was dominant in the second half last season. No player had more rushing yards than Hill (929) over the final nine games and he enters the season as the team's clear lead back.

3.03 - Cam Newton, QB, Carolina Panthers: With a torn ACL sidelining Newton's top weapon, it certainly delivers a blow to his fantasy outlook. That said, I still have Newton projected as a top-10 fantasy quarterback in large part due to his rushing stats -- minimum of 539 yards and five touchdowns in all four seasons.

4.10 - Jordan Matthews, WR, Philadelphia Eagles: Poised for a breakout season, Matthews enters his sophomore campaign as the team's top receiver after finishing last season as fantasy football's WR25 in 2014. Even though I have him ranked outside my top 10 receivers, Matthews has the potential to do what Jeremy Maclin last season and finish as a top-10 fantasy receiver.

5.03 - Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Minnesota Vikings: Bridgewater's development throughout his rookie season was impressive. Over the final five games of the season, he completed 72.14 percent of his pass attempts with eight touchdowns and five interceptions and he has looked sharp in the preseason.

6.10 - Brandon Marshall, WR, New York Jets: It was a lost season for the Bears and Marshall, who was traded this offseason to the Jets. It's not necessarily an ideal landing spot for a bounce back, but I do expect Marshall to finish with roughly 1,000 yards and eight touchdowns in 2015.

7.03 - Ameer Abdullah, RB, Detroit Lions: It's certainly possible that the talented second-round back overtakes Joique Bell at some point during his rookie season for the lead back role. Either way, he's a solid flex option for this team (with upside for much more).

8.10 - Arian Foster, RB, Houston Texans: There is continuing optimism that Foster may not miss eight games, which was initially feared. Once he returns, he turns a stacked fantasy backfield into an even more stacked fantasy backfield.

9.03 - Martavis Bryant, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers: Even if he enters the season as the team's No. 3 receiver, Bryant has more talent than the incumbent No. 2 (Markus Wheaton) and gives me a high-upside WR3.

10.10 - Blake Bortles, QB, Jacksonville Jaguars: Unfortunately, Bridgewater and Newton share the same bye week (Week 5). Due to his rushing ability and better offensive weapons, however, Bortles has some upside as my QB3.

11.03 - Tyler Eifert, TE, Cincinnati Bengals: Eifert's sophomore season ended only soon after it began, but there has been nothing but positive buzz for him heading into 2015. Provided he stays healthy, Eifert has the potential to finish as a top-12 fantasy tight end this season.

12.10 - Anquan Boldin, WR, San Francisco 49ers: Despite the team's weak passing attack, Boldin has finished with back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons. Even though he turns 35 in October, he has value in the 12th round as my WR4.

13.03 - Pierre Garcon, WR, Washington Redskins: After leading the NFL in receptions in 2013, Garcon's numbers were nearly cut in half, but the team has talked up his increased involvement for 2015.

14.10 - James Starks, RB, Green Bay Packers: Considering how stacked my running back group is, Starks provides some insurance in the event of a Lacy injury.

15.03 - New York Jets D/ST

16.10 - Matt Bryant, K, Atlanta Falcons

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August 23, 2015

2015 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: 12 Teams, 7th Pick

Using the Fantasy Football Mock Draft Simulator (powered by FantasyPros), we continue our Fantasy Football Mock Draft Per Day Series for the 2015 season.

From May 28th through Labor Day weekend, we will complete one mock draft per day and post the results.

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Here are the league settings (all customizable) for today's mock:

  • 12 teams, No. 7 pick, standard scoring, individual defensive players (IDP)
  • Starting lineup: 1 QB, 2 RBs, 2 WRs, TE, K, D/ST, Flex (RB, WR or TE) and one IDP
  • Six bench spots, any position

With that said, here is my roster from today's mock draft:

1.07 - Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers: Over the past two seasons, Brown has 239 receptions for 3,197 yards and 21 touchdowns. More impressive than his overall production is his consistency as Brown now has at least five catches and 50 yards in 33 consecutive games counting a playoff game.

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2.06 - Calvin Johnson, WR, Detroit Lions: Megatron has missed five games over the past two seasons and was a decoy in a few others, but he has the ability to take over any game when healthy. While I prefer to at least have my first running back by my second-round pick, Johnson was my top-ranked player available and this format starts three receivers.

3.07 - Frank Gore, RB, Indianapolis Colts: Gore has four consecutive 1,100-yard seasons and has not missed a game during that span. His age (32) is a bit of a concern, but the team views him as a three-down back and signing with the Colts is a huge boost in offense.

4.06 - T.J. Yeldon, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars: Yeldon figures to become the team's three-down back sooner rather than later and it wouldn't surprise me if led all rookie backs in touches. The only real concern with Yeldon is the team's relative lack of offensive production, which could limit his scoring opportunities.

5.07 - Sammy Watkins, WR, Buffalo Bills: At this point, the debate was Davante Adams or Watkins, but fortunately I ended up with both. There is no denying Watkins talent, but there is certainly concern about the team's quarterback situation.

6.06 - Todd Gurley, RB, St. Louis Rams: All signs point to the Rams taking things slow with Gurley, who is about nine months removed from a torn ACL. At some point, however, he should emerge as the team's lead back and he's one of the most talented backs to enter the league in years.

7.07 - Davante Adams, WR, Green Bay Packers: While the loss of Jordy Nelson to a torn ACL obviously hurts the Packers, no player benefits more than Adams, who should start opposite Randall Cobb in two-wide sets. Being the No. 2 receiver in an Aaron Rodgers-led offense is obviously a good thing.

8.06 - Eli Manning, QB, New York Giants: Finishing as a top-10 fantasy quarterback in 2014, Manning build plenty of momentum as he gained comfort within a new offensive scheme. Not only will he have more comfort in year two, but the team's skill-position players are healthy/better heading into 2015.

9.07 - Arian Foster, RB, Houston Texans: Even if Foster misses eight games, which seems to be a worst-case scenario, I'd be more than comfortable taking him here, but there appears to be a decent chance that he misses less. Once he returns, however, he immediately becomes this team's best fantasy running back.

10.06 - Anquan Boldin, WR, San Francisco 49ers: Despite ranking 31st in the league in passing yards over the past two years, Boldin has posted back-to-back 1,000-yard campaigns.

11.07 - DeAndre Levy, LB, Detroit Lions: Levy is coming off a career season (121 tackles) and played every defensive snap last season for the Lions.

12.06 - Delanie Walker, TE, Tennessee Titans: Walker set career highs of 63 catches and 890 yards in his second season in Tennessee. There may be more weekly inconsistency with a rookie quarterback, but it's also possible that he sees more targets as Mariota's safety valve.

13.07 - Devin Funchess, WR, Carolina Panthers: The season-ending ACL injury to Kelvin Benjamin opens the door for Funchess to lead the team's receiving corps in targets in 2015. While I don't expect him to post Benjamin-like numbers from last season, he should outperform his draft slot in this mock.

14.06 - Rueben Randle, WR, New York Giants: Randle posted career highs of 71 catches for 938 yards in his age-23 season. Depending on the health of the team's other receivers, it may be difficult for him to exceed those numbers, but he has upside as my WR7.

15.07 - Carolina Panthers D/ST

16.06 - Eric Ebron, TE, Detroit Lions: Especially if I draft a top-four fantasy tight end, I'll draft only one tight end in a 12-team league. Having waited this time, however, Ebron is an ideal (high-upside) TE2. Based on talent and athleticism, it's possible that he breaks out this season, but if he doesn't, I have a solid low-end TE1 in Walker.

17.07 - Matt Bryant, K, Atlanta Falcons

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2015 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: Round 2

This weekend, four of our contributors began a new 2015 Fantasy Football Mock Draft.

Although it is a "slow" mock, we are posting the picks as they occur and another round is now complete.

Here are Round 2 results of our 2015 Fantasy Football Mock Draft:

2.01 - Sean Beazley (Team III): Odell Beckham, WR, New York Giants

Closing the season with nine consecutive games of 90-plus yards, Beckham racked up a massive stat line of 81/1,199/9 on 115 targets during that stretch. In fact, only 11 other receivers had more yards in all of 2014 than OBJ had in his final nine games. And as impressive as that sounds, he was even more dominant over his final four games -- 43/606/7 on 63 targets.

While ODB is far from being the biggest receiver, his combination of hands, route-running ability, speed and elusiveness makes him nearly impossible to cover especially in today's age of offense-friendly rules.

2.02 - Brendan Donahue (Team III): Jeremy Hill, RB, Cincinnati Bengals

Over the final nine games of the season, Hill had 22-plus carries and 100-plus rushing yards five times including the final three games of the regular season. During that nine-game span, Hill had 172 carries for 929 yards and six touchdowns and no running back had more rushing yards than Hill during that stretch. (Marshawn Lynch was second with 824 yards.)

Going into the 2015 season, Hill is clearly the team's lead back with Giovani Bernard back as the change-of-pace option. Considering that the Bengals ranked in the top-five in run-play percentage last season, it's possible that Hill challenges for the league lead in rush attempts in 2015.

2.03 - Kevin Hanson (Team III): Julio Jones, WR, Atlanta Falcons

Jones finished with 104 catches for 1,593 yards, both of which shattered his previous career highs, and six touchdowns in 2014. After scoring 0.62 TD/G on 74.4 YPG in his first two seasons, Jones has averaged just 0.40 TD/G despite a jump to 1087.7 YPG over the past two seasons. With plus size and speed, however, Jones should bounce back in terms of red-zone production and could put together a 100/1,500/10 season in 2015 with good health.

2.04 - Kevin Hanson (Team II): Jordy Nelson, WR, Green Bay Packers

The only receiver to score more fantasy points than Nelson last season was Antonio Brown, coincidentally Nelson's teammate to start this squad. While he may not finish as a top-two fantasy receiver once again, Nelson posted a 98/1,519/13 line last season and has scored a total of 43 touchdowns over the past four seasons.

Granted, the duo of Brown/Nelson means I'll have one of this league's strongest receiving corps, I tend to dislike how my teams turn out when I fail to secure my RB1 in one of the first two rounds. I'll be cautiously optimistic as I wait to see who falls to me in the next couple of rounds.

2.05 - Dan Yanotchko (Team III): Calvin Johnson, WR, Detroit Lions

Including playoff appearances, Megatron has more 200-yard games (six) than any other receiver in league history. And while he still has as much potential as any to take over a given game, he has missed a total of five games in 2013 and 2014 while appearing as a decoy in some others. With five consecutive 1,000-yard seasons, Megatron has averaged a stat line of 90/1,467/11 during that span. And if he does play a full 16-game season, it wouldn't be a surprise if he finished the year as the WR1 (or at least higher than his WR7 draft slot).

2.06 - Dan Yanotchko (Team II): Justin Forsett, RB, Baltimore Ravens

Arguably the biggest surprise in fantasy football last season, Forsett scored more fantasy points than all but seven other running backs in 2014. Forsett, who re-signed with the Ravens this offseason, rushed for a career-high 1,266 yards last season and averaged an RB-high 5.4 YPC while adding 44 receptions for 263 yards. With Marc Trestman hired to coordinate the offense, Forsett is virtually guaranteed to set a new career high in receptions, but it's perhaps a bit of a concern that the soon-to-be 30-year-old journeyman back has a new coordinator after last year's career year.

2.07 - Sean Beazley (Team II): A.J. Green, WR, Cincinnati Bengals

Injuries kept Green from building upon his 2013 numbers (98/1,426/11), but he extended his streak of 1,000-yard seasons to begin his career to four. Only Megatron (6,214), Antonio Brown (5,092) and Demaryius Thomas (5,034) have more yards during that four-year span than Green (4,874). With good health, Green is a good bet for 1,300 yards and double-digit touchdowns in 2015.

2.08 - Sean Beazley (Team I): Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers

The reigning NFL Most Valuable Player, Rodgers was also the top-scoring fantasy quarterback as well. Since becoming Green Bay's starting quarterback seven years ago, Rodgers has finished as a top-two fantasy quarterback in six of seven seasons with the lone exception due to injury (broken clavicle, 2013).

2.09 - Brendan Donahue (Team II): Randall Cobb, WR, Green Bay Packers

Prior to the official start of NFL free agency, Cobb re-signed with the Packers. Of course, playing in an Aaron Rodgers-led offense helps to maximize his fantasy value this year and going forward. Cobb finished his age-24 season with 91 receptions for 1,287 yards and 12 touchdowns, all of which set career highs, but I would be surprised if he scored 12 touchdowns again in 2015.

2.10 - Brendan Donahue (Team I): Mike Evans, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Not only was he one of three rookie receivers to eclipse the 1,000-yard mark last year, but Evans was one of five receivers to score at least 12 touchdowns. From Weeks 9 to 11, he gave us a glimpse of what we can expect when things really click as he posted a massive 21/458/5 line over that three-game stretch. Turning just 22 this month, Evans should take a step forward in 2015 although playing with a rookie quarterback could lead to some early-season inconsistency.

2.11 - Kevin Hanson (Team II): Alshon Jeffery, WR, Chicago Bears

With the Bears trading Brandon Marshall to the Jets, Jeffery now takes over as the team's clear No. 1 wide receiver. Despite year-over-year dips in both receptions (85) and receiving yards (1,133), Jeffery posted a career high in touchdowns (10) and finished with the 11th-most fantasy points among wide receivers last season. Jeffery is the 11th receiver off the board in this mock.

2.12 - Dan Yanotchko (Team I): LeSean McCoy, RB, Buffalo Bills

Barely finishing as a top-12 fantasy running back last season, McCoy finished third in the league in rushing (1,319 yards) and was one of only two 300-carry backs. Not only did he average nearly a yard per carry less in 2014 than 2013, McCoy also saw his receptions (52 in 2013) and touchdowns (11 in 2013) drop roughly in half to 28 and five, respectively.

Despite running behind an inferior offensive line (compared to Philadelphia's), McCoy should still see a healthy volume of work within Buffalo's ground-and-pound offense due to philosophy and necessity (poor QB situation). In fact, I have McCoy projected to lead all running backs in carries. But will his per-touch effectiveness bounce back in a less-efficient offense?

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August 22, 2015

2015 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: Round 1

Four of our site's contributors — Kevin Hanson, Brendan Donahue, Sean Beazley and Dan Yanotchko — have begun a new 12-team, 12-round 2015 Fantasy Football Mock Draft.

Although this is a slow draft, we will post picks as they occur, along with comments from yours truly, as opposed to waiting for the entire mock draft to be completed.

Here are Round 1 results of our 2015 Fantasy Football Mock Draft:

1.01 - Dan Yanotchko (Team I): Jamaal Charles, RB, Kansas City Chiefs

Despite a somewhat disappointing season, Charles finished with the seventh-most fantasy points among running backs in 2014. The 28-year-old back rushed for 1,033 yards, his fifth 1,000-yard season, and added 40 catches for 291 yards while scoring a total of 14 touchdowns.

Despite a year-over-year decline in all of those numbers, the biggest concern was his reduction in workload. After 320-plus touches in back-to-back seasons, Charles had just 246 touches -- 15 running backs had more -- in 2014.

1.02 - Kevin Hanson (Team II): Le'Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers

Unfortunately for Bell (and his fantasy owners like me), he's suspended for the first two games of the season (although that was cut from his initial three-game ban). And despite that two-game ban, I have Bell projected to score more fantasy points than all other running backs.

Once he returns, however, Bell's versatility makes him a true three-down back and his production won't vary much based on game flow. Bell broke single-season franchise records for both yards from scrimmage (2,215) and receptions (83) by a running back.

1.03 - Brendan Donahue (Team I): Adrian Peterson, RB, Minnesota Vikings

One of the league's all-time best running backs, Peterson rushed for 2,097 yards back just a couple of seasons ago. Assuming that he plays all 16 games (or close to it), the 30-year-old Peterson should finish as a top-five (or better) back in 2015.

1.04 - Brendan Donahue (Team II): Eddie Lacy, RB, Green Bay Packers

Starting slowly while facing three elite rush defenses to start the season, only DeMarco Murray and Bell scored more fantasy points than Lacy from Weeks 4 to 17. Over those final 13 games of the season, Lacy averaged 18.92 touches for 108.85 YFS per game and scored a total of 13 touchdowns.

The benefit of playing with Aaron Rodgers means that opposing defenses are less likely to stack the box to (try to) slow down Lacy. After averaging a relatively modest 4.15 yards per carry as a rookie, Lacy averaged 4.63 YPC last season (and 4.89 YPC over final 13 games).

1.05 - Sean Beazley (Team I): Marshawn Lynch, RB, Seattle Seahawks

In his four full seasons in Seattle, Lynch has rushed for 1,200-plus yards and double-digit touchdowns in each of those seasons. During that four-year span, no player has more rushing yards (5,357), rushing touchdowns (48) and or total touchdowns (56).

Beast Mode's production hasn't slowed at all, but his physical running style (granted, he seems to dish out more punishment than he receives), heavy workload (league-high 1,479 regular-season and playoff touches over that four-year span) and age (turned 29 in April) is at least somewhat concerning. That said, Lynch seems to be a lock for another 1,200 rushing yards and double-digit touchdowns in one of the league's most run-dominant offenses.

1.06 - Sean Beazley (Team II): Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England Patriots

When it comes to fantasy tight ends, Gronkowski is in a tier all by himself. Named the 2014 AP Comeback Player of the Year after two injury-plagued seasons, Gronkowski posted an 82/1,124/12 stat line over 15 games. Scoring 184.4 fantasy points, Gronk had 30.3 points (or 19.66 percent) more than Antonio Gates, who had the second-most among tight ends.

Not only dominant over a full season, but Gronk was consistent as well finishing as a top-five weekly scorer at the position in eight of 15 games and a top-12 scorer in all but two games.

1.07 - Dan Yanotchko (Team II): Matt Forte, RB, Chicago Bears

With the coaching change, Forte isn't likely to see anywhere close to triple-digit receptions he had last season, but he could certainly finish in the neighborhood of 60-70 catches. And although Forte averaged less than four yards per carry for the first time since 2009, he has rushed for 1,000-plus yards in three consecutive seasons and has exceeded 1,400 yards from scrimmage in all seven of his NFL seasons.

Only the Raiders (337) and Bucs (353) ran the ball less than the Bears (355) last season and I'd expect the Bears to be more committed to the run in 2015 to limit Jay Cutler's turnovers.

1.08 - Dan Yanotchko (Team III): DeMarco Murray, RB, Philadelphia Eagles

Murray has always been productive on a per-game, per-touch basis. Before last season's career year, Murray averaged 4.95 yards per carry in his first three seasons combined. The issue with Murray (before 2014) was durability as he missed multiple games in each of those three seasons.

With a total of 497 touches including the playoffs last year, durability remains Murray's biggest concern in 2015 as well. Even though the team added another talented (and injury-prone) running back (Ryan Mathews) in free agency, I'd expect Murray to still get close to 20 touches per game, when healthy.

If he holds up for 16 games, he certainly could finish as a top-seven running back like his draft slot in this mock, but will he hold up for another full season?

1.09 - Kevin Hanson (Team II): Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers

Surprisingly, Brown never finished as the highest-scoring fantasy wide receiver in any given week in 2014. (In fact, that applies to both standard- and PPR-scoring formats.) Yet no wide receiver had more fantasy points over the course of the season -- in either format -- than Brown.

Over the past two seasons, Brown has a combined 239 receptions for 3,197 yards and 21 touchdowns. More impressive than his overall level of production, however, is his consistency. Counting the playoffs, Brown has at least five catches and 50 yards in 33 consecutive games.

1.10 - Kevin Hanson (Team III): C.J. Anderson, RB, Denver Broncos

From Week 10 to 17 last year, Anderson finished as a top-five fantasy running back in six of eight games. In the other two games, he was still very productive as the RB10 and RB16 for those given weeks. With a healthy backfield and new coaching staff entering 2015, there is perhaps some uncertainty about how the workload will be allocated, but it appears that CJA is set for a featured-back role.

In his mailbag column, Troy Renck of the Denver Post projects Anderson to average 18 carries per game as the team's "bellcow" and to "roll for 1,400 yards."

1.11 - Brendan Donahue (Team III): Dez Bryant, WR, Dallas Cowboys

Targeted only 136 times, a three-year low, Bryant finished with 88 receptions for 1,320 yards and a career-high and league-leading 16 touchdowns. Dez now has at least 88 catches, 1,233 yards and 12 touchdowns in three consecutive seasons. And aside from Marshawn Lynch, Bryant is the only other player with at least 50 total touchdowns over the past four seasons.

1.12 - Sean Beazley (Team III): Demaryius Thomas, WR, Denver Broncos

Despite his slow start, Thomas reached the 100-yard mark in 10 of his final 13 games and finished with a full-season stat line of 111 catches and 1,619 yards, both of which were career highs, and 11 touchdowns. A fourth consecutive year of 90-plus receptions, 1,400-plus yards and double-digit touchdowns seems like a strong possibility with Peyton Manning back for (at least) one more year.

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2015 Fantasy Football PPR Mock Draft: 10 Teams, 1st Pick

Using the Fantasy Football Mock Draft Simulator (powered by FantasyPros), we continue our Fantasy Football Mock Draft Per Day Series for the 2015 season.

From May 28th through Labor Day weekend, we will complete one mock draft per day and post the results.

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Here are the league settings (all customizable) for today's mock:

  • 10 teams, No. 1 pick, point-per-reception (PPR) scoring
  • Starting lineup: 1 QB, 2 RBs, 2 WRs, TE, K, D/ST and Flex (RB, WR or TE)
  • Six bench spots, any position

With that said, here is my roster from today's mock draft:

1.01 - Le'Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers: Ideally, I'd prefer for the No. 1 overall pick to not be suspended for the first two games of the season, but I still have Bell projected to score more in 14 games than any other running back will score in 16 games.

2.10 - Jordy Nelson, WR, Green Bay Packers: Nelson is coming off a career season (98/1,519/13) and has scored 43 touchdowns over the past four seasons. The only wide receiver with more receiving touchdowns during that span is Dez Bryant.

3.01 - Jeremy Hill, RB, Cincinnati Bengals: One of my favorite running backs heading into the 2015 season, Hill was dominant down the stretch. Not only did he have five 100-yard games in his final nine contests, but no player rushed for more yards over that span than Hill (929).

4.10 - Andre Johnson, WR, Indianapolis Colts: With a disappointing season following back-to-back 100/1,400 campaigns, Johnson should at least post better numbers year over year in a high-powered offense led by Andrew Luck.

5.01 - Travis Kelce, TE, Kansas City Chiefs: Playing a tad more than half of the team's offensive snaps in his first 10 games, Kelce still posted a 67/862/5 line and finished as a top-six fantasy tight end in PPR formats last year. With no health restrictions or snap counts, the sky's the limit for Kelce in 2015.

6.10 - Andre Ellington, RB, Arizona Cardinals: Regardless of any concerns you may have about Ellington, he's an excellent value at 60th overall. Healthy heading into 2015 and running behind an upgraded offensive line, Ellington's numbers should improve on a per-touch basis after last year's disappointing season.

7.01 - Allen Robinson, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars: Quietly off to a strong rookie season, Robinson averaged 5.22 catches and 60.89 yards from Weeks 2 to 10 before having his season cut short by a foot injury. With good health in 2015, Robinson is poised for a breakout season.

8.10 - Rashad Jennings, RB, New York Giants: Durability remains a concern for the 30-year-old Jennings, but he should lead the team's backfield in both touches and fantasy production when he's healthy.

9.01 - Arian Foster, RB, Houston Texans: While it's unclear how many games Foster will miss, it appears that eight is the maximum and the best-case scenario is that doesn't land on short-term IR and misses only a couple of games. As this team's RB5, Foster has tremendous upside once he returns.

10.10 - Ryan Tannehill, QB, Miami Dolphins: As the 13th QB off the board, Tannehill is a solid value. Tannehill posted career highs across the board -- 4,045 passing yards, 27 passing touchdowns and 311 rushing yards -- and finished as a top-eight fantasy QB in 2014.

11.01 - Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Arizona Cardinals: Fitzgerald has posted less than 1,000 yards in three consecutive seasons, but part of the problem has been the team's quarterback situation/health. Assuming they aren't down to their third-stringer by the end of the year, perhaps Fitzgerald ends the drought this year.

12.10 - Pierre Garcon, WR, Washington Redskins: One season after leading the NFL in receptions, Garcon's numbers were nearly cut in half. The coaching staff has said that they plan to make a more concerted effort to involve Garcon although a return to his 113 receptions in 2013 is unlikely.

13.01 - Brandon LaFell, WR, New England Patriots: Offering plenty of value as my WR5, LaFell had a career season -- 74 catches, 953 yards and seven touchdowns -- in his first with Tom Brady and the Patriots as he finished as the WR22 in PPR leagues.

14.10 - New York Jets D/ST

15.01 - Stephen Gostkowski, K, New England Patriots

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August 21, 2015

2015 Fantasy Football PPR Mock Draft: 12 Teams, 9th Pick

Using the Fantasy Football Mock Draft Simulator (powered by FantasyPros), we continue our Fantasy Football Mock Draft Per Day Series for the 2015 season.

From May 28th through Labor Day weekend, we will complete one mock draft per day and post the results.

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Here are the league settings (all customizable) for today's mock:

  • 12 teams, No. 10 pick, standard scoring
  • Starting lineup: 1 QB, 2 RBs, 2 WRs, TE, K, D/ST and Flex (RB, WR or TE)
  • Six bench spots, any position

With that said, here is my roster from today's mock draft:

1.09 - Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England Patriots: No player is more dominant atop his position group than Gronkowski, who scored 15.9 percent more fantasy points (PPR) than Jimmy Graham (TE2) last season. And with Graham traded to the run-dominant Seahawks this offseason, the gap between Gronk and Graham has widened heading into 2015. In my 2015 fantasy football projections, I have Gronk projected to score 22.98 percent more PPR fantasy points than Graham in 2015.

2.04 - Marshawn Lynch, RB, Seattle Seahawks: Had this mock started three receivers, this pick would have been Jordy Nelson (my top-ranked available receiver). And I still strongly considered Nelson, but I tend to dislike the overall composition of my team when I don't draft a running back with a top-30 pick. Lynch has rushed for 1,200-plus yards with double-digit scores in four consecutive seasons and he has at least 36 receptions in back-to-back seasons.

3.09 - Brandin Cooks, WR, New Orleans Saints: The biggest beneficiary of Graham's trade to Seattle is Cooks. Before sustaining a season-ending injury last season, Cooks had led all rookie receivers in receptions through that point and he's poised for a breakout season provided he stays healthy in 2015.

4.04 - Andre Johnson, WR, Indianapolis Colts: Johnson had a disappointing year with 85 catches for 936 yards, but he posted 100-plus catches for 1,400-plus yards in each of the previous two seasons. Turning 34 last month, I don't expect a return to 100/1,400 for Johnson, but the upgrade in offense and quarterback (Andrew Luck) means there is a strong chance that he bounces back with a top-20 fantasy season in 2015.

5.09 - Allen Robinson, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars: One of my favorite breakout candidates in 2015, Robinson was quietly off to a strong rookie season. Despite poor quarterback play and offense, Robinson had a streak of nine games (before the injury) with four-plus catches last year and Robinson turns just 22 in a couple of days as he enters 2015 as the team's top receiver.

6.04 - Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints: Brees has half of the eight 5,000-yard seasons in NFL history and although he ended a three-season streak last year, he tied Ben Roethlisberger for the league lead in passing yards (4,952) last season. The loss of Graham (and Kenny Stills) dampens the outlook some, but I still expect Brees to finish as a top-five QB in 2015.

7.09 - T.J. Yeldon, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars: The Jaguars drafted Yeldon with a top-36 pick for him to ultimately become the team's three-down back. While the team's modest offensive production puts a cap on his upside to a certain degree, I like the skill set and the volume of work he should receive.

8.04 - Rashad Jennings, RB, New York Giants: Jennings has struggled with durability over his career and that's the biggest concern with the 30-year-old back. That said, I expect him to lead the team in touches and fantasy production when he is healthy.

9.09 - Arian Foster, RB, Houston Texans: It's unclear how many games Foster will miss (eight appears to be the max should he land on short-term IR), but he immediately emerges as one of my starting running backs once he's back on the field. If he were healthy, he'd be a first-round fantasy pick so as long as this team at least treads water until his return, Foster could put my team over the top.

10.04 - Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Arizona Cardinals: Fitzgerald has fallen shy of 1,000 yards for three consecutive seasons, but a huge part of last year's (limited) production is tied to injuries at quarterback. In the 22 games that Carson Palmer and Fitzgerald have played together over the past two years, Fitzgerald has averaged 83/1,045/9 per 16 games.

11.09 - Steve Smith, WR, Baltimore Ravens: Smith has announced that 2015 will be his last season and he enters 2015 as the team's clear-cut top receiving option with Torrey Smith signing a free-agent deal with the 49ers. Smith had a 79/1,065/6 bounce-back season last year and the addition of Marc Trestman to call the offense is a positive for his fantasy outlook.

12.04 - David Cobb, RB, Tennessee Titans: As much as Bishop Sankey disappointed last season, it would not be a surprise if Cobb leads the team's backfield in fantasy production in 2015.

13.09 - Arizona Cardinals D/ST

14.04 - Stephen Gostkowski, K, New England Patriots

15.09 - Torrey Smith, WR, San Francisco 49ers: Smith started last season slowly and I expect Anquan Boldin to score more fantasy points than him this year, but he's a high-upside, TD-dependent option that should have some big weeks throughout the year.

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August 20, 2015

2015 Fantasy Football PPR Mock Draft: 10 Teams, 6th Pick, QB-Eligible Flex

Using the Fantasy Football Mock Draft Simulator (powered by FantasyPros), we continue our Fantasy Football Mock Draft Per Day Series for the 2015 season.

From May 28th through Labor Day weekend, we will complete one mock draft per day and post the results.

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Here are the league settings (all customizable) for today's mock:

  • 12 teams, No. 6 pick, point-per-reception (PPR) scoring, Super Flex
  • Starting lineup: 1 QB, 2 RBs, 2 WRs, TE, K, D/ST and QB-eligible Flex (QB, RB, WR or TE)
  • Six bench spots, any position

With that said, here is my roster from today's mock draft:

1.06 - Jamaal Charles, RB, Kansas City Chiefs: Despite a drop in touches from 329 to 246 last season, Charles now has 33 touchdowns and 3,304 yards from scrimmage in 30 games over the past two seasons combined. Three QBs -- Andrew Luck, Aaron Rodgers and Peyton Manning -- before my pick here.

2.05 - Demaryius Thomas, WR, Denver Broncos: Thomas posted career highs of 111 catches and 1,619 yards last season with 11 touchdowns and now has three consecutive seasons of at least 90 catches, 1,400 yards and double-digit touchdowns.

3.06 - Jordy Nelson, WR, Green Bay Packers: Like Thomas, Nelson set career highs in both receptions (98) and yards (1,519) last season and he now 43 touchdowns over the past four seasons.

4.05 - Jeremy Hill, RB, Cincinnati Bengals: No player rushed for more yards over the final nine games of the season than Hill (929) last season. Entering the season as the team's featured back, Hill should improve upon his RB11 finish in PPR formats last season.

5.06 - Andre Johnson, WR, Indianapolis Colts: Without question, Johnson gets a major upgrade in quarterback play and offense and should bounce back from his 85/936/3 season. Before last year, Johnson exceeded 100 catches and 1,400 yards in each of his previous two seasons.

6.05 - Frank Gore, RB, Indianapolis Colts: The only concern with Gore is his age (32). Other than that, he's been durable -- no missed games over the past four seasons with 1,100-plus rushing yards each year during that span. Like Johnson, the transition to the Colts is significant improvement in offense.

7.06 - Greg Olsen, TE, Carolina Panthers: Olsen is coming off a career season (84/1,008/6) and now has three consecutive 800-yard seasons. Jimmy Graham is the only tight end with more yards during that span and Olsen's reliance in the passing attack is increased with the season-ending ACL injury to Kelvin Benjamin.

8.05 - Jonathan Stewart, RB, Carolina Panthers: Only DeMarco Murray rushed for more yards than Stewart over the final five games of the season. While durability is a concern with Stewart, there is plenty of upside in Round 8 as Stewart finally enters a season as the team's unquestioned lead back.

9.06 - Rashad Jennings, RB, New York Giants: Like Stewart, Jennings has some durability concerns, but he is a strong RB4 and should lead the Giants backfield in both touches and fantasy production in 2015.

10.05 - Arian Foster, RB, Houston Texans: There is little risk with Foster here as my RB5, but he could be a top-five fantasy running back once he returns from injury through the end of the season.

11.06 - Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Arizona Cardinals: Fitzgerald has fallen short of 1,000 yards for three consecutive seasons, but he has averaged 1,045 yards per 16 games when playing with Carson Palmer.

12.05 - Anquan Boldin, WR, San Francisco 49ers: Even though the 49ers have the second-fewest passing yards over the past two seasons, Boldin has back-to-back 1,000-yard campaigns for the 49ers and is a nice value as my WR5.

13.06 - Andy Dalton, QB, Cincinnati Bengals: Wanting to see how my team would turn out if I waited on QB, Dalton has a decent amount of upside as the 19th QB off the board. Aside from QB, however, Draft Analyzer shows the strength of my team at every other position:

14.05 - St. Louis Rams D/ST

15.06 - Marcus Mariota, QB, Tennessee Titans: Mariota provides me with a high-upside QB2 due to his rushing ability for my QB-elgible flex spot.

16.05 - Mason Crosby, K, Green Bay Packers:

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August 18, 2015

2015 Fantasy Football PPR Mock Draft: 12 Teams, 10th Pick

Using the Fantasy Football Mock Draft Simulator (powered by FantasyPros), we continue our Fantasy Football Mock Draft Per Day Series for the 2015 season.

From May 28th through Labor Day weekend, we will complete one mock draft per day and post the results.

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Here are the league settings (all customizable) for today's mock:

  • 12 teams, No. 10 pick, point-per-reception (PPR) scoring
  • Starting lineup: 1 QB, 2 RBs, 2 WRs, TE, K, D/ST and Flex (RB, WR or TE)
  • Six bench spots, any position

With that said, here is my roster from today's mock draft:

1.10 - Julio Jones, WR, Atlanta Falcons: Jones shattered previous career highs last season with 104 catches on 163 targets for 1,593 yards in 15 games. Assuming good health in 2015, Jones could post a 100/1,500/10 as Atlanta's clear-cut top receiver.

2.03 - Jeremy Hill, RB, Cincinnati Bengals: No running back rushed for more yards over the final nine games of the season than Hill (929). Entering the 2015 season as the team's featured back, Hill should improve upon his RB11 (PPR) finish in 2014.

3.10 - Jordan Matthews, WR, Philadelphia Eagles: Finishing his rookie season as fantasy's WR25, Matthews has top-10 upside with the free-agent departure of Jeremy Maclin this offseason.

4.03 - Andre Ellington, RB, Arizona Cardinals: Perhaps the signing of Chris Johnson gives fantasy owners one additional thing to worry about with Ellington, who struggled with durability last season. That said, we should see better production on a per-touch basis from Ellington with better health (at least, entering the season) and blocking (OL upgrades via both free agency and the draft).

5.10 - Brandon Marshall, WR, New York Jets: It was certainly a year to forget for Marshall as he posted eight-year lows of 61 receptions and 721 yards as he missed three games. If he stays healthy, however, I expect him to bounce back with a 1,000-yard season and finish as a top-20 fantasy receiver.

6.03 - Greg Olsen, TE, Carolina Panthers: Olsen is coming off a career season, but he has exceeded 800 yards in three consecutive seasons and Jimmy Graham is the only tight end to have more yards than Olsen during that span. With plenty of question marks after the top-four tight ends, Olsen provides me with a durable, productive and consistent option at tight end.

7.10 - Rashad Jennings, RB, New York Giants: In six NFL seasons, Jennings has missed a total of 32 games including five of them last season. Durability remains a concern for the 30-year-old back, but I expect him to lead the team's backfield in touches and production in 2015.

8.03 - Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Arizona Cardinals: Fitzgerald has failed to reach the 1,000-yard mark in each of the past three seasons, but the team's quarterback situation (injuries) and his own injuries (two missed games last year) contributed to that. If both Carson Palmer and Fitzgerald can stay healthy for 16 games, perhaps he ends the drought given his 16-game pace of 83/1,045/9 in games both players appeared.

9.10 - Arian Foster, RB, Houston Texans: In what appears to be a worst-case scenario (missing eight games), I'd be comfortable taking Foster here. That said, there is reason for some optimism that he'll avoid IR designated for return. Either way, he immediately becomes an every-week starter once he's back and can put this team over the top down the stretch.

10.03 - Eli Manning, QB, New York Giants: One of my favorite values at quarterback, Manning finished as fantasy's QB10 despite a slow start in a new offense with two of his top receivers missing 14 combined games. With more comfort in the offense plus healthier (and new) skill players, Manning could be even better in Ben McAdoo's system in year two.

11.10 - Darren Sproles, RB, Philadelphia Eagles: While Sproles is third on the RB depth chart behind DeMarco Murray and Ryan Mathews, the versatile Sproles will line some as receiver as well. In addition, both Murray and Mathews have historically struggled with durability, which could open up some opportunities of increased usage for Sproles.

12.03 - Anquan Boldin, WR, San Francisco 49ers: Despite the 49ers ranking 31st in the NFL in passing offense over the past two seasons combined, Boldin has back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons. Even though he turns 35 this season, the 49ers should pass more often given their offseason personnel changes.

13.10 - Marques Colston, WR, New Orleans Saints: Following a year in which he set per-game career lows in targets, receptions and yards, there is some bounce-back appeal for Colston giving the offseason trades of Graham and Kenny Stills.

14.03 - Arizona Cardinals D/ST

15.10 - Blair Walsh, K, Minnesota Vikings:

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August 16, 2015

2015 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: 12 Teams, 5th Pick, 2-QB League

Using the Fantasy Football Mock Draft Simulator (powered by FantasyPros), we continue our Fantasy Football Mock Draft Per Day Series for the 2015 season.

From May 28th through Labor Day weekend, we will complete one mock draft per day and post the results.

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Here are the league settings (all customizable) for today's mock:

  • 12 teams, No. 5 pick, standard scoring, 2-QB league
  • Starting lineup: 2 QB, 2 RBs, 3 WRs, TE, K, D/ST and Flex (RB, WR or TE)
  • Six bench spots, any position

With that said, here is my roster from today's mock draft:

1.05 - Le'Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers: At this spot, I would have only considered either of the top-two fantasy QBs -- Andrew Luck and Aaron Rodgers, but both were off the board. Despite being suspended for the first two games of the season, I still have Bell projected to score the most fantasy points among non-QBs in 2015.

2.08 - Cam Newton, QB, Carolina Panthers: Finishing with 3,000-plus passing yards and 500-plus rushing yards in each of his first four seasons, Newton has finished as a top-four fantasy QB three times. Last year was a bit of a disappointment for Newton owners, but he still finished seventh in terms of fantasy points per game. Provided he stays healthy in 2015, it wouldn't surprise me if he finished as a top-four fantasy QB once again.

3.05 - A.J. Green, WR, Cincinnati Bengals: Green missed three games last year and failed to build upon his 2013 numbers, but he has exceeded 1,000 yards in each of his first four seasons. As long as he stays healthy, Green should bounce back with around 1,300 yards and 10 touchdowns and is a nice value in the middle of Round 3.

4.08 - Frank Gore, RB, Indianapolis Colts: The transition to the Colts offense will be a huge boost to the 32-year-old Gore. Despite his age, Gore has not missed a game over the past four seasons and has rushed for 1,100-yards each year. Finishing as fantasy's RB17 last season, Gore has top-12 upside in 2015.

5.05 - Colin Kaepernick, QB, San Francisco 49ers: All of the offseason losses -- free agency and retirement -- don't bode well for San Francisco's 2015 outlook, but it could lead to more pass attempts for a squad that has ranked 31st in attempts over the past two seasons combined. Due to his dual-threat abilities, Kaepernick is a high-upside QB2 for this team.

6.08 - Travis Kelce, TE, Kansas City Chiefs: After essentially missing all of his rookie season, Kelce posted a strong 67/862/5 stat line in 2014. With no health restrictions or snap counts, the sky's the limit for Kelce in 2015.

7.05 - Brandon Marshall, WR, New York Jets: It was a disappointing season for Marshall and the Bears as his streak of 1,000-yard seasons ended after seven years. Despite the transition to the Jets, Marshall should finish as a top-20 fantasy receiver provided he stays healthy.

8.08 - LeGarrette Blount, RB, New England Patriots: Like Bell, Blount begins the season with a suspension, only one game, as a result of their arrest(s) last offseason. And while the workload of Patriots backs is generally anyone's guess, Blount has been dominant near the goal line with 15 rushing scores in his past 15 games (including the playoffs) with the Patriots.

9.05 - Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Arizona Cardinals: Fitzgerald has fallen shy of the 1,000-yard milestone in three consecutive seasons, but he has averaged a 16-game pace of 83/1,045/9 in the 22 games he has played with Carson Palmer. Especially if both can stay healthy in 2015, Fitzgerald can be a strong WR3 option.

10.08 - Arian Foster, RB, Houston Texans: It's unclear how many games Foster will miss this season, but it should be eight (mandatory if he lands on short-term IR) at the most. Once he's back on the field, Foster becomes an immediate starter and gives me three top-12 fantasy running backs along with Bell and Gore.

11.05 - Blake Bortles, QB, Jacksonville Jaguars: At this point, there were very few starting QBs still on the board. With some of the offensive upgrades and Bortles' rushing ability, there is a bit of upside for Bortles as my QB3 (bye-week fill-in).

12.08 - Pierre Garcon, WR, Washington Redskins: After leading the NFL in receptions in 2013, Garcon's production was nearly cut in half. Washington has talked about making more of a concerted effort to get the ball in Garcon's hands although there is no chance that he comes close to the 113 receptions he had two seasons ago.

13.05 - Davante Adams, WR, Green Bay Packers: With a bump in playing time down the stretch last season, Adams followed that up with a strong offseason as he was dubbed the "MVP" of the team's OTAs. Adams should have plenty of solid weeks as the No. 3 in a Rodgers-led offense, but there will plenty of weekly inconsistency as well with Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb ahead of him.

14.08 - Rueben Randle, WR, New York Giants: Even with the addition of James Jones, I still have Randle projected to score the second-most fantasy points among the team's wide receivers -- 118.3 compared to Victor Cruz's 118.0.

15.05 - Terrance West, RB, Cleveland Browns: Oops. I like my running backs for down the stretch, but three of my top-four backs are either suspended or injured for Week 1. That means, I'll have to start West as my RB2 in Week 1.

16.08 - New England Patriots D/ST

17.05 - Mason Crosby, K, Green Bay Packers

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August 15, 2015

2015 Fantasy Football PPR Mock Draft: 12 Teams, 2nd Pick

Using the Fantasy Football Mock Draft Simulator (powered by FantasyPros), we continue our Fantasy Football Mock Draft Per Day Series for the 2015 season.

From May 28th through Labor Day weekend, we will complete one mock draft per day and post the results.

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Here are the league settings (all customizable) for today's mock:

  • 12 teams, No. 2 pick, point-per-reception (PPR) scoring
  • Starting lineup: 1 QB, 2 RBs, 3 WRs, TE, K, D/ST and Flex (RB, WR or TE)
  • Six bench spots, any position

With that said, here is my roster from today's mock draft:

1.02 - Le'Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers: Despite being suspended for the first two games of the season, I still project Bell to lead all running backs in fantasy points in both standard- and PPR-scoring formats, although he has even more appeal in a PPR league like this mock. In his age-22 season, Bell racked up 2,215 yards from scrimmage, 83 catches and 11 total touchdowns.

2.11 - Jeremy Hill, RB, Cincinnati Bengals: No running back rushed for more yards over the final nine games last season than Hill (929). Entering 2015 as the team's lead back, Hill should improve upon his RB11 finish in PPR leagues as a rookie.

3.02 - T.Y. Hilton, WR, Indianapolis Colts: Even though a hamstring injury slowed him down the stretch, Hilton finished with a career-high 1,345 yards on 82 receptions with seven touchdowns last year. I think it's reasonable to expect similar numbers in 2015.

4.11 - Brandon Marshall, WR, New York Jets: It was a season to forget for the Bears and he transitions to a team that just had its starting QB get his jaw broken by a (now former) teammate. Even so, I think Marshall will bounce back some after his seven-year streak of 1,000-yard seasons was snapped last season.

5.02 - Allen Robinson, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars: Prior to the Week 10 foot injury that ended his season, Robinson was quietly off to a strong rookie season. In fact, he had nine consecutive games with four-plus receptions. With good health, the soon-to-be 22-year-old is poised for a breakout season in 2015.

6.11 - Martellus Bennett, TE, Chicago Bears: Last season, Bennett set career highs across the board -- 90 receptions (a position high), 916 yards and six touchdowns. He may not repeat that production, but I expect him to once again finish as a top-five PPR tight end.

7.02 - Cam Newton, QB, Carolina Panthers: I'm higher than most on Newton for 2015 as he's my QB4 entering the 2015 season. Last year was a bit of a disappointment, but he still finished seventh in fantasy points per game among QBs. And before last year, he finished as a top-four fantasy QB in each of his first three NFL seasons.

8.11 - Rashad Jennings, RB, New York Giants: Jennings has struggled with durability in his career (64 games over six seasons) and turned 30 in March. With that said, Jennings is going much earlier than this in PPR drafts with his sixth-round ADP.

9.02 - Joique Bell, RB, Detroit Lions: Bell finished as a top-14 fantasy running back last season, but he's coming off a pair of offseason surgeries and the team drafted Ameer Abdullah in the second round. That said, he's a solid RB4 in the ninth round and has 139 receptions over the past three seasons.

10.11 - Arian Foster, RB, Houston Texans: At this point, Foster is a steal as my RB5. In fact, I considered taking him ahead of both Joique and Jennings. At the most, Foster should miss the first half of the season following his groin surgery, but it's possible that he doesn't land on short-term IR. Once healthy, the trio of Le'Veon, Foster and Hill is a dominant trio of backs for this team down the stretch.

11.02 - Victor Cruz, WR, New York Giants: The good news is that Cruz is healthy and won't miss the start of the season following his patellar tendon injury last year. While it's clear that Odell Beckham is the team's top receiver, it's unclear how productive Cruz will be post-injury as the team's No. 2 receiver.

12.11 - Rueben Randle, WR, New York Giants: Randle posted career highs of 71 receptions and 938 yards last season. Turning 24 in May, Randle has some upside if either Cruz or ODB misses time (like last season).

13.02 - Brian Quick, WR, St. Louis Rams: Off to a strong start last year, Quick's season was ended prematurely by a torn rotator cuff. Provided he can stay healthy, perhaps this is the year that Quick breaks out.

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