New 2013 Fantasy Football PPR Mock Under Way
The 2013 NFL season kicks off in more than five months, but that won't stop us from conducting a point-per-reception (PPR) mock draft for the upcoming season.
In fact, this is our second mock draft of the season as we finished up a standard-scoring mock last month.
Like with our other mock draft, four of our contributors including myself will draft for three teams in our 12-team mock that will go eight rounds. In addition, I will post all the picks with my comments here.
As the offseason progresses and we get closer to the start of fantasy football draft season, we conduct more mocks and add rounds and variation to our mocks.
Here are the first few picks of our new 2013 Fantasy Football PPR Mock Draft:
1. Kevin Hanson (Team 1): Adrian Peterson, RB, Minnesota Vikings
Less than one year removed from a torn ACL, Peterson, the league's Most Valuable Player, nearly set the NFL single-season rushing record with the second-highest output of all-time (2,097 yards). In fact, almost 1,600 of those yards and 10 touchdowns came in the final 10 games of the season. It's scary to imagine how good he will be when he's 100 percent. Regardless of scoring format, AD is the slam-dunk choice for No. 1 pick.
2. Sean Beazley (Team 1): Arian Foster, RB, Houston Texans
Although Foster rushed for 1,424 yards, that was a moderate disappointment. Leading the league in carries (351), Foster finished sixth in the league in rushing and averaged a career-low 4.1 yards per carry. That said, he rushed for a season-high 15 scores. A workhorse back, Foster has been relatively durable despite the workload and now has three straight seasons of 1,200-plus yards and double-digit touchdowns.
3. Dan Yanotchko (Team 1): Ray Rice, RB, Baltimore Ravens
Over the past three seasons, only Darren Sproles (220) has more receptions than Rice (200). The only player with more yards from scrimmage than Rice (5,465) during that span was Foster (5,702). Along with Peterson (5,062), only three backs have 5,000-plus YFS in the past three years.
4. Brendan Donahue (Team 1): Doug Martin, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Rookie running backs (in addition to quarterbacks) had a ton of success in 2012. While Alfred Morris ranked second in the league in rushing, it was Doug Martin that ranked second in YFS. Only Peterson (2,314) had more than rushing and receiving yards than The Muscle Hamster (1,926).
5. Brendan Donahue (Team 2): Calvin Johnson, WR, Detroit Lions
There are plenty of talented young receivers in the league, but Megatron is in a tier by himself. When you're the guy that breaks Jerry Rice's records, nothing else needs to be said.
6. Dan Yanotchko (Team 2): LeSean McCoy, RB, Philadelphia Eagles
The 2012 season was a huge disappointment for McCoy (and the Eagles as well). Following a monster season of 1,309 rushing yards and a league-high 17 rushing touchdowns in 2011, McCoy set a career low with two rushing scores and missed four games due to a concussion last year.
As the team begins the Chip Kelly era, it will be interesting to see exactly how his offense translates to (and is modified for) the NFL. While I don't think we ever see 17 rushing touchdowns from McCoy again, he should finish with 1,600 to 1,800 yards from scrimmage and around 60 receptions.