Fantasy Football Mock Draft Per Day (6/11/13): 16 Teams, No. 6 Pick, PPR Scoring
Last preseason, we conducted one fantasy football mock draft per day using a mock draft simulator powered by FantasyPros.
Having begun our 2013 series of drafts on June 1st, we will continue to post our draft results and comments up until the start of the 2013 season on September 5th.
We will track all of the mocks here on this centralized page.
Like last year, I will vary the size of the league, the scoring format and draft slot and then post the results of my team with comments.
For today's mock, it is a 16-team point-per-reception (PPR) mock and I had the No. 6 pick. The league starts one quarterback, two running backs, three wide receivers, one tight end, one kicker and one team defense.
Here are my picks:
- 1.06: Calvin Johnson, WR, Detroit Lions
- 2.11: Darren McFadden, RB, Oakland Raiders
- 3.06: Steven Jackson, RB, Atlanta Falcons
- 4.11: Frank Gore, RB, San Francisco 49ers
- 5.06: Greg Jennings, WR, Minnesota Vikings
- 6.11: Robert Griffin III, QB, Washington Redskins
- 7.06: Jonathan Stewart, RB, Carolina Panthers
- 8.11: Denarius Moore, WR, Oakland Raiders
- 9.06: Alshon Jeffery, WR, Chicago Bears
- 10.11: Vincent Brown, WR, San Diego Chargers
- 11.06: Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR, Indianapolis Colts
- 12.11: Antonio Gates, TE, San Diego Chargers
- 13.06: Houston Texans D/ST
- 14.11: Jake Locker, QB, Tennessee Titans
- 15.06: Randy Bullock, K, Houston Texans
- For all picks in the mock draft, click here.
Here are some thoughts by position:
- Quarterbacks (my rankings)
In typical fashion, I waited to draft my starting quarterback and am thrilled that Griffin III was available at pick 6.11 (91st overall pick). When fully healthy, RG3 has the potential to perform as a top three (or better) fantasy quarterback. Not only do early signs continue to point toward him being ready for the start of the 2013 season, he expects to be ready for the start of training camp next month.
Already a bargain in my opinion, this pick could turn out to be the steal of the draft.
If for whatever reason he's not ready for the start of the season and/or ends up getting injured, I drafted Locker as a fall-back option. Locker has all of the physical tools, but he has struggled with accuracy going back to his days in college. Obviously, I am hoping to not need Locker for more than one week (Griffin III's bye week).
- Running Backs (my rankings)
Speaking of injury risk, no player illustrates those concerns more than McFadden. Since entering the league in 2008, McFadden has missed at least three games in every season and has played in only 57 games over five years. His per-game success stalled last year as the team switched to a zone-blocking scheme, but they will cater to DMC's strengths again this year. In his previous two years, McFadden averaged 121.6 yards per scrimmage per game, scored 15 touchdowns in 20 games and had 66 receptions.
Jackson has eight consecutive seasons with 1,000-plus yards despite being in one of the league's lowest-octane offenses. With defenses no longer able to focus on shutting him down, Jackson should be able to extend his streak of 1,000-yard seasons (and end his drought of double-digit touchdowns). The last time SJax scored 10 or more touchdowns in a season was 2006. If there is a concern with him, it's his age (turns 30 next month) and his cumulative workload (2,395 carries and 407 receptions).
Coming off back-to-back 1,200-yard seasons, Gore provides insurance. The Daily Show would have a ton of upside if it weren't for the competition for touches, but he has become a better option in PPR formats than standard-scoring leagues and gives me four top-25 running backs (based on my rankings).
- Wide Receivers (my rankings)
In a 16-team league that starts three wide receivers, I have no problem using the sixth overall pick on a receiver (of course, provided it's Megatron). One season after becoming only the second receiver to have 1,600-plus receiving yards and score 16-plus touchdowns in the same season, Johnson broke Jerry Rice's single-season receiving yards record. Looking at his past 20 games counting the playoffs, Megatron has five 200-yard games. That ties him with Rice and Lance Alworth for the most all-time.
The rest of my receiving corps is mediocre. Jennings and Moore are a lower-end WR2 and WR3, respectively. The biggest risk with both of them is their quarterback play. Unfortunately for Jennings, he goes from Aaron Rodgers to Christian Ponder. Moore goes from Carson Palmer to Matt Flynn (or Tyler Wilson). Jeffery, Brown and DHB provide some depth.
- Tight Ends (my rankings)
Clearly on the downward slope of his career, Gates has continued to maintain consistency as a red-zone target. For nine consecutive seasons, Gates has caught seven or more touchdowns every year. Over the past nine years, no player has done that more than six times.
- Kickers and Defense
Almost always, I will take the best available team defense with my second-to-last pick and the best available kicker with my last pick. In a deeper league (16 teams or more), I may consider taking a defense one round earlier, especially if my pick in the second-to-last round is toward the end of the round.
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Tomorrow I will do a 12-team mock using standard scoring with the No. 9 pick.