Fantasy Football Mock Draft Per Day (6/14/13): 10 Teams, No. 7 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 10-team point-per-reception (PPR) mock and I had the No. 7 pick. The league starts one quarterback, two running backs, three wide receivers, one tight end, one flex, one kicker and one team defense.
Here are my picks:
- 1.07: C.J. Spiller, RB, Buffalo Bills
- 2.04: Brandon Marshall, WR, Chicago Bears
- 3.07: Steven Jackson, RB, Atlanta Falcons
- 4.04: Darren Sproles, RB, New Orleans Saints
- 5.07: Jordy Nelson, WR, Green Bay Packers
- 6.04: Frank Gore, RB, San Francisco 49ers
- 7.07: Lamar Miller, RB, Miami Dolphins
- 8.04: Josh Gordon, WR, Cleveland Browns
- 9.07: James Jones, WR, Green Bay Packers
- 10.04: Robert Griffin III, QB, Washington Redskins
- 11.07: Mike Williams, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- 12.04: Danny Woodhead, RB, San Diego Chargers
- 13.07: Johnathan Franklin, RB, Green Bay Packers
- 14.04: Owen Daniels, TE, Houston Texans
- 15.07: New England Patriots D/ST
- 16.04: Justin Tucker, K, Baltimore Ravens
- For all picks in the mock draft, click here.
Here are some thoughts by position:
- Quarterbacks (my rankings)
It appears more likely every day that Griffin III will be ready for the season opener after tearing his ACL in the playoffs. If for whatever reason he's not ready for the opener, I will drop one of my later-round picks to add a quarterback that will start in Week 1. Considering how shallow a 10-team league is, there was little reason to waste a roster spot on a second quarterback.
If he were fully healthy, RG3 would be a top three (or five) fantasy quarterback for most. While he may not run as much this year as he did as a rookie, he was without Pierre Garcon and Fred Davis for a total of 15 games last season. To help compensate for fewer rushes, he should have a better/healthier group of weapons in the passing game.
- Running Backs (my rankings)
Considering there were five running backs off the board before I made my first pick, I am happy to end up with three of my top-13 PPR running backs with Spiller, Jackson and Sproles. In addition to this trio, I would have been happy with either Gore or Miller as my flex option.
Although Spiller had a breakout season last year and Jackson had 1,000 rushing yards for eighth straight season, both could be in store for better seasons in their new situations: new coaching staff for Spiller and new team for Jackson.
Sproles has a minimum of 75 receptions in each of his two seasons with the Saints even though he missed three games last year. Only 11 players — all receivers or tight ends — have more receptions in the past two seasons than Sproles (161), who trails A.J. Green (162) by one and teammate Marques Colston (163) by two.
With Reggie Bush moving on to Detroit, Miller will have an opportunity to be the Dolphins' featured back. Gore is coming off back-to-back seasons with 1,200 yards. Woodhead was quietly one of the most productive fantasy backs last year and Franklin should have a prominent role in the Packers' rushing game with fellow rookie Eddie Lacy.
- Wide Receivers (my rankings)
In standard-scoring formats, Marshall is my fourth-ranked receiver, but I have only Calvin Johnson ahead of him in PPR formats. In his first season with the Bears, Marshall set career highs with 118 receptions, 1,508 yards and 11 touchdowns and franchise records in receptions and yards.
Nelson is better in standard-scoring leagues than PPR formats, but he should have a bounce-back season provided he stays healthy. Greg Jennings has signed with the Vikings and Donald Driver retired. He is only two seasons removed from 1,263 yards and 15 touchdowns. Jones set career highs with 64 receptions, 784 yards and a league-high 14 touchdowns.
Gordon will begin the 2013 season serving a two-game suspension, but he has a rare combination of size and athleticism and should otherwise have a breakout season in Norv Turner's vertical passing attack. With the hype (before the suspension news) getting a bit out of hand, he's now much more affordable on draft day.
Williams is a solid WR5 and is coming off a bounce-back season with 996 yards and nine touchdowns.
- Tight Ends (my rankings)
Waiting on tight end, I feel like I got a decent value late. Daniels is the 13th tight end off the board and is my eighth-ranked fantasy tight end.
- 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 and that's what I did here.
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Tomorrow I will do a 14-team mock using standard scoring with the No. 12 pick.