Fantasy Football Mock Draft Per Day (May 27th): 12 teams, No. 5 pick, standard scoring
Whether it's speaking Farsi, playing the drums or shooting three-pointers, the best way to improve those skills — or any skill — is to practice. (Of course!)
While that is a fairly obvious statement, the same is true when it comes to drafting dominant fantasy team(s).
You should practice and then when you're done practicing, you should practice some more. As everyone's time is valuable, maximizing that practice time is key.
Have you ever entered a mock draft lobby (regardless of site) excited to see what type of team you could draft and then some idiot renders the mock meaningless by selecting Aaron Hernandez (or whatever out-of-the-league player) with an early pick?
With our 2014 fantasy football mock draft simulator (powered by FantasyPros), you can complete fantasy football mock drafts in just a matter of a few minutes (and as equally important, for free).
You customize the league size, scoring format, positions (e.g., one or two QBs, whether QB is included in flex, etc.) and your draft slot. Since you're drafting against either expert rankings or ADP ... or a mix (again, you customize this setting), the wait between picks is short and nobody will take Hernandez at pick 2.04.
Practicing (literally) what we preach, I will begin a new series of completing one mock draft per day (except on days I don't, just kidding) and I will post the results with comments.
[Note: For future reference, links to all mock drafts will be stored on our 2014 Fantasy Football Mock Draft Per Day page.]
Without further ado, here is today's mock draft (12 teams and standard scoring with the No. 5 pick):
1.05 - Eddie Lacy, RB, Green Bay Packers: A talented workhorse in one of the league's most explosive offenses, Lacy has an excellent chance to duplicate (or surpass) last year's rookie success. With only one carry in Weeks 2/3 due to a concussion, Lacy still ranked fifth in carries (284), eighth in rushing yards (1,178) and third in rushing scores (11).
2.08 - Doug Martin, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Following a year of incredible success as a rookie (1,926 YFS and 12 TDs), The Muscle Hamster struggled in his sophomore campaign. Not only was his season cut short by 10 games due to injury, but he averaged a yard less per carry in 2013 (3.6 YPC) than 2012 (4.6 YPC). While he likely won't reach his 2012 numbers, Martin should have a bounce-back season assuming good health.
3.05 - Randall Cobb, WR, Green Bay Packers: Like Martin, Cobb played only six games last year as well. One of the most dynamic wide receivers, Cobb averaged a career-best 85.2 YFS/G in those six games.
4.08 - Shane Vereen, RB, New England Patriots: While I don't necessarily go into a draft with a concrete plan, you can never have too much running back depth. And with the depth at the other positions, I prefer to have at least three running backs through my first four picks (like I have with this team).
5.05 - DeSean Jackson, WR, Washington Redskins: Despite being in his prime and shattering his previous career highs, D-Jax was released outright by the Eagles this offseason. Even if he doesn't duplicate last year's monster numbers, Jackson should have a(n even bigger) chip on his shoulder and be highly motivated this season.
6.08 - Stevan Ridley, RB, New England Patriots: One year after his 2012 breakout season (290/1,263/12), Ridley dropped the ball (literally) in 2013. With ball-security issues, Ridley saw a reduced role and was even a healthy scratch for a couple of games last year. In Round 6 and as my RB4, however, Ridley is worth the risk here.
7.05 - Michael Floyd, WR, Arizona Cardinals: In his second season, Floyd broke out with 65 catches for a team-high 1,041 yards and five touchdowns and he's more proof of the wide receiver values to be had in the middle rounds.
8.08 - Dennis Pitta, TE, Baltimore Ravens: Many expected a breakout season for Pitta last year, but a hip injury that kept him out of all but four games derailed those hopes. With good health (knock on wood), that breakout season begins in 100 days.
9.05 - Eric Decker, WR, New York Jets: Decker is one of only five players with 2,300-plus yards and 20-plus touchdowns over the past two seasons combined. With a big downgrade in offenses, however, Decker is unlikely to reach the numbers he had the past two seasons but he's a solid option as my WR4.
10.08 - Tony Romo, QB, Dallas Cowboys: It's highly unlikely that Romo will last this long in most (mock) drafts, but I'll take it. Despite having offseason back surgery, Romo should be ready for the season and the Cowboys have one of the league's most explosive offenses to go with a porous defense that may be without its best player, Sean Lee, for the season.
11.05 - Jeremy Hill, RB, Cincinnati Bengals: Hill should be able to beat out BenJarvus Green-Ellis on the depth chart and he's currently working ahead of The Law Firm at OTAs. A powerful downhill runner, Hill could be in line for a substantial workload including goal-line work behind Giovani Bernard.
12.08 - Brandin Cooks, WR, New Orleans Saints: Cooks, the Biletnikoff award winner, had nearly 2,000 YFS (1,730 receiving and 217 rushing) and 18 touchdowns last season. With the Saints trading up for Cooks, I'd expect Payton to better utilize Cooks in a way that many thought the Rams would utilize Tavon Austin last year. It wouldn't surprise me if Cooks finished with 75 catches for 900 yards as a rookie.
13.05 - Rueben Randle, WR, New York Giants: Randle could have a breakout season, but the Giants used the No. 12 pick to draft OBJ. As my WR6, he has upside here.
14.08 - Cleveland Browns D/ST: As always in a 12-team league, I use my second-to-last pick on the best available team D/ST.
15.05 - Blair Walsh, K, Minnesota Vikings: As always in a 12-team league, I use my last pick on the best available kicker.
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