Fantasy Football Mock Draft Per Day (May 28th): 20 teams, No. 1 pick, standard scoring
Today marks the first time we are less than 100 days away from the start of the 2014 NFL season.
That means, we will be completing our fake football drafts (for real) before you know it. For now, however, we can continue to fake it with mock drafts.
We began our 2014 fantasy football mock draft per day series yesterday with a 12-team mock using our site's mock draft simulator (powered by FantasyPros).
As we continue through the offseason, I will continue to complete a mock draft every day as I vary the scoring format, league size, draft slot, etc.
Here is today's mock draft (20 teams and standard scoring with the No. 1 pick):
1.01 - Jamaal Charles, RB, Kansas City Chiefs: For me, it continues to be a toss-up with the first pick between Charles and LeSean McCoy. One season after rushing for 1,509 yards, Charles rushed for fewer yards but racked up a career-best 1,980 yards from scrimmage and 19 touchdowns. With only 24 TDs in his first five seasons, there is no way he repeats the 19 TDs he had last season, but it's reasonable to expect 2,000 YFS in 2014.
2.20 - Shane Vereen, RB, New England Patriots: Vereen does most of his damage as a receiver and he had more receptions (47) than carries (44) in his eight games last season. I'm not sure he'll maintain the pace of a 94-reception season in 2014, but I expect more carries from Vereen as well.
3.01 - Pierre Garcon, WR, Washington Redskins: I strongly considered Bishop Sankey here, but I decided to draft my WR1. Even though he will likely see fewer targets in 2014 with the addition of DeSean Jackson, Garcon led the NFL in receptions (113) and had a career-high 1,346 yards last year.
4.20 - Kendall Wright, WR, Tennessee Titans: Wright took a big step forward in his second season with 94 catches for 1,079 yards, both of which vastly exceeded his rookie numbers, but his low touchdown total (two) kept the joy his fantasy owners in check. Consistently solid, but not spectacular, with 13 games of 50-plus receiving yards, only two players had more such games than Wright — Antonio Brown (16) and Demaryius Thomas (14).
5.01 - Tony Romo, QB, Dallas Cowboys: Assuming good health this season, Romo (back) could put up career-best type of stats in 2014. Not only does he have one of the league's most talented wideouts (Dez Bryant) as his primary target, but the Cowboys improved their offensive line in the draft. And as bad as the Cowboys defense will be (again), Romo and the offense will be involved in their fair share of shootouts.
6.20 - Bernard Pierce, RB, Baltimore Ravens: Pierce (and teammate Ray Rice) both struggled to run the ball last season. That said, Rice is likely to serve a suspension to start the season as league discipline for the Atlantic City incident in February and that could really open the door for Pierce. Either way, it's about adding depth at fantasy's most shallow position.
7.01 - Lamar Miller, RB, Miami Dolphins: I really debated Zach Ertz here as my team still needs a starting tight end, but I am intrigued by the upside of Miller. Despite a disappointing season last year, Miller has the potential in Bill Lazor's up-tempo offense to break out this year. The team has taken some steps to improve their offensive line even though they signed Knowshon Moreno in free agency as well.
8.20 - Brian Hartline, WR, Miami Dolphins: There is nothing terribly exciting about selecting Hartline, but he provides solid yet boring production with the 160th overall pick.
9.01 - Ryan Tannehill, QB, Miami Dolphins: For the record, I'm not a Dolphins fan as my back-to-back-to-back selections may suggest. In 20-team leagues, however, I prefer to have depth at quarterback even though the position is deep. With only 32 starting quarterbacks, it's likely that all will be owned. With better protection, Tannehill, sacked a league-worst 58 times in 2013, should continue the improvement process in Year 2.
10.20 - Jordan Matthews, WR, Philadelphia Eagles: The future No. 1 receiver in Philly, Matthews, cousin of HOFer Jerry Rice, racked up 206 receptions for 2,800 yards and 15 touchdowns last season. In fact, he holds the SEC records for most receptions (262) and yards (3,759). Like his famous cousin, Matthews has a tremendous work ethic and I wouldn't be surprised if he develops into a top-40 receiver (which is a low-end WR2 in a 20-team league) by the end of the year.
11.01 - Robert Woods, WR, Buffalo Bills: Woods provides additional depth at wide receiver and should improve upon his rookie numbers (40/587/3).
12.20 - Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: When I passed on Ertz in Round 7, my target was Travis Kelce, who unfortunately went with pick 12.12. While I got a little greedy hoping he would make it one more round, ASJ has plenty of potential in the red zone as part of the Triplet Towers, if you will, with Vincent Jackson and Mike Evans.
13.01 - Cleveland Browns D/ST: The Browns defense should continue to improve with the additions they made via the draft and free agency.
14.20 - Allen Robinson, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars: I doubt Robinson will really last until the 280th pick, but the rookie from Penn State is a big-bodied receiver (6-2, 220) that led the Big Ten in receptions and receiving yards in each of the past two seasons.
15.01 - Alex Henery, K, Philadelphia Eagles: As usual, my last pick is the best available kicker.
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- 2014 fantasy football quarterback rankings
- 2014 fantasy football running back rankings
- 2014 fantasy football wide receiver rankings
- 2014 fantasy football tight end rankings
- 2014 fantasy football cheat sheet
Tomorrow's mock draft will be a 12-team league with point-per-reception (PPR) scoring and the No. 8 overall pick. Follow me on Twitter (@EDSFootball) to keep track of our updates.