Fantasy Football Mock Draft Per Day (May 30th): 16 teams, No. 14 pick, standard scoring
Back on May 27th, we began our 2014 fantasy football mock draft per day series 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. and today's mock is a 16-team league with standard scoring and I have the No. 14 pick.
Here are my picks in today's mock draft:
1.14 - DeMarco Murray, RB, Dallas Cowboys: Especially in a deeper league, there may be some anxiety about having the injury-prone Murray as my RB1, but he stayed relatively healthy (14G) and posted career numbers. Murray rushed for 1,121 yards and nine TDs and added 53 receptions for 350 yards and another score. From Weeks 10 to 16, the only running backs to score more fantasy points than Murray where Jamaal Charles and LeSean McCoy.
2.03 - Brandon Marshall, WR, Chicago Bears: It was a difficult choice between Marshall and my top running back available, Giovani Bernard. Since this league's format starts three wide receivers, I went with Marshall, who appears safe for at least 1,200 yards and double-digit touchdowns.
3.14 - Roddy White, WR, Atlanta Falcons: In a way, White's durability hurt him last year. Having never missed an NFL game, White didn't let a high-ankle sprain sustained in the preseason keep him out of action (initially). That delayed the rehabilitation process and he struggled for much of the year and eventually missed time due to a knee injury. Down the stretch, however, White was his old (or an even better) self as he finished with over 500 yards in his final five games. I'm higher than most on White for 2014 as a expect a typical Roddy season this year.
4.03 - Frank Gore, RB, San Francisco 49ers: There are some obvious reasons for concern — age, cumulative workload, talent on the depth chart, etc. That said, Gore will still be the lead back behind a strong offensive line in a run-first scheme. Gore has 1,100-plus yards and at least eight scores in three consecutive seasons.
5.14 - Eric Decker, WR, New York Jets: While nobody should expect the type of production that Decker had over the past couple of seasons, he is more than a capable WR3 in a 16-team league.
6.03 - Robert Griffin III, QB, Washington Redskins: Recovering from a torn ACL last offseason, RG3 had a disappointing season from both real and fake football perspectives. With, um, help from Shanahan, Griffin III is healthy this offseason and poised for a bounce-back year with an improved supporting cast.
7.14 - Fred Jackson, RB, Buffalo Bills: After being written off by so many, Jackson outperformed expectations last year with 1,277 YFS and 10 TDs. While I obviously don't expect the now 33-year-old back to replicate last year's production, it wouldn't surprise me if he finished as a top-32 running back (RB2 with this league size) as my flex.
8.03 - Kyle Rudolph, TE, Minnesota Vikings: A breakout season could be coming for Rudolph. Not only will he (likely) have a new quarterback in rookie Teddy Bridgewater, but he now has a TE-friendly offensive coordinator in Norv Turner.
9.14 - Jeremy Hill, RB, Cincinnati Bengals: The powerful downhill runner out of LSU has the inside track on beating out BenJarvus Green-Ellis as the team's RB2 behind Bernard. Assuming he does, as expected, Hill could easily exceed the 220/756/7 that The Law Firm had last season.
10.03 - Roy Helu, RB, Washington Redskins: As a rookie, Helu set the franchise's single-game receptions record (14) and had nearly 50 catches that season. With a change in coaching staff, Helu should have an opportunity to see his touches, especially receptions, increase from the 93 touches he had last season.
11.14 - Odell Beckham, WR, New York Giants: Using the 12th overall pick to select him, Beckham will have an opportunity to become the team's No. 2 wideout behind Victor Cruz and ahead of Rueben Randle at some point this season. Not only does OBJ have great speed, but he is an excellent route-runner as well.
12.03 - Jordan Matthews, WR, Philadelphia Eagles: Like OBJ, Matthews should have an opportunity to make an impact as a rookie. Matthews will eventually develop into the team's WR1 even if he enters the season third on the depth chart.
13.14 - Lance Dunbar, RB, Dallas Cowboys: As insurance for what only seems inevitable, Dunbar will be an RB2 during the weeks that Murray misses.
14.03 - Johnny Manziel, QB, Cleveland Browns: While the hype and scrutiny surrounding Johnny Football is off the charts, so is his fantasy upside if/when he beats out Brian Hoyer. It definitely hurts that he will likely be without Josh Gordon all season, but Manziel's dual-threat abilities will make him a low-end QB1 (in this 16-team league) in many of his starts.
15.14 - New Orleans Saints D/ST: I considered taking a team defense a round earlier, which I'll consider in deeper leagues, but the Saints are my top-ranked D/ST still available.
16.03 - Adam Vinatieri, K, Indianapolis Colts: As usual, it's a kicker with the last pick.
* Note: Compared to the mocks I typically do, which starts two wide receivers, this was one for a league that starts three wide receivers and a RB/WR/TE flex spot.
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Check out our 2014 fantasy football rankings:
- 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 14-team league with point-per-reception (PPR) scoring and the No. 10 overall pick. Follow me on Twitter (@EDSFootball) to keep track of our updates.
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