Fantasy Football Mock Draft Per Day (June 16th): 12 teams, No. 9 pick
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 12-team league with standard scoring and I have the No. 9 pick.
Here are my picks in today's mock draft:
1.09 - Jimmy Graham, TE, New Orleans Saints: Graham led all tight ends in receptions (86), yards (1,215) and touchdowns (16) last season. Over the past three seasons, Graham has averaged a line of 90/1,169/12. While I normally prefer to land my RB1 in Round 1, Graham is about as safe as a first-round pick can be in spite of his grievance hearing (about the franchise tag), which begins tomorrow.
2.04 - Arian Foster, RB, Houston Texans: The player I debated in the previous round was Foster, who is No. 8 in my fantasy football top 200 cheat sheet. (Graham is No. 7.) From 2010-12, Foster was dominant (5,702 YFS and 47 TDs). While last season was cut short due to injury, he was on a roll in his final three games (487 YFS) against a trio of tough NFC West defenses (SEA, SF and STL). Perhaps last year's reduced workload (albeit due to injury) will help him stay fresh/healthy in 2014.
3.09 - Andre Ellington, RB, Arizona Cardinals: Although Toby Gerhart (RB14) is slightly higher in my running back rankings than Ellington (RB15), I figured I had a much better chance of getting both if I took Ellington first. (Ellington's and Gerhart's ADP is 3.07 and 4.08, via Fantasy Football Calculator).
4.04 - Toby Gerhart, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars: As noted one pick earlier, Gerhart is my RB14, which means I'm higher on him than most (ADP: RB22). With infrequent opportunities behind Adrian Peterson, Gerhart will get the opportunity to tote the rock a ton in Jacksonville. I have Gerhart projected to finish with just shy of 1,500 YFS (1,491) and only six RBs had more last season.
5.09 - T.Y. Hilton, WR, Indianapolis Colts: If you pay attention to these mock drafts, you probably could speculate that my hope was that Roddy White would last to this spot. Unfortunately, he was selected with pick 5.05. My top two WRs available are Marques Colston (WR19) and Mike Wallace (WR22). Based on ADP (and using FantasyPros' Pick Predictor), Colston and Wallace have a 32 and 26 percent chance of being selected in the next two rounds. Hilton is my WR25 and by taking him here, it gives me the best chance to get all three WRs. While I'd prefer a better WR1, I'd be happy with my top overall TE, three top-15 RBs and three top-25 WRs (based on my rankings).
6.04 - Marques Colston, WR, New Orleans Saints: After getting off to a slow(ish) start, Colston averaged 6.0/75.1/0.5 over the final eight games of the season.
7.09 - Kendall Wright, WR, Tennessee Titans: Wright scored only two touchdowns last year, but he broke out with career highs of 94 receptions and 1,079 yards.
8.04 - Lamar Miller, RB, Miami Dolphins: With many expecting a breakout from Miller, he disappointed in 2013 but his cost is much more affordable this year. With the team's new up-tempo offense, Miller could thrive even if he doesn't open up as the team's lead back to start the season. (Currently, though, he has been working with the ones in OTAs.)
9.09 - Colin Kaepernick, QB, San Francisco 49ers: One of the league's top dual-threat quarterbacks, Kaepernick will have a much better receiving corps going into the 2014 season. I really like his upside this season.
10.04 - Sammy Watkins, WR, Buffalo Bills: Rookie wide receivers tend to struggle to make an immediate fantasy impact and the Bills quarterback situation isn't ideal. That said, he's the most complete wide receiver in this year's draft class with great run-after-catch ability.
11.09 - Roy Helu, RB, Washington Redskins: A few years ago as a rookie, Helu set the franchise mark for the most receptions (14) in a game and had 49 catches that season. With a new regime in control, Helu could be in store for a career-best season as the change-of-pace back.
12.04 - Hakeem Nicks, WR, Indianapolis Colts: In 2010 and 2011, Nicks was ninth in receiving yards (2,244) and tied for fifth in receiving touchdowns (18) over those two years combined. While it's possible we see more numbers like 2012 or 2013 from Nicks, he should be highly motivated for his next free-agent deal after settling for a one-year deal with the Colts.
13.09 - Brandin Cooks, WR, New Orleans Saints: Cooks provides more wide receiver depth for a fantasy squad that lacks a legit WR1. Trading up for Cooks, the Saints will find plenty of ways to be creative and get the ball into Cooks' hands.
14.04 - Arizona Cardinals D/ST: With the second-to-last pick, it's typically the best available defense ...
15.09 - Nick Novak, K, San Diego Chargers: ... and the best available kicker with the final selection.
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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 using point-per-reception (PPR) scoring with the No. 6 overall pick. Follow me on Twitter (@EDSFootball) to keep track of our updates.
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