Fantasy Football Mock Draft Per Day (June 20th): 12 teams, No. 10 pick, PPR with QB-eligible flex
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 using point-per-reception (PPR) scoring with a super flex and I have the No. 10 pick.
Here are my picks in today's mock draft:
1.10 - Calvin Johnson, WR, Detroit Lions: Even with a QB-eligible flex spot, it's unlikely that no receiver goes within the first nine picks considering the PPR-scoring format. (Five QBs and four RBs went in the first nine picks.) Over the past three seasons, Megatron has averaged a stat line of 101/1,712/11. Needless to say (although I guess I'm about to say it), I'm thrilled to get him with the 10th overall pick.
2.03 - Jimmy Graham, TE, New Orleans Saints: While I debated going with a running back or even quarterback here, it's hard to pass up Graham here. Like Megatron, Graham has been dominant at his position over the past three years with an average stat line of 90/1,169/12.
3.10 - Tony Romo, QB, Dallas Cowboys: It's crazy to think we are three rounds into this mock and I've yet to select a running back. As bad as their defense was last year, the Cowboys could be even worse on defense this year as much as it pains me to say that being a Cowboys fan. That said, their opponents will likely score a ton of points leading to many shootouts, which is a positive from a fantasy perspective.
4.03 - Andre Ellington, RB, Arizona Cardinals: While Coach Arians quoted estimate of "25-30 touches per game" for Ellington is a gross exaggeration, it's clear that Ellington will see a substantial bump in touches in 2014. With 39 receptions last year, Ellington could easily see 60-plus catches in 2014 as well.
5.10 - Toby Gerhart, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars: In his four seasons backing up AD, Gerhart has 276 career rush attempts for 1,305 yards. It wouldn't surprise me if he comes close to those numbers as a featured back in Jacksonville this year and he's a good receiver out of the backfield as well.
6.03 - Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Pittsburgh Steelers: With a fairly long stretch between this and my next pick, this was the time to secure my flex option. Last year, Big Ben threw for 4,261 yards and 28 touchdowns, both of which are the second-highest totals of his career.
7.10 - Chris Johnson, RB, New York Jets: While it seems so long ago that Johnson rushed for 2,006 yards, he does have 1,000-plus rushing yards and 1,400-plus YFS in all six of his NFL seasons. As part of a committee with the Jets, however, it's possible those streaks end. That said, Johnson has averaged 45 receptions per season over his career and he has played every game over the past five years.
8.03 - Marques Colston, WR, New Orleans Saints: While Colston doesn't have the ceiling that Patterson does, he does have a higher floor. After getting off to a slow(ish) start, Colston averaged 6.0/75.1/0.5 over the final eight games of the season.
9.10 - Eric Decker, WR, New York Jets: In two seasons with Peyton Manning under center and Demaryius Thomas on the opposite side, Decker has 172 receptions for 2,352 yards and 24 touchdowns. Of course, Decker won't have Peyton or DT in New
York Jersey, but he provides some depth.
10.03 - Jeremy Hill, RB, Cincinnati Bengals: Hill should get quite a bit of work including goal-line opportunities in a run-heavy offense run by Hue Jackson.
11.10 - Hakeem Nicks, WR, Indianapolis Colts: Things have gone differently (read: badly) for Nicks over the past two seasons compared to the prior two-year period when he racked up 2,244 yards and 18 TDs. Will the desire for a new contract (or change of scenery or pride or anything) motivate Nicks to play like it's 2011? We'll see, but I'm willing to invest an 11th-rounder to find out.
12.03 - Brandin Cooks, WR, New Orleans Saints: With the Saints trading up for the dynamic Cooks, it's certain that Coach Payton & Co. will find a better way to utilize the explosive receiver than the Rams did last season with Tavon Austin.
13.10 - Rueben Randle, WR, New York Giants: While I may not be as high on Randle's breakout prospects as some others, but he has upside at the end of the 13th round.
14.03 - Denver Broncos D/ST: Once again, it's the best-available team defense in the second-to-last round.
15.10 - Robbie Gould, K, Chicago Bears: And the best-available kicker in the final round.
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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 20-team league using standard scoring with the No. 4 overall pick. Follow me on Twitter (@EDSFootball) to keep track of our updates.