Fantasy Football Mock Draft Per Day (June 23rd): 12 teams, No. 4 pick, PPR
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 and I have the No. 4 pick.
Here are my picks in today's mock draft:
1.04 - Matt Forte, RB, Chicago Bears: Forte posted career highs in rushing yards (1,339), receptions (74) and receiving yards (594) last year while tying his previous career high of 12 touchdowns. In PPR formats, Forte is actually my second-ranked player overall. It's not too often you get a "value" with the fourth pick in a draft.
2.09 - Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers: Back in 2011, Brown broke out with 1,108 yards, but he really broke out last year with career highs of 110 receptions, a franchise-record 1,499 receiving yards and eight touchdowns. Brown was so consistent (everyone say, "how consistent was he?") that he became the first player in NFL history to have at least five receptions and 50 yards in every game of a full 16-game regular season.
3.04 - Andre Ellington, RB, Arizona Cardinals: Extremely productive on a per-touch basis, Ellington gained a league-high 5.5 yards per carry last year and added 39 catches at 9.5 yards per reception. Only five running backs averaged more Y/R than Ellington. While Bruce Arians has exaggerated Ellington's expected 2014 usage ("25-30 touches per game"), it's clear that that his volume will increase sharply and I like him as a low-end RB1 in PPR formats.
4.09 - Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England Patriots: As Gronk would say, "yo soy fiesta." Of course, if you understand Spanish, you know that translates to the non-sensical phrase "I am party," but celebrations are in order any time he falls to me at the tail end of Round 4. Durability remains a concern (but he'd obviously not be available here if it weren't) although Gronkowski set career highs (in the seven games he played) with 15.2 Y/R and 84.6 Y/G last season and he has scored 43 TDs in his 50 career games.
5.04 - Toby Gerhart, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars: As thrilled as I was to get Gronk at 4.09, I actually debated Gerhart there. Gerhart is my RB13 in PPR formats so he's essentially a borderline RB1 in 12-team leagues (and in this case) in the fifth round. Gerhart signing with the Jags this offseason was a free-agent deal made in fantasy heaven as he will go from being an infrequently-used backup to a workhorse in what should be a run-heavy offense. When given an opportunity, Gerhart has been productive by averaging 4.73 YPC and the opportunities will be plentiful in 2014.
6.09 - Joique Bell, RB, Detroit Lions: Not only has Bell exceeded 50 receptions in back-to-back seasons, but he received twice as many carries in 2013 (166) as he had in 2012 (82). Reports are that the workload between Bell and Reggie Bush will be "split," but I'm not sure how big of a bump he'll get from 219 touches he had last year. Either way, he's a steal in Round 6 as my RB4. Based on my PPR rankings, I have four running backs ranked inside my top 17.
7.04 - Robert Griffin III, QB, Washington Redskins: Albeit with his priorities out of whack, Shanahan benefitted all RG3 fantasy owners this year by ensuring his good health for the offseason heading into 2014. Last year was a year to forget on numerous counts for Griffin III, but I expect him to bounce back in 2014 with an improved group of pass-catchers.
8.09 - Mike Wallace, WR, Miami Dolphins: A wide receiver frequently found on these faux rosters, Wallace is a candidate to bounce back with a change in the offensive coaching staff and its up-tempo offense. (New OC Bill Lazor was the QB coach in Philadelphia last year.) Early reports have been positive and the team appears ready to make a concerted effort to move Wallace around and get the ball into his hands as often as possible.
9.04 - Golden Tate, WR, Detroit Lions: Tate set career highs of 64 catches for 898 yards last season. By joining the pass-happy Lions offense and with the league's best receiver, Calvin Johnson, opposite him, Tate should have the opportunity to improve upon last year's career-best numbers.
10.09 - Dwayne Bowe, WR, Kansas City Chiefs: Last year was a lackluster season for Bowe, but his second-half numbers give some encouragement. Over his past eight games counting their playoff loss, Bowe had 39 receptions for 521 yards and four touchdowns, which equates to a full-season pace of 78/1,042/8.
11.04 - Terrance Williams, WR, Dallas Cowboys: Like with many of these mocks, I've loaded up on running backs early and then tried to take advantage of the depth at wide receiver late. Williams has breakout appeal as the Cowboys can (and will need to) score a lot of points to keep up with what their porous defense allows to opposing offenses.
12.09 - Hakeem Nicks, WR, Indianapolis Colts: In most of these mocks, I've been rolling the dice with Nicks. (Late, of course.) While the 2012 and 2013 version of Nicks has probably scared many owners away, we've seen WR1-level production in 2010 and 2011. As my WR6 in Round 12, a motivated (maybe?) Nicks playing for a new contract is worth the gamble.
13.04 - Rueben Randle, WR, New York Giants: With Nicks' departure, Randle could have an opportunity to benefit even though the G-Men drafted Odell Beckham, Jr. with the 12th overall pick in this year's draft. That said, he's another low-risk, high-upside receiver late in the draft.
14.09 - Cleveland Browns D/ST: As usual, it's my top-ranked available team defense with the second-to-last pick ...
15.04 - Matt Bryant, K, Atlanta Falcons: ... and the best-available kicker with my final pick.
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Tomorrow's mock draft will be a 16-team league using standard scoring with the No. 5 overall pick. Follow me on Twitter (@EDSFootball) to keep track of our updates.
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