Fantasy Football Mock Draft Per Day (June 26th): 12 teams, No. 3 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. 3 pick.
Here are my picks in today's mock draft:
1.03 - Matt Forte, RB, Chicago Bears: Perhaps a surprise to some (or many), I took Forte over LeSean McCoy as I have them ranked second and third in my fantasy football PPR rankings. Forte set career highs in yards from scrimmage (1,933) and receptions (74) while tying his career high in touchdowns (12) in his first season playing for Trestman. As great as McCoy was last year, Forte actually had more points in PPR formats than McCoy in 2013.
2.10 - Alshon Jeffery, WR, Chicago Bears: Jeffery had a breakout season last year as he led the team with 1,421 receiving yards and set the team's single-game receiving yards mark as well. Even if he doesn't lead the team in receiving this year, he's a legitimate WR1 in fantasy leagues.
3.03 - Reggie Bush, RB, Detroit Lions: While Bush may see fewer carries in 2014, he should get more than the 54 receptions he had last season. New offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi is bringing the Saints offense that had a pair of 70-reception running backs last year.
4.10 - Roddy White, WR, Atlanta Falcons: If this were a real team, my Week 9 opponent would love my squad with my first four picks all sharing the same bye (Week 9). Except for noting the coincidence, I typically pay zero attention to bye weeks in 12-team leagues. I love Roddy as my WR2 and think he bounces back after last year's disappointment. In fact, he began the bouncing back process in December when he closed the 2013 season with 43 catches for 502 yards in his final five games.
5.03 - Toby Gerhart, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars: Gerhart will go from an infrequently-used option in Minnesota to a workhorse back in Jacksonville. Earlier this offseason, coach Gus Bradley said that Gerhart could get up to 20 touches per game. In the fifth round and as an RB3, I think Gerhart is a tremendous value.
6.10 - Pierre Thomas, RB, New Orleans Saints: As noted earlier, the Saints had two 70-catch running backs. Only one of them is still on the roster. Even with Darren Sproles gone, I'm not sure that Thomas will improve upon last year's career high of 77 receptions, but he has an excellent opportunity to get 70-plus catches again.
7.03 - 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.
8.10 - 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.
9.03 - Zach Ertz, TE, Philadelphia Eagles: My target with this pick was Kyle Rudolph, who went at 9.01, but Ertz is a high-upside guy entering his second season. With DeSean Jackson being shown the door after a career-best season, Chip Kelly named Ertz as someone who could become the biggest benefactor on offense.
10.10 - 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.
12.10 - Hakeem Nicks, WR, Indianapolis Colts: Nicks is also a bargain compared to his ADP (10.02). While his past two seasons might scare off fantasy owners, the upside of WR1-type seasons that he had back in 2010/2011 make him worth the risk this late in the draft. I think we see a motivated Nicks, who had to be disappointed by the one-year deal he got in free agency.
13.03 - Lance Dunbar, RB, Dallas Cowboys: Dunbar is a guy that I like a lot this year. Even though he technically wasn't my highest-rated player available at this point, what I like about Dunbar as my RB5 is we could easily see DeMarco Murray miss a game or two, which vaults Dunbar up to the RB2 level for a couple of weeks. The Cowboys have talked up Dunbar this offseason and he could have some productive weeks even when Murray is healthy.
14.10 - Cleveland Browns D/ST: It's team defense time in the second-to-last round.
15.03 - Dan Bailey, K, Dallas Cowboys: ... and 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 12-team, 2-QB league using point-per-reception (PPR) scoring with the No. 6 overall pick. Follow me on Twitter (@EDSFootball) to keep track of our updates.