Fantasy Football Mock Draft Per Day (July 10th): 12 teams, No. 7 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 using standard scoring and I have the No. 7 pick.
Here are my picks in today's mock draft:
1.07 - Eddie Lacy, RB, Green Bay Packers
2.06 - Alshon Jeffery, WR, Chicago Bears
3.07 - Andre Ellington, RB, Arizona Cardinals
4.06 - Roddy White, WR, Atlanta Falcons
5.07 - Bishop Sankey, RB, Tennessee Titans
6.06 - Robert Griffin III, QB, Washington
7.07 - Pierre Thomas, RB, New Orleans Saints
8.06 - Jason Witten, TE, Dallas Cowboys
9.07 - Mike Wallace, WR, Miami Dolphins
10.06 - Golden Tate, WR, Detroit Lions
11.07 - Ladarius Green, TE, San Diego Chargers
12.06 - Hakeem Nicks, WR, New York Giants
13.07 - Cincinnati Bengals D/ST
14.06 - Lance Dunbar, RB, Dallas Cowboys
15.07 - Matt Bryant, K, Atlanta Falcons
Some notes about my team (view full mock here):
- QBs: A popular target in my mock drafts, RG3 is my fifth-ranked quarterback. With better health (thanks to Shanahan) and better weapons (thanks to Chip), RG3 could be poised for a bounce-back season. Reports from Washington have been extremely positive and if Jay Gruden can coach a top-five season out of Andy Dalton, why can't RG3 do that this year? Or better?
- RBs: Lacy was a true workhorse back last season — no running back had more 20-carry games than he did — and he provides a strong foundation for this squad. In hindsight, I should have taken Toby Gerhart in Round 3, but I like Ellington a lot as well. I have Gerhart ranked a spot higher and thought I had a better chance to get both if I took Ellington first. Unfortunately, Gerhart went with pick 4.03. Sankey is in a terrific situation for high-volume usage and an excellent flex option. With a position-high 77 catches last season and a chance for more this year, Thomas is better in PPR formats, but he's a nice value in Round 7. Dunbar is one of my favorite late-round running backs as he becomes an RB2 whenever the injury-prone DeMarco Murray misses time.
- WRs: Jeffery had a breakout season and while he may not finish with 1,400-plus yards again, he's a solid WR1. Injuries slowed Roddy for much of the season, but he finished strong (43/502/2 over last five games) and only two receivers had more yards in December — Josh Gordon and Jeffery. My other three receivers should all see improvement other their 2013 numbers. Reports on Wallace have been positive this offseason and he should be featured in the team's new up-tempo offense. Tate moves to a more fantasy-friendly offense with Megatron on the other side getting all of the attention. Nicks should be motivated after getting only a one-year deal in free agency and we've seen WR1-level production from him in the past (albeit a few years ago).
- TEs: I don't typically draft two tight ends, but these two are a good pair. First of all, I'm surprised that Witten dropped to the eighth round, but he's a steady and safe option. On the other hand, Green showed flashes of his enormous potential last season and has tremendous upside. I don't expect a Julius Thomas-like breakout, but it wouldn't be a surprise either and it's worth a flier on that type of potential here.
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Tomorrow's mock draft will be a 10-team using standard scoring and the No. 1 overall pick. Follow me on Twitter (@EDSFootball) to keep track of our updates.
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