Fantasy Football Mock Draft Per Day (July 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 using point-per-reception (PPR) scoring and I have the No. 4 pick.
Here are my picks in today's mock draft:
1.04 - Adrian Peterson, RB, Minnesota Vikings
2.09 - Le'Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers
3.04 - Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England Patriots
4.09 - Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Arizona Cardinals
5.04 - Julian Edelman, WR, New England Patriots
6.09 - Joique Bell, RB, Detroit Lions
7.04 - Ray Rice, RB, Baltimore Ravens
8.09 - Fred Jackson, RB, Buffalo Bills
9.04 - Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots
10.09 - Dwayne Bowe, WR, Kansas City Chiefs
11.04 - Sammy Watkins, WR, Buffalo Bills
12.09 - Hakeem Nicks, WR, Indianapolis Colts
13.04 - Rueben Randle, WR, New York Giants
14.09 - Kansas City Chiefs D/ST
15.04 - Matt Bryant, K, Atlanta Falcons
Some notes about my team (view full mock here):
- QBs: Even though I waited relatively late on QB, I could have waited another round for either Jay Cutler or Tony Romo. In a 12-team league, there are (at least) 13 QBs that I'd be comfortable as my starting QB so it's rare that I will draft one early. While it was a disappointing season for Brady, he was much better with Gronk than without him, which would seem obvious. In the seven games that Gronkowski was active, Brady averaged 315 passing yards and 1.86 touchdown passes compared to averages of 237.56 yards and 1.33 touchdowns in games he missed and it looks like Gronk will be ready for the opener.
- RBs: Peterson and Bell give me two RB1-caliber backs as my starters. Based on my fantasy RB projections, I have this duo projected for 94 receptions, 3,146 YFS and 21 TDs combined. Finishing as an RB2 last season, the other Bell, Joique, could see a larger workload in 2014. While Rice is facing league discipline to begin the year, he has lost weight and should be more productive on the field this season. F-Jax provides some depth as my RB5.
- WRs: By taking Gronk in the third round, my starting WRs are relatively weak as I view Fitz and Edelman as WR2 types in PPR formats. I was really hoping that Roddy White, my 11th-ranked wideout, would last one more spot to 4.09. With WR being the deepest position in fantasy, it's always comforting to wait on WR and land guys like Bowe, Watkins, Nicks and Randle from Rounds 10 to 13.
- TEs: I'd be comfortable taking Gronkowski in Round 2, but he will never make it out of Round 3 in the drafts that I'm in. It appears that he will be ready to go for Week 1 and Gronk is as dominant as any TE when healthy. While he set career highs in both Y/G and Y/R last season, Gronk has scored 43 TDs in 50 career games.
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- 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 standard scoring and the No. 6 overall pick. Follow me on Twitter (@EDSFootball) to keep track of our updates.
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