Fantasy Football Mock Draft Per Day (July 2nd): 16 teams, No. 2 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 16-team league using standard scoring and I have the No. 2 pick.
Here are my picks in today's mock draft:
1.02 - Jamaal Charles, RB, Kansas City Chiefs: Charles is my top-ranked fantasy running back, but you can't go wrong here with either Charles or LeSean McCoy, if Charles had gone first overall. Charles set career highs across the board (1,980 YFS and 19 TDs) although there's little to no chance that he repeats the 19 scores in 2014.
2.15 - Randall Cobb, WR, Green Bay Packers: With a pick near the end of the round in a deep league, I have to think ahead a bit. If I don't take a wideout with this pick or 3.02, I'm likely to be disappointed with my WR1. If I had a draft slot in the middle of the round, I'd consider starting out RB-RB-RB considering WR is so deep.
3.02 - Toby Gerhart, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars: If you've been reading these posts, you know that Gerhart is one of the running backs that appear frequently one my teams. Going from an infrequently-used backup to a workhorse in a run-heavy offense, Gerhart should get close to 300 touches and 1,500 YFS for his new team.
4.15 - Trent Richardson, RB, Indianapolis Colts: I'll be honest (as opposed to when I usually lie, I guess) but I'm not really sure what to make of T-Rich for the 2014 season. It's certainly a positive that he feels more comfortable with the offensive scheme and he can't be much worse than he was last year (2.92 YPC with Colts in 2013). Plus, he should get every opportunity to be the man with the team's high cost (this year's first-round pick) to acquire him, but we'll see if he can take advantage.
5.02 - 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. I'm comfortable with him being my WR2 in a 16-team league.
6.15 - Colin Kaepernick, QB, San Francisco 49ers: I'm higher than most on Kaepernick, but I feel good about getting my eighth-ranked quarterback as the 13th selected in this mock. With an improved/healthier receiving corps, Kaepernick should build upon last season's late-year fantasy success (after Michael Crabtree returned from his torn Achilles).
7.02 - Kyle Rudolph, TE, Minnesota Vikings: Rudolph has had some success in the red zone (12 TDs in his past 24 games). Playing in Norv Turner's TE-friendly offense, Rudolph has plenty of potential to break out in 2014.
8.15 - Jeremy Hill, RB, Cincinnati Bengals: Although Giovani Bernard is clearly the team's most talented running back, Hill should see plenty of early-down and goal-line carries in the Bengals' run-heavy attack under new offensive coordinator Hue Jackson.
9.02 - Hakeem Nicks, WR, Indianapolis Colts: Once again, Nicks finds himself in a contract year. Without question, Nicks was disappointed with the financial terms offered to him in free agency as he settled for a one-year deal with the Colts. Will we get a motivated and rejuvenated Nicks similar to the guy we saw in 2010 and 2011? Or the one that was a major disappointment in 2012 and 2013? At this point in the mock, I feel comfortable taking the risk to find out.
10.15 - Greg Jennings, WR, Minnesota Vikings: While Cordarrelle Patterson should easily lead the team's receivers in fantasy points, Jennings has solid value as a late-round receiver with the changes in quarterback and offensive coordinator. Jennings had 68 catches for 804 yards last season.
11.02 - Charles Sims, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: A talented receiver out of the backfield, Sims could have an opportunity to carve out a significant role, especially as a change-of-pace/third-down back, as the Bucs utilize a rotation/committee in Tedford's offense.
12.15 - Alex Smith, QB, Kansas City Chiefs: In a 16-team league, it doesn't hurt to have a backup QB for some depth in case of injury. After all, 29 quarterbacks were drafted, which means the waiver wire is extremely thin. Without the upside of some other QB2's, Smith is probably the safest and he actually finished as a top-10 fantasy QB in 2013.
14.15 - Chicago Bears D/ST: Perhaps I should have taken a defense a round earlier, the Bears were my top-ranked available defense here.
15.02 - Matt Bryant, K, Atlanta Falcons: As usual, I take my 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 12-team league using point-per-reception (PPR) scoring and the No. 9 overall pick. Follow me on Twitter (@EDSFootball) to keep track of our updates.