Fantasy Football Mock Draft Per Day (July 6th): 12 teams, No. 12 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. 12 pick.
Here are my picks in today's mock draft:
1.12 - Arian Foster, RB, Houston Texans: I considered going Foster and DeMarco Murray with back-to-back picks as they were my two highest-ranked players available at the turn. With this mock starting three wide receivers, however, I decided to get my WR1 with the other pick. No running back was more productive than Foster from 2010-2012 (5,702 YFS and 47 TDs). But he also had 1,115 regular-season touches (and more in the postseason) during that span. Ironically, the back injury (and light 2014 workload) could help keep him fresh and healthy in 2014.
2.01 - Dez Bryant, WR, Dallas Cowboys: The club includes three members — Bryant, Calvin Johnson and tight end Jimmy Graham. They are the only three players in the league with 3,500-plus yards and 30-plus touchdowns.
3.12 - Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England Patriots: Reports continue to be positive that Gronkowski, who is recovering from a torn ACL, will be ready for Week 1. If so, he would be an absolute steal here. Considering the number of surgeries he's had and games he's missed over the past couple of seasons, he still would be a durability concern, but he's dominant in the red zone (43 TDs in 50G).
4.01 - Roddy White, WR, Atlanta Falcons: This was a tough call between two players that I believe are undervalued — White and Toby Gerhart. Both of these guys have often ended up on these mock rosters, but I went with Roddy for two reasons: (1) league starts a minimum of three receivers and (2) I felt there was a better possibility of getting Gerhart at 5.12.
5.12 - Joique Bell, RB, Detroit Lions: Unfortunately, I was unable to get Gerhart here, but I still would have taken Bell with one of these two picks. With 50-plus receptions in back-to-back years, Bell should get a similar (or greater) number of carries as he had last year (166) as well.
6.01 - 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. Colston has recently said that his foot feels great, but that (his foot) would be only concern with drafting Colston here as my WR3.
7.12 - Pierre Thomas, RB, New Orleans Saints: Thomas posted a career-high 77 receptions last season as one of two Saints running backs to reach the 70-catch threshold. As the only one left on the roster, there is an excellent chance that he hauls in 70 or more catches again.
8.01 - Ray Rice, RB, Baltimore Ravens: Averaging a career-low 3.1 YPC and failing to reach 1,000 YFS for the first time since his rookie season, Rice faces league discipline (perhaps a lengthy suspension) for assaulting his then-fiancee in an Atlantic City club/casino. Of the 67 running backs with at least 50 carries last season, none were less elusive than Rice according to grades from PFF. If there's a positive, Rice has shed weight this offseason and has looked more elusive and he should bounce back on a per-game, per-touch basis.
9.12 - Jay Cutler, QB, Chicago Bears: Although I typically don't draft two quarterbacks, both Cutler and Romo have upside as borderline-QB1 types. Last season, Cutler and Josh McCown combined to score the fourth-most fantasy points at the position giving Cutler plenty of upside if he stays healthy.
10.01 - Tony Romo, QB, Dallas Cowboys: With new offensive coordinator Scott Linehan and a defense with more holes than Swiss cheese, Romo could throw it a ton in 2014. With Linehan calling the plays in Detroit, Matthew Stafford had more than 2,000 pass attempts over the past three seasons combined. With Romo and Cutler, I would start them based on matchup.
11.12 - DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Houston Texans: Nuk had more receiving yards (802) than any rookie receiver not named Keenan in 2013. Even if the team's quarterback situation leaves a little to be desired, Hopkins should be in store for bigger and better things in 2014.
12.01 - Roy Helu, RB, Washington: As a change-of-pace back to Alfred Morris, Helu has more value in PPR formats (like this) than in standard-scoring leagues in Jay Gruden's offense. Did you know that Helu owns the franchise record for most receptions (14) in a game?
13.12 - Greg Jennings, WR, Minnesota Vikings: Jennings provides some WR depth. While he obviously lacks the upside of Cordarrelle Patterson, Jennings should also benefit from the addition of Norv Turner as offensive coordinator and change at quarterback.
14.01 - Brian Hartline, WR, Miami Dolphins: Like Jennings, Hartline provides WR depth. The good news is that Hartline has back-to-back seasons with 1,000 yards. The bad news is that he has only 10 touchdowns in five NFL seasons.
15.12 - Cleveland Browns D/ST
16.01 - Mason Crosby, K, Green Bay Packers
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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 16-team league using standard scoring and the No. 3 overall pick. Follow me on Twitter (@EDSFootball) to keep track of our updates.
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