Fantasy Football Mock Draft Per Day (August 10th): 16 teams, No. 9 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 standard scoring and I have the No. 9 pick.
Here are my picks in today's mock draft:
1.09 - DeMarco Murray, RB, Dallas Cowboys
2.08 - Giovani Bernard, RB, Cincinnati Bengals
3.09 - Toby Gerhart, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars
4.08 - Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Minnesota Vikings
5.09 - Mike Wallace, WR, Miami Dolphins
6.08 - Jay Cutler, QB, Chicago Bears
7.09 - Bernard Pierce, RB, Baltimore Ravens
8.08 - Carlos Hyde, RB, San Francisco 49ers
9.09 - Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks
10.08 - Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Carolina Panthers
11.09 - Delanie Walker, TE, Tennessee Titans
12.08 - Brian Hartline, WR, Miami Dolphins
13.09 - Doug Baldwin, WR, Seattle Seahawks
14.08 - Houston Texans D/ST
15.09 - Robbie Gould, K, Chicago Bears
Some notes about my team (view full mock here):
- QBs: For one of the few times in his career, Cutler has the benefit of being in the same offensive system for a second season in a row. Not only is their continuity from a schematic standpoint, but the Bears return all 11 offensive starters on a team that scored more points than everyone but Denver. Although Cutler missed several games last season, the Bears quarterbacking duo of Cutler and Josh McCown combined to score the third-most fantasy points among QBs behind only Peyton Manning and Drew Brees. I couldn't pass up Wilson as the 17th quarterback off the board in this mock as my QB2.
- RBs: Running back is the strength of my team and it should be considering I used my first three picks on the position. While the position in general carries a higher level of durability risk, Murray is one of the poster boys of injury-prone running backs. That said, he's one of the league's most productive RBs when healthy and given the opportunity. (As a Cowboys fan, their offensive play-calling with the lead was so frustrating and head-scratching last year, but I expect them to be more committed to the run this year to help keep their porous defense off the field. At least, a fan can hope ...) Finishing as a top-15 back in 2013, Gio will see a significant increase in his usage, which increased each month of his rookie season. Gerhart is slated for a workhorse, three-down role in an offense that should be much more run-oriented in 2014. Pierce and Hyde give me an RB4/5 that could easily turn out RB2 production in a 16-team league. Pierce will start the team's first two games as Ray Rice serves his suspension and Hyde is the clear No. 2 behind 31-year-old incumbent back Frank Gore.
- WRs: I'm not crazy about the boom-or-bust Patterson as my WR1, but there is plenty of breakout potential for him in Norv Turner's offense. With new offensive coordinator Bill Lazor bringing Philadelphia's offensive scheme with him to Miami, I like Wallace as a bounce-back candidate after two consecutive seasons with less than 1,000 yards. Rookie receivers tend to struggle, but Benjamin has great size that should allow him to flourish in the red zone immediately. Hartline and Baldwin are boring, yet underrated, options that should provide solid production late. Hartline has had back-to-back seasons with 1,000-plus yards and Baldwin will be Seattle's No. 2 wideout after Golden Tate signed with the Lions in free agency.
- TEs: Walker had a career season with the Titans last season and while I'd prefer to have a higher-upside TE1, I'm comfortable starting him as the consequence of loading up on running back talent and depth early in the draft.
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- 2014 fantasy football tight end rankings
- 2014 fantasy football cheat sheet
Tomorrow's mock draft will be a 14-team league using standard scoring with the No. 8 overall pick. Follow me on Twitter (@EDSFootball) to keep track of our updates.
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