Fantasy Football Mock Draft Per Day (August 12th): 12 teams, No. 7 pick, PPR, Super Flex
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 with a super flex (QB-eligible flex) and I have the No. 8 pick.
Here are my picks in today's mock draft:
1.07 - Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers
2.06 - DeMarco Murray, RB, Dallas Cowboys
3.07 - Tony Romo, QB, Dallas Cowboys
4.06 - Jordy Nelson, WR, Green Bay Packers
5.07 - Toby Gerhart, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars
6.06 - Jordan Cameron, TE, Cleveland Browns
7.07 - Julian Edelman, WR, New England Patriots
8.06 - Mike Wallace, WR, Miami Dolphins
9.07 - Fred Jackson, RB, Buffalo Bills
10.06 - Devonta Freeman, RB, Atlanta Falcons
11.07 - Lance Dunbar, RB, Dallas Cowboys
12.06 - Anquan Boldin, WR, San Francisco 49ers
13.07 - St. Louis Rams D/ST
14.06 - DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Houston Texans
15.07 - Matt Bryant, K, Atlanta Falcons
Some notes about my team (view full mock here):
- QBs: Typically, I target some later QBs in these drafts, but Rodgers is a close QB2 behind Peyton Manning's QB1 in my projections. The Packers plan to increase their pace of offensive play this year with the goal of 75 plays per game, which would have led the league last year. Rodgers has a 101:20 TD-to-INT ratio over the past three seasons with an average of 4,590 passing yards and 279 rushing yards per 16 games over that stretch. With Scott Linehan calling the plays this year and the Cowboys defense even worse than last year's 32nd-ranked unit, Romo and the Cowboys offense should be involved in many shootouts.
- RBs: Even though Murray still missed two games, he finished as the RB7 last year as he played a career-high 14 games. From Weeks 10 to 16, he was third only to Jamaal Charles and LeSean McCoy. Gerhart is one of my favorite running back values as he figures to get in the ballpark of 300 touches and 1,500 yards from scrimmage as the team's workhorse back. Jackson was a surprise to many last season and although he's 33 years old, he should lead the team in rushing touchdowns and put up flex production. Freeman provides some upside in the event that Steven Jackson doesn't stay healthy. (S-Jax is only four touches away from 3,000 in his career and 31 years old.) Dunbar stands to benefit should Murray miss time — and he provides me with insurance. That said, Joique Bell and Reggie Bush were both productive in Linehan's offense last year so I think Dunbar has upside as my RB5 even if Murray stays healthy.
- WRs: Along with Megatron and Dez, Jordy is one of three receivers with at least 3,000 yards and 30 TDs over the past three seasons. With better health from the other pass-catchers in New England, Edelman is unlikely to duplicate last year's breakout production, but I think he still leads the team in receptions and remains a better option in PPR formats. Despite back-to-back seasons with less than 1,000 yards, Wallace is a bounce-back candidate in Bill Lazor's scheme. Boldin actually produced better numbers with Michael Crabtree last season than without him. Even if that doesn't happen again this year, he's a solid WR4. Hopkins is a high-upside WR5 even though the quarterback situation is less than ideal.
- TEs: I strongly considered Rob Gronkowski at 3.07 and Julius Thomas at 5.07, but I'm happy with Cameron at 6.06. Cameron had a breakout season last year as he finished second at the position in yards behind Jimmy Graham. Especially if Josh Gordon misses the entire season, Cameron could lead all TEs in targets this season.
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- 2014 fantasy football tight end rankings
- 2014 fantasy football cheat sheet
Tomorrow's mock draft will be a 12-team league using standard scoring with the No. 5 overall pick. Follow me on Twitter (@EDSFootball) to keep track of our updates.
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