Fantasy Football Mock Draft Per Day (August 13th): 12 teams, No. 5 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 12-team league using standard scoring and I have the No. 5 pick.
Here are my picks in today's mock draft:
1.05 - Matt Forte, RB, Chicago Bears
2.08 - Giovani Bernard, RB, Cincinnati Bengals
3.05 - Randall Cobb, WR, Green Bay Packers
4.08 - Roddy White, WR, Atlanta Falcons
5.05 - Jordan Cameron, TE, Cleveland Browns
6.08 - Mike Wallacer, WR, Miami Dolphins
7.05 - Lamar Miller, RB, Miami Dolphins
8.08 - Jordan Reed, TE, Washington Redskins
9.05 - Brandin Cooks, WR, New Orleans Saints
10.08 - Colin Kaepernick, QB, San Francisco 49ers
11.05 - Jay Cutler, QB, Chicago Bears
12.08 - Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Carolina Panthers
13.05 - St. Louis Rams D/ST
14.08 - Charles Sims, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
15.05 - Dan Bailey, K, Dallas Cowboys
Some notes about my team (view full mock here):
- QBs: In my post on 12 undervalued players in fantasy football, the two quarterbacks that made the list were Kaepernick and Cutler. Typically, I don't draft two QBs in 12-team leagues, but I couldn't pass up the value at these spots. In his past 30 games counting the playoffs since becoming the starter, Kaepernick has rushed for 1,335 yards (6.92 YPC) and 11 touchdowns. Aside from his rushing abilities, he now has his best group of pass-catchers in his career with a healthier Michael Crabtree and the addition of Stevie Johnson. Meanwhile, Cutler and Josh McCown combined for what would have been the third-most fantasy points among QBs last season. If he can stay healthy, Cutler has a lot of upside in Year 2 in Trestman's offense with all 11 offensive starters returning.
- RBs: I strongly considered going with a third running back (Toby Gerhart) at 3.05, but I like Forte and Bernard as my RB1 and RB2, respectively. As a perfect fit for Trestman's offense, Forte set career highs across the board last season and finished third among RBs in fantasy points. A top-15 producer as a rookie, Bernard has a shot to get 300 touches in his second season and a "good share" of the goal-line carries. Miller is an excellent fit for Bill Lazor's up-tempo offense and I'd expect him to outperform free-agent addition Knowshon Moreno. The Bucs have talked about using a committee backfield and I expect Sims to be the second-biggest part of that as he carves out a third-down role. This team was a bit unusual for me as I usually don't have two QBs and two TEs on my rosters and the down side of that is I have only four running backs on this team.
- WRs: A dynamic and explosive playmaker, Cobb set a career high in YFS/G last season, but he missed a total of 10 games. If Cobb can stay healthy, I have two (low-end) WR1's on this roster with Roddy and Cobb. White had 43/502/2 over last year's final five games and only two receivers (Josh Gordon and Alshon Jeffery) had more yards than White. While Julio Jones is clearly the team's No. 1 receiver, there should be enough to go around for White to bounce back with the retirement of Tony Gonzalez. Wallace has bounce-back appeal after consecutive seasons with less than 1,000 yards and Cooks and Benjamin could both make big impacts as rookies. Cooks has seemed to make "wow" plays on a routine basis during the offseason and training camp. Benjamin has a big (6-5, 35-inch arms) target in the red zone on a team with modest WR talent.
- TEs: Assuming Gordon misses the entire season, Cameron will be the focal point of Cleveland's passing attack in 2014. While that means more defensive attention, he could/should lead all tight ends in targets in that scenario. In his breakout season last year, only Jimmy Graham had more yards. Generating rave reviews this offseason, Reed had 45 catches for 499 yards in nine games last year, which would have been an impressive pace of 80/887 as a rookie. If he can stay healthy, he has top-five upside and I couldn't pass up the value.
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- 2014 fantasy football quarterback rankings
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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 16-team league using standard scoring with the No. 2 overall pick. Follow me on Twitter (@EDSFootball) to keep track of our updates.
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