Fantasy Football Mock Draft Per Day (August 15th): 12 teams, 2-QB PPR league, No. 4 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, 2-QB league using point-per-reception (PPR) scoring and I have the No. 4 pick.
Here are my picks in today's mock draft:
1.04 — Jamaal Charles, RB, Kansas City Chiefs
2.09 — Dez Bryant, WR, Dallas Cowboys
3.04 — Colin Kaepernick, QB, San Francisco 49ers
4.09 — Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks
5.04 — Roddy White, WR, Atlanta Falcons
6.09 — Toby Gerhart, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars
7.04 — Mike Wallace, WR, Miami Dolphins
8.09 — Joique Bell, RB, , Detroit Lions
9.04 — Jordan Reed, TE, Washington Redskins
10.09 — Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, Oakland Raiders
11.04 — Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Carolina Panthers
12.09 — Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee Titans
13.04 — Geno Smith, QB, New York Jets
14.09 — Lance Dunbar, RB, Dallas Cowboys
15.04 — Cincinnati Bengals D/ST
16.09 — Steven Hauschka, K, Seattle Seahawks
17.04 — Kenny Britt, WR, St. Louis Rams
Some notes about my team (view full mock here):
- QBs: I would have taken either of my top-two quarterbacks (Peyton Manning or Aaron Rodgers) at 1.04, but both were off the board. Considered there are 24 starting QBs in this format, I'm comfortable with my QB8/QB14 as my starters. Both Kaepernick and Wilson lead run-first offenses, but they are a significant part of those rushing attacks as the duo accounted for half of the four QBs to rush for 500-plus yards last season. Kaepernick and the 49ers have an improved receiving corps, however, and we should see improved passing numbers from him in 2014. Geno provides some depth and a bye-week fill-in. Although he was inconsistent as most rookie QBs are, he played better down the stretch, led QBs with six rushing scores and has better weapons in the passing game.
- RBs: Although I have LeSean McCoy currently projected to score a half-point more than Charles in standard-scoring formats, Charles is my top-ranked option in PPR formats. There is virtually no way that Charles scores 19 TDs again, but I wouldn't be surprised if he repeats last year's 70 catches and 1,980 yards from scrimmage. While I'm higher than most on Gerhart, he's my 14th-ranked running back in PPR formats. The Jags plan on using Gerhart as a three-down back and he has been productive when given an opportunity in Minnesota. Following up last year's breakout season, Bell is still an underrated back and he's expected to get an even larger share of the workload in 2014. MJD provides some depth as my RB4 and Dunbar could have a few weeks of RB2-type production if/when DeMarco Murray misses time.
- WRs: With 10 QBs off the board by pick 2.09, Bryant was still on the board and too good to pass up. Along with Megatron, Dez is one of only two WRs to have 3,500-plus yards and 30-plus TDs over the past three seasons. Roddy is coming off a down year, but he finished strong with 43/502/2 in his final five games. During that span, he ranked second in the NFL in receptions and third in yards. Even with Julio Jones as the team's clear No. 1 wide receiver, there should be enough to go around for both to post WR1-type numbers in 2014. I like Wallace to have a bounce-back season in Bill Lazor's up-tempo offense and he's a nice value as my WR3. The other three receivers — Benjamin, Hunter and Britt — all have plenty of upside as my WR4-6.
- TEs: Perhaps I should have added a backup tight end considering Reed's concussion history, but I love his value in the ninth round. Playing nine games last year, Reed had 45 catches for 499 yards, which is equivalent to a 16-game pace of 80/887. Only two rookie TEs in NFL history have finished with at least 887 yards. If he can stay healthy, and that's a big concern for Reed owners, he has top-five upside.
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Tomorrow's mock draft will be a 14-team league using standard scoring with the No. 3 overall pick. Follow me on Twitter (@EDSFootball) to keep track of our updates.
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