Fantasy Football Mock Draft Per Day (August 16th): 14 teams, No. 3 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 14-team using point-per-reception (PPR) scoring and I have the No. 3 pick.
Here are my picks in today's mock draft:
1.03 - LeSean McCoy, RB, Philadelphia Eagles
2.12 - Randall Cobb, WR, Green Bay Packers
3.03 - Toby Gerhart, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars
4.12 - Michael Floyd, WR, Arizona Cardinals
5.03 - Joique Bell, RB, Detroit Lions
6.12 - Jordan Reed, TE, Washington Redskins
7.03 - Jay Cutler, QB, Chicago Bears
8.12 - Brandin Cooks, WR, New Orleans Saints
9.03 - Zach Ertz, TE, Philadelphia Eagles
10.12 - Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee Titans
11.03 - Lance Dunbar, RB, Dallas Cowboys
12.12 - Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Carolina Panthers
13.03 - Cincinnati Bengals D/ST
14.12 - Steven Hauschka, K, Seattle Seahawks
15.03 - Latavius Murray, RB, Oakland Raiders
Some notes about my team (view full mock here):
- QBs: As I have noted in various posts this offseason, if I don't get a top-three QB then I'd prefer to wait and Cutler is one of my top targets in those cases. Appearing on my list of undervalued fantasy options, Cutler should be more comfortable running Marc Trestman's offense in Year 2. Aside from scheme continuity, the Bears return all 11 starters on offense as well. While Cutler missed a significant chunk of last season, the Cutler and Josh McCown duo combined for what would have been the third-most fantasy points among QBs behind only Peyton Manning and Drew Brees last season. With arguably the league's best supporting cast of offensive weapons, Cutler has top-five upside (or better) despite being the 13th quarterback off the board in this mock.
- RBs: With a rushing title in his first season in Chip Kelly's offense, McCoy has set his sights on 2,000 rushing yards. While that's unlikely, it wouldn't surprise me if wins another rushing title and finishes with 2,000 yards from scrimmage. Gerhart goes from a backup role behind Adrian Peterson to a workhorse role with the Jags. Based on my fantasy football projections, Gerhart could end the year with roughly 300 touches and 1,500 YFS. Bell is expected to see an uptick in workload, but he had a breakout season last year as he finished as a top-20 RB. Both Dunbar and Murray could see their opportunities expand as they are directly behind injury-prone backs.
- WRs: Both Cobb and Floyd give me solid options at WR1/2. Missing 10 games last season, Cobb was on pace for 1,367 yards and 11 TDs and is a dynamic and versatile receiver. Floyd had a breakout year leading the Cardinals in receiving yards and the buzz continues as we head in Year 3. Beyond my starters, I have three upside options as depth. Explosive and highly productive at Oregon State (Biletnikoff winner), Cooks has turned heads all offseason and camp and should be used creatively in the Saints offense. Hunter has freakish measurables and exploded for 111 yards and two TDs last night. As much as I liked him before yesterday, I'm disappointed that last night's performance will continue to push his ADP higher. Benjamin has a chance to make a big (pun intended) impact in the red zone with his 6-foot-5, 240-pound frame.
- TEs: On a per-game basis, Reed could be a top-five fantasy TE in 2014. As a rookie, he caught 45 passes for 499 yards in nine games. Over a full 16-game season, that would be a pace of 80 catches for 887 yards. There is plenty of durability risk with his concussion history, but only two rookie tight ends have ever reached 887 yards. Ertz possesses a ton of breakout potential as he enters his second season as well. Just last night, quarterback Nick Foles compared Ertz to Gronk in that they are "similar in ability to stretch defense, make tough catches, thrive on athleticism."
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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 point-per-reception (PPR) scoring with the No. 10 overall pick. Follow me on Twitter (@EDSFootball) to keep track of our updates.
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