Fantasy Football Mock Draft Per Day (August 1st): 12 teams, No. 8 pick, PPR

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 and I have the No. 8 pick.

Here are my picks in today's mock draft:

1.08 - Eddie Lacy, RB, Green Bay Packers
2.05 - Le'Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers
3.08 - Andre Johnson, WR, Houston Texans
4.05 - Toby Gerhart, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars
5.08 - Matthew Stafford, QB, Detroit Lions
6.05 - Pierre Thomas, RB, New Orleans Saints
7.08 - Jordan Reed, TE, Washington Redskins
8.05 - Eric Decker, WR, New York Jets
9.08 - Devonta Freeman, RB, Atlanta Falcons
10.05 - Dwayne Bowe, WR, Kansas City Chiefs
11.08 - Brandin Cooks, WR, New Orleans Saints
12.05 - Cecil Shorts, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars
13.08 - Cincinnati Bengals D/ST
14.05 - Hakeem Nicks, WR, Indianapolis Colts
15.08 - Matt Bryant, K, Atlanta Falcons

Some notes about my team (view full mock here):

  • QBs: Perhaps I should have waited on QB and used my fifth-round pick on a second wide receiver. In hindsight, I could have taken Cam Newton in the ninth round. That said, Stafford has a loaded group of skill-position players as Golden Tate and rookie Eric Ebron join Calvin Johnson, Reggie Bush and Joique Bell. One of a handful of quarterbacks to ever throw for 5,000 yards in a season, Stafford may have his best opportunity this year to duplicate that feat.

  • RBs: The trio of Lacy, Bell and Gerhart could amass 1,000 touches this season although I have them projected for slightly less — 962 touches including 132 receptions. Less of a workhorse, Thomas led NFL running backs in receptions (77) last season and fellow 70-catch back Darren Sproles is now in the City of Brotherly Love. Based on my PPR rankings, all four of these running backs rank in my top 14. Freeman has more appeal in dynasty leagues than re-draft leagues, but he is only a Steven Jackson injury away from a featured role.

  • WRs: When healthy, Johnson has been an absolute stud. In each of his last four full 16-game seasons, Johnson has posted 100-plus catches and 1,400-plus yards. Of all this team's starting positions, WR2 is the weakest, but I have several WR3/WR4 types that hopefully step up — Decker, Bowe, Cooks, Shorts and Nicks.

  • TEs: Obviously, the concern with Reed is his durability. Not only did he miss extended time with a concussion last year, but he has had numerous concussions over his career going back to his days at Florida. If he can stay healthy, however, he could be a steal. Based on his production over nine games last year, Reed was on pace for 80 catches and 887 yards. As I've noted in the past, only two rookie tight ends have ever reached 887 yards — Mike Ditka and Jeremy Shockey.

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Tomorrow's mock draft will be a 10-team point-per-reception (PPR) scoring and a super flex (QB-eligible flex) with the No. 2 overall pick. Follow me on Twitter (@EDSFootball) to keep track of our updates.

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