Fantasy Football Mock Draft Per Day (August 22nd): 14 teams, No. 2 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 14-team league using point-per-reception (PPR) scoring and I have the No. 2 pick.
Here are my picks in today's mock draft:
1.02 - Jamaal Charles, RB, Kansas City Chiefs
2.13 - Andre Ellington, RB, Arizona Cardinals
3.02 - Alshon Jeffery, WR, Chicago Bears
4.13 - Michael Floyd, WR, Arizona Cardinals
5.02 - Julian Edelman, WR, New England Patriots
6.13 - Pierre Thomas, RB, New Orleans Saints
7.02 - Colin Kaepernick, QB, San Francisco 49ers
8.13 - Darren McFadden, RB, Oakland Raiders
9.02 - Heath Miller, TE, Pittsburgh Steelers
10.13 - Cecil Shorts, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars
11.02 - Travis Kelce, TE, Kansas City Chiefs
12.13 - Josh Gordon, WR, Cleveland Browns
13.02 - Cincinnati Bengals D/ST
14.13 - Kenny Britt, WR, St. Louis Rams
15.02 - Dan Bailey, K, Dallas Cowboys
Some notes about my team (view full mock here):
- QBs: I considered Aaron Rodgers at 2.13 (he went at 2.14) as there is a significant gap between my top-three fantasy QBs and the next tier. Within the next tier, however, they are tightly bunched together in terms of my projected fantasy points. One of four QBs with 500-plus rushing yards last year, Kaepernick has improved/healthier weapons in the passing game and has top-five upside. He's my eighth-ranked fantasy QB, but the 12th one off the board in this mock.
- RBs: Charles and Ellington are two of the better receivers out of the backfield in the NFL. Charles set a career-high in YFS (1,980), TDs (19) and receptions (70) last year as he led all running backs in fantasy points. With it highly unlikely that he repeats or even comes close to the 19 TDs, he has a shot to get close to 2,000 YFS and 70 catches again. Ellington was highly productive on a per-touch basis last year — 5.53 YPC and 9.52 Y/R. If he is able to hold up to the spike in workload expected for him, Ellington can produce as a solid RB1 in PPR formats (as my RB2). Thomas led all RBs in receptions (77) and Darren Sproles, who also had over 70 catches, is now in Philly. McFadden is an injury-prone back, but there is enough talent there that he's worth the risk as an RB4 in a 14-team league.
- WRs: Jeffery led the Bears in receiving yards and finished third in the NFL in the category last year. If you add his rushing yards, only Josh Gordon had more YFS last season among WRs. Like Jeffery, Floyd led his team in receiving yards in his second season. Generating plenty of buzz this offseason, Floyd has WR1 upside based on his skill set. Edelman may not repeat last year's breakout numbers, but he's clearly the receiver that Tom Brady trusts the most and is a solid WR2/Flex option in PPR formats. Shorts provides some depth as my WR4; I expect him to lead the Jags in receiving, but he has missed five games over the past two seasons. Only 25 years old and possessing tons of physical talent, Britt has failed to reach his potential due to injuries and character issues, but he seems to have his head on straight now. Last but not least (or maybe least), it's unclear if last year's top-scoring receiver will play at all. With six receivers on this roster, I can obviously cut him if his full-year suspension is upheld. If it's reduced, however, I get a WR1 for whatever number of games he can play at a fraction of the cost.
- TEs: With my tight end duo of Miller and Kelce, I pair a solid and safe — perhaps boring — tight end with a high-upside — less boring — one. Another year removed from his torn ACL, Miller could finish with 70 catches and 700 yards and give me solid production each week. While Kelce missed all of last season after having microfracture surgery, but he has shown his mismatch-creating abilities with his pair of long touchdowns in the preseason. In an offense with limited options at wide receiver and a weak-armed quarterback, Kelce has TE1 upside.
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Our 2014 fantasy football rankings:
- 2014 fantasy football quarterback rankings
- 2014 fantasy football running back rankings
- 2014 fantasy football wide receiver rankings
- 2014 fantasy football tight end rankings
- 2014 fantasy football cheat sheet
Tomorrow's mock draft will be a 10-team league with a super flex (QB-eligible flex) using point-per-reception (PPR) scoring the No. 8 overall pick. Follow me on Twitter (@EDSFootball) to keep track of our updates.
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