Fantasy Football Mock Draft Per Day (August 23rd): 10 teams, No. 8 pick, PPR, Super Flex
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 10-team league using point-per-reception (PPR) scoring with a super flex (QB-eligible flex) and I have the No. 8 pick.
Here are my picks in today's mock draft:
1.08 - Calvin Johnson, WR, Detroit Lions
2.03 - DeMarco Murray, RB, Dallas Cowboys
3.08 - Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots
4.03 - Andre Ellington, RB, Arizona Cardinals
5.08 - Roddy White, WR, Atlanta Falcons
6.03 - Julius Thomas, TE, Denver Broncos
7.08 - Toby Gerhart, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars
8.03 - Mike Wallace, WR, Miami Dolphins
9.08 - Pierre Thomas, RB, New Orleans Saints
10.03 - Ryan Tannehill, QB, Miami Dolphins
11.08 - Golden Tate, WR, Detroit Lions
12.03 - Rueben Randle, WR, New York Giants
13.08 - Jeremy Hill, RB, Cincinnati Bengals
14.03 - San Francisco 49ers D/ST
15.08 - Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee Titans
16.03 - Steven Hauschka, K, Seattle Seahawks
Some notes about my team (view full mock here):
- QBs: Considering how many points fantasy quarterbacks score, roster spots that can be filled with a quarterback will and should be filled by a quarterback. After all, 16 of the top-18 scorers last year were QBs. I'm higher than most on Brady (my QB6), but I was able to
draftsteal him as the QB14 in this mock. Granted, Brady was much better with Rob Gronkowski (315.0 YPG, 1.86 TD/G) than without him (237.56 YPG, 1.33 TD/G), but there's a good chance that Gronk (ACL) will be ready to go Week 1. For my flex spot, Tannehill is another guy that I like more than most experts. The QB15 in my rankings (and QB19 off the board), Tannehill should be better (and better-protected) in Bill Lazor's up-tempo offense. In addition, the ex-A&M leading receiver should get more opportunities to accumulate rushing stats as they use more read-option plays this year.
- RBs: Playing a career-high 14 games last season, Murray had a career-best season. He finished as the RB7, but he was especially good with six consecutive games with double-digit fantasy points (including 20+ in half of those) from Weeks 10 to 16. Can he stay as healthy again this season? Ellington is especially attractive in PPR formats. With the surge in workload anticipated, the Cardinals will really try to get him in space. It wouldn't surprise me if he led NFL running backs in receptions this year. Either way, he's a solid RB2 in PPR formats. One of my favorite running back values this season, Gerhart has the potential for a monster season as the team's workhorse. I have him projected for close to 300 touchdowns and 1,500 YFS (see my 2014 running back projections). PT led all RBs with 77 catches last year; I have him projected for more (albeit just one more) this season. Hill provides some depth as my RB5.
- WRs: Megatron remains my top option among WRs and the top-four RBs and top-three QBs were off the board already. This league uses three starting WRs. No WR can take over a game like Megatron, who has six career 200-yard games (counting the playoffs). A guy I often target, White hit his stride in December with 43 catches for 502 yards in his last five games. With the retirement of Tony Gonzalez, I believe there will be enough targets for both Julio Jones and Roddy White to finish as top-12 WRs. After back-to-back seasons of sub-1,000 yards, there is some reason for optimism for 60 Minutes with the Dolphins new up-tempo offense. Tate is a solid WR4 and should set career highs across the board in a more pass-oriented offense and protection from Megatron on the other side. Randle and Hunter are strong WR5/WR6 options and breakout candidates.
- TEs: Thomas broke out last season and finished as a top-three option at the position last year. Once again, I have him projected to finish as a top-three tight end and he's a nice value in Round 6.
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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 standard scoring and I have the No. 12 overall pick. Follow me on Twitter (@EDSFootball) to keep track of our updates.
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