Fantasy Football Mock Draft Per Day (August 26th): 10 teams, 2-QB PPR League, No. 5 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 10-team, 2-QB league using point-per-reception (PPR) scoring and I have the No. 5 pick.
Here are my picks in today's mock draft:
1.05 - Jamaal Charles, RB, Kansas City Chiefs
2.06 - Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots
3.05 - Dez Bryant, WR, Dallas Cowboys
4.06 - Brandon Marshall, WR, Chicago Bears
5.05 - Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England Patriots
6.06 - Toby Gerhart, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars
7.05 - Ryan Tannehill, QB, Miami Dolphins
8.06 - Joique Bell, RB, Detroit Lions
9.05 - Pierre Thomas, RB, New Orleans Saints
10.06 - Mike Wallace, WR, Miami Dolphins
11.05 - Carson Palmer, QB, Arizona Cardinals
12.06 - Golden Tate, WR, Detroit Lions
13.05 - Reggie Wayne, WR, Indianapolis Colts
14.06 - Carolina Panthers D/ST
15.05 - Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee Titans
16.06 - Mason Crosby, K, Green Bay Packers
Some notes about my team (view full mock here):
- QBs: The top-three fantasy QBs and LeSean McCoy were off the board through the first four picks so it made sense to start with my top-ranked PPR running back. (McCoy is my top-ranked RB in standard-scoring formats.) That said, I like Brady to bounce back this year with a healthier Rob Gronkowski and another year to develop chemistry with his wide receivers. Tannehill has upside as my QB2. Not only should his passing numbers improve under Bill Lazor, but they are expected to use more read-option plays, which will boost his rushing production. Hoping Jay Cutler would last to pick 4.06 (he went 4.04), I considered Russell Wilson in the fourth round, but I could pass up the value of Marshall. Palmer gives me another QB2 type and covers my bye weeks.
- RBs: The quartet of Charles, Gerhart, Bell and Thomas give me four top-20 PPR running backs (at least, based on my rankings). Charles should come close to the 1,980 YFS and 70 receptions he had last year. Gerhart is slated for a three-down role and could be in line for close to 300 touches and 1,500 YFS. Bell has had 50-plus catches in back-to-back years and should see his workload expand in 2014. Last but not least, Thomas led all RBs in catches (77) last year and could get more with Darren Sproles now in Philadelphia.
- WRs: The duo of Dez and Marshall give me two top-five options as my starting WRs. Bryant is one of just two receivers with 3,500-plus yards and 30-plus touchdowns over the past three seasons. Marshall has seven consecutive 1,000-yard seasons and has at least 100 receptions in each of his past five seasons with Cutler. A bounce-back candidate coming off back-to-back seasons with less than 1,000 yards, Wallace is a nice value in Round 10. Tate gets a change of scenery and should set career highs in more pass-centric offense. Wayne will turn 36 in November and is coming off a torn ACL, but I wouldn't be surprise if he's the most productive Colts WR in PPR formats. Hunter is an athletic freak with lots of upside this late in the draft.
- TEs: After missing 14 games over past two seasons, Gronk seems likely to be ready for the opener even though it may not be a lock. Dominant in the red zone, Gronk has a total of 43 touchdowns over his 50 career games. Last season, he set a career high with a position-leading 84.6 YPG. In other words, Gronkowski's ceiling is higher than any tight end even though he comes with more than his fair share of durability risk.
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 12-team league using standard scoring and I have the No. 5 overall pick. Follow me on Twitter (@EDSFootball) to keep track of our updates.
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