Fantasy Football Mock Draft Per Day (August 27th): 12 teams, 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 12-team league using standard scoring and I have the No. 5 pick.
Here are my picks in today's mock draft:
1.05 - Eddie Lacy, RB, Green Bay Packers
2.08 - Giovani Bernard, RB, Cincinnati Bengals
3.05 - Andre Ellington, RB, Arizona Cardinals
4.08 - Roddy White, WR, Atlanta Falcons
5.05 - Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Minnesota Vikings
6.08 - Mike Wallace, WR, Miami Dolphins
7.05 - Pierre Thomas, RB, New Orleans Saints
8.08 - Jeremy Hill, RB, Cincinnati Bengals
9.05 - Dennis Pitta, TE, Baltimore Ravens
10.08 - Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots
11.05 - Cecil Shorts, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars
12.08 - James Starks, RB, Green Bay Packers
13.05 - Cincinnati Bengals D/ST
14.08 - Phil Dawson, K, San Francisco 49ers
15.05 - Mike Evans, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Some notes about my team (view full mock here):
- QBs: Brady in Round 10? Um, ok. While I'd consider a top-three QB starting in Round 3, I typically wait on QBs, which leads to the potential for tremendous values. Not only did Brady fall to Round 10, but Colin Kaepernick fell to Round 12. Despite an injury-plagued 2012 and 2013 season for tight end Rob Gronkowski, it continues to appear that Gronk has an excellent chance to be ready for Week 1. Obviously, that bodes well for Brady's fantasy outlook as he averaged 315.0 YPG and 1.86 TD/G with Gronk; only 237.56 YPG and 1.33 TD/G without him last year.
- RBs: Lacy led the NFL in games with 20-plus carries and only LeSean McCoy had more rushing yards from Week 5 through the end of the season. The versatile Bernard finished as a top-20 back as a rookie and will see an expanded workload in 2014. The Cards seem intent on making Ellington a workhorse back. While some are concerned he won't hold up with the sharp spike in usage, he gives me a third RB1-type producer (my first three picks are all inside my top-12 RBs). Thomas is better in PPR formats, but he's a value as my RB4. Hill should get plenty of work between the tackles and at the goal line. Along with Ellington, Starks averaged a position-high 5.5 YPC last season and he provides insurance in case of a Lacy injury.
- WRs: In my latest rankings update, White was moved up a couple of spots to No. 10. With a 43/502/2 line in five games last December, only two receivers had more yards than he did. With the retirement of Tony Gonzalez, I think there will be enough targets for both White and Julio Jones to finish as WR1 producers. Patterson is a versatile and explosive playmaker that should benefit from the change in quarterback and offensive coordinator. Wallace is poised to bounce back under new OC Bill Lazor after back-to-back seasons with less than 1,000 yards. Shorts and Evans provide some depth as my WR4/5.
- TEs: Expectations were high for Pitta last offseason before a hip injury nearly sidelined his entire season. With better health and a TE-friendly offensive coordinator, Pitta's breakout season could be this year.
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 point-per-reception (PPR) scoring with a super flex (QB-eligible flex) and I have the No. 10 overall pick. Follow me on Twitter (@EDSFootball) to keep track of our updates.
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