Fantasy Football Mock Draft Per Day (August 29th): 14 teams, No. 9 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 14-team league using standard scoring and I have the No. 9 pick.
Here are my picks in today's mock draft:
1.09 - DeMarco Murray, RB, Dallas Cowboys
2.06 - Julio Jones, WR, Atlanta Falcons
3.09 - Toby Gerhart, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars
4.06 - Michael Floyd, WR, Arizona Cardinals
5.09 - Mike Wallace, WR, Miami Dolphins
6.06 - Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots
7.09 - Bernard Pierce, RB, Baltimore Ravens
8.06 - Zach Ertz, TE, Philadelphia Eagles
9.09 - Lance Dunbar, RB, Dallas Cowboys
10.06 - Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Carolina Panthers
11.09 - Anquan Boldin, WR, San Francisco 49ers
12.06 - Carolina Panthers D/ST
13.09 - Benny Cunningham, RB, St. Louis Rams
14.06 - Jordan Matthews, WR, Philadelphia Eagles
15.09 - Shayne Graham, K, New Orleans Saints
Some notes about my team (view full mock here):
- QBs: Once again, it's Brady on my fantasy team. While there is a clear-cut top-three fantasy QBs, it's wide open after those three elite options. For me, I have Brady projected to score the fourth-most fantasy points among QBs. Not only does Brady benefit from the likelihood that Rob Gronkowski will be available in Week 1, but he has had another year to develop chemistry with their new receivers (either rookies or free-agent signings last year) and the most-recent addition of Tim Wright in the role of their move tight end. Brady was the QB8 in this mock, but QBs 9-12 were off the board before my next pick as well.
- RBs: Yet to play a full season, Murray played a career-high 14 games last year and finished as fantasy's RB7 in the process. Especially strong down the stretch, Murray scored the third-most fantasy points from Weeks 10 to 16 with six consecutive games of double-digit fantasy points (and half with 20-plus). One of my favorite running back values, Gerhart will have an opportunity as the Jags' three-down workhorse. I have Gerhart projected for close to 300 touches and 1,500 YFS. With Ray Rice serving a two-game suspension to start the season, Pierce will be the team's featured back in Weeks 1 and 2. If he secures the largest share of their RB duo in the process, it wouldn't surprise me. As noted, Murray has been injury prone; Dunbar provides some insurance. Either way, Dunbar figures to be more involved in the offense and could finish as a top-50 back even if Murray plays a full season. The gap between Zac Stacy and the team's No. 2 back, which appears to solidly be Cunningham, isn't as large as initially thought. He's worth a flier in Round 13 as my RB5.
- WRs: If there is any concern with Jones, it's his foot injury that sidelined him for 11 games last season and led to his second surgery on that foot. That said, he was leading the league with 116.0 YPG before the injury and he gives me a top-five wideout as my starter. Floyd broke out last year as he led the Cardinals in receiving yards and Wallace has bounce-back potential in Bill Lazor's up-tempo offense to give me a solid WR2/Flex tandem. Benjamin has great size (6-5, 240, nearly 35-inch arms) to become a dominant force in the red zone. Boldin is a solid WR5 that actually saw his numbers increase when Michael Crabtree returned from his Achilles injury last year. Matthews is the all-time SEC leader in catches/yards and it wouldn't be crazy for him to develop into the most productive Eagles receiver as the season progresses.
- TEs: One of the more talented young tight ends in the league, Ertz is poised for a breakout in his second season after a solid rookie campaign. Starting quarterback Nick Foles recently compared Ertz to Gronk, Foles' college teammate, in terms of athleticsm and ability to create mismatches.
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 16-team league using standard scoring and I have the No. 3 overall pick. Follow me on Twitter (@EDSFootball) to keep track of our updates.
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