Fantasy Football Mock Draft Per Day (August 31st): 16 teams, No. 3 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 16-team league using standard scoring and I have the No. 3 pick.
Here are my picks in today's mock draft:
1.03 - Jamaal Charles, RB, Kansas City Chiefs
2.14 - Toby Gerhart, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars
3.03 - Roddy White, WR, Atlanta Falcons
4.14 - Jordan Cameron, TE, Cleveland Browns
5.03 - Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots
6.14 - Jeremy Hill, RB, Cincinnati Bengals
7.03 - Brandin Cooks, WR, New Orleans Saints
8.14 - Sammy Watkins, WR, Buffalo Bills
9.03 - DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Houston Texans
10.14 - Anquan Boldin, WR, San Francisco 49ers
11.03 - Tre Mason, RB, St. Louis Rams
12.14 - Kansas City Chiefs D/ST
13.03 - Theo Riddick, RB, Detroit Lions
14.14 - Geno Smith, QB, New York Jets
15.03 - Shayne Graham, K, Free Agent *
(* Graham has been released by the Saints -- if this were a "real" team, I'd drop him and pick up a kicker from the free-agent pool. This shows how little I pay attention to kickers. HA.)
Some notes about my team (view full mock here):
- QBs: It's starting to sound like a broken record with Brady as my QB. Here's what I wrote in my last mock of the day: "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. ..." I actually like Smith as a QB2. He quietly led all QBs in rushing TDs (six, tied with Cam), played better down the stretch and has better weapons heading into 2014.
- RBs: I should have selected my RB4 sooner, but I really like my top-three RBs. Charles led the position in fantasy points last year and while he won't score 19 TDs again this season, he should come close to 2,000 yards from scrimmage again. It's possible that Gerhart gets as many carries this season as the team's workhorse back as he had over the four past seasons backing up Adrian Peterson. With the Law Firm officially released by the Bengals, it's clear that Hill will be a major part of the team's run-oriented offense. Mason is third on the team's depth chart, but there is a chance his role expands as the season progresses and Riddick is a decent sleeper as my RB5 in Round 13.
- WRs: White is often on my fantasy rosters and he's my WR10 in my latest fantasy rankings. In five games last December, White was healthy and hit his stride with a stat line of 43/502/2. Only two receivers had more yards than White during that span. Granted, Julio Jones (foot) was out, but I think both could be productive WR1's this year with the retirement of Tony Gonzalez. (Levine Toilolo is certainly not going to account for all of Gonzo's targets/catches.) Perhaps I should have taken my WR2 earlier, but Cooks is an exciting playmaker with some upside here as a key piece of New Orleans' high-powered offense. Watkins is so talented, but there are some obvious concerns — less-than-ideal QB situation, run-oriented offense, cold weather late in season, learning curve for rookie WRs, etc. Hopkins and Boldin are quality WR4/WR5 in 16-team leagues and provide depth.
- TEs: With Josh Gordon's full-season suspension upheld, Cameron will see a massive amount of targets this year. In his breakout season last year, Cameron had more yards than all tight ends not named Jimmy Graham. Even though the lack of Gordon on the field will lead to increased defensive attention, the spike in targets should help Cameron build upon last year's breakout season.
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 and I have the No. 8 overall pick. Follow me on Twitter (@EDSFootball) to keep track of our updates.
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