Fantasy Football Mock Draft Per Day (August 7th): 12 teams, No. 4 pick, PPR
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 point-per-reception (PPR) scoring and I have the No. 4 pick.
Here are my picks in today's mock draft:
1.04 - Adrian Peterson, RB, Minnesota Vikings
2.09 - Le'Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers
3.04 - Randall Cobb, WR, Green Bay Packers
4.09 - Toby Gerhart, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars
5.04 - Mike Wallace, WR, Miami Dolphins
6.09 - Pierre Thomas, RB, New Orleans Saints
7.04 - Jordan Reed, TE, Washington Redskins
8.09 - Danny Woodhead, RB, San Diego Chargers
9.04 - Reggie Wayne, WR, Indianapolis Colts
10.09 - Jay Cutler, QB, Chicago Bears
11.04 - Brandin Cooks, WR, New Orleans Saints
12.09 - Anquan Boldin, WR, San Francisco 49ers
13.04 - Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Carolina Panthers
14.09 - Baltimore Ravens D/ST
15.04 - Matt Bryant, K, Atlanta Falcons
Some notes about my team (view full mock here):
- QBs: The 14th quarterback off the board in this mock, Cutler is a guy that appeared on my list of 12 undervalued fantasy football options. Although he's my 11th-ranked fantasy quarterback, there is relatively modest separation in my fantasy football projections between by QB4 (Matthew Stafford) and QB12 (Tony Romo) that I'd prefer to wait if I don't nab one of the top three. If you combine the fantasy points scored by Cutler and Josh McCown last season, they would have outscored all QBs except for Peyton Manning and Drew Brees. With another year in Marc Trestman's offensive scheme and all 11 offensive starters returning, Cutler has tons of upside from his QB14 draft slot in this mock.
- RBs: This team is star-studded at running back as four of my top-six picks were RBs ranked in the top 16 of my PPR running back rankings. Peterson is obviously an all-world talent that has averaged 114.68 YFS/G and has scored 91 total TDs over his 103 career games. A true workhorse back, Bell averaged 22.2 touches per game including 45 catches and has shed some weight, which should help him improve his 3.5 YPC last season. Gerhart is one of my favorite RB values this year and I expect ~300 touches and 1,500 YFS from him this year. PT and Woodhead finished first and second in receptions for RBs last season; both are obviously better options in PPR formats.
- WRs: Often in these mocks, I end up waiting on WR. I debated Gerhart and Roddy White with pick 4.09 and in hindsight, I should have taken Roddy. As much as I like the value of PT at pick 6.09, it stinks that he will be on the pine most weeks as my RB4. I think Wallace has a bounce-back year, but I'd like the duo of Cobb/White as my starters more than Cobb/Wallace. Beyond my starters, I expect Wayne to lead the Colts in receptions. Cooks and Benjamin will both have an opportunity to make an impact as rookies; Cooks due to his speed and versatility, Benjamin due to his size. Surprisingly, Boldin was more productive (6.13 Rec/G, 85.25 Y/G) with Michael Crabtree in the lineup than he was without him (4.72 Rec/G, 65.82 YPG) counting the playoffs.
- TEs: As noted in my Jordan Reed fantasy football profile, my favorite stat for Reed is that he was on pace for 80 catches and 887 yards last season and only two TEs have ever finished with at least 887 yards in their rookie season — Mike Ditka (1961) and Jeremy Shockey (2002). While durability (concussions) remain a concern, there is top-five upside here if (a big if) Reed can stay healthy.
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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 10-team, 2-QB league with point-per-reception (PPR) scoring and the No. 10 overall pick. Follow me on Twitter (@EDSFootball) to keep track of our updates.
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