2017 Fantasy Football Mock DraftPosted: May 2017
Scoring: This mock uses standard scoring and is for 2017 only (i.e., not keeper/dynasty leagues). Passing touchdowns are worth four points while rushing/receiving touchdowns are worth six points. In addition, one point is earned per 25 passing yards, 10 rushing yards or 10 receiving yards.
With the 2017 NFL Draft now behind us, we conducted our first Fantasy Football Mock Draft for the 2017 season. Four of our contributors each drafted for three teams.
Note: It's a "slow" draft so picks will be added as they occur with comments from Kevin Hanson (@EDSFootball).
Here is Round 1 of our 2017 Fantasy Football Mock Draft:
1.01. Kevin Hanson I - Le'Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers
Even more dominant than usual down the stretch, Bell had five 100-yard rushing games with a total of 1,091 scrimmage yards and seven touchdowns over his final six games in 2016. And despite sitting out four games last season, Bell had a total of 75 receptions and eight-plus catches in four of those games. If there's a concern with the 25-year-old Bell,he has missed three-plus games in three of four seasons due to injury and/or suspension.
1.02. Dan Yanotchko I - David Johnson, RB, Arizona Cardinals
In his breakout sophomore campaign, Johnson led the NFL in yards from scrimmage (2,118) and total touchdowns (20) and led running backs in receptions (80) and fantasy points scored (in both standard and PPR-scoring formats). When it comes to the top-three fantasy running backs in 2017, you could easily argue in favor of DJ over Bell, but both backs are elite and will likely be the consensus 1-2 (or 2-1) picks in fantasy drafts this summer.
1.03. Dan Yanotchko II - Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Dallas Cowboys
Leading the NFL in rushing attempts (322) and rushing yards (1,631) as a rookie, Elliott had a minimum of 80 rushing yards in every game from Weeks 2 to 16. Finishing second to DJ in fantasy points scored, Elliott had a minimum of 10.7 fantasy points (standard scoring) in all 15 games played. No team called a run on a higher percentage of its plays and arguably no team has as talented of an offensive line as the Cowboys.
1.04. Sean Beazley I - Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers
Finishing as the WR1, WR1 and WR3, respectively, in standard-scoring formats over the past three seasons, Brown has triple-digit receptions in four consecutive seasons and double-digit touchdowns in three straight. With an average of more than 100 receiving yards per game over that span, Brown is as safe as it gets for first-rounders in fantasy football.
1.05. Sean Beazley II - Julio Jones, WR, Atlanta Falcons
Jones had foot surgery on March 6th, but he's expected to be ready for the start of training camp and (more importantly) Week 1. With 1,400-plus yards in each of the past three seasons, Jones has averaged more than 100 yards per game in four consecutive seasons. With good health, he's a clear-cut top-three fantasy wide receiver that should go in the top half of Round 1 in fantasy football drafts this summer.
1.06. Brendan Donahue I - Odell Beckham, WR, New York Giants
He may have frustrated fantasy owners, teammates and fans at times, but Beckham is now three-for-three in seasons with double-digit touchdowns and at least 90 catches and 1,300 yards. The only real concern with OBJ is the addition of Brandon Marshall. Only Tampa's Mike Evans (175) had more targets last season than Beckham (169), who could see perhaps 20 or so fewer targets in 2017.
1.07. Brendan Donahue II - Mike Evans, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
No receiver scored more fantasy points in standard-scoring formats. Setting career highs in receptions (96) and yards (1,321) with 12 touchdowns for the second time in his three NFL seasons, Evans also led the NFL in targets (175). The addition of DeSean Jackson will mean a few less targets for Evans but less defensive attention as well.
1.08. Kevin Hanson II - LeSean McCoy, RB, Buffalo Bills
In standard-scoring formats, only two running backs -- Johnson and Elliott -- scored more fantasy points than McCoy in 2016. In 15 games, McCoy had 1,267 rushing yards (a career-high 5.4 YPC), 50 catches for 356 yards and scored 14 total touchdowns. The return of Tyrod Taylor is a positive for McCoy's 2017 fantasy outlook.
1.09. Kevin Hanson III - A.J. Green, WR, Cincinnati Bengals
Green missed six games last season due to a hamstring injury so he failed to exceed the 1,000-yard mark for the first time in his six-year career. That said, he still averaged a career-high 96.4 yards per game even with a goose egg in his final game played last season. Assuming good health in 2017, AJG is a top-five fantasy receiver.
1.10. Brendan Donahue III - Melvin Gordon, RB, Los Angeles Chargers
Lacking efficiency as a runner (3.9 YPC), Gordon made huge strides in his sophomore campaign as he was only three yards shy of the 1,000-yard rushing mark, averaged 10.2 Y/R and scored 12 touchdowns in 13 games. If MG3 is able to stay healthy for a full season, new coach Anthony Lynn should help Gordon improve his efficiency and overall production in 2017.
1.11. Dan Yanotchko III - Amari Cooper, WR, Oakland Raiders
Cooper set career highs in both receptions (83) and yards (1,153) in his sophomore campaign, but he was much more productive in the first half (52/787/2) of the season than the second half (31/366/3). Perhaps he will be more consistent throughout his age-23 season, but there are a few receivers that I'd prefer over Cooper at this spot.
1.12. Sean Beazley III - Michael Thomas, WR, New Orleans Saints
Along with Brandin Cooks, Thomas was one of two top-10 fantasy wide receivers for the Saints in 2016. The rookie had at least four catches and 40 yards in all 15 games played and finished the season with a 92/1,136/9 statistical line. With Cooks now in New England, there is plenty of room to grow in his sophomore campaign as the top target for Drew Brees.
> Continue to 2017 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: Round 2
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