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.
Note: It's a "slow" draft so picks will be added as they occur with comments from Kevin Hanson (@EDSFootball).
Here is Round 5 of our 2017 Fantasy Football Mock Draft:
5.01. Kevin Hanson I - Michael Crabtree, WR, Oakland Raiders
Along with Amari Cooper, Crabtree is part of one of the top wide receiver duos in the NFL. In both of his seasons in Oakland, Crabtree has a minimum of 85 catches, 900 yards and eight touchdowns each season and is coming off his first 1,000-yard season since 2012.
5.02. Dan Yanotchko I - Cam Newton, QB, Carolina Panthers
After being named league MVP in 2015, Newton completed just 52.9 percent of his pass attempts and averaged only 6.9 yards per attempt and 4.0 yards per carry, all of which set career lows. In addition, he had offseason shoulder surgery that could sideline him into training camp. Selecting Christian McCaffrey and Curtis Samuel with their first two picks should help, but I'd take Tom Brady (and a couple of other QBs) before Cam in fantasy drafts this year.
5.03. Dan Yanotchko II - Golden Tate, WR, Detroit Lions
Despite his slow start last year, Tate extended his streak of 90-catch seasons to three as he finished the year with 91 catches for 1,077 yards and four touchdowns. Failing to exceed 41 yards in his first five games, Tate had five-plus catches in 10 of his final 11 games and only Larry Fitzgerald and Jordy Nelson had more receptions than Tate (74) from Weeks 6 to 17.
5.04. Sean Beazley I - Adrian Peterson, RB, New Orleans Saints
Even if coach Payton says that Peterson and Ingram "will blend well," that may be easier said than done. While Ingram may have a higher salary, it wouldn't be much of a surprise if Peterson emerged as the leader in terms of workload split (and production) in that duo. Even so, Tim Hightower averaged nearly 10 touches per game (9.7/G) last year with Ingram playing a full 16-game season for only the second time in his career.
5.05. Sean Beazley II - Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots
Regardless of how much longer he will play, Brady has shown no signs of slowing down. In 12 games following his four-game suspension, Brady averaged 296.2 yards per game and 8.2 Y/A, a five-year high, while posting a 28-to-two TD-INT ratio. With the Patriots acquiring Brandin Cooks this offseason and Rob Gronkowski missing half of last season, Brady could post even better per-game numbers in 2017.
5.06. Brendan Donahue I - Ty Montgomery, RB, Green Bay Packers
Due to injuries, Montgomery moved to running back last season and that's the plan for him going into 2017. Ted Thompson used three draft picks on running backs -- Jamaal Williams (134th overall), Aaron Jones (182nd) and Devante Mays (238), but Montgomery could finish as a top-24 fantasy running back in Green Bay's high-powered offense.
5.07. Brendan Donahue II - Ameer Abdullah, RB, Detroit Lions
After missing all but two games last season, Abdullah goes into the 2017 season as the Lions starting running back. On a per-touch basis, Abdullah was off to a good start last year -- 18/101 (5.6 YPC) rushing and 5/57/1 (11.4 Y/R) receiving -- and there is definitely some fantasy breakout potential for him in 2017.
5.08. Kevin Hanson II - Tevin Coleman, RB, Atlanta Falcons
Once again, Coleman missed multiple games, but he showed his big-play ability when he was on the field. Coleman had 118 carries for 520 yards, 31 catches for 421 yards and scored a total of 11 touchdowns. While Devonta Freeman will continue to lead the backfield in usage and production, Coleman had double-digit touches in 11 of his 13 games and finished the year as a top-20 fantasy running back.
5.09. Kevin Hanson III - Terrelle Pryor, WR, Washington Redskins
A full-time receiver for the first time, Pryor had 77 receptions for 1,007 yards and four touchdowns and added 21 rushing yards and another score despite Cleveland's quarterback issues. Getting a quarterback upgrade with Kirk Cousins on his one-year deal with Washington, Pryor could post even better numbers in his second full season at receiver.
5.10. Brendan Donahue III - Andrew Luck, QB, Indianapolis Colts
Dealing with a shoulder injury for much of the past two years, Luck opted for shoulder surgery this offseason to correct the issue and there's a chance he won't be ready for the start of training camp in July. Even though he was less than 100 percent last year, Luck still scored the fourth-most fantasy points among QBs as he threw for 4,240 yards, 31 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. In the four (of five) seasons that he has played more than seven games, Luck has rushed for more than 250 yards and multiple touchdowns in each of those seasons.
5.11. Dan Yanotchko III - Derrick Henry, RB, Tennessee Titans
The (nearly) 250-pound back averaged 4.5 yards per carry with five rushing scores last season. Even though DeMarco Murray remains the team's lead back heading into 2017, Henry should see an expanded share of the workload in his second season. Last year's split was 74-26 in Murray's favor, but I'd expect Henry to get at least 30-35 percent (if not more) of the duo's touches in 2017.
5.12. Sean Beazley III - Julian Edelman, WR, New England Patriots
After missing nine games combined in his previous two seasons, Edelman played a full 16-game slate and finished the year with 98 catches for 1,106 yards and three touchdowns. The addition of Brandin Cooks hurts Edelman's fantasy value a bit, but he remains a decent WR2 heading into 2017.
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