Fantasy Football Mock Draft: 16 Teams, No. 6 Pick

As the saying goes, practice makes perfect. While we may not be able to draft a "perfect" fantasy football team, the more we practice, the better our teams will be.

Starting on June 10th, we began drafting (at least) one fantasy football team per day using the 2017 Fantasy Football Mock Draft Simulator and we will continue to do so up until the start of the 2017 NFL season.

Each day, we will switch things up -- e.g., PPR vs. standard scoring, league size, draft slot, 2-QB leagues, auction leagues, etc.

In addition, we will centralize links to our daily fantasy football mock drafts for an easy way to keep track of our mock drafts.


Details of today's mock draft:
  • Scoring: Standard scoring (i.e., not PPR scoring)
  • # of Teams: 16
  • Draft Slot: 6
  • Roster Setup: QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, TE, Flex (RB/WR/TE), K, DST, 6 Bench

With that said, here are the results of today's mock draft:

1.06 - 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.

2.11 - Lamar Miller, RB, Houston Texans: Inefficient -- 4.0 YPC and 6.1 Y/R -- in his first season with the Texans, Miller gained 1,261 yards and scored six touchdowns on 299 touches in 14 games. With the team using its third-round pick on D'Onta Foreman, perhaps that keeps Miller fresh(er) and leads to a bounce-back in efficiency.

3.06 - Demaryius Thomas, WR, Denver Broncos: Thomas set five-year lows across the board: 90 receptions, 1,083 yards and five touchdowns. Even though Thomas battled a hip injury for much of last season, those are not bad numbers as "five-year lows." Before last season, however, Thomas had averaged 100/1,447/10 in his previous four seasons. It's reasonable to expect an improvement over last year's numbers even if he doesn't post another 100/1,400/10 season.

4.11 - Emmanuel Sanders, WR, Denver Broncos: After a career year in 2014 (101/1,404/9), Sanders has at least 75 catches and 1,000 yards in each of the past two seasons. Prefer to not have my WR2/WR3 to be on the same team, but I'm thrilled to have Sanders as my WR3 in a 16-team league.

5.06 - Tevin Coleman, RB, Atlanta Falcons: Once again, Coleman missed multiple games, but he showed his big-play ability when he was on the field. 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.

6.11 - Pierre Garcon, WR, San Francisco 49ers: Garcon is coming off his second career 1,000-yard season (79/1,041/3) and he could be in store for a bigger season in San Francisco with limited competition for targets. Garcon had 113 catches on 181 targets in 2013 when Shanahan was his coordinator in Washington.



7.06 - Hunter Henry, TE, Los Angeles Chargers: Henry finished his rookie campaign with 36/478/8. Even with Antonio Gates back, it's possible/likely that Henry leads the position group in targets and production. Worst-case scenario: Henry should build upon his rookie numbers and remain a red-zone force.

8.11 - Jonathan Stewart, RB, Carolina Panthers: There are plenty of reasons to be worried about how much you'll get out of the now 30-year-old Stewart: (1) he's missed at least three games in five consecutive seasons, (2) he's averaged less than 4.0 yards per carry in three of those five seasons including last year (3.8 YPC) and (3) the Panthers used a top-eight back on Christian McCaffrey. Even so, I expect him to lead the team in touches.

9.06 - C.J. Prosise, RB, Seattle Seahawks: Injuries limited his opportunities as Prosise missed 10 games, but he was highly productive and efficient -- 5.7 YPC and 12.2 Y/R -- when given an opportunity.

10.11 - Dion Lewis, RB, New England Patriots: One thing's clear: I have no idea which Patriots running back will have the most productive fantasy outing in any given week. That said, he provides some depth here.

11.06 - Sterling Shepard, WR, New York Giants: Shepard had 65/683/8 as a rookie and it may difficult to vastly exceed that production as a sophomore with the Giants signing Marshall in free agency.

12.11 - Eli Manning, QB, New York Giants: Manning threw for 4,027 yards and 26 touchdowns, three-year lows, and finished outside the top-20 fantasy quarterbacks (QB21) in 2016. Before last season, however, Eli threw for 4,400-plus yards with 30-plus touchdowns and finished as a top-10 fantasy QB in each of the previous two seasons. And now he has his most talented group of pass-catchers of his career.

13.06 - Andy Dalton, QB, Cincinnati Bengals: Dalton has finished as a mid-tier QB2 (QB16-18) in each of the past three seasons, but a part of that has been the injuries to the team's pass-catchers. During that span, Tyler Eifert has played a total of 22 games and A.J. Green has missed three-plus games in two of three years including six missed games last season. He's a good complement to Eli as my QB2.

14.11 - Jacksonville Jaguars DST

15.06 - Tyler Higbee, TE, Los Angeles Rams: Higbee had just 11 catches for 85 yards and a touchdown as a rookie, but there's potential for a breakout season in 2017.

16.11 - Sebastian Janikowski, K, Oakland Raiders

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