Fantasy Football Mock Draft: 12 Teams, No. 7 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: 12
  • Draft Slot: 7
  • 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:

1.07 - Mike Evans, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: There is somewhat of a consensus top six in most drafts, but the debate here was Evans or LeSean McCoy. In three-WR leagues (like this mock), I'd go with Evans the majority of the time here. Given the team's added weapons in the passing game, Evans may not lead the NFL in targets again, but no wide receiver scored more fantasy points in standard-scoring formats last season.

2.06 - Michael Thomas, WR, New Orleans Saints: Finishing as a top-10 fantasy wide receiver with Brandin Cooks in the mix, Thomas should at least post another top-10 season without Cooks and as the unquestioned No. 1 WR for Drew Brees.

3.07 - Isaiah Crowell, RB, Cleveland Browns: While I'd prefer to have another (better) RB1, Crowell has plenty of upside. Coming off a career-best season (1,271 YFS), the team improved their offensive line this offseason, added no real threat to his touches and Hue Jackson expects to be more committed to running the ball in 2017.

4.06 - Travis Kelce, TE, Kansas City Chiefs: Kelce set career highs in receptions (85), yards (1,125) and 100-yard games (six) and led the position in fantasy points scored despite scoring only four touchdowns. With Jeremy Maclin now in Baltimore, Kelce should be the clear focal point of the passing offense and has a chance to finish as fantasy's TE1 even if Rob Gronkowski plays a full season.

5.07 - 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. Expecting a "pass-happy" offense under (old and) new OC Mike McCoy, Sanders said: "I had an opportunity to play in this offense my first year in 2014. I had 1,400 yards." With (the 2014 version of) Peyton Manning no longer under center, the offense may not be exactly like the 2014 version, but there is some upside with Sanders as my WR3.

6.06 - Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Arizona Cardinals: Back for (at least) one more season, Fitzgerald has finished as a top-20 fantasy wide receiver with 100-plus catches and 1,000-plus yards in back-to-back seasons.

7.07 - 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.

8.06 - Eric Decker, WR, Tennessee Titans: Decker played just three games last season, but he had 12-plus TDs in three of his previous four seasons. In a run-first offense and more talent around Marcus Mariota, it's unclear how many targets Decker will get, but I expect him to be the most productive of the team's wide receivers.

9.07 - Cameron Meredith, WR, Chicago Bears: The Bears should be bad and Meredith should lead the team in targets with Alshon Jeffery signing a free-agent deal with the Eagles. We got a glimpse of how productive he can be with four games of nine-plus catches and 100-plus yards.

10.06 - Samaje Perine, RB, Washington Redskins: The fourth-rounder out of Oklahoma could eventually supplant Rob Kelley as the starter and it wouldn't be a huge surprise if that happens before Week 1.

11.07 - Jeremy Hill, RB, Cincinnati Bengals: Speaking of rookies taking over starting jobs, many expect Joe Mixon to lead Cincinnati's backfield in fantasy production. But Hill provides some depth late in case is doesn't play out that way.

12.06 - Dion Lewis, RB, New England Patriots: It's always difficult to predict how things will play out in New England's backfield, but Lewis should have several start-worthy games. Predicting when they will occur is the obvious challenge.

13.07 - Tyrod Taylor, QB, Buffalo Bills: No team threw the ball less than Buffalo last season, but Taylor offers loads of upside due to his rushing numbers. In two years as a starter, he has averaged 6.03 fantasy points from his rushing stats alone.

14.06 - Philip Rivers, QB, Los Angeles Chargers: The only real concern with Rivers has been the supporting cast and/or injuries to the supporting cast. If his receivers and tight ends can stay healthy, it's about as talented a group of pass catchers that he has ever had.

15.07 - New York Giants DST

16.06 - Mason Crosby, K, Green Bay Packers

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