Fantasy Football PPR Mock Draft: 12 Teams, 5th 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: PPR scoring
  • # of Teams: 12
  • Draft Slot: 5
  • 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:

1.05 - Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers: Finishing as the top-scoring wide receiver in PPR formats for three consecutive seasons, Brown has triple-digit receptions in four consecutive seasons and double-digit touchdowns in three straight. No receiver, or player, has a higher floor than AB84.

2.08 - Amari Cooper, WR, Oakland Raiders: Overall his numbers were solid as Cooper set career highs in both receptions (83) and yards (1,153) in his sophomore campaign. That said, Cooper was much more productive in the first half (52/787/2) than the second half (31/366/3) of the season. Hopefully, he's able to put together a more consistent season from start to finish in his age-23 season.

3.05 - 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.

4.08 - Michael Crabtree, WR, Oakland Raiders: Along with 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.

5.05 - Greg Olsen, TE, Carolina Panthers: As steady as it gets, Olsen has finished with three consecutive 1,000-yard seasons and played all 16 games every year except his rookie season.

6.08 - C.J. Anderson, RB, Denver Broncos: Missing the final nine games due to a meniscus tear, Anderson averaged just 4.0 yards per carry in his seven games played. And even though there will likely be some form of a committee with CJA, Jamaal Charles and Devontae Booker, I still expect CJA to lead the group in touches and production if he can stay healthy.

7.05 - DeSean Jackson, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Jackson posted a 56/1,005/4 slash line with Washington last season and is a high-upside WR4/flex on a weekly basis.

8.08 - Bilal Powell, RB, New York Jets: Finishing as PPR's RB16 in 2016, Powell set career highs in yards from scrimmage (1,110), receptions (58) and touchdowns (five) last season. Given Matt Forte's age and struggles last season, Powell should get a larger share of the workload and he possesses RB1 upside in any weeks that Forte may miss.

9.05 - Frank Gore, RB, Indianapolis Colts: In his age-33 season, Gore reached the 1,000-yard milestone, but he once again posted a sub-4.0 YPC average. It's likely that Gore sees less, perhaps much less, than the 301 touches that he saw in 2016, but he's still the starter and a fair value in Round 9.

10.08 - Jordan Matthews, WR, Philadelphia Eagles: The addition of Alshon Jeffery limits Matthews' upside in 2017 even though Carson Wentz is likely to take a step forward in year two. That said, he provides depth as my WR5.

11.05 - Rishard Matthews, WR, Tennessee Titans: Like J-Matt, the addition of other receivers -- Eric Decker and Corey Davis -- reduce the upside for him in 2017, but he provides more depth.

12.08 - Cam Newton, QB, Carolina Panthers: Newton completed 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, and finished as fantasy's QB17. Perhaps the additions of Christian McCaffrey and Curtis Samuel will help make things easier for Newton and lead to a bounce-back season. Either way, he's a bargain (or worth the risk) in Round 12.

13.05 - Tyrod Taylor, QB, Buffalo Bills: No team threw the ball fewer times than the Bills (474) in 2016, but that didn't keep Taylor from finishing as a top-10 fantasy quarterback (QB8) last season. The dual-threat quarterback has rushed for 1,148 yards and 10 touchdowns over the past two seasons and his rushing stats raise his fantasy floor and upside alike.

14.08 - Dion Lewis, RB, New England Patriots: Who knows how (much) Lewis will be used given the changes to the backfield? While guessing when they will occur is anyone's guess, there could/should be multiple top-24 performances from Lewis this season.

15.05 - Carolina Panthers DST

16.08 - Cairo Santos, K, Kansas City Chiefs

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