Fantasy Football Mock Draft: 16 Teams, 4th 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: 4
  • 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:

1.04 - 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 10.7 fantasy points (standard scoring) in all 15 games played. The only concern with Zeke is the potential for some league discipline.

2.13 - DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Houston Texans: Poor quarterback play sabotaged Hopkins' 2016 production as he finished with just 78 catches for 954 yards and four touchdowns. Things shouldn't be any worse in 2017, but expectations for a major bounce-back should be tempered given inexperience at quarterback. I have Demaryius Thomas ranked higher than Hopkins, but due to their respective fantasy football ADPs, I was more likely to get both by taking Hopkins first.

3.04 - Demaryius Thomas, WR, Denver Broncos: Thomas set five-year lows across the board: 90 receptions, 1,083 yards and five touchdowns. (Not bad for "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.

4.13 - 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. That said, CJA should get the largest share of early-down work even with the team adding Jamaal Charles in free agency.

5.04 - 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 with Shanahan as his coordinator in Washington.

6.13 - DeVante Parker, WR, Miami Dolphins: Preseason expectations were unfortunately greater than his actual production in 2016. Coaches, players and reporters have generally talked Parker up all offseason once again. There is some upside with Parker as my WR4.

7.04 - Marcus Mariota, QB, Tennessee Titans: Finishing as fantasy's QB12 in 2016, Mariota has an improved supporting cast around him going into 2017. Perhaps I'm too high on Mariota, but he is my QB6 so I'm thrilled to get him as the QB10 in this mock draft.

8.13 - Coby Fleener, TE, New Orleans Saints: In his first season in New Orleans, Fleener set four-year lows in both receptions (50) and targets (81), but his 631 receiving yards and four touchdowns (three receiving and one rushing) were the second-most of his career. While he disappointed fantasy owners (compared to his ADP), Fleener scored the 12th-most fantasy points in 2016. Punting on TE in this mock, Fleener has some upside with Brandin Cooks in New England.

9.04 - Thomas Rawls, RB, Seattle Seahawks: There is plenty of uncertainty around the role for Rawls going into the season. With the addition of Eddie Lacy, it appears that Rawls will be his backup, but I think Rawls offers some late-round value if he can stay healthy.

10.13 - 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 Brandon Marshall in free agency.

11.04 - Jonathan Williams, RB, Buffalo Bills: On limited touches (110 in 15 games), Mike Gillislee scored a total of nine touchdowns and the 27th-most fantasy points (standard scoring) among running backs last season. With Gillislee now in New England, the 223-pound second-year back is expected to move into the role vacated by Gillislee and he has weekly flex upside even if LeSean McCoy stays healthy for a full season.

12.13 - Jason Witten, TE, Dallas Cowboys: Slow and steady, the 35-year-old tight end provides some consistent but low-upside production if Fleener disappoints.

13.04 - Devontae Booker, RB, Denver Broncos: Depending on how CJA (and Charles) play(s) or their respective health, Booker could see plenty of opportunities at some point during the season.

14.13 - Pittsburgh Steelers DST

15.04 - Justin Tucker, K, Baltimore Ravens

16.13 - Joe Flacco, QB, Baltimore Ravens: Only Drew Brees (673) threw more pass attempts than Flacco (672) last season, but the Ravens actually led the NFL in pass attempts in 2016. That said, Flacco was incredibly inefficient as he set or tied career lows in both Y/A (6.4) and TD% (3.0) in 2016. It should help that he's another year removed from his torn ACL and the addition of Jeremy Maclin helps to fill the void left by Steve Smith's retirement.

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