Fantasy Football Mock Draft Per Day (July 30th): 10 teams, 2-QB League, PPR, No. 4 pick

Back on May 27th, we began our 2014 fantasy football mock draft per day series using our site's mock draft simulator (powered by FantasyPros).

As we continue through the offseason, I will continue to complete a mock draft every day as I vary the scoring format, league size, draft slot, etc. and today's mock is a 10-team, 2-QB league using point-per-reception (PPR) scoring and I have the No. 4 pick.

Here are my picks in today's mock draft:

1.04 - Jamaal Charles, RB, Kansas City Chiefs
2.07 - Demaryius Thomas, WR, Denver Broncos
3.04 - Cam Newton, QB, Carolina Panthers
4.07 - Jay Cutler, QB, Chicago Bears
5.04 - Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England Patriots
6.07 - Roddy White, WR, Atlanta Falcons
7.04 - Toby Gerhart, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars
8.07 - Pierre Thomas, RB, New Orleans Saints
9.04 - Ray Rice, RB, Baltimore Ravens
10.07 - Mike Wallace, WR, Miami Dolphins
11.04 - Marques Colston, WR, New Orleans Saints
12.07 - Golden Tate, WR, Detroit Lions
13.04 - Dwayne Bowe, WR, Kansas City Chiefs
14.07 - Jake Locker, QB, Tennessee Titans
15.04 - Denver Broncos D/ST
16.07 - Matt Bryant, K, Atlanta Falcons

Some notes about my team (view full mock here):

  • QBs: Even though it seemed a bit unlikely, my hope was to land Colin Kaepernick at 4.07 when I took Newton at 3.04. In fact, I have Kaepernick ranked one spot higher than Cam and figured there would be no chance to get both if I took Kaepernick first. A virtual sniping took place with Kaep going at 4.06 ... ugh! Even so, I'm happy with Newton/Cutler as my starters considering how loaded I am at other positions. Newton has yet to finish outside the top-five QBs in his young career and the Cutler/McCown duo finished with what would have been a top-three finish if you combine their 2013 fantasy points. Locker provides some depth and although he has struggled with accuracy, he has some upside as a QB3.

  • RBs: With Aaron Rodgers and Peyton Manning off the board before my first pick, it pushed my No. 1 overall player down to me at No. 4, which feels a little like hitting the jackpot. Charles is unlikely to score 19 touchdowns again this season, but he set career highs in receptions (70) and YFS (1,980) as well and he could come close to those numbers again as the centerpiece of KC's offense. Going from a little-used backup in Minnesota, Gerhart will be a workhorse in Jacksonville and I would have been comfortable taking him several rounds earlier. Thomas led all RBs with 77 receptions last season and I have him projected to once again lead the position group in receptions (fantasy RB projections). Once his two-game suspension concludes, Rice has the potential for a bounce-back season on the field as he has shed some weight and he looks more elusive on the practice field according to reports.

  • WRs: Thomas has been remarkably consistent in his two seasons with Peyton —94/1434/10 in 2012 and 92/1430/14 in 2013. White was as good as nearly any WR last December (43/502/2 in five games) as only Josh Gordon and Alshon Jeffery had more yards during that month. I expect him to bounce back in 2014. The quartet of Wallace, Colston, Tate and Bowe all provide me some WR3/flex with WR2 upside. (In fact, Wallace is ranked inside my top-20 fantasy WRs.)

  • TEs: Durability — 14 missed games and more than a handful of surgeries over past two years — is the obvious concern with Gronk, but he has been dominant in the red zone (43 TDs in 50 career games) and he even posted career highs in yards per game (84.6) and yards per reception (15.2) last year when he was on the field. One of the benefits of two-QB leagues is that talented players (non-QBs) like Gronk sometimes slip too far.

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