2020 Fantasy Football 12-Team Half-PPR Mock Draft
Updated: August 7, 2020
The best way to become good at something is to practice. So, what should you do if you want to draft a better fantasy football team?
Practice, of course!
Leading up to the start of the 2020 NFL season, we will use the 2020 Fantasy Football Mock Draft Simulator (powered by FantasyPros) to complete fantasy football mock drafts.
We will use a variety of scoring formats -- PPR, half-PPR, standard scoring and even 2-QB leagues, league sizes and draft slots. The goal is to give you a good representation of the team that you may be able to construct given your league settings and the rationale of why we made the picks we did.
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Half-PPR Mock Draft: 12 Teams, 3rd Pick
Without further ado, here are the picks of our 12-team 2020 fantasy football mock draft using half-PPR scoring:
1.03 - Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Dallas Cowboys
A little less involved as a receiver in 2019 (54/420/2) than 2018 (77/567/3), Elliott has exceeded 300 carries every year except for his 10-game 2017 season and he's led the NFL in rushing yards per game in three of four seasons. Guaranteed for a massive workload behind one of the league's top offensive lines and in one of the league's most prolific offenses, Elliott is a slam-dunk top-three pick in 2020.
2.10 - Kenny Golladay, WR, Detroit Lions
Golladay had 65 catches for a career-high 1,190 yards (18.3 Y/R) and a league-leading 11 touchdowns on 116 targets in 2019. Those numbers would have likely been better had Matthew Stafford not missed the second half of the season. Golladay posted a 35/640/7 line and had four of his five 100-yard games through the first eight weeks with Stafford.
3.03 - Chris Carson, RB, Seattle Seahawks
Carson (hip) is expected to be ready for Week 1. Playing 15 games last season, Carson handled a career-high 315 touches for 1,496 yards from scrimmage and nine touchdowns.
4.10 - Robert Woods, WR, Los Angeles Rams
Woods scored only three touchdowns -- two receiving and one rushing -- in 2019, but he posted very similar numbers in other categories -- 9.3 targets per game (8.1 in 2018), 6.0 receptions (5.4) and 75.6 yards (76.2) last season. After the team's bye (Week 9), Woods had a minimum of nine targets every week and averaged 11.3 per game to yield 7.4/94.7/0.3 receiving per game. Woods is one of my favorite WR targets in fantasy drafts this year.
5.03 - Terry McLaurin, WR, Washington
Beginning his career with five consecutive 50-yard games including a pair of 100-yard performances, McLaurin was quick to emerge as the team's top receiver. Finishing his rookie campaign with 58 catches for 919 yards and seven touchdowns in 14 games, McLaurin should be even better in 2020 as Dwayne Haskins becomes more comfortable as the starter.
6.10 - D'Andre Swift, RB, Detroit Lions
Swift was my top-ranked running back prospect entering the draft, but the landing spot is less-than-ideal for his fantasy outlook as Swift will likely form a committee with Kerryon Johnson and the team's other backs. Swift is a complete back, but at his best as a receiver out of the backfield, which bodes well for fantasy in general.
7.03 - Marvin Jones, WR, Detroit Lions
Once again, Jones had his season cut short by injury as he missed three games in 2019 and seven games in 2018. Based on his per-game production when both Jones and Matthew Stafford were healthy, Jones was on pace for an 84/1,070/12 stat line in 2019.
8.10 - Tom Brady, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Coming off multi-year lows in completion percentage (60.8, six-year low), TD% (3.9, 11-year low) and Y/A (6.6, 18-year low), things are looking up for Brady in terms of his fantasy outlook as he replaces Jameis Winston in Tampa's high-powered offense. While the team should play with more leads and Brady likely won't lead the NFL in pass attempts (like Winston did in 2019), he inherits a supporting cast loaded with talented pass-catchers -- Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, O.J. Howard, (an unretired) Rob Gronkowski, etc.
9.03 - James White, RB, New England Patriots
Perennially undervalued in fantasy drafts, it was White, not Sony Michel, that has led the Patriots running backs in fantasy scoring in both of Michel's first two seasons. One of the league's best pass-catching backs, White has more than 70 catches in back-to-back seasons and that trend is likely to continue in 2020.
10.10 - Matt Breida, RB, Miami Dolphins
Breida was the odd-man out in San Francisco's backfield down the stretch and he moves to a situation where he has a legitimate shot to lead Miami's backfield in usage and production. The former UDFA has averaged 5.0 yards per carry and 8.4 yards per reception over his first three NFL seasons. While Miami had the league's worst offensive line last year, they made numerous investments -- via the draft and free agency -- to upgrade the unit.
11.03 - Austin Hooper, TE, Cleveland Browns
Despite missing three games, Hooper posted career highs across the board with 75 catches, 787 yards and six touchdowns. Before missing any time, Hooper was fantasy's top-scoring tight end through Week 8. As he transitions to a new team and offense, however, Hooper is more of a back-end TE1.
12.10 - Mike Gesicki, TE, Miami Dolphins
Gesicki is athletic freak -- 4.54 forty and 41.5" vertical -- at tight end and he had a breakout second season, aided by additional opportunities with the season-ending injury to UDFA receiver Preston Williams. Gesicki had five-plus targets in all eight games without Williams but only five-plus in just three of eight with him. More big slot than tight end, Gesicki finished his sophomore campaign as fantasy's TE11.
13.03 - Antonio Gibson, RB, Washington
Gibson possesses a superior combination of athleticism (4.39 forty) and size (228 pounds) and broke tackles at a ridiculous rate (33 on 77 career touches) at Memphis. With Guice missing 27 of 32 career games and Adrian Peterson now 35 years old, it wouldn't be a shock to see the (early) third-rounder make a significant fantasy-relevant impact as a rookie. Meanwhile, coach Ron Rivera said Gibson has "a skill set like Christian (McCaffrey)."
14.10 - Bears DST, DST, Chicago Bears
15.03 - Antonio Brown, WR, Free Agent
Suspended eight games to start the season, Brown's worth a late-round dart throw for what he could provide down the stretch and into the fantasy postseason.
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