2020 Fantasy Football 12-Team Half-PPR Mock Draft
Updated: August 11, 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, 9th Pick
Without further ado, here are the picks of our 12-team 2020 fantasy football mock draft using half-PPR scoring with the ninth pick:
1.09 - Joe Mixon, RB, Cincinnati Bengals
One of just three backs with 275-plus touches in each of the past two seasons, Mixon started slowly last year but finished strong -- RB4 over final eight weeks with 177/817/5 (4.62 YPC) rushing and 16/177 (11.06 Y/R) receiving. Both the offense overall and the offensive line should be better in 2020, which should help to carry over his second-half momentum into 2020.
2.04 - Chris Godwin, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
With DeSean Jackson departing in free agency, Godwin (more than) delivered on the breakout that was expected of him. Despite missing two games, he shattered previous career highs with 86 catches for 1,333 yards and nine touchdowns to finish as fantasy's WR2.
3.09 - 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.
4.04 - Cooper Kupp, WR, Los Angeles Rams
Kupp posted career-best numbers in targets (134), receptions (94), yards (1,161), yards per game (72.6) and touchdowns (10) in 2019. With the spike in targets to tight end Tyler Higbee over the final month of the season, Kupp saw his per-game targets drop to 6.0 over the final five games compared to 9.45 per game from Weeks 1-12. Trading Brandin Cooks to Houston should help both Kupp and Woods, however.
5.09 - David Montgomery, RB, Chicago Bears
Earlier this offseason, GM Ryan Pace talked about Montomgery's ability to "carry a heavier load" if the team runs more often in 2020. While the former Cyclone averaged only 3.7 YPC, he finished his rookie campaign with 242 carries and 25 receptions.
6.04 - Dak Prescott, QB, Dallas Cowboys
Shattering previous career highs as a passer, Prescott threw for 4,902 yards and 30 touchdowns and only Lamar Jackson scored more fantasy points in 2019. With CeeDee Lamb slipping to Dallas in the draft, the trio of Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup and Lamb give Prescott one of the league's best trio of pass-catchers. Dak's rushing ability -- 277-plus rushing yards every year and 21 scores in four seasons -- raises his fantasy floor.
7.09 - 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.
8.04 - Cam Akers, RB, Los Angeles Rams
With Todd Gurley gone (and now in Atlanta), Akers appears to be the Rams back to own even though Sean McVay has talked up the hot-hand committee approach that the 49ers used last season. Despite running behind a terrible offensive line at Florida State, the former five-star recruit became just the third back in school history to reach the 1,000-yard mark in back-to-back seasons and 3.9 yards of his 4.9 YPC came after contact, per PFF.
9.09 - Phillip Lindsay, RB, Denver Broncos
The former UDFA has begun his career with back-to-back seasons with 1,000 rushing yards and 35 catches. As productive as he has been, he moves down a spot on the depth chart as the team signed Melvin Gordon in free agency.
10.04 - Golden Tate, WR, New York Giants
Serving a four-game PED suspension to begin the year, Tate performed as fantasy's WR28 from Weeks 5 to 17. Tate averaged 7.7 targets, 4.5 receptions and 61.5 yards per game and scored six touchdowns, tied for the second-most in his career.
11.09 - Rob Gronkowski, TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Outside of his 2010 rookie season, Gronkowski's 52.5 YPG average in his final season (2018) in New England was the lowest of his career by a wide margin. After taking a year off and shedding 15 pounds, Gronk should be a factor up the seam and in the red zone for the Bucs.
12.04 - 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. Especially considering the team's WR3/WR4 are sitting 2020 out, Gesicki has the potential to take another significant step forward in year three.
13.09 - Giovani Bernard, RB, Cincinnati Bengals
Bernard provides this team with a handcuff for Mixon.
14.04 - Sammy Watkins, WR, Kansas City Chiefs
Watkins was amazing in Week 1 (9/198/3) and productive in the playoffs (14/288/1 in three games), but below-average in between. In 13 games from Weeks 2 to 17, Watkins had a 43/475 receiving line with no touchdowns and performed as fantasy's WR74 during that non-Week 1 stretch. Not only has Watkins missed multiple games in four of the past five years, but it's possible, perhaps likely, that second-year receiver Mecole Hardman leapfrogs him on the targets pecking order.
15.09 - Chiefs DST, DST, Kansas City Chiefs
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