2020 Fantasy Football 12-Team PPR Mock Draft
Updated: August 6, 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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That said, nothing beats practicing yourself so (check out the simulator) and complete a mock in a matter of minutes.
PPR Mock Draft: 12 Teams, 8th Pick
Without further ado, here are the picks of our 12-team 2020 fantasy football mock draft using point-per-reception (PPR) scoring:
1.08 - Derrick Henry, RB, Tennessee Titans
Not much of a factor in the passing game, Henry is force-fed the ball in Tennessee's run-first offense. Counting three playoff games, Henry rushed for 1,986 yards and 18 touchdowns over 18 games in 2019. From Week 10 on, the 250-pound bruising back eclipsed the 100-yard mark in seven of nine games. Perhaps a bit of a reach at the end of Round 1, the Titans drafted a 350-pound, road-grading right tackle (Isaiah Wilson) to fill the void of Jack Conklin's free-agent departure.
2.05 - DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Arizona Cardinals
With 150-plus targets in five consecutive seasons, Hopkins has a league-high 830 over that span and he's second in receptions (504), yards (6,590) and touchdowns (46) since 2015. Even if he doesn't dominate targets to the same degree he did in Houston, Hopkins is a top-end WR1 heading into 2020 with his new club.
3.08 - 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.
4.05 - 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.
5.08 - Mark Ingram, RB, Baltimore Ravens
Despite being second on his team in rushing (behind the team's quarterback), Ingram still performed as an RB1 in all scoring formats in 2019. Ingram eclipsed the 1,000-yard rushing mark, averaged 5.0 yards per carry and scored a total of 15 touchdowns for the league's highest-scoring offense. Ingram's grip on the lead-back role is weakened some by the team drafting a talented back (J.K. Dobbins), but the veteran back remains a viable RB2 in 2020.
6.05 - Tyler Boyd, WR, Cincinnati Bengals
Posting back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons, Boyd set career highs in targets (148), receptions (90) and yards (1,046) as A.J. Green sat the entire year out. If Green stays healthy in 2020, Boyd's target share will certainly drop from his 24.03% share last season, but he should bounce back from last year's 7.1 yards per target and a career-low 60.8% catch rate with Joe Burrow under center.
7.08 - Diontae Johnson, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers
As a rookie, Johnson posted team highs in targets (92), receptions (59) and touchdowns (five) and was second in receiving yards (680) as he finished as fantasy's WR41. Even though the team drafted Chase Claypool in the second round and JuJu Smith-Schuster missed several games, Johnson should post better year-over-year numbers in his second year with the Steelers, especially if Ben Roethlisberger is able to stay healthy.
8.05 - 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.
9.08 - 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.
10.05 - Hunter Henry, TE, Los Angeles Chargers
One of the league's most talented tight ends, Henry has played just 26 games over the past three seasons combined. That said, he set career highs in his age-25 season in targets (76), receptions (55) and yards (652) in just 12 games.
11.08 - Zack Moss, RB, Buffalo Bills
Frank Gore had nearly 180 touches -- 166 carries and 13 receptions -- and it would be reasonable to expect Moss to approach -- or even exceed -- those numbers as a rookie. A tackle-breaking machine at Utah, Moss is a physical 223-pound runner that had three 1,000-yard seasons in Salt Lake City.
12.05 - Curtis Samuel, WR, Carolina Panthers
Finishing as a top-36 fantasy receiver in 2019, Samuel posted career-best per-game numbers in receiving yards (39.2), targets (6.56) and receptions (3.38) while adding 19/130/1 rushing as well. His 2020 projection of roughly 700 YFS and six scores are not far off of last year's numbers (757/7).
13.08 - Daniel Jones, QB, New York Giants
As is expected with any rookie quarterback, it was an up-and-down season for Jones, who will need to cut down on turnovers (especially fumbles) heading into year two. In terms of upside, however, only Lamar Jackson (seven) had more games finishing as a top-two weekly performer at quarterback than Jones (four). It wouldn't surprise me if Jones turns in a Josh Allen-like second-year performance and he's one of my favorite QB2/streamers in 2020.
14.05 - T.J. Hockenson, TE, Detroit Lions
Hockenson began his NFL career with a bang (6/131/1 against Arizona), but the rest of his rookie season was lackluster -- 26/236/1 over his final 11 games. Rookie tight ends typically struggle, but how much of a second-year jump will we see from Hockenson?
15.08 - Chiefs DST, DST, Kansas City Chiefs
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