2020 Fantasy Football 12-Team Non-PPR Mock Draft
Updated: August 10, 2020
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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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Non-PPR Mock Draft: 12 Teams, 12th Pick
Without further ado, here are the picks of our 12-team 2020 fantasy football mock draft using standard (i.e., non-PPR) scoring:
1.12 - Dalvin Cook, RB, Minnesota Vikings
Through three NFL seasons, Cook has played only 29 games but he had his healthiest campaign (14 games) in 2019, which was by far his most productive. The centerpiece of a run-first offense, Cook has averaged 4.6 yards per carry and 8.8 yards per reception over his career and only Christian McCaffrey averaged more fantasy points per game (half-PPR) than Cook (19.0) in 2019.
2.01 - Julio Jones, WR, Atlanta Falcons
The obvious knock on Jones has been his lack of red-zone production as he still has just one season (2012) with double-digit touchdowns. That said, Jones now has 1,394 receiving yards in six consecutive seasons; the only other active streak is two (Michael Thomas, WR1). Over the past six seasons, Jones has averaged a receiving line of 103.8/1,564.7/6.2.
3.12 - 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.
4.01 - D.J. Moore, WR, Carolina Panthers
Moore had a breakout second season with 87 catches for 1,175 yards and four touchdowns. Before sustaining a Week 16 concussion early and missing Week 17, Moore was playing his best football. Prior to that point, he had a seven-game streak of 75-yard games and no receiver had more yards from Weeks 9-15 than Moore (711). While Moore will have to adjust to a new offense and quarterback, he broke out with less-than-optimal quarterback play last year.
5.12 - 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.
6.01 - DeVante Parker, WR, Miami Dolphins
It was the unconvential fifth-year breakout for Parker, who shattered previous career highs with 72 catches on 128 targets for 1,202 yards and nine touchdowns. Over the final eight games with UDFA Preston Williams sidelined, Parker was at his best -- 44/802/5 on 76 targets in eight games without Williams; 28/400/4 on 52 targets with him. Given the opt outs of the 2020 NFL season by Albert Wilson and Allen Hurns, the duo of Parker and Williams may see an even larger target share with Wilson and Hurns sitting 2020 out.
7.12 - J.K. Dobbins, RB, Baltimore Ravens
Some viewed Dobbins as the RB1 in this year's draft class. The former Buckeye enters a situation where his long-term success can be maximized, but the presence of Ingram atop the depth chart puts some constraints on Dobbins' short-term (i.e., 2020) outlook. Even so, the workload gap between Ingram and Dobbins should be narrower than it was between Ingram (228 touches in 2019) and the team's RB2 (Gus Edwards, 140) last year and Edwards finished as a top-50 back. Much more of a receiving threat than Edwards, Dobbins could still vastly exceed his current ADP.
8.01 - 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.
9.12 - Tyler Higbee, TE, Los Angeles Rams
Dominant as it gets over five December games, Higbee had a 43/522/2 (12.14 Y/R) receiving line on 56 targets over the final five games of the season. Higbee's late-season breakout was aided by an injury to Gerald Everett, who played just four offensive snaps in that stretch, but he's easily a top-10 option heading into 2020.
10.01 - 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 released and 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)."
11.12 - 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).
12.01 - Duke Johnson, RB, Houston Texans
While he's always been efficient on his touches (4.4 career YPC and 9.2 Y/R), Johnson averaged only 7.94 touches per game in his first season with the Texans. On a positive note, James White (315) and Christian McCaffrey (303) are the only two running backs with more receptions than Johnson (279) since he entered the league in 2015. Better in PPR formats, Johnson has finished as a top-30 PPR running back in four of five seasons including 2019 (RB29).
13.12 - 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) last season. It wouldn't surprise me if Jones turned in a Josh Allen-like second-year performance and he's one of my favorite QB2/streamers in 2020.
14.01 - 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.
15.12 - Saints DST, DST, New Orleans Saints
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