2020 Fantasy Football 12-Team Mock Draft
Updated: August 5, 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.
Non-PPR Mock Draft: 12 Teams, 1st Pick
Without further ado, here are the picks of our 12-team 2020 fantasy football mock draft using standard scoring:
1.01 - Christian McCaffrey, RB, Carolina Panthers
Almost never coming off the field, McCaffrey joined Roger Craig (1985) and Marshall Faulk (1999) as one of only three backs to record 1,000/1,000 seasons in NFL history. The do-it-all back led the league in touches (403), yards from scrimmage (2,392) and touchdowns (19). The gap between him and the RB2 (Aaron Jones) was 122.9 fantasy points (half-PPR), or larger than the gap (122.2) between Jones (RB2) and Devonta Freeman (RB21). Another season of 400-plus touches seems unlikely, but his prolific work in the passing game gives him as high of a floor and ceiling as any back in the league.
2.12 - Kenyan Drake, RB, Arizona Cardinals
Drake's midseason trade to Arizona eased fantasy owner's frustrations over his usage as most felt that he was under-utilized during his time in Miami. With virtually no time to prepare, Drake rattled off 162 scrimmage yards and a touchdown in his Arizona debut and was one of the most productive backs in the second half of the season. From Week 9 (his debut with the Cardinals) to Week 17, Drake was fantasy's RB4 behind CMC, Derrick Henry and Ezekiel Elliott. With David Johnson now in Houston, Drake enters the season as an RB1 in Arizona's ascending offense.
3.01 - Austin Ekeler, RB, Los Angeles Chargers
Melvin Gordon returned to the field in Week 5, but Ekeler was ultra-productive -- 220 rushing yards, 270 receiving yards, 24 receptions and six touchdowns -- in the first quarter of the season without him and finished the year as fantasy's RB6. Even if Ekeler does not see a significant bump in overall workload from last year's 224 touches, only McCaffrey (142) was targeted more than Ekeler (108) among running backs last season.
4.12 - 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.
5.01 - 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.
6.12 - 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.
7.01 - 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.
8.12 - 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.
9.01 - Will Fuller, WR, Houston Texans
As the saying goes, "the best ability is availability." Coming off core muscle surgery, Fuller has played 42 games in four NFL seasons and has missed at least five games in three consecutive years. That said, few players can match his ability to explode for a 150/3 line in any given week and trading (read: giving) away DeAndre Hopkins should lead to a more consistent volume of targets, when healthy.
10.12 - 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.
11.01 - Preston Williams, WR, Miami Dolphins
The Dolphins made a number of roster improvements through free agency and the draft, but there were no significant additions in terms of pass-catchers. More talented (four-star high school recruit) than his UDFA status (due to off-field reasons) would imply, Williams made an immediate impact for the Dolphins with 32/428/3 in eight games before tearing his ACL. Expected to be ready for Week 1, Williams should pick up where he left off in year two.
12.12 - Hayden Hurst, TE, Atlanta Falcons
Hurst doubled his production in 2019 to 30/349/2, but that paled in comparison to (now former) teammate Mark Andrews. His trade to Atlanta does wonders for Hurst's fantasy outlook with Austin Hooper signing a free-agent deal with Cleveland. Before Hooper's mid-season injury, he was fantasy's top-scoring tight end.
13.01 - 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.
14.12 - Michael Pittman Jr., WR, Indianapolis Colts
The Colts used the 34th-overall pick on Pittman, who has great size (6'4", 223 pounds) to win in contested-catch and red-zone situations and is an underrated athlete (4.52 forty). While the passing offense goes through Hilton, when healthy, it wouldn't be a surprise if Pittman led the receivers (or team) in receiving touchdowns as a rookie.
15.01 - Bears DST, DST, Chicago Bears
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