2018 Fantasy Football Mock Draft (August 5)- Updated: Sunday, August 5th
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Details of today's mock draft:
- Scoring: Point-per-reception (PPR) scoring with Super Flex (QB-eligible flex)
- # of Teams: 10
- Draft Slot: 1
- Starters: QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, TE, Super Flex (QB/RB/WR/TE), K, DST
- Bench Size: 6
With that said, here are the results of today's mock draft:
1.01 - Le'Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers: Once again, the Steelers and Bell were unable to reach a long-term deal and Bell likely won't report until after the preseason is over, but it "would be a shock" for him to miss regular-season games. Aside from his six-game 2015 season, the three-down workhorse has 1,200-plus rushing yards, 75-plus receptions and 600-plus receiving yards in three of his past four seasons.
2.10 - Keenan Allen, WR, Los Angeles Chargers: Playing just eight games in 2015 and one game in 2016, Allen won the AP Comeback of the Year award as he posted career numbers (102/1,393/6) in a healthy 16-game campaign. From Weeks 11 to 17, Allen was absolutely dominant with five 100-yard games during that seven-game span. No player had more receptions (58) or receiving yards (797) and only Antonio Brown (six) scored more touchdowns (five) than Allen over that stretch.
3.01 - A.J. Green, WR, Cincinnati Bengals: After missing three-plus games in two of the previous three seasons, Green played a full 16-game slate and posted a 75/1,078/8 stat line in 2017. Aside from 2016 (career-high 96.4 YPG but six missed games), Green has exceeded the 1,000-yard mark in his other six NFL seasons.
- MORE: Cincinnati Bengals 2018 Fantasy Football Projections
4.10 - T.Y. Hilton, WR, Indianapolis Colts: Failing to reach the 1,000-yard mark for the first time since his rookie season, the new offense and return of Andrew Luck bodes well for Hilton, who led the NFL with 1,448 receiving yards in 2016. A bounce-back campaign is on the horizon for the speedster and I absolutely love him as this team's WR3.
5.01 - Travis Kelce, TE, Kansas City Chiefs: Recording back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons, Kelce finished 2017 with 83 catches for 1,038 yards and a career-high eight touchdowns. After Rob Gronkowski, Kelce is the clear TE2 -- or perhaps even the TE1(a) given Gronk's durability history.
6.10 - Derrius Guice, RB, Washington Redskins: Regardless of why he slipped to the middle of Round 2, Guice is arguably the second-most talented running back in this year's rookie class.
7.01 - Marcus Mariota, QB, Tennessee Titans: After throwing 45 touchdowns to 19 interceptions in his first two seasons combined, Mariota threw more interceptions (career-high 15) than touchdowns (career-low 13). On a positive note, the dual-threat quarterback ran for 300-plus yards once again and set a career high with five rushing scores. With a new coaching staff in place, I expect better things for Mariota in 2018.
8.10 - Alex Smith, QB, Washington Redskins: Setting career highs, Smith threw for 4,042 yards and 26 touchdowns while adding 355 rushing yards last season. Not only was 2017 the first time he finished as a top-12 fantasy quarterback, Smith finished as fantasy's QB3 last season. Now in Washington, he takes over for Kirk Cousins, who has finished as a top-eight fantasy quarterback in each of the past three seasons. Since Gruden coached Andy Dalton (QB5) in 2013, he's now coached a QB to a top-eight fantasy finish in four of the past five seasons.
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9.01 - Jay Ajayi, RB, Philadelphia Eagles: Getting limited regular-season touches (70 carries and 10 receptions in seven games), Ajayi averaged 5.8 yards per carry and 9.1 yards per reception. With LeGarrette Blount now in Detroit, Ajayi is poised to receive a much larger workload in 2018.
10.10 - Lamar Miller, RB, Houston Texans: Miller has two 1,000-yard seasons since 2014, but he was even less efficient in 2017 (career-low 3.7 YPC) than he was in 2016 (4.0). While the Texans have one of the league's worst offensive lines (actually the worst if you go by PFF rankings), Miller has shed a few pounds and entered training camp at his lowest weight since signing with Houston.
11.01 - Robby Anderson, WR, New York Jets: While his legal matters may now be resolved, Anderson could face league discipline from his off-field issues. In terms of on-field production, however, he had a career season (63/941/7) and was especially productive from Weeks 7 to 13. During that six-game span, Anderson had 100-plus yards and/or a touchdown every week and posted a 31/525/6 line.
12.10 - Kenny Golladay, WR, Detroit Lions: Golladay's best games were his first (4/69/2) and his last (2/80/1). Missing five games, the rookie totalled only 22/328/0 in his nine games from Weeks 2 to 16. With plenty of positive buzz this offseason and an enticing blend of size and athleticism, Golladay could have a breakout second season.
- MORE: 16 Fantasy Football Sleepers for 2018
13.01 - Marshawn Lynch, RB, Oakland Raiders: After taking a year off, Lynch returned to the NFL and rushed for 891 yards and seven touchdowns and added 20 catches for 151 yards and he's a nice value in Round 13.
14.10 - Chris Carson, RB, Seattle Seahawks: A sleeper pick in 2017, Carson was off to a promising start, but he missed the final 12 games. Perhaps Rashaad Penny's first-round draft pedigree does limit Carson's breakout potential, the second-year back currently sits atop the depth chart and is more than worth a flier in Round 14.
15.01 - Minnesota Vikings D/ST
16.10 - Matt Prater, K, Detroit Lions
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