Monday, August 14, 2017

2-QB PPR Fantasy Football Mock Draft: 12 Teams, 4th Pick

As the saying goes, practice makes perfect. While we may not be able to draft a "perfect" fantasy football team, the more we practice, the better our teams will be.

Starting on June 10th, we began drafting (at least) one fantasy football team per day using the 2017 Fantasy Football Mock Draft Simulator and we will continue to do so up until the start of the 2017 NFL season.

Each day, we will switch things up -- e.g., PPR vs. standard scoring, league size, draft slot, 2-QB leagues, auction leagues, etc.

In addition, we will centralize links to our daily fantasy football mock drafts for an easy way to keep track of our mock drafts.

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Details of today's mock draft:
  • Scoring: PPR scoring, 2-QB league
  • # of Teams: 12
  • Draft Slot: 4
  • Starters: 2 QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, TE, Flex (RB/WR/TE), K, DST
  • Bench Size: 6
With that said, here are the results of today's mock draft:

1.04 - Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers: The top-scoring PPR receiver in three consecutive seasons, Brown has averaged 100-plus yards per game with triple-digit receptions in each of the past four seasons and double-digit touchdowns in three straight years. No receiver has a higher floor than Brown.

2.09 - Jordan Howard, RB, Chicago Bears: The Bears did not have much on offense last year, but Howard finished second in the NFL in rushing (1,313 yards on 252 carries). Even though he's unlikely to finish second again, he should see an even larger workload in his second season.

3.04 - Doug Baldwin, WR, Seattle Seahawks: While Baldwin scored half as many touchdowns (seven) in 2016, he set career highs in both receptions (94) and yards (1,128) and has now finished as a top-10 fantasy wide receiver in back-to-back seasons. Another top-10 season should be within reach in 2017.

4.09 - Kirk Cousins, QB, Washington Redskins: One year after throwing for 4,166 yards and 29 touchdowns (and finishing as fantasy's QB8), Cousins threw for 4,917 yards and 25 scores (and finished as fantasy's QB5). In addition, he has a total of nine rushing touchdowns over the past two seasons combined.

5.04 - Alshon Jeffery, WR, Philadelphia Eagles: If he can stay healthy, Jeffery, who has played just 21 games over the past two years, could be a bargain as my WR3.

6.09 - Emmanuel Sanders, WR, Denver Broncos: After a career year in 2014 (101/1,404/9), Sanders has at least 75 catches and 1,000 yards in each of the past two seasons. Both of those -- 75 catches and 1,000 yards -- seem to be a reasonable floor, but there is some upside for improvement over the past two seasons.

7.04 - Tyrod Taylor, QB, Buffalo Bills: No team threw the ball fewer times than the Bills (474) in 2016, but that didn't keep Taylor from finishing as a top-10 fantasy quarterback (QB8) last season. In his two seasons as a starter, Taylor has rushed for 1,148 yards and 10 touchdowns -- more than six fantasy points per game from his rushing stats alone. The trade of Sammy Watkins to the Rams hurts Taylor's outlook, but Watkins missed eight games and finished with just 430 yards and two touchdowns last season.

8.09 - Bilal Powell, RB, New York Jets: PPR's RB16 last year, Powell set career highs in yards from scrimmage (1,110), receptions (58) and touchdowns (five). Even if the Jets employ a "backfield-by-committee," Powell should lead the backfield in touches and production in 2017.

9.04 - Tevin Coleman, RB, Atlanta Falcons: Once again, Coleman has missed multiple games, but he showed his big-play ability when he was on the field. Even though I have Coleman ranked higher than Powell, the "Pick Predictor" (see image above) suggested I have a better chance of getting both Powell and Coleman by selecting Powell first.

10.09 - Coby Fleener, TE, New Orleans Saints: In his first season in New Orleans, Fleener set four-year lows in both receptions (50) and targets (81), but his 631 receiving yards and four touchdowns (three receiving and one rushing) were the second-most of his career. While he disappointed fantasy owners (compared to his ADP), Fleener scored the 12th-most fantasy points (15th-most in PPR) in 2016.

11.04 - Corey Coleman, WR, Cleveland Browns: Coleman battled injuries and finished with just 33/413/3 over 10 games in 2016. An explosive athlete when healthy, the Browns will be counting on him to take a big step forward in his sophomore campaign with 1,000-yard receiver Terrelle Pryor now in Washington.

12.09 - Darren McFadden, RB, Dallas Cowboys: If Ezekiel Elliott serves his six-game (or a reduced) suspension in 2017, McFadden becomes the Cowboys' starter (and a fantasy start) for those games. In his first season in Dallas without Zeke and Tony Romo injured most of the year, McFadden rushed for 1,089 yards (4.6 YPC) on 236 carries in 2015 and added 40 catches for 328 yards.

13.04 - C.J. Fiedorowicz, TE, Houston Texans: While Fleener has a higher ceiling (and lower floor), Fiedorowicz provides some consistency at the position. Fiedorowicz had an 11-game stretch with three-plus catches starting in Week 4 and set career highs across the board (54/559/4) in his third season.

14.09 - Tom Savage, QB, Houston Texans: Trading up to the 12th overall pick for Deshaun Watson, the Texans have their long-term answer at quarterback. Savage will at least start in the short term and my two starters both have early byes (Weeks 5 and 6) so Savage should still be starting as he heads into Houston's bye in Week 7.

15.04 - Jonathan Williams, RB, Buffalo Bills: With Mike Gillislee now in New England, the 223-pound second-year back is expected to move into the role vacated by Gillislee and he has weekly flex upside even if McCoy stays healthy for a full season.

16.09 - Carolina Panthers DST

17.04 - Dan Bailey, K, Dallas Cowboys

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