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.
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Details of today's mock draft:
- Scoring: 2-QB league with PPR scoring
- # of Teams: 12
- Draft Slot: 7
- Starters: 2 QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, TE, Flex (RB/WR/TE), K, DST
- Bench Size: 6
1.07 - Julio Jones, WR, Atlanta Falcons: With 1,400-plus yards in each of the past three seasons, Jones has averaged more than 100 yards per game in four consecutive seasons. The only concern with Jones is his relative lack of productivity in the red zone -- 40 career TDs on 497 receptions and 777 targets -- despite his elite combination of size and speed.
2.06 - DeMarco Murray, RB, Tennessee Titans: Exceeding expectations last season, Murray touched the ball 346 times for a total of 1,664 yards and 12 touchdowns as the clear lead back in the team's "exotic smashmouth" offense. Murray showed remarkable consistency as he finished as a weekly top-20 back in his first 14 games of the season. In fact, he finished as a top-10 weekly back in 10 of those 14 games as he averaged 22.7 touches per game over that span.
3.07 - Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England Patriots: When healthy, Gronkowski is as good as it gets. Unfortunately, the 28-year-old tight end has missed five-plus games in three of the past five seasons. That said, Gronk has averaged nearly 70 yards per game with a total of 69 touchdowns in 88 career games.
4.06 - Marcus Mariota, QB, Tennessee Titans: Finishing as fantasy's QB12 in 2016, Mariota threw for 3,426 yards, 26 touchdowns and nine interceptions. An elite athlete, the dual-threat quarterback also ran a little more often (60/349/2). Given the team's offseason investments to put an improved supporting cast around Mariota, 2017 should be even better — perhaps much better — for this ascending quarterback.
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5.07 - Isaiah Crowell, RB, Cleveland Browns: Crowell had single-digit carries in five games and less than 30 rushing yards in six of 16 games, but he set career highs in rushing yards (952), yards per carry (4.8) and receptions (40) in 2016. Not only did the Browns improve their offensive line in the offseason, but Hue Jackson expects to run the ball more often.
6.06 - 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.
7.07 - Andy Dalton, QB, Cincinnati Bengals: Dalton has finished as a mid-tier QB2 (QB16-18) in each of the past three seasons, but a part of that mediocrity has been the injuries to the team's pass-catchers. During that span, Tyler Eifert has played a total of 22 games and A.J. Green has missed three-plus games in two of three years including six missed games last season. While the offensive line has become a concern, the Bengals used their early picks -- John Ross (first round) and Joe Mixon (second round) -- to give Dalton and the offense more weapons.
8.06 - Bilal Powell, RB, New York Jets: Finishing as the RB16 in PPR in 2016, 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.
9.07 - Adrian Peterson, RB, New Orleans Saints: Mark Ingram may have a higher salary and be listed as the "starter," but it wouldn't be much of a surprise if Peterson emerged as the leader in terms of workload split (and production) in that duo. With double-digit rushing scores every year he's played at least four games, the ceiling for AP is through the roof in the high-powered, Drew Brees-led offense.
10.06 - Jordan Matthews, WR, Philadelphia Eagles: Being traded to a run-heavy team isn't usually a positive for a wide receiver, but you could certainly argue that J-Matt's fantasy outlook improved by being traded to the Bills, especially considering the Bills traded away Sammy Watkins as well.
11.07 - John Brown, WR, Arizona Cardinals: Brown's production was nearly cut in half (39/517/2 in 2016 vs. 65/1,003/7 in 2015) in large part due to medical issues. There is the potential for a bounce-back season, but his sickle-cell trait hinders his ability to recover quickly from soft-tissue ailments and those are something that he has battled often in his young career.
12.06 - Darren Sproles, RB, Philadelphia Eagles: Entering what is expected to be his final season, the 34-year-old running back had 865 yards from scrimmage and 52 receptions last season for the Eagles to finish as the RB24 in PPR formats. Another season of 800 YFS and 50 catches should be within reach for Sproles.
13.07 - Zay Jones, WR, Buffalo Bills: The 37th-overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, Jones set the records for most receptions in a season (158) and career (399) at East Carolina. He provides some depth, especially if Matthews isn't ready for the start of the season.
14.06 - Jeremy Hill, RB, Cincinnati Bengals: After an impressive rookie season (1,124 rushing yards and 5.1 YPC), Hill has failed to reach the 1,000-yard mark and averaged under 4.0 yards per carry in back-to-back seasons. I expect rookie Joe Mixon to become the lead back sooner rather than later, but there is a chance that Hill remains the starter longer than most expect.
15.07 - DeShone Kizer, QB, Cleveland Browns: If Kizer doesn't beat Kessler out in camp or the preseason to start, it's likely that he finds himself under center at some point during the regular season. If I had to draft one Cleveland quarterback, it'd be Kizer and he's only needed as a potential bye-week fill-in.
16.06 - Minnesota Vikings DST
17.07 - Adam Vinatieri, K, Indianapolis Colts
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