Thursday, August 10, 2017

Fantasy Football Half-PPR Mock Draft: 12 Teams, 7th 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: Half-PPR scoring
  • # of Teams: 12
  • Draft Slot: 7
  • Starters: 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:

1.07 - LeSean McCoy, RB, Buffalo Bills: Scoring the third-most fantasy points among RBs last season, McCoy had 1,267 rushing yards (a career-high 5.4 YPC), 50 catches for 356 yards and scored 14 total touchdowns in 15 games.

2.06 - T.Y. Hilton, WR, Indianapolis Colts: Not only did Hilton record his fourth consecutive 1,000-yard season, but he led the NFL in receiving yards (1,448) in 2016. Hilton set career highs in both receptions (91) and targets (155), but he has scored five to seven touchdowns (six last year) in all five of his NFL seasons and there is some concern about Andrew Luck's early-season status.

3.07 - Travis Kelce, TE, Kansas City Chiefs: Kelce set career highs in receptions (85), yards (1,125) and 100-yard games (six) and led the position in fantasy points scored despite scoring only four touchdowns. With Jeremy Maclin now in Baltimore, Kelce should be even more of a focal point of the passing offense.

4.06 - Keenan Allen, WR, Los Angeles Chargers: Over his past 16 games, Allen has racked up 116 catches for 1,217 yards and eight touchdowns. Of course, the bad news is that those 16 games span three separate seasons as Allen has played just nine games over the past two years, but he's fully healthy now.

5.07 - Tyreek Hill, WR, Kansas City Chiefs: With the ability to take it to the house on any play, Hill scored 12 touchdowns -- six receiving, three rushing and three returns -- despite getting only 61 receptions and 24 carries. Maclin's release will lead to a significant increase in opportunities for the explosive offensive weapon and few players have as high of a weekly scoring ceiling although some TD regression is likely.

6.06 - Matt Ryan, QB, Atlanta Falcons: Typically, I wait on QB, but waited to see how my team would turn out by taking Ryan here. Coming off an MVP-winning season, Ryan shattered previous career highs with 4,944 passing yards and 38 touchdowns while throwing a career-low seven interceptions.

7.07 - Tevin Coleman, RB, Atlanta Falcons: Coleman missed multiple games, but he showed his big-play ability when he was on the field. While Devonta Freeman will continue to lead the backfield in usage and production, Coleman finished the year as a top-20 fantasy running back.

8.06 - Eddie Lacy, RB, Seattle Seahawks: Lacy signed a one-year prove-it deal with the Seahawks with weight-based contract bonuses. As much of a disappointment as Lacy has been over the past two seasons, he appears to be the backfield's favorite for touches.

9.07 - 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. Brown had a cyst on his spine drained and is poised for a bounce-back season. Per Carson Palmer, Brown looks more explosive than he did last year."

10.06 - Tyrell Williams, WR, Los Angeles Chargers: Williams had a breakout season in 2016 as he finished with 69 catches for 1,059 yards and seven touchdowns. With a healthy Keenan Allen, he may not duplicate last year's numbers, but it wouldn't surprise me if he had another 1,000-yard season. If Allen misses time, he provides some insurance.

11.07 - Thomas Rawls, RB, Seattle Seahawks: The addition of Eddie Lacy creates an uncertain role for Rawls, who will likely serve as his backup. But I like drafting Lacy and Rawls together since the overall cost isn't too high. Over the past two seasons, Rawls has five 100-yard rushing games -- only eight players have more -- despite getting 10-plus carries in only 12 regular-season games over that two-year span.

12.06 - 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. Not only did the Bengals draft Mixon, the team lost two of its best offensive linemen in free agency. Even if not to begin the season, I expect Mixon to out-touch Hill as the season progresses, but he provides some additional depth.

13.07 - Jonathan Williams, RB, Buffalo Bills: On limited touches (110 in 15 games), Mike Gillislee scored a total of nine touchdowns and the 27th-most fantasy points among running backs last season. With 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.

14.06 - Carson Wentz, QB, Philadelphia Eagles: Starting stronger (nine-to-three TD-INT ratio in first seven games) than he finished (seven-to-11 TD-INT ratio in final nine games), Wentz put together a solid rookie season overall. There are multiple reasons for optimism going into his sophomore campaign including the additions of Alshon Jeffery, Torrey Smith and rookie running back Donnel Pumphrey.

15.07 - Carolina Panthers DST

16.06 - Mason Crosby, K, Green Bay Packers

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