Thursday, August 31, 2017

Fantasy Football Mock Draft: 12 Teams, 2nd 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: Standard scoring (i.e., not PPR scoring)
  • # of Teams: 12
  • Draft Slot: 2
  • 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:

1.02 - Le'Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers: Missing four games of the 2016 season, Bell has now missed three-plus games (suspension and/or injury) in three of his four seasons as a pro. When on the field last season, however, the (now) 25-year-old back was better than ever as he was on a 16-game pace of 2,512 yards from scrimmage, 100 receptions and 12 touchdowns. (The single-season YFS record is 2,509 by CJ2K in 2009.)

2.11 - Leonard Fournette, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars: Fournette is a back with a rare combination of size, power and speed and the Jags should make him their workhorse sooner rather than later. Given their strong defense (and poor quarterback play), the Jags are likely to shift to a run-heavy approach.

3.02 - 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.

4.11 - Allen Robinson, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars: While I'm not thrilled to have Robinson as this team's WR1 given the quarterback struggles, I loaded up on receiver over the next several rounds.

5.02 - Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Arizona Cardinals: Back for (at least) one more season, Fitzgerald has finished as a top-20 fantasy wide receiver with 100-plus catches and 1,000-plus yards in back-to-back seasons. Going into his age-34 season, Fitzgerald is a safe WR2.

6.11 - DeVante Parker, WR, Miami Dolphins: Failing to live up to expectations last season, Parker has a chance to break out in his third season. The main concern is passing game volume, but I expect Parker to outscore teammate (for now, at least) Jarvis Landry.

7.02 - Brandon Marshall, WR, New York Giants: Changing teams but not home stadiums, Marshall will still play half of his football games at MetLife Stadium. While he gets a quarterback upgrade with Eli Manning, Marshall is clearly the team's No. 2 receiver to OBJ but that also means less attention from opposing defenses as well.

8.11 - Danny Woodhead, RB, Baltimore Ravens: Missing the majority of the 2014 and 2016 seasons, Woodhead has played just 21 games over the past three years. While more valuable in PPR formats, Woodhead has finished as a top-24 fantasy running back (standard scoring) in each of his past three full seasons.

9.02 - Paul Perkins, RB, New York Giants: Now the starter, Perkins should easily exceed his 127 rookie touches. Not only is the offensive line a concern, but Perkins (and the running game in general) has not inspired much confidence this preseason.

10.11 - Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: With Doug Martin suspended for the first three games this season, Rodgers will get a minimum of three starts. Considering Martin's durability track record, it's certainly possible that he starts more than three games this season. Generally productive with Martin out, Rodgers had back-to-back 100-yard rushing games last October.

11.02 - Robby Anderson, WR, New York Jets: Productive last year (42/587/2), Anderson had a five-game stretch where he exceeded 60 receiving yards four times. Moving into the No. 1 receiver role due to roster moves and/or injury, Anderson could finish as a top 40-50 fantasy wide receiver this season.

12.11 - 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 has weekly flex upside even if LeSean McCoy stays healthy for a full season.

13.02 - Cam Newton, QB, Carolina Panthers: After being named league MVP in 2015, Newton finished as fantasy's QB17 last year. Hopefully the selections of Christian McCaffrey and Curtis Samuel will make things easier for Newton, who could have a bounce-back year even if he runs less in 2017.

14.11 - Dak Prescott, QB, Dallas Cowboys: Prescott threw 23 touchdowns to only four interceptions and rushed for six more scores. Excluding Week 17 when Prescott (and the starters) sat for the majority of the game, the rookie finished with 17-plus fantasy points in 12 of 15 games.

15.02 - Minnesota Vikings DST

16.11 - Sebastian Janikowski, K, Oakland Raiders

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