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: Standard scoring (i.e., non-PPR scoring)
- # of Teams: 12
- Draft Slot: 6
- Starters: QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, TE, Flex (RB/WR/TE), K, DST
- Bench Size: 6
1.06 - Odell Beckham Jr., WR, New York Giants: Frustrating fantasy owners, teammates and fans at times, Beckham is now three-for-three in seasons with double-digit touchdowns and at least 90 catches and 1,300 yards. The only real concern with OBJ is the addition of Brandon Marshall.
2.07 - 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.
3.06 - Demaryius Thomas, WR, Denver Broncos: Thomas set five-year lows across the board: 90 receptions, 1,083 yards and five touchdowns; not bad for "five-year lows." Before last season, he had averaged 100/1,447/10 in his previous four seasons. It's reasonable to expect an improvement over last year's numbers even if he doesn't return to a 100/1,400/10 level of production.
4.07 - Michael Crabtree, WR, Oakland Raiders: Half of one of the NFL's top wide receiver duos, Crabtree has been highly productive in both of his seasons in Oakland. Crabtree has a minimum of 85 catches, 900 yards and eight touchdowns each season and is coming off his first 1,000-yard season since 2012.
5.06 - Jordan Reed, TE, Washington Redskins: Missing multiple regular-season games every year, Reed missed another four games last season and durability is obviously the main concern with Reed. Since Kirk Cousins became the team's starting quarterback in 2015, Reed has averaged the per-game equivalent of a 94/1,008/10 season (16 games).
6.07 - 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.
7.06 - Bilal Powell, RB, New York Jets: Finishing as fantasy's RB23 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, but there is a real concern about the lack of talent around him.
8.07 - Marcus Mariota, QB, Tennessee Titans: Finishing as fantasy's QB12 in 2016, Mariota threw for 3,426 yards, 26 touchdowns and nine interceptions. 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 dual-threat quarterback.
9.06 - Cameron Meredith, WR, Chicago Bears: When given an opportunity, Meredith had several productive outings including four 100-yard games. With Alshon Jeffery now in Philadelphia and a spotty durability track record of former first-rounder Kevin White, Meredith should lead the Bears receiving corps in both targets and fantasy production.
10.07 - 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 and added 40 catches for 328 yards.
11.06 - 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 Joe Mixon, the team lost two of its best offensive linemen in free agency. That said, it appears there's at least a chance that Hill remains the team's "starter" for longer than most anticipate.
12.07 - 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-50 fantasy wide receiver this season.
13.06 - Derek Carr, QB, Oakland Raiders: Carr has thrown a total of 60 touchdown passes over the past two seasons combined and set a career low with six interceptions in 2016. Leading one of the league's most potent offenses, Carr could finish as a top-10 fantasy quarterback (QB9 in 2016) once again.
14.07 - C.J. Fiedorowicz, TE, Houston Texans: 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. With Reed as my starter, I could need Fiedorowicz to make several starts.
15.06 - Carolina Panthers DST
16.07 - Cairo Santos, K, Kansas City Chiefs
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