Thursday, August 3, 2017

Fantasy Football Mock Draft: 12 Teams, 9th 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: 9
  • Roster Setup: QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, TE, Flex (RB/WR/TE), K, DST, 6 Bench
With that said, here are the results of today's mock draft:

1.09 - Jordy Nelson, WR, Green Bay Packers: The debate was between Devonta Freeman and Jordy so I'm thrilled to start this mock with both. Missing all of 2015, Nelson picked up where he left off with 97/1,257/14 and the second-most fantasy points among WRs in 2016. Another year removed from his torn ACL, Jordy should be in store for another elite season in Green Bay's high-powered offense.

2.04 - Devonta Freeman, RB, Atlanta Falcons: Despite getting 57 fewer touches year-over-year, Freeman finished as a top-six fantasy running back in 2016. Setting career highs in efficiency (4.8 YPC and 8.6 Y/R), Freeman now has back-to-back seasons with 1,000-plus rushing yards, 1,500-plus YFS, 50-plus receptions and 13-plus touchdowns.

3.09 - Demaryius Thomas, WR, Denver Broncos: Thomas set five-year "lows" across the board: 90 receptions, 1,083 yards and five touchdowns. Despite dealing with a hip ailment most of last year, those are not bad numbers as "five-year lows." Before last season, however, Thomas had averaged 100/1,447/10 in his previous four seasons.

4.04 - Alshon Jeffery, WR, Philadelphia Eagles: A free-agency steal if he can stay on the field, Jeffery signed a one-year deal that should keep him motivated to parlay 2017 success into a large contract next offseason. While he has played only 21 games over the past two seasons combined, Jeffery has averaged 78.9 yards per game since 2013.

5.09 - 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. A fourth consecutive 1,000-yard season is his floor, but there is some opportunity for improvement with Mike McCoy returning.

6.04 - 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 enters the season as the backfield favorite for touches.

7.09 - 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. Not only is one of the league's best receiving backs, he has finished as a top-24 fantasy running back (standard scoring) in each of his past three full seasons and the season-ending injury to Kenneth Dixon could lead to another top-24 season if he can stay healthy.

8.04 - Paul Perkins, RB, New York Giants: Entering the season as the starter, Perkins should easily exceed his 127 rookie touches and he offers plenty of upside in Round 8.

9.09 - Theo Riddick, RB, Detroit Lions: One of the league's most dynamic receiving backs, Riddick has averaged 5.12 receptions for 41.08 yards and 0.35 touchdowns per game over the past two years. Better in PPR formats, Riddick offers some RB depth to this team and he has plenty of upside if Ameer Abdullah misses time like last season.

10.04 - Quincy Enunwa, WR, New York Jets: In a breakout season, Enunwa had 58 catches for 857 yards and four touchdowns in 2016 and finished as a top-45 fantasy receiver. By default, Enunwa moves into the team's No. 1 receiver role with the team cutting Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker this offseason.

11.09 - Eric Ebron, TE, Detroit Lions: With at least four catches in 11 of his 13 games played, Ebron set career highs in his age-23 season with 61 catches for 711 yards although he scored just two touchdowns -- one receiving and one "rushing." Going into his fourth NFL season, Ebron has missed multiple games every season, but he has a chance to take another step forward in 2017, especially if he can stay healthy for the full season.

12.04 - Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Pittsburgh Steelers: Since 2010, Roethlisberger has missed multiple games in more seasons (four) than he has not (three) and has finished as fantasy's QB18 and QB20, respectively, over the past two seasons, at least partly due to missed games. His home-road splits are another concern. In the past three seasons, he has averaged 8.66 Y/A with 59 TDs and 16 INTs. During that same span, he has averaged 7.38 Y/A with only 23 TDs and 22 INTs. That said, Big Ben should finish as a top-12 fantasy QB on a per-game basis in 2017 and is a must-start at home.

13.09 - Jonathan Williams, RB, Buffalo Bills: Buffalo's backup running back has been productive for a couple of years in a row and Williams moves into that role this season with Mike Gillislee now in New England. And if LeSean McCoy misses any time, Williams would become a weekly must-start.

14.04 - 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. Given Big Ben's durability concerns and lack of success on the road, Taylor could start a number of games for this team and is a high-upside QB2.

15.09 - Carolina Panthers DST

16.04 - Matt Bryant, K, Atlanta Falcons

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