Monday, August 7, 2017

Fantasy Football PPR Mock Draft: 12 Teams, 3rd 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: PPR scoring
  • # of Teams: 12
  • Draft Slot: 3
  • 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:

1.03 - Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers: Brown has finished as the top-scoring wide receiver in PPR formats for three consecutive seasons. Averaging more than 100 receiving yards per game over the past four years, Brown has triple-digit receptions in each of those four seasons with double-digit touchdowns in past three. No receiver has a higher floor than Brown.

2.10 - Doug Baldwin, WR, Seattle Seahawks: While Baldwin scored half as many touchdowns (seven) in 2016, he set career highs in both receptions (94) and yards (1,128) and has now finished as a top-10 fantasy wide receiver in back-to-back seasons. Another top-10 season should be within reach in 2017.

3.03 - Lamar Miller, RB, Houston Texans: One touch shy of 300 in 14 games played, Miller was inefficient in his first season with the Texans as he set or tied career lows in YPC (4.0) and Y/R (6.1). With the team using its third-round pick on D'Onta Foreman, perhaps his addition helps to keep Miller fresh(er) and lead to a bounce-back in efficiency.

4.10 - 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.

5.03 - 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 room for improvement compared to the past two seasons with Mike McCoy returning to run Denver's offense.

6.10 - 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. Even more valuable in PPR formats as one of the league's top receiving backs, Woodhead is only two years removed from finishing as a top-three PPR running back with the Chargers.

7.03 - Tyler Eifert, TE, Cincinnati Bengals: The good news: 18 touchdowns. The bad news: 22 games. Unfortunately, Eifert has missed more games (26) than he has played (22) over the past three seasons, but he has been a dominant red-zone target, when healthy, with 18 touchdowns during that stretch.

8.10 - Paul Perkins, RB, New York Giants: Now the starter, Perkins should easily exceed his 127 rookie touches. The only concern is the team's offensive line, which was surprisingly neglected in the offseason, but the potential to get a three-down back in the middle rounds has made Perkins one of my favorite draft-day targets and he's often ended up on my team in these mocks.

9.03 - Adrian Peterson, RB, New Orleans Saints: Even if he's not listed as the "starter" to enter the season, it wouldn't be much of a surprise if Peterson emerged as the leader in workload split (and production) in the backfield. Either way, Peterson should get a minimum of double-digit touches per game and the ceiling for AP is through the roof.

10.10 - 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 and he's a nice value as my RB5.

11.03 - Josh Doctson, WR, Washington Redskins: With plenty of turnover within Washington's wide receiving corps, there should be plenty of opportunity for Doctson in 2017. Their first-rounder from last year's draft played in just two games due to an Achilles injury, but he's poised for a large(r) role in 2017.

12.10 - 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.

13.03 - Dak Prescott, QB, Dallas Cowboys: One of the biggest surprises of the 2016 season, the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year 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.

14.10 - Antonio Gates, TE, Los Angeles Chargers: With his next touchdown, Gates will break the all-time TD record for tight ends that he shares with Tony Gonzalez. Even if the future Hall-of-Famer isn't even the best fantasy tight end on his own roster, he should remain one of Philip Rivers' favorite targets in the red zone.

15.03 - New York Giants DST
16.10 - Cairo Santos, K, Kansas City Chiefs
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