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Leading up to the start of the 2019 NFL season, Kevin Hanson will use the 2019 Fantasy Football Mock Draft Simulator (powered by FantasyPros) to complete fantasy football mock drafts.
We will use a variety of scoring formats -- PPR, half-PPR, standard scoring and even 2-QB leagues, league sizes and draft slots. The goal is to give you a good representation of the team that you may be able to construct given your league settings and the rationale of why we made the picks we did.
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That said, nothing beats practicing yourself so (check out the simulator) and complete a mock in a matter of minutes.
2019 Mock Draft: 12 Teams, 11th Pick
Without further ado, here are the picks of our 12-team 2019 fantasy football mock draft using standard scoring:
1.11 - Joe Mixon, RB, Cincinnati Bengals
While he missed two games last season, Mixon was an efficient workhorse when he was on the field. The second-year back averaged 20.0 touches per game and 4.9 yards per carry as he finished fourth in the NFL in rushing (1,168 yards). Unfortunately, the Bengals have already lost first-round pick Jonah Williams for the season, but the increased offensive creativity that the new coaching staff brings should only boost Mixon's outlook going into his age-23 season.
2.02 - Todd Gurley, RB, Los Angeles Rams
Last year, Gurley was the no-brainer No. 1 pick in fantasy drafts and he delivered. Even though he missed two games, no running back scored more fantasy points than Gurley, who has 3,924 scrimmage yards and 40 total touchdowns over the past two seasons combined.
Going into 2019, however, there is concern (perhaps less by Gurley himself) over his knee and specifically what it means to the workload he will get (or not get). But I feel comfortable with his upside as the RB2 (on this team), especially given that Aaron Jones (fourth-pick) is a high-upside RB2 himself.
3.11 - A.J. Green, WR, Cincinnati Bengals
Before missing (almost all of) the second of the season, Green was off to a fantastic start with a 45/687/6 line through Week 8. On a per-game basis, he was fantasy's WR8 through Week 8. The only concern is durability as Green has now missed three-plus games in three of the past five years, but I love his value 35 picks into this draft.
4.02 - Aaron Jones, RB, Green Bay Packers
Injuries and/or suspensions have cost Jones eight games in his first two seasons (four each). Missing Weeks 1 and 2 and 16 and 17, Jones averaged 5.5 yards per carry on his opportunities in between for a second consecutive season. During that span, he was a top-15 back. This is a pretty ideal start through Round 4.
5.11 - Robby Anderson, WR, New York Jets
Anderson's numbers were down year-over-year, but he finished strong when Sam Darnold returned from a foot injury. Over the final four games of the season, Anderson had 23 catches for 336 yards and three touchdowns. During that span, Anderson was the WR5. With improvement and more consistency from Darnold, Anderson has the potential to perform as a WR2 (even though I'd generally prefer him to be my WR3).
6.02 - Kenyan Drake, RB, Miami Dolphins
Drake finished second on the team in carries (120) to Frank Gore (156) and in targets (73) to Danny Amendola (79) last season. With Gore in Buffalo and a new coaching staff in town, perhaps Drake will see the year-over-year bump in usage that we expected from 2017 to 2018. Despite the less-than-expected workload, Drake was efficient as he averaged 4.5 yards per carry and 9.0 yards per catch while scoring nine total touchdowns on his 173 offensive touches last season.
7.11 - Marvin Jones, WR, Detroit Lions
Jones missed roughly half of 2018, but he had 61/1,101/9 in 2017 as he led the NFL in Y/R (18.0). In his nine games last season, Jones had at least 50 yards and/or a touchdown in eight of them. While I expect Kenny Golladay to outperform Jones, he's a solid WR3 with upside for much better.
8.02 - Christian Kirk, WR, Arizona Cardinals
As bad as Arizona's 32nd-ranked pass offense was last season, Kirk was a consistent producer down the stretch before a foot injury prematurely ended his rookie season. With at least 40 yards in seven of his final eight games, Kirk was a top-30 receiver from Weeks 5 to 13. Even though the team drafted three receivers in the 2019 NFL Draft, Kirk has "a good feel" for the new offense and is poised for a major step forward in an offense that should generate more volume and productivity overall.
9.11 - Austin Ekeler, RB, Los Angeles Chargers
Once again, Ekeler averaged more than five yards per carry and 10 yards per reception. But as he nearly doubled his workload (74 to 145 touches), MG3's complementary back finished as the RB27 last season. Ekeler has stand-alone value even if Gordon stays healthy.
10.02 - Jared Cook, TE, New Orleans Saints
Oakland's passing game had virtually nothing last season and Cook paced the team in targets (101), receptions (68), yards (896) and touchdowns (six). Setting career highs across the board, Cook finished as fantasy's TE5 last season. Perhaps his year-over-year target share dips, but there is also a major offensive boost with Drew Brees and the Saints over Derek Carr and last year's Raiders offense.
11.11 - Carson Wentz, QB, Philadelphia Eagles
The obvious concern with Wentz is durability as the fourth-year quarterback has now missed at least three games in back-to-back seasons. If he can stay healthy, however, he has a ton of upside. Wentz showed how good he could be in 2017 when he was the QB2 through Week 14 before missing the final three weeks of the season. The addition of DeSean Jackson gives Wentz the best and most complete group of weapons that he has had in his young career.
12.02 - Kenny Stills, WR, Miami Dolphins
Stills has finished as a top-30 receiver in two of the past three years and inside the top-50 every season except 2015.
13.11 - Mitch Trubisky, QB, Chicago Bears
After the team's Week 5 bye, we got a glimpse of how good Trubisky could be in this offense. From Weeks 6 to 10, only Kansas City's Patrick Mahomes (26.5) scored more fantasy points per game than Trubisky (24.9). Consistency eluded the second-year signal-caller, but Trubisky offers plenty of upside as a high-end QB2 that could take a big step forward in 2019.
14.02 - Jacksonville Jaguars D/ST
15.11 - Darwin Thompson, RB, Kansas City Chiefs
There is plenty of sleeper appeal with Thompson as Damien Williams has never had more than 50 regular-season carries and Carlos Hyde has now been on four different rosters in the past 18 months.
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