The best way to become good at something is to practice. So, what should you do if you want to draft a better fantasy football team?
Practice, of course!
Leading up to the start of the 2020 NFL season, we will use the 2020 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.
+ Our mocks will be tracked here: Fantasy Football Mock Drafts.
That said, nothing beats practicing yourself so (check out the simulator) and complete a mock in a matter of minutes.
Without further ado, here are the picks of our 12-team 2020 fantasy football 2-QB mock draft using half-PPR scoring with the 10th pick:
1.10 - Dalvin Cook, RB, Minnesota Vikings
Through three NFL seasons, Cook has played only 29 games but he had his healthiest campaign (14 games) in 2019, which was by far his most productive. The centerpiece of a run-first offense, Cook has averaged 4.6 yards per carry and 8.8 yards per reception over his career and only Christian McCaffrey averaged more fantasy points per game (half-PPR) than Cook (19.0) in 2019.
2.03 - Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks
Few teams are more commited to the run than the Seahawks, but Wilson has finished as a top-three fantasy quarterback in four of the past six seasons. One of the league's best deep passers, Wilson has thrown more than 30 touchdowns in three consecutive seasons and he's a near lock for 300-plus rushing yards and a couple more scores. If the Seahawks sign suspended free-agent receiver Antonio Brown (and Peter King currently refers to the Seahawks as favorites to sign Brown), it could make Wilson even more "DangeRuss" down the stretch and into the fantasy playoffs.
3.10 - Austin Ekeler, RB, Los Angeles Chargers
Melvin Gordon returned to the field in Week 5, but Ekeler was ultra-productive -- 220 rushing yards, 270 receiving yards, 24 receptions and six touchdowns -- in the first quarter of the season without him and finished the year as fantasy's RB6. Even if Ekeler does not see a significant bump in overall workload from last year's 224 touches, only McCaffrey (142) was targeted more than Ekeler (108) among running backs last season.
4.03 - Mike Evans, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Teammate Chris Godwin ranked second in fantasy points per game; Evans ranked third. The dynamic duo gets a new (or old?) quarterback and the only thing that may hold back the passing game is the likelihood that Tampa plays with more leads, which in turn leads to fewer pass attempts in 2020.
5.10 - Robert Woods, WR, Los Angeles Rams
Woods scored only three touchdowns -- two receiving and one rushing -- in 2019, but he posted very similar numbers in other categories -- 9.3 targets per game (8.1 in 2018), 6.0 receptions (5.4) and 75.6 yards (76.2) last season. After the team's bye (Week 9), Woods had a minimum of nine targets every week and averaged 11.3 per game to yield 7.4/94.7/0.3 receiving per game. Woods is one of my favorite WR targets in fantasy drafts this year.
6.03 - Tyler Lockett, WR, Seattle Seahawks
While the Seahawks rank near the bottom of the league in pass attempts every year, Lockett is one of the most efficient receivers in the NFL and saw a significant uptick in target share (21.3% in 2019 vs. 16.4% in 2018) with the retirement of Doug Baldwin. Despite playing through injury in the middle of the season, Lockett set career highs in targets (110), receptions (82) and yards (1,057) in 2019. The 5'10" receiver led the NFL in red-zone targets (23) in 2019.
7.10 - T.Y. Hilton, WR, Indianapolis Colts
Injuries derailed what could have been another productive season for Hilton, who missed a total of six games and played with a calf tear down the stretch. When healthy, however, Hilton is a WR2 with upside. Offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni has said that he "expect(s) the 2018 version" of Hilton.
8.03 - Ryan Tannehill, QB, Tennessee Titans
The NFL's Comeback Player of the Year, Tannehill led the NFL in Y/A (9.6) and passer rating (117.5) and scored the third-most fantasy points from Weeks 7-17 (his stretch as the team's starter). While he parlayed that into a new four-year contract to remain in Tennessee, fantasy owners should expect regression from his career-high TD% (7.7). Considering he threw it 22 times (or less) in six of his final 10 games counting the playoffs, low volume and lower efficiency levels should concern fantasy owners.
9.10 - Diontae Johnson, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers
As a rookie, Johnson posted team highs in targets (92), receptions (59) and touchdowns (five) and was second in receiving yards (680) as he finished as fantasy's WR41. Even though the team drafted Chase Claypool in the second round and JuJu Smith-Schuster missed several games, Johnson should post better year-over-year numbers in his second year with the Steelers, especially if Ben Roethlisberger is able to stay healthy.
10.03 - Matt Breida, RB, Miami Dolphins
Breida was the odd-man out in San Francisco's backfield down the stretch and he moves to a situation where he has a legitimate shot to lead Miami's backfield in usage and production. The former UDFA has averaged 5.0 yards per carry and 8.4 yards per reception over his first three NFL seasons. While Miami had the league's worst offensive line last year, they made numerous investments -- via the draft and free agency -- to upgrade the unit.
11.10 - Tyler Higbee, TE, Los Angeles Rams
Dominant as it gets over five December games, Higbee had a 43/522/2 (12.14 Y/R) receiving line on 56 targets over the final five games of the season. Higbee's late-season breakout was aided by an injury to Gerald Everett, who played just four offensive snaps in that stretch, but he's easily a top-10 option heading into 2020.
12.03 - Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Carolina Panthers
Bridgewater wasn't asked to push the ball down the field, but he was efficient as a fill-in starter when Drew Brees was injured. In his five starts, Bridgewater completed 69.7% of his pass attempts and threw nine touchdowns to only two interceptions. By adding deep threat Robby Anderson in the offseason, perhaps the Panthers will ask Bridgewater to take a few more deep shots than he did in New Orleans, but he's a low-upside QB2 heading into 2020.
13.10 - Antonio Gibson, RB, Washington
Gibson possesses a superior combination of athleticism (4.39 forty) and size (228 pounds) and broke tackles at a ridiculous rate (33 on 77 career touches) at Memphis. With Guice released and Peterson now 35 years old, it wouldn't be a shock to see the (early) third-rounder make a significant fantasy-relevant impact as a rookie. Meanwhile, coach Ron Rivera said Gibson has "a skill set like Christian (McCaffrey)."
14.03 - Justin Jackson, RB, Los Angeles Chargers
While Jackson provides some depth, but he provides insurance as a handcuff to Ekeler.
15.10 - Mike Gesicki, TE, Miami Dolphins
Gesicki is athletic freak -- 4.54 forty and 41.5" vertical -- at tight end and he had a breakout second season, aided by additional opportunities with the season-ending injury to UDFA receiver Preston Williams. Gesicki had five-plus targets in all eight games without Williams but only five-plus in just three of eight with him. More big slot than tight end, Gesicki finished his sophomore campaign as fantasy's TE11. Especially considering the team's WR3/WR4 are sitting 2020 out, Gesicki has the potential to take another significant step forward in year three.
16.03 - Kansas City Chiefs DST
17.10 - Jake Elliott, K, Philadelphia Eagles
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