Sunday, August 6, 2017

Fantasy Football Mock Draft: 24 Teams, 20th 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.

Details of today's mock draft:
  • Scoring: Standard scoring (i.e., not PPR scoring)
  • # of Teams: 24
  • Draft Slot: 20
  • Starters: QB, 2 RB, 2 WR, TE, Flex (RB/WR/TE), K, DST
  • Bench Size: 6

With that said, here are the results of today's mock draft:

1.20 - Dez Bryant, WR, Dallas Cowboys: Even though no team called a pass on a lower percentage of their plays, Bryant remains a dominant presence in the red zone. Dez has a league-high 52 receiving touchdowns (in 70 games) over the past five seasons.

2.05 - Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots: With 24 starting QBs (similar to a 12-team 2-QB league) in this format, I'm a little surprised that Brady's available at pick No. 29. Brady averaged 296.2 yards per game and 8.2 Y/A, a five-year high, while posting a 28-to-two TD-INT ratio over 12 games. With the Patriots acquiring Brandin Cooks this offseason and Rob Gronkowski missing half of last season, Brady could post even better per-game numbers in 2017.

3.20 - 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 appears to be the backfield's favorite for touches. That said, the offensive line remains a team weakness and there is certainly some boom-or-bust to his fantasy outlook.

4.05 - Bilal Powell, RB, New York Jets: Finishing as the RB23 in 2016, Powell set career highs in yards from scrimmage (1,110), receptions (58) and touchdowns (five). With Matt Forte either out or limited down the stretch, Powell had 82/411/2 rushing (5.01 YPC) and 21/141/1 receiving over the final four games of the season. Powell should lead the backfield in touches and production in 2017 even if they use a committee approach.

5.20 - Mike Wallace, WR, Baltimore Ravens: Even though Wallace had his first 1,000-yard season since 2011, he has finished as a top-30 fantasy wide receiver (standard scoring) in seven of eight seasons since entering the league in 2009.

6.05 - Eric Ebron, TE, Detroit Lions: Going into his fourth NFL season, Ebron has missed multiple games every year. If he can stay health for a full season, however, he has a chance to take a (big) step forward in his age-24 season.

7.20 - Jonathan Williams, RB, Buffalo Bills: With Mike Gillislee now in New England, Williams moves into the backup role behind LeSean McCoy and that role has had standalone flex value over the past couple of seasons. If McCoy were to miss any time, Williams would have massive weekly upside.

8.05 - Rex Burkhead, RB, New England Patriots: Before the Patriots added Gillislee, there was more optimism for what Burkhead may do in the Patriots offense. With a 27/119/2 performance against the Ravens in Week 17, Burkhead has shown that he can run the ball effectively between the tackles and he has plenty of versatility as a receiver as well. But how many opportunities will he get?

9.20 - Pittsburgh Steelers DST Probably should have drafted a second defense later on, but there's the potential to not have an available defense when Pittsburgh's bye week comes around.

10.05 - Joe Flacco, QB, Baltimore Ravens: Only Drew Brees (673) threw more pass attempts than Flacco (672) last season, but the Ravens actually led the NFL in pass attempts in 2016. That said, Flacco was incredibly inefficient as he set or tied career lows in both Y/A (6.4) and TD% (3.0) in 2016. A back injury currently has him sidelined, but he appears likely to be ready for Week 1.

11.20 - Tyler Boyd, WR, Cincinnati Bengals: If all of Cincinnati's pass-catchers stay healthy, Boyd has limited upside in 2017. In fact, even if they don't, last year's second-round pick doesn't have a ton of upside, but he does provide some depth in such a deep league.

12.05 - Jesse James, TE, Pittsburgh Steelers: James had a 39/338/3 slash line in his second season, but he should see more looks in 2017 given the release of Ladarius Green. In two playoff games last season, James had 10 catches for 131 yards and the 6-foot-7 tight end has the potential to make a big jump in the red zone.

13.20 - Nelson Agholor, WR, Philadelphia Eagles: NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah expects Agholor to man the slot in the pass offense and the former first-round pick has reportedly looked good this summer. He provides some late-round value here.

14.05 - Justin Tucker, K, Baltimore Ravens: In a 24-team league with the top-ranked kicker still on the board, I was willing to draft Tucker a round earlier than usual.

15.20 - Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, New England Patriots: Insurance in case anything happens to Brady.

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