Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Fantasy Football Mock Draft: PPR 2-QB 10-Team League

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: 2-QB League with PPR scoring
  • # of Teams: 10
  • Draft Slot: 3
  • Starters: 2 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: While I'd consider either Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady, both still available here, in Round 1 of 2-QB leagues, I'd more seriously consider them towards the end of the round. Finishing as the top-scoring wide receiver in PPR formats for three consecutive seasons, no receiver has a higher floor than Brown.

2.08 - Jay Ajayi, RB, Miami Dolphins: There were four 200-yard rushing games last season and Ajayi had three of them. (Le'Veon Bell had the other.) Getting double-digit carries every week starting in Week 5, only Bell (243) had more carries than Ajayi (242) and only Ezekiel Elliott (1,219) rushed for more yards than Ajayi (1,197) from Weeks 5 to 12.

3.03 - T.Y. Hilton, WR, Indianapolis Colts: Not only did Hilton record his fourth consecutive 1,000-yard season, but he led the NFL in receiving yards (1,448) in 2016. With career highs in both receptions (91) and targets (155) last year, the only concern is low TD upside and the questionable status of Andrew Luck for the start of the season.

4.08 - Keenan Allen, WR, Los Angeles Chargers: Over his past 16 games, Allen has racked up 116 catches for 1,217 yards and eight touchdowns. Of course, the bad news is that those 16 games span three separate seasons as Allen has played just nine games over the past two years.

5.03 - Isaiah Crowell, RB, Cleveland Browns: Crowell set career highs in rushing yards (952), yards per carry (4.8) and receptions (40) in 2016. Not only did the Browns improve their offensive line in the offseason, but Hue Jackson expects to run the ball more often.

6.08 - Jordan Reed, TE, Washington Redskins: Missing multiple regular-season games every year, Reed missed another four games last season and durability is obviously the main concern with Reed. Since Kirk Cousins became the team's starting quarterback in 2015, Reed has averaged the per-game equivalent of a 94/1,008/10 season (16 games).

7.03 - 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.

8.08 - Mark Ingram, RB, New Orleans Saints: The good news is that Ingram played a full 16-game slate for the second time in his career while posting career highs of 1,043 rushing yards, 5.1 yards per carry and 10 total touchdowns. In a prolific Drew Brees-led offense, there is the potential for both Ingram and Adrian Peterson to outperform their current draft positions.

9.03 - Philip Rivers, QB, Los Angeles Chargers: If the Chargers can keep (most of) their top pass-catchers healthy for a full season, Rivers will be a huge bargain as my QB2 here. Rivers has exceeded 4,200 passing yards in seven of eight seasons and he has thrown 30-plus touchdowns in three of four years.

10.08 - Adrian Peterson, RB, New Orleans Saints: Ingram may have a higher salary and be listed as the "starter," but it wouldn't be much of a surprise if Peterson emerged as the leader in terms of workload split (and production) in that duo. With double-digit rushing scores every year he's played at least four games, the ceiling for AP is through the roof.

11.03 - Joe Flacco, QB, Baltimore Ravens: Only 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.

12.08 - Jordan Matthews, WR, Buffalo Bills: Being traded to a run-heavy team isn't usually a positive for a wide receiver, but you could certainly argue that J-Matt's fantasy outlook improved by being traded to the Bills, especially considering the Bills traded away Sammy Watkins as well. With that said, Matthews is currently dealing with a chip fracture in his sternum and he's week to week.

13.03 - Kareem Hunt, RB, Kansas City Chiefs: Even if Spencer Ware continues to lead the backfield in touches, Hunt should be highly involved in the offensive game plan early on. Extremely productive at Toledo with nearly 5,000 career rushing yards and could see his role expand as the season progresses.

14.08 - Darren McFadden, RB, Dallas Cowboys: If Zeke serves his six-game (or a reduced) suspension in 2017, McFadden becomes the Cowboys' starter (and a fantasy start) for those games. In his first season in Dallas without Zeke and Tony Romo injured most of the year, McFadden rushed for 1,089 yards (4.6 YPC) on 236 carries and added 40 catches for 328 yards.

15.03 - Rishard Matthews, WR, Tennessee Titans: Matthews set career highs of 65 catches, 945 yards and nine touchdowns last season. Top-15 numbers (like last year) should be out of reach in Tennessee's run-first offense with the additions of Corey Davis and Eric Decker this offseason, but he provides some late positional depth.

16.08 - Carolina Panthers DST

17.03 - Dan Bailey, K, Dallas Cowboys

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