Monday, August 28, 2017

Fantasy Football PPR Mock Draft: 12 Teams, 10th 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: 9
  • 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:

1.10 - Devonta Freeman, RB, Atlanta Falcons: Despite getting 57 fewer touches year-over-year, Freeman finished as a top-six fantasy running back. Setting career highs in efficiency (4.8 YPC and 8.6 Y/R), Freeman now has back-to-back seasons with 1,000-plus rushing yards, 1,500-plus YFS, 50-plus receptions and 13-plus touchdowns.

2.03 - 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. Furthermore, Hilton set career highs in both receptions (91) and targets (155), but he has never scored more than seven TDs and the status of Andrew Luck for the start of the season is unclear.

3.10 - Alshon Jeffery, WR, Philadelphia Eagles: A free-agency steal if he can stay on the field, Jeffery should be motivated to parlay 2017 success into a large contract next offseason. While he has played only 21 games over the past two seasons combined, Jeffery has averaged 78.9 yards per game since 2013 and instantly becomes Carson Wentz's No. 1 wide receiver.

4.03 - Travis Kelce, TE, Kansas City Chiefs: Kelce set career highs in receptions (85), yards (1,125) and 100-yard games (six) and led the position in fantasy points scored despite scoring only four touchdowns. With Jeremy Maclin now in Baltimore, Kelce should be even more of a focal point of the passing offense and has a chance to finish as fantasy's TE1 even if Rob Gronkowski plays a full season.

5.10 - 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 upside for improvement over the past two seasons.

6.03 - 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. The addition of Adrian Peterson to the backfield is a concern, but Ingram has finished as a top-15 running back in three consecutive seasons and has a chance to do so again.

7.10 - Tevin Coleman, RB, Atlanta Falcons: Once again, Coleman has missed multiple games, but he showed his big-play ability when he was on the field. While Freeman will continue to lead the backfield in usage and production, Coleman had double-digit touches in 11 of his 13 games last year and finished the season as a top-20 fantasy running back.

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8.03 - Corey Coleman, WR, Cleveland Browns: The 15th overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, Coleman battled injuries and finished with just 33/413/3 over 10 games in 2016. An explosive athlete when healthy, the Browns will be counting on him to take a big step forward in his sophomore campaign with 1,000-yard receiver Terrelle Pryor now in Washington.

9.10 - Theo Riddick, RB, Detroit Lions: One of the backs that is much better in PPR-scoring formats, Riddick is one of the league's most dynamic receiving backs. Over the past two seasons, he has averaged 5.12 receptions for 41.08 yards and 0.35 touchdowns per game and he should remain a vital part of the passing attack.

10.03 - Paul Perkins, RB, New York Giants: Now the starter, Perkins should easily exceed his 127 rookie touches. One concern is the team's offensive line, which was surprisingly neglected in the offseason, and he's looked anything but impressive this preseason. That said, he's a decent value in Round 10.

11.10 - Josh Doctson, WR, Washington Redskins: Given the receiving corps turnover, there should be plenty of opportunity for Doctson in 2017.

12.03 - Robby Anderson, WR, New York Jets: Productive last year (42/587/2), Anderson had a five-game stretch where he exceeded 60 receiving yards four times. Moving into the No. 1 receiver role due to roster moves and/or injury, Anderson could finish as a top-50 (or better) fantasy wide receiver this season.

13.10 - Cam Newton, QB, Carolina Panthers: After being named league MVP in 2015, Newton had an inefficient and disappointing season as he finished as fantasy's QB17 last year. Even if he runs less, the team drafted Christian McCaffrey and Curtis Samuel to make things easier for Cam. At a minimum, there is plenty of upside at 13.10.

14.03 - Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Pittsburgh Steelers: Durability has been a concern and his home-road splits are extreme, but with Cam as my starter, I could play Big Ben at Heinz Field.

15.10 - Jacksonville Jaguars DST

16.03 - Matt Bryant, K, Atlanta Falcons

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