Saturday, August 19, 2017

Fantasy Football PPR Mock Draft: 12 Teams, 2nd 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: 2
  • 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:

1.02 - Le'Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers: Missing the first four games of the 2016 season, Bell has now missed three-plus games (suspension and/or injury) in three of his four seasons as a pro. When on the field last season, however, he was better than ever with a 16-game pace of 2,512 yards from scrimmage, 100 receptions and 12 touchdowns. (The single-season YFS record is 2,509 by CJ2K in 2009.)

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

3.02 - Doug Baldwin, WR, Seattle Seahawks: While Baldwin scored half as many touchdowns (seven) in 2016, he set career highs in both receptions (94) and yards (1,128) and has now finished as a top-10 fantasy wide receiver in back-to-back seasons. Another top-10 season should be within reach in 2017 and I'm pretty happy with my Bell/Dez/Baldwin start to this mock.

4.11 - 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.

5.02 - Mark Ingram, RB, New Orleans Saints: Playing a full 16-game slate for the second time in his career, Ingram posted career highs of 1,043 rushing yards, 5.1 yards per carry and 10 total touchdowns. It wouldn't be a shock if Adrian Peterson outperformed Ingram this season, but I have both (see pick 8.11).

6.11 - Danny Woodhead, RB, Baltimore Ravens: Missing the majority of the 2014 and 2016 seasons, Woodhead has played just 21 games over the past three years. Even more valuable in PPR formats as one of the league's top receiving backs, Woodhead finished as PPR's RB3 in his last full season (2015). A top-three finish is unlikely, but I'm thrilled an RB quintet of Bell, Ingram, AP, Woodhead and Theo Riddick in this PPR mock.

7.02 - DeVante Parker, WR, Miami Dolphins: Preseason expectations were unfortunately greater than his actual production in 2016. Parker has been talked up all offseason and his offensive coordinator expects "[g]igantic year." There is some breakout potential for Parker (my WR4).

8.11 - 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. But it's also possible that both have top-24 fantasy seasons.

9.02 - Theo Riddick, RB, Detroit Lions: One of the league's most dynamic receiving backs, Riddick has averaged 5.12 receptions for 41.08 yards and 0.35 touchdowns per game over the past two seasons.

10.11 - Jack Doyle, TE, Indianapolis Colts: Finishing just outside the top-12 in fantasy points scored, Doyle signed a three-year deal worth $19 million with the Colts this offseason. Doyle's 59 catches, 75 targets and 584 yards were all second on the team to only T.Y. Hilton, who led the NFL in receiving yardage in 2016.

11.02 - Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Pittsburgh Steelers: Since 2010, Roethlisberger has missed multiple games in more seasons (four) than he has not (three) and has finished as fantasy's QB18 and QB20, respectively, over the past two seasons. Home-road splits are another concern -- (H) 8.66 Y/A, 59 TDs and 16 INTs and (A) 7.38 Y/A, 23 TDs and 22 INTs -- over past three seasons. Even so, Big Ben should finish as a top-12 fantasy QB on a per-game basis and is a must-start at home.

12.11 - 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 and a great complement to Big Ben (when on the road). Rivers has exceeded 4,200 passing yards in seven of eight seasons and he has thrown 30-plus touchdowns in three of four years.

13.02 - Jeremy Hill, RB, Cincinnati Bengals: After an impressive rookie season (1,124 rushing yards and 5.1 YPC), Hill has failed to reach the 1,000-yard mark and averaged under 4.0 yards per carry in back-to-back seasons. Eventually, I expect Joe Mixon to emerge as the lead back, but it's possible that Hill remains the "starter" longer than most anticipate.

14.11 - Minnesota Vikings DST

15.02 - 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 fantasy wide receiver this season.

16.11 - Dustin Hopkins, K, Washington Redskins

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