Sunday, August 20, 2017

Fantasy Football PPR Mock Draft: 20 Teams, 17th 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: 20
  • Draft Slot: 17
  • Starters: QB, 2 RB, 2 WR, TE, Flex (RB/WR/TE), K, DST
  • Bench Size: 5
With that said, here are the results of today's mock draft:

1.17 - 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. One major concern with Hilton, however, is the uncertainty around Andrew Luck's Week 1 status.

2.04 - 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.

3.17 - Bilal Powell, RB, New York Jets: Finishing as PPR's RB16 in 2016, Powell set career highs in yards from scrimmage (1,110), receptions (58) and touchdowns (five). Powell should lead the backfield in both touches and production, but the team has so many question marks around him (and Matt Forte) on offense.

4.04 - 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 Devonta Freeman will continue to lead the backfield in usage and production, Coleman finished the season as a top-20 fantasy running back.

5.17 - Marcus Mariota, QB, Tennessee Titans: Finishing as fantasy's QB12 in 2016, Mariota threw for 3,426 yards, 26 touchdowns and nine interceptions. Given the team's offseason investments to put an improved supporting cast around Mariota, 2017 should be even better — perhaps much better — for this ascending quarterback.

6.04 - Corey Coleman, WR, Cleveland Browns: 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.

7.17 - Darren Sproles, RB, Philadelphia Eagles: Entering what is expected to be his final season, the 34-year-old running back had 865 yards from scrimmage and 52 receptions last season for the Eagles to finish as fantasy's RB24 in PPR formats. Another season of 800 YFS and 50 catches should be within reach for Sproles.

8.04 - Thomas Rawls, RB, Seattle Seahawks: Over the past two seasons, Rawls has five 100-yard rushing games -- only eight players have more -- despite getting 10-plus carries in only 12 games over that two-year span. The addition of Eddie Lacy puts his exact role into question, but I like the value here with 140-something picks off the board.

9.17 - Jonathan Williams, RB, Buffalo Bills: Before him, Karlos Williams and Mike Gillislee had stand-alone fantasy value as Buffalo's backup running back. Williams is expected to move into the role vacated by Gillislee and he has weekly flex upside even if LeSean McCoy stays healthy for a full season.

10.04 - C.J. Fiedorowicz, TE, Houston Texans: As much as Houston's offense struggled last season, Fiedorowicz had an 11-game stretch with three-plus catches starting in Week 4 and set career highs across the board (54/559/4) in his third season. I could see similar steady production for the 25-year-old in 2017.

11.17 - Charles Clay, TE, Buffalo Bills: Finishing both seasons as a top-20 fantasy performer, there's some potential for Clay to be a solid backup in this 20-teamer given the turnover within the team's receiving corps.

12.04 - Jacksonville Jaguars DST

13.17 - 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.

14.04 - Dan Bailey, K, Dallas Cowboys:

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