Sunday, September 3, 2017

Fantasy Football PPR Mock Draft: 12 Teams, 3rd 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: 3
  • 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:

1.03 - Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers: Brown has finished as the top-scoring wide receiver in PPR formats for three consecutive seasons and no receiver has a higher floor than Brown. He has averaged more than 100 receiving yards per game over the past four years, posted triple-digit receptions in each of those four seasons and scored double-digit touchdowns in past three.

2.10 - 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.

3.03 - Kareem Hunt, RB, Kansas City Chiefs: Extremely productive at Toledo with nearly 5,000 career rushing yards, there was speculation that Hunt would eventually emerge as the starter for the Chiefs. Given the season-ending knee injury to Spencer Ware, Hunt enters the season as the featured back and has a real chance to be the top-scoring rookie running back in 2017.

4.10 - Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Arizona Cardinals: Back for (at least) one more season, Fitzgerald has finished as a top-12 PPR wide receiver with 100-plus catches and 1,000-plus yards in back-to-back seasons. Going into his age-34 season, Fitzgerald is a nice value as the WR3 for this team.

5.03 - 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, however, Reed has averaged the per-game equivalent of a 94/1,008/10 season (16 games).

6.10 - 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. In his last full season (2015), however, Woodhead finished as PPR's third-best running back.

7.03 - Marcus Mariota, QB, Tennessee Titans: Finishing as fantasy's QB12 in 2016, Mariota threw for 3,426 yards, 26 touchdowns and nine interceptions while also running a little more often (60/349/2). 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 dual-threat quarterback.

8.10 - 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 Devonta 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.

9.03 - 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 also traded away Sammy Watkins.

10.10 - 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 the RB24 in PPR formats. Another season of 800 YFS and 50 catches should be within reach for Sproles.

11.03 - Kendall Wright, WR, Chicago Bears: Over his past two seasons, Wright has played just 21 games and failed to reach 40 catches or 500 yards in either season. With the season-ending injury Cameron Meredith (ACL) though, there could be plenty of opportunities for Wright. In fact, former first-rounder Kevin White has played just four games in two seasons so it wouldn't be a surprise if Wright led the team's wideouts in fantasy points scored this season.

12.10 - 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. Not only did the Bengals draft Joe Mixon, the team lost two of its best offensive linemen in free agency. Then said, he could find himself as the "starter" longer than anyone expects.

13.03 - Jamaal Williams, RB, Green Bay Packers: Depending on the evolution of his 2017 role, Williams could be set up to vastly exceed expectations. Ty Montgomery goes into the season as the "starter," but the Packers used three draft picks on running backs in this year's draft with Williams being selected first (fourth round) among the trio.

14.10 - Arizona Cardinals DST

15.03 - 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. If/when Reed misses any time, he'll be a solid injury replacement.

16.10 - Steven Hauschka, K, Buffalo Bills

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