Thursday, July 26, 2018

2018 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: 12 Teams, 6th 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 July 7th, we began drafting (at least) one fantasy football team per day using the 2018 Fantasy Football Mock Draft Simulator and we will continue to do so up until the start of the 2018 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: Standard scoring (i.e., non-PPR scoring)
  • # of Teams: 12
  • Draft Slot: 6
  • 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:

1.06 - Saquon Barkley, RB, New York Giants: Over the past two years, a rookie running back -- Ezekiel Elliott (2016) and Kareem Hunt (2017) -- has led the NFL in rushing. Arguably the most talented back to enter the league since Adrian Peterson, Barkley has a rare combination of size (233 pounds) and athleticism (4.4 forty and 41-inch vertical) and was highly productive (3,801 YFS and 43 TDs over past two seasons) at Penn State. The do-it-all back is a top-five fantasy option with legitimate upside to lead the position in fantasy points as a rookie.

2.07 - Davante Adams, WR, Green Bay Packers: With double-digit touchdowns in back-to-back seasons, Adams has a total of 149/1,882/22 over the past two years. With Jordy Nelson released (and now in Oakland), Adams will have an opportunity to improve upon his top-12 production as the No. 1 receiver for Aaron Rodgers.

3.06 - Adam Thielen, WR, Minnesota Vikings: Thielen has only 10 touchdowns in his four NFL seasons, but the former UDFA built upon his breakout 2016 season to lead the team in targets (142), receptions (91) and receiving yards (1,276). Only Antonio Brown, Julio Jones, Keenan Allen and DeAndre Hopkins had more yards than Thielen last season.

4.07 - Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Arizona Cardinals: Returning for (at least) another season, Fitzgerald has finished as a top-20 fantasy wide receiver in each of the past three seasons and four of the past five. Incredibly consistent, Fitz has 100-plus receptions and 1,000-plus yards in three consecutive seasons.

5.06 - Mark Ingram, RB, New Orleans Saints: Even with rookie Alvin Kamara finishing as fantasy's RB4, Ingram set career highs in 2017 with 1,124 rushing yards, 12 touchdowns, 58 receptions and 416 receiving yards. Although he'll miss the first four games due to a PED suspension, that creates more fantasy appeal (to a certain degree) as there is a discount for his strong production from Weeks 5 to 16.

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6.07 - Chris Hogan, WR, New England Patriots: Hogan played only one regular-season game (Week 14) in the second half of the season, but he posted a 33/438/5 line in his first eight games. During that span, he was the WR7 in standard-scoring formats with the 13th-most on a per-game basis. With Brandin Cooks in L.A. and Julian Edelman suspended for four games, Hogan has a chance to get off to a hot start in 2018.

7.06 - Cam Newton, QB, Carolina Panthers: Since entering the league in 2011, Newton has finished as a top-four fantasy quarterback in all but two seasons (2014 and 2016). Of course, a huge part of his fantasy success is generated by his rushing production. Averaging 7.7 rushing scores per season, Newton has 100-plus rush attempts and 500-plus rushing yards every year except for 2016.

8.07 - Randall Cobb, WR, Green Bay Packers: Given a secure WR2 role, Cobb could bounce back provided that he and Rodgers can stay healthy.

9.06 - Rex Burkhead, RB, New England Patriots: Missing six games in his first season with the Patriots, Burkhead scored eight touchdowns. There will be plenty of week-to-week volatility in the production of New England's running backs, per usual, but I expect Burkhead to lead the backfield in touchdowns. Due to his versatility, he could also benefit during Weeks 1 to 4 with Edelman suspended, which blends well with Ingram's suspension requiring a fill-in at my RB2 spot.

10.07 - Duke Johnson, RB, Cleveland Browns: Through three NFL seasons, Johnson has exceeded 50 receptions and 500 receiving yards every year and he set career highs last season with 74/693/3 receiving.

11.06 - Devontae Booker, RB, Denver Broncos: With the Broncos releasing C.J. Anderson this offseason, Booker has a chance to enter the season as the starter. Even if he doesn't end the season as the team's lead back, Booker has some value this late.

12.07 - Jack Doyle, TE, Indianapolis Colts: Doyle finished second on the team in targets (108) last season and posted career highs with 80 catches and 690 yards last season.

13.06 - Latavius Murray, RB, Minnesota Vikings: A top-20 fantasy back (standard-scoring formats) for three years in a row, Murray will need an injury to Dalvin Cook to extend that streak to four seasons.

14.07 - Chris Ivory, RB, Buffalo Bills: Ivory averaged a career-low 3.4 YPC for Jacksonville last season and the 30-year-old back signed a two-year deal with Buffalo. With LeSean McCoy facing serious allegations, Ivory would be the first option if McCoy were to miss any time.

15.06 - Baltimore Ravens D/ST

16.07 - Will Lutz, K, New Orleans Saints

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