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Fantasy Football Mock Draft Recap

Fantasy Football T-ShirtsThe Gridiron Experts staff recently put together a Mock Draft and decided to share the results with our readers. The following is a full breakdown of a PPR mock draft that we did on the Fourth of July. Use the three tabs to see the mock draft results in three different formats. Also, don’t forget to scroll down below and get insight from the staff. We asked three questions that cover everything from favorite pick, to the player you wish had fallen to what strategy did you use entering this draft.

Mock Draft Details:

  • 12 Man Draft
  • PPR Scoring
  • Starting Lineup: QB, 2RB, 3WR, TE, Flex, Kicker, Defense
  • 16 Roster spot (10 starting, 6 Bench)

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Mock Draft 4th of July

PICKOVRFRANCHISESELECTION Rounds 1 to 8
1.011Jody SmithJohnson, David ARI (RB)
1.022Anthony CervinoElliott, Ezekiel DAL (RB)
1.033Phil ClarkBell, Le’Veon PIT (RB)
1.044Tanner BollersBeckham, Odell NYG (WR)
1.055Hunter GibbonBrown, Antonio PIT (WR)
1.066Adam CahillEvans, Mike TBB (WR)
1.077Mike HauffJones, Julio ATL (WR)
1.088Jason WillanThomas, Michael NOS (WR)
1.099Ethan LillardGreen, A.J. CIN (WR)
1.110Mike RigzGordon, Melvin LAC (RB)
1.1111Brad CastronovoFreeman, Devonta ATL (RB)
1.1212Paul MalandMcCoy, LeSean BUF (RB)
2.0113Paul MalandHilton, T.Y. IND (WR)
2.0214Brad CastronovoNelson, Jordy GBP (WR)
2.0315Mike RigzAjayi, Jay MIA (RB)
2.0416Ethan LillardCooper, Amari OAK (WR)
2.0517Jason WillanHoward, Jordan CHI (RB)
2.0618Mike HauffBryant, Dez DAL (WR)
2.0719Adam CahillBaldwin, Doug SEA (WR)
2.0820Hunter GibbonMurray, DeMarco  TEN (RB)
2.0921Tanner BollersRobinson, Allen JAC (WR)
2.122Phil ClarkHopkins, DeAndre HOU (WR)
2.1123Anthony CervinoGronkowski, Rob NEP (TE)
2.1224Jody SmithGurley, Todd LAR (RB)
3.0125Jody SmithCooks, Brandin NEP (WR)
3.0226Anthony CervinoRodgers, Aaron GBP (QB)
3.0327Phil ClarkFournette, Leonard JAC (RB)
3.0428Tanner BollersMiller, Lamar HOU (RB)
3.0529Hunter GibbonWatkins, Sammy BUF (WR)
3.0630Adam CahillMcCaffrey, Christian CAR (RB)
3.0731Mike HauffMixon, Joe CIN (RB)
3.0832Jason WillanThomas, Demaryius DEN (WR)
3.0933Ethan LillardLynch, Marshawn OAK (RB)
3.134Mike RigzAllen, Keenan LAC (WR)
3.1135Brad CastronovoLandry, Jarvis MIA (WR)
3.1236Paul MalandKelce, Travis KCC (TE)
4.0137Paul MalandReed, Jordan WAS (TE)
4.0238Brad CastronovoCrowell, Isaiah CLE (RB)
4.0339Mike RigzAdams, Davante GBP (WR)
4.0440Ethan LillardPryor, (TE)rrelle WAS (WR)
4.0541Jason WillanJeffery, Alshon PHI (WR)
4.0642Mike HauffBryant, Martavis PIT (WR)
4.0743Adam CahillCrowder, Jamison WAS (WR)
4.0844Hunter GibbonMontgomery, Ty GBP (RB)
4.0945Tanner BollersLuck, Andrew IND (QB)
4.146Phil ClarkBrady, Tom NEP (QB)
4.1147Anthony CervinoGillislee, Mike NEP (RB)
4.1248Jody SmithHyde, Carlos SFO (RB)
5.0149Jody SmithOlsen, Greg CAR (TE)
5.0250Anthony CervinoHill, Tyreek KCC (WR)
5.0351Phil ClarkCrabtree, Michael OAK (WR)
5.0452Tanner BollersDiggs, Stefon MIN (WR)
5.0553Hunter GibbonFitzgerald, Larry ARI (WR)
5.0654Adam CahillAbdullah, Ameer DET (RB)
5.0755Mike HauffCook, Dalvin MIN (RB)
5.0856Jason WillanTate, Golden DET (WR)
5.0957Ethan LillardBlount, LeGarrette PHI (RB)
5.158Mike RigzEdelman, Julian NEP (WR)
5.1159Brad CastronovoDecker, Eric  TEN (WR)
5.1260Paul MalandSnead, Willie NOS (WR)
6.0161Paul MalandSanders, Emmanuel DEN (WR)
6.0262Brad CastronovoMarshall, Brandon NYG (WR)
6.0363Mike RigzMoncrief, Donte IND (WR)
6.0464Ethan LillardBrees, Drew NOS (QB)
6.0565Jason WillanWoodhead, Danny BAL (RB)
6.0666Mike HauffBenjamin, Kelvin CAR (WR)
6.0767Adam CahillMariota, Marcus  TEN (QB)
6.0868Hunter GibbonWare, Spencer KCC (RB)
6.0969Tanner BollersAnderson, C.J. DEN (RB)
6.170Phil ClarkGarcon, Pierre SFO (WR)
6.1171Anthony CervinoCobb, Randall GBP (WR)
6.1272Jody SmithParker, DeVante MIA (WR)
7.0173Jody SmithJackson, DeSean TBB (WR)
7.0274Anthony CervinoPowell, Bilal NYJ (RB)
7.0375Phil ClarkIngram, Mark NOS (RB)
7.0476Tanner BollersEifert, Tyler CIN (TE)
7.0577Hunter GibbonMaclin, Jeremy BAL (WR)
7.0678Adam CahillBrown, John ARI (WR)
7.0779Mike HauffDavis, Corey  TEN (WR)
7.0880Jason WillanRiddick, Theo DET (RB)
7.0981Ethan LillardGraham, Jimmy SEA (TE)
7.182Mike RigzMartin, Doug TBB (RB)
7.1183Brad CastronovoLacy, Eddie SEA (RB)
7.1284Paul MalandColeman, (TE)vin ATL (RB)
8.0185Paul MalandPerkins, Paul NYG (RB)
8.0286Brad CastronovoPeterson, Adrian NOS (RB)
8.0387Mike RigzWilson, Russell SEA (QB)
8.0488Ethan LillardGore, Frank IND (RB)
8.0589Jason WillanBritt, Kenny CLE (WR)
8.0690Mike HauffHenry, Hunter LAC (TE)
8.0791Adam CahillHenry, Derrick  TEN (RB)
8.0892Hunter GibbonJones, Marvin DET (WR)
8.0993Tanner BollersColeman, Corey CLE (WR)
8.194Phil ClarkRudolph, Kyle MIN (TE)
8.1195Anthony CervinoMeredith, Cameron CHI (WR)
8.1296Jody SmithPerine, Samaje WAS (RB)
PICKOVRFRANCHISESELECTION Round 9 to 16
9.0197Jody SmithMatthews, Jordan PHI (WR)
9.0298Anthony CervinoHunt, Kareem KCC (RB)
9.0399Phil ClarkProsise, C.J. SEA (RB)
9.04100Tanner BollersDixon, Kenneth BAL (RB)
9.05101Hunter GibbonJohnson, Duke CLE (RB)
9.06102Adam CahillMatthews, Rishard  TEN (WR)
9.07103Mike HauffForte, Matt NYJ (RB)
9.08104Jason WillanWinston, Jameis TBB (QB)
9.09105Ethan LillardWalker, Delanie  TEN (TE)
9.1106Mike RigzErtz, Zach PHI (TE)
9.11107Brad CastronovoRyan, Matt ATL (QB)
9.12108Paul MalandNewton, Cam CAR (QB)
10.01109Paul MalandEnunwa, Quincy NYJ (WR)
10.02110Brad CastronovoBennett, Martellus GBP (TE)
10.03111Mike RigzShepard, Sterling NYG (WR)
10.04112Ethan LillardWallace, Mike BAL (WR)
10.05113Jason WillanEbron, Eric DET (TE)
10.06114Mike HauffCousins, Kirk WAS (QB)
10.07115Adam CahillKamara, Alvin NOS (RB)
10.08116Hunter GibbonDoyle, Jack IND (TE)
10.09117Tanner BollersWhite, Kevin CHI (WR)
10.1118Phil ClarkGinn Jr., (TE)d NOS (WR)
10.11119Anthony CervinoWilliams, Tyrell LAC (WR)
10.12120Jody SmithWilliams, Joe SFO (RB)
11.01121Jody SmithPrescott, Dak DAL (QB)
11.02122Anthony CervinoThielen, Adam MIN (WR)
11.03123Phil ClarkStills, Kenny MIA (WR)
11.04124Tanner BollersBernard, Giovani CIN (RB)
11.05125Hunter GibbonRoethlisberger, Ben PIT (QB)
11.06126Adam CahillHooper, Austin ATL (TE)
11.07127Mike HauffKelley, Rob WAS (RB)
11.08128Jason WillanWhite, James NEP (RB)
11.09129Ethan LillardStewart, Jonathan CAR (RB)
11.1130Mike RigzSproles, Darren PHI (RB)
11.11131Brad CastronovoJones, Zay BUF (WR)
11.12132Paul MalandRivers, Philip LAC (QB)
12.01133Paul MalandBroncos, Denver DEN Def
12.02134Brad CastronovoChiefs, Kansas City KCC Def
12.03135Mike RigzEngram, Evan NYG (TE)
12.04136Ethan LillardDoctson, Josh WAS (WR)
12.05137Jason WillanWoods, Robert LAR (WR)
12.06138Mike HauffLockett, Tyler SEA (WR)
12.07139Adam CahillWest, (TE)rrance BAL (RB)
12.08140Hunter GibbonBeasley, Cole DAL (WR)
12.09141Tanner BollersWilliams, Mike LAC (WR)
12.1142Phil ClarkCarr, Derek OAK (QB)
12.11143Anthony CervinoTexans, Houston HOU Def
12.12144Jody SmithWilliams, Jonathan BUF (RB)
13.01145Jody SmithNjoku, David CLE (TE)
13.02146Anthony CervinoCharles, Jamaal DEN (RB)
13.03147Phil ClarkMcFadden, Darren DAL (RB)
13.04148Tanner BollersStafford, Matthew DET (QB)
13.05149Hunter GibbonDalton, Andy CIN (QB)
13.06150Adam CahillWilliams, Jamaal GBP (RB)
13.07151Mike HauffRoss, John CIN (WR)
13.08152Jason WillanThompson, Chris WAS (RB)
13.09153Ethan LillardGolladay, Kenny DET (WR)
13.1154Mike RigzTaylor, Tyrod BUF (QB)
13.11155Brad CastronovoFiedorowicz, C.J. HOU (TE)
13.12156Paul MalandLewis, Dion NEP (RB)
14.01157Paul MalandPerriman, Breshad BAL (WR)
14.02158Brad CastronovoManning, Eli NYG (QB)
14.03159Mike RigzRawls, Thomas SEA (RB)
14.04160Ethan LillardSanu, Mohamed ATL (WR)
14.05161Jason WillanWentz, Carson PHI (QB)
14.06162Mike HauffMurray, Latavius MIN (RB)
14.07163Adam CahillWashington, DeAndre OAK (RB)
14.08164Hunter GibbonMack, Marlon IND (RB)
14.09165Tanner BollersGodwin, Chris TBB (WR)
14.1166Phil ClarkWitten, Jason DAL (TE)
14.11167Anthony CervinoBurkhead, Rex NEP (RB)
14.12168Jody SmithPalmer, Carson ARI (QB)
15.01169Jody SmithGabriel, Taylor ATL (WR)
15.02170Anthony CervinoNelson, J.J. ARI (WR)
15.03171Phil ClarkSeahawks, Seattle SEA Def
15.04172Tanner BollersCardinals, Arizona ARI Def
15.05173Hunter GibbonVikings, Minnesota MIN Def
15.06174Adam CahillTucker, Justin BAL PK
15.07175Mike HauffPatriots, New England NEP Def
15.08176Jason WillanRams, Los Angeles LAR Def
15.09177Ethan LillardFuller, Will HOU (WR)
15.1178Mike RigzPanthers, Carolina CAR Def
15.11179Brad CastronovoHill, Jeremy CIN (RB)
15.12180Paul MalandAustin, Tavon LAR (WR)
16.01181Paul MalandGostkowski, Stephen NEP PK
16.02182Brad CastronovoSamuel, Curtis CAR (WR)
16.03183Mike RigzBryant, Matt ATL PK
16.04184Ethan LillardBortles, Blake JAC (QB)
16.05185Jason WillanBailey, Dan DAL PK
16.06186Mike HauffVinatieri, Adam IND PK
16.07187Adam CahillFalcons, Atlanta ATL Def
16.08188Hunter GibbonCrosby, Mason GBP PK
16.09189Tanner BollersMcManus, Brandon DEN PK
16.1190Phil ClarkJanikowski, Sebastian OAK PK
16.11191Anthony CervinoTannehill, Ryan MIA (QB)
16.12192Jody SmithRavens, Baltimore BAL Def

Team Rosters

Staff Recap

Question 1: What was your Strategy for this PPR Draft?

Melvin GordonMike Rigz: I had pick 10 in the draft so I just took best available when on the clock. I usually draft WR’s in PPR leagues, but I decided to switch it up. I drafted Melvin Gordon and Jay Ajayi. After that, my focus was drafting as many wide receivers as possible. When on the clock in the third round, the highest player on my board not drafted was Keenan Allen. I could see an owner reaching on someone else due to the fact I already had Gordon (both on the same team), but that’s overthinking it. You can always make a trade. I drafted Allen and then followed it up with Davante Adams in the 4th. I then happily landed Edelman and Moncrief in the 5th and 6th. To recap, I went RB, RB, WR, WR, WR, WR

Tanner Bollers:  With the #4 pick my Pre-draft strategy was to lock up two strong WR with my first two picks and then focus on Best Player Available based on what the other guys did. Considering PPR scoring I assumed 2 of the top 3 WR’s would be gone by the time I came up expecting to have a choice between Evans or Julio as my top WR. Luckily, the three spots before me all went RB, allowing Beckham to fall to me at 4, which I just couldn’t pass up. For my next round, I snatched up Allen Robinson with the 2.09 accomplishing my goal to start with two strong wideouts. Next, I grabbed Lamar Miller, opting for the best available RB on the list after Murry, Gurley, and Fournette were taken. Round 4 is where my draft got interesting; I missed my draft window and Auto-Drafted Andrew Luck. That’s what I get for having a few too many and forgetting to check the draft status. Side note, please don’t be that guy when you’re drafting in your leagues. No one likes an auto-drafter. Usually I wouldn’t touch QB till 10th round or beyond. But I decided to roll with it and keep focusing on BPA strategy with Stefon Diggs, C.J. Anderson, and Tyler Eifert with my next three picks. I made up for my auto-draft blunder in round 13 by selecting Matthew Stafford, whom I was initially targeting as a late round value starter. Having another solid QB on my roster opens up possibilities for trades throughout the season. If the primary QB goes down or starts falling apart, I now have a huge bargaining chip in Luck or I have the luxury of playing matchups with two high volume passers. Always try to keep your options open and don’t be afraid to pull the trigger when the opportunity presents itself.

Michael Thomas Saints 1Jason Willan: The 8-spot is probably my least favorite draft position this season, as the top seven picks are very straightforward to me followed by a group of somewhat interchangeable players in the 8-to-14 range. So, I knew I was likely going to take a chance at 1.08 on one of my favorite guys (Michael Thomas) from that group. From there, I wanted to take what came to me for a few rounds and then get as many of my favorite upside guys as I could in the mid-to-late rounds, including PPR running back targets like Danny Woodhead, Theo Riddick, and James White.

Hunter Gibbon: When I saw that I had the 5th overall pick I knew I would walk away with one of the top-3 picks from last season in either Antonio Brown, OBJ, or Julio Jones. I believe all 3 have an argument to be the number one overall pick in PPR drafts this season, although the hype David Johnson, Le’Veon Bell, and Zeke Elliott are deservedly garnering. In my opinion, there are four other true bell cow RBs in Gordon, McCoy, Ajayi, and DeMarco Murray (sorry Gurley and Howard) so I hoped to land one of them with my second round pick or a receiver from my top 10 like Doug Baldwin or Dez Bryant. As is my strategy in PPR, WR-heavy formats, I wanted to leave the first 6 rounds with 4 or 5 WRs, then load up on mid-to-late round RBs. I planned on being the last owner to draft a TE and a QB unless some insane value fell to me. QB is legitimately 18 deep to me this season, so I have no problem with 1 or 2 from the QB10-16 range as my starter(s). After Gronk, Kelce, Olsen, Reed, and Graham, TE becomes a dumpster fire. I know I won’t pay up for one of those top 5, so the last piece of hot garbage in the pile isn’t much worse that the first. Overall, I followed my pre-draft strategy pretty closely, with the exception of drafting more RBs in the first 6 rounds than I intended. I attempted to make up for the deviation with some underrated receivers in the middle rounds, but I will have to wait and see how it turns out.

[the_ad id=”66786″]Paul Maland: Drafting from the 12 spot in a PPR draft, my initial hope was to land one top-tier RB and one top-tier WR to solidify each of those spots should the selection field be depleted by the time my long-awaited third-round pick came up. I was fortunate enough to land LeSean McCoy and T.Y. Hilton as my first two selections. That gave me enough confidence to watch the positional runs and not worry about completely striking out anywhere. The thought process behind having one stud from each position is due to two facts. First, workhorse running backs are few and far between heading into 2017. Second, being in PPR scoring your group of pass-catchers are your roster staples. I also wanted to test out the effect that drafting two elite tight ends would have on my overall roster. With two top-flight TE’s, you are able to either flex one on a weekly basis or know that in the case of injury your roster is still complete. I always also tend to value QB’s a little higher than others do. Something about knowing that guys like Sam Bradford and Ryan Tannehill are my quarterback options just seems to make my stomach turn. So I tend to always snag a couple high-floor guys in the mid-rounds.

Rob Gronkowski Fantasy 1Phil Clark: As with any draft, I enter the process with the framework of a plan, in order to maintain the adaptable mindset that is needed to make effective decisions as the process unfolds. This keeps me from unintentionally limiting my flexibility with an overly structured approach. When possible, I also attempt to secure at least two players who are within the top five at their respective positions. That might initially sound easier to accomplish than it actually can be, although there is often a path toward achieving that if I remain committed toward adhering to that goal. When I do, it insulates the roster from solely consisting of players that are merely respectable, and lack the potential firepower to contend for a league championship. With those caveats intact, I entered this particular draft with the third overall pick, and the relatively easy objective of making sure that I secured one of the top three running backs – David Johnson, Le’Veon Bell, or Ezekiel Elliott (it should be noted that this process began before conversation about the possibility of an Elliott suspension gained momentum). After the first two players were selected, I was pleasantly surprised to find Bell available at 1.03. As I consider the tandem of Johnson and Bell to be interchangeable candidates for the first overall pick. After that favorable development, I evaluated the concept of starting this draft with Bell and Rob Gronkowski, which would have been feasible by choosing Gronk with the 22nd overall pick. However, that scenario would keep me from choosing my WR1 until at least the 27th overall selection. Which would jeopardize my ability to build a potent collection of wideouts toward either becoming a primary strength of the roster, or minimally, to keep me from playing each week with a consistent disadvantage at the position. That solidified my Round 2 focus on procuring a wideout, with DeAndre Hopkins, Brandin Cooks, Keenan Allen, Jarvis Landry, and Demaryius Thomas all available as my most appealing options. I strongly considered Cooks, who has been polarizing within the fantasy community entering his first year with New England. With abundant rationale residing on both sides of the discussion regarding the level of production that he will achieve this season. Ultimately, I selected Hopkins, who is the clear WR1 for his own team. While he will not replicate the monstrous 192 targets that enabled him to accumulate career best numbers in 2015 (192), he should garner a target total that resembles his 150 of last season. If history reflects that I should have opted for Cooks, I can still benefit from his output, as a result of selecting Tom Brady in Round 4 – which satisfied my goal of possessing two top five performers at their positions (Bell / Brady). After the draft progressed through 16 rounds, my roster consisted of two quarterbacks, five running backs, five wide receivers, and two tight ends. Along with the late round additions of a defense and a kicker.

Michael Hauff: The strategy in this draft was to go a little heavier on the wide receiver position and wait on the quarterback position. As much as I was prepared to go wide receiver with my first pick, 7th overall, I never expected Julio Jones to be available. Locking him up and proceeding to draft Dez Bryant with my next pick made it clear that I would be strong at the position. Even though I wanted to focus on wide receivers, I have a hard going with zero RB. With that in mind, I would spend a third round pick on Bengals rookie Joe Mixon. While players like Marshawn Lynch and Crowell could have definitely filled the role, I’m targeting Mixon in a lot of my leagues. Off the field issues aside, he was the best running back in this years draft class. Completing my strategy of waiting on a quarterback, I would select Kirk Cousins in the 10th round. In retrospect, I could have waited longer on the position as guys like Matthew Stafford were coming off the board in the thirteenth round. The quarterback position feels like it gets deeper with each passing season. Unless you’re a die-hard Packers fan, don’t be afraid to wait on the position.

Brad Castronovo: Picking out of the 11 spot, I was hoping that my colleagues would let AJ Green fall to me, but it was not meant to be. Luckily, I was still blessed with a plethora of options to start my team with. I believed that running backs were at a bit more of a premium when I came up at 1.11, so I decided to nab Devonta Freeman right before the turn. After taking my RB1, I was targeting either Jordy Nelson or TY Hilton. When Paul took TY, it made the decision for me, and I took Jordy Nelson to start my receiving corps. When picking late in a snake style draft, I try to alternate between WR and RBs until I’m confident I have a solid nucleus. However, I will stray from this alternating strategy to take the best skill player available at times. Especially in PPR, I like to target receivers who will demand a high percentage of target shares, high volume of receptions, and a consistent track record– I’m not one who likes to live and die by a “boom or bust” lineup. I try to stay away from taking TE and QB until around the 10th round. Before then, it’s all WR and RB usually on my end. I feel that depth is very important to my game, as it’s very rare that an entire drafted team will pan out the way you expect it to.

Adam Strangis: I entered this draft the same way I enter all drafts- an idea of who I want to take with my first pick and then I let the draft decide where to go after that. I don’t enter with a plan because there’s simply no way to what a draft will offer. Picking 6th, I basically know my personal #2 WR Mike Evans will be there every time. With this mock being PPR and need to start at least 3 WR, I put a priority on that position. 3 of my first 4 picks were WR and even though I got sniped in Round 2 and 4 when Mike H took Dez Bryant and Martavis Bryant, I’m pretty happy with this team. In a 1 QB league, I almost never take a backup in the draft.This is especially true when I take one early and he’s a stud like Marcus Mariota. I’m usually the guy who waits on QB, but I wasn’t in love with any other spot in Round 6. I also try to load up on RBs if I focus on WRs early, using most of my bench spots to draft 7 total backs. TE could be an issue, but I believe Austin Hooper takes a step forward. I have a star QB, good to great WRs, and I’ll cobble together 2 RB spots every week without much of a problem.

Question 2: Who was your Favorite and least favorite pick and why?

Derek CarrPhil Clark: Participants in mock drafts have been sufficiently enamored with Derek Carr, to the point of selecting him sixth among all signal callers. Which results in his current ADP of 69 – According to Fantasy Football Calculator’s latest data. Yet, he was still available in this particular draft, even as Round 12 was nearing its conclusion. My initial reaction of shock was quickly followed by the realization that I could add him to my roster by utilizing the 142nd overall pick. One can argue that this would elevate into a narrative of even greater significance, had I been waiting until that point of the draft before securing my first quarterback. However, I had chosen Tom Brady in Round 4, so that I could have a second top five player at this position (along with Le’Veon Bell). Nevertheless, that does not diminish the astronomical value of this selection. Nor the surprising reality that 13 other signal callers were chosen before Carr. Which is a departure from what we have observed in most drafts this summer. Meanwhile, my uneasiness regarding the selection of Kenny Stills in Round 11 loomed even as I clicked the ‘draft’ option, and I remain dissatisfied with that choice now.

At that point of the draft, my roster contained four wide receivers, and 55 wideouts had been selected. I believed that if I waited until my next selection (142), my rapidly vanishing options would be completely unappealing. As a result, I opted for Stills, even though there were players at other positions that were more enticing – including Carr. Jordy Nelson, Antonio Brown, Mike Evans, Odell Beckham Jr., and Davante Adams were the only wide receivers to visit the end zone with greater frequency in 2016, but I have yet to encounter reasonable observer who believes that there is any sustainability to Stills’ touchdown total. As I believe that his opportunities must filter predominantly through the proverbial pecking order of Jay Ajayi, Jarvis Landry, and DeVante Parker. If I had waited until the next round to draft my fifth receiver, the best options would have been John Ross, Kenny Golladay, Breshad Perriman, and Mohamed Sanu. Which means that the selection of Stills might not have been a categorical blunder.

Jason Willan: I’m lumping my 11th, 12th, and 13th-round picks together as my favorite, only because I pre-drafted 6-to-8 players ahead of each of these and got my #1 choice every time. And the common theme here is a cheap source of targets. As noted above, James White is someone I’m drafting as much as possible in PPR formats, as he’s poised to hold down the pass-catching role in New England’s backfield again and can typically be had in the 11th or 12th round of drafts. Robert Woods is poised to see 100+ targets in Sean McVay’s revamped Rams offense, making him a sneaky PPR option at wide receiver. And Chris Thompson has been a 60-target-per-year guy in each of the last two seasons, which will typically put you in the top 10-12 at the running back position. As far as “least favorite” pick, I’ll go with Eric Ebron at 10.05. It’s not a terrible pick by any means, but I’m just not a big Ebron guy and I got sniped between my 9th and 10th round picks, when three of the four teams took a tight end and my hand felt a bit forced.

Hunter Gibbon: True to my fantasy football narcissism, I loved a fair share of my draft picks, but none could top my exuberance for being the last owner in the league to select a QB and walking away with the league winning upside of Big Ben Roethlisberger. In 2014, with a full season of Antonio Brown, Le’Veon Bell, and only 10 games from Martavis Bryant, Big Ben produced a QB5 finish, throwing for 4,952 yards and 32 TDs. All 3 of those weapons are slated to begin the season healthy and on the field, which could of course change before or during the season. Roethlisberger’s health is always a question mark as well, but as the 12th QB drafted his floor isn’t as concerning. Selecting my favorite late-round QB in Andy Dalton two rounds later as injury insurance only increased my confidence. As far as my least favorite pick, Larry Fitzgerald comes to mind. Projections love Fitz this season, but investing a 5th round pick in a WR who will be 34 when the season starts and catches passes from a 37 year-old QB is frightening. In addition to the age, he averaged less than 10 yards per reception last season and has faded down the stretch the past two seasons. In hindsight, Golden Tate, Emmanuel Sanders, or Willie Snead could’ve provided better ceilings and less age-related risk. Fitzgerald could defy the odds for a third straight season and make my pick look good, but I am hesitant to say he was the most logical pick available.

 

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Paul Maland: My favorite pick of this draft had to be my selection of Tevin Coleman at 7.12. According to FFCalculator PPR ADP, this puts him exactly two rounds behind his current average selection spot. We’re not talking about a high-upside backup running back here. We’re talking about a guy in a legitimate timeshare in one of the most dynamic offenses in the NFL. Yes, Devonta Freeman is the “starter”. But Coleman proved that there is plenty to like about his role in this offense as he racked up just shy of 1,000 total yards and 11 touchdowns in 2016. My least favorite selection was Paul Perkins at 8.01. And this is not due to the fact that I don’t like the appeal of Perkins this season. In fact, I really do like him. I was actually hoping that I would land Doug Martin and Tevin Coleman on the turn instead of Coleman and Perkins. Nonetheless, he is a fine back who will have a solid workload in a productive offense. He also has little in the way of competition for reps aside from Shane Vereen vulturing passing-down snaps. Overall in this draft, much like the other drafters, I feel like my squad came together nicely and doesn’t boast any major holes.

Michael Hauff: My favorite pick of this draft was Martavis Bryant in the 4th round. Bryant, who is coming off of that suspension, is looking good so far and has even earned praise from Ben Roethlisberger. The widespread belief is that Bryant serves as the missing key to Pittsburgh’s offensive attack. I have him projected as a 1,000-yard receiver and close to 10 touchdowns. Pairing that projected production with Julio Jones and Dez Bryant meant that my starting receivers stack up with the best in this mock draft. In regards to my least favorite pick, I would have to go with Dalvin Cook whom I selected in the 5th round. While I do think Cook will have the most production out of the Minnesota backfield, pairing him with a fellow rookie in Mixon would mean that my backfield was extreme boom or bust. Just a little bit of growing pains could send this roster into a tailspin. This would change the way I would draft as I’d spend a pick on Matt Forte and my last positional player drafted would be Cook’s teammate, Latavius Murray. Reasons like this are why we do mock drafts in the first place. When the bullets start flying for real I will not be selecting two rookies to start in my backfield.

Tanner Bollers My Favorite pick has to be Giovani Bernard at pick 11.04. I have been a fan since his days at North Carolina. Additionally, getting him in the 11th round as the 43rd RB off the board represents tremendous value in this Mock because he has the potential for RB2 production in PPR formats. Many people are down on Bernard this year due to Joe Mixon’s presence. However, I believe Mixon is more of a threat to Jeremy Hill’s role as the traditional back. Gio’s flex abilities should remain an important weapon in the Bengals offense. On the flip side, my least favorite pick would have to be Mike Williams at 12.09. In hindsight I got star struck by a big name. Instead, that pick should have been used to add RB depth to my roster. Someone like Chris Thompson who has proven PPR value would have been better. Or, if you’re a betting man, this pick would have been a good spot to take a shot at a rookie RB like Marlon Mack or Jamaal Williams who could potentially carve out a starting role over the course of the season. I’m not saying Mike Williams is a bad player, just that with all things considered, addressing my needs at running back would have been a good use with the 12.09 pick.

Matt RyanBrad Castronovo: I think I’m most excited about my pick of Matt Ryan just before the turn in the 9th round. I believe that I was able to hold out for a QB, selecting 8 consecutive skill players, and then still nab a Top 6 Quarterback and the reigning NFL MVP. Additionally, while deciding to wait on a Tight End, I believe I was still able to draft two very serviceable players in Martellus Bennett and CJ Fiedorowicz. I think that Bennett could be a sleeper if Rodgers decides to focus on him in the red zone, and that the Texans will continue to focus on their young tight end in what will hopefully be a breakout season. Although I may have reached a bit for my WR1 and WR2, I love my combo of Jordy Nelson and Jarvis Landry. I think that Aaron Rodgers will continue to pepper Jordy with targets, and that Landry will continue to be a safety blanket for Ryan Tannehill and threaten to reach a career high in receptions, topping his 111 from the 2015 season. Finally, I think that I have major sleeper potential in my RB corps. While Devonta Freeman and Isaiah Crowell should find themselves in my lineup most weeks, I have the luxury of keeping Eddie Lacy and Adrian Peterson on my bench until I see if they’re going to pan out. If AP avoids the injury bug and returns to form, I think that he could become a major fantasy asset playing in the Saints offense. On the other side of the coin, I have a slimmed-down Eddie Lacy. While his offensive line leaves something to be desired, Lacy could very well find the swagger he had in the 2013 and 2014 seasons with the Packers. All in all, I’m very pleased, and believe that my team is deep, consistent, and has elite upside.

Adam Strangis My favorite pick is a toss up between Derrick Henry in Round 8 and Terrance West in the 12th. I believe Henry could have some stand alone value weeks and if DeMarco Murray happens to get hurt, I have a top 10 RB. Being able to draft Henry 2 rounds later than his ADP is a big plus and I’m in the good position of not having to start him right off the bat. As far as West goes, we know he’ll be the starter while Kenneth Dixon is suspended for the first four games. Fellow RB Danny Woodhead is coming off an ACL injury and has missed 2 of the past 3 seasons with injury. The worst case scenario is I have a starter for 4 weeks. The best case is West still heavily involved the entire season. That’s a worthwhile gamble in Round 12. My least favorite might be Alvin Kamara. That’s not because I don’t love his upside, but I may have been better served by taking TE Jack Doyle in that slot. I had hoped he might slide, but that hope was immediately dashed as Doyle went off the board with the very next pick.

Question 3: Who is one player you wish had fallen to you?

Martavis Bryant Fantasy ProfileJason Willan: I really wanted to take Martavis Bryant at 4.05, but decided it was a little too early and thought there was an outside chance he could slide back to me in the 5th round. That didn’t come close to working out, as Mike H. scooped up Bryant immediately after I passed on him. At least I didn’t have to hold my breath very long.
Hunter Gibbon 3 names come to mind when I think of players I missed out on. I know, I’m terrible at the whole “one player” thing with these articles, but I will try focus on one in particular. However, I won’t pass up the opportunity to say that I would’ve loved to select Willie Snead in the 6th and Russell Wilson in the 8th. They will be two of my most owned players this season. So congrats to Paul and Mike on those two. The pick that truly broke my little Okie heart was Phil Clark selecting C.J. Prosise two picks before me in the 9th round. I am an Eddie Lacy apologist, but I can’t deny the upside of Prosise, alongside his standalone PPR value. I was perfectly okay with my Duke Johnson pick, but I can’t help but feel he is the Great Value brand version of C.J. Prosise in 2017. Prosise was an exciting prospect as a 3rd round pick out of Notre Dame last season, after converting from WR to RB. He accumulated 1,337 yards from scrimmage on 7.3 yards per touch in his first full college season as a RB. At 6’0”, 220 lbs. he has feature back size, accompanying exceptional speed (4.48 forty) and the aforementioned receiving skills. Duke Johnson and Prosise actually have similar profiles, but Duke is connected to Cody Kessler or DeShone Kizer, while Prosise has the elite Russell Wilson creating his targets. I think both were values at the end of the 9th round, but C.J. Prosise would have been too sweet.

Tanner Bollers: In a perfect world I would have been ecstatic to see Todd Gurley drop to me in the 3rd round. He was so close! my pick was 3.04 and he made it all the way to 2.12. Tremendous value for Jody who got him at the turn. But in a more realistic world, the one guy I so desperately wanted to fall to me was Michael Crabtree in the 5th. He was a guy I was planning on targeting around the 4th, so the prospect of getting him with the 5.04 had me pretty pumped. It would have been a nice bounce back after my auto-draft mishap (that’s right, I’m owning up to it). However, as many times in Fantasy Football, the other guys you’re drafting with know what they’re doing, and Phil rightfully pulled the rug from under me and grabbed Crabtree the pick before mine. That one stung just a little. The reason I was pining over Crabtree is the value that he represented for that price. He was the 25th WR off the board in this simulation and It’s not often during a draft that you have a chance to grab a high-end WR2 with strong upside with the 52nd overall pick, especially in a PPR format. Over the last 2 regular seasons, Crabtree has averaged 87 catches 962 yards and 8 scores. I’ll take that all day long as my third wideout off the board.

Paul Maland: With an ADP of 1.09 in PPR drafts, I knew that there would be little chance of Melvin Gordon falling to me at 1.12. Nonetheless, I set my eyes on him in round 1, hoping a small miracle would send him right onto my roster. The clouds began to part and I could see a small glimpse of heaven as A.J. Green was taken with the ninth overall pick. On the very next selection, Mike Rigz decided to crush my heart and pluck Gordon off the board. At this point, I realized that my option 1B, LeSean McCoy, was sitting there ripe for the picking. In my positional rankings, I have Gordon and McCoy ranked RB4 and RB5 respectively. So, while this was heartbreaking, it wasn’t a drastic fall to the next tier.

Michael Hauff: In regards to a player that I wish had fallen to me, that player bleeds into my least favorite pick. The player that I had wished would have fallen to me is Ravens running back Danny Woodhead. With this being a PPR mock, Woodhead’s name is one that tends be a smart pick. While some of your other league mates will search for touchdowns, Woodhead is a PPR pot of gold. The number of targets that are up for grabs in Baltimore this season has been discussed at length. In 2015, he would catch 75.5% of his 106 targets so on top of being no stranger to targets, he is reliable as well. Woodhead will definitely cash in on those targets and that makes him a sneaky good pick in PPR settings. In retrospect, I should have drafted someone like Edelman or Snead in the 5th round and then grabbed Woodhead in the 6th. Instead, I would select Dalvin Cook in the 5th and Danny Woodhead would go just one pick ahead of me in the 6th. That 6th round pick for me would be spent on Kelvin Benjamin. The Panthers pass catcher as my fourth receiver isn’t anything to cry about but missing out on Woodhead looms large when looking over my running backs.

Brad Castronovo: Without a doubt, I think I was most disappointed I didn’t get Julian Edelman, especially in this PPR format. Midway through the 5th round, I had my sights set on either Golden Tate or Edelman, and it looked like I might get one of them. It was not meant to be, as Jason snagged Tate at 5.08 and then Mike swooped in to grab Edelman at 5.10. This caused me to become paranoid, so I reached for Eric Decker, who was a player that I knew I’d probably have to snag early compared to his ADP rank at the time, due to his recent signing with the Titans. My thought was that if I reached and made sure I’d get “my guy” before the turn, that I’d take either Willie Snead or Emmanuel Sanders after the turn… Not so fast! Paul came in and snatched up both of them with his 5.12 and 6.01 picks. Needless to say, I was a bit disappointed after that turn of events, but came away with a nice consolation prize in Brandon Marshall.

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