June 24, 2017

Fantasy Football PPR Mock Draft: 16 Teams, No. 15 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.


Details of today's mock draft:
  • Scoring: PPR scoring
  • # of Teams: 16
  • Draft Slot: 15
  • Roster Setup: QB, 2 RB, 2 WR, TE, Flex (RB/WR/TE), K, DST, 6 Bench

With that said, here are the results of today's mock draft:

1.15 - Michael Thomas, WR, New Orleans Saints: Along with Brandin Cooks, Thomas was one of two top-10 fantasy wide receivers for the Saints in 2016. The former Buckeye had at least four catches and 40 yards in all 15 games played and finished the season with a 92/1,136/9 statistical line. With Cooks now in New England, there is plenty of room for growth in his sophomore campaign as the clear top target for Drew Brees.

2.02 - Dez Bryant, WR, Dallas Cowboys: No team called a pass on a lower percentage of their plays than the Cowboys last season. Counting the team's playoff loss to the Packers, however, Bryant had 43/646/8 stat line over his final eight games (excluding Week 17 when the starters sat most of the game). Bryant is a solid WR1 due to his dominance in the red zone, but he may frustrate fantasy owners with the occasional dud in a run-first offense.

3.15 - Carlos Hyde, RB, San Francisco 49ers: Through three NFL seasons, Hyde has played 34 of 48 games and missed multiple games each season. Aside from durability concerns, how he fits within Kyle Shanahan's offense could be an issue for Hyde. Beat writer Matt Maiocco wrote of rookie Joe Williams in response to a mailbag question, "So, yes, Williams has a legitimate chance to immediately unseat Hyde as the team’s top running back."

4.02 - Jordan Reed, TE, Washington Redskins: Durability, durability, durability. Like "location, location, location" being important in real estate, it's durability for Reed. Once again, Reed has missed multiple games -- four games -- and he was less than 100 percent in many others. If he were to maintain his per-game pace of the past two seasons over a full 16-game slate, Reed would post a 94/1,008/10 line.

5.15 - Pierre Garcon, WR, San Francisco 49ers: Garcon is coming off his second career 1,000-yard season (79/1,041/3) and he could be in store for a bigger season in San Francisco with limited competition for targets. Garcon had 113 catches on 181 targets in 2013 when Kyle Shanahan was his coordinator in Washington.

6.02 - 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 years. Missing the final six games and having double wrist surgery this offseason, Riddick will remain at least a vital part of the team's passing offense going forward and a solid RB2 in PPR formats.

7.15 - Paul Perkins, RB, New York Giants: For the post-Rashad Jennings New York Giants, Perkins enters the season as the starter. The team's offensive line was essentially (and surprisingly) ignored in the draft, which is a concern for the running game as a whole, but Perkins should easily exceed his 127 rookie touches.

8.02 - Kareem Hunt, RB, Kansas City Chiefs: There has been some speculation that the rookie out of Toledo could "lead the team in rushing" in 2017. Either way, Hunt figures to be plenty involved in the offense this season. Extremely productive throughout his collegiate career (nearly 5,000 rushing yards), Hunt didn't test well athletically at the NFL Combine, but running backs in Andy Reid's offense can be very productive and the rookie at least has a chance to be the most productive of the group.

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June 23, 2017

Fantasy Football Mock Draft: 12 Teams, No. 10 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.


Details of today's mock draft:
  • Scoring: Standard Scoring (i.e., not PPR scoring)
  • # of Teams: 12
  • Draft Slot: 10
  • Roster Setup: QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, TE, Flex (RB/WR/TE), K, DST, 6 Bench

With that said, here are the results of today's mock draft:

1.10 - Jordy Nelson, WR, Green Bay Packers: Missing the entire 2015 NFL season, Nelson's 2016 campaign (97/1,257/14 on 152 targets and second-most fantasy points) was nearly identical to 2014 (98/1,519/13 on 151 targets and second-most fantasy points). Another year removed from his torn ACL and given the rapport and trust that he and Aaron Rodgers share, Nelson should be in store for another elite season.

2.03 - Jordan Howard, RB, Chicago Bears: The Bears did not have much on offense last year, but Howard was the clear exception as the rookie finished second in rushing (1,313 yards on 252 carries). Howard may not finish second in rushing once again, but he should see an even larger workload in his second season.

3.10 - Demaryius Thomas, WR, Denver Broncos: Thomas set five-year lows across the board: 90 receptions, 1,083 yards and five touchdowns. Even though Thomas battled a hip injury for much of last season, those are not bad numbers as "five-year lows."

4.03 - Carlos Hyde, RB, San Francisco 49ers: Through three NFL seasons, Hyde has played 34 of 48 games and missed multiple games each season. Aside from durability concerns, how he fits within Kyle Shanahan's offense could be an issue for Hyde. There are a lot of question marks with the RB2 range (RB13-24) in general, however.

5.10 - Donte Moncrief, WR, Indianapolis Colts: With an impressive blend of size (6-2, 220) and 4.4 speed, Moncrief could break out in his age-24 season provided he can stay healthy.

6.03 - Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Arizona Cardinals: Back for (at least) one more season, Fitzgerald has finished as a top-20 fantasy wide receiver in consecutive years with 100-plus catches and 1,000-plus yards in back-to-back seasons.

7.10 - Ameer Abdullah, RB, Detroit Lions: After missing all but two games last season due to a Lisfranc injury, Abdullah goes into the 2017 season as the Lions starting running back. On a per-touch basis, Abdullah was off to a good start last year -- 18/101 (5.6 YPC) rushing and 5/57/1 (11.4 Y/R) receiving -- and there is definitely some fantasy breakout potential in 2017.

8.03 - Kyle Rudolph, TE, Minnesota Vikings: Rudolph shattered previous career highs with 83 receptions (previous career high: 53) and 840 yards (previous career high: 495) while scoring seven touchdowns. Rudolph should come close to those numbers once again in 2017.

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June 22, 2017

Fantasy Football PPR Mock Draft: 12-Team League, QB-Eligible Flex, No. 6 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.


Details of today's mock draft:
  • Scoring: PPR scoring
  • # of Teams: 12
  • Draft Slot: 6
  • Roster Setup: QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, TE, Super Flex (QB/RB/WR/TE), K, DST, 6 Bench

With that said, here are the results of today's mock draft:

1.06 - Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers: In what is effectively a 2-QB league given the QB-eligible flex position, the only two QBs I'd consider here are Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady and both were off the board. Even if they weren't, I'd likely wait. That said, it allows me to get a top-four non-QB at pick No. 6. Brown has finished as the top-scoring PPR wide receiver in each of the past three seasons and no player has a higher floor.

2.07 - Devonta Freeman, RB, Atlanta Falcons: Despite getting 57 fewer touches year-over-year, Freeman finished as a top-six fantasy running back in PPR-scoring formats in 2016. Setting career highs in efficiency (4.8 YPC and 8.6 Y/R), Freeman now has back-to-back seasons with 1,000-plus rushing yards, 1,500-plus YFS, 50-plus receptions and 13-plus touchdowns.

3.06 - Dez Bryant, WR, Dallas Cowboys: A dominant force in the red zone, Bryant had a 43/646/8 stat line over his final eight games (excluding Week 17 when the starters sat most of the game). The duo of Brown/Bryant (and some nice values later) probably gives me the strongest wide receiving corps in this mock.

4.07 - Lamar Miller, RB, Houston Texans: Setting or tying career lows in efficiency -- 4.0 YPC and 6.1 Y/R, Miller gained 1,261 yards and scored six touchdowns on 299 touches in 14 games. Hopefully the selection of D'Onta Foreman allows Miller to stay fresh(er) and a subsequent bounce-back in efficiency.

5.06 - Eli Manning, QB, New York Giants: After consecutive top-10 fantasy performances, Eli finished as fantasy's QB21 in 2017. The offensive line remains a major concern, but he has the most talented group of pass-catchers that he has ever had in his career, which puts a third top-10 finish in four years within reach.

6.07 - Michael Crabtree, WR, Oakland Raiders: Part of a dynamic duo with Amari Cooper, Crabtree has a minimum of 85 catches, 900 yards and eight touchdowns in both of his seasons in Oakland and is coming off his first 1,000-yard season since 2012.

7.06 - Jimmy Graham, TE, Seattle Seahawks: In his comeback from a torn patellar tendon, Graham had 65 catches for 923 yards and six touchdowns. One more year removed from the injury, Graham has a chance to post similar (or even better) numbers in 2017.

8.07 - Bilal Powell, RB, New York Jets: Finishing as PPR's RB16, Powell set career highs in yards from scrimmage (1,110), receptions (58) and touchdowns (five).

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June 21, 2017

2017 Fantasy Football PPR Mock Draft: 10 Teams, No. 7 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.


Details of today's mock draft:
  • Scoring: PPR scoring
  • # of Teams: 10
  • Draft Slot: 7
  • Roster Setup: QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, TE, Flex (RB/WR/TE), K, DST, 6 Bench

With that said, here are the results of today's mock draft:

1.07 - Mike Evans, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Only Antonio Brown and Jordy Nelson scored more in PPR formats last season. Setting career highs in receptions (96) and yards (1,321) with 12 touchdowns for the second time in his three NFL seasons, Evans also led the NFL in targets (175). The addition of DeSean Jackson will mean a few less targets for Evans but less defensive attention as well.

2.04 - Jordan Howard, RB, Chicago Bears: Finishing second in the NFL in rushing (1,313 yards on 252 carries), it was just the second 1,300-yard season for the Bears in the past decade. Howard may not finish second in rushing once again, but he should see an even larger workload in his second season.

3.07 - DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Houston Texans: Poor quarterback play sabotaged Hopkins' 2016 production as he finished with just 78 catches for 954 yards and four touchdowns. That shouldn't happen again this season, but it's reasonable to temper expectations for a massive bounce-back with either a rookie or inexperienced quarterback under center.

4.04 - Travis Kelce, TE, Kansas City Chiefs: Even though he has yet to have more than five touchdowns in any season, Kelce set career highs in receptions (85), yards (1,125) and 100-yard games (six) and led the position in fantasy points scored. With the release of Jeremy Maclin, Kelce could approach those numbers once again.

5.07 - Christian McCaffrey, RB, Carolina Panthers: Breaking the collegiate record for all-purpose yards previously held by Barry Sanders, McCaffrey is a more valuable player in PPR formats like this one and he should immediately rank near the top of the league among running backs in receptions.

6.04 - 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. Sanders should improve upon his numbers from the past two seasons even if he doesn't bounce all the way back to 2014 production.

7.07 - C.J. Anderson, RB, Denver Broncos: Despite a potential committee approach, Anderson should still lead the backfield in workload and production provided he stays healthy.

8.04 - Tevin Coleman, RB, Atlanta Falcons: Once again, Coleman 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 and finished the year as a top-20 fantasy running back.

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June 20, 2017

2017 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: 12-Team PPR League with Super Flex

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.


Details of today's mock draft:
  • Scoring: PPR scoring
  • # of Teams: 12
  • Draft Slot: 1
  • Roster Setup: QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, TE, Super Flex (QB/RB/WR/TE), K, DST, 6 Bench

With that said, here are the results of today's mock draft:

1.01 - Le'Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers: The only concern with Bell is that he has missed three-plus games in three of four seasons. That said, his full-season pace last year was 1,691 rushing yards, 100 receptions for 821 yards and a total of 12 touchdowns.

2.12 - Michael Thomas, WR, New Orleans Saints: A top-10 fantasy wide receiver as a rookie, Thomas had at least four catches and 40 yards in all 15 games played and finished the season with a 92/1,136/9 statistical line. With Brandin Cooks now in New England, there is plenty of room for growth in his sophomore campaign as the clear top target for Drew Brees.

3.01 - Marcus Mariota, QB, Tennessee Titans: Finishing as fantasy's QB12 in 2016, Mariota should be even better in 2017 given the talent with which the Titans have surrounded the young quarterback this offseason. With a QB-eligible flex in this league, it's essentially a 2-QB league so I wanted to have at least stud quarterback on my roster.

4.12 - Alshon Jeffery, WR, Philadelphia Eagles: Playing only 21 games over the past two seasons combined, Jeffery has averaged 78.9 yards per game since 2013 -- a 16-game pace of 1,262 receiving yards. Signing just a one-year deal in free agency, Jeffery should be highly motivated to parlay that into a more lucrative contract next offseason.

5.01 - Davante Adams, WR, Green Bay Packers: Just shy of the 1,000-yard mark, Adams shattered previous career highs with 75 catches for 997 yards and 12 touchdowns. Going into the 2017 season, he is clearly the No. 2 option for Aaron Rodgers behind Jordy Nelson in one of the league's most-explosive offenses.

6.12 - Jimmy Graham, TE, Seattle Seahawks: Graham exceeded expectations with 65 catches for 923 yards and six touchdowns last year. One more year removed from the injury, Graham has a chance to post similar (or even better) numbers in 2017.

7.01 - C.J. Anderson, RB, Denver Broncos: CJA should get the largest share of early-down work despite any committee approach the Broncos may deploy. Any of the three RBs selected in a row here are worthy of starting as my RB2 along with Bell.

8.12 - Eddie Lacy, RB, Seattle Seahawks: Lacy signed a one-year prove-it deal with the Seahawks and as much of a disappointment as he has been over the past two seasons, he enters the season as the backfield favorite for touches.

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June 19, 2017

2017 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: 16 Teams, No. 5 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.


Details of today's mock draft:
  • Scoring: Standard scoring (i.e., not PPR scoring)
  • # of Teams: 16
  • Draft Slot: 5
  • Roster Setup: QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, TE, K, DST, 6 Bench

With that said, here are the results of today's mock draft:

1.05 - Julio Jones, WR, Atlanta Falcons: Jones has averaged 100-plus yards in each of the past four seasons at a clip of 109.1 YPG during that stretch and has led the NFL in that category in each of the past two seasons. So far, this mock has gone as expected as Jones is my fifth-ranked player on my big board.

2.12 - Lamar Miller, RB, Houston Texans: In his first season with the Texans, Miller set or tied career lows in efficiency -- 4.0 YPC and 6.1 Y/R. Perhaps the selection of D'Onta Foreman in Round 3 of the 2017 NFL Draft will keep Miller fresh(er) and lead to a bounce-back in efficiency.

3.05 - Davante Adams, WR, Green Bay Packers: Adams just missed the 1,000-yard mark last season, but he shattered previous career highs with 75 catches for 997 yards and 12 touchdowns. Going into the 2017 season, he is clearly the No. 2 option for Aaron Rodgers behind Jordy Nelson in one of the league's most-explosive offenses.

4.12 - C.J. Anderson, RB, Denver Broncos: Missing the final nine games due to a meniscus tear, Anderson averaged just 4.0 yards per carry in his seven games played. Even with a committee approach, CJA should lead the backfield in workload and production.

5.05 - Donte Moncrief, WR, Indianapolis Colts: Missing seven games in 2016, Moncrief didn't have the breakout that many (including myself) expected. With an impressive blend of size (6-2, 220) and 4.4 speed, Moncrief could break out in his age-24 season if he can stay healthy.

6.12 - Marcus Mariota, QB, Tennessee Titans: Finishing as fantasy's QB12 in 2016, Mariota threw for 3,426 yards, 26 touchdowns and nine interceptions and the dual-threat quarterback ran a little more often (60/349/2). Given the investments in pass-catching weapons, 2017 should be even better — perhaps much better — for this ascending quarterback.

7.05 - Ameer Abdullah, RB, Detroit Lions: On a per-touch basis, Abdullah was off to a good start last year -- 18/101 (5.6 YPC) rushing and 5/57/1 (11.4 Y/R) receiving -- and there is definitely some fantasy breakout potential in 2017. I really like his value in Round 7 of a 16-teamer.

8.12 - Jonathan Stewart, RB, Carolina Panthers: There is a lot to dislike about Stewart: (1) recently turned 30, (2) three-plus missed games in five straight years and (3) averaged just 3.8 YPC last season. Even so, I expect Stewart to lead the backfield in touches per game and he's worth the risk here.

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June 18, 2017

Fantasy Football ADP: Biggest Weekly Risers/Fallers in Average Draft Position

Every Sunday, we post an update in players that have had the biggest moves — both up and down — in fantasy football average draft position (ADP) from the previous week.

With this information, we can get a better sense of changes in the collective perceptions of fantasy football owners (mock drafters); in essence, it's a version of fantasy stock up/down for players. If a player is moving up the ADP chart, it may lead us to using a higher pick than his current ADP to make sure we secure a targeted player.

Of course, a player's ADP (and movement) is just one (small) piece in determining who to draft and our strategy used to assemble a fantasy roster.

For purposes of our weekly comparison(s), we use ADP data from 12-team mock drafts from Fantasy Football Calculator:


Biggest Risers (Absolute Terms)
Pos.PlayerADP change
QBSam Bradford, Minnesota Vikings-6.3 (167.7 on 6/11; 161.4 on 6/18)
RBKareem Hunt, Kansas City Chiefs-15.4 (126.6 on 6/11; 111.2 on 6/18)
WRQuincy Enunwa, New York Jets-11.5 (152.0 on 6/11; 140.5 on 6/18)
TECoby Fleener, New Orleans Saints-4.7 (153.7 on 6/11; 149.0 on 6/18)

[Note: Negative numbers mean the player's ADP is improving (i.e., being drafted earlier) and vice versa.]

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2017 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: 12 Teams, No. 12 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.


Details of today's mock draft:
  • Scoring: Standard scoring (i.e., not PPR scoring)
  • # of Teams: 12
  • Draft Slot: 12
  • Roster Setup: QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, TE, Flex (RB/WR/TE), K, DST, 6 Bench

With that said, here are the results of today's mock draft:

1.12 - Devonta Freeman, RB, Atlanta Falcons: Despite getting 57 fewer touches year-over-year, Freeman finished as a top-six fantasy running back in 2016. Setting career highs in efficiency (4.8 YPC and 8.6 Y/R), Freeman now has back-to-back seasons with 1,000-plus rushing yards, 1,500-plus YFS, 50-plus receptions and 13-plus touchdowns.

2.01 - Jordy Nelson, WR, Green Bay Packers: Missing the entire 2015 NFL season, Nelson's 2016 campaign (97/1,257/14 on 152 targets and second-most fantasy points) was nearly identical to his 2014 season (98/1,519/13 on 151 targets and second-most fantasy points). Another year removed from his torn ACL, Nelson should be in store for another elite season.

3.12 - Alshon Jeffery, WR, Philadelphia Eagles: Jeffery signed a one-year deal that should keep him motivated to parlay 2017 success into a large contract next offseason. While he has played only 21 games over the past two seasons combined, Jeffery has averaged 78.9 yards per game since 2013.

4.01 - Davante Adams, WR, Green Bay Packers: Adams just missed the 1,000-yard mark last season, but he shattered previous career highs with 75 catches for 997 yards and 12 touchdowns. Going into the 2017 season, he is clearly the No. 2 option for Aaron Rodgers behind Jordy in one of the league's most-explosive offenses.

5.12 - C.J. Anderson, RB, Denver Broncos: New head coach Vance Joseph has talked about using a committee approach and CJA missed nine games last season while averaging just 4.0 YPC. While I expect Anderson to get the largest share of the team's workload, I added a number of RB2 types with three straight picks.

6.01 - Joe Mixon, RB, Cincinnati Bengals: With 4.5 speed at 226 pounds, Mixon has the talent and versatility to stay on the field on all three downs. For the Sooners, Mixon carried the ball 187 times for 1,274 yards (6.8 YPC) and 10 touchdowns and added 37/538/5 (14.5 Y/R) receiving in 2016. If not to start the season, Mixon should be the team's lead back by the end of it.

7.12 - Ameer Abdullah, RB, Detroit Lions: After missing all but two games last season due to a Lisfranc injury, Abdullah goes into the 2017 season as the Lions starting running back. On a per-touch basis, Abdullah was off to a good start last year -- 18/101 (5.6 YPC) rushing and 5/57/1 (11.4 Y/R) receiving -- and there is definitely some fantasy breakout potential in 2017.

8.01 - Donte Moncrief, WR, Indianapolis Colts: Missing seven games in 2016, Moncrief didn't have the breakout that many expected as he finished with 30 catches for 307 yards and seven touchdowns. With a tantalizing combination of size (6-2, 220) and 4.4 speed, however, Moncrief could break out in his age-24 season provided he can stay healthy.

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June 17, 2017

2017 Fantasy Football PPR Mock Draft: 12 Teams, No. 4 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.


Details of today's mock draft:
  • Scoring: PPR scoring
  • # of Teams: 12
  • Draft Slot: 3
  • Roster Setup: QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, TE, K, DST, 6 Bench

With that said, here are the results of today's mock draft:

1.04 - Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers: Finishing as the top-scoring wide receiver in PPR formats for three consecutive seasons, Brown has triple-digit receptions in four consecutive seasons and double-digit touchdowns in three straight. Over his past four seasons, Brown has averaged 100.2 receiving yards per game. As safe as a pick could get in Round 1.

2.09 - 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.

3.04 - Lamar Miller, RB, Houston Texans: The volume was there (299 touches in 14 games), but the efficiency was not (4.0 YPC and 6.1 Y/R, both career lows). Hopefully, the addition of third-rounder D'Onta Foreman will keep him fresh(er) and lead to a rebound in efficiency.

4.09 - Jordan Reed, TE, Washington Redskins: Obviously, durability is the most important issue with Reed. Once again, he missed multiple games -- four games -- and he was less than 100 percent in many others. If he were to maintain his per-game pace of the past two seasons over a full 16-game slate, Reed would post a monster 94/1,008/10 line.

5.04 - 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. He's a solid WR3 even if he never posts another 100/1,400 season again.

6.09 - Tevin Coleman, RB, Atlanta Falcons: Missing multiple games (again), Coleman had 118 carries for 520 yards, 31 catches for 421 yards and scored a total of 11 touchdowns. While Devonta Freeman will continue to lead the backfield in usage and production, Coleman had double-digit touches in 11 of his 13 games and still finished the year as a top-20 fantasy running back.

7.04 - 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). Even if he and Matt Forte for a "committee backfield," Powell should get the larger share of the workload out of the duo.

8.09 - 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 years. Missing the final six games and having double wrist surgery this offseason, Riddick would be a viable RB2 in PPR formats -- let alone an RB4, as he is for this team.

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June 16, 2017

2017 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: 14-Team League, No. 11 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.


Details of today's mock draft:
  • Scoring: Standard scoring (i.e., not PPR scoring)
  • # of Teams: 14
  • Draft Slot: 11
  • Roster Setup: QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, TE, Flex (RB/WR/TE), K, DST, 6 Bench

With that said, here are the results of today's mock draft:

1.11 - Devonta Freeman, RB, Atlanta Falcons: Despite getting 57 fewer touches year-over-year, Freeman finished as a top-six fantasy running back in both standard- and PPR-scoring formats in 2016. Setting career highs in efficiency (4.8 YPC and 8.6 Y/R), Freeman now has back-to-back seasons with 1,000-plus rushing yards, 1,500-plus YFS, 50-plus receptions and 13-plus touchdowns.

2.04 - Jay Ajayi, RB, Miami Dolphins: There were four 200-yard rushing games last season and Ajayi had three of them. (Le'Veon Bell had the other.) As the full-season workhorse, Ajayi could see a major bump in touches in 2017.

3.11 - Allen Robinson, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars: As Blake Bortles and the passing offense regressed, Robinson finished with 73 catches for 880 yards and six touchdowns in his age-23 season following an 80/1,400/14 line in 2015. Based on his talent, I expect improvement from A-Rob, but that will require an improved season from Bortles as well.

4.04 - Michael Crabtree, WR, Oakland Raiders: Amari Cooper and Crabtree form one of the top wide receiver duos in the NFL. In both of his seasons in Oakland, Crabtree has a minimum of 85 catches, 900 yards and eight touchdowns each season and is coming off his first 1,000-yard season since 2012.

5.11 - Tevin Coleman, RB, Atlanta Falcons: Once again, Coleman missed multiple games, but he showed his big-play ability when he was on the field. Coleman had 118 carries for 520 yards, 31 catches for 421 yards and scored a total of 11 touchdowns. While Freeman will continue to lead the backfield in usage and production, Coleman had double-digit touches in 11 of his 13 games.

6.04 - Stefon Diggs, WR, Minnesota Vikings: The Vikings should run the ball more often in 2017 than they did last year, but Diggs is clearly the team's best fantasy option at wide receiver and is a solid WR3 in a 14-team league.

7.11 - Paul Perkins, RB, New York Giants: The team's offensive line was essentially (and surprisingly) ignored in the draft, which is a concern for the running game as a whole, but Perkins enters the season as the starter and should easily exceed his 127 rookie touches.

8.04 - Hunter Henry, TE, Los Angeles Chargers: Henry finished his rookie campaign with 36/478/8 and he was especially productive during a four-game stretch early in the season (18/290/3 from Weeks 3 to 6). Even with Antonio Gates back, it's possible/likely that Henry leads the position group in targets and production.

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2017 Fantasy Football Top 200 Cheat Sheet

NFL mandatory mini-caps are now over and we have updated our Top 200 Fantasy Football Cheat Sheet.

Here is our Top-200 Fantasy Football Cheat Sheet:

1. Le'Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers
Even more dominant than usual down the stretch, Bell had five 100-yard rushing games with a total of 1,091 scrimmage yards and seven touchdowns over his final six games in 2016. And despite sitting out four games last season, Bell had a total of 75 receptions and eight-plus catches in four of those games. The only concern with the 25-year-old Bell is that he has missed three-plus games in three of four seasons.

2. David Johnson, RB, Arizona Cardinals
In his breakout sophomore campaign, Johnson led the NFL in yards from scrimmage (2,118) and total touchdowns (20) and led running backs in receptions (80) and fantasy points scored (in both standard and PPR-scoring formats). A Week 17 knee injury gave fantasy owners a scare, but Johnson is already training "full throttle." When it comes to the top-three fantasy running backs in 2017, you could easily argue that it's more a 1(a)-1(b)-1(c) as opposed to a "1-2-3" in the rankings.

3. Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Dallas Cowboys
Leading the NFL in rushing attempts (322) and rushing yards (1,631) as a rookie, Elliott had a minimum of 80 rushing yards in every game from Weeks 2 to 16. Finishing second to Johnson in fantasy points scored, Elliott had a minimum of 10.7 fantasy points (standard scoring) in all 15 games played.

4. Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers
Finishing as the top-scoring wide receiver in PPR formats for three consecutive seasons, Brown has finished as the WR1, WR1 and WR3 in standard-scoring formats, respectively. Brown has triple-digit receptions in four consecutive seasons and double-digit touchdowns in three straight. Over his past four seasons, Brown has averaged 100.2 receiving yards per game. No receiver, or player, has a higher floor than AB84.

5. Julio Jones, WR, Atlanta Falcons
Jones had foot surgery on March 6th, but he's expected to be ready for the start of training camp and (more importantly) Week 1. With 1,400-plus yards in each of the past three seasons, Jones has averaged more than 100 yards per game in four consecutive seasons. With good health, he's a clear-cut top-three fantasy wide receiver that should go in the top half of Round 1 in fantasy football drafts this summer.

6. Odell Beckham, WR, New York Giants
He may have frustrated fantasy owners, teammates and fans at times, but Beckham is now three-for-three in seasons with double-digit touchdowns and at least 90 catches and 1,300 yards. The only real concern with OBJ is the addition of Brandon Marshall. Only Tampa's Mike Evans (175) had more targets last season than Beckham (169), who could see perhaps 20 or so fewer targets in 2017.

7. Mike Evans, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
No receiver scored more fantasy points in standard-scoring formats and only Antonio Brown and Jordy Nelson scored more in PPR formats last season. Setting career highs in receptions (96) and yards (1,321) with 12 touchdowns for the second time in his three NFL seasons, Evans also led the NFL in targets (175). The addition of DeSean Jackson will mean a few less targets for Evans but less defensive attention as well.

8. LeSean McCoy, RB, Buffalo Bills
In standard-scoring formats, only two running backs -- Johnson and Elliott -- scored more fantasy points than McCoy in 2016. In 15 games, McCoy had 1,267 rushing yards (a career-high 5.4 YPC), 50 catches for 356 yards and scored 14 total touchdowns. The return of Tyrod Taylor is a positive for McCoy's 2017 fantasy outlook.

9. Melvin Gordon, RB, Los Angeles Chargers
Lacking efficiency as a runner (3.9 YPC), Gordon made huge strides in his sophomore campaign as he was only three yards shy of the 1,000-yard rushing mark, averaged 10.2 Y/R and scored 12 touchdowns in 13 games. If MG3 is able to stay healthy for a full season, new coach Anthony Lynn should help Gordon improve his efficiency and overall production in 2017.

10. Jordy Nelson, WR, Green Bay Packers
Missing the entire 2015 NFL season, Nelson's 2016 campaign (97/1,257/14 on 152 targets and second-most fantasy points) was nearly identical to his 2014 season (98/1,519/13 on 151 targets and second-most fantasy points). The main difference for Jordy was his drop in Y/R (13.0 in 2016 compared to 15+ in previous four seasons played). Another year removed from his torn ACL and given the rapport and trust that he and Aaron Rodgers have with each other, Nelson should be in store for another elite season.

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June 15, 2017

2017 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: 12 Teams, No. 2 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.


Details of today's mock draft:
  • Scoring: PPR scoring
  • # of Teams: 12
  • Draft Slot: 3
  • Roster Setup: 2 QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, TE, Flex (RB/WR/TE), K, DST, 6 Bench

With that said, here are the results of today's mock draft:

1.02 - Le'Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers: Missing three-plus games in three of four seasons, Bell is as dominant as it gets when he's on the field. Finishing third overall in YFS (1,884) despite missing a quarter of the season, Bell averaged a league-high 157.0 YFS/G (nearly 25 YPG more than DJ or Zeke).

2.11 - Lamar Miller, RB, Houston Texans: Inefficient (4.0 YPC and 6.1 Y/R) in his first season in Houston, Miller gained 1,261 yards and scored six touchdowns on 299 touches over 14 games. Hopefully slightly lower volume will lead to a bounce back in efficiency.

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.

4.11 - Michael Crabtree, WR, Oakland Raiders: In both of his seasons in Oakland, Crabtree has a minimum of 85 catches, 900 yards and eight touchdowns each season and is coming off his first 1,000-yard season since 2012.

5.02 - Greg Olsen, TE, Carolina Panthers: As steady as it gets, Olsen has finished with three consecutive 1,000-yard seasons and has played all 16 games every year except his rookie season.

6.11 - 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. Sanders is hoping for a bounce-back season with Mike McCoy back in Denver, but he's a solid WR3/flex either way.

7.02 - Ty Montgomery, RB, Green Bay Packers: Green Bay used three draft picks on running backs, but Montgomery is a strong RB3/flex for this team assuming he maintains his role throughout the season.

8.11 - DeVante Parker, WR, Miami Dolphins: With a "[g]igantic year" expected for Parker again, perhaps this is the season that he breaks out. He's worth the risk here as my WR4.

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June 14, 2017

2017 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: PPR Scoring, 2-QB League

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.


Details of today's mock draft:
  • Scoring: 2-QB League with PPR scoring
  • # of Teams: 10
  • Draft Slot: 8
  • Roster Setup: 2 QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, TE, Flex (RB/WR/TE), K, DST, 6 Bench

With that said, here are the results of today's mock draft:

1.08 - Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Dallas Cowboys: Leading the NFL in rushing attempts (322) and rushing yards (1,631), Elliott scored double-digit PPR points in all 15 games played and averaged 21.69 per game as a rookie. With QB as deep as ever, I'm more than comfortable taking advantage of elite talent that drops and waiting on QB, especially in a 10-team, 2-QB league.

2.03 - Julio Jones, WR, Atlanta Falcons: With 1,400-plus yards in each of the past three seasons, Jones has averaged more than 100 yards per game in four consecutive seasons. A top-five pick in standard one-QB leagues, Jones and Zeke give me top-three options at both RB/WR to start.

3.08 - Amari Cooper, WR, Oakland Raiders: Once again, Cooper is my team's WR2 (same in yesterday's mock). With a pair of 1,000-yard seasons to begin his career, he should be even better in his age-23 season.

4.03 - Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England Patriots: When healthy, Gronk is as good as it gets. While he has missed five-plus games in three of his past five seasons, he has averaged 69.3 yards per game with a total of 69 touchdowns in 88 career games.

5.08 - Marcus Mariota, QB, Tennessee Titans: Thrilled to get Mariota as the QB14 in this mock since he's the QB8 in my rankings. Finishing as fantasy's QB12 in 2016, Mariota threw for 3,426 yards, 26 touchdowns and nine interceptions and the dual-threat quarterback ran a little more often (60/349/2). The team has invested three of four top-100 picks on improving the pass-catching weapons in this year's draft and free-agent Eric Decker recently visited the team, so 2017 should be even better for the ascending quarterback.

6.03 - Isaiah Crowell, RB, Cleveland Browns: Crowell set career highs in rushing yards (952), yards per carry (4.8) and receptions (40) in 2016. With improvements along their offensive line and a more consistent weekly workload, Crowell should have even more success in 2017.

7.08 - Julian Edelman, WR, New England Patriots: Playing a full 16-game season, Edelman had a 98/1,106/3 line and represents a nice value as my WR3 in a PPR-scoring league. Even with the addition of Brandin Cooks to the receiving corps, I actually expect Edelman to score more PPR points than Cooks this season.

8.03 - Donte Moncrief, WR, Indianapolis Colts: Injuries prevented a breakout season, but his tantalizing combination of size (6-2, 220) and 4.4 speed could lead to a breakout in his age-24 season assuming good health.

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June 13, 2017

2017 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: 10 Teams, No. 10 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 will draft (at least) one fantasy football team per day using the 2017 Fantasy Football Mock Draft Simulator and 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.


Details of today's mock draft:
  • Scoring: Standard scoring (i.e., not PPR scoring)
  • # of Teams: 10
  • Draft Slot: 10
  • Roster Setup: QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, TE, Flex (RB/WR/TE), K, DST, 6 Bench

With that said, here are the results of today's mock draft:

1.10 - Melvin Gordon, RB, Los Angeles Chargers: Lacking efficiency as a runner (3.9 YPC), Gordon made huge strides in his sophomore campaign as he was only three yards shy of the 1,000-yard rushing mark, averaged 10.2 Y/R and scored 12 touchdowns in 13 games. If MG3 is able to stay healthy for a full season, new coach Anthony Lynn should help Gordon improve his efficiency and overall production in 2017.

2.01 - Jordy Nelson, WR, Green Bay Packers: Missing the entire 2015 NFL season, Nelson's 2016 campaign (97/1,257/14 on 152 targets and second-most fantasy points) was nearly identical to his 2014 season (98/1,519/13 on 151 targets and second-most fantasy points). The main difference for Jordy was his drop in Y/R (13.0 in 2016 compared to 15+ in previous four seasons played). Another year removed from his torn ACL and given the rapport and trust that he and Aaron Rodgers have with each other, Nelson should be in store for another elite season.

3.10 - Amari Cooper, WR, Oakland Raiders: Overall his numbers were solid as Cooper set career highs in both receptions (83) and yards (1,153) in his sophomore campaign. That said, Cooper was much more productive in the first half (52/787/2) than the second half (31/366/3) of the season. Hopefully, he's able to put together a more consistent season from start to finish in his age-23 season.

4.01 - Isaiah Crowell, RB, Cleveland Browns: Crowell had single-digit carries in five games and less than 30 rushing yards in six of 16 games, but he set career highs in rushing yards (952), yards per carry (4.8) and receptions (40) in 2016. With improvements along their offensive line, Crowell could (or should) have even more success (and hopefully more week-to-week consistency) in 2017.

5.10 - Jordan Reed, TE, Washington Redskins: Durability, durability, durability. Like "location, location, location" being important in real estate, it's durability for Reed. Once again, Reed has missed multiple games -- four games -- and he was less than 100 percent in many others. If he were to maintain his per-game pace of the past two seasons over a full 16-game slate, Reed would post a 94/1,008/10 line.

6.01 - Julian Edelman, WR, New England Patriots: After missing nine games combined in his previous two seasons, Edelman played a full 16-game slate and finished the year with 98 catches for 1,106 yards and three touchdowns. The addition of Brandin Cooks hurts Edelman's fantasy value a bit, but he remains a WR2, especially in PPR formats, heading into 2017.

7.10 - Bilal Powell, RB, New York Jets: Finishing as the RB23 (RB16 in PPR) in 2016, Powell set career highs in yards from scrimmage (1,110), receptions (58) and touchdowns (five). With Matt Forte either out or limited down the stretch, Powell had 82/411/2 rushing (5.01 YPC) and 21/141/1 receiving over the final four games of the season. Even if it's a "backfield-by-committee," Powell should lead the backfield in touches and production in 2017.

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June 12, 2017

2017 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: 12-Team PPR Mock, No. 6 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 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.


Details of today's mock draft:
  • Scoring: Point-Per-Reception (PPR Scoring)
  • # of Teams: 12
  • Draft Slot: 6
  • Roster Setup: QB, 2 RB, 2 WR, TE, Flex (RB/WR/TE), K, DST, 6 Bench

With that said, here are the results of today's mock draft:

1.06 - Odell Beckham, WR, New York Giants: He may have frustrated fantasy owners, teammates and fans at times, but Beckham is now three-for-three in seasons with double-digit touchdowns and at least 90 catches and 1,300 yards. Adding Brandon Marshall to the receiving corps could mean a few less targets as only Tampa's Mike Evans (175) had more targets last season than Beckham (169), but he is still a top-three fantasy wide receiver in 2017.

2.07 - Dez Bryant, WR, Dallas Cowboys: Counting the team's playoff loss to the Packers, Bryant had a 43/646/8 stat line over his final eight games (excluding Week 17 when the starters sat most of the game). The go-to receiver in a run-first offense, Bryant may have the occasional dud but he's one of the league's best red-zone weapons.

3.06 - Lamar Miller, RB, Houston Texans: Inefficient -- 4.0 YPC and 6.1 Y/R-- in his first season in Houston, Miller gained 1,261 yards and scored six touchdowns on 299 touches in 14 games. Even if he averages fewer touches per game, he should bounce back in terms of efficiency.

4.07 - Carlos Hyde, RB, San Francisco 49ers: Through three NFL seasons, Hyde has played 34 of 48 games and missed multiple games each season. Aside from durability, there are concerns about his fit in Kyle Shanahan's offense. If things don't go as hoped for Hyde, I really like the PPR potential of the next three RBs that I've drafted as well.

5.06 - Julian Edelman, WR, New England Patriots: After missing nine games combined in his previous two seasons, Edelman played a full 16-game slate and finished the year with 98 catches for 1,106 yards and three touchdowns. The addition of Brandin Cooks hurts Edelman's fantasy value a bit, but he remains a strong WR2 in PPR formats (or flex for this team).

6.07 - Jimmy Graham, TE, Seattle Seahawks: In his comeback from a torn patellar tendon, Graham had 65 catches for 923 yards and six touchdowns. All three of his 100-yard games occurred in the first half of the season with a 38/545/3 split (compared to 27/378/3 over the final eight games). One more year removed from the injury, Graham has a chance to post similar or even better numbers in 2017.

7.06 - 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). With Matt Forte either out or limited down the stretch, Powell had 82/411/2 rushing (5.01 YPC) and 21/141/1 receiving over the final four games of the season.

8.07 - 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 years. Missing the final six games and having double wrist surgery this offseason, Riddick should remain at least a vital part of the team's passing offense going forward.

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June 11, 2017

2017 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: 12 Teams, No. 9 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 yesterday, we began drafting (at least) one fantasy football team per day using the 2017 Fantasy Football Mock Draft Simulator and 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.


Details of today's mock draft:
  • Scoring: Standard scoring (i.e., not PPR scoring)
  • # of Teams: 12
  • Draft Slot: 9
  • Roster Setup: QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, TE, K, DST, 6 Bench

With that said, here are the results of today's mock draft:

1.09 - Melvin Gordon, RB, Los Angeles Chargers: Lacking efficiency as a runner (3.9 YPC), Gordon made huge strides in his sophomore campaign as he was only three yards shy of the 1,000-yard rushing mark, averaged 10.2 Y/R and scored 12 touchdowns in 13 games. If MG3 is able to stay healthy for a full season, new coach Anthony Lynn should help Gordon improve his efficiency and overall production in 2017.

2.04 - Devonta Freeman, RB, Atlanta Falcons: Despite getting 57 fewer touches year-over-year, Freeman finished as a top-six fantasy running back in both standard- and PPR-scoring formats in 2016. Setting career highs in efficiency (4.8 YPC and 8.6 Y/R), Freeman now has back-to-back seasons with 1,000-plus rushing yards, 1,500-plus YFS, 50-plus receptions and 13-plus touchdowns.

3.09 - Alshon Jeffery, WR, Philadelphia Eagles: A free-agency steal if he can stay on the field, Jeffery signed a one-year deal that should keep him motivated to parlay 2017 success into a large contract next offseason. While he has played only 21 games over the past two seasons combined, Jeffery has averaged 78.9 yards per game since 2013. Maintaining that pace over a 16-game season would equal 1,262 receiving yards.

4.04 - Allen Robinson, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars: As Blake Bortles and the passing offense regressed, Robinson finished with 73 catches for 880 yards and six touchdowns in his age-23 season following an 80/1,400/14 line in 2015. Based on his talent, I expect improvement from A-Rob, but that will require an improved season from Bortles as well and the Jags should become a run-first team with Leonard Fournette added to the mix.

5.09 - Donte Moncrief, WR, Indianapolis Colts: Missing seven games in 2016, Moncrief didn't have the breakout that many (including myself) expected as he finished with just 30 catches for 307 yards and seven touchdowns. With a tantalizing combination of size (6-2, 220) and 4.4 speed, Moncrief could break out in his age-24 season provided he can stay healthy.

6.04 - Jimmy Graham, TE, Seattle Seahawks: In his comeback from a torn patellar tendon, Graham had 65 catches for 923 yards and six touchdowns. All three of his 100-yard games occurred in the first half of the season with a 38/545/3 split (compared to 27/378/3 over the final eight games). One more year removed from the injury, Graham has a chance to post even better full-season numbers in 2017.

7.09 - Ty Montgomery, RB, Green Bay Packers: Due to injuries, Montgomery moved to running back last season and that's the plan for him going into 2017. Ted Thompson used three draft picks on running backs, but Montgomery could finish as a top-24 fantasy running back in Green Bay's high-powered offense.

8.04 - Adrian Peterson, RB, New Orleans Saints: It wouldn't be much of a surprise if Peterson emerged as the team leader in terms of workload split (and production) with Mark Ingram. Even so, Tim Hightower averaged nearly 10 touches per game (9.7/G) last year with Ingram playing a full 16-game season for only the second time in his career.

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June 10, 2017

2017 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: 12 Teams, No. 3 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 team(s) will be.

Starting today, I will draft (at least) one fantasy football team per day using the 2017 Fantasy Football Mock Draft Simulator and continue to do so up until the start of the 2017 NFL season.

Each day, I'll 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 to give you an easy way to keep track of our mock drafts.


Details of today's mock draft:
  • Scoring: Standard scoring (i.e., not PPR scoring)
  • # of Teams: 12
  • Draft Slot: 3
  • Roster Setup: QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, TE, K, DST, 6 Bench

With that said, here are the results of today's mock draft:

1.03 - Le'Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers: Even more dominant than usual down the stretch, Bell had five 100-yard rushing games with a total of 1,091 scrimmage yards and seven touchdowns over his final six games in 2016. The only concern with the 25-year-old Bell is that he has missed three-plus games in three of four seasons, but he is my top-ranked player going into 2017 so I'd be thrilled to get him here.

2.10 - Leonard Fournette, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars: A top-four pick with an impressive blend of size, power and speed, Fournette should become a workhorse sooner rather than later and potentially see north of 20 touches per game.

3.03 - 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 and could do so again.

4.10 - Michael Crabtree, WR, Oakland Raiders: A solid WR2 both to Amari Cooper and in fantasy football, Crabtree has a minimum of 85 catches, 900 yards and eight touchdowns in each of his seasons in Oakland and is coming off his first 1,000-yard season since 2012.

5.03 - Emmanuel Sanders, WR, Denver Broncos: After a career year in 2014 (101/1,404/9), Sanders has at 75 catches and 1,000 yards in each of the past two seasons. He's a high-end WR3 for this squad.

6.10 - Tyler Eifert, TE, Cincinnati Bengals: The good news: 18 touchdowns. The bad news: 22 games. Unfortunately, Eifert has missed more games (26) than he has played (22) over the past three seasons, but he has been a dominant red-zone target, when healthy, with 18 touchdowns during that stretch. I drafted Eric Ebron for insurance later on in this mock.

7.03 - Bilal Powell, RB, New York Jets: Finishing as the RB23 (RB16 in PPR) in 2016, Powell set career highs in yards from scrimmage (1,110), receptions (58) and touchdowns (five). With Matt Forte either out or limited down the stretch, Powell had 82/411/2 rushing (5.01 YPC) and 21/141/1 receiving over the final four games of the season. Even if it's a "backfield-by-committee," Powell should lead the backfield in touches and production in 2017.

8.10 - Pierre Garcon, WR, San Francisco 49ers: Garcon is coming off his second career 1,000-yard season (79/1,041/3) and he could be in store for a bigger season in San Francisco. Lacking competition for targets, Garcon had 113 catches on 181 targets in 2013 when Kyle Shanahan was coordinator in Washington.

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May 29, 2017

2017 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: Round 4

With the 2017 NFL Draft now behind us, we have begun our first Fantasy Football Mock Draft for the 2017 season.

Four of our contributors are picking for three teams each in our 12-team, 12-round mock draft that will exclude both kickers and team defenses.

Note: It's a "slow" draft so picks will be added as they occur with comments from yours truly.


Here is Round 4 of our 2017 Fantasy Football Mock Draft:

4.01. Sean Beazley III - Travis Kelce, TE, Kansas City Chiefs

Kelce had offseason shoulder surgery, but he is expected to be ready for training camp. Even though he has yet to have more than five touchdowns in any season, Kelce set career highs in receptions (85), yards (1,125) and 100-yard games (six) and led the position in fantasy points scored. Going into 2017, Kelce will be a top-two fantasy tight end behind only Gronk.

4.02. Dan Yanotchko III - Keenan Allen, WR, Los Angeles Chargers

Over his past 16 games, Allen has racked up 116 catches for 1,217 yards and eight touchdowns. Of course, the bad news is that those 16 games span three separate seasons as Allen has played just nine games over the past two seasons. Even though durability is the obvious concern, that 16-game production would equate to 169.7 (standard scoring) fantasy points, which would have ranked as the ninth-most had all 16 of those games occurred in 2016 only.

4.03. Brendan Donahue III - Sammy Watkins, WR, Buffalo Bills

The obvious concern with Watkins is health (foot). Playing just 21 games over the past two seasons, Watkins had another foot surgery in January, but he is expected to be ready for the 2017 season. That said, foot injuries (especially for wide receivers) are always tricky and worrisome. When healthy, however, Watkins has the talent and potential to be domimant as we saw down the stretch in 2015.

4.04. Kevin Hanson III - C.J. Anderson, RB, Denver Broncos

Coach Vance Joseph has talked about using a committee approach in the backfield, but CJA should lead the group in workload in 2017 if he can stay healthy. While he averaged just 4.0 YPC in his seven games played, Devontae Booker was a disappointment in a larger role and free-agent addition Jamaal Charles has no guaranteed money in his contract and has played only eight games over the past two seasons due to knee injuries.

4.05. Kevin Hanson II - Davante Adams, WR, Green Bay Packers

Adams just missed the 1,000-yard mark last season, but he shattered previous career highs with 75 catches for 997 yards and 12 touchdowns. Going into the 2017 season, he is clearly the No. 2 option for Aaron Rodgers behind Jordy Nelson in one of the league's most-explosive offenses.
4.06. Brendan Donahue II - Spencer Ware, RB, Kansas City ChiefsWare averaged 17.6 touches and 97.7 scrimmage yards per game last season. With the Chiefs trading up for Kareem Hunt in this year's draft, there is at least some speculation that Hunt, not Ware, will lead the team's backfield in touches and production, but I'd certainly be comfortable with Ware in the middle of Round 4.

4.07. Brendan Donahue I - Marshawn Lynch, RB, Oakland Raiders

Beast Mode is back. Coming out of retirement to play for his hometown Raiders, Lynch was a top-five fantasy running back in each of his past four full seasons. It would be unreasonable to expect that kind of production from him, but he should be a solid RB2 for Brendan with plenty of weekly upside in Oakland's high-powered offense.

4.08. Sean Beazley II - Emmanuel Sanders, WR, Denver Broncos

After a career year in 2014 (101/1,404/9), Sanders has at 75 catches and 1,000 yards in each of the past two seasons. Expecting a "pass-happy" offense under (old and) new OC Mike McCoy, Sanders said: "I had an opportunity to play in this offense my first year in 2014. I had 1,400 yards." It's clearly a quarterback downgrade for the Broncos compared to the 2014 version of Peyton Manning, but Sanders should improve upon his numbers from the past two seasons even if he doesn't bounce all the way back to 2014 production.

4.09. Sean Beazley I - Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers

The first quarterback off the board, Rodgers is a virtual lock to finish as a top-two fantasy quarterback assuming good health. Since becoming a starter in 2008, Rodgers has finished as the fantasy QB1 or QB2 in seven of nine seasons (and one of those two outliers was his injury-shortened 2013 season).

4.10. Dan Yanotchko II - Jordan Reed, TE, Washington Redskins

Durability, durability, durability. Like "location, location, location" being important in real estate, durability is the most important thing with Reed. Once again, Reed has missed multiple games -- four games -- and he was less than 100 percent in many others. If he were to maintain his pace of the past two seasons over a full 16-game slate, Reed would post a 94/1,008/10 line, but how many games will we get in 2017?

4.11. Dan Yanotchko I - Stefon Diggs, WR, Minnesota Vikings

Diggs had a few monster games -- back-to-back 13-catch games to start November and two separate 160-yard performances including his 13/164 outing on Nov. 13th. With Adrian Peterson missing nearly all of the 2016 season, the Vikings were pass-heavy (ninth in NFL) in 2016 after ranking 30th in pass-play percentage (51.12%) in 2015. With Minnesota's trio of running backs, I expect them to be run-heavy again in 2017, but Diggs is clearly the team's best fantasy option at wide receiver with a WR2/3 outlook for 2017.

4.12. Kevin Hanson I - Mark Ingram, RB, New Orleans Saints

The good news is that Ingram played a full 16-game slate for only the second time in his career while posting career highs of 1,043 rushing yards, 5.1 yards per carry and 10 total touchdowns. With Ingram taking a back seat at times to Tim Hightower, the threat of losing an even larger share to Adrian Peterson is a real concern even if Ingram is earning more money and going into the season as the nominal starter.

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2017 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: Round 3

With the 2017 NFL Draft now behind us, we have begun our first Fantasy Football Mock Draft for the 2017 season.

Four of our contributors are picking for three teams each in our 12-team, 12-round mock draft that will exclude both kickers and team defenses.

Note: It's a "slow" draft so picks will be added as they occur with comments from yours truly.

Here is Round 3 of our 2017 Fantasy Football Mock Draft:

3.01. Kevin Hanson I - Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England Patriots

When healthy, Gronk is as good as it gets. Unfortunately, the 28-year-old tight end has missed five-plus games in three of the past five seasons. In 88 career games, however, Gronk has averaged 69.3 yards per game with a total of 69 touchdowns. The upside is big here with the 25th-overall pick in this mock.

3.02. Dan Yanotchko I - Jarvis Landry, WR, Miami Dolphins

Much earlier than I would personally select Landry, the 24-year-old receiver has averaged just 10.6 Y/R over his career, scored just 13 receiving touchdowns in three seasons and saw a year-over-drop of 35 targets as the team shifted to a run-first team. Relying on volume to be productive, Landry's 2017 production may fall short of his WR13 draft slot. That said, Landry has finished as the WR15 and WR17, respectively, in non-PPR formats over the past two seasons.

3.03. Dan Yanotchko II - Christian McCaffrey, RB, Carolina Panthers

Immediately one of the most versatile running backs in the NFL, McCaffrey doesn't have great size (202 pounds), but he has tremendous vision, patience and footwork as a runner. A four-down player, McCaffrey is most dangerous, however, as a receiver and a returner. Furthermore, GM Dave Gettleman made the following lofty comparison — "The best tackle-box runner I’ve ever seen is Curtis Martin out of Pitt. Christian is right there with him."

3.04. Sean Beazley I - 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. Baldwin remains a low-end WR1 or high-end WR2 option in 2017.

3.05. Sean Beazley II - Carlos Hyde, RB, San Francisco 49ers

Through three NFL seasons, Hyde has played 34 of 48 games and missed multiple games each season. Aside from durability concerns, there are worries about the lack of talent elsewhere on the roster impacting Hyde's outlook, but we've seen how productive running backs can be in Kyle Shanahan's offense. Then again, beat writer Matt Maiocco wrote of rookie Joe Williams in response to a mailbag question, "So, yes, Williams has a legitimate chance to immediately unseat Hyde as the team’s top running back."

3.06. Brendan Donahue I - Isaiah Crowell, RB, Cleveland Browns

Crowell had single-digit carries in five games and less than 30 rushing yards in six of 16 games, but he set career highs in rushing yards (952), yards per carry (4.8) and receptions (40) in 2016. With improvements along their offensive line, Crowell could (or should) have even more success (and hopefully more week-to-week consistency) in 2017.

3.07. Brendan Donahue II - Eddie Lacy, RB, Seattle Seahawks

Lacy signed a one-year prove-it deal with the Seahawks with weight-based contract bonuses. As much of a disappointment as Lacy has been over the past two seasons, he enters the season as the favorite to lead the backfield in touches. There is both plenty of upside and downside with Lacy here.

3.08. Kevin Hanson II - Alshon Jeffery, WR, Philadelphia Eagles

A free-agency steal if he can stay on the field, Jeffery signed a one-year deal that should keep him motivated to parlay 2017 success into a large contract next offseason. While he has played only 21 games over the past two seasons combined, Jeffery has averaged 78.9 yards per game since 2013. Maintaining that pace over a 16-game season would equal 1,262 receiving yards.

3.09. Kevin Hanson III - Demaryius Thomas, WR, Denver Broncos

Thomas set five-year lows across the board: 90 receptions, 1,083 yards and five touchdowns. Even though Thomas battled a hip injury for much of last season, those are not bad numbers as "five-year lows." Before last season, however, Thomas had averaged 100/1,447/10 in his previous four seasons. It's reasonable to expect an improvement over last year's numbers even if he doesn't post another 100/1,400/10 season.

3.10. Brendan Donahue III - Brandin Cooks, WR, New England Patriots

Fortunately for Cooks, he goes from one Hall-of-Fame quarterback (Drew Brees) to another (Tom Brady). A top-10 producer in both PPR and standard-scoring formats last season, it's possible that he does so again. That said, I'd expect even more volatility in his weekly production, which could be highly frustrating for his fantasy owners (and Cooks). Based on what I believe is an inflated ADP for Cooks, it's unlikely that he ends up on any of my rosters.

3.11. Dan Yanotchko III - Dalvin Cook, RB, Minnesota Vikings

Cook did not slip to the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft due to his on-field production at Florida State. While he didn't perform well in agility drills at the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine and there may be some durability and ball-security concerns, Cook exceeded the 100-yard rushing mark in nine of his final 10 games for the Seminoles with an average of 190.7 YFS per game during that stretch.

3.12. Sean Beazley III - Joe Mixon, RB, Cincinnati Bengals

With 4.5 speed at 226 pounds, Mixon has the talent and versatility to stay on the field on all three downs and has drawn some comparisons to Arizona's David Johnson. For the Sooners, Mixon carried the ball 187 times for 1,274 yards (6.8 YPC) and 10 touchdowns and added 37/538/5 (14.5 Y/R) receiving in 2016. If not to start the season, Mixon could be the team's lead back by the end of it.

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2017 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: Round 2

With the 2017 NFL Draft now behind us, we have begun our first Fantasy Football Mock Draft for the 2017 season.

Four of our contributors are picking for three teams each in our 12-team, 12-round mock draft that will exclude both kickers and team defenses.

Note: It's a "slow" draft so picks will be added as they occur with comments from yours truly.

Here is Round 2 of our 2017 Fantasy Football Mock Draft:

2.01. Sean Beazley III - Jordan Howard, RB, Chicago Bears

The Bears did not have much on offense last year, but Howard was the clear exception as the rookie finished second behind another rookie (Ezekiel Elliott) in rushing (1,313 yards on 252 carries). Along with Matt Forte (1,339 in 2013), it was just the second 1,300-yard season for the Bears in the past decade. Howard may not finish second in rushing once again, but he should see an even larger workload in his second season.

2.02. Dan Yanotchko III - Devonta Freeman, RB, Atlanta Falcons

Despite getting 57 fewer touches year-over-year, Freeman finished as a top-six fantasy running back in both standard- and PPR-scoring formats in 2016. Setting career highs in efficiency (4.8 YPC and 8.6 Y/R), Freeman now has back-to-back seasons with 1,000-plus rushing yards, 1,500-plus YFS, 50-plus receptions and 13-plus touchdowns.

2.03. Brendan Donahue III - Jay Ajayi, RB, Miami Dolphins

There were four 200-yard rushing games last season and Ajayi had three of them. (Le'Veon Bell had the other.) As great as he was in the 200-yard performances, Ajayi averaged less than 3.0 YPC in four of the team's final seven games counting their playoff loss. Going into last season as the 'backup' running back, Ajayi clearly enters the 2017 season as the team's workhorse and as a top-10 fantasy running back.

2.04. Kevin Hanson III - Jordy Nelson, WR, Green Bay Packers

Missing the entire 2015 NFL season, Nelson's 2016 campaign (97/1,257/14 on 152 targets and second-most fantasy points) was nearly identical to his 2014 season (98/1,519/13 on 151 targets and second-most fantasy points). The main difference for Jordy was his drop in Y/R (13.0 in 2016 compared to 15+ in previous four seasons played). Another year removed from his torn ACL and given the rapport and trust that he and Aaron Rodgers have with each other, Nelson should be in store for another elite season.

2.05. Kevin Hanson II - DeMarco Murray, RB, Tennessee Titans

Once again, expectations will be for Derrick Henry to cut into Murray's workload, but Coach Mularkey has called Murray "the guy." As "the guy" last season, Murray touched the ball 346 times for a total of 1,664 yards and 12 touchdowns.

2.06. Brendan Donahue II - Dez Bryant, WR, Dallas Cowboys

No team called a pass on a lower percentage of their plays than the Cowboys last season. Even though Bryant is clearly the team's go-to receiver, there were a few games where he disappeared (three one-catch games). Counting the team's playoff loss to the Packers, however, Bryant had 43/646/8 stat line over his final eight games (excluding Week 17 when the starters sat most of the game). Bryant is a solid WR1 due to his dominance in the red zone, but he may frustrate Brendan with an occasional dud in a run-first offense.

2.07. Brendan Donahue I - 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. Furthermore, Hilton set career highs in both receptions (91) and targets (155), but he has scored five to seven touchdowns (six last year) in all five of his NFL seasons.

2.08. Sean Beazley II - Lamar Miller, RB, Houston Texans

In his first season with the Texans, Miller set or tied career lows in efficiency -- 4.0 YPC and 6.1 Y/R. Miller gained 1,261 yards and scored six touchdowns on 299 touches in 14 games. The team used its third-round pick on D'Onta Foreman so they shouldn't overuse Miller and perhaps that leads to a bounce-back in efficiency.

2.09. Sean Beazley I - Todd Gurley, RB, Los Angeles Rams

A disappointment to those that took him in the first round last year, Gurley's numbers were consistently bad throughout his sophomore campaign. Averaging only 3.2 yards per carry on the season, Gurley averaged more than 4.0 YPC only once and never exceeded 85 rushing yards in any game in 2016. Some of the same concerns remain -- lack of elite weapons to keep defenses honest, shaky quarterback play and poor offensive line.

2.10. Dan Yanotchko II - DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Houston Texans

Poor quarterback play sabotaged Hopkins' 2016 production as he finished with just 78 catches for 954 yards and four touchdowns. Thirty-five wide receivers scored more fantasy points than Hopkins last year. That shouldn't happen again, but it's reasonable to temper expectations for a massive bounce-back after last season's disappointment with either inexperienced Tom Savage or rookie Deshaun Watson under center.

2.11. Dan Yanotchko I - Leonard Fournette, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars

With the Jaguars using a top-four selection on Fournette, a back with an impressive blend of size, power and speed, I'd expect the rookie to become a workhorse sooner rather than later and potentially see north of 20 touches per game. Given their strong defense, the Jags are likely to shift to a run-heavy approach after calling a run on only 37.26% of their plays (seventh-fewest) in 2016.

2.12. Kevin Hanson I - Allen Robinson, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars

As Blake Bortles and the passing offense regressed, Robinson finished with 73 catches for 880 yards and six touchdowns in his age-23 season following an 80/1,400/14 line in 2015. Based on his talent, I expect improvement from A-Rob, but that will require an improved season from Bortles as well and the Jags should become a run-first team with Leonard Fournette added to the mix.

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