2016 Fantasy Football PPR Mock Draft: Round 1- Mock start date: Saturday, July 9th
- Mock end date: Monday, July 18th
Scoring: This mock draft is based on a point-per-reception (PPR) scoring format and is for the 2016 season only (i.e., not keeper or dynasty leagues). Passing touchdowns are worth four points while rushing and receiving touchdowns are worth six points. In addition, one point is earned per 25 passing yards, 10 rushing or 10 receiving yards and one point per reception.
In this mock draft, four of our contributors -- Kevin Hanson, Brendan Donahue, Sean Beazley and Dan Yanotchko -- will each draft for three (of 12) teams.
Note: This is a "slow" mock, but picks will be added once they are made with commentary from Kevin Hanson.
Here is Round 1 of our 2016 Fantasy Football PPR Mock Draft:
1.01 - Sean Beazley (Team 1): Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers
The consensus top receiver in fantasy, Brown is as safe and productive as it gets. Over his past three seasons combined, Brown has a total of 375 receptions for 5,031 yards and 31 touchdowns with a minimum of 110 catches and 1,499 yards per season.
While he set career highs of 136 catches and 1,834 yards, Brown's numbers may have been even better had Ben Roethlisberger not missed time last season. In the 12 games that Big Ben played, Brown averaged a 9.92/133.25/0.83 stat line -- equivalent to a full-season pace of 159/2,132/13.
- Poll: Will Brown set single-season receiving records in 2016?
1.02 - Brendan Donahue (Team 1): Julio Jones, WR, Atlanta Falcons
Over the past two seasons combined, Jones has a total of 240 catches for 3,464 yards, second in both categories to Brown. Aside from Brown, no other receivers have 3,000-plus yards over the past two seasons.
1.03 - Kevin Hanson (Team 1): Odell Beckham, WR, New York Giants
In his young career, Beckham has averaged more than 100 yards per game (2,755 yards in 27 career games). Even though he has missed five games over his first two seasons, OBJ has 15 100-yard games during that span. Only Brown (17) and Jones (16) have more. In addition, no player has more receiving touchdowns than Beckham (25) during his two NFL seasons.
1.04 - Kevin Hanson (Team 2): Le'Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers
Injuries at the position are obviously a huge risk with any running back and Bell missed a huge chunk of last season, but he's a highly productive, true three-down back when he's on the field. In 22 games over the past two seasons, Bell has 510 touches -- 403 carries and 107 receptions -- for 2,907 yards from scrimmage and 14 touchdowns. That averages out to 23.18 touches, 132.14 YFS and 0.64 touchdowns -- or 21.90 PPR fantasy points -- per game.
1.05 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 1): DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Houston Texans
One of the best young talents in the NFL, Hopkins took another big step forward in his age-23 season. Even with a less-than-ideal quarterback situation, Hopkins set career highs across the board with 111 receptions, 1,521 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2015. Only Jones (203) and Brown (193) had more targets than Hopkins (192) last season.
1.06 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 2): Adrian Peterson, RB, Minnesota Vikings
After sitting out virtually all of the 2014 season, Peterson led the NFL in carries (327), rushing yards (1,485) and rushing touchdowns (11). The Vikings will continue to ride AP as their workhorse. Despite his superhuman physical traits, the only concern is that he turned 31 years old in March. It wouldn't surprise me if AP finished as a top-two fantasy running back in PPR again, but he's No. 13 in my top 150 Fantasy Football PPR Cheat Sheet.
1.07 - Sean Beazley (Team 2): David Johnson, RB, Arizona Cardinals
Injuries finally led to Johnson getting a shot at the featured role, but the third-rounder out of Northern Iowa had been productive in limited opportunities before that. Johnson scored a total of 13 touchdowns -- eight rushing, four receiving and one return -- on only 161 touches last season. Finishing as a top-five weekly performer in three of his five starts, Johnson will spend all of 2016 as the team's featured back.
1.08 - Sean Beazley (Team 3): Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England Patriots
Counting 10 playoff games, Gronkowski has a total of 75 touchdowns in 90 career games. And with the exception of his seven-game 2013 season, Gronk has double-digit touchdowns in five of his six NFL seasons. Gronk is one of the league's biggest mismatches and the clear-cut top option at his position. If there's any concern, it's a potential slow(er) start with Tom Brady suspended for the first four games, but Gronk is in a tier by himself atop the position group.
1.09 - Brendan Donahue (Team 2): Todd Gurley, RB, Los Angeles Rams
Despite missing the first three games of the season, Gurley finished third in the NFL with 1,106 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns. Gurley exceeded the 100-yard mark only once in his final eight games, but he still averaged 4.8 yards per carry over his rookie campaign. Despite running behind a poor offensive line and with a rookie quarterback under center, Gurley will be one more year removed from his torn ACL and could lead the league in rush attempts in 2016.
1.10 - Brendan Donahue (Team 3): Devonta Freeman, RB, Atlanta Falcons
Just like we had all expected, no running back scored more fantasy points in 2015 than Freeman. Not only did Freeman rush for more than 1,000 yards, but he hauled in 73 catches, third-most among running backs, for 578 yards. In addition, he scored a total of 14 touchdowns last season. While he may not lead the NFL in touchdowns again, he's developed into a three-down back for the Falcons.
1.11 - Kevin Hanson (Team 3): Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Dallas Cowboys
Elliott is a complete back with the vision, power and speed to excel as a runner and he possesses soft hands as a receiver. In addition, Elliott is also outstanding in pass protection, which tends to limit rookie playing time. From a fantasy football perspective, Elliott could not have ended up in a better situation.
With the skill set to be a true three-down back, he gets to run behind the NFL's best offensive line. Provided Tony Romo and Dez Bryant stay healthy to keep opposing defenses honest, Zeke has the upside to finish as the RB1 in 2016.
1.12 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 3): Allen Robinson, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars
Breaking out in his second season, the 22-year-old Robinson finished with 80 catches for 1,400 yards and 14 touchdowns in 2015 and scored the sixth-most PPR fantasy points among wide receivers. In his final 12 games of the season, Robinson finished with 100-plus yards and/or a touchdown (or more) in every game. Robinson is one of only five players in the past decade to have a 1,400/14 season.
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