Fantasy Football Mock Draft Per Day (July 14th): 12 teams, No. 5 pick, PPR

Back on May 27th, we began our 2014 fantasy football mock draft per day series using our site's mock draft simulator (powered by FantasyPros).

As we continue through the offseason, I will continue to complete a mock draft every day as I vary the scoring format, league size, draft slot, etc. and today's mock is a 12-team league using point-per-reception (PPR) scoring and I have the No. 5 pick.

Here are my picks in today's mock draft:

1.05 - Calvin Johnson, WR, Detroit Lions
2.08 - Le'Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers
3.05 - Randall Cobb, WR, Green Bay Packers
4.08 - Roddy White, WR, Atlanta Falcons
5.05 - Toby Gerhart, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars
6.08 - Joique Bell, RB, Detroit Lions
7.05 - Jason Witten, TE, Dallas Cowboys
8.08 - Frank Gore, RB, San Francisco 49ers
9.05 - Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, Oakland Raiders
10.08 - Cam Newton, QB, Carolina Panthers
11.05 - Anquan Boldin, WR, San Francisco 49ers
12.08 - DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Houston Texans
13.05 - Roy Helu, RB, Washington
14.08 - Arizona Cardinals D/ST
15.05 - Stephen Gostkowski, K, New England Patriots
16.08 - Andrew Hawkins, WR, Cleveland Browns

Some notes about my team (view full mock here):

  • QBs: In three NFL seasons, Newton has yet to finish outside the top five in scoring among fantasy QBs. While it's easy to criticize the relative lack of talent at receiver, the Panthers have not had a particularly strong receiving corps in any of Newton's three seasons. Even though he ranks 12th in passing yards (11,299) over the past three seasons, it's his stats as a rusher that have made him so successful as a fantasy QB. Through 48 games, Newton has averaged 7.73 fantasy points per game based on his rushing stats alone.

  • RBs: My group of running backs may not seem so strong to many, but I'm higher on Gerhart and (Joique) Bell than most as they are my RB13 and RB17 in PPR formats, respectively. With Gore and MJD, I've cornered the market on aging Bay Area RBs, but they provide some depth. Helu holds the franchise's record for most receptions (14) in a game and could see a boost in overall production, especially in PPR formats, as a change-of-pace back in Gruden's offense.

  • WRs: In standard-scoring formats, I would have taken Eddie Lacy with the fifth overall pick. In PPR-scoring formats, however, the decision is close, but I'd give the slight edge to Megatron here. The strength of this team, Calvin, Cobb and Roddy give me three top-13 wide receivers and this mock starts three wide receivers. Boldin is a solid-yet-unspectacular option as a WR4, but Hopkins has upside in his second season and as my WR5. Hawkins was my highest-ranked WR available at pick 14.08, but I had a feeling he'd still be available at 16.08 so I addressed defense/kicker earlier than usual.

  • TEs: While Witten's best days/years could be in his rear-view mirror, but Witten just set the single-season record for most receptions by a tight end two seasons ago. I'd be more than comfortable taking Witten in the seventh round of a PPR league.

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