Fantasy Football Mock Draft Per Day (July 22nd): 16 teams, No. 9 pick

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 16-team using standard scoring and I have the No. 9 pick.

Here are my picks in today's mock draft:

1.09 - DeMarco Murray, RB, Dallas Cowboys
2.08 - Alshon Jeffery, WR, Chicago Bears
3.09 - Roddy White, WR, Atlanta Falcons
4.08 - Joique Bell, RB, Detroit Lions
5.09 - Stevan Ridley, RB, New England Patriots
6.08 - Jay Cutler, QB, Chicago Bears
7.09 - Jordan Reed, TE, Washington
8.08 - Bernard Pierce, RB, Baltimore Ravens
9.09 - Rueben Randle, WR, New York Giants
10.08 - Roy Helu, RB, Washington
11.09 - Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee Titans
12.08 - Carson Palmer, QB, Arizona Cardinals
13.09 - Cleveland Browns D/ST
14.08 - Steven Hauschka, K, Seattle Seahawks
15.09 - Andrew Hawkins, WR, Cleveland Browns

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

  • QBs: As quickly as the talent thins at other positions in a deeper league, the plan was to wait as long as I could to still get one of my top 13 or 14 QBs. Cutler (my QB11) turned out to be the 14th QB off the board. While he missed several games last season, the Cutler/McCown duo combined for the third-most fantasy points through Week 16 last season. With a talented core of offensive weapons, there is plenty of upside for a top-five season at bargain prices as he enters his second season in Trestman's offense. Palmer provides some depth although I don't always add a second QB in 16-team leagues.

  • RBs: Durability risk is a greater concern in a deeper league, but Murray had a career-best season as he played 14 games last year. From Weeks 10 to 16 (span includes their bye), Murray had double-digit fantasy points in all six games with 20-plus fantasy points in half of those games. With an even larger workload expected this year, Bell saw a big year-over-year jump in volume as he finished among the top-20 fantasy RBs in 2013. If Ridley keeps his ball-security issues in check, he could be a steal as my RB3/flex and Pierce, who has been medically cleared for camp, should benefit from Ray Rice's looming suspension. Helu provides some depth.

  • WRs: Granted, I'm higher on Roddy than most, but the Alshon/Roddy duo give me two top-11 receivers in a 16-team league. Randle, Hunter and Hawkins all have some upside from where they were drafted. Randle should benefit from the change in offensive scheme, Hunter is an explosive athlete that added 15 pounds of muscle in the offseason and Hawkins will benefit from Josh Gordon's looming suspension.

  • TEs: Anxious about Reed's concussion history (both in Washington and college), I'm equally excited about his upside if he stays healthy. In nine games as a rookie last season, Reed had 45 receptions for 499 yards last year. That equates to an 80/887 pace. Only two rookie tight ends have ever exceeded 887 receiving yards.

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