Fantasy Football Mock Draft Per Day (July 28th): 16 teams, No. 3 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 16-team league using point-per-reception (PPR) scoring and I have the No. 3 pick.

Here are my picks in today's mock draft:

1.03 - Matt Forte, RB, Chicago Bears
2.14 - Andre Johnson, WR, Houston Texans
3.03 - Toby Gerhart, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars
4.14 - Mike Wallace, WR, Miami Dolphins
5.03 - Ray Rice, RB, Baltimore Ravens
6.14 - Dennis Pitta, TE, Baltimore Ravens
7.03 - Colin Kaepernick, QB, San Francisco 49ers
8.14 - Hakeem Nicks, WR, Indianapolis Colts
9.03 - Roy Helu, RB, Washington Redskins
10.14 - Mike Evans, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
11.03 - Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee Titans
12.14 - Doug Baldwin, WR, Seattle Seahawks
13.03 - Kansas City Chiefs D/ST
14.14 - Rod Streater, WR, Oakland Raiders
15.03 - Nick Novak, K, San Diego Chargers

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

  • QBs: I am higher on Kaepernick than many and have him ranked as my QB6. But as I have noted in previous posts, the difference for me between QB4 (Matthew Stafford) and QB10 (Tom Brady) is less than one fantasy point per week, which is one of the reasons why I'm more than willing to wait on quarterback. It's not just that the position is deep; it's that I don't project much of a difference between those QBs that fall into that second tier after the top tier of Peyton Manning, Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees. Much of Kaepernick's production last year was due to his rushing ability, but he has a much-improved group of pass-catchers this year with a healthy Michael Crabtree and the addition of others via trade/draft.

  • RBs: As an ideal fit within Trestman's offense, it's no surprise that Forte flourished last year as he set career highs across the board: 70 receptions, 1,933 YFS and 12 TDs. There's no reason he can't produce similar numbers this year and he's actually my RB2 in PPR formats. No longer as cheap as he once was, Gerhart has tons of upside as a three-down back in an offense that will try to be run-heavy. (FYI: Here's my 2014 fantasy football profile for Gerhart that I posted yesterday.) While I agree with the majority that thinks Rice deserved a much longer suspension, the relatively minor two-game suspension is a positive for his fantasy value. In addition, he's reportedly lighter and more elusive heading into this season. Helu had 49 receptions as a rookie and even set the franchise record with 14 receptions in a game against the 49ers that year. As a change-of-pace back to Alfred Morris in Gruden's offense, it wouldn't be an upset if Helu finished with 50 catches in 2014.

  • WRs: In hindsight, I wish I had added an RB5 and/or a QB2 as well, but wide receiver is so deep that there tends to be several wide receivers I like late. Johnson is an absolute stud when healthy — four consecutive seasons of 100+ catches and 1,400+ yards in years he's played all 16 games. Despite missing the 1,000-yard mark in back-to-back seasons, Wallace is a bounce-back candidate in Bill Lazor's up-tempo offense. Nicks has struggled over the past two seasons, but he should be highly motivated as he once again enters a contract year. Rookie wideouts tend to struggle, but Evans has the size to be a post-up threat/red-zone weapon from the start. Hunter is a freak athlete that has added 15 pounds of muscle and generated positive buzz this offseason. Although the Seahawks employ a run-first offense, Baldwin should see improved numbers as the team's No. 2 wideout.

  • TEs: Many expected a breakout campaign for Pitta last year, but those hopes were dashed prior to the start of the season due to a hip injury that nearly cost him the entire season. Fast forward one year, I expect Pitta to have the breakout season many had expected for him last year.

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