Fantasy Football Mock Draft Per Day (July 29th): 12 teams, No. 1 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 12-team league using standard scoring and I have the No. 1 pick.

Here are my picks in today's mock draft:

1.01 - Jamaal Charles, RB, Kansas City Chiefs
2.12 - Jordy Nelson, WR, Green Bay Packers
3.01 - Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England Patriots
4.12 - Joique Bell, RB, Detroit Lions
5.01 - Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Minnesota Vikings
6.12 - Trent Richardson, RB, Indianapolis Colts
7.01 - Stevan Ridley, RB, New England Patriots
8.12 - Hakeem Nicks, WR, Indianapolis Colts
9.01 - Terrance West, RB, Cleveland Browns
10.12 - Brandin Cooks, WR, New Orleans Saints
11.01 - Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots
12.12 - Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee Titans
13.01 - Delanie Walker, TE, Tennessee Titans
14.12 - Kenny Stills, WR, New Orleans Saints
15.01 - Cincinnati Bengals D/ST
16.12 - Robbie Gould, K, Chicago Bears

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

  • QBs: Brady may have had a disappointing season in 2013, but I expect him to be much better this season. Much more productive with Gronkowski (than without him, of course), the good news is that Gronk should be ready to go Week 1. In addition, the wide receiver corps should be better overall with most of the group having (at least) a year under their belts in this offense. Either way, Brady is a huge bargain at 11.01 as he's typically going several rounds earlier in most drafts.

  • RBs: Charles will likely score much fewer TDs than he had last season, but he's still the No. 1 fantasy RB for me in 2014. As such an integral part of the offense, Charles set a career high in YFS with 1,980 last season as well. Expected to get an even larger workload this year, Bell was a top-20 fantasy running back last season and is a solid RB2. Frustrating RBs to own in 2013, T-Rich and Ridley have upside as the 72nd/73rd players selected, respectively. Fortunately, the Charles/Bell duo means less reliance on production from them for this team. I'd take West as my RB5 any day of the week; it wouldn't be a surprise if he ends up being more productive than Ben Tate this season.

  • WRs: Nelson, who recently signed a four-year extension, is one of three wide receivers with at least 3,000 yards and 30 touchdowns over the past three years. Assuming good health for Aaron Rodgers, Nelson is a solid WR1. Entering his second season, Patterson is a high-upside guy in Norv Turner's offense. Nicks could be a bounce-back candidate with a change of scenery as it's another walk year for him, but the presence of T.Y. Hilton and Reggie Wayne suppresses that bounce-back appeal some. I'd prefer for Nicks to be bench depth as opposed to my WR3. That said, the trio of Cooks, Hunter and Stills all have plenty of upside and could find their way into my starting lineup as my WR3 at some point.

  • TEs: Durability is the obvious concern with Gronk, but he has been dominant in the red zone (43 TDs in 50 games) and he even posted career highs in yards per game (84.6) and yards per reception (15.2) last year. Not placed on the PUP list, he should be ready to go for the start of the season, but it makes sense to add a backup considering he has missed 14 games and has had more surgeries than I can count on one hand over the past two years. Walker had a career-best season (60/571/6) in 2013 and the team's new offense could allow him to have an even better season in 2014.

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