Fantasy Football Mock Draft Per Day (July 31st): 16 teams, No. 3 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 league using standard scoring and I have the No. 3 pick.

Here are my picks in today's mock draft:

1.03 - Adrian Peterson, RB, Minnesota Vikings
2.14 - Randall Cobb, WR, Green Bay Packers
3.03 - Toby Gerhart, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars
4.14 - Jordan Cameron, TE, Cleveland Browns
5.03 - Colin Kaepernick, QB, San Francisco 49ers
6.14 - Pierre Thomas, RB, New Orleans Saints
7.03 - Jeremy Hill, RB, Cincinnati Bengals
8.14 - Rueben Randle, WR, New York Giants
9.03 - Carlos Hyde, RB, San Francisco 49ers
10.14 - Justin Hunter, WR, Tennnessee Titans
11.03 - Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Carolina Panthers
12.14 - Doug Baldwin, WR, Seattle Seahawks
13.03 - Sam Bradford, QB, St. Louis Rams
14.14 - Buffalo Bills D/ST
15.03 - Matt Bryant, K, Atlanta Falcons

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

  • QBs: With Michael Crabtree missing the majority of the season with an Achilles injury, Kaepernick posted modest passing numbers — 12 games with less than 200 yards including the team's three playoff games. With a healthy Crabtree and the addition of Stevie Johnson, Kaepernick has a much improved receiving corps and Vernon Davis is a mismatch at tight end. Counting last year's playoffs, Kaepernick rushed for 767 yards (40.37 YPG and 6.5 YPC) and five TDs, which averages to 5.62 fantasy points per game from rushing alone. Long story short, I'm happy to get my QB7 as the QB11 in this mock. Bradford provides some depth and he was off to an excellent start before last year's season-ending injury.

  • RBs: By taking former teammates Peterson and Gerhart in the first and third round, respectively, I have two RB1's in this 16-team league. While I'd take both Jamaal Charles and LeSean McCoy before Peterson, you could argue that AD should be the No. 1 overall pick. As Peterson's former backup, Gerhart steps into a workhorse role with the Jags. I have him projected for close to 300 touches and 1,500 YFS. Better in PPR formats, PT is still a huge bargain at 6.14 and Jeremy Hill should get a significant volume of carries behind Giovani Bernard. With the injuries in the 49ers backfield, Hyde becomes the No. 2 behind 31-year-old incumbent Frank Gore.

  • WRs: In most cases, it's impossible to be strong at every position in deep leagues (16+ teams). I feel like I am in the top half at QB, RB and TE compared to other teams. While Cobb is a talented, dynamic and versatile playmaker and legitimate No. 1 fantasy WR, I am relatively weak (on paper ... or pixels, I guess) at my WR2 spot. Many like Randle for his upside, more so than I do, but there certainly is upside with the transition in offensive scheme. Hunter is one of my favorite late-round receivers as he's a physical freak (6-foot-4 with 4.4 speed) and he's added 15 pounds of muscle to his (previously) thin frame this offseason. Nobody would claim that Benjamin has a thin frame, but he has a chance to make an immediate red-zone impact in an offense devoid of elite receivers. I like Baldwin as a WR5 in 12-team leagues so obviously I like him as a WR5 in larger league sizes, but he's a solid late-round option if some of my upside guys turn out to be more bust than boom.

  • TEs: With the NFL expected to uphold Josh Gordon's full-season extension, Cameron is clearly the team's best option in the passing game and it wouldn't surprise me if he led the position in targets. Cameron had a breakout season in 2013, but he faded down the stretch: 49/596/6 (first eight games) vs. 31/321/1 (second eight games). Assuming Gordon is sidelined all year, Cameron should have more consistency throughout the entire season.

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