Fantasy Football Mock Draft Per Day (July 4th): 12 teams, No. 9 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. 9 pick.

Here are my picks in today's mock draft:

1.09 - Demaryius Thomas, WR, Denver Broncos: In his second with Peyton Manning, Thomas' numbers were nearly identical to his first season. After finishing with 94/1,434/10 in 2012, Thomas had 92 catches for 1,430 yards and 14 touchdowns last year. Thomas should be a lock for 90/1,400/10 (or better) in 2014.

2.04 - Le'Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers: If this league started a minimum of three wide receivers, I would have gone with Brandon Marshall, who I have ranked higher than Bell. Then again, if this league started three receivers, I'm not sure Marshall would have been available. With 287 touches (including 45 receptions) in his 13 games, Bell was on pace for 355.7 touches last year. After LeSean McCoy (366) and Matt Forte (363), that would have been good enough for third last year.

3.09 - Zac Stacy, RB, St. Louis Rams: Like Bell, Stacy was a high-volume back (once he became the starter) that averaged less than 4.0 yards per carry. That said, only four running backs scored more fantasy points than Stacy from Weeks 8 to 16. While I have Toby Gerhart ranked higher than Stacy, I figured I had a better chance to get both backs if I took Stacy first instead of the other way around.

4.04 - Toby Gerhart, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars: Gerhart will go from an infrequently-used option in Minnesota to a workhorse back in Jacksonville. Earlier this offseason, coach Gus Bradley said that Gerhart could get up to 20 touches per game.

5.09 - Jordan Cameron, TE, Cleveland Browns: With the expected full-season suspension looming for Josh Gordon, Cameron will clearly be the team's leading "pass catcher." In his breakout season, Cameron had an 80/917/7 stat line and could improve upon those numbers out of simple default. (Cameron has a ton of talent, but the Browns could have the league's worst receiving corps sans Gordon.)

6.04 - Marques Colston, WR, New Orleans Saints: I debated a top WR2 at a couple of spots aside from Marshall at 2.04, but Colston is a solid option here. After getting off to a slow(ish) start, Colston averaged 6.0/75.1/0.5 over the final eight games of the season. I'm comfortable with him being my WR2 in a 16-team league.

7.09 - Frank Gore, RB, San Francisco 49ers: Once one of the league's best pass-catching backs (61 receptions in 2006), Gore no longer makes much of impact as a receiver (61 over his past three seasons). And while he's another year north of 30 with plenty of RB competition, Gore has averaged 272 carries for 1,184 yards and eight touchdowns over the past three seasons.

8.04 - Lamar Miller, RB, Miami Dolphins: Not only has Miller received reps with the first team this offseason, but Knowshon Moreno will miss 4-5 weeks after having knee surgery. In the team's up-tempo offense, Miller could experience the breakout many had expected last season and is a solid value at this spot.

9.09 - Robert Griffin III, QB, Washington: Poised for a bounce-back season with better health (thank you, Shanny) and the free-agent addition of DeSean Jackson (thank you, Chip), RG3 is a nice value here.

10.04 - Dwayne Bowe, WR, Kansas City Chiefs: Bowe provides some wide receiver depth on this roster and that is my goal with the next few picks. His full-season numbers were disappointing, but Bowe racked up 39 receptions for 521 yards and four touchdowns in his final eight games counting the team's playoff loss.

11.09 - Hakeem Nicks, WR, Indianapolis Colts: While his past two seasons might scare off fantasy owners, the upside of the WR1-type seasons that he had back in 2010/2011 make him worth the risk this late in the draft. I think we see a motivated Nicks, who had to be disappointed by the one-year deal he got in free agency.

12.04 - Brandin Cooks, WR, New Orleans Saints: Even though I have Cooks ranked higher than Nicks, I took Nicks first with the expectation that I'd be able to get Cooks here. The 2013 recipient of the Fred Biletnikoff award, Cooks is an explosive athlete (4.3 speed) that racked up 120 receptions for 1,670 yards and 15 touchdowns last year in addition to 28 rush attempts for 188 yards and two more scores. I would have to imagine that the Saints better utilize Cooks than the Rams did with Tavon Austin last year.

13.09 - Rueben Randle, WR, New York Giants: Based on reports, Randle has had a good offseason and the switch in offensive coordinators could help the third-year receiver take a big step forward as McAdoo's offense will use fewer option routes. Randle had a team-high six touchdown catches last year, but he struggled to get/stay on the same page as Eli.

14.04 - Kansas City Chiefs D/ST: As usual, it's my top-ranked available defense in the second-to-last round.

15.09 - Nick Novak, K, San Diego Chargers: And my top-ranked kicker in the final round.

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