Fantasy Football Mock Draft Per Day (August 11th): 14 teams, No. 8 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 14-team league standard scoring and I have the No. 8 pick.

Here are my picks in today's mock draft:

1.08 - DeMarco Murray, RB, Dallas Cowboys
2.07 - Giovani Bernard, RB, Cincinnati Bengals
3.08 - Toby Gerhart, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars
4.07 - Michael Floyd, WR, Arizona Cardinals
5.08 - Mike Wallace, WR, Miami Dolphins
6.07 - Colin Kaepernick, QB, San Francisco 49ers
7.08 - Jordan Reed, TE, Washington Redskins
8.07 - Jeremy Hill, RB, Cincinnati Bengals
9.08 - Brandin Cooks, WR, New Orleans Saints
10.07 - Rueben Randle, WR, New York Giants
11.08 - Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Carolina Panthers
12.07 - Lance Dunbar, RB, Dallas Cowboys
13.08 - Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee Titans
14.07 - Tampa Bay Buccaneers D/ST
15.08 - Robbie Gould, K, Chicago Bears

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

  • QBs: One of the league's most athletic quarterbacks, Kaepernick has rushed for 1,335 yards (6.92 YPC) and 11 touchdowns in his past 30 games counting the playoffs since taking over as the team's starter. Aside from his rushing abilities, however, Kaepernick will have his best supporting cast in the passing game this year with better health from Michael Crabtree and the acquisition of Stevie Johnson. Last year, the team's leading wide receiver not named Crabtree, who didn't return until Week 13, and Anquan Boldin had only 113 yards in 2013.

  • RBs: This team is loaded at running back as I couldn't resist Gerhart in Round 3 after starting RB/RB. Playing in 14 games, Murray set career highs across the board and finished as fantasy's No. 7 running back, but he was especially good down the stretch. From Weeks 10 to 16, only Jamaal Charles and LeSean McCoy had more fantasy points than Murray. Bernard finished as a top-15 running back as a rookie and he has top-10 upside as his workload increases in Year 2. Gerhart will be the Jags' workhorse running back and I have him projected for ~300 touches and 1,500 YFS. Hill should get plenty of early-down and goal-line opportunities as the Bengals transition to Hue Jackson's run-heavy scheme and Dunbar provides insurance in case Murray can't stay healthy.

  • WRs: My starting wide receivers aren't a strength, but Floyd led the Cardinals in receiving yards last season and I expect bigger things from him in Year 2. Wallace is a bounce-back candidate with Bill Lazor bringing the Philly offense with him to Miami. Cooks, Randle, Benjamin and Hunter all have breakout potential. It's typically difficult for rookies to make significant impacts, but Cooks is an explosive and versatile wideout that has impressed in OTAs, camp and the preseason. Benjamin has terrific size and should lead the Panthers in touchdown receptions. Randle should benefit from the change in scheme in New York and Hunter is a freak athlete that is one of my favorite sleepers and a steal as a WR6.

  • TEs: Reed brings with him plenty of durability risk with multiple concussions over his football career going back to his days with the Gators. That said, Reed had 45 catches for 499 yards in nine games last year as a rookie. That production is comparable to a pace of 80 catches and 887 yards. Only two TEs in NFL history have exceeded 887 yards in their rookie seasons. Provided he stays healthy, Reed could finish as a top-five fantasy TE this season.

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