Fantasy Football Mock Draft Per Day (August 14th): 16 teams, No. 2 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. 2 pick.

Here are my picks in today's mock draft:

1.02 - LeSean McCoy, RB, Philadelphia Eagles
2.15 - Toby Gerhart, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars
3.02 - Andre Johnson, WR, Houston Texans
4.15 - Jordan Cameron, TE, Cleveland Browns
5.02 - Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots
6.15 - Terrance West, RB, Cleveland Browns
7.02 - Rueben Randle, WR, New York Giants
8.15 - Andre Williams, RB, New York Giants
9.02 - Carlos Hyde, RB, San Francisco 49ers
10.15 - Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee Titans
11.02 - Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Carolina Panthers
12.15 - Doug Baldwin, WR, Seattle Seahawks
13.02 - Cincinnati Bengals D/ST
14.15 - Jake Locker, QB, Tennessee Titans
15.02 - Nick Novak, K, San Diego Chargers

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

  • QBs: With pick 5.02, the thought was my top-14 QBs could all be off the board by my next pick. (In fact, they were.) Brady should only improve upon last year's disappointing numbers. While Julian Edelman stepped up for a career season, the rest of the receiving corps were new players (either rookies or free agents) to the roster, which led to early-season frustrations for Brady. In addition, Rob Gronkowski missed more games than he played. Even if Gronk (ACL) isn't ready to go Week 1 as a recent report indicates his status currently stands at a shade over "50-50," he should be back relatively soon if Sept. 7th isn't the return date. As you can imagine, Brady's numbers are much better with Gronk (315 YPG, 1.86 TD/G) in the lineup than they are without him (237.56 YPG, 1.33 TD/G) last year.

  • RBs: Starting the mock with a pair of workhorse backs, running back is the strength of my team. The 2013 rushing champion, McCoy has set his goal on 2,000 (rushing) yards. While I doubt he becomes the next 2,000-yard rusher, it wouldn't surprise me if he gets 2,000 yards from scrimmage again. (I have him projected for 1,968 YFS in my fantasy football running back projections.) Meanwhile, Gerhart could finish in the range of 1,500 YFS as the Jags expect him to be a three-down back. After my starters, I have a trio of rookie RBs that are all currently second on their team's depth chart but have upside. Whether it's due to injury or performance, it would not surprise me if any or all of those three led their team's running backs in fantasy points.

  • WRs: While I like Andre even more in PPR formats, he has been remarkably consistent the last four times he has played a full 16-game season. In all of those years, he has finished with triple-digit receptions and 1,400-plus yards (1,500-plus in three of those four seasons). While Houston's quarterback situation is less than ideal, can it be much worse than it was last year? Since it's a 16-team league, WR2 production would be WR17-WR32. This roster spot is my weakness, but Randle, Hunter and Benjamin are my WR34, WR37 and WR40 in my updated rankings, respectively. All three of those receivers have some bust potential, but they all have the physical tools and upside to reach the top end of that WR2 range provided things go right. Baldwin is a solid yet under-appreciated late-round option that could set career highs as Seattle's No. 2 wide receiver.

  • TEs: In his breakout season, Cameron had more yards than every tight end not named Jimmy Graham last year. That said, there was some inconsistency from the first half of the season to the second half: 49/596/6 in Games 1-8 and 31-321/1 in Games 9-16. With Josh Gordon's looming suspension, it's possible that Cameron leads the league's TEs in targets this season, which could help smooth out in-season inconsistency.

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