2019 Fantasy Football 12-Team Mock Draft- Posted: Wednesday, July 10th
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2019 PPR Mock Draft: 12 Teams, 9th Pick
Without further ado, here are the picks of our 12-team 2019 fantasy football mock draft using point-per-reception (PPR) scoring:
1.09 - David Johnson, RB, Arizona Cardinals
Yesterday, I took DJ with the 5th pick in a 12-team PPR mock draft, so I'm thrilled to get him four spots later in today's mock draft. Given the up-tempo and wide-open nature of Arizona's new offense, Johnson should have many more opportunities to make plays in space and significantly improve upon last year's numbers.
2.04 - Joe Mixon, RB, Cincinnati Bengals
While he missed two games last season, Mixon was an efficient workhorse when he was on the field. The second-year back averaged 20.0 touches per game and 4.9 yards per carry as he finished fourth in the NFL in rushing (1,168 yards).
3.09 - A.J. Green, WR, Cincinnati Bengals
Before missing (almost all of) the second half of the season, Green was off to a fantastic start with a 45/687/6 line through Week 8. The only concern is durability as AJG has now missed three-plus games in three of the past five years, but he's one of my favorite WR1's when I start a draft RB/RB.
4.04 - Damien Williams, RB, Kansas City Chiefs
From Week 14 through the postseason, Williams went on a scoring spree with 10 touchdowns (six rushing and four receiving) and racked up 602 scrimmage yards on 105 touches including 28 receptions. The Chiefs only added Carlos Hyde (free agency) and Darwin Thompson (sixth round) as competition this offseason so Williams will open the season as the unquestioned lead back. If he maintains that role for the entire season, there is enormous upside in Kansas City's high-powered offense -- especially here in the fourth round.
5.09 - Alshon Jeffery, WR, Philadelphia Eagles
Jeffery's catch rate was up significantly in 2018 (70.7%) compared to his first season (47.5%, 2017) in Philadelphia and that led to per-game improvements in receptions and yards (5.0/64.8 vs. 3.6/49.3). If he can stay healthy, he should perform as a top-24 fantasy wide receiver.
6.04 - O.J. Howard, TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Injury has cut each of his first two seasons short, but Howard has averaged exactly 16.6 yards per reception in both of those seasons. Extrapolating last year's production over 16 games, Howard would have posted a 54/904/8 stat line.
7.09 - Tarik Cohen, RB, Chicago Bears
In addition to a year-over-year bump in touches (140 to 170), Cohen was more efficient (10.2 Y/R, 4.5 YPC) on his opportunities and scored eight total touchdowns in 2018. Converting his 91 targets into 71 receptions, Cohen was the RB11 in PPR formats last year. Rookie David Montgomery will be more of a factor in the passing game than Jordan Howard has been, but Cohen is a nice value in Round 7 as my RB4.
8.04 - Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Arizona Cardinals
Fitzgerald isn't getting any younger (then again, who is?) and he's coming off a disappointing season (69/734/6). Before last season, however, he posted three consecutive 100/1,000 seasons. Perhaps he won't bounce back to the 100/1,000 level, but the new offense should allow him to post better numbers in 2019.
9.09 - Rashaad Penny, RB, Seattle Seahawks
In better shape than last year and given his first-round pedigree, Penny has enormous upside in Seattle's run-first attack even if he enters the season as Chris Carson's backup.
10.04 - DeSean Jackson, WR, Philadelphia Eagles
Back in Philadelphia, D-Jax gives the Eagles the deep threat they have lacked. Jackson led the NFL in Y/A in 2018 (18.9), 2016 (17.9) and 2014 (20.9). Perhaps more helpful to Carson Wentz's fantasy outlook than anything else, D-Jax will have his share of big weeks as well even if he's a boom-or-bust option, especially in PPR formats.
11.09 - Jameis Winston, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Starting only nine games last season, Winston set career highs in completion percentage (64.6), yards per attempt (7.9) and TD% (5.0), but he also set a career high in INT% (3.7). Winston needs to cut down on turnovers, but Tampa's passing offense should rank near the top of the league once again.
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12.04 - Austin Ekeler, RB, Los Angeles Chargers
Once again, Ekeler averaged more than five yards per carry and 10 yards per reception. But as he nearly doubled his workload (74 to 145 touches), Melvin Gordon's complementary back finished as a top-25 PPR back last season and has stand-alone value even if MG3 stays healthy for a full season.
13.09 - Mohamed Sanu, WR, Atlanta Falcons
Sanu set a career high in receiving yards (838) in 2018 and just missed by one in receptions (66, career high: 67) and provides some depth as my WR5.
14.04 - Jacksonville Jaguars D/ST
15.09 - Kyler Murray, QB, Arizona Cardinals
Given his elite quickness and dual-threat abilities, his fantasy upside and floor are both much higher than for a typical rookie quarterback. During his post-bye stretch last season, Buffalo's Josh Allen was the QB1 to close the season (Weeks 12 to 17). Not expected, of course, but it wouldn't be shocking if Murray put together a top-five or so run for a significant stretch of the season like Allen did to close 2018.
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