PPR Fantasy Football Mock Draft: 12 Teams, 3rd Pick

Practice makes perfect?

Using that philosophy, we change things up every day and draft a fantasy football team using the 2017 Fantasy Football Mock Draft Simulator.

For today's 12-team PPR mock draft (3rd pick), here are the results:

1.03 - Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers: Brown has finished as the top-scoring wide receiver in PPR formats for three consecutive seasons and no receiver has a higher floor than Brown. He has averaged more than 100 receiving yards per game over the past four years, posted triple-digit receptions in each of those four seasons and scored double-digit touchdowns in past three.

2.10 - Doug Baldwin, WR, Seattle Seahawks: While Baldwin scored half as many touchdowns (seven) in 2016, he set career highs in both receptions (94) and yards (1,128) and has now finished as a top-10 fantasy wide receiver in back-to-back seasons. Another top-10 season should be within reach in 2017.

3.03 - Kareem Hunt, RB, Kansas City Chiefs: Extremely productive at Toledo with nearly 5,000 career rushing yards, there was speculation that Hunt would eventually emerge as the starter for the Chiefs. Given the season-ending knee injury to Spencer Ware, Hunt enters the season as the featured back and has a real chance to be the top-scoring rookie running back in 2017.

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Fantasy Football 2017: 20 Undervalued Players

As Mike Tyson once famously said, "[e]veryone has a plan 'till they get punched in the mouth."

Even if I go into a draft with a preferred strategy, it's more important to be able to adjust on the fly as the draft is playing out. Regardless of the strategy you use to construct your roster(s), every fantasy owner should try to maximize the value they get from each individual pick.

The more value you accumulate throughout your draft(s), the more likely you are to win your league(s).

Ultimately, the players I would select are based on my top-200 fantasy football cheat sheet (PPR cheat sheet), but my goal with this post is to highlight players I consider undervalued in terms of average draft position (ADP) compared to my rankings.

QB - Marcus Mariota, Tennessee Titans (ADP: 78, QB10)

In our fantasy football mock draft per day series, there's one quarterback I tend to roster more than all other quarterbacks combined: Marcus Mariota. A value in both relative and absolute terms, only four quarterbacks -- Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, Drew Brees and Matt Ryan -- appear higher in my fantasy quarterback rankings than Mariota.

Throwing for 3,426 yards with a 26-to-nine TD-INT ratio while rushing for 349 yards and two scores last season, the dual-threat quarterback scored the 12th-most fantasy points in 2016.

Especially from Weeks 5 to 12 last season, however, we really got a glimpse of Mariota's upside. A weekly top-11 fantasy QB in all eight of those games, Mariota scored more fantasy points than any other quarterback during that stretch. Only Brees (24.5) scored more fantasy points per game than Mariota (24.19). ...

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Fantasy Football 2017: 10 Overvalued Players

If some players are undervalued, that means others, in turn, must be overvalued. So, we've turned our attention to some players that are priced a little too rich for our blood.

Even if a player appears on this list, it's not that we dislike them in terms of ability it's just that we dislike them in terms of their current costs.

QB - Matt Ryan, QB, Atlanta Falcons (ADP: 40, QB4)

To be clear, the majority of quarterbacks could appear on this list. In fact, it's not that I think Ryan is overvalued as the QB4; I have only Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady and Drew Brees ranked ahead of him in my rankings as well.

But all three of those quarterbacks are overvalued as well in terms of their overall ADPs. The reason I listed Ryan here instead of one of the top-three QBs is that there is a greater likelihood that he has some regression from last year's career season.

Essentially, I'd consider Rodgers and Brady in drafts where they fell and feel comfortable that they will finish as top-two fantasy quarterbacks. Meanwhile, Brees has finished as a top-six fantasy QB for 11 consecutive seasons. After those three guys, however, I feel like the next tier of quarterbacks are fairly similar and I'd prefer to wait as opposed to draft the first one of that group. ...

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2017 Fantasy Football Rankings

With Week 3 upon us, Kevin Hanson has updated his 2017 Fantasy Football Rankings by position and overall.

Here are his 2017 Fantasy Football QB Rankings:

1. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers

Posting an insane TD-INT ratio of 165 to 34 over the past five seasons combined, Rodgers led the league in passing touchdowns (40) last year while throwing for 4,428 yards, the third-most of his career. Since becoming a starter in 2008, Rodgers has finished as a top-two fantasy quarterback in seven of nine seasons (and one of those two outliers was his injury-shortened 2013 season). With good health, he's a virtual lock for a top-two fantasy season.

2. Tom Brady, New England Patriots

Now 40 years old, Brady has shown no signs of slowing down. In 12 games following his four-game suspension, Brady averaged 296.2 yards per game and 8.2 Y/A, a five-year high, while posting a 28-to-two TD-INT ratio. With the Patriots acquiring Brandin Cooks this offseason and Rob Gronkowski missing half of last season, Brady could post even better per-game numbers even though Julian Edelman will miss all of 2017 with a torn ACL.

3. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints

Tom Brady isn't the only quarterback that thinks he can play to 45. Regardless of how much longer he actually plays, Brees is a top-three fantasy QB for the 2017 season. Granted, passing statistics are generally inflated in historical terms, Brees has five career 5,000-yard seasons (including 5,208 last year) and 32-plus touchdowns in nine consecutive seasons. The last time Brees finished outside the top-six fantasy QBs was 2005 (QB9), his final season in San Diego.

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