2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: Round 1- Updated: Saturday, February 13, 2016
Scoring: This mock draft is based on standard-scoring formats and is for the 2016 season only (i.e., not keeper or dynasty leagues). Passing touchdowns are worth four points while rushing and receiving touchdowns are worth six points. In addition, one point is earned per 25 passing yards, 10 rushing or 10 receiving yards.
Note: This way-too-early fantasy football mock draft is a one-man mock draft so all of the picks are made by Kevin Hanson (follow on Twitter).
Later in the year, we will feature more mock drafts with more of our contributors and other scoring formats.
Here is Round 1 of my one-man 2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft:
1.01 - Team 1: Le'Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers
For me, the decision comes down to Bell or his teammate, Antonio Brown. Many, perhaps most, would take Brown first overall and that wouldn't necessarily be the wrong choice. Injuries at running back are obviously a huge risk and Bell missed a huge chunk of the season, but he's a highly productive, true three-down back when he's on the field.
In 22 games over the past two seasons, the (now) 23-year-old Bell has 510 touches -- 403 carries and 107 receptions -- for 2,907 yards from scrimmage and 14 touchdowns. That averages out to 23.18 touches, 132.14 YFS and 0.64 touchdowns -- or more than 17 (standard) fantasy points -- per game.
1.02 - Team 2: Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers
Likely the consensus top pick in 2016 fantasy football drafts, Brown is as safe and productive as it gets. While Brown set career highs of 136 catches and 1,834 yards, his numbers would have been even better had Ben Roethlisberger not missed time. Over his past three seasons combined, Brown has a total of 375 receptions for 5,031 yards and 31 touchdowns.
1.03 - Team 3: Odell Beckham Jr., WR, New York Giants
In his young career, Beckham has averaged more than 100 yards per game (2,755 yards in 27 career games). Even though he has missed five games over his first two seasons, OBJ has 15 100-yard games during that span. Only Brown (17) and Julio Jones (16) have more. In addition, no player has more receiving touchdowns than Beckham (25) over the past two seasons.
1.04 - Team 4: Julio Jones, WR, Atlanta Falcons
Not only did Jones lead the NFL in receiving yards (1,871), but it was the second-most of any season in NFL history. Jones has more than 100 catches and 1,500 yards in back-to-back seasons, but he has only 14 touchdowns in those two seasons. Based on his volume of targets as well as his combination of size and speed, Jones should be more productive in the red zone.
1.05 - Team 5: Todd Gurley, RB, Los Angeles Rams
Despite missing the first three games of the season, Gurley finished third in the NFL with 1,106 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns. Gurley exceeded the 100-yard mark only once in his final eight games, but he still averaged 4.8 yards per carry over his rookie campaign. There remains concerns about the weakness of the team's passing attack (and in turn, the eight-men boxes in Gurley's future), but he will be one more year removed from his torn ACL and should rank near the top of the league in rush attempts in 2016.
1.06 - Team 6: Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England Patriots
Counting 10 playoff games, Gronkowski has a total of 75 touchdowns in career 90 games. And with the exception of his seven-game 2013 season, Gronk has double-digit touchdowns in five of his six NFL seasons. Still 26 years old (turns 27 in May), Gronk is one of the league's biggest mismatches and the clear-cut top option at his position.
1.07 - Team 7: Adrian Peterson, RB, Minnesota Vikings
After sitting out virtually all of the 2014 season, Peterson led the NFL in carries (327), rushing yards (1,485) and rushing touchdowns (11). The Vikings will continue to ride AP as their workhorse. Despite his superhuman physical traits, the only concern is that he turns 31 years old in March.
1.08 - Team 8: DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Houston Texans
One of the best young talents in the NFL, Hopkins took another big step forward in his age-23 season. Even with a less than ideal quarterback situation, Hopkins set career highs across the board with 111 receptions, 1,521 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2015.
1.09 - Team 9: Devonta Freeman, RB, Atlanta Falcons
Just like we had all expected, no running back scored more fantasy points in 2015 than Freeman. Not only did Freeman rush for more than 1,000 yards, but he hauled in 73 catches, third-most among running backs, for 578 yards. In addition, he scored a total of 14 touchdowns last season. While he may not score 14 touchdowns again, he's developed into a true three-down back for the Falcons.
1.10 - Team 10: Dez Bryant, WR, Dallas Cowboys
It was a disappointing season for Dez and the Cowboys. Not only was Bryant sidelined for nearly half the season with a broken foot, but Tony Romo broke his collarbone (two times). When healthy, however, Bryant is one of the most dominant receivers in the league and only Gronk has more receiving touchdowns than Bryant (53) since 2011.
1.11 - Team 11: Jamaal Charles, RB, Kansas City Chiefs
Coming off a torn ACL, there's obviously concerns with Charles from a health perspective, but the good news is the injury happened reasonably early in the season and reports suggest that his recovery is going well. The next time the versatile eight-year veteran averages less than 5.0 yards per carry will be his first. In his five games last season, he averaged 18.4 touches, 108.2 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown per game.
1.12 - Team 12: David Johnson, RB, Arizona Cardinals
Injuries finally led to Johnson getting a shot at the featured role, but the third-rounder out of Northern Iowa had been productive in limited opportunities before that. Johnson scored a total of 13 touchdowns -- eight rushing, four receiving and one return -- on only 161 touches. Finishing as a top-five weekly performer in three of his five starts, Johnson has a legitimate shot at finishing as a top-five running back for all of 2016.
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