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Fantasy Football Mock Draft: 12-Team .5 PPR, Slot #1

By: George Haraktsis

We’re currently in the dog days of the NFL year, but as far as I’m concerned, the fantasy football season is never over! If you’re just jumping into the fantasy season, most prepare by starting out with mock drafts.

The Blitz team has decided to do some of the work for you and offer our opinions on this year’s fantasy draft. Each week, we’ll give you full length mock drafts of different league types for you to follow along. Even better, we are breaking it down pick by pick each week. So if you’re drafting in the first slot this season, pay attention, because this week’s articles are for you! If you’re drafting 12th, give it a read anyway and maybe you’ll gain some insight as to how the draft will play out.

Today we’ll be taking a look at a simple 12-team, .5 PPR scoring league that I have mocked with the FantasyPros Mock Draft Simulator. It’s an amazing, quick way to get your mocks in, and they have some funny team names too. The roster format is as follows: 1 QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, 1 TE, 1 Flex, D/ST, K and 6 Bench players. My selections are bolded below, and my final roster is at the end. Keep an eye out for more mocks in the days to come!

Round 1

1) Le’Veon Bell, RB — PIT

2) Todd Gurley, RB — LAR

3) Antonio Brown, WR — PIT

4) David Johnson, RB — ARI

5) Odell Beckham, WR — NYG

6) Deandre Hopkins, WR — HOU

7) Ezekiel Elliott, RB — DAL

8) Julio Jones, WR — ATL

9) Saquon Barkley, RB — NYG

10) Alvin Kamara, RB — NO

11) Leonard Fournette, RB — JAC

12) Kareem Hunt, RB — KC

Analysis: Some want Gurley here, but Le’Veon Bell was my pick. He’s been far too consistent year after year. He’s finished as a top four RB every season since 2014, minus his suspension shortened 2015 season. Bell is especially valuable in PPR formats. He’s averaged 81 receptions per year since 2014, minus his suspension in 2015. He is in the final year of his contract, and the Steelers will run him into the ground, maximizing his fantasy potential. Safest. Pick. In. The. Draft.

No huge surprises here except for maybe rookie Saquon Barkley at 9. Rookies in the first round are dangerous, but Barkley could be worth it.

Round 2

13) Michael Thomas, WR — NO

14)A.J. Green, WR — CIN

15) Melvin Gordon, RB — LAC

16) Keenan Allen, WR — LAC

17) Mike Evans, WR — TB

18) Devonta Freeman, RB — ATL

19) Zach Ertz, TE — PHI

20)Davante Adams, WR — GB

21) Doug Baldwin, WR — SEA

22) Dalvin Cook, RB — MIN

23) Rob Gronkowski, TE — NE

24) Tyreek Hill, WR — KC

Analysis: Even with “game manager” Alex Smith at the helm, Hill was still the 4th ranked fantasy receiver in 2017. While Smith is gone, new starter Patrick Mahomes is perfectly capable of keeping Hill and his fantasy owners happy. I expect Mahomes to have his fair share of bumps in his first seasons as a starter, but his cannon of an arm and Hill’s blazing speed will no doubt create a great one-two punch. My next pick also has a new QB throwing to him this year…

Round 3

25) Stefon Diggs, WR — Min

26) Jerick Mckinnon, RB — SF

27) Lesean Mccoy, RB — BUF

28) Alshon Jeffery, WR — PHI

29) T.Y. Hilton, WR — IND

30) Josh Gordon, WR — CLE

31) Amari Cooper, WR — OAK

32) Travis Kelce, TE — KC

33) Adam Thielen, WR — MIN

34) Demaryius Thomas, WR — DEN

35) Christian Mccaffrey, RB — CAR

36) Mark Ingram, RB — NO

Analysis: Diggs had his best fantasy season to date this past season, largely due to his career high 8 touchdowns. However, I don’t feel like he has even scratched the surface of his potential. No one would ever peg last year’s quarterback, Case Keenum, as a gunslinger. Now with the NFL’s resident gun-slinger, Kirk Cousins, under center in Minnesota, Diggs’ ceiling is higher than ever. Look out for a top-10 year.

Round 4

37) Jarvis Landry, WR — CLE

38) Allen Robinson, WR — CHI

39) Larry Fitzgerald, WR — ARI

40) Aaron Rodgers, QB — GB

41) Joe Mixon, RB — CIN

42) Golden Tate, WR — DET

43) Jordan Howard RB — CHI

44) Brandin Cooks, WR — LAR

45) Rashaad Penny, RB — SEA

46) Greg Olsen, TE — CAR

47) Juju Smith-Schuster, WR — PIT

48) Kenyan Drake, RB — MIA

Analysis: Some pundits are not so high on Kenyan Drake, but I do not feel the same way. Yes, Drake saw a measly 57 touches in his first 11 games of 2017, but once he was thrust into a bigger role he put up huge totals in the pass and run games. He does have Frank Gore and Kalen Ballage eating into his carries, but Drake owners shouldn’t be worried. It’s his backfield to lose. He’s a good candidate for a 250+ touch season and a RB2 designation.

Round 5

49) Marvin Jones, WR — DET

50) Corey Davis, WR — TEN

51) Dez Bryant, WR — FA

52) Jimmy Graham, TE — GB

53) Alex Collins, RB — BAL

54) Russell Wilson, QB — SEA

55) Derrick Henry, RB — TEN

56) Michael Crabtree, WR — BAL

57) Randall Cobb, WR — GB

58) Tom Brady, QB — NE

59) Evan Engram, TE — NYG

60) Pierre Garcon, WR — SF

Analysis: People tend to forget that Marvin Jones was the #9 receiver in .5 PPR formats in 2017. The Lions receiver isn’t incredibly consistent from week to week in PPR leagues, but his big weeks are good enough to keep him relevant in that format. I could have done worse for a WR3 than a guy who just had 100+ targets, 1100+ yards, and 9 TDs in 2017.

Round 6

61) Jay Ajayi, RB — PHI

62) Julian Edelman, WR — NE

63) Delanie Walker, TE — TEN

64) Sony Michel, RB — NE

65) Deshaun Watson, QB — HOU

66) Devin Funchess, WR — CAR

67) Derrius Guice, RB — WAS

68) Dion Lewis, RB — TEN

69) Royce Freeman, RB — DEN

70) Cam Newton, QB — CAR

71) Robert Woods, WR — LAR

72) Lamar Miller, RB — HOU

Analysis: With the majority of starting running backs off the board already, I knew I had to snag one of the few remainders. While Miller has not lived up to the hype since signing his free agent contract with the Texans a few years back, he did have a moderate career resurrection last year with Deshaun Watson under center. With Watson at the helm, Lamar Miller averaged 13.16 fantasy ppg (1/2 PPR),a very solid output for a RB2. With a healthy Watson I expect Miller to continue this type of success. If the Drake experiment falters, Miller will be able to fill in easily.

Round 7

73) Carson Wentz, QB — PHI

74) Emmanuel Sanders, WR — DEN

75) Jordy Nelson, WR — OAK

76) Matthew Stafford, QB — DET

77) Kyle Rudolph, TE — MIN

78) Jamison Crowder, WR — WAS

79) Drew Brees, QB — NO

80) C.J. Anderson, RB — CAR

81) Kenny Stills, WR — MIA

82) Marshawn Lynch, RB — OAK

83) Chris Hogan, WR — NE

84) Kirk Cousins, QB — MIN

Analysis: Folks, let me tell you something. I never go QB this early in fantasy football. But the thought of having Carson Wentz on my roster for such a low draft cost was too much to pass up. Yes he’s coming off an injury, but people come back from ACL tears like nothing nowadays. If Wentz can pickup where he left off last year, as an MVP candidate, this could be the steal of the draft.

Round 8

85) Carlos Hyde, RB — CLE

86) Ben Roethlisberger, QB — PIT

87) Cooper Kupp, WR — LAR

88) Allen Hurns, WR — DAL

89) Will Fuller, WR — HOU

90) Marlon Mack, RB — IND

91) Sammy Watkins, WR — KC

92) Jameis Winston, QB — TB

93) Michael Gallup, WR — DAL

94) Jordan Reed, TE — WAS

95) Jimmy Garoppolo, QB — SF

96) Devante Parker, WR — MIA

Round 9

97) Ronald Jones, RB — TB

98) Tevin Coleman, RB — ATL

99) Rex Burkhead, RB — NE

100) Robby Anderson, WR — NYJ

101) Aaron Jones, RB — GB

102) Tarik Cohen, RB — CHI

103) Marquise Goodwin, WR — SF

104) D’onta Foreman, RB — HOU

105) Rishard Matthews, WR — TEN

106) Kelvin Benjamin, WR — BUF

107) Duke Johnson, RB — CLE

108) Chris Thompson, RB — WAS

Analysis: I would not have loved the Parker pick if he was my WR3 but as a depth or WR4 option, I love it. With Jarvis Landry gone this year, Parker should see increased opportunity, even with Danny Amendola and Kenny Stills on the roster. I even considered taking him last round.

Former USC running back Ronald Jones has a ton of upside in Tampa Bay’s offense. If he can seize hold of the starting job from Barber and develop a rapport with Winston, he can make his mark on the ground and through the air.

Round 10

109) Sterling Shepard, WR — NYG

110) Jamaal Williams, RB — GB

111) Marqise Lee, WR — JAC

112) Tyler Lockett, WR — SEA

113) Nick Chubb, RB — CLE

114) Bilal Powell, RB — NYJ

115) Isaiah Crowell, RB — NYJ

116) Kerryon Johnson, RB — DET

117) Theo Riddick, RB — DET

118) Danny Amendola, WR — MIA

119) Ty Montgomery, RB — GB

120) Trey Burton, TE — CHI

Round 11

121) Nelson Agholor, WR — PHI

122) Anthony Miller, WR — CHI

123) Demarco Murray, RB — FA

124) Dante Pettis, WR — SF

125) James White, RB — NE

126) Corey Clement, RB — PHI

127) Jack Doyle, TE — IND

128) Frank Gore, RB — MIA

129) George Kittle, TE— SF

130) Devontae Booker, RB — DEN

131) DeSean Jackson, WR — TB

132) Josh Doctson, WR — WAS

Analysis: The tenth round seems like a great spot for TE Trey Burton. He has a ton of upside, flashing his talent in Philly’s offense. He just signed a deal in free agency and will be going to Chicago to pair up with second year QB Mitch Trubisky. And we know how much young QBs love their tight ends.

Agholor is strictly a depth pick year. I don’t think he’ll break out or have a WR1 season, but he showed last year that he can have big games and still make his mark as the Eagle’s third WR.

Round 12

133) Chris Carson, RB — SEA

134) Andrew Luck, QB — IND

135) Tyler Eifert, TE — CIN

136) Kenneth Dixon, RB — BAL

137) Jacksonville Jaguars, D/ST — JAX

138) Dede Westbrook, WR — JAC

139) Mohamed Sanu, WR — ATL

140) O.J. Howard, TE — TB

141) Phillip Rivers, QB — LAC

142) Martavis Bryant, WR — OAK

143) Patrick Mahomes, QB — KC

144) Jared Goff, QB — LAR

Round 13

145) D.J. Moore, WR — CAR

146) Cameron Meredith, WR — NO

147) Legarrette Blount, RB — DET

148) Samaje Perine, RB — WAS

149) Marcus Mariota, QB — TEN

150) Wayne Gallman, RB — NYG

151) Eric Ebron, TE — IND

152) Corey Coleman, WR — CLE

153) Giovani Bernard, RB —CIN

154) Mike Williams, WR — LAC

155) Minnesota Vikings, D/ST — MIN

156) David Njoku, TE — CLE

Analysis: This is usually the spot I take a quarterback in, and Goff falling here could not have worked out better. The leader of last year’s #1 offense will have his offensive line intact and new offensive toys to play with (Brandin Cooks) in 2018. With Todd Gurley returning, Goff is a great backup fantasy QB and can fill in for Wentz on his Bye week or in bad matchups.

In a 3 WR league, I cannot stress the importance of having depth at the position enough, especially with guys who will have the opportunity to see the targets in 2018. Rookie D.J. Moore will only have to fight Devin Funchess for looks in the Panthers offense, which will not be hard. I’m going to go as far as calling him a steal here, due to the opportunity and talent.

Round 14

157) Seattle Seahawks, D/ST — SEA

158) Matt Breida, RB — SF

159) Austin Ekler, RB — LAC

160) Nyheim Hines, RB — IND

161) Peyton Barber, RB — TB

162) Case Keenum, QB— DEN

163) Matt Ryan, QB — ATL

164) Darren Sproles, RB— PHI

165) Jared Cook, TE —OAK

166) Dak Prescott, QB — DAL

167) Latavius Murray, RB — MIN

168) Doug Martin, RB — OAK

Round 15

169) Philadpelphia Eagles , D/ST — PHI

170) Los Angeles Rams , D/ST —LAR

171) Los Angeles Chargers, DST — LAC

172) Houston Texans , D/ST — HOU

173) Baltimore Ravens, D/ST —BAL

174) Denver Broncos , D/ST — DEN

175) New Orleans Saints, D/ST — NO

176) Derek Carr, QB — OAK

177) Kansas City Chiefs, D/ST — KC

178) New England Patriots, D/ST — NE

179) Charles Clay, TE — BUF

180) Cameron Brate, TE — TB

Round 16

181) Stephen Gostkowski, K — NE

182) Justin Tucker, K — BAL

183) Greg Zuerlein, K — LAR

184) Matt Bryant, K — ATL

185) Wil Lutz, K — NO

186) Harrison Butker, K — KC

187) Dan Bailey, K — DAL

188) Chris Boswell, K — PIT

189) Matt Prater, K — DET

190) Jake Elliott, K — PHI

191) Mason Crosby, K — GB

192) Kai Forbath, K — MIN

Analysis: I’ll admit it, the Doug Martin pick was a shot in the dark. While I don’t think Lynch will ever get hurt, on the off-chance he does, Martin can fill-in and has serious fantasy potential at that point.

Philly has a good defense and Kai Forbath is potentially on a great offense. Theres usually not much more to say about drafting these two positions. If These two don’t work out, there’s always teams and kickers that emerge in the first few weeks and are prime for the picking on waivers.

Final Roster

QB: Carson Wentz, PHI

RB: Le’Veon Bell, PIT

RB: Kenyan Drake, MIA

WR: Tyreek Hill, KC

WR: Stefon Diggs, MIN

WR: Marvin Jones, DET

FLEX: Lamar Miller, HOU

TE: Trey Burton, CHI

D/ST: Philadelphia Eagles

K: Kai Forbath, MIN

BN: Devante Parker, MIA

BN: Ronald Jones, RB, TB

BN: Nelson Agholor, PHI

BN: Jared Goff, LAR

BN: D.J. Moore, WR, CAR

BN: Doug Martin, OAK

Final Analysis: I hate the number one pick. I rue the day I ever get handed that selection. But given that burden I really like the way my draft came about. Having the consistency of Bell allowed me to concentrate on building up my WRs in the earlier rounds, and awarded me the luxury of being able to draft a relative uncertain at the RB2 position. Hill, Diggs, and Jones will form a formidable trio in my starting spots, and if one of them falters, I believe the WRs on my bench, with their combined consistency/opportunity, will be able to fill that void. Drake and Miller both have their question marks, but seem to be promised a lion’s share of touches and opportunities. I am confident that at least one of the two will emerge. My depth and ceiling at QB is a blessing, and will not doom me into scouring the waiver wire looking for a starter down the road. My TE position is solid, as well as my Defense and Kicker. My bench has the perfect mix of opportunity and consistency that I like. Depth is key in fantasy. Overall, I think I really outdid myself on this one and would be so happy if my roster was even close to this great!


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