|Draft season is getting underway in earnest and one of my favorite parts of that is the mock draft. Practice is the best way to get better and mock drafts are the dry runs of the fantasy world. I ran a mock 12 team PPR where I was lucky enough to get the first pick. This has been rare for me despite playing fantasy sports for about 15 years. Check out my picks and my thought process below and feel free to let me know how you think I made out.
With the first pick in the draft, I selected Antonio Brown from the Steelers. I believe that Brown is the safest bet to put up elite number, especially with LeVeon Bell potentially missing time and Martavis Bryant out.
Keenan Allen was my choice to start the third round. I think that he could be in for a career year as he finally has a legitimate threat across the field from him and Rivers LOVES throwing to Allen.
I am not overly fond of Latavius Murray, but he has a firm grasp on the starting job in a pretty good offense. A running back that gets most of the carries is not as easy to find as it used to be and so here we are.
I thought that Moncrief was set for a full-scale breakout last season, but he fell a bit short. With Andrew Luck hopefully rounding back into form this year, I like Moncrief to put up some big numbers.
Suspension or not, I love Brady as I do every year. I need to get a decent backup at some point so that I do not end up 0-4 to start.
I think finding Kelce here is great value. I have him right at the top of my tight end rankings and round 7 works for me.
Josh Gordon went in round 7 here, for some advice on his value check out this article.
Here is my Brady insurance policy. I have Rivers pegged as a top-10 quarterback this year and he will be more than adequate to get me through the pre-Brady period.
I don't know how I feel about this pick. Green-Beckham has all the potential in the world, but starting him is a scary proposition at the moment. This could be a gem late in the season or I could be kicking myself for passing on a couple of the players below.
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This pick was all about running back depth and potential. Prosise is a nice looking back and Rawls is coming back from a serious injury. This one could pay off big time later in the season.
Gates does not have much left in the tank, but he can still grab that jump ball in the end zone. As a bye week or injury replacement he is beyond solid. Not a PPR beast by any means though.
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Funchess was making some strides late last season and I think that the presence of Kelvin Benjamin will open up the passing game a bit. Hopefully Newton looks his way a decent amount.
Sproles cannot do what he used to but he still has a bit of PPR flex value. The Eagles will use him more than last season and that should be good enough to warrant a roster spot.
Williams has a ton of skill but he has not yet put it all together. Drops and mental lapses have been a problem, but once in a while he can put together some big plays.
I tend to stream defenses, but you have to draft one so here it is.
I also stream kickers, but you have to draft one of them as well.
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With that, my 12 team PPR mock comes to an end. I think that I strung together a solid squad, although it may be a bit more potential and less proof than I would like. Let me know what you think and check back later for more draft tips and advice.