With fantasy football season about a month away, it is a good idea to start preparing now. Camps are starting up this week we are going to be hearing tons of rumors. However, it is important to stick to who you like and don’t let these rumors change your approach. With my second mock draft, I picked in the front half of the first round in another 12 team PPR. Being at the fourth spot, there are many directions I was able to go in. The big three running backs and Antonio Brown are the consensus top four picks so I knew I was guaranteed one of the top four. From top to bottom, I felt like this was a very solid team. Here are my results:
Rd 1 Pick 4: Antonio Brown
After the top three running backs are off the board, I do not feel comfortable taking the next one on my list at number four. I have Bell, DJ, and Zeke in a much different tier than the rest of the running backs. Feel like I could have even went with Julio here. I’d rather get a top wide out and get some PPR upside running backs later on.
Rd 2 Pick 21: Rob Gronkowski
This just feels too late. It seems as if he is as healthy as he has been in a while. The amount of upside that Gronk possesses far outweighs the risk at this point in the draft. I was more than happy to pair him with AB.
Rd 3 Pick 28: DeAndre Hopkins
This pick came down to Hopkins and Fournette. I felt like I needed to get a running back on my roster, but I’m not sure how much Fournette will be used in the passing game. Hopkins was the fourth receiver off the board in most drafts last year. I don’t see anything holding him back from getting back to where he was in 2015.
Rd 4 Pick 45: Dalvin Cook
Much higher on Dalvin than many people are. Showed his big play ability in college and is very capable of being a weapon in the passing game. Latavius Murray is starting the season on the PUP and even though he will be back on the field soon, he should only serve as the short yardage back.
Rd 5 Pick 52: Ty Montgomery
Another PPR monster to fill my second running back position. There is a lot of talk about the rookies stealing touches, but I think it’s Montgomery’s job to lose. Even if the rookies see some touches, I would not be surprised to see Montgomery used in the slot.
Rd 6 Pick 69: Theo Riddick
Waiting for running backs worked out in this mock. I got three players who will see a lot of playing time and work well in the passing game. Abdullah is finally healthy and the projected starter, but this will not take away from Riddicks touches. In the two games Abdullah started last year, Riddick still managed to haul in nine passes for 91 yards and a touchdown. Free points.
Rd 7 Pick 76: Willie Snead
With the departure of Cooks, we all know that Michael Thomas is the go-to guy in New Orleans. However, Willie Snead can be just as good in PPR formats. Shows great consistency and I expect all of his numbers to rise in 2017.
Rd 8 Pick 93: Kirk Cousins
Waited for a quarterback long enough. More than happy to have Cousins in the eighth round. He has endless options in this offense and will be spreading the ball around like we have been seeing for the past few years. Safe floor.
Rd 9 Pick 100: Eric Decker
Arguably the top receiving option in Tennessee. Looks to be fully healthy after only playing three games a season ago and finds himself in a much better situation with the Titans.
Rd 10 Pick 117: Samaje Perine
Love the value here in the tenth. The big question is if he will be able to beat out Rob Kelley for the starting role. Until then, stash him on the bench.
Rd 11 Pick 124: Matthew Stafford
Never a bad thing to have two quarterbacks of this caliber. Can decide between the two each week and maybe even use one to trade early in the season. Both Stafford and Cousins are in pass first offenses.
Rd 12 Pick 141: Stephen Gostkowski
Plenty of points in New England this year. Might as well lock down a kicker and not have to worry about it for the year.
Rd 13 Pick 148: Quincy Enunwa
Clear number one receiver in New York. Should have tons of garbage time points as I do not envision them having too many leads. This could be a perfect situation for him.
Rd 14 Pick 165: New York Giants D/ST
Such a strong defense. Surprised to see them drop this low.
Rd 15 Pick 172: Terrance West
Opening the season as the Ravens starting running back. Who’s to say that he won’t take over this job with a couple good performances? Worth a flier at the end of the draft. (Made this pick prior to the Kenneth Dixon news).
Rd 16 Pick 189: Coby Fleener
So has everyone just forgot about Fleener? Cooks is gone, Brees is still his quarterback, and I just don’t see why he is ranked so low. Even after a down year, the upside is still very much there. He is a good TE2 to have in case anything were to happen to Gronk.