fantasy football industry mock draft

By: Steve Catalano - @Steve2PointOh - July 11th, 2018

By: Steve Catalano - @Steve2PointOh - July 11th, 2018

10-Team 0.5 PPR Mock Draft

We got together with eight Fantasy Football Twitter accounts who all host a series of websites, article databases, and podcasts delivering fantasy football tips and news daily for a 10-Team 0.5 PPR Mock Draft. Using the Sleeperbot Mock Draft Software, the draft order went as follows:

1. WP Fantasy Football – @fantasy_wp

2. Blake Sullivan – @BlakeSullivanFF

3. The Fantasy Reich – @FantasyReich

4. Shed Fantasy Sports – @shedsports

5. LetsTalkFF – @LetsTalkFF

6. Take Your League – @TYLfantasy

7. Shotgun Fantasy (Steve) – @ShotgunFantasy

8. Shotgun Fantasy (Collin) – @ShotgunFatnasy

9. The Fantasy Football Franchise – @F3Pod

10. The Spur Frick – @thespurfrick

Collin went ahead and drafted from the eighth position and I slotted myself into the seven spot. Below I break down my picks in each round, and give reasoning as to why I took that player compared to other nearby players.

Round 1 – Saquon Barkley

The best runningback prospect in years I snagged here at the seven spot. I love that value as his ADP by draft day should be somewhere around the fifth pick, especially in standard leagues. Although, Barkley definitely provides the upside to catch plenty of passes out of the backfield making him valuable in PPR formats as well. I like him better than Alvin Kamara strictly by the amount of opportunity Barkley will receive compared to Kamara. Fantasy is all about volume, and I think the Giants took Barkley number two overall in the NFL draft to give him just that. I’ve got Barkley slated for at least 1500 all-purpose yards and over 10 touchdowns.

Round 2 – Devonta Freeman

It was between Freeman, Hunt and Jones here for me and I decided to go with the guy who finished as the number one runningback in 2015 and the RB7 in 2016. I figured I could find decent value at wide receiver in the next few rounds and wanted to lock down some top tier runningbacks early. With a slight drop off season in 2017 due to the new offensive coordinator, I see Freeman having a bounce-back season. The man just got paid to be the franchise runningback. Even with Tevin Coleman lurking behind Freeman taking every opportunity he can to be on the field and be productive, he is bound to get back to the 240 rushing attempts he averaged the two years prior to last season. This offense is going to come back together this year in Steve Sarkisian’s second year running the show, and I see Freeman, and even Matt Ryan and Julio Jones, benefitting.

Round 3 – Jerick McKinnon

I was actually hoping to grab T.Y. here to be my number one wideout assuming Andrew Luck is back and healthy, but I ended up settling for another runningback. In fantasy football, in anything less than a full PPR league, runningbacks run the show, and I just snagged my third one in the first three rounds. Jerick McKinnon is the new number one RB in San Francisco and he got paid well to be just that, so you bet he is going to get the bulk of the carries. I know McKinnon has never made the most of his opportunity to take over as a starter in Minnesota, hence the Vikings drafting Cook and even when Cook was out, they gave Latavius Murray more work. McKinnon will have no trouble staying on the field in front of Matt Breida and Joe Williams. This is a breakout year for McKinnon.

Round 4 – Tyreek Hill

Okay, at this point in the draft I’m set on runningbacks for a while, so it’s time to get some wide receivers. Tyreek hill in the third round is too early for me, and that’s a popular opinion around the industry, but in the fourth, needing the best wide receiver I can get my hands on, Hill is just that. Of course he was very big play dependent last year hauling in 75 catches on 105 targets for 1183 yards and 7 touchdowns, but I don’t see why that can’t continue with new gunslinger Mahomes tossing the rock. Sure, it’s a gamble assuming Mahomes will find the connection with Hill that Hill and Smith had, but he’s too dynamic of a player to totally disappear.

Round 5 – JuJu Smith-Schuster

Well, I did it. I took two receivers I am not a fan of this year in the same draft, and I also did it back to back as my fourth and fifth round pick. It’s not that I don’t like JuJu, I just don’t like how high his ADP is currently. I’ve seen him go as early as the third round is some larger league, and the fourth in league sizes similar to this, but in the fifth I can get my mind around him building off of the season he had last year and possibly producing top 15 wide receiver numbers this year in the high flying Steelers offense. Another killer bee has officially joined the hive.

Round 6 – Marvin Jones

A top 5 fantasy performance for Jones last year was definitely attributed to the long ball plays. Only racking in 61 catches is a concern, but if Jones can find a way to put up 1000 yards again as the WR1 in the Lions offense, he’s worth the gamble here in the sixth round as my WR3. Even if he doesn’t produce the same kind of numbers, he has every bit of talent to still be one of the top 15 wideouts in the league. Over guys like Jeffery and Landry, I like Jones here in the sixth.

Round 7 – Carson Wentz

I am a wait on a quarterback and tight end type of player, but with four quarterbacks already off the board, I decided to make my mark and grab the MVP of 2017, if he didn’t get hurt of course, Carson Wentz here in the seventh. Good words from training camp are a good sign that he should be ready to go Week 1. If not, I grabbed Big Ben in the thirteenth round to back him up. The Eagles are going to be really, really good again and I don’t see why Wentz would regress much with even more established chemistry with his receivers this year. Sure his efficiency tossing touchdowns was unstable and most likely won’t repeat, but I see him being close to the guy he was last year and easily a top six quarterback.

Round 8 – Evan Engram

Should I start this out the same way I started the last one? Whatever, so I grabbed a tight end in the first half of the draft, big whoop. To me, there are nine tight ends I’d consider taking before the fourteenth round and Walker was the last one to be taken in the ninth round. Engram had big shoes to fill in that Giants offense with Beckham being out the entire season, and showed he could be reliable and get the job done. He finished as the TE5 with an insane amount of targets. That will go down with Barkley in the picture and Beckham back on the field, but I still see him being a big part of the offense which I think will bounce back and have a good season on that side of the ball.

Round 9 – Carlos Hyde

Carlos Hyde is an interesting pick this year. No one is talking about him and everyone is writing him off saying Chubb is the number one guy, while Johnson will catch balls out of the backfield. Well it’s not like Hyde had a bad season fantasy wise last year, rushing for almost 1000 yards and catching 60 balls out of the backfield. Plus, the Browns paid him well to come here. This backfield will be a decent sized mess and time share, but he should get a lot of the goal line work and some decent work between the twenties. An average pick at best as my RB4.

Round 10 – Aaron Jones

I hope my opponents in all of my leagues write Jones off with him being suspended for the first two games of the season and go draft Jamaal Williams. I’m huge on Aaron Jones. He averaged the second most yards per rush for backs receiving at least 80 attempts at 5.53. That number is no joke to me, being a Packers fan and watching this kid play when healthy, he had breakaway speed and make-miss cuts I was largely impressed by. In the tenth round I will gladly take a guy with RB2 potential in Green Bay’s offense I see having a big year. Remember guys, you don’t win championships in weeks one and two. Don’t let this small suspension keep you off of this production machine.

Rounds 11 to 16 – Robert Woods, Robby Anderson, Ben Roethlisberger, Chris Carson, Baltimore DST, Dan Bailey

I grabbed Woods and Anderson as h wide receivers for my bench in the eleventh and twelfth, snagged Big Ben at a great value in the thirteenth to back up Wentz with the small chance he’s still injured or struggles out of the gate, and I capped it off with the RB in Seattle who apparently is the top runner in camp in front of Rashaad Penny.