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Fantasy football 12-team, half-PPR mock draft results, analysis

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Saquon Barkley Fantasy Football 2021

You can pore over position rankings and research breakout candidates until your eyes bleed. But sometimes you just need to see the real thing.

Fantasy football mock drafts are a great way to prepare for real fantasy football drafts, as you can gain valuable intel on where players might be drafted in a risk-free environment.

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Don't feel like spending an hour of your life in a mock draft room? You're in luck, because we did it for you. Our staff joined forces with the fantasy football experts at NBC Sports EDGE to hold a 12-team mock draft with standard scoring (half-point PPR) and a standard roster (one QB, two RBs, two WRs, one TE, one FLEX, one K, one DEF, six bench spots).

More draft resources from NBC Sports EDGE: Draft Guide | Mock Draft Simulator

The full draft results -- complete with analysis of each round -- are below. (A note: This draft was held on Thursday, July 22, before it was reported that Aaron Rodgers would attend Packers training camp.)

Draft Order

  1. Vaughn Dalzell, NBC Sports EDGE
  2. John Daigle, NBC Sports EDGE
  3. Denny Carter, NBC Sports EDGE
  4. Nick Goss, NBC Sports Boston
  5. Jack Miller, NBC Sports EDGE
  6. Ryan Provencher, NBC Sports Boston
  7. Justin Leger, NBC Sports Boston
  8. Corey Parson, NBC Sports EDGE
  9. Darren Hartwell, NBC Sports Boston
  10. Pat Kerrane, NBC Sports EDGE
  11. Phil Perry, NBC Sports Boston
  12. Jon Henrie, NBC Sports Boston

Round 1

1. Christian McCaffrey (Car - RB) Vaughn Dalzell
2. Dalvin Cook (Min - RB) John Daigle
3. Tyreek Hill (KC - WR) Denny Carter
4. Jonathan Taylor (Ind - RB) Nick Goss
5. Derrick Henry (Ten - RB) Jack Miller
6. Alvin Kamara (NO - RB) Ryan Provencher
7. Ezekiel Elliott (Dal - RB) Justin Leger
8. Saquon Barkley (NYG - RB) Corey Parson
9. Austin Ekeler (LAC - RB) Darren Hartwell
10. Nick Chubb (Cle - RB) Pat Kerrane
11. Stefon Diggs (Buf - WR) Phil Perry
12. Travis Kelce (KC - TE) Jon Henrie

Analysis: Denny shakes things up right off the bat by taking Tyreek Hill at No. 3. He's the consensus WR1, but most early drafts have seen a run on running backs until the mid-to-late first round. Saquon Barkley is solid value for Corey at No. 8 if the Giants' workhorse can stay healthy.

Round 2

13. Aaron Jones (GB - RB) Jon Henrie
14. Antonio Gibson (Was - RB) Phil Perry
15. Calvin Ridley (Atl - WR) Pat Kerrane
16. Joe Mixon (Cin - RB) Darren Hartwell
17. Davante Adams (GB - WR) Corey Parson
18. DeAndre Hopkins (Ari - WR) Justin Leger
19. DK Metcalf (Sea - WR) Ryan Provencher
20. Darren Waller (LV - TE) Jack Miller
21. Najee Harris (Pit - RB) Nick Goss
22. Justin Jefferson (Min - WR) Denny Carter
23. A.J. Brown (Ten - WR) John Daigle
24. J.K. Dobbins (Bal - RB) Vaughn Dalzell

Analysis: Corey's faith in Davante Adams might be rewarded, as he drafted the stud Packers receiver before reports that Aaron Rodgers is expected to return to Green Bay. Adams was the No. 1 wideout in fantasy last season but the fourth WR taken here.

 

Round 3

25. George Kittle (SF - TE) Vaughn Dalzell
26. Michael Thomas (NO - WR) John Daigle
27. CeeDee Lamb (Dal - WR) Denny Carter
28. Mike Evans (TB - WR) Nick Goss
29. Keenan Allen (LAC - WR) Jack Miller
30. Clyde Edwards-Helaire (KC - RB) Ryan Provencher
31. Terry McLaurin (Was - WR) Justin Leger
32. Patrick Mahomes (KC - QB) Corey Parson
33. Allen Robinson II (Chi - WR) Darren Hartwell
34. Chris Godwin (TB - WR) Pat Kerrane
35. David Montgomery (Chi - RB) Phil Perry
36. D'Andre Swift (Det - RB) Jon Henrie

Analysis: We also held this draft before a report that Michael Thomas will begin the season on the PUP list and miss the first six weeks. Tough blow for John with quality wideouts like CeeDee Lamb, Mike Evans, Keenan Allen and Terry McLaurin all on the board at No. 26.

Round 4

37. Julio Jones (Ten - WR) Jon Henrie
38. Miles Sanders (Phi - RB) Phil Perry
39. DJ Moore (Car - WR) Pat Kerrane
40. Amari Cooper (Dal - WR) Darren Hartwell
41. Adam Thielen (Min - WR) Corey Parson
42. Chris Carson (Sea - RB) Justin Leger
43. Robert Woods (LAR - WR) Ryan Provencher
44. Cooper Kupp (LAR - WR) Jack Miller
45. Josh Jacobs (LV - RB) Nick Goss
46. Tyler Lockett (Sea - WR) Denny Carter
47. Diontae Johnson (Pit - WR) John Daigle
48. Lamar Jackson (Bal - QB) Vaughn Dalzell

Analysis: You knew Julio Jones wouldn't make it past the fourth round. The former Falcons star is No. 41 in our Top 100 and will probably see less volume in Tennessee, but he's one of the best receivers in the game when healthy. The late 30s or early 40s seem about right for Jones.

Round 5

49. Myles Gaskin (Mia - RB) Vaughn Dalzell
50. Ja'Marr Chase (Cin - WR) John Daigle
51. Kyle Pitts (Atl - TE) Denny Carter
52. Tee Higgins (Cin - WR) Nick Goss
53. Courtland Sutton (Den - WR) Jack Miller
54. T.J. Hockenson (Det - TE) Ryan Provencher
55. Josh Allen (Buf - QB) Justin Leger
56. Kareem Hunt (Cle - RB) Corey Parson
57. Travis Etienne (Jax - RB) Darren Hartwell
58. Brandon Aiyuk (SF - WR) Pat Kerrane
59. Damien Harris (NE - RB) Phil Perry
60. Kenny Golladay (NYG - WR) Jon Henrie

Analysis: Damien Harris is 77th on our big board, so you could argue he was a reach here. Then again, Phil has been watching every New England practice this offseason as our Patriots beat writer, so maybe there's a reason he's bullish on the young running back.

Round 6

61. Odell Beckham Jr. (Cle - WR) Jon Henrie
62. Dak Prescott (Dal - QB) Phil Perry
63. Kyler Murray (Ari - QB) Pat Kerrane
64. Mark Andrews (Bal - TE) Darren Hartwell
65. Darrell Henderson Jr. (LAR - RB) Corey Parson
66. Mike Davis (Atl - RB) Justin Leger
67. Russell Wilson (Sea - QB) Ryan Provencher
68. Chase Claypool (Pit - WR) Jack Miller
69. Justin Herbert (LAC - QB) Nick Goss
70. Jalen Hurts (Phi - QB) Denny Carter
71. Chase Edmonds (Ari - RB) John Daigle
72. JuJu Smith-Schuster (Pit - WR) Vaughn Dalzell

Analysis: There's merit to waiting until the later rounds to draft a quarterback, but if you want a top-10 arm, you can't wait much longer than the sixth or seventh round. Five QBs off the board in Round 6 means we have eight QBs taken in the first 70 picks.

Round 7

73. Jerry Jeudy (Den - WR) Vaughn Dalzell
74. Ryan Tannehill (Ten - QB) John Daigle
75. Javonte Williams (Den - RB) Denny Carter
76. Robby Anderson (Car - WR) Nick Goss
77. Raheem Mostert (SF - RB) Jack Miller
78. Ronald Jones II (TB - RB) Ryan Provencher
79. Leonard Fournette (TB - RB) Justin Leger
80. Dallas Goedert (Phi - TE) Corey Parson
81. James Robinson (Jax - RB) Darren Hartwell
82. Deebo Samuel (SF - WR) Pat Kerrane
83. Curtis Samuel (Was - WR) Phil Perry
84. Trey Sermon (SF - RB) Jon Henrie

Analysis: Interesting to see two Bucs running backs go back-to-back here. Ronald Jones II and Leonard Fournette are 81st and 94th in our Top 100 rankings, respectively, but maybe "Playoff Lenny" will see a bigger share of the workload (especially near the goal line) after his postseason heroics.

Round 8

85. Tom Brady (TB - QB) Jon Henrie
86. Will Fuller V (Mia - WR) Phil Perry
87. Tyler Higbee (LAR - TE) Pat Kerrane
88. DJ Chark Jr. (Jax - WR) Darren Hartwell
89. Brandin Cooks (Hou - WR) Corey Parson
90. Noah Fant (Den - TE) Justin Leger
91. Melvin Gordon III (Den - RB) Ryan Provencher
92. Michael Carter (NYJ - RB) Jack Miller
93. Logan Thomas (Was - TE) Nick Goss
94. AJ Dillon (GB - RB) Denny Carter
95. Marquise Brown (Bal - WR) John Daigle
96. Jarvis Landry (Cle - WR) Vaughn Dalzell

Analysis: Taking a soon-to-be 44-year-old Tom Brady at No. 85 overall as the QB10? Is Jon Henrie nuts? ... Or does he recall that Brady was the eighth-best player in fantasy last season while playing on a torn MCL and returns all of his offensive weapons in 2021? Let the GOAT drop on draft boards at your own peril.

Round 9

97. DeVonta Smith (Phi - WR) Vaughn Dalzell
98. Tony Pollard (Dal - RB) John Daigle
99. Gus Edwards (Bal - RB) Denny Carter
100. Michael Pittman Jr. (Ind - WR) Nick Goss
101. Laviska Shenault Jr. (Jax - WR) Jack Miller
102. Tyler Boyd (Cin - WR) Ryan Provencher
103. Kenyan Drake (LV - RB) Justin Leger
104. Michael Gallup (Dal - WR) Corey Parson
105. Zack Moss (Buf - RB) Darren Hartwell
106. Elijah Moore (NYJ - WR) Pat Kerrane
107. Mike Williams (LAC - WR) Phil Perry
108. Jamaal Williams (Det - RB) Jon Henrie

Analysis: Laviska Shenault Jr. will be a popular late-round pick after catching five or more passes in his last four games last season. He could emerge as a solid WR3 if Trevor Lawrence lives up to expectations, so don't be surprised if the Jaguars wide receiver is gone within the first 100 picks.

Round 10

109. Antonio Brown (TB - WR) Jon Henrie
110. Jonnu Smith (NE - TE) Phil Perry
111. Rondale Moore (Ari - WR) Pat Kerrane
112. Aaron Rodgers (GB - QB) Darren Hartwell
113. Tevin Coleman (NYJ - RB) Corey Parson
114. Jaylen Waddle (Mia - WR) Justin Leger
115. Los Angeles (LAR - DEF) Ryan Provencher
116. Mecole Hardman (KC - WR) Jack Miller
117. Devin Singletary (Buf - RB) Nick Goss
118. Latavius Murray (NO - RB) Denny Carter
119. James Conner (Ari - RB) John Daigle
120. Corey Davis (NYJ - WR) Vaughn Dalzell

Analysis: Gotta pat my self on the back here: I rolled the dice on Aaron Rodgers (reminder: we drafted while his future was still unclear) and was rewarded by landing the reigning NFL MVP in Round 10. Situations like these often go in the other direction (see: Bell, Le'Veon) but sometimes the risk is worth the reward.

 

Round 11

121. DeVante Parker (Mia - WR) Vaughn Dalzell
122. Irv Smith Jr. (Min - TE) John Daigle
123. Jamison Crowder (NYJ - WR) Denny Carter
124. Hunter Henry (NE - TE) Nick Goss
125. Matthew Stafford (LAR - QB) Jack Miller
126. Nyheim Hines (Ind - RB) Ryan Provencher
127. Marvin Jones Jr. (Jax - WR) Justin Leger
128. David Johnson (Hou - RB) Corey Parson
129. Henry Ruggs III (LV - WR) Darren Hartwell
130. Alexander Mattison (Min - RB) Pat Kerrane
131. James White (NE - RB) Phil Perry
132. Robert Tonyan (GB - TE) Jon Henrie

Analysis: DeVante Parker in Round 11 is good value for Vaughn; the 28-year-old is two seasons removed from a 1,200-yard season and could top 1,000 yards again in 2021 if Tua Tagovailoa takes a step forward. Also, we see Phil out here drafting the entire Patriots backfield.

Round 12

133. Washington (Was - DEF) Jon Henrie
134. Rashod Bateman (Bal - WR) Phil Perry
135. Giovani Bernard (TB - RB) Pat Kerrane
136. Phillip Lindsay (Hou - RB) Darren Hartwell
137. Pittsburgh (Pit - DEF) Corey Parson
138. T.Y. Hilton (Ind - WR) Justin Leger
139. Cole Beasley (Buf - WR) Ryan Provencher
140. Devontae Booker (NYG - RB) Jack Miller
141. Baltimore (Bal - DEF) Nick Goss
142. Damien Williams (Chi - RB) Denny Carter
143. Darnell Mooney (Chi - WR) John Daigle
144. Tampa Bay (TB - DEF) Vaughn Dalzell

Analysis: Damien Williams and Darnell Mooney are both potential sleepers in Chicago. The former is a good handcuff for David Montgomery, while the latter is set to see an increased role after the Bears traded Anthony Miller to Houston.

Round 13

145. Justin Tucker (Bal - K) Vaughn Dalzell
146. Darrynton Evans (Ten - RB) John Daigle
147. Emmanuel Sanders (Buf - WR) Denny Carter
148. Joe Burrow (Cin - QB) Nick Goss
149. Harrison Butker (KC - K) Jack Miller
150. Nelson Agholor (NE - WR) Ryan Provencher
151. J.D. McKissic (Was - RB) Justin Leger
152. Mike Gesicki (Mia - TE) Corey Parson
153. San Francisco (SF - DEF) Darren Hartwell
154. Chuba Hubbard (Car - RB) Pat Kerrane
155. Justin Fields (Chi - QB) Phil Perry
156. Younghoe Koo (Atl - K) Jon Henrie

Analysis: Here's the case for waiting on a QB: While the rest of your league drafts kickers, you can snag 2020 No. 1 overall pick Joe Burrow, like Nick did here. There's obviously injury risk as he returns from a serious knee injury, but the Bengals quarterback has top-10 upside.

Round 14

157. Tarik Cohen (Chi - RB) Jon Henrie
158. Jake Funk (LAR - RB) Phil Perry
159. Tyler Bass (Buf - K) Pat Kerrane
160. Wil Lutz (NO - K) Darren Hartwell
161. Greg Zuerlein (Dal - K) Corey Parson
162. Indianapolis (Ind - DEF) Justin Leger
163. Austin Hooper (Cle - TE) Ryan Provencher
164. Kenneth Gainwell (Phi - RB) Jack Miller
165. Jason Sanders (Mia - K) Nick Goss
166. New England (NE - DEF) Denny Carter
167. Cleveland (Cle - DEF) John Daigle
168. Evan Engram (NYG - TE) Vaughn Dalzell

Analysis: Once the top seven or eight kickers are off the board, you're almost better off taking a flyer on a skill position player and dealing with kicker later. That's the approach Phil and Ryan took here by selecting Jake Funk and Austin Hooper, respectively.

Round 15

169. Benny Snell Jr. (Pit - RB) Vaughn Dalzell
170. Matt Gay (LAR - K) John Daigle
171. Matt Prater (Ari - K) Denny Carter
172. Jared Cook (LAC - TE) Nick Goss
173. Denver (Den - DEF) Jack Miller
174. Ryan Succop (TB - K) Ryan Provencher
175. Robbie Gould (SF - K) Justin Leger
176. Matt Ryan (Atl - QB) Corey Parson
177. Jalen Reagor (Phi - WR) Darren Hartwell
178. Salvon Ahmed (Mia - RB) Pat Kerrane
179. Kansas City (KC - DEF) Phil Perry
180. Kirk Cousins (Min - QB) Jon Henrie

Analysis: Kirk Cousins as Mr. Irrelevant somehow seems fitting. Well done, Jon.

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