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Half-PPR Mock Draft

by Patrick Daugherty
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:09 pm ET

This All-Star gang of fantasy footballers gathered to draft on June 5. The set up was straightforward: QB, RB, RB, WR, WR, WR, TE, FLEX (RB, WR, TE), K and DEF. There are also six bench spots, and the league is using a half-point-per-reception format. There was intrigue (how far will Tom Brady fall?), drama (will the people viewing Andy Behrens’ apartment decide to rent?) and levity (enough bad chat-room jokes to last a lifetime). Without further ado, here are the participants and draft order. I assure you, the order was not rigged, despite the suspicions of many.

 

TEAMS

 

1. Patrick Daugherty (Rotoworld)

2. Nick Mensio (Rotoworld)

3. Evan Silva (Rotoworld)

4. Jeff Ratcliffe (Pro Football Focus/Rotoworld)

5. Brad Evans (Yahoo)

6. Mike Clay (Pro Football Focus/Rotoworld)

7. Brandon Funston (Yahoo)

8. Sigmund Bloom (Footballguys)

9. Chet Gresham (The Fake Football)

10. Adam Levitan (Rotoworld)

11. Andy Behrens (Yahoo)

12. Scott Pianowski (Yahoo)

 

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Round 1


1. Patrick Daugherty — LeSean McCoy

2. Nick Mensio — Jamaal Charles

3. Evan Silva — Adrian Peterson

4. Jeff Ratcliffe — Matt Forte

5. Brad Evans — Montee Ball

6. Mike Clay — Eddie Lacy

7. Brandon Funston — Calvin Johnson

8. Sigmund Bloom — DeMarco Murray

9. Chet Gresham — Demaryius Thomas

10. Adam Levitan — Jimmy Graham

11. Andy Behrens — Marshawn Lynch

12. Scott Pianowski — A.J. Green

 

Notes: You could make a case for any of McCoy, Charles and Peterson at No. 1 overall, but I decided to go with Shady’s mouthwatering all-around role in the league’s most-ascendant offense. Montee Ball at No. 5 was bold with a Capital B, but then again, that’s Evans’ calling card. It’s a bit of a reach, no doubt, but Ball’s ceiling is that of a high-end first rounder. Four pass catchers were more than I expected in the first round of a half-PPR, but it speaks to how muddled the picture is at running back. Concerns about Christine Michael’s growing role may have gotten Behrens a steal with Lynch at No. 11.

 

Round 2

 

13. Scott Pianowski — Brandon Marshall

14. Andy Behrens — Dez Bryant

15. Adam Levitan — Julio Jones

16. Chet Gresham — Giovani Bernard

17. Sigmund Bloom — Le’Veon Bell

18. Brandon Funston — Arian Foster

19. Mike Clay — Zac Stacy

20. Brad Evans — Peyton Manning

21. Jeff Ratcliffe — Jordy Nelson

22. Evan Silva — Julius Thomas

23. Nick Mensio — Alshon Jeffery

24. Patrick Daugherty — Andre Ellington

 

Notes: Julio Jones went where he was supposed to. This was a player on pace for 131/1,856/6 before his foot injury last season. Both Jones and the Falcons’ offense are going to bounce back with a vengeance. Bryant after Marshall? I call that a steal. Bernard’s upside is close to that of Ball’s, but his floor is arguably much higher. He’s a real threat for first-round production. Arian Foster is as fine of a second-round gamble as you’ll find. He’s finally healthy and is going to have a three-down role for new coach Bill O’Brien. It’s hard to call Manning anything other than a steal at No. 20 overall, even though quarterbacks are going later than ever these days. I paid a premium for Ellington, but that’s what you have to do for young running back talent that might explode.

 

Round 3

 

25. Patrick Daugherty — Keenan Allen

26. Nick Mensio — Aaron Rodgers

27. Evan Silva — Drew Brees

28. Jeff Ratcliffe — Doug Martin

29. Brad Evans — Antonio Brown

30. Mike Clay — Alfred Morris

31. Brandon Funston — Bishop Sankey

32. Sigmund Bloom — C.J. Spiller

33. Chet Gresham — Reggie Bush

34. Adam Levitan — Randall Cobb

35. Andy Behrens — Larry Fitzgerald

36. Scott Pianowski — Ryan Mathews

 

Notes: Morris and Sankey jump out as immediate question marks. It’s fair to wonder how effective Morris will be away from zone-blocking maven Mike Shanahan, while rookie runners drafted as RB1/2s have a long history of disappointing. Spiller will spark controversy all summer, but it would have been impossible to let his upside slide any farther. Fitzgerald in the third is a dicey call. He’s lost a step or two, while Michael Floyd is ready to go off. Ryan Mathews is coming off a career year but reminded us of his durability issues in the playoffs, while the Bolts have added Donald Brown to the mix. A repeat of last year’s numbers would be a big win for Mathews’ owners.

 

Round 4

 

37. Scott Pianowski — Wes Welker

38. Andy Behrens — Rashad Jennings

39. Adam Levitan — Toby Gerhart

40. Chet Gresham — Pierre Garcon

41. Sigmund Bloom — Rob Gronkowski

42. Brandon Funston — Percy Harvin

43. Mike Clay — Andre Johnson

44. Brad Evans — Shane Vereen

45. Jeff Ratcliffe — Vincent Jackson

46. Evan Silva — Torrey Smith

47. Nick Mensio — Vernon Davis

48. Patrick Daugherty — Michael Floyd

 

Notes: Welker in the fourth round of a half-PPR is really pushing it this season, even with Eric Decker departed for New York. His production slipped down the stretch in 2013, while his durability is becoming a question mark. Emmanuel Sanders will be encroaching on Welker’s territory in the middle of the field. Toby Gerhart as a fourth-round fantasy football pick? Sometimes the truth is stranger than fiction. But this is absolutely where he should be going, if not higher. Gerhart is ticketed for 18-20 weekly touches in Jacksonville. Gronk is as big of an injury question mark as you’ll find, but players capable of being the best at their position can’t slip past the fourth round.

 

Round 5

 

49. Patrick Daugherty — Cordarrelle Patterson

50. Nick Mensio — Joique Bell

51. Evan Silva — Roddy White

52. Jeff Ratcliffe — Victor Cruz

53. Brad Evans — Jordan Cameron

54. Mike Clay — Matthew Stafford

55. Brandon Funston — Chris Johnson

56. Sigmund Bloom — DeSean Jackson

57. Chet Gresham — Jordan Reed

58. Adam Levitan — Ben Tate

59. Andy Behrens — Frank Gore

60. Scott Pianowski — Julian Edelman

 

Notes: Reed’s concussion issues are a major concern, but this is a player with top-two tight end upside. It was the right spot to take the risk. No. 58 is a good place to get Tate, but he’ll have to be handcuffed. His injury history is long and winding. Joique Bell at No. 50 could easily provide more production than Reggie Bush at No. 33. The bell could be beginning to toll for Frank Gore, but if someone with his track record is there at No. 59, you take him. Edelman is more of a floor than upside player, but he’s someone you can take at No. 60 and know he’ll be a help more weeks than not.

 

Round 6

 

61. Scott Pianowski — Knowshon Moreno

62. Andy Behrens — Mike Wallace

63. Adam Levitan — T.Y. Hilton

64. Chet Gresham — Pierre Thomas

65. Sigmund Bloom — Michael Crabtree

66. Brandon Funston — Golden Tate

67. Mike Clay — Marques Colston

68. Brad Evans — Kendall Wright

69. Jeff Ratcliffe — Andrew Luck

70. Evan Silva — Rueben Randle

71. Nick Mensio — Jeremy Maclin

72. Patrick Daugherty — Stevan Ridley

 

Notes: There’s a strong chance Moreno doesn’t pan out. He reported to OTAs out of shape, and though he’s more competent than Lamar Miller, he’s far less talented. Crabtree provides big-time value at No. 65. This is a player who has flirted with WR1 status when he’s at full health alongside Colin Kaepernick. Thomas will be a better bet in PPR leagues than standard formats but is a steady hand for the sixth round. Wright is a threat to be eclipsed by Justin Hunter, but his 94/1,079/2 2013 flew under the radar last season. A starting wide receiver in a Chip Kelly offense, Maclin is the kind of player you gamble on at this point in the draft.

 

Round 7

 

73. Patrick Daugherty — Kyle Rudolph

74. Nick Mensio — Trent Richardson

75. Evan Silva — Steven Jackson

76. Jeff Ratcliffe — Greg Olsen

77. Brad Evans — Brandin Cooks

78. Mike Clay — Jason Witten

79. Brandon Funston — Ray Rice

80. Sigmund Bloom — Dwayne Bowe

81. Chet Gresham — Cecil Shorts

82. Adam Levitan — Aaron Dobson

83. Andy Behrens — Emmanuel Sanders

84. Scott Pianowski — Dennis Pitta

 

Notes: The hope is that Rudolph makes beautiful music with tight-end whisperer Norv Turner, but he’s become an annual disappointment. It’s now or never for the 2011 second-rounder. You gamble on T-Rich’s role, but you don’t count on it paying off. The same is true of Steven Jackson.  Facing a multi-game suspension — not to mention a talent erosion — could make Rice a bust, even at the seventh-round price. Cecil Shorts provides upside at this stage of the draft. Bowe provides floor. Pitta is going to play a big role for new OC Gary Kubiak, who loves to utilize tight ends.

 

Round 8

 

85. Scott Pianowski — Maurice Jones-Drew

86. Andy Behrens — Terrance West

87. Adam Levitan — Robert Griffin III

88. Chet Gresham — Terrance Williams

89. Sigmund Bloom — Anquan Boldin

90. Brandon Funston — Cam Newton

91. Mike Clay — Eric Decker

92. Brad Evans — Bernard Pierce

93. Jeff Ratcliffe — Devonta Freeman

94. Evan Silva — Jeremy Hill

95. Nick Mensio — Fred Jackson

96. Patrick Daugherty — Lamar Miller

 

Notes: West offers fantastic eighth-round upside behind the brittle Ben Tate. RGIII could vastly outproduce his draft slot under pass-happy coach Jay Gruden. Even with his weapons a question mark, Newton in the eighth round seems far too low. Decker is paying too big of a price for his departure from Peyton Manning. He’ll be the No. 1 guy in New York and a solid WR2/3. Freeman could prove to be one of the steals of the summer if S-Jax looks done in camp. Fred Jackson is a zombie. He can never be counted out.

 

Round 9

 

97. Patrick Daugherty — DeAndre Hopkins

98. Nick Mensio — Khiry Robinson

99. Evan Silva — Christine Michael

100. Jeff Ratcliffe — Mike Evans

101. Brad Evans — Hakeem Nicks

102. Mike Clay — Sammy Watkins

103. Brandon Funston — Marvin Jones

104. Sigmund Bloom — Kelvin Benjamin

105. Chet Gresham — Reggie Wayne

106. Adam Levitan — Zach Ertz

107. Andy Behrens — Riley Cooper

108. Scott Pianowski — DeAngelo Williams

 

Notes: Evans could catch 8-10 touchdowns. That’s something you’d do well to find in Round 9. Hakeem Nicks isn’t the player he once was, but playing with Andrew Luck, he’s a lock to bounce back from his frustrating 2013. Give me Hopkins at 97 over Watkins at 102 any day. Jones offers big-time TD upside at No. 103. People have been focusing on Benjamin’s flaws at the expense of his strengths. He could be one of this season’s most productive rookie wideouts. DeAngelo Williams has little left. He won’t be someone you want to count on to start.

 

Round 10

 

109. Scott Pianowski — Darren McFadden

110. Andy Behrens — James Jones

111. Adam Levitan — Danny Amendola

112. Chet Gresham — Martellus Bennett

113. Sigmund Bloom — Nick Foles

114. Brandon Funston — Ladarius Green

115. Mike Clay — Justin Hunter

116. Brad Evans — Darren Sproles

117. Jeff Ratcliffe — Mark Ingram

118. Evan Silva — Carlos Hyde

119. Nick Mensio — Charles Clay

120. Patrick Daugherty — Colin Kaepernick

 

Notes: Green at No. 114 could easily go down as the steal of the draft. Hunter is a high-ceiling WR4. Titans WRs coach Shawn Jefferson is on the record as expecting a monster season after criticizing Hunter for much of his rookie year. Sproles will lose something leaving New Orleans but should be worth the 10th-round price with Chip Kelly calling the shots. Hyde is a late-round running back flier who could turn into the kind of player that wins you a fantasy championship. Kaep offers mountainous upside for someone at No. 120.

 

Round 11

 

121. Patrick Daugherty — Kenny Stills

122. Nick Mensio — Jordan Matthews

123. Evan Silva — Tony Romo

124. Jeff Ratcliffe — Cody Latimer

125. Brad Evans — Markus Wheaton

126. Mike Clay — David Wilson

127. Brandon Funston — Andre Brown

128. Sigmund Bloom — Matt Ryan

129. Chet Gresham — Chris Ivory

130. Adam Levitan — C.J. Anderson

131. Andy Behrens — Danny Woodhead

132. Scott Pianowski — Donald Brown

 

Notes: Manning the slot for Chip Kelly, Matthews is a dark-horse candidate to lead all rookie wideouts in catches. Latimer offers oodles of upside as an 11th rounder in Peyton Manning’s offense. Round 11 is the time to gamble on Wilson’s upside despite his health question marks. Ryan is the 11th quarterback off the board. It’s hard to believe Sigmund won’t be getting a steal. Anderson is a worthy lottery ticket behind Montee Ball.

 

Round 12

 

133. Scott Pianowski — Russell Wilson

134. Andy Behrens — Andy Dalton

135. Adam Levitan — Jay Cutler

136. Chet Gresham — Ben Roethlisberger

137. Sigmund Bloom — Tre Mason

138. Brandon Funston — Jarrett Boykin

139. Mike Clay — Tom Brady

140. Brad Evans — Seahawks Defense

141. Jeff Ratcliffe — Philip Rivers

142. Evan Silva — Jonathan Stewart

143. Nick Mensio — Greg Jennings

144. Patrick Daugherty — Tyler Eifert

 

Notes: Cutler and Roethlisberger could easily out-produce Wilson and Dalton and likely will. Brady and Rivers are the 15th and 16th quarterbacks off the board, respectively. Talk about value. That being said, though Brady as the QB15 sounds insane, his 2013 numbers and the Patriots’ increasing commitment to the run suggest it isn’t. Stewart remains the highest-upside back in the Panthers’ backfield.

 

Round 13

 

145. Patrick Daugherty — Roy Helu

146. Nick Mensio — Browns Defense

147. Evan Silva — Chris Polk

148. Jeff Ratcliffe — Odell Beckham

149. Brad Evans — Johnny Manziel

150. Mike Clay — Lorenzo Taliaferro

151. Brandon Funston — Delanie Walker

152. Sigmund Bloom — Dwayne Allen

153. Chet Gresham — Isaiah Crowell

154. Adam Levitan — Lance Dunbar

155. Andy Behrens — Doug Baldwin

156. Scott Pianowski — Brian Hartline

 

Notes: This is where we really started to let our freak flag fly. Crowell is an undrafted free agent but a fine stash behind Ben Tate and Terrance West. Walker is a good guy to have on your bench. Baldwin could easily outproduce his Round 13 pedigree with Golden Tate having moved on to Detroit.

 

Round 14

 

157. Scott Pianowski — Tavon Austin

158. Andy Behrens — Heath Miller

159. Adam Levitan — Knile Davis

160. Chet Gresham — Carson Palmer

161. Sigmund Bloom — Bryce Brown

162. Brandon Funston — Chiefs Defense

163. Mike Clay — 49ers Defense

164. Brad Evans — Andrew Hawkins

165. Jeff Ratcliffe — Eric Ebron

166. Evan Silva — Andre Williams

167. Nick Mensio — Ryan Tannehill

168. Patrick Daugherty — Stevie Johnson

 

Notes: Bryce Brown is one of 2014’s top lottery tickets. Ebron is more of a threat to produce in 2015 than 2014. Chet will probably be introducing Palmer to the wire in relatively short order.

 

Round 15

 

169. Patrick Daugherty — Patriots Defense

170. Nick Mensio — Jerricho Cotchery

171. Evan Silva — Bills Defense

172. Jeff Ratcliffe — Panthers Defense

173. Brad Evans — James White

174. Mike Clay — LeGarrette Blount

175. Brandon Funston — Josh McCown

176. Sigmund Bloom — Jets Defense

177. Chet Gresham — Texans Defense

178. Adam Levitan — Rams Defense

179. Andy Behrens — Bengals Defense

180. Scott Pianowski — Justin Tucker

 

Notes: Consider this your annual reminder that it’s better to stream defenses than own the same one all season.

 

Round 16

 

181. Scott Pianowski — Saints Defense

182. Andy Behrens — Robbie Gould 

183. Adam Levitan — Stephen Gostkowski

184. Chet Gresham — Matt Prater

185. Sigmund Bloom — Phil Dawson

186. Brandon Funston — Dan Bailey

187. Mike Clay — Shayne Graham

188. Brad Evans — Nick Novak

189. Jeff Ratcliffe — Steven Hauschka

190. Evan Silva — Matt Bryant

191. Nick Mensio — Adam Vinatieri

192. Patrick Daugherty — Alex Henery

 

Notes: Kicker stats are basically random. We know this. That being said, it’s best to have one from a high-scoring offense, particularly one kicking indoors. It’s not a position where you should be married to your draft pick. It’s perfectly fine to not draft one at all, waiting for camp to play out and adding someone before Week 1.

Patrick Daugherty
Patrick Daugherty is a football and baseball writer for Rotoworld.com. He can be found on Twitter .