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Non-PPR Mock Draft

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

So far we’ve given you a PPR mock, a 0.5 PPR mock, a two-quarterback mock and an auction mock. Notice something missing? No more. Here’s a truly standard league, with standard rosters (QB, RB, RB, WR, WR, WR, TE, FLEX, K and DEF), standard scoring, and yes, zero points per reception. The draft took place on July 28, and featured me and 11 of my Twitter followers. Without further ado …

Note: Picks made by myself denoted with an asterisk.

Round 1

1. LeSean McCoy, RB,

2. *Adrian Peterson, RB

3. Matt Forte, RB

4. Jamaal Charles, RB

5. Eddie Lacy, RB

6. Calvin Johnson, WR

7. Jimmy Graham, TE

8. Giovani Bernard, RB

9. Montee Ball, RB

10. Dez Bryant, WR

11. Le'Veon Bell, RB

12. Alfred Morris, RB

Notes: Needless to say, I was a bit surprised by Forte going ahead of Charles. I think it’s the wrong move in any format. Charles is basically the deluxe version of Forte. … I want to say that’s too high for Megatron in a non-PPR, but I think it’s a justifiable pick. The middle of the “high end” running-back pack is just so muddled. … Bernard at No. 8 in a non-PPR is obviously crazy. There’s just not enough reward for his receptions, and he could spend the entire season getting vultured at the goal line.

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Round 2

13. Marshawn Lynch, RB

14. DeMarco Murray, RB

15. Julio Jones, WR

16. Demaryius Thomas, WR

17. C.J. Spiller, RB

18. Arian Foster, RB

19. A.J. Green, WR

20. Zac Stacy, RB

21. Rob Gronkowski, TE

22. Doug Martin, RB

23. *Andre Ellington, RB

24. Jordy Nelson, WR

Notes: Julio over Demaryius is … interesting. I definitely wouldn’t do it. DT essentially a sure thing catching passes from Peyton Manning, while Julio’s foot is a big-time tiebreaker against him. … I don’t get the Zac Stacy skepticism. He’s the foundation of the Rams’ offense, and a strong bet for 10 touchdowns. In non-PPR, he’s a no-brainer over Spiller. … Gronk and his laundry list of injuries is simply too rich for my blood at No. 21, despite his mammoth upside. … I questioned the Bernard pick. Does that mean you can question my Ellington pick? Absolutely. I just can’t get over the upside (like Bruce Arians).  

Round 3

25. Julius Thomas, TE

26. *Alshon Jeffery, WR

27. Brandon Marshall, WR

28. Peyton Manning, QB

29. Toby Gerhart, RB

30. Randall Cobb, WR

31. Keenan Allen, WR

32. Michael Crabtree, WR

33. Drew Brees, QB

34. Lamar Miller, RB

35. Antonio Brown, WR

36. Victor Cruz, WR

Notes: Jeffery in the third round felt like robbery to me. … I’m definitely #TeamWaitOnQBs, but I won’t complain about a player coming off the greatest season in league history going at No. 28. I’m a big fan of two-quarterback leagues. Where would Peyton go there? … No. 29 may seem insane for Gerhart, but it’s where his role dictates he should go. He’s a three-down back. That’s basically a unicorn in today’s fantasy football. … Word is out on Lamar Miller, unfortunately.

Round 4

37. Frank Gore, RB

38. Roddy White, WR

39. Ryan Mathews, RB

40. Andre Johnson, WR

41. Chris Johnson, RB

42. Aaron Rodgers, QB

43. Joique Bell, RB

44. Pierre Garcon, WR

45. Bishop Sankey, RB

46. Reggie Bush, RB

47. *Michael Floyd, WR

48. Vincent Jackson, WR

Notes: CJ2K is a massive reach in the fourth round, particularly in a league where you won’t get rewarded for the passes he’s supposedly going to catch this season. … Bell and Bush going three picks apart … what a complicated saga that’s going to be. For the record, I agree with Bell going first, especially in non-PPR. … Rookie backs burn more often than they reward, but with Shonn Greene showing up to camp out of shape, Sankey’s role is all the more appetizing. Ken Whisenhunt saw the run-game light in San Diego. … V-Jax going after Randall Cobb is patently absurd in a non-PPR. Jackson perennially doesn’t get enough love.  

Round 5

49. Torrey Smith, WR

50. *Ben Tate, RB

51. T.Y. Hilton, WR

52. Larry Fitzgerald, WR

53. Percy Harvin, WR

54. Jordan Cameron, TE

55. Rashad Jennings, RB

56. Jeremy Maclin, WR

57. Trent Richardson, RB

58. Shane Vereen, RB

59. Vernon Davis, TE

60. Cordarrelle Patterson, WR

Notes: Less than wild about the Tate pick, but I got cute with running back early (reaching on Ellington), and felt like I had to lock in some carries. Truth be told, I was not a huge fan of my team, especially after learning of Aaron Dobson’s (foot) lack of progress. … Fitzgerald went after Floyd and it was … absolutely the right call. This is probably a reach for Fitz. … If Toby Gerhart is a Round 3 pick, then Rashad Jennings is most definitely a Round 5 pick. However, this draft was the day before David Wilson’s “stinger.” Safe to say Jennings likely would have gone higher had that news been taken into account. … What do I think of T-Rich? Not at any price. Not at any price … . … In a league that doesn’t reward empty receptions, Davis’ touchdown potential is more than enough for me at tight end.

Round 6

61. Wes Welker, WR

62. Nick Foles, QB

63. Greg Olsen, TE

64. Mike Wallace, WR

65. DeSean Jackson, WR

66. Stevan Ridley, RB

67. Pierre Thomas, RB

68. Marques Colston, WR

69. Rueben Randle, WR

70. Matthew Stafford, QB

71. *Devonta Freeman, RB

72. Jeremy Hill, RB

Notes: Welker ahead of D-Jax in a non-PPR = no bueno. … 60 Minutes could be a steal at that price. … No. 66 is the right time to gamble on Ridley’s touchdown ability. Unlike Richardson, we at least know his skill didn’t evaporate last season. … Thomas is almost certain to disappoint at that price in a non-PPR. … I reached on Freeman — again, I don’t love my team — but this was even before Steven Jackson’s latest injury. I think Freeman will easily lead the Falcons in touches.

Round 7

73. Steven Jackson, RB

74. *Andrew Luck, QB

75. Emmanuel Sanders, WR

76. Terrance Williams, WR

77. Bernard Pierce, RB

78. Tony Romo, QB

79. Golden Tate, WR

80. Matt Ryan, QB

81. Terrance West, RB

82. Tom Brady, QB

83. Ray Rice, RB

84. Reggie Wayne, WR

Notes: I thought S-Jax was done before he knocked himself out indefinitely with another hamstring injury. He’s guaranteed to disappoint. … Williams is a steal at No. 76 in non-PPR. There’s nice touchdown potential there. … Pierce at No. 77 is what I’d like to call a no-brainer. … West at No. 81 is gutsy, but will only pay off if Ben Tate gets hurt. Granted, there’s a 50 percent chance that happens. … Ryan went only two spots ahead of Brady but should finish 5-6 spots ahead of him in fantasy points.   

Round 8


85. Fred Jackson, RB

86. Marvin Jones, WR

87. Riley Cooper, WR

88. Dennis Pitta, TE

89. Kyle Rudolph, TE

90. Eric Decker, WR

91. Chris Ivory, RB

92. Cam Newton, QB

93. Kendall Wright, WR

94. Maurice Jones-Drew, RB

95. *Aaron Dobson, WR

96. Andy Dalton, QB

Notes: Jones offers massive touchdown upside at No. 86. … Cooper may not be an appealing pick, but 87 is the right place to let him fall into your lap. … If Pitta’s there in the eighth round, you probably do it. … Decker could be one of the biggest steals this season across all formats. A player once bound to be over-drafted has become criminally under-drafted. … Newton was bound to pay a price for his team’s offseason, but this is too steep a price.

Round 9

97. Danny Woodhead, RB

98. *Dwayne Bowe, WR

99. Darren McFadden, RB

100. Christine Michael, RB

101. Zach Ertz, TE

102. DeAndre Hopkins, WR

103. Darren Sproles, RB

104. Jason Witten, TE

105. Carlos Hyde, RB

106. Brandin Cooks, WR

107. Philip Rivers, QB

108. Cecil Shorts, WR

Notes: Bowe is probably going to end up being under-drafted, rather severely. … Rivers going ahead of Jay Cutler is only acceptable when you consider Cutler’s durability woes. I expect Rivers’ numbers to fall off rather dramatically as the Chargers go even more run heavy. … All in all, this is the round where we began to let loose. Can’t really argue with any of the fliers. Lots of upside to be found. Low-risk, high-reward.    

Round 10

109. Jay Cutler, QB

110. Charles Clay, TE

111. Brandon LaFell, WR

112. Knile Davis, RB

113. Sammy Watkins, WR

114. Kenny Stills, WR

115. Mike Evans, WR

116. Markus Wheaton, WR

117. Julian Edelman, WR

118. Hakeem Nicks, WR

119. *Jordan Reed, TE

120. Kelvin Benjamin, WR

Notes: This is probably the highest you’ll ever see LaFell go, regardless of Dobson’s health. … Although this is a non-PPR, I’d take Edelman over most of the young guns going in front of him. … The same goes for Nicks. The Colts are not a subtle team. They’ll force the issue with their new receiver.

Round 11

121. Danny Amendola, WR

122. *Ladarius Green, TE

123. Martellus Bennett, TE

124. Khiry Robinson, RB

125. Jordan Matthews, WR

126. Knowshon Moreno, RB

127. Tre Mason, RB

128. Ahmad Bradshaw, RB

129. Robert Griffin III, QB

130. Mike Tolbert, RB

131. Colin Kaepernick, QB

132. Ben Roethlisberger, QB

Notes: You will never see Green fall this far in an “experts” league. He may seem ubiquitous in the hardcore fantasy football community, but he’s going to be a steal when you’re drafting with your buddies. … All three of these quarterbacks should have gone earlier. In particular, before Andy Dalton, and probably Rivers. RGIII has top-five upside.  

Round 12


133. Russell Wilson, QB

134. Ryan Tannehill, QB

135. Joe Flacco, QB

136. Justin Hunter, WR

137. Eli Manning, QB

138. Anquan Boldin, WR

139. Carson Palmer, QB

140. C.J. Anderson, RB

141. Lance Dunbar, RB

142. Seattle Seahawks, DEF

143. *DeAngelo Williams, RB

144. James Jones, WR

Notes: What’s the point in drafting Flacco in a one-quarterback league? Get someone off the waiver wire when your guy is on bye or injured. Flacco is here what he is in real life: A statue. … You’re unlikely to see Hunter fall this far on your draft day. … Jones offers oodles of touchdown upside in Round 12. Great pick.

Round 13

145. Chris Polk, RB

146. *Robert Woods, WR

147. Alex Smith, QB

148. Jarrett Boykin, WR

149. Eric Ebron, TE

150. David Wilson, RB

151. Lorenzo Taliaferro, RB

152. Tavon Austin, WR

153. Bryce Brown, RB

154. Malcom Floyd, WR

155. Jermaine Kearse, WR

156. Jared Cook, TE

Notes: Now we’re really getting funky. I don’t see a single player here guaranteed to last the year in re-draft leagues.

Round 14

157. Jonathan Stewart, RB

158. Shonn Greene, RB

159. San Francisco 49ers, DET

160. Marqise Lee, WR

161. Steve Smith, WR

162. Heath Miller, TE

163. Carolina Panthers, DET

164. Cincinnati Bengals, DEF

165. James Starks, RB

166. Doug Baldwin, WR

167. *Mark Ingram, RB

168. Andrew Hawkins, WR

Notes: Ingram and his touchdown-scoring potential should not be falling this far.

Round 15

169. Justin Tucker, K

170. *Stephen Gostkowski, K

171. Matt Prater, K

172. Green Bay Packers, DEF

173. Josh Gordon, WR

174. Coby Fleener, TE

175. Kansas City Chiefs, DEF

176. Chicago Bears, DEF

177. Greg Jennings, WR

178. Dan Bailey, K

179. Denver Broncos, DEF

180. St. Louis Rams, DEF

Round 16

181. Phil Dawson, K

182. Mason Crosby, K

183. LeGarrette Blount, RB

184. Charles Johnson, WR

185. Nick Novak, K

186. Steven Hauschka, K

187. Shayne Graham, K

188. Matt Bryant, K

189. Greg Zuerlein, K

190. Antonio Gates, TE

191. *New England Patriots, DEF

192. New Orleans Saints, DEF

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