Fantasy Football Mock Draft: 12-team, PPR results

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NFL training camp is in full swing and preseason games are about to start, which means fantasy football drafts are right around the corner. 

If you only have so much time to prep and you don't feel like spending a ton of time sitting in a mock draft lobby, fear not. A staff of NBC Sports Washington writers and video editors/producers got together for a 12-team fantasy football mock draft to give you an idea of how a given draft could shake out. 

Fantasy opinions change over the course of a summer, and after mock drafting before training camp began, we bring you one that will feature several risers and fallers from the previous installment.  

Draft order

1. Team Tyler 
2. Team DePrisco 
3. Team Cadeaux 
4. Team Bijan
5. Team Byrum
6. Team Ethan
7. Team Cory
8. Team Todd
9. Team Skloff
10. Team Weyrich
11. Team Matt
12. Team Mike

This is a mock draft for a PPR league, giving one point to players per each reception they make during games. 


Round 1

1 Team Tyler RB Jonathan Taylor (IND) Prev: 1
2 Team DePrisco RB Austin Ekeler (LAC) 2
3 Team Cadeaux RB Christian McCaffrey (CAR) 4
4 Team Bijan RB Najee Harris (PIT) 5
5 Team Byrum WR Cooper Kupp (LAR) 8
6 Team Ethan WR Justin Jefferson (MIN) 9
7 Team Cory RB Derrick Henry (TEN) 3
8 Team Todd WR Ja'Marr Chase (CIN) 7
9 Team Skloff RB Dalvin Cook (MIN) 6
10 Team Weyrich RB Joe Mixon (CIN) 11
11 Team Matt WR Deebo Samuel (SF) 12
12 Team Mike RB D'Andre Swift (DET) 14

Analysis: Not a lot of surprises in the first round with a few weeks of training camp already in the books. Running back remains the premium position in fantasy football, as this first round saw 8-of-12 picks devoted to that spot. There's a steep drop-off after roughly the fourth round, so it'd be wise to lock up a good running back early. 

Round 2

13 Team Mike WR Stefon Diggs (BUF) Prev: 16
14 Team Matt RB Alvin Kamara (NO) 10
15 Team Weyrich WR CeeDee Lamb (DAL) 20
16 Team Skloff RB Aaron Jones (GB) 15
17 Team Todd RB Javonte Williams (DEN) 24
18 Team Cory WR Davante Adams (LV) 13
19 Team Ethan RB Leonard Fournette (TB) 21
20 Team Byrum WR Tyreek Hill (MIA) 28
21 Team Bijan RB James Conner (ARI) 17
22 Team Cadeaux WR Mike Evans (TB) 23
23 Team DePrisco TE Travis Kelce (KC) 30
24 Team Tyler RB Cam Akers (LAR) 32

Analysis: After eight running backs came off the board in Round 1, six more went in Round 2. Javonte Williams jumped seven spots this time around while Cam Akers climbed eight spots himself. If you're able to get good running backs early you might be able to find more value at receiver later on. 

Round 3

25 Team Tyler WR Keenan Allen (LAC) Prev: 25
26 Team DePrisco WR A.J. Brown (PHI) 31
27 Team Cadeaux RB Saquon Barkley (NYG) 18
28 Team Bijan WR DJ Moore (CAR) 37
29 Team Byrum WR Tee Higgins (CIN) 26
30 Team Ethan RB Nick Chubb (CLE) 19
31 Team Cory TE Mark Andrews (BAL) 33
32 Team Todd RB J.K. Dobbins (BAL) 46
33 Team Skloff WR Jaylen Waddle (MIA) 34
34 Team Weyrich RB David Montgomery (CHI) 29
35 Team Matt WR Michael Pittman Jr. (IND) 35
36 Team Mike WR Terry McLaurin (WSH) 27

Analysis: This may be a PPR league, but Team Ethan found good value snagging Nick Chubb in the third, 11 spots later than he was drafted the first time around. Ravens running back JK Dobbins also saw a fast rise after coming off the PUP list.

Round 4

37 Team Mike RB Breece Hall (NYJ) Prev: 39
38 Team Matt WR Mike Williams (LAC) 38
39 Team Weyrich QB Josh Allen (BUF) 40
40 Team Skloff TE George Kittle (SF) 49
41 Team Todd RB Ezekiel Elliott (DAL) 36
42 Team Cory RB Antonio Gibson (WSH) 57
43 Team Ethan TE Kyle Pitts (ATL) 52
44 Team Byrum RB Miles Sanders (PHI) 78
45 Team Bijan WR Brandin Cooks (HOU) 47
46 Team Cadeaux WR Diontae Johnson (PIT) 45
47 Team DePrisco RB Elijah Mitchell (SF) 64
48 Team Tyler QB Patrick Mahomes (KC) 42

Analysis: Running backs continue to fly off the board in this draft, as Miles Sanders (34) and Elijah Mitchell (17) were picked well before they were in the first mock draft. It's also worth noting the first quarterbacks went in the fourth round as well in Josh Allen and Patrick Mahomes. The fourth round seems to be the time to start taking QBs. 

Related: 12-team, PPR fantasy mock draft before training camp

Round 5

49 Team Tyler WR Jerry Jeudy (DEN) Prev: 44
50 Team DePrisco WR Amon-Ra St. Brown (DET) 41
51 Team Cadeaux QB Justin Herbert (LAC) 62
52 Team Bijan RB Josh Jacobs (LV) 59
53 Team Byrum QB Lamar Jackson (BAL) 63
54 Team Ethan WR Michael Thomas (NO) 58
55 Team Cory WR Courtland Sutton (DEN) 60
56 Team Todd WR Marquise Brown (ARI) 48
57 Team Skloff RB Cordarrelle Patterson (ATL) 22
58 Team Weyrich WR DK Metcalf (SEA) 43
59 Team Matt RB Travis Etienne Jr. (JAX) 61
60 Team Mike TE Darren Waller (LV) 53

Analysis: Here we take notice of Cordarrelle Patterson's steep fall down the draft. After becoming a waiver wire superstar last season as the Falcons' starting running back, Patterson still has plenty of fantasy value. Just maybe not second-round fantasy value. 

Round 6

61 Team Mike WR Darnell Mooney (CHI) Prev: 50
62 Team Matt TE Dalton Schultz (DAL) 74
63 Team Weyrich WR Rashod Bateman (BAL) 86
64 Team Skloff WR Gabriel Davis (BUF) 91
65 Team Todd WR Chris Godwin (TB) 51
66 Team Cory RB Devin Singletary (BUF) 71
67 Team Ethan WR Amari Cooper (CLE) 54
68 Team Byrum RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire (KC) 92
69 Team Bijan TE T.J. Hockenson (DET) 75
70 Team Cadeaux WR Allen Robinson II (LAR) 69
71 Team DePrisco QB Dak Prescott (DAL) 70
72 Team Tyler WR Adam Thielen (MIN) 72

Analysis: There's not a ton to note in this round. Running backs continue to go earlier than anticipated while the last of the "great" tight end targets come off the board at No. 69. After Hockenson, the number of viable tight end options in the draft starts to dwindle.

Round 7

73 Team Tyler TE Dallas Goedert (PHI) Prev: 80
74 Team DePrisco WR DeVonta Smith (PHI) 77
75 Team Cadeaux WR Elijah Moore (NYJ) 81
76 Team Bijan WR Drake London (ATL) 87
77 Team Byrum WR Hunter Renfrow (LV) 65
78 Team Ethan QB Kyler Murray (ARI) 56
79 Team Cory QB Joe Burrow (CIN) 67
80 Team Todd TE Zach Ertz (ARI) 82
81 Team Skloff QB Russell Wilson (DEN) 95
82 Team Weyrich WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (KC) 83
83 Team Matt WR Tyler Lockett (SEA) 100
84 Team Mike QB Jalen Hurts (PHI) 76

Analysis: Team Ethan finds value once again by snagging Kyler Murray in the seventh, 22 picks later than the last mock. Murray and the Cardinals' offseason has been shaky to say the least, but Murray still has the ability to put up points in a hurry. Just don't rely on him too heavily later in the season when defenses figure out Kliff Kingsbury's offense again.

Round 8

85 Team Mike RB Damien Harris (NE) Prev: 88
86 Team Matt QB Tom Brady (TB) 73
87 Team Weyrich WR Christian Kirk (JAX) 93
88 Team Skloff WR Kadarius Toney (NYG) 102
89 Team Todd QB Aaron Rodgers (GB) 68
90 Team Cory RB Rhamondre Stevenson (NE) 110
91 Team Ethan WR Brandon Aiyuk (SF) 99
92 Team Byrum RB Tony Pollard (DAL) 85
93 Team Bijan QB Matthew Stafford (LAR) 84
94 Team Cadeaux RB Kareem Hunt (CLE) 89
95 Team DePrisco WR Treylon Burks (TEN) 101
96 Team Tyler WR Allen Lazard (GB) 109

Analysis: Two Patriots running backs get selected here in Round 8, with Rhamondre Stevenson getting picked five spots behind presumed starter Damien Harris. Starting the right Patriots running back week to week can feel like trying to predict the weather with binoculars, but there should be plenty of volume near the goal line for at least one of those guys this season.

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Round 9

97 Team Tyler RB AJ Dillon (GB) Prev: 66
98 Team DePrisco RB Kenneth Walker III (SEA) 146
99 Team Cadeaux TE Pat Freiermuth (PIT) 107
100 Team Bijan RB James Robinson (JAX) 122
101 Team Byrum TE Mike Gesicki (MIA) 113
102 Team Ethan WR DeAndre Hopkins (ARI) 96
103 Team Cory TE Dawson Knox (BUF) 55
104 Team Todd RB Ronald Jones II (KC) 106
105 Team Skloff RB Melvin Gordon III (DEN) 94
106 Team Weyrich RB Rashaad Penny (SEA) 112
107 Team Matt WR Robert Woods (TEN) 105
108 Team Mike WR Garrett Wilson (NYJ) 104

Analysis: Round 9 featured a heavy riser in Seahawks rookie Kenneth Walker III and a massive faller in Bills tight end Dawson Knox. Knox has a high ceiling in a pass-heavy Buffalo offense, but there are a lot of mouths to feed on that unit after Gabriel Davis' coming out party in the AFC playoffs.

Round 10

109 Team Mike WR Jakobi Meyers (NE) Prev: 118
110 Team Matt WR Chris Olave (NO) 79
111 Team Weyrich RB Chase Edmonds (MIA) 90
112 Team Skloff WR Skyy Moore (KC) 103
113 Team Todd WR Chase Claypool (PIT) 98
114 Team Cory WR Tyler Boyd (CIN) 115
115 Team Ethan RB James Cook (BUF) 117
116 Team Byrum WR Jahan Dotson (WSH) 121
117 Team Bijan WR Jarvis Landry (NO) 111
118 Team Cadeaux TE Hunter Henry (NE) 108
119 Team DePrisco WR Russell Gage (TB) 131
120 Team Tyler RB Nyheim Hines (IND) 120

Analysis: Round 10 proved to be the round of the rookie receiver. Chris Olave, Skyy Moore and Washington's own Jahan Dotson went off the board and besides Olave, got drafted in similar spots to last time. Dotson and Moore could prove to be steals later this season if they can develop chemistry with their respective quarterbacks. By all accounts, Dotson has.

Round 11

121 Team Tyler WR Robbie Anderson (CAR) Prev: 171
122 Team DePrisco TE Noah Fant (SEA) 149
123 Team Cadeaux WR Kenny Golladay (NYG) 119
124 Team Bijan Bills D/ST 127
125 Team Byrum 49ers D/ST 144
126 Team Ethan RB Raheem Mostert (MIA) 135
127 Team Cory Ravens D/ST 137
128 Team Todd Saints D/ST 125
129 Team Skloff Browns D/ST 170
130 Team Weyrich TE Irv Smith Jr. (MIN) 160
131 Team Matt WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling (KC) 143
132 Team Mike TE Cole Kmet (CHI) 157

Analysis: Here come the defenses. Team Bijan got things started by snagging the Bills 124th overall, while the 49ers, Ravens, Saints and Browns were selected shortly after. There isn't a clear-cut No. 1 fantasy defense entering the season, so securing any of the five selected in Round 11 would be a fine decision. 

Round 12

133 Team Mike Steelers D/ST Prev: ND
134 Team Matt RB J.D. McKissic (WSH) 134
135 Team Weyrich TE David Njoku (CLE) 155
136 Team Skloff RB Dameon Pierce (HOU) 161
137 Team Todd RB Michael Carter (NYJ) 97
138 Team Cory WR Christian Watson (GB) 129
139 Team Ethan Packers D/ST 136
140 Team Byrum QB Kirk Cousins (MIN) 159
141 Team Bijan WR Rondale Moore (ARI) 173
142 Team Cadeaux Buccaneers D/ST 191
143 Team DePrisco Rams D/ST 130
144 Team Tyler QB Derek Carr (LV) 116

Analysis: Round 12 features more defenses, a few rookies and quarterbacks. Michael Carter took a steep dive down the draft this time, however. Rookie Breece Hall's presence in the Jets' backfield will certainly limit Carter's fantasy ceiling this year. 

Round 13

145 Team Tyler Colts D/ST Prev: 190
146 Team DePrisco QB Trevor Lawrence (JAX) 145
147 Team Cadeaux QB Trey Lance (SF) 124
148 Team Bijan RB Chuba Hubbard (CAR) ND
149 Team Byrum WR Jalen Tolbert (DAL) ND
150 Team Ethan WR Marvin Jones Jr. (JAX) 183
151 Team Cory K Graham Gano (NYG) 138
152 Team Todd WR Jameson Williams (DET) 158
153 Team Skloff TE Logan Thomas (WSH) ND
154 Team Weyrich WR DeVante Parker (NE) 141
155 Team Matt WR Joshua Palmer (LAC) 189
156 Team Mike QB Tua Tagovailoa (MIA) 177

Analysis: And we have our first kicker drafted with Team Cory selecting Giants kicker Graham Gano in the 13th round. Gano wasn't a top 10 kicker a year ago mostly due to the lack of extra points he attempted, so if New York's offense improves under Brian Daboll, Gano could be a top fantasy option once again.

Round 14

157 Team Mike K Evan McPherson (CIN) Prev: 153
158 Team Matt Broncos D/ST 179
159 Team Weyrich WR Nico Collins (HOU) ND
160 Team Skloff QB Matt Ryan (IND) 114
161 Team Todd K Justin Tucker (BAL) 123
162 Team Cory RB Khalil Herbert (CHI) 126
163 Team Ethan WR Mecole Hardman (KC) 166
164 Team Byrum K Harrison Butker (KC) 156
165 Team Bijan K Matt Gay (LAR) 152
166 Team Cadeaux RB Marlon Mack (HOU) 148
167 Team DePrisco K Daniel Carlson (LV) 154
168 Team Tyler WR Michael Gallup (DAL) 169

Analysis: At this stage of the draft, you'll start seeing more kickers go off the board and if it's not a kicker getting picked, it'll most likely be a player a team is taking a flier on. These players are all likely to get released during Week 1 waiver wire mayhem, so you might as well swing big.

Round 15

169 Team Tyler K Tyler Bass (BUF) Prev: 168
170 Team DePrisco WR Julio Jones (TB) ND
171 Team Cadeaux WR George Pickens (PIT) 176
172 Team Bijan RB Alexander Mattison (MIN) 132
173 Team Byrum RB Darrell Henderson Jr. (LAR) 140
174 Team Ethan K Brandon McManus (DEN) 163
175 Team Cory WR Corey Davis (NYJ) 162
176 Team Todd WR DJ Chark Jr. (DET) 181
177 Team Skloff K Joey Slye (WSH) ND
178 Team Weyrich Commanders D/ST 165
179 Team Matt RB Jamaal Williams (DET) 192
180 Team Mike RB Zamir White (LV) ND

Analysis: Of all the swings taken here, George Pickens could be the biggest. His talent is undeniable but consistency and maturity were issues in college. If he can put it all together though, he's the kind of receiver who can make Mitchell Trubisky look like an All-Pro.

Round 16

181 Team Mike WR Curtis Samuel (WSH) Prev: 175
182 Team Matt K Dustin Hopkins (LAC) ND
183 Team Weyrich K Matt Prater (ARI) 172
184 Team Skloff WR Alec Pierce (IND) 174
185 Team Todd WR Jamison Crowder (BUF) 184
186 Team Cory TE Evan Engram (JAX) 186
187 Team Ethan WR Van Jefferson (LAR) ND
188 Team Byrum RB Gus Edwards (BAL) 147
189 Team Bijan RB Rex Burkhead (HOU) ND
190 Team Cadeaux K Jake Elliott (PHI) 182
191 Team DePrisco TE Tyler Higbee (LAR) 178
192 Team Tyler RB Kenneth Gainwell (PHI) ND

Analysis: Kenneth Gainwell is Mr. Irrelevant in this draft but don't sleep on his potential impact this season. Miles Sanders is in a contract year with the Eagles and has underwhelmed in three seasons since getting drafted in the second round. If Sanders struggles or gets hurt, Gainwell is next up in a run-heavy scheme with a great offensive line.