Fantasy Football Mock Draft: 12-team, PPR results

Jonathan Taylor

NFL training camp has begun, 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. 

Draft order

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

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

Round 1

1 Team Byrum Jonathan Taylor
RB, Indianapolis Colts
2 Team Weyrich Austin Ekeler
RB, Los Angeles Chargers
3 Team Todd Derrick Henry
RB, Tennessee Titans
4 Team Cadeaux Christian McCaffrey
RB, Carolina Panthers
5 Team DePrisco Najee Harris
RB, Pittsburgh Steelers
6 Team Skloff Dalvin Cook
RB, Minnesota Vikings
7 Team Cory Ja'Marr Chase
WR, Cincinnati Bengals
8 Team Mike Cooper Kupp
WR, Los Angeles Rams
9 Team Ethan Justin Jefferson
WR, Minnesota Vikings
10 Team Bijan Alvin Kamara
RB, New Orleans Saints
11 Team Matt Joe Mixon
RB, Cincinnati Bengals
12 Team Tyler Deebo Samuel
WR, San Francisco 49ers

Analysis: Not a ton of surprise in the first round of this one. Six running backs come off the board in the first six picks, including a bold move by Team Weyrich opting for Austin Ekeler No. 2 overall. Given the PPR format of this league and the 216 receptions for Ekeler over the last three years, it's hard to argue against taking him No. 2 overall.


Round 2

13 Team Tyler Davante Adams
WR, Las Vegas Raiders
14 Team Matt D'Andre Swift
RB, Detroit Lions
15 Team Bijan Aaron Jones
RB, Green Bay Packers
16 Team Ethan Stefon Diggs
WR, Buffalo Bills
17 Team Mike James Conner
RB, Arizona Cardinals
18 Team Cory Saquon Barkley
RB, New York Giants
19 Team Skloff Nick Chubb
RB, Cleveland Browns
20 Team DePrisco CeeDee Lamb
WR, Dallas Cowboys
21 Team Cadeaux Leonard Fournette
RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
22 Team Todd Cordarrelle Patterson
RB, Atlanta Falcons
23 Team Weyrich Mike Evans
WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
24 Team Byrum Javonte Williams
RB, Denver Broncos

Analysis: Only two teams emerged from Round 2 without at least one running back: Team Tyler (who took Deebo Samuel and Davante Adams) and Team Ethan (Justin Jefferson, Stefon Diggs). Perhaps the biggest surprise, however, was Team Todd taking Cordarrelle Patterson at No. 22 overall. Patterson may be 31 years old, but he was the RB9 last season in PPR formats.

Round 3

25 Team Byrum Keenan Allen
WR, Los Angeles Chargers
26 Team Weyrich Tee Higgins
WR, Cincinnati Bengals
27 Team Todd Terry McLaurin
WR, Washington Commanders
28 Team Cadeaux Tyreek Hill
WR, Miami Dolphins
29 Team DePrisco David Montgomery
RB, Chicago Bears
30 Team Skloff Travis Kelce
TE, Kansas City Chiefs
31 Team Cory A.J. Brown
WR, Philadelphia Eagles
32 Team Mike Cam Akers
RB, Los Angeles Rams
33 Team Ethan Mark Andrews
TE, Baltimore Ravens
34 Team Bijan Jaylen Waddle
WR, Miami Dolphins
35 Team Matt Michael Pittman Jr.
WR, Indianapolis Colts
36 Team Tyler Ezekiel Elliott
RB, Dallas Cowboys

Analysis: Team Skloff may have landed a steal in the third round by taking Travis Kelce 30th. He's been one of the top fantasy options at the position for years and now that Tyreek Hill is gone to Miami, Kelce could see the lion's share of targets in the Chiefs' potent passing attack.

Round 4

37 Team Tyler DJ Moore
WR, Carolina Panthers
38 Team Matt Mike Williams
WR, Los Angeles Chargers
39 Team Bijan Breece Hall
RB, New York Jets
40 Team Ethan Josh Allen
QB, Buffalo Bills
41 Team Mike Amon-Ra St. Brown
WR, Detroit Lions
42 Team Cory Patrick Mahomes
QB, Kansas City Chiefs
43 Team Skloff DK Metcalf
WR, Seattle Seahawks
44 Team DePrisco Jerry Jeudy
WR, Denver Broncos
45 Team Cadeaux Diontae Johnson
WR, Pittsburgh Steelers
46 Team Todd J.K. Dobbins
RB, Baltimore Ravens
47 Team Weyrich Brandin Cooks
WR, Houston Texans
48 Team Byrum Marquise Brown
WR, Arizona Cardinals

Analysis: The first QB came off the board at No. 40 as Team Ethan nabbed Josh Allen. The biggest takeaway here, though, was nine wide receivers being drafted in this round. That was tied with Round 9 for the most WRs taken of any round in this mock. You may not want to wait for Round 5 to nab that pass-catching star you’ve got your eye on.

Round 5

49 Team Byrum George Kittle
TE, San Francisco 49ers
50 Team Weyrich Darnell Mooney
WR, Chicago Bears
51 Team Todd Chris Godwin
WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
52 Team Cadeaux Kyle Pitts
TE, Atlanta Falcons
53 Team DePrisco Darren Waller
TE, Las Vegas Raiders
54 Team Skloff Amari Cooper
WR, Cleveland Browns
55 Team Cory Dawson Knox
TE, Buffalo Bills
56 Team Mike Kyler Murray
QB, Arizona Cardinals
57 Team Ethan Antonio Gibson
RB, Washington Commanders
58 Team Bijan Michael Thomas
WR, New Orleans Saints
59 Team Matt Josh Jacobs
RB, Las Vegas Raiders
60 Team Tyler Courtland Sutton
WR, Denver Broncos

Analysis: Round 5 saw a run of tight ends featuring George Kittle, Kyle Pitts, Darren Waller and Dawson Knox. Top-end options at tight end run out quick after Knox, so it might be in fantasy owners' best interest to invest in one early. 

Round 6

61 Team Tyler Travis Etienne Jr.
RB, Jacksonville Jaguars
62 Team Matt Justin Herbert
QB, Los Angeles Chargers
63 Team Bijan Lamar Jackson
QB, Baltimore Ravens
64 Team Ethan Elijah Mitchell
RB, San Francisco 49ers
65 Team Mike Hunter Renfrow
WR, Las Vegas Raiders
66 Team Cory AJ Dillon
RB, Green Bay Packers
67 Team Skloff Joe Burrow
QB, Cincinnati Bengals
68 Team DePrisco Aaron Rodgers
QB, Green Bay Packers
69 Team Cadeaux Allen Robinson II
WR, Los Angeles Rams
70 Team Todd Dak Prescott
QB, Dallas Cowboys
71 Team Weyrich Devin Singletary
RB, Buffalo Bills
72 Team Byrum Adam Thielen
WR, Minnesota Vikings

Analysis: Here come the QBs. Team Matt kicked off a run of five signal callers in nine picks as nearly half the league locked in its starter at fantasy football’s highest-scoring position. Including the three QBs drafted earlier, only four teams still had yet to draft one by the end of Round 6. This is where you’ll have to decide whether it’s a wave worth jumping on.

Round 7

73 Team Byrum Tom Brady
QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
74 Team Weyrich Dalton Schultz
TE, Dallas Cowboys
75 Team Todd T.J. Hockenson
TE, Detroit Lions
76 Team Cadeaux Jalen Hurts
QB, Philadelphia Eagles
77 Team DePrisco DeVonta Smith
WR, Philadelphia Eagles
78 Team Skloff Miles Sanders
RB, Philadelphia Eagles
79 Team Cory Chris Olave
WR, New Orleans Saints
80 Team Mike Dallas Goedert
TE, Philadelphia Eagles
81 Team Ethan Elijah Moore
WR, New York Jets
82 Team Bijan Zach Ertz
TE, Arizona Cardinals
83 Team Matt JuJu Smith-Schuster
WR, Kansas City Chiefs
84 Team Tyler Matthew Stafford
QB, Los Angeles Rams

Analysis: A bunch of Eagles came off the board in Round 7, headlined by QB Jalen Hurts and second-year receiver DeVonta Smith. After trading for AJ Brown on draft night, the Eagles figure to field a bunch of viable fantasy players this season. 

Round 8

85 Team Tyler Tony Pollard
RB, Dallas Cowboys
86 Team Matt Rashod Bateman
WR, Baltimore Ravens
87 Team Bijan Drake London
WR, Atlanta Falcons
88 Team Ethan Damien Harris
RB, New England Patriots
89 Team Mike Kareem Hunt
RB, Cleveland Browns
90 Team Cory Chase Edmonds
RB, Miami Dolphins
91 Team Skloff Gabriel Davis
WR, Buffalo Bills
92 Team DePrisco Clyde Edwards-Helaire
RB, Kansas City Chiefs
93 Team Cadeaux Christian Kirk
WR, Jacksonville Jaguars
94 Team Todd Melvin Gordon III
RB, Denver Broncos
95 Team Weyrich Russell Wilson
QB, Denver Broncos
96 Team Byrum DeAndre Hopkins
WR, Arizona Cardinals

Analysis: Breece Hall was the first rookie taken back in Round 4, but this mock saw a drought of first-year players ended here with Team Bijan’s pick of Drake London at 87th overall. This is about where teams start filling in their benches, and there were good value picks to be had with players such as Kareem Hunt (Team Mike) and Gabriel Davis (Team Skloff) falling well below their ADPs.

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Round 9

97 Team Byrum Michael Carter
RB, New York Jets
98 Team Weyrich Chase Claypool
WR, Pittsburgh Steelers
99 Team Todd Brandon Aiyuk
WR, San Francisco 49ers
100 Team Cadeaux Tyler Lockett
WR, Seattle Seahawks
101 Team DePrisco Treylon Burks
WR, Tennessee Titans
102 Team Skloff Kadarius Toney
WR, New York Giants
103 Team Cory Skyy Moore
WR, Kansas City Chiefs
104 Team Mike Garrett Wilson
WR, New York Jets
105 Team Ethan Robert Woods
WR, Tennessee Titans
106 Team Bijan Ronald Jones II
RB, Kansas City Chiefs
107 Team Matt Pat Freiermuth
TE, Pittsburgh Steelers
108 Team Tyler Hunter Henry
TE, New England Patriots

Analysis: A trio of rookie receivers highlighted Round 9. Garrett Wilson and Treylon Burks could be in line for big rookie seasons as featured options in their respective offenses. And 2021 saw several rookie receivers make an impact in fantasy, from JaMarr Chase to Amon-Ra St. Brown, so why not take a late-round swing on a rookie pass-catcher?

Round 10

109 Team Tyler Allen Lazard
WR, Green Bay Packers
110 Team Matt Rhamondre Stevenson
RB, New England Patriots
111 Team Bijan Jarvis Landry
WR, New Orleans Saints
112 Team Ethan Rashaad Penny
RB, Seattle Seahawks
113 Team Mike Mike Gesicki
TE, Miami Dolphins
114 Team Cory Matt Ryan
QB, Indianapolis Colts
115 Team Skloff Tyler Boyd
WR, Cincinnati Bengals
116 Team DePrisco Derek Carr
QB, Las Vegas Raiders
117 Team Cadeaux James Cook
RB, Buffalo Bills
118 Team Todd Jakobi Meyers
WR, New England Patriots
119 Team Weyrich Kenny Golladay
WR, New York Giants
120 Team Byrum Nyheim Hines
RB, Indianapolis Colts

Analysis: It’s Round 10, so time to start scooping up lottery tickets. Allen Lazard (Team Tyler) could be Aaron Rodgers’ No. 1 receiver this year. Rhamondre Stevenson (Team Matt) has the talent to emerge as the top RB in the New England offense. Derek Carr (Team DePrisco) has some shiny new weapons and Josh McDaniels calling the shots. Leagues are won with these types of picks.


Round 11

121 Team Byrum Jahan Dotson
WR, Washington Commanders
122 Team Weyrich James Robinson
RB, Jacksonville Jaguars
123 Team Todd Justin Tucker
K, Baltimore Ravens
124 Team Cadeaux Trey Lance
QB, San Francisco 49ers
125 Team DePrisco Saints D/ST
D/ST, New Orleans Saints
126 Team Skloff Khalil Herbert
RB, Chicago Bears
127 Team Cory Bills D/ST
D/ST, Buffalo Bills
128 Team Mike Zach Wilson
QB, New York Jets
129 Team Ethan Christian Watson
WR, Green Bay Packers
130 Team Bijan Rams D/ST
D/ST, Los Angeles Rams
131 Team Matt Russell Gage
WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
132 Team Tyler Alexander Mattison
RB, Minnesota Vikings

Analysis: The first defense was selected in Round 11, with Team DePrisco selecting the Saints at No. 125. There isn't a clear choice this year if you're looking for the best defense in the league, but New Orleans is a good bet. They were stingy in 2021, retained most of their depth on defense, added Tyrann Mathieu and last year's defensive coordinator (Dennis Allen) is the new head coach. 

Round 12

133 Team Tyler Buccaneers D/ST
D/ST, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
134 Team Matt J.D. McKissic
RB, Washington Commanders
135 Team Bijan Raheem Mostert
RB, Miami Dolphins
136 Team Ethan Packers D/ST
D/ST, Green Bay Packers
137 Team Mike Ravens D/ST
D/ST, Baltimore Ravens
138 Team Cory Graham Gano
K, New York Giants
139 Team Skloff Chargers D/ST
D/ST, Los Angeles Chargers
140 Team DePrisco Darrell Henderson Jr.
RB, Los Angeles Rams
141 Team Cadeaux DeVante Parker
WR, New England Patriots
142 Team Todd Cowboys D/ST
D/ST, Dallas Cowboys
143 Team Weyrich Marquez Valdes-Scantling
WR, Kansas City Chiefs
144 Team Byrum 49ers D/ST
D/ST, San Francisco 49ers

Analysis: Half the league decided to nab a defense in Round 12, leaving only a handful of teams left in the position of having to play the waiver wire game early on in the season. The best value here might have come in the WR picks of Devante Parker (Team Cadeaux) and Marquez Valdes-Scantling (Team Weyrich), both of whom will hope to play prominent roles in new offenses.

Round 13

145 Team Byrum Trevor Lawrence
QB, Jacksonville Jaguars
146 Team Weyrich Ken Walker III
RB, Seattle Seahawks
147 Team Todd Gus Edwards
RB, Baltimore Ravens
148 Team Cadeaux Marlon Mack
RB, Houston Texans
149 Team DePrisco Noah Fant
TE, Seattle Seahawks
150 Team Skloff Robert Tonyan
TE, Green Bay Packers
151 Team Cory Daniel Bellinger
TE, New York Giants
152 Team Mike Matt Gay
K, Los Angeles Rams
153 Team Ethan Evan McPherson
K, Cincinnati Bengals
154 Team Bijan Daniel Carlson
K, Las Vegas Raiders
155 Team Matt David Njoku
TE, Cleveland Browns
156 Team Tyler Harrison Butker
K, Kansas City Chiefs

Analysis: Depth pieces at the core positions and kickers are what you'll start to see more of in the last four rounds. Anyone expected to make a serious impact this season has already been taken at this stage. 

Round 14

157 Team Tyler Cole Kmet
TE, Chicago Bears
158 Team Matt Jameson Williams
WR, Detroit Lions
159 Team Bijan Kirk Cousins
QB, Minnesota Vikings
160 Team Ethan Irv Smith Jr.
TE, Minnesota Vikings
161 Team Mike Dameon Pierce
RB, Houston Texans
162 Team Cory Corey Davis
WR, New York Jets
163 Team Skloff Brandon McManus
K, Denver Broncos
164 Team DePrisco Nick Folk
K, New England Patriots
165 Team Cadeaux Commanders D/ST
D/ST, Washington Commanders
166 Team Todd Mecole Hardman
WR, Kansas City Chiefs
167 Team Weyrich Tim Patrick
WR, Denver Broncos
168 Team Byrum Tyler Bass
K, Buffalo Bills

Analysis: Would it surprise you to learn Nick Folk was the second highest-scoring kicker in fantasy last season? He was the eighth kicker to be drafted in this mock, which could be some sneaky good value for Team DePrisco. The same could be said for Kirk Cousins (Team Bijan), who finished just outside the top 10 among fantasy QBs in 2021 but was the 18th drafted signal caller.

Round 15

169 Team Byrum Michael Gallup
WR, Dallas Cowboys
170 Team Weyrich Browns D/ST
D/ST, Cleveland Browns
171 Team Todd Robbie Anderson
WR, Carolina Panthers
172 Team Cadeaux Matt Prater
K, Arizona Cardinals
173 Team DePrisco Rondale Moore
WR, Arizona Cardinals
174 Team Skloff Alec Pierce
WR, Indianapolis Colts
175 Team Cory Curtis Samuel
WR, Washington Commanders
176 Team Mike George Pickens
WR, Pittsburgh Steelers
177 Team Ethan Tua Tagovailoa
QB, Miami Dolphins
178 Team Bijan Tyler Higbee
TE, Los Angeles Rams
179 Team Matt Broncos D/ST
D/ST, Denver Broncos
180 Team Tyler Justin Fields
QB, Chicago Bears

Analysis: A few potential sleepers came off the board in the penultimate round of the draft. Curtis Samuel, George Pickens, Justin Fields and Tua Tagovailoa all have a lot of talent and if things break right could be starters by the end of the year.

Round 16

181 Team Tyler DJ Chark
WR, Detroit Lions
182 Team Matt Jake Elliott
K, Philadelphia Eagles
183 Team Bijan Marvin Jones Jr.
WR, Jacksonville Jaguars
184 Team Ethan Jamison Crowder
WR, Buffalo Bills
185 Team Mike Brian Robinson Jr.
RB, Washington Commanders
186 Team Cory Evan Engram
TE, Jacksonville Jaguars
187 Team Skloff Jerick McKinnon
RB, Kansas City Chiefs
188 Team DePrisco Dontrell Hilliard
RB, Tennessee Titans
189 Team Cadeaux Joshua Palmer
WR, Los Angeles Chargers
190 Team Todd Colts D/ST
D/ST, Indianapolis Colts
191 Team Weyrich Ryan Succop
K, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
192 Team Byrum Jamaal Williams
RB, Detroit Lions

Analysis: With Team Matt and Team Weyrich representing the only teams that waited until the final round to draft kickers, the rest of the league rounded out their benches with some upside picks such as DJ Chark (Team Tyler), Jamison Crowder (Team Ethan), Brian Robinson Jr. (Team Mike) and Joshua Palmer (Team Cadeaux). Jamaal Williams (Team Byrum) is Mr. Irrelevant.