Fantasy Football Mock Draft: 12-team, PPR results

/ by Mike DePrisco
Presented By TAP Sports Bar
Derrick Henry

Fantasy football season is upon us and there's a good chance your upcoming fantasy draft snuck up on you faster than expected. 

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 a good idea of how a given draft could go down. 

Draft order

  1. Shelby Daniels
  2. Mike DePrisco
  3. Isaiah Cromer
  4. JJ Regan
  5. Matt Cone
  6. Tyler Byrum
  7. Prince Grimes
  8. Cory Skloff
  9. Ethan Cadeaux
  10. Megan Joseph
  11. Andrew Gillis
  12. Matt Weyrich

The order was randomized one hour before the draft began and it's a PPR league, giving one point to player per each reception they make during games. 

Round 1 

1 Shelby Daniels Derrick Henry RB, Tennessee Titans
2 Mike DePrisco Christian McCaffrey RB, Carolina Panthers
3 Isaiah Cromer Dalvin Cook RB, Minnesota Vikings
4 JJ Regan Tyreek Hill WR, Kansas City Chiefs
5 Matt Cone Alvin Kamara RB, New Orleans Saints
6 Tyler Byrum Travis Kelce TE, Kansas City Chiefs
7 Prince Grimes Ezekiel Elliott RB, Dallas Cowboys
8 Cory Skloff Saquon Barkley RB, New York Giants
9 Ethan Cadeaux Jonathan Taylor RB, Indianapolis Colts
10 Megan Joseph Davante Adams WR, Green Bay Packers
11 Andrew Gillis Austin Ekeler RB, Los Angeles Chargers
12 Matt Weyrich Stefon Diggs WR, Buffalo Bills

Analysis: Shelby gave us a surprise right at the top, taking Derrick Henry over consensus top choices Christian McCaffrey and Dalvin Cook. Henry has led the NFL in carries, rushing yards and rushing touchdowns the last two seasons, though. 

Round 2

13 Matt Weyrich Aaron Jones RB, Green Bay Packers
14 Andrew Gillis Nick Chubb RB, Cleveland Browns
15 Megan Joseph Najee Harris RB, Pittsburgh Steelers
16 Ethan Cadeaux Antonio Gibson RB, Washington
17 Cory Skloff DeAndre Hopkins WR, Arizona Cardinals
18 Prince Grimes Calvin Ridley WR, Atlanta Falcons
19 Tyler Byrum Clyde Edwards-Helaire RB, Kansas City Chiefs
20 Matt Cone DK Metcalf WR, Seattle Seahawks
21 JJ Regan Joe Mixon RB, Cincinnati Bengals
22 Isaiah Cromer Keenan Allen WR, Los Angeles Chargers
23 Mike DePrisco Justin Jefferson WR, Minnesota Vikings
24 Shelby Daniels A.J. Brown WR, Tennessee Titans

Analysis: One of our resident Washington Football Team experts made Antonio Gibson the first player taken from the hometown team in Round 2. Gibson impressed as a rookie last season with over 1,000 scrimmage yards and 11 touchdowns. Here, Ethan's banking on Gibson to take his game to another level in 2021. 

Round 3

25 Shelby Daniels Chris Carson RB, Seattle Seahawks
26 Mike DePrisco Miles Sanders RB, Philadelphia Eagles
27 Isaiah Cromer Darren Waller TE, Las Vegas Raiders
28 JJ Regan Terry McLaurin WR, Washington
29 Matt Cone David Montgomery RB, Chicago Bears
30 Tyler Byrum CeeDee Lamb WR, Dallas Cowboys
31 Prince Grimes D'Andre Swift RB, Detroit Lions
32 Cory Skloff J.K. Dobbins RB, Baltimore Ravens
33 Ethan Cadeaux George Kittle TE, San Francisco 49ers
34 Megan Joseph Robert Woods WR, Los Angeles Rams
35 Andrew Gillis Allen Robinson II WR, Chicago Bears
36 Matt Weyrich Mike Evans WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Analysis: Tight end is probably the hardest position to get steady production out of week-to-week, so if you have a chance to get an elite one, it may be worth passing on a few running backs and wide receivers to secure. Tyler took the top guy in the first round in Travis Kelce, while Isaiah and Ethan snagged the next two in Darren Waller and George Kittle. 


Round 4

37 Matt Weyrich Amari Cooper WR, Dallas Cowboys
38 Andrew Gillis DJ Moore WR, Carolina Panthers
39 Megan Joseph Mark Andrews TE, Baltimore Ravens
40 Ethan Cadeaux Tyler Lockett WR, Seattle Seahawks
41 Cory Skloff Josh Jacobs RB, Las Vegas Raiders
42 Prince Grimes Adam Thielen WR, Minnesota Vikings
43 Tyler Byrum Myles Gaskin RB, Miami Dolphins
44 Matt Cone Josh Allen QB, Buffalo Bills
45 JJ Regan Darrell Henderson Jr. RB, Los Angeles Rams
46 Isaiah Cromer Lamar Jackson QB, Baltimore Ravens
47 Mike DePrisco Brandon Aiyuk WR, San Francisco 49ers
48 Shelby Daniels Chase Edmonds RB, Arizona Cardinals

Analysis: We have the first two quarterbacks off the board, and neither are Patrick Mahomes. Weird. Matt Cone and Isaiah opted for two of the best quarterbacks in the AFC who have yet to win a Super Bowl. Lamar Jackson and Josh Allen are both elite quarterbacks, they just aren't Mahomes. 

Round 5

49 Shelby Daniels Cooper Kupp WR, Los Angeles Rams
50 Mike DePrisco Patrick Mahomes QB, Kansas City Chiefs
51 Isaiah Cromer Justin Herbert QB, Los Angeles Chargers
52 JJ Regan Chris Godwin WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
53 Matt Cone Kyle Pitts TE, Atlanta Falcons
54 Tyler Byrum Julio Jones WR, Tennessee Titans
55 Prince Grimes Courtland Sutton WR, Denver Broncos
56 Cory Skloff Diontae Johnson WR, Pittsburgh Steelers
57 Ethan Cadeaux Ja'Marr Chase WR, Cincinnati Bengals
58 Megan Joseph Kyler Murray QB, Arizona Cardinals
59 Andrew Gillis Tee Higgins WR, Cincinnati Bengals
60 Matt Weyrich Travis Etienne Jr. RB, Jacksonville Jaguars

Analysis: The fifth round saw three rookies come off the board in Kyle Pitts, Ja'Marr Chase and Travis Etienne Jr. The 2021 class was loaded with talented playmakers and there's a good chance a few of them make an instant impact in fantasy this year. If you're in a dynasty format, this is a good year to have a high draft pick. 

Round 6

61 Matt Weyrich Dak Prescott QB, Dallas Cowboys
62 Andrew Gillis Javonte Williams RB, Denver Broncos
63 Megan Joseph Antonio Brown WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
64 Ethan Cadeaux Jerry Jeudy WR, Denver Broncos
65 Cory Skloff Kenny Golladay WR, New York Giants
66 Prince Grimes Aaron Rodgers QB, Green Bay Packers
67 Tyler Byrum Russell Wilson QB, Seattle Seahawks
68 Matt Cone Chase Claypool WR, Pittsburgh Steelers
69 JJ Regan T.J. Hockenson TE, Detroit Lions
70 Isaiah Cromer Odell Beckham Jr. WR, Cleveland Browns
71 Mike DePrisco Tyler Boyd WR, Cincinnati Bengals
72 Shelby Daniels JuJu Smith-Schuster WR, Pittsburgh Steelers

Analysis: This is the stage of the draft where championships are both won and lost. Some teams play it safe by taking standout performers from the year before like Chase Claypool at No. 68 or Tyler Boyd at No. 71, while others go for the boom-or-bust options like Antonio Brown at No. 63 and Odell Beckham Jr. at No. 70. Who's to say which approach is right? 

Round 7

73 Shelby Daniels Ryan Tannehill QB, Tennessee Titans
74 Mike DePrisco Kareem Hunt RB, Cleveland Browns
75 Isaiah Cromer Michael Thomas WR, New Orleans Saints
76 JJ Regan Tom Brady QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
77 Matt Cone Leonard Fournette RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
78 Tyler Byrum Marquise Brown WR, Baltimore Ravens
79 Prince Grimes Dallas Goedert TE, Philadelphia Eagles
80 Cory Skloff Robby Anderson WR, Carolina Panthers
81 Ethan Cadeaux Mike Davis RB, Atlanta Falcons
82 Megan Joseph Laviska Shenault Jr. WR, Jacksonville Jaguars
83 Andrew Gillis Logan Thomas TE, Washington
84 Matt Weyrich Jaylen Waddle WR, Miami Dolphins

Analysis: Speaking of boom or bust, Megan's team is looking like the prime example for that phrase. She took a rookie running back in the second round, a tight end in the third, Antonio Brown in the sixth and now Leviska Shenault Jr. in the seventh. With Kyler Murray and Davante Adams holding things down at the other starting spots, this is looking like a squad with a lot of variability.

Round 8

85 Matt Weyrich Noah Fant TE, Denver Broncos
86 Andrew Gillis Corey Davis WR, New York Jets
87 Megan Joseph Damien Harris RB, New England Patriots
88 Ethan Cadeaux Deebo Samuel WR, San Francisco 49ers
89 Cory Skloff William Fuller V WR, Miami Dolphins
90 Prince Grimes Melvin Gordon III RB, Denver Broncos
91 Tyler Byrum James Robinson RB, Jacksonville Jaguars
92 Matt Cone Mike Williams WR, Los Angeles Chargers
93 JJ Regan Brandin Cooks WR, Houston Texans
94 Isaiah Cromer DeVonta Smith WR, Philadelphia Eagles
95 Mike DePrisco Mike Gesicki TE, Miami Dolphins
96 Shelby Daniels Robert Tonyan TE, Green Bay Packers

Analysis: Another rookie goes off the board with Isaiah taking DeVonta Smith 94th overall. Smith is probably the best receiver on the Eagles, but Philadelphia hasn't had a ton of success getting stable production out of that position since Jeremy Maclin in 2014. Maybe securing a Heisman Trophy winner will do the trick. 

Round 9

97 Shelby Daniels Raheem Mostert RB, San Francisco 49ers
98 Mike DePrisco Washington D/ST D/ST, Washington
99 Isaiah Cromer DJ Chark Jr. WR, Jacksonville Jaguars
100 JJ Regan Michael Gallup WR, Dallas Cowboys
101 Matt Cone Buccaneers D/ST D/ST, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
102 Tyler Byrum Marvin Jones Jr. WR, Jacksonville Jaguars
103 Prince Grimes Jarvis Landry WR, Cleveland Browns
104 Cory Skloff Jalen Hurts QB, Philadelphia Eagles
105 Ethan Cadeaux Michael Carter RB, New York Jets
106 Megan Joseph David Johnson RB, Houston Texans
107 Andrew Gillis Trey Sermon RB, San Francisco 49ers
108 Matt Weyrich Curtis Samuel WR, Washington

Analysis: A lot of people in this draft made fun of a particular owner for taking the Washington defense in the ninth round. That particular owner would tell them that with his key starters secured at quarterback, running back and wide receiver with a good backup at each spot, why not take the best defense available? How many players in rounds 8-12 actually make a start for you in the regular season? If you were buying a car that had all four tires but no brakes, you wouldn't ask for more tires. 

Round 10

109 Matt Weyrich Henry Ruggs III WR, Las Vegas Raiders
110 Andrew Gillis Zack Moss RB, Buffalo Bills
111 Megan Joseph Matthew Stafford QB, Los Angeles Rams
112 Ethan Cadeaux Joe Burrow QB, Cincinnati Bengals
113 Cory Skloff Jonnu Smith TE, New England Patriots
114 Prince Grimes Irv Smith Jr. TE, Minnesota Vikings
115 Tyler Byrum Ravens D/ST D/ST, Baltimore Ravens
116 Matt Cone James Conner RB, Arizona Cardinals
117 JJ Regan AJ Dillon RB, Green Bay Packers
118 Isaiah Cromer Kenyan Drake RB, Las Vegas Raiders
119 Mike DePrisco T.Y. Hilton WR, Indianapolis Colts
120 Shelby Daniels Cole Beasley WR, Buffalo Bills

Analysis: Prince taking Irv Smith Jr. at No. 114 could be one of the big steals of this draft. The former second-round pick emerged as the Vikings' best tight end over Kyle Rudolph last year and is poised to get a good share of the red zone targets in 2021. As Dalvin Cook and Justin Jefferson draw most of the opposing defenses' attention, Smith could fill in that gap and become a top fantasy option this year. 


Round 11

121 Shelby Daniels Devin Singletary RB, Buffalo Bills
122 Mike DePrisco Evan Engram TE, New York Giants
123 Isaiah Cromer Jalen Reagor WR, Philadelphia Eagles
124 JJ Regan Nyheim Hines RB, Indianapolis Colts
125 Matt Cone  Jamaal Williams RB, Detroit Lions
126 Tyler Byrum DeVante Parker WR, Miami Dolphins
127 Prince Grimes Browns D/ST D/ST, Cleveland Browns
128 Cory Skloff Mecole Hardman WR, Kansas City Chiefs
129 Ethan Cadeaux Steelers D/ST D/ST, Pittsburgh Steelers
130 Megan Joseph Darnell Mooney WR, Chicago Bears
131 Andrew Gillis Elijah Moore WR, New York Jets
132 Matt Weyrich Tyler Higbee TE, Los Angeles Rams

Analysis: We're starting to see more defenses come off the board here as two AFC North units get picked up in Round 11. So far, Washington, Baltimore, Pittsburgh and Cleveland are the top defenses per this mock draft. Trying to score in that division is not going to be an easy task. 

Round 12

133 Matt Weyrich Hunter Henry TE, New England Patriots
134 Andrew Gillis Justin Fields QB, Chicago Bears
135 Megan Joseph Eric Ebron TE, Pittsburgh Steelers
136 Ethan Cadeaux Justin Tucker K, Baltimore Ravens
137 Cory Skloff Ronald Jones II RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
138 Prince Grimes Sterling Shepard WR, New York Giants
139 Tyler Byrum James White RB, New England Patriots
140 Matt Cone J.D. McKissic RB, Washington
141 JJ Regan Trevor Lawrence QB, Jacksonville Jaguars
142 Isaiah Cromer Gus Edwards RB, Baltimore Ravens
143 Mike DePrisco Tony Pollard RB, Dallas Cowboys
144 Shelby Daniels Parris Campbell WR, Indianapolis Colts

Analysis: Andrew and J.J. must talk to each other quite a bit because they had the same idea of taking rookie quarterbacks here in Round 12. Lawrence is the presumed No. 1 in Jacksonville, but Fields has yet to earn a starting job yet in Chicago. Andrew might know something we don't since he took him ahead of Lawrence and Trey Lance. 

Round 13

145 Shelby Daniels Harrison Butker K, Kansas City Chiefs
146 Mike DePrisco Jakobi Meyers WR, New England Patriots
147 Isaiah Cromer Tarik Cohen RB, Chicago Bears
148 JJ Regan Brandon McManus K, Denver Broncos
149 Matt Cone Michael Pittman Jr. WR, Indianapolis Colts
150 Tyler Byrum Tyler Bass K, Buffalo Bills
151 Prince Grimes Phillip Lindsay RB, Houston Texans
152 Cory Skloff Nelson Agholor WR, New England Patriots
153 Ethan Cadeaux Trey Lance QB, San Francisco 49ers
154 Megan Joseph 49ers D/ST D/ST, San Francisco 49ers
155 Andrew Gillis Bryan Edwards WR, Las Vegas Raiders
156 Matt Weyrich Alexander Mattison RB, Minnesota Vikings

Analysis: Megan got great value here by getting the 49ers at No. 154, who might just be the best defense in the NFL after an injury-riddled 2020. Ethan also may have gotten the rookie quarterback with the highest ceiling in 2021 by taking Lance. 

Round 14

157 Matt Weyrich Latavius Murray RB, New Orleans Saints
158 Andrew Gillis Baker Mayfield QB, Cleveland Browns
159 Megan Joseph Graham Gano K, New York Giants
160 Ethan Cadeaux Adam Trautman TE, New Orleans Saints
161 Cory Skloff Giovani Bernard RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
162 Prince Grimes Jason Myers K, Seattle Seahawks
163 Tyler Byrum Russell Gage WR, Atlanta Falcons
164 Matt Cone Rob Gronkowski TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
165 JJ Regan Jamison Crowder WR, New York Jets
166 Isaiah Cromer Bills D/ST D/ST, Buffalo Bills
167 Mike DePrisco Tua Tagovailoa QB, Miami Dolphins
168 Shelby Daniels Colts D/ST D/ST, Indianapolis Colts

Analysis: Given Alvin Kamara's heavy workload over the past few years, drafting his handcuff isn't the worst idea. By taking Latavius Murray, Matt gets a productive back who might earn an increased workload with Jameis Winston at quarterback. 

Round 15

169 Shelby Daniels Kirk Cousins QB, Minnesota Vikings
170 Mike DePrisco Matt Ryan QB, Atlanta Falcons
171 Isaiah Cromer Ben Roethlisberger QB, Pittsburgh Steelers
172 JJ Regan Rashod Bateman WR, Baltimore Ravens
173 Matt Cone Marquez Callaway WR, New Orleans Saints
174 Tyler Byrum Daniel Jones QB, New York Giants
175 Prince Grimes Randall Cobb WR, Green Bay Packers
176 Cory Skloff Broncos D/ST D/ST, Denver Broncos
177 Ethan Cadeaux Tyrell Williams WR, Detroit Lions
178 Megan Joseph Rondale Moore WR, Arizona Cardinals
179 Andrew Gillis Rams D/ST D/ST, Los Angeles Rams
180 Matt Weyrich Dolphins D/ST D/ST, Miami Dolphins

Analysis: Kirk Cousins is still worth drafting in fantasy football?! That's news to me. Meanwhile, Matt gets some more value late in the draft by taking the Dolphins defense, which was a turnover machine last season and is returning just about every key player from a year ago with a few additions. 

Round 16

181 Matt Weyrich Jason Sanders K, Miami Dolphins
182 Andrew Gillis Greg Zuerlein K, Dallas Cowboys
183 Megan Joseph Gabriel Davis WR, Buffalo Bills
184 Ethan Cadeaux Terrace Marshall Jr. WR, Carolina Panthers
185 Cory Skloff Younghoe Koo K, Atlanta Falcons
186 Prince Grimes Zach Wilson QB, New York Jets
187 Tyler Byrum Austin Hooper TE, Cleveland Browns
188 Matt Cone Matt Gay K, Los Angeles Rams
189 JJ Regan Patriots D/ST D/ST, New England Patriots
190 Isaiah Cromer Josh Lambo K, Jacksonville Jaguars
191 Mike DePrisco Rodrigo Blankenship K, Indianapolis Colts
192 Shelby Daniels Zach Ertz TE, Philadelphia Eagles

Analysis: Zach Ertz used to warrant a third or fourth-round pick in PPR leagues, but this year he's Mr. Irrelevant. Considering he may not be on the Eagles by the time the season begins, it makes at least a little sense that he dropped this far.