This is a 2017 Fantasy Football PPR Mock Draft I took part in with 11 friends on Facebook and followers on Twitter (@walterfootball. As usual, I'll have analysis of my picks, as well as the best and worst selections every two rounds.
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MY PICKS, ROUNDS 1-2: I made Michael Thomas my initial pick in the final fantasy football mock draft of the summer. To those reading and to those who have drafted with me, it's been a blast, and I hope these mocks have helped prepare you for your real drafts!
Thomas is the choice in this PPR format. I could've gone with a running back, but receivers are safer, and I love Thomas. I'm also a fan of having Dez Bryant as my WR2. I have the best one-two wideout punch in this league (unless it's Jordy Nelson-Amari Cooper), and I think that's important in a PPR league.
BEST PICKS, ROUNDS 1-2: How did Julio Jones fall to No. 7? That seems crazy to me. Also, Todd Gurley provided great value at 2.07.
WORST PICKS, ROUNDS 1-2: I hate taking quarterbacks in the first two rounds this year - and that's for standard! It's even worse to do this in PPR, as the other positions, which lack depth, produce more points than normal.
MY PICKS, ROUNDS 3-4: I was hoping one of Isaiah Crowell or Lamar Miller would drop to me at 3.10. If that happened, I could potentially take C.J. Anderson in the fourth round. Unfortunately, that did not come to fruition. I do like Anderson quite a bit, but I would've preferred it the other way.
I couldn't believe DeAndre Hopkins was available in the fourth round. Despite him being my third receiver, I had to pull the trigger.
BEST PICKS, ROUNDS 3-4: I have to name Crowell and Miller, obviously. Also, Keenan Allen is someone I would have considered if I didn't already have two receivers. Then again, I didn't really have to make that decision. Perhaps I would've taken Allen, and then tried for Anderson at 4.03.
WORST PICKS, ROUNDS 3-4: The top of the third round is too early for quarterbacks in a PPR. The Aaron Rodgers choice is nothing compared to the Terrelle Pryor pick, however. Kirk Cousins and Pryor have not clicked in the preseason, and Pryor could be a one-year wonder.
MY PICKS, ROUNDS 5-6: I was really hoping for Ameer Abdullah, since the next running back on my list happened to be Danny Woodhead. I like Woodhead in PPR, but he's not a very good RB2. He's a strong RB3/flex, but RB2 is very weak for me.
I didn't like any of the other running backs, so I chose Tyler Eifert in the seventh frame. I figured I could get another running back on the same level in the seventh frame, and I turned out to be right.
BEST PICKS, ROUNDS 5-6: Definitely Abdullah, who is a steal at 5.05. Some other great picks included Larry Fitzgerald and DeVante Parker, both of whom should've been chosen a round earlier.
WORST PICKS, ROUNDS 5-6: Given Jarvis Landry's pending sexual assault investigation, I wouldn't touch him in the single-digit rounds. Then again, that wasn't announced until a few hours after the mock, so Clov isn't at fault for taking him. Someone who is at fault for taking a lemon is "12," as Brandon Marshall is a decrepit receiver playing with a quarterback who happens to be in even worse shape.
MY PICKS, ROUNDS 7-8: Two running backs, since my depth at the position is shot. Theo Riddick could be in for a big year if/when Ameer Abdullah gets hurt, and he's a solid PPR option regardless. Rex Burkhead, meanwhile, figures to catch a healthy amount of passes from Tom Brady.
BEST PICKS, ROUNDS 7-8: Nothing really sticks out at me. I'd say the greatest value pick is Martellus Bennett, who could catch double-digit touchdowns from Aaron Rodgers this season.
WORST PICKS, ROUNDS 7-8: I don't want any part of Kirk Cousins this year, so taking him at 7.01 in a PPR draft seems like it's way too early.
MY PICKS, ROUNDS 9-10: I didn't have a quarterback yet, so I thought it would be nice to take one in the ninth round. Dak Prescott looked great this preseason, and he'll be throwing more when Ezekiel Elliott is suspended.
BEST PICKS, ROUNDS 9-10: Thomas Rawls, Corey Coleman and C.J. Prosise all have a great chance to be big-time producers in 2017. Marlon Mack, to. I've moved Coleman up pretty aggressively in recent days after he dominated the Buccaneers.
WORST PICKS, ROUNDS 9-10: The defenses, obviously. I can't say I hated anything else in these two rounds.
MY PICKS, ROUNDS 11-12: I love Carson Wentz this year, and I'm thrilled with having him as my QB2. I could've waited, but the other two teams after me needed backup quarterbacks.
Kenny Golladay was my next choice. Golladay is a very talented player with immense upside. Plus, he plays in a high-powered offense, so he could be productive for a rookie.
BEST PICKS, ROUNDS 11-12: Cam Newton in the 11th round seems like a steal, doesn't he? The same goes for John Brown, who appears to be healthy right now.
WORST PICKS, ROUNDS 11-12: The defenses, of course. And the kicker, who shouldn't be chosen anywhere near the 11th round. Eli Manning is well. He's a regressing player who provides no upside.
MY PICKS, ROUNDS 13-15: Taylor Gabriel is a fine final pick. He plays in an explosive offense, and he's very talented. He'll touch the board more this year, so he could have a number of big plays.
I've been taking Atlanta's defense because of the matchup with the Bears in Week 1. As for my kicker, well, I continue to make a mockery of the stupid position.
BEST PICKS, ROUNDS 13-15: High-upside picks include: Matt Forte (could be traded to a contender), Jamaal Charles and Wendell Smallwood.
WORST PICKS, ROUNDS 13-15: Low-upside picks include: Robby Anderson and John Ross.
'll be adjusting some of my Fantasy Football Rankings based on these draft results, so check them out. Also, we'll be doing mock drafts every Wednesday afternoon or evening, so come join us!
My Fantasy Team:
QB - Dak Prescott, Cowboys
RB - C.J. Anderson, Broncos
RB - Danny Woodhead, Ravens
WR - Michael Thomas, Saints
WR - Dez Bryant, Cowboys
RB/WR - DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Texans
TE - Tyler Eifert, Bengals
K - Roberto Aguayo, K, Buccaneers?
DEF - Falcons Defense
It felt like this draft was stacked with smart players, so the real talent dried up pretty quickly. As a result, I'm not strong anywhere, aside from receiver. My tight end is good, and I can live with my quarterbacks, but I have a major hole at RB2. Then again, this isn't the worst problem to have. Running backs get hurt so frequently that new starters pop up all the time.