This is a 2018 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 drafted toward the end the last time I did a PPR mock draft, so I thought I would simulate a draft with an early selection. The top of my cheat sheet looks like this: Todd Gurley, David Johnson, Ezekiel Elliott, so I was going to land one of those players.
The second-round pick is more interesting. I was hoping for some receivers to fall to me, but they didn't. Look at that run on wideouts! Going receiver would've been a reach, so I opted for the best player available in Joe Mixon.
BEST PICKS, ROUNDS 1-2: I was hoping Michael Thomas and Keenan Allen would fall to me, but they didn't. Actually, most of the receiver picks were great. I'm jealous I didn't come away with a wideout with the top two picks in my PPR mock draft.
WORST PICKS, ROUNDS 1-2: Dalvin Cook stands out as the worst pick, but Pour1Out4Mahomes - great name - was accidentally timed out. It ended up not mattering, as Por1Out4Mahomes could've gone Odell Beckham at 1.11 and then Cook at 2.02.
MY PICKS, ROUNDS 3-4: I don't want to select a tight end in the first 27 picks in theory, but Rob Gronkowski provided way too much value at 3.03 for me to pass on him. With all of the top receivers gone, it's not like I was getting punished for passing on the position.
I finally grabbed a receiver in the fourth round. I'd ideally like Will Fuller in the middle of the fifth frame, but I'm so desperate at the position that I had to reach the slightest bit.
BEST PICKS, ROUNDS 3-4: If Gronkowski weren't available at 3.03, I probably would've taken T.Y. Hilton. And speaking of Hilton, four of the receivers I would have liked at 4.10 were Hilton, Jarvis Landry, JuJu Smith-Schuster and Amari Cooper.
WORST PICKS, ROUNDS 3-4: Don't draft Lamar Miller. The Texans don't believe in him, so you shouldn't either. He's atop my Fantasy Football Busts list.
I don't like the Doug Baldwin pick either in the wake of the news that he'll miss all or most of the preseason. He could be fine for Week 1, but I think the third round is too risky for him at the moment. The pick could turn out to be great, but I'd rather not gamble that early.
MY PICKS, ROUNDS 5-6: More running backs? Yeah. I'm telling you, the receiver position is extremely thin this season. Any wideout I would've taken would've been a reach, and my mock league mates agreed with me because there were just four receivers chosen in these two rounds until the very end.
Kenyan Drake may have been a reach in the third round of previous mocks, but I love him in the fifth frame. Kerryon Johnson, meanwhile, has been thriving in training camp. He could have a big rookie campaign.
BEST PICKS, ROUNDS 5-6: There was some nice value for running backs in the fifth round, with Jay Ajayi, Mark Ingram and Dion Lewis being great picks.
WORST PICKS, ROUNDS 5-6: Some of the receivers were reaches. Chris Hogan and Randall Cobb, in particular. I would've considered them minor reaches in the sixth round, so the fifth frame was way too early for them.
MY PICKS, ROUNDS 7-8: I finally had to grab some receivers even though neither happened to be near the top of my best players available. There's been some negativity about Pierre Garcon, but he's a talented receiver and should be able to mesh well with Jimmy Garoppolo eventually. Robby Anderson, meanwhile, should have a good year if he can avoid suspension.
BEST PICKS, ROUNDS 7-8: Michael Crabtree and Robert Woods were two of the other receivers I was considering at 7.03. Sammy Watkins was also in consideration. Carlos Hyde was a great value choice as well at the end of the eighth round, as getting a skilled starter in that range is a nice move.
WORST PICKS, ROUNDS 7-8: I didn't hate any pick in these two rounds. It was tough to find a worse pick, but if I have to choose one, it would be Julian Edelman because of his four-game suspension. I'd much rather have Edelman in the ninth frame.
MY PICKS, ROUNDS 9-10: My ninth pick came down to Andrew Luck versus D.J. Moore. I love Moore, but I didn't want to risk losing out on all the QB1s. Luck qualifies as one, assuming his shoulder isn't completely wrecked.
Moore didn't make it back to me, but Cameron Meredith did. I like Meredith a lot, as the Saints have cleared him to practice fully.
If I weren't loaded at running back already, I would've considered Nick Chubb, Jamaal Williams and Doug Martin, so I liked those picks.
WORST PICKS, ROUNDS 9-10: Don't take a defense in the first 10 rounds. Just don't. On a great defense like Jacksonville or Minnesota, there are seven great players who are responsible for it being so dominant. It only takes two of seven players to go down for a stop unit to decline. Great fantasy defenses are very easy to find, and even if you don't have good luck doing that, just play matchups.
The Allen Hurns pick isn't as bad, but Hurns has been injured in training camp. He's always banged up, and I would be shocked if he were consistently productive for Dallas in 2018.
MY PICKS, ROUNDS 11-12: I wanted a good backup quarterback in case Andrew Luck's shoulder is shot, and Jimmy Garoppolo is a great QB2 to own.
I had to select a fifth receiver, given my lack of top-end talent at the position. Dede Westbrook could explode this season; I liked him as a rookie, but he got hurt, so he should be even better with experience.
BEST PICKS, ROUNDS 11-12: Jordan Wilkins, Devontae Booker, Kalen Ballage and Kenny Golladay are four players I have listed in my Fantasy Football Sleepers list. All four have high upside for various reasons.
WORST PICKS, ROUNDS 11-12: You want high-upside players in the double-digit rounds. You also want to avoid the converse. Players like Austin Ekeler, Marqise Lee and Tyler Lockett offer very little potential.
MY PICKS, ROUNDS 13-15: I have six receivers and four running backs. I usually like to split that evenly, but my top-end running backs are great, so I opted for another wideout. Ryan Grant could have a big year if Andrew Luck is 100 percent or close, so I'm liking the idea of snagging him in the late rounds.
Denver's defense seems like it could be good versus Seattle's putrid offensive line in Week 1. Then there's Taylor Bertolet, who may or may not be a real individual.
BEST PICKS, ROUNDS 13-15: High-upside picks include: Michael Gallup, Matt Breida, Tyler Eifert, Anthony Miller.
WORST PICKS, ROUNDS 13-15: Low-upside picks include: Frank Gore and Eli Manning.
'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 - Andrew Luck, Colts
RB - David Johnson, Cardinals
RB - Joe Mixon, Bengals
WR - Will Fuller, Texans
WR - Pierre Garcon, 49ers
RB/WR - Kenyan Drake, Dolphins
TE - Rob Gronkowski, Patriots
K - Taylor Bertolet, Jets
DEF - Broncos Defense
I'm not a fan of this team in a PPR league. My top-end receivers are very weak, so I'd be missing out on all of the reception points. I like my sleepers, so there's a chance my team could still be good, but I'd be dubious of what I just drafted if this were real.
That said, I'm very strong elsewhere. My running backs are excellent, while Rob Gronkowski would be a huge edge over everyone else's tight end. As for quarterback, between Andrew Luck and Jimmy Garoppolo, I'm confident that I'd have QB1-type production between the two.