Fantasy Football Mock Draft: Waiting on WR could prove costly in PPR

One of my favourite issues about doing mock drafts is getting a special perspective on gamers and techniques. It’s why I like doing the impromptu #iwannamock drafts that I put up on Twitter, the place I bounce in a mock with 11 whole strangers.

I study one thing new each time. And that occurred once more Tuesday night time with our newest 12-team PPR mock draft on Twitch.

This draft featured 10 members of our CBS Sports workers, however we additionally included Michelle Magdziuk of the BallBlast Podcast and Anthony Brown, who’s a gaming YouTuber and likewise goes by BigJigglyPanda. It was nice to see how every of them constructed their groups.

Let’s begin with Anthony’s squad since he had the No. 1 total choice. He bought three standout gamers to open his draft with Christian McCaffrey, DeAndre Hopkins and Patrick Mahomes.

Anthony then drafted Zach Ertz and Devin Singletary, and he expressed remorse not taking one other extensive receiver there as a result of the place dried up rapidly, particularly since we begin three receivers in this league. The remainder of Anthony’s receiving corps is Marvin Jones, Jarvis Landry, Robby Anderson, Larry Fitzgerald, Sammy Watkins and Tyrell Williams.

Anthony added Phillip Lindsay and Adrian Peterson to his backfield, and he drafted Jared Cook as a second tight finish. The upside of Anthony’s crew is having nice gamers in McCaffrey, Hopkins, Mahomes and Ertz, and Singletary is a strong No. 2 working again. Jones and Landry are fantastic secondary receiving choices, and Lindsay is not a foul No. 3 working again.

But his receiving corps could be in bother if Hopkins regresses in Arizona. And Anthony might need been right about passing on a receiver in Round 4 or 5 for Ertz.

For instance, if he drafted one in every of Stefon Diggs, DK Metcalf or Courtland Sutton there after which simply went with Cook at tight finish, his crew might need been somewhat higher. That’s a lesson he discovered that he can apply to his subsequent draft.

As for Michelle, she additionally had a superb begin to her draft from the No. 8 total spot with Miles Sanders, Josh Jacobs and Adam Thielen together with her first three picks. In Round 4, she drafted Leonard Fournette, which was a transfer she did not love. 

Afterward, Michelle stated she ought to have drafted D.J. Chark or Terry McLaurin as an alternative due to the run on receivers. She nonetheless ended up with Michael Gallup in Round 5 and Diontae Johnson in Round 6, and her take on each of these receivers was attention-grabbing.

Michelle nonetheless expects a breakout marketing campaign for Gallup even with the addition of CeeDee Lamb, and I like that optimism for the third-year receiver. She additionally drafted Johnson over Tyler Boyd due to the potential increased ceiling for Johnson, and I’m a giant fan of the second-year receiver for the Steelers, so I like that decision.

The remainder of her crew is Drew Brees at quarterback, T.J. Hockenson at tight finish and reserves in Zack Moss (one in every of her favourite gamers), Bryce Love, Rashaad Penny, John Brown, Deebo Samuel and Denzel Mims. It’s a superb crew.

I picked proper in entrance of Michelle at No. 7 total, and I considered taking a Zero RB method after beginning with Michael Thomas and Travis Kelce. But after I bought to Round 3 and noticed what number of good receivers have been obtainable — Thielen, Mike Evans, Cooper Kupp, Tyler Lockett, Odell Beckham, Amari Cooper, Robert Woods and A.J. Brown — I made a decision to go together with Todd Gurley as an alternative. If wholesome, Gurley generally is a star as soon as once more in this Falcons offense, particularly in the passing recreation.

I nonetheless bought Brown in Round 4, and I like the begin to this crew. The remainder of my working backs are Le’Veon Bell, David Montgomery, J.Ok. Dobbins, Alexander Mattison and Joshua Kelley, and my receivers together with Thomas and Brown are Sterling Shepard, Anthony Miller, Steven Sims and DeSean Jackson.

I waited on a quarterback and ended up with Daniel Jones, and I made a mistake in taking Jones over Ben Roethlisberger. Jones has the next ceiling than Roethlisberger if issues work out for him this 12 months, however the begin of his season is brutal with matchups towards Pittsburgh, Chicago, San Francisco and the Rams. Meanwhile, Roethlisberger opens with the Giants, Broncos, Texans and Titans.

If I’m drafting a second quarterback as a stash candidate then I’m going with Jones. But I spotted that if I want a starter for Week 1 then I’d slightly have Roethlisberger. Next time, that is the transfer I’d make.

In this league, all touchdowns are price six factors, and we award one level for each 10 yards speeding and receiving and one level for each 25 yards passing. We additionally award one level for each reception. We function a beginning lineup of QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, TE, FLEX (RB/WR/TE), Ok and DST. There are also six reserve spots for a 16-round draft. 

Our draft order is as follows:

1. Anthony Brown, YouTube Gamer
2. Jacob Gibbs, SportsLine Fantasy Analyst  
3. Ben Gretch, Fantasy Editor
4. Adam Aizer, Fantasy Football Podcast Host
5. Michael Kiser, Director, VOD and Video Optimization
6. Tommy Tran, CBS Sports HQ Host
7. Jamey Eisenberg, Senior Fantasy Writer
8. Michelle Magdziuk, BallBlast Podcast
9. Frank Stampfl, Fantasy Baseball Podcast Host
10. Heath Cummings, Senior Fantasy Writer
11. Ben Schragger, Podcast Producer
12. Dave Richard, Senior Fantasy Writer

So which Fantasy soccer busts must you utterly keep away from? And which working again going off the board early must you fade? Visit SportsLine now to get cheat sheets from the model that called Baker Mayfield’s disappointing season, and discover out.

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