This is a PPR 2017 Fantasy Football 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'm picking late again because there's a steep drop-off following the top six or seven players this year (depending on how you view Mike Evans.) I'm not happy with Jordy Nelson at No. 11 because he's approaching his mid-30s. He should still have a great year, but there's definitely some amount of risk. The same could be said of DeMarco Murray, who could lose work to Derrick Henry. As you can see, I'm not pleased with my two choices, but I don't know what else could've been done.
BEST PICKS, ROUNDS 1-2: How in the world did Le'Veon Bell drop to No. 5? I can see him slipping to third, maybe, but fifth!? Crazy.
WORST PICKS, ROUNDS 1-2: Quarterback is super deep, so I can't support a selection on a signal-caller this early, especially Tom Brady. Aaron Rodgers might be fine, but Brady doesn't post the rushing numbers to be a second-round fantasy choice.
MY PICKS, ROUNDS 3-4: Unlike my first two choices, I'm happy about this one. I was hoping Keenan Allen would slip to me starting in the beginning of the third round, once DeAndre Hopkins was snatched off the board. Allen is a stud, and Mike Williams' injury will help him.
I was going to select one of Doug Baldwin or Travis Kelce at 4.02, but Mike took them both. As a result, I went with Christian McCaffrey, who should be a big part of Carolina's passing attack. I'm OK with this pick, but not crazy about it.
BEST PICKS, ROUNDS 3-4: I'll list Baldwin and Kelce here for obvious reasons. Plus, Hopkins. I'd also consider Allen Robinson, as he is a nice buy-low target.
WORST PICKS, ROUNDS 3-4: Nothing really stands out as terrible, though I'd question the wisdom of SHMAA spending his first four picks on receivers. It's not like he's getting great value with Tyreek Hill, so I think that's the worst pick in these two rounds.
MY PICKS, ROUNDS 5-6: I guess I'm going to have Pierre Garcon on most of my teams because I'm higher on him than most. I get that he has a bad quarterback situation, but Garcon's talents translate, and Brian Hoyer turned Cameron Meredith into a viable fantasy option, so Garcon could post quality numbers.
Bilal Powell might seem questionable, but he started over Matt Forte late last year and did well. I like him more in PPR formats. That said, I was looking for Matt Ryan, and I hadn't noticed that he was chosen right before me.
BEST PICKS, ROUNDS 5-6: I'll mention Ryan, and also C.J. Anderson, another player I was scouring my list for. Doug Martin seems like a great value choice as well.
WORST PICKS, ROUNDS 5-6: Two underwhelming running backs were chosen here in Carlos Hyde and Spencer Ware. Both players could be unseated by rookies by the middle of the season.
MY PICKS, ROUNDS 7-8: I was praised in the chat for selecting C.J. Prosise. He seems great in PPR formats; he posted huge numbers when he was on the field last year. Meanwhile, Cam Newton is my starting quarterback, which is fine. It's not ideal - I wanted Ryan earlier - but Newton could have a strong year if he's healthy.
BEST PICKS, ROUNDS 7-8: Russell Wilson was the other quarterback I was considering. There were also some receivers I would have considered at 7.11, including Stefon Diggs, Donte Moncrief and Randall Cobb (though, not so much Cobb because I already took Jordy Nelson.)
WORST PICKS, ROUNDS 7-8: Samaje Perine has a chance to become Washington's starter, but taking him over Rob Kelley seems kind of crazy.
MY PICKS, ROUNDS 9-10: There was some question about why I went with back-to-back quarterbacks. Well, when you have an injury-prone starter like Cam Newton, having a strong No. 2 is important... even though the No. 2 is also injury-prone.
I wanted Zach Ertz as my starting tight end, but Pistol broke my heart. Jack Doyle is certainly worse, but I think he can post bottom-end TE1 numbers.
BEST PICKS, ROUNDS 9-10: Ertz was the best pick in these two rounds. Meanwhile, I would have chosen the other two quarterbacks over Roethlisberger. I'm perfectly fine with Big Ben, but Jameis Winston was the backup I wanted.
WORST PICKS, ROUNDS 9-10: There's no reason to select a defense so early. That's the only pick I hated, though I'm not crazy about some choices, including Jamaal Charles.
MY PICKS, ROUNDS 11-12: Tyler Lockett is very underrated, as he was hurt all of last year. If he can remain healthy, he could post possible WR3 numbers. He's in my Fantasy Football Sleepers list. As for Giovani Bernard, he's coming off a torn ACL, but could be a productive PPR fantasy player when he returns from injury.
BEST PICKS, ROUNDS 11-12: Joe Williams is a great value pick in the 11th round, as he could be starting sooner rather than later. Duke Johnson is also a nice choice; he is much better in a PPR format than a standard one. Also, I should note that I would have chosen Kevin White with one of my two picks had Lockett not been available. He's a nice buy-low option.
WORST PICKS, ROUNDS 11-12: Six defenses were chosen in these two rounds for some reason. Even worse? The kicker pick. Why on Earth would anyone take a kicker in the 12th round?
MY PICKS, ROUNDS 13-15: Allen Hurns had a sixth-round ADP last year. He was hurt and had a bad year as a result. I like getting him as a buy-low candidate.
Atlanta's defense gets to dominate Mitchell Trubisky or Mike Glennon in Week 1. Harrison Butker has a funny last name.
BEST PICKS, ROUNDS 13-15: High-upside picks include: Taylor Gabriel, Thomas Rawls, John Ross, Evan Engram and Josh Doctson.
WORST PICKS, ROUNDS 13-15: Low-upside picks include: Mike Williams (since he's out for the year, and all), Eric Ebron and Coby Fleener.
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My Fantasy Team:
QB - Cam Newton, Panthers
RB - DeMarco Murray, Titans
RB - Christian McCaffrey, Panthers
WR - Jordy Nelson, Packers
WR - Keenan Allen, Chargers
RB/WR - Bilal Powell, RB, Jets
TE - Jack Doyle, Colts
K - Harrison Butker, Panthers
DEF - Falcons Defense
Again, picking outside of the top seven is tough. I'm not thrilled with this team, as I don't have a top-tier talent. I do, however, like the depth on this roster; outside of tight end, I think I have strong backups, so in the event of multiple injuries, all hope won't be completely lost.