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've been drafting toward the end of mock drafts this summer, so I thought I'd switch things up and go with the fifth pick in this PPR mock. I was bound to land one of the elite receivers with that selection, and I ended up with Julio Jones.
My second pick was spent on Todd Gurley, whom I like more now that Sammy Watkins is on the Rams. Watkins' presence will take eight men out of the box and open things up for Gurley.
BEST PICKS, ROUNDS 1-2: I was hoping Michael Thomas would fall to me at 2.08. Alas, that was not fated to happen, as Walking Red snatched him up. I also would've gone with Dez Bryant over Gurley.
WORST PICKS, ROUNDS 1-2: I don't like T.Y. Hilton this year, only because of Andrew Luck's status. He's too much of a risk early in the second round. I also would've avoided Rob Gronkowski, as running backs and receivers are too thin this year to take Gronkowski that early.
MY PICKS, ROUNDS 3-4: I was really hoping I could take a second receiver. My targets were Keenan Allen and DeAndre Hopkins, but both were snatched up before I got the chance to pick. Lamar Miller was my backup option, as I considered him and Isaiah Crowell at that juncture.
In the fourth round, the same thing happened. I was hoping for the likes of Tyreek Hill, Alshon Jeffery and Allen Robinson, but all were chosen before my selection. As you can see, receivers are super thin this year. I'm fine with C.J. Anderson though despite him being my third running back in the first four rounds.
BEST PICKS, ROUNDS 3-4: All the names I've mentioned apply: Allen, Hopkins, Crowell, Jeffery, Hill and Robinson.
WORST PICKS, ROUNDS 3-4: I don't like the Tom Brady and Greg Olsen picks. In a PPR format, running backs and receivers are even more important, so to take a non-elite fantasy player at quarterback and tight end in the first rounds of a PPR draft seems like a mistake.
MY PICKS, ROUNDS 5-6: I didn't really want Tyler Eifert here. However, with Larry Fitzgerald taken at 4.12, all the wideouts I wanted in the fifth round were gone. I thought I'd take Bilal Powell, but he was snatched off the board as well. Eifert was the best of the worst options, but he's still a great tight end to own, so I'm not too upset about it.
I didn't reach for a receiver because I thought I could obtain one of the wideouts in the next tier at 6.08, and that's exactly what happened when I obtained Pierre Garcon. It's not ideal that Garcon is my WR2, but I'm at least very strong at running back and tight end.
BEST PICKS, ROUNDS 5-6: Powell was a great pick. I also liked Doug Martin in the sixth round. I should mention that one of the receivers I considered in the next tier was Stefon Diggs.
WORST PICKS, ROUNDS 5-6: I've made many rants about Spencer Ware and Carlos Hyde over the summer. Check out my Fantasy Football Busts page for more. Hyde is looking better now, but it could be a ploy by the 49ers to trade him, which I guess is still good news for his fantasy owners.
MY PICKS, ROUNDS 7-8: Another running back? Well, all the two receivers in the remaining tier - Jamison Crowder, Randall Cobb - were both taken right before my selection. I thought I could wait on a quarterback, so I decided to go with Ameer Abdullah, who provides insane value in the seventh round.
Cameron Meredith was one of my top available receivers in the seventh frame, but I thought I could obtain him in the eighth, and that's exactly what happened.
BEST PICKS, ROUNDS 7-8: I'll list Crowder and Cobb for reasons mentioned. Some players I was hoping to land in the eighth round were Erick Decker, Russell Wilson, Donte Moncrief and Kareem Hunt.
WORST PICKS, ROUNDS 7-8: I didn't hate too much in these two rounds, except for maybe Brandon Marshall. He appears to be on a decline, and he's playing with a regressing quarterback.
MY PICKS, ROUNDS 9-10: I've had John Brown ranked right next to Cameron Meredith, and I was debating between the two at 8.08, so I was happy to see Brown fall to me in the ninth round.
I finally took my quarterback in the 10th frame. Dak Prescott is someone I had my eye on back in the eighth round, but I had so many signal-callers bunched together that I thought I could wait, and it paid off.
BEST PICKS, ROUNDS 9-10: Some of my other top quarterbacks included Jameis Winston and Philip Rivers, so I liked those picks. The players with the best value, however, were some of the running backs taken at the 9-10 turn: Mainly, Thomas Rawks, Duke Johnson (excellent in PPR), C.J. Prosise and Jamaal Williams.
WORST PICKS, ROUNDS 9-10: There were several solid tight ends still available, so I can't get behind the Eric Ebron selection. Ebron is unreliable and injury-prone, so I'd avoid him. Also, Corey Davis is injured, so I wouldn't take him earlier than the 12th round.
MY PICKS, ROUNDS 11-12: I wanted to go back-to-back quarterbacks. Dak Prescott isn't the safest option, and I like Carson Wentz a lot. I was asked why I didn't take Matthew Stafford because he's more proven, but I'm a big fan of Wentz this season.
Jonathan Williams is now atop my Fantasy Football Sleepers list. I think there's a good chance LeSean McCoy is dealt, and if so, Williams will be a RB2 at the very least.
BEST PICKS, ROUNDS 11-12: Despite my pick of Wentz, Stafford was a great choice. I thought there were some other terrific value selections as well, including Joe Williams, Tyler Lockett and Kenny Golladay. All three are on my sleepers page as well.
WORST PICKS, ROUNDS 11-12: The defenses, of course. Eli Manning is well. He's a regressing player who provides no upside.
MY PICKS, ROUNDS 13-15: A sixth running back isn't ideal, as I wanted a fifth receiver. I actually said aloud, "OK, I'll take Rishard Matthews," and then he was taken right before me!
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: Ted Ginn, Giovani Bernard, Rishard Matthews, Zay Jones, Rex Burkhead, Kevin White and Marlon Mack.
I'll admit it: My receivers, outside of Julio Jones, are pretty bad. Wideouts flew off the board faster than usual, and I decided I wasn't going to reach on them. As a result, I have a very strong running back corps, and I think if this were a real league, I'd be able to trade one of them for a WR2. Elsewhere, I have a great tight end and a quarterback with upside. I think this team is just fine, but some of the players I wanted were snatched off the board right before I had a chance to take them.