Fantasy Football PPR Mock Draft: Rounds 4-6

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Welcome to the second Fantasy Friday of the preseason here at The Draft Network. Each Friday from July 17th until September 4th will include a fantasy mock draft with its own theme. Most will be three-round mocks, some for PPR formats and some for standard formats. The majority of these mocks will be done by Jaime Eisner, with guest mocks from Paige Dimakos, Jake Arians, and our TDN Premium members sprinkled in. Be sure to check in every Friday to see the latest mock and come back each day to check out the Fantasy section of TheDraftNetwork.com as you prepare for your draft. 

Two weeks ago, we had a three-round PPR mock draft. This week, let’s add another three rounds following the classic “what would I do?” format for PPR leagues. Let’s start with pick No. 37 overall.

4.1 Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB, Kansas City Chiefs

Welp, this is an absolute steal after the delay between fantasy drafts revealed that Chiefs running back Damien Williams has decided to opt out of the 2020 NFL season. That leaves the rookie Edwards-Helaire as the top running back on a loaded offense. This is a great example of what can happen in slow-draft leagues and why, particularly this season, you should schedule your league’s draft as late as possible. 

Already drafted: Joe Mixon, Chris Godwin, Robert Woods

4.2 Zach Ertz, TE, Philadelphia Eagles

This is a little bit of a value here, but going RB-RB to start is such a powerful foundation that this team can take advantage of players who may fall in drafts. Ertz’s demise has been way, way overblown. He’ll lead the Eagles in targets this year and should have a season that’s statistically somewhere between his 2018 and 2019 campaigns. 

Already drafted: Derrick Henry, Austin Ekeler, Allen Robinson

4.3 James Conner, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers

Opening WR-TE, despite the high level of talent from the pair of Kansas City stars, necessitates two immediate running back picks in rounds three and four. There’s likely a big drop off between now and the last pick of the fifth round when it comes to the running back position. Rather than adding another talented wide receiver, we elect to add Conner as an RB2. Health is a major concern, but when Conner is on the field he’ll be very effective, and the return of Ben Roethlisberger means big things are coming for the Steelers’ offense. 

Already drafted: Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce, Chris Carson

4.4 Melvin Gordon, RB, Denver Broncos

Like the pick before, starting WR-WR forces your hand here. As mentioned previously, there will be a tier drop at the running back position soon, so snagging Gordon here is the prudent move. Although Phillip Lindsay is still in Denver, I believe Gordon will get the majority of the work and will continue to be a top-50 overall player. 

Already drafted: Julio Jones, DeAndre Hopkins, Todd Gurley

4.5 Keenan Allen, WR, Los Angeles Chargers

Allen is a draft value right now as many fear what the transition from Philip Rivers to Tyrod Taylor/Justin Herbert will do to the wide receiver’s stats. Allen has averaged 101 catches, 1,263 yards, and six touchdowns over the past three seasons. He won’t hit those totals in 2020, but even being 85% as productive is perfectly fine at this draft position.

Already drafted: Dalvin Cook, Kenyan Drake, T.Y. Hilton

4.6 Calvin Ridley, WR, Atlanta Falcons

Ideally, this pick would be a running back. However, with a bit of a projection gap, it’s hard to pass on the highly-talented Ridley here as a flex. He’s a good bet to lead the Falcons in receiving touchdowns and will get plenty of work with no established WR3 in Atlanta and on a team that should throw 600-plus times this season. 

Already drafted: Davante Adams, Miles Sanders, Adam Thielen

4.7 DeVante Parker, WR, Miami Dolphins

Same logic as above: best-case scenario, a player like Gordon or Ingram falls. But since there’s only one wide receiver on the roster, adding Parker as the WR2 instead of a running back is easier to stomach. Parker is a draft value right now as many anticipate a quick transition from Ryan Fitzpatrick to rookie Tua Tagovailoa. I am not one of those people. Parker will provide WR2 value in 2020. 

Already drafted: Aaron Jones, George Kittle, Amari Cooper

4.8 Kareem Hunt, RB, Cleveland Browns

Cornering the Browns backfield, some may shy away from this strategy—especially with Mark Ingram still on the board—but given the two backs’ different skill sets and new head coach Kevin Stefanski’s penchant for running the ball, I like it. Week 9 (Cleveland’s bye) will be tough to navigate, but guaranteeing yourself 95% of one of the best backfields in football every other week is enticing. 

Already drafted: Michael Thomas, Mike Evans, Nick Chubb

4.9 Tyler Lockett, WR, Seattle Seahawks

There are a few pass-catching backs in the same tier as Hunt still available, so let’s fill our flex spot with another WR2-caliber player in Lockett. The top pass-catching option for Russell Wilson should have another 100-plus target, 1,000-yard season. He’s a pretty safe bet at this draft position compared to his ADP last season. 

Already drafted: Ezekiel Elliott, Kenny Golladay, JuJu Smith-Schuster

4.10 Odell Beckham Jr., WR, Cleveland Browns

With two running backs and a high-floor WR1 already on the roster, it’s well worth taking a slight risk here and betting on a bounce back from Beckham. I fear the Browns may be under the 500-pass-attempt mark this season, which will depress every pass-catcher’s value, but Beckham’s talent is undeniable and the upside is too much to pass on here.

Already drafted: Alvin Kamara, Cooper Kupp, Le’Veon Bell

4.11 D.J. Moore, WR, Carolina Panthers

I realize Moore won’t be available at this point in almost every draft, but this is the first spot I’d feel comfortable taking him. His top-10 ADP among wide receivers baffles me and I have a lot of concerns about his fit in the new Carolina offense. However, he’s a great option for this team that already has elite players at both running back spots and at quarterback. 

Already drafted: Saquon Barkley, Josh Jacobs, Lamar Jackson

4.12 A.J. Brown, WR, Tennessee Titans

Back-to-back wide receivers are needed here after taking the RB1 and QB1 in the first three rounds of the draft. Luckily, there’s a highly-talented sophomore available in Brown. Tennessee’s passing offense will regress from its insane efficiency from Week 7 on last season, but Brown is the clear No. 1 for the Titans and should be able to match his strong rookie season output in year two despite getting a lot more defensive attention. 

Already drafted: Christian McCaffrey, Leonard Fournette, Patrick Mahomes

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5.1 Terry McLaurin, WR, Washington

The sophomore receiver love continues for the second consecutive pick. McLaurin emerged as a major playmaker with suspect quarterback play last season. There’s a sliver of hope that Dwayne Haskins can at least be passable in 2020, which would only help McLaurin. Scary Terry is the no-doubt top receiving option on a team that will be forced to throw while playing from behind. 

Already drafted: Christian McCaffrey, Leonard Fournette, Patrick Mahomes, A.J. Brown

5.2 Mark Andrews, TE, Baltimore Ravens

The receiver run briefly ends here as the prospect of owning a Jackson-Andrews stack is too much to pass up. Andrews had a phenomenal fantasy season in 2019 despite playing only 41.4% of Baltimore’s offensive stats last season. Touchdown regression is inevitable, and be careful not to add too many additional snaps to Andrews’ plate this season, but he should easily be a top-five tight end this season as Jackson’s No. 1 pass-catching option if both players are healthy. 

Already drafted: Saquon Barkley, Josh Jacobs, Lamar Jackson, D.J. Moore

5.3 Mark Ingram, RB, Baltimore Ravens

It’s tempting to take a tight end like Darren Waller here given that all of the starting RB and WR slots are filled, but Ingram is the best running back available and rounds out this unit with a fourth solid veteran. There’s some risk with regression from these last two running back picks, but this team also has all the makings of being a juggernaut if things break right. 

Already drafted: Alvin Kamara, Cooper Kupp, Le’Veon Bell, Odell Beckham Jr. 

5.4 Tarik Cohen, RB, Chicago Bears

Gotta go running back here with three receivers on the roster and the top player in my rankings in Cohen, coming off a career-high target season. New starting quarterback Nick Foles hasn’t had any issues throwing to running backs in recent seasons, so Cohen should flirt with triple-digit targets again this season, lining up in the backfield and out wide. Cohen is a very solid PPR back going at a value.  

Already drafted: Ezekiel Elliott, Kenny Golladay, JuJu Smith-Schuster, Tyler Lockett

5.5 David Johnson, RB, Houston Texans

Two running backs from the same roster necessitates playing it semi-safe here and going with another running back in a flex spot. There is a tier drop at the position after Johnson, so that makes this decision a little easier. Johnson must stay healthy, but he’ll have plenty of chances to succeed in a DeAndre Hopkins-less Houston offense, both as a rusher and receiver. He’s a great player to rotate in and out of your flex spot depending on his health status. 

Already drafted: Michael Thomas, Mike Evans, Nick Chubb, Kareem Hunt

5.6 D.J. Chark, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars

This team is in a touch spot, needing a running back and watching Cohen and Johnson come off the board with the prior two picks. A tight end (Waller) is the best available, but George Kittle is already on the roster. The choice here is to go with another 2019 breakout star, Chark. Chark had great numbers overall, but rostering him was a bit of a roller coaster and I expect much of the same in 2020. However, the Jaguars are going to have to throw a lot and if Chark is healthy, he’s the clear top option for Gardner Minshew. 

Already drafted: Aaron Jones, George Kittle, Amari Cooper, DeVante Parker

5.7 Raheem Mostert, RB, San Francisco 49ers

While the last team didn’t want to reach, this team does when the choice comes down to RB2, QB, or TE. Mostert’s status is thankfully no longer up in the air after his brief contract dispute with the 49ers came to an end in late July. He flashed to an elite level in the postseason and is the top back (as much as any one player can be) on an extremely run-heavy San Francisco team. His potential weekly upside is worthy of a half-round reach in this situation. 

Already drafted: Davante Adams, Miles Sanders, Adam Thielen, Calvin Ridley

5.8 Darren Waller, TE, Las Vegas Raiders

Waller’s mini slide ends here as we get to a more roster-balanced team. Waller broke out in 2019 and his redemption story was popularized by Hard Knocks a year ago. There are a few more mouths to feed in Las Vegas this season, but Tyrell Williams returning to health and the addition of rookie Henry Ruggs III could prevent defenses from focusing specifically on Waller. I don’t think he’s getting 90 catches again, but Waller should be a top-five tight end. 

Already drafted: Dalvin Cook, Kenyan Drake, T.Y. Hilton, Keenan Allen

5.9 Courtland Sutton, WR, Denver Broncos

This team continues to collect high-floor wide receivers with the addition of Sutton in the flex spot. I’m hopeful his talent wins out, but I do have some concerns that cause me to rank the Broncos’ pass-catcher outside of the top 50. After a great first game with Drew Lock, Sutton ranked as the WR50 in the final month of the season. The Broncos should be a run-heavy team that also added two rookie wide receivers in addition to Gordon in the backfield. I think Sutton’s fantasy upside is limited despite his immense talent.

Already drafted: Julio Jones, DeAndre Hopkins, Todd Gurley, Melvin Gordon

5.10 Tyler Boyd, WR, Cincinnati Bengals

While the return of A.J. Green will eat into Boyd’s production some, he’s been a really solid player with or without Green on the field over the last couple seasons. The Bengals will be forced to throw a lot because they’ll be losing a lot, so there will be plenty of work to go around. Rookie first overall pick Joe Burrow should provide a spark to the offense, as well. 

Already drafted: Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce, Chris Carson, James Conner

5.11 A.J. Green, WR, Cincinnati Bengals

As those who took Green last year know, this pick is risky. However, when Green is on the field he gives you high-end WR2 production. Who knows for how many games, but he’s a weekly starter when active. He’s a great high upside option if you’re still looking for a WR2 in the fifth round. 

Already drafted: Derrick Henry, Austin Ekeler, Allen Robinson, Zach Ertz

5.12 Marvin Jones Jr., WR, Detroit Lions

One of the more underrated players in the league, many would be surprised to see just how productive Jones has been in recent seasons. He finished last season as the WR24 in overall points and the WR19 on a points-per-game basis in PPR formats—and that’s despite playing five games with the combination of Jeff Driskel and David Blough at quarterback. Jones was the WR28 on a per-game basis in 2018, so his productivity certainly didn’t come out of nowhere.

Already drafted: Joe Mixon, Chris Godwin, Robert Woods, Clyde Edwards-Helaire

*****

6.1 Jonathan Taylor, RB, Indianapolis Colts

Instead of taking the best quarterback or tight end available on the board, we elect to take another promising rookie running back. The thought process here is that Taylor should be taking on a bigger and bigger role with the Colts as the season goes on. Taylor has the skill set to be a true three-down back and a major difference-maker for Indianapolis. He doesn’t need to be a fantasy starter early, but could be this team’s third top-20 heading into the playoffs. 

Already drafted: Joe Mixon, Chris Godwin, Robert Woods, Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Marvin Jones

6.2 Jarvis Landry, WR, Cleveland Browns

Landry is the perfect player to be high-floor Green insurance and a solid flex option. Landry has been the fourth-most targeted receiver in the NFL since 2017 and will continue to get plenty of looks on short-to-intermediate routes from Baker Mayfield. He won’t be a potential league-winner from the middle rounds, but he’s a very safe choice here.

Already drafted: Derrick Henry, Austin Ekeler, Allen Robinson, Zach Ertz, A.J. Green

6.3 Jamison Crowder, WR, New York Jets

An underrated fantasy player, Crowder is exactly the type of player you want in PPR formats. Sam Darnold feeds a ton of targets his way and he’ll rack up those catch points.  In the 13 games Crowder played with Sam Darnold last season, he amassed 108 targets, good for a 24.5% target share. There’s little reason to expect that to change in 2020.

Already drafted: Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce, Chris Carson, James Conner, Tyler Boyd

6.4 D’Andre Swift, RB, Detroit Lions

This selection is some late-season insurance should Todd Gurley get hurt and miss time. Gurley’s health issues are well documented at this point and there are concerns about what the exact workload split is going to be in Denver. Swift accounts for both of those factors since I anticipate he’ll be Detroit’s primary back in the second half of the season.

Already drafted: Julio Jones, DeAndre Hopkins, Todd Gurley, Melvin Gordon, Courtland Sutton

6.5 Michael Gallup, WR, Dallas Cowboys

Gallup posted more than 1,100 yards last season and was targeted pretty consistently throughout the season. The addition of rookie CeeDee Lamb will scare some away, but I don’t expect Lamb to get a significantly larger target share than Randall Cobb had last season. Gallup needs to stay healthy and prove he can do it again, but another 1,000-yard season should be expected.

Already drafted: Dalvin Cook, Kenyan Drake, T.Y. Hilton, Keenan Allen, Darren Waller

6.6 Tyler Higbee, TE, Los Angeles Rams

Higbee set the fantasy world on fire over the final four weeks of the season, eventually ripping the starting job away from Gerald Everett (even when he returned from injury). Over the final five games of the season, Higbee had 43 catches for 522 yards and two touchdowns. The Rams are expected to run more two-tight end sets this season and Higbee doesn’t leave the field often. He’s an exciting option here, even if there’s at least some risk that his late-season surge was a bit fluky because of the opponents he faced. 

Already drafted: Davante Adams, Miles Sanders, Adam Thielen, Calvin Ridley, Raheem Mostert

6.7 David Montgomery, RB, Chicago Bears

This team must go running back here (and again in either Round 7 or 8) and the top player on the board is the sophomore in Chicago. We all eagerly await the start of the season to see if Matt Nagy uses Montgomery more this season. His inconsistent usage over the first half-dozen games last season led to an average of 11.8 carries per game. That spiked to 17.1 attempts per game over the final 10 games of the season. It’s too small of a sample size to read into this too much, but Montgomery averaged 4.25 yards per carry in games in which he received at least 20 rushing attempts—he averaged 3.32 yards per carry in all other contests.

Already drafted: Aaron Jones, George Kittle, Amari Cooper, DeVante Parker, D.J. Chark

6.8 Dak Prescott, QB, Dallas Cowboys

Our third quarterback finally comes off the board, as all non-TE/K/DEF starting positions are filled. Prescott put up tremendous counting stats last season and should continue to throw early and often in 2020. He had plenty of weapons to work with and should be north of 4,400 passing yards this season—which is still great despite him throwing for nearly 5,000 last season.

Already drafted: Michael Thomas, Mike Evans, Nick Chubb, Kareem Hunt, David Johnson

6.9 Devin Singletary, RB, Buffalo Bills

It feels like drafting a tight end here is a bit of a reach and Russell Wilson is certainly in play, but let’s bolster the running back group first by adding the current lead back in Buffalo. While there are plenty of reasons for concern, Singletary does have upside and finished as the RB26 on a per-game basis in PPR formats last season. I think the presence of rookie Zack Moss saps Singletary’s upside (particularly around the goal line), but doesn’t really adversely affect his floor. 

Already drafted: Ezekiel Elliott, Kenny Golladay, JuJu Smith-Schuster, Tyler Lockett, Tarik Cohen

6.10 Golden Tate, WR, New York Giants

One of the biggest wide receiver values in fantasy drafts right now, Tate is a great top of the bench option here. He’ll find his way into starting lineups based on the matchup. Nearly 20% of Daniel Jones’ pass attempts went Tate’s way when both players were active. The Giants are going to be forced to throw a lot this season and Tate will be a big beneficiary, especially if other injury-prone pass-catchers (like Evan Engram or Sterling Shepard) go down again.

Already drafted: Alvin Kamara, Cooper Kupp, Le’Veon Bell, Odell Beckham Jr., Mark Ingram

6.11 Julian Edelman, WR, New England Patriots

Needing a WR2, Edelman falls into this team’s lap as we all try to figure out what the Patriots offense will look like in 2020. Will the addition of Cam Newton help Edelman? Or will it just be a bigger benefit to the outside wide receivers? Either way, I’m willing to take a chance on a lot of the high-level production carrying over for Edelman this season. 

Already drafted: Saquon Barkley, Josh Jacobs, Lamar Jackson, D.J. Moore, Mark Andrews

6.12 Matt Breida, RB, Miami Dolphins

I’m pretty high on Breida this season. He gives Ryan Fitzpatrick (and maybe Tua Tagovailoa) a true pass-catching, third-down back. He has blazing speed and will be on the field a lot as the Dolphins look to throw to come back in games. If Patrick Laird could provide top-40 RB production late last season in a pass-catching role for Miami, what will Breida do?

Already drafted: Christian McCaffrey, Leonard Fournette, Patrick Mahomes, A.J. Brown, Terry McLaurin

TEAM MAKEUP:

Team 1: Christian McCaffrey, Leonard Fournette, Patrick Mahomes, A.J. Brown, Terry McLaurin, Matt Breida

Team 2: Saquon Barkley, Josh Jacobs, Lamar Jackson, D.J. Moore, Mark Andrews, Julian Edelman

Team 3: Alvin Kamara, Cooper Kupp, Le’Veon Bell, Odell Beckham Jr., Mark Ingram, Golden Tate

Team 4: Ezekiel Elliott, Kenny Golladay, JuJu Smith-Schuster, Tyler Lockett, Tarik Cohen, Devin Singletary

Team 5: Michael Thomas, Mike Evans, Nick Chubb, Kareem Hunt, David Johnson, Dak Prescott

Team 6: Aaron Jones, George Kittle, Amari Cooper, DeVante Parker, D.J. Chark, David Montgomery

Team 7: Davante Adams, Miles Sanders, Adam Thielen, Calvin Ridley, Raheem Mostert, Tyler Higbee

Team 8: Dalvin Cook, Kenyan Drake, T.Y. Hilton, Keenan Allen, Darren Waller, Michael Gallup

Team 9: Julio Jones, DeAndre Hopkins, Todd Gurley, Melvin Gordon, Cortland Sutton, D’Andre Swift

Team 10: Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce, Chris Carson, James Conner, Tyler Boyd, Jamison Crowder

Team 11: Derrick Henry, Austin Ekeler, Allen Robinson, Zach Ertz, A.J. Green, Jarvis Landry

Team 12: Joe Mixon, Chris Godwin, Robert Woods, Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Marvin Jones, Jonathan Taylor

Written By:

Jaime Eisner

Managing Editor

Managing Editor of The Draft Network. He’s a former editor for Sports Illustrated, FanRag Sports and Arizona Sports. He’s the co-host of the TDN Fantasy Podcast and has an extensive background covering fantasy sports and sports betting.

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