Fantasy Football: Jake Arians' 3-Round Standard Mock Draft

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The latest edition is a three-round, stand scoring mock by TDN Fantasy host and former NFL player Jake Arians. Check it out:

Round 1

1.1 Christian McCaffrey

What is there to say about McCaffrey? He is still the focal point of the offense and his pass-catching ability even in standard formats sets him apart from the crowd. I still expect him to be close to a 1,000-1,000 yard guy. Better quarterback play will offset the new coaching staff and changes on the offensive line.

1.2 Saquon Barkley

This new coaching staff wants to run the ball and limit turnovers. All that means that their best player will be the guy as a runner and pass-catcher. Health is at no concern for me after last year’s fluke injury. Quarterback Daniel Jones should progress in his second year as well. The offensive line is an issue, but Barkley can overcome that.

1.3 Ezekiel Elliott

The Cowboys will throw a lot but they can’t help but rely on Elliott as well. Their O-line is still strong and Elliott is a workhorse that can and will carry the load. He’s also a much better receiver than he gets credit for. He should be a touchdown monster in the red zone this season.

1.4 Alvin Kamara

Back to being fully healthy, I expect a huge season from Kamara. I believe the Saints want to run the ball and play-action off that. The addition of Emmanuel Sanders helps Kamara by opening space on the field. He is a true three-down back on a very good team that will put up numbers and score a lot.

1.5 Dalvin Cook

While I’m not quite as high on Cook as I was last year, this really was dependent on him not holding out. He has reported to camp and if nothing changes I would expect a very similar season to last year. He needs to prove he can stay healthy, but he is as dynamic as anyone in the league. He is the perfect back for Gary Kubiak’s system, which he proved last year, and that won’t change with Kubiak now calling plays.

1.6 Michael Thomas

He just produces. While in standard formats you lose all those PPR points, you still have a guy that will be around 1,500 yards and 9-10 touchdowns. Nothing should change for him in this offense in a negative way. Jared Cook’s play down the stretch last year and the signing of Sanders, with a healthy Kamara, does nothing but help Thomas in my opinion.

1.7 Joe Mixon

He wants to get paid—that’s always something I pay attention to. He was finally a big part of the passing game last year and is the main reason I have him this high. If he is on the field for a lot of the passing downs, I think his production will be higher than last season.

1.8 Aaron Jones

Don’t let the negative hype fool you, he is the focal point of this running game. He also proved last year he can be dynamic in the passing game. His overall touchdowns may come down some, but he will still have a huge season as Green Bay’s feature back and second-best pass-catching option for Aaron Rodgers.

1.9 Davante Adams

If he stays healthy, he will have a monster year.  He’s the Packers’ No. 1 receiving option by far and Rodgers’ guy. He’s one of the premier receivers in the league. 

1.10 Julio Jones

Jones may be the best all-around wide receivers in the league! Atlanta’s defense is going to struggle and they will have to throw a lot. Calvin Ridley’s emergence will really help Jones—although he has proven it doesn’t matter how you defend him, he puts up numbers. His health is his only potentially limiting factor.

1.11 Derrick Henry

Henry only plays on first and second down, but that will be enough to pick up where he left off last season. This team wants to run and then play-action, and that all starts and ends with him. I’m not as high on him as some given his limited pass-catching ability, but the numbers should still be high.

1.12 Josh Jacobs

I think Jacobs’ running will be very similar to last year, but I expect the Raiders to use him more in the passing game. He will be the focal point of this offense with more weapons to take some heat off of him. This offensive line is very solid. I think he has a big year two.

Round 2

2.1 Nick Chubb

2.2 Tyreek Hill

2.3 Chris Godwin

2.4 Clyde Edwards-Helaire

2.5 Miles Sanders

2.6 DeAndre Hopkins

2.7 Kenyan Drake

2.8 Mike Evans

2.9 Travis Kelce

2.10 Austin Ekeler

2.11 Kenny Golladay

2.12 George Kittle

Round 3

3.1 Leonard Fournette

3.2 Amari Cooper

3.3 JuJu Smith-Schuster

3.4 T.Y. Hilton

3.5 Cooper Kupp

3.6 Allen Robinson

3.7 Le'Veon Bell

3.8 Adam Thielen

3.9 James Conner

3.10 Chris Carson

3.11 Melvin Gordon

3.12 Calvin Ridley

Team Makeup:

Team 1: McCaffrey, Kittle, Fournette

Team 2:  Barkley, Golladay, Cooper

Team 3: Elliott, Ekeler, Smith-Schuster

Team 4: Kamara, Kelce, Hilton

Team 5: Cook, Evans, Kupp

Team 6: Thomas, Drake, Robinson

Team 7: Mixon, Hopkins, Bell

Team 8: A. Jones, Sanders, Thielen

Team 9: Adams, Edwards-Helaire, Conner

Team 10: J Jones, Godwin, Carson

Team 11: Henry, Hill, Gordon

Team 12: Jacobs, Chubb, Ridley

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