Welcome to the final mock draft installment of Fantasy Friday here at The Draft Network. Each Friday from July 17th until September 4th we’ve had a fantasy mock draft with its own theme. Most were three-round mocks, some for PPR formats and some for standard formats. The majority of those mocks were done by Jaime Eisner, with guest mocks from Paige Dimakos and Jake Arians. However, this one involves our TDN Premium members.
Nine TDN Premium members plus the three hosts of the TDN Fantasy Podcast got together for a draft this week. While I evaluate the TDN Fantasy staff’s picks and identify all teams’ best, worst, and value picks, the drafters themselves also get to self-evaluate a bit. Check out the results below and be sure to check out the fantasy section of TDN each day as you prepare for your own draft.
Rules/Roster spots: Full PPR, otherwise default scoring. 1 QB, 2 RB, 2 WR, 1 TE, 2 W/R/T, 1 K, 1 DST, 5 BN
TEAM 1 - Paige Dimakos
Jaime’s Take: Paige executed my No. 1 pick cheat code to its fullest extent in this draft. She grabbed Christian McCaffrey and another top-18 running back before selecting my No. 1-ranked quarterback, Patrick Mahomes. She followed it up with two top-20 wide receivers (T.Y. Hilton and Tyler Lockett), an underrated flex running back (Tarik Cohen), and a high-upside tight end (Evan Engram). Of the 12 squads, this was my favorite leaving the draft.
Best Pick: T.Y. Hilton (Round 4): One of the best values in fantasy, Hilton dropping to the final pick in the fourth round allowed Paige to start her team with a top-15 wide receiver despite not using a first-, second-, or third-round pick at the position.
Worst Pick: Joe Burrow (Round 15): Not many bad picks for this team and it’s not like Mahomes will be sitting much, but Burrow is my QB19 and there were a few better options available.
Sneaky Value Pick: Deebo Samuel (Round 9): He may be back in September, providing a ton of value at this draft position. He’s a top-40 wide receiver even if he misses three games.
TEAM 2 - Jake Arians
Jaime’s Take: Jake practiced what he preached, going running back heavy with four backs taken in the first five rounds. He found great values at wide receiver and tight end late after loading up on four of my top 25 running backs—usually tough to do at such a shallow position. Overall, this is a very balanced team with plenty of production.
Best Pick: Tyler Boyd (Round 6): Aside from Hilton, Boyd is the best value at wide receiver right now. He’s a borderline WR2 going as a mid-to-late WR3. Jake needed a sturdy WR2 option with all of his running back selections and Boyd provides that without taking away from the potential upside of a typical WR2.
Worst Pick: Raheem Mostert (Round 4): This isn’t a bad pick, but it’s about a one-round reach for me. Jake values running back depth, so it’s understandable—and he gets a value pick in Kareem Hunt next time around—but given the semi-committee approach the 49ers are expected to use, I have Mostert ranked No. 60 overall.
Sneaky Value Pick: Nyheim Hines (Round 11): If there’s any back going this late in drafts that could break out without an injury (or injuries) in front of him, it’s Hines. Philip Rivers likes to check it down and Hines may be on the field a lot on passing downs.
TEAM 3 - NickLama05
Their Take: "Happy fantasy football season! My first pick was pretty straightforward, as I looked to take whoever was left between Christian McCaffrey, Saquon Barkley, and Ezekiel Elliott. My running back room rounds out with Devin Singletary, Leonard Fournette, J.K. Dobbins, Tony Pollard, and Latavius Murray. At the time of the draft, Fournette was still unsigned so I decided to take a risk and rip the Band-Aid off in Round 7 to take Fournette. Hours after, he signed with the Bucs and looks to assume a big role in the offense as the year progresses. Well worth the risk.
"I really like the ceiling of my wide receiver room even though there will undoubtedly be some odd weeks for my guys—Kenny Golladay, Odell Beckham Jr., Diontae Johnson, and Justin Jefferson being the room. For my tight end, I did something I usually don’t do and elected to take a tight end early with George Kittle in the second round, who should continue to dominate. I opted for no backup as there were only five spots on the bench and tight ends seem to be easily streamable for my bench if need be.
"My decisions on quarterback continued to surprise me as the draft went on. Rounds went on, guys kept going, and I kept on waiting. Waiting all the way until the FINAL TWO ROUNDS to select my quarterbacks in Kirk Cousins and Drew Lock. Cousins offers a comfortable floor that I was comfortable with and Lock has a sky-high ceiling this season if everything clicks with that offense. The team rounds out with the Baltimore D/ST and kicker, Wil Lutz. Excited for football season, enjoy!"
Best Pick: Kenny Golladay (Round 3): Golladay is in line for another big season. He likely won’t lead the league in receiving touchdowns again, but gets to replace eight games of David Blough/Jeff Driskel with Matthew Stafford.
Worst Pick: J.K. Dobbins (Round 6): I’m just not buying the Dobbins hype this season. He’ll get some work, but not enough to be fantasy relevant most weeks.
Sneaky Value Pick: Leonard Fournette (Round 7): Despite not knowing where he was going to land, Fournette was still worthy of a top-70 pick. Just hours after the draft, this team was rewarded by Fournette signing in Tampa Bay and remaining a top-20 running back in my rankings.
TEAM 4 - Huddle12
Their Take: “I think my draft went fairly well and according to plan. My goal was to get one dependable RB and then attack WRs with high target shares. I wanted to avoid high variance or questionable usage RBs in the early-to-mid rounds and opted for hopefully more consistent week-to-week points via high targets with the PPR scoring. I expect a big season from the Tampa Bay offense and hope the trend of a year-two QB winning MVP continues. I was not happy that Jaime nabbed both the L.A. WRs back-to-back before my pick in the fourth.”
Best Pick: Chris Godwin (Round 2): I’ve been a huge Godwin fan for some time, but his elite performance last season coupled with the addition of Tom Brady (and his penchant for targeting slot receivers) portends a monster season ahead. After finishing as the No. 2 wide receiver last season, he’s ranked as my WR5 and No. 14 overall. He was taken outside the top 20.
Worst Pick: Antonio Gibson (Round 7): I like the talent and am not opposed to taking a flyer on Gibson, but not at pick No. 76. Gibson comes in at No. 137 on my rankings and I would’ve taken any of the next 11 running backs off the board ahead of Gibson. However, the upside is tantalizing. [Editor's note: Never mind lol]
Sneaky Value Pick: Christian Kirk (Round 10): Arizona receivers not named DeAndre Hopkins are being ignored in fantasy drafts right now but shouldn’t be. There will be plenty of volume to go around. Kirk is still worthy of a top-100 pick and comes off the board at pick 117.
TEAM 5 - Sueanneco
Their Take: "I was still hungover from my nonstop Superflex Dynasty drafts over the quarantine period when we partook in our TDN redraft. Being at 1.05 is not bad insomuch as the decision I had to make at the fifth pick, but more so in terms of my options at the 2.08. I like going back-to-back RBs but that wasn’t possible by the time 2.08 rolled around so I intended to go early TE with Kelce, who was sniped right before me. From that point on, I really had to decide what I could do to get an extra edge, and so I decided to go ultra risky and grab Lamar [Jackson] to make up for what I expected to be limited RB options later. In the end, my whole draft cratered at 6.08, when I was being too cute and drafted Deshaun Watson instead of grabbing a reliable flex player. From that point on, my draft was all about trying to salvage that lost pick."
Best Pick: Marvin Jones Jr. (Round 8): I absolutely love this pick. Jones is an incredible value who I have a fifth-round grade on going here in Round 8. 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 Driskel and Blough at quarterback.
Worst Pick: Deshaun Watson (Round 6): There’s nothing wrong with Watson the player, but when you spend a second-round pick on Lamar Jackson in a single-QB league, you can’t even think about adding another passer until the final three rounds, if at all.
Sneaky Value Pick: All running backs taken in Rounds 10-13: Running back is going to be an issue for this team, but adding a quartet of potentially high-upside backup running backs gives Sueanne a chance to strike gold.
TEAM 6 - Sportrepreneur
Their Take: “All in all happy with my draft. Would like to thank Josina Anderson [her report about a possible trade] for scaring a few teams into letting Kamara fall to me at No. 6. Was hopeful of investing more into RB early on but the board didn’t fall my way in that regard. Still content with my depth at each group, even if none jump off the page at me. Don’t feel like I have any holes at this stage. Now it’s up to risk/reward picks like A.J. Green and Kerryon Johnson to deliver on potential rather than occupy the injury report. However, my good feelings about a late-round flyer on Ke’Shawn Vaughn have obviously come undone in a matter of a few hours post-draft.”
Best Pick: Alvin Kamara (Round 1): I’m glad (actually, I’m not since I picked eighth) the Kamara fall stopped here. I’m still of the mind he’ll be playing for the Saints this season. If so, he’s my No. 3 overall player poised for a monster season with positive touchdown regression. Getting him at pick No. 6 is fine in the moment but could become a big value.
Worst Pick: Cam Akers (Round 5): I’m just not ready to buy that anyone will be the guy in the Rams’ backfield for long enough stretches to be worth a pick in the first six rounds. Akers is the highest-rated of the bunch, but I anticipate this backfield being a headache all season.
Sneaky Value Pick: John Brown (Round 10): Yes, Stefon Diggs is now in Buffalo, but that doesn’t mean you just ignore the player who had the 26th-most targets in the entire NFL last season. Brown led all Bills with 115 targets in 2019. He certainly won’t reach that threshold in 2020, but he’ll still be in the 90s if healthy
TEAM 7 - JackTouchton
Note: in the immediate aftermath of the draft, I traded Tyreek Hill and David Montgomery for Kenyan Drake and Stefon Diggs.
Their Take: "I‘m over the moon with how this team came out. Having two elite receivers like I drafted would’ve been nice, but after my trade I have an RB room of Kenyan Drake, Todd Gurley, David Johnson, Ronald Jones (who I still think is a flex, despite the Fournette pickup that happened immediately after this draft), and James White—that depth is the best in the league, in my opinion. With Michael Thomas, Michael Gallup (who I had as a top-50 player), and Stefon Diggs at WR, I’ve got all the depth in the world to survive injuries and COVID. Brees/Stafford at QB, breakout candidate and my TE7 Noah Fant at tight end, and even Harrison Butker at kicker, I don’t think there’s a significant weakness anywhere on this team and I’m ready to contend."
Best Pick: Tyreek Hill (Round 2): As much as I’m not a fan of going WR-WR to start, when you get two top-four players at the position and two top-13 players overall, it’s hard to be upset. Getting Hill a half-round later than where my rankings placed him allowed him to make a quick trade for a running back upgrade.
Worst Pick: Ronald Jones (Round 5): This isn’t really fair, but with the benefit of hindsight we can definitively say this pick is the worst. Jones will still have a role and will probably be a borderline top-40 running back, but won’t return this value with Fournette on the Buccaneers’ roster.
Sneaky Value Pick: Preston Williams (Round 13): Williams burst onto the scene in the first half of the 2019 season before suffering an ACL injury. He was the No. 37 overall wide receiver in PPR formats at the time. He’s the clear No. 2 wide receiver in Miami and getting him this late is a nice value if he can spike into WR3 territory this season.
TEAM 8 - Jaime Eisner
Jaime’s Take: I’m in like with my team—not in love because of the RB2 situation. The super running back-heavy first round forced my hand a bit. I couldn’t pass up my WR3 (Julio Jones) in the second round in favor of a mid-level RB2, nor could I skip over my WR9 (Cooper Kupp) in favor of a borderline top-20 running back. The hope is the elite group of pass-catchers (and Aaron Jones) can get me over the hump until D’Andre Swift takes over the lead role in Detroit.
Best Pick: Zach Ertz (Round 6): Ertz is my TE3 and I have a top-40 grade on him. Getting him at pick 65 was too good to pass up.
Worst Pick: You be the judge! (I eagerly await the Aaron Jones hate).
Sneaky Value Pick: Jamison Crowder (Round 10): There’s nothing sexy about Crowder in fantasy other than his target volume. But he’s going to get a high target share in New York and I had a sixth-round grade on him.
TEAM 9 - RahoulHoreBayBay
Their Take: "My philosophy for this draft was to try to create an effective balance on my team of both high-floor selections mixed in with riskier/higher ceiling picks. Overall, I feel I was able to achieve some type of balance with higher floor players like Aaron Rodgers and Joe Mixon with more risk with my receiving corps, although I would’ve liked to achieve this mix at each position. Due to the depth of the draft, I intended on focus on running back early and then address other positions with more depth later. I would’ve ideally liked to have gotten someone like Aaron Jones with my first pick (thanks Jaime!) to couple with Mixon to fortify my running back picks. My receivers are players that will hopefully see a decent amount of volume in their respective offenses.
"As for my bench, I was considering players that could be in contention for increased reps due to events over the offseason (such as Devine Ozigbo after the Fournette release or Bryan Edwards after the Tyrell Williams injury.) Overall, I believe that my team could end up being either very successful and in the playoff picture or very bad and bottom of the league. If my past fantasy history is anything to go by, it’ll likely be a record around .500."
Best Pick: Stefon Diggs (Round 6): I’m fairly cautious when it comes to valuing Diggs this season, but in the sixth round he’s worth snagging for his upside.
Worst Pick: Jordan Howard (Round 5): I don’t dislike Howard, but I had him ranked 60 spots lower than his draft slot. He’s a top-40 running back, but will likely only play on early downs and won’t catch enough passes to be a consistent PPR option.
Sneaky Value Pick: None: Based on my rankings, Rahoul did not take a single player at a value relative to my rankings.
TEAM 10 - MasherSF
Their Take: "I’m happy with my draft. Going in with a late pick, I knew most of the guys I wanted to fill out my roster wouldn’t be there. I put focus on getting strong running backs at the start of the draft, but that plan fell through once Ekeler went. I shifted my focus to getting a good group of wide receivers and TEs and a top-three QB to help out. Also, went with some low-risk, high-reward picks late in Cam Newton, Brandon Aiyuk and Damien Harris."
Best Pick: Davante Adams (Round 2): A running back-heavy first round allowed Masher to get my WR2 (and the player projected to be my top scorer on a per-game basis at the position) at pick No. 15. Adams is a great player to pair with Austin Ekeler to start the draft.
Worst Pick: Marlon Mack (Round 7): Mack is a player I think the fantasy community is giving up on too early, but there’s not much upside when he’s taken at pick No. 82. He’ll provide early-season value, but he’s ranked 40 spots lower for me.
Sneaky Value Pick: Brandin Cooks (Round 10): Grabbing Cooks at pick 111 is a steal. He ranks as my No. 83 overall player and has WR2 upside if things break just right and he stays healthy. While that’s asking a lot, he could have prolonged stretches as Watson’s WR1.
TEAM 11 - Skilly1998
Their Take: "If you've listened to the [TD Fantasy] Pod recently, you'll know that Jaime and Jake have been preaching to take running backs early, so that's what I did! My team looks a little short at WR, but the starting guys I picked are WR1s for their team and should command enough targets. I'd like to have a true receiving back in a full-PPR league, but my backs have so many guaranteed carries it shouldn't be a problem. Rounding the team off with the best kicker in the league and a defense I believe will improve with another year under [Chuck] Pagano was a sweet finish."
Best Pick: Golden Tate (Round 11): I have Tate as a top-70 PPR player but he continued to fall and fall all the way to pick No. 131. This team isn’t deep at wide receiver, so Tate could challenge for that second flex spot throughout the season.
Worst Pick: Zack Moss (Round 8): If Devin Singletary fumbles away the starting job this’ll look like a much better pick, but considering I have Moss ranked outside my top 140 and the wide receiver needs this team has, I would’ve gone elsewhere with this pick.
Sneaky Value Pick: Alexander Mattison (Round 10): Dalvin Cook’s injury history makes him a potential elite handcuff (either for your own team or to block someone else), but Mattison will get some work even when Cook is on the field. Last season, in games where Cook was active, Mattison received nearly 25% of the carries. Love the value here.
TEAM 12 - TheRogersUK
Their Take: "Pros play differently. You get some home leagues like this, but out of six redraft, this is the second league like this where ADP means nothing for at least half of the league.
"I had a gameplan of a core squad of four RBs and two WRs but it didn’t work out like that. Ekeler and Sanders were the dream combo for No. 12 and No. 13, but Jacobs being chief backup isn’t too bad. Thielen dropped as my WR6 (at WR13) so I was so delighted and I still managed to get an unfashionable RB1 in Gordon. Hollywood followed at 5.12 but at 6.01 I had no one I liked so Metcalf was the forced pick (No. 58 for me at No. 61, but wasn’t happy).
"With the base squad built, I went with “Upside Wins Championships” philosophy inspired by Scott Barrett at Fantasy Pros and took Will Fuller, Josh Allen, Darius Slayton, and DeSean Jackson to build the backend of my starters. High risk, high reward. Fuller and Jackson will be WR1s until they go onto IR.
"Thompson, Jaguars' RB1 for PPR, Gesicki (dropped for Herndon due to matchup vs. Patriots in Week 1), potential RB2 Henderson followed by Jets WR1 Perriman and Eagles (when healthy) WR1 Jalen Reagor.
"I’m delighted with the team and look forward to contending for the championship."
Best Pick: Will Fuller (Round 8): I have a pretty conservative 11-game projection for Fuller that still sneaks him into my top 75 overall. Getting him at pick 85 could prove to be a huge steal, especially if he can stay relatively healthy this season.
Worst Pick: Marquise Brown (Round 5): I have Brown ranked 24 spots lower than this selection at the end of Round 5. I love the talent, but passing volume in Baltimore is going to be limited and Brown will still take a backseat to Mark Andrews.
Sneaky Value Pick: Darrell Henderson (Round 13): A hamstring injury has sent Henderson tumbling down draft boards, but getting him at pick No. 156 is a value. I expect he’ll have some significant backfield role, even if he doesn’t play Week 1, so he’s absolutely worth the risk outside of the top 150.
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