Now that the draft has come and gone, it’s time to do my first fantasy mock draft for the up and coming season. A lot of picks can change between now and the start of the season so I’m doing it as if everyone is fit and healthy. I’ll be doing the mock draft as if I’m in a 10 man PPR league. The league format will be 1 QB, 2 WR’s, 2 RB’s, 1 TE, 1 Flex position which is WR/RB/TE, 1 Kicker and a defence/special team. PPR means every reception a player gets they get an extra point, making players like Christian McCaffrey and Alvin Kamara that extra bit more vital. I’ve put myself drafting at number 5 just because it’s in the middle, no other reason for it.
The draft type is snaked as it’s the most fair when you’re playing with your mates in the league, and if you normally win your league like I do it means you get better picks. I’ll be doing my mock draft on the Fantasy Pro’s Mock Draft Simulator, link is below if you want to check it out and get the practice in early.
Mock Draft Simulator: Mock Draft Simulator (fantasypros.com)
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Pick 1.05 – Derrick Henry (RB)
Now it’s near impossible to not pick a running back in the first round unless you’re one of the later picks. The first 4 RB’s off the board in my mock in order were, Christian McCaffrey, Saquon Barkley, Alvin Kamara and Dalvin Cook. This left me with the easy choice of back to back 2,000 rushing yard seasons, Derrick Henry. While he doesn’t get as many catches, he makes up with it in rushing yards and touchdowns.
Pick 2.06 – Stefon Diggs (WR)
At this pick there is still a massive amount of elite fantasy players left. Missing out on Deandre Hopkins to pick 2.05, I went with Stefon Diggs who finished as the 3rd highest point scoring WR last season. Over 1500 yards and 8 touchdowns, racking up only 0.3 points less than Tyreek Hill over the 2020 season. I expect the Bills to pick up where they left off last season, and ball out from the get go.
Pick 3.05 – Darren Waller (TE)
There was quite a lot of options at this pick and by far the hardest one yet. Allen Robinson, D’Andre Swift, Joe Mixon and Terry Mclaurin were still left. I went Waller because it’s a safer pick, we don’t know what Robinson and Mclaurin will be like with a different QB throwing to them. With Swift there’s a new head coach and granted, he had a good season but I just don’t like chucking an early pick on a team that has only ever had one RB go over 1,000 rushing yards since 2013. Mixon is coming off a season full of injuries and in fantasy you need consistency. Waller had a tremendous season and is a set and forget player. Second behind Travis Kelce last season, Kittle is back but he’ll still be in the top 3 I have no doubt.
Pick 4.06 – Kyler Murray (QB)
Now I have gone very early on a QB but I can’t pass on Kyler while he’s still there. In fantasy you want a scrambling QB because they’ll get points for rushing yards and also 6 points for a rushing touchdown. Having just missed out on Hopkins in the second round, I’ll still get some points from Kyler for passing it to him. Kyler finished 3rd last season, accumulating more points than Patrick Mahomes. I can only see Murray getting more points this season after the addition of Rondale Moore in the draft as well, which also may hurt Hopkins’ point’s haul this season. Just to note the highest scoring QB of last season Josh Allen was available at this pick, having already picked Diggs, I’m not a fan of picking two players from the same team just in case they have a massive off day.
Pick 5.05 – J.K Dobbins (RB)
From here on out the picks get a little harder. I went with Dobbins going off how he finished last season. Dobbins averaged 16.64 points over his last 5 games, which if he does that over a season would put him at the number 4 spot for RB’s based off last season. At this stage it’s all about calculated risks and Dobbins was the best option.
Pick 6.06 – Adam Thielen (WR)
While the emergence of rookie Justin Jefferson was the headline for Minnesota last season, Thielen still managed to come in the top 10 most points for WR’s. Thielen finished with 254 points while missing a game. He also had twice the amount of TD’s than Jefferson managed and with a TD being worth 6 points he is still great value at this stage of the draft.
Pick 7.05 – Brandon Aiyuk (Flex WR/RB/TE)
Aiyuk had a solid first season at San Francisco while #1 QB Jimmy Garoppolo was out for most of it. With the addition of Trey Lance in the draft, Brandon will excel this season regardless who starts between Jimmy and Trey. Aiyuk also adds some points to his tally with rushing yards and rushing TD’s, amassing 77 rushing yards and 2 TD’s last season, I can see it doubling easily with a fit QB.
Pick 8.06 – Justin Tucker (K)
Now come the two boring picks. If Justin Tucker is available here just take him, he’s Mr consistent, set and forget. A lot of people will take defence before a kicker but I just don’t see the point. I tend to change my defence weekly depending on who they play against, that’s why I’m taking Tucker. Having set and forget players makes life so much easier when choosing who to pick throughout the season, saving that extra inch of hairline remaining.
Pick 9.05 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Defence/Special Team)
Now this pick will 100% change by the time the season comes but what better way to end the draft than with Super Bowl champions, Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Picking a defence for me is looking at the strength of the defence versus how hard their first 3 fixtures are. It’s better to play it safe and go strength at the start due to not knowing what teams are going to be like to begin with. The Buccs have Cowboys, Falcons and Rams in the first 3 games, could be tough, could be 3-0. For me, play it safe first 3 games, then it may be worth looking elsewhere.
Draft Grade A- (90/100)
At the end of every mock draft you do you’ll get a draft grade which is worked out from a consensus of 28 experts. The closer it gets to the seasons the more experts there will be therefore grading may vary. Have a go yourself and see if you can get a higher score. There’s going to be plenty of fantasy content in the future, so buckle up because you’re in for a rollercoaster of emotions.