12 Team half-point PPR Mock Draft Recap

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12 Team half-point PPR Mock Draft Recap

We’re right in the middle of draft season and now is the perfect time to dive into mock drafts and plan your strategy for your upcoming league drafts. 

Fantasy Football Calculator is your one-stop shop for dominating your fantasy football league. We offer mock drafts, rankings, cheat sheets, player analysis, lineup builders, ADP data, and a free app. These are the same tools I use when preparing for my drafts. 

One of my favorite tools to use is the Scenario Calculator, which allows you to calculate the probability that a player will fall to you at a specific spot in the draft. I look ahead to each round before the draft and plan the players I want to target. That way, I’m prepared when the draft comes around a little faster than I’d like. I just look at my targets and choose one. Of course, not every draft is going to follow ADP 100%, so that’s why I also keep FFC Draft Rankings with me. 

For this mock draft, I have the 5th pick in a half-point PPR league. It starts 1 QB/ 2 RB/ 3 WR/ 1 TE/ 1 Flex/ 1 Def/ 1 K and has five bench spots. I’m listing my targets for each round, along with the player I’m actually drafting. 

If you’d like to see the results, you can view the full draft board here.

Round 1: Austin Ekeler, RB, Chargers

Targets: Austin Ekeler, Cooper Kupp, Travis Kelce, Tyreek Hill 

In the first round of my draft, I decided to start strong with Austin Ekeler. He was among my initial targets, and his versatility as both a rusher and receiver makes him a perfect fit for a half-point PPR league.

Round 2: Garrett Wilson, WR, Jets

Targets: Derrick Henry, Garrett Wilson, Chris Olave, Tee Higgins

Moving into the second round, I stuck to my plan and selected Garrett Wilson. The potential for Wilson with Aaron Rodgers leading the offense has me excited about this pick.

Round 3: Mark Andrews, TE, Ravens

Targets: Joe Mixon, Chris Olave, Tee Higgins, Mark Andrews

In the third round, I continued following my strategy by adding Mark Andrews to my roster. His consistency as an elite tight end offers a competitive advantage in my lineup.

Round 4: Aaron Jones, RB, Packers

Targets: Kenneth Walker, Miles Sanders, Drake London, Christian Watson

Kenneth Walker was gone by the time the draft got back to me, but I have Aaron Jones ranked higher anyway, so I happily drafted Jones as my second RB. 

Round 5: Drake London, WR, Falcons

Targets: Miles Sanders, Drake London, Christian Watson, Christian Kirk

Drake London’s production may be limited by the Falcons' offense and the presence of Kyle Pitts and Bijan Robinson. However, in the fifth round, he gives me a very strong WR2 with high upside.

Round 6: Diontae Johnson, WR, Steelers

Targets: Rachaad White, James Conner, Diontae Johnson, Mike Williams

Staying true to my strategy, I selected Diontae Johnson in the sixth round. His consistent target volume and big-play potential make him a valuable addition to my roster. I feel like positive touchdown regression is coming for him this year, and if it does, he will be a steal at his ADP. 

Round 7: Jahan Dotson, WR, Commanders 

Targets: Rachaad White. Isiah Pacheco, Jahan Dotson, Dak Prescott

My focus on wide receivers continued in the seventh round as I picked Jahan Dotson. The second-year receiver has breakout potential in 2023 and could emerge as a weekly starter in all leagues

Round 8: Rashaad Penny, RB, Eagles

Targets: AJ Dillon, Rashaad Penny, Gabe Davis, Treylon Burks

I consider Penny a high-risk, high-reward fantasy sleeper with big-play ability behind a strong offensive line. Exactly the kind of player I love to draft!

Round 9: Samaje Perine, RB, Broncos

Targets: Samaje Perine, Khalil Herbert, Courtland Sutton, Quentin Johnson

Perine is expected to fit in as the Broncos' passing-downs RB and also as a full-time starter for however many games rusher Javonte Williams misses in his recovery from a torn ACL. If Williams is slow in his return and Perine begins 2023 as the Broncos' lead back, then he can serve as an early-season RB2 with some pretty good upside before settling as their pass-downs back

Round 10: Jared Goff, QB, Lions

Targets: Damien Harris, Tyler Boyd, Darnell Mooney, Kirk Cousins, Aaron Rodgers

I was hoping Kirk Cousins or Aaron Rodgers would be available here, but QB is the one position that you can never trust ADP. People love their QBs and will often draft them way ahead of ADP. I think Goff is a fine pick, though, and has top 10 potential.

Rounds 11-13 (Handcuffs/Sleepers) 

Devin Singletary, RB, Texans

Jaylen Warren, RB, Steelers

Chase Claypool, WR, Bears


RB: Jalyen Warren, Kendre Miller, Chuba Hubbard, Devin Singletary, Jerome Ford

WR: Darnell, Mooney, Chase Claypool, John Metchie

Devin Singletary and Jaylen Warren are nothing more than handcuffs, even though I didn’t draft the starters for their teams. I’m a big believer in drafting handcuffs late and it doesn’t matter to me if I own the starter or not. It’s all about upside at this point in the draft. These are the players you’ll waive in order to get the hot pickup of the week once the season starts, so why not try to get ahead of it and draft a potential game-changer instead of blowing your FAAB budget on him later?

Rounds 14-15: Kicker/ Defense

New England, Def

Jake Eliott, K, Eagles

The last two rounds are always reserved for defense and kicker. I usually stream those positions, so if you’re not required to draft one or the other, it’s a good idea to draft some high-upside players you can drop before Week 1. That way, if an injury occurs in the preseason, there’s a slight chance you have the backup already on your roster. 

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