2017 fantasy football mock draft: PPR 12-team round-by-round analysis

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Mock Draft Overview

Draft season is finally here!

What better way to kick it off than to dive deep into a recent 12-team PPR mock draft conducted here at Fantasy Football Calculator.

Mock drafts are a great way to get insight into fantasy values for your 2017 draft. If you want to do your own free and fast mock draft, check out the live mock draft lobby. Also,  you can check out the results of thousands of other 12-team PPR mock drafts.

Below is our take on the best and worst picks for each round of this PPR mock draft conducted on August 19th, 2017. You can view the draft board view of the full draft here.

Round 1

# Player Pos Team
1 Antonio Brown WR PIT
2 David Johnson RB ARI
3 Odell Beckham Jr WR NYG
4 LeVeon Bell RB PIT
5 Julio Jones WR ATL
6 LeSean McCoy RB BUF
7 Melvin Gordon RB LAC
8 Mike Evans WR TB
9 Devonta Freeman RB ATL
10 A.J. Green WR CIN
11 Jordy Nelson WR GB
12 DeMarco Murray RB TEN

Best pick: Le'Veon Bell. Easily the best pick of round 1 here is Le'Veon Bell. I can understand taking wide receivers high in a PPR format, but Bell is a fantasy powerhouse. I would jump for joy to get him at #4 overall.

Worst pick: Antonio Brown. While he's not a bad player to have on your team, it's a bit too safe to take him #1 overall. There is much more depth at wide receiver than running back. To pass up on David Johnson and LeVeon Bell at #1 overall is a mistake.

Round 2

# Player Pos Team
1 Ezekiel Elliott RB DAL
2 Jordan Howard RB CHI
3 Amari Cooper WR OAK
4 Michael Thomas WR NO
5 Dez Bryant WR DAL
6 Jay Ajayi RB MIA
7 Aaron Rodgers QB GB
8 Todd Gurley RB LAR
9 T.Y. Hilton WR IND
10 Leonard Fournette RB JAC
11 Rob Gronkowski TE NE
12 Isaiah Crowell RB CLE

Best pick: Jay Ajayi. Getting a running back at 2.06 with as much upside as Jay Ajayi is awesome. Now that Cutler is there it help steady the offense, expect a huge season from Ajayi in 2017.

Worst pick: Ezekiel Elliott. While his suspension may be reduced, there is no guarantee that it will be. Six games is half of the fantasy regular season. He's a decent value in the 3rd round, but not top of the 2nd round.

Round 3

# Player Pos Team
1 Terrelle Pryor WR WAS
2 Lamar Miller RB HOU
3 DeAndre Hopkins WR HOU
4 Doug Baldwin WR SEA
5 Keenan Allen WR LAC
6 Brandin Cooks WR NE
7 Christian McCaffrey RB CAR
8 Marshawn Lynch RB OAK
9 Dalvin Cook RB MIN
10 Demaryius Thomas WR DEN
11 Alshon Jeffery WR PHI
12 Tom Brady QB NE

Best pick: Keenan Allen. Yes, he has been injured, but his injuries have been fluke injuries. When healthy, he has the upside to be a top-5 ranked PPR wide reciever, and all indications are that he's healthy and ready to roll in 2017. Drafting him in the mid-3rd round in fantasy mock drafts is a steal.

Worst pick: Terrelle Pryor. While he should have a solid fantasy season, the change of location makes it difficult to project him for 2017. The more proven options at WR drafted after him all have just as much upside with arguably less risk.

Round 4

# Player Pos Team
1 Travis Kelce TE KC
2 Carlos Hyde RB SF
3 Ty Montgomery RB GB
4 Allen Robinson WR JAC
5 Joe Mixon RB CIN
6 Tyreek Hill WR KC
7 Davante Adams WR GB
8 Larry Fitzgerald WR ARI
9 Danny Woodhead RB BAL
10 Spencer Ware RB KC
11 Golden Tate WR DET
12 Drew Brees QB NO

Best pick: Larry Fizgerald. He's not sexy, but he's a solid contributor, especially in PPR. Don't fall prey to the trendier players and stick with a known commodity in Fitzgerald.

Worst pick: Carlos Hyde. The 49ers are still not a good football team. While the buzz around him losing the starting job has passed, he still isn't a reliable fantasy option this year. The upside of Joe Mixon later in the draft is a much smarter fantasy pick.

Round 5

# Player Pos Team
1 Willie Snead WR NO
2 Jarvis Landry WR MIA
3 Jordan Reed TE WAS
4 Michael Crabtree WR OAK
5 Doug Martin RB TB
6 Greg Olsen TE CAR
7 Kelvin Benjamin WR CAR
8 Jimmy Graham TE SEA
9 Martavis Bryant WR PIT
10 Mike Gillislee RB NE
11 Julian Edelman WR NE
12 Ameer Abdullah RB DET

Best pick: Jarvis Landry. How on earth a consistent 95 catch receiver lasts until the 5th round is beyond me. Don't worry about Ajayi's emergence cutting into Landry's opportunities. Landry is still a great receiver to own in PPR leagues, and an awesome value in this mock draft.

Worst pick: Mike Gillislee. While there's a chance Gillislee lives up to this draft spot, it's unlikely given the way New England's running back carousel typically operates. Take a flier at a later round New England running back if you want a piece of this backfield.

Round 6

# Player Pos Team
1 Jamison Crowder WR WAS
2 CJ Anderson RB DEN
3 Bilal Powell RB NYJ
4 Matt Ryan QB ATL
5 Mark Ingram RB NO
6 Emmanuel Sanders WR DEN
7 Stefon Diggs WR MIN
8 Brandon Marshall WR NYG
9 Tyler Eifert TE CIN
10 LeGarrette Blount RB PHI
11 Adrian Peterson RB NO
12 Paul Perkins RB NYG

Best pick: Brandon Marshall. Although getting up there in age and competiting for targets with OBJ, he's being undervalued and can easily outperform his PPR fantasy ranking this year.

Worst pick: Adrian Peterson. In non-PPR scoring, Peterson is a fine draft pick here in the 6th round. However, between Ingram and Alvin Kamara, Peterson's upside in PPR leagues is severely limited. He's not the same player he used to be.

Round 7

# Player Pos Team
1 Frank Gore RB IND
2 Sammy Watkins WR LAR
3 Jeremy Maclin WR BAL
4 Terrance West RB BAL
5 Pierre Garcon WR SF
6 Tevin Coleman RB ATL
7 Kyle Rudolph TE MIN
8 Derek Carr QB OAK
9 Theo Riddick RB DET
10 Delanie Walker TE TEN
11 DeVante Parker WR MIA
12 Eric Decker WR TEN

Best pick: DeVante Parker. Who would have guessed that having a wide receiver's quarterback go down with a season-ending injury would be a good thing? Parker gets a value boost with the addition of Jay Cutler in Miami this year. He's clearly the best pick in round 7 of this mock draft.

Worst pick: Frank Gore. Yes, you would have lost a lot of money betting against Frank Gore in the past. However, the clock is ticking for him and there are better options that could have been drafted here.

Round 8

# Player Pos Team
1 Randall Cobb WR GB
2 Darren McFadden RB DAL
3 Russell Wilson QB SEA
4 Zach Ertz TE PHI
5 Donte Moncrief WR IND
6 Andrew Luck QB IND
7 Derrick Henry RB TEN
8 Rob Kelley RB WAS
9 Kirk Cousins QB WAS
10 Marcus Mariota QB TEN
11 Ben Roethlisberger QB PIT
12 DeSean Jackson WR TB

Best pick: Randall Cobb. He's not that far removed from a WR1 season, and Green Bay is a high powered offense. Expect Cobb to outproduce his ADP this year.

Worst pick: Ben Roethlisberger. Round 8 is too high for him in a mock draft. With an ADP of 9.08, he could have been drafted a full round later. Even he were gone, his streaky fantasy value week to week doesn't make him a strong QB1 for your team.

Round 9

# Player Pos Team
1 Kareem Hunt RB KC
2 Eddie Lacy RB SEA
3 Cameron Meredith WR CHI
4 Jameis Winston QB TB
5 Jacquizz Rodgers RB TB
6 Duke Johnson RB CLE
7 CJ Prosise RB SEA
8 Jonathan Stewart RB CAR
9 Tyrell Williams WR LAC
10 Thomas Rawls RB SEA
11 Marvin Jones WR DET
12 Denver Defense DEF DEN

Best pick: Kareem Hunt. He has the talent to take over the Chiefs backfield. Round 9 is a good place to stock up on high upside running backs like Hunt.

Worst pick: Denver Defense. Don't draft a defense this early. Ever. Just wait until one of the last picks of your draft to take a defense. There is little year to year predictability with defenses.

Round 10

# Player Pos Team
1 John Brown WR ARI
2 Cam Newton QB CAR
3 Adam Thielen WR MIN
4 Philip Rivers QB LAC
5 Jordan Matthews WR BUF
6 Kansas City Defense DEF KC
7 Corey Davis WR TEN
8 Matthew Stafford QB DET
9 James White RB NE
10 Kenny Britt WR CLE
11 Houston Defense DEF HOU
12 Martellus Bennett TE GB

Best pick: Kenny Britt. A bit of a sleeper, but someone will be catching passes in Cleveland. Britt is coming off of a 1,000 yard season for the Rams, and their offense was arguably worse than the Browns' was last year. Snap him up if he's there in round 10.

Worst pick (tie): Kansas City Defense and Houston Defense. Again, always wait on defense in fantasy draft.


There you have it! The best and worst picks from the first 10 rounds of this 12-team PPR fantasy draft. You can see the full results of the remaining 5 rounds below.

Round 11

# Player Pos Team
1 New England Defense DEF NE
2 Mike Wallace WR BAL
3 Jamaal Williams RB GB
4 Corey Coleman WR CLE
5 Samaje Perine RB WAS
6 Seattle Defense DEF SEA
7 Taylor Gabriel WR ATL
8 Dak Prescott QB DAL
9 Matt Forte RB NYJ
10 Eli Manning QB NYG
11 Eric Ebron TE DET
12 Darren Sproles RB PHI

Round 12

# Player Pos Team
1 Andy Dalton QB CIN
2 Tyrod Taylor QB BUF
3 Minnesota Defense DEF MIN
4 Hunter Henry TE LAC
5 Rishard Matthews WR TEN
6 Carson Palmer QB ARI
7 Cole Beasley WR DAL
8 Giovani Bernard RB CIN
9 Zay Jones WR BUF
10 Arizona Defense DEF ARI
11 Jamaal Charles RB DEN
12 Josh Doctson WR WAS

Round 13

# Player Pos Team
1 Ted Ginn Jr WR NO
2 Carson Wentz QB PHI
3 Kenny Golladay WR DET
4 NY Giants Defense DEF NYG
5 Austin Hooper TE ATL
6 Latavius Murray RB MIN
7 Jeremy Hill RB CIN
8 Jack Doyle TE IND
9 Atlanta Defense DEF ATL
10 Sterling Shepard WR NYG
11 Cameron Brate TE TB
12 John Ross WR CIN

Round 14

# Player Pos Team
1 Justin Tucker PK BAL
2 Carolina Defense DEF CAR
3 Stephen Gostkowski PK NE
4 Matt Bryant PK ATL
5 Philadelphia Defense DEF PHI
6 Dan Bailey PK DAL
7 Matt Prater PK DET
8 Mason Crosby PK GB
9 Cairo Santos PK KC
10 Brandon McManus PK DEN
11 Adam Vinatieri PK IND
12 Wil Lutz PK NO

Round 15

# Player Pos Team
1 Joe Williams RB SF
2 O.J. Howard TE TB
3 Jonathan Williams RB BUF
4 Kevin White WR CHI
5 LA Rams Defense DEF LAR
6 Tyler Lockett WR SEA
7 Mohamed Sanu WR ATL
8 Chris Boswell PK PIT
9 Cooper Kupp WR LAR
10 Rex Burkhead RB NE
11 Sebastian Janikowski PK OAK
12 Dion Lewis RB NE

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