2020 Consultants Fantasy Mock Draft: Ideas and draft methods when selecting early in 12-team PPR leagues

Many fantasy soccer drafts are going to be occurring over the subsequent week. That implies that time is operating out to establish sleepers and discover worth picks earlier than draft day. Within the time remaining, it is going to be vital for sharp fantasy soccer house owners to take part in mock drafts to take a look at out draft technique and fantasy soccer rankings to ensure they’re properly ready for crucial occasion of the season.

Some mock drafts do take some time, so for those who solely have slightly little bit of time in your fingers, take a look at the FantasyPro’s Mock Draft Simulator, which lets you do a mock draft in minutes. However if you would like a full, 12-man mock expertise, be happy to take an hour or so to finish a mock in full.

Lately, I participated in a 15-round mock arrange by Walter Cherepinsky of WalterFootball.com. The 12-team PPR draft gave me an ideal alternative to check our high 200 PPR rankings and take a look at what gamers may be sleepers and steals come draft day.

DOMINATE YOUR DRAFT: Final 2020 cheat sheet

After going with a low choose in my first PPR mock, I made a decision to go on the reverse finish of the spectrum. I took the No. 2 choice figuring out that I’d get one of many top-two RBs on the board. From there, the objective was to land a strong RB2 earlier than loading up on receivers to spherical out my workforce. In essence, this was a take a look at of the balanced technique after I went RB-heavy final time round.

With all that mentioned, right here’s a take a look at how my workforce got here out this time round.

2020 PPR RANKINGS:
Working again | Broad receiver | Tight finish | Superflex | High 200

2020 Consultants Fantasy Mock Draft: 12-Workforce PPR league

* This draft was for a PPR league that begins 1 QB, 2 RBs, 2 WRs, 1 TE, 1 FLEX, 1 D/ST, 1 Ok, and has 6 bench spots

Saquon Barkley, RB, Giants (Spherical 1, Choose 2). Having the second total choose is the lowest-stress place within the first spherical of fantasy soccer drafts. There are two high RBs which can be going with the primary two picks, Christian McCaffrey and Saquon Barkley. With the highest choose, you must select which one you want higher. With the second choose, you select which one is left. Fairly easy, no? Anyway, McCaffrey (unsurprisingly) went off the board with the No. 1 total choose, so we have been in a position to seize Barkley right here. Barkley was the consensus No. 1 choose in fantasy final season however did not dwell as much as expectations due to an ankle damage. Nonetheless, he had 1,441 scrimmage yards and eight scores in 13 video games regardless of not being absolutely wholesome, so he might emerge as the highest participant in fantasy as soon as once more.

Leonard Fournette, RB, Jaguars (2.23). Final 12 months, Fournette wasn’t anticipated to be a lot of a menace in PPR. As an alternative, he shocked the world by racking up 100 targets and 76 receptions en path to a season with 1,674 complete yards. The issue with Fournette is that he performs for a weak Jaguars workforce that does not rating a lot, so he racked up solely three TDs on the 12 months. Nonetheless, he is our 11th-ranked RB in PPR, so grabbing him on the finish of the second spherical as an RB2 is a good worth, even factoring in fewer catches with Chris Thompson now in Jacksonville.

Odell Beckham Jr., WR, Browns (three.26). There have been three WRs at this spot that match the invoice in our rankings: Beckham, Cooper Kupp, and Amari Cooper. All match into the identical WR tier, so I went with the participant that has each probably the most upside and that I assumed was least more likely to come again to me in Spherical four. Beckham has seen at the least 124 targets in each season that he has performed 12 or extra video games and has crossed the 1,000-yard mark in all 5 of these campaigns. He’ll have to construct up higher chemistry with Baker Mayfield and rating double-digit TDs towards (one thing he hasn’t completed since 2016), however the remainder of the numbers are there for Beckham to have a bounce-back season.

Cooper Kupp, WR, Rams (four.47). My gamble within the third spherical paid off. Kupp got here all the way in which again round to me with my fourth-round choose, so I used to be in a position to scoop him up right here. Kupp is our seventh-ranked WR for PPR and truly clocks in forward of Beckham for us. However persons are sleeping on the Rams receiver due to the opposite high quality receiving choices that the workforce has (WR Robert Woods, TE Tyler Higbee). Final 12 months, Kupp completed 11th within the NFL in targets (134) and posted 94 catches for 1,161 yards and 10 scores. He has a excessive flooring for PPR, so touchdown him as a WR2 is an unbelievable worth at this level within the draft.

Courtland Sutton, WR, Broncos (5.50). Final 12 months, Sutton completed 17th within the NFL in yards per catch with a mark of 15.four. He ranked 15th amongst WRs in complete targets with 124, and he did all of this regardless of enjoying with three totally different quarterbacks (Joe Flacco, Brandon Allen, and Drew Lock). His ceiling is sky-high, and whereas we might’ve grabbed one other high-floor participant like Keenan Allen right here, Sutton is sensible as a swing for the fences WR3/FLEX play.

James White, RB, Patriots (6.71). Taking White in PPR isn’t a nasty guess. The Patriots high receiving again has averaged 99 targets per 16 video games the previous 4 seasons for 72 catches, 623 receiving yards, and 5 TDs. New England lacks expertise within the receiving corps, so White might be relied on extra by Cam Newton in his first 12 months because the Patriots starter. Newton did have Christian McCaffrey as a weapon in Carolina, so it is protected to imagine that he’ll be snug sufficient checking the ball all the way down to White to place him within the RB2/FLEX vary.

2020 STANDARD FANTASY RANKINGS:
Quarterback | Working again | Broad receiver | Tight finish | D/ST | Kicker | Superflex | High 200

Russell Wilson, QB, Seahawks (7.74). Wilson tops our Tier 2 QBs for the ’20 season, checking in as our third-ranked passer. Contemplating that Patrick Mahomes and Lamar Jackson each went within the third spherical of this mock, Wilson is a good worth with the second choose within the seventh spherical. Wilson has been a top-10 fantasy QB in every of the previous three seasons and was twice within the top-five throughout that span, together with a No. 1 total rating in ’17. He has tossed at the least 31 TDs in every of the previous three seasons, and with the presence of Tyler Lockett, DK Metcalf, and Greg Olsen within the receiving corps, Wilson ought to be in for a great 12 months.

Christian Kirk, WR, Cardinals (eight.95). Final 12 months, Kirk had only one fewer goal than Larry Fitzgerald regardless of enjoying in three fewer video games than the venerable veteran. DeAndre Hopkins’ addition to the offense will take away some balls supposed for Kirk, however Kliff Kingsbury and Kyler Murray will do their greatest to unfold the ball round, so Kirk’s upside ought to nonetheless be excessive. He is an incredible sleeper choose as our WR4 and ought to be a tremendous bye-week filler if he does not emerge as a real WR3 for fantasy.

Duke Johnson, RB, Texans (9.98). Johnson is a beneficial asset in PPR codecs, as he caught 44 passes and logged 410 receiving yards final 12 months for the Texans. He additionally totaled precisely 410 yards on the bottom regardless of solely seeing 83 carries. Duke is behind David Johnson for now, however he has had damage troubles in latest seasons. If he goes down once more, Duke could have an opportunity to show himself because the lead again for Houston. He has worth in PPR as each a receiver and a high handcuff.

Sony Michel, RB, Patriots (10.119). Michel has been the lead again for the Patriots this 12 months, however he has some issues in PPR. First, he does not catch many passes. He has solely 19 grabs by two NFL seasons. Second, he has been banged up just lately and is coping with a foot damage. The latter subject is what brought about him to slide into the 10th spherical whereas James White and Damien Harris went forward of him. Grabbing Michel as a fifth RB with TD upside was a no brainer, particularly contemplating that he’s a handcuff, of types, for White.

Allen Lazard, WR, Packers (11.122). Aaron Rodgers wants a No. 2 receiver to step up within the Packers’ offense. Devin Funchess was speculated to compete for that position, however he opted out of the season. That implies that Lazard, who made three begins final season and had some good video games for the workforce, might be favored to be the No. 2 man. Lazard had 17 complete targets within the final two weeks of the common season, so perhaps that is an indication of issues to return as he develops extra chemistry with Rodgers.

Hunter Henry, TE, Chargers (12.143). I are inclined to get so targeted on taking RBs and WRs that I normally neglect to take gamers at tight finish till late. This time, it paid off as Hunter Henry was in some way nonetheless on the board once we have been drafting right here. Henry is available in at 60 total on our high 200 PPR rankings, so he’s a ridiculous steal with the 143rd choose. Certain, the priority about Tyrod Taylor and rookie Justin Herbert comprising the QB group is warranted, however Henry would’ve totaled 73 catches, 869 yards, and 7 TDs had he performed a full 16-game slate. He might be a TE1, and we might’ve taken him as early because the seventh spherical and been tremendous with it. What a choose.

Darwin Thompson, RB, Chiefs (13.146). Someone in Kansas Metropolis should spell Clyde Edwards-Helaire when he wants a break. Thompson is one in every of our high RB sleepers, as he bought numerous buzz final offseason and ought to be a high backup and handcuff for fantasy codecs. He could not in the end pan out, or he could discover himself behind DeAndre Washington, however within the 13th spherical, there is no such thing as a danger in taking the ’19 sixth-round choose.

2020 FANTASY SLEEPERS:
6 QBs | 16 RBs | 14 WRs | 10 TEs | 5 D/STs | One from every workforce

New England Patriots D/ST (14.149). The Patriots verify in as our third-ranked protection for the season they usually have a comparatively straightforward Week 1 matchup with the Dolphins. I discover it greatest to belief matchup-based performs early within the season earlier than deciding on a cease unit, however the Patriots give us good short-term upside and nice long-term upside.

Zane Gonzalez, Ok, Cardinals (15.152). Gonzalez is our sixth-ranked kicker, performs on a workforce that ought to have a great offense and rating loads of factors, and kicks in a domed stadium. What’s to not like?

By the top of the draft, that is what my workforce regarded like:

Starters

QB Russell Wilson, Seahawks
RB Saquon Barkley, Giants
RB Leonard Fournette, Jaguars
WR Odell Beckham Jr., Browns
WR Cooper Kupp, Rams
FLEX Courtland Sutton, Broncos
TE Hunter Henry, Chargers
D/ST Patriots
Ok Zane Gonzalez, Cardinals

Bench

RB James White, Patriots
RB Duke Johnson, Texans
RB Sony Michel, Patriots
RB Darwin Thompson, Chiefs
WR Christian Kirk, Cardinals
WR Allen Lazard, Packers

On paper, this workforce seems to be fairly good. The beginning lineup is stacked because of the alternatives of Wilson and Henry at vital reductions, and the receiving corps, generally, is in superb form. Between Beckham, Kupp, and Sutton, I ought to get numerous catches and yards. The one query is whether or not or not the TDs might be there past Kupp.

As for the RB place, I am pretty assured on this group. Barkley ought to be a stud, and as long as Chris Thompson does not take away too many receiving alternatives from Fournette, he ought to be a great RB2. The depth on the place is strong, but when Fournette flops, this workforce will lack a real RB2. However that is about the one concern with this mock.

To see the complete outcomes of the mock draft, together with who I handed on, how another groups have been constructed, and evaluation of every workforce, head over to the Walter Soccer YouTube Channel!

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