Draft day for many fantasy soccer leagues is quickly approaching. With the primary week of the 2020 NFL season only a month away, most fantasy drafts will happen within the final week of August or first week of September. Meaning there’s solely a bit of little bit of time left for fantasy soccer house owners to check out draft methods and establish sleepers so as to add to cheat sheets. And one of the best ways to check all of those sources is by way of a mock draft.
Lately, I participated in a 15-round mock arrange by Walter Cherepinsky of WalterFootball.com. The 12-team customary draft gave me an ideal alternative to look at our prime 200 customary rankings and see simply which gamers could also be overvalued and undervalued by different sharp drafters.
After going working back-heavy in my final mock, I wished to take a extra balanced method for this one. The objective was to focus on an equal variety of backs and receivers by means of the primary eight rounds (if attainable) whereas largely following our prime 200 rankings. For the needs of this train, I made a decision to lock into the No. 5 spot within the mock to see which working again I might find yourself with at that juncture.
With out additional ado, listed below are the outcomes of this customary fantasy soccer mock.
2020 PPR RANKINGS:
Operating again | Large receiver | Tight finish | Superflex | Prime 200
2020 Consultants Fantasy Mock Draft: 12-Crew customary league
* This draft was for a non-PPR league that begins 1 QB, 2 RBs, 2 WRs, 1 TE, 1 FLEX, 1 D/ST, 1 Okay, and has 6 bench spots
Nick Chubb, RB, Browns (Spherical 1, Decide 5). With the fifth decide, I used to be assured a shot at one of many high-volume working backs in our prime 200 rankings. Ideally, Derrick Henry would’ve made it to the fifth choice, however he went forward of this spot and left us with a selection between Dalvin Prepare dinner and Nick Chubb. Although Prepare dinner is one spot larger in our prime 200, I went with Chubb on account of Prepare dinner’s spotty damage historical past. The Cleveland again racked up 1,494 speeding yards and tied for the league lead in damaged tackles with 32. He’ll be enjoying behind an improved offensive line and will proceed to be a workhorse RB1 throughout the ’20 season.
DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Cardinals (2.19). Hopkins is our second-rated receiver and 10th-ranked participant total for traditional codecs. Getting him with the 19th decide because the fifth WR off the board is a steal. Taking part in in a higher-flying Air Raid offense might pay large dividends for Hopkins, and he has posted not less than 1,165 yards in 5 of the previous six seasons. And it is price noting that the Cardinals handed the ball 60.four p.c of the time final yr (12th-highest within the NFL) whereas Houston handed the ball 57.9 p.c of the time (22nd-highest within the NFL), so there ought to be sufficient targets for Hopkins to repeat his ’19 manufacturing even when he has to share them with Christian Kirk, Larry Fitzgerald, and Kenyan Drake.
David Johnson, RB, Texans (three.29). We had been very near touchdown Leonard Fournette, our 11th-ranked RB in customary codecs, with this choice, however he was scooped up one spot earlier than this decide. After getting over that preliminary disappointment, it grew to become clear that concentrating on one other working again was obligatory, as 20 gamers on the place had already come off the board. David Montgomery, James Conner, and David Johnson had been the highest backs remaining, however of the group, Johnson has the very best ceiling. The previous No. 1 total fantasy choice has fallen on a tough few years, averaging simply three.6 yards per carry amid damage points, but when he can keep wholesome, he might return to type in ’20. Plus, grabbing Johnson offers us each of the massive names from the blockbuster Cardinals-Texans commerce throughout the offseason. That has to imply one thing, proper?
Amari Cooper, WR, Cowboys (four.43). It is changing into extra obvious that, not less than in mock drafts, receiving expertise is getting pushed down the board by huge early runs on working backs. Cooper’s fall is an effective instance of that. The Cowboys’ prime receiver is our eighth-ranked WR but he lasted till the center of the fourth spherical. Cooper has been a rock-solid receiver since becoming a member of the Cowboys by way of commerce in the midst of the ’18 season. He has 14 touchdowns in 25 video games and has averaged 5.three catches and 76.6 yards per sport. He can common 10 fantasy factors every week — he has the previous two seasons mixed — and be a constant WR2 to pair with Hopkins.
Odell Beckham Jr., WR, Browns (5.53). Ten picks later, we get one other nice receiver worth. Beckham Jr. got here in only one spot under Cooper in our WR rankings, however he lasted till the fifth spherical after a middling ’19 marketing campaign. Beckham had hassle constructing chemistry with Baker Mayfield in his first season with the Browns, and he additionally handled a pesky core muscle damage. Regardless of that, he nonetheless totaled 74 catches for 1,035 yards. He simply got here up quick within the landing division after logging 4, a profession low for a season wherein he performed not less than 12 video games. If Beckham bounces again, he might assist carry this core to a fantasy championship together with Hopkins and Cooper. It is also price noting that the collection of Beckham kickstarted a 10-pick run on receivers after RBs went early and infrequently.
Tevin Coleman, RB, 49ers (6.67). Given the uncertainty surrounding David Johnson, I wished to seize a few backs within the center rounds of the draft that would fill in if he had been to get banged up. Coleman has had some damage problems with his personal and might be behind Raheem Mostert to start out the ’20 marketing campaign. That mentioned, he has averaged not less than four.zero yards per carry in every of his 5 NFL seasons, and San Francisco did signal him to a giant contract only a yr and a half in the past. Kyle Shanahan loves to combine up his runners, and Coleman could earn the coveted red-zone function after seeing a team-high 27 red-zone carries final season.
2020 STANDARD FANTASY RANKINGS:
Quarterback | Operating again | Large receiver | Tight finish | D/ST | Kicker | Superflex | Prime 200
Marlon Mack, RB, Colts (7.77). I thought of deciding on Mack, who is available in one spot forward of Coleman in our RB rankings, within the sixth spherical, however I wished to see if he would make it to the seventh. And he did. Fantasy house owners appear to be nervous about Mack within the wake of the Colts drafting Jonathan Taylor. Whereas Taylor will doubtless emerge because the lead again ultimately, Mack did have a 1,000-yard season final yr and has totaled 18 touchdowns up to now two years. He might stave off Taylor for some time and function the starter for the early portion of the season. If that occurs, he’ll be a strong RB2 for not less than a handful of weeks given the stellar O-Line he is working behind. Mack is a fantastic worth right here, particularly in comparison with Taylor, who went within the third spherical of this mock.
Darius Slayton, WR, Giants (eight.91). I hoped to land Kyler Murray at this level to pair with DeAndre Hopkins to make an elite QB-WR duo, however Murray got here off the board one decide previous to this. With Murray gone, I opted as an alternative to focus on a WR sleeper to present steadiness to my roster. Slayton, a rookie in ’19, noticed 78 targets from Daniel Jones and logged 740 yards with eight touchdowns. He was prime 30 within the league in air yards with 1,197, and his 15.four yards per reception tied for 17th within the league. Slayton could possibly be a breakout participant if Jones continues to enhance after an up-and-down rookie season.
Hunter Henry, TE, Chargers (9.101). Henry averaged 6.three targets per sport final season, good for eighth-best amongst tight ends. He could not have as excessive of a ceiling with Philip Rivers now in Indianapolis, however Henry is a good athlete who is likely one of the greatest tight ends within the league when wholesome. Well being has been a difficulty at occasions, however he did play in 12 video games final yr. If he can keep wholesome for a full 16-game slate, he’ll find yourself being a fantastic worth decide right here.
Matt Ryan, QB, Falcons (10.115). Quarterbacks lasted a lengthy time on this mock. Because of this, Matt Ryan, a top-10 quarterback in our QB rankings, was nonetheless on the board with the 115th decide. Contemplating that Ryan has averaged four,680 yards and 30 TDs per 16 video games over the course of the previous 4 years and that he performs on an offense that includes Julio Jones, Calvin Ridley, and Todd Gurley, he ought to be a protected decide at this juncture.
Justin Jefferson, WR, Vikings (11.125). The Vikings can have 110 out there targets to switch because of the departures of Stefon Diggs and Laquon Treadwell. Jefferson was a first-round pick of LSU and had 111 catches for 1,540 yards and 18 touchdowns throughout his last school season. He isn’t more likely to repeat these numbers out of the gate in opposition to NFL defenses, but when he absorbs a lot of the vacated targets (doubtless), he might pan out big-time. He is positively a prime sleeper and rounds out a superb receiving corps.
Darwin Thompson, RB, Chiefs (12.139). Taking a backup who averaged three.5 yards per carry could not sound thrilling, however Thompson might have a possibility to earn some touches in Kansas Metropolis. With Damien Williams having opted out, there is no clear-cut backup behind Clyde Edwards-Helaire. Thompson will battle DeAndre Washington for that function however Thompson, a sixth-round decide in 2019, has extra upside. He is price a flier right here in case Edwards-Helaire struggles early within the season or if Andy Reid decides to combine up his working backs, which is one thing he likes to do.
Duke Johnson, RB, Texans (13.149). Late within the draft, it made sense to seize a prime handcuff and Duke Johnson was one of many prime gamers on the board. Johnson averaged four.9 yards per carry final season and had 410 speeding yards and 410 receiving yards and doubtless ought to’ve been used extra by Invoice O’Brien. We’ll take an opportunity on the dynamic veteran as a handcuff. It additionally helps our trigger that we now have David Johnson, so we’re assured to have the Houston starter at working again by deciding on Johnson and Johnson.
2020 FANTASY SLEEPERS:
6 QBs | 16 RBs | 14 WRs | 10 TEs | 5 D/STs | One from every staff
New England Patriots D/ST (14.163). It is essential to have a look at which defenses have good expertise and robust early-season matchups. In Week 1, the Patriots tackle the Dolphins. In addition they have among the best secondaries within the NFL, led by Stephon Gilmore, and a unbelievable coach in Invoice Belichick. They seem to be a protected guess to be strong even with the quantity of linebacker expertise they’ve misplaced this offseason.
Michael Badgley, Okay, Chargers (15.173). As soon as once more, I took the Cash Badger with my last decide. The Chargers kicker is our third-ranked participant on the place and kicks in a warm-weather surroundings. He ought to be tremendous but when he struggles for no matter cause, we will seize a alternative on the waiver wire.
By the tip of the draft, that is what my staff regarded like:
QB Matt Ryan, Falcons
RB Nick Chubb, Browns
RB David Johnson, Texans
WR DeAndre Hopkins, Cardinals
WR Amari Cooper, Cowboys
FLEX Odell Beckham Jr., Browns
TE Hunter Henry, Chargers
Okay Michael Badgley, Chargers
RB Tevin Coleman, 49ers
RB Marlon Mack, Colts
WR Darius Slayton, Giants
WR Justin Jefferson, Vikings
RB Darwin Thompson, Chiefs
RB Duke Johnson, Texans
This staff is completely stacked within the receiving corps, and the picks at quarterback and tight finish look nice, too. This staff ought to be carried by the passing offense and can have an opportunity to be a playoff contender.
Nonetheless, there are some considerations at RB2. If David Johnson cannot keep wholesome, this staff will depend on a hodgepodge of gamers on the place. Having Duke Johnson as a handcuff helps, but when Coleman and Mack cannot win and cling onto beginning jobs, the working again place might get skinny quick. However that is simply the way in which the cookie crumbles when making an attempt to draft a balanced staff whereas working backs fly off the board early.
To see the total outcomes of the mock draft, together with who I handed on, how another groups had been constructed, and evaluation in regards to the picks, head over to the Walter Soccer YouTube Channel!