Fantasy Football Mock Draft: PPR, Late Pick (2021)
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Since we’re almost there, it’s time to start getting a feel for how your fantasy football draft will go before you draft your squad. The perfect tool can be found here at FantasyPros, as the FantasyPros Draft Assistant lets you draft teams over and over with so many custom settings and things to tinker with.
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For this draft simulation exercise, the parameters are:
- 12 teams
- Full PPR
- 1 QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, 1 TE, 2 Flex (RB / WR / TE) and seven bench locations
After randomizing my landing point, I have the choice 1.11. Additionally, the draft board I’ll be referring to for this mockup is at the bottom of the article.
1.11 – Aaron Jones (RB – GB)
Jones had his choice of landing location this offseason, but chose to stick with the Packers on a long-term deal. We know what Jones is, someone whose efficiency and reliability push him to the upper echelon of running backs in fantasy. New for 2021 is the absence of Jamaal Williams from the Green Bay backfield, which could push even more reception work in Jones’ direction.
In this particular draft, Jones was my highest ranked running back, and even as a true #ZeroRB, I can’t justify a high-end wide receiver in the first round. Two were already selected, which made this choice MUCH easier.
2.02 – Nick Chubb (RB – CLE)
Curiously ahead of Aaron Jones in the PPR FantasyPros expert consensus ranking, Chubb is one of the best running backs in the game. Yet his true potential is held back by a boring thorn named Kareem Hunt for fantastic purposes. It’s Derrick Henry-lite, but imagine if Chubb could even get a small chunk of Hunt’s targets? He would be in the first half of the first fantasy round with no questions asked.
3.11 – JK Dobbins (RB – BAL)
Now we are becoming a frog. Dobbins has RB1 in his results lineup, but he won’t do it without passing work heading for him. We know what Greg Roman means for a back room; look at Frank Gore’s reception totals during Roman’s tenure in San Francisco:
These are Frank Gore’s career statistics. The four years that are highlighted are the four years Greg Roman was the 49ers’ offensive coordinator.
Do you notice anything different in the reception statistics over these years? pic.twitter.com/HAOyNyLS2k
– Andrew Cooper (@CoopAFiasco) May 11, 2021
That said, 3.11 is a good price to shoot Dobbins, as he has the volume of the Ravens’ rushing attack heading towards him.
4.02 – Amari Cooper (WR – DAL)
5.11 – TJ Hockenson (TE – DET)
6.02 – Courtland Sutton (WR – DEN)
7.11 – Curtis Samuel (WR – WAS)
After taking three running backs in a row to start our draft, we’re taking four pass-catching options with the volume potential we’re looking for. Cooper is expected to be one of the focal points of the passing game in Dallas. Hockenson could be the only game in town for an ill-fated Detroit Lions, so he could amass over 140 targets with sheer volume.
Sutton’s breakout in 2019 seems so long ago, but only because he got injured in Week 2 last season, and now it looks like people have forgotten about him. Don’t make the same mistake. Teddy Bridgewater did a lot of relevant fantastic tracks last season in Carolina, and he is expected to do the same this season in Denver. Last but not least, Samuel is expected to be the second target in Washington’s offense with Ryan Fitzpatrick at the helm. There are over 100 bankable targets here for Samuel with much higher potential in a more explosive attack.
8.02 – Russell Wilson (QB – SEA)
Security. Consistency. Wilson gives you all of this and more. We’re talking about a quarterback who has never finished below QB11 in a season. We’re also talking about a quarterback who finished in the top 12 in just over half of his games. He cooks very well in the grand scheme of things.
9.11 – Damien Harris (RB – NE)
10.02 – Mike Williams (WR – BAC)
Right now in Los Angeles, it’s Keenan Allen and… who else? The only proven option among wide receivers for the Chargers is Williams. Add a young stud quarterback to Justin Herbert, and Williams could finally be unlocked as a fantastic mainstay this season. He’s a beefy receiver who hasn’t lived up to his top-ten draft pedigree, so with that offensive ecosystem in place, Williams is a solid bet to bring in a bit more than his current worth in the tenth round. . If he puts it together? Warning.
11.11 – Darrell Henderson (RB – LAR)
12.02 – Rashod Bateman (WR – BAL)
Suppose you believe in Lamar Jackson taking the next step as a passer and just the general talk around the Ravens, who could pass more in 2021. In this case, Bateman is one player who should be the primary beneficiary of this hype in outside of Mark Andrews. So there is a triple-digit goal on the rise here and in the twelfth round? Sign me up.
13.11 – Gabriel Davis (WR – BUF)
You’re betting on an extreme hike at that level of bill prices, and Davis has it. Sure, the Bills have added Emmanuel Sanders this offseason, but on the bright side for Davis, who made the most of his 62 targets catching 35 and just under 600 yards receiving as the main deep threat in this offense. If Davis gets a more comprehensive receiving role in this offense, then Davis is expected to crush his ADP in 2021.
14.02 – Trevor Lawrence (QB – JAC)
15.11 – Jared Cook (TE – BAC)
More yards per reception by a TE since 2018 (min 12 starts):
1. Ryan Izzo: 16.4
2. JO Howard: 14.8
3. Jared Cook: 14.2
4. Rob Gronkowski: 14.1
5. George Kittle: 13.8
6. Travis Kelce: 13.05
7. Dawson knows: 13.0
8. Will Dissly: 12.16
9. Noah Fant: 12.11
10. My Cole Pruitt: 12.0
– Cody Manning (@CodyTalksNFL) June 25, 2021
Cook comes off the field as TE25 and is a glowing value now that he has a young quarterback able to give him the ball and an offensive coordinator (Joe Lombardi) who has used him creatively at the Nova. Orleans. This combo alone should get you excited for #LateRoundTE here.
16.02 – Breshad Perriman (WR – DET)
More target potential? In this economy? Well, I could have the first two targets of the much-vaunted Detroit Lions offense here in Hockenson’s first pick and last pick in my simulation at Perriman. The Great Receiver Room in Detroit is sterile, so how about a dart throw?
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Kevin Tompkins is a correspondent at FantasyPros. To learn more about Kevin, check out his archive and follow it @ktompkinsii.