2017 Fantasy Football Mock DraftPosted: May 2017
Scoring: This mock uses standard scoring and is for 2017 only (i.e., not keeper/dynasty leagues). Passing touchdowns are worth four points while rushing/receiving touchdowns are worth six points. In addition, one point is earned per 25 passing yards, 10 rushing yards or 10 receiving yards.
With the 2017 NFL Draft now behind us, we conducted our first Fantasy Football Mock Draft for the 2017 season.
Note: It's a "slow" draft so picks will be added as they occur with comments from Kevin Hanson (@EDSFootball).
Here is Round 3 of our 2017 Fantasy Football Mock Draft:
3.01. Kevin Hanson I - Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England Patriots
When healthy, Gronk is as good as it gets. Unfortunately, the 28-year-old tight end has missed five-plus games in three of the past five seasons. In 88 career games, however, Gronk has averaged 69.3 yards per game with a total of 69 touchdowns. The upside is big here with the 25th-overall pick in this mock.
3.02. Dan Yanotchko I - Jarvis Landry, WR, Miami Dolphins
Much earlier than I would personally select Landry, the 24-year-old receiver has averaged just 10.6 Y/R over his career, scored just 13 receiving touchdowns in three seasons and saw a year-over-drop of 35 targets as the team shifted to a run-first team. Relying on volume to be productive, Landry's 2017 production may fall short of his WR13 draft slot. That said, Landry has finished as the WR15 and WR17, respectively, in non-PPR formats over the past two seasons.
3.03. Dan Yanotchko II - Christian McCaffrey, RB, Carolina Panthers
Immediately one of the most versatile running backs in the NFL, McCaffrey doesn't have great size (202 pounds), but he has tremendous vision, patience and footwork as a runner. A four-down player, McCaffrey is most dangerous, however, as a receiver and a returner. Furthermore, GM Dave Gettleman made the following lofty comparison ó "The best tackle-box runner Iíve ever seen is Curtis Martin out of Pitt. Christian is right there with him."
3.04. Sean Beazley I - Doug Baldwin, WR, Seattle Seahawks
While Baldwin scored half as many touchdowns (seven) in 2016, he set career highs in both receptions (94) and yards (1,128) and has now finished as a top-10 fantasy wide receiver in back-to-back seasons. Baldwin remains a low-end WR1 or high-end WR2 option in 2017.
3.05. Sean Beazley II - Carlos Hyde, RB, San Francisco 49ers
Through three NFL seasons, Hyde has played 34 of 48 games and missed multiple games each season. Aside from durability concerns, there are worries about the lack of talent elsewhere on the roster impacting Hyde's outlook, but we've seen how productive running backs can be in Kyle Shanahan's offense. Then again, beat writer Matt Maiocco wrote of rookie Joe Williams in response to a mailbag question, "So, yes, Williams has a legitimate chance to immediately unseat Hyde as the teamís top running back."
3.06. Brendan Donahue I - Isaiah Crowell, RB, Cleveland Browns
Crowell had single-digit carries in five games and less than 30 rushing yards in six of 16 games, but he set career highs in rushing yards (952), yards per carry (4.8) and receptions (40) in 2016. With improvements along their offensive line, Crowell could (or should) have even more success (and hopefully more week-to-week consistency) in 2017.
3.07. Brendan Donahue II - Eddie Lacy, RB, Seattle Seahawks
Lacy signed a one-year prove-it deal with the Seahawks with weight-based contract bonuses. As much of a disappointment as Lacy has been over the past two seasons, he enters the season as the favorite to lead the backfield in touches. There is both plenty of upside and downside with Lacy here.
3.08. Kevin Hanson II - Alshon Jeffery, WR, Philadelphia Eagles
A free-agency steal if he can stay on the field, Jeffery signed a one-year deal that should keep him motivated to parlay 2017 success into a large contract next offseason. While he has played only 21 games over the past two seasons combined, Jeffery has averaged 78.9 yards per game since 2013. Maintaining that pace over a 16-game season would equal 1,262 receiving yards.
3.09. Kevin Hanson III - Demaryius Thomas, WR, Denver Broncos
Thomas set five-year lows across the board: 90 receptions, 1,083 yards and five touchdowns. Even though Thomas battled a hip injury for much of last season, those are not bad numbers as "five-year lows." Before last season, however, Thomas had averaged 100/1,447/10 in his previous four seasons. It's reasonable to expect an improvement over last year's numbers even if he doesn't post another 100/1,400/10 season.
3.10. Brendan Donahue III - Brandin Cooks, WR, New England Patriots
Fortunately for Cooks, he goes from one Hall-of-Fame quarterback (Drew Brees) to another (Tom Brady). A top-10 producer in both PPR and standard-scoring formats last season, it's possible that he does so again. That said, I'd expect even more volatility in his weekly production, which could be highly frustrating for his fantasy owners (and Cooks). Based on what I believe is an inflated ADP for Cooks, it's unlikely that he ends up on any of my rosters.
3.11. Dan Yanotchko III - Dalvin Cook, RB, Minnesota Vikings
Cook did not slip to the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft due to his on-field production at Florida State. While he didn't perform well in agility drills at the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine and there may be some durability and ball-security concerns, Cook exceeded the 100-yard rushing mark in nine of his final 10 games for the Seminoles with an average of 190.7 YFS per game during that stretch.
3.12. Sean Beazley III - Joe Mixon, RB, Cincinnati Bengals
With 4.5 speed at 226 pounds, Mixon has the talent and versatility to stay on the field on all three downs and has drawn some comparisons to Arizona's David Johnson. For the Sooners, Mixon carried the ball 187 times for 1,274 yards (6.8 YPC) and 10 touchdowns and added 37/538/5 (14.5 Y/R) receiving in 2016. If not to start the season, Mixon could be the team's lead back by the end of it.
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