2018 Fantasy Football Mock Draft (August 2)- Updated: Thursday, August 2nd
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Details of today's mock draft:
- Scoring: 2-QB Point-per-reception (PPR) scoring
- # of Teams: 10
- Draft Slot: 2
- Starters: 2 QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, TE, Flex (RB/WR/TE), K, DST
- Bench Size: 6
With that said, here are the results of today's mock draft:
1.02 - Le'Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers: Once again, the Steelers and Bell were unable to reach a long-term deal before the league-imposed cutoff. Given that, Bell won't report until after the preseason is over, but it "would be a shock" for him to miss regular-season games. Aside from his six-game 2015 season, the three-down workhorse has 1,200-plus rushing yards, 75-plus receptions and 600-plus receiving yards in three of his past four seasons.
2.09 - Keenan Allen, WR, Los Angeles Chargers: Playing just eight games in 2015 and one game in 2016, Allen won the AP Comeback of the Year award as he posted career numbers (102/1,393/6) in a healthy 16-game campaign. From Weeks 11 to 17, Allen was absolutely dominant with five 100-yard games during that seven-game span. No player had more receptions (58) or receiving yards (797) and only Antonio Brown (six) scored more touchdowns (five) than Allen over that stretch.
3.02 - Davante Adams, WR, Green Bay Packers: With double-digit touchdowns in back-to-back seasons, Adams has a total of 149/1,882/22 over the past two years. With Jordy Nelson now in Oakland, Adams will have an opportunity to improve upon his top-14th PPR production as the No. 1 receiver for Aaron Rodgers.
4.09 - Andrew Luck, QB, Indianapolis Colts: Luck missed all of last season, but all signs point to him being under center in Week 1. In his past three full seasons, Luck has finished as fantasy's QB4 (2013), QB2 (2014) and QB4 (2016).
5.02 - Joe Mixon, RB, Cincinnati Bengals: Down to 218 pounds (compared to 238 last rookie minicamp), Mixon is poised for bigger things in his sophomore campaign. The versatile back averaged just 3.5 yards per carry last season behind one of the league's worst offensive lines, but the team upgraded their LT/C spots this offseason via trade and the draft.
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6.09 - Michael Crabtree, WR, Baltimore Ravens: As part of a 1-2 punch with Amari Cooper in Oakland, Crabtree now becomes his team's clear No. 1 wideout. Over the past three seasons, Crabtree has 25 touchdowns -- eight-plus in each of the past three seasons.
7.02 - Corey Davis, WR, Tennessee Titans: The fifth-overall pick in last year's draft, Davis has the tools to become a true No. 1 receiver in the league. Injuries slowed him down in his rookie campaign as he finished with a 34/375/0 (regular-season) line, but he has the potential for a breakout 2018 season.
8.09 - Philip Rivers, QB, Los Angeles Chargers: Except for 2012 (21st) and 2016 (14th), Rivers has finished as a top-12 fantasy quarterback in the eight of his past 10 NFL seasons. On my list of 12 Undervalued Players Compared to Fantasy ADP, Rivers has thrown for at least 4,286 yards and 28 touchdowns in each of the past five seasons.
9.02 - Randall Cobb, WR, Green Bay Packers: Given a secure WR2 role, however, Cobb should bounce back provided that he and Rodgers can stay healthy.
10.09 - Mark Ingram, RB, New Orleans Saints: Even with rookie Alvin Kamara finishing as PPR's RB3, Ingram set career highs in 2017 with 1,124 rushing yards, 12 touchdowns, 58 receptions and 416 receiving yards. Although he'll miss the first four games due to a PED suspension, that creates more fantasy appeal (to a certain degree) given the discount for his strong production from Weeks 5 to 16.
11.02 - Jordan Reed, TE, Washington Redskins: If he ever puts together a 16-team season, Reed has the potential to lead all tight ends in fantasy points. Unfortunately, he has missed at least four games in four of his five NFL seasons including 10 missed games last season. In his healthiest season (14 games in 2015), Reed had a monster 87/952/11 line.
12.09 - Rex Burkhead, RB, New England Patriots: Burkhead scored eight touchdowns (in 10 games) as he rushed for 264 yards and added 30 catches for 254 yards in his debut season with the Patriots. Going against the grain to a certain degree, I expect Burkhead to outproduce first-round rookie Sony Michel this season.
13.02 - Blake Bortles, QB, Jacksonville Jaguars: Bortles threw it more than 100 times less in 2017 than 2016, but he played extremely well down the stretch with multiple passing scores and 300-plus yards in three of the four games through Week 16. Over the past three seasons, Bortles has finished as the QB4 (2015), QB10 (2016) and QB13 (2017).
- MORE: Blake Bortles 2018 Fantasy Football Profile
14.09 - Jamaal Williams, RB, Green Bay Packers: Injuries led to a larger role, but only three running backs had more carries than Williams (122) from Week 10 on -- Melvin Gordon (137), Frank Gore (134) and LeSean McCoy (130). The two-game suspension of Aaron Jones gives Williams an opportunity to secure (or prolong) the role of being the team's primary back.
15.02 - Giovani Bernard, RB, Cincinnati Bengals: Mixon missed two games, but Bernard was highly productive down the stretch. In five December games, Bernard had 507 YFS, averaged 4.75 YPC with 24 receptions and two scores. Not intentionally drafted as a handcuff, Bernard is a tremendous value in the 15th Round.
16.09 - Denver Broncos D/ST
17.02 - Justin Tucker, K, Baltimore Ravens
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