2017 Fantasy Football Draft Prep: 12-team standard mock draft

We held our latest 12-team standard mock draft in the middle of June, right after minicamps ended for every team, and it was one of the better mocks I've been involved with this offseason. There weren't many glaring mistakes where an owner reached for a player or someone's Fantasy value was out of whack.

Sure, there are some things you or I might have done differently. For example, I didn't like Amari Cooper or Doug Baldwin being selected ahead of Michael Thomas, Emmanuel Sanders getting drafted in Round 4 or the DeMarco Murray owner repeatedly passing on Derrick Henry instead of locking up the handcuff. But we're nitpicking with those examples, although you can probably find a few other things you don't like.

What I did like seeing was the standout value for the running backs, starting in Round 5. It shows you can still wait on the position this year, and some of the players available after No. 48 overall were Marshawn Lynch, Eddie Lacy, Paul Perkins, Dalvin Cook, Ameer Abdullah, Ty Montgomery, Tevin Coleman and C.J. Anderson, among many others.

Now, that doesn't mean you have to start your team with a Zero-RB strategy. Some of the teams I like the most drafted a running back in the first or second round, but they also waited for their second running back until Round 5 or later.

One of those teams belongs to Meron Berkson, a CBS Sports video producer. He started his team at No. 7 overall with Mike Evans, Leonard Fournette, Terrelle Pryor, Brandin Cooks and Perkins. The rest of his running backs include Kareem Hunt, Samaje Perine and Duke Johnson, and his receiving corps was filled out with Brandon Marshall, Jordan Matthews and Kenny Stills. He has Ben Roethlisberger at quarterback and Kyle Rudolph at tight end.

It's not a perfect team, but it should be competitive in this format. And a big reason why is three tremendous receivers in Evans, Pryor and Cook, along with several running backs with upside in Fournette, Perkins, Hunt and Perine.

Another competitive team belongs to Fantasy editor George Maselli, who picked at No. 5 overall. He started his team with Julio Jones, Thomas, Aaron Rodgers, Mike Gillislee, Lacy, Doug Martin and Frank Gore. His other receivers are John Brown, Marqise Lee and Sterling Shepard, and his tight end is Jack Doyle.

There are some flaws, but he has excellent running back depth, especially since his first three picks were two receivers and a quarterback. I'm confident at least two running backs from Gillislee, Lacy, Martin and Gore will be successful this year, and George also took a late-round flier on Texans rookie D'Onta Foreman, so this strategy should pay off if Jones, Thomas and Rodgers play as expected.

For my team, I took a similar approach by not reaching for running backs. Picking at No. 10 overall, I started with Melvin Gordon, T.Y. Hilton, Davante Adams, Michael Crabtree, Abdullah, Anderson and Henry. 

I only drafted one more receiver with Eric Decker, but I'm loaded at that position. And I love this collection of running backs with Gordon, Abdullah, Anderson and Henry, as well as a potential sleeper in Bills backup running back Jonathan Williams. With Jameis Winston at quarterback and Zach Ertz at tight end, this team should be in good shape.

In this league, all touchdowns are worth six points, and we award one point for every 10 yards rushing and receiving and one point for every 25 yards passing. We feature a starting lineup of QB, 2 RB, 2 WR, TE, K, DST and a FLEX (RB/WR/TE). There will also be six reserve spots for a 15-round draft.

Our draft order is as follows:

  1. Nick Kostos, Video Host
  2. Adam Aizer, Podcast Host 
  3. Will Brinson, NFL Writer 
  4. Dave Richard, Senior Fantasy Writer 
  5. George Maselli, Fantasy Editor 
  6. Heath Cummings, Senior Fantasy Writer 
  7. Meron Berkson, Video Producer 
  8. Chris Towers, Fantasy Writer 
  9. Matthew Coca, Video Producer 
  10. Jamey Eisenberg, Senior Fantasy Writer 
  11. R.J. White, NFL Editor 
  12. Scott Reilly, Video Producer
Round by Round
Round 1
1KostosLe'Veon Bell, RB, PIT
2AizerEzekiel Elliott, RB, DAL
3BrinsonDavid Johnson, RB, ARI
4RichardAntonio Brown, WR, PIT
5MaselliJulio Jones, WR, ATL
6CummingsOdell Beckham, WR, NYG
7BerksonMike Evans, WR, TB
8TowersA.J. Green, WR, CIN
9CocaLeSean McCoy, RB, BUF
10EisenbergMelvin Gordon, RB, LAC
11WhiteJordan Howard, RB, CHI
12ReillyDevonta Freeman, RB, ATL
Round 2
13ReillyDez Bryant, WR, DAL
14WhiteJordy Nelson, WR, GB
15EisenbergT.Y. Hilton, WR, IND
16CocaAmari Cooper, WR, OAK
17TowersDeMarco Murray, RB, TEN
18BerksonLeonard Fournette, RB, JAC
19CummingsDoug Baldwin, WR, SEA
20MaselliMichael Thomas, WR, NO
21RichardRob Gronkowski, TE, NE
22BrinsonDeAndre Hopkins, WR, HOU
23AizerJay Ajayi, RB, MIA
24KostosTodd Gurley, RB, LAR
Round 3
25KostosSammy Watkins, WR, BUF
26AizerAllen Robinson, WR, JAC
27BrinsonJoe Mixon, RB, CIN
28RichardIsaiah Crowell, RB, CLE
29MaselliAaron Rodgers, QB, GB
30CummingsLamar Miller, RB, HOU
31BerksonTerrelle Pryor, WR, WAS
32TowersAlshon Jeffery, WR, PHI
33CocaTravis Kelce, TE, KC
34EisenbergDavante Adams, WR, GB
35WhiteChristian McCaffrey, RB, CAR
36ReillyJordan Reed, TE, WAS
Round 4
37ReillyDemaryius Thomas, WR, DEN
38WhiteTom Brady, QB, NE
39EisenbergMichael Crabtree, WR, OAK
40CocaJarvis Landry, WR, MIA
41TowersKeenan Allen, WR, LAC
42BerksonBrandin Cooks, WR, NE
43CummingsCarlos Hyde, RB, SF
44MaselliMike Gillislee, RB, NE
45RichardMark Ingram, RB, NO
46BrinsonEmmanuel Sanders, WR, DEN
47AizerAndrew Luck, QB, IND
48KostosTyreek Hill, WR, KC
Round 5
49KostosMarshawn Lynch, RB, OAK
50AizerMartavis Bryant, WR, PIT
51BrinsonDrew Brees, QB, NO
52RichardGolden Tate, WR, DET
53MaselliEddie Lacy, RB, SEA
54CummingsGreg Olsen, TE, CAR
55BerksonPaul Perkins, RB, NYG
56TowersSpencer Ware, RB, KC
57CocaDalvin Cook, RB, MIN
58EisenbergAmeer Abdullah, RB, DET
59WhiteJamison Crowder, WR, WAS
60ReillyTy Montgomery, RB, GB
Round 6
61ReillyTevin Coleman, RB, ATL
62WhiteJimmy Graham, TE, SEA
63EisenbergC.J. Anderson, RB, DEN
64CocaCorey Davis, WR, TEN
65TowersRob Kelley, RB, WAS
66BerksonKareem Hunt, RB, KC
67CummingsDeSean Jackson, WR, TB
68MaselliDoug Martin, RB, TB
69RichardDonte Moncrief, WR, IND
70BrinsonJulian Edelman, WR, NE
71AizerJamaal Williams, RB, GB
72KostosKelvin Benjamin, WR, CAR
Round 7
73KostosTyler Eifert, TE, CIN
74AizerWillie Snead, WR, NO
75BrinsonBilal Powell, RB, NYJ
76RichardMatt Ryan, QB, ATL
77MaselliFrank Gore, RB, IND
78CummingsLeGarrette Blount, RB, PHI
79BerksonSamaje Perine, RB, WAS
80TowersStefon Diggs, WR, MIN
81CocaAdrian Peterson, RB, NO
82EisenbergDerrick Henry, RB, TEN
83WhitePierre Garcon, WR, SF
84ReillyDeVante Parker, WR, MIA
Round 8
85ReillyRussell Wilson, QB, SEA
86WhiteDanny Woodhead, RB, BAL
87EisenbergJameis Winston, QB, TB
88CocaJeremy Maclin, WR, BAL
89TowersLarry Fitzgerald, WR, ARI
90BerksonBrandon Marshall, WR, NYG
91CummingsMarcus Mariota, QB, TEN
92MaselliJohn Brown, WR, ARI
93RichardKenneth Dixon, RB, BAL
94BrinsonJames White, RB, NE
95AizerTerrance West, RB, BAL
96KostosCorey Coleman, WR, CLE
Round 9
97KostosMike Williams, WR, LAC
98AizerHunter Henry, TE, LAC
99BrinsonDelanie Walker, TE, TEN
100RichardJoe Williams, RB, SF
101MaselliD'Onta Foreman, RB, HOU
102CummingsMike Wallace, WR, BAL
103BerksonKyle Rudolph, TE, MIN
104TowersRandall Cobb, WR, GB
105CocaCam Newton, QB, CAR
106EisenbergEric Decker, WR, NYJ
107WhiteCameron Meredith, WR, CHI
108ReillyJ.J. Nelson, WR, ARI
Round 10
109ReillyJacquizz Rodgers, RB, TB
110WhiteJonathan Stewart, RB, CAR
111EisenbergZach Ertz, TE, PHI
112CocaLatavius Murray, RB, MIN
113TowersMartellus Bennett, TE, GB
114BerksonBen Roethlisberger, QB, PIT
115CummingsQuincy Enunwa, WR, NYJ
116MaselliJack Doyle, TE, IND
117RichardMarlon Mack, RB, IND
118BrinsonJeremy Hill, RB, CIN
119AizerTyrell Williams, WR, LAC
120KostosThomas Rawls, RB, SEA
Round 11
121KostosDerek Carr, QB, OAK
122AizerDST Broncos, DEN
123BrinsonJohn Ross, WR, CIN
124RichardDak Prescott, QB, DAL
125MaselliMarqise Lee, WR, JAC
126CummingsMatt Forte, RB, NYJ
127BerksonDuke Johnson, RB, CLE
128TowersPhilip Rivers, QB, LAC
129CocaJosh Doctson, WR, WAS
130EisenbergTheo Riddick, RB, DET
131WhiteDarren Sproles, RB, PHI
132ReillyKirk Cousins, QB, WAS
Round 12
133ReillyDST Cardinals, ARI
134WhiteAdam Thielen, WR, MIN
135EisenbergJonathan Williams, RB, BUF
136CocaDST Chiefs, KC
137TowersC.J. Prosise, RB, SEA
138BerksonKenny Stills, WR, MIA
139CummingsDion Lewis, RB, NE
140MaselliSterling Shepard, WR, NYG
141RichardEric Ebron, TE, DET
142BrinsonJames Conner, RB, PIT
143AizerTim Hightower, RB, SF
144KostosJalen Richard, RB, OAK
Round 13
145KostosBreshad Perriman, WR, BAL
146AizerWill Fuller, WR, HOU
147BrinsonTyrod Taylor, QB, BUF
148RichardTed Ginn, WR, NO
149MaselliDST Seahawks, SEA
150CummingsJamaal Charles, RB, DEN
151BerksonJordan Matthews, WR, PHI
152TowersCharles Sims, RB, TB
153CocaRishard Matthews, WR, TEN
154EisenbergDST Vikings, MIN
155WhiteChris Thompson, RB, WAS
156ReillyGiovani Bernard, RB, CIN
Round 14
157ReillyKenny Britt, WR, CLE
158WhiteJustin Tucker, K, BAL
159EisenbergStephen Gostkowski, K, NE
160CocaMatt Bryant, K, ATL
161TowersDST Patriots, NE
162BerksonDST Texans, HOU
163CummingsDST Falcons, ATL
164MaselliMatthew Stafford, QB, DET
165RichardDST Ravens, BAL
166BrinsonDST Jaguars, JAC
167AizerDevontae Booker, RB, DEN
168KostosDST Steelers, PIT
Round 15
169KostosGraham Gano, K, CAR
170AizerAdam Vinatieri, K, IND
171BrinsonWil Lutz, K, NO
172RichardMason Crosby, K, GB
173MaselliSebastian Janikowski, K, OAK
174CummingsDan Bailey, K, DAL
175BerksonDustin Hopkins, K, WAS
176TowersMatt Prater, K, DET
177CocaAndy Dalton, QB, CIN
178EisenbergEli Manning, QB, NYG
179WhiteDST Bills, BUF
180ReillyCaleb Sturgis, K, PHI
Team by Team
Adam Aizer
1.2Ezekiel Elliott, RB, DAL
2.11Jay Ajayi, RB, MIA
3.2Allen Robinson, WR, JAC
4.11Andrew Luck, QB, IND
5.2Martavis Bryant, WR, PIT
6.11Jamaal Williams, RB, GB
7.2Willie Snead, WR, NO
8.11Terrance West, RB, BAL
9.2Hunter Henry, TE, LAC
10.11Tyrell Williams, WR, LAC
11.2DST Broncos, DEN
12.11Tim Hightower, RB, SF
13.2Will Fuller, WR, HOU
14.11Devontae Booker, RB, DEN
15.2Adam Vinatieri, K, IND
Meron Berkson
1.7Mike Evans, WR, TB
2.6Leonard Fournette, RB, JAC
3.7Terrelle Pryor, WR, WAS
4.6Brandin Cooks, WR, NE
5.7Paul Perkins, RB, NYG
6.6Kareem Hunt, RB, KC
7.7Samaje Perine, RB, WAS
8.6Brandon Marshall, WR, NYG
9.7Kyle Rudolph, TE, MIN
10.6Ben Roethlisberger, QB, PIT
11.7Duke Johnson, RB, CLE
12.6Kenny Stills, WR, MIA
13.7Jordan Matthews, WR, PHI
14.6DST Texans, HOU
15.7Dustin Hopkins, K, WAS
Will Brinson
1.3David Johnson, RB, ARI
2.10DeAndre Hopkins, WR, HOU
3.3Joe Mixon, RB, CIN
4.10Emmanuel Sanders, WR, DEN
5.3Drew Brees, QB, NO
6.10Julian Edelman, WR, NE
7.3Bilal Powell, RB, NYJ
8.10James White, RB, NE
9.3Delanie Walker, TE, TEN
10.10Jeremy Hill, RB, CIN
11.3John Ross, WR, CIN
12.10James Conner, RB, PIT
13.3Tyrod Taylor, QB, BUF
14.10DST Jaguars, JAC
15.3Wil Lutz, K, NO
Matthew Coca
1.9LeSean McCoy, RB, BUF
2.4Amari Cooper, WR, OAK
3.9Travis Kelce, TE, KC
4.4Jarvis Landry, WR, MIA
5.9Dalvin Cook, RB, MIN
6.4Corey Davis, WR, TEN
7.9Adrian Peterson, RB, NO
8.4Jeremy Maclin, WR, BAL
9.9Cam Newton, QB, CAR
10.4Latavius Murray, RB, MIN
11.9Josh Doctson, WR, WAS
12.4DST Chiefs, KC
13.9Rishard Matthews, WR, TEN
14.4Matt Bryant, K, ATL
15.9Andy Dalton, QB, CIN
Heath Cummings
1.6Odell Beckham, WR, NYG
2.7Doug Baldwin, WR, SEA
3.6Lamar Miller, RB, HOU
4.7Carlos Hyde, RB, SF
5.6Greg Olsen, TE, CAR
6.7DeSean Jackson, WR, TB
7.6LeGarrette Blount, RB, PHI
8.7Marcus Mariota, QB, TEN
9.6Mike Wallace, WR, BAL
10.7Quincy Enunwa, WR, NYJ
11.6Matt Forte, RB, NYJ
12.7Dion Lewis, RB, NE
13.6Jamaal Charles, RB, DEN
14.7DST Falcons, ATL
15.6Dan Bailey, K, DAL
Jamey Eisenberg
1.10Melvin Gordon, RB, LAC
2.3T.Y. Hilton, WR, IND
3.10Davante Adams, WR, GB
4.3Michael Crabtree, WR, OAK
5.10Ameer Abdullah, RB, DET
6.3C.J. Anderson, RB, DEN
7.10Derrick Henry, RB, TEN
8.3Jameis Winston, QB, TB
9.10Eric Decker, WR, NYJ
10.3Zach Ertz, TE, PHI
11.10Theo Riddick, RB, DET
12.3Jonathan Williams, RB, BUF
13.10DST Vikings, MIN
14.3Stephen Gostkowski, K, NE
15.10Eli Manning, QB, NYG
Nick Kostos
1.1Le'Veon Bell, RB, PIT
2.12Todd Gurley, RB, LAR
3.1Sammy Watkins, WR, BUF
4.12Tyreek Hill, WR, KC
5.1Marshawn Lynch, RB, OAK
6.12Kelvin Benjamin, WR, CAR
7.1Tyler Eifert, TE, CIN
8.12Corey Coleman, WR, CLE
9.1Mike Williams, WR, LAC
10.12Thomas Rawls, RB, SEA
11.1Derek Carr, QB, OAK
12.12Jalen Richard, RB, OAK
13.1Breshad Perriman, WR, BAL
14.12DST Steelers, PIT
15.1Graham Gano, K, CAR
George Maselli
1.5Julio Jones, WR, ATL
2.8Michael Thomas, WR, NO
3.5Aaron Rodgers, QB, GB
4.8Mike Gillislee, RB, NE
5.5Eddie Lacy, RB, SEA
6.8Doug Martin, RB, TB
7.5Frank Gore, RB, IND
8.8John Brown, WR, ARI
9.5D'Onta Foreman, RB, HOU
10.8Jack Doyle, TE, IND
11.5Marqise Lee, WR, JAC
12.8Sterling Shepard, WR, NYG
13.5DST Seahawks, SEA
14.8Matthew Stafford, QB, DET
15.5Sebastian Janikowski, K, OAK
Scott Reilly
1.12Devonta Freeman, RB, ATL
2.1Dez Bryant, WR, DAL
3.12Jordan Reed, TE, WAS
4.1Demaryius Thomas, WR, DEN
5.12Ty Montgomery, RB, GB
6.1Tevin Coleman, RB, ATL
7.12DeVante Parker, WR, MIA
8.1Russell Wilson, QB, SEA
9.12J.J. Nelson, WR, ARI
10.1Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, TB
11.12Kirk Cousins, QB, WAS
12.1DST Cardinals, ARI
13.12Giovani Bernard, RB, CIN
14.1Kenny Britt, WR, CLE
15.12Caleb Sturgis, K, PHI
Dave Richard
1.4Antonio Brown, WR, PIT
2.9Rob Gronkowski, TE, NE
3.4Isaiah Crowell, RB, CLE
4.9Mark Ingram, RB, NO
5.4Golden Tate, WR, DET
6.9Donte Moncrief, WR, IND
7.4Matt Ryan, QB, ATL
8.9Kenneth Dixon, RB, BAL
9.4Joe Williams, RB, SF
10.9Marlon Mack, RB, IND
11.4Dak Prescott, QB, DAL
12.9Eric Ebron, TE, DET
13.4Ted Ginn, WR, NO
14.9DST Ravens, BAL
15.4Mason Crosby, K, GB
Chris Towers
1.8A.J. Green, WR, CIN
2.5DeMarco Murray, RB, TEN
3.8Alshon Jeffery, WR, PHI
4.5Keenan Allen, WR, LAC
5.8Spencer Ware, RB, KC
6.5Rob Kelley, RB, WAS
7.8Stefon Diggs, WR, MIN
8.5Larry Fitzgerald, WR, ARI
9.8Randall Cobb, WR, GB
10.5Martellus Bennett, TE, GB
11.8Philip Rivers, QB, LAC
12.5C.J. Prosise, RB, SEA
13.8Charles Sims, RB, TB
14.5DST Patriots, NE
15.8Matt Prater, K, DET
R.J. White
1.11Jordan Howard, RB, CHI
2.2Jordy Nelson, WR, GB
3.11Christian McCaffrey, RB, CAR
4.2Tom Brady, QB, NE
5.11Jamison Crowder, WR, WAS
6.2Jimmy Graham, TE, SEA
7.11Pierre Garcon, WR, SF
8.2Danny Woodhead, RB, BAL
9.11Cameron Meredith, WR, CHI
10.2Jonathan Stewart, RB, CAR
11.11Darren Sproles, RB, PHI
12.2Adam Thielen, WR, MIN
13.11Chris Thompson, RB, WAS
14.2Justin Tucker, K, BAL
15.11DST Bills, BUF
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