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We do a lot of mock drafts on CBS Sports in trying to get you prepared for your actual Draft Day. Looking over draft results is a great tool because you get a gauge of where players might be going, and you can decide if that's too soon — or if you're getting a bargain.
For our latest 12-team PPR mock draft, we were joined by some of the best Fantasy analysts in the industry. You can see the list of names below, but it's an impressive group.
And the fun was seeing which players other analysts like better than Dave Richard, Heath Cummings, Chris Towers or I do. I've done a lot of drafts with Richard, Cummings and Towers, so I know the players they like. But I didn't know what to expect from anyone else — and it was a blast to see the results.
For example, Yahoo! Sports analyst Scott Pianowski drafted Jerick McKinnon in Round 2. I'm glad someone else shares my enthusiasm for McKinnon this year with his move to San Francisco.
Joe Mixon also went in Round 2 to RotoExperts analyst Jake Ciely. While that's too soon for me, I expect Mixon to be a breakout candidate in 2018.
Ciely also made another somewhat controversial selection when he drafted Corey Davis in Round 4. I'm hopeful Davis will rebound in 2018 after being a bust as a rookie last year, but I won't draft him before Round 6. That said, if you like a player, draft him when he's available to you, which is clearly what Ciely did here.
Scott Fish of Fanball drafted Travis Kelce ahead of Rob Gronkowski in Round 2, and Gronkowski fell to No. 29 overall in Round 3. I like Gronkowski better than Kelce, but Fish obviously expects Kelce to be the No. 1 tight end this season.
There are countless examples of players being selected in different spots than you're used to seeing in our mock drafts, which is awesome. We need more diversity in our mock drafts, and I'm thankful these excellent analysts joined us. You can review all the results below.
As for my team, I had the No. 10 overall pick, and I started with Kareem Hunt, Michael Thomas, Larry Fitzgerald and Amari Cooper, which I love in a three-receiver PPR league. I passed on a No. 2 running back in Round 5 for Greg Olsen, who I consider the fourth-best tight end this year (behind Gronkowski, Kelce and Zach Ertz), but I still got a running back I covet in Kerryon Johnson in Round 6.
With my receiving corps and tight end solidified, I tried to stockpile running backs with my next four picks, although I drafted Cooper Kupp in Round 8. I drafted Tevin Coleman in Round 7, Ty Montgomery in Round 9 and Aaron Jones in Round 10. I love getting Montgomery and Jones as a duo with late-round picks, and one (or both) can be useful if Jamaal Williams struggles, even with Jones starting the season with a two-game suspension.
Quarterbacks fell in this draft — what do you expect, it's a bunch of analysts — and I ended up with Andrew Luck in Round 12. Just in case his shoulder isn't 100 percent, I was still able to get Matthew Stafford in Round 14.
I'm thrilled with this team, but every team is stacked in this league. We aren't playing out this league since it's just a mock draft, but this group is definitely tough competition.
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 also award one point for every reception. We feature a starting lineup of QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, TE, K, DST and a FLEX (RB/WR/TE). There will also be six reserve spots for a 16-round draft.
Our draft order is as follows:
- Chris Harris, Harris Football
- Jake Ciely, RotoExperts/FNTSY
- Scott Fish, Fanball
- Scott Pianowski, Yahoo! Sports
- Evan Silva, Rotoworld
- Mike Tagliere, FantasyPros
- Brandon Marianne Lee, Fantasy Alarm/SiriusXM
- Chris Towers, CBS Sports
- Heath Cummings, CBS Sports
- Jamey Eisenberg, CBS Sports
- Dave Richard, CBS Sports
- Davis Mattek, RotoGrinders
Follow along with the Fantasy Football Today podcast as we break down this draft live!