2019 Fantasy Football Draft Prep: Team-by-team 12-team PPR mock draft review

There is no better way to prepare yourself for a draft than to study one — and do some yourself. At CBSSports.com, you can do mock drafts all the time, including different scoring formats and league sizes. Remember, practice makes progress, so practice as much as you can.

You should also see how other people draft, especially if you already know your draft position. See what players or positions they selected in certain ranges and follow those moves if you like. Or don't. It's up to you.

Here, we've assembled some of the best Fantasy analysts in the industry from CBS Fantasy and Beckett. And not only can you see the picks we made, but also some of the thought process behind those picks.

For example, can you trust Patrick Mahomes as the No. 1 quarterback in Round 2 if Tyreek Hill is out? How will Odell Beckham and Antonio Brown fare with new teams? And can you rely on Todd Gurley still despite the potential issues with his knee?

The answers to these questions and more are fascinating. And informative. Study this mock draft as much as you can.

It might be the most important story you read for your draft prep.

As a reference point, all touchdowns in this league 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 per reception. And we feature a starting lineup of QB, 2 RB, 2 WR, TE, K, DST and a FLEX (RB/WR/TE) with six reserves for a 15-round draft.

Mike Payne, No. 1 Overall Pick

Round

Pick

Player

1

1

Ezekiel Elliott RB | DAL

2

24

Patrick Mahomes QB | KC

3

25

Kerryon Johnson RB | DET

4

48

Brandin Cooks WR | LAR

5

49

Sammy Watkins WR | KC

6

72

Eric Ebron TE | IND

7

73

Marquise Brown WR | BAL

8

96

Michael Gallup WR | DAL

9

97

Matt Breida RB | SF

10

120

C.J. Anderson RB | DET

11

121

Drew Brees QB | NO

12

144

Jaylen Samuels RB | PIT

13

145

Donte Moncrief WR | PIT

14

168

Wil Lutz K | NO

15

169

Patriots DST | NE

1) What was your reason for drafting Ezekiel Elliott at No. 1 overall instead of Saquon Barkley?

Honestly, as the clock ticked off for the final three minutes until the start of the draft, I wasn't sure who I was going to take. Ultimately, I settled on Zeke because he's carried the load for more than one year. He's proven he can get Fantasy points. Barkley, while a tremendous talent, has just one year of experience. It didn't hurt that I'm a Cowboys fan, either.

2) Was there any hesitation on your part to draft Patrick Mahomes in Round 2 given the situation involving Tyreek Hill?

I'd be lying if I said I didn't think about it. But the object of the game is points, and whether it's Travis Kelce, Sammy Watkins or anyone else catching passes (even Hill if he ever returns), it's Mahomes who is the common denominator. He's the best Fantasy quarterback coming into the season.

George Maselli, No. 2 Overall Pick

Round

Pick

Player

1

2

Saquon Barkley RB | NYG

2

23

Dalvin Cook RB | MIN

3

26

A.J. Green WR | CIN

4

47

Evan Engram TE | NYG

5

50

Kenyan Drake RB | MIA

6

71

Robby Anderson WR | NYJ

7

74

Peyton Barber RB | TB

8

95

Golden Tate WR | NYG

9

98

Jameis Winston QB | TB

10

119

D'Onta Foreman RB | HOU

11

122

Austin Hooper TE | ATL

12

143

Kyler Murray QB | ARI

13

146

Cole Beasley WR | BUF

14

167

Bills DST | BUF

15

170

Robbie Gould K | SF

1) You drafted two quarterbacks and two tight ends. Is this something you recommend to draft backups at those positions, or did you just select the best player available at those points in the draft?

When you draft a quarterback like Jameis Winston — and I'm still kind of surprised I did — it's a good idea to take an upside backup, too. Same with Evan Engram. Both could be great in their situations this season, but both have different risks attached. I like being covered with solid options and not left hoping there's some talent with a pulse on the waiver wire.

2) What are your expectations for Kyler Murray this season?

Kyler Murray could be the most exciting player in the game this season. Or he could be a total bust, but I love having a rooting interest in him. Getting him at No. 143 overall feels like a steal, and I think he'll go higher as we near the season. The Cardinals are going to be constantly chasing points, and Kliff Kingsbury's offense could be a real show with this kid running it.

Chris Towers, No. 3 Overall Pick

Round

Pick

Player

1

3

Alvin Kamara RB | NO

2

22

Mike Evans WR | TB

3

27

Zach Ertz TE | PHI

4

46

Tarik Cohen RB | CHI

5

51

Mark Ingram RB | BAL

6

70

Deshaun Watson QB | HOU

7

75

Will Fuller WR | HOU

8

94

Curtis Samuel WR | CAR

9

99

Marvin Jones WR | DET

10

118

Tyrell Williams WR | OAK

11

123

Nyheim Hines RB | IND

12

142

T.J. Yeldon RB | BUF

13

147

Andy Isabella WR | ARI

14

166

Chiefs DST | KC

15

171

Harrison Butker K | KC

1) How confident are you with your receivers aside from Mike Evans with Will Fuller, Marvin Jones, Tyrell Williams, Curtis Samuel and Andy Isabella?

Oh, not at all. One thing I realized in this draft is, if you're drafting at the front of the first round, you may not love your receiver options by the time your next few picks come around. In Round 2, I took Evans, and then I got Zach Ertz in Round 3 because I value the edge an elite tight end can give me. Unfortunately, by the time you get back around, receiver is filled with question marks. I feel like there is a plateau at receiver after No. 15, so I wanted to take as many dart throws at cheaper options later in the draft.

2) Did you give any thought to drafting Latavius Murray in Round 9 as a handcuff to Alvin Kamara?

He was in my queue for sure, but after adding Tarik Cohen and Mark Ingram in Rounds 4 and 5, I felt I needed to invest heavily in upside receivers for the next few picks. And Marvin Jones was on pace for 60-plus catches, 900-plus yards and 10 touchdowns before his injury. At that point in the draft, I just didn't feel the need to take an insurance option as my No. 4 running back.

Dave Richard, No. 4 Overall Pick

Round

Pick

Player

1

4

Christian McCaffrey RB | CAR

2

21

George Kittle TE | SF

3

28

Keenan Allen WR | LAC

4

45

Derrick Henry RB | TEN

5

52

Calvin Ridley WR | ATL

6

69

Dante Pettis WR | SF

7

76

Tyler Boyd WR | CIN

8

93

Carlos Hyde RB | KC

9

100

Latavius Murray RB | NO

10

117

Jerick McKinnon RB | SF

11

124

Carson Wentz QB | PHI

12

141

Alexander Mattison RB | MIN

13

148

Keke Coutee WR | HOU

14

165

Cowboys DST | DAL

15

172

Stephen Gostkowski K | NE

1) How confident are you with your running backs aside from Christian McCaffery and Derrick Henry with Jerick McKinnon, Carlos Hyde, Latavius Murray and Alexander Mattison?

Yeah, it's not pretty, but this was the price I paid to load up on pass-catchers in Rounds 2, 3, 5 and 6. I could have had Dalvin Cook in Round 2 or Sony Michel in Round 3, but I went with difference-makers at tight end and receiver instead. Maybe the lesson learned is that the late-round receiver values outweigh the late-round running back values. I could have picked Chris Carson over Calvin Ridley in Round 5 and my running backs would have looked better on paper. Then I could've found very good receiver depth later on.

2) What are your expectations for Carson Wentz coming back from a second year in a row with a season-ending injury?

I'm drawn to Wentz because of his consistency and the weapons surrounding him in Philadelphia. In the 24 games he's played over the past two seasons, he's notched 22-plus Fantasy points in 17 games (71 percent). That's pretty good for a Round 11 pick. The Eagles passing game will win with its size (four pass-catchers at 6-foot-2 or taller) or its speed (DeSean Jackson's return adds a big element), helping Wentz find great numbers again. And if Wentz gets hurt, I can run to Philip Rivers, Josh Allen, Derek Carr or any other waiver-wire passer not taken in our draft.

Meron Berkson, No. 5 Overall Pick

Round

Pick

Player

1

5

DeAndre Hopkins WR | HOU

2

20

Nick Chubb RB | CLE

3

29

Amari Cooper WR | DAL

4

44

Kenny Golladay WR | DET

5

53

Chris Carson RB | SEA

6

68

Tevin Coleman RB | SF

7

77

Lamar Miller RB | HOU

8

92

Parris Campbell WR | IND

9

101

Corey Davis WR | TEN

10

116

Larry Fitzgerald WR | ARI

11

125

Jordan Reed TE | WAS

12

140

T.J. Hockenson TE | DET

13

149

Dak Prescott QB | DAL

14

164

Rams DST | LAR

15

173

Ka'imi Fairbairn K | HOU

1) What are your expectations for Tevin Coleman with his move to San Francisco?

I think there is high upside with Coleman, especially if you can take him later in the draft. Running backs under Kyle Shanahan are always successful, and with Coleman reuniting with his former offensive coordinator, I expect a breakout season. The one issue with Coleman would be touches with Jerick McKinnon and Matt Breida in the mix. If Coleman does get the majority of touches, he could be a Fantasy stud this season.

2) How confident are you in Dak Prescott as your starting quarterback?

I waited until the end of the draft to take a quarterback because it is such a deep position this year. Prescott was not my first option as I was hoping Kyler Murray would fall to me, but I was happy to take Prescott in Round 13. He'll have a full season with Amari Cooper, and the Cowboys added Randall Cobb and Jason Witten to help in the passing game. I expect Prescott to have the best season of his career, which should translate to solid Fantasy production.

Heath Cummings, No. 6 Overall Pick

Round

Pick

Player

1

6

James Conner RB | PIT

2

19

Joe Mixon RB | CIN

3

30

T.Y. Hilton WR | IND

4

43

Robert Woods WR | LAR

5

54

Chris Godwin WR | TB

6

67

Hunter Henry TE | LAC

7

78

Derrius Guice RB | WAS

8

91

Dede Westbrook WR | JAC

9

102

Austin Ekeler RB | LAC

10

115

Marqise Lee WR | JAC

11

126

Darwin Thompson RB | KC

12

139

Dion Lewis RB | TEN

13

150

Ben Roethlisberger QB | PIT

14

163

Texans DST | HOU

15

174

Jason Myers K | SEA

1) What are your expectations for Hunter Henry and Derrius Guice coming back from last year's ACL injuries?

I expect Henry to be a full-go, and possibly one of the top five tight ends in Fantasy. Philip Rivers has historically peppered his tight ends with targets, and Henry already has an eight-touchdown season on his resume. I'm less confident in Guice if only because Washington is behaving as if they are less confident in Guice. They signed Adrian Peterson and drafted Bryce Love. If Guice is fully recovered, I believe he's better than both backs, but it's probably better to view Guice as a boom-or-bust flex than a starting running back.

2) Chris Godwin is getting a lot of hype this offseason. Is he really worth a Round 5 pick?

I really believe he is. Godwin posted a line of 59-842-7 with DeSean Jackson and Adam Humphries on the roster. Those two accounted for 179 targets in 2018. Godwin won't get all of those, but a significant increase in targets and a 1,000-yard season could happen. This offense really has the chance to be something special under coach Bruce Arians, and the targets look to be more consolidated in 2019.

David Sharp, No. 7 Overall Pick

Round

Pick

Player

1

7

Le'Veon Bell RB | NYJ

2

18

Phillip Lindsay RB | DEN

3

31

Adam Thielen WR | MIN

4

42

Stefon Diggs WR | MIN

5

55

Jarvis Landry WR | CLE

6

66

Baker Mayfield QB | CLE

7

79

Jordan Howard RB | PHI

8

90

Emmanuel Sanders WR | DEN

9

103

N'Keal Harry WR | NE

10

114

Tom Brady QB | NE

11

127

Adrian Peterson RB | WAS

12

138

James Washington WR | PIT

13

151

Noah Fant TE | DEN

14

162

Ravens DST | BAL

15

175

Chandler Catanzaro K | NYJ

1) You drafted Le'Veon Bell at No. 7 overall. Why are you so confident he deserves to be drafted in Round 1 again with his move to the Jets after sitting out the 2018 season?

I debated Todd Gurley here but ultimately decided on Bell due to his high ceiling. Prior to last year's holdout, Bell was always in the argument for the top Fantasy player. While I realize that he had a year off, even if he starts off slow, I believe he'll be right back in that argument this year as a top Fantasy player.

2) Did you plan to draft Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs as your starting receivers or did it just work out that way?

It wasn't my original plan, however, there are far worse receiver pairings to have, and I'm definitely OK with it. Looking at 2018, both wideouts had over 100 receptions, over 1,000 yards and they each had nine touchdowns. They also both finished in the top 15 in most scoring formats. Who knows? Maybe one of them becomes trade bait during the season.

Adam Aizer, No. 8 Overall Pick

Round

Pick

Player

1

8

Melvin Gordon RB | LAC

2

17

Travis Kelce TE | KC

3

32

Julian Edelman WR | NE

4

41

Devonta Freeman RB | ATL

5

56

Cooper Kupp WR | LAR

6

65

Miles Sanders RB | PHI

7

80

Geronimo Allison WR | GB

8

89

Mecole Hardman WR | KC

9

104

Ronald Jones RB | TB

10

113

Cam Newton QB | CAR

11

128

Bears DST | CHI

12

137

Jimmy Garoppolo QB | SF

13

152

D.K. Metcalf WR | SEA

14

161

Kalen Ballage RB | MIA

15

176

Aldrick Rosas K | NYG

1) You drafted Travis Kelce in the second round at No. 17 overall. Was he someone you were targeting or just your best player available at that spot?

I certainly wanted a top tight end, but I would have preferred an elite wide receiver like Davante Adams or Julio Jones. Once the elite tier was off the board, Kelce became an easy call. Mike Evans was the next receiver to get drafted, and Kelce outscored him in this format last year while filling the scarcest position. My team might be a little weak at wide receiver, but Kelce's presence makes that a non-issue.

2) You drafted a second quarterback in Jimmy Garoppolo to go with Cam Newton? Do you think it's a priority to back up Newton on Draft Day given his shoulder injury?

I absolutely think it's a priority, and I think Garoppolo has legitimate top-five potential. That pick was partially my distrust of Newton and partially my love for Garoppolo. Garoppolo just got two new wide receivers via the NFL Draft and is poised for a big year. To me, he was the perfect complement to Newton.

Will Brinson, No. 9 Overall Pick

Round

Pick

Player

1

9

Odell Beckham WR | CLE

2

16

Antonio Brown WR | OAK

3

33

Leonard Fournette RB | JAC

4

40

Damien Williams RB | KC

5

57

Andrew Luck QB | IND

6

64

O.J. Howard TE | TB

7

81

Rashaad Penny RB | SEA

8

88

Sterling Shepard WR | NYG

9

105

David Njoku TE | CLE

10

112

Royce Freeman RB | DEN

11

129

Marquise Goodwin WR | SF

12

136

Jamison Crowder WR | NYJ

13

153

Kareem Hunt RB | CLE

14

160

Chargers DST | LAC

15

177

Adam Vinatieri K | IND

1) What should Fantasy players expect from Odell Beckham and Antonio Brown with their new teams?

Value. Beckham and Brown should be going in the top seven of PPR leagues, and I got them both on my team? What a joke. I don't love either's off field persona but ignoring Beckham's improved offensive situation is foolish. I think he goes for 1,200 yards and 10-plus touchdowns. I don't care for Jon Gruden or Derek Carr, but the former will force feed Brown to make us forget the Amari Cooper trade. And Carr's skillset (accurate on short throws) is a great fit for Brown, who should get 150-plus targets.

2) What makes you confident that Leonard Fournette will bounce back from last year's disappointing season?

One of my top buy low plays of 2019 already, Jacksonville's sneaky good offseason is quiet enough to keep the hype train in the station. Jawaan Taylor at right tackle should boost the run game. Nick Foles is better than Blake Bortles. Last year, Fournette was 38th overall in running back scoring, but he was 14th in Fantasy scoring per week despite averaging 3.3 yards per carry. Give him a conservative 12 games with 3.8 yards per carry and 20-plus carries a game and he's a borderline No. 1 running back. If he plays a full season? Fournette could be the top running back.

Tim Yoder, No. 10 Overall Pick

Round

Pick

Player

1

10

David Johnson RB | ARI

2

15

Todd Gurley RB | LAR

3

34

Aaron Rodgers QB | GB

4

39

Jared Cook TE | NO

5

58

Mike Williams WR | LAC

6

63

Tyler Lockett WR | SEA

7

82

Christian Kirk WR | ARI

8

87

Devin Funchess WR | IND

9

106

Courtland Sutton WR | DEN

10

111

Demarcus Robinson WR | KC

11

130

Jared Goff QB | LAR

12

135

Damien Harris RB | NE

13

154

Greg Zuerlein K | LAR

14

159

Vikings DST | MIN

15

178

Josh Gordon WR | NE

1) Do you feel like you got a steal with Todd Gurley in Round 2 at No. 15 overall?

Gurley being there at No. 15 was certainly surprising, and I thought about drafting him at No. 10, but chose to take a chance on David Johnson at that spot. I had initially planned on taking a top-end receiver at No. 15, but between 10 and 15, four straight receivers were chosen. At that point, Gurley was too much of a value to pass up and has the potential to be the steal of the draft if healthy.

2) What is your comfort level with Mike Williams and Tyler Lockett as your starting receivers?

I'm a little (a lot) nervous about those two being my first two receivers chosen. I have been targeting Lockett in my drafts after news came out about Doug Baldwin, and Lockett should see an increase in target share. I feel like there is some good upside to Mike Williams as well with Tyrell Williams going to Oakland. Having said that, I tried to take high upside receivers the rest of the way with Devin Funchess (going from Cam Newton to Andrew Luck), Demarcus Robinson (Tyreek Hill situation) and Courtland Sutton (second year and new quarterback).

R.J. White, No. 11 Overall Pick

Round

Pick

Player

1

11

Davante Adams WR | GB

2

14

JuJu Smith-Schuster WR | PIT

3

35

Sony Michel RB | NE

4

38

Marlon Mack RB | IND

5

59

James White RB | NE

6

62

Alshon Jeffery WR | PHI

7

83

LeSean McCoy RB | BUF

8

86

Allen Robinson WR | CHI

9

107

Anthony Miller WR | CHI

10

110

Russell Wilson QB | SEA

11

131

Devin Singletary RB | BUF

12

134

Vance McDonald TE | PIT

13

155

Chris Thompson RB | WAS

14

158

Justin Tucker K | BAL

15

179

Eagles DST | PHI

1) How confident are you starting Sony Michel and James White on a weekly basis?

In a PPR format, I'm perfectly happy starting both the New England backs. Michel showed he's capable of being the bell-cow back when called upon to touch the ball 20-plus times. White's usage spiked last year and didn't fall off at all from a rate perspective. With the New England offense needing to replace a lot of production this season, these two backs should be big beneficiaries.

2) Why is Vance McDonald now someone to consider as a No. 1 tight end?

Not only should McDonald have a chance to capture some of the production of the departed Jesse James, but he'll also have the opportunity to play a bigger role with Antonio Brown's 168 targets gone from the offense. Of the players left in Pittsburgh, only JuJu Smith-Schuster (245) and Eli Rogers (116) have been targeted more in the Steelers passing game, and Rogers has been less of a factor since his rookie year in 2016. It's quite possible McDonald becomes the second option in a passing offense that routinely ranks near the top of the league in attempts.

Jamey Eisenberg, No. 12 Overall Pick

Round

Pick

Player

1

12

Julio Jones WR | ATL

2

13

Michael Thomas WR | NO

3

36

Aaron Jones RB | GB

4

37

Josh Jacobs RB | OAK

5

60

D.J. Moore WR | CAR

6

61

David Montgomery RB | CHI

7

84

Ito Smith RB | ATL

8

85

Matt Ryan QB | ATL

9

108

Darrell Henderson RB | LAR

10

109

Jamaal Williams RB | GB

11

132

DaeSean Hamilton WR | DEN

12

133

Chris Herndon TE | NYJ

13

156

John Brown WR | BUF

14

157

Jaguars DST | JAC

15

180

Mason Crosby K | GB

1) You're a very smart and handsome man. Why are you so confident in Josh Jacobs and David Montgomery in their rookie seasons?

Thank you for the compliments. It's about opportunity for both rookies, and I expect each of them to exceed 200-plus touches. With Jacobs, he should be the lead back in Oakland, even with Doug Martin back and Jalen Richard on the roster. Richard is a threat in the passing game, but Jon Gruden has a strong history of leaning on one rusher, and that should be Jacobs. And Montgomery should get the bulk of Jordan Howard's workload from last season (270 total touches) but be more involved in the passing game. While Tarik Cohen and Mike Davis will get plenty of work, Montgomery should be a star in Chicago.

2) Is it a must to draft Jamaal Williams as a handcuff for Aaron Jones?

Not at all, but it can't hurt. Last year, the duo combined for nine games with either a touchdown or 100 total yards. And Jones has struggled with injury in each of his first two seasons in the NFL. This Packers offense should improve in 2019 under new coach Matt LaFleur, and the combination of Jones and Williams should be productive. In Round 10, it was worth the investment to lock up this backfield with Williams.

So what 2019 Fantasy Football sleepers should you snatch in your draft? And which RB2 can you wait on until late? Visit SportsLine now to get 2019 Fantasy Football cheat sheets from the model that called Andrew Luck's huge season, and find out.

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