I was looking over the results of our latest 12-team, 0.5 PPR mock draft for our Fantasy Football Today show on CBS Sports HQ, and I started to question some of the decisions Fantasy managers had to make with certain positions. Even in Round 1.
For example, the top six picks are likely locked in for every league, no matter the order, with Christian McCaffrey, Saquon Barkley, Michael Thomas, Ezekiel Elliott, Dalvin Cook and Alvin Kamara. The No. 7 spot is where you might have a tough call to make.
Ben Gretch had that pick, and he selected Tyreek Hill. I would have drafted Davante Adams, which I did at No. 8 overall, but I understand why Ben is going with the upside of Hill as the No. 1 receiver for Patrick Mahomes.
With the second pick in Round 2, Heath Cummings selected Derrick Henry over other running backs like Joe Mixon, Nick Chubb, Kenyan Drake and one of his personal favorites, Austin Ekeler. In a non-PPR league, Henry makes total sense there, but I think he loses value in any league where you reward points for receptions.
I like all of those other running backs better than Henry, including my selection of Chiefs rookie Clyde Edwards-Helaire. He's extremely risky at No. 17 overall, but I'm counting on him being significantly better than Damien Williams -- and becoming an outstanding Fantasy option right away.
In Round 3, Dave Richard drafted Tyler Lockett ahead of guys like Amari Cooper, Mike Evans, Odell Beckham and Adam Thielen. Lockett could easily finish the season ahead of those other receivers, but you can argue those guys are better. My favorite of that group is Thielen, who I expect to have a dominant campaign with Stefon Diggs gone in Minnesota.
Meron Berkson drafted David Johnson in Round 4 ahead of other running backs like Leonard Fournette and Mark Ingram. Johnson has the chance to be the best pass catcher of that trio, but we know he struggled last season with the Cardinals before getting traded to the Texans this offseason. He's a risk, but Meron covered himself by drafting Ingram in Round 5.
R.J. White made a pick that I didn't love with DeVante Parker ahead of Diggs and DK Metcalf in Round 5. I'd love to see Parker repeat his breakout performance from 2019, but I don't expect that to happen, especially with Preston Williams (ACL) back and rookie Tua Tagovailoa likely starting several games instead of Ryan Fitzpatrick. I expect Parker to suffer as Tagovailoa goes through growing pains as a rookie.
Round 6 saw Andrew Baumhor draft Ke'Shawn Vaughn over another standout rookie running back in D'Andre Swift, and Vaughn also went ahead of Raheem Mostert and David Montgomery. That pick could prove to be genius if Vaughn is the lead running back for the Buccaneers, but I like Swift slightly better. I was able to steal Swift four picks later.
You can continue to go round-by-round yourself and break down the picks you might have changed. That's the fun of analyzing a mock draft.
For my team, aside from Adams, Edwards-Helaire and Swift, I drafted what I consider to be a standout roster. I made it a point to pair Edwards-Helaire with quality veteran running backs in Melvin Gordon and Todd Gurley, and I should be covered if Edwards-Helaire is a bust.
Swift gives me another high-upside running back, and I also have Philip Lindsay as a handcuff for Gordon. I would take this collection of running backs in any league.
I also love this receiving corps with Adams, DK Metcalf, Marquise Brown, Diontae Johnson, Anthony Miller, Golden Tate and Antonio Gandy-Golden. Adams could challenge Michael Thomas to be the No. 1 Fantasy receiver in non-PPR and 0.5 PPR leagues, and he benefits tremendously with the Packers failing to add any receiver help this offseason.
Metcalf could challenge Lockett to be the No. 1 receiver in Seattle, and I'm excited for Brown now that he's healthy after playing through a foot injury as a rookie in 2019. Johnson benefits with Ben Roethlisberger (elbow) healthy, and Miller has the chance to be a breakout candidate in his third year in the NFL. He showed us last year that he can be highly productive when Taylor Gabriel was out, and Gabriel is no longer in Chicago.
Tate may be the No. 3 receiver for the Giants this season behind Darius Slayton and Sterling Shepard, but he still had seven games with at least 11 Fantasy points in this format in the 11 games he played last year. He's not a bad late-round pick, and I drafted him in Round 13.
As for Gandy-Golden, he's someone I plan to draft with a late-round pick in every league. He could be the No. 2 receiver in Washington this season, and I consider him a deep sleeper in his rookie campaign. Like the running backs, I would take these receivers in any league as well.
I drafted Hunter Henry as the No. 7 tight end off the board in Round 8, and that's tremendous value. But I had even better value at quarterback with Carson Wentz in Round 12 as the No. 10 quarterback selected in this draft.
I'll let you decide if this is the best team in this league, but I'm excited. Too bad it's just a mock draft because this roster definitely has championship potential.
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 0.5 points for every reception. We feature a starting lineup of QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, TE, FLEX (RB/WR/TE) and DST. There also are six reserve spots for a 15-round draft.
Our draft order is as follows:
1. Ben Schragger, Podcast Producer
2. Jack Capotorto, CBS Sports HQ Producer
3. Meron Berkson, CBS Sports HQ Producer
4. Chris Towers, Senior Editor, Fantasy
5. Dave Richard, Senior Fantasy Writer
6. R.J. White, NFL Editor
7. Ben Gretch, Fantasy Editor
8. Jamey Eisenberg, Senior Fantasy Writer
9. Will Brinson, Senior NFL Writer
10. Adam Aizer, Podcast Host
11. Heath Cummings, Senior Fantasy Writer
12. Andrew Baumhor, CBS Sports HQ Producer
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