We've been anticipating the rookies to be put in our draft room here at CBS Sports, and it finally happened this week. We couldn't wait any longer, so we did another 12-team, PPR mock draft, highlighting the incoming rookies for 2020.
This mock draft was a lot of fun. The NFL Draft will ultimately determine the value for all of these rookies based on where they play, but this is a good exercise to see where they could potentially get selected in upcoming Fantasy drafts later this year.
It was no surprise to see Wisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor as the first rookie off the board here. He has the most upside of any running back -- or maybe any player -- of this incoming class.
Taylor went in Round 3 at No. 31 overall, and he was the No. 15 running back selected. He went after guys like Derrick Henry, Leonard Fournette and Josh Jacobs and ahead of Le'Veon Bell, Todd Gurley and Chris Carson. That's a realistic range for him even after the NFL Draft.
Georgia running back D'Andre Swift was the next rookie drafted in Round 5, followed by Oklahoma receiver CeeDee Lamb, Alabama receiver Jerry Jeudy and Ohio State running back J.K. Dobbins in Round 6. Most likely, we will see Dobbins and potentially Florida State running back Cam Akers (Round 7) and LSU running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire (Round 8) taken ahead of Lamb and Jeudy.
It could take longer for Lamb and Jeudy to be starting Fantasy options in 2020 than it is for the running backs, but again, their destinations in the NFL Draft will likely determine that outcome. Alabama receiver Henry Ruggs III also went ahead of Edwards-Helaire in Round 8. I thought Akers and Edwards-Helaire were two of the best picks in this draft, and I'm big fans of both this season.
The other rookie running backs selected included Utah's Zack Moss (Round 9), Boston College's A.J. Dillon (Round 10), UCLA's Joshua Kelley (Round 11), Arizona State's Eno Benjamin (Round 13), Maryland's Anthony McFarland Jr. (Round 13) and Miami's DeeJay Dallas (Round 14). Of this group, I'm excited to see where Moss ends up, but all of them have potential to be Fantasy relevant depending on their roles.
At receiver, after Lamb, Jeudy and Ruggs were selected, we had a lot of guys come off the board. The list included LSU's Justin Jefferson (Round 9), Clemson's Tee Higgins (Round 10), Colorado's Laviska Shenault Jr. (Round 10), TCU's Jalen Reagor (Round 10), Baylor's Denzel Mims (Round 11), Arizona State's Brandon Aiyuk (Round 12), South Carolina's Bryan Edwards (Round 13), USC's Michael Pittman Jr. (Round 14) and Penn State's K.J. Hamler (Round 14). Reagor, Mims and Aiyuk are three of my favorite rookie receivers, especially given their value here.
LSU's Joe Burrow was the only rookie quarterback selected in Round 14, and no rookie tight ends were taken. In total, there were 24 incoming rookies drafted, and I can't wait to see where they end up after the NFL Draft, which begins April 23.
For my team, I selected Dobbins and Hamler, and I felt like Dobbins was a steal in Round 6. He was my fourth running back behind Saquon Barkley, Leonard Fournette and Melvin Gordon, but he has starting Fantasy potential if he earns a prominent role in 2020.
Hamler was the seventh receiver I drafted after Adam Thielen, A.J. Green, Jarvis Landry, Kenny Stills, Anthony Miller and Allen Lazard, and I love this group if Green is back at 100 percent after missing 2019 with an ankle injury. Green should benefit with the addition of Burrow.
Thielen also gets a boost with Stefon Diggs now in Buffalo, and he's worth drafting toward the end of Round 2 in PPR. And Landry is a great No. 3 PPR receiver as long as he's 100 percent recovered from the hip surgery he had in February, which is the expectation.
Stills is a sleeper to target with DeAndre Hopkins no longer in Houston, and Miller is another sleeper to target with a late-round pick. He scored at least 13 PPR points in four of his final six games, and he should benefit with Nick Foles now in Chicago.
We'll see what the Packers do to enhance their receiving corps in the NFL Draft, but Lazard could still remain the starter opposite Davante Adams. That makes him a sleeper as well with a late-round pick -- for now.
I rounded out my team with Josh Allen at quarterback, Tyler Higbee at tight end and Boston Scott as my No. 5 running back. Allen is a breakout candidate with Diggs now in Buffalo, and Higbee showed last year he can be a quality No. 1 tight end.
As for Scott, he's currently the running mate to Miles Sanders in Philadelphia's backfield. And he closed last season by scoring at least 12 PPR points in three of his final four games. He's a sneaky late-round pick in PPR if the Eagles don't add any significant competition to their backfield.
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, FLEX (RB/WR/TE), K and DST. There also are six reserve spots for a 16-round draft.
Our draft order is as follows:
1. George Maselli, Fantasy Editor
2. Jamey Eisenberg, Senior Fantasy Writer
3. Dave Richard, Senior Fantasy Writer
4. Adam Aizer, Podcast Host
5. Ben Schragger, Podcast Producer
6. Jack Capotorto, CBS Sports HQ Producer
7. Ben Gretch, Fantasy Editor
8. Tommy Tran, CBS Sports HQ Host
9. Andrew Baumhor, CBS Sports HQ Producer
10. Heath Cummings, Senior Fantasy Writer
11. Chris Towers, Senior Editor, Fantasy
12. Meron Berkson, CBS Sports HQ Producer
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