Fantasy Football: Best player available approach leads in different directions in our latest PPR 12-team mock draft

It's early in the mock draft process. We're all still evaluating players, whether it's the rookies with new teams or free agents with new addresses, and some Fantasy owners aren't set in their opinions yet.

It could lead to some rather interesting picks, which happened in our latest 12-team PPR mock draft.

In breaking down this draft, there were several things that stood out. For example, in the first round, Ezekiel Elliott at No. 2 overall was selected ahead of Le'Veon Bell, and that's a mistake in PPR leagues. The same with Odell Beckham at No. 3 overall ahead of Antonio Brown and Julio Jones .

Three owners (Heath Cummings, George Maselli and Dave Richard) started their teams with running back-running back in a PPR league, and it will be interesting to track their receiving corps. I like what George did with his group in Jarvis Landry , Jamison Crowder , Julian Edelman and Larry Fitzgerald , and that's a formidable foursome to pair with Le'Veon Bell and Jay Ajayi , who he drafted in the first two rounds.

Dave and Heath, however, have some potential holes at receiver. Dave only has four receivers in Terrelle Pryor , Tyreek Hill , Pierre Garcon and Breshad Perriman , although he also has a premier tight end in Jordan Reed . Heath is counting on Denver's duo of Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders as starters, which could be dicey, and his reserves are Stefon Diggs , Jordan Matthews and Tyler Lockett . Heath's tight end is Tyler Eifert .

Now, both of those guys have standout running backs in Melvin Gordon and Jordan Howard as the top two guys for Dave, and David Johnson and Todd Gurley are the dynamic duo for Heath. Along with key reserves at that position, both owners should be fine, but you typically want standout receivers in PPR leagues.

Adam Aizer did that with his team, drafting A.J. Green, Amari Cooper , Golden Tate and Willie Snead with four of his first six picks. He also has John Brown and J.J. Nelson on his bench, and he still has a solid running back corps with Lamar Miller , Ameer Abdullah , Eddie Lacy , Jamaal Williams and C.J. Prosise. He has Ben Roethlisberger at quarterback, and his lone questionable player could be Coby Fleener at tight end. But this is a competitive roster.

And one of the reasons I like it is because Adam, who picked at No. 8 overall, drafted several players I wanted right in front of me at No. 10 overall. For example, I planned to draft Lacy in Round 7 and Williams in Round 9, and I was surprised when Adam took Snead in Round 6. I may or may not have said some expletives to Adam with those picks.

For my team, I went with a best-player available approach with most of my draft. After starting with Jordy Nelson and Devonta Freeman , I took Michael Crabtree and Travis Kelce next, which were the top players in my rankings.

I felt like I needed a running back in Round 5, which was Mike Gillislee , and then I couldn't pass on Drew Brees in Round 6. Round 7 ( Brandon Marshall ) and Round 8 ( Rob Kelley ) was again the best-player available strategy, and I handcuffed Kelley with Samaje Perine in Round 9. I also couldn't pass on Jack Doyle in Round 13, which might be the second-best value pick of anyone in this draft aside from Marcus Mariota in Round 14.

While I like my roster, I don't love being locked in to quarterback and tight end early, especially when you see players like Doyle and Mariota sitting there so late. Those players are difference makers for Fantasy owners, and the later you can draft them, the better off your team will be.

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, 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. Heath Cummings, Senior Fantasy Writer
  2. Will Brinson, NFL Writer
  3. Matthew Coca, Video Producer
  4. Scott Reilly, Video Producer
  5. George Maselli, Fantasy Editor
  6. Chris Towers, Fantasy Writer
  7. Nick Kostos, Video Host
  8. Adam Aizer, Podcast Host
  9. Dave Richard, Senior Fantasy Writer
  10. Jamey Eisenberg, Senior Fantasy Writer
  11. R.J. White, NFL Editor
  12. Meron Berkson, Video Producer
Round by Round
Round 1
Pick Team Player
1 Cummings David Johnson, RB, ARI
2 Brinson Ezekiel Elliott, RB, DAL
3 Coca Odell Beckham, WR, NYG
4 Reilly Antonio Brown, WR, PIT
5 Maselli Le'Veon Bell, RB, PIT
6 Towers Julio Jones, WR, ATL
7 Kostos Mike Evans, WR, TB
8 Aizer A.J. Green, WR, CIN
9 Richard Melvin Gordon, RB, LAC
10 Eisenberg Jordy Nelson, WR, GB
11 White Dez Bryant, WR, DAL
12 Berkson T.Y. Hilton, WR, IND
Round 2
Pick Team Player
13 Berkson LeSean McCoy, RB, BUF
14 White Michael Thomas, WR, NO
15 Eisenberg Devonta Freeman, RB, ATL
16 Richard Jordan Howard, RB, CHI
17 Aizer Amari Cooper, WR, OAK
18 Kostos DeAndre Hopkins, WR, HOU
19 Towers DeMarco Murray, RB, TEN
20 Maselli Jay Ajayi, RB, MIA
21 Reilly Leonard Fournette, RB, JAC
22 Coca Allen Robinson, WR, JAC
23 Brinson Doug Baldwin, WR, SEA
24 Cummings Todd Gurley, RB, LAR
Round 3
Pick Team Player
25 Cummings Demaryius Thomas, WR, DEN
26 Brinson Rob Gronkowski, TE, NE
27 Coca Sammy Watkins, WR, BUF
28 Reilly Davante Adams, WR, GB
29 Maselli Jarvis Landry, WR, MIA
30 Towers Alshon Jeffery, WR, PHI
31 Kostos Christian McCaffrey, RB, CAR
32 Aizer Lamar Miller, RB, HOU
33 Richard Terrelle Pryor, WR, WAS
34 Eisenberg Michael Crabtree, WR, OAK
35 White Aaron Rodgers, QB, GB
36 Berkson Keenan Allen, WR, LAC
Round 4
Pick Team Player
37 Berkson Brandin Cooks, WR, NE
38 White Isaiah Crowell, RB, CLE
39 Eisenberg Travis Kelce, TE, KC
40 Richard Jordan Reed, TE, WAS
41 Aizer Golden Tate, WR, DET
42 Kostos Andrew Luck, QB, IND
43 Towers Greg Olsen, TE, CAR
44 Maselli Jamison Crowder, WR, WAS
45 Reilly Donte Moncrief, WR, IND
46 Coca Tevin Coleman, RB, ATL
47 Brinson Joe Mixon, RB, CIN
48 Cummings Carlos Hyde, RB, SF
Round 5
Pick Team Player
49 Cummings Emmanuel Sanders, WR, DEN
50 Brinson Tom Brady, QB, NE
51 Coca Jimmy Graham, TE, SEA
52 Reilly Marshawn Lynch, RB, OAK
53 Maselli Julian Edelman, WR, NE
54 Towers Spencer Ware, RB, KC
55 Kostos Ty Montgomery, RB, GB
56 Aizer Ameer Abdullah, RB, DET
57 Richard Mark Ingram, RB, NO
58 Eisenberg Mike Gillislee, RB, NE
59 White Corey Davis, WR, TEN
60 Berkson Dalvin Cook, RB, MIN
Round 6
Pick Team Player
61 Berkson Paul Perkins, RB, NYG
62 White Theo Riddick, RB, DET
63 Eisenberg Drew Brees, QB, NO
64 Richard Tyreek Hill, WR, KC
65 Aizer Willie Snead, WR, NO
66 Kostos Danny Woodhead, RB, BAL
67 Towers DeSean Jackson, WR, TB
68 Maselli Larry Fitzgerald, WR, ARI
69 Reilly Kyle Rudolph, TE, MIN
70 Coca Mike Williams, WR, LAC
71 Brinson Randall Cobb, WR, GB
72 Cummings Tyler Eifert, TE, CIN
Round 7
Pick Team Player
73 Cummings Stefon Diggs, WR, MIN
74 Brinson Bilal Powell, RB, NYJ
75 Coca C.J. Anderson, RB, DEN
76 Reilly Corey Coleman, WR, CLE
77 Maselli Matt Ryan, QB, ATL
78 Towers Martavis Bryant, WR, PIT
79 Kostos Derrick Henry, RB, TEN
80 Aizer Eddie Lacy, RB, SEA
81 Richard Pierre Garcon, WR, SF
82 Eisenberg Brandon Marshall, WR, NYG
83 White Kareem Hunt, RB, KC
84 Berkson Kelvin Benjamin, WR, CAR
Round 8
Pick Team Player
85 Berkson Delanie Walker, TE, TEN
86 White Frank Gore, RB, IND
87 Eisenberg Rob Kelley, RB, WAS
88 Richard Jameis Winston, QB, TB
89 Aizer J.J. Nelson, WR, ARI
90 Kostos DeVante Parker, WR, MIA
91 Towers Kenny Britt, WR, CLE
92 Maselli Zach Ertz, TE, PHI
93 Reilly Russell Wilson, QB, SEA
94 Coca Jamaal Charles, RB, DEN
95 Brinson Cameron Meredith, WR, CHI
96 Cummings Jordan Matthews, WR, PHI
Round 9
Pick Team Player
97 Cummings Martellus Bennett, TE, GB
98 Brinson Sterling Shepard, WR, NYG
99 Coca Eric Decker, WR, NYJ
100 Reilly Kenneth Dixon, RB, BAL
101 Maselli James White, RB, NE
102 Towers Adrian Peterson, RB, NO
103 Kostos John Ross, WR, CIN
104 Aizer Jamaal Williams, RB, GB
105 Richard Doug Martin, RB, TB
106 Eisenberg Samaje Perine, RB, WAS
107 White Hunter Henry, TE, LAC
108 Berkson Latavius Murray, RB, MIN
Round 10
Pick Team Player
109 Berkson Cam Newton, QB, CAR
110 White Darren Sproles, RB, PHI
111 Eisenberg Tyrell Williams, WR, LAC
112 Richard Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, TB
113 Aizer John Brown, WR, ARI
114 Kostos Rishard Matthews, WR, TEN
115 Towers Charles Sims, RB, TB
116 Maselli Rex Burkhead, RB, NE
117 Reilly Kevin White, WR, CHI
118 Coca Marvin Jones, WR, DET
119 Brinson Duke Johnson, RB, CLE
120 Cummings Giovani Bernard, RB, CIN
Round 11
Pick Team Player
121 Cummings Matt Forte, RB, NYJ
122 Brinson Thomas Rawls, RB, SEA
123 Coca Ryan Mathews, RB, PHI
124 Reilly Marlon Mack, RB, IND
125 Maselli Adam Thielen, WR, MIN
126 Towers Jeremy Hill, RB, CIN
127 Kostos O.J. Howard, TE, TB
128 Aizer C.J. Prosise, RB, SEA
129 Richard Breshad Perriman, WR, BAL
130 Eisenberg Terrance West, RB, BAL
131 White Chris Thompson, RB, WAS
132 Berkson Jonathan Stewart, RB, CAR
Round 12
Pick Team Player
133 Berkson Kenny Stills, WR, MIA
134 White Mike Wallace, WR, BAL
135 Eisenberg Marqise Lee, WR, JAC
136 Richard Derek Carr, QB, OAK
137 Aizer Ben Roethlisberger, QB, PIT
138 Kostos Alvin Kamara, RB, NO
139 Towers LeGarrette Blount, RB, NE
140 Maselli Jonathan Williams, RB, BUF
141 Reilly Kirk Cousins, QB, WAS
142 Coca Cole Beasley, WR, DAL
143 Brinson Josh Doctson, WR, WAS
144 Cummings Tyler Lockett, WR, SEA
Round 13
Pick Team Player
145 Cummings DST Broncos, DEN,
146 Brinson DST Seahawks, SEA,
147 Coca Dak Prescott, QB, DAL
148 Reilly D'Onta Foreman, RB, HOU
149 Maselli DST Chiefs, KC,
150 Towers Philip Rivers, QB, LAC
151 Kostos Jeremy Maclin, WR, KC
152 Aizer Coby Fleener, TE, NO
153 Richard Joe Williams, RB, SF
154 Eisenberg Jack Doyle, TE, IND
155 White DST Vikings, MIN,
156 Berkson Wayne Gallman, RB, NYG
Round 14
Pick Team Player
157 Berkson DST Patriots, NE,
158 White Marcus Mariota, QB, TEN
159 Eisenberg DST Cardinals, ARI,
160 Richard DST Texans, HOU,
161 Aizer DST Giants, NYG,
162 Kostos DST Ravens, BAL,
163 Towers DST Rams, LAR,
164 Maselli Jeremy McNichols, RB, TB
165 Reilly DST Panthers, CAR,
166 Coca DST Jaguars, JAC,
167 Brinson Zay Jones, WR, BUF
168 Cummings Carson Wentz, QB, PHI
Round 15
Pick Team Player
169 Cummings Justin Tucker, K, BAL
170 Brinson Matt Bryant, K, ATL
171 Coca Stephen Gostkowski, K, NE
172 Reilly Adam Vinatieri, K, IND
173 Maselli Wil Lutz, K, NO
174 Towers Steven Hauschka, K, BUF
175 Kostos Graham Gano, K, CAR
176 Aizer Dan Bailey, K, DAL
177 Richard Mason Crosby, K, GB
178 Eisenberg Matt Prater, K, DET
179 White Caleb Sturgis, K, PHI
180 Berkson Sebastian Janikowski, K, OAK
 
Team by Team
Adam Aizer
Rd.Pk Player
1.8 A.J. Green, WR, CIN
2.5 Amari Cooper, WR, OAK
3.8 Lamar Miller, RB, HOU
4.5 Golden Tate, WR, DET
5.8 Ameer Abdullah, RB, DET
6.5 Willie Snead, WR, NO
7.8 Eddie Lacy, RB, SEA
8.5 J.J. Nelson, WR, ARI
9.8 Jamaal Williams, RB, GB
10.5 John Brown, WR, ARI
11.8 C.J. Prosise, RB, SEA
12.5 Ben Roethlisberger, QB, PIT
13.8 Coby Fleener, TE, NO
14.5 DST Giants, NYG,
15.8 Dan Bailey, K, DAL
Meron Berkson
Rd.Pk Player
1.12 T.Y. Hilton, WR, IND
2.1 LeSean McCoy, RB, BUF
3.12 Keenan Allen, WR, LAC
4.1 Brandin Cooks, WR, NE
5.12 Dalvin Cook, RB, MIN
6.1 Paul Perkins, RB, NYG
7.12 Kelvin Benjamin, WR, CAR
8.1 Delanie Walker, TE, TEN
9.12 Latavius Murray, RB, MIN
10.1 Cam Newton, QB, CAR
11.12 Jonathan Stewart, RB, CAR
12.1 Kenny Stills, WR, MIA
13.12 Wayne Gallman, RB, NYG
14.1 DST Patriots, NE,
15.12 Sebastian Janikowski, K, OAK
Will Brinson
Rd.Pk Player
1.2 Ezekiel Elliott, RB, DAL
2.11 Doug Baldwin, WR, SEA
3.2 Rob Gronkowski, TE, NE
4.11 Joe Mixon, RB, CIN
5.2 Tom Brady, QB, NE
6.11 Randall Cobb, WR, GB
7.2 Bilal Powell, RB, NYJ
8.11 Cameron Meredith, WR, CHI
9.2 Sterling Shepard, WR, NYG
10.11 Duke Johnson, RB, CLE
11.2 Thomas Rawls, RB, SEA
12.11 Josh Doctson, WR, WAS
13.2 DST Seahawks, SEA,
14.11 Zay Jones, WR, BUF
15.2 Matt Bryant, K, ATL
Matthew Coca
Rd.Pk Player
1.3 Odell Beckham, WR, NYG
2.10 Allen Robinson, WR, JAC
3.3 Sammy Watkins, WR, BUF
4.10 Tevin Coleman, RB, ATL
5.3 Jimmy Graham, TE, SEA
6.10 Mike Williams, WR, LAC
7.3 C.J. Anderson, RB, DEN
8.10 Jamaal Charles, RB, DEN
9.3 Eric Decker, WR, NYJ
10.10 Marvin Jones, WR, DET
11.3 Ryan Mathews, RB, PHI
12.10 Cole Beasley, WR, DAL
13.3 Dak Prescott, QB, DAL
14.10 DST Jaguars, JAC,
15.3 Stephen Gostkowski, K, NE
Heath Cummings
Rd.Pk Player
1.1 David Johnson, RB, ARI
2.12 Todd Gurley, RB, LAR
3.1 Demaryius Thomas, WR, DEN
4.12 Carlos Hyde, RB, SF
5.1 Emmanuel Sanders, WR, DEN
6.12 Tyler Eifert, TE, CIN
7.1 Stefon Diggs, WR, MIN
8.12 Jordan Matthews, WR, PHI
9.1 Martellus Bennett, TE, GB
10.12 Giovani Bernard, RB, CIN
11.1 Matt Forte, RB, NYJ
12.12 Tyler Lockett, WR, SEA
13.1 DST Broncos, DEN,
14.12 Carson Wentz, QB, PHI
15.1 Justin Tucker, K, BAL
Jamey Eisenberg
Rd.Pk Player
1.10 Jordy Nelson, WR, GB
2.3 Devonta Freeman, RB, ATL
3.10 Michael Crabtree, WR, OAK
4.3 Travis Kelce, TE, KC
5.10 Mike Gillislee, RB, NE
6.3 Drew Brees, QB, NO
7.10 Brandon Marshall, WR, NYG
8.3 Rob Kelley, RB, WAS
9.10 Samaje Perine, RB, WAS
10.3 Tyrell Williams, WR, LAC
11.10 Terrance West, RB, BAL
12.3 Marqise Lee, WR, JAC
13.10 Jack Doyle, TE, IND
14.3 DST Cardinals, ARI,
15.10 Matt Prater, K, DET
Nicholas Kostos
Rd.Pk Player
1.7 Mike Evans, WR, TB
2.6 DeAndre Hopkins, WR, HOU
3.7 Christian McCaffrey, RB, CAR
4.6 Andrew Luck, QB, IND
5.7 Ty Montgomery, RB, GB
6.6 Danny Woodhead, RB, BAL
7.7 Derrick Henry, RB, TEN
8.6 DeVante Parker, WR, MIA
9.7 John Ross, WR, CIN
10.6 Rishard Matthews, WR, TEN
11.7 O.J. Howard, TE, TB
12.6 Alvin Kamara, RB, NO
13.7 Jeremy Maclin, WR, KC
14.6 DST Ravens, BAL,
15.7 Graham Gano, K, CAR
George Maselli
Rd.Pk Player
1.5 Le'Veon Bell, RB, PIT
2.8 Jay Ajayi, RB, MIA
3.5 Jarvis Landry, WR, MIA
4.8 Jamison Crowder, WR, WAS
5.5 Julian Edelman, WR, NE
6.8 Larry Fitzgerald, WR, ARI
7.5 Matt Ryan, QB, ATL
8.8 Zach Ertz, TE, PHI
9.5 James White, RB, NE
10.8 Rex Burkhead, RB, NE
11.5 Adam Thielen, WR, MIN
12.8 Jonathan Williams, RB, BUF
13.5 DST Chiefs, KC,
14.8 Jeremy McNichols, RB, TB
15.5 Wil Lutz, K, NO
Scott Reilly
Rd.Pk Player
1.4 Antonio Brown, WR, PIT
2.9 Leonard Fournette, RB, JAC
3.4 Davante Adams, WR, GB
4.9 Donte Moncrief, WR, IND
5.4 Marshawn Lynch, RB, OAK
6.9 Kyle Rudolph, TE, MIN
7.4 Corey Coleman, WR, CLE
8.9 Russell Wilson, QB, SEA
9.4 Kenneth Dixon, RB, BAL
10.9 Kevin White, WR, CHI
11.4 Marlon Mack, RB, IND
12.9 Kirk Cousins, QB, WAS
13.4 D'Onta Foreman, RB, HOU
14.9 DST Panthers, CAR,
15.4 Adam Vinatieri, K, IND
Dave Richard
Rd.Pk Player
1.9 Melvin Gordon, RB, LAC
2.4 Jordan Howard, RB, CHI
3.9 Terrelle Pryor, WR, WAS
4.4 Jordan Reed, TE, WAS
5.9 Mark Ingram, RB, NO
6.4 Tyreek Hill, WR, KC
7.9 Pierre Garcon, WR, SF
8.4 Jameis Winston, QB, TB
9.9 Doug Martin, RB, TB
10.4 Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, TB
11.9 Breshad Perriman, WR, BAL
12.4 Derek Carr, QB, OAK
13.9 Joe Williams, RB, SF
14.4 DST Texans, HOU,
15.9 Mason Crosby, K, GB
Chris Towers
Rd.Pk Player
1.6 Julio Jones, WR, ATL
2.7 DeMarco Murray, RB, TEN
3.6 Alshon Jeffery, WR, PHI
4.7 Greg Olsen, TE, CAR
5.6 Spencer Ware, RB, KC
6.7 DeSean Jackson, WR, TB
7.6 Martavis Bryant, WR, PIT
8.7 Kenny Britt, WR, CLE
9.6 Adrian Peterson, RB, NO
10.7 Charles Sims, RB, TB
11.6 Jeremy Hill, RB, CIN
12.7 LeGarrette Blount, RB, NE
13.6 Philip Rivers, QB, LAC
14.7 DST Rams, LAR,
15.6 Steven Hauschka, K, BUF
R.J. White
Rd.Pk Player
1.11 Dez Bryant, WR, DAL
2.2 Michael Thomas, WR, NO
3.11 Aaron Rodgers, QB, GB
4.2 Isaiah Crowell, RB, CLE
5.11 Corey Davis, WR, TEN
6.2 Theo Riddick, RB, DET
7.11 Kareem Hunt, RB, KC
8.2 Frank Gore, RB, IND
9.11 Hunter Henry, TE, LAC
10.2 Darren Sproles, RB, PHI
11.11 Chris Thompson, RB, WAS
12.2 Mike Wallace, WR, BAL
13.11 DST Vikings, MIN,
14.2 Marcus Mariota, QB, TEN
15.11 Caleb Sturgis, K, PHI
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