Fantasy Football: Free agent moves impact latest mock draft

We like doing Fantasy Football mock drafts after major NFL events. After the regular season ended, one after the Super Bowl and our latest mock draft was after the bulk of free-agent moves.

Our goal was to see how these recent transactions impacted Fantasy owners. And the results were definitely interesting in this 12-team standard league.

For example, Brandin Cooks was a guaranteed second-round pick with the New Orleans Saints , but it was a surprise to see him still get drafted at No. 23 overall now that he’s with the New England Patriots . His production should decline in New England, but that didn’t hurt his draft stock. Cooks was drafted ahead of guys like Amari Cooper , Allen Robinson , Doug Baldwin and Davante Adams , among others, and that could be a mistake.

Staying with the receivers, Alshon Jeffery (Philadelphia), Terrelle Pryor (Washington), Brandon Marshall (Giants) and DeSean Jackson (Tampa Bay) changed teams, somewhat altering their draft value. Jeffery was still a third-round pick, Marshall went in Round 4 and Jackson was drafted in Round 5, but Pryor is now considered a third-round pick with his quarterback upgrade to Kirk Cousins with the Redskins.

Pryor was drafted ahead of guys like Keenan Allen and Sammy Watkins , which could be a mistake if those two are healthy, but Pryor has solidified himself as a No. 2 Fantasy receiver with his move to Washington. He just has to hope Cousins remains his quarterback in 2017.

We held this draft the day before Latavius Murray signed with Minnesota, and Adrian Peterson , Jamaal Charles and LeGarrette Blount were still free agents. But Eddie Lacy (Seattle), Rex Burkhead (New England) and Danny Woodhead (Baltimore) already changed teams.

Woodhead (Round 8) and Burkhead (Round 10) were still late-round picks, and the value for Burkhead could be great if he starts for the Patriots, which is a possibility. Murray was drafted in Round 4, which could be a little high with his move to the Minnesota Vikings , and Lacy went in Round 5, which might be too low now that he’s with the Seattle Seahawks .

Lacy and Murray should still be considered No. 2 Fantasy running backs, but the arrow is pointing up for Lacy with his new team. He just has to get in shape and make sure he beats out Thomas Rawls and C.J. Prosise for the starting job.

We don’t know where Peterson, Charles and Blount will play in 2017, but all three were still drafted. Blount was first in Round 5, Peterson went in Round 6 and Charles was drafted in Round 9. All three could still have plenty of Fantasy value this year, but we can’t fully evaluate their outlook until we see where they land.

For my team, the only player I drafted whochanged his address was Pierre Garcon , who went from Washington to San Francisco, and he’s my No. 5 receiver behind Jordy Nelson , Julian Edelman , Rishard Matthews and J.J. Nelson . I drafted Garcon in Round 12, and he’s a great late-round flier if he remains the No. 1 receiver in coach Kyle Shanahan’s offense.

Edelman fell to Round 5, and his value takes a hit with Cooks now in New England. But he was the best receiver on the board, and that was the position I targeted at the time after drafting Jordan Howard , Jordy Nelson, C.J. Anderson and Isaiah Crowell with my first four picks.

My running back depth is the best part of my team with Howard, Anderson, Crowell, Tevin Coleman and Kenneth Dixon , but you might be hesitant to draft Anderson and Crowell with early-round picks, which is understandable given Anderson’s injury history and Crowell playing for the Cleveland Browns . But if Anderson is healthy and another running back isn’t added in Denver then he should be a solid No. 2 Fantasy option. And Cleveland significantly upgraded the offensive line in free agency, which should be a huge boost for Crowell. 

Coleman, even though he’s the No. 2 running back in Atlanta behind Devonta Freeman , is still a top-20 rusher coming into the season and well worth drafting in Round 6. Dixon was just a flier in Round 10, and hopefully he’ll be the starter for the Ravens once his four-game suspension is over, even with the addition of Woodhead.

I like my receiver depth, and Matthews will be undervalued this year even though he remains the No. 1 receiver for the Titans. He’s a steal in Round 7, and I hope to say the same thing about J.J. Nelson in Round 8. I was torn between Nelson, Jamison Crowder and Willie Snead , but Nelson could end up as the best receiver for the Cardinals this year, even with Larry Fitzgerald still on the team.

Cameron Brate was a steal in Round 9, and he’s one of my favorite breakout players this year, especially at tight end. And I made it a point to wait on a quarterback as long as possible, which resulted in Marcus Mariota in Round 11. I thought Dak Prescott or Cousins would make it to me in Round 11, but both went as backup quarterbacks for other owners in that round.

I decided to draft Carson Wentz as a backup to Mariota in Round 13, and Wentz is one of my favorite sleepers this year after the Eagles added Jeffery and Torrey Smith as free agents. Wentz is one of the best No. 2 quarterbacks to target in any league this season with a late-round pick. 

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 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. Meron Berkson, Video Producer
  2. Luke Rodgers, 247Sports NFL Insider
  3. Chris Towers, Fantasy Writer
  4. George Maselli, Editor
  5. Matthew Coca, Video Producer
  6. Will Brinson, NFL Writer
  7. Scott Reilly, Video Producer
  8. Adam Aizer, Podcast Host
  9. Dave Richard, Senior Fantasy Writer
  10. Heath Cummings, Senior Fantasy Writer
  11. Jamey Eisenberg, Senior Fantasy Writer
  12. J. Darin Darst, College Sports Producer
Round by Round
Round 1
1BerksonLe’Veon Bell, RB, PIT
2RodgersDavid Johnson, RB, ARI
3TowersEzekiel Elliott, RB, DAL
4MaselliAntonio Brown, WR, PIT
5CocaOdell Beckham, WR, NYG
6BrinsonJulio Jones, WR, ATL
7ReillyMike Evans, WR, TB
8AizerA.J. Green, WR, CIN
9RichardMelvin Gordon, RB, SD
10CummingsLeSean McCoy, RB, BUF
11EisenbergJordan Howard, RB, CHI
12DarstDevonta Freeman, RB, ATL
Round 2
13DarstDez Bryant, WR, DAL
14EisenbergJordy Nelson, WR, GB
15CummingsT.Y. Hilton, WR, IND
16RichardJay Ajayi, RB, MIA
17AizerCarlos Hyde, RB, SF
18ReillyTodd Gurley, RB, LAR
19BrinsonLamar Miller, RB, HOU
20CocaDeMarco Murray, RB, TEN
21MaselliMichael Thomas, WR, NO
22TowersRob Gronkowski, TE, NE
23RodgersBrandin Cooks, WR, NE
24BerksonAmari Cooper, WR, OAK
Round 3
25BerksonAllen Robinson, WR, JAC
26RodgersAaron Rodgers, QB, GB
27TowersDeAndre Hopkins, WR, HOU
28MaselliMark Ingram, RB, NO
29CocaAlshon Jeffery, WR, PHI
30BrinsonDoug Baldwin, WR, SEA
31ReillyDemaryius Thomas, WR, DEN
32AizerDavante Adams, WR, GB
33RichardTerrelle Pryor, WR, WAS
34CummingsTom Brady, QB, NE
35EisenbergC.J. Anderson, RB, DEN
36DarstTravis Kelce, TE, KC
Round 4
37DarstAndrew Luck, QB, IND
38EisenbergIsaiah Crowell, RB, CLE
39CummingsKeenan Allen, WR, SD
40RichardMichael Crabtree, WR, OAK
41AizerSammy Watkins, WR, BUF
42ReillyLatavius Murray, RB, OAK
43BrinsonSpencer Ware, RB, KC
44CocaGreg Olsen, TE, CAR
45MaselliDrew Brees, QB, NO
46TowersBrandon Marshall, WR, NYG
47RodgersTy Montgomery, WR, GB
48BerksonJarvis Landry, WR, MIA
Round 5
49BerksonRob Kelley, RB, WAS
50RodgersJordan Reed, TE, WAS
51TowersDeSean Jackson, WR, TB
52MaselliEddie Lacy, RB, GB
53CocaJimmy Graham, TE, SEA
54BrinsonDonte Moncrief, WR, IND
55ReillyMatt Ryan, QB, ATL
56AizerPaul Perkins, RB, NYG
57RichardKelvin Benjamin, WR, CAR
58CummingsGolden Tate, WR, DET
59EisenbergJulian Edelman, WR, NE
60DarstLeGarrette Blount, RB, NE
Round 6
61DarstEmmanuel Sanders, WR, DEN
62EisenbergTevin Coleman, RB, ATL
63CummingsTyler Eifert, TE, CIN
64RichardFrank Gore, RB, IND
65AizerAmeer Abdullah, RB, DET
66ReillyAdrian Peterson, RB, MIN
67BrinsonJonathan Stewart, RB, CAR
68CocaCharles Sims, RB, TB
69MaselliBilal Powell, RB, NYJ
70TowersJerick McKinnon, RB, MIN
71RodgersMartellus Bennett, TE, GB
72BerksonJeremy Hill, RB, CIN
Round 7
73BerksonRussell Wilson, QB, SEA
74RodgersTyreek Hill, WR, KC
75TowersStefon Diggs, WR, MIN
76MaselliDerrick Henry, RB, TEN
77CocaDeVante Parker, WR, MIA
78BrinsonCam Newton, QB, CAR
79ReillyDelanie Walker, TE, TEN
80AizerTyrell Williams, WR, SD
81RichardKyle Rudolph, TE, MIN
82CummingsRandall Cobb, WR, GB
83EisenbergRishard Matthews, WR, TEN
84DarstLarry Fitzgerald, WR, ARI
Round 8
85DarstMatt Forte, RB, NYJ
86EisenbergJ.J. Nelson, WR, ARI
87CummingsRyan Mathews, RB, PHI
88RichardDoug Martin, RB, TB
89AizerHunter Henry, TE, SD
90ReillyDanny Woodhead, RB, BAL
91BrinsonZach Ertz, TE, PHI
92CocaBen Roethlisberger, QB, PIT
93MaselliJamison Crowder, WR, WAS
94TowersWillie Snead, WR, NO
95RodgersEric Decker, WR, NYJ
96BerksonMartavis Bryant, WR, PIT
Round 9
97BerksonGiovani Bernard, RB, CIN
98RodgersJamaal Charles, RB, KC
99TowersJalen Richard, RB, OAK
100MaselliDion Lewis, RB, NE
101CocaDevontae Booker, RB, DEN
102BrinsonCameron Meredith, WR, CHI
103ReillyCorey Coleman, WR, CLE
104AizerDerek Carr, QB, OAK
105RichardJameis Winston, QB, TB
106CummingsThomas Rawls, RB, SEA
107EisenbergCameron Brate, TE, TB
108DarstMike Gillislee, RB, BUF
Round 10
109DarstDeAndre Washington, RB, OAK
110EisenbergKenneth Dixon, RB, BAL
111CummingsC.J. Prosise, RB, SEA
112RichardRex Burkhead, RB, NE
113AizerTerrance West, RB, BAL
114ReillyJacquizz Rodgers, RB, TB
115BrinsonJohn Brown, WR, ARI
116CocaJeremy Maclin, WR, KC
117MaselliJames White, RB, NE
118TowersKenny Britt, WR, CLE
119RodgersWill Fuller, WR, HOU
120BerksonJack Doyle, TE, IND
Round 11
121BerksonMarqise Lee, WR, JAC
122RodgersDST Patriots, NE
123TowersDuke Johnson, RB, CLE
124MaselliCoby Fleener, TE, NO
125CocaDak Prescott, QB, DAL
126BrinsonChris Ivory, RB, JAC
127ReillyKirk Cousins, QB, WAS
128AizerSterling Shepard, WR, NYG
129RichardTyler Lockett, WR, SEA
130CummingsTheo Riddick, RB, DET
131EisenbergMarcus Mariota, QB, TEN
132DarstKevin White, WR, CHI
Round 12
133DarstEli Manning, QB, NYG
134EisenbergPierre Garcon, WR, SF
135CummingsT.J. Yeldon, RB, JAC
136RichardDST Chiefs, KC
137AizerWendell Smallwood, RB, PHI
138ReillyKenny Stills, WR, MIA
139BrinsonPhilip Rivers, QB, SD
140CocaKenyan Drake, RB, MIA
141MaselliTaylor Gabriel, WR, ATL
142TowersTony Romo, QB, DAL
143RodgersJordan Matthews, WR, PHI
144BerksonMarvin Jones, WR, DET
Round 13
145BerksonDST Broncos, DEN
146RodgersJustin Tucker, K, BAL
147TowersMatt Jones, RB, WAS
148MaselliDST Seahawks, SEA
149CocaTavon Austin, WR, LAR
150BrinsonDST Texans, HOU
151ReillyDwayne Allen, TE, NE
152AizerKarlos Williams, RB, PIT
153RichardAdam Thielen, WR, MIN
154CummingsCharcandrick West, RB, KC
155EisenbergCarson Wentz, QB, PHI
156DarstAaron Ripkowski, RB, GB
Round 14
157DarstDST Falcons, ATL
158EisenbergDST Vikings, MIN
159CummingsDST Cardinals, ARI
160RichardLadarius Green, TE, PIT
161AizerDST Giants, NYG
162ReillyDST Steelers, PIT
163BrinsonEric Ebron, TE, DET
164CocaDST Jaguars, JAC
165MaselliKyle Juszczyk, RB, SF
166TowersDST Rams, LAR
167RodgersJosh Gordon, WR, CLE
168BerksonDarren Sproles, RB, PHI
Round 15
169BerksonStephen Gostkowski, K, NE
170RodgersCole Beasley, WR, DAL
171TowersMatt Bryant, K, ATL
172MaselliAdam Vinatieri, K, IND
173CocaMason Crosby, K, GB
174BrinsonChris Boswell, K, PIT
175ReillyDan Bailey, K, DAL
176AizerSebastian Janikowski, K, OAK
177RichardDustin Hopkins, K, WAS
178CummingsSteven Hauschka, K, SEA
179EisenbergWil Lutz, K, NO
180DarstMatt Prater, K, DET
Team by Team
Adam Aizer
1.8A.J. Green, WR, CIN
2.5Carlos Hyde, RB, SF
3.8Davante Adams, WR, GB
4.5Sammy Watkins, WR, BUF
5.8Paul Perkins, RB, NYG
6.5Ameer Abdullah, RB, DET
7.8Tyrell Williams, WR, SD
8.5Hunter Henry, TE, SD
9.8Derek Carr, QB, OAK
10.5Terrance West, RB, BAL
11.8Sterling Shepard, WR, NYG
12.5Wendell Smallwood, RB, PHI
13.8Karlos Williams, RB, PIT
14.5DST Giants, NYG
15.8Sebastian Janikowski, K, OAK
Meron Berkson
1.1Le’Veon Bell, RB, PIT
2.12Amari Cooper, WR, OAK
3.1Allen Robinson, WR, JAC
4.12Jarvis Landry, WR, MIA
5.1Rob Kelley, RB, WAS
6.12Jeremy Hill, RB, CIN
7.1Russell Wilson, QB, SEA
8.12Martavis Bryant, WR, PIT
9.1Giovani Bernard, RB, CIN
10.12Jack Doyle, TE, IND
11.1Marqise Lee, WR, JAC
12.12Marvin Jones, WR, DET
13.1DST Broncos, DEN
14.12Darren Sproles, RB, PHI
15.1Stephen Gostkowski, K, NE
Will Brinson
1.6Julio Jones, WR, ATL
2.7Lamar Miller, RB, HOU
3.6Doug Baldwin, WR, SEA
4.7Spencer Ware, RB, KC
5.6Donte Moncrief, WR, IND
6.7Jonathan Stewart, RB, CAR
7.6Cam Newton, QB, CAR
8.7Zach Ertz, TE, PHI
9.6Cameron Meredith, WR, CHI
10.7John Brown, WR, ARI
11.6Chris Ivory, RB, JAC
12.7Philip Rivers, QB, SD
13.6DST Texans, HOU
14.7Eric Ebron, TE, DET
15.6Chris Boswell, K, PIT
Matthew Coca
1.5Odell Beckham, WR, NYG
2.8DeMarco Murray, RB, TEN
3.5Alshon Jeffery, WR, PHI
4.8Greg Olsen, TE, CAR
5.5Jimmy Graham, TE, SEA
6.8Charles Sims, RB, TB
7.5DeVante Parker, WR, MIA
8.8Ben Roethlisberger, QB, PIT
9.5Devontae Booker, RB, DEN
10.8Jeremy Maclin, WR, KC
11.5Dak Prescott, QB, DAL
12.8Kenyan Drake, RB, MIA
13.5Tavon Austin, WR, LAR
14.8DST Jaguars, JAC
15.5Mason Crosby, K, GB
Heath Cummings
1.10LeSean McCoy, RB, BUF
2.3T.Y. Hilton, WR, IND
3.10Tom Brady, QB, NE
4.3Keenan Allen, WR, SD
5.10Golden Tate, WR, DET
6.3Tyler Eifert, TE, CIN
7.10Randall Cobb, WR, GB
8.3Ryan Mathews, RB, PHI
9.10Thomas Rawls, RB, SEA
10.3C.J. Prosise, RB, SEA
11.10Theo Riddick, RB, DET
12.3T.J. Yeldon, RB, JAC
13.10Charcandrick West, RB, KC
14.3DST Cardinals, ARI
15.10Steven Hauschka, K, SEA
J Darin Darst
1.12Devonta Freeman, RB, ATL
2.1Dez Bryant, WR, DAL
3.12Travis Kelce, TE, KC
4.1Andrew Luck, QB, IND
5.12LeGarrette Blount, RB, NE
6.1Emmanuel Sanders, WR, DEN
7.12Larry Fitzgerald, WR, ARI
8.1Matt Forte, RB, NYJ
9.12Mike Gillislee, RB, BUF
10.1DeAndre Washington, RB, OAK
11.12Kevin White, WR, CHI
12.1Eli Manning, QB, NYG
13.12Aaron Ripkowski, RB, GB
14.1DST Falcons, ATL
15.12Matt Prater, K, DET
Jamey Eisenberg
1.11Jordan Howard, RB, CHI
2.2Jordy Nelson, WR, GB
3.11C.J. Anderson, RB, DEN
4.2Isaiah Crowell, RB, CLE
5.11Julian Edelman, WR, NE
6.2Tevin Coleman, RB, ATL
7.11Rishard Matthews, WR, TEN
8.2J.J. Nelson, WR, ARI
9.11Cameron Brate, TE, TB
10.2Kenneth Dixon, RB, BAL
11.11Marcus Mariota, QB, TEN
12.2Pierre Garcon, WR, SF
13.11Carson Wentz, QB, PHI
14.2DST Vikings, MIN
15.11Wil Lutz, K, NO
George Maselli
1.4Antonio Brown, WR, PIT
2.9Michael Thomas, WR, NO
3.4Mark Ingram, RB, NO
4.9Drew Brees, QB, NO
5.4Eddie Lacy, RB, GB
6.9Bilal Powell, RB, NYJ
7.4Derrick Henry, RB, TEN
8.9Jamison Crowder, WR, WAS
9.4Dion Lewis, RB, NE
10.9James White, RB, NE
11.4Coby Fleener, TE, NO
12.9Taylor Gabriel, WR, ATL
13.4DST Seahawks, SEA
14.9Kyle Juszczyk, RB, SF
15.4Adam Vinatieri, K, IND
Scott Reilly
1.7Mike Evans, WR, TB
2.6Todd Gurley, RB, LAR
3.7Demaryius Thomas, WR, DEN
4.6Latavius Murray, RB, OAK
5.7Matt Ryan, QB, ATL
6.6Adrian Peterson, RB, MIN
7.7Delanie Walker, TE, TEN
8.6Danny Woodhead, RB, BAL
9.7Corey Coleman, WR, CLE
10.6Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, TB
11.7Kirk Cousins, QB, WAS
12.6Kenny Stills, WR, MIA
13.7Dwayne Allen, TE, NE
14.6DST Steelers, PIT
15.7Dan Bailey, K, DAL
Dave Richard
1.9Melvin Gordon, RB, SD
2.4Jay Ajayi, RB, MIA
3.9Terrelle Pryor, WR, WAS
4.4Michael Crabtree, WR, OAK
5.9Kelvin Benjamin, WR, CAR
6.4Frank Gore, RB, IND
7.9Kyle Rudolph, TE, MIN
8.4Doug Martin, RB, TB
9.9Jameis Winston, QB, TB
10.4Rex Burkhead, RB, NE
11.9Tyler Lockett, WR, SEA
12.4DST Chiefs, KC
13.9Adam Thielen, WR, MIN
14.4Ladarius Green, TE, PIT
15.9Dustin Hopkins, K, WAS
Luke Rodgers
1.2David Johnson, RB, ARI
2.11Brandin Cooks, WR, NE
3.2Aaron Rodgers, QB, GB
4.11Ty Montgomery, WR, GB
5.2Jordan Reed, TE, WAS
6.11Martellus Bennett, TE, GB
7.2Tyreek Hill, WR, KC
8.11Eric Decker, WR, NYJ
9.2Jamaal Charles, RB, KC
10.11Will Fuller, WR, HOU
11.2DST Patriots, NE
12.11Jordan Matthews, WR, PHI
13.2Justin Tucker, K, BAL
14.11Josh Gordon, WR, CLE
15.2Cole Beasley, WR, DAL
Chris Towers
1.3Ezekiel Elliott, RB, DAL
2.10Rob Gronkowski, TE, NE
3.3DeAndre Hopkins, WR, HOU
4.10Brandon Marshall, WR, NYG
5.3DeSean Jackson, WR, TB
6.10Jerick McKinnon, RB, MIN
7.3Stefon Diggs, WR, MIN
8.10Willie Snead, WR, NO
9.3Jalen Richard, RB, OAK
10.10Kenny Britt, WR, CLE
11.3Duke Johnson, RB, CLE
12.10Tony Romo, QB, DAL
13.3Matt Jones, RB, WAS
14.10DST Rams, LAR
15.3Matt Bryant, K, ATL
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