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Is Tony Pollard now worthy of a first-round pick in a 12-team, PPR league? Following the Cowboys move to release Ezekiel Elliott, we saw Pollard get selected at No. 9 overall in our latest mock draft, which was the first one we've done after the flurry of moves that happened during NFL free agency. 

I love the situation for Pollard, who was given the franchise tag by the Cowboys. Not only is Elliott gone, but Mike McCarthy said at the NFL Combine he wants to put more emphasis on running the ball this season. Pollard played two games without Elliott in 2022, and he scored 54 PPR points in those outings. 

Pollard should also be fine for Week 1 after hurting his ankle in the playoff loss to San Francisco, and the arrow is pointing to the moon for Pollard right now. But I'm not ready to draft him in Round 1 -- yet. We'll see what Dallas does to add to its backfield in the NFL Draft, and then I'll determine exactly where Pollard should get selected in a PPR league. For now, I'm drafting him in Round 2 around No. 15 overall.

Pollard was the most notable pick in this mock draft for any of the players impacted by free agency, and that was the fun of this exercise. We wanted to see how Fantasy managers might view the guys who changed teams (D.J. Moore, David Montgomery and Miles Sanders, among others) and the ones who were impacted by change around them (Davante Adams, Chris Godwin and Dameon Pierce, to name a few).

There are too many players impacted by free agency to highlight them all. I recommend scanning the results to find the players who interest you the most to see where they were selected. As I said, it should be fun, and we had a great time during this mock draft.

For me, I had the No. 4 overall selection, and it was easy to draft Cooper Kupp in Round 1. I followed the Kupp pick with Jaylen Waddle in Round 2, and I was thrilled to get Rhamondre Stevenson in Round 3. I consider Stevenson a winner in free agency after the Patriots allowed Damien Harris to leave for Buffalo, and only James Robinson was brought in (as of now) to share touches with Stevenson. He has top-five upside as the lead running back in New England.

I took Keenan Allen as my third receiver in Round 4, and I drafted Drake London as my flex in Round 5. Allen should still be highly productive staying in Los Angeles, especially with the addition of offensive coordinator Kellen Moore. And London should build off his productive rookie season from 2022 with an even better campaign in 2023. He might be a steal in Round 5 moving forward.

I got another winner in free agency in Round 6 with Rachaad White, who is now the starter in Tampa Bay after Leonard Fournette was released. The Buccaneers offense should regress with Baker Mayfield replacing Tom Brady, but White still has top-20 upside as the lead running back for Tampa Bay.

Jameson Williams was an easy pick as my No. 5 receiver and top reserve in Round 7, and he could be a star now that he's healthy. And I drafted another free-agent winner in Round 8 with Samaje Perine, who could end up as the starter in Denver to open the season if Javonte Williams (knee) isn't 100 percent by Week 1. Perine will be one of my favorite preseason sleepers this year.

In Round 9, I took a flier on Devin Singletary, who signed as a free agent in Houston. Pierce should remain the lead running back for the Texans, but Singletary should get plenty of work in tandem with Pierce. I like this value for Singletary a lot, especially as my No. 4 running back.

I waited on quarterback in this mock draft, but getting Deshaun Watson in Round 10 should work out fine. He should improve in his second season in Cleveland, and it sounds like the Browns could still add to their receiving corps with a potential trade for Jerry Jeudy. I also drafted Kyler Murray (knee) in Round 12, and he could be my starter when he's healthy.

I also waited on tight end, so I had to settle for Chigoziem Okonkwo in Round 11. He's got plenty of breakout potential in his second season, and this was one of my favorite draft picks.

The one mistake I might have made, however, was not drafting a second tight end with upside. For example, I could have selected Trey McBride in Round 13 or 14 instead of Tyquan Thornton or Jerome Ford. McBride should be a prominent target in Arizona after DeAndre Hopkins gets traded.

While I like both of the players that I selected to end my draft -- Thornton could emerge as the No. 1 receiver in New England and Ford is currently the handcuff for Nick Chubb -- my roster construction might have been better with a second tight end in case Okonkwo struggles. But, in the event that we played out this league, I could always address that off the waiver wire.

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 and FLEX (RB/WR/TE) with six reserves for a 14-round draft.

Our draft order is as follows:

1. Dave Richard, Senior Fantasy Writer

2. Jake Grogins, CBS Sports Intern

3. Adam Aizer, FFT Podcast Host

4. Jamey Eisenberg, Senior Fantasy Writer

5. Zach Brook, FFT Social Media Coordinator

6. Chris Towers, Senior Editor, Fantasy Sports

7. R.J. White, Managing Editor, SportsLine and CBS Fantasy

8. Jack Capotorto, FFT HQ Producer

9. Jacob Gibbs, SportsLine Fantasy analyst

10. Daniel Schneier, Senior Fantasy Editor

11. Thomas Shafer, FFT Podcast Producer

12. George Maselli, Fantasy Editor

Round By Round
Round 1
Pos Team Player
1 George Maselli
2 R.J. White
3 Jake Grogins
4 Jack Capotorto
5 Dave Richard
6 Adam Aizer
7 Jacob Gibbs
8 Chris Towers
9 Thomas Shafer
10 Dan Schneier
11 Zach Brook
12 Jamey Eisenberg
Round 2
Pos Team Player
13 Jamey Eisenberg
14 Zach Brook
15 Dan Schneier
16 Thomas Shafer
17 Chris Towers
18 Jacob Gibbs
19 Adam Aizer
20 Dave Richard
21 Jack Capotorto
22 Jake Grogins
23 R.J. White
24 George Maselli
Round 3
Pos Team Player
25 George Maselli
26 R.J. White
27 Jake Grogins
28 Jack Capotorto
29 Dave Richard
30 Adam Aizer
31 Jacob Gibbs
32 Chris Towers
33 Thomas Shafer
34 Dan Schneier
35 Zach Brook
36 Jamey Eisenberg
Round 4
Pos Team Player
37 Jamey Eisenberg
38 Zach Brook
39 Dan Schneier
40 Thomas Shafer
41 Chris Towers
42 Jacob Gibbs
43 Adam Aizer
44 Dave Richard
45 Jack Capotorto
46 Jake Grogins
47 R.J. White
48 George Maselli
Round 5
Pos Team Player
49 George Maselli
50 R.J. White
51 Jake Grogins
52 Jack Capotorto
53 Dave Richard
54 Adam Aizer
55 Jacob Gibbs
56 Chris Towers
57 Thomas Shafer
58 Dan Schneier
59 Zach Brook
60 Jamey Eisenberg
Round 6
Pos Team Player
61 Jamey Eisenberg
62 Zach Brook
63 Dan Schneier
64 Thomas Shafer
65 Chris Towers
66 Jacob Gibbs
67 Adam Aizer
68 Dave Richard
69 Jack Capotorto
70 Jake Grogins
71 R.J. White
72 George Maselli
Round 7
Pos Team Player
73 George Maselli
74 R.J. White
75 Jake Grogins
76 Jack Capotorto
77 Dave Richard
78 Adam Aizer
79 Jacob Gibbs
80 Chris Towers
81 Thomas Shafer
82 Dan Schneier
83 Zach Brook
84 Jamey Eisenberg
Round 8
Pos Team Player
85 Jamey Eisenberg
86 Zach Brook
87 Dan Schneier
88 Thomas Shafer
89 Chris Towers
90 Jacob Gibbs
91 Adam Aizer
92 Dave Richard
93 Jack Capotorto
94 Jake Grogins
95 R.J. White
96 George Maselli
Round 9
Pos Team Player
97 George Maselli
98 R.J. White
99 Jake Grogins
100 Jack Capotorto
101 Dave Richard
102 Adam Aizer
103 Jacob Gibbs
104 Chris Towers
105 Thomas Shafer
106 Dan Schneier
107 Zach Brook
108 Jamey Eisenberg
Round 10
Pos Team Player
109 Jamey Eisenberg
110 Zach Brook
111 Dan Schneier
112 Thomas Shafer
113 Chris Towers
114 Jacob Gibbs
115 Adam Aizer
116 Dave Richard
117 Jack Capotorto
118 Jake Grogins
119 R.J. White
120 George Maselli
Round 11
Pos Team Player
121 George Maselli
122 R.J. White
123 Jake Grogins
124 Jack Capotorto
125 Dave Richard
126 Adam Aizer
127 Jacob Gibbs
128 Chris Towers
129 Thomas Shafer
130 Dan Schneier
131 Zach Brook
132 Jamey Eisenberg
Round 12
Pos Team Player
133 Jamey Eisenberg
134 Zach Brook
135 Dan Schneier
136 Thomas Shafer
137 Chris Towers
138 Jacob Gibbs
139 Adam Aizer
140 Dave Richard
141 Jack Capotorto
142 Jake Grogins
143 R.J. White
144 George Maselli
Round 13
Pos Team Player
145 George Maselli
146 R.J. White
147 Jake Grogins
148 Jack Capotorto
149 Dave Richard
150 Adam Aizer
151 Jacob Gibbs
152 Chris Towers
153 Thomas Shafer
154 Dan Schneier
155 Zach Brook
156 Jamey Eisenberg
Round 14
Pos Team Player
157 Jamey Eisenberg
158 Zach Brook
159 Dan Schneier
160 Thomas Shafer
161 Chris Towers
162 Jacob Gibbs
163 Adam Aizer
164 Dave Richard
165 Jack Capotorto
166 Jake Grogins
167 R.J. White
168 George Maselli
Team by Team
George Maselli
Rd Pk Player
1 1
2 24
3 25
4 48
5 49
6 72
7 73
8 96
9 97
10 120
11 121
12 144
13 145
14 168
R.J. White
Rd Pk Player
1 2
2 23
3 26
4 47
5 50
6 71
7 74
8 95
9 98
10 119
11 122
12 143
13 146
14 167
Jake Grogins
Rd Pk Player
1 3
2 22
3 27
4 46
5 51
6 70
7 75
8 94
9 99
10 118
11 123
12 142
13 147
14 166
Jack Capotorto
Rd Pk Player
1 4
2 21
3 28
4 45
5 52
6 69
7 76
8 93
9 100
10 117
11 124
12 141
13 148
14 165
Dave Richard
Rd Pk Player
1 5
2 20
3 29
4 44
5 53
6 68
7 77
8 92
9 101
10 116
11 125
12 140
13 149
14 164
Adam Aizer
Rd Pk Player
1 6
2 19
3 30
4 43
5 54
6 67
7 78
8 91
9 102
10 115
11 126
12 139
13 150
14 163
Jacob Gibbs
Rd Pk Player
1 7
2 18
3 31
4 42
5 55
6 66
7 79
8 90
9 103
10 114
11 127
12 138
13 151
14 162
Chris Towers
Rd Pk Player
1 8
2 17
3 32
4 41
5 56
6 65
7 80
8 89
9 104
10 113
11 128
12 137
13 152
14 161
Thomas Shafer
Rd Pk Player
1 9
2 16
3 33
4 40
5 57
6 64
7 81
8 88
9 105
10 112
11 129
12 136
13 153
14 160
Dan Schneier
Rd Pk Player
1 10
2 15
3 34
4 39
5 58
6 63
7 82
8 87
9 106
10 111
11 130
12 135
13 154
14 159
Zach Brook
Rd Pk Player
1 11
2 14
3 35
4 38
5 59
6 62
7 83
8 86
9 107
10 110
11 131
12 134
13 155
14 158
Jamey Eisenberg
Rd Pk Player
1 12
2 13
3 36
4 37
5 60
6 61
7 84
8 85
9 108
10 109
11 132
12 133
13 156
14 157