Fantasy Football: Our first PPR mock draft for 2018 leans toward receiver in early rounds

We recently held our first 12-team standard mock draft for the upcoming season, and running backs were prominently featured in the early rounds of that format. That's expected.

We followed that up with a 12-team PPR mock draft, and there was more of an emphasis on pass catchers in this league. Again, no surprise.

It's obvious that when you get rewarded for receptions, you want as many players as possible who are going to catch the ball.

There were only four receivers drafted in the first round of the standard league and a combination of 10 receivers and tight ends drafted in the first two rounds. By Round 3, 17 receivers and tight ends were drafted out of 36 players, while the other 19 guys were running backs.

In the PPR mock draft, we had six receivers drafted in Round 1, 12 receivers and tight ends selected through Round 2 and 19 of those guys drafted through Round 3. It flipped from the standard format, as only 17 running backs were selected in the first 36 picks in this league.

Some players who saw a boost in value in PPR were Alvin Kamara, Keenan Allen, Christian McCaffrey and Jarvis Landry. Kamara and Allen went from Round 2 in standard to Round 1 in PPR; McCaffery went from Round 3 to Round 2; Landry went from Round 4 to Round 3.

We also saw a change at the top of the draft with the switch in formats. In the standard league, the first four picks were, in order: Todd Gurley, Le'Veon Bell, Ezekiel Elliott and David Johnson. Antonio Brown and DeAndre Hopkins were next, followed by more running backs with Leonard Fournette and Kareem Hunt before Odell Beckham went at No. 9 overall.

In the PPR mock draft, Gurley and Bell were still first, but Brown came in at No. 3. I took Johnson at No. 4 before Hopkins, and Elliott fell to No. 6. 

I intended to draft Brown at No. 4, but I was thrilled to get Johnson in that spot. He's expected to be fine after last year's wrist injury, and he should continue to be a dominant Fantasy running back. In 2016, Johnson had more than 2,100 total yards with 20 total touchdowns and 80 receptions.

My second-round pick was Davante Adams, and I drafted Travis Kelce in Round 3. It's a good start when you can get three difference makers on your roster, and I was still able to do that here while still getting other quality starters in Josh Gordon (Round 4), Carlos Hyde (Round 5) and Russell Wilson (Round 6). Hyde's a free agent, so where he ends up playing in 2018 will be a big key for my team.

I'm not a big fan of filling out my starting roster right away, but it just happened to work out this way with Kelce and Wilson being the best value picks on the board. It might have cost me some depth at running back and receiver, but I still managed good talent with later picks.

Marshawn Lynch (Round 7) is my first option at flex, and we'll see if he remains in a featured role with the Raiders under new coach Jon Gruden. One possible replacement for Lynch could be free agent Jerick McKinnon, who I drafted in Round 8. McKinnon could be a steal in this spot if he lands a starting job on a new team.

I also have Matt Breida (Round 10) as a reserve running back, and he could be the starter in San Francisco if Hyde doesn't return. At reserve receiver, I have Will Fuller (Round 9), Quincy Enunwa (Round 11), Dede Westbrook (Round 12) and Corey Coleman (Round 13). 

Fuller played great last season when Deshaun Watson (torn ACL) was healthy, and he's a third-year receiver, along with Coleman. Both could step up in a big way in 2018, and Enunwa might be the No. 1 receiver for the Jets now that he's healthy after last year's neck injury. Westbrook also should be a prominent weapon for the Jaguars, especially if either Allen Robinson or Marqise Lee leave Jacksonville as free agents.

I like this team a lot in this format, and we'll see what happens with these players over the next few weeks. We did not include the upcoming rookies for this mock draft, and we are well aware a lot will change with free agency and the NFL Draft. As such, we will do multiple mock drafts in the coming months. 

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 per 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. Dave Richard, Senior Fantasy Writer
  2. Meron Berkson, Video Producer
  3. Michael Kiser, Director of Video Production
  4. Jamey Eisenberg, Senior Fantasy Writer
  5. Matthew Coca, Video Producer
  6. Heath Cummings, Senior Fantasy Writer
  7. Chris Towers, Senior Editor, Fantasy
  8. George Maselli, Fantasy Editor
  9. Will Brinson, NFL Editor
  10. Scott White, Senior Fantasy Writer
  11. Adam Aizer, Podcast Host
  12. R.J. White, NFL Editor
Round By Round
Round 1
Pos Team Player
1 Heath Cummings L. Bell RB PIT
2 Andrew Baumhor T. Gurley RB LAR
3 Scott Reilly A. Brown WR PIT
4 R.J. White D. Johnson RB ARI
5 Dave Richard E. Elliott RB DAL
6 Robert Arciero A. Kamara RB NO
7 Jamey Eisenberg D. Hopkins WR HOU
8 Jeremy Bache K. Hunt RB KC
9 Matthew Coca O. Beckham WR NYG
10 Will Brinson S. Barkley RB NYG
11 Adam Aizer M. Gordon RB LAC
12 Chris Towers M. Thomas WR NO
Round 2
Pos Team Player
13 Chris Towers J. Jones WR ATL
14 Adam Aizer A. Green WR CIN
15 Will Brinson M. Evans WR TB
16 Matthew Coca L. Fournette RB JAC
17 Jeremy Bache K. Allen WR LAC
18 Jamey Eisenberg D. Adams WR GB
19 Robert Arciero T. Hill WR KC
20 Dave Richard R. Gronkowski TE NE
21 R.J. White D. Cook RB MIN
22 Scott Reilly C. McCaffrey RB CAR
23 Andrew Baumhor L. McCoy RB BUF
24 Heath Cummings T. Hilton WR IND
Round 3
Pos Team Player
25 Heath Cummings T. Kelce TE KC
26 Andrew Baumhor J. McKinnon RB SF
27 Scott Reilly D. Freeman RB ATL
28 R.J. White D. Baldwin WR SEA
29 Dave Richard D. Thomas WR DEN
30 Robert Arciero J. Gordon WR CLE
31 Jamey Eisenberg Z. Ertz TE PHI
32 Jeremy Bache K. Drake RB MIA
33 Matthew Coca J. Landry WR CLE
34 Will Brinson A. Thielen WR MIN
35 Adam Aizer J. Edelman WR NE
36 Chris Towers L. Fitzgerald WR ARI
Round 4
Pos Team Player
37 Chris Towers J. Mixon RB CIN
38 Adam Aizer A. Collins RB BAL
39 Will Brinson R. Jones RB TB
40 Matthew Coca S. Diggs WR MIN
41 Jeremy Bache A. Cooper WR OAK
42 Jamey Eisenberg J. Howard RB CHI
43 Robert Arciero A. Rodgers QB GB
44 Dave Richard A. Robinson WR CHI
45 R.J. White A. Jeffery WR PHI
46 Scott Reilly D. Henry RB TEN
47 Andrew Baumhor G. Tate WR DET
48 Heath Cummings M. Crabtree WR BAL
Round 5
Pos Team Player
49 Heath Cummings M. Ingram RB NO
50 Andrew Baumhor C. Kupp WR LAR
51 Scott Reilly J. Smith-Schuster WR PIT
52 R.J. White M. Jones WR DET
53 Dave Richard J. Williams RB GB
54 Robert Arciero G. Olsen TE CAR
55 Jamey Eisenberg R. Penny RB SEA
56 Jeremy Bache B. Cooks WR LAR
57 Matthew Coca D. Lewis RB TEN
58 Will Brinson D. Guice RB WAS
59 Adam Aizer R. Woods WR LAR
60 Chris Towers H. Henry TE LAC
Round 6
Pos Team Player
61 Chris Towers T. Brady QB NE
62 Adam Aizer J. Ajayi RB PHI
63 Will Brinson D. Watson QB HOU
64 Matthew Coca R. Freeman RB DEN
65 Jeremy Bache E. Engram TE NYG
66 Jamey Eisenberg M. Mack RB IND
67 Robert Arciero C. Hogan WR NE
68 Dave Richard S. Watkins WR KC
69 R.J. White R. Wilson QB SEA
70 Scott Reilly W. Fuller WR HOU
71 Andrew Baumhor D. Bryant WR DAL
72 Heath Cummings R. Matthews WR TEN
Round 7
Pos Team Player
73 Heath Cummings L. Miller RB HOU
74 Andrew Baumhor R. Anderson WR NYJ
75 Scott Reilly S. Michel RB NE
76 R.J. White J. Graham TE GB
77 Dave Richard C. Davis WR TEN
78 Robert Arciero T. Cohen RB CHI
79 Jamey Eisenberg J. Crowder WR WAS
80 Jeremy Bache K. Johnson RB DET
81 Matthew Coca K. Rudolph TE MIN
82 Will Brinson T. Burton TE CHI
83 Adam Aizer M. Lynch RB OAK
84 Chris Towers D. Johnson RB CLE
Round 8
Pos Team Player
85 Chris Towers D. Booker RB DEN
86 Adam Aizer C. Wentz QB PHI
87 Will Brinson E. Sanders WR DEN
88 Matthew Coca K. Cousins QB MIN
89 Jeremy Bache T. Coleman RB ATL
90 Jamey Eisenberg P. Garcon WR SF
91 Robert Arciero M. Goodwin WR SF
92 Dave Richard C. Thompson RB WAS
93 R.J. White C. Anderson RB CAR
94 Scott Reilly D. Brees QB NO
95 Andrew Baumhor D. Walker TE TEN
96 Heath Cummings D. Parker WR MIA
Round 9
Pos Team Player
97 Heath Cummings R. Burkhead RB NE
98 Andrew Baumhor J. White RB NE
99 Scott Reilly D. Funchess WR CAR
100 R.J. White C. Hyde RB CLE
101 Dave Richard D. Foreman RB HOU
102 Robert Arciero D. Moore WR CAR
103 Jamey Eisenberg C. Newton QB CAR
104 Jeremy Bache K. Stills WR MIA
105 Matthew Coca R. Cobb WR GB
106 Will Brinson J. Nelson WR OAK
107 Adam Aizer J. Doyle TE IND
108 Chris Towers A. Hurns WR DAL
Round 10
Pos Team Player
109 Chris Towers I. Crowell RB NYJ
110 Adam Aizer S. Shepard WR NYG
111 Will Brinson J. Reed TE WAS
112 Matthew Coca D. Njoku TE CLE
113 Jeremy Bache N. Chubb RB CLE
114 Jamey Eisenberg M. Breida RB SF
115 Robert Arciero T. Montgomery RB GB
116 Dave Richard B. Roethlisberger QB PIT
117 R.J. White T. Riddick RB DET
118 Scott Reilly A. Miller WR CHI
119 Andrew Baumhor Jaguars DST JAC
120 Heath Cummings M. Lee WR JAC
Round 11
Pos Team Player
121 Heath Cummings P. Rivers QB LAC
122 Andrew Baumhor M. Ryan QB ATL
123 Scott Reilly P. Mahomes QB KC
124 R.J. White C. Ridley WR ATL
125 Dave Richard G. Bernard RB CIN
126 Robert Arciero N. Hines RB IND
127 Jamey Eisenberg J. Wilkins RB IND
128 Jeremy Bache N. Agholor WR PHI
129 Matthew Coca Chargers DST LAC
130 Will Brinson C. Clement RB PHI
131 Adam Aizer O. Howard TE TB
132 Chris Towers B. Powell RB NYJ
Round 12
Pos Team Player
133 Chris Towers A. Jones RB GB
134 Adam Aizer M. Gallup WR DAL
135 Will Brinson K. Cole WR JAC
136 Matthew Coca D. Martin RB OAK
137 Jeremy Bache M. Stafford QB DET
138 Jamey Eisenberg C. Carson RB SEA
139 Robert Arciero Rams DST LAR
140 Dave Richard K. Benjamin WR BUF
141 R.J. White Vikings DST MIN
142 Scott Reilly C. Brate TE TB
143 Andrew Baumhor C. Meredith WR NO
144 Heath Cummings A. Luck QB IND
Round 13
Pos Team Player
145 Heath Cummings K. Golladay WR DET
146 Andrew Baumhor J. Garoppolo QB SF
147 Scott Reilly Broncos DST DEN
148 R.J. White T. Lockett WR SEA
149 Dave Richard G. Kittle TE SF
150 Robert Arciero C. Kirk WR ARI
151 Jamey Eisenberg K. Ballage RB MIA
152 Jeremy Bache J. Winston QB TB
153 Matthew Coca M. Sanu WR ATL
154 Will Brinson J. Goff QB LAR
155 Adam Aizer Eagles DST PHI
156 Chris Towers Texans DST HOU
Round 14
Pos Team Player
157 Chris Towers S. Gostkowski K NE
158 Adam Aizer G. Zuerlein K LAR
159 Will Brinson Saints DST NO
160 Matthew Coca J. Tucker K BAL
161 Jeremy Bache Ravens DST BAL
162 Jamey Eisenberg H. Butker K KC
163 Robert Arciero A. Ekeler RB LAC
164 Dave Richard Seahawks DST SEA
165 R.J. White P. Barber RB TB
166 Scott Reilly L. Blount RB DET
167 Andrew Baumhor J. Elliott K PHI
168 Heath Cummings Falcons DST ATL
Round 15
Pos Team Player
169 Heath Cummings M. Bryant K ATL
170 Andrew Baumhor J. Cook TE OAK
171 Scott Reilly W. Lutz K NO
172 R.J. White R. Gould K SF
173 Dave Richard C. Boswell K PIT
174 Robert Arciero K. Forbath K MIN
175 Jamey Eisenberg Chiefs DST KC
176 Jeremy Bache A. Vinatieri K IND
177 Matthew Coca M. Bryant WR OAK
178 Will Brinson M. Prater K DET
179 Adam Aizer M. Mariota QB TEN
180 Chris Towers Q. Enunwa WR NYJ
Team by Team
Heath Cummings
Rd Pk Player
1 1 L. Bell RB PIT
2 24 T. Hilton WR IND
3 25 T. Kelce TE KC
4 48 M. Crabtree WR BAL
5 49 M. Ingram RB NO
6 72 R. Matthews WR TEN
7 73 L. Miller RB HOU
8 96 D. Parker WR MIA
9 97 R. Burkhead RB NE
10 120 M. Lee WR JAC
11 121 P. Rivers QB LAC
12 144 A. Luck QB IND
13 145 K. Golladay WR DET
14 168 Falcons DST ATL
15 169 M. Bryant K ATL
Andrew Baumhor
Rd Pk Player
1 2 T. Gurley RB LAR
2 23 L. McCoy RB BUF
3 26 J. McKinnon RB SF
4 47 G. Tate WR DET
5 50 C. Kupp WR LAR
6 71 D. Bryant WR DAL
7 74 R. Anderson WR NYJ
8 95 D. Walker TE TEN
9 98 J. White RB NE
10 119 Jaguars DST JAC
11 122 M. Ryan QB ATL
12 143 C. Meredith WR NO
13 146 J. Garoppolo QB SF
14 167 J. Elliott K PHI
15 170 J. Cook TE OAK
Scott Reilly
Rd Pk Player
1 3 A. Brown WR PIT
2 22 C. McCaffrey RB CAR
3 27 D. Freeman RB ATL
4 46 D. Henry RB TEN
5 51 J. Smith-Schuster WR PIT
6 70 W. Fuller WR HOU
7 75 S. Michel RB NE
8 94 D. Brees QB NO
9 99 D. Funchess WR CAR
10 118 A. Miller WR CHI
11 123 P. Mahomes QB KC
12 142 C. Brate TE TB
13 147 Broncos DST DEN
14 166 L. Blount RB DET
15 171 W. Lutz K NO
R.J. White
Rd Pk Player
1 4 D. Johnson RB ARI
2 21 D. Cook RB MIN
3 28 D. Baldwin WR SEA
4 45 A. Jeffery WR PHI
5 52 M. Jones WR DET
6 69 R. Wilson QB SEA
7 76 J. Graham TE GB
8 93 C. Anderson RB CAR
9 100 C. Hyde RB CLE
10 117 T. Riddick RB DET
11 124 C. Ridley WR ATL
12 141 Vikings DST MIN
13 148 T. Lockett WR SEA
14 165 P. Barber RB TB
15 172 R. Gould K SF
Dave Richard
Rd Pk Player
1 5 E. Elliott RB DAL
2 20 R. Gronkowski TE NE
3 29 D. Thomas WR DEN
4 44 A. Robinson WR CHI
5 53 J. Williams RB GB
6 68 S. Watkins WR KC
7 77 C. Davis WR TEN
8 92 C. Thompson RB WAS
9 101 D. Foreman RB HOU
10 116 B. Roethlisberger QB PIT
11 125 G. Bernard RB CIN
12 140 K. Benjamin WR BUF
13 149 G. Kittle TE SF
14 164 Seahawks DST SEA
15 173 C. Boswell K PIT
Robert Arciero
Rd Pk Player
1 6 A. Kamara RB NO
2 19 T. Hill WR KC
3 30 J. Gordon WR CLE
4 43 A. Rodgers QB GB
5 54 G. Olsen TE CAR
6 67 C. Hogan WR NE
7 78 T. Cohen RB CHI
8 91 M. Goodwin WR SF
9 102 D. Moore WR CAR
10 115 T. Montgomery RB GB
11 126 N. Hines RB IND
12 139 Rams DST LAR
13 150 C. Kirk WR ARI
14 163 A. Ekeler RB LAC
15 174 K. Forbath K MIN
Jamey Eisenberg
Rd Pk Player
1 7 D. Hopkins WR HOU
2 18 D. Adams WR GB
3 31 Z. Ertz TE PHI
4 42 J. Howard RB CHI
5 55 R. Penny RB SEA
6 66 M. Mack RB IND
7 79 J. Crowder WR WAS
8 90 P. Garcon WR SF
9 103 C. Newton QB CAR
10 114 M. Breida RB SF
11 127 J. Wilkins RB IND
12 138 C. Carson RB SEA
13 151 K. Ballage RB MIA
14 162 H. Butker K KC
15 175 Chiefs DST KC
Jeremy Bache
Rd Pk Player
1 8 K. Hunt RB KC
2 17 K. Allen WR LAC
3 32 K. Drake RB MIA
4 41 A. Cooper WR OAK
5 56 B. Cooks WR LAR
6 65 E. Engram TE NYG
7 80 K. Johnson RB DET
8 89 T. Coleman RB ATL
9 104 K. Stills WR MIA
10 113 N. Chubb RB CLE
11 128 N. Agholor WR PHI
12 137 M. Stafford QB DET
13 152 J. Winston QB TB
14 161 Ravens DST BAL
15 176 A. Vinatieri K IND
Matthew Coca
Rd Pk Player
1 9 O. Beckham WR NYG
2 16 L. Fournette RB JAC
3 33 J. Landry WR CLE
4 40 S. Diggs WR MIN
5 57 D. Lewis RB TEN
6 64 R. Freeman RB DEN
7 81 K. Rudolph TE MIN
8 88 K. Cousins QB MIN
9 105 R. Cobb WR GB
10 112 D. Njoku TE CLE
11 129 Chargers DST LAC
12 136 D. Martin RB OAK
13 153 M. Sanu WR ATL
14 160 J. Tucker K BAL
15 177 M. Bryant WR OAK
Will Brinson
Rd Pk Player
1 10 S. Barkley RB NYG
2 15 M. Evans WR TB
3 34 A. Thielen WR MIN
4 39 R. Jones RB TB
5 58 D. Guice RB WAS
6 63 D. Watson QB HOU
7 82 T. Burton TE CHI
8 87 E. Sanders WR DEN
9 106 J. Nelson WR OAK
10 111 J. Reed TE WAS
11 130 C. Clement RB PHI
12 135 K. Cole WR JAC
13 154 J. Goff QB LAR
14 159 Saints DST NO
15 178 M. Prater K DET
Adam Aizer
Rd Pk Player
1 11 M. Gordon RB LAC
2 14 A. Green WR CIN
3 35 J. Edelman WR NE
4 38 A. Collins RB BAL
5 59 R. Woods WR LAR
6 62 J. Ajayi RB PHI
7 83 M. Lynch RB OAK
8 86 C. Wentz QB PHI
9 107 J. Doyle TE IND
10 110 S. Shepard WR NYG
11 131 O. Howard TE TB
12 134 M. Gallup WR DAL
13 155 Eagles DST PHI
14 158 G. Zuerlein K LAR
15 179 M. Mariota QB TEN
Chris Towers
Rd Pk Player
1 12 M. Thomas WR NO
2 13 J. Jones WR ATL
3 36 L. Fitzgerald WR ARI
4 37 J. Mixon RB CIN
5 60 H. Henry TE LAC
6 61 T. Brady QB NE
7 84 D. Johnson RB CLE
8 85 D. Booker RB DEN
9 108 A. Hurns WR DAL
10 109 I. Crowell RB NYJ
11 132 B. Powell RB NYJ
12 133 A. Jones RB GB
13 156 Texans DST HOU
14 157 S. Gostkowski K NE
15 180 Q. Enunwa WR NYJ
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