2-QB PPR Mock Draft (2019 Fantasy Football)
With this being my fourth mock draft article this offseason, I want to approach this one a little differently. The best part about mock drafts is trying out different strategies before applying them in your drafts when August rolls around. Sometimes you’ll find something new you’d like to play out. And other times, testing a new strategy will just affirm that you want to stick with your current approach.
Heading into this two-QB mock draft, I wanted to try two different strategies: address both QB spots early and take a top-five TE. These are normally both positions I wait on regardless of format, so I was curious to see how this would unfold. So, let’s see how it goes!
Scoring and Roster Construction: PPR – two QB, two RBs, two WRs, one TE, one flex (RB/WR/TE), and six bench spots.
1.04 – Alvin Kamara (RB – NO)
This one is really a no-brainer. Kamara has been a stud each of his first two seasons in the league, and I don’t expect him to slow down anytime soon. He could see a slight bump with Latavius Murray playing second fiddle compared to the larger role Mark Ingram handled in New Orleans. Karmara, who has 81 receptions in each of the last two years, is about as safe as they come in a PPR format. Easy top-four pick this year.
2.09 – Travis Kelce (TE – KC)
I usually wait on QB and TE in most drafts regardless of format, but I wanted to play this one out a little differently. That’s what mock drafts are for, right? I had my choice of Baker Mayfield or Matt Ryan with five other QBs already off the board, but Kelce felt like a good value. It will be interesting to see how taking a TE early affects my team.
3.4 – Jameis Winston (QB – TB)
Well, while I’d really like to take Todd Gurley or Antonio Brown, both still on the board here in Round 3, I’m trying to stick to my initial strategy. With Ryan and Mayfield both taken prior to this pick, my favorite QB left is Winston. Even though this will be his first year in a new system — and he lost 179 targets between Adam Humphries and DeSean Jackson — Winston is in for a huge breakout this year. I expect he’ll be up there for the NFL lead in pass attempts paired with head coach Bruce Arians, who likes to take risks almost as much as his new QB does.
4.9 – Jared Goff (QB – LAR)
I’d like to snag Adam Thielen here, but I’ll stick to my initial strategy and fill my second QB spot. Carson Wentz was still available as well, but I like Goff just a bit more this season. While the offense and weapons for both QBs are solid, I give the edge to Goff based on health. Goff quietly finished as QB7 last season and could be in for similar numbers again this year.
5.5 – Brandin Cooks (WR – LAR)
For my fifth pick, I’m finally taking my first WR in Brandin Cooks. He is underrated heading into 2019, and while I know he has shown a wide variety of outcomes on a weekly basis, he is still a solid WR. Cooks has posted at least 220 PPR fantasy points in each of the past three seasons on three different offenses. We might even see a slight bump for Cooks in his second year with the Rams.
6.8 – Sammy Watkins (WR – KC)
As of this article’s publication, no suspension has yet to be announced for Tyreek Hill. Assuming Hill misses any time this season, Watkins is in for a nice increase in value. He’s not the safest option to pair with Cooks as my second WR, and I already have Kelce on my squad, but Watkins has the most upside of any WR on the board. When Watkins can find the field, he’ll continue to be at least a WR2.
7.5 – Robby Anderson (WR – NYJ)
With Kamara still my only RB, I was tempted to go RB here in Round 7. However, Sony Michel and Tarik Cohen were the top two options available based on the consensus rankings, and I felt another RB I like more could still be there for me in Round 8. By taking Anderson here, I’m getting a high-end WR3 with WR2 upside for my flex position. Anderson finished 2018 strong with 17+ fantasy points in Weeks 14-16, so hopefully, some of that will carry over into this season.
8.9 – Jimmy Garoppolo (QB – SF)
Here in Round 8, I’m still staring down Cohen, but I just can’t bring myself to do it. Maybe it’s a mistake to undervalue him, but something about RBs who only catch passes makes me uneasy. I was hoping for his backfield mate David Montgomery, but it didn’t work out. In this 2QB format, every team should look to have three QBs, so I’ll take the best of the bunch remaining in Jimmy G.
9.4 – Mark Ingram (BAL – RB)
Well, Cohen finally came off the board at #99 overall, one pick before my Round 9 selection. To fill my second RB spot, I’ll pair Ingram with his former RB partner. Ingram probably isn’t in line for a ton of catches in Baltimore, but he’ll do enough to be a solid RB2 this year in all formats. He could replicate what we saw from Gus Edwards in the second half of 2018 by receiving a ton of rushing production, but next to nothing in the receiving game alongside Lamar Jackson.
10.9 – Carlos Hyde (RB – KC)
I’m a believer in Hyde’s value. He’s shown ability in the passing game and only has to beat out Damien Williams to be the lead back in one of football’s top offenses. Sold.
11.5 – James Washington (WR – PIT)
Another one of my late-round targets this year, Washington could have the opportunity to be the number two wide receiver in a top-five passing offense. I’ll take this flier on him here as my fourth WR. We’ve seen young Steelers WRs get their chance in their second season.
12.9 – Marquez Valdes-Scantling (WR – GB)
Similar to Washington, my Round 12 selection is a lottery ticket on a young WR in a great offense. While, as of now, Geronimo Allison has the edge to be the WR2 in Green Bay, there’s still the possibility Valdes-Scantling plays his way into that role.
13.5 – Kalen Ballage (RB – MIA)
I only had three other RBs on my roster prior to this selection, and while I’m not 100% sold on Kenyan Drake as the starter in Miami, the one thing I think he’ll do is handle the passing-down work. However, even if Ballage is just the Dolphins’ primary ball-carrier, he’s a great value later in drafts.
14.9 – Tyrell Williams (WR – OAK)
Obviously, you’re not expecting much from your last selection in any draft, but Williams has some nice upside in his new home. Although Antonio Brown will clearly be the alpha in Oakland’s offense, there will be plenty to go around on a team that will play from behind a lot in 2019.
Favorite Pick: Travis Kelce (2.09) – With this being a 2QB format, Kelce fell further than I’ve generally seen him fall in other drafts. Due to that, I liked the value getting him later in Round 2 and thought coming off the board after the top six WRs and nine RBs was appropriate.
Least Favorite Pick: Jameis Winston (3.04) – I love Winston this year, but because I was trying to hold to my strategy of addressing QB early, I reached a bit for him in Round 3. There were a lot of great RB and WR options still on the board, which made this pick harder to swallow.
Conclusion: I hated this draft. To be honest, this was definitely one of the most uncomfortable drafts I’ve done in a while. Trying to force myself into a different strategy than my standard approach was difficult, but an exercise I’d definitely suggest to any fantasy football owners. While I didn’t like how I ended up at RB and WR, this process was helpful to better understand why I generally wait on QB and TE and gave me a comparison to base how I’ll more than likely look to approach drafts this year.
You check out the full results here to see where other players went throughout the draft.
Projected Starting Lineup
QB: Jameis Winson
QB: Jared Goff
RB: Alvin Kamara
RB: Mark Ingram
WR: Brandin Cooks
WR: Sammy Watkins
TE: Travis Kelce
Flex: Robby Anderson
Bench: Garoppolo, Hyde, Ballage, James Washington, Valdes-Scantling, Tyrell Williams