Half PPR Mock Draft (2019 Fantasy Football)
We’ve got a big draft weekend ahead of us, and if you’re one of the many who will be sitting down at your computer, meeting your buddies at a local establishment, or secretly drafting on your phone to avoid human interaction, at least make sure you’re prepared! The best way to get ready for your upcoming drafts and to test out different strategies is by mock drafting. Of course, the best place I’ve found to do that is here at FantasyPros with the Draft Wizard.
Gone are the days of having to sit in a draft room waiting for a league to fill, only for half the league to drop out by Round 6. With the Draft Wizard, you can quickly complete mock drafts against the Expert Consensus Rankings in a variety of formats from any draft position.
For this mock draft, I went with 0.5 PPR, which is probably one of the more common formats these days, but if you’re looking for a full PPR mock draft or even non-PPR, be on the lookout for even more mock drafts from me later this week. So, without further ado, here we go!
Scoring and Roster Construction: 0.5 PPR – one QB, two RBs, two WRs, one TE, one flex (RB/WR/TE), and six bench spots.
1.08 – James Conner (RB – PIT)
Heading into this draft season, there’s plenty of debate around who the next RB behind the big four (maybe, three… I’m looking at you Zeke), and David Johnson. For me, however, I think that James Conner is the easy pick. I currently have Conner as my #6 RB, and I think he’s a great option if you want to draft an RB early and you don’t have a top-five pick. While Conner’s 13 TDs in 13 games might be hard to duplicate, I think he’ll still be a good bet for 240+ carries and 50+ catches this season.
2.05 – Travis Kelce (TE – KC)
If you had one of the top three TEs last season, you had a pretty sizable advantage over most teams in your league. However, there is concern around whether or not the big three can duplicate their 2018 success. Ertz and Kittle both had record-breaking years, and Kelce had 200 more yards than any other year of his career while posting double-digit TDs for the first time. Obviously having Patrick Mahomes under center gave Kelce a big boost, which is why I’m trusting him as a late Round 1 to early Round 2 selection this year and someone who will give you the biggest advantage at the position.
3.08 – Chris Carson (RB – SEA)
Carson is someone that is quickly climbing up draft boards, and rightfully so. In my opinion, this recognition is long overdue, and I guess for me this isn’t great news as I’m now having to take Carson a round or two earlier than I was a few weeks ago. However, I love Carson as an RB2 option entering the season. While the Seahawks did split carries between Carson and Penny the first two weeks of the season, Carson was a beast the rest of the way, averaging 16 points per game in the 11 games he finished in Weeks 3-17.
4.05 – Brandin Cooks (WR – LAR)
When you take a TE with one of your first two or three picks, you have to hope that value falls to you in the middle rounds. For me, getting Cooks here in Round 4 is stealing. Cooks has finished in the WR9-14 range each of the past four seasons, and that includes three straight years on different offenses with different QBs. In his second year with the Rams, I think Cooks has another top-12 season ahead of him.
5.08 – Alshon Jeffrey (WR – PHI)
I didn’t love what was on the board here in Round 5, but Jeffrey is a solid pick for this team as my WR2. Jeffrey missed the first three games of 2018 due to injury but ended up averaging 11.8 fantasy points per game, which was good enough for WR26 last season. Jeffrey doesn’t have a ton of upside, but he’s a solid WR option.
6.05 – Robby Anderson (WR – NYJ)
Starting off RB/TE/RB meant that I was going to hammer the WR position in the middle rounds, which I’m totally fine with. I don’t love a lot of the mid-round RBs, so to get a guy like Anderson to fill my flex spot is solid. Anderson put up a WR2 season in 2017 but took a while to get going last season. However, Anderson finished the year on fire averaging 19.7 fantasy points in Weeks 14-16. Hopefully a sign of things to come with Sam Darnold.
7.08 – Sammy Watkins (WR – KC)
With James White and Derrius Guice going just before this selection, I didn’t like my RB options, so I figured I’d continue to stockpile WRs here in the middle rounds. Watkins is someone who shouldn’t be counted on as an every-week starter due to injury concerns, but when he’s out there, he’ll contribute. Watkins averaged 11.7 fantasy points in his eight healthy games last year and I think there’s room for even a little bit more production in his second season in Kansas City.
8.05 – Matt Breida (RB – SF)
I might have gotten bit by an RB run between my picks in Round 7 and 8, but I think Breida is worth a pick at this spot in the draft. With a lot of negative news around Jerick McKinnon, it’s beginning to look like this will be a Coleman/Breida backfield heading into the season. While I do like Coleman, Breida was very productive in 2018 with over 1,000 total yards, which was actually more than Coleman put up as the starter in Atlanta.
9.08 – Anthony Miller (WR – CHI)
Anthony Miller is quickly becoming one of my favorite later-round targets at the WR position. Miller played banged up in his rookie year, but still showed fantasy owners that he has a nose for the endzone. While coming in a distant third in targets among the Bears WRs, Miller lead the group in TDs, and actually had more TDs than Allen Robinson and Taylor Gabriel combined. I’m looking for Miller to step into the WR2 role in Chicago this season, and potentially even reach double-digit TDs as well.
10.05 – Carlos Hyde (RB – KC)
Full disclosure, as of writing this, Carlos Hyde still has a job. I’m not too blind to see that the writing might be on the wall, but for now, I’m still taking the Round 10 lottery ticket to get a piece of this Chiefs’ backfield. I’ve been saying it all off-season, but Hyde is only one year removed from a top-10 RB season in which he totaled 59 receptions. If he gets the chance in Kansas City, I think he has RB2 upside.
11.08 – James Washington (WR – PIT)
Another one of my favorite late-round WR targets, James Washington is starting to show us something early on this preseason. I want to see Washington get more opportunities with the first team, but regardless, Washington has shown flashes and is my favorite bet to step into the #2 role in Pittsburgh.
12.05 – Justin Jackson (RB – LAC)
As we get closer to the start of the season, it’s becoming more likely that Melvin Gordon could elect to sit out regular-season games over his contract dispute with the Chargers. I can’t blame either side for their position, but fantasy owners need to start taking the flyer pick on Justin Jackson. I think Jackson is a safe bet to split carries in Los Angeles if Gordon is a no-show, and to get a player with that kind of opportunity in Round 12 is valuable.
13.08 – Philip Rivers (QB – LAC)
QB to wrap it up. Easy to wait, and wait, and wait, and wait in leagues that you only have to start one QB. Oh, did I mention you could wait on the position? Even in this draft simulation where five teams took a second QB before I took my starter, guys like Tom Brady, Mitch Trubisky, and Josh Allen still went undrafted. If you want more on QB options that will be there late in drafts, be sure to check out my QB Sleepers article.
I don’t love my RB depth, but with Conner and Carson as my starters, I feel good about the position. I do really like my WRs, especially considering I took Kelce in Round 2. Overall this mock supported my strategy of going WR heavy in the middle rounds. I think there is a ton of value to be had in Rounds 5-8 at the position, so if you’re okay with that group, it makes it easier to go RB early and maybe even one of the top three TEs.
You check out the full results here to see where other players went throughout the draft.