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Fantasy Football Mock Draft: Standard Scoring (2020)

Apr 14, 2020

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If you’ve been on the internet over the last three months, then there’s no doubt you’ve been bombarded with mock draft after mock draft. The NFL Draft is fun, sure, but no matter how many mocks you do, you don’t have any real control in its outcome. The same cannot be said about fantasy football.

Starting from draft night until the final week of the season, you control who’s on your team, who starts, who sits, and who gets cut. So, instead of looking at a bunch of NFL mock drafts, it’s time you started paying attention to what really matters- fantasy football.

Using FantasyPros’ mock draft simulator, I did a 12-team, standard-scoring mock draft. My pick was chosen at random, and I ended up right in the middle at sixth overall.

Before I dive into each individual pick, I’m going to give you a quick breakdown of the strategy I used in this mock.

First and foremost, when it comes to your fantasy football draft, never get absolutely locked in on one strategy. You never know how your draft may unfold, and if you lock yourself into one strategy, it could leave you high and dry if things don’t go your way. Always be prepared to pivot!

Now onto my strategy for this mock draft. Considering it was standard scoring, I wanted to prioritize running backs early while loading up on wide receivers and a tight end throughout the middle rounds. When it comes to quarterbacks in fantasy football, I’m a strong believer in waiting until the value is simply too good to pass up. That doesn’t mean that you should wait until the last round, just don’t reach for one. You only need to start one quarterback each week while other positions are much thinner and require much more depth.

Now, let’s get to the picks!

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Round 1, Pick 6: Dalvin Cook (RB – MIN)
This was probably the easiest decision I made throughout the entire draft. After playing in only 14 games during 2019, Cook still finished fifth overall at running back with 239 fantasy points. Being another year removed from his ACL injury and playing in a run-heavy Vikings offense only stands to help Cook improve on his already stellar 2019 numbers.

Round 2, Pick 19: Josh Jacobs (RB – LVR)
Coming off an incredible rookie year, Josh Jacobs is primed for a real breakout season next year. In only 13 games during 2019, Jacobs totaled over 1,300 yards and seven touchdowns, giving him nearly 172 fantasy points for the season. Assuming he can stay healthy in 2020, I expect that number to skyrocket.

Round 3, Pick 30: Kenny Golladay (WR – DET)
Now in the third round, I decided to take my first wide receiver in Kenny Golladay. Even in a standard-scoring league, you always want to have a strong receiving group, and it doesn’t get much better than Golladay. Many people didn’t realize this because he’s on the Lions and Matthew Stafford got hurt, but Golladay finished third overall at wide receiver! Only Michael Thomas and Chris Godwin outscored him in 2019 — that’s some pretty good company. Golladay is a rock-solid wide receiver one heading into 2020.

Round 4, Pick 43: Le’Veon Bell (RB – NYJ)
Back to the running backs. Even after what some would call a down year for Bell in 2019, I couldn’t believe he was still available in the fourth round. Even with his starting quarterback missing time and playing on an awful Jets offense, Bell totaled 1,250 yards and four touchdowns last year. He may not be the same guy he was when he was in Pittsburgh — but as a flex option? You can’t get much better than Le’Veon Bell.

Round 5, Pick 54: Adam Thielen (WR – MIN)
Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen is coming off an injury-plagued season in which he only played in 10 games. That being said, he was highly effective when on the field, scoring six touchdowns in those 10 appearances. Now that his old running mate, Stefon Diggs, is in Buffalo, I expect Thielen’s targets to spike along with his red zone opportunities.

Round 6, Pick 67: Hunter Henry (TE – LAC)
For the most part, I’m someone who likes to wait on tight end until the later rounds, but as I mentioned earlier, you always have to be prepared to pivot. Seeing Hunter Henry still on the board in round six was a surprise, even with Philip Rivers now in Indy. No matter who ends up starting at quarterback in Los Angeles, they are going to rely on Henry in the middle of the field, and more importantly, in the red zone. Henry remains a TE1 heading into 2020.

Round 7, Pick 78: Michael Gallup (WR – DAL)
Third-year wide receiver Michael Gallup is coming off a breakout season in which he scored 146 fantasy points in only 14 games. In an offense that featured Ezekiel Elliott, Amari Cooper, and Randall Cobb, Gallup still earned 113 targets from Dak Prescott, and he caught 66 of them for 1,107 yards and six scores. Now with Randall Cobb in Houston, Gallup’s targets should only increase as he starts to enter his prime. I’m going to be targeting Gallup as much as I can come draft season, and he looks like a mid-round league winner.

Round 8, Pick 91: Jarvis Landry (WR – CLE)
With three strong running backs and a tight end already on my roster, I focused on building depth at wide receiver. Adding someone like Landry does exactly that. It’s not the sexiest pick, but what people don’t realize is that he outperformed Odell Beckham Jr. last year by a wide margin. Landry finished 2019 with 154 fantasy points, while Beckham totaled only 127. The addition of Austin Hooper hurts Landry a bit, but he’s still a very solid depth receiver.

Round 9, Pick 102: Matt Ryan (QB – ATL)
Even in the ninth round, this is still a bit earlier than I would usually select a quarterback, but seeing Matt Ryan still on the board was too good of a value to pass up. He’s coming off a bit of a down year finishing 11th overall at the position, but at 102nd overall, his 18.7 fantasy points per game were a steal. He’s still throwing the ball to one of the best receivers in the game in Julio Jones, and he’s got a rising star in Calvin Ridley. Look for Ryan to bounce back in 2020.

Round 10, Pick 115: Alexander Mattison (RB – MIN)
We’ve now hit the double-digit rounds, and that means it’s time to start targeting handcuffs and sleepers. I was considering some more wide receiver depth here, but with Dalvin Cook’s injury history, drafting Mattison was a must. In limited action as a rookie, Mattison showed flashes of being a real difference-maker in the NFL. If anything were to happen to Cook, Mattison would immediately become a starting-caliber fantasy running back.

Round 11, Pick 126: Evan Engram (TE – NYG)
Here is where things started to get interesting. Generally, I would never draft a backup tight end, but Evan Engram had no business being available in the 11th round. Granted, he did suffer a couple of injuries last year, and those have been his biggest problem since entering the league. But in the 11th round, you’re not getting better value. When it comes to the double-digit rounds, it’s about taking risks and making moves that could win your league. Having both Hunter Henry and Evan Engram would give you a stranglehold at the tight end position. Then, all you have to do is wait. And as soon as the first starting tight end goes down, you can swoop in with a trade offer to take advantage of a tight end needy owner.

Round 12, Pick 139: Justice Hill (RB – BAL)
Sticking with the same go big or go home late-round strategy, I went after Ravens running back Justice Hill. He wasn’t as involved last year as some thought he’d be, but in the limited action he got, he looked very good. Now looking ahead to 2020, Mark Ingram is another year older and is losing some of the speed he had as a younger back, and Gus Edwards is nothing more than a change of pace guy. If something were to happen to Ingram or his performance slips, look for Hill to be the next guy up in the best running offense in the NFL.

Round 13, Pick 150: Justin Jackson (RB – LAC)
Another young back with an opportunity for increased touches in 2020 is Justin Jackson. With Melvin Gordon now in Denver, Austin Ekeler will step into the starting role, but he is not built to take a full workload. The Chargers will do as they’ve always done, which is incorporate multiple running backs into their offense. I expect Ekeler to get most of the passing game snaps, but Jackson could see plenty of early-down work as well as goal-line opportunities.

Round 14, Pick 163: Allen Lazard (WR – GB)
With my final position player pick, I went with Packers wide receiver Allen Lazard. After starting the season on the bench, Lazard got his chance in Week 6 of 2019, and he didn’t look back. From Week 6 onward, Lazard took over the WR2 role for the Packers and totaled 35 catches for 477 yards and three touchdowns. Those numbers don’t necessarily jump off the screen, but when his number was called upon, Lazard showed how dangerous a weapon he could be. I expect his role to grow in 2020 as well as Aaron Rodgers’ trust in him, which should only lead to more targets and, more importantly, more fantasy points.

Round 15, Pick 174 – DST, Buffalo Bills

Round 16, Pick 187 – K, Matt Prater

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