12-Team Standard Mock Draft (2020 Fantasy Football)
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It looks like we will be having an NFL season in the fall, so why not get a little bit warmed up with a nice late-spring fantasy mock draft?
Considering the situation in the world at the moment, one way you can use some of that extra time is to study a little harder for your fantasy drafts in August. I’d be honored if you used this article as a springboard to commencing relentless draft prep in an effort to achieve total fantasy dominance in 2020.
For this draft, we’re doing a 12-team standard league snake. picking from the fifth spot. We’ll be using the FantasyPros Draft Simulator.
To be completely transparent, this is my second mock draft this offseason, and the first was on May 1st, and I think I just looked at the first five rounds or so. In other words, I’m going in pretty much blind when it comes to the draft landscape, and, as a result, I’ll make some general draft observations as we go.
1.05: Michael Thomas (WR – NO)
The first four picks were Christian McCaffrey, Saquon Barkley, Dalvin Cook, and Derrick Henry, which is probably pretty close to what I’d expect to see. We have our choice of any of the elite wide receivers, but we have some strong running backs out there still as well. We’re going with Michael Thomas here, as we have a decent chance at getting a solid RB1 in the next round if we get a little bit of help.
2.08: George Kittle (TE – SF)
Welp, that didn’t go the way I was hoping. I thought at least one of Aaron Jones or Josh Jacobs would fall, but the best RB on the board is Miles Sanders. Our third pick isn’t too far away, so let’s just go ahead and dominate the tight end position while we can. Maybe a solid running back will fall to us next round.
3.05: JuJu Smith-Schuster (WR – PIT)
Hm, still nope on the running back. As strange as it sounds, I was hoping for a boring RB here so our RB1 isn’t a massive question mark, and of course, the best running backs on the board are all major unknowns: Todd Gurley (mysterious knees), Leonard Fournette (doubt he’s on the Jaguars this season), and Melvin Gordon (new offense with a potentially cataclysmic timeshare). Juju is a polarizing target, but I have him much higher than most, and his ceiling is as high as they come at this point in the draft. Lamar Jackson was also available here if you’re into that sort of thing.
4.08: Mark Ingram (RB – BAL)
I’m not crazy about this pick, but I had to stop the bleeding and at least get one running back. There are a ton of strong value wide receivers here that we’ll be looking at in the fifth round, but Ingram is the boring type of running back I was looking for in the third.
5.05: David Johnson (RB – HOU)
This was easily the toughest pick of the draft. A bunch of those strong value wide receivers that I mentioned are still available, but I like the Ingram-Johnson pairing. It has a nice balance between safety, volatility, and upside that ultimately allowed me to take the risk on Johnson.
6.08: DeVante Parker (WR – MIA)
This one was pretty simple: I was looking for a decent-upside WR as a FLEX, and Parker fell a round or two to us in the sixth. The simplicity in this was the exact opposite of what happened with the David Johnson pick.
7.05: Kareem Hunt (RB – CLE)
We’re still looking at a bunch of strong values, particularly at receiver, but it’s hard to find the upside that Hunt brings this late in the draft. I wasn’t thrilled about our running backs, but the addition of Hunt is a little calming and opens up the rest of the draft.
8.08: Will Fuller (WR – HOU)
I’ve had my eye on Fuller for a bit, and we couldn’t let him fall any farther. He is as “boom-bust” as they come, but he’ll be a massive steal if he can stay healthy. For those of you yelling at me to draft a QB, we still have Matt Ryan, Tom Brady, Matthew Stafford, and Ben Roethlisberger out there, among a few others.
Honorable mentions: Marquise Brown, Marvin Jones Jr.
9.05: Matt Ryan (QB – ATL)
I could have kept pressing on without a QB, but I identified a pretty steep drop after Ben Roethlisberger, who is the third QB still on the board. We have a longer gap between rounds nine and ten, so let’s just play it safe.
10.08: Sterling Shepard (WR – NYG)
Shepard is arguably the number one receiver on the Giants, and usually, that’s a bargain in the tenth round regardless of the team. It isn’t a sexy pick, but guaranteed involvement isn’t necessarily easy to find at this point in the draft.
11.05: Zack Moss (RB – BUF)
12.08: Diontae Johnson (WR – PIT)
13.05 Rashaad Penny (RB – SEA)
Moss has a reasonable shot at seeing the field, so I was willing to reach for one of my favorite running backs in this year’s rookie class. As for Johnson, it feels weird handcuffing my WR2 in Juju, but if Johnson takes the leap forward that many think he will, there won’t be anything wrong with having and using two Steelers receivers. I loved getting Penny here even if he’s buried behind Chris Carson for now.
14.08: Dallas Goedert (TE – PHI)
15.05: Vikings – D/ST
16.08: Robbie Gould (K – SF)
I typically don’t draft more than one tight end, but I can make an exception for Goedert, as I think the Eagles actively try to get him heavily involved. I always seem to drift towards the Vikings D/ST, and I was forced to pick a kicker.
- QB: Matt Ryan
- RB: Mark Ingram, David Johnson, Kareem Hunt, Zack Moss, Rashaad Penny
- WR: Michael Thomas, Juju Smith-Schuster, DeVante Parker, Will Fuller, Sterling Shepard, Diontae Johnson
- TE: George Kittle, Dallas Goedert
- D/ST: Vikings
- K: Robbie Gould
Overall, I like it. Clearly I’m not crazy about the RB situation, but the massive positional advantage with having Kittle makes up for it a bit. One thing I noticed was that I drafted starting receivers on teams where I really love the WR2 or WR3. I felt like I couldn’t touch Emmanuel Sanders, Diontae Johnson, Brandin Cooks, and Darius Slayton because I already had a WR on that team, though we know I ignored that feeling with Johnson.
Let me know your thoughts, go fire up a few mock drafts, and send me your teams. As I said, you probably don’t get the “I didn’t have time” excuse this year.