Fantasy Football Mock Draft: PPR, Middle Pick (2022)
Mock draft season is in full bloom! As fantasy managers bide their time this offseason by running through as many hypotheticals as possible, let’s take a moment to dive into what FantasyPros has to offer.
Before nearly all of my drafts, I run multiple mock drafts on the FantasyPros Draft Wizard. The platform is highly customizable, allowing you to adjust your settings to reflect what your league draft might actually look like. After each mock, you’re given a draft analysis and an analyzer grade. Personally, I find that my redraft teams perform better when I run at least a handful of mocks.
It’s important to remember what the point of mock drafting is. Many managers simply want to win their mock and to get that perfect analyzer grade. That’s not the point, though. The point of running mock drafts is to test different draft strategies.
For example, if you’re in a 12-team PPR league, you should run a mock where you try an RB-heavy approach, a WR-heavy approach, and even a QB-early approach. Test your current draft process, and then see what changes you can make to leave the draft with a better WR corps, a positional advantage at TE, or anything! The more risks you take in your mock drafts, the more fun you’ll have when the actual season begins.
Without further ado, the following is a breakdown of my latest Draft Wizard Mock Draft. It’s not my highest graded draft in recent days, but I do think it’s my most interesting, since it showcases where a number of rookies are currently being drafted in redraft leagues.
The league settings are as follows: Redraft, 12 teams, PPR scoring, one QB, two RBs, three WRs, one TE, one FLEX and six BENCH. I drafted from the seventh position.
1.07. Najee Harris (RB – PIT)
I ran roughly a dozen mock drafts from the seventh position, mostly drafting Justin Jefferson in the first round. However, in this mock, I decided to go with Najee Harris, who finished 2021 as the PPR RB3. He is currently the ECR (Expert Consensus Rankings) fourth overall player. I have doubts that he’ll be able to usurp the pack to be the RB1 overall, but he’ll receive enough volume as a runner and a pass-catcher to keep his floor comfortably high. If Cooper Kupp is ever available at the 1.07, you need to take him over anyone else.
2.06. Mark Andrews (TE – BAL)
I believe Travis Kelce is about to have the greatest TE season we’ve ever witnessed, but he was taken by the time my pick came back to me. I don’t feel comfortable leaving my drafts without one of the top three TEs (Kelce, Mark Andrews or Kyle Pitts). With Marquise Brown now playing for the Cardinals, Lamar Jackson will have to throw to someone. Andrews was the TE1 overall in 2021 and is the ECR’s 15th highest-ranked player. He hasn’t finished worse than TE6 over the last three seasons, so his floor is what gives me the confidence to take him here.
3.07. A.J. Brown (WR – PHI)
In case you missed it, A.J. Brown was traded during the NFL Draft to the Philadelphia Eagles. Experts are currently split on his potential this season. While some believe he will flourish as the new top receiving option for Jalen Hurts, some believe Hurts’ accuracy issues will hold Brown back.
For anyone who doesn’t know what to do about Brown, consider that he was Pro Football Focus’s fourth-highest graded WR and fifth in yards per route run in 2021. He’s also a beast physically, even by NFL standards, so there’s more reason to believe he’ll flourish rather than flame out.
4.06. Jaylen Waddle (WR – MIA)
I was pleased to get Jaylen Waddle in the fourth round. He’s a top-15 WR, even with Tyreek Hill now competing for targets, but he could finish higher. He broke the rookie reception record in 2021, has a relationship going back to college with his QB and ended the season as the PPR WR14, all on a 22% target share. He’s got value in PPR leagues. In fact, in the PPR format, I prefer him over Tyreek Hill.
Travis Etienne is now the RB to roster in Jacksonville. James Robinson is attempting to return from an Achilles injury suffered late last season. Etienne missed his entire rookie season in 2021 and is somewhat of a mystery at the moment.
Still, all reports out of the camp seem to insinuate that he’s ready to go and likely to garner plenty of targets out of the backfield, adding to his value in PPR leagues. He’s talented enough to be a future top-five RB in fantasy. I’m hoping he gets there by the end of the season.
6.06. Jerry Jeudy (WR – DEN)
I’m not a huge fan of rostering Denver WRs right now. I feel they’re all a bit overpriced, but I wanted to take a shot on Jerry Jeudy in this mock and see how I felt about my roster afterward. Jeudy has been a disappointment so far in his career, but with Russell Wilson now throwing to him, he could finally be ready to go off. As just my WR3, I also felt like I wasn’t committing too much to a volatile player.
7.07. Drake London (WR – ATL)
This is where my draft takes a turn, focusing more on rookies than on need. Hopefully you find some benefit in witnessing my draft odyssey. In the seventh round, I was prompted to select Drake London, rookie WR for the Atlanta Falcons. In some of my other mock drafts, I targeted Kyle Pitts in the third and fourth rounds, so I was reticent to pick London in the seventh in those drafts, for fear of drafting competing targets.
Ultimately, London represents a player with big potential. The Falcons have almost no options at WR, so London is the de facto WR1 for Marcus Mariota. He’s a big-bodied jump-ball specialist, perfect for a QB with accuracy issues and a lousy defense. If he doesn’t garner that many targets in 2022, he’ll at least be a solid red-zone target for a truly talent-starved offense.
Cordarrelle Patterson was a pick based on need, since most of my preferred late-RB options had been picked prior to the eighth round, but he also gives my roster some versatility. He’s listed as a RB/WR on some fantasy platform.
He gives me a versatile chess piece to move around as needed in a league where I have to start three WRs each week. He adds bonus value in leagues that score return yards. In case you have your doubts about Patterson, he finished last season as the PPR RB7.
Garrett Wilson was selected 10th overall by the lowly New York Jets in the 2022 NFL Draft. They may not be lowly much longer. Zach Wilson has an improved O-line, a year of experience and now a potential WR1 in Wilson. With players like Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Treylon Burks and Kadarius Toney being selected before my pick here, I felt like I was lucky to get Wilson here. He’s simply too talented to ignore.
10.06. Chris Olave (WR – NO)
The rookie WR trend continues! Chris Olave will have to compete for targets against an unpredictable Michael Thomas and an aged Jarvis Landry. Don’t get it confused, though. Olave won’t be a PPR monster. That’s not what he does. However, he does have some delicious boom-or-bust potential on a weekly basis. Jameis Winston commanded the fourth-highest average depth of target last season, which matches Olave’s skillset better than Thomas’ and Landry’s penchant for working short-to-mid range routes.
11.07. Aaron Rodgers (QB – GB)
At this point in the draft, I was one of the last teams to draft a QB. I’m happy waiting to draft Trey Lance, but I have no problem taking the reigning MVP if he lasts this late. He may not have Davante Adams anymore, but he’ll serve up some big weeks now and then.
12.06. Tyler Allgeier (RB – ATL)
Tyler Allgeier is consistently going off the board around this time. Managers who didn’t pay attention this offseason won’t know who he is, but anyone who’s paying attention knows he’s got a legit shot to become the RB1 in Atlanta. I don’t mind having both Patterson and Allgeier for this particular mock draft. At least I know I’ll have a starting RB out of the pair.
13.07. Rachaad White (RB – TB)
Recent reports have stated that Tampa Bay RB Leonard Fournette is currently very overweight. The coaching staff is perturbed. Enter Rachaad White. White was selected 91st overall in the 2022 NFL draft and presumably slots into the backup RB role.
However, if Fournette gets injured (which has happened before) or if he’s simply too out of shape, White could be set to pick up most of the slack. He’s got the tools to be a three-down back, so taking White in the 13th round might be the most intelligent pick any manager can make.
14.06. Tyrion Davis-Price (RB – SF)
Nobody knows what Kyle Shanahan is going to do. Even Shanahan doesn’t know. The 49ers RB depth chart is filled with too many players to recount right now, but there’s no reason to believe anyone knows what they’re talking about with the 49ers anyway. Thus, Tyrion Davis-Price (TDP) has as good a shot to get meaningful work in San Francisco as anyone else. Elijah Mitchell is the presumed starter, but the presumed starter in San Francisco has missed significant time every season for the last three seasons. Don’t sleep on TDP.
That concludes my 12 team, PPR scoring, middle draft position mock draft. According to the analyzer, it wasn’t my highest-graded mock, but it was certainly enlightening to see how many rookies are going in consecutive rounds.
What do you think? If you had to give this team a grade, what would you give it? Where will you draft these rookies?
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Tim Metzler is a featured writer at FantasyPros, known for multiple article series, including 5 Under 25, Expert Consensus Rantings, his in-season Running Diary and his dynasty IDP rankings. For more from Tim, check out his archive and follow him @Timmy_The_Metz.