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Fantasy Football Mock Draft: 10-Team, Superflex, PPR (2023 Fantasy Football)

Fantasy Football Mock Draft: 10-Team, Superflex, PPR (2023 Fantasy Football)

The fantasy football community is knee-deep in dynasty rookie drafts right now. However, it’s never too early to think about redraft season. Furthermore, practice makes perfect, and the best way to prepare is by using the FantasyPros Draft Wizard Mock Draft Simulator.

Therefore, I did a 10-team, point per reception (PPR), Superflex mock draft to help you prepare for your dynasty startup draft. I used a Hero-RB draft strategy in this mock draft. The starting lineup is one quarterback, two running backs, two wide receivers, one tight end, two flex spots and one Superflex, plus seven bench slots. Let’s see how things turned out drafting from the third spot.

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Redraft PPR Mock Draft: 10-Team, Superflex (2023 Fantasy Football)

Pick 1.03 – Jalen Hurts (QB – PHI)

After Patrick Mahomes and Josh Allen were the first two picks, I kept the quarterback trend going with Hurts. Last season the Philadelphia quarterback was a fantasy superstar. He was the QB1 on a points-per-game basis, averaging 25.2 fantasy points per contest. Furthermore, Hurts finished second in the NFL with 13 rushing touchdowns last season, five more than any other quarterback. With Miles Sanders in Carolina, the star quarterback could have even more of a role in the run game this year.

Pick 2.08 – Cooper Kupp (WR – LAR)

Unfortunately, the superstar wide receiver missed eight games last year because of a high ankle sprain. However, Kupp still ended the year as the WR23, averaging 22.4 fantasy points per game. Furthermore, he was the top-scoring wide receiver on a points-per-game basis. More importantly, Kupp has been the most consistent wide receiver over the past two years. The superstar has scored 16.2 or more fantasy points in all but one game over the past two years, removing the game he got hurt last season. Kupp is a steal late in the second round.

Pick 3.03 – Najee Harris (RB – PIT)

We’ve reached the third round, so it’s time for me to draft my hero running back. Harris struggled at the start of last season but ended the year on fire. Over the final eight games last season, the star running back averaged 86.4 scrimmage yards and 15.8 fantasy points per game. Meanwhile, Pittsburgh added multiple offensive linemen in free agency and used their first-round pick on left tackle Broderick Jones. Harris should have his second top-10 finish of his career this season.

4.08 – Jaylen Waddle (WR – MIA)

Last year many wondered if Tyreek Hill and Waddle could be fantasy stars with Tua Tagovailoa under center. However, both players ended the year as top-eight wide receivers. While Hill was the better fantasy wide receiver, Waddle is the better value. The former Alabama star has averaged over 15 fantasy points per game in both years in the NFL. Furthermore, he had 1,356 receiving yards last season, a career-high, despite seeing his targets per game drop by nearly 22% from his rookie year. If he gets an extra target or two per game in 2023, Waddle could end the year as a top-five wide receiver.

5.03 – Deshaun Watson (QB – CLE)

Usually, I like to have two quarterbacks by the end of the fourth round in Superflex drafts. However, I couldn’t pass on the value of Waddle with the 38th overall pick. Thankfully, Watson made it past the turn and back to me. Yes, the star quarterback struggled last season. However, Watson was better to end the year, averaging 2.5 passing touchdowns and 19.7 fantasy points per game over the final two weeks. Meanwhile, the Browns added Elijah Moore and Cedric Tillman this offseason. Watson should return to his old self in 2023.

6.08 – DJ Moore (WR – CLE)

After spending the first five years of his career with the Carolina Panthers, Moore got traded to the Bears this offseason. Unfortunately, the star wide receiver got held back by awful quarterbacks in Carolina. Yet, Moore had over 1,150 receiving yards in three of the past four years. Furthermore, he had a career-high seven receiving touchdowns in 2022. Despite playing with inconsistent quarterbacks in his career, Moore has never finished lower than the WR24 any year since his rookie season. No one should be surprised if the star receiver has his first top-10 finish in 2023 with Justin Fields as his quarterback.

7.03 – Terry McLaurin (WR – WAS)

Unfortunately, McLaurin has had a career like Moore, being held back by poor quarterbacks. However, the star receiver has consistently been a WR2 for fantasy players. He has never finished lower than the WR29 in any year of his career. Furthermore, McLaurin was the WR14 last season, the best finish of his career, averaging 13.5 fantasy points per game. The star receiver also had 1,191 receiving yards in 2022, a career-high and the 10th-most in the NFL. Maybe Sam Howell is the answer in Washington. Regardless, McLaurin is a locked-in WR2 for fantasy players.

8.08 – James Conner (RB – ARI)

Do I want Conner on my dynasty squads? Absolutely not. However, he’s a value in redraft leagues. The Cardinals are building for the future, meaning the team has no reason not to run the veteran running back into the ground. Furthermore, Arizona didn’t use any draft capital at the running back position. More importantly, the Cardinals leaned on Conner after Kyler Murray got hurt last year. The veteran was the RB5 over the final eight weeks of the fantasy season, averaging 19.8 fantasy points per contest. Conner is one of my favorite RB2 targets when using the Hero-RB draft strategy this year.

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9.03 – Kyle Pitts (TE – ATL)

Yes, Pitts was a bust last year. Am I ready to get hurt again? Yes! Pitts was the TE6 as a rookie, averaging 10.4 fantasy points per game despite scoring only one touchdown. Last year the star missed nearly half the season with an injury and struggled when on the field. His route participation dropped by 3.7% from 2021 to 2022. More importantly, his yards per route run and average depth of target (aDOT) dropped by at least 16.3%. Meanwhile, Pitts had only a 59.3% catchable target rate because of Marcus Mariota‘s struggles. Thankfully, the veteran quarterback is now in Philadelphia and far away from the star tight end.

10.08 – JuJu Smith-Schuster (WR – NE)

Smith-Schuster hasn’t been a fantasy star since the 2018 season. However, the veteran remains a reliable WR3/flex option for fantasy players. Last year he averaged 11.6 fantasy points per game despite scoring only three touchdowns. Furthermore, the veteran had the second-most receiving yards of his career in 2022. Meanwhile, Smith-Schuster will replace Jakobi Meyers in New England. Last year Meyers led the team in targets (96), receiving yards (804), and touchdowns (six). New offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien should find a way to make Smith-Schuster the focal point of the team’s passing attack.

11.03 – Jamaal Williams (RB – NO)

After totaling only 13 rushing touchdowns over the first five years of his career, Williams had 17 scores last season. Not only were the 17 touchdowns a career-high, but the veteran running back also led the NFL. Furthermore, Williams had the first 1,000-yard rushing season of his career in 2022. Meanwhile, he joined the Saints this offseason and walked into a fantasy-appealing situation. Alvin Kamara is facing a lengthy suspension, meaning Williams could have a lead role early in the year. Yes, Kendre Miller is a popular rookie pick, but the veteran will be the biggest beneficiary from Kamara’s suspension.

12.08 – Antonio Gibson (RB – WAS)

Over the first two years of his career, Gibson was a productive fantasy running back, averaging over 14 fantasy points per game both years. Unfortunately, his production fell off a cliff last year as Gibson had only 149 rushing attempts for 546 yards and three touchdowns, all career-lows. Furthermore, the veteran averaged 11.1 fantasy points per game in 2022. However, things are looking up for Gibson. New offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy made Jerick McKinnon an RB2 last season, averaging 4.2 targets per game in Kansas City. With J.D. McKissic no longer with the team, Gibson is the most likely candidate to fill the McKinnon role in Washington.

13.03 – Rashod Bateman (WR – BAL)

Unfortunately, the former Minnesota receiver has struggled with injuries in his career. Bateman has missed 47.1% of the games over the past two years because of injury, including 11 last season. However, the young receiver has flashed upside when on the field. Last year he averaged 17.4 fantasy points per game over the first two weeks of the season on only six targets per contest. Furthermore, Bateman averaged over 3.5 yards per route run in those two games. While the Ravens added Odell Beckham Jr. and Zay Flowers this offseason, Bateman can still become a fantasy star. All he has to do is stay healthy.

14.08 – Jerick McKinnon (RB – KC)

The veteran running back has had a rocky NFL career. McKinnon missed the 2018 and 2019 seasons because of a knee injury. However, he averaged 11.1 fantasy points per game in 2017, his final year with the Minnesota Vikings. Yet, McKinnon had the best fantasy year of his career in 2022, averaging 11.5 fantasy points per game. Despite having only 72 rushing attempts, the veteran was the RB20 last season because of his role in the passing game. McKinnon finished second on the team with nine receiving touchdowns. With JuJu Smith-Schuster now in New England, the veteran running back could have an even larger role in the passing game this year.

15.03 – Jaylen Warren (RB – PIT)

After spending my third-round pick on Najee Harris, it’s time to secure his handcuff. Warren was a solid player as an undrafted free agent rookie. Last year, he had 77 rushing attempts for 379 yards and a touchdown. While he averaged only 5.8 fantasy points per game, the rookie was productive with his touches. Warren averaged 4.9 yards per rushing attempt. Furthermore, 14.3% of his rushing attempts went for more than 10 yards. By comparison, Harris had only 7.4% of his rushing attempts go for more than 10 yards last year. After his solid rookie season, Warren is arguably the top fantasy handcuff.

16.08 – Desmond Ridder (QB – ATL)

Last year Atlanta didn’t put Ridder on the field until the final four games. While he wasn’t a productive fantasy player, the former Bearcat was without Kyle Pitts. Yet, the rookie ended the year on a high note, throwing two touchdowns and scoring 15.9 fantasy points in Week 18. Meanwhile, the Falcons did not draft a quarterback this year despite rumors they wanted Will Levis. Instead, the team added Bijan Robinson to pair with Drake London and Pitts, giving the second-year quarterback an excellent trio of weapons. I grabbed two stud quarterbacks early in the mock draft, so now I can shoot for the upside with Ridder as my QB3.

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