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Fantasy Football Mock Draft: DeAndre Hopkins, George Pickens, Zay Flowers, Saquon Barkley

Fantasy Football Mock Draft: DeAndre Hopkins, George Pickens, Zay Flowers, Saquon Barkley

The NFL Draft is around the corner but fantasy football mock draft season is year-round if you love the game of fantasy football. A mock draft lets you build more knowledge on the player base, learn the movement in average draft position (ADP) and allows you to practice different roster constructions. And be sure to practice for your league using our free mock draft simulator. Here’s my full pick-by-pick overview of my latest fantasy football mock draft. Below we dive into a few notable picks.

12-Team PPR Mock Draft (Late Pick)

Pick 2.01 – Saquon Barkley (RB – PHI) 

Speaking of a workhorse back on a great offense, let’s discuss Saquon Barkley. Barkley could produce MVP-level production in this offense. The biggest issue is Jalen Hurts and the rush push, but you don’t pay a running back decent money not to utilize him. Barkley will also take pressure off Jalen Hurts and allow him to unburden his shoulders with this offense.

The Eagles also brought in Kellen Moore as offensive coordinator, who utilized his pass-catching running back in Los Angeles and Dallas; we should see more of the same here in Philadelphia. Barkley showed his explosive abilities last year with the 17th-highest explosive run rate behind this Eagles offensive line — the sky is the limit.

Pick – 5.12 Zay Flowers (WR – BAL)

I’m a huge fan of loading up on No. 1 WRs for their respective teams. That is why we drafted Zay Flowers. Flowers led the Ravens in air yards/target share while producing 1,000 receiving yards and six touchdowns. The sophomore breakout season is in full effect for Flowers and he can overtake Mark Andrews as Lamar Jackson‘s top option in Baltimore.

Pick 6.01 – George Pickens (WR – PIT) 

With Diontae Johnson in a new location, George Pickens finally has the chance to spread his wings as a WR1. His talent at contested catches is well known. His most significant issue is who is under center. Whether it’s Russell Wilson or Justin Fields, Pickens will be the first option in the passing game for Pittsburgh in 2024.

Pick – 8.01 DeAndre Hopkins (WR – TEN) 

DeAndre Hopkins at this age is a little risky. However, Will Levis can throw a deep ball with the best of them. We also have Calvin Ridley pulling some coverage off of Hopkins. This selection has a high risk but high reward, but we can always utilize him in great matchups.

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