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Fantasy Football Mock Draft: Jonathan Taylor, Trey McBride, Calvin Ridley (2024)

Fantasy Football Mock Draft: Jonathan Taylor, Trey McBride, Calvin Ridley (2024)

While the 2024 NFL season is still months away, it’s never too early to prepare for fantasy football drafts. Players will see their fantasy value skyrocket or tank depending on what happens during the NFL Draft. However, practice makes perfect, so let’s do an early fantasy football mock draft.

I was slotted 10th in this 12-team, superflex mock with PPR scoring settings. The lineup for this mock draft is one quarterback, two running backs, three wide receivers, one tight end, two flex, one superflex, and six bench spots.

My strategy for this mock draft was to take back-to-back quarterbacks with my first two selections to avoid having a quarterback run happen before I could pick again. After that, I went with a best-player-available approach with a slight lean towards drafting running backs early to take advantage of the depth at wide receiver. Without further ado, let’s see how things shake out. Here are my full 2024 fantasy football mock draft results. Below we dive into a few notable picks.

PPR Superflex Mock Draft

Pick 3.10 – Jonathan Taylor (RB – IND)

Having Taylor fall into my lap at the end of the third round felt like Christmas in April. The superstar running back has dealt with injuries the past two years. However, he has been outstanding on the field, averaging 16.9 fantasy points per game for his career, including 15.6 or more in all but one season. While Taylor will lose some goal-line work to Anthony Richardson, he is a steal at this point of the mock draft.

Pick 6.03 – Trey McBride (TE – ARI)

Even if Marvin Harrison Jr. or Malik Nabers get drafted by the Cardinals, I would still take McBride with this pick. He was the TE4 in the nine games with Kyler Murray under center, averaging 14.9 fantasy points per game. Furthermore, McBride ranked second in target per route run rate (26%) among tight ends with at least 35 routes during the nine games he played with Murray (per Fantasy Points Data).

Pick 9.10 – Calvin Ridley (WR – TEN)

While Ridley got a downgrade at quarterback from Trevor Lawrence to Will Levis, don’t expect the veteran receiver to fall off a cliff for fantasy players. Despite struggling to connect with Lawrence, Ridley was the WR18 in 2023, averaging 13.5 fantasy points per game. More importantly, his competition for targets went from Christian Kirk and Evan Engram to an aging DeAndre Hopkins and Treylon Burks. Expect Levis to have a sophomore-year jump under new head coach Brian Callahan, leading to Ridley having a productive fantasy season.

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