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Fantasy football 12-team, PPR mock draft: Picking #5 overall

Mocking a fantasy football draft with the 5th overall pick.

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With fantasy drafts ever present in the not too distant future, I want to start running a few mock drafts here on Fake Teams and see how things are playing out currently. It’s one thing to write and read a bunch of fantasy football content and rankings, it’s a whole other thing to actually get in the thick of a draft.

I plan on doing a few of these over the coming weeks using FantasyPros’ mock draft platform. This is a PPR, 12-team snake draft for those keeping track at home.

Last week I took on the 7th overall pick and went wide receiver and tight end heavy to start, while still getting possible RB1s later in the draft. It’s a strategy I might start employing more often and seeing how it treats me.

This week I’m picking from the 5 hole as voted by you dear readers.

Here’s how the draft played out for me:

1.05 Derrick HenryI might have reached for Henry here but I KNOW he’s going to be the focal point of the Titans offense and I just didn’t trust Alvin Kamara and Dalvin Cook as much.

2.08 Josh JacobsLove Jacobs as an RB2 given how much work he’s going to see in Las Vegas in all likelihood.

3.05 JuJu Smith-SchusterA lot rides on the health of Ben Roethlisberger, but if he’s fully healthy, JuJu could easily re-enter top 10 fantasy receiver territory this year.

4.08 Chris CarsonCarson does have some injury concerns but you can’t deny the workload he has seen when healthy. I’m thrilled to have him as my RB3.

5.05 Terry McLaurinThe only pass catcher in Washington. Happily taking him in the 5th round.

6.08 Tyler BoydWith Joe Burrow, I think we see Boyd take another step this year.

7.05 Will Fuller — I blame Nic Bodiford for this pick. I’ve been staying away from Fuller and then on last week’s RB1 Podcast, Nic spun a very convincing story so now I’m all in.

8.08 Evan EngramNo matter how hard I try I can’t quit Evan Engram and I have him ranked as my TE3 this year so taking him in the 8th is a no brainer for me.

9.05 Ke’Shawn Vaughn — Risky pick here but so much upside given how much Tom Brady likes to target running backs.

10.08 Golden TateHe’s older, but he was wildly productive last year. I guess I’m invested in the Giants offense now.

11.05 Marlon MackI like Mack as a potential trade chip if he starts the season off well but eventually loses touches to Jonathan Taylor.

12.08 Curtis Samuel I’ll take a flier on a part of the Panthers’ offense.

15.05 Baker MayfieldI wanted to see what quarterbacks would be available to me if I just waited until the last pick and I’m pleased to have Baker.

Full team:

  • QB Baker Mayfield CLE (RD15)
  • RB Derrick Henry TEN (RD1)
  • RB Josh Jacobs LV (RD2)
  • WR JuJu Smith-Schuster PIT (RD3)
  • WR Terry McLaurin WAS (RD5)
  • WR Tyler Boyd CIN (RD6)
  • TE Evan Engram NYG (RD8)
  • DST Los Angeles Rams LAR (RD14)
  • K Harrison Butker KC (RD13)
  • BN Chris Carson SEA (RD4)
  • BN Will Fuller HOU (RD7)
  • BN Ke’Shawn Vaughn TB (RD9)
  • BN Golden Tate NYG (RD10)
  • BN Marlon Mack IND (RD11)
  • BN Curtis Samuel CAR (RD12)

What are your thoughts on the mock? Drop them in the comments. Like I said at the top, I’m going to be doing more of these, so vote in the poll which pick I should do next.


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