Fantasy Football Mock Draft 5.0

It’s time for the fifth installment in my mock draft series! Be sure to check out my last mock draft if you haven’t read it yet. I’ve decided to expand this draft and include another couple of rounds. If you’re new here, this 12-team, six-round mock draft will be based on PPR scoring with analysis for every player chosen in the first round. Don’t forget to check out my Twitter for 24/7 fantasy football advice. Now, let’s get into this draft.

Round 1

  1. Christian McCaffrey

McCaffrey is a lock for the #1 pick. Carolina revamped their offense this offseason, which should effectively take some attention off of C-Mac and create more opportunities for mismatches. Even if McCaffrey doesn’t put up the same numbers this year he’s still going to an elite RB1.

  1. Saquon Barkley

Just like McCaffrey, Barkley should be a lock for the #2 pick. With the Giants’ addition of two strong offensive lineman in the draft, Saquon is primed for a fantastic bounce-back campaign.

  1. Ezekiel Elliott

Elliott is the most valuable player left on the board after McCaffrey and Barkley are taken. The receiver depth in drafts this year is astronomical, so you have to take elite running backs when you can. Zeke certainly fits that bill and will contend for the RB1 spot this season.

  1. Michael Thomas

Michael Thomas jumps back up to #4 because of the Dalvin Cook holdout news. Thomas set the single-season reception record last season, and while he probably won’t put up those numbers again, he could easily push for 140 catches. As long as Drew Brees is healthy for the entire year, Michael Thomas will be an elite WR1.

  1. Dalvin Cook

Dalvin Cook made headlines last week for declaring his intentions to hold out until Minnesota gives him a new contract. The Vikings’ initial offer of less than $10 million annually insulted Cook, who is looking for a deal worth around $14 million per year. There is still plenty of time left in the offseason for Cook and Minnesota to work out a deal, but holdouts are always tricky (especially for running backs). That being said, it’s very likely that Cook gets the extension he desires eventually. He’s still worth a top-5 pick as of now, but pay attention as the situation progresses.

  1. Alvin Kamara

Kamara’s down year in 2019 was unsettling, as he appeared to be trending towards top-3 fantasy status. I’m expecting the fourth-year back to bounce back in 2020 and push for the first 100+ reception season of his career. Kamara is still one of the most electric players in the NFL, and could easily put up RB1 numbers.

  1. Derrick Henry

This may be a stretch for Henry — especially in PPR leagues — but I cannot stress enough how important it is to draft elite running backs when you can. I don’t expect Henry to win the rushing title again and his miniscule production in the passing game will certainly limit his ceiling in PPR formats. However, he’s still a very strong RB1 and those are in limited supply.

  1. DeAndre Hopkins

If you listened to the wide receiver rankings episode of my podcast, The Rollout, you know that I believe Hopkins will finish as WR1 this season. Obviously you still have to take Michael Thomas over him in drafts to be safe, but the high-octane, pass-heavy offense that Kliff Kingsbury runs in Arizona will certainly benefit Hopkins’ fantasy potential this season.

  1. Julio Jones

Julio Jones is a lock for a top-5 fantasy finish almost every season. He may not have the speed of Tyreek Hill or the target-volume of Michael Thomas, but Jones is arguably the best all-around receiver in the NFL. He’s certainly a safer option than Davante Adams or Tyreek Hill, who you would consider drafting at #9.

  1. Joe Mixon

Different player, same story. Mixon isn’t as talented as a few players still left on the board here, but his fantasy potential is at an all-time high heading into this season. Mixon could legitimately receive 300+ carries this year, which is insane volume for the seventh running back coming off the board in this draft. Pair that volume with Cincinnati’s revamped offense, and it should result in a true breakout campaign for Mixon.

  1. Davante Adams

Adams struggled with a severe turf-toe injury throughout last season, but that shouldn’t deter you from drafting him with a late first-round pick. He remains the sole consistent target for Aaron Rodgers heading into this season and could easily see 175+ targets coming his way. That volume alone puts him in contention for the WR1 spot.

  1. Tyreek Hill

Hill remains at #12 in this mock draft. I can’t justify ranking him higher because he’s the only first round pick who isn’t the clear-cut #1 option in his respective offense. Hill could easily be a top-5 fantasy receiver this year because he’s a prime target in the most electric offense in the league, which makes him worthy of a first round pick.

Round 2

  1. Aaron Jones
  2. Chris Godwin
  3. Josh Jacobs
  4. Nick Chubb
  5. Austin Ekeler
  6. Kenyan Drake
  7. Leonard Fournette
  8. Mike Evans
  9. Kenny Golladay
  10. Travis Kelce
  11. Lamar Jackson
  12. JuJu Smith-Schuster

Round 3

  1. D.J. Moore
  2. George Kittle
  3. Patrick Mahomes
  4. Odell Beckham Jr.
  5. Todd Gurley
  6. Adam Thielen
  7. Allen Robinson
  8. Amari Cooper
  9. Courtland Sutton
  10. Miles Sanders
  11. David Johnson
  12. Chris Carson

Round 4

  1. A.J. Brown
  2. Le’Veon Bell
  3. Clyde Edwards-Helaire
  4. Mark Andrews
  5. Cooper Kupp
  6. Tyler Lockett
  7. Keenan Allen
  8. D.J. Chark
  9. Robert Woods
  10. Stefon Diggs
  11. Calvin Ridley
  12. Melvin Gordon

Round 5

  1. Zach Ertz
  2. DeVante Parker
  3. James Conner
  4. Devin Singletary
  5. Terry McLaurin
  6. Jarvis Landry
  7. Kareem Hunt
  8. T.Y. Hilton
  9. Raheem Mostert
  10. Deebo Samuel
  11. A.J. Green
  12. Mark Ingram

Round 6

  1. Darren Waller
  2. Jonathan Taylor
  3. Cam Akers
  4. Julian Edelman
  5. DK Metcalf
  6. Evan Engram
  7. D’Andre Swift
  8. Tyler Boyd
  9. Dak Prescott
  10. Rob Gronkowski
  11. David Montgomery
  12. Russell Wilson

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