Fantasy: 12-team mock draft with analysis after every round
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theScore staff took part in a 12-team, 12-round mock to provide a glimpse into what your drafts could look like and offer some insight on what to watch for in each round.

This is a PPR (point per reception) scoring league with the following roster spots: QB, RB, RB, WR, WR, WR, TE, FLEX, BN, BN, BN, BN. We omitted defenders and kickers, as they normally get selected in the final two rounds.

Draft participants: Dustin Saracini, Gino Bottero, Ian Dalley, Taylor Rohaly, Justin Boone, Thomas Casale, C Jackson Cowart, Alex Moretto, Mike Alessandrini, David P. Woods, Caitlyn Holroyd, Lanny Foster

Round 1

Pick Player Owner
1 Christian McCaffrey (RB1) Saracini
2 Saquon Barkley (RB2) Bottero
3 Ezekiel Elliott (RB3) Dalley
4 Derrick Henry (RB4) Rohaly
5 Dalvin Cook (RB5) Boone
6 Michael Thomas (WR1) Casale
7 Alvin Kamara (RB6) Cowart
8 Nick Chubb (RB7) Moretto
9 Joe Mixon (RB8) Alessandrini
10 Davante Adams (WR2) Woods
11 DeAndre Hopkins (WR3) Holroyd
12 Aaron Jones (RB9) Foster

Round 1: Derrick Henry going off the board fourth overall seems far too early, especially in a PPR format. Henry is destined to be selected in the first round of many drafts this year, but it's important to remember his downside as a fantasy asset. He topped 90 rushing yards just once in his first nine games last season, and his limited receiving usage is unlikely to change given the arrival of third-rounder Darrynton Evans. Though it seems inevitable Henry will get hot down the stretch, his floor is low for someone with a top-10 ADP. ... Aaron Jones also carries quite a bit of risk in the opening round despite finishing last year as the second-highest scoring fantasy back. Regression is coming for his 19 total touchdowns, and the Packers' decision to draft A.J. Dillon in Round 2 complicates a backfield that already has Jamaal Williams.

Round 2

Pick Player Owner
13 Julio Jones (WR4) Foster
14 Austin Ekeler (RB10) Holroyd
15 Kenyan Drake (RB11) Woods
16 Tyreek Hill (WR5) Alessandrini
17 Josh Jacobs (RB12) Moretto
18 Clyde Edwards-Helaire (RB13) Cowart
19 Miles Sanders (RB14) Casale
20 Chris Godwin (WR6) Boone
21 Kenny Golladay (WR7) Rohaly
22 Melvin Gordon (RB15) Dalley
23 Mike Evans (WR8) Bottero
24 Odell Beckham Jr. (WR9) Saracini

Round 2: Expect running backs to be a hot commodity in the first two rounds as fantasy managers try to secure ball carriers with guaranteed volume. The depth at receiver makes this strategy even more enticing, and here we see 14 rushers drafted among the first 20 players. ... After securing a proven producer on the ground in Dalvin Cook, I'm ecstatic to see Chris Godwin fall to me in the second round. Godwin scored the second-most fantasy points among receivers last year and his skill set should fit well with Tom Brady's efficient style. ... While it's hard to argue with any of the players taken in this round, it's rare to see both elite tight ends fall to Round 3.

Round 3

Pick Player Owner
25 Travis Kelce (TE1) Saracini
26 Leonard Fournette (RB16) Bottero
27 George Kittle (TE2) Dalley
28 Amari Cooper (WR10) Rohaly
29 Allen Robinson (WR11) Boone
30 Cooper Kupp (WR12) Casale
31 Lamar Jackson (QB1) Cowart
32 JuJu Smith-Schuster (WR13) Moretto
33 D.J. Moore (WR14) Alessandrini
34 David Johnson (RB17) Woods
35 Chris Carson (RB18) Holroyd
36 Adam Thielen (WR15) Foster

Round 3: Travis Kelce and George Kittle offer nice value in the third round. Some owners have trouble qualifying their production, but when you put them up against the best fantasy receivers, it becomes a little more obvious. Kelce would have finished as the WR9 in 2019, and Kittle as the WR18. If you make the same comparison with their 2018 stats, they each would have ranked among the top-12 wideouts that year. ... I had a tough decision to make between Allen Robinson and D.J. Moore, two receivers I'm very high on this season. Each should benefit from a slight upgrade at quarterback, but Robinson gets the nod thanks to his touchdown production. However, if Moore can increase his trips to the end zone, we might be talking about him as a top-five receiver next year.

Round 4

Pick Player Owner
37 Tyler Lockett (WR16) Foster
38 A.J. Brown (WR17) Holroyd
39 Calvin Ridley (WR18) Woods
40 Patrick Mahomes (QB2) Alessandrini
41 Keenan Allen (WR19) Moretto
42 Courtland Sutton (WR20) Cowart
43 Le'Veon Bell (RB19) Casale
44 Todd Gurley (RB20) Boone
45 Mark Ingram (RB21) Rohaly
46 DK Metcalf (WR21) Dalley
47 Robert Woods (WR22) Bottero
48 Devin Singletary (RB22) Saracini

Round 4: Todd Gurley being available in the fourth round of a 12-team draft is outstanding value for a running back that's about to get all of the volume he can handle in Atlanta. There's very little competition for touches in the Falcons' backfield, and their offensive line is much better than the blocking Gurley dealt with on the Rams last season. Even though his durability remains an issue, Gurley's opportunity with Atlanta's high-scoring offense is as good as it gets in 2020. ... If I had to pick between the two early quarterbacks, selecting Patrick Mahomes one round later than Lamar Jackson is the path I'd choose. Had Mahomes stayed healthy in 2019, he may have challenged Jackson's astronomical fantasy point total.

Round 5

Pick Player Owner
49 Stefon Diggs (WR23) Saracini
50 James Conner (RB23) Bottero
51 A.J. Green (WR24) Dalley
52 D'Andre Swift (RB24) Rohaly
53 Jonathan Taylor (RB25) Boone
54 Deebo Samuel (WR25) Casale
55 Mark Andrews (TE3) Cowart
56 Cam Akers (RB26) Moretto
57 David Montgomery (RB27) Alessandrini
58 Zach Ertz (TE4) Woods
59 T.Y. Hilton (WR26) Holroyd
60 Raheem Mostert (RB28) Foster

Round 5: Starter-caliber fantasy backs can dry up fast in this range, which compelled me to draft Gurley in the fourth round. Had I known Jonathan Taylor would still be in the queue one round later, it may have steered me toward a receiver with my fourth-round pick. Either way, Taylor offers RB2 upside in my flex spot and provides insurance in case Gurley can't stay on the field. ... This round was loaded with high-ceiling running backs in uncertain situations. James Conner hasn't been able to stay healthy, Raheem Mostert and David Montgomery have minor receiving roles and face competition for touches, and rookies Taylor, D'Andre Swift, and Cam Akers still have to earn a starting spot over players that excited the fantasy community a year ago. Depending on your roster construction, there's no issue in taking a chance on any of these guys at this point.

Round 6

Pick Player Owner
61 Derrius Guice (RB29) Foster
62 Ke'Shawn Vaughn (RB30) Holroyd
63 DeVante Parker (WR27) Woods
64 D.J. Chark (WR28) Alessandrini
65 J.K. Dobbins (RB31) Moretto
66 Terry McLaurin (WR29) Cowart
67 Darren Waller (TE5) Casale
68 Will Fuller (WR30) Boone
69 Michael Gallup (WR31) Rohaly
70 Kerryon Johnson (RB32) Dalley
71 Jarvis Landry (WR32) Bottero
72 Marlon Mack (RB33) Saracini

Round 6: Several notable receivers were pushed to this point after running backs dominated the previous round. DeVante Parker, D.J. Chark, Terry McLaurin, and Will Fuller all have top-20 upside. The same could also be said for Jarvis Landry if he's healthy and Michael Gallup if he can overcome the target competition in Dallas. That's great news since nine of the 12 teams in this draft rostered two receivers or fewer through the first five rounds. ... Kerryon Johnson and Marlon Mack may have been the two players whose fantasy stock was most negatively impacted by the NFL draft. It's still possible they can hold off their rookie teammates, but the more likely scenario would see them usurped on the depth chart this season. That makes it dangerous to spend a sixth-round fantasy pick on either veteran, since they could quickly turn into glorified handcuffs. I'd rather wait and draft cheaper lottery-ticket backs like Alexander Mattison or Tony Pollard.

Round 7

Pick Player Owner
73 Russell Wilson (QB3) Saracini
74 Julian Edelman (WR33) Bottero
75 Brandin Cooks (WR34) Dalley
76 Marquise Brown (WR35) Rohaly
77 Dak Prescott (QB4) Boone
78 Damien Williams (RB34) Casale
79 Tyler Boyd (WR36) Cowart
80 Kyler Murray (QB5) Moretto
81 Evan Engram (TE6) Alessandrini
82 Sony Michel (RB35) Woods
83 Hunter Henry (TE7) Holroyd
84 Rob Gronkowski (TE8) Foster

Round 7: There wasn't a player who stood out for me in Round 7. For as much as we preach waiting on a quarterback, that doesn't mean you have to hold off until the late rounds. Dak Prescott is the third quarterback in my rankings and comes in at 70th overall in my Top 200. He's finished as a fantasy QB1 every year since reaching the NFL and was the second-best fantasy passer last season. On top of that, he has another exciting weapon in first-round wideout CeeDee Lamb. That makes Prescott a high-ceiling, high-floor pick. ... The same applies to Kyler Murray and Russell Wilson. They aren't players I'm targeting, but if you're not satisfied with the options at other positions, you can pivot to them as safe selections.

Round 8

Pick Player Owner
85 Jordan Howard (RB36) Foster
86 James White (RB37) Holroyd
87 Diontae Johnson (WR37) Woods
88 Kareem Hunt (RB38) Alessandrini
89 Christian Kirk (WR38) Moretto
90 Jerry Jeudy (WR39) Cowart
91 Josh Allen (QB6) Casale
92 Marvin Jones (WR40) Boone
93 Austin Hooper (TE9) Rohaly
94 John Brown (WR41) Dalley
95 Ronald Jones (RB39) Bottero
96 CeeDee Lamb (WR42) Saracini

Round 8: Most teams are set at running back and receiver by the eighth round, so the emphasis starts to shift toward players with the potential to emerge as difference-makers. Diontae Johnson and Christian Kirk are nice examples of promising young receivers in what we project to be high-volume passing attacks. ... For the second straight mock draft, Marvin Jones finds his way onto my roster, and for good reason. During his last full season in 2017, Jones was the WR12 in fantasy. The following year, he was the WR27 prior to going down in Week 10. He suffered a similar fate last season when he was the WR16 through 14 weeks before being placed on injured reserve. Jones lasting until this stage of the draft is an ADP glitch you have to take advantage of.

Round 9

Pick Player Owner
97 Emmanuel Sanders (WR43) Saracini
98 Matt Breida (RB40) Bottero
99 Deshaun Watson (QB7) Dalley
100 Phillip Lindsay (RB41) Rohaly
101 Tyler Higbee (TE10) Boone
102 Darius Slayton (WR44) Casale
103 Henry Ruggs (WR45) Cowart
104 Jamison Crowder (WR46) Moretto
105 Mecole Hardman (WR47) Alessandrini
106 Tevin Coleman (RB42) Woods
107 Sterling Shepard (WR48) Holroyd
108 DeSean Jackson (WR49) Foster

Round 9: DeAndre Hopkins' departure hurts, but it's not like Deshaun Watson is without weapons in Houston. Drafting him in the ninth round is a win for Team Dalley. ... After avoiding a receiver through the first three rounds, Team Cowart has put together a respectable group of pass-catchers with Courtland Sutton, Terry McLaurin, Tyler Boyd, Jerry Jeudy, and Henry Ruggs. It's more evidence of the depth at receiver this year. ... Speaking of which, DeSean Jackson is one of our top bounce-back candidates for 2020.

Round 10

Pick Player Owner
109 Golden Tate (WR50) Foster
110 Drew Brees (QB8) Holroyd
111 Tom Brady (QB9) Woods
112 Mike Williams (WR51) Alessandrini
113 Mike Gesicki (TE11) Moretto
114 Darrell Henderson (RB43) Cowart
115 Hunter Renfrow (WR52) Casale
116 Anthony Miller (WR53) Boone
117 Aaron Rodgers (QB10) Rohaly
118 Zack Moss (RB44) Dalley
119 Jared Cook (TE12) Bottero
120 Preston Williams (WR54) Saracini

Round 10: As always, the double-digit rounds are a prime spot for finding quarterbacks and taking big swings on players with upside. Anthony Miller, who's one of my favorite breakout options, fits that mold for my team; he excelled when given full-time snaps late last season. ... Golden Tate is flying under the radar, which is surprising since he was on pace for 72 grabs, 983 yards, and nine touchdowns in his first season with the Giants. Those marks would have made him the WR18 in fantasy had he maintained his production over 16 games.

Round 11

Pick Player Owner
121 Boston Scott (RB45) Saracini
122 Curtis Samuel (WR55) Bottero
123 Robby Anderson (WR56) Dalley
124 Alexander Mattison (RB46) Rohaly
125 Tony Pollard (RB47) Boone
126 Latavius Murray (RB48) Casale
127 Tarik Cohen (RB49) Cowart
128 Justin Jefferson (WR57) Moretto
129 Noah Fant (TE13) Alessandrini
130 Breshad Perriman (WR58) Woods
131 N'Keal Harry (WR59) Holroyd
132 Michael Pittman Jr. (WR60) Foster

Round 11: Another player fantasy managers are tending to write off is sophomore N'Keal Harry. The 22-year-old failed to make an impact as a rookie, but his first-round pedigree guarantees the Patriots will give him every opportunity to make good on the draft capital spent to acquire him. There's no risk in taking a player still capable of becoming New England's No 1 pass-catcher in the 11th round. ... My approach in this range continues to focus on talented backup runners that are an injury away from being fantasy starters. As I mentioned earlier, whether it's Mattison, Pollard, or Latavius Murray, the final rounds are full of these types of backs.

Round 12

Pick Player Owner
133 Carson Wentz (QB11) Foster
134 Jalen Reagor (WR61) Holroyd
135 Ryquell Armstead (RB50) Woods
136 Duke Johnson (RB51) Alessandrini
137 Brandon Aiyuk (WR62) Moretto
138 T.J. Hockenson (TE14) Cowart
139 Hayden Hurst (TE15) Casale
140 Chase Edmonds (RB52) Boone
141 Sammy Watkins (WR63) Rohaly
142 Antonio Gibson (RB53) Dalley
143 Matt Ryan (QB12) Bottero
144 Alshon Jeffery (WR64) Saracini

Round 12: Carson Wentz has gone off the board as the QB11 in the final round in both of our mocks. That's odd since he managed to deliver a low-end QB1 fantasy campaign last season with over 4,000 yards and 27 touchdowns despite playing with a receiving corps decimated by injuries. If his wideouts can stay healthy, Wentz will be a top-eight quarterback in fantasy this year. He deserves to be valued closer to Watson and Josh Allen. ... Add names like Chase Edmonds, Ryquell Armstead, Antonio Gibson to your list of late-round running backs to stash. Edmonds is backing up Kenyan Drake, Armstead is next in line behind Leonard Fournette, and Gibson is a dynamic talent in a wide-open Washington backfield.

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