Welcome back, everyone! The mock draft specialists at Redraft Football Factory bring you the fifth installment of the PPR Mock Draft series. This month, the draft expanded to seven rounds, and we introduce Mike Oliva to the mock draft series group. Moving forward, the Redraft team will add another round each month to give you a more in-depth mock draft experience. This will lead up to the grand finale in August: a 10 round, 12 team, PPR mock draft full of breakout candidates, sleepers and must-haves for your team. From this point forward, you’ll notice a plus, minus, or 0 figure after each selection. This represents that player’s movement in draft position from our previous mock draft. The N/R stands for a player that wasn’t selected during the last mock draft.
This month, Seth (@sethfffellas), Stephen (@TheRealHalupka), Johnny (@JohnnySlokes), Jay (@jaymanDFF), Michael (@DFF_MSte), Jerry (@JerrySinDFF), Nathan (@JhawkChalk89), Kyle (@kyleFFfellas), Matt (@MattJonesTFR), Aaron (@aalarson), Mike (@MikeCOliva) and I (@ZaragozaAnthony) went through a seven-round PPR mock draft for your fantasy needs.
This month, the team focused on rounds 5-7 with our player write-ups. No need to explain why we drafted Todd Gurley in the first three picks. Instead, we dived into the guys that could be in your starting Flex spot or your RB2 in your starting lineup.
Roster breakdown: 1 QB, 2 RB’s, 2 WR’s, Full Flex (RB, WR, TE), TE
Mock Draft 4.0 Quick Summary:
Highest Risers: Jay Ajayi (+16), Jerick McKinnon (+15) and Sammy Watkins (+13)
Biggest Drops: Carlos Hyde (-47), Alshon Jeffery (-22) and Evan Engram (-22)
– A total of six rookies were selected in this mock draft, all running backs (Barkley, Guice, Penny, Jones, Michel, and Chubb)
Without further ado, here we go.
1. Matt – David Johnson, RB, Arizona Cardinals (+5)
If you’re wondering why I went DJ at 1.01, you can read the article here. He’s really good at football. Seriously.
2. Mike – Todd Gurley, RB, Los Angeles Rams (0)
3. Aaron – Le’Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers (0)
4. Stephen – Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Dallas Cowboys (-3)
5. Kyle – Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers (-1)
6. Seth – Melvin Gordon, RB, Los Angeles Chargers (+4)
7. Jay – Saquon Barkley, RB, New York Giants (+8)
Hit the Quan! No I don’t think this is high even in May as I won’t be surprised if we see Saquon go one spot higher in some drafts come August. Yes, there’s a minuscule chance that he’s not the otherworldly prospect we expect him to be…but when I say minuscule I mean 0.000001% chance he busts. Not only does he have generational talent, he’s also expected to get workhorse volume. With that combination, look for Barkley to have one of the safest floors and highest ceilings in fantasy
8. Nathan – Deandre Hopkins, WR, Houston Texans (-1)
9. Johnny – Odell Beckham, WR, New York Giants (-4)
10. Anthony – Kareem Hunt, RB, Kansas City Chiefs (-2)
11. Jerry – Leonard Fournette, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars (+3)
12. Michael – Michael Thomas, WR, New Orleans Saints (+1)
1(13). Michael – Dalvin Cook, RB, Minnesota Vikings (+4)
2(14). Jerry – Julio Jones, WR, Atlanta Falcons (-2)
3(15). Anthony – Alvin Kamara, RB, New Orleans Saints (0)
I’m ecstatic that Alvin Kamara was still available at 2.3. The second-year running back will have the Saints backfield all to himself for the first four weeks of the season (Mark Ingram PED suspension) and has a great chance to eclipsing 100 targets once again. Pairing him with Kareem Hunt on my team gives me a great 1-2 punch at running back.
4(16). Johnny – Christian McCaffrey, RB, Carolina Panthers (0)
If you are going to catch 80 passes, then you are going to be a RB1. While I see his reception totals going down a bit, I still see him in the 65-70 catch range and he may even see a small bump in carries from last year. Part of me wanted to secure another WR like Keenan Allen or A.J. Green, I just didn’t want to pass up a RB with his skillset and potential.
5(17). Nathan – Keenan Allen, WR, Los Angeles Chargers (-8)
6(18). Jay – A.J. Green, WR, Cincinnati Bengals (+1)
7(19). Seth – Devonta Freeman, RB, Atlanta Falcons (-1)
8(20). Kyle – Davante Adams, WR, Green Bay Packers (+2)
9(21). Stephen – Mike Evans, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-1)
10(22). Aaron – Mark Ingram, RB, New Orleans Saints (-1)
To keep this article from becoming overwhelmingly long we are only explaining three of our picks for this draft, and while you’ll find most justifications in the later rounds, I feel it necessary to mention that we started this mock draft before the Ingram suspension came down. Ingram still has value (check out @DFF__MitchLawson’s take here) but is more suited a fourth-round pick or later. If I had known about the suspension, I probably would’ve drafted Jordan Howard with this pick.
11(23). Mike – LeSean McCoy, RB, Buffalo Bills (0)
12(24). Matt – Jordan Howard, RB, Chicago Bears (+6)
1(25). Matt – Tyreek Hill, WR, Kansas City Chiefs (-1)
I’m not a Tyreek Hill guy by any means, but he made me into a bit more of a believer last year. This is early in the offseason still, and I’d like to see his rapport with Mahomes, but I think that it could be special if everything breaks the right way. Full disclosure, I was hoping that Mike Evans would slide to me here, but I missed out on him by a couple of picks.
2(26). Mike – Adam Thielen, WR, Minnesota Vikings (0)
3(27). Aaron – Jerick McKinnon, RB, San Francisco 49ers (+15)
4(28). Stephen – Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England Patriots (-1)
5(29). Kyle – Joe Mixon, RB, Cincinnati Bengals (+2)
6(30). Seth – Sony Michel, RB, New England Patriots (N/A)
This is, of course, a high-risk pick. I pass on a few great choices for my WR1 for the chance to get a 3rd RB1/RB2, but I believe that the upside of Michele is there, particularly in PPR. My process here is that I’m going to get two solid WR2s later on with some lottery tickets in the later rounds.
7(31). Jay – Doug Baldwin, WR, Seattle Seahawks (+3)
8(32). Nathan – Jay Ajayi, RB, Philadelphia Eagles (+16)
9(33). Johnny – Allen Robinson, WR, Chicago Bears (-7)
I like this spot for Allen Robinson. Since I had got what I feel like a top 10 back in the 2nd, I now want to double up here at the WR slot and stack it out here. My goal is this draft is to focus on drafting some great pass catchers at the RB and WR position early and often. So far with Odell, C-Mac and now Allen Robinson, I feel like I’m off to a great start.
10(34). Anthony – Amari Cooper, WR, Oakland Raiders (-2)
11(35). Jerry – Derrick Henry, RB, Tennessee Titans (12)
I’m not one of those people that have forgotten the things that Derrick Henry can do with the pigskin in his hand. He won the Heisman and was drafted on a team that already had a stud running back for a reason, he’s good. Dion Lewis has stayed healthy for one season in his entire career. That season just happened to be 2017. So everyone thinks he’s going to come in and do damage to Henry’s value. He’ll take some work, but Henry is just better than Lewis, and I’ll easily take my RB2 with such a talented guy like Henry here at the end of the third.
12(36). Michael – Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Arizona Cardinals (2)
1(37). Michael – Lamar Miller, RB, Houston Texans (N/A)
Through 8 games with Deshaun Watson last season, Lamar Miller averaged 14.9 PPR points per game and was the RB13 up until then. If that pace continued, he would have been the RB10 on the season. Even without Watson, he finished as the RB13 with 12.7 PPG. Mega-safe RB2 to compliment my somewhat risky RB1 in Dalvin Cook.
2(38). Jerry – Derrius Guice, RB, Washington football teamRedskins (N/A)
Hello gorgeous. I’m not a fan of going QB or TE early, but if I did, there would be several options worthy of taking. I love me so Derrius Guice. He is in a spot where he will get the lion’s share of the workload and has the talent to play on all three downs. I get him as my flex? Yes, please.
3(39). Anthony – Golden Tate, WR, Detroit Lions (+2)
4(40). Johnny – Stefon Diggs, WR, Minnesota Vikings (+6)
5(41). Nathan – Travis Kelce, TE, Kansas City Chiefs (-12)
6(42). Jay – Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers (-1)
7(43). Seth – Zach Ertz, TE, Philadelphia Eagles (-6)
8(44). Kyle – Demaryius Thomas, WR, Denver Broncos (0)
I went with Brown and Adams with my first two picks, but DT was the best player available in my rankings here at round four. Thomas has finished 11th, 16th, and 16th at the position the previous three season in PPR and will enter 2018 with an upgrade at the QB position. He’s not sexy, and won’t get a lot of respect, but he’ll be solid again this season, and as a flex, he can set my team apart.
9(45). Stephen – Alex Collins, RB, Baltimore Ravens (-1)
10(46). Aaron – T.Y. Hilton, WR, Indianapolis Colts (-11)
11(47). Mike – JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, Steelers (0)
There isn’t much to say about JuJu. At an age where most kids are still in college, he is coming off a rookie season where he caught 58 balls for 917 yards and seven touchdowns. Not only are those numbers amazing for a 20-year-old, but watching him play, he looked unstoppable at times. With defenses having to worry about one of the greatest wide receivers of our generation on the other side of the field, JuJu will continue to face off against team’s CB2’s who he should continue to torch as he gets better at playing receiver at the NFL level. Pittsburgh also got rid of Martavis Bryant this offseason, leaving his 50 catches up for grabs. The pass-happy Steelers have Big Ben back at QB for another season, and if there is a team that can sustain two WR1’s, the Steelers fit the bill. I’d be shocked if JuJu didn’t put up the first of many 1,000 yard seasons this year along with a solid 7-10 TD’s.
12(48). Matt – Josh Gordon, WR, Cleveland Browns (-12)
1(49). Matt – Brandin Cooks, WR, Los Angeles Rams (-10)
With a decent floor of opportunities already created from DJ and Howard, I wanted to take some shots at getting some more upside at WR. Putting Josh Gordon together with Tyreek Hill and Cooks means that there are going to be weeks if all are healthy, where I can boat race my opponents. Are there safer routes? Sure. But, it’s a mock, and I wanted to see how high I could push my upside by going WR in rounds 3, 4, and 5. And I like where it ended up.
2(50). Mike – Alshon Jeffery, WR, Philadelphia Eagles (-22)
Getting a legitimate WR1 as an early fifth round pick is a great deal. I think the only reason he is going this late is that he had surgery on his shoulder in the offseason and there is a bit of concern he may not be ready for the preseason and maybe even Week 1. I’ll gladly take the discount for a guy that put up a 57-789-9 receiving line in his first year with the Eagles along with a monster postseason (12-219-3 in three games). As he goes into his second year with Philly, I expect him to be more integrated into the offense and put up stronger catch and yardage numbers while flirting with ten touchdowns, especially with Trey Burton and his 5 TD grabs gone. Look for Jeffery to be one of Wentz’s favorite red zone targets and put up WR1 numbers if he can stay healthy.
3(51). Aaron – Sammy Watkins, WR, Kansas City Chiefs (+13)
After picking three consecutive running backs to start out the draft, I planned on going back-to-back receivers with my fourth and fifth picks. I liked how it was shaping up at the end of the fourth round when I picked Hilton, which started a run on wideouts (nine out of 10 consecutive picks). Watkins is admittedly a reach here, but I’m buying into his talent paired with Andy Reid’s system and Patrick Mahomes’ big arm.
452). Stephen – Marvin Jones, WR, Detroit Lions (+3)
Love the potential upside of Jones as one of the main cogs in the Lions offense. Sure Golden Tate will see his fair share of targets, but Jones big play ability cannot be ignored. He should be able to keep up his TD production as well considering the loss of Eric Ebron in the offseason. I expect Jones to be able to improve on his 108 targets in 2018 which will also help with any potential drop off in efficiency.
5(53). Kyle – Kenyan Drake, RB, Miami Dolphins (-1)
I loved getting Drake in round 5 after going WR with three of my first four picks. Yes, I think there is a little risk with Drake seeing that we only really have a nine-game sample of him getting “stater” level touches, but I think he showed enough in 2017 to be considered a solid RB2 this season. In the final nine games of 2017, Drake averaged 15.12 fantasy points per game in PPR, which would have been good enough for 10th at the position.
6(54). Seth – Julian Edelman, WR, New England Patriots (0)
So my RB heavy approach worked out far better than expected. I thought I would have to settle for one of the Rams WRs here, but I’ll take a PPR WR1 in the 5th round every time.
7(55). Jay – Michael Crabtree, WR, Baltimore Ravens (8)
8(56). Nathan – Rashad Penny, RB, Seattle Seahawks (N/A)
My goal in this draft was to take two stud receivers early and find underrated workhorse running backs in the mid rounds. Penny falling to the 5th round is a steal in any draft especially when you consider the rarity of finding an every down back this late. Terrible offensive line aside, Penny will see plenty of volume. The volume will come in handy when the rookie back will stay on the field during passing plays on all downs. Seattle figures to pass a lot considering the difficulty of their schedule combined with a depleted roster, which will lead to negative game scripts and more garbage time points.
9(57). Johnny – Tevin Coleman, RB, Atlanta Falcons (-4)
I love drafting Tevin Coleman late 5th-early 6th round. With Devonta Freeman’s concussion issues in the past, Tevin is an expensive handcuff, but he also offers standalone RB2 value as well. He is coming off an 8 TD season (5 rushing, 3 receiving), in which he had over 200 rushing yards and 4 TDs in the three games that Devonta Freeman missed last year.
10(58). Anthony – Jarvis Landry, WR, Cleveland Browns (-13)
Jarvis Landry has averaged a whopping 100 catches through his first four seasons as an NFL receiver. Give me that type of production all day in the fifth round, especially in my flex spot. The Cleveland Browns are paying Landry a boatload of money to do what he does best, catch a lot of footballs.
11(59). Jerry – Corey Davis, WR, Tennessee Titans (0)
The Titans were a hot mess in 2017. Marcus Mariota was about as inconsistent as one could be. We sign signs of what Corey Davis was drafted 5th overall to do in the two touchdown playoff game against the Patriots. This guy has AJ Green level talent if he can put it all together. I’m not a fan of the other guys in this range so let me Row the Boat with the Western Michigan Bronco at the end of the 5th round.
12(60). Michael – Marquise Goodwin, WR, San Francisco 49ers (-3)
1(61). Michael – Jimmy Graham, TE, Green Bay Packers (N/A)
One of the league’s most efficient Redzone weapons meets the greatest QB of all time, how can this possibly not result in 12 TDs? We know Aaron Rodgers is going to throw at least 36 TDs in 2018 if we pencil Davante Adams in for his now well established 12 per year, that leaves 24 Touchdowns. With only Randall Cobb, Geronimo Allison and a gaggle of interchangeable running backs to choose from, Rodgers will have no option than to throw at least 10 TDs Jimmy’s way.
2(62). Jerry – Dez Bryant, WR, FA (N/A)
3(63). Anthony – Dion Lewis, RB, Tennessee Titans (-7)
4(64). Johnny – Chris Thompson, RB Washington Redskins (-2)
5(65). Nathan – Ronald Jones, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (N/A)
I wasn’t a big fan of Jones coming out of college, but my number one fantasy philosophy is to draft players from good teams. Now I don’t think the Bucs are necessarily a good team, but their offense is stacked on paper.
I like the idea of the opposing defenses having to account for all the Bucs playmakers leaving open rushing lanes for Jones to exploit.
6(66). Jay – Royce Freeman RB, Denver Broncos (N/A)
I’m rolling with the rooks as my starting RBs and not worried about it at all. The RB position is turning into a young man’s game, and although I think some of the talk about Freeman being this year’s Kareem Hunt is pretty aggressive, he doesn’t need to be. Being drafted as the RB30 in this mock, he’s almost guaranteed to exceed that ranking by season’s end. Neither Devonte Booker nor De’Angelo Henderson have proven they can be a featured player. Meanwhile, Freeman proved to be one of the most productive running backs in collegiate history. Denver has retooled their offense this offseason and Freeman, who’s a jack of all trades RB, will reap the benefits to be an RB2 with upside.
7(67). Seth – Nick Chubb, RB, Cleveland Browns (+5)
8(68). Kyle – Jamaal Williams, RB, Green Bay Packers (-8)
9(69). Stephen – Robert Woods, WR, LA Rams (N/A)
Another receiver off the board for me after a run on RBs. Woods gets the benefit of another year in Sean McVay’s offense and working alongside Jared Goff. He was the best receiver in LA last season when he was on the field, and if he puts together a 16 game season, 1,000/6 is well within the realm of expectations.
10(70). Aaron – Duke Johnson, RB, Cleveland Browns (N/A)
11(71). Mike – Devin Funchess, WR, Carolina Panthers (N/A)
Getting Funchess late in the sixth round for me is a no-brainer. He finally got the chance to be a focal point of the Carolina offense last year and responded with a 63-840-8 line. He’s only 24 and is a 6’3”, 225lb red zone monster who has double-digit TD potential in his first full year as Carolina’s WR1. Earlier this offseason, Carolina GM Marty Hurney stated that Funchess had just “scratched the surface of his ability” and I think he’ll get every opportunity to succeed this season. I wouldn’t be shocked to see an 80-1000-10 line out of him this season. All in all, my team through 7 rounds (including my last pick) ended up being Gurley, McCoy, Theilen, JuJu, Alshon, Funchess, and Olsen. That is about as strong a start as I could have wanted.
12(72). Matt – Evan Engram, TE, New York Giants (-22)
1(73). Matt – Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots (-8)
I think Brady is a screaming value in the seventh round. I would’ve been just as happy going with Wilson here but decided that I’d take a shot on the New England QB. With my floor at RB, my upside at WR, and a talented potential breakout star at TE, I wanted to gain another positional advantage before hitting the bench spots on my roster. I’m a late-round QB guy, but when guys like Brady are available in the 7th, I’ll snatch them up all the time.
2(74). Mike – Greg Olsen, TE, Carolina Panthers (N/A)
3(75). Aaron – Cooper Kupp, WR, LA Rams (-9)
I love Cooper Kupp heading into 2018. He had 23 red zone targets in 2017, trailing only Jimmy Graham (26) and Keenan Allen (24). I see him improving with another year working with Jared Goff in the Rams high powered offense. I think I got tremendous value with Kupp in the seventh, and I expect his reliability to offset the high risk of Hilton and Watkins on my roster.
4(76). Stephen – Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks (N/A)
Any time you are picking a QB in a redraft league, it should seem like an insane value, and that was indeed the case with Russell Wilson in the 7th round. He will have to do it all again this season as the Seahawks lost more pieces on defense. There is no reason why Wilson isn’t a favorite to be the top QB point scorer in 2018.
5(77). Kyle – Hunter Henry, TE, Los Angeles Chargers (N/A)
In my opinion, this was the steal of the draft… until Henry went down with a torn ACL. Obviously, this is horrible for Henry who was finally in line for the starting job in LA, but it’s just as bad for fantasy owners. We’re not even to mini-camp, and we’re already down a valuable piece at the TE position. I don’t think you have to reach to Gronk or Kelce in round two, but I’m looking to get one of the top 5 on my team if possible.
6(78). Seth – Pierre Garcon, WR, San Francisco 49ers (-10)
I am very pleased with how this turned out. I can get 200-250 catches between Edelman and Garcon, which is perfectly fine by me, and now I’ve got WR, RB, and TE locked up in 7 rounds. Everything after this is gravy.
7(79). Jay – Marshawn Lynch, RB, Oakland Raiders (N/A)
Beast Mode showed little rust after taking the 2016 season off. After a being eased back in during the first half of the season, Lynch finished strong gaining 92+ total yards in five out of the final six games of the year (two of those resulting in 20+ PPR scores). Lynch also ranked amongst the league leaders in YAC throughout the entire year. Oakland’s offense is also due for some positive TD regression to the mean in 2018. Beast Mode is best suited for non-PPR leagues (only 20 receptions last year) but is someone I’m keeping an eye on as an undervalued RB2/3 consistent option.
8(80). Nathan – Carlos Hyde, RB, Cleveland Browns (-47)
I know what your thinking “Hyde are you serious what about Chubbs and Duke?” and to you I say don’t underestimate coaching incompetence. Hue Jackson loves vets, and with the money they spent on Hyde he is going to get the lion’s share of the early season touches. Hyde is still an above replacement level back, and he should see goal-line carries not to mention his efficiency will be amplified by a mobile QB in Tyrod Taylor. I also like Cleveland to be in more games due to Taylor’s ability to manage the game. Not turning over the ball and staying in the game will lead to more neutral or even positive game scripts for the offense which is good news for Hyde owners. As it stands, my team consists of Hopkins, Allen, Ajayi, Kelce, Penny, Jones, and Hyde, a great start to the draft!
9(81). Johnny – Aaron Jones, RB, Green Bay Packers (N/A)
10(82). Anthony – CJ Anderson, RB, Carolina Panthers (N/A)
CJ Anderson will take over the “Jonathan Stewart” role in the Carolina offense next season. That role produced at least 800 yards rushing and six touchdowns from 2014-2016. These numbers could be the floor for the former Denver Bronco in 2018, even with Christian McCaffrey in the backfield. This is an excellent value, in the seventh round, for a starting RB.
11(83). Jerry – Carson Wentz, QB, Philadelphia Eagles (N/A)
12(84). Michael – Marlon Mack, RB, Indianapolis Colts (N/A)
Despite a lackluster 3.8 YPA last season, this led the Colts in yards per attempt. If Andrew Luck returns the outlook for this offense is going to go through the roof, and with nothing but rookies to contend with Mack should have a great shot at being the one to capitalize. If Mack sees anything close to Frank Gore’s 260 attempts last season he will return better than 5th round value.