Fantasy Football: June Half PPR Mock Draft Recap
Andy, Mike, and Jason put their heads together for a 10-team, .5PPR mock draft. Don’t worry, they’re OK. The Fantasy Footballers also did a little post-draft analysis to let you know what they liked/disliked about the team. Here are the results and some of the thought processes that went into each of the picks starting from the third position.
Draft settings will be 10 team – .5PPR scoring – 1 QB-2 RB-2WR-1 TE-1 Flex-1 K-1 DEF-5 bench
Round 1, Pick 3
Selection: LeVeon Bell, RB
Todd Gurley and David Johnson went with picks 1.01 and 1.02. There wasn’t much debate here with the Fantasy Footballers’ consensus #1 back ‘falling’ to them at 1.03
Round 2, Pick 8
Players Considered: Christian McCaffrey, Jordan Howard, Joe Mixon, Jerick McKinnon
Selection: Keenan Allen, WR
Allen’s WR1 potential was just too good to pass up. Some strong RBs were on the board, but Allen was the last Tier 2 WR left on the board and the Footballers banked on a solid RB being available after the turn.
Round 3, Pick 3
Players Considered: Rob Gronkowski
Selection: Jerick McKinnon, RB
Gronk was tough to pass up here. Elite TEs can be the difference maker especially in 8- or 10-team leagues, but you mock draft to see what happens when you try different things. Mike had the final say and went with one of the last Tier 3 RBs. McKinnon was one of the biggest winners in free agency and finally has a chance to shine in a new city this year.
Round 4, Pick 8
Players Considered: Larry Fitzgerald, JuJu Smith-Schuster, Sony Michel
Selection: Rashaad Penny, RB
Gronk and Travis Kelce got scooped up at the end of the third round and Aaron Rodgers became the first QB off the board with the 4.04 pick. Incredibly, the Footballers were able to nab back-to-back Tier 3 RBs with McKinnon and Penny. Fitz and Smith-Schuster were also on the radar, but the hope was that they would still be available after the short turn.
Round 5, Pick 3
Players Considered: Zach Ertz, JuJu Smith-Schuster
Selection: Larry Fitzgerald, WR
Sometimes things go just right. Fitz has had three consecutive seasons with 100+ reception years and appears well positioned for the 92 receptions needed to pass Tony Gonzalez in career receptions behind only Jerry Rice.
Round 6, Pick 8
Players Considered: Greg Olsen, Evan Engram, Tom Brady
Selection: Marvin Jones, WR
The strength of schedule tends to be mercurial at best especially in June, but Detroit opens the season with favorable fantasy matchups for Matthew Stafford and the WRs. Jones is a solid third WR here and the Footballers gambled that either Olsen or Engram would fall to them in the next round.
Round 7, Pick 3
Selection: Evan Engram, TE
Greg Olsen and Tom Brady didn’t make it through the turn, but Engram did fall. Sometimes fantasy football is easy.
Round 8, Pick 8
Players Considered: Isaiah Crowell, Ronald Jones, Tarik Cohen
Selection: Rex Burkhead, RB
You can never tell how the New England backfield will shake out, but the upside is there for Burkhead whose primary obstacle to being the most productive RB on New England is a rookie. The core of this fantasy team has already been drafted making this a safe luxury pick full of upside.
Round 9, Pick 3
Players Considered: Pierre Garcon, Randall Cobb, Kirk Cousins, Andrew Luck, Philip Rivers
Selection: Robby Anderson, WR
Sammy Watkins almost fell here but was sniped one pick before. Anderson is a gamble on a team without a clear outlook for the QB position, but he drips with big-play potential.
Round 10, Pick 8
Players Considered: Jamison Crowder, LeGarrette Blount, D’Onta Foreman, Corey Clement, Ty Montgomery, Paul Richardson, Duke Johnson, all other QBs on the board
Selection: Kirk Cousins, QB
The RBs and WRs start to get pretty ugly around this part of the draft which makes this a great place to grab a QB.
Round 11, Pick 3
Players Considered: Devontae Booker, Corey Clement, Paul Richardson
Selection: Cooper Kupp, WR
Despite being considered in the previous round, the Footballers passed on both Richardson and Clement again to go with Kupp. Kupp had a respectable rookie year with a 62/869/5 stat line. You can do worse in the 11th round.
Round 12, Pick 8
Players Considered: Devontae Booker
Selection: Duke Johnson, RB
Booker got the Clement and Richardson cold shoulder treatment. Johnson falls all the way to the twelfth round despite finishing as an RB1 in PPR scoring last year. His 74 receptions from last year will certainly fall with the arrival of Carlos Hyde and Nick Chubb.
Rounds 13 and 14
Selections: Denver Broncos and Chris Boswell, K
The last rounds are for defense and kickers. Not that it means much, but this is the second mock in a row where Boswell was selected.
Post Draft Thoughts
This team offers plenty of balance with stability, upside, and depth. It helped that a few players fell to them right before a break in their Tiers like Keenan Allen, Rashaad Penny, Larry Fitzgerald, and Kirk Cousins. Waiting on QB worked out really well where the Footballers were able to draft a solid QB late when WRs and RBs had largely dried up.
Andy would have liked to have had Isaiah Crowell’s guaranteed carries over the much more risky Duke Johnson and Rex Burkhead picks. Jason would have liked to draft Gronk when he had the chance in the third round. Mike would have preferred the combination of Sammy Watkins and Trey Burton over Evan Engram and Robby Anderson. This is why you mock draft!