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Fantasy football mock drafts: Going deep with a 16-teamer

By Dan Schneier
Jun 5, 2017

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SEATTLE, WA - JANUARY 07: Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks looks to pass the ball during the first half against the Detroit Lions in the NFC Wild Card game at CenturyLink Field on January 7, 2017 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)

The 2017 fantasy football landscape has started to take shape now that we’re through the draft and the majority of free agency. Although there are position battles to be won in training camp, the scene is set.

PFF Fantasy hosted a 16-team, full-PPR mock draft. The slow draft was completed over the course of two weeks and featured several PFF Fantasy staffers in addition to fantasy writers from other outlets.

Today, we’ll break down the draft on a round-by-round basis. I’ll offer my analysis on the best value picks, we’ll look for draft trends that can help you prepare for your league, and I’ll provide the rationale behind each pick made by yours truly. Let’s dive in.

Round 1

1.01 Rich Hribar David Johnson ARI RB
1.02 Walton Spurlin Le’Veon Bell PIT RB
1.03 Pat Thorman Antonio Brown PIT WR
1.04 Dan Schneier Ezekiel Elliott DAL RB
1.05 Scott Barrett Julio Jones ATL WR
1.06 Patrick Daugherty Odell Beckham NYG WR
1.07 Tyler Buecher Mike Evans TBB WR
1.08 Mike Castiglione A.J. Green CIN WR
1.09 Tyler Loechner Amari Cooper OAK WR
1.10 Jeff Ratcliffe LeSean McCoy BUF RB
1.11 Brandon Marianne Lee T.Y. Hilton IND WR
1.12 Jon Moore Melvin Gordon LAC RB
1.13 Michael Moore Michael Thomas NOS WR
1.14 Daniel Kelley Todd Gurley LAR RB
1.15 Dan Clasgens Jordy Nelson GBP WR
1.16 Mike Clay Devonta Freeman ATL RB

Notes: The first round was particularly RB heavy for a full-point PPR format. This signals a shift from last year’s devaluation of the RB position at the top of drafts. There are only so many locked-in bell-cow options and if you don’t get one, you’re forced to bank on so many factors that are still in play when predicting a team’s running back situation before the start of training camp. It was interesting to see Todd Gurley go off the board in the first 15 picks. Sean McVay’s presence should be a boost for Gurley’s stock, but the Rams may have not done enough to improve their offensive line. Signing Andrew Whitworth was a boost overall, but he’s made his mark with elite pass-blocking grades and not the opposite.

My pick: Elliott continues to be the one RB who consistently falls out of the first three picks. I’m not nearly as concerned as others. Sure, the loss of Ronald Leary will hurt, and the Cowboys lack depth on the offensive line, but Elliott is one of the few true workhorse backs. The Cowboys’ lack of interest in re-signing Lance Dunbar at least hints at Elliott’s workload in the passing game increasing as he becomes more comfortable in the offense. Dez Bryant is fully healthy for the first time in several offseasons and that will also open up more space in the running game for Elliott.

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Round 2

2.01 Mike Clay DeMarco Murray TEN RB
2.02 Dan Clasgens Jay Ajayi MIA RB
2.03 Daniel Kelley Dez Bryant DAL WR
2.04 Michael Moore Joe Mixon CIN RB
2.05 Jon Moore Christian McCaffrey CAR RB
2.06 Brandon Marianne Lee Jordan Howard CHI RB
2.07 Jeff Ratcliffe Brandin Cooks NEP WR
2.08 Tyler Loechner DeAndre Hopkins HOU WR
2.09 Mike Castiglione Rob Gronkowski NEP TE
2.10 Tyler Buecher Allen Robinson JAC WR
2.11 Patrick Daugherty Leonard Fournette JAC RB
2.12 Scott Barrett Doug Baldwin SEA WR
2.13 Dan Schneier Lamar Miller HOU RB
2.14 Pat Thorman Sammy Watkins BUF WR
2.15 Walton Spurlin Alshon Jeffery PHI WR
2.16 Rich Hribar Keenan Allen LAC WR

Notes: We see the first two rookies come off the board early at No. 20 and No. 21 overall. Both Mixon and McCaffrey have a ton of upside, but they may also go through growing pains common for rookies learning a new scheme and neither player has a clear path toward a workhorse role like Elliott had in 2016. They come off the board several picks before Fournette, who has a much clearer path to a workhorse role. The rest of the second round is filled with some of the more interesting narratives — will DeAndre Hopkins and Allen Robinson bounce back to 2015 form, at what point is Rob Gronkowski worth jumping in on, etc.

My pick: Miller played through a shoulder injury that sapped his physicality in addition to an ankle injury that sidelined him for the final two weeks of the 2016 season. His first year in Houston didn’t go as planned, but now fully healthy, there’s reason to believe we will once again see the hyper-efficient player Miller was during his first four seasons. The addition of Deshaun Watson at quarterback should be an upgrade for the entire offense. Even if Miller doesn’t get to 299 touches again in 2017, he will reintroduce the chunk yardage plays that were so common before last season if he can stay healthy.

Best value pick: Keenan Allen. At No. 32 overall, Rich nabs the one Chargers receiver who has the best chemistry with Philip Rivers, a proven track record, and will be almost a full year removed from his injury by Week 1. Rivers has leaned on the slot receiver in the past — if Allen does convert to the slot this won’t negatively impact his fantasy value.

Round 3

3.01 Rich Hribar Demaryius Thomas DEN WR
3.02 Walton Spurlin Jarvis Landry MIA WR
3.03 Pat Thorman Isaiah Crowell CLE RB
3.04 Dan Schneier Stefon Diggs MIN WR
3.05 Scott Barrett Marshawn Lynch OAK RB
3.06 Patrick Daugherty Jamison Crowder WAS WR
3.07 Tyler Buecher Carlos Hyde SFO RB
3.08 Mike Castiglione Ameer Abdullah DET RB
3.09 Tyler Loechner Jordan Reed WAS TE
3.10 Jeff Ratcliffe Golden Tate DET WR
3.11 Brandon Marianne Lee Emmanuel Sanders DEN WR
3.12 Jon Moore Davante Adams GBP WR
3.13 Michael Moore Terrelle Pryor WAS WR
3.14 Daniel Kelley Michael Crabtree OAK WR
3.15 Dan Clasgens Bilal Powell NYJ RB
3.16 Mike Clay Larry Fitzgerald ARI WR

Notes: It seems that drafters are more OK with grabbing Jordan Reed now that he’s enjoyed a relatively unscathed season, but Reed’s concussion history still looms and his target share could change for the worse if Terrelle Pryor and Josh Doctson can fulfill their potential. By the time August rolls around, I expect Marshawn Lynch’s ADP to rise from this spot at No. 37 overall — especially in non-expert leagues. His name brand will carry his ADP up. Crowder was very efficient in 2016 taking over the slot role, but I think talent will win out in the red zone and on big plays. I’ll take Pryor, Doctson, and Reed in that department any day. Bilal Powell has become a trendy pick in expert leagues after outplaying Matt Forte by leaps and bounds in 2016.

My pick: Stefon Diggs recently said he was never the same player after a Week 4 groin injury that sapped his explosion. Diggs went on to rack up 84 catches anyway. Diggs has graded out very well since entering the NFL and I felt he offers the most upside of any receiver here given his path to the No. 1 role and overall talent. Of course, he has to stay healthy.

Best value pick: Marshawn Lynch. The Raiders are committed to Lynch and they have a lot to offer him including a premier offensive line and a passing attack that will open up holes in the running game. Latavius Murray finished as the RB13 in this format last season despite producing both advanced and raw stats much worse than anything we’ve seen from Lynch at any point in his career.

Round 4

4.01 Mike Clay Julian Edelman NEP WR
4.02 Dan Clasgens Donte Moncrief IND WR
4.03 Daniel Kelley Willie Snead NOS WR
4.04 Michael Moore Theo Riddick DET RB
4.05 Jon Moore Aaron Rodgers GBP QB
4.06 Brandon Marianne Lee C.J. Anderson DEN RB
4.07 Jeff Ratcliffe Travis Kelce KCC TE
4.08 Tyler Loechner Tevin Coleman ATL RB
4.09 Mike Castiglione Martavis Bryant PIT WR
4.10 Tyler Buecher Tyler Eifert CIN TE
4.11 Patrick Daugherty Andrew Luck IND QB
4.12 Scott Barrett Dalvin Cook MIN RB
4.13 Dan Schneier Doug Martin TBB RB
4.14 Pat Thorman Ty Montgomery GBP RB
4.15 Walton Spurlin Jimmy Graham SEA TE
4.16 Rich Hribar Eddie Lacy SEA RB

Notes: We see the first QB come off the board. It’s no surprise to see Rodgers first, but it’s a common trend in industry leagues to wait on the QB position. Jon Moore decided that at No. 53 overall, the value was too high to pass on Rodgers. Snead could be a sneaky bet to push for 100 receptions now that Brandin Cooks it out of the mix. Andrew Luck has the best supporting cast of his career, but the shoulder surgery scares me at this time. He’s not currently in my top five at the QB position. Martavis Bryant’s ADP seems like a lock to fluctuate throughout the rest of the offseason.

My pick: Doug Martin has drawn rave reviews for his work in OTAs thus far and he has said all the right thing about his battle with drug abuse. At No. 61 overall, you can sign me up every time for the likely lead back in what should be one of the most explosive offenses in the NFL as Jameis Winston enters year three with new weapons DeSean Jackson and O.J. Howard in the mix. Martin totaled 1,673 yards and seven touchdowns in 2015.

Best value pick: Tough to argue against Montgomery here. It was between Martin and Montgomery here and I went with the more proven commodity. Montgomery led all RBs in our elusive rating over the second half of the 2016 season — one of the most predictive stats we have here at PFF. He has bulked up this offseason and will return excellent value here if he keeps the featured role.

Round 5

5.01 Rich Hribar Tom Brady NEP QB
5.02 Walton Spurlin Jeremy Maclin WR
5.03 Pat Thorman Greg Olsen CAR TE
5.04 Dan Schneier Russell Wilson SEA QB
5.05 Scott Barrett Drew Brees NOS QB
5.06 Patrick Daugherty Corey Davis TEN WR
5.07 Tyler Buecher Brandon Marshall NYG WR
5.08 Mike Castiglione Paul Perkins NYG RB
5.09 Tyler Loechner Spencer Ware KCC RB
5.10 Jeff Ratcliffe Tyreek Hill KCC WR
5.11 Brandon Marianne Lee Cameron Meredith CHI WR
5.12 Jon Moore Corey Coleman CLE WR
5.13 Michael Moore Eric Ebron DET TE
5.14 Daniel Kelley Mark Ingram NOS RB
5.15 Dan Clasgens Delanie Walker TEN TE
5.16 Mike Clay Kelvin Benjamin CAR WR

Notes: The QB run begins with three coming off the board in the first five picks of this round. Coleman has so much upside after producing in limited opportunities during his rookie season, but a recent injury could keep him out until training camp, so his ADP is destined to fall. Mark Ingram is an intriguing pick here given the praise just about every Saints coach and player has given Adrian Peterson so far in OTAs. With a new quarterback in Chicago, I prefer to wait for training camp reports before deciding who will be the No. 1 target in the passing game. Spencer Ware goes before talented rookie Kareem Hunt here, but it’s hard to overlook the step back Ware took in his elusive rating after inheriting a much larger workload in 2016. Paul Perkins is flying completely under the radar despite being named the starter and taking nearly every first-team snap at OTAs thus far. Perkins was CFF’s most elusive running back in the 2015 draft class that also included Ezekiel Elliott. This pick was made before Maclin was released.

My pick: Russell Wilson played through a high-ankle sprain for nearly the entire 2016 season and still managed to finish in the top 12 at his position. The injury not only affected Wilson’s rushing stats but also his ability to escape and make plays with his arm while on the run. He’s one of the top bounceback candidates at the position.

Round 6

6.01 Mike Clay Kyle Rudolph MIN TE
6.02 Dan Clasgens Matt Ryan ATL QB
6.03 Daniel Kelley Pierre Garcon SFO WR
6.04 Michael Moore Jameis Winston TBB QB
6.05 Jon Moore Jordan Matthews PHI WR
6.06 Brandon Marianne Lee Hunter Henry LAC TE
6.07 Jeff Ratcliffe Cam Newton CAR QB
6.08 Tyler Loechner Marcus Mariota TEN QB
6.09 Mike Castiglione Kenneth Dixon BAL RB
6.10 Tyler Buecher Frank Gore IND RB
6.11 Patrick Daugherty Latavius Murray MIN RB
6.12 Scott Barrett DeSean Jackson TBB WR
6.13 Dan Schneier Samaje Perine WAS RB
6.14 Pat Thorman John Brown ARI WR
6.15 Walton Spurlin Ben Roethlisberger PIT QB
6.16 Rich Hribar Danny Woodhead BAL RB

Notes: Winston is one of the buzziest picks at the QB position and for good reason after the Buccaneers added so much talent around him this offseason. Dixon is the most elusive runner in Baltimore and good take hold of the starting job in no time after returning from suspension. The Murray pick is a head-scratcher for me here. With Dalvin Cook and Jerick McKinnon in the mix, it’s difficult to envision much of a role for Murray in 2017. Ben Roethlisberger’s troubling home/road split are not just a narrative and there are still plenty of QBs I’d prefer at this pick who will go several picks later.

My pick: I’m not a Fat Rob Kelley hater, and enough hasn’t been said about how well he performed in our elusive rating metric, but Perine is an excellent fit for this Redskins scheme. Perine is also not too shabby himself when it comes to creating missed tackles and yards after contact. This is another backfield that will see ADP fluctuate throughout training camp.

Best value pick: John Brown. If Brown is truly over the injuries that sapped his explosion in 2016, there’s no reason to think he can’t pick up right where he left off with Carson Palmer in 2015. The Cardinals offense is unlikely to get so unlucky with injuries again this season and Brown has a ton of upside in this offense now that Michael Floyd is gone and Larry Fitzgerald is one year older.

Round 7

7.01 Rich Hribar Mike Wallace BAL WR
7.02 Walton Spurlin Alvin Kamara NOS RB
7.03 Pat Thorman Kirk Cousins WAS QB
7.04 Dan Schneier Zach Ertz PHI TE
7.05 Scott Barrett Mike Gillislee NEP RB
7.06 Patrick Daugherty DeVante Parker MIA WR
7.07 Tyler Buecher Kareem Hunt KCC RB
7.08 Mike Castiglione Dak Prescott DAL QB
7.09 Tyler Loechner Derrick Henry TEN RB
7.10 Jeff Ratcliffe Adrian Peterson NOS RB
7.11 Brandon Marianne Lee Derek Carr OAK QB
7.12 Jon Moore Mike Williams LAC WR
7.13 Michael Moore C.J. Prosise SEA RB
7.14 Daniel Kelley Darren Sproles PHI RB
7.15 Dan Clasgens Kenny Britt CLE WR
7.16 Mike Clay Matthew Stafford DET QB

Notes: It has been nearly a decade since Peterson was selected after the first 100 picks. Mike Williams comes off the board curiously late for a player with his pedigree who is joining a top quarterback like Philip Rivers who made Malcom Floyd a relevant fantasy starter. Williams’ skill set is that of a very rich man’s Floyd. I expected Prescott to go a little earlier than this given how impressive his per-snap fantasy numbers were as a rookie.

My pick: Ertz found an excellent rapport with Carson Wentz down the stretch in 2016. Over the final five games, Ertz racked up a 40/443/3 line. With Alshon Jeffery drawing double teams and Torrey Smith drawing safeties, the middle of the field will be as wide open for Ertz as it has ever been since he entered the NFL.

Best value pick: Williams, for the reasons listed above.

Round 8

8.01 Mike Clay Randall Cobb GBP WR
8.02 Dan Clasgens LeGarrette Blount PHI RB
8.03 Daniel Kelley Philip Rivers LAC QB
8.04 Michael Moore Josh Doctson WAS WR
8.05 Jon Moore Martellus Bennett GBP TE
8.06 Brandon Marianne Lee Rishard Matthews TEN WR
8.07 Jeff Ratcliffe Breshad Perriman BAL WR
8.08 Tyler Loechner Eric Decker NYJ WR
8.09 Mike Castiglione Kevin White CHI WR
8.10 Tyler Buecher Marvin Jones DET WR
8.11 Patrick Daugherty Jack Doyle IND TE
8.12 Scott Barrett Adam Thielen MIN WR
8.13 Dan Schneier John Ross CIN WR
8.14 Pat Thorman Ted Ginn Jr. NOS WR
8.15 Walton Spurlin Jamaal Williams GBP RB
8.16 Rich Hribar Tyler Lockett SEA WR

Notes: Oh how the mighty have fallen, re: Randall Cobb. Once a lock to be selected in the first three rounds, Cobb now comes off the board at No. 113 overall. Given how touchdowns are the most likely statistic to see regression, I can’t understand why Cobb goes this many picks after Davante Adams. He could end up the steal of this draft. Ted Ginn Jr. is going to allow the Saints to replace Brandin Cooks’ deep threat to opposing defenses, but I think he will do more for the Saints offense than fantasy owners. Breshad Perriman didn’t look the same player he was at UCF in 2016, but now he is another year removed from the injuries.

My pick: Ross broke the combine record in the 40-yard dash and speed wins at the NFL level. Andy Dalton made Marvin Jones an efficient deep threat and Ross has more to offer than Jones ever did. As noted by our CFF analysts, Ross is much more than deep threat as well. If he stays healthy, this is my favorite pick of the draft at No. 125 overall.

Best value pick: I’ll give this one to myself with Ross or Clay with Cobb.

Round 9

9.01 Rich Hribar Robert Woods LAR WR
9.02 Walton Spurlin Matt Forte NYJ RB
9.03 Pat Thorman Tyrell Williams LAC WR
9.04 Dan Schneier Coby Fleener NOS TE
9.05 Scott Barrett Rob Kelley WAS RB
9.06 Patrick Daugherty Marlon Mack IND RB
9.07 Tyler Buecher Andy Dalton CIN QB
9.08 Mike Castiglione Sterling Shepard NYG WR
9.09 Tyler Loechner Taylor Gabriel ATL WR
9.10 Jeff Ratcliffe Duke Johnson CLE RB
9.11 Brandon Marianne Lee Jonathan Stewart CAR RB
9.12 Jon Moore Terrance West BAL RB
9.13 Michael Moore O.J. Howard TBB TE
9.14 Daniel Kelley Jason Witten DAL TE
9.15 Dan Clasgens Kenny Stills MIA WR
9.16 Mike Clay Giovani Bernard CIN RB

Notes: Finishing this round at pick 144, this would be nearing the final round in some leagues, but not a deep 16-team draft like this one. This round is filled with boring picks (Jason Witten) and fun ones (O.J. Howard). Boring is not always a bad thing. Of course, if rookie tight ends produced like veterans, we wouldn’t see these two players selected so closely together. Eli Manning has always favored his slot receivers and Shepard could be a sneaky value here. Duke Johnson was once a darling of the fantasy community around this time last year and now he is an afterthought.

My pick: The Saints offense is not an easy one to pick up right away and this is especially true for the tight end position. Fleener feels more comfortable in year two and the results will speak for themselves. There are targets to go around now that Cooks is out of the mix.

Round 10

10.01 Mike Clay James White NEP RB
10.02 Dan Clasgens Joe Williams SFO RB
10.03 Daniel Kelley David Njoku CLE TE
10.04 Michael Moore Tyrod Taylor BUF QB
10.05 Jon Moore Quincy Enunwa NYJ WR
10.06 Brandon Marianne Lee Will Fuller HOU WR
10.07 Jeff Ratcliffe Zay Jones BUF WR
10.08 Tyler Loechner Thomas Rawls SEA RB
10.09 Mike Castiglione Laquon Treadwell MIN WR
10.10 Tyler Buecher Charles Sims TBB RB
10.11 Patrick Daugherty Rex Burkhead NEP RB
10.12 Scott Barrett Austin Hooper ATL TE
10.13 Dan Schneier Jamaal Charles DEN RB
10.14 Pat Thorman Jonathan Williams BUF RB
10.15 Walton Spurlin Cole Beasley DAL WR
10.16 Rich Hribar Chris Thompson WAS RB

Notes: Thompson has been somewhat of a cheat code in PPR leagues as a capable fill-in over the last few years, but Perine’s prowess in the passing game could put an end to that fast. James White at No. 145 overall in this format is highway robbery and makes you wonder if his name didn’t show up in the available players list for every manager. Hooper is a trendy breakout pick at TE with an excellent scouting report from our college staff and solid rookie year production.

My pick: We’ve seen veterans return from serious knee injuries to be just as explosive as they were before it. We won’t know if that’s the case with Charles until training camp, but I’m more than willing to gamble at No. 157 overall. If he returns to form, the Broncos won’t keep him off the field.

Best value pick: Will Fuller. With Deshaun Watson in the mix, Fuller’s numbers should improve in year two. It also helps that he’ll now have a full year in Bill O’Brien’s scheme under his belt.

Round 11

11.01 Rich Hribar Malcolm Mitchell NEP WR
11.02 Walton Spurlin Julius Thomas MIA TE
11.03 Pat Thorman DeAndre Washington OAK RB
11.04 Dan Schneier Shane Vereen NYG RB
11.05 Scott Barrett C.J. Fiedorowicz HOU TE
11.06 Patrick Daugherty Dion Lewis NEP RB
11.07 Tyler Buecher Chris Hogan NEP WR
11.08 Mike Castiglione Carson Wentz PHI QB
11.09 Tyler Loechner Marqise Lee JAC WR
11.10 Jeff Ratcliffe Aaron Jones GBP RB
11.11 Brandon Marianne Lee Torrey Smith PHI WR
11.12 Jon Moore Devin Funchess CAR WR
11.13 Michael Moore D’Onta Foreman HOU RB
11.14 Daniel Kelley Lance Dunbar LAR RB
11.15 Dan Clasgens Eli Manning NYG QB
11.16 Mike Clay Carson Palmer ARI QB

Notes: Julius Thomas is enjoying another hype-filled offseason of buzz. Torrey Smith may have just needed a change of scenery and a pro-style quarterback who has some similarities to Joe Flacco in order to get back in the fantasy mix.

My pick: Vereen is already operating as the passing-down back for the Giants in OTAs. He will be the underneath safety valve for Eli Manning when his offensive line inevitably breaks down.

Rounds 12

12.01 Mike Clay Kenny Golladay DET WR
12.02 Dan Clasgens Allen Hurns JAC WR
12.03 Daniel Kelley Mohamed Sanu ATL WR
12.04 Michael Moore Curtis Samuel CAR WR
12.05 Jon Moore James Conner PIT RB
12.06 Brandon Marianne Lee Jalen Richard OAK RB
12.07 Jeff Ratcliffe Blake Bortles JAC QB
12.08 Tyler Loechner Evan Engram NYG TE
12.09 Mike Castiglione Devontae Booker DEN RB
12.10 Tyler Buecher Kamar Aiken IND WR
12.11 Patrick Daugherty Ryan Tannehill MIA QB
12.12 Scott Barrett Joe Flacco BAL QB
12.13 Dan Schneier Dwayne Allen NEP TE
12.14 Pat Thorman Sam Bradford MIN QB
12.15 Walton Spurlin Alex Smith KCC QB
12.16 Rich Hribar Jared Cook OAK TE

Notes: You can always count on former PFF czar Mike Clay to deliver the draft’s biggest sleeper. If Golladay moves up the depth chart fast this summer, he’ll look like a genius. This seems a bit late for Cook who enters an excellent situation in Oakland. Rookie tight ends don’t often find early success, but the Giants have never been shy about playing first-round skill position players early and they have already aligned him at four different positions so far in OTAs.

My pick: Allen is going to find similar success to Marty Bennett in New England. If he can avoid the injury bug, unlike Bennett, Allen can easily return TE1 value.

Round 13

13.01 Rich Hribar Antonio Gates LAC TE
13.02 Walton Spurlin Phillip Dorsett IND WR
13.03 Pat Thorman Jerick McKinnon MIN RB
13.04 Dan Schneier JuJu Smith-Schuster PIT WR
13.05 Scott Barrett Cameron Brate TBB TE
13.06 Patrick Daugherty Tavon Austin LAR WR
13.07 Tyler Buecher T.J. Yeldon JAC RB
13.08 Mike Castiglione Jeremy Hill CIN RB
13.09 Tyler Loechner Paul Richardson SEA WR
13.10 Jeff Ratcliffe Chris Godwin TBB WR
13.11 Brandon Marianne Lee Jared Goff LAR QB
13.12 Jon Moore Jesse James PIT TE
13.13 Michael Moore Chad Williams ARI WR
13.14 Daniel Kelley Christine Michael IND RB
13.15 Dan Clasgens Jacquizz Rodgers TBB RB
13.16 Mike Clay J.J. Nelson ARI WR

Notes: Dorsett was a trendy late-round pick last draft season. Christine Michael back on the fantasy radar?! Jesse James makes for an interesting pick with Ladarius Green gone.

My pick: The Steelers have been one of the best teams in the NFL at evaluating wide receiver talent. They got my attention with the Smith-Schuster pick.

Round 14

14.01 Mike Clay Zach Miller CHI TE
14.02 Dan Clasgens Charles Clay BUF TE
14.03 Daniel Kelley Brian Hoyer SFO QB
14.04 Michael Moore A.J. Derby DEN TE
14.05 Jon Moore San Francisco 49ers SFO Def
14.06 Brandon Marianne Lee Gerald Everett LAR TE
14.07 Jeff Ratcliffe Chris Conley KCC WR
14.08 Tyler Loechner Josh Gordon CLE WR
14.09 Mike Castiglione Erik Swoope IND TE
14.10 Tyler Buecher Aldrick Robinson SFO WR
14.11 Patrick Daugherty Austin Seferian-Jenkins NYJ TE
14.12 Scott Barrett Denver Broncos DEN Def
14.13 Dan Schneier New York Giants NYG Def
14.14 Pat Thorman Jermaine Gresham ARI TE
14.15 Walton Spurlin Philadelphia Eagles PHI Def
14.16 Rich Hribar Maxx Williams BAL TE

This round was mostly for roster filler, and the last two rounds were almost entirely kickers and defenses. This deep in a 16-teamer, you’re mostly looking for surprise guys who can pop (like Josh Gordon or Austin Seferian-Jenkins), and you can’t really call any pick “bad.” No sense in offering deep analysis on picks in the 220s or a variety of kickers.

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