Fantasy football mock draft before dress rehearsal week

It’s dress rehearsal week for NFL teams so we should get a better look at the talent available for upcoming fantasy drafts. Before a majority of those games kicked off, I decided to take another look at where players are going in a mock draft. With a better idea of players average draft positions (ADP), I think I assembled a high value team. There were a couple of missteps along the way, though.

You can see my first mock draft here and my second one here. Here’s what I ended up with this time around, drafting in a 12-team standard league.

  • Round (overall pick)–Player, pos., team
  • 1st (8)–DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Texans
  • 2nd (17)–Jamaal Charles, RB, Chiefs
  • 3rd (32)–Keenan Allen, WR, Chargers
  • 4th (41)–Latavius Murray, RB, Raiders
  • 5th (56)–Emmanuel Sanders, WR, Broncos
  • 6th (65)–Drew Brees, QB, Saints
  • 7th (80)–Allen Hurns, WR, Jaguars
  • 8th (89)–Chris Ivory, RB, Jaguars
  • 9th (104)–Michael Thomas, WR, Saints
  • 10th (113)–Julius Thomas, TE, Jaguars
  • 11th (128)–DeAndre Washington, RB, Raiders
  • 12th (137)–Panthers Defense/special teams
  • 13th (152)–Derek Carr, QB, Raiders
  • 14th (161)–Tyler Boyd, WR, Bengals
  • 15th (176)–Jason Witten, TE, Cowboys
  • 16th (185)–Chris Boswell, K, Steelers

My first four picks went as well as could be expected. I took DeAndre Hopkins with the eighth pick and he’s going one spot higher in most drafts. Ezekiel Elliott was taken seventh, allowing me to snag Hopkins.

Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins (10) keeps his balance after a catch against the New Orleans Saints in the first half of an NFL preseason football game in Houston, Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)
Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins (10) keeps his balance after a catch against the New Orleans Saints in the first half of an NFL preseason football game in Houston, Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)

Jamaal Charles was available at No. 17 because someone picking 16th reached for Doug Martin, even though he’s normally taken around the 25th spot.

Taking Keenan Allen with the 32nd pick was very nice since that’s about 10 spots lower than his ADP. Brandin Cooks, Sammy Watkins, Demaryius Thomas, Alshon Jeffery and Amari Cooper went ahead of him.

Latavius Murray was my fourth pick, taken six spots after his ADP. He’s expected to do it all for Oakland so I felt comfortable having taken two good WR1s and a proven RB1.

My biggest mistake came in selecting Emmanuel Sanders nearly 20 spots before his ADP. A minute goes by fast so make sure you have the appropriate amount of windows open while drafting online. I missed out on Andrew Luck, Michael Floyd, Frank Gore and Ben Roethlisberger.

Drew Brees and Allen Hurns made me feel better in the next two rounds. Brees was available six spots after his ADP while Hurns was available 20 spots after his. Hurns also started a run of Jaguars for me. Before you judge, let me explain.

 

Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Allen Hurns (88) makes a catch for a 24-yard touchdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the first half of an NFL preseason football game in Jacksonville, Fla., Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)
Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Allen Hurns (88) makes a catch for a 24-yard touchdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the first half of an NFL preseason football game in Jacksonville, Fla., Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)

Chris Ivory was too good to pass up in the eighth round as he was available 25 (!) spots lower than his ADP. He’s been going as high as the third round. I took Julius Thomas in the 10th round because the tight end pool was getting pretty shallow.

Sandwiched between Ivory and Thomas was rookie Michael Thomas, who is on my sleepers list. I may have reached a bit, but he’s gone as high as the sixth round in some drafts. If he pans out as a WR2, I’ve got the QB-WR link with Brees.

DeAndre Washington serves two purposes as the 128th pick. He’s a handcuff for Murray but could carve out a role for himself as a third-down option.

 

De Andre Washington #33 of the Oakland Raiders runs with the ball during the first half against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium on August 12, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)
De Andre Washington #33 of the Oakland Raiders runs with the ball during the first half against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium on August 12, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

With the Panthers defense slipping to 137th, I decided to fill a starting spot with a top-four defense.

After taking Derek Carr at the 152nd spot, a whopping 48 spots lower than his ADP, I took another shot at a sleeper, selecting Tyler Boyd. He’s gone as high as the sixth round, but don’t take him before the 11th. His ADP is early in the 12th.

With my final pick, disregarding the kicker, I decided to go with a steadying influence in Jason Witten. If Thomas turns out to be a bust, I’ll have insurance.

Other notes and trends:

  • DeMarco Murray is clearly on the rise. He went 90th overall in my first mock but leaped to the 37th pick in this one.
  • Jamaal Charles is nearly falling to the middle of the second round. Don’t be afraid to take him late in the first.
  • Alshon Jeffery continues to hold onto second-round status, but injury concerns could cause him to slip to the third.
  • Don’t take Carlos Hyde in the third round or earlier. Either Murray is a better option.
  • The top three Cardinals receivers all went within eight spots of each other, in the late fifth and early sixth rounds.
  • Tyrod Taylor is a sleeper, but someone drafted him in early in the seventh round when he likely would have been available in the 10th.

Fantasy sleepers and lottery tickets

These next two weekends are the busiest in terms of fantasy drafts. It’s time to talk sleepers and lottery tickets.

Sleepers are those players that aren’t really on anyone’s radar, but can come through for you in the late rounds of your draft. Sleepers are all about finding that player who has the potential to significantly out-perform his draft position. You’re not drafting them to be your starters, but you can hope they’ll work their way into your lineup sooner rather than later.

Lottery tickets are players who, frankly, need the starter in front of them to go down with an injury or demotion in order to be productive.

Here’s a look at some of the potentially most productive sleepers and lottery tickets.

Looking for sleepers and lottery tickets for your fantasy football draft? Here are six possibilities for 2016 (clockwise, from top left): Bill quarterback Tyrod Taylor, Falcons backup running back Tevin Coleman, Rams receiver Tavon Austin, Cowboys tight end Jason Witten, Saints rookie receiver Michael Thomas and Bears receiver Kevin White.
Looking for sleepers and lottery tickets for your fantasy football draft? Here are six possibilities for 2016 (clockwise, from top left): Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor, Falcons backup running back Tevin Coleman, Rams receiver Tavon Austin, Cowboys tight end Jason Witten, Saints rookie receiver Michael Thomas and Bears receiver Kevin White.

SLEEPERS

Kevin White, WR, Bears: He had high expectations before a stress fracture caused him to miss his entire rookie season. He’ll be Chicago’s No. 2 receiver behind Alshon Jeffery, who many fear might not hold up due to his soft tissue injury history. White’s been going around the eighth round in mock drafts, so he could be a WR3/WR4 that produces like a WR2 if things pan out.

Michael Thomas, WR, Saints: There are quality receivers in New Orleans, but Thomas could end up being worth a later-round pick if he continues to impress like he did in his first preseason game — four catches for 67 yards, though just one catch for five yards in his second game. He’s being drafted in the middle of the 10th round, so if he’s around at that point, you might as well snag him.

Tavon Austin, WR, Rams: I’m opening myself up for ridicule with this one, but he totaled over 900 yards of offense and had nine touchdowns last season. He’ll be nobody’s first, second or even third option, but it looks like he finally started to find ways to contribute last year. The Rams will need to lean heavy on Todd Gurley and find ways to continue to get the ball into Austin’s hands in a variety of ways. Going typically in the 11th round, you can afford to take a flyer on this guy.

Tyler Boyd, WR, Cincinnati: Another rookie that could end up contributing meaningful numbers. He’s had three catches for 78 yards and a touchdown so far this preseason. With little reason to believe in Brandon LaFell as a solid No. 2, Boyd could end up being A.J. Green’s lightly covered counterpart. He could be a steal in the 12th round.

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tyler Boyd (83) catches a 12-yard touchdown pass as Detroit Lions defensive back Tavon Wilson (32) defends in the first half of an NFL preseason football game in Detroit, Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski)
Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tyler Boyd (83) catches a 12-yard touchdown pass as Detroit Lions defensive back Tavon Wilson (32) defends in the first half of an NFL preseason football game in Detroit, Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski)

Sammie Coates, WR, Steelers: He could end up filling the role vacated by Martavis Bryant, who’s suspended this season. Markus Wheaton has had ample opportunity to be the second option behind Antonio Brown, but has been passed up multiple times. Coates has been getting drafted around the 11th round, but you might even be able to get him in the 14th.

Tyrod Taylor, QB, Bills: With an ADP around the 10th round, he could be a nice insurance policy for whichever starter you pick before that. He accounted for 24 touchdowns and more than 3,500 yards last season while missing two games.

Jason Witten, TE, Cowboys: He’s been pretty consistent his entire career, gaining at least 700 yards every year after his rookie season. If you want to carry a second tight end, he could be had in later rounds. It could be one final solid season from the tight end and a healthy Tony Romo.

Charles Sims, RB, Buccaneers: Even with Doug Martin’s resurgent season, Sims had more than 1,000 yards of total offense. He’s getting drafted early in the ninth round and could be a nice flex player even with Martin as the lead back.

LOTTERY TICKETS

Tim Hightower, RB, Saints: He was one of the best running backs at the end of last year, gaining 456 total yards and scoring four touchdowns in the final four games. A pick in the 14th round could end up winning you the lottery.

Christine Michael, RB, Seahawks: Thomas Rawls was impressive last season, but 583 of his 803 rushing yards came in just four games. Michael has looked good in the preseason and might just need an opportunity. He’s going in the 10th round, but might be around in the 12th.

Seattle Seahawks running back Christine Michael is tackled by Minnesota Vikings safety Harrison Smith (22) in the first half of a preseason NFL football game, Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Seattle Seahawks running back Christine Michael is tackled by Minnesota Vikings safety Harrison Smith (22) in the first half of a preseason NFL football game, Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

DeAndre Washington, RB, Raiders: Latavius Murray should be used heavily in Oakland, but Washington has shown flashes in the preseason. He could carve out a nice role for himself, but if Murray goes down, then he could really shine. His ADP is in the 11th, so it shouldn’t be too tough landing this potential lottery ticket.

Tevin Coleman, RB, Falcons: It was odd that Atlanta drafted him a year after taking Devonta Freeman. Freeman then went on to have a great year. I’m not sold on Freeman duplicating his early success last season. He rushed for more than 80 yards just twice in the final eight games. He scored just four touchdowns in that span. Coleman should be available in the middle of the ninth round.

Fantasy football position rankings

Here’s a look at my position rankings for the upcoming fantasy football season. For quarterbacks I’ve listed two deep for a 12-team league. I’ve listed three deep on running backs for a 12-team league and four deep for wide receivers. I’ve also listed the top 12 tight ends and defense/special teams.

Quarterbacks

1. Aaron Rodgers, Packers–I’m expecting Rodgers to put up better numbers with the return of Jordy Nelson.

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers launches a pass during the final seconds of the fourth quarter of the NFC Divisional Playoff Game at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 16, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. The Arizona Cardinals beat the Green Bay Packers 26-20 in overtime. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Quarterback Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers launches a pass during the final seconds of the fourth quarter of the NFC Divisional Playoff Game at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 16, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. The Arizona Cardinals beat the Green Bay Packers 26-20 in overtime. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

2. Cam Newton, Panthers
3. Russell Wilson, Seahawks
4. Andrew Luck, Colts
5. Drew Brees, Saints
6. Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers
7. Carson Palmer, Cardinals
8. Blake Bortles, Jaguars
9. Eli Manning, Giants
10. Tom Brady, Patriots
11. Philip Rivers, Chargers
12. Derek Carr, Raiders
13. Tony Romo, Cowboys
14. Ryan Fitzpatrick, Jets
15. Tyrod Taylor, Bills
16. Kirk Cousins, Redskins
17. Jameis Winston, Buccaneers
18. Matthew Stafford, Lions
19. Andy Dalton, Bengals
20. Marcus Mariota, Titans
21. Matt Ryan, Falcons
22. Ryan Tannehill, Dolphins
23. Alex Smith, Chiefs
24. Jay Cutler, Bears

Running backs

1. David Johnson, Cardinals–I’m higher on him than most fantasy experts. He can do it all and I expect him to produce better than Todd Gurley, who is a one-man show in Los Angeles, and Adrian Peterson, who is over 30 years old now.

David Johnson #31 of the Arizona Cardinals runs the ball in for a touchdown in the second quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on December 20, 2015 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
David Johnson #31 of the Arizona Cardinals runs the ball in for a touchdown in the second quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on December 20, 2015 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

2. Todd Gurley, Rams
3. Adrian Peterson, Vikings
4. Ezekiel Elliott, Cowboys
5. Lamar Miller, Texans
6. Jamaal Charles, Chiefs
7. Le’Veon Bell, Steelers
8. Mark Ingram, Saints
9. Devonta Freeman, Falcons
10. Doug Martin, Buccaneers
11. Eddie Lacy, Packers
12. LeSean McCoy, Bills
13. Latavius Murray, Raiders
14. C.J. Anderson, Broncos
15. Thomas Rawls, Seahawks
16. Carlos Hyde, 49ers
17. Matt Forte, Jets
18. DeMarco Murray, Titans
19. Jeremy Hill, Bengals
20. Dion Lewis, Patriots
21. Jonathan Stewart, Panthers
22. Ryan Mathews, Eagles
23. Matt Jones, Redskins
24. Frank Gore, Colts
25. Gio Bernard, Bengals
26. Melvin Gordon, Chargers
27. Jeremy Langford, Bears
28. Duke Johnson, Browns
29. Ameer Abdullah, Lions
30. Arian Foster, Dolphins
31. Rashad Jennings, Giants
32. Danny Woodhead, Chargers
33. Chris Ivory, Jaguars
34. T.J. Yeldon, Jaguars
35. DeAngelo Williams, Steelers
36. Charles Sims, Buccaneers

Wide receivers

1. Antonio Brown, Steelers–Brown might prove to be even more productive with Martavis Bryant suspended for the whole season. The Steelers could lean on Brown all season long.

Antonio Brown #84 of the Pittsburg Steelers runs with the ball against the Cincinnati Benglas at Paul Brown Stadium on January 9, 2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Antonio Brown #84 of the Pittsburg Steelers runs with the ball against the Cincinnati Benglas at Paul Brown Stadium on January 9, 2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

2. Odell Beckham Jr., Giants
3. Julio Jones, Falcons
4. DeAndre Hopkins, Texans
5. A.J. Green, Bengals
6. Dez Bryant, Cowboys
7. Allen Robinson, Jaguars
8. Jordy Nelson, Packers
9. Brandon Marshall, Jets
10. Mike Evans, Buccaneers
11. Alshon Jeffery, Bears
12. Keenan Allen, Chargers
13. Brandin Cooks, Saints
14. Amari Cooper, Raiders
15. Sammy Watkins, Bills
16. T.Y. Hilton, Colts
17. Demaryius Thomas, Broncos
18. Jeremy Maclin, Chiefs
19. Randall Cobb, Packers
20. Eric Decker, Jets
21. Julian Edelman, Patriots
22. Kelvin Benjamin, Panthers
23. Golden Tate, Lions
24. Michael Floyd, Cardinals
25. Jarvis Landry, Dolphins
26. Donte Moncrief, Colts
27. Doug Baldwin, Seahawks
28. John Brown, Cardinals
29. Jordan Matthews, Eagles
30. Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals
31. Emmanuel Sanders, Broncos
32. Allen Hurns, Jaguars
33. Tyler Lockett, Seahawks
34. Devante Parker, Dolphins
35. DeSean Jackson, Redskins
36. Michael Crabtree, Raiders
37. Marvin Jones, Lions
38. Sterling Shepard, Giants
39. Josh Gordon, Browns
40. Kevin White, Bears
41. Corey Coleman, Browns
42. Willie Snead, Saints
43. Stefon Diggs, Vikings
44. Torrey Smith, 49ers
45. Tavon Austin, Rams
46. Vincent Jackson, Buccaneers
47. Travis Benjamin, Chargers
48. Laquon Treadwell, Vikings

Tight ends

1. Rob Gronkowski, Patriots–There’s not much to say about Gronk that hasn’t been said. It’ll be interesting to see how he adjusts to a different quarterback in the first four weeks. He’s still at the top of his position.

Rob Gronkowski #87 of the New England Patriots watches during pre game drills before a preseason game against the New Orleans Saints at Gillette Stadium on August 11, 2016 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
Rob Gronkowski #87 of the New England Patriots watches during pre game drills before a preseason game against the New Orleans Saints at Gillette Stadium on August 11, 2016 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

2. Jordan Reed, Redskins
3. Greg Olsen, Panthers
4. Travis Kelce, Chiefs
5. Delanie Walker, Titans
6. Coby Fleener, Saints
7. Tyler Eifert, Bengals
8. Gary Barnidge, Browns
9. Julius Thomas, Jaguars
10. Zach Ertz, Eagles
11. Antonio Gates, Chargers
12. Ladarius Green, Steelers

Def/ST

1. Broncos
2. Seahawks
3. Cardinals
4. Panthers
5. Texans
6. Vikings
7. Rams
8. Chiefs
9. Patriots
10. Bengals
11. Jets
12. Bills

Fantasy football top 100 overall players

There’s not much time left before millions of football fans are huddled in a room with a few of their friends (and enemies) drafting the 2016 edition of their fantasy football team. No matter what kind of league you’re in, a just-for-fun league or a serious money league, you’ll need a cheat sheet. Here’s what we’re offering up at the Statesman. So without further ado, here are the top 100 fantasy football players in standard leagues for 2016.

Top 100 overall

1. Antonio Brown, WR, Steelers
2. David Johnson, RB, Cardinals
3. Odell Beckham Jr., WR, Giants

4. Todd Gurley, RB, Rams–You may be surprised to see he’s not the first running back on this list. The offense of Los Angeles just can’t be trusted at this point. What saves Gurley from dropping further for me is the fact that his defense should keep the Rams in games, thus not abandoning the running game.

Running back Todd Gurley #30 of the St. Louis Rams rushes against free safety Earl Thomas #29 of the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on December 27, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. The Rams defeated the Seahawks 23-17. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
Running back Todd Gurley #30 of the St. Louis Rams rushes against free safety Earl Thomas #29 of the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on December 27, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. The Rams defeated the Seahawks 23-17. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

5. Adrian Peterson, RB, Vikings
6. Julio Jones, WR, Falcons
7. DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Texans
8. Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Cowboys
9. A.J. Green, WR, Bengals
10. Rob Gronkowski, TE, Patriots
11. Lamar Miller, RB, Texans
12. Dez Bryant, WR, Cowboys
13. Jamaal Charles, RB, Chiefs
14. Allen Robinson, WR, Jaguars
15. Jordy Nelson, WR, Packers
16. Brandon Marshall, WR, Jets

17. Le’Veon Bell, RB, Steelers–Missing the first four games of the season drops him to the middle of the second round. If you take him here, don’t try to take DeAngelo Williams until the seventh round at the earliest.

Le'Veon Bell #26 of the Pittsburgh Steelers runs the ball during the 2nd half of the game against the Arizona Cardinals at Heinz Field on October 18, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
Le’Veon Bell #26 of the Pittsburgh Steelers runs the ball during the 2nd half of the game against the Arizona Cardinals at Heinz Field on October 18, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

18. Mike Evans, WR, Buccaneers
19. Mark Ingram, RB, Saints
20. Devonta Freeman, RB, Falcons
21. Doug Martin, RB, Buccaneers
22. Alshon Jeffery, WR, Bears

23. Eddie Lacy, RB, Packers–He looked pretty good in his first preseason game. He’s lost some weight and is a good candidate to rebound from a so-so year. A healthy passing game helps him out as well.

Running back Eddie Lacy #27 of the Green Bay Packers runs the ball for 61-yards in the second half against the Arizona Cardinals in the NFC Divisional Playoff Game at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 16, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)
Running back Eddie Lacy #27 of the Green Bay Packers runs the ball for 61-yards in the second half against the Arizona Cardinals in the NFC Divisional Playoff Game at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 16, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)

24. Keenan Allen, WR, Chargers
25. LeSean McCoy, RB, Bills
26. Brandin Cooks, WR, Saints
27. Amari Cooper, WR, Raiders
28. Sammy Watkins, WR, Bills
29. T.Y. Hilton, WR, Colts
30. Demaryius Thomas, WR, Broncos
31. Aaron Rodgers, QB, Packers
32. Cam Newton, QB, Panthers
33. Latavius Murray, RB, Raiders

34. Jeremy Maclin, WR, Chiefs–He doesn’t have an elite quarterback, but he had at least five catches in nine games last season. His consistency could be useful if you have a higher upside player as his counterpart.

Jeremy Maclin #19 of the Kansas City Chiefs bobbles the ball at Arrowhead Stadium during the third quarter of the game agains the Cleveland Browns on December 27, 2015 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
Jeremy Maclin #19 of the Kansas City Chiefs bobbles the ball at Arrowhead Stadium during the third quarter of the game agains the Cleveland Browns on December 27, 2015 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

35. C.J. Anderson, RB, Broncos
36. Randall Cobb, WR, Packers
37. Thomas Rawls, RB, Seahawks
38. Carlos Hyde, RB, 49ers
39. Russell Wilson, QB, Seahawks
40. Jordan Reed, TE, Redskins
41. Matt Forte, RB, Jets
42. Andrew Luck, QB, Colts
43. Eric Decker, WR, Jets
44. Greg Olsen, TE, Panthers

45. DeMarco Murray, RB, Titans–I have him a little higher than most, but you might be able to get away with picking him in the sixth or seventh round. He’s the no. 1 back in Tennessee, despite the presence of rookie Derrick Henry.

Darrell Stuckey #25 of the San Diego Chargers pursues DeMarco Murray #29 of the Tennessee Titans during the first half at Nissan Stadium on August 13, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)
Darrell Stuckey #25 of the San Diego Chargers pursues DeMarco Murray #29 of the Tennessee Titans during the first half at Nissan Stadium on August 13, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)

46. Jeremy Hill, RB, Bengals
47. Julian Edelman, WR, Patriots
48. Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Panthers
49. Golden Tate, WR, Lions
50. Michael Floyd, WR, Cardinals
51. Jarvis Landry, WR, Dolphins
52. Drew Brees, QB, Saints
53. Dion Lewis, RB, Patriots

54. Donte Moncrief, WR, Colts–If you can snag this receiver as your WR3, you should be excited about his potential. He’ll likely be the second receiving option behind Hilton and he’s entering his third year playing with Luck.

Donte Moncrief #10 of the Indianapolis Colts catches a touchdown pass during the game against the New England Patriots at Lucas Oil Stadium on October 18, 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Donte Moncrief #10 of the Indianapolis Colts catches a touchdown pass during the game against the New England Patriots at Lucas Oil Stadium on October 18, 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

55. Jonathan Stewart, RB, Panthers
56. Doug Baldwin, WR, Seahawks
57. John Brown, WR, Cardinals
58. Ryan Mathews, RB, Chargers
59. Matt Jones, RB, Redskins
60. Jordan Matthews, WR, Eagles
61. Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Cardinals
62. Frank Gore, RB, Colts
63. Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Steelers
64. Travis Kelce, TE, Chiefs
65. Emmanuel Sanders, WR, Broncos

66. Carson Palmer, QB, Cardinals–Age and health are the biggest concerns for Palmer, but all the weapons available to him could make him a quality pick this late in the draft.

Carson Palmer #3 of the Arizona Cardinals warms up prior to a pre-season game against the Oakland Raiders at University of Phoenix Stadium on August 12, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)
Carson Palmer #3 of the Arizona Cardinals warms up prior to a pre-season game against the Oakland Raiders at University of Phoenix Stadium on August 12, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

67. Gio Bernard, RB, Bengals
68. Allen Hurns, WR, Jaguars
69. Melvin Gordon, RB, Chargers
70. Delanie Walker, TE, Titans
71. Jeremy Langford, RB, Bears
72. Tyler Lockett, WR, Seahawks

73. Blake Bortles, QB, Jaguars–Did you know Bortles ended last season as a top-5 fantasy quarterback? Well, if he could clean up his turnovers he could do it again. He has great talent and wide receiver and tight end.

Quarterback Blake Bortles #5 of the Jacksonville Jaguars attempts a pass against the New York Jets during the first quarter of an NFL preseason game at MetLife Stadium on August 11, 2016 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Jets defeated the Jaguars 17-13. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
Quarterback Blake Bortles #5 of the Jacksonville Jaguars attempts a pass against the New York Jets during the first quarter of an NFL preseason game at MetLife Stadium on August 11, 2016 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Jets defeated the Jaguars 17-13. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

74. Devante Parker, WR, Dolphins
75. DeSean Jackson, WR, Redskins
76. Duke Johnson, RB, Browns
77. Ameer Abdullah, RB, Lions
78. Coby Fleener, TE, Saints
79. Arian Foster, RB, Dolphins
80. Eli Manning, QB, Giants
81. Rashad Jennings, RB, Giants
82. Michael Crabtree, WR, Raiders
83. Danny Woodhead, RB, Chargers

84. Marvin Jones, WR, Lions–Calvin Johnson isn’t suiting up for the Lions anymore and I don’t think Golden Tate will be able to fill that role alone. Jones played with A.J. Green last season but still managed to catch at least five passes in seven games.

85. Chris Ivory, RB, Jaguars
86. Tom Brady, QB, Patriots
87. Tyler Eifert, TE, Bengals
88. Philip Rivers, QB, Chargers
89. T.J. Yeldon, RB, Jaguars
90. Gary Barnidge, TE, Browns
91. Sterling Shepard, WR, Giants
92. Josh Gordon, WR, Browns
93. DeAngelo Williams, RB, Steelers
94. Kevin White, WR, Bears
95. Julius Thomas, TE, Jaguars
96. Zach Ertz, TE, Eagles
97. Corey Coleman, WR, Browns
98. Willie Snead, WR, Saints
99. Charles Sims, RB, Buccaneers

100. Antonio Gates, TE, Chargers–At 45 years old, Gates is still nearly a top-10 tight end. He had 630 yards and five touchdowns last season, despite missing five games overall. (Just kidding, he’s actually 36.)

More fantasy football mock draft notes and trends

With NFL training camps in full swing, I decided to take another stab at a mock draft to help prepare for the upcoming fantasy football season. This time I entered a standard league, 12-team draft on ESPN’s website. Last time out, I drafted in a 10-team standard league on NFL.com. Here’s a look at the team I selected this time around.

  • Round (overall pick) Player, Pos., Team
  • 1st (4) Adrian Peterson, RB, Vikings
  • 2nd (21) Brandon Marshall, WR, Jets
  • 3rd (28) Latavius Murray, RB, Raiders
  • 4th (45) Jeremy Maclin, WR, Chiefs
  • 5th (52) Jeremy Hill, RB, Bengals
  • 6th (69) Drew Brees, QB, Saints
  • 7th (76) Jordan Matthews, WR, Eagles
  • 8th (93) Ladarius Green, TE, Steelers
  • 9th (100) Willie Snead, WR, Saints
  • 10th (117) Tevin Coleman, RB, Falcons
  • 11th (124) Markus Wheaton, WR, Steelers
  • 12th (141) Texans defense
  • 13th (148) Derek Carr, QB, Raiders
  • 14th (165) Jerick McKinnon, RB, Vikings
  • 15th (172) Matt Prater, K, Lions
  • 16th (189) Jordan Cameron, TE, Dolphins

With 12 teams in this mock league I decided to make sure I went with running backs in two of my first three picks. Interesting to note is that before I selected Adrian Peterson with the fourth pick, three receivers were already off the board (Antonio Brown, Julio Jones and Odell Beckham Jr., in that order). Also of note, the next three running backs selected were Todd Gurley (5th), Ezekiel Elliott (6th) and David Johnson (8th). Dez Bryant went 7th overall, which is a bit high in my estimation, since he went ahead of DeAndre Hopkins, A.J. Green and Jamaal Charles.

Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings carries the ball in the fourth quarter against the Seattle Seahawks during the NFC Wild Card Playoff game at TCFBank Stadium on January 10, 2016 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings carries the ball in the fourth quarter against the Seattle Seahawks during the NFC Wild Card Playoff game at TCFBank Stadium on January 10, 2016 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

It was a little surprising that the suspended Le’Veon Bell, who’s set to miss the first four games of the season, managed to sneak into the first round at no. 12 overall. That seems a little high for a player that will miss a quarter of the season. I’d look for him early in the second round of a 12-team league. He can put you over the top, but not if you’re using your first pick on him.

My WR1 is Brandon Marshall, and I see no reason he’d  drop off, especially now that he has Ryan Fitzpatrick back behind the center. Fitzpatrick knows how to get the ball to his big receivers and Marshall going at 21 overall went right about where he probably should. I selected Jeremy Maclin as my WR2 and if he’s targeted 124 times, like he was last season, he could prove to be a solid pick at 45th overall.

Jeremy Maclin #19 of the Kansas City Chiefs bobbles the ball at Arrowhead Stadium during the third quarter of the game agains the Cleveland Browns on December 27, 2015 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
Jeremy Maclin #19 of the Kansas City Chiefs bobbles the ball at Arrowhead Stadium during the third quarter of the game agains the Cleveland Browns on December 27, 2015 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

I was able to grab an aging Drew Brees with the 69th overall pick, so I have to hope he stays healthy and that his young receivers come along. Derek Carr, who I picked in the 13th round, is my backup and we’ll see if he makes a big jump with weapons like Amari Cooper and Latavius Murray. Murray, who I selected in the 3rd round is expected to be a do-everything back for the Raiders if he doesn’t let rookie DeAndre Washington take away touches.

That leaves me with Jeremy Hill and Jordan Matthews as my flex options. I feel good about both, hoping Hill has a bounce-back season, though he did score 11 rushing touchdowns last year. Matthews has scored eight touchdowns in each of his first two seasons and looks to go over 1,000 yards for the first time. If he’s around in the seventh, you’d be lucky.

Jeremy Hill #32 of the Cincinnati Bengals carries the ball during the fourth quarter of the game against the Baltimore Ravens at Paul Brown Stadium on January 3, 2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Cincinnati defeated Baltimore 24-16. (Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images)
Jeremy Hill #32 of the Cincinnati Bengals carries the ball during the fourth quarter of the game against the Baltimore Ravens at Paul Brown Stadium on January 3, 2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Cincinnati defeated Baltimore 24-16. (Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images)

Ladarius Green, the tight end who I selected at 93 overall, should excite some owners as he joins a prolific Steelers offense.

Other notes from this mock draft:

  • Seven wide receivers were selected in the first round, including Allen Robinson.
  • Jamaal Charles was taken in the second round, he should go higher.
  • Jordy Nelson went 14th overall and I’d be nervous about that if I made that selection early in the second. I’m in the minority.
  • Lamar Miller, who the Texans will let loose on the field, went 16th. Wouldn’t be surprised if he goes higher in most drafts.
  • There are options at RB in the third round, with Eddie Lacy, Matt Forte, Murray and Carlos Hyde all going in that round.
  • T.Y. Hilton, who went 39th overall, might be undervalued if Andrew Luck returns to previous form.
  • The Cardinals defense was the first to go at 89, followed by the Broncos at 95 and the Seahawks at 113.