2020 Fantasy Football: 12-Team PPR Mock Draft 2.0


We're back with another one!

With less than a month ago before the season kicks off, and with some optimism from some of NFL's most highly respected reporters, we're still getting into gear as if the football season will take place normally.

There have been player opt-outs, legal issues and various speculative statements from coaches that have affected our draft board from earlier in the offseason. You can check out our initial mock draft, from May, here.

Without further ado, here's Version 2.0 of our 12-team PPR mock draft, featuring both national and local writers and producers with RADIO.COM Sports.

Miles Sanders
Miles Sanders has said he could have been a 1,000-yard rusher in 2019, and we think he should reach that number in 2020. Photo credit (Will Newton/Getty Images)

Round 1

1. Christian McCaffrey, RB1 - Jordan Cohn, RADIO.COM Sports Content Producer
2. Saquon Barkley, RB2 - Chris Lingebach, 106.7 The Fan in Washington, D.C.
3. Ezekiel Elliott, RB3 - Josh Lyons, RADIO.COM Sports Social Team
4. Michael Thomas, WR1 - Tim Kelly, RADIO.COM Sports Content Producer
5. Lamar Jackson, QB1 - Dan Mennella, RADIO.COM Sports Senior Content Producer
6. Alvin Kamara, RB4 - Chris Emma, 670 The Score in Chicago, IL
7. Patrick Mahomes, QB2 - Josh Clark, 105.3 The Fan in Dallas, TX
8. Dalvin Cook, RB5 - John Healy, RADIO.COM Sports Senior Content Producer
9. Derrick Henry, RB6 - Jack Keffer, 94.1 WIP in Philadelphia, PA
10. Miles Sanders, RB7 - Jesse Pantuosco, RADIO.COM Sports Senior Content Producer
11. Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB8 - Stephen Andress, RADIO.COM Sports Video Team
12. Josh Jacobs, RB9 - Autodraft!

Best picks: Cook, Edwards-Helaire

These are two guys who could easily be top-five picks in multiple leagues, regardless of the format. Cook's health is the only thing that keeps him from being a consensus top-five pick, but his upside is the No. 1 overall player. Edwards-Helaire has the Kansas City backfield practically to himself after Damien Williams opted out, and that's probably the best offensive to be the lead running back in, period.

Worst pick: Mahomes

The worst pick was Lamar Jackson, until Mahomes went two picks later. Perhaps Jackson being taken so early would spur a run of quarterbacks early -- which completely goes against my drafting philosophy, especially when you can get someone like Daniel Jones or Ben Roethlisberger after everyone's QB situations are settled -- but taking Mahomes here while some potential top-five options were still there is a questionable call. However, Clark explained that he didn't trust Dalvin Cook and that, outside his top-five big board guys (CMC, Barkley, Elliott, MT, Kamara), he likes getting a top quarterback.

Round 2

13. Davante Adams, WR2
14. Joe Mixon, RB10
15. Kenyan Drake, RB11
16. Tyreek Hill, WR3
17. DeAndre Hopkins, WR4
18. Nick Chubb, RB12
19. Julio Jones, WR5
20. Chris Godwin, WR6
21. Aaron Jones, RB13
22. Travis Kelce, TE1
23. George Kittle, TE2
24. Austin Ekeler, RB14

Best picks: Adams, Ekeler

Autodraft got a steal here, as Adams could have the highest target share of any receiver in the league and has proven to be a reliable fantasy WR1 as long as Aaron Rodgers is in town. And I don't mean to toot my own horn here, but getting Ekeler at the end of the second, as opposed to where I usually see him go in PPR drafts (early-mid second round) and after 13 other running backs, just feels like a huge steal for me. Ekeler and CMC means I'm set at the position for pretty much the rest of the draft, minus some security options.

Worst pick: None

I don't see anyone here who screams out "reach" or anything like that. I commend my fantasy show co-hosts Stephen Andress and Jesse Pantuosco for grabbing running backs in both the first and second rounds, as I did. You'll see just how many great receivers are available in the rounds below.

JuJu Smith-Schuster and James Conner
JuJu Smith-Schuster and James Conner are hoping for healthy bounce-back campaigns in 2020. Photo credit (Justin Berl/Getty Images)

Round 3

25. Kenny Golladay, WR7
26. Mike Evans, WR8
27. JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR9
28. D'Andre Swift, RB15
29. Melvin Gordon, RB16
30. Odell Beckham, WR10
31. Adam Thielen, WR11
32. James Conner, RB17
33. Leonard Fournette, RB18
34. Amari Cooper, WR12
35. Allen Robinson, WR13
36. David Johnson, RB19

Best picks: Thielen, Robinson

Thielen is going to get targets. Like, a lot of targets. Like, so, so, so many targets, that even if he's draped by defense, he'll still find a way to get you fantasy points. I honestly like him as a fantasy option more than I like Mike Evans with an aging Tom Brady or Odell Beckham in a run-oriented, questionable Browns offense. But I like Allen Robinson more than Thielen, Beckham, Evans, Smith-Schuster and Cooper. He put up great numbers with Mitch Trubisky and Chase Daniel, and it's kind of a win-win situation for him this season. If Trubisky gets the starting job and keeps it, it means he'll be playing well, which likely bodes well for Robinson. And if Foles has the job, his production is almost sure to increase.

Worst picks: Swift, Fournette

It's fair for both Tim and Jack to have grabbed their running backs at this point so that they had two somewhat sturdy guys in their lineup, but this is also a good reason as to why getting two running backs right off the bat should be the strategy this season. Swift doesn't even have the starting job yet, which is why he (usually) will fall to the fifth round or so. Fournette has a starting job but clearly isn't thriving in Jacksonville.

Round 4

37. Chris Carson, RB20
38. Calvin Ridley, WR14
39. Mark Andrews, TE3
40. Zach Ertz, TE4
41. Cooper Kupp, WR15
42. Le'Veon Bell, RB21
43. Todd Gurley, RB22
44. DK Metcalf, WR16
45. Stefon Diggs, WR17
46. Courtland Sutton, WR18
47. D.J. Moore, WR19
48. Robert Woods, WR20

Best picks: ALL
Worst picks: NONE

I think this was a very well-drafted round of fantasy football, which is honestly a rarity. But drafters filled positional needs, dipped into the next tier of tight ends at the right time, snagged some low-floor, high-ceiling running backs when their value dictated those moves... no critiques here.

Kareem Hunt
Kareem Hunt could impress in a full 2020 slate. Photo credit (Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Round 5

49. A.J. Brown, WR21
50. Mark Ingram, RB23
51. Jonathan Taylor, RB24
52. J.K. Dobbins, RB25
53. Kareem Hunt, RB26
54. Rob Gronkowski, TE5
55. T.Y. Hilton, WR22
56. Russell Wilson, QB3
57. Keenan Allen, WR23
58. DJ Chark Jr., WR24
59. Tyler Lockett, WR25
60. David Montgomery, RB27

Best pick: Lockett

The DK Metcalf is there, and it's well-deserved, but people continue to sleep on Tyler Lockett. Russell Wilson has as much trust in Lockett as any quarterback has in their favorite receiver, and Metcalf's emergence could even be a helpful factor to get the speedy Lockett in open space.

Worst pick: Gronk

Maybe I'll be eating my words when the season is over. Maybe he and Brady will immediately rekindle that connection. But my gut tells me that it's wayyyyy too early to take a flier on him, especially when Godwin and Evans are there to wreak havoc and when Gronk hasn't stepped on an NFL field in quite some time.

Rounds 6-7

61. Raheem Mostert, RB28
62. Terry McLaurin, WR26
63. Devin Singletary, RB29
64. Marquise Brown, WR27
65. Julian Edelman, WR28
66. Cam Akers, RB30
67. James White, RB31
68. DeVante Parker, WR29
69. Darren Waller, TE6
70. A.J. Green, WR30
71. Ronald Jones II, RB32
72. Dak Prescott, QB4

73. Brandin Cooks, WR31
74. Deshaun Watson, QB5
75. Tyler Boyd, WR32
76. Jordan Howard, RB33
77. Austin Hooper, TE7
78. Will Fuller, WR33
79. Michael Gallup, WR34
80. Hayden Hurst, TE8
81. Aaron Rodgers, QB6
82. Kyler Murray, QB7
83. Jarvis Landry, WR35
84. Marlon Mack, RB34

Best picks: Green, Prescott, Murray
Worst picks: Akers, Cooks, Rodgers

Tevin Coleman
Tevin Coleman finds himself in a crowded backfield and with some intriguing names ahead of him in 2020. Photo credit (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Rounds 8-9

85. Evan Engram, TE9
86. Diontae Johnson, WR36
87. Marvin Jones, WR37
88. CeeDee Lamb, WR38
89. Matt Breida, RB35
90. Tyler Higbee, TE10
91. Tevin Coleman, RB36
92. Zack Moss, RB37
93. Darius Slayton, WR39
94. Phillip Lindsay, RB38
95. Tarik Cohen, RB39
96. Antonio Gibson, RB40

97. Hunter Henry, TE11
98. Sammy Watkins, WR40
99. Alexander Mattison, RB41
100. Matthew Stafford, QB8
101. Justin Jackson, RB42
102. Drew Brees, QB9
103. Sony Michel, RB43
104. Emmanuel Sanders, WR41
105. Latavius Murray, RB44
106. Jalen Reagor, WR42
107. Josh Allen, QB10
108. Tom Brady, QB11

Best picks: Higbee, Slayton, Gibson, Allen
Worst pick: Coleman

Rounds 10-12

109. Deebo Samuel, WR43
110. Mike Gesicki, TE12
111. Kerryon Johnson, RB45
112. Carson Wentz, QB12
113. Mecole Hardman, WR44
114. Henry Ruggs, WR45
115. Jerry Jeudy, WR46
116. Brandon Aiyuk, WR47
117. Christian Kirk, WR48
118. John Brown, WR49
119. Carlos Hyde, RB46
120. Duke Johnson, RB47

121. Ke'Shawn Vaughn, RB48
122. Jared Cook, TE13
123. San Francisco, D/ST1
124. Buffalo, D/ST2
125. Cam Newton, QB13
126. Damien Harris, RB48
127. Matt Ryan, QB14
128. Chase Edmonds, RB49
129. Baltimore, D/ST3
130. Jamison Crowder, WR50
131. Adrian Peterson, RB50
132. Pittsburgh, D/ST4

133. Justin Jefferson, WR51
134. Boston Scott, RB51
135. Noah Fant, TE14
136. Tony Pollard, RB52
137. Sterling Shepard, WR52
138. Chicago, D/ST5
139. A.J. Dillon, RB53
140. Minnesota, D/ST6
141. Darrell Henderson, RB54
142. Joe Burrow, QB15
143. Patriots, D/ST6
144. LeSean McCoy, RB55

Best picks: Aiyuk, Brown, Peterson, Jefferson, Scott
Worst picks: DEFENSES. I never draft a defense.

Daniel Jones
Daniel Jones is an example of a late-round fantasy quarterback who could produce top-10 numbers. Photo credit (Billie Weiss/Getty Images)

Rounds 13-15

145. Anthony Miller, WR53
146. Ben Roethlisberger, QB16
147. Drew Lock, QB17
148. Justin Tucker, K1
149. Harrison Butker, K2
150. T.J. Hockenson, TE15
151. Wil Lutz, K3
152. Los Angeles Chargers, D/ST7
153. DeSean Jackson, WR54
154. Daniel Jones, QB18
155. DeAndre Washington, RB56
156. Eric Ebron, TE16

157. Greg Zuerlein, K4
158. Robbie Gould, K5
159. New Orleans, D/ST8
160. Younghoe Koo, K6
161. Mike Williams, WR55
162. Blake Jarwin, TE17
163. Philadelphia, D/ST9
164. Michael Pittman Jr., WR56
165. N'Keal Harry, WR57
166. Jake Elliott, K7
167. Matt Prater, K8
168. Jonnu Smith, TE18

169. Zane Gonzalez, K9
170. Golden Tate, WR58
171. Baker Mayfield, QB19
172. Jerick McKinnon, RB57
173. Anthony McFarland, RB58
174. Brandon McManus, K10
175. Preston Williams, WR59
176. Ka'imi Fairbairn, K11
177. Chris Thompson, RB59
178. Chris Boswell, K12
179. Tampa Bay, D/ST10
180. Allen Lazard, WR60

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