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2021 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: Picking 1.01

I mock a 12-team, .5PPR snake draft, picking No. 1 overall, and explain the thought process behind each pick.

As the calendar approaches July, I often enjoy running a few fantasy football mock drafts to see how things are playing out currently. It’s one thing to write and read a bunch of fantasy football content and rankings, it’s a whole other thing to actually get in the thick of a draft.

I plan on doing a few of these over the coming weeks using FantasyPros’ mock draft platform. This is a .5PPR, 12-team snake draft for those keeping track at home.

To start, I’m giving myself the No. 1 overall pick. I’m always curious to see how a draft can fall to you when you have the top pick in the draft. So without further ado, here’s how my draft played out.

Rounds 1-5

1.01 RB Christian McCaffrey: Don’t overthink it. McCaffrey averaged 27.3 .5PPR points last year in the 3 games he played, leading all running backs. The Carolina Panthers now have more pieces around him in this offense to help lessen the load. I have absolutely zero problems taken Run CMC No. 1 overall.

2.12 WR Justin Jefferson: I didn’t like any of the running backs on the board at this pick so decided to use my snake to double up on wide receiver. There’s some risk to Jefferson this year but I have him ranked as my WR8 and that’s exactly where I took him. From Week 10 onward last year, Jefferson averaged 10.1 targets, 6.8 catches, 96.6 yards, and 0.5 touchdowns.

3.01 WR Keenan Allen: Between Week 2 and Week 14—Week 2 marking when Justin Herbert took over at quarterback and Week 14 Allen’s last full game before getting injured—Allen was the WR4 in .5PPR. I’m loving the potential of my top two receivers.

4.12 RB Mike Davis: Give me Mike Davis every damn day in the fourth round. Davis is about to be the starting running back in an Arthur Smith offense on a team that traded away Julio Jones. I’m thinking Davis is going to average 15 touches per game easy this year.

5.01 TE Kyle Pitts: The Kyle Pitts moon expedition isn’t stopping anytime soon.

Rounds 6-10

6.12 WR Courtland Sutton: I’ll admit, my Pitts hype did make me a little nervous as I watched a bunch of great receivers coming off the board between 5.01 and 6.12 but I couldn’t be happier landing Sutton here. Sutton’s ACL injury, paired with Drew Lock still being the Denver Broncos’ quarterback, will scare some people off of him, but I think he might be one of the biggest steals of the draft. Sutton went for 1,100+ yards and 6 touchdowns in 2019 and I think can return to high-end WR2 status with ease this year. Plus, Teddy Bridgewater is in Denver and we just saw him help both D.J. Moore and Robby Anderson finish WR2s last year.

7.01 WR Robby Anderson: Speaking of Robby Anderson, I LOVE me some Robby Anderson this year. I’ve written plenty about why I love Anderson this year so I won’t rehash what I’ve already said. Long of the short of it, Anderson is due for positive touchdown regression and that has the potential to thrust him into high-end WR2 territory. Yes, in my mind I’ve so far drafted two sure-fire WR1s and two high-end WR2s. I’m a happy man right now.

8.12 RB Zack Moss: At this point in the draft, my team was lacking running back depth and talent. Snagging Moss who I’m expecting to take over the Buffalo Bills’ backfield in his second year seems like good value to me. Even with Josh Allen’s running ability, Moss led the Bills’ red zone carries last year with 28.

9.01 WR Corey Davis: I can’t say no to a potential WR1 in the ninth round. I know I say that about all the boys, but Davis will be the New York Jets’ No. 1 wide receiver in 2021 and that alone makes him worth drafting. Getting Davis as the WR42, 16 places lower than I have him ranked, is A+ work if you ask me.

10.12 QB Matthew Stafford: I might have reached for Stafford here given that he doesn’t offer much rushing upside and guys like Trevor Lawrence and Trey Lance went much later, but I couldn’t help myself. I’ve long loved Stafford and now that he’s playing in Los Angeles under Sean McVay for a team that’s actually good and knows what they’re doing, I have high hopes for him in 2021.

Rounds 11-15

11.01 RB Phillip Lindsay: Taking a page out of Clark Barnes book here and investing in the Houston Texans’ backfield. It’s a late enough pick that I’m ok doing it and if Lindsay does see starting work at any point in Houston, well then, I drafted a starting back in the 11th round.

12.12 RB Giovani Bernard: I’m sure Bernard is going to climb draft boards as we get closer to actual NFL action, but damn if I don’t love this value. Bernard has regular Flex play written all over him if he can cement himself as Tom Brady’s go-to pass catcher out of the backfield, something he should have no problem doing.

13.01 D/ST Washington Football Team: This defense is going to be good. Like real good.

14.12 K Greg Zuerlein: With Dak Prescott back in the fold, the Dallas Cowboys offense is likely going to be putting a ton of points on the board. That’s a good sign for Zuerlein’s extra point opportunities.

15.01 TE Jonnu Smith: I don’t normally double down at the tight end position in a non-Superflex league simply because if I get a guy at the position I love, I’ll just stream a tight end during his bye week. However, I couldn’t say no to snagging Smith at the end of the draft given his potential upside in New England. Plus, maybe Pitts will earn himself WR designation at some point this year and then I can just start him there, or as my Flex. The possibilities are endless.

What did you think of this draft? Let me know in the comments and let me know what pick I should mock for next week.