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14-team, PPR Mock Draft

Senior Fantasy Writer

The NFL has become a passing league as we saw in 2009. It seemed like nearly every quarterback set a new personal best for passing yards.

A record 10 different quarterbacks threw for at least 4,000 yards, beating the previous mark of seven 4,000-yard passers in 2007. Leading the way was Matt Schaub, who passed for 4,770 yards, and he was one of three quarterbacks (Ben Roethlisberger and Eli Manning) to reach the 4,000-yard mark for the first time.

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Peyton Manning extended his record streak to 10 years in a row with 4,000 passing yards, and he finished second to Schaub with 4,500. Brett Favre, at age 40, reached the 4,000-yard mark for the sixth time, tying him with Dan Marino for second most in NFL history.

With that in mind, we're going to focus on the passing game in our latest mock draft. This version is a 14-team mock draft where we reward a point per reception.

Many Fantasy owners use this format, and it encourages you to draft running backs who are involved in the passing game (Ray Rice, Tim Hightower and Matt Forte), receivers who are possession-oriented (Wes Welker, Steve Smith of the Giants and T.J. Houshmandzadeh) and tight ends who get a lot of catches (Dallas Clark, Jason Witten and Tony Gonzalez).

There were five wide receivers (Welker, Smith, Andre Johnson, Brandon Marshall and Reggie Wayne) and one tight end (Clark) who had at least 100 catches last year. How many will there be this season?

That's what we are all waiting to find out, and you can get a good idea of players to target by following along with this draft. And if there's a draft pick you like or feel was too early, send us an e-mail at . Put "Mock Draft" in the subject line and share your thoughts on the draft.

All touchdowns are worth six points in this league, and we feature a starting lineup of QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, TE, K and DST. There will also be six reserve spots for a 15-round draft.

Our draft order:

1. Dave Richard, Senior Fantasy Writer
2. Peter Madden, Editorial Director, Fantasy Sports
3. Michael Hurcomb, Fantasy Writer
4. Jeff Lippman, Fantasy Writer
5. Ross Devonport, Senior Fantasy Writer
6. Eric Mack, Senior Fantasy Writer
7. Sergio Gonzalez, Fantasy Writer
8. Ed Gauna, Fantasy Writer
9. Denny Burkholder, NFL Production Editor
10. Adam Moore, Fantasy Writer
11. Corey Guerrera, Product Manager, Fantasy Sports
12. Steve Spierer, Fantasy Writer
13. Al Melchior, Data Analyst
14. Jamey Eisenberg, Senior Fantasy Writer

Draft Results

Round 1
Pick Team Player
1 Dave Richard Chris Johnson
2 Peter Madden Adrian Peterson
3 Michael Hurcomb Maurice Jones-Drew
4 Jeff Lippman Ray Rice
5 Ross Devonport Andre Johnson
6 Eric Mack Peyton Manning
7 Sergio Gonzalez Drew Brees
8 Ed Gauna Frank Gore
9 Denny Burkholder Steven Jackson
10 Adam Moore Michael Turner
11 Corey Guerrera DeAngelo Williams
12 Steve Spierer Rashard Mendenhall
13 Al Melchior Aaron Rodgers
14 Jamey Eisenberg Randy Moss
Jamey Eisenberg's Round 1 review:
Peyton Manning and Drew Brees went too early, but taking a quarterback in Round 1 isn't a bad strategy. You want your first-round pick to be in your lineup every week, and Manning, Brees and Aaron Rodgers are only coming out for a bye. Michael Turner falls in a PPR draft, but he's a steal at No. 10. And Randy Moss should be considered the No. 2 wide receiver in all leagues this year.
Round 2
Pick Team Player
1 Jamey Eisenberg Reggie Wayne
2 Al Melchior Larry Fitzgerald
3 Steve Spierer Brandon Marshall
4 Corey Guerrera Calvin Johnson
5 Adam Moore DeSean Jackson
6 Denny Burkholder Miles Austin
7 Ed Gauna Tom Brady
8 Sergio Gonzalez Knowshon Moreno
9 Eric Mack Roddy White
10 Ross Devonport Joseph Addai
11 Jeff Lippman Marques Colston
12 Michael Hurcomb Steve Smith
13 Peter Madden Sidney Rice
14 Dave Richard Vincent Jackson
Dave Richard's Round 2 review:
Not surprisingly, a slew of wide receivers went here. This is to be expected not just in PPR leagues like this one, but in standard formats too. Collecting as many elite wideouts as possible is the name of the game this summer -- you'll want two before the end of Round 5 the latest. I can't even complain much about the order in which the receivers went here -- though I wish I had my Vincent Jackson pick back now that he might miss up to 10 games while holding out for a new deal. I think the running backs who went here -- Joseph Addai and Knowshon Moreno -- went too early. I would rather have Ryan Mathews or Shonn Greene.
Round 3
Pick Team Player
1 Dave Richard Anquan Boldin
2 Peter Madden LeSean McCoy
3 Michael Hurcomb Ryan Mathews
4 Jeff Lippman Steve Smith
5 Ross Devonport Cedric Benson
6 Eric Mack Jamaal Charles
7 Sergio Gonzalez Greg Jennings
8 Ed Gauna Chad Ochocinco
9 Denny Burkholder Matt Schaub
10 Adam Moore Dallas Clark
11 Corey Guerrera Dwayne Bowe
12 Steve Spierer Ryan Grant
13 Al Melchior Shonn Greene
14 Jamey Eisenberg Ronnie Brown
Jamey Eisenberg's Round 3 review:
Ryan Mathews is a steal in Round 3 in any format, and you can make a case he should be selected in Round 1. Shonn Greene, despite his lack of receiving skills, also fell too far in this draft, and you can make the case for Jamaal Charles and Ryan Grant slipping too far also. Dallas Clark is the first tight end selected, and he's a candidate for 90-plus catches this season.
Round 4
Pick Team Player
1 Jamey Eisenberg Beanie Wells
2 Al Melchior Percy Harvin
3 Steve Spierer Hakeem Nicks
4 Corey Guerrera Pierre Thomas
5 Adam Moore Mike Sims-Walker
6 Denny Burkholder Jonathan Stewart
7 Ed Gauna Marion Barber
8 Sergio Gonzalez Ben Tate
9 Eric Mack Matt Forte
10 Ross Devonport Michael Crabtree
11 Jeff Lippman Brandon Jacobs
12 Michael Hurcomb Donald Driver
13 Peter Madden Tony Romo
14 Dave Richard Philip Rivers
Dave Richard's Round 4 review:
You might find more of the elite tight ends coming off the draft board in this round in most PPR leagues, but not this one, especially after Clark went off the board in Round 3 (too soon). Owners seemed to make a mad grab for the best available running backs and receivers before the talent pool got real thin, which I can't complain about. I'm surprised Tony Romo and Philip Rivers made it as far as they did -- 55th and 56th overall, respectively. Those were great values for them; I can't say the same for the likes of Mike Sims-Walker, Marion Barber and Matt Forte, all of whom were picked at least one round too early.
Round 5
Pick Team Player
1 Dave Richard Antonio Gates
2 Peter Madden Reggie Bush
3 Michael Hurcomb Jason Witten
4 Jeff Lippman Wes Welker
5 Ross Devonport Hines Ward
6 Eric Mack Vernon Davis
7 Sergio Gonzalez Steve Breaston
8 Ed Gauna Robert Meachem
9 Denny Burkholder Pierre Garcon
10 Adam Moore Jay Cutler
11 Corey Guerrera Tony Gonzalez
12 Steve Spierer Joe Flacco
13 Al Melchior Cadillac Williams
14 Jamey Eisenberg T.J. Houshmandzadeh
Jamey Eisenberg's Round 5 review:
Wes Welker (knee) is a good gamble in Round 5 of a 14-team PPR draft because if he returns early in the year he could be a candidate for 75 catches. This was the round for several sleeper wide receivers in Steve Breaston, Robert Meachem, Pierre Garcon and T.J. Houshmandzadeh. I took Houshmandzadeh here because he's due for a bounce-back year and could catch 90 passes.
Round 6
Pick Team Player
1 Jamey Eisenberg Jahvid Best
2 Al Melchior Derrick Mason
3 Steve Spierer Clinton Portis
4 Corey Guerrera Kevin Kolb
5 Adam Moore Santana Moss
6 Denny Burkholder Brent Celek
7 Ed Gauna C.J. Spiller
8 Sergio Gonzalez Jeremy Maclin
9 Eric Mack Austin Collie
10 Ross Devonport Eli Manning
11 Jeff Lippman Owen Daniels
12 Michael Hurcomb Ahmad Bradshaw
13 Peter Madden Mike Wallace
14 Dave Richard LaDainian Tomlinson
Dave Richard's Round 6 review:
Love any of the receivers taken in this round? If your answer is no, then you should be able to understand why it's important to take two (or three) starting receivers before this point in the draft. The likes of Santana Moss and Jeremy Maclin have upside but they're not guys who owners can confidently start week in and week out. A lot of reaches here: Derrick Mason, Kevin Kolb and Owen Daniels shouldn't go quite this high in drafts. As for my selection of LaDainian Tomlinson, I stayed true to my draft board and hope for him to regain some form while catching a slew of passes for Gang Green. FYI, this was the first time I've drafted Tomlinson in two years, and it's at 84th overall.
Round 7
Pick Team Player
1 Dave Richard Tim Hightower
2 Peter Madden Felix Jones
3 Michael Hurcomb Brett Favre
4 Jeff Lippman Matt Ryan
5 Ross Devonport Jermichael Finley
6 Eric Mack Anthony Gonzalez
7 Sergio Gonzalez Braylon Edwards
8 Ed Gauna Chris Cooley
9 Denny Burkholder Darren McFadden
10 Adam Moore Montario Hardesty
11 Corey Guerrera Steve Slaton
12 Steve Spierer Visanthe Shiancoe
13 Al Melchior Zach Miller
14 Jamey Eisenberg Ricky Williams
Jamey Eisenberg's Round 7 review:
Felix Jones is a tremendous pick in this round, and he could end up being the best running back for the Cowboys this season. Darren McFadden is also a solid pick, and even though he's expected to split carries with Michael Bush, he's still an excellent receiver. I love the upside for Montario Hardesty this year, and he could challenge Ryan Mathews and Ben Tate as the top rookie running back.
Round 8
Pick Team Player
1 Jamey Eisenberg Donovan McNabb
2 Al Melchior Chester Taylor
3 Steve Spierer Santonio Holmes
4 Corey Guerrera Thomas Jones
5 Adam Moore Fred Jackson
6 Denny Burkholder Kenny Britt
7 Ed Gauna Jerricho Cotchery
8 Sergio Gonzalez Kellen Winslow
9 Eric Mack Mario Manningham
10 Ross Devonport Devin Aromashodu
11 Jeff Lippman Bernard Berrian
12 Michael Hurcomb Lee Evans
13 Peter Madden Eddie Royal
14 Dave Richard Dez Bryant
Dave Richard's Round 8 review:
It's starting to get a little thin, isn't it? No one picked here has a rosy outlook, but there are some diamonds in the rough. Thomas Jones should see enough work to remain relevant in Fantasy leagues like this one, as should Fred Jackson. And Donovan McNabb and Kellen Winslow are pretty good values for Round 8. But nearly all of the receivers taken in this round either have some steep issues or questionable potential that limit their upside. Mario Manningham and Devin Aromashodu hardly belong in this round while the likes of Lee Evans, Eddie Royal and Jerricho Cotchery have all been good before but might not be good again in 2010. As for my pick of Bryant, he was a smidge of a reach but I just wanted to catch a sleeper who should perform well -- I know he won't make it back to me at the end of Round 9/beginning of Round 10.
Round 9
Pick Team Player
1 Dave Richard Malcom Floyd
2 Peter Madden Dexter McCluster
3 Michael Hurcomb Antonio Bryant
4 Jeff Lippman Darren Sproles
5 Ross Devonport Jerome Harrison
6 Eric Mack Laurence Maroney
7 Sergio Gonzalez Michael Bush
8 Ed Gauna Justin Forsett
9 Denny Burkholder Demaryius Thomas
10 Adam Moore Carson Palmer
11 Corey Guerrera Devin Hester
12 Steve Spierer Kevin Walter
13 Al Melchior Nate Washington
14 Jamey Eisenberg Donald Brown
Jamey Eisenberg's Round 9 review:
I like the later rounds of drafts because this is when you start to take players with upside, and several sleepers were selected here with Malcom Floyd, Dexter McCluster, Justin Forsett and Devin Hester. Darren Sproles is a great pick this late in a PPR league, and Carson Palmer becomes the first backup quarterback taken. There's also plenty of value in Jerome Harrison, who is better than Montario Hardesty in this format, and Laurence Maroney remains the starter in New England. The Floyd pick might be the most intriguing with the news that Vincent Jackson could be a holdout.
Round 10
Pick Team Player
1 Jamey Eisenberg Jets DST
2 Al Melchior Kevin Smith
3 Steve Spierer Chris Chambers
4 Corey Guerrera Donnie Avery
5 Adam Moore Roy E. Williams
6 Denny Burkholder Cowboys DST
7 Ed Gauna Davone Bess
8 Sergio Gonzalez Ben Roethlisberger
9 Eric Mack Willis McGahee
10 Ross Devonport Chad Henne
11 Jeff Lippman Vikings DST
12 Michael Hurcomb Steelers DST
13 Peter Madden Chaz Schilens
14 Dave Richard John Carlson
Dave Richard's Round 10 review:
As sleepers went off draft boards in Round 9, players I'd consider "yawners" were taken here. Several owners took receivers with recognizable names and modest expectations like Chris Chambers, Roy E. Williams, Donnie Avery and Davone Bess. They're nothing to get excited about but definitely guys who should put up some decent numbers. We also saw our first four DSTs go off the board here, and this is a trend that is typical of all drafts: Once a DST is taken in a reasonable round, a few more trickle behind. The best pick in this round? Ben Roethlisberger, who should prove to be a tremendous No. 2 Fantasy QB this year.
Round 11
Pick Team Player
1 Dave Richard Larry Johnson
2 Peter Madden Julian Edelman
3 Michael Hurcomb Alex Smith
4 Jeff Lippman Arrelious Benn
5 Ross Devonport Derrick Ward
6 Eric Mack Marshawn Lynch
7 Sergio Gonzalez Eagles DST
8 Ed Gauna Packers DST
9 Denny Burkholder Devery Henderson
10 Adam Moore Louis Murphy
11 Corey Guerrera Julius Jones
12 Steve Spierer 49ers DST
13 Al Melchior Matt Cassel
14 Jamey Eisenberg Dustin Keller
Jamey Eisenberg's Round 11 review:
My favorite pick in this round was Julian Edelman because even though Wes Welker (knee) is making plenty of progress, it appears like he will start the season on the PUP list. That means for six weeks, in a PPR league, Edelman will catch plenty of passes. I also like the Louis Murphy pick because he should be the best receiver for the Raiders and the No. 2 target after Zach Miller. Julius Jones is a good risk-reward pick because heading into training camp he's the starter for the Seahawks. And I even like the Marshawn Lynch pick because it appears like the Bills will keep him, and don't be surprised if they use him a lot even with Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller on the roster.
Round 12
Pick Team Player
1 Jamey Eisenberg Matt Leinart
2 Al Melchior Saints DST
3 Steve Spierer Matthew Stafford
4 Corey Guerrera Arian Foster
5 Adam Moore Leon Washington
6 Denny Burkholder Mark Sanchez
7 Ed Gauna Josh Freeman
8 Sergio Gonzalez Mike Bell
9 Eric Mack Ravens DST
10 Ross Devonport Golden Tate
11 Jeff Lippman Earl Bennett
12 Michael Hurcomb Nate Burleson
13 Peter Madden Sammy Morris
14 Dave Richard Tashard Choice
Dave Richard's Round 12 review:
It's hard to believe there's no running back talent left in the later rounds when so many guys with some decent upside were taken here. Arian Foster is the only healthy rusher in Houston right now; Mike Bell will have a touchdown-stealing role in Philadelphia; Sammy Morris always finds a way to start some weeks for the Patriots; Tashard Choice is a talented player on a team with injury-prone running backs. Nice value there. Also, several teams waited this late to pick up backup quarterbacks, and it's worth noting that Matthew Stafford, Mark Sanchez and Josh Freeman went off the board close together and in that order. That's what you can expect in your drafts this summer, too, as all three are attractive and should end up getting bunched together.
Round 13
Pick Team Player
1 Dave Richard Vince Young
2 Peter Madden Jeremy Shockey
3 Michael Hurcomb Toby Gerhart
4 Jeff Lippman Fred Davis
5 Ross Devonport Jonathan Dwyer
6 Eric Mack Terrell Owens
7 Sergio Gonzalez Mohamed Massaquoi
8 Ed Gauna Glen Coffee
9 Denny Burkholder Kevin Faulk
10 Adam Moore Giants DST
11 Corey Guerrera Dolphins DST
12 Steve Spierer Mewelde Moore
13 Al Melchior Heath Miller
14 Jamey Eisenberg Brian Hartline
Jamey Eisenberg's Round 13 review:
The Terrell Owens pick in this round could end up as a steal if he signs with a team during training camp, and there are several teams that need help at wide receiver (Carolina, Cleveland, Jacksonville, Oakland, Washington, Tampa Bay and St. Louis). Mewelde Moore and Kevin Faulk are good receivers for running backs and always seem to have value for a week or two every year, and Brian Hartline, who could start for the Dolphins opposite Brandon Marshall, should be drafted higher than Round 13 this season.
Round 14
Pick Team Player
1 Jamey Eisenberg Jabar Gaffney
2 Al Melchior Early Doucet
3 Steve Spierer Lynell Hamilton
4 Corey Guerrera Darrius Heyward-Bey
5 Adam Moore Jason Snelling
6 Denny Burkholder Devin Thomas
7 Ed Gauna Laurent Robinson
8 Sergio Gonzalez Jason Avant
9 Eric Mack David Akers
10 Ross Devonport Chargers DST
11 Jeff Lippman David Garrard
12 Michael Hurcomb Greg Olsen
13 Peter Madden Redskins DST
14 Dave Richard Bears DST
Dave Richard's Round 14 review:
The second-to-last round of a draft is simple: Spend your pick on a DST or kicker if you haven't already. If you have spent a pick on a DST or a kicker, it's time to fish for a sleeper. Of the late-round fliers taken here, Jabar Gaffney is the most likely to have a good season. He knows the offense in Denver and should see a good amount of playing time while the Broncos' rookies get used to the NFL game. I also like Early Doucet and Lynell Hamilton as late-round values who could surprise in the stat line.
Round 15
Pick Team Player
1 Dave Richard Garrett Hartley
2 Peter Madden Stephen Gostkowski
3 Michael Hurcomb Ryan Longwell
4 Jeff Lippman Mason Crosby
5 Ross Devonport David Buehler
6 Eric Mack Matt Hasselbeck
7 Sergio Gonzalez Nate Kaeding
8 Ed Gauna Rob Bironas
9 Denny Burkholder Lawrence Tynes
10 Adam Moore Robbie Gould
11 Corey Guerrera Shayne Graham
12 Steve Spierer Dan Carpenter
13 Al Melchior Jay Feely
14 Jamey Eisenberg Ryan Succop
Jamey Eisenberg's Round 15 review:
This was the kicker round, as it should be in every draft, as 13 of the 14 picks were all kickers. The lone non-kicker drafted was Matt Hasselbeck, and I think he still has value for one more season as a No. 2 Fantasy quarterback. Some of the sleeper kickers this season are David Buehler in Dallas, Shayne Graham in Baltimore, Jay Feely in Arizona and Ryan Succop in Kansas City.

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