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2014 Draft Prep: 12-team PPR draft

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12-team mock draft | 10-team mock draft | 12-team auction

One of the easiest ways to enhance your Fantasy Football experience is by changing the scoring system, and the most popular addition is adding a point per reception. It's a format many Fantasy leagues have already embraced.

In upgrading from a standard league to a PPR format, the focus is greater on receivers, especially in the flex spot. Running backs who are expected to catch a high volume of passes -- Andre Ellington, Shane Vereen, Pierre Thomas, Danny Woodhead -- get bumped up in value, but the receivers dominate the early part of the draft.

In our last 12-team standard mock draft, there were only five receivers drafted in the first two rounds. In this 12-team PPR mock draft, there were 10 receivers selected in the first 22 picks. And it made sense based on their value.

Three owners -- me, Adam Aizer and Dave Richard -- drafted receivers with our first two picks, and it's a strategy I recommend in this format if it makes sense for your team. Dave took Calvin Johnson and Alshon Jeffery from the No. 5 spot, I went with Demaryius Thomas and Julio Jones at No. 10 and Adam had Dez Bryant and Brandon Marshall at No. 12.

All three of us were now chasing running backs, but I think we compensated well. Dave took Vereen and Ray Rice with his next two picks, and I got Marshawn Lynch and Reggie Bush. Lynch falls in PPR formats because of his lack of receptions, and I consider this is a steal even though I'm down on Lynch this season.

Adam started with Toby Gerhart in Round 3, but he couldn't pass up on Drew Brees in Round 4 (his next running back was Stevan Ridley in Round 5). Peyton Manning fell to Round 3, and you'll see quarterbacks tend to fall in PPR leagues as the receivers get pushed up. Aaron Rodgers also went in Round 4, and these are tremendous value picks.

My strategy was to pick two of my Top 5 receivers and then load up on running backs. After Lynch and Bush, I took Trent Richardson in Round 5 and Matthew Stafford in Round 6. I wasn't planning on a quarterback this early, but Stafford could have a career year and seemed like a steal.

Terrance West and Brandin Cooks were easy picks next based on their upside, especially Cooks in this format. And then I drafted Jarrett Boykin and Carlos Hyde next as two sleepers with a lot of potential. My team finished off with Kenny Stills, Heath Miller and Mark Ingram as the skill players, with the Rams DST and Nick Novak at kicker.

Miller is my only question mark because of his performance last year coming off a torn ACL, but I'm expecting a bounce-back season. He could easily play like he did in 2012 when he was the No. 4 Fantasy tight end with 71 catches for 818 yards and eight touchdowns. While it would be overly optimistic to expect that, I'm still counting on Miller for a quality season, making him worth a late-round selection if you miss on the elite tight ends as I did here.

In this league, all touchdowns are worth six points, and we award one point for every 10 yards rushing and receiving and one point for every 25 yards passing. We also have one point for every reception. We feature a starting lineup of QB, 2 RB, 2 WR, TE, K, DST and a FLEX (RB/WR/TE). There will also be six reserve spots for a 15-round draft.

Our draft order is as follows:

1. Peter Madden, Editorial Director, Fantasy Sports
2. Larry Hartstein, Fantasy Writer
3. Joe Polito, Social Media Coordinator
4. Rob Rang, NFL Draft Analyst
5. Dave Richard, Senior Fantasy Writer
6. Michael Hurcomb, Editor
7. Will Brinson, Senior NFL Writer
8. Jeff Tobin, Associate Managing Editor
9. Chris Towers, Fantasy Writer
10. Jamey Eisenberg, Senior Fantasy Writer
11. J. Darin Darst, College Football Producer
12. Adam Aizer, Podcast/Video Host

Round by Round
Round 1
Pick Team Player
1 Madden Jamaal Charles, RB, KC
2 Hartstein Matt Forte, RB, CHI
3 Polito LeSean McCoy, RB, PHI
4 Rang Adrian Peterson, RB, MIN
5 Richard Calvin Johnson, WR, DET
6 Hurcomb Giovani Bernard, RB, CIN
7 Brinson Eddie Lacy, RB, GB
8 Tobin Jimmy Graham, TE, NO
9 Towers DeMarco Murray, RB, DAL
10 Eisenberg Demaryius Thomas, WR, DEN
11 Darst Le'Veon Bell, RB, PIT
12 Aizer Dez Bryant, WR, DAL
Round 2
Pick Team Player
13 Aizer Brandon Marshall, WR, CHI
14 Darst A.J. Green, WR, CIN
15 Eisenberg Julio Jones, WR, ATL
16 Towers Montee Ball, RB, DEN
17 Tobin Jordy Nelson, WR, GB
18 Brinson Antonio Brown, WR, PIT
19 Hurcomb Arian Foster, RB, HOU
20 Richard Alshon Jeffery, WR, CHI
21 Rang Alfred Morris, RB, WAS
22 Polito Randall Cobb, WR, GB
23 Hartstein Rob Gronkowski, TE, NE
24 Madden Andre Ellington, RB, ARI
Round 3
Pick Team Player
25 Madden Julius Thomas, TE, DEN
26 Hartstein Larry Fitzgerald, WR, ARI
27 Polito Zac Stacy, RB, STL
28 Rang Peyton Manning, QB, DEN
29 Richard Shane Vereen, RB, NE
30 Hurcomb Vincent Jackson, WR, TB
31 Brinson Pierre Garcon, WR, WAS
32 Tobin Doug Martin, RB, TB
33 Towers Andre Johnson, WR, HOU
34 Eisenberg Marshawn Lynch, RB, SEA
35 Darst Bishop Sankey, RB, TEN
36 Aizer Toby Gerhart, RB, JAC
Round 4
Pick Team Player
37 Aizer Drew Brees, QB, NO
38 Darst Aaron Rodgers, QB, GB
39 Eisenberg Reggie Bush, RB, DET
40 Towers Michael Crabtree, WR, SF
41 Tobin Ryan Mathews, RB, SD
42 Brinson C.J. Spiller, RB, BUF
43 Hurcomb Joique Bell, RB, DET
44 Richard Ray Rice, RB, BAL
45 Rang Keenan Allen, WR, SD
46 Polito Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, MIN
47 Hartstein Rashad Jennings, RB, NYG
48 Madden Roddy White, WR, ATL
Round 5
Pick Team Player
49 Madden Victor Cruz, WR, NYG
50 Hartstein Michael Floyd, WR, ARI
51 Polito Wes Welker, WR, DEN
52 Rang Torrey Smith, WR, BAL
53 Richard Kendall Wright, WR, TEN
54 Hurcomb Julian Edelman, WR, NE
55 Brinson Frank Gore, RB, SF
56 Tobin Emmanuel Sanders, WR, DEN
57 Towers Pierre Thomas, RB, NO
58 Eisenberg Trent Richardson, RB, IND
59 Darst Golden Tate, WR, DET
60 Aizer Stevan Ridley, RB, NE
Round 6
Pick Team Player
61 Aizer Jason Witten, TE, DAL
62 Darst Percy Harvin, WR, SEA
63 Eisenberg Matthew Stafford, QB, DET
64 Towers Mike Wallace, WR, MIA
65 Tobin Chris Johnson, RB, NYJ
66 Brinson Vernon Davis, TE, SF
67 Hurcomb Ben Tate, RB, CLE
68 Richard Lamar Miller, RB, MIA
69 Rang Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, OAK
70 Polito Greg Olsen, TE, CAR
71 Hartstein T.Y. Hilton, WR, IND
72 Madden Jeremy Maclin, WR, PHI
Round 7
Pick Team Player
73 Madden Danny Woodhead, RB, SD
74 Hartstein Marques Colston, WR, NO
75 Polito DeSean Jackson, WR, WAS
76 Rang Dennis Pitta, TE, BAL
77 Richard Jordan Cameron, TE, CLE
78 Hurcomb Matt Ryan, QB, ATL
79 Brinson Khiry Robinson, RB, NO
80 Tobin Terrance Williams, WR, DAL
81 Towers Tony Romo, QB, DAL
82 Eisenberg Terrance West, RB, CLE
83 Darst Bernard Pierce, RB, BAL
84 Aizer Eric Decker, WR, NYJ
Round 8
Pick Team Player
85 Aizer Andre Williams, RB, NYG
86 Darst Jordan Reed, TE, WAS
87 Eisenberg Brandin Cooks, WR, NO
88 Towers Sammy Watkins, WR, BUF
89 Tobin Rueben Randle, WR, NYG
90 Brinson Kelvin Benjamin, WR, CAR
91 Hurcomb Reggie Wayne, WR, IND
92 Richard Fred Jackson, RB, BUF
93 Rang Mike Evans, WR, TB
94 Polito Tom Brady, QB, NE
95 Hartstein Jeremy Hill, RB, CIN
96 Madden Andrew Luck, QB, IND
Round 9
Pick Team Player
97 Madden Darren Sproles, RB, PHI
98 Hartstein Knowshon Moreno, RB, MIA
99 Polito Devonta Freeman, RB, ATL
100 Rang Dwayne Bowe, WR, KC
101 Richard Colin Kaepernick, QB, SF
102 Hurcomb Zach Ertz, TE, PHI
103 Brinson Robert Griffin III, QB, WAS
104 Tobin Christine Michael, RB, SEA
105 Towers Kyle Rudolph, TE, MIN
106 Eisenberg Jarrett Boykin, WR, GB
107 Darst Steven Jackson, RB, ATL
108 Aizer Riley Cooper, WR, PHI
Round 10
Pick Team Player
109 Aizer Dexter McCluster, RB, TEN
110 Darst Harry Douglas, WR, ATL
111 Eisenberg Carlos Hyde, RB, SF
112 Towers Tavon Austin, WR, STL
113 Tobin Charles Sims, RB, TB
114 Brinson DeAngelo Williams, RB, CAR
115 Hurcomb Justin Hunter, WR, TEN
116 Richard James White, RB, NE
117 Rang Doug Baldwin, WR, SEA
118 Polito Brian Hartline, WR, MIA
119 Hartstein Jordan Matthews, WR, PHI
120 Madden Danny Amendola, WR, NE
Round 11
Pick Team Player
121 Madden Knile Davis, RB, KC
122 Hartstein Jay Cutler, QB, CHI
123 Polito Tre Mason, RB, STL
124 Rang Darren McFadden, RB, OAK
125 Richard Josh Gordon, WR, CLE
126 Hurcomb Seahawks DST
127 Brinson Cam Newton, QB, CAR
128 Tobin Nick Foles, QB, PHI
129 Towers Anquan Boldin, WR, SF
130 Eisenberg Kenny Stills, WR, NO
131 Darst DeAndre Hopkins, WR, HOU
132 Aizer Kenny Britt, WR, STL
Round 12
Pick Team Player
133 Aizer Stepfan Taylor, RB, ARI
134 Darst LeGarrette Blount, RB, PIT
135 Eisenberg Heath Miller, TE, PIT
136 Towers Roy Helu, RB, WAS
137 Tobin Travaris Cadet, RB, NO
138 Brinson Marvin Jones, WR, CIN
139 Hurcomb Eric Ebron, TE, DET
140 Richard Lance Dunbar, RB, DAL
141 Rang Chris Ivory, RB, NYJ
142 Polito Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, IND
143 Hartstein Ka'Deem Carey, RB, CHI
144 Madden Hakeem Nicks, WR, IND
Round 13
Pick Team Player
145 Madden Ronnie Hillman, RB, DEN
146 Hartstein Cecil Shorts, WR, JAC
147 Polito Cardinals DST
148 Rang Markus Wheaton, WR, PIT
149 Richard Jonathan Grimes, RB, HOU
150 Hurcomb Philip Rivers, QB, SD
151 Brinson Patriots DST
152 Tobin Ladarius Green, TE, SD
153 Towers Rod Streater, WR, OAK
154 Eisenberg Rams DST
155 Darst 49ers DST
156 Aizer Martellus Bennett, TE, CHI
Round 14
Pick Team Player
157 Aizer Panthers DST
158 Darst Robert Woods, WR, BUF
159 Eisenberg Mark Ingram, RB, NO
160 Towers Broncos DST
161 Tobin Steelers DST
162 Brinson Dri Archer, RB, PIT
163 Hurcomb Donald Brown, RB, SD
164 Richard Stephen Gostkowski, K, NE
165 Rang Bears DST
166 Polito Mohamed Sanu, WR, CIN
167 Hartstein Saints DST
168 Madden Chiefs DST
Round 15
Pick Team Player
169 Madden Phil Dawson, K, SF
170 Hartstein Justin Tucker, K, BAL
171 Polito Dan Bailey, K, DAL
172 Rang Steven Hauschka, K, SEA
173 Richard Bengals DST,
174 Hurcomb Matt Prater, K, DEN
175 Brinson Matt Bryant, K, ATL
176 Tobin Mason Crosby, K, GB
177 Towers Adam Vinatieri, K, IND
178 Eisenberg Nick Novak, K, SD
179 Darst Shayne Graham, K, NO
180 Aizer Robbie Gould, K, CHI
 
Team by Team
Adam Aizer
Rd.Pk Player
1.12 Dez Bryant, WR, DAL
2.1 Brandon Marshall, WR, CHI
3.12 Toby Gerhart, RB, JAC
4.1 Drew Brees, QB, NO
5.12 Stevan Ridley, RB, NE
6.1 Jason Witten, TE, DAL
7.12 Eric Decker, WR, NYJ
8.1 Andre Williams, RB, NYG
9.12 Riley Cooper, WR, PHI
10.1 Dexter McCluster, RB, TEN
11.12 Kenny Britt, WR, STL
12.1 Stepfan Taylor, RB, ARI
13.12 Martellus Bennett, TE, CHI
14.1 Panthers DST
15.12 Robbie Gould, K, CHI
Will Brinson
Rd.Pk Player
1.7 Eddie Lacy, RB, GB
2.6 Antonio Brown, WR, PIT
3.7 Pierre Garcon, WR, WAS
4.6 C.J. Spiller, RB, BUF
5.7 Frank Gore, RB, SF
6.6 Vernon Davis, TE, SF
7.7 Khiry Robinson, RB, NO
8.6 Kelvin Benjamin, WR, CAR
9.7 Robert Griffin III, QB, WAS
10.6 DeAngelo Williams, RB, CAR
11.7 Cam Newton, QB, CAR
12.6 Marvin Jones, WR, CIN
13.7 Patriots DST
14.6 Dri Archer, RB, PIT
15.7 Matt Bryant, K, ATL
J. Darin Darst
Rd.Pk Player
1.11 Le'Veon Bell, RB, PIT
2.2 A.J. Green, WR, CIN
3.11 Bishop Sankey, RB, TEN
4.2 Aaron Rodgers, QB, GB
5.11 Golden Tate, WR, DET
6.2 Percy Harvin, WR, SEA
7.11 Bernard Pierce, RB, BAL
8.2 Jordan Reed, TE, WAS
9.11 Steven Jackson, RB, ATL
10.2 Harry Douglas, WR, ATL
11.11 DeAndre Hopkins, WR, HOU
12.2 LeGarrette Blount, RB, PIT
13.11 49ers DST
14.2 Robert Woods, WR, BUF
15.11 Shayne Graham, K, NO
Jamey Eisenberg
Rd.Pk Player
1.10 Demaryius Thomas, WR, DEN
2.3 Julio Jones, WR, ATL
3.10 Marshawn Lynch, RB, SEA
4.3 Reggie Bush, RB, DET
5.10 Trent Richardson, RB, IND
6.3 Matthew Stafford, QB, DET
7.10 Terrance West, RB, CLE
8.3 Brandin Cooks, WR, NO
9.10 Jarrett Boykin, WR, GB
10.3 Carlos Hyde, RB, SF
11.10 Kenny Stills, WR, NO
12.3 Heath Miller, TE, PIT
13.10 Rams DST
14.3 Mark Ingram, RB, NO
15.10 Nick Novak, K, SD
Larry Hartstein
Rd.Pk Player
1.2 Matt Forte, RB, CHI
2.11 Rob Gronkowski, TE, NE
3.2 Larry Fitzgerald, WR, ARI
4.11 Rashad Jennings, RB, NYG
5.2 Michael Floyd, WR, ARI
6.11 T.Y. Hilton, WR, IND
7.2 Marques Colston, WR, NO
8.11 Jeremy Hill, RB, CIN
9.2 Knowshon Moreno, RB, MIA
10.11 Jordan Matthews, WR, PHI
11.2 Jay Cutler, QB, CHI
12.11 Ka'Deem Carey, RB, CHI
13.2 Cecil Shorts, WR, JAC
14.11 Saints DST
15.2 Justin Tucker, K, BAL
Michael Hurcomb
Rd.Pk Player
1.6 Giovani Bernard, RB, CIN
2.7 Arian Foster, RB, HOU
3.6 Vincent Jackson, WR, TB
4.7 Joique Bell, RB, DET
5.6 Julian Edelman, WR, NE
6.7 Ben Tate, RB, CLE
7.6 Matt Ryan, QB, ATL
8.7 Reggie Wayne, WR, IND
9.6 Zach Ertz, TE, PHI
10.7 Justin Hunter, WR, TEN
11.6 Seahawks DST
12.7 Eric Ebron, TE, DET
13.6 Philip Rivers, QB, SD
14.7 Donald Brown, RB, SD
15.6 Matt Prater, K, DEN
Peter Madden
Rd.Pk Player
1.1 Jamaal Charles, RB, KC
2.12 Andre Ellington, RB, ARI
3.1 Julius Thomas, TE, DEN
4.12 Roddy White, WR, ATL
5.1 Victor Cruz, WR, NYG
6.12 Jeremy Maclin, WR, PHI
7.1 Danny Woodhead, RB, SD
8.12 Andrew Luck, QB, IND
9.1 Darren Sproles, RB, PHI
10.12 Danny Amendola, WR, NE
11.1 Knile Davis, RB, KC
12.12 Hakeem Nicks, WR, IND
13.1 Ronnie Hillman, RB, DEN
14.12 Chiefs DST
15.1 Phil Dawson, K, SF
Joe Polito
Rd.Pk Player
1.3 LeSean McCoy, RB, PHI
2.10 Randall Cobb, WR, GB
3.3 Zac Stacy, RB, STL
4.10 Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, MIN
5.3 Wes Welker, WR, DEN
6.10 Greg Olsen, TE, CAR
7.3 DeSean Jackson, WR, WAS
8.10 Tom Brady, QB, NE
9.3 Devonta Freeman, RB, ATL
10.10 Brian Hartline, WR, MIA
11.3 Tre Mason, RB, STL
12.10 Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, IND
13.3 Cardinals DST
14.10 Mohamed Sanu, WR, CIN
15.3 Dan Bailey, K, DAL
Rob Rang
Rd.Pk Player
1.4 Adrian Peterson, RB, MIN
2.9 Alfred Morris, RB, WAS
3.4 Peyton Manning, QB, DEN
4.9 Keenan Allen, WR, SD
5.4 Torrey Smith, WR, BAL
6.9 Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, OAK
7.4 Dennis Pitta, TE, BAL
8.9 Mike Evans, WR, TB
9.4 Dwayne Bowe, WR, KC
10.9 Doug Baldwin, WR, SEA
11.4 Darren McFadden, RB, OAK
12.9 Chris Ivory, RB, NYJ
13.4 Markus Wheaton, WR, PIT
14.9 Bears DST
15.4 Steven Hauschka, K, SEA
Dave Richard
Rd.Pk Player
1.5 Calvin Johnson, WR, DET
2.8 Alshon Jeffery, WR, CHI
3.5 Shane Vereen, RB, NE
4.8 Ray Rice, RB, BAL
5.5 Kendall Wright, WR, TEN
6.8 Lamar Miller, RB, MIA
7.5 Jordan Cameron, TE, CLE
8.8 Fred Jackson, RB, BUF
9.5 Colin Kaepernick, QB, SF
10.8 James White, RB, NE
11.5 Josh Gordon, WR, CLE
12.8 Lance Dunbar, RB, DAL
13.5 Jonathan Grimes, RB, HOU
14.8 Stephen Gostkowski, K, NE
15.5 Bengals DST,
Jeff Tobin
Rd.Pk Player
1.8 Jimmy Graham, TE, NO
2.5 Jordy Nelson, WR, GB
3.8 Doug Martin, RB, TB
4.5 Ryan Mathews, RB, SD
5.8 Emmanuel Sanders, WR, DEN
6.5 Chris Johnson, RB, NYJ
7.8 Terrance Williams, WR, DAL
8.5 Rueben Randle, WR, NYG
9.8 Christine Michael, RB, SEA
10.5 Charles Sims, RB, TB
11.8 Nick Foles, QB, PHI
12.5 Travaris Cadet, RB, NO
13.8 Ladarius Green, TE, SD
14.5 Steelers DST
15.8 Mason Crosby, K, GB
Chris Towers
Rd.Pk Player
1.9 DeMarco Murray, RB, DAL
2.4 Montee Ball, RB, DEN
3.9 Andre Johnson, WR, HOU
4.4 Michael Crabtree, WR, SF
5.9 Pierre Thomas, RB, NO
6.4 Mike Wallace, WR, MIA
7.9 Tony Romo, QB, DAL
8.4 Sammy Watkins, WR, BUF
9.9 Kyle Rudolph, TE, MIN
10.4 Tavon Austin, WR, STL
11.9 Anquan Boldin, WR, SF
12.4 Roy Helu, RB, WAS
13.9 Rod Streater, WR, OAK
14.4 Broncos DST
15.9 Adam Vinatieri, K, IND

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