2022 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: 12-Team, PPR Results as Preseason Begins

Fantasy Football Mock Draft: 12-team, PPR results originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

NFL training camp is in full swing and preseason games are about to start, which means fantasy football drafts are right around the corner. 

If you only have so much time to prep and you don't feel like spending a ton of time sitting in a mock draft lobby, fear not. A staff of NBC Sports Washington writers and video editors/producers got together for a 12-team fantasy football mock draft to give you an idea of how a given draft could shake out. 

Fantasy opinions change over the course of a summer, and after mock drafting before training camp began, we bring you one that will feature several risers and fallers from the previous installment.  

Draft order

1. Team Tyler 
2. Team DePrisco 
3. Team Cadeaux 
4. Team Bijan
5. Team Byrum
6. Team Ethan
7. Team Cory
8. Team Todd
9. Team Skloff
10. Team Weyrich
11. Team Matt
12. Team Mike

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This is a mock draft for a PPR league, giving one point to players per each reception they make during games. 

Round 1

1Team TylerRB Jonathan Taylor (IND)Prev: 1
2Team DePriscoRB Austin Ekeler (LAC)2
3Team CadeauxRB Christian McCaffrey (CAR)4
4Team BijanRB Najee Harris (PIT)5
5Team ByrumWR Cooper Kupp (LAR)8
6Team EthanWR Justin Jefferson (MIN)9
7Team CoryRB Derrick Henry (TEN)3
8Team ToddWR Ja'Marr Chase (CIN)7
9Team SkloffRB Dalvin Cook (MIN)6
10Team WeyrichRB Joe Mixon (CIN)11
11Team MattWR Deebo Samuel (SF)12
12Team MikeRB D'Andre Swift (DET)14

Analysis: Not a lot of surprises in the first round with a few weeks of training camp already in the books. Running back remains the premium position in fantasy football, as this first round saw 8-of-12 picks devoted to that spot. There's a steep drop-off after roughly the fourth round, so it'd be wise to lock up a good running back early. 

Round 2

13Team MikeWR Stefon Diggs (BUF)Prev: 16
14Team MattRB Alvin Kamara (NO)10
15Team WeyrichWR CeeDee Lamb (DAL)20
16Team SkloffRB Aaron Jones (GB)15
17Team ToddRB Javonte Williams (DEN)24
18Team CoryWR Davante Adams (LV)13
19Team EthanRB Leonard Fournette (TB)21
20Team ByrumWR Tyreek Hill (MIA)28
21Team BijanRB James Conner (ARI)17
22Team CadeauxWR Mike Evans (TB)23
23Team DePriscoTE Travis Kelce (KC)30
24Team TylerRB Cam Akers (LAR)32

Analysis: After eight running backs came off the board in Round 1, six more went in Round 2. Javonte Williams jumped seven spots this time around while Cam Akers climbed eight spots himself. If you're able to get good running backs early you might be able to find more value at receiver later on. 

Round 3

25Team TylerWR Keenan Allen (LAC)Prev: 25
26Team DePriscoWR A.J. Brown (PHI)31
27Team CadeauxRB Saquon Barkley (NYG)18
28Team BijanWR DJ Moore (CAR)37
29Team ByrumWR Tee Higgins (CIN)26
30Team EthanRB Nick Chubb (CLE)19
31Team CoryTE Mark Andrews (BAL)33
32Team ToddRB J.K. Dobbins (BAL)46
33Team SkloffWR Jaylen Waddle (MIA)34
34Team WeyrichRB David Montgomery (CHI)29
35Team MattWR Michael Pittman Jr. (IND)35
36Team MikeWR Terry McLaurin (WSH)27

Analysis: This may be a PPR league, but Team Ethan found good value snagging Nick Chubb in the third, 11 spots later than he was drafted the first time around. Ravens running back JK Dobbins also saw a fast rise after coming off the PUP list.

Round 4

37Team MikeRB Breece Hall (NYJ)Prev: 39
38Team MattWR Mike Williams (LAC)38
39Team WeyrichQB Josh Allen (BUF)40
40Team SkloffTE George Kittle (SF)49
41Team ToddRB Ezekiel Elliott (DAL)36
42Team CoryRB Antonio Gibson (WSH)57
43Team EthanTE Kyle Pitts (ATL)52
44Team ByrumRB Miles Sanders (PHI)78
45Team BijanWR Brandin Cooks (HOU)47
46Team CadeauxWR Diontae Johnson (PIT)45
47Team DePriscoRB Elijah Mitchell (SF)64
48Team TylerQB Patrick Mahomes (KC)42

Analysis: Running backs continue to fly off the board in this draft, as Miles Sanders (34) and Elijah Mitchell (17) were picked well before they were in the first mock draft. It's also worth noting the first quarterbacks went in the fourth round as well in Josh Allen and Patrick Mahomes. The fourth round seems to be the time to start taking QBs. 

Related: 12-team, PPR fantasy mock draft before training camp

Round 5

49Team TylerWR Jerry Jeudy (DEN)Prev: 44
50Team DePriscoWR Amon-Ra St. Brown (DET)41
51Team CadeauxQB Justin Herbert (LAC)62
52Team BijanRB Josh Jacobs (LV)59
53Team ByrumQB Lamar Jackson (BAL)63
54Team EthanWR Michael Thomas (NO)58
55Team CoryWR Courtland Sutton (DEN)60
56Team ToddWR Marquise Brown (ARI)48
57Team SkloffRB Cordarrelle Patterson (ATL)22
58Team WeyrichWR DK Metcalf (SEA)43
59Team MattRB Travis Etienne Jr. (JAX)61
60Team MikeTE Darren Waller (LV)53

Analysis: Here we take notice of Cordarrelle Patterson's steep fall down the draft. After becoming a waiver wire superstar last season as the Falcons' starting running back, Patterson still has plenty of fantasy value. Just maybe not second-round fantasy value. 

Round 6

61Team MikeWR Darnell Mooney (CHI)Prev: 50
62Team MattTE Dalton Schultz (DAL)74
63Team WeyrichWR Rashod Bateman (BAL)86
64Team SkloffWR Gabriel Davis (BUF)91
65Team ToddWR Chris Godwin (TB)51
66Team CoryRB Devin Singletary (BUF)71
67Team EthanWR Amari Cooper (CLE)54
68Team ByrumRB Clyde Edwards-Helaire (KC)92
69Team BijanTE T.J. Hockenson (DET)75
70Team CadeauxWR Allen Robinson II (LAR)69
71Team DePriscoQB Dak Prescott (DAL)70
72Team TylerWR Adam Thielen (MIN)72

Analysis: There's not a ton to note in this round. Running backs continue to go earlier than anticipated while the last of the "great" tight end targets come off the board at No. 69. After Hockenson, the number of viable tight end options in the draft starts to dwindle.

Round 7

73Team TylerTE Dallas Goedert (PHI)Prev: 80
74Team DePriscoWR DeVonta Smith (PHI)77
75Team CadeauxWR Elijah Moore (NYJ)81
76Team BijanWR Drake London (ATL)87
77Team ByrumWR Hunter Renfrow (LV)65
78Team EthanQB Kyler Murray (ARI)56
79Team CoryQB Joe Burrow (CIN)67
80Team ToddTE Zach Ertz (ARI)82
81Team SkloffQB Russell Wilson (DEN)95
82Team WeyrichWR JuJu Smith-Schuster (KC)83
83Team MattWR Tyler Lockett (SEA)100
84Team MikeQB Jalen Hurts (PHI)76

Analysis: Team Ethan finds value once again by snagging Kyler Murray in the seventh, 22 picks later than the last mock. Murray and the Cardinals' offseason has been shaky to say the least, but Murray still has the ability to put up points in a hurry. Just don't rely on him too heavily later in the season when defenses figure out Kliff Kingsbury's offense again.

Round 8

85Team MikeRB Damien Harris (NE)Prev: 88
86Team MattQB Tom Brady (TB)73
87Team WeyrichWR Christian Kirk (JAX)93
88Team SkloffWR Kadarius Toney (NYG)102
89Team ToddQB Aaron Rodgers (GB)68
90Team CoryRB Rhamondre Stevenson (NE)110
91Team EthanWR Brandon Aiyuk (SF)99
92Team ByrumRB Tony Pollard (DAL)85
93Team BijanQB Matthew Stafford (LAR)84
94Team CadeauxRB Kareem Hunt (CLE)89
95Team DePriscoWR Treylon Burks (TEN)101
96Team TylerWR Allen Lazard (GB)109

Analysis: Two Patriots running backs get selected here in Round 8, with Rhamondre Stevenson getting picked five spots behind presumed starter Damien Harris. Starting the right Patriots running back week to week can feel like trying to predict the weather with binoculars, but there should be plenty of volume near the goal line for at least one of those guys this season.

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Round 9

97Team TylerRB AJ Dillon (GB)Prev: 66
98Team DePriscoRB Kenneth Walker III (SEA)146
99Team CadeauxTE Pat Freiermuth (PIT)107
100Team BijanRB James Robinson (JAX)122
101Team ByrumTE Mike Gesicki (MIA)113
102Team EthanWR DeAndre Hopkins (ARI)96
103Team CoryTE Dawson Knox (BUF)55
104Team ToddRB Ronald Jones II (KC)106
105Team SkloffRB Melvin Gordon III (DEN)94
106Team WeyrichRB Rashaad Penny (SEA)112
107Team MattWR Robert Woods (TEN)105
108Team MikeWR Garrett Wilson (NYJ)104

Analysis: Round 9 featured a heavy riser in Seahawks rookie Kenneth Walker III and a massive faller in Bills tight end Dawson Knox. Knox has a high ceiling in a pass-heavy Buffalo offense, but there are a lot of mouths to feed on that unit after Gabriel Davis' coming out party in the AFC playoffs.

Round 10

109Team MikeWR Jakobi Meyers (NE)Prev: 118
110Team MattWR Chris Olave (NO)79
111Team WeyrichRB Chase Edmonds (MIA)90
112Team SkloffWR Skyy Moore (KC)103
113Team ToddWR Chase Claypool (PIT)98
114Team CoryWR Tyler Boyd (CIN)115
115Team EthanRB James Cook (BUF)117
116Team ByrumWR Jahan Dotson (WSH)121
117Team BijanWR Jarvis Landry (NO)111
118Team CadeauxTE Hunter Henry (NE)108
119Team DePriscoWR Russell Gage (TB)131
120Team TylerRB Nyheim Hines (IND)120

Analysis: Round 10 proved to be the round of the rookie receiver. Chris Olave, Skyy Moore and Washington's own Jahan Dotson went off the board and besides Olave, got drafted in similar spots to last time. Dotson and Moore could prove to be steals later this season if they can develop chemistry with their respective quarterbacks. By all accounts, Dotson has.

Round 11

121Team TylerWR Robbie Anderson (CAR)Prev: 171
122Team DePriscoTE Noah Fant (SEA)149
123Team CadeauxWR Kenny Golladay (NYG)119
124Team BijanBills D/ST127
125Team Byrum49ers D/ST144
126Team EthanRB Raheem Mostert (MIA)135
127Team CoryRavens D/ST137
128Team ToddSaints D/ST125
129Team SkloffBrowns D/ST170
130Team WeyrichTE Irv Smith Jr. (MIN)160
131Team MattWR Marquez Valdes-Scantling (KC)143
132Team MikeTE Cole Kmet (CHI)157

Analysis: Here come the defenses. Team Bijan got things started by snagging the Bills 124th overall, while the 49ers, Ravens, Saints and Browns were selected shortly after. There isn't a clear-cut No. 1 fantasy defense entering the season, so securing any of the five selected in Round 11 would be a fine decision. 

Round 12

133Team MikeSteelers D/STPrev: ND
134Team MattRB J.D. McKissic (WSH)134
135Team WeyrichTE David Njoku (CLE)155
136Team SkloffRB Dameon Pierce (HOU)161
137Team ToddRB Michael Carter (NYJ)97
138Team CoryWR Christian Watson (GB)129
139Team EthanPackers D/ST136
140Team ByrumQB Kirk Cousins (MIN)159
141Team BijanWR Rondale Moore (ARI)173
142Team CadeauxBuccaneers D/ST191
143Team DePriscoRams D/ST130
144Team TylerQB Derek Carr (LV)116

Analysis: Round 12 features more defenses, a few rookies and quarterbacks. Michael Carter took a steep dive down the draft this time, however. Rookie Breece Hall's presence in the Jets' backfield will certainly limit Carter's fantasy ceiling this year. 

Round 13

145Team TylerColts D/STPrev: 190
146Team DePriscoQB Trevor Lawrence (JAX)145
147Team CadeauxQB Trey Lance (SF)124
148Team BijanRB Chuba Hubbard (CAR)ND
149Team ByrumWR Jalen Tolbert (DAL)ND
150Team EthanWR Marvin Jones Jr. (JAX)183
151Team CoryK Graham Gano (NYG)138
152Team ToddWR Jameson Williams (DET)158
153Team SkloffTE Logan Thomas (WSH)ND
154Team WeyrichWR DeVante Parker (NE)141
155Team MattWR Joshua Palmer (LAC)189
156Team MikeQB Tua Tagovailoa (MIA)177

Analysis: And we have our first kicker drafted with Team Cory selecting Giants kicker Graham Gano in the 13th round. Gano wasn't a top 10 kicker a year ago mostly due to the lack of extra points he attempted, so if New York's offense improves under Brian Daboll, Gano could be a top fantasy option once again.

Round 14

157Team MikeK Evan McPherson (CIN)Prev: 153
158Team MattBroncos D/ST179
159Team WeyrichWR Nico Collins (HOU)ND
160Team SkloffQB Matt Ryan (IND)114
161Team ToddK Justin Tucker (BAL)123
162Team CoryRB Khalil Herbert (CHI)126
163Team EthanWR Mecole Hardman (KC)166
164Team ByrumK Harrison Butker (KC)156
165Team BijanK Matt Gay (LAR)152
166Team CadeauxRB Marlon Mack (HOU)148
167Team DePriscoK Daniel Carlson (LV)154
168Team TylerWR Michael Gallup (DAL)169

Analysis: At this stage of the draft, you'll start seeing more kickers go off the board and if it's not a kicker getting picked, it'll most likely be a player a team is taking a flier on. These players are all likely to get released during Week 1 waiver wire mayhem, so you might as well swing big.

Round 15

169Team TylerK Tyler Bass (BUF)Prev: 168
170Team DePriscoWR Julio Jones (TB)ND
171Team CadeauxWR George Pickens (PIT)176
172Team BijanRB Alexander Mattison (MIN)132
173Team ByrumRB Darrell Henderson Jr. (LAR)140
174Team EthanK Brandon McManus (DEN)163
175Team CoryWR Corey Davis (NYJ)162
176Team ToddWR DJ Chark Jr. (DET)181
177Team SkloffK Joey Slye (WSH)ND
178Team WeyrichCommanders D/ST165
179Team MattRB Jamaal Williams (DET)192
180Team MikeRB Zamir White (LV)ND

Analysis: Of all the swings taken here, George Pickens could be the biggest. His talent is undeniable but consistency and maturity were issues in college. If he can put it all together though, he's the kind of receiver who can make Mitchell Trubisky look like an All-Pro.

Round 16

181Team MikeWR Curtis Samuel (WSH)Prev: 175
182Team MattK Dustin Hopkins (LAC)ND
183Team WeyrichK Matt Prater (ARI)172
184Team SkloffWR Alec Pierce (IND)174
185Team ToddWR Jamison Crowder (BUF)184
186Team CoryTE Evan Engram (JAX)186
187Team EthanWR Van Jefferson (LAR)ND
188Team ByrumRB Gus Edwards (BAL)147
189Team BijanRB Rex Burkhead (HOU)ND
190Team CadeauxK Jake Elliott (PHI)182
191Team DePriscoTE Tyler Higbee (LAR)178
192Team TylerRB Kenneth Gainwell (PHI)ND

Analysis: Kenneth Gainwell is Mr. Irrelevant in this draft but don't sleep on his potential impact this season. Miles Sanders is in a contract year with the Eagles and has underwhelmed in three seasons since getting drafted in the second round. If Sanders struggles or gets hurt, Gainwell is next up in a run-heavy scheme with a great offensive line.

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