It’s fantasy football draft season, and things are no different here at Yahoo Sports. Ten team members recently ran a 10-team fantasy football mock, half a point per reception, and all the picks are in the nice chart above. Scroll to the right of the chart above to see the full draft results.
The team-by-team results are at the bottom of the article – but first, some interesting findings about the results from Andy Behrens himself.
The first and most important thing to understand about a 10-team fantasy football draft is that you can get away with almost any strategy. Everything is on the table; nothing will backfire.
First round tight end? Go for it. There is no penalty.
Second-round quarterback? It’s frowned upon in certain circles, but the opportunity cost isn’t that great.
ZeroRB? You will absolutely love the backs available in double digit rounds.
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As a general rule, any coach in a 10-team league will be happy with their roster at the end of the draft. Is one extremely Forgiving league size – especially if you’re playing a default Yahoo format with only one starting QB and a single flex spot. It’s such a painless draft experience.
Earlier this week – hours before the news broke Saquon Barkley AND Josh Jacobs hadn’t reached long-term deals with their teams – the extended Yahoo Fantasy family came together for a 10-team mock draft using our default public semi-PPR settings.
We encourage you to use our results as a rough guide in your future drafts.
Also, feel free to pick a favorite team if that’s your thing, but just please know that I’m personally undefeated in mocks dating back to the late 90s. I just don’t miss the taunts, ever. I’m basically the Edwin Moses of mock drafting.
If you want some big shots from this mid-July exercise, here are three things that jump off the screen (the first of which is something we’ve covered before) …
You can find great QB options deep in the draft
It’s not like any of the three managers who selected quarterbacks in the third round — or the other three managers who took them in the fourth round — felt like their rosters suffered as a result. Again, this is definitely a no-regrets format.
But you know who else isn’t sweating their QB pick? Scott Pianowski, the longest-serving mock drafter at the position. He took Aaron Rodgers then in the 11th round Deshaun Watson one round later. Rodgers, of course, is just a year away from winning an MVP. When we last saw Watson complete a full season, all he did was lead the NFL in passing yards and Y/A, finishing as a top-five fantasy quarterback.
You’ll also notice that last season’s overall QB5, Geno Smith, was taken in the 14th round in our mock. sleeping america, Anthony Richardsonhe waited until the 12th round. Kirk Cousins AND Jared Goff went undrafted coming off 4,400-yard, 29-TD seasons. Simply put, quarterback is an extremely deep position for fantasy purposes. It makes sense to draft him early — in this era, the best fantasy QBs have league-winning upside — but you can still wait a long time to address this point and be happy with the result.
Initial skepticism is your friend
Sesame Robinson in the second round it was a robbery. Jahmyr Gibbs in the fifth it was also pure theft. These days, when NFL teams use premium drafts for running backsthose guys feed non-stop.
Rookie receivers didn’t come off the board until the ninth and 10th rounds, despite the fact that first-year wide receivers consistently finish inside the top 25 at the position. Once Richardson is at the controls for Indianapolis, he will be a fantasy force. I may very well be on an island with a starting tight end Sam LaPorta, but he’s a serious talent with an everyday role in a growing offense. (Did you know that Detroit’s tight ends combined for a dozen TD receptions last season? Well, now you do.)
If this mock accurately represents the fantasy community’s distrust of the 2023 rookie class, these players will collectively be among the best values in our game.
It gets late early at wide receiver
A funny thing happens at receiver in fantasy drafts. One minute, we’re getting guys like Chris Godwin, Tyler Lockett AND Mike Williams, and everyone feels good about their options. But within a round or two, suddenly the names moving up in the draft conversation are kind of terrifying: Rashod Bateman, Kadarius Toney, Treylon Burkset al.
It almost looks like someone hacked the game and removed a wide receiver level. This isn’t such a big deal if your league’s setup only calls for two starting WRs and a flex. But in a deeper format — say, three starting receivers and 2-3 tight ends — it’s important to know the limits of the player pool. It’s easy to talk yourself into someone like Bateman or Toney when they’re just a wingman, but it’s quite another to get into a difficult situation where need those guys to produce.
Here are the team-by-team results of the mock draft in order of selection.
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Tyreek Hill (Mia – WR)
Tony Pollard (Out – RB)
Josh Allen (Owl – QB)
TJ Hockenson (Min – TE)
JK Dobbins (Bal – RB)
Keenan Allen (LAC – WR)
Marquise Brown (Gold – WR)
Christian Watson (GB – WR)
Jaxon Smith-Njigba (Sea – WR)
Brian Robinson (Was – RB)
Daniel Jones (NYG – QB)
Chigoziem Okonkwo (Ten – TE)
Courtland Sutton (Den – WR)
New England (NE – DEF)
Jason Sanders (Mia – K)
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Nick Chubb (Cl – RB)
Davante Adams (LV – WR)
Aaron Jones (GB – RB)
Lamar Jackson (Bal – QB)
Akers Camera (LAR – RB)
DeAndre Hopkins (Ten – WR)
Chris Godwin (TB – WR)
Javonte Williams (Den – RB)
Sam LaPorta (Sea – TE)
Kadarius Toney (KC – WR)
Odell Beckham Jr. (Bal – WR)
Jerick McKinnon (KC – RB)
New York (NYJ – DEF)
Harrison Butker (KC – K)
Tank Bigsby (Jax – RB)
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Josh Jacobs (LV – RB)
Bijan Robinson (Atl – RB)
Jaylen Waddle (Mia – WR)
Tee Higgins (Cin – WR)
Justin Herbert (LAC – QB)
Dameon Pierce (Hou – RB)
Mike Williams (LAC – WR)
Evan Engram (Jax – TE)
Dak Prescott (Dal – QB)
San Francisco (SF – DEF)
Gabe Davis (Owl – WR)
Elijah Mitchell (SF – RB)
Jakobi Meyers (LV – WR)
Skyy Moore (KC – WR)
Jake Elliott (Phi – K)
Scott Pianowski, Yahoo Fantasy Analyst
Jonathan Taylor (India – RB)
Stefon Diggs (Owl – WR)
Mark Andrews (Bal – TE)
Rhamondre Stevenson (NE – RB)
Jerry Jeudy (Den – WR)
Drake London (Atl – WR)
Rachaad White (TB – RB)
Isiah Pacheco (KC – RB)
Jahan Dotson (Was – WR)
George Pickens (Pitt – WR)
Aaron Rodgers (NYJ – QB)
Deshaun Watson (CL – QB)
Baltimore (Bal – DEF)
Daniel Carlson (LV – K)
Cole Kmet (Chi – TE)