Fantasy Football Mock Draft, 12-team PPR: Finding value in each round

Fantasy Football, Steelers, Najee Harris. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports
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Fantasy Football continues to grow, so we offer up a mock draft in a 12-team Points Per Reception league, aiming to find value in every round

No fan can escape it. Fantasy Football is everywhere. It’s gotten so popular that NFL game day tickers often show players who are atop the leaderboards in points scored in fantasy.

In order to prepare for the season, we’re offering up a 2022 mock draft in a 12-team PPR league through ESPN. We ended up with pick No. 8 in a random draw. Let’s dive in and look at how each round goes while trying to figure out which positions fellow managers target in each round.

12-team PPR fantasy football mock draft

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Fantasy Football Mock Draft 2022: Round 1

  • Team 1: Christian McCaffrey, RB, Carolina Panthers
  • Team 2: Jonathan Taylor, RB, Indianapolis Colts
  • Team 3: Derrick Henry, RB, Tennessee Titans
  • Team 4: Justin Jefferson, WR, Minnesota Vikings
  • Team 5: Cooper Kupp, WR, Los Angeles Rams
  • Team 6: Ja’Marr Chase, WR, Cincinnati Bengals
  • Team 7: Austin Ekeler, RB, Los Angeles Chargers
  • *Team 8: Najee Harris, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers
  • Team 9: Joe Mixon, RB, Cincinnati Bengals
  • Team 10: Dalvin Cook, RB, Minnesota Vikings
  • Team 11: Davante Adams, WR, Las Vegas Raiders
  • Team 12: Alvin Kamara, RB, New Orleans Saints

The first pick in this mock was Christian McCaffrey, which can be a home run if he stays healthy. Not only does he get a ton of yards as a runner, but he catches a lot of passes, which is huge in a PPR league.

Of course, the “if” with him is huge. McCaffrey has played just 10 games in the past two seasons, so this one is buyer beware.

Wide receivers will fly off the board in this league, and that started with Justin Jefferson, Cooper Kupp, and Ja’Marr Chase. As for the No. 8 pick we ended up with, the choice was a running back who will rack up the points due to receptions.

Najee Harris had 1,200 yards rushing as a rookie and added 74 receptions as well. With either Mitchell Trubisky or Kenny Pickett under center, he should continue to see the passes come his way, making him a solid pick near the end of Round 1.