Fantasy: 12-team mock draft with analysis after every round
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theScore staff took part in a 12-team, 12-round mock to provide a glimpse into what your drafts could look like and offer some insight on what to watch for in each round.

This is a half-point per reception scoring league with the following roster spots: QB, RB, RB, WR, WR, WR, TE, FLEX, BN, BN, BN, BN. We omitted defenders and kickers, as they normally get selected in the final two rounds.

Draft participants: Andrew Brennan, Gino Bottero, Ian Dalley, Taylor Rohaly, Caitlyn Holroyd, Mike Alessandrini, Mike Dickson, Dan Wilkins, Justin Boone, Alex Moretto, Thomas Casale, C Jackson Cowart

Round 1

Pick Player Manager
1 Christian McCaffrey (RB1) Brennan
2 Saquon Barkley (RB2) Bottero
3 Ezekiel Elliott (RB3) Dalley
4 Derrick Henry (RB4) Rohaly
5 Michael Thomas (WR1) Holroyd
6 Clyde Edwards-Helaire (RB5) Alessandrini
7 Alvin Kamara (RB6) Dickson
8 Dalvin Cook (RB7) Wilkins
9 Kenyan Drake (RB8) Boone
10 Joe Mixon (RB9) Moretto
11 Josh Jacobs (RB10) Casale
12 Miles Sanders (RB11) Cowart

Round 1: Only one wide receiver goes off the board in the opening round, which isn't that shocking given the limited number of bell-cow backs in the fantasy world. As managers rush to lock in their RB1, my top-ranked fantasy wideout - Davante Adams - becomes an incredible value in the second round of this draft. ... It's not shocking to see guys like Derrick Henry and Clyde Edwards-Helaire move up into the first six picks, but that pushes Alvin Kamara down to seventh overall and gets Team Dickson off to a great start. After battling through injuries down the stretch, Kamara is healthy and ready to reclaim his spot among the elite fantasy backs. ... Kenyan Drake being in a walking boot this week certainly isn't the kind of news you want to see about a first-round pick. However, both the team and player insist it's just precautionary. Drake even reminded everyone he was in a walking boot this time last year and went on to have a strong season. Still, in the interest of securing the extremely productive Cardinals' rushing attack, Chase Edmonds will be on my radar in the later rounds.

Round 2

Pick Player Manager
13 Davante Adams (WR2) Cowart
14 Nick Chubb (RB12) Casale
15 Tyreek Hill (WR3) Moretto
16 Julio Jones (WR4) Boone
17 DeAndre Hopkins (WR5) Wilkins
18 Travis Kelce (TE1) Dickson
19 Aaron Jones (RB13) Alessandrini
20 Austin Ekeler (RB14) Holroyd
21 Chris Godwin (WR6) Rohaly
22 George Kittle (TE2) Dalley
23 Mike Evans (WR7) Bottero
24 Kenny Golladay (WR8) Brennan

Round 2: When looking at all the teams through two rounds, the managers who picked near the 1-2 turn appear to have an early advantage in this draft. That's quickly become my ideal starting position if given the choice, as I outlined in my draft strategy series. ... Elite tight ends have become a staple of the second round, especially with the wave of injuries that hit the 49ers' receiving corps - securing an even bigger target share for George Kittle. If you're picking in the mid- to late second, they should be high on your wish list. ... While most fantasy drafters get excited by the shiny new breakout stars, I'll gladly take Julio Jones at 2.04. Jones has been a guaranteed top-six fantasy wideout in each of the last six seasons and he has a spot reserved there again in 2020.

Round 3

Pick Player Manager
25 Allen Robinson (WR9) Brennan
26 JuJu Smith-Schuster (WR10) Bottero
27 Amari Cooper (WR11) Dalley
28 Patrick Mahomes (QB1) Rohaly
29 DJ Moore (WR12) Holroyd
30 Odell Beckham Jr. (WR13) Alessandrini
31 Calvin Ridley (WR14) Dickson
32 Lamar Jackson (QB2) Wilkins
33 Adam Thielen (WR15) Boone
34 Zach Ertz (TE3) Moretto
35 A.J. Brown (WR16) Casale
36 Mark Andrews (TE4) Cowart

Round 3: Despite the heavy emphasis on running backs in the first round, in a very interesting twist, only two teams have taken a second rusher through three frames. In fact, no ball carriers went off the board in the third round. Though that might seem foolish on the surface, it speaks to the uncertainty around that next tier of lead backs. ... One reason guys like Chris Carson and Jonathan Taylor, who deserve to be third-round picks, fell to the fourth was an early run at tight end that saw Zach Ertz and Mark Andrews selected near the end of the round. While Andrews and Ertz have elite upside, they'll deal with more target competition in 2020, which makes this investment a little pricey. ... I decided to take the certainty that comes with Adam Thielen's inevitably massive target share. It looks like rookie Justin Jefferson will need some time to get up to speed in the pros, leaving Thielen to soak up as many targets as he can handle.

Round 4

Pick Player Manager
37 Terry McLaurin (WR17) Cowart
38 Cooper Kupp (WR18) Casale
39 Jonathan Taylor (RB15) Moretto
40 Chris Carson (RB16) Boone
41 Darren Waller (TE5) Wilkins
42 Leonard Fournette (RB17) Dickson
43 Robert Woods (WR19) Alessandrini
44 Todd Gurley (RB18) Holroyd
45 James Conner (RB19) Rohaly
46 DK Metcalf (WR20) Dalley
47 Melvin Gordon (RB20) Bottero
48 Le'Veon Bell (RB21) Brennan

Round 4: After zero running backs were chosen in the third, we finally see a big run on the position in the fourth. In this round, most of the RBs taken come at a value - even with the questions surrounding them. Carson and Taylor lead this group for me and I was able to get Carson as my RB2 at 4.04. ... James Conner is a very intriguing name whose stock has risen with every positive report about Ben Roethlisberger's health. Durability concerns are the only thing preventing Conner from being valued as a potential RB1.

Round 5

Pick Player Manager
49 Keenan Allen (WR21) Brennan
50 Tyler Lockett (WR22) Bottero
51 Devin Singletary (RB22) Dalley
52 Courtland Sutton (WR23) Rohaly
53 David Johnson (RB23) Holroyd
54 Raheem Mostert (RB24) Alessandrini
55 D.J. Chark (WR24) Dickson
56 Mark Ingram (RB25) Wilkins
57 DeVante Parker (WR25) Boone
58 Kyler Murray (QB3) Moretto
59 Russell Wilson (QB4) Casale
60 Josh Allen (QB5) Cowart

Round 5: One reason why I enjoy doing mocks with a variety of staff members across all departments at theScore is because you get a better feel for how most people's home league drafts will play out. In mock drafts filled with fantasy analysts, everyone wants to wait at quarterback, so a game of chicken ensues. Here, the second tier of passers begins to fly off the shelf in the late fifth, which is more likely to happen in the average league. My advice is still to hold off on the position and not pay this kind of premium when there'll be better value later. For example, Josh Allen's ADP is in the eighth or ninth round, depending on the site you're using.

Round 6

Pick Player Manager
61 Cam Akers (RB26) Cowart
62 David Montgomery (RB27) Casale
63 D'Andre Swift (RB28) Moretto
64 Kareem Hunt (RB29) Boone
65 Marquise Brown (WR26) Wilkins
66 Stefon Diggs (WR27) Dickson
67 A.J. Green (WR28) Alessandrini
68 T.Y. Hilton (WR29) Holroyd
69 Hunter Henry (TE6) Rohaly
70 Michael Gallup (WR30) Dalley
71 Ronald Jones (RB30) Bottero
72 Tyler Boyd (WR31) Brennan

Round 6: Running backs continue to be the hot commodity in the early sixth, and if you were waiting to find value at the position, this is definitely a spot to do it. Team Cowart, which entered this round without a second runner, gets a high-upside rookie in Cam Akers. With Darrell Henderson sidelined, Akers will have an even better opportunity to make his case for the starting job. ... Team Moretto gets one of my favorite value picks at the moment in Lions rookie D'Andre Swift. A healthy Matthew Stafford makes Detroit's offense dangerous again and Swift has become a forgotten man in this year's draft class. ... Meanwhile, with the core of my lineup already set, I can take a shot on Kareem Hunt's combination of weekly flex value and RB1 upside if Nick Chubb misses time at any point.

Round 7

Pick Player Manager
73 James White (RB31) Brennan
74 Jarvis Landry (WR32) Bottero
75 Marvin Jones (WR33) Dalley
76 Mecole Hardman (WR34) Rohaly
77 Tyler Higbee (TE7) Holroyd
78 Julian Edelman (WR35) Alessandrini
79 J.K. Dobbins (RB32) Dickson
80 Will Fuller (WR36) Wilkins
81 Diontae Johnson (WR37) Boone
82 Darius Slayton (WR38) Moretto
83 Brandin Cooks (WR39) Casale
84 Marlon Mack (RB33) Cowart

Round 7: We've talked all offseason about the depth at receiver and the seventh round is a prime example. Every single one of the eight wideouts taken in this frame has WR2 potential if things go their way. ... James White is a decent PPR pick, but in a half-PPR league, you should aim for players with more upside - like J.K. Dobbins or Marlon Mack, who were chosen later in the round. With Sony Michel, Damien Harris, and Rex Burkhead all vying for touches, the Patriots will never give White enough volume to be a consistent high-end producer.

Round 8

Pick Player Manager
85 Christian Kirk (WR40) Cowart
86 Deebo Samuel (WR41) Casale
87 Henry Ruggs (WR42) Moretto
88 Dak Prescott (QB6) Boone
89 Evan Engram (TE8) Wilkins
90 Deshaun Watson (QB7) Dickson
91 Rob Gronkowski (TE9) Alessandrini
92 Tarik Cohen (RB34) Holroyd
93 Alexander Mattison (RB35) Rohaly
94 Kerryon Johnson (RB36) Dalley
95 Jordan Howard (RB37) Bottero
96 Hayden Hurst (TE10) Brennan

Round 8: Remember when three quarterbacks went in the fifth round? Well, I have Dak Prescott ranked above them and he was sitting around for me in the eighth. Another of my top-five passers, Deshaun Watson, was also still on the board. It's not that Kyler Murray, Russell Wilson, and Allen don't have the ability to deliver in the fifth, but if you're taking them that early, you're paying for their ceilings. Instead, you should see who falls in your draft and try to scoop them up at a value using my QB tiers.

Round 9

Pick Player Manager
97 Jamison Crowder (WR43) Brennan
98 Tevin Coleman (RB38) Bottero
99 Zack Moss (RB39) Dalley
100 John Brown (WR44) Rohaly
101 Emmanuel Sanders (WR45) Holroyd
102 Matt Breida (RB40) Alessandrini
103 Austin Hooper (TE11) Dickson
104 Chase Edmonds (RB41) Wilkins
105 CeeDee Lamb (WR46) Boone
106 Ke'Shawn Vaughn (RB42) Moretto
107 Blake Jarwin (TE12) Casale
108 Phillip Lindsay (RB43) Cowart

Round 9: If you're keeping track of the quarterbacks, we still have five rosters waiting on the position, and based on all the talent remaining - including Carson Wentz and Cam Newton - those rosters should be set up nicely. ... Team Wilkins sensed I was going to draft Edmonds and pair him with Drake, so he sniped him one pick before me. I immediately pivoted to stack standout rookie CeeDee Lamb with Prescott. Based on training camp reports, Lamb is dazzling onlookers and might be able to break out even in the Cowboys' stacked receiving corps. If Amari Cooper or Michael Gallup gets hurt, Lamb could be a league-winner.

Round 10

Pick Player Manager
109 Jerry Jeudy (WR47) Cowart
110 Anthony Miller (WR48) Casale
111 Curtis Samuel (WR49) Moretto
112 Latavius Murray (RB44) Boone
113 DeSean Jackson (WR50) Wilkins
114 Mike Williams (WR51) Dickson
115 Matt Ryan (QB8) Alessandrini
116 Carson Wentz (QB9) Holroyd
117 Darrell Henderson (RB45) Rohaly
118 Golden Tate (WR52) Dalley
119 Tony Pollard (RB46) Bottero
120 Justin Jefferson (WR53) Brennan

Round 10: The wide receiver well simply doesn't run dry this year, as evidenced by the pass-catchers selected in this round, like Anthony Miller, DeSean Jackson, Golden Tate, and Curtis Samuel. ... If you're hoping to find value in the backup running back department, take a look at my handcuff RB rankings and then play the same waiting game I suggested employing with quarterbacks. While I'm willing to spend an eighth- or ninth-round pick on an Alexander Mattison or Chase Edmonds, you can just as easily wait and see who falls. In this case, Latavius Murray and Tony Pollard - who possess as much fantasy upside as almost any backup RB - were available in the 10th round.

Round 11

Pick Player Manager
121 Michael Pittman (WR54) Brennan
122 Tom Brady (QB10) Bottero
123 Drew Brees (QB11) Dalley
124 Sammy Watkins (WR55) Rohaly
125 Jalen Reagor (WR56) Holroyd
126 Sterling Shepard (WR57) Alessandrini
127 Duke Johnson (RB47) Dickson
128 Damien Harris (RB48) Wilkins
129 Antonio Gibson (RB49) Boone
130 Brandon Aiyuk (WR58) Moretto
131 Hunter Renfrow (WR59) Casale
132 Preston Williams (WR60) Cowart

Round 11: Several lottery-ticket players who were available in this round might not be here in the coming weeks if they continue to earn the praise of coaches, teammates, and beat writers in practice. Jalen Reagor, Sterling Shepard, and Antonio Gibson could be weekly fantasy starters and should be drafted much earlier than this. Depending on their injury outlooks, Preston Williams and Brandon Aiyuk also qualify.

Round 12

Pick Player Manager
133 N'Keal Harry (WR61) Cowart
134 Jerick McKinnon (RB50) Casale
135 Irv Smith (TE13) Moretto
136 Jared Cook (TE14) Boone
137 Boston Scott (RB51) Wilkins
138 Allen Lazard (WR62) Dickson
139 Aaron Rodgers (QB12) Alessandrini
140 Breshad Perriman (WR63) Holroyd
141 Sony Michel (RB52) Rohaly
142 AJ Dillon (RB53) Dalley
143 Mike Gesicki (TE15) Bottero
144 Matthew Stafford (QB13) Brennan

Round 12: If you're planning to wait on tight end, this offers an example of the players you can get in the final rounds. And that's not counting the ones who went undrafted, such as Jared Cook, Noah Fant, Jonnu Smith, Dallas Goedert, Chris Herndon, and Eric Ebron. If the tight end you pick doesn't work out, you'll be able to find a suitable replacement on the waiver wire early in the season.

Fantasy: 12-team mock draft with analysis after every round
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