It’s January, 2016, which means that it is time to start preparing for the 2016 fantasy football season. To me, there is nothing better than mock drafting and creating fantasy football rankings this early on in the off-season. This is where you separate the hardcore fantasy football fans from the August magazine-based drafters. So, before we get into this mock draft and the write-up below, here are the details: 1) Four rounds long, 2) PPR, 3) Dynasty, 4) The draft took place on our forums with anyone that wanted to participate.
2016 Dynasty Mock Draft
1.01 – Todd Gurley (RB/Rams)
1.02 – Julio Jones (WR/Falcons)
1.03 – Antonio Brown (WR/Steelers)
1.04 – Odell Beckham (WR/Giants)
1.05 – Rob Gronkowski (TE/Patriots)
1.06 – LeVeon Bell (RB/Steelers)
1.07 – DeAndre Hopkins (WR/Texans)
1.08 – Doug Martin (RB/Bucs)
1.09 – Devonta Freeman (RB/Falcons)
1.10 – Dez Bryant (WR/Cowboys)
1.11 – AJ Green (WR/Bengals)
1.12 – Allen Robinson (WR/Jaguars)
Smitty: I actually kicked off this mock draft by selecting Todd Gurley, and while a case can be made for going Julio Jones, Antonio Brown, LeVeon Bell, or even DeAndre Hopkins, Gurley looks to have the best chance of having an Adrian Peterson-like career. I love Devonta Freeman, who also commands some top 5 overall respect despite his low slotting in this mock draft, and LeVeon Bell is one of the only other runners entering 2016 and beyond that feels capable of a long, long dominate fantasy football career. That makes these three backs extremely valuable, folks. Back to Freeman, though… falling to 1.09 is not too surprising, as I’d say almost half of fantasy worlds everywhere doubted the guy while he was scoring Priest Holmes-type numbers in 2015. Is there risk with Freeman? Absolutely, as that Atlanta coaching staff could screw this one up, and anyone can get hurt that has that smaller-type frame like Freeman. As of now, Freeman is shaping up to be a low-end round-one pick in upcoming 2016 fantasy football drafts, which is fantastic and relatively low-risk.