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FANTASY FOOTBALL: BATSBY Sports’ way-too-early PPR mock draft for the 2021 season

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Panthers tailback Christian McCaffrey (2,392 total yards, 19 TDs in 2019) has amassed 140 total yards and/or one touchdown in 23 of his last 29 games.

It’s equal parts exhilarating and utterly pointless to concoct a fantasy mock draft on Super Bowl Weekend, considering that NFL free agency doesn’t start until next month … and there’ll be no in-person Scouting Combine (pandemic-related safety occurrence), in advance of the April draft.

And yet, here we are gleefully killing time with the following exercise, a six-round PPR draft covering 12 teams.

It’s worth noting: At this point in the calendar, the way-too-early positional rankings for running back, wide receiver and tight end have yet to be created.

So, outside of the quarterbacking spot (here are the early rankings), we were essentially flying blind with the various slots and tiers of this hypothetical draft; and as we can already attest with Matthew Stafford and Jared Goff (Rams-Lions blockbuster trade from last week), the QB rankings shall remain fluid all the way up to late April.

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SIX-ROUND PPR MOCK DRAFT

ROUND 1

TEAM #1 — RB Christian McCaffrey, Panthers
TEAM #2 — RB Dalvin Cook, Vikings
TEAM #3 — RB Saquon Barkley, Giants
TEAM #4 — RB Derrick Henry, Titans
TEAM #5 — RB Alvin Kamara, Saints
TEAM #6 — RB Jonathan Taylor, Colts
TEAM #7 — WR Davante Adams, Packers
TEAM #8 — WR Tyreek Hill, Chiefs
TEAM #9 — TE Travis Kelce, Chiefs
TEAM #10 — WR DeAndre Hopkins, Cardinals
TEAM #11 — WR Stefon Diggs, Bills
TEAM #12 — RB Josh Jacobs, Raiders

ROUND 2

TEAM #12 — QB Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs
TEAM #11 — RB Nick Chubb, Browns
TEAM #10 — RB David Montgomery, Bears
TEAM #9 — WR DK Metcalf, Seahawks
TEAM #8 — RB Ezekiel Elliott, Cowboys
TEAM #7 — QB Aaron Rodgers, Packers
TEAM #6 — RB Austin Ekeler, Chargers
TEAM #5 — TE George Kittle, 49ers
TEAM #4 — WR Calvin Ridley, Falcons
TEAM #3 — RB Cam Akers, Rams
TEAM #2 — WR Michael Thomas, Saints
TEAM #1 — RB Antonio Gibson, Washington Football Team

ROUND 3

TEAM #1 — WR A.J. Brown, Titans
TEAM #2 — RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Chiefs
TEAM #3 — RB D’Andre Swift, Lions
TEAM #4 — RB Aaron Jones, NFL Free Agent
TEAM #5 — WR Justin Jefferson, Vikings
TEAM #6 — RB J.K. Dobbins, Ravens
TEAM #7 — RB James Robinson, Jaguars
TEAM #8 — WR Adam Thielen, Vikings
TEAM #9 — RB Miles Sanders, Eagles
TEAM #10 — TE Darren Waller, Raiders
TEAM #11 — QB Josh Allen, Bills
TEAM #12 — WR Diontae Johnson, Steelers

ROUND 4

TEAM #12 — RB Joe Mixon, Bengals
TEAM #11 — RB Najee Harris, NFL Rookie
TEAM #10 — WR Allen Robinson, NFL Free Agent
TEAM #9 — QB Lamar Jackson, Ravens
TEAM #8 — RB Kenyan Drake, Cardinals
TEAM #7 — RB Travis Etienne, NFL Rookie
TEAM #6 — WR Terry McLaurin, Washington Football Team
TEAM #5 — WR Mike Evans, Buccaneers
TEAM #4 — RB Chris Carson, Seahawks
TEAM #3 — WR Keenan Allen, Chargers
TEAM #2 — WR Julio Jones, Falcons
TEAM #1 — WR Chris Godwin, NFL Free Agent

ROUND 5

TEAM #1 — QB Russell Wilson, Seahawks
TEAM #2 — WR Tyler Lockett, Seahawks
TEAM #3 — QB Justin Herbert, Chargers
TEAM #4 — WR Brandon Aiyuk, 49ers
TEAM #5 — RB Raheem Mostert, 49ers
TEAM #6 — WR Kenny Golladay, NFL Free Agent
TEAM #7 — WR DJ Moore, Panthers
TEAM #8 — WR Robert Woods, Rams
TEAM #9 — RB Ronald Jones, Buccaneers
TEAM #10 — RB Kareem Hunt, Browns
TEAM #11 — RB J.D. McKissic, Washington Football Team
TEAM #12 — WR JuJu Smith-Schuster, NFL Free Agent

ROUND 6

TEAM #12 — RB A.J. Dillon, Packers
TEAM #11 — WR Amari Cooper, Cowboys
TEAM #10 — RB Nyheim Hines, Colts
TEAM #9 — RB Melvin Gordon, Broncos
TEAM #8 — QB Kyler Murray, Cardinals
TEAM #7 — RB Myles Gaskin, Dolphins
TEAM #6 — QB Deshaun Watson, Texans/Jets/Dolphins
TEAM #5 — RB David Johnson, Texans
TEAM #4 — QB Dak Prescott, Cowboys
TEAM #3 — WR CeeDee Lamb, Cowboys
TEAM #2 — RB Zack Moss, Bills
TEAM #1 — WR Chase Claypool, Steelers

About The Managing Editor

Jay Clemons remains the only sports writer on the planet to capture Cynposis Media’s national award for Sports Blog Of The Year (beating out NBA.com, MLB.com, PGATour.com, The Players’ Tribune in 2015), along with the Fantasy Sports Writers Association’s pre-eminent award for Best Writer (2008). Through the years, Mr. Clemons has been a key figure with numerous blue-chip sports/media brands, namely the Detroit Lions, Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports, Bleacher Report and the NBC/Universal family. With Sports Illustrated (2006-11), Clemons served a triple role with SI.com‘s heralded football coverage—editing Peter King’s famed ‘Monday Morning Quarterback’ column, penning award-winning pieces for NFL and then writing/narrating scripted videos within the NFL and baseball realms. In 2013, Clemons’ first year with the company, FOX Sports South enjoyed a monumental increase of approximately 34 million Web hits in a 12-month cycle—merely posting 11 million hits the previous year. 

Then, over a two-month span in 2014, FOX Sports South amassed 19.5 million Web hits—a 60-day record for any FOX affiliate. And in 2015, Clemons claimed the aforementioned Cynopsis Media award on FOX Sports’ behalf, the company’s only national writing award during that period. Clemons, a graduate of Michigan State University  and Wayne State University, has been an on-camera Web-TV host for Sports Illustrated, Bleacher Report and FOX Sports. In 2015, he also became the first-ever sports journalism professor at Kennesaw State University in suburban Atlanta.

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