2017 Fantasy Football Draft Prep: 14-team standard mock draft makes Kenny Golladay, Aaron Jones, De’Angelo … – CBSSports.com

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It’s easy to draft in 10- and 12-team leagues, but finding talent in the later rounds gets tougher when you add more owners to the mix. And that’s what happened with our 14-team standard mock draft.

While some people might get excited to draft players like
Jalen Richard
Rex Burkhead
Taylor Gabriel
Zay Jones
— me, for instance — it could be terrifying to consider those players potential starters. But these formats are when you get to take fliers on some of your favorite deep sleepers.

And along with guys like Richard, Burkhead, Gabriel and Jones, other players in this mock draft to keep an eye on were
Kenny Golladay
Aaron Jones
De’Angelo Henderson
Alvin Kamara
James Conner
Marqise Lee
Robert Woods
, among several others. 

They might sit on your bench for most of the season. Or they could be prominent Fantasy options in 2017. In a deep league like this, you have the luxury to find out.

The nice thing about this mock draft was no one panicked at quarterback, and you will likely find in your draft prep that the position is as deep as ever. I can make an argument for 21 guys who can be considered No. 1 options this season, especially in a 14-team league.

Here, guys like
Ben Roethlisberger
(No. 144 overall),
Matthew Stafford
(No. 147),
Philip Rivers
(No. 148) and
Dak Prescott
(No. 151) all went after Round 10. That’s a great job of waiting on the position given the upside of all of those passers.

Tight end was a little tougher to deal with, especially since one owner drafted
Jimmy Graham
Delanie Walker
. That left two teams having to start
Coby Fleener
Austin Hooper
, which isn’t ideal. In larger leagues, you might want to prioritize drafting a top-10 tight end if you want to avoid streaming the position.

As for the running backs and receivers, most teams in this league have a solid group of starters and key reserves. There appeared to be more of an emphasis on handcuffs, to some degree, which is something I encourage in deeper formats.

For example, the
Todd Gurley
owner drafted
Malcolm Brown
, which is not something you’ll see in most 12-team leagues, but could be vital in a 14-team league with few options on waivers. Two other teams handcuffed backup running backs without even owning the starter, with
Jamaal Williams
and Aaron Jones behind
Ty Montgomery
in Green Bay and
Marlon Mack
Robert Turbin
Frank Gore
in Indianapolis.

The latter was my team, and I wouldn’t be surprised if Mack and/or Turbin play a prominent role this season since Gore is 34 and could start to decline. Again, in a 12-team re-draft league it’s unlikely Mack or Turbin get drafted, but both are worth a flier here. Should Gore have to miss any time, I could have a potential starter in either Mack or Turbin.

I was willing to gamble on both players after No. 150 overall since I started my team with a stacked lineup. In Round 1, I made the decision to pass on running backs like
LeSean McCoy
Jay Ajayi
Devonta Freeman
Jordan Howard
at No. 10 overall to draft
Jordy Nelson

I expected a decent running back to come back to me in Round 2 because the elite receivers would be gone, and I was right, which left me with
Leonard Fournette
Joe Mixon
Bilal Powell
Darren McFadden
round out my collection of running backs (McFadden will get a huge boost in value if
Ezekiel Elliott
is suspended), and my receivers behind Nelson are
Jamison Crowder
Willie Snead
DeVante Parker
and Golladay. 

Marcus Mariota
is my quarterback (he went in Round 9), and
Jack Doyle
is my tight end. My favorite pick might be Golladay, who could be a significant contributor for the
Detroit Lions
this year, even as a rookie.
Anquan Boldin
, who led the team with eight touchdowns last year, isn’t expected to return to Detroit in 2017, which gives Golladay the chance to play a prominent role for Matthew Stafford.

In most re-draft leagues, at least early in August, you’re not drafting Golladay. But in a large league like this you should be excited to land him on your roster.

In this league, all touchdowns are worth six points, and we award one point for every 10 yards rushing and receiving and one point for every 25 yards passing. We feature a starting lineup of QB, 2 RB, 2 WR, TE, FLEX (RB/WR/TE), K and DST. There will also be six reserve spots for a 15-round draft.

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