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Fantasy football mock draft – 10-team, PPR

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The NFL draft and free agency are behind us, coaching staffs and rosters are set, and training camp is just a couple of months away. That means it’s time for fantasy football fanatics to start gearing up for the 2021 campaign!

With that in mind, we gathered our fantasy football experts to kick off the season with our first mock draft, a 10-team PPR format. For those new to fantasy, that means every time one of your players catches a pass, he earns one extra fantasy point.

And whether you’re a newbie or a grizzled veteran, everyone benefits from taking part in a few mock drafts before your real ones, so you can shake off the cobwebs and get your bearings.

Take a look below to see how the early rounds fleshed out, where the top quarterbacks went, and who the top rookies are — then follow along with the Fantasy Focus Podcast crew, as they break down all of the notable picks.

The participants, in order of draft position, were: Tristan H. Cockcroft, Mike Clay, Eric Karabell, Field Yates, Matthew Berry, Stephania Bell, Kyle Soppe, Daniel Dopp, Seth Walder and Matt Bowen.

Round 1

1. Christian McCaffrey Car (RB1) — Cockcroft
2. Dalvin Cook Min (RB2) — Clay
3. Saquon Barkley NYG (RB3) — Karabell
4. Alvin Kamara NO (RB4) — Yates
5. Derrick Henry Ten (RB5) — Berry
6. Ezekiel Elliott Dal (RB6) — Bell
7. Travis Kelce KC (TE1) — Soppe
8. Aaron Jones GB (RB7) — Dopp
9. Tyreek Hill KC (WR1) — Walder
10. Davante Adams GB (WR2) — Bowen


Round 2

11. Jonathan Taylor Ind (RB8) — Bowen
12. Austin Ekeler LAC (RB9) — Walder
13. Nick Chubb Cle (RB10) — Dopp
14. Cam Akers LAR (RB11) — Soppe
15. Najee Harris Pit (RB12) — Bell
16. Joe Mixon Cin (RB13) — Berry
17. Stefon Diggs Buf (WR3) — Yates
18. D’Andre Swift Det (RB14) — Karabell
19. Antonio Gibson Wsh (RB15) — Clay
20. DeAndre Hopkins Ari (WR4) — Cockcroft


Round 3

21. Miles Sanders Phi (RB16) — Cockcroft
22. J.K. Dobbins Bal (RB17) — Clay
23. A.J. Brown Ten (WR5) — Karabell
24. Justin Jefferson Min (WR6) — Yates
25. DK Metcalf Sea (WR7) — Berry
26. Michael Thomas NO (WR8) — Bell
27. Keenan Allen LAC (WR9) — Soppe
28. George Kittle SF (TE2) — Dopp
29. Calvin Ridley Atl (WR10) — Walder
30. Clyde Edwards-Helaire KC (RB18) — Bowen


Round 4

31. Allen Robinson II Chi (WR11) — Bowen
32. Darren Waller LV (TE3) — Walder
33. Terry McLaurin Wsh (WR12) — Dopp
34. Chris Carson Sea (RB19) — Soppe
35. Kyle Pitts Atl (TE4) — Bell
36. Amari Cooper Dal (WR13) — Berry
37. David Montgomery Chi (RB20) — Yates
38. Adam Thielen Min (WR14) — Karabell
39. Josh Jacobs LV (RB21) — Clay
40. Robert Woods LAR (WR15) — Cockcroft


Round 5

41. Diontae Johnson Pit (WR16) — Cockcroft
42. Julio Jones Atl (WR17) — Clay

43. Mike Evans TB (WR18) — Karabell
44. Chris Godwin TB (WR19) — Yates
45. Cooper Kupp LAR (WR20) — Berry
46. CeeDee Lamb Dal (WR21) — Bell
47. Myles Gaskin Mia (RB22) — Soppe
48. Patrick Mahomes KC (QB1) — Dopp
49. Tyler Lockett Sea (WR22) — Walder
50. Ja’Marr Chase Cin (WR23) — Bowen


Round 6

51. Travis Etienne Jax (RB23) — Bowen
52. DJ Moore Car (WR24) — Walder
53. Kenny Golladay NYG (WR25) — Dopp
54. Courtland Sutton Den (WR26) — Soppe
55. Mike Davis Atl (RB24) — Bell
56. Mark Andrews Bal (TE5) — Berry
57. Brandin Cooks Hou (WR27) — Yates
58. Chase Edmonds Ari (RB25) — Karabell
59. Odell Beckham Jr. Cle (WR28) — Clay
60. T.J. Hockenson Det (TE6) — Cockcroft


Round 7

61. Kareem Hunt Cle (RB26) — Cockcroft
62. JuJu Smith-Schuster Pit (WR29) — Clay
63. James Conner Ari (RB27) — Karabell
64. Javonte Williams Den (RB28) — Yates
65. Josh Allen Buf (QB2) — Berry
66. Lamar Jackson Bal (QB3) — Bell
67. DJ Chark Jr. Jax (WR30) — Soppe
68. Brandon Aiyuk SF (WR31) — Dopp
69. Leonard Fournette TB (RB29) — Walder
70. Deebo Samuel SF (WR32) — Bowen


Round 8

71. Chase Claypool Pit (WR33) — Bowen
72. Trey Sermon SF (RB30) — Walder
73. James Robinson Jax (RB31) — Dopp
74. Tyler Boyd Cin (WR34) — Soppe
75. Laviska Shenault Jr. Jax (WR35) — Bell
76. Michael Carter NYJ (RB32) — Berry
77. David Johnson Hou (RB33) — Yates
78. Tee Higgins Cin (WR36) — Karabell
79. Kyler Murray Ari (QB4) — Clay
80. Dak Prescott Dal (QB5) — Cockcroft


Round 9

81. Curtis Samuel Wsh (WR37) — Cockcroft
82. Logan Thomas Wsh (TE7) — Clay
83. Robby Anderson Car (WR38) — Karabell
84. Justin Herbert LAC (QB6) — Yates
85. Raheem Mostert SF (RB34) — Berry
86. DeVonta Smith Phi (WR39) — Bell
87. Jarvis Landry Cle (WR40) — Soppe
88. Melvin Gordon III Den (RB35) — Dopp
89. Zack Moss Buf (RB36) — Walder
90. Russell Wilson Sea (QB7) — Bowen


Round 10

91. Jerry Jeudy Den (WR41) — Bowen
92. Aaron Rodgers GB (QB8) — Walder
93. William Fuller V Mia (WR42) — Dopp
94. Damien Harris NE (RB37) — Soppe
95. Corey Davis NYJ (WR43) — Bell
96. Marquise Brown Bal (WR44) — Berry
97. Noah Fant Den (TE8) — Yates
98. Jaylen Waddle Mia (WR45) — Karabell
99. Michael Gallup Dal (WR46) — Clay
100. Dallas Goedert Phi (TE9) — Cockcroft


Round 11

101. Kenyan Drake LV (RB38) — Cockcroft
102. Ronald Jones II TB (RB39) — Clay
103. Nyheim Hines Ind (RB40) — Karabell
104. Cole Beasley Buf (WR47) — Yates
105. Antonio Brown TB (WR48) — Berry
106. J.D. McKissic Wsh (RB41) — Bell
107. Marvin Jones Jr. Jax (WR49) — Soppe
108. AJ Dillon GB (RB42) — Dopp
109. DeVante Parker Mia (WR50) — Walder
110. Tarik Cohen Chi (RB43) — Bowen


Round 12

111. Michael Pittman Jr. Ind (WR51) — Bowen
112. Gus Edwards Bal (RB44) — Walder
113. Kadarius Toney NYG (WR52) — Dopp
114. Jalen Hurts Phi (QB9) — Soppe
115. Henry Ruggs III LV (WR53) — Bell
116. Jamaal Williams Det (RB45) — Berry
117. Jonnu Smith NE (TE10) — Yates
118. Buccaneers DST TB (DST1) — Karabell
119. Jalen Reagor Phi (WR54) — Clay
120. Tony Pollard Dal (RB46) — Cockcroft


Round 13

121. Mike Williams LAC (WR55) — Cockcroft
122. Mecole Hardman KC (WR56) — Clay
123. Devin Singletary Buf (RB47) — Karabell
124. Jeff Wilson Jr. SF (RB48) — Yates
125. Irv Smith Jr. Min (TE11) — Berry
126. James White NE (RB49) — Bell
127. Darrell Henderson Jr. LAR (RB50) — Soppe
128. Robert Tonyan GB (TE12) — Dopp
129. Trey Lance SF (QB10) — Walder
130. Mike Gesicki Mia (TE13) — Bowen


Round 14

131. Kenneth Gainwell Phi (RB51) — Bowen
132. Browns DST Cle (DST2) — Walder
133. Amon-Ra St. Brown Det (WR57) — Dopp
134. Matt Ryan Atl (QB11) — Soppe
135. T.Y. Hilton Ind (WR58) — Bell
136. Samaje Perine Cin (RB52) — Berry
137. Nelson Agholor NE (WR59) — Yates
138. Tom Brady TB (QB12) — Karabell
139. Deshaun Watson Hou (QB13) — Clay
140. Joe Burrow Cin (QB14) — Cockcroft


Round 15

141. Justin Tucker Bal (K1) — Cockcroft
142. Washington DST Wsh (DST3) — Clay
143. Hunter Henry NE (TE14) — Karabell
144. Ravens DST Bal (DST4) — Yates
145. Steelers DST Pit (DST5) — Berry
146. 49ers DST SF (DST6) — Bell
147. Brandon McManus Den (K2) — Soppe
148. Younghoe Koo Atl (K3) — Dopp
149. Tyler Higbee LAR (TE15) — Walder
150. Rams DST LAR (DST7) — Bowen


Round 16

151. Harrison Butker KC (K4) — Bowen
152. Matt Gay LAR (K5) — Walder
153. Bills DST Buf (DST8) — Dopp
154. Broncos DST Den (DST9) — Soppe
155. Greg Zuerlein Dal (K6) — Bell
156. Tyler Bass Buf (K7) — Berry
157. Jason Sanders Mia (K8) — Yates
158. Jason Myers Sea (K9) — Karabell
159. Graham Gano NYG (K10) — Clay
160. Colts DST Ind (DST10) — Cockcroft



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Aldon Smith wants to ‘make the best’ of his chance with Seattle Seahawks

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RENTON, Wash. — Aldon Smith declined to answer questions Saturday about his pending legal case in Louisiana or how it might impact his availability this season with the Seattle Seahawks.

“I can’t comment on that right now,” he said.

In his first interview since signing with the Seahawks in April, the 31-year-old pass-rusher had much more to say about his four seasons away from the NFL and his latest opportunity following last year’s comeback with the Dallas Cowboys.

“Every day I just try to get better, and as long as I keep that mentality and keep learning and keep developing, the sky is still the limit for me,” he said. “I feel like I still have a lot left in the tank and a lot to offer this game.”

Smith is getting his first chance to prove that to the Seahawks. He didn’t take part in the their voluntary offseason program — several of the team’s veteran players skipped the majority of it as well — and received an excused absence from their mandatory minicamp. Coach Pete Carroll said that was so Smith could get in shape, which he has since done.

Wearing the No. 99 he wore when he began his career with the divisional rival San Francisco 49ers, Smith has been on the field for all three of Seattle’s practices since the start of training camp and hasn’t appeared limited. Early in Thursday’s practice, he engaged a tackling sled, lifted it up and nearly flipped it over.

“He’s made a good first impression about learning stuff,” coach Pete Carroll said. “He’s a very bright kid. … He knows what’s going on in the game, brings us experience and background and all of that. He’s having no trouble picking things up. He’s got a real style. He’s always had this marvelous length and reach and hands and hand play, and you can just tell, he’s got a strength and power to him that’s really unusual.”

Smith set an NFL record with 33.5 sacks over his first two seasons and has 52.5 sacks in five seasons.

None of that means he is a lock to stick with the Seahawks. He was guaranteed only $137,500 on his one-year, minimum-salary deal. And he’s more of a potential luxury than a necessity, given how loaded the Seahawks are with edge rushers, including veterans Carlos Dunlap, Benson Mayowa and Kerry Hyder as well as promising young players such as Darrell Taylor, Alton Robinson and L.J. Collier.

“It’s going to be very competitive,” Carroll said. “I hope you can see it already. It already shows. But once we get into pads, I’m anxious to see where he stands with that.”

Smith’s pending legal case adds to the uncertainty. He faces potential legal and NFL discipline over an alleged second-degree battery in the New Orleans area in April. Smith was arrested after he was accused of choking a man unconscious during an altercation that began inside a coffee shop. According to the police report obtained by WWL-TV, Smith had confronted the man about marital issues the man was having with one of Smith’s relatives.

Seahawks general manager John Schneider said later in April that the team would “let the legal process take its course.” Smith is scheduled to be arraigned Aug. 24, though that date could be pushed back.

The Louisiana incident was the latest of Smith’s several brushes with the law, which have included multiple DUI arrests and a domestic-violence charge. Those incidents and others led the NFL to suspend Smith from 2015-19 for violations of its policies on personal conduct and substances of abuse.

Smith was asked what he learned during his time away.

“That football is an opportunity that a lot of people don’t get, and when you get opportunities in life, you should make the best of them,” he said. “There’s a lot of people who wish that they could play this game and I’m glad that I just got a chance to be able to do the things that I needed to do to get mentally right, that I could be in a position that when I came back, I could be focused and give it what I need to give it to play.”

Smith had five sacks in 16 games for Dallas, with three coming in one game against Seattle and all of them coming in the first half of the season. He felt he got too heavy and has since worked to get back to his preferred weight, which is around 270 pounds.

“I was kind of fat last year,” he said.

Smith stayed in a sober living home last season in Dallas and is doing so now in Seattle. He said his “tremendous support staff” helps him with his ongoing battle to remain sober.

“For me it was just making myself vulnerable and being willing to trust and lean on [those] people,” he said. “I’ve always had people that were there, but I would always try to carry everything on my shoulders. So letting people help me and accepting that help was a major game-changer.”

Carroll said Seattle felt comfortable signing Smith after “a lot of homework” and several conversations with him. Smith made a positive impression on Seahawks defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. when both were with the Raiders in 2015, which factored heavily into the decision.

Carroll said Smith has demonstrated the vulnerability he talked about “in that he was very open and very upfront and he said, ‘I need some work right now, I need some help right now and it’s going to take me a while to get this done and that done.’ He was not trying to cover for himself. He didn’t pull any punches on it at all and was very up front, and it was most refreshing.”

Carroll said that while it’s ultimately on Smith to remain sober, the Seahawks will support him “every step of the way.”

“I want him to succeed at this in the worst way and I want him to come through and do what he needs to do, so we’re going to give him every opportunity,” Carroll said. “The level of communication is very clear and he’s been very open with us, and he’s told us when things were harder than others and he’s been upfront in that regard and that’s helped us understand and believe and trust that he’s working at it, and that it isn’t easy and it’s a lifelong commitment that he has to make.

“We really sense that the more we can support him, the more obviously we can be there for him, the stronger it makes him. So that’s really what our intent is here.”

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Veteran QB Sean Mannion signing with Seattle Seahawks, source says

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RENTON, Wash. — The Seattle Seahawks are signing free-agent quarterback Sean Mannion, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Saturday.

The signing adds apparent competition for one of the backup jobs behind Russell Wilson and reunites the 29-year-old Mannion with new Seahawks offensive coordinator Shane Waldron. Waldron was an assistant with the Los Angeles Rams for two of the quarterback’s four seasons with the team.

The Seahawks have had Danny Etling and Alex McGough as their third and fourth quarterbacks behind Wilson and Geno Smith, who has served as Wilson’s backup the past two seasons. The Seahawks typically keep two quarterbacks on their 53-man roster and another on their practice squad, though they began carrying another backup on their practice squad late last season as COVID-19-related insurance.

The Seahawks re-signed Smith this offseason to a one-year, minimum-salary deal worth $1,212,500, with $137,500 guaranteed.

Mannion entered the NFL as a third-round draft pick by the Rams out of Oregon State in 2015. He spent his first four seasons with the Rams and the past two with the Minnesota Vikings. He has appeared in 13 games (none last season) with two starts and has completed 45 of 74 passes for 384 yards and zero touchdowns with three interceptions.

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Arizona Cardinals’ Jordan Hicks says he requested trade after learning he can’t vie for starting job

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GLENDALE, Ariz. — A few days after the Arizona Cardinals drafted linebacker Zaven Collins 16th overall on April 29, general manager Steve Keim called Jordan Hicks, one of the team’s starting inside linebackers the past two seasons, and told him he couldn’t compete for a starting job this season, Hicks said Saturday.

Hicks, 29, has played in all 32 games since signing with the Cardinals in 2019 and has the sixth-most tackles and snaps over the past two seasons, according to ESPN Stats & Information research.

He said he was “pissed off” but also understood the business behind the team’s decision to name Collins the Day 1 starter at inside linebacker alongside last season’s first-round pick, Isaiah Simmons.

According to Hicks, that discussion with Keim led to Hicks requesting a trade this offseason. A deal has yet to materialize, but he has garnered interest, Hicks said.

“When everything happened, it was tough to handle,” Hicks said.

“I respected the fact that he told me straight up. I respected the fact that he told me he was going to work with me to try to honor a trade. And, so, there’s a part of you that respects that, but then there’s a part that just wishes you had had an opportunity to compete, which is all I asked for.”

Hicks, who didn’t participate in the Cardinals’ mandatory minicamp, said there was a point this offseason when he didn’t expect to be a Cardinal in 2021. He said he believes the reduced salary cap in 2021 was partially to blame for him not getting traded. Hicks’ contract was restructured in late March to make his $3 million salary this season fully guaranteed. He also has a roster bonus that’s worth up to $1 million if he’s active for all 16 games. He could earn another $2 million in bonuses, partially from playing time.

Even though Hicks said he’s “excited to be here,” he also said he would welcome an opportunity to start — anywhere.

“I think at this point, I think I’ve proven that I’m a starter in this league by the resume that I have, by the past two years of being here and showing my leadership, showing my play on the field,” Hicks said. “And, so, whether it’s here, whether it’s somewhere else, if given the opportunity to compete, I think I can have a starting job.”

Hicks said he has thus far been impressed with Collins, who’ll be entrusted with calling the Cardinals’ defense. Hicks, who had that role the past two seasons, described the task as “tough.”

“I’m gonna be very honest with you, Zaven has done a great job. He has,” Hicks said. “He’s really impressed me in his ability to pick up the defense and be out there commanding it, as well.

“It’s a tough job and takes a lot of responsibility, especially when you’ve got guys like Chandler Jones and Budda Baker and J.J. Watt looking back at you to make sure that you’re getting the right call in. So, it’s a lot, but if you can handle it, you can handle it, and that’s part of the game I know, for me, specifically, I love it. That’s one thing I excel at.”

Hicks has been seen at training camp working with both Collins and Simmons on the sideline, showing them different moves or talking through plays. Even though he’s preparing his replacements, Hicks has accepted his role as a mentor. Hicks looked back on how DeMeco Ryans, now the San Francisco 49ers‘ defensive coordinator, answered all of his questions and helped him when he was a rookie in 2015 with the Philadelphia Eagles, and he said he used that as an example of how he wanted to approach this season.

“I don’t try to waver who I am,” Hicks said. “Whether I’m out there starting or whether I’m not, I’m going to help whoever needs help, because I feel like I’ve got a lot of knowledge to share.”

Defensive coordinator Vance Joseph didn’t rule out the possibility of Hicks earning playing time or spelling Collins should Collins struggle. Joseph was among the Cardinals coaches who were in touch with him throughout the offseason.

Joseph said there could be a package that includes Hicks and the two young linebackers. A glimpse of that was on display during Saturday’s practice.

Hicks said the best players should play, plain and simple.

“This year, it’s such a make-or-break year,” Hicks said. “We’ve got to win games, and this division isn’t getting any easier. “And, so, we’ve got to focus on winning. We’ve got to focus on execution.”

After Hicks finished a revealing news conference in which he didn’t shy away from any question, he tried to open the door that connected the media room and the locker room.

It was locked.

Hicks laughed.

The irony wasn’t lost on him.

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