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2023 Fantasy Football Mock Draft 4.0: 16-Team, PPR

This week’s fantasy football mock draft will be the biggest of the summer, as it will be for a 16-team league with full PPR scoring. The previous mocks using the FantasyPros draft simulator can be viewed at the links below:


Mock 1.0: 12-team, 0.5 PPR

Mock 2.0: 10-team, PPR

Mock 3.0: 10-team, Standard


Round 1

1.01: Christian McCaffrey, SF RB

1.02: Bijan Robinson, ATL RB

1.03: Austin Ekeler, LAC RB

1.04: Saquon Barkley, NYG RB

1.05: Jonathan Taylor, IND RB

1.06: Justin Jefferson, MIN WR

1.07: Rhamondre Stevenson, NE RB

1.08: Tony Pollard, DAL RB

1.09: Ja’Marr Chase, CIN WR

1.10: Travis Kelce, KC TE

1.11: Josh Jacobs, LV RB

1.12: Tyreek Hill, MIA WR

1.13: Aaron Jones, GB RB

1.14: Derrick Henry, TEN RB

1.15: Nick Chubb, CLE RB

1.16: Breece Hall, NYJ RB


Thoughts: I was between Chubb and Cooper Kupp, but the drop off at running back feels steeper than the one at wide receiver. Basically, getting an elite back was necessary in a 16-team league.


Round 2

2.01: Cooper Kupp, LAR WR

2.02: A.J. Brown, PHI WR

2.03: Joe Mixon, CIN RB

2.04: Najee Harris, PIT RB

2.05: Stefon Diggs, BUF WR

2.06: Mark Andrews, BAL TE

2.07: CeeDee Lamb, DAL WR

2.08: Travis Etienne Jr., JAX RB

2.09: Davante Adams, LV WR

2.10: Amon-Ra St. Brown, DET WR

2.11: Garrett Wilson, NYJ WR

2.12: Tee Higgins, CIN WR

2.13: Jaylen Waddle, MIA WR

2.14: Keenan Allen, LAC WR

2.15: Kenneth Walker III, SEA RB

2.16: Chris Olave, NO WR


Thoughts: The trio of Brown, Stefon Diggs, and CeeDee Lamb is very close, and I also considered another running back to make sure I was strong there—we’ll see how many come off the board in Round 3.


Round 3

3.01: T.J. Hockenson, MIN TE

3.02: D’Andre Swift, PHI RB

3.03: DeVonta Smith, PHI WR

3.04: Jahmyr Gibbs, DET RB

3.05: Calvin Ridley, JAX WR

3.06: DK Metcalf, SEA WR

3.07: J.K. Dobbins, BAL RB

3.08: Rachaad White, TB RB

3.09: Cam Akers, LAR RB

3.10: Patrick Mahomes, KC QB

3.11: Josh Allen, BUF QB

3.12: Kyle Pitts, ATL TE

3.13: James Conner, ARI RB

3.14: Javonte Williams, DEN RB

3.15: Jalen Hurts, PHI QB

3.16: Dameon Pierce, HOU RB


Thoughts: A stack of Hurts and A.J. Brown is dangerous enough in a 10- or 12-team league, so having them in a 16-team league could be lethal for opponents. This is close to the best start possible in this format.


Round 4

4.01: DeAndre Hopkins, FA WR

4.02: Deebo Samuel, SF WR

4.03: Chris Godwin, TB WR

4.04: Mike Evans, TB WR

4.05: Amari Cooper, CLE WR

4.06: Miles Sanders, CAR RB

4.07: Dalvin Cook, FA RB

4.08: D.J. Moore, CHI WR

4.09: Lamar Jackson, BAL QB

4.10: Christian Kirk, JAX WR

4.11: George Kittle, SF TE

4.12: Dallas Goedert, PHI TE

4.13: Drake London, ATL WR

4.14: Alexander Mattison, MIN RB

4.15: Brandon Aiyuk, SF WR

4.16: Michael Pittman Jr., IND WR


Thoughts: Samuel is determined to be a difference-maker in 2023 after he was embarrassed by what he put on tape last season, so getting him at the No. 50 overall pick might end up being a steal.


Round 5

5.01: Tyler Lockett, SEA WR

5.02: Justin Herbert, LAC QB

5.03: Jerry Jeudy, DEN WR

5.04: Joe Burrow, CIN QB

5.05: David Montgomery, DET RB

5.06: Alvin Kamara, NO RB

5.07: Darren Waller, NYG TE

5.08: Terry McLaurin, WAS WR

5.09: Jerick McKinnon, KC RB

5.10: Christian Watson, GB WR

5.11: Mike Williams, LAC WR

5.12: Isiah Pacheco, KC RB

5.13: Diontae Johnson, PIT WR

5.14: Pat Freiermuth, PIT TE

5.15: Justin Fields, CHI QB

5.16: JuJu Smith-Schuster, NE WR


Thoughts: Fields should arguably be a fourth-round pick in standard-sized leagues, and I’m not going to allow another squad to get a steal at quarterback. Now, I have an extremely valuable trade chip in a league where someone might get desperate at quarterback.


Round 6

6.01: Trevor Lawrence, JAX QB

6.02: James Cook, BUF RB

6.03: Courtland Sutton, DEN WR

6.04: Dak Prescott, DAL QB

6.05: Brian Robinson Jr., WAS RB

6.06: Marquise Brown, ARI WR

6.07: Treylon Burks, TEN WR

6.08: Deshaun Watson, CLE QB

6.09: Jaxon Smith-Njigba, SEA WR

6.10: Jordan Addison, MIN WR

6.11: Khalil Herbert, CHI RB

6.12: Rashod Bateman, BAL WR

6.13: Jahan Dotson, WAS WR

6.14: David Njoku, CLE TE

6.15: Evan Engram, JAX TE

6.16: AJ Dillon, GB RB


Thoughts: There are a few running backs I considered here, but Cook gets the nod with full PPR scoring. As a rookie, Cook rushed 89 times for 507 yards (5.7 YPC) and two touchdowns, and he should see a nice uptick both in terms of carries and receiving output.


Round 7

7.01: Antonio Gibson, WAS RB

7.02: George Pickens, PIT WR

7.03: Daniel Jones, NYG QB

7.04: Brandin Cooks, DAL WR

7.05: Jamaal Williams, NO RB

7.06: Tua Tagovailoa, MIA QB

7.07: Kirk Cousins, MIN QB

7.08: Kadarius Toney, KC WR

7.09: Zay Flowers, BAL WR

7.10: Rashaad Penny, PHI RB

7.11: Quentin Johnston, LAC WR

7.12: Geno Smith, SEA QB

7.13: Darnell Mooney, CHI WR

7.14: Aaron Rodgers, NYJ QB

7.15: Damien Harris, BUF RB

7.16: Jakobi Meyers, LV WR


Thoughts: Buffalo’s backfield now makes up the RB2/RB3 slots on the roster, and I think both Harris and Cook can have standalone value based on how good the offense should be. The touchdown upside for Harris in particular makes him a solid FLEX.


Round 8

8.01: Jameson Williams, DET WR

8.02: Michael Thomas, NO WR

8.03: Romeo Doubs, GB WR

8.04: Gabe Davis, BUF WR

8.05: Samaje Perine, DEN RB

8.06: Elijah Mitchell, SF RB

8.07: Jeff Wilson Jr., MIA RB

8.08: Allen Lazard, NYJ WR

8.09: Elijah Moore, CLE WR

8.10: Kendre Miller, NO RB

8.11: Tyler Allgeier, ATL RB

8.12: Devin Singletary, HOU RB

8.13: Rondale Moore, ARI WR

8.14: Zach Charbonnet, SEA RB

8.15: Alec Pierce, IND WR

8.16: Kenneth Gainwell, PHI RB


Thoughts: Thomas simply staying healthy would make him a home-run value based on his production when on the field, and I love the trio of him, A.J. Brown, and Deebo Samuel.


Round 9

9.01: Zay Jones, JAX WR

9.02: Adam Thielen, CAR WR

9.03: Jaylen Warren, PIT RB

9.04: Nico Collins, HOU WR

9.05: Tyquan Thornton, NE WR

9.06: Raheem Mostert, MIA RB

9.07: Devon Achane, MIA RB

9.08: Tyler Boyd, CIN WR

9.09: Donovan Peoples-Jones, CLE WR

9.10: D’Onta Foreman, CHI RB

9.11: Odell Beckham Jr., BAL WR

9.12: Cordarrelle Patterson, ATL RB

9.13: Hunter Renfrow, LV WR

9.14: Skyy Moore, KC WR

9.15: Greg Dulcich, DEN TE

9.16: DJ Chark Jr., CAR WR


Thoughts: The stock for Dulcich should climb in the coming weeks, as he’s set to be featured in Sean Payton’s offense and was recently talked up by Denver’s new head coach.


Round 10

10.01: K.J. Osborn, MIN WR

10.02: Roschon Johnson, CHI RB

10.03: Kareem Hunt, FA RB

10.04: Ezekiel Elliott, FA RB

10.05: Chuba Hubbard, CAR RB

10.06: Leonard Fournette, FA RB

10.07: Michael Gallup, DAL WR

10.08: Chase Claypool, CHI WR

10.09: Isaiah Hodgins, NYG WR

10.10: John Metchie III, HOU WR

10.11: Clyde Edwards-Helaire, KC RB

10.12: Jerome Ford, CLE RB

10.13: Wan’Dale Robinson, NYG WR

10.14: Joshua Palmer, LAC WR

10.15: Tank Bigsby, JAX RB

10.16: Michael Carter, NYJ RB


Thoughts: Bears head coach Matt Eberflus said that protecting the quarterback is the most important factor for a running back, and Johnson—despite being a rookie—is an excellent pass blocker. He’s another option that should only rise as we get deeper into the summer.


Round 11

11.01: Eagles D/ST

11.02: 49ers D/ST

11.03: Bills D/ST

11.04: Dalton Schultz, HOU TE

11.05: Cowboys D/ST

11.06: Patriots D/ST

11.07: Tyjae Spears, TEN RB

11.08: Jalin Hyatt, NYG WR

11.09: Dalton Kincaid, BUF TE

11.10: Jets D/ST

11.11: Ravens D/ST

11.12: Broncos D/ST

11.13: Van Jefferson, LAR WR

11.14: Curtis Samuel, WAS WR

11.15: Allen Robinson II, PIT WR

11.16: Cole Kmet, CHI TE


Thoughts: Wide receiver is thin at this point in the draft, but Robinson should have a quality role for an offense that is expected to take a leap in Kenny Pickett’s second season.


Round 12

12.01: Chase Brown, CIN RB

12.02: Tim Patrick, DEN WR

12.03: Russell Wilson, DEN QB

12.04: Zach Ertz, ARI TE

12.05: Rashid Shaheed, NO WR

12.06: Darius Slayton, NYG WR

12.07: Gus Edwards, BAL RB

12.08: Keaontay Ingram, ARI RB

12.09: Chigoziem Okonkwo, TEN TE

12.10: Anthony Richardson, IND QB

12.11: Robert Woods, HOU WR

12.12: Marquez Valdes-Scantling, KC WR

12.13: Zamir White, LV RB

12.14: Chase Edmonds, TB RB

12.15: Josh Downs, IND WR

12.16: Parris Campbell, NYG WR


Thoughts: Depth at wide receiver will obviously be weaker in a 16-team league, but I still wanted to add at least one more option at the position over the final few rounds. Patrick could be a bigger part of the Denver offense than many are projecting.


Round 13

13.01: Joshua Kelley, LAC RB

13.02: Sam LaPorta, DET TE

13.03: Tyler Higbee, LAR TE

13.04: Pierre Strong Jr., NE RB

13.05: Jared Goff, DET QB

13.06: Matthew Stafford, LAR QB

13.07: Jayden Reed, GB WR

13.08: Cardinals D/ST

13.09: Taysom Hill, NO TE

13.10: DeVante Parker, NE WR

13.11: James Robinson, FA RB

13.12: Derek Carr, NO QB

13.13: Dawson Knox, BUF TE

13.14: Gerald Everett, LAC TE

13.15: Rashee Rice, KC WR

13.16: Evan Hull, IND RB


Thoughts: I have three veteran wideouts on the bench right now, so adding an upside rookie like Rice makes sense. The second-rounder have a very well-rounded skillset to make plays for Patrick Mahomes.


Round 14

14.01: Zach Evans, LAR RB

14.02: Kyren Williams, LAR RB

14.03: Nyheim Hines, BUF RB

14.04: Isaiah Spiller, LAC RB

14.05: Jordan Mason, SF RB

14.06: Mecole Hardman, NYJ WR

14.07: D’Ernest Johnson, JAX RB

14.08: Sony Michel, FA RB

14.09: J.J. Taylor, NE RB

14.10: Juwan Johnson, NO TE

14.11: Zonovan Knight, NYJ RB

14.12: Jordan Love, GB QB

14.13: Tyler Badie, DEN RB

14.14: Kenny Pickett, PIT QB

14.15: Zack Moss, IND RB

14.16: C.J. Stroud, HOU QB


Thoughts: Williams is the perfect late-round dart throw in a 16-team league, and he gets a boost in full PPR formats. Last year, the then-rookie was primed for a sizable role before suffering a high-ankle sprain in the opener.


Round 15

15.01: Brock Purdy, SF QB

15.02: Bryce Young, CAR QB

15.03: Jonathan Mingo, CAR WR

15.04: Justin Tucker, BAL K

15.05: Irv Smith Jr., CIN TE

15.06: Trey McBride, ARI TE

15.07: Chiefs D/ST

15.08: Israel Abanikanda, NYJ RB

15.09: Tyler Bass, BUF K

15.10: JaMycal Hasty, JAX RB

15.11: Boston Scott, PHI RB

15.12: Russell Gage, TB WR

15.13: Buccaneers D/ST

15.14: Daniel Carlson, LV K

15.15: Dolphins D/ST

15.16: Harrison Butker, KC K


Round 16

16.01: Bengals D/ST

16.02: Evan McPherson

16.03: Saints D/ST

16.04: Matt Gay, IND K

16.05: Younghoe Koo, ATL K

16.06: Jason Sanders, MIA K

16.07: Brandon McManus, JAX K

16.08: Steelers D/ST

16.09: Mason Crosby, FA K

16.10: Jason Myers, SEA K

16.11: Jake Elliott, PHI K

16.12: Nick Folk, NE K

16.13: Commanders D/ST

16.14: Graham Gano, NYG K

16.15: Matt Prater, ARI K

16.16: Greg Joseph, MIN K


Final Roster

QB: Jalen Hurts, PHI

RB: Nick Chubb, CLE

RB: James Cook, BUF

WR: A.J. Brown, PHI

WR: Deebo Samuel, SF

TE: Greg Dulcich, DEN

FLEX: Damien Harris, BUF RB

D/ST: Dolphins

K: Evan McPherson, CIN

BE: Justin Fields, CHI QB

BE: Michael Thomas, NO WR

BE: Roschon Johnson, CHI RB

BE: Allen Robinson II, PIT WR

BE: Tim Patrick, DEN WR

BE: Rashee Rice, KC WR

BE: Kyren Williams, LAR RB