Can you believe it? After an offseason full of one-man mocks, this is the final edition before the start of the 2015 campaign. It's a little like the previous posts, though you'll find a few big-name omissions ... none more obvious than injured superstar Arian Foster (groin). It also sees the addition of Joseph Randle and (wait for the applause from the @Saints Twitter handle) ... Drew Brees.
One thing hasn't changed, though, and that's the high number of running backs and wide receivers (and the lack of quarterbacks) who are selected with the first 50 overall selections. In fact, a mere four fantasy signal-callers made the list. One of the omissions could surprise you too. Think horses. And high altitudes. There's also just a pair of tight ends that made the top 50 selections.
So read on, enjoy and leave your comments in the section below!
This mock draft is based on NFL.com's standard 10-team leagues with a basic (non-PPR) scoring system that rewards four points for touchdown passes and six points for all other touchdowns scored. Each numbered position represents an individual fantasy team, so no more than one quarterback, three running backs, three wide receivers or one tight end will be selected per roster.
1. Le'Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers: Bell might be the most talented youngster in the entire league at the running back position. A versatile performer, he is as dangerous a runner as he is a pass catcher out of the backfield. When the NFL reduced his suspension from three to two games, I moved him up to the No. 1 overall selection and ahead of Adrian Peterson.
2. Adrian Peterson, RB, Minnesota Vikings: Peterson is back, signed to a new extension and ready to roll. Offensive coordinator Norv Turner's units are always running back-friendly, both in terms of rushing and receiving opportunities, and the Vikings had a top-10 run-blocking line last season according to Pro Football Focus. Plus, he's still Adrian Peterson.
3. Jamaal Charles, RB, Kansas City Chiefs: Charles experienced a decline in statistics across the board last season, but he still ranked among the top fantasy running backs in the league. A speedster who can take it to the house any time he touches the football, Charles at 28 years old, is a virtual lock to remain one of the first five players picked at his position in all drafts.
4. Eddie Lacy, RB, Green Bay Packers: A bruising, young runner out of Alabama, Lacy has finished in the top 10 in fantasy points at the position in each of his first two NFL seasons. An underrated receiver, he's a three-down back who also has the advantage of playing in an offense that features Aaron Rodgers. At 24 years old, Lacy is also now entering the prime of his career.
5. Marshawn Lynch, RB, Seattle Seahawks: No running back has had more carries than Lynch over the last four years, so fantasy owners have to be concerned about him breaking down entering his age-29 campaign. However, anyone who has seen "Beast Mode" run would be hard-pressed to notice him slowing down on the gridiron. You just can't pass up on Lynch at this point.
6. Matt Forte, RB, Chicago Bears: Forte is one of the most versatile backs in the league, which was evident during his 102-catch campaign in 2014. While he did lose some of his luster when the Bears fired Marc Trestman, he'll remain a featured runner under new head coach John Fox. At 29, however, this could end up being Forte's last huge season in the stat sheets.
7. Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers: The top wide receiver in fantasy football, Brown is coming off a career-best campaign that saw him post league-highs in both receptions (129) and receiving yards (1,698). At the age of 26 and entering the prime of his career, Brown will have his name called in Round 1 in both standard drafts and countless PPR formats as well.
8. C.J. Anderson, RB, Denver Broncos: Anderson was one of the top waiver-wire pickups last season, scoring 19-plus fantasy points in six of his final eight games. While Ronnie Hillman and Montee Ball are also in the mix for carries in Denver, it would be a shock if Anderson didn't lead the team in backfield touches. He'll be a top-10 selection in most 2015 leagues.
9. Jeremy Hill, RB, Cincinnati Bengals: I have moved Hill up my draft board in the last month, and the loss of Arian Foster at the running back position has pushed him into the first round. While he will lose some work to Giovani Bernard in the passing game, Hill is a virtual lock to lead Cincinnati in carries this season. His statistical ceiling is very attractive.
10. Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England Patriots: The top fantasy tight end heading into 2015, Gronkowski produced 82 catches, 1,124 yards and 12 touchdowns in 15 games last season. A touchdown machine, he's found the end zone a combined 54 times in his 65 career regular-season contests (0.83 per game). The suspension of Tom Brady shouldn't decrease his stock too much.
11. LeSean McCoy, RB, Buffalo Bills: I know, McCoy was one of the biggest disappointments in fantasy football a year ago. He's also joining an offense with questions at quarterback and on the offensive line. But at the age of 26 and now in the run-based offense of new coach Rex Ryan, volume is going to be the biggest reason for McCoy to remain in the top 12 overall.
12. Demaryius Thomas, WR, Denver Broncos: Over the last three years, few wide receivers have been more consistent in the stat sheets than Thomas. During that time, he's finished no worse than fifth in fantasy points at the position while catching passes from future Hall of Famer Peyton Manning. He also recently signed a lucrative five-year deal with Denver.
13. Calvin Johnson, WR, Detroit Lions:Megatron missed three games last season due to injuries, which was a huge part of the reason he fell out of the top 15 in fantasy points among wideouts. It's tough to see a scenario where he doesn't bounce back, however, as he still has one of the elite skill sets at his position. He won't last beyond Round 2 in all re-drafts.
14. DeMarco Murray, RB, Philadelphia Eagles: Here's where things get a little worrisome at running back. While Murray was the top-scoring player at his position last season, he also had an enormous number of touches (436 including the playoffs). Now with the Eagles, he's going to lose work to both Ryan Mathews and Darren Sproles. There's a lot of risk right here.
15. Dez Bryant, WR, Dallas Cowboys: Want to talk wide receivers and touchdowns? Let's talk about Bryant, who has found the end zone 41 times in the last three seasons combined. That's the most of any wideout during that time. With a new contract in hand and the motivation to win another NFC East title (or more), Bryant should remain a productive choice in fantasy drafts.
16. Julio Jones, WR, Atlanta Falcons: Jones scored just six touchdowns last season, but he also produced career bests in receptions (104) and yards (1,593). His success should continue in the "X" receiver position under new offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, and the fact that he's entering a contract year makes Jones even more attractive. He's a second-round lock.
17. Odell Beckham Jr., WR, New York Giants: I've heard plenty of fans suggest that Beckham is now worth a first-round pick. That would be true if we were guaranteed to get the 17 fantasy points per game he averaged as a rookie, but we all know there are no guarantees in the NFL. Regardless, OBJ won't be on the board after the first 20 overall fantasy selections.
18. Jordy Nelson, WR, Green Bay Packers: Nelson finished tied for second in fantasy points among wideouts last season, posting 1,519 yards with 13 touchdowns. With Randall Cobb back with the Packers, this team will have the best duo of wideouts in fantasy football once again. It's hard not to like Nelson just a little bit more from a statistical perspective, however.
19. Alshon Jeffery, WR, Chicago Bears: Jeffery passed his former teammate, Brandon Marshall, as one of the top wide receivers in fantasy football last season. Now that Marshall is in New York, well, Jeffery's fantasy stock is on the rise. He's a borderline No. 1 fantasy wideout and should be an absolute target machine even after the addition of rookie Kevin White.
20. Mike Evans, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: The addition of quarterback Jameis Winston is an upgrade at the position in Tampa Bay, at least that's what Buccaneers and fantasy fans are hoping. Evans also has the size and skills to be an elite fantasy wideout in the future. He's moving up my draft board after working with former fantasy star Randy Moss in the offseason.