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2014 Fantasy Football: 12-Team PPR IDP Mock Draft

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2014 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: 12 Team-PPR-IDP League

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Mock drafts can be a useful tool when forming a plan on how you will draft based on your draft position. Elements such as league size, starting positions and scoring will also affect how you draft. Recently, I participated in a 12-team PPR and IDP mock draft with industry experts and veterans. Let's take a look at who I picked and why I drafted them when I did. My strategy may help you out when forming your draft-day gameplan.

1. Calvin Johnson - WR - Detroit Lions

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1. Calvin Johnson - WR - Detroit Lions

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Round 1: Jamaal Charles, LeSean McCoy, Matt Forte, Adrian Peterson, *Calvin Johnson*, Eddie Lacy, Montee Ball, Demaryius Thomas, Dez Bryant, LeVeon Bell, Jimmy Graham, Peyton Manning

This was an easy selection. The consensus top-four RBs were taken first and that left Megatron waiting there to be selected by me. He is not only the No. 1 WR in fantasy sports, but in real life as well.

2. Antonio Brown - WR - Pittsburgh Steelers

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2. Antonio Brown - WR - Pittsburgh Steelers

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Round 2: Julio Jones, Marshawn Lynch, A.J. Green, DeMarco Murray, Giovani Bernard, Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery, *Antonio Brown*, Aaron Rodgers, Doug Martin, Drew Brees, Jordy Nelson

In PPR leagues, I like to quickly grab three elite receivers if I don't get one of the elite RBs. Therefore, Brown was another easy choice since he should be good for over 100 catches, 1,400 yards and at least eight TDs.

3. Victor Cruz - WR - New York Giants

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3. Victor Cruz - WR - New York Giants

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Round 3: C.J. Spiller, Randall Cobb, Keenan Allen, Arian Foster, *Victor Cruz*, Andre Ellington, Alfred Morris, Julius Thomas, Rob Gronkowski, Pierre Garcon, Zac Stacy, Reggie Bush

Cruz is the third selection of my elite receivers push. There is a lot of buzz surrounding the Giants' new West Coast offensive scheme and I feel Cruz is in for a career year with over 100 catches, 1,350 yards and seven TDs.

4. Toby Gerhart - RB - Jacksonville Jaguars

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4. Toby Gerhart - RB - Jacksonville Jaguars

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Round 4: Shane Vereen, Matthew Stafford, Andrew Luck, J.J. Watt, Cordarrelle Patterson, Vincent Jackson, Andre Johnson, *Toby Gerhart*, Roddy White, Larry Fitzgerald, Trent Richardson, Jordan Cameron

With 18 RBs already taken, I needed to shore up my runners quickly. With that in mind, I went with Gerhart. He should be good for 1,200 yards rushing and seven TDs easily. He should be involved in the passing game as well to help with PPR scoring.

5. Frank Gore - RB - San Francisco 49ers

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5. Frank Gore - RB - San Francisco 49ers

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Round 5: Robert Griffin III, Luke Kuechly, Wes Welker, Lavonte David, *Frank Gore*, Matt Ryan, Vontaze Burfict, Percy Harvin, Bishop Sankey, Ryan Matthews, Michael Crabtree, DeSean Jackson

I don't know why everyone continues to undervalue Gore, but that's fine with me. He's reliable and a lock for at least 1,100 yards and between six to eight touchdowns. I will need to get some IDPs soon since, in this round, elite LBs are already being taken.

6. Chris Johnson - RB - New York Jets

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6. Chris Johnson - RB - New York Jets

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Round 6: Paul Posluszny, Robert Quinn, Torrey Smith, Michael Floyd, Nick Foles, Bobby Wagner, Ben Tate, *Chris Johnson*, Kendall Wright, Ray Rice, Joique Bell, Julian Edelman

This pick may scare some people, but it shouldn't. He has never rushed for under 1,000 yards in any year and he's only had one season where he caught less than 40 balls. Also, a change of scenery tends to rejuvenate struggling players. Trust me, it's safe to draft him.

7. Jason Witten - TE - Dallas Cowboys

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7. Jason Witten - TE - Dallas Cowboys

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Round 7: Terrance Williams, T.Y. Hilton, Jordan Reed, Rashad Jennings, *Jason Witten*, Emmanuel Sanders, Vernon Davis, Kyle Rudolph, Sammy Watkins, Eric Decker, NaVorro Bowman, Patrick Willis

Now that I have my main RBs and WRs, it's time to draft my TE and QB next. Over the past decade, Witten has averaged 88 catches, 980 yards and five TDs per season. Other TEs may have slightly more upside, but no TE is more reliable than Witten.

8. Jay Cutler - QB - Chicago Bears

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8. Jay Cutler - QB - Chicago Bears

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Round 8: Greg Olsen, Mike Wallace, James Laurinaitis, Lamar Miller, Derrick Johnson, Cam Newton, Golden Tate, *Jay Cutler*, Stevan Ridley, Colin Kaepernick, Dennis Pitta, Tom Brady

It's Round 8 and plenty of quality QBs are still left. I chose Cutler due to his improvement in the Marc Trestman system and his offensive weapons. If he can stay healthy for all 16 games, then he will eclipse 4,000 yards passing for the first time since 2008.

9. Alec Ogletree - LB - St. Louis Rams

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9. Alec Ogletree - LB - St. Louis Rams

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Round 9: Von Miller, Jadeveon Clowney, Jeremy Maclin, Brandin Cooks, *Alec Ogletree*, Martellus Bennett, Reggie Wayne, Maurice Jones-Drew, Tony Romo, Karlos Dansby, Pierre Thomas, Marques Colston

My offensive starters are set, so now it's time to draft my IDPs. Ogletree had an impressive rookie campaign by leading the Rams in total tackles and providing good production in pass coverage as well. He will only get better in 2014 and beyond.

10. Greg Hardy - DE/DL - Carolina Panthers

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10. Greg Hardy - DE/DL - Carolina Panthers

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Round 10: Cecil Shorts, Richard Sherman, Charles Clay, DeAndre Hopkins, Jerod Mayo, Steven Jackson, Mychal Kendricks, *Greg Hardy*, Knowshon Moreno, Chandler Jones, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Terrance West

I focus on sack upside when it comes to drafting my DEs and "The Kraken" has as much upside as any DL in the NFL. Therefore, it was an obvious and easy choice for me. Also, yelling "Release the Kraken!" after every sack is too good to pass up.

11. Harrison Smith - S/DB - Minnesota Vikings

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11. Harrison Smith - S/DB - Minnesota Vikings

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Round 11: Muhammad Wilkerson, Rueben Randle, Earl Thomas, Mike Evans, *Harrison Smith*, Calais Campbell, Riley Cooper, Jason Pierre-Paul, Barry Church, Danny Woodhead, Khalil Mack, Darren Sproles

Two DBs were drafted before Smith and I took full advantage. This was a situation where name recognition led to the overvaluing of certain players. Therefore, I gladly took Smith and his 100-tackle upside. If healthy, he will be the No. 1 DB in 2014.

12. Danny Trevathan - LB - Denver Broncos

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12. Danny Trevathan - LB - Denver Broncos

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Round 12: Cameron Jordan, Dwayne Bowe, Patrick Peterson, Bernard Pierce, Mario Williams, Sheldon Richardson, Chad Greenway, *Danny Trevathan*, David Wilson, Carlos Hyde, DeMarcus Ware, Justin Hunter

Based on the Harrison Smith gift, I realized that I could wait a round before picking my next DB. Therefore, I focused on my second LB and drafted Trevathan since I firmly believe he will surpass his 2013 breakout season. He has top-10 LB upside.

13. Eric Weddle - S/DB - San Diego Chargers

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13. Eric Weddle - S/DB - San Diego Chargers

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Round 13: Geno Atkins, Tavon Austin, Marvin Jones, Cameron Wake, *Eric Weddle*, Ezekiel Ansah, Fred Jackson, James Jones, Hakeem Nicks, Eric Berry, Lamarr Houston, Christine Michael

Once again, name recognition is leading other drafters down the wrong path. There was no reason for Weddle, who has averaged 100 tackles and three INTs over his last six seasons, to still be on the board. This selection was almost too easy for me to make.

14. Rob Ninkovich - DE/DL - New England Patriots

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14. Rob Ninkovich - DE/DL - New England Patriots

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Round 14: Ladarius Green, Joe Haden, Matt Prater, Michael Johnson, T.J. Ward, Morgan Burnett, John Cyprien, *Rob Ninkovich*, Zach Ertz, Kiko Alonso, Devonta Freeman, Jarrett Boykin

Ninkovich has averaged over 70 total tackles and seven sacks since 2010. He has also averaged at least three forced fumbles during that span as well. He is a player who you can take while everyone else focuses on flashier names who won't outperform him.

15. Ben Roethlisberger - QB - Pittsburgh Steelers

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15. Ben Roethlisberger - QB - Pittsburgh Steelers

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Round 15: Brian Cushing, Carlos Dunlap, Mark Barron, Kelvin Benjamin, *Ben Roethlisberger*, Kam Chancellor, DeAngelo Williams, Jeremy Hill, Jerrell Freeman, Khiry Robinson, Jordan Matthews, Tyrann Mathieu

Now it's time to get my backup offensive players in place. I tend to go for a QB first since there are more options at other positions. Therefore, I felt very comfortable rolling with Big Ben this late in the draft since he has QB1 upside.

16. Ahmad Bradshaw - RB - Indianapolis Colts

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16. Ahmad Bradshaw - RB - Indianapolis Colts

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Round 16: Andy Dalton, Darren McFadden, Philip Rivers, DeAndre Levy, Jairus Byrd, Russell Wilson, Tre Mason, *Ahmad Bradshaw*, Ndamukong Suh, Paul Worrilow, Stephen Gostkowski, Charles Johnson

Vick Ballard is out for the season and Trent Richardson is already dealing with a nagging hamstring injury in training camp. As a Giants fan, I'm well aware of what Bradshaw can do and he could prove to be a late-round steal by season's end.

17. Steve Smith - WR - Baltimore Ravens

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17. Steve Smith - WR - Baltimore Ravens

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Round 17: Captain Munnerlyn, Kenny Vaccaro, Kenny Stills, Blair Walsh, *Steve Smith*, Markus Wheaton, Jared Allen, Kenny Britt, Justin Tucker, Chris Long, D'Qwell Jackson, Olivier Vernon

I remember when Smith would have been gone at least 10 rounds earlier, but that's no longer the case. While he won't be the top passing option for the Ravens, he should be capable of getting 60 catches, 800-plus yards and at least five TDs.

18. Heath Miller - TE - Pittsburgh Steelers

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18. Heath Miller - TE - Pittsburgh Steelers

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Round 18: Alterraun Verner, Johnny Manziel, Michael Brockers, Reshad Jones, Ka'Deem Carey, Antrel Rolle, Josh McCown, *Heath Miller*, Bernard Pollard, Marcell Dareus, Eric Ebron, Phil Dawson

I shouldn't have been able to get a consistent top-15 TE so late, but that's exactly what happened here. The hardest part about this selection was hoping that no one would take him before me. I project 65 catches, 675 yards and six TDs for him.

19, Brian Hartline - WR - Miami Dolphins

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19, Brian Hartline - WR - Miami Dolphins

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Round 19: Anthony Barr, Danny Amendola, Anquan Boldin, DeAngelo Hall, *Brian Hartline*, Garrett Graham, Lawrence Timmons, Justin Houston, Odell Beckham, Antonio Gates, Andrew Hawkins, Steven Hauschka

He has posted back-to-back seasons with 1,000 yards receiving and 70-plus catches. Mike Wallace is the clear No. 1 passing option, but Hartline's production can't be ignored. Even with a slight drop in numbers, getting him this late is a steal.

20. Mason Crosby - K - Green Bay Packers

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20. Mason Crosby - K - Green Bay Packers

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Round 20: Marqise Lee, Sebastian Janikowski, Tyler Eifert, Aaron Dobson, Nate Freese, Dan Bailey, Greg Zuerlein, *Mason Crosby*, Bryce Brown, Shayne Graham, Ryan Tannehill, Donte Whitner

The kicker is always the last player I take in any draft and the only thing I focus on is the type of offense they're in. Playing for Green Bay means that Crosby is in a potential top-five NFL offense. Therefore, I drafted him with zero hesitation.

Roje Smith is a Fantasy Sports writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @RoKnowsDFS, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.