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Fantasy Football: Post-draft half-point PPR mock features a zero-RB strategy plus a modified version

Now is the time you should be doing mock drafts. Do as many as you can between now and your real draft. It’s the best way to prepare, and you can do all kinds of mock drafts on CBS Sports right here. I love doing mock drafts. If I could, I would do a mock draft every day from the time the Super Bowl ended until kickoff of the following season. I’m a junkie, I admit it. I’m addicted to drafting. My boss thinks it’s work to put together these mock drafts, but I have him fooled. This is fun.

The reason to do mock drafts is to learn how you want your real draft to go. You get to practice different strategies — Zero RB, waiting on a quarterback, double tight ends, multiple kickers (kidding), etc. — and see what you want to do on your Draft Day.

In this 12-team, 0.5 PPR mock draft featuring members of our CBS Sports staff, I tried a different strategy from recent drafts. Instead of leaning on running backs early, I went with a wide receiver and a quarterback with two of my first four picks.

Picking from No. 11 overall, I drafted Austin Ekeler and Davante Adams to start my team. I’m excited for Ekeler once again this season, and Adams is falling a little bit with the uncertainty surrounding Aaron Rodgers. If Rodgers is guaranteed to stay in Green Bay for this season then Adams is likey a top-10 overall selection. Since he could be traded, you might see Adams slip into Round 2, as he did here.

I drafted Chris Carson in Round 3 and then took the first quarterback off the board in Patrick Mahomes in Round 4. Now, we know quarterbacks fall further in industry drafts compared to most of your leagues because we take waiting on the position to an extreme. I usually draft the tenth quarterback or so compared to the first, but I wanted to build my team in a different way.

If I didn’t draft Mahomes, I probably would have selected a third running back (Travis Etienne or David Montgomery) or my second receiver (Amari Cooper or Robert Woods). But I wanted the biggest difference maker on the board in Mahomes, and it’s always good to draft those kind of players when available.

I like the way my team came together with Chase Edmonds, Zach Moss, Devin Singletary and Joshua Kelley rounding out my backfield behind Ekeler and Carson. Hopefully, one of Moss or Singletary becomes a featured option in Buffalo’s backfield (I like Moss the best), and Edmonds has star potential if he can hold off James Conner for the lead role in Arizona. 

My receiving corps along with Adams: Courtland Sutton, Curtis Samuel, Mecole Hardman, Amon-Ra St. Brown and Cole Beasley. Sutton should be a steal in Round 6 if he’s 100 percent healthy coming off last year’s knee injury, especially if the Broncos somehow make a trade for Rodgers. And I love the potential of Hardman as the third receiver in Kansas City and St. Brown as the potential No. 1 receiver in Detroit.

My lone regret is waiting on a tight end, and I went with Zach Ertz in Round 15. We’ll see where he ends up playing this season after the Eagles eventually trade or cut him, and hopefully, he lands in a favorable destination (maybe Jacksonville). I also could have selected Cole Kmet, Rob Gronkowski, Tyler Higbee or Blake Jarwin, and all of those tight ends are available on waivers.

You should examine all of the teams in this mock draft, but take a look at Chris Towers’ roster since he took a Zero RB approach. Towers started his team from No. 9 overall with Travis Kelce, Michael Thomas, Julio Jones, Woods, Tyler Lockett and Lamar Jackson before selecting his first running back in Round 7.

His backfield is obviously questionable with Melvin Gordon, Kenyan Drake, Darrell Henderson, Gus Edwards, Sony Michel and Chuba Hubbard, but Towers only needs two of those guys to be successful for this team to be great. And he has Michael Gallup and Rondale Moore also on his bench.

There are many ways to build your Fantasy roster. And doing multiple mock drafts allows you to practice different ways to construct your team before your real draft happens later this summer.

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 also award 0.5 points for every reception. We feature a starting lineup of QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, TE, FLEX (RB/WR/TE) and DST. There also are six reserve spots for a 15-round draft. 

Our draft order is as follows:

1. R.J. White, Managing Editor, SportsLine and CBS Fantasy

2. Andrew Baumhor, CBS Sports HQ Producer

3. Adam Aizer, Podcast Host

4. Jacobs Gibbs, SportsLine Fantasy Analyst

5. Heath Cummings, Senior Fantasy Writer

6. Meron Berkson, CBS Sports HQ Producer

7. Dan Schneier, Fantasy Editor

8. Frank Stampfl, Fantasy Baseball Podcast Host

9. Chris Towers, Senior Editor, Fantasy

10. Dave Richard, Senior Fantasy Writer

11. Jamey Eisenberg, Senior Fantasy Writer

12. Scott Engel, SportsLine Fantasy Analyst

Round By Round

Round 1
Pos
Team
Player
1
R.J. White

C. McCaffrey RB CAR

2
Andrew Baumhor

D. Cook RB MIN

3
Adam Aizer

A. Kamara RB NO

4
Jacob Gibbs

S. Barkley RB NYG

5
Heath Cummings

A. Jones RB GB

6
Meron Berkson

D. Henry RB TEN

7
Dan Schneier

E. Elliott RB DAL

8
Frank Stampfl

J. Taylor RB IND

9
Chris Towers

T. Kelce TE KC

10
Dave Richard

N. Chubb RB CLE

11
Jamey Eisenberg

A. Ekeler RB LAC

12
Scott Engel

C. Akers RB LAR

Round 2
Pos
Team
Player
13
Scott Engel

T. Hill WR KC

14
Jamey Eisenberg

D. Adams WR GB

15
Dave Richard

J. Mixon RB CIN

16
Chris Towers

M. Thomas WR NO

17
Frank Stampfl

A. Brown WR TEN

18
Dan Schneier

S. Diggs WR BUF

19
Meron Berkson

D. Hopkins WR ARI

20
Heath Cummings

D. Swift RB DET

21
Jacob Gibbs

J. Jefferson WR MIN

22
Adam Aizer

N. Harris RB PIT

23
Andrew Baumhor

C. Ridley WR ATL

24
R.J. White

A. Gibson RB WAS

Round 3
Pos
Team
Player
25
R.J. White

D. Waller TE LV

26
Andrew Baumhor

G. Kittle TE SF

27
Adam Aizer

D. Metcalf WR SEA

28
Jacob Gibbs

K. Allen WR LAC

29
Heath Cummings

T. McLaurin WR WAS

30
Meron Berkson

C. Edwards-Helaire RB KC

31
Dan Schneier

J. Dobbins RB BAL

32
Frank Stampfl

M. Sanders RB PHI

33
Chris Towers

J. Jones WR ATL

34
Dave Richard

A. Robinson WR CHI

35
Jamey Eisenberg

C. Carson RB SEA

36
Scott Engel

M. Evans WR TB

Round 4
Pos
Team
Player
37
Scott Engel

D. Montgomery RB CHI

38
Jamey Eisenberg

P. Mahomes QB KC

39
Dave Richard

T. Etienne RB JAC

40
Chris Towers

R. Woods WR LAR

41
Frank Stampfl

A. Cooper WR DAL

42
Dan Schneier

A. Thielen WR MIN

43
Meron Berkson

C. Godwin WR TB

44
Heath Cummings

J. Jacobs RB LV

45
Jacob Gibbs

D. Moore WR CAR

46
Adam Aizer

J. Chase WR CIN

47
Andrew Baumhor

C. Kupp WR LAR

48
R.J. White

M. Gaskin RB MIA

Round 5
Pos
Team
Player
49
R.J. White

C. Lamb WR DAL

50
Andrew Baumhor

M. Davis RB ATL

51
Adam Aizer

D. Johnson WR PIT

52
Jacob Gibbs

T. Hockenson TE DET

53
Heath Cummings

M. Andrews TE BAL

54
Meron Berkson

K. Golladay WR NYG

55
Dan Schneier

J. Williams RB DEN

56
Frank Stampfl

K. Hunt RB CLE

57
Chris Towers

T. Lockett WR SEA

58
Dave Richard

C. Claypool WR PIT

59
Jamey Eisenberg

C. Edmonds RB ARI

60
Scott Engel

K. Pitts TE ATL

Round 6
Pos
Team
Player
61
Scott Engel

J. Smith-Schuster WR PIT

62
Jamey Eisenberg

C. Sutton WR DEN

63
Dave Richard

J. Allen QB BUF

64
Chris Towers

L. Jackson QB BAL

65
Frank Stampfl

K. Murray QB ARI

66
Dan Schneier

B. Aiyuk WR SF

67
Meron Berkson

D. Prescott QB DAL

68
Heath Cummings

D. Chark WR JAC

69
Jacob Gibbs

R. Mostert RB SF

70
Adam Aizer

J. Conner RB ARI

71
Andrew Baumhor

D. Smith WR PHI

72
R.J. White

T. Higgins WR CIN

Round 7
Pos
Team
Player
73
R.J. White

B. Cooks WR HOU

74
Andrew Baumhor

T. Boyd WR CIN

75
Adam Aizer

D. Goedert TE PHI

76
Jacob Gibbs

R. Anderson WR CAR

77
Heath Cummings

R. Wilson QB SEA

78
Meron Berkson

O. Beckham WR CLE

79
Dan Schneier

M. Carter RB NYJ

80
Frank Stampfl

W. Fuller WR MIA

81
Chris Towers

M. Gordon RB DEN

82
Dave Richard

L. Fournette RB TB

83
Jamey Eisenberg

C. Samuel WR WAS

84
Scott Engel

J. Herbert QB LAC

Round 8
Pos
Team
Player
85
Scott Engel

D. Samuel WR SF

86
Jamey Eisenberg

Z. Moss RB BUF

87
Dave Richard

M. Brown WR BAL

88
Chris Towers

K. Drake RB LV

89
Frank Stampfl

J. Jeudy WR DEN

90
Dan Schneier

J. Landry WR CLE

91
Meron Berkson

D. Johnson RB HOU

92
Heath Cummings

A. Brown WR TB

93
Jacob Gibbs

J. Robinson RB JAC

94
Adam Aizer

D. Harris RB NE

95
Andrew Baumhor

T. Cohen RB CHI

96
R.J. White

L. Shenault Jr. WR JAC

Round 9
Pos
Team
Player
97
R.J. White

C. Davis WR NYJ

98
Andrew Baumhor

J. Waddle WR MIA

99
Adam Aizer

J. Brown WR LV

100
Jacob Gibbs

J. Hurts QB PHI

101
Heath Cummings

T. Hilton WR IND

102
Meron Berkson

N. Fant TE DEN

103
Dan Schneier

T. Sermon RB SF

104
Frank Stampfl

I. Smith TE MIN

105
Chris Towers

M. Gallup WR DAL

106
Dave Richard

M. Pittman WR IND

107
Jamey Eisenberg

D. Singletary RB BUF

108
Scott Engel

D. Parker WR MIA

Round 10
Pos
Team
Player
109
Scott Engel

R. Jones RB TB

110
Jamey Eisenberg

M. Hardman WR KC

111
Dave Richard

R. Tonyan TE GB

112
Chris Towers

G. Edwards RB BAL

113
Frank Stampfl

M. Jones WR JAC

114
Dan Schneier

L. Thomas TE WAS

115
Meron Berkson

J. Williams RB DET

116
Heath Cummings

J. White RB NE

117
Jacob Gibbs

L. Murray RB NO

118
Adam Aizer

A. Rodgers QB GB

119
Andrew Baumhor

N. Hines RB IND

120
R.J. White

A. Dillon RB GB

Round 11
Pos
Team
Player
121
R.J. White

J. McKissic RB WAS

122
Andrew Baumhor

G. Bernard RB TB

123
Adam Aizer

T. Pollard RB DAL

124
Jacob Gibbs

R. Bateman WR BAL

125
Heath Cummings

T. Marshall Jr. WR CAR

126
Meron Berkson

D. Mooney WR CHI

127
Dan Schneier

J. Reagor WR PHI

128
Frank Stampfl

J. Wilson RB SF

129
Chris Towers

D. Henderson RB LAR

130
Dave Richard

M. Williams WR LAC

131
Jamey Eisenberg

A. St. Brown WR DET

132
Scott Engel

R. Stevenson RB NE

Round 12
Pos
Team
Player
133
Scott Engel

J. Reynolds WR TEN

134
Jamey Eisenberg

C. Beasley WR BUF

135
Dave Richard

J. Smith TE NE

136
Chris Towers

R. Moore WR ARI

137
Frank Stampfl

K. Gainwell RB PHI

138
Dan Schneier

H. Ruggs III WR LV

139
Meron Berkson

T. Coleman RB NYJ

140
Heath Cummings

A. Mattison RB MIN

141
Jacob Gibbs

P. Campbell WR IND

142
Adam Aizer

A. Rodgers WR GB

143
Andrew Baumhor

D. Watson QB HOU

144
R.J. White

R. Penny RB SEA

Round 13
Pos
Team
Player
145
R.J. White

M. Brown RB MIA

146
Andrew Baumhor

J. Burrow QB CIN

147
Adam Aizer

T. Brady QB TB

148
Jacob Gibbs

S. Shepard WR NYG

149
Heath Cummings

D. Evans RB TEN

150
Meron Berkson

M. Gesicki TE MIA

151
Dan Schneier

M. Stafford QB LAR

152
Frank Stampfl

G. Davis WR BUF

153
Chris Towers

S. Michel RB NE

154
Dave Richard

Rams DST LAR

155
Jamey Eisenberg

Football Team DST WAS

156
Scott Engel

M. Ryan QB ATL

Round 14
Pos
Team
Player
157
Scott Engel

D. Mims WR NYJ

158
Jamey Eisenberg

J. Kelley RB LAC

159
Dave Richard

S. Perine RB CIN

160
Chris Towers

C. Hubbard RB CAR

161
Frank Stampfl

H. Henry TE NE

162
Dan Schneier

T. Hill QB NO

163
Meron Berkson

N. Agholor WR NE

164
Heath Cummings

T. Smith WR NO

165
Jacob Gibbs

E. Moore WR NYJ

166
Adam Aizer

E. Engram TE NYG

167
Andrew Baumhor

M. Mack RB IND

168
R.J. White

Ravens DST BAL

Round 15
Pos
Team
Player
169
R.J. White

T. Lawrence QB JAC

170
Andrew Baumhor

49ers DST SF

171
Adam Aizer

Buccaneers DST TB

172
Jacob Gibbs

Chiefs DST KC

173
Heath Cummings

Broncos DST DEN

174
Meron Berkson

Steelers DST PIT

175
Dan Schneier

Patriots DST NE

176
Frank Stampfl

Dolphins DST MIA

177
Chris Towers

Colts DST IND

178
Dave Richard

A. Trautman TE NO

179
Jamey Eisenberg

Z. Ertz TE PHI

180
Scott Engel

Seahawks DST SEA

Team by Team

R.J. White
Rd
Pk
Player
1
1

C. McCaffrey RB CAR

2
24

A. Gibson RB WAS

3
25

D. Waller TE LV

4
48

M. Gaskin RB MIA

5
49

C. Lamb WR DAL

6
72

T. Higgins WR CIN

7
73

B. Cooks WR HOU

8
96

L. Shenault Jr. WR JAC

9
97

C. Davis WR NYJ

10
120

A. Dillon RB GB

11
121

J. McKissic RB WAS

12
144

R. Penny RB SEA

13
145

M. Brown RB MIA

14
168

Ravens DST BAL

15
169

T. Lawrence QB JAC

Andrew Baumhor
Rd
Pk
Player
1
2

D. Cook RB MIN

2
23

C. Ridley WR ATL

3
26

G. Kittle TE SF

4
47

C. Kupp WR LAR

5
50

M. Davis RB ATL

6
71

D. Smith WR PHI

7
74

T. Boyd WR CIN

8
95

T. Cohen RB CHI

9
98

J. Waddle WR MIA

10
119

N. Hines RB IND

11
122

G. Bernard RB TB

12
143

D. Watson QB HOU

13
146

J. Burrow QB CIN

14
167

M. Mack RB IND

15
170

49ers DST SF

Adam Aizer
Rd
Pk
Player
1
3

A. Kamara RB NO

2
22

N. Harris RB PIT

3
27

D. Metcalf WR SEA

4
46

J. Chase WR CIN

5
51

D. Johnson WR PIT

6
70

J. Conner RB ARI

7
75

D. Goedert TE PHI

8
94

D. Harris RB NE

9
99

J. Brown WR LV

10
118

A. Rodgers QB GB

11
123

T. Pollard RB DAL

12
142

A. Rodgers WR GB

13
147

T. Brady QB TB

14
166

E. Engram TE NYG

15
171

Buccaneers DST TB

Jacob Gibbs
Rd
Pk
Player
1
4

S. Barkley RB NYG

2
21

J. Jefferson WR MIN

3
28

K. Allen WR LAC

4
45

D. Moore WR CAR

5
52

T. Hockenson TE DET

6
69

R. Mostert RB SF

7
76

R. Anderson WR CAR

8
93

J. Robinson RB JAC

9
100

J. Hurts QB PHI

10
117

L. Murray RB NO

11
124

R. Bateman WR BAL

12
141

P. Campbell WR IND

13
148

S. Shepard WR NYG

14
165

E. Moore WR NYJ

15
172

Chiefs DST KC

Heath Cummings
Rd
Pk
Player
1
5

A. Jones RB GB

2
20

D. Swift RB DET

3
29

T. McLaurin WR WAS

4
44

J. Jacobs RB LV

5
53

M. Andrews TE BAL

6
68

D. Chark WR JAC

7
77

R. Wilson QB SEA

8
92

A. Brown WR TB

9
101

T. Hilton WR IND

10
116

J. White RB NE

11
125

T. Marshall Jr. WR CAR

12
140

A. Mattison RB MIN

13
149

D. Evans RB TEN

14
164

T. Smith WR NO

15
173

Broncos DST DEN

Meron Berkson
Rd
Pk
Player
1
6

D. Henry RB TEN

2
19

D. Hopkins WR ARI

3
30

C. Edwards-Helaire RB KC

4
43

C. Godwin WR TB

5
54

K. Golladay WR NYG

6
67

D. Prescott QB DAL

7
78

O. Beckham WR CLE

8
91

D. Johnson RB HOU

9
102

N. Fant TE DEN

10
115

J. Williams RB DET

11
126

D. Mooney WR CHI

12
139

T. Coleman RB NYJ

13
150

M. Gesicki TE MIA

14
163

N. Agholor WR NE

15
174

Steelers DST PIT

Dan Schneier
Rd
Pk
Player
1
7

E. Elliott RB DAL

2
18

S. Diggs WR BUF

3
31

J. Dobbins RB BAL

4
42

A. Thielen WR MIN

5
55

J. Williams RB DEN

6
66

B. Aiyuk WR SF

7
79

M. Carter RB NYJ

8
90

J. Landry WR CLE

9
103

T. Sermon RB SF

10
114

L. Thomas TE WAS

11
127

J. Reagor WR PHI

12
138

H. Ruggs III WR LV

13
151

M. Stafford QB LAR

14
162

T. Hill QB NO

15
175

Patriots DST NE

Frank Stampfl
Rd
Pk
Player
1
8

J. Taylor RB IND

2
17

A. Brown WR TEN

3
32

M. Sanders RB PHI

4
41

A. Cooper WR DAL

5
56

K. Hunt RB CLE

6
65

K. Murray QB ARI

7
80

W. Fuller WR MIA

8
89

J. Jeudy WR DEN

9
104

I. Smith TE MIN

10
113

M. Jones WR JAC

11
128

J. Wilson RB SF

12
137

K. Gainwell RB PHI

13
152

G. Davis WR BUF

14
161

H. Henry TE NE

15
176

Dolphins DST MIA

Chris Towers
Rd
Pk
Player
1
9

T. Kelce TE KC

2
16

M. Thomas WR NO

3
33

J. Jones WR ATL

4
40

R. Woods WR LAR

5
57

T. Lockett WR SEA

6
64

L. Jackson QB BAL

7
81

M. Gordon RB DEN

8
88

K. Drake RB LV

9
105

M. Gallup WR DAL

10
112

G. Edwards RB BAL

11
129

D. Henderson RB LAR

12
136

R. Moore WR ARI

13
153

S. Michel RB NE

14
160

C. Hubbard RB CAR

15
177

Colts DST IND

Dave Richard
Rd
Pk
Player
1
10

N. Chubb RB CLE

2
15

J. Mixon RB CIN

3
34

A. Robinson WR CHI

4
39

T. Etienne RB JAC

5
58

C. Claypool WR PIT

6
63

J. Allen QB BUF

7
82

L. Fournette RB TB

8
87

M. Brown WR BAL

9
106

M. Pittman WR IND

10
111

R. Tonyan TE GB

11
130

M. Williams WR LAC

12
135

J. Smith TE NE

13
154

Rams DST LAR

14
159

S. Perine RB CIN

15
178

A. Trautman TE NO

Jamey Eisenberg
Rd
Pk
Player
1
11

A. Ekeler RB LAC

2
14

D. Adams WR GB

3
35

C. Carson RB SEA

4
38

P. Mahomes QB KC

5
59

C. Edmonds RB ARI

6
62

C. Sutton WR DEN

7
83

C. Samuel WR WAS

8
86

Z. Moss RB BUF

9
107

D. Singletary RB BUF

10
110

M. Hardman WR KC

11
131

A. St. Brown WR DET

12
134

C. Beasley WR BUF

13
155

Football Team DST WAS

14
158

J. Kelley RB LAC

15
179

Z. Ertz TE PHI

Scott Engel
Rd
Pk
Player
1
12

C. Akers RB LAR

2
13

T. Hill WR KC

3
36

M. Evans WR TB

4
37

D. Montgomery RB CHI

5
60

K. Pitts TE ATL

6
61

J. Smith-Schuster WR PIT

7
84

J. Herbert QB LAC

8
85

D. Samuel WR SF

9
108

D. Parker WR MIA

10
109

R. Jones RB TB

11
132

R. Stevenson RB NE

12
133

J. Reynolds WR TEN

13
156

M. Ryan QB ATL

14
157

D. Mims WR NYJ

15
180

Seahawks DST SEA

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