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Fantasy football mock draft for 12-team, half-PPR in 2023 NFL season

We conduct a 12-team, half-PPR mock draft with the No. 6 pick.

Tyreek Hill #10 of the Miami Dolphins warms up prior to a preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at TIAA Bank Field on August 26, 2023 in Jacksonville, Florida. Photo by Rich Storry/Getty Images

Labor Day Weekend marks the most popular time of the NFL preseason for fantasy football drafts. The preseason games are wrapped up, rosters are down to 53-men, practice squads are filled out and everyone is turning their attention to Week 1 of the NFL season. With that in mind, here is a 12-team half-PPR scoring mock draft, selecting with the No. 6 pick and using the FantasyPros mock draft simulator.

2023 Fantasy football mock draft review: 12-team Half-PPR

Strategy

You see mock drafts all the time from a top spot in the draft or at the tail end of the round, but I went with the No. 6 pick. I mainly followed how the board fell, knowing that wide receivers are much deeper than running backs. With wide receivers going in the first, I filled running back, quarterback and running back with my next four picks and don’t feel bad about how the rest of the draft shaped out.

Best picks

1.06 — Tyreek Hill, WR, Miami Dolphins
2.07 — Josh Jacobs, RB, Las Vegas Raiders
3.06 — Jalen Hurts, QB, Philadelphia Eagles
4.07 — Miles Sanders, RB, Carolina Panthers
6.07 — Brandon Aiyuk. WR, San Francisco 49ers
14.07 — Rondale Moore, WR, Arizona Cardinals

We don’t know what will happen in the fantasy football season, but I’m loving this start. I am benefitting from Jacobs’ ADP not bouncing back since he signed his one-year deal with the Raiders to begin this week. Starting with the potential WR1, RB1 and QB1 is not a bad way to start. I am higher than most on Sanders in his first year with the Panthers, and Aiyuk should see a solid target share yet again. I took Moore in the final round because I think he seems a good amount of targets, with Arizona playing from behind throughout the year.

Worst picks

11.06 — Jeff Wilson Jr., RB, Miami Dolphins

Not gonna lie, I panicked here. I used the FantasyPros DraftWizard for the mock draft, and it suggested four running backs I didn’t want. I went under the running back tab to see all running backs and couldn’t figure it out in the time that I allotted for draft picks. Wilson was the least of the four evils, but I hate his situation in the Miami backfield. My lone hope would be if the Dolphins traded him to Indy in a package for Jonathan Taylor and Wilson becomes the starting RB for the Indianapolis Colts.

Final thoughts

I love how this draft turned out. I would want to familiarize myself with the Baltimore schedule to see if rostering their defense makes sense or if I need to pivot and look at streaming a defense. This team has a high ceiling, but a pretty high floor if it can stay healthy. Having depth wide receivers of Jordan Addison and Treylon Burks feels like a cheat code. The only knock to the roster is I am super shallow at running back.

Full mock draft results

1.06 — Tyreek Hill, WR, Miami Dolphins
2.07 — Josh Jacobs, RB, Las Vegas Raiders
3.06 — Jalen Hurts, QB, Philadelphia Eagles
4.07 — Miles Sanders, RB, Carolina Panthers
5.06 — DJ Moore, WR, Chicago Bears
6.07 — Brandon Aiyuk. WR, San Francisco 49ers
7.06 — Rachaad White, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
8.07 — Jordan Addison, WR, Minnesota Vikings
9.06 — Treylon Burks, WR, Tennessee Titans
10.07 — Evan Engram, TE, Jacksonville Jaguars
11.06 — Jeff Wilson Jr., RB, Miami Dolphins
12.07 — Justin Tucker, K, Baltimore Ravens
13.06 — Baltimore Ravens D/ST
14.07 — Rondale Moore, WR, Arizona Cardinals