Half-PPR Draft: Taylor Rising, Barkley Falling

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At NBC Sports EDGE, our goal is to give you the tools to guide you towards winning a fantasy football championship. As such, we'll be providing you with a few looks into a variety of the tools available in our 2021 NFL Draft Guide from the NBC Sports EDGE+ Premium package as we march closer and closer to the start of the regular season.

Complete with content aimed at providing the knowledge you need to make the perfect draft decisions in a variety of league formats — from projections, tiers, rankings, league sync, sleepers and busts to exclusive expert columns and mock draft analyses — this year's edition is the finest we've ever produced.

We showed off our expert mock draft, sleepers, overall half-PPR rankings and some notable outliers. Today we're going to take a look at a 12-team, half-PPR mock draft conducted by Nick Mensio alongside 11 Twitter followers. Go round-by-round with Mensio as he assembles his roster for the 2021 season and analyzes noteworthy selections in each round. Here, you'll find his takeaways on polarizing players who come off the board in the early and middle rounds of drafts. With our premium Draft Guide, you can access mock draft analytics across a variety of scoring formats and do the necessary research to out-draft your league competition.

Here's a quick look at a couple rounds from the 12-team half-PPR mock draft, including Mensio's reactions:

Half-PPR Mock Draft

(1 QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, 1 TE, 2 FLEX, 1 DEF)

ROUND 1

1.01 -- Christian McCaffrey, RB1

1.02 -- Dalvin Cook, RB2

1.03 -- Derrick Henry, RB3

1.04 -- Alvin Kamara, RB4

1.05 -- Jonathan Taylor, RB5

1.06 -- Ezekiel Elliott, RB6

1.07 -- Nick Chubb, RB7

1.08 -- Tyreek Hill, WR1

1.09 -- Stefon Diggs, WR2

1.10 -- Saquon Barkley, RB8

1.11 -- Aaron Jones, RB9

1.12 -- Travis Kelce, TE1

Notes: RB5 is a bit rich for Taylor, especially with Marlon Mack fully healthy and destined for a role, along with Nyheim Hines. I’d have Taylor more in the RB9-10 range. The rest of the opening round looks as it mostly should. Getting Barkley at 1.10 feels like a steal, but it’s easy to be cautious of all the “easing him in” talk coming of Giants camp as Barkley still works his way back from last season’s ACL tear.

ROUND 6

6.01 -- T.J. Hockenson, TE5

6.02 -- Kyler Murray, QB5

6.03 -- D.J. Chark, WR27

6.04 -- Russell Wilson, QB6

6.05 -- Mark Andrews, TE6

6.06 -- Justin Herbert, QB7

6.07 -- Aaron Rodgers, QB8

6.08 -- Chase Edmonds, RB27

6.09 -- Brandon Aiyuk, WR28

6.10 -- Cortland Sutton, WR29

6.11 -- Trey Sermon, RB28

6.12 -- Raheem Mostert, RB29

Notes: Chark’s speed should play well with an aggressive Trevor Lawrence under center. Hockenson is set up for a big year with Jared Goff and the Lions employing no game-changing wideouts. The Sermon-Mostert competition will be one of the main storylines to track this summer and into the regular season. Love Aiyuk as a player, but he faces so much competition for touches with either a rookie in Trey Lance taking over QB duties or Jimmy Garoppolo returning under center. Either way, the 49ers want to run the ball at least 500 times this season. It’s hard to be excited about Aiyuk and Samuel.

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