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There hasn't been much debate over who should be the No. 1 overall pick this season, but Chris Towers has said he likes Christian McCaffrey ahead of Jonathan Taylor. He backed that up in our latest 12-team, 0.5-PPR mock when he selected McCaffrey with the first pick.

I don't mind it considering McCaffrey has more upside than Taylor, but you know the risk with McCaffrey by now. He's played 10 games over the past two seasons due to multiple injuries, and that has Fantasy managers concerned.

Taylor, 23, is considered safer and will hopefully replicate his production from 2021 when he had over 2,000 total yards and scored 20 total touchdowns. Austin Ekeler and Derrick Henry could also be in the conversation for the No. 1 overall pick, and you might even consider Cooper Kupp if you want the best receiver.

We debated the top five running backs on our latest podcast Wednesday, and I like Taylor at No. 1, followed by McCaffrey, Ekeler, Henry and Najee Harris in PPR and 0.5 PPR. In non-PPR, I have it ranked Taylor, Henry, McCaffrey, Ekeler and Joe Mixon.

In this mock draft, it went McCaffrey, Taylor, Henry, Kupp and Ekeler with the top five picks, followed by Harris, Justin Jefferson, Dalvin Cook, Mixon, Travis Kelce, Ja'Marr Chase and Alvin Kamara to round out the first round. And now that it's late June, we're starting to see what the first round will likely look like in the majority of leagues.

There are expected to be eight running backs, three receivers and one tight end drafted in the first 12 overall picks. We could see Stefon Diggs or Davante Adams knock out one of the running backs, or maybe Kelce slips into Round 2. But our first round is starting to take shape, and Fantasy managers should be prepared.

I had the No. 2 overall selection and went with Taylor. This is a three-receiver league, so I drafted Mike Evans and A.J. Brown next, and I love this start. I didn't like the running backs available in Round 4 -- the top options were A.J. Dillon, Elijah Mitchell and Miles Sanders -- so it was easy to pivot to Darren Waller and Terry McLaurin next.

This is how I like to start my team in any league that rewards you for receptions, with one running back and multiple pass catchers through five rounds. Now, it was time to draft running backs with high upside, which included Kareem Hunt (Round 6), James Cook (Round 8), Alexander Mattison (Round 9), Kenneth Gainwell (Round 10), Rachaad White (Round 11) and D'Onta Foreman (Round 13).

Hunt will be my Week 1 starter as of now, and we'll see what kind of role Cook and Gainwell have with their respective teams. Should Hunt, Cook, Gainwell, Mattison, White or Foreman get the chance for a featured role at any point this season, all of them have league-winning upside, and these are the types of running backs you should target on Draft Day with mid- to late-round picks.

I drafted Allen Lazard in Round 7, and he'll be my flex. Matthew Stafford fell into my lap in Round 12, and I drafted Jakobi Meyers as a fifth receiver. So far, this has been one of my favorite mock drafts this year.

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 per reception. And we feature a starting lineup of QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, TE, K and FLEX (RB/WR/TE) with six reserves for a 14-round draft.

Our draft order is as follows:

  • 1. Chris Towers, Senior Editor, Fantasy
  • 2. Jamey Eisenberg, Senior Fantasy Writer
  • 3. Dave Richard, Senior Fantasy Writer
  • 4. Robert Thomas, FFT Facebook Moderator
  • 5. Heath Cummings, Senior Fantasy Writer
  • 6. Meron Berkson, CBS Sports HQ Producer
  • 7. Tera Roberts, FFT Podcast Contributor 
  • 8. Daniel Schneier, Senior Editor, Fantasy
  • 9. Adam Aizer, FFT Podcast Host
  • 10. Jack Capotorto, CBS Sports HQ Producer
  • 11. R.J. White, Managing Editor, SportsLine and CBS Fantasy
  • 12. George Maselli, Fantasy Editor
Round By Round
Round 1
PosTeamPlayer
1Chris TowersC. McCaffreyRB CAR
2Jamey EisenbergJ. TaylorRB IND
3Dave RichardD. HenryRB TEN
4Robert ThomasC. KuppWR LAR
5Heath CummingsA. EkelerRB LAC
6Meron BerksonN. HarrisRB PIT
7Tera RobertsJ. JeffersonWR MIN
8Dan SchneierD. CookRB MIN
9Adam AizerJ. MixonRB CIN
10Jack CapotortoT. KelceTE KC
11R.J. WhiteJ. ChaseWR CIN
12George MaselliA. KamaraRB NO
Round 2
PosTeamPlayer
13George MaselliD. SwiftRB DET
14R.J. WhiteD. AdamsWR LV
15Jack CapotortoA. JonesRB GB
16Adam AizerS. DiggsWR BUF
17Dan SchneierM. AndrewsTE BAL
18Tera RobertsN. ChubbRB CLE
19Meron BerksonC. LambWR DAL
20Heath CummingsL. FournetteRB TB
21Robert ThomasD. SamuelWR SF
22Dave RichardS. BarkleyRB NYG
23Jamey EisenbergM. EvansWR TB
24Chris TowersT. HillWR MIA
Round 3
PosTeamPlayer
25Chris TowersD. MontgomeryRB CHI
26Jamey EisenbergA. BrownWR PHI
27Dave RichardJ. WilliamsRB DEN
28Robert ThomasJ. ConnerRB ARI
29Heath CummingsK. AllenWR LAC
30Meron BerksonM. PittmanWR IND
31Tera RobertsT. HigginsWR CIN
32Dan SchneierC. AkersRB LAR
33Adam AizerK. PittsTE ATL
34Jack CapotortoC. GodwinWR TB
35R.J. WhiteA. GibsonRB WAS
36George MaselliE. ElliottRB DAL
Round 4
PosTeamPlayer
37George MaselliJ. AllenQB BUF
38R.J. WhiteJ. DobbinsRB BAL
39Jack CapotortoB. CooksWR HOU
40Adam AizerC. SuttonWR DEN
41Dan SchneierD. MooreWR CAR
42Tera RobertsT. EtienneRB JAC
43Meron BerksonJ. WaddleWR MIA
44Heath CummingsJ. JacobsRB LV
45Robert ThomasB. HallRB NYJ
46Dave RichardD. MetcalfWR SEA
47Jamey EisenbergD. WallerTE LV
48Chris TowersD. JohnsonWR PIT
Round 5
PosTeamPlayer
49Chris TowersM. WilliamsWR LAC
50Jamey EisenbergT. McLaurinWR WAS
51Dave RichardA. RobinsonWR LAR
52Robert ThomasG. KittleTE SF
53Heath CummingsJ. HerbertQB LAC
54Meron BerksonP. MahomesQB KC
55Tera RobertsM. BrownWR ARI
56Dan SchneierD. MooneyWR CHI
57Adam AizerA. DillonRB GB
58Jack CapotortoE. MitchellRB SF
59R.J. WhiteA. CooperWR CLE
60George MaselliR. BatemanWR BAL
Round 6
PosTeamPlayer
61George MaselliG. DavisWR BUF
62R.J. WhiteM. SandersRB PHI
63Jack CapotortoM. ThomasWR NO
64Adam AizerJ. Smith-SchusterWR KC
65Dan SchneierJ. JeudyWR DEN
66Tera RobertsL. JacksonQB BAL
67Meron BerksonC. Edwards-HelaireRB KC
68Heath CummingsA. ThielenWR MIN
69Robert ThomasT. PollardRB DAL
70Dave RichardD. SingletaryRB BUF
71Jamey EisenbergK. HuntRB CLE
72Chris TowersA. St. BrownWR DET
Round 7
PosTeamPlayer
73Chris TowersT. HockensonTE DET
74Jamey EisenbergA. LazardWR GB
75Dave RichardD. SchultzTE DAL
76Robert ThomasJ. HurtsQB PHI
77Heath CummingsR. WoodsWR TEN
78Meron BerksonD. HarrisRB NE
79Tera RobertsC. KirkWR JAC
80Dan SchneierK. MurrayQB ARI
81Adam AizerR. WilsonQB DEN
82Jack CapotortoK. Walker IIIRB SEA
83R.J. WhiteC. PattersonRB ATL
84George MaselliE. MooreWR NYJ
Round 8
PosTeamPlayer
85George MaselliM. GordonRB DEN
86R.J. WhiteT. LockettWR SEA
87Jack CapotortoD. HopkinsWR ARI
88Adam AizerD. SmithWR PHI
89Dan SchneierC. EdmondsRB MIA
90Tera RobertsD. GoedertTE PHI
91Meron BerksonZ. ErtzTE ARI
92Heath CummingsD. LondonWR ATL
93Robert ThomasH. RenfrowWR LV
94Dave RichardT. BradyQB TB
95Jamey EisenbergJ. CookRB BUF
96Chris TowersC. OlaveWR NO
Round 9
PosTeamPlayer
97Chris TowersG. WilsonWR NYJ
98Jamey EisenbergA. MattisonRB MIN
99Dave RichardT. PatrickWR DEN
100Robert ThomasT. BurksWR TEN
101Heath CummingsD. PierceRB HOU
102Meron BerksonR. JonesRB KC
103Tera RobertsR. GageWR TB
104Dan SchneierK. ToneyWR NYG
105Adam AizerC. WatsonWR GB
106Jack CapotortoD. PrescottQB DAL
107R.J. WhiteP. FreiermuthTE PIT
108George MaselliR. PennyRB SEA
Round 10
PosTeamPlayer
109George MaselliD. ParkerWR NE
110R.J. WhiteJ. BurrowQB CIN
111Jack CapotortoT. AllgeierRB ATL
112Adam AizerR. StevensonRB NE
113Dan SchneierS. MooreWR KC
114Tera RobertsD. HendersonRB LAR
115Meron BerksonM. GesickiTE MIA
116Heath CummingsM. CarterRB NYJ
117Robert ThomasJ. RobinsonRB JAC
118Dave RichardJ. DotsonWR WAS
119Jamey EisenbergK. GainwellRB PHI
120Chris TowersJ. LandryWR NO
Round 11
PosTeamPlayer
121Chris TowersN. HinesRB IND
122Jamey EisenbergR. WhiteRB TB
123Dave RichardC. ClaypoolWR PIT
124Robert ThomasM. GallupWR DAL
125Heath CummingsC. KmetTE CHI
126Meron BerksonJ. McKissicRB WAS
127Tera RobertsB. AiyukWR SF
128Dan SchneierM. Valdes-ScantlingWR KC
129Adam AizerI. SpillerRB LAC
130Jack CapotortoR. MooreWR ARI
131R.J. WhiteM. MackRB HOU
132George MaselliT. LanceQB SF
Round 12
PosTeamPlayer
133George MaselliK. GolladayWR NYG
134R.J. WhiteS. MichelRB MIA
135Jack CapotortoJ. WilliamsWR DET
136Adam AizerD. WilliamsRB ARI
137Dan SchneierK. OsbornWR MIN
138Tera RobertsG. EdwardsRB BAL
139Meron BerksonT. BoydWR CIN
140Heath CummingsW. FullerWR MIA
141Robert ThomasR. MostertRB MIA
142Dave RichardO. Beckham Jr.WR LAR
143Jamey EisenbergM. StaffordQB LAR
144Chris TowersD. Peoples-JonesWR CLE
Round 13
PosTeamPlayer
145Chris TowersZ. WhiteRB LV
146Jamey EisenbergD. ForemanRB CAR
147Dave RichardR. GronkowskiTE TB
148Robert ThomasK. CousinsQB MIN
149Heath CummingsM. HardmanWR KC
150Meron BerksonA. RodgersQB GB
151Tera RobertsN. CollinsWR HOU
152Dan SchneierJ. WilliamsRB DET
153Adam AizerJ. FieldsQB CHI
154Jack CapotortoS. WatkinsWR GB
155R.J. WhiteB. Robinson Jr.RB WAS
156George MaselliG. PickensWR PIT
Round 14
PosTeamPlayer
157George MaselliN. FantTE SEA
158R.J. WhiteD. WilliamsRB ATL
159Jack CapotortoA. GreenWR ARI
160Adam AizerK. HerbertRB CHI
161Dan SchneierA. RodgersWR GB
162Tera RobertsC. DavisWR NYJ
163Meron BerksonD. CharkWR DET
164Heath CummingsJ. JonesWR TEN
165Robert ThomasM. JonesWR JAC
166Dave RichardT. Davis-PriceRB SF
167Jamey EisenbergJ. MeyersWR NE
168Chris TowersD. CarrQB LV
Team by Team
Chris Towers
RdPkPlayer
11C. McCaffreyRB CAR
224T. HillWR MIA
325D. MontgomeryRB CHI
448D. JohnsonWR PIT
549M. WilliamsWR LAC
672A. St. BrownWR DET
773T. HockensonTE DET
896C. OlaveWR NO
997G. WilsonWR NYJ
10120J. LandryWR NO
11121N. HinesRB IND
12144D. Peoples-JonesWR CLE
13145Z. WhiteRB LV
14168D. CarrQB LV
Jamey Eisenberg
RdPkPlayer
12J. TaylorRB IND
223M. EvansWR TB
326A. BrownWR PHI
447D. WallerTE LV
550T. McLaurinWR WAS
671K. HuntRB CLE
774A. LazardWR GB
895J. CookRB BUF
998A. MattisonRB MIN
10119K. GainwellRB PHI
11122R. WhiteRB TB
12143M. StaffordQB LAR
13146D. ForemanRB CAR
14167J. MeyersWR NE
Dave Richard
RdPkPlayer
13D. HenryRB TEN
222S. BarkleyRB NYG
327J. WilliamsRB DEN
446D. MetcalfWR SEA
551A. RobinsonWR LAR
670D. SingletaryRB BUF
775D. SchultzTE DAL
894T. BradyQB TB
999T. PatrickWR DEN
10118J. DotsonWR WAS
11123C. ClaypoolWR PIT
12142O. Beckham Jr.WR LAR
13147R. GronkowskiTE TB
14166T. Davis-PriceRB SF
Robert Thomas
RdPkPlayer
14C. KuppWR LAR
221D. SamuelWR SF
328J. ConnerRB ARI
445B. HallRB NYJ
552G. KittleTE SF
669T. PollardRB DAL
776J. HurtsQB PHI
893H. RenfrowWR LV
9100T. BurksWR TEN
10117J. RobinsonRB JAC
11124M. GallupWR DAL
12141R. MostertRB MIA
13148K. CousinsQB MIN
14165M. JonesWR JAC
Heath Cummings
RdPkPlayer
15A. EkelerRB LAC
220L. FournetteRB TB
329K. AllenWR LAC
444J. JacobsRB LV
553J. HerbertQB LAC
668A. ThielenWR MIN
777R. WoodsWR TEN
892D. LondonWR ATL
9101D. PierceRB HOU
10116M. CarterRB NYJ
11125C. KmetTE CHI
12140W. FullerWR MIA
13149M. HardmanWR KC
14164J. JonesWR TEN
Meron Berkson
RdPkPlayer
16N. HarrisRB PIT
219C. LambWR DAL
330M. PittmanWR IND
443J. WaddleWR MIA
554P. MahomesQB KC
667C. Edwards-HelaireRB KC
778D. HarrisRB NE
891Z. ErtzTE ARI
9102R. JonesRB KC
10115M. GesickiTE MIA
11126J. McKissicRB WAS
12139T. BoydWR CIN
13150A. RodgersQB GB
14163D. CharkWR DET
Tera Roberts
RdPkPlayer
17J. JeffersonWR MIN
218N. ChubbRB CLE
331T. HigginsWR CIN
442T. EtienneRB JAC
555M. BrownWR ARI
666L. JacksonQB BAL
779C. KirkWR JAC
890D. GoedertTE PHI
9103R. GageWR TB
10114D. HendersonRB LAR
11127B. AiyukWR SF
12138G. EdwardsRB BAL
13151N. CollinsWR HOU
14162C. DavisWR NYJ
Dan Schneier
RdPkPlayer
18D. CookRB MIN
217M. AndrewsTE BAL
332C. AkersRB LAR
441D. MooreWR CAR
556D. MooneyWR CHI
665J. JeudyWR DEN
780K. MurrayQB ARI
889C. EdmondsRB MIA
9104K. ToneyWR NYG
10113S. MooreWR KC
11128M. Valdes-ScantlingWR KC
12137K. OsbornWR MIN
13152J. WilliamsRB DET
14161A. RodgersWR GB
Adam Aizer
RdPkPlayer
19J. MixonRB CIN
216S. DiggsWR BUF
333K. PittsTE ATL
440C. SuttonWR DEN
557A. DillonRB GB
664J. Smith-SchusterWR KC
781R. WilsonQB DEN
888D. SmithWR PHI
9105C. WatsonWR GB
10112R. StevensonRB NE
11129I. SpillerRB LAC
12136D. WilliamsRB ARI
13153J. FieldsQB CHI
14160K. HerbertRB CHI
Jack Capotorto
RdPkPlayer
110T. KelceTE KC
215A. JonesRB GB
334C. GodwinWR TB
439B. CooksWR HOU
558E. MitchellRB SF
663M. ThomasWR NO
782K. Walker IIIRB SEA
887D. HopkinsWR ARI
9106D. PrescottQB DAL
10111T. AllgeierRB ATL
11130R. MooreWR ARI
12135J. WilliamsWR DET
13154S. WatkinsWR GB
14159A. GreenWR ARI
R.J. White
RdPkPlayer
111J. ChaseWR CIN
214D. AdamsWR LV
335A. GibsonRB WAS
438J. DobbinsRB BAL
559A. CooperWR CLE
662M. SandersRB PHI
783C. PattersonRB ATL
886T. LockettWR SEA
9107P. FreiermuthTE PIT
10110J. BurrowQB CIN
11131M. MackRB HOU
12134S. MichelRB MIA
13155B. Robinson Jr.RB WAS
14158D. WilliamsRB ATL
George Maselli
RdPkPlayer
112A. KamaraRB NO
213D. SwiftRB DET
336E. ElliottRB DAL
437J. AllenQB BUF
560R. BatemanWR BAL
661G. DavisWR BUF
784E. MooreWR NYJ
885M. GordonRB DEN
9108R. PennyRB SEA
10109D. ParkerWR NE
11132T. LanceQB SF
12133K. GolladayWR NYG
13156G. PickensWR PIT
14157N. FantTE SEA