Fantasy Football Dynasty Mock Draft: Round 10 Complete
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We are down to the final couple of rounds in our 12-round dynasty mock draft as we have now completed Round 10.
Here are the results for Round 10 with my comments:
Thomas seems to be the odd-man out in the Dolphins backfield with Lamar Miller leapfrogging him on the depth chart. In addition, they drafted Mike Gillislee out of Florida in the fifth round and he has looked good early on.
Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald recently wrote that coach Joe "Philbin said he 'wouldn’t rule out' Gillislee competing for the starting job." In addition, Will Muschamps, his former coach at UF, said that Gillislee is a back with “good lateral quickness, a tough, hard-nosed runner” who “gets stronger as the game goes on” and “can play every down because he can pass protect.”
Long story short, I expect Thomas to rank third behind Miller and Gillislee in touches and production.
Last year was a year Mendenhall would like to forget. Returning from a torn ACL in the final game of the season in 2011, he rushed for only 182 yards and no touchdowns on 51 carries in 2012. When he had his most productive seasons with the Steelers (2009 to 2011), Bruce Arians was the team's offensive coordinator.
Now the pair is reunited in Arizona as Mendenhall signed a one-year deal with the Cardinals. The team has Ryan Williams, who has really struggled with durability, and drafted Stepfan Taylor and Andre Ellington, two backs I like longer term. Arians has a history of featuring one guy and based on his history with Arians, Mendenhall would seem to have the best shot at being the guy.
For those waiting for Cook to have his breakout season, it's possible this is the year as he is reunited with coach Jeff Fisher in St. Louis. Cook is one of the most athletic tight ends in the league, but the Titans have failed to truly exploit the potential mismatches.
Early reports are that Cook and quarterback Sam Bradford has excellent chemistry. Beat writer Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch writes that Cook "should be a huge part of the new-look Rams' attack."
After throwing for a career-high 4,933 yards in 2011, Manning threw roughly 1,000 less yards in 2012 and ended his three-year streak of 4,000-yard seasons. He finished the season with 3,948 yards, which ranked 12th in the league, and 26 touchdowns, a four-year low.
Provided Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks stay healthy for a full season, Manning should throw for more yards and scores in 2013. Although the Giants may end up working out long-term deals with both receivers, they are currently scheduled to become unrestricted free agents in 2014.
At 34 years of age, Smith may not have many more productive seasons left, but he should have a productive 2013 season. As Sean's WR5, he will potentially help fill the void when the first receiver he selected, Justin Blackmon, is out for the first quarter of the season due to a four-game suspension.
In the two seasons with Newton under center, Smith has a total of 152 receptions for 2,568 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Austin played in all 16 games last year after missing six games in 2011, but he failed to reach 1,000 receiving yards for a second straight season. He ended the year with 66 receptions for 943 yards and six touchdowns.
With the breakout of Dez Bryant, Austin is unlikely to ever come close to the 1,320 yards he had in his breakout season. But the presence of Bryant means that Austin should get plenty opportunities for single coverage.
Moore set career highs with 51 receptions for 741 yards and seven touchdowns in 2012, but he did not have the breakout season that many had expected. Moore actually saw his yards-per-reception average drop from 18.7 in 2011 to 14.5 last year.
Based on my dynasty wide receiver rankings, Moore was selected right about where he should be (at least, in my opinion): my 47th-ranked dynasty WR and the 48th WR drafted.
While I root for Jackson, there are several things working against Jackson's favor. Not only is he now 32 years old, which is the equivalent of ~ 84 in running back years, but he has missed six games in each of the past two seasons.
With a new coaching staff in place, C.J. Spiller should see the vast majority of touches between the two backs. Even with Spiller having a breakout season, Chan Gailey split the workload between the backs fairly evenly last year: 15.6 touches per game for Spiller and 14.9 for Jackson.
Barring injury (to Spiller), that should not happen this year.
With good size (6-3, 204), speed and hands, Dobson had zero drops last season on 92 targets as this chart illustrates.
A problem he won't have with the Patriots, Dobson's collegiate numbers were partly held back due to the team's quarterback play. He never reached 700 receiving yards in any of his four seasons at Marshall.
Turning 30 years old before the start of the season, Moore is the 50th wide receiver selected in this mock and coming off one of his best seasons as a pro. For the first time in his career, he eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark (1,041 yards).
Despite his size (5-9, 177), Moore has scored 22 touchdowns over the past three seasons. In fact, he had double-digit touchdowns in 2008.
Although he has a better chance of reaching 1,000 yards than 10 touchdowns, Moore has a shot at both if things go right for him within the Saints' high-powered offense.
Broyles is recovering from a torn ACL injury, his second in the past two years, but early reports are that his recovery is going well. In college, Broyles set the NCAA record for most receptions (349) and he's second in receiving yards (4,586).
Especially with Titus Young gone, the second-year receiver will have the opportunity to be the second-most productive receiver on the team behind Calvin Johnson, who will continuously draw double (and triple) teams. Last year, Matthew Stafford set the NFL record for most pass attempts in a season.
A number of factors led to Allen slipping to the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft including his recovery from a knee injury, a slow forty time at his personal pro day and rumors of a drug test being "red-flagged" at the combine.
With that said, Allen was one of the most talented receivers in this year's draft class and is a physical receiver that has been compared to Anquan Boldin. Allen had 98 receptions for 1,343 yards and six touchdowns two seasons ago for Cal.
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