Fantasy Football Dynasty Mock Draft: Round 12 Complete
We have now completed our 12-round, 12-team dynasty fantasy football mock draft.
Here are the results for Round 12:
This will likely be the final year for Gonzalez, who despite his age had his best season since signing with the Falcons in 2009. He finished with 93 receptions for 930 yards and eight touchdowns.
In re-draft formats, Gonzalez is a top-five fantasy tight end for 2013 and Dan could either draft a replacement next year or a younger option later in this draft (if we mocked out more than 12 rounds).
Unfortunately for Michael, he ends up on a roster that has an established and highly productive back. Not only does Marshawn Lynch have back-to-back seasons with 1,200-plus yards and double-digit touchdowns, but he rushed for a career-high 1,590 yards last season.
Spending most of last season in coach Kevin Sumlin's doghouse, Michael is a powerful and athletic rusher. The 220-pound back ran a 4.54 forty, posted a 43-inch vertical jump and did 27 reps at 225 pounds at the combine.
Making the transition from Appalachian State to the NFL, Quick was selected with the 33rd overall pick, first pick of the second round, in the 2012 NFL Draft.
As a rookie, Quick finished with only 11 receptions for 156 yards and two touchdowns, but he is confident that he will make a big improvement in his second season. Quick said (via Joe Lyons of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch), "... by the second half of last season, though, I felt a lot more comfortable and now, going into the second year, I really feel like I’m ready to show people what I can do."
Quick's combination of size (6-3, 220) and speed make him an upside play in dynasty leagues.
Although it's certainly possible that the Broncos may part ways with Willis McGahee, Hillman isn't much more than a change-of-pace back. The Broncos used their second-round pick to draft Montee Ball, who is most likely to be the team's featured back this year (and going forward).
This team's group of running backs for this season is relatively weak: Bernard, Sproles, Ingram, Randle and Hillman.
While Lamar Miller is expected to get the majority of carries for the Dolphins, Gillislee will be in the mix as well. As noted earlier in this mock, Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald recently wrote that coach Joe "Philbin said he 'wouldn’t rule out' Gillislee competing for the starting job."
A First-Team All-SEC selection last year, Gillislee is a patient runner that became Florida's first 1,000-yard rusher since 2004.
CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora named a few breakout candidates for the 2013 season and the list included several tight ends. A couple you would probably expect (Dennis Pitta and Jared Cook), but one of them would be more of a surprise for others: Gresham.
La Canfora wrote, "You cannot deny Gresham's athleticism and ability, and sometimes it takes a little time for it to come together, and perhaps Eifert's arrival will be a kick in the pants as well. Coordinator Jay Gruden is already falling in love with his two-tight end sets, and I believe Gresham actually will benefit from Eifert's arrival."
Gresham has plenty of talent, but the team just drafted Notre Dame's Tyler Eifert with the 21st overall pick in the first round. Even if they plan to use more 12 personnel, it's possible that Gresham sees his targets drop some as well as Eifert takes targets away.
That said, I'm more than comfortable taking Gresham at this point in the draft.
Considering the free-agent loss of Mike Wallace to the Dolphins, Wheaton made a ton of sense for the Steelers in the third round. Although he is not a big receiver, he has the speed and athleticism to take the top off of opposing defenses.
Wheaton had a productive career at Oregon State becoming the team's all-time leader in receptions (227) and he posted career highs across the board as a senior: 91 receptions for 1,244 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Pettigrew missed a couple of games last year and posted three-year lows with 59 receptions for 567 yards and three touchdowns. Considering how many times the Lions throw the ball (Stafford set the record last season), Pettigrew will always have the potential to see triple-digit targets.
As the 14th tight end off the board, this is a fair spot for Pettigrew, but I would prefer a couple of the other tight ends that are still available over him including Martellus Bennett and Jermichael Finley.
Tannehill was my target for pick 12.10 so I'm not thrilled that Dan took him just before my pick.
As the eighth overall pick in last year's draft, Tannehill had a solid (but not spectacular) season as a 16-game rookie starter. The team's offensive coordinator, Mike Sherman, who was also Tannehill's head coach at Texas A&M expects big things for Tannehill in his sophomore campaign.
“This young man will be the most improved quarterback in the National Football League from year one to year two this year – I promise you that,” Sherman said (via the team's official website). “He’s working extremely hard.”
Although I was targeting Tannehill here and missed him by only one pick, Roethlisberger is my 16th-ranked dynasty quarterback and a solid QB2 behind Peyton.
A better real quarterback than fantasy one, Big Ben has missed a total of nine games over the past four years and has not played a full season since 2008. Nobody would question Roethlisberger's toughness, but he takes more than his fair share of hits as extending plays is one of his strengths (literally).
During that four-year span, Roethlisberger has averaged 3,718 yards, 22 touchdowns and 10 interceptions per year.
As a rookie receiver for one of the league's most anemic passing attacks, Floyd (6-3, 225) finished with only 45 receptions for 562 yards and two touchdowns.
He did end the season on a positive note, however, as he had eight receptions for 166 yards and a score in Week 17. In the second half of the season, he had 32 receptions for 435 yards.
With improved quarterback play (even though it's only Carson Palmer) and offensive line play, Floyd will have the potential to see a considerable improvement in his production in 2013.
Barring an injury to Stevan Ridley, I wouldn't expect to see a ton of production from Blount. Perhaps if Ridley has any fumbling issues early in the 2013 season, however, Blount could steal some touches from Ridley. Ridley had three fumbles, two of which were lost, in the final six games (counting playoffs) last season.
Blount, who had a 1,000-yard season as a rookie, carried the ball only 41 times for 151 yards and two touchdowns last year.
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