Fantasy Football Dynasty Mock Draft: Round 2 Complete
We recently posted Round 1 of our new fantasy football dynasty mock and now Round 2 is in the books.
Here are the results of Round 2:
Alfred Morris is a perfect Terrell Davis-type fit in Mike Shanahan's offense. That said, I will always reserve a bit (or lot) of skepticism when Shanahan is involved.
As a rookie, the former sixth-round pick out of Florida Atlantic rushed for a franchise-record 1,613 yards and 11 touchdowns, both of which ranked second in the NFL.
Shanahan did not shy away from giving Morris a huge workload as he finished with 335 carries and he was tied with Houston's Arian Foster for most 20-carry games (10).
This pick came down to Marshawn Lynch vs. Julio Jones for me. My thought was that I would get a more talented wide receiver (than running back) with my third pick (3.07) so I went with Lynch.
Not only does Lynch have back-to-back seasons with 1,200-plus rushing yards and double-digit touchdowns, he set a career highs with 1,590 rushing yards and 5.0 yards per carry last season. While he's not a dynamic receiver out of the backfield, he has at least 21 receptions in all three seasons he has spent in Seattle.
The addition of a dynamic player like Percy Harvin to the offense should help take some of the attention from defenses off Lynch and lead to more production per touch.
That said, adding Christine Michael in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft could also spell fewer touches for Lynch.
2.03 - Brendan Donahue (Team 3): Julio Jones, WR, Atlanta Falcons
Considering I was debating Jones and Lynch, it was little surprise that Brendan took Jones here.
While the start to his young two-year career may not be as impressive as A.J. Green's, Jones has 133 receptions for 2,157 yards and 18 touchdowns plus 86 receiving yards over the past two seasons combined.
With great size and game-breaking speed, Jones will eventually emerge as the team's primary receiver over Roddy White, who turns 32 this season. Last year, Jones ranked 20th in the NFL in targets (129), but the gap between Jones and White (143) narrowed considerably from Jones' rookie season.
Over the past five months, Gronkowski has had three surgeries on his forearm and there could be a fourth (and fifth) soon. Not only did he refracture his arm in his first game back from the initial fracture, but he developed an infection (insert punch line) in the arm as well. How well the infection has healed is to be determined ...
When healthy, Gronkowski is the most dominant tight end in the game. He has a total of 38 touchdowns in 42 career games and has the potential to string together a bunch of games with multiple touchdowns.
Five total picks in the mock so far for Sean and zero running backs up to this point.
Graham had a solid but disappointing season in 2012 as injuries slowed him down. He finished the year with 85 receptions for 982 yards and nine touchdowns after posting a line of 99/1,310/11 in 2011. He will be fully recovered from his offseason wrist surgery before the start of the season and could post numbers closer to his 2011 (than 2012) line this year.
While Gronkowski and Graham are my top two tight ends in both re-draft and dynasty leagues, the gap between the two tight ends is greater in dynasty formats considering Gronk is more than three years younger.
Ridley, who turned 24 years old in January, had a breakout season with a career-high 1,263 yards and 12 touchdowns last year. While he only has nine career receptions, Ridley should continue to get a heavy workload and goal-line opportunities for the Pats.
His 290 carries were the eighth-most in franchise history and the most since Corey Dillion had 345 in 2004.
Like with Morris and Shanahan, there will always be some skepticism with Belichick and running back workloads.
As Bradshaw remains available via free agency, the Giants know him the best and appreciate his toughness. Should the price be reasonable, I wouldn't be surprised if the Giants bring back Bradshaw.
Averaging 5.0 yards per carry and 26.9 yards per kickoff, Wilson, who will turn 22 years old in June, has great quickness and explosiveness but he will need to protect the football and pass protect well to stay out of Tom Coughlin's doghouse.
Among my top-25 dynasty wide receivers, Cobb, who I rank at No. 10, is the youngest and will turn 23 years old in August.
In his second season, Cobb set career highs with 80 receptions, 954 receiving yards, 132 rushing yards and eight touchdowns.
Things could not have gone much worse for Jones-Drew last year. Not only did he not get the new contract before/after ending his holdout, but he suffered a lisfranc injury and missed the final 10 games of the season.
At this point, MJD is still in a walking boot and is scheduled to start running in May. That's the bad news, but he is expected to be full-go in June.
The good news is Pocket Hercules enters a contract year and "has set his sights on 2,000 yards this season," according to SI's Jim Trotter.
Thomas had a breakout season last year in his first with Peyton Manning. Even with the offseason addition of slot receiver Wes Welker, I don't expect a huge drop in targets for Thomas, who finished the year with 94 receptions for 1,434 yards and 10 touchdowns.
While he won't have Peyton throwing to him the rest of his career, the 25-year-old is a big and athletic receiver that should continue to get better.
Reunited with Jay Cutler, things could not have gone much better for Brandon Marshall (and his fantasy owners) last year.
Not only was he the first 1,000-yard receiver for the Bears since Marty Booker in 2002, but Marshall set the single-season franchise record in both receiving yards (1,508) and receptions (118). Of the five receivers to finish with triple-digit receptions, Marshall was the only receiver to finish with double-digit touchdowns (11). In fact, Wes Welker was second in that group with six.
Turning 29 years old this spring, Marshall should still have a at least a few more seasons of elite-level production left in him.
When things are good for CJ2K, we've seen how good they could be. In the year he rushed for more than 2,000 yards, he set the single-season record for most yards from scrimmage (2,509).
Over the past couple of years, he has been much less productive than his record-setting campaign due in part to indecisive running and horrible interior offensive line play. The Titans significantly upgraded all three of their interior offensive line positions with Chance Warmack and Brian Schwenke in the draft and Andy Levitre in free agency.
With the offseason addition of Shonn Greene, who rushed for 1,000 yards last year, Johnson may come off the field at the goal line or see his overall touches decrease some.