Fantasy Football Dynasty Mock Draft: Round 9 Complete
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We are approaching the final stretch of our new 12-round 2013 fantasy football dynasty mock draft.
Here are the results from Round 9:
I like this pick for Sean much better than the previous pick. Stacy was a highly productive running back at Vanderbilt. Not only is he the school's first-ever back to rush for 1,000-plus yards in back-to-back seasons, but he is the school's all-time leader in rushing yards (3,143) and touchdowns (30).
For the first time since they drafted Andre Johnson in the first round 10 years ago, the Texans used one of their first-round picks on a wide receiver. Not only does Hopkins give the Texans their most-talented option opposite Johnson, but he can develop into his heir apparent.
Not the fastest receiver in this draft class, Hopkins excels as a route-runner and has great hands. He had a monster season with 82 receptions for 1,405 yards and 18 touchdowns with the Clemson Tigers last season. In fact, Nuke scored in all but one game this season.
As a JUCO transfer, Patterson (6-2, 205) finished with 46 receptions for 778 yards and five touchdowns and was a first-team All-SEC selection in his first year at Tennessee. In addition, he set a school record with 1,858 all-purpose yards.
Extremely dangerous with the ball in the open field, Patterson is a boom-or-bust prospect as a receiver. His route-running is less than polished and there were numerous reports that he interviewed poorly throughout the draft process.
After leading the team in both receptions (61) and receiving yards (709) as a rookie in 2011, Little saw his production drop in both of those categories in his second season. He finished the year with a team-high 53 receptions and 647 yards, which was second behind rookie Josh Gordon.
As Terry Pluto of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer writes, "Reviewing the tapes from last season, the coaches were very impressed with the improvement of Greg Little. In the first five games, he had 11 catches and six drops. In the last 11 games, it was 42 catches and three drops. Little receives high grades for blocking and toughness. He seems to be a significant part of the plan for 2013."
I'm not sure what Dan was thinking here, but there are double-digit running backs that I would prefer over Powell at this spot. From Week 11 to 17, Powell rushed for 299 yards, which ranked 29th in the league, and four touchdowns.
Going into the 2013 season, however, it's likely that Powell gets less work with the presence of Chris Ivory and Mike Goodson (at least, for now). At best, Powell should finish third in touches among Jets running backs this year.
Provided he can stay healthy for a full season, Jackson could have a bounce-back season in Kelly's up-tempo offense. Playing in only 11 games last season, Jackson finished last season with 45 receptions for 700 yards and two touchdowns, all of which were career lows.
In addition, he had minus seven rushing yards (on three carries) and minus three return yards (on one return). In his first three seasons (2008 to 2010), Jackson scored both a rushing touchdown and a return touchdown (or two) every season.
Jackson appears likely to resume punt-return duties for the Eagles in 2013. It's possible that the punt returns give you an extra six fantasy points provided your scoring system rewards individual players — not just team defenses. Then again, the (relatively more) dangerous activity could cause DJax to miss time by putting him in harm's way more often.
This upcoming season could turn out to be a "redshirt" season for Lattimore, who is recovering from a gruesome leg injury last year with the South Carolina Gamecocks. Based on how my team has been built thus far, however, I don't need any production this season from Lattimore, who is my RB5 behind McCoy, Ridley, Ball and Stewart.
Going into last season, Lattimore was the consensus No. 1 draft-eligible running back and might have been a first-round pick this past April.
With Frank Gore turning 30 years old this year, it is only a matter of time before he hands the reins over to Lattimore.
Last year was a lost season for Jennings, who signed a big free-agent deal to play for the division-rival Vikings. Jennings played in only eight games and finished with career lows of 36 receptions for 366 yards.
Obviously the downgrade at quarterback from Aaron Rodgers to Christian Ponder is enormous, but Jennings is clearly the team's No. 1 receiver and the Vikings have the league's best running back to help keep defenses honest.
Britt has the potential to be a huge steal — or a bust (pun intended) — at this point.
There is no denying that he has immense talent and he will be an extra year removed from the torn ACL he suffered early in 2011. Before the injury in 2011, he was on the verge of a breakout as he had 14 receptions for 271 yards and three touchdowns in two games before sustaining the injury. Believe it or not, Britt will still be only 24 years old at the start of the 2013 season.
That said, Britt has never exceeded 775 yards in any of his four seasons. He has played in only 29 games over the past three seasons as he has missed games due to both injury and suspension. It's been difficult to keep up with his laundry list of off-the-field incidents.
Britt is entering the last season of his rookie deal and will likely be very motivated to perform on the field and (you would imagine) stay out of trouble off it.
As a rookie, Pierce carried the ball 108 times and averaged more yards per carry (4.93) than Ray Rice (4.45) by almost a half-yard per carry. Part of that can be attributed to Pierce's ability to break tackles. He broke tackles at a rate (16.5 percent) nearly double that of Rice (8.5 percent). In fact, Pierce ranked fifth in the NFL among running backs in this category.
When it comes to receptions, Williams has been remarkably consistent over his three seasons with 65, 65 and 63, respectively. His targets have been (nearly) as consistent as well: 129, 124 and 126, respectively. His production in yardage and touchdowns has varied, however.
Last season, he had a bounce-back year in both categories as he finished with a career-high 996 yards and scored nine touchdowns. As a rookie, Williams scored 11 touchdowns in 2010.
In the final five games of the season, Williams had three of his four games with double-digit targets. During that span, he finished with 26 receptions (on 53 targets) for 371 yards and four touchdowns.
This could be Sanders final year with the Steelers. There was some speculation this offseason that the Steelers might not match the offer sheet made to him by the Patriots, but ultimately they matched it.
After posting career highs last year with 44 receptions and 626 yards, Sanders should have an opportunity to set new career highs in 2013. With Mike Wallace now in Miami, Sanders will get much more than the 74 targets he had in 2012.
His longer-term fantasy value will be impacted some by where he ends up in 2014 and beyond.
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