2013 Fantasy Football Mock Draft (Standard Scoring) - Round 2 Complete
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On Sunday, we began a new 12-team standard-scoring mock and we now have completed the first two rounds of our mock.
Here are the results from Round 2:
Going into last season, however, both Bryant's on-field performance and off-the-field distractions had disappointed fantasy owners waiting for a breakout from the receiver.
From Weeks 4 to 17, Bryant had 79 receptions for 1,218 yards and 12 touchdowns. He scored a touchdown (or two) every week from Weeks 10 to 16 and delivered for fantasy owners in a big way in Week 16, typically championship week in fantasy leagues, with 224 yards and two scores.
Morris finished second in the NFL in rushing with 1,613 yards, which set the franchise single-season rushing record. In addition, he finished second in the NFL in rushing touchdowns (13) behind Foster (15). Only Foster and Peterson had more carries than Morris (335).
More steady than spectacular most weeks, Morris, one of the team's sixth-round picks last year, had 20-plus carries 10 times last season including his final seven regular-season games. He had more than 75 rushing yards in all but two games last season.
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).
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. Perhaps the changing of the guard will happen this season. Jones has 133 receptions for 2,157 yards and 18 touchdowns over the past two seasons combined. 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.
With the tremendous depth at quarterback, I'd personally prefer to wait to draft my fantasy signal-caller, but I agree that Rodgers should be the first quarterback off the board.
More efficient than any other quarterback, Rodgers led the NFL in passer rating (108.0) after setting the single-season record in 2011. In fact, Rodgers has had a passer rating of 100-plus in each of the past four years.
Rodgers threw 39 touchdowns and only eight interceptions last year. In 2011, he threw 45 touchdowns and only six picks. Over the past four years, only Drew Brees (156) has thrown more touchdowns than Rodgers (142).
Although he set his career highs as a rookie with 1,715 yards from scrimmage (YFS) and 12 total touchdowns, Forte has had five straight seasons with 1,400-plus YFS. If it weren't for a knee injury that forced him out of the final four games of 2011, he might have reached 2,000 YFS. (He was on pace for 1,983 that year.)
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Considering the uncertainty at tight end, I debated taking Graham with the previous pick. Not only is Aaron Hernandez behind bars after being charged with first-degree murder, but Rob Gronkowski is recovering from five surgeries in the past eight months.
As Brendan says, it's Graham and then everyone else at tight end.
Even in a down year last season, Graham finished with 85 receptions for 982 yards and nine touchdowns after a 99/1,310/11 campaign in 2011. Having offseason surgery to fix a wrist ailment that bothered him all season, Graham should bounce back in 2013.
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.
While his foot injury healed, MJD is working on his conditioning and expects to be 100 percent in time for camp, which opens on July 26th. Pocket Hercules enters a contract year and "has set his sights on 2,000 yards this season," according to SI's Jim Trotter.
One of the league's most injury-prone backs, McFadden missed four games last season and has yet to play in more than 13 games in any of his five NFL seasons. Unlike the previous two seasons, however, McFadden was not good on a per-game or per-carry basis.
McFadden, the fourth-overall pick by the Raiders in 2008, rushed for 707 yards on 216 carries, which is an average of a career-low 3.3 yards per carry. In the 20 games he played in 2010 and 2011, he averaged 5.27 yards per carry.
That said, the Raiders have a new offensive coordinator and will switch back to a power running game to better utilize McFadden's strengths.
"What we've decided to do, as a staff, is see what Darren McFadden is comfortable doing,'' [offensive coordinator Greg] Olson said, per Monte Poole of the San Jose Mercury News. "Let's try and make it more comfortable for Darren, because he's one of our premier players.''
Before he misses a game or two (or four), he should be more productive Sean's squad.
With the team's troubles at tight end, it's possible that the Patriots lean on the run even more in 2013. That said, they actually ranked second in the NFL in rushing attempts as a team in 2012.
In fact, Ridley had the most carries (290) of any Patriots running back since Corey Dillion in 2004. Ridley rushed for 1,263 yards and 12 touchdowns last year.
In his second season, Cobb set career highs with 80 receptions, 954 receiving yards, 132 rushing yards and eight touchdowns. With Greg Jennings in Minnesota and Donald Driver entering retirement, Cobb (plus Jordy Nelson and James Jones as well) should get a few more targets in the Packers' high-powered offense.
After being the primary offensive option with little help from his teammates, Steven Jackson moves to a team overflowing will talented skill players (Roddy White, Julio Jones, Tony Gonzalez, etc.).
The active leader in carries (2,395), by far, Jackson has a lot of tread on his soon-to-be 30-year-old legs. With eight consecutive 1,000-yard seasons, SJax should get an opportunity to finally cash in at the goal line as well.
Before being released, Michael Turner had double-digit rushing touchdowns in each of the past five seasons for the Falcons.