2013 Fantasy Football Mock Draft (Standard Scoring) - Round 4 Complete
We are now one-quarter of the way through our new 2013 fantasy football mock draft using standard scoring for re-draft leagues.
Here are the results of Round 4:
Since 2007, White has been one of the most consistently productive and most durable receivers in the league.
During that six-year span, he has had at least 83 receptions and 1,153 yards each season. He has averaged 94 receptions, 1,296 yards and eight touchdowns per year over that stretch.
Although he will turn 32 years old this year, he should have a few more very productive seasons. In addition, White has never missed a game in his eight-year career.
With the game-breaking speed to take it to the house on any given play, Miller appears to be the strong favorite to take over as the team's featured back with the offseason departure of Bush. In limited work (51 carries), Miller averaged just shy of five yards per carry.
As noted with this team's first-round pick, I was a little disappointed that one of my top-nine fantasy running backs did not fall to me with pick 1.11. In hindsight, I am happy with the trio of Morris, Gore and Miller to go along with A.J. Green as my stud WR1.
While most expected Jackson's numbers to drop with a move from San Diego to Tampa Bay, he actually had the best year of his career.
In his first season with the Bucs, Jackson, who turned 30 in January, set career highs in both receptions (72) and yards (1,384) and scored eight touchdowns. Not only did Jackson set career highs in receptions and yards last year, but he led the league in yards per reception (19.2).
After throwing for 5,235 yards in 2011, Brady fell short of that total last year with 4,827 yards, the fourth-highest in the league in 2012. Brady threw 34 touchdowns and eight interceptions while rushing for another four touchdowns.
With the exception of Week 13, Brady threw for 300-plus yards and/or scored two-plus touchdowns every week last season. In other words, he had double-digit fantasy points in all 16 games in 2012.
The Patriots released Aaron Hernandez shortly after he was arrested and then later charged with first-degree murder and five other gun charges. Not only will the Patriots be without Hernandez for the entire season, but Brady may not have Rob Gronkowski to start the year as he recovers from back and forearm surgeries.
Brady has been highly productive with a group of no-name receivers so he can still be a top-five fantasy quarterback, but I would take Peyton Manning before Brady.
Chargers running back Ryan Mathews was drafted as an early-to-mid first-round pick in 2012 fantasy drafts before breaking his clavicle (and the spirits of his fantasy owners) in the preseason. He ended his season the same way he started it as he broke his collar bone again in Week 15. He has now missed at least two games in each of his three seasons and a total of 10 games during that span.
In 12 games last year, Mathews averaged only 3.8 yards per carry and scored only one touchdown, both of which are career lows.
There are still several RBs still on the board that I would prefer over Mathews at this point of the draft.
Sproles missed three games last season, which contributed to lower overall numbers from the previous season. In his two years in The Big Easy, Sproles has a 16-game average of 1,227 YFS, 9.4 TDs and 88.9 receptions.
Although he has only 691 career touches (384 carries and 307 receptions), the 5-foot-6 back turned 30 years last month.
Missing three games and always less than 100 percent due to his foot last season, Nicks set career lows with 692 yards and three touchdowns. In his previous two seasons, he had a total of 155 receptions for 2,244 yards and 18 touchdowns.
Nicks is entering the final year of his contract and has stayed away from OTAs, but he says he will be ready for the start of training camp and he has been working out some with Eli Manning.
Assuming he can stay healthy in 2013, however, Nicks should bounce back this season.
Last season, Bowe fell short of 1,000 yards for the first time in three seasons and he missed three games. With horrendous quarterback play, Bowe averaged roughly 10 fewer yards per game (61.6) than he did in 2011 (72.4) or 2010 (72.6). In addition, he set a career low with three touchdowns.
With a new coaching staff and quarterback in place, those numbers should improve.
4.09 - Sean Beazley (Team 1): Le'Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers
Of all rookie running backs, I believe Bell steps into a situation that is most beneficial for his 2013 outlook.
“He’s coming from a pro-style offense … so I expect him to get into the mix and be a factor,” Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley said of Bell (via the Detroit Free Press). “He looks like a workhorse back and I think those numbers indicate that he’s quite capable of carrying it a bunch. He’s not a guy that you’d shy away from giving it to him 30 times a game.”
Finishing fifth in the country in rushing (1,793 yards), Bell (382 carries) carried the rock more than any other collegiate back. A big back (6-2, 230 pounds), Bell has the ability to catch the ball out of the backfield for a back his size as evidenced by his 67 receptions over the past two seasons and get the goal-line touches as well.
After a breakout season in 2011, Nelson dealt with injuries that led to an off year in 2012. He finished the season with 49 receptions for 745 yards and seven touchdowns in 12 games.
While he may never approach the 15 touchdowns he had in 2011 again, Nelson should have a bounce-back season if he can stay healthy. Not only does he have the league's best quarterback (and an improved running game), but the team let Greg Jennings walk via free agency and Donald Driver retired.
4.11 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 1): Giovani Bernard, RB, Cincinnati Bengals
For the first time in five decades, there were no running backs selected in the first round of an NFL draft. Selected 37th overall, Bernard was the first of five running backs off the board in the second round this year.
Not the biggest back (5-9, 202 pounds), Bernard is elusive with good vision, but he can run with power as well. In addition, he is an excellent receiver out of the backfield. In two seasons with the Tar Heels, Bernard ran for 1,200-plus yards and finished with double-digit touchdowns and 45-plus receptions both years.
With a 1,000-yard rusher already on the roster (BenJarvus Green-Ellis), Bernard might not get the same kind of opportunity that other rookie rushers could get this year. That said, I expect Bernard to see his share of the workload increase as the season progresses.
Recently, Bengals RB coach Hue Jackson said that Bernard could be an "every-down player."
With Colston, fantasy owners get a highly productive and consistent receiver. He finished with 83 receptions for 1,154 yards, which ranked 13th in the league, and eight touchdowns and only 10 receivers scored more fantasy points than Colston in 2012.
Since entering the league as a seventh-round rookie in 2006, Colston has 1,000-plus receiving yards in six of seven seasons. The only exception was his injury-shortened 2008 campaign, but he was on pace for another 1,000-yard season that year.
Colston has caught 58 touchdowns in 102 career games, which is an average of 9.1 per 16 games. Only Arizona's Larry Fitzgerald (59) has more touchdowns than Colston during that span.