2013 Fantasy Football Mock Draft (Standard Scoring) - Round 5 Complete
We have completed another round of our new 2013 fantasy football standard-scoring mock draft.
Here are the results from Round 5:
5.01 - Kevin Hanson (Team 1): Montee Ball, RB, Denver Broncos
The Broncos have parted ways with Willis McGahee, Knowshon Moreno has struggled to stay healthy and Ronnie Hillman appears to be primarily a change-of-pace back. Therefore, Montee Ball, the team's second-round pick, appears to be the most likely choice to be the team's featured back.
Ball was a workhorse in college as he rushed for 5,140 yards, caught 59 passes for 598 yards and scored a total of 83 touchdowns.
Smith has the skill set to be more productive than his numbers would indicate. While many expected a breakout season last year, his numbers were nearly identical year over year. He finished with 49 receptions (50 in 2011) for 855 yards (841) and eight (seven) touchdowns.
Perhaps Smith will break out this year; or perhaps his production will be eerily similar to his 2012 (and 2011) numbers.
5.03 - Brendan Donahue (Team 1): Eddie Lacy, RB, Green Bay Packers
Although his toe fusion may have scared teams like the Steelers off, Lacy should be productive in the Packers' high-powered offense. Unfortunately for Lacy (and his fantasy owners), the presence of another talented runner like fellow rookie Johnathan Franklin means that Lacy is unlikely to be as productive as he could have been without Franklin also on the roster.
While he is nearing the end of his career as a 34-year-old receiver, Wayne had a bounce-back season playing with rookie quarterback Andrew Luck, the No. 1 overall pick in 2012. He finished with 106 receptions and 1,355 yards, both of which were the second-most of his career, and five touchdowns.
Including Wayne, only four players have ever finished with 1,300-plus receiving yards at age 34 or older. Both Terrell Owens and ex-teammate Marvin Harrison reached that mark at 34 years old and Irving Fryar was the only to do that when he was older than 34.
In his six seasons in New England, Wes Welker had 110 receptions or more five times. That is three more than any player in the history of the NFL.
Provided he stays healthy for a full season, Amendola should come close to that total this season and in future years. That said, Amendola has struggled with durability over the past couple of seasons.
Excluding a relatively slow start in Weeks 1 and 2, Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning posted nine 300-yard games and a 34-to-8 touchdown-to-interception ratio in the final 14 weeks. He finished second in the NFL in passer rating (105.8) and threw for 4,659 yards and 37 touchdowns, both of which were the second-highest totals of his illustrious career.
Peyton had a pair of stud receivers in Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker at his disposal as both finished with 85-plus receptions, 1,000-plus yards and double-digit touchdowns this past season. While both receivers are back, the team's receiving corps will be even better in 2013 with the offseason addition of Wes Welker.
Not only did he set a career high with 110 receptions, but it was a tight end single-season record as well. Witten finished with 1,039 yards, his fourth 1,000-yard season in the past six years. While he has at least 942 yards in each of the past six seasons, Witten has never had more than nine touchdowns in a season and had only three last year.
5.08 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 2): Wes Welker, WR, Denver Broncos
Welker finished tied for second in the NFL with 118 receptions and had 1,354 receiving yards, the second-highest total of his career, last year.
With the exception of the season following his ACL injury, Welker has 110-plus receptions in all five of his other seasons with the Patriots. As noted earlier, no other player in the history of the NFL has more than two 110-reception seasons in their career.
In most cases, going from Tom Brady to another quarterback means it's a downgrade, but that is not the case for Welker. With Thomas and Decker there to compete for targets as well, however, Welker is likely to see his targets drop ... significantly.
Despite setting a career low with an average of 13.1 yards per reception last year, Wallace, who signed a five-year deal with the Dolphins, provides the Dolphins with the explosive, big-play receiver that they lacked.
Although he is coming off a down year, Wallace has averaged 1,095 yards and scored a total of 26 touchdowns over the past three seasons.
After being buried on the depth chart in New Orleans, Ivory will have the opportunity to break out with the Jets this year.
Only 25 years old, the Jets traded a fourth-round pick for Ivory and then gave him a three-year contract. Ivory has 256 career carries for 1,307 yards, which is an average of 5.1 yards per carry, and eight touchdowns.
While he only has three career receptions, he has a shot to rush for 1,200 yards and double-digit touchdowns in 2013.
Garcon's tenure as a Redskin got off to a great start: four receptions for 109 yards and a touchdown in the first quarter of his first game. Unfortunately, he suffered a toe injury on that touchdown that kept him out the rest of that game and six other games.
Provided he can stay healthy for a full season and with one of the best young quarterbacks in the NFL throwing him the ball, the best is yet to come for Garcon.
Back in 2009, The Daily Show gave fantasy owners a glimpse of what life would like if he were featured in a more prominent role within the offense. That year, he rushed for 1,133 yards and 10 touchdowns on 221 carries.
Purely based on talent alone, Stewart would be one of the top 10 or 12 running backs off the board. Unfortunately for his fantasy owners, the opportunity has been less plentiful than desired. In the past three seasons, he has averaged only 10.6 carries per game.
With DeAngelo Williams now 30 years old, Stewart should see a larger share of the workload this year and an increasing role going forward, but unless there's an injury in the backfield, his upside is capped.