2013 Fantasy Football Mock Draft (Standard Scoring) - Round 7 Complete
We have completed Round 7 (and started Round 8) of our new 2013 fantasy football standard-scoring mock draft, which means we have completed nearly half of the mock.
Here are the results from Round 7:
Seattle's Russell Wilson was good for a rookie in the first half of the season, but he was great (for any quarterback) in the second half.
In his first eight games, Wilson threw 10 touchdowns and eight interceptions and he averaged 6.98 yards per pass attempt and 3.6 yards per rush attempt. In his final eight regular-season games, however, Wilson had a 16-to-2 touchdown-to-interception ratio, averaged 9.03 yards per pass attempt and 6.2 yards per rush attempt. In fact, all four of his rushing touchdowns last season came in the second half of the year.
Wilson finished the year with a rookie-record 26 passing touchdowns and 10 interceptions and was one of four quarterbacks (veteran or rookie) to finish with a passer rating of at least 100.0 in 2012.
Helping Wilson's cause in 2013, the Seahawks have acquired Percy Harvin in a trade with the Vikings. As one of the league's most dynamic players, Harvin averaged 8.9 yards after catch.
Drafted by the Chicago Cubs as a pitcher in 2009, San Francisco's Colin Kaepernick is one of the strongest-armed quarterbacks in the league. While he can win games with his arm alone, it's his dual-threat abilities that make him a fantasy stud.
For example, Kaepernick threw for 263 yards, two scores and had a pick while also running for 181 yards and two touchdowns in the divisional round of the playoffs. It's those kind of performances that can carry a team.
Unfortunately for his 2013 outlook, the 49ers lost Michael Crabtree, the team's clear No. 1 receiver, to a torn Achilles injury during OTAs. Crabtree may return late in the season, but it's unclear how late as well as how productive he'll be when he first returns.
A lost season last year, Jennings played in only eight games and finished with career lows of 36 receptions for 366 yards.
Earlier this offseason, he signed a big free-agent deal to play for the division-rival Vikings.
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.
Although he suffered a torn ACL in the playoffs, it appears as though Griffin III will be ready for the start of the 2013 season and possibly even for the start of training camp on July 25th.
Tied for fifth among quarterbacks in fantasy points with Peyton Manning, Griffin was third in the NFL in passer rating (102.4) and posted a remarkable 20-to-5 touchdown-to-interception ratio as a rookie. In fact, he never threw more than one interception in any game, which is impressive for any player but especially a rookie.
While his passing stats may not be gaudy, his rushing stats were. RG3 finished with a QB-most 815 rushing yards to go along with seven rushing touchdowns. In fact, he finished in the top 20 among all players in rushing. Along with Michael Vick and Randall Cunningham, he is only the third quarterback since the 1970s to rush for at least 800 yards in a season.
Even if he is recovered from the knee injuries to start the 2013 season, it would be surprising if he runs as much in 2013 (and the future) as he did as a rookie. With knee and concussion injuries forcing him to miss time, the exciting plays he can make as a runner come with a (potentially) heavy cost.
Last year was a year to forget for Mendenhall. Returning from a torn ACL he suffered in the final game of the 2011 season, he rushed for only 182 yards and no touchdowns on 51 carries in 2012.
When he had his most productive seasons with the Steelers (2009 to 2011), Bruce Arians was the team's offensive coordinator. Now the pair is reunited in Arizona as Mendenhall signed a one-year deal with the Cardinals.
The team has Ryan Williams, who has really struggled with durability, and drafted Stepfan Taylor and Andre Ellington, two backs I like longer term. Arians has a history of featuring one guy and based on his history with Arians, Mendenhall would seem to have the best shot at being the guy.
7.06 - Brendan Donahue (Team 2): Tavon Austin, WR, St. Louis Rams
The Rams have lost Danny Amendola via free agency, but they traded up in this year's draft to select Austin with the 8th-overall pick. Austin has the ability to make huge plays any time he touches the ball whether he is lined up in the slot or backfield as well as in the return game.
Not only is Austin explosive (4.34 forty), he is strong (14 reps of 225 pounds) for his size (174 pounds) and durable (never missed a game or practice at West Virginia). Last year, Austin had six 100-yard receiving games including 215 yards against Baylor. In addition, he had a 344-yard rushing game (on 21 carries) against Oklahoma on 11/17.
Considering I did not draft a wide receiver until the sixth round (and that receiver is suspended for the two weeks of the season), I will look to bolster my receiving corps with the next couple of picks.
Jones set career highs across the board with 64 receptions for 784 yards and a league-high 14 touchdowns in 2012. It's unlikely that Jones repeats the 14 touchdowns, but it's possible that he sees a jump in receptions and yards with Donald Driver and Jennings no longer on the roster.
Despite being "95 percent" sure he was retiring, Gonzalez is back for another season after finishing up his best with the Falcons. Gonzalez had 93 receptions for 930 yards and eight touchdowns.
In addition to having Julio Jones and Roddy White on the outside, the Falcons added Steven Jackson to take pressure of the passing game and open things up even more over the middle of the field for Gonzo.
From Week 9 to the end of the season, Alexander finished with 37 receptions for 658 yards and seven touchodwns in nine games. During that span, only 13 players had more receiving yards than DX.
Despite leading college football in receiving yardage in 2009, Alexander went undrafted over concerns about his knees. He has had numerous knee surgeries and although he was highly productive during the second half of last season, his durability will always be a concern to some degree.
Colts quarterback Andrew Luck, the top overall pick in 2012, led the Colts to a nine-win improvement year over year. While his efficiency statistics weren't great, Luck and the Colts played from behind often and no quarterback led his team on more game-winning drives than Luck (seven). In the process, he threw for a rookie-record 4,374 yards, which ranked seventh in the NFL among all quarterbacks last season.
With a new offensive coordinator in place, it won't be a completely new system for Luck as the team hired Pep Hamilton from Stanford.
The Law Firm failed to score double-digit touchdowns for the first time in three seasons, but he set career highs in carries (278), rushing yards (1,094) and receptions (22) last season. Less than a dynamic back, Green-Ellis and Shonn Greene were the only backs in the league to reach the 1,000-yard milestone with an average of less than 4.00 yards per carry.
With the Bengals drafting Gio Bernard with the 36th overall pick in this year's draft, it's unlikely that Green-Ellis rushes for 1,000 yards for a second straight year. Bengals RB coach Hue Jackson recently desribed Bernard as a player capable of being an "every-down player."
Despite being a good route-runner with excellent speed, Maclin has failed to live up to expectations since being drafted in the middle of the first round of the 2009 NFL Draft. In four seasons with the Eagles, Maclin has yet to exceed 70 receptions or reach 1,000 receiving yards. Although he has only missed five games in four seasons, he has only played all 16 games once (2010) and always seems to be banged up.