2013 Fantasy Football Mock Draft (Standard Scoring) - Round 8 Complete
We have now passed the halfway point of our new 2013 fantasy football mock draft. Here are the Round 8 results:
Through two NFL seasons after being selected in the first round, Ingram has failed to live up to his vast potential. A major part of the problem has been his health, but he is 100 percent for the first time of his professional career, per Larry Holder of New Orleans Times Picayune.
If he can stay healthy for the full season, the 23-year-old running back could be in store for a career year in the Saints' high-powered offense. Holder writes that a 1,000-yard and 10-TD season is "not unrealistic" for Ingram this year.
Even though he threw it an NFL-record 727 times last year, Stafford surprisingly saw his touchdown total drop by more than half to 20 last season.
That said, the former No. 1 overall pick has thrown for more than 10,000 yards over the past two seasons combined, has the league's best receiver on his team and the team added one of the league's best pass-catching backs in Reggie Bush.
With the team's leading receiver, Anquan Boldin, from last season now in San Francisco, Pitta will see more of the intermediate targets over the middle of the field. Pitta had 61 receptions for 669 yards and seven touchodwns, but he has the potential to break out in a big way in 2013.
Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports wrote earlier this offseason: "... [Pitta] has the size and is much faster than Boldin and can separate more. And with Jim Caldwell calling the plays in Baltimore, the middle of the field is more fertile territory. Joe Flacco, Pitta's BFF, was throwing the hell out of those seam routes on their Super Bowl run and Pitta could easily hit double-digit touchdowns next season and push 1,000 yards receiving."
Richardson averaged 4.8 yards per carry last season, but he had only 24 rushing yards on 16 carries in five games in the month of December. Even though Richardson was the Rams' back not named Steven Jackson to get the most work last year, I would still prefer Isaiah Pead and/or Zac Stacy over Richardson, who I view to be more of a change-of-pace back.
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.
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.
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 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.
8.07 - Brendan Donahue (Team 2): Isaiah Pead, RB, St. Louis Rams
Compared to Richardson and Stacy, many believe that it will be Pead who will land the most prominent role out of the team's running backs now that Steven Jackson has moved on to the Falcons.
Pead had a disappointing season buried on the depth chart last year, but he has a real chance to break out in 2013. Then again, so do Richardson and/or Stacy.
Unfortunately for Pead, he is suspended for the season opener after violating the league's substance-abuse policy.
Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo finished third in the NFL in passing yards and was only 97 yards shy of 5,000. While he shattered his previous career highs in passing yards (4,903) and pass attempts (648), he also tied his career high in interceptions (19). With stud receiver Dez Bryant finally breaking out in a big way, Romo should continue to be an excellent second-tier fantasy starter for those who wait to draft a quarterback in 2013.
After being drafted, things did not go so well for Blackmon as he was arrested for DUI, held out longer than any other first-round pick and exceeded 50 receiving yards in only one of his first nine NFL games. During that nine-game stretch, Blackmon had a total of only 250 yards.
Then things turned around for Blackmon, who had 38 receptions for 615 yards and four touchdowns in the team's final seven games of the season. Not only did he have a monster 236-yard game, but he had more than 50 yards in six of those seven games.
Despite the positive momentum that he built toward the end of last season, Blackmon will serve a four-game suspension to begin the 2013 season for the violating the league's substance-abuse policy.
Austin played in all 16 games last year after missing six games in 2011, but he failed to reach 1,000 receiving yards for a second straight season. He ended the year with 66 receptions for 943 yards and six touchdowns.
With the breakout of Dez Bryant, Austin is unlikely to ever come close to the 1,320 yards he had in his breakout season. But the presence of Bryant means that Austin should get plenty opportunities for single coverage.
As a rookie, Pierce carried the ball 108 times and averaged more yards per carry (4.93) than 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.
Going forward, Pierce is expected to see an increasing share of the workload among the Ravens running backs.
With Ahmad Bradshaw being released early in the offseason, David Wilson is expected to be the team's featured back going forward. Even with less talent than and a secondary role to Wilson, Brown should still be a productive back for the Giants (and fantasy owners).
If Wilson has any issues with ball security or pass protection, which is certainly a possibility, Brown could really turn out to be a great value at least for the 2013 season. Brown, who rushed for eight touchdowns last year, is due to become an unrestricted free agent after the 2013 season.