2013 Fantasy Football Mock Draft (Standard Scoring): Round 9 Complete
Our new 2013 fantasy football mock draft continues to move on and we have now completed Round 9. See results from this round below:
When it comes to receptions, Williams has been remarkably consistent over his three seasons with 65, 65 and 63, respectively. His targets have been (nearly) as consistent as well: 129, 124 and 126, respectively. His production in yardage and touchdowns has varied considerably, however.
Last season, he had a bounce-back year in both categories as he finished with a career-high 996 yards and scored nine touchdowns. As a rookie, Williams scored 11 touchdowns in 2010. Since entering the league in 2010, Williams is tied for 12th in the NFL in receiving touchdowns (23).
In the final five games of the season, Williams had three of his four games with double-digit targets. During that span, he finished with 26 receptions (on 53 targets) for 371 yards and four touchdowns.
For the first time in his career, Moore eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark (1,041 yards) last season.
Despite his size (5-9, 177), Moore has scored 22 touchdowns over the past three seasons, which ties him for 15th in the NFL during that stretch. In fact, he had double-digit touchdowns in 2008.
Although he has a better chance of reaching 1,000 yards than 10 touchdowns, Moore has a shot at both if things go right for him within the Saints' high-powered offense.
The biggest drawback with owning Tate is that he plays behind one of the best and most productive running backs in the NFL. While Arian Foster had 351 carries last season, Tate had only 65 (in 11 games).
Two seasons ago, Tate had 175 carries for 942 yards and began his professional career that season with back-to-back 100-yard games.
Barring an injury to Foster, Tate, who is entering a contract year, will need to wait until 2014 for a potential opportunity to have a featured role. Since Brendan owns Foster on this team, having Tate as his RB4 provides insurance in the event that Foster misses any time.
Eli ended the season with nine consecutive games with less than 300 passing yards. In fact, he wasn't even close to that amount in most of the games. In four of those nine games, Eli had less than 200 passing yards including in Weeks 15 and 16 when it matters the most in fantasy football. When the season was over, he finished with almost 1,000 less passing yards in 2012 (3,948) than he had in 2011 (4,933).
Fortunately for Eli and his fantasy owners in 2013, he should have a healthier Hakeem Nicks, who missed three games. Although he played in 13 games, Nicks was never 100 percent healthy at any point in the season. When both Nicks and Victor Cruz are both healthy, he has one of the league's top-five wide receiving duos as targets.
Sean will start RG3 in most weeks and it looks like he will be ready for the season opener. It's a good strategy, though, to secure a quality backup in case he's not ready for the start of the season and/or misses any time during the season.
9.05 - Sean Beazley (Team 2): Zac Stacy, RB, St. Louis Rams
Stacy was a highly productive running back at Vanderbilt. Not only is he the school's first-ever back to rush for 1,000-plus yards in back-to-back seasons, but he is the school's all-time leader in rushing yards (3,143) and touchdowns (30).
Wright had a solid rookie season finishing with 64 receptions on 104 targets, both of which were team highs, for 626 yards and four touchdowns. Going into his second season, Wright has dropped 14 pounds due to a better diet and workout program and should be able to build upon last year's success.
One of the challenges for Wright or any of the team's wideouts is the inaccuracy of quarterback Jake Locker.
Leshoure had a solid rookie season that was delayed a year by a torn Achilles injury (in 2011) and a two-game suspension (in 2012). He rushed for 798 yards on 215 carries (3.7 yards per carry) and nine touchdowns. He also had 34 receptions for 214 yards.
With the addition of Reggie Bush, Leshoure will likely take a back-seat role, but he should get the goal-line touches.
Among running backs in 2012, Leshoure finished in the top five at the position in fantasy points from touches inside the red zone and 15th in carries inside the 20.
While I root for Jackson, there are several things working against Jackson's favor. Not only is he now 32 years old, which is the equivalent of ~ 84 in running back years, but he has missed six games in each of the past two seasons.
Even with C.J. Spiller having a breakout season, Chan Gailey split the workload between the backs fairly evenly last year: 15.6 touches per game for Spiller and 14.9 for Jackson. With a new coaching staff in place, however, Spiller should see the vast majority of touches between the two backs.
As noted by Scout.com, Rudolph has caught 20 of 23 targets in the red zone, which equates to a catch percentage of 87 percent on those targets. Although he finished last season with nine touchdowns (only Rob Gronkowski had more), Rudolph had only 493 receiving yards on 53 receptions last year. He's a low-end TE1 going into this season.
After a LeSean McCoy concussion gave the late-round draft pick an opportunity to show what he can do, Brown put up monster numbers over a two-week stretch with 347 rushing yards, eight receptions for 25 yards and four touchdowns. Unfortunately, he also fumbled three times in those two games as well. In addition, he gained only 76 yards on 40 carries over the final four games of the season.
Brown has a great combination of size (6-0, 223 pounds) and speed (sub-4.4 forty), but he is clearly behind McCoy on the depth chart and the team added Felix Jones this offseason to add more competition for touches.
Perhaps too much shouldn't be read into it, but it was Thomas, not Mark Ingram, that has been working with the first-team offense this offseason. Although PT has never had more than 147 carries in a season, he has been productive (4.8 yards per carry) when given the opportunity and is an excellent receiver out of the backfield (50 catches two years ago) as well.
Only three active NFL running backs have a higher career YPC average than Thomas.
9.12 - Sean Beazley (Team 3): Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Minnesota Vikings
As a JUCO transfer, Patterson (6-2, 205) finished with 46 receptions for 778 yards and five touchdowns and was a first-team All-SEC selection in his first year at Tennessee. In addition, he set a school record with 1,858 all-purpose yards.
His route-running is less than polished, but Patterson is extremely dangerous with the ball in the open field.