2013 Fantasy Football PPR Mock Draft: Round 3 Complete
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As we continue our new PPR mock draft, we have completed another round. Here are Round 3 results:
The Cardinals were one of the most disappointing teams in the NFL last year after losing 11 of their 12 final games last year. Not only was their quarterback play atrocious, but their offensive line allowed a league-worst 58 sacks.
The team has taken some steps to improve in both areas with the addition of Jonathan Cooper in the first round, signing Eric Winston in free agency and by acquiring Carson Palmer via trade.
Just two seasons ago, Fitzgerald had 1,411 receiving yards with Kevin Kolb and John Skelton throwing him the ball. It wouldn't surprise me if he comes close to those numbers this year.
Since 2007, White has been one of the most consistently productive 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.
After playing a combined 20 games in 2010 and 2011, Johnson was able to stay healthy for a full season again. In the past five seasons, Texans receiver Andre Johnson has played 16 games three times.
When healthy, he has shown us last year that he is still one of the league's elite receivers.
Although he scored only four touchdowns, Johnson finished the season with 112 receptions for a career-high and franchise-record 1,598 yards.
It was the third time that he finished with at least 100 receptions and 1,500 yards in the past five years. There are only two other players in NFL history to have multiple seasons with those numbers: Marvin Harrison (three) and Jerry Rice (two).
One of the league's most injury-prone backs, McFadden missed four games last season and has yet to play in more than 13 games in any of his five NFL seasons. Unlike the previous two seasons, however, McFadden was not good on a per-game or per-carry basis.
McFadden, the fourth-overall pick by the Raiders in 2008, rushed for 707 yards on 216 carries, which is an average of a career-low 3.3 yards per carry. In the 20 games he played in 2010 and 2011, he averaged 5.27 yards per carry.
That said, the Raiders have a new offensive coordinator and will switch back to a power running game to better utilize McFadden's strengths. That is certainly good news for McFadden owners. Before he misses a game or two (or perhaps four), he should be more productive.
Aside from his durability, there are other concerns though — the team's offensive line and quarterback play are both among the worst in the NFL.
In his second season, Cobb set career highs with 80 receptions, 954 receiving yards, 132 rushing yards and eight touchdowns.
With some offseason losses at wide receiver, Cobb (plus the team's other receivers) should get a few more targets in the Packers' high-powered offense.
Personally, I would have taken Demaryius Thomas, the next pick, over Cobb.
3.06 - Brendan Donahue (Team 2): Demaryius Thomas, WR, Denver Broncos
Thomas had a breakout season last year in his first with Peyton Manning. Even with the offseason addition of slot receiver Wes Welker, I don't expect a huge drop in targets for Thomas, who finished the year with 94 receptions for 1,434 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Ridley had a breakout season with a career-high 1,263 yards and 12 touchdowns last year. While he only has nine career receptions, Ridley should continue to get a heavy workload and goal-line opportunities. Ridley's 290 carries were the eighth-most in franchise history and the most since Corey Dillion had 345 in 2004.
Even though he missed five games in 2012, Gronkowski still finished second behind only Jimmy Graham in fantasy points among tight ends. Multiple surgeries on his forearm and most recently on his back jeopardize his status for the start — and perhaps much — of the 2013 season.
Once he does return, will he stay healthy? Ultimately, the answer to that question will determine whether this is a great, or wasted, pick.
One of the biggest mismatches at any position, Gronkowski is at his best in the redzone. Gronkowski led all tight ends in receiving touchdowns (11) in 11 games played last year and he now has double-digit touchdowns in all three of his NFL seasons. He has a total of 39 touchdowns (38 receiving and one "rushing") in 43 career games.
3.09 - Sean Beazley (Team 3): Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers
More efficient than any other quarterback, Rodgers led the NFL in passer rating (108.0) after setting the single-season record in 2011. In fact, Rodgers has had a passer rating of 100-plus in each of the past four years.
Rodgers threw 39 touchdowns and only eight interceptions last year. In 2011, he threw 45 touchdowns and only six picks.
Over the past four years, only Drew Brees (156) has thrown more touchdowns than Rodgers (142).
With Murray, you get a player with a similar outlook as McFadden: talented but injury-prone. If Murray stays healthy, something he has yet to do, he has the potential to put up some big numbers in the Cowboys' offense.
He has played in 23 games over the past two seasons and has accumulated 1,560 rushing yards on 325 carries and 430 receiving yards on 60 receptions.
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 Reggie Bush. In limited work (51 carries), Miller averaged just shy of five yards per carry.
In his final four games, Giants rookie David Wilson had his only 100-yard game. During that span, he carried the ball 43 times for 247 yards (5.7 yards per carry) and three touchdowns and had two receptions for 26 yards and a score.
While both Wilson and Andre Brown are capable of carrying the load, it's Wilson — not Brown — that's listed as the team's starter. Even though Wilson is a more talented runner, I wouldn't be surprised to see a 60/40 split in touches with Brown getting the goal-line carries.
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