2013 Fantasy Football PPR Mock Draft: Round 4 Complete
Continuing our new fantasy football PPR mock draft, we have completed Round 4. Here are the results:
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.
While most expected Jackson's numbers to drop with a move from San Diego to Tampa Bay, he actually had the best year of his career.
In his first season with the Bucs, Jackson, who turned 30 in January, set career highs in both receptions (72) and yards (1,384) and scored eight touchdowns. Not only did Jackson set career highs in receptions and yards last year, but he led the league in yards per reception (19.2).
Generating plenty of positive buzz in training camp this year, Jackson could be in store for his best season yet.
Although Gore turned 30 years old (on May 14th), he's coming off back-to-back 1,200-yard seasons. It's possible that he has one more 1,200-yard season in him. In addition, the team has one of the league's best offensive lines opening the holes for him.
4.04 - Sean Beazley (Team 3): 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. No other player in the history of the NFL has more than two 110-reception seasons in their career.
From a quarterback standpoint, Welker, who signed a two-year deal with Denver, is fortunate to go from Tom Brady to Peyton Manning, two of the greatest quarterbacks of all-time. That said, the team already had two 1,000-yard receivers on roster with Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker, which should mean (much) fewer targets for Welker.
4.05 - Sean Beazley (Team 2): Giovani Bernard, RB, Cincinnati Bernard
For the first time in five decades, there were no running backs selected in the first round of an NFL draft. Selected 37th overall, Bernard was the first of five running backs off the board in the second round this year.
Not the biggest back (5-9, 202 pounds), Bernard is elusive with good vision, but he can run with power as well. In addition, he is an excellent receiver out of the backfield. In two seasons with the Tar Heels, Bernard ran for 1,200-plus yards and finished with double-digit touchdowns and 45-plus receptions both years.
With a 1,000-yard rusher already on the roster (BenJarvus Green-Ellis), Bernard might not get the same kind of opportunity that other rookie rushers could get this year. That said, I expect Bernard to see his share of the workload increase as the season progresses.
With Colston, fantasy owners get a highly productive and consistent receiver. He finished with 83 receptions for 1,154 yards, which ranked 13th in the league, and eight touchdowns and only 10 receivers scored more fantasy points than Colston in 2012.
Since entering the league as a seventh-round rookie in 2006, Colston has 1,000-plus receiving yards in six of seven seasons. The only exception was his injury-shortened 2008 campaign, but he was on pace for another 1,000-yard season that year.
Colston has caught 58 touchdowns in 102 career games, which is an average of 9.1 per 16 games. Only Arizona's Larry Fitzgerald (59) has more touchdowns than Colston during that span.
Last season, Bowe fell short of 1,000 yards for the first time in three seasons and he missed three games. With horrendous quarterback play, Bowe averaged roughly 10 fewer yards per game (61.6) than he did in 2011 (72.4) or 2010 (72.6). In addition, he set a career low with three touchdowns.
With a new coaching staff and quarterback in place, those numbers should improve. At least, Bowe owners hope.
Chargers running back Ryan Mathews was drafted as an early-to-mid first-round pick in 2012 fantasy drafts before breaking his clavicle (and the spirits of his fantasy owners) in the preseason. He ended his season the same way he started it as he broke his collar bone again in Week 15. He has now missed at least two games in each of his three seasons and a total of 10 games during that span.
In 12 games last year, Mathews averaged only 3.8 yards per carry and scored only one touchdown, both of which are career lows.
While Mathews is cheap(er) in 2013, it appears that the team's new regime will use a rotation in the backfield, which limits Mathews ceiling further.
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.
Missing three games and always less than 100 percent due to his foot last season, Nicks set career lows with 692 yards and three touchdowns. In his previous two seasons, he had a total of 155 receptions for 2,244 yards and 18 touchdowns.
Assuming he can stay healthy in 2013, however, Nicks, who is entering the final year of his rookie deal, should bounce back this season. Of course, that his (lack of) durability is the primary reason he's available here.
4.11 - Sean Beazley (Team 1): Le'Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers
Of all rookie running backs, I believe Bell steps into a situation that is most beneficial for his 2013 outlook.
“He’s coming from a pro-style offense … so I expect him to get into the mix and be a factor,” Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley said of Bell (via the Detroit Free Press). “He looks like a workhorse back and I think those numbers indicate that he’s quite capable of carrying it a bunch. He’s not a guy that you’d shy away from giving it to him 30 times a game.”
Finishing fifth in the country in rushing (1,793 yards), Bell (382 carries) carried the rock more than any other collegiate back. A big back (6-2, 230 pounds), Bell has the ability to catch the ball out of the backfield for a back his size as evidenced by his 67 receptions over the past two seasons and get the goal-line touches as well.
4.12 - Brendan Donahue (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 seems to be a change-of-pace back. Considering the Broncos used their second-round pick to draft Ball, it seems he is most likely to be the team's featured back this year (and going forward).
That said, John Fox has had a history of using a committee approach at running back and Hillman is currently atop the team's depth chart.
In college, Ball rushed for 5,140 yards, caught 59 passes for 598 yards and scored a total of 83 touchdowns.
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