2013 Fantasy Football PPR Mock Draft: Round 8 Complete
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As we continue our fantasy football point-per-reception (PPR) mock draft, we completed Round 8 earlier in the week and here are the results:
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.
8.02 - Brendan Donahue (Team 3): T.Y. Hilton, WR, Indianapolis Colts
The small (5-9, 183) but explosive playmaker had an impressive rookie season with 50 receptions for 861 yards and seven touchdowns. Only Jacksonville's Justin Blackmon had more receiving yards (865) among rookies than Hilton last season.
In addition, Hilton gets the opportunity to play with one of the best young quarterbacks in the league.
8.03 - Kevin Hanson (Team 3): Greg Jennings, WR, Green Bay Packers
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.
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.
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. Depending on the health of Britt's troublesome knee(s) and the development of quarterback Jake Locker, he could be on the verge of a big season.
8.05 - Sean Beazley (Team 2): Justin Blackmon, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars
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 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.
For owners patient to wait to use Blackmon, he is a decent value as a potential top-20 receiver once he returns to the field.
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. 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.
Going from the Super Bowl winner to the Super Bowl runner-up, Boldin was traded this offseason for a late-round pick. Last season, Boldin led the Ravens in receiving with 65 receptions and 921 yards, both of which were three-year highs.
Considering the 49ers loss Michael Crabtree for at least much of the season to an Achilles injury, Boldin will have an opportunity to come close to his 2012 numbers with the 49ers.
A player that has tempted fantasy owners with his breakout potential for a few seasons, is this the year that he breaks out?
Cook, who is reunited with former coach Jeff Fisher, had 44 receptions for 523 yards and four touchdowns in 13 games last season.
As a rookie receiver for one of the league's most anemic passing attacks, Floyd (6-3, 225) finished with only 45 receptions for 562 yards and two touchdowns.
He did end the season on a positive note, however, as he had eight receptions for 166 yards and a score in Week 17. In the second half of the season, he had 32 receptions for 435 yards.
With improved quarterback play (even though it's only Carson Palmer) and offensive line play, Floyd will have the potential to see a considerable improvement in his production in 2013.
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.
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.
8.11 - Sean Beazley (Team 1): Kenbrell Thompkins, WR, New England Patriots
With four of the team's top five leading receivers no longer on the roster and the fifth, Rob Gronkowski, unlikely to be recovered from his back surgery in time for the season opener, the Patriots will rely plenty on newcomers in the passing game. One of the players generating plenty of positive buzz is Thompkins.
Colts quarterback Andrew Luck, the top overall pick in 2012, led the Colts to a nine-win improvement year over year. Considering the team lost their first-year head coach for much of the year to leukemia treatments as well, what Luck and interim head coach Bruce Arians, now the Arizona Cardinals head coach, did was simply amazing.
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 this season.
Although there is a new offensive coordinator in place, it won't be a completely new system for Luck as the team hired Pep Hamilton from Stanford.
With Kaepernick going at 8.10 and Luck at 8.12, it is clear that fantasy owners should wait to draft their fantasy quarterback.
*** Will Luck/Colts take the next step forward in 2013? View our 2013 NFL preseason predictions here.