2013 Fantasy Football PPR Mock Draft: Round 9 Complete
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Tate had 45 receptions for 688 yards and seven touchdowns, at least one of those that the Packers would vehemently claim was not a touchdown. Going into the 2013 season, the injury to Percy Harvin (hip) boosts the fantasy value of Tate and he's now my highest-ranked Seahawks receiver.
Dwyer led the Steelers in carries (156) but averaged only 3.99 yards per carry and scored just two touchdowns last season. When Le'Veon Bell is healthy enough to return (my guess is after their Week 5 bye), Dwyer, Isaac Redman and the other Steelers' backs should take a back seat to Bell.
Until Bell returns, I expect it to be a committee/rotation approach.
Before the start of last season, Jeffery generated some positive buzz as a guy that could flourish as a red-zone target within the Bears offense. The 6-foot-3 receiver battled injuries throughout the season, however, and played in a total of only 10 games as a rookie.
Going into the 2013 season, he has generated more buzz.
Provided he stays healthy in 2013, I think he finishes with double-digit touchdowns (or close to it).
Seattle's Russell Wilson was good for a rookie in the first half of the season, but he was great (for any quarterback) in the second half.
In his first eight games, Wilson threw 10 touchdowns and eight interceptions and he averaged 6.98 yards per pass attempt and 3.6 yards per rush attempt. In his final eight regular-season games, however, Wilson had a 16-to-2 touchdown-to-interception ratio, averaged 9.03 yards per pass attempt and 6.2 yards per rush attempt. In fact, all four of his rushing touchdowns last season came in the second half of the year.
Wilson finished the year with a rookie-record 26 passing touchdowns and 10 interceptions and was one of four quarterbacks, and two rookies, to finish with a passer rating of at least 100.0 in 2012.
Expected to further help Wilson's cause in 2013, the Seahawks acquired Percy Harvin in a trade with the Vikings. As one of the league's most dynamic players, Harvin averaged 8.9 yards after catch. While Harvin recently had hip surgery, he should return for the stretch run in December.
9.05 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 2): DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Houston Texans
For the first time since they drafted Andre Johnson in the first round 10 years ago, the Texans used one of their first-round picks on a wide receiver. Not only does Hopkins give the Texans their most-talented option opposite Johnson, but he can develop into his heir apparent.
Not the fastest receiver in this draft class, Hopkins excels as a route-runner and has great hands. He had a monster season with 82 receptions for 1,405 yards and 18 touchdowns with the Clemson Tigers last season. In fact, Nuk scored in all but one game this season.
The Law Firm failed to score double-digit touchdowns for the first time in three seasons, but he set career highs in carries (278), rushing yards (1,094) and receptions (22) last season. Less than a dynamic back, Green-Ellis and Shonn Greene were the only backs in the league to reach the 1,000-yard milestone with an average of less than 4.00 yards per carry.
With the Bengals drafting Gio Bernard with the 36th overall pick in this year's draft, it's unlikely that Green-Ellis rushes for 1,000 yards for a second straight year. As noted earlier, it's possible that Bernard sees an increased role at the expense of BJGE as the season progresses.
Not only does Cameron have excellent athleticism for a tight end to create mismatches, but he now has a coaching staff that employs what is arguably the TE-friendliest of offenses. On my list of undervalued players, Cameron has the potential to break out this year and he's currently my sixth-ranked fantasy tight end.
In the final six games of the regular season, Moreno had five 20-carry games and a total of 130 carries for 510 yards and three touchdowns during that span. Even though the Broncos released Willis McGahee, they drafted Montee Ball in the second round and Moreno is likely to have a secondary or tertiary role behind Ball and/or Ronnie Hillman.
While Romo is a value at 9.09 (and another example of why you should wait on a quarterback in 12-team leagues), Sean already has Aaron Rodgers on this roster. I would have used this spot on depth at another position since Romo is unlikely to play any more than Rodgers' bye.
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).
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.
Finley has the potential to break out, or frustrate his fantasy owners once again. Finley set a career high with 61 receptions last year, but he averaged a career-low 10.9 yards per reception and had only two touchdowns.
Not only does he have the league's best quarterback throwing him the ball, but Finley should get an increased opportunity with the departure of Jennings and Driver and he should be highly motivated as he enters his contract year.
9.12 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 3): Aaron Dobson, WR, New England Patriots
With good size (6-3, 204), speed and hands, Dobson had zero drops last season on 92 targets as this chart illustrates.
A problem he won't have with the Patriots, Dobson's collegiate numbers were partly held back due to the team's quarterback play. He never reached 700 receiving yards in any of his four seasons at Marshall.
Without Wes Welker, Brandon Lloyd and Aaron Hernandez on the roster, Dobson steps into an opportunity where he could see the field quite a bit as a rookie receiver although I'd prefer both Amendola and Thompkins over Dobson.