2014 Fantasy Football Mock Draft (Standard Scoring): Round 6
Having begun our new 2014 fantasy football mock draft exactly one week ago, we are now only a couple of rounds from completing our eight-round mock.
Here are the picks in Round 6:
Like virtually all free agents-to-be, Brown's 2014 fantasy value will largely hinge on his landing spot. Brown's 2013 season had three distinct parts: (1) short-term IR in first eight games, (2) high-volume production in the next four games and (3) disappointment in the final four games.
From Weeks 10 to 13, Brown carried the ball 83 times for 343 yards (4.13 YPC) and three touchdowns. Brown scored double-digit fantasy points in three of those four games. From Weeks 14 to 17 (the fantasy playoffs), he had 56/149/0 (2.66 YPC).
Despite a mostly up-and-down season, Luck still managed to finish fourth among quarterbacks in fantasy points last year. With a new (more conservative) offense, Luck improved his completion rate (60.2 percent), TD-to-INT ratio (23 TDs, nine INTs) and passer rating (87.0) in Year 2. Among the nine quarterbacks with at least 300 rushing yards last year, Luck led that group in passing yards (3,822).
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Looking for greener postseason pastures, Jackson signed with the Falcons last year, but things did not go as planned for SJax and the Falcons.
With a Week 2 injury essentially wiping out his first half of his season, Jackson rushed for only 542 yards on the year with an average of 3.47 yards per carry, both of which were career lows. On a positive note for fantasy owners, however, Jackson scored double-digit fantasy points in four of five games (and a total of six touchdowns) from Weeks 12 to 16.
If the team makes some upgrades to their offensive line and the team's skill-position players are able to stay healthy, the offense in general and Jackson in specific should have better seasons in 2014.
In the first half of his first season with the Broncos, Welker was scoring touchdowns as often as Marshawn Lynch eats Skittles. While Welker set a career high in touchdowns (10), he set seven-year lows in receptions (73) and yards (778).
With Eric Decker set to become a free agent, Welker (and the other Broncos' pass-catchers) could see more targets come his (their) way in 2014.
Sustaining a season-ending ACL injury before the team's bye, Wayne played in only seven games in 2013. While that was obviously disappointing, Wayne has been fortunate to have had a relatively healthy NFL career. Before last season, he had played 16 games in each of his previous 11 seasons.
Wayne has said that he will return in 2014, but he will turn 36 years old in November. Prior to the injury, however, Wayne was on pace for 88 catches for 1,150 yards in his age-35 season. If he's able to stay healthy in 2014, I'd expect him to exceed the 1,000-yard milestone once again in his career, but there is more risk with drafting Wayne than ever before.
The good news: Smith set career highs in receptions (65) and yards (1,128) last season. More good news: Smith racked up 556 yards in his first five games with at least 85 yards each week.
The bad news: Smith set a career low in touchdowns (four) last year. More bad news: In the final 11 games of the season, Smith had nearly as many yards (572) as he had in the first five games (556).
6.07 - Kevin Hanson, Team 2: Eric Decker, WR, Denver Broncos
Scheduled to become a free agent next month, Decker's fantasy value would be maximized if he re-signs with the Broncos. In his past two seasons playing with Peyton Manning, Decker has a total of 172 catches for 2,532 yards and 24 touchdowns.
That said, the Broncos are unlikely to pony up for the likely compensation needed to retain Decker. Loaded with talented pass-catchers with or without Decker, the Broncos can invest those free-agent dollars at other positions of greater need.
One guy that is not a fan of Stafford is former Bears GM Jerry Angelo, who wrote the following about Stafford: "... Carelessness with the ball, inaccurate throws, and poor mechanics will prevent him from ever turning into an elite QB. Calvin Johnson masks a lot of his faults."
With a league-most 2,024 pass attempts over the past three seasons, Stafford has the second-most passing yards (14,655) during that span but also the second-most interceptions (52). Although the Lions have a new coaching staff in place, there shouldn't be much of a dropoff in Stafford's fantasy production. New offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi was the Saints' quarterbacks coach in each of the past three seasons that Drew Brees has thrown for 5,000-plus yards.
Dangerous with the ball in his hands, Patterson excelled as a kick returner in his rookie season: 32.4 yards per return and two scores. Under-utilized on offense in the first half of the season, the Vikings made more of a conscious effort to get the ball into Patterson's hands down the stretch. In the final six games of the season, Patterson totalled 24 catches for 273 yards, 10 rush attempts for 156 yards and a total of six touchdowns.
More than likely, Patterson's touches will increase significantly in Norv Turner's offense and he is positioned to have a breakout season in 2014.
With the pending free agency of Hakeem Nicks, a huge disappointment last year, Randle will have the opportunity to move into the role of being the team's No. 2 receiver behind Victor Cruz. During a six-game stretch in the middle of the season, Randle had six touchdown receptions (which were one-third of Eli Manning's TD throws last season).
Considering how poorly Manning played in 2013, the Giants will need to better protect him in 2014 to help revive the passing game in general. If they do, there is a chance that Randle has a breakout season this year.
Building upon his end-of-season success in his rookie campaign, Floyd had 65 receptions for 1,041 yards and five touchdowns, all of which were career highs, last year. Protected to a certain degree from double teams with Larry Fitzgerald on the other side, Floyd should continue his upward career trajectory in his third season.
Apparently Dan is higher on Rivers than I am as there is a bit of disconnect between my early 2014 ranking (QB15) and where he's selected here (QB7). That said, there is not a huge gap between my seventh- and 15th-ranked quarterbacks, which means it comes down mostly to preference.
So, in other words, I object less to the selection of Rivers among remaining quarterbacks as I do with where he was selected. It's certainly possible that Rivers would have been available for Dan at pick 8.12 on the way back around.
Leading the NFL in completion percentage (a career-high 69.5 percent) last year, Rivers threw for 4,478 yards (nearly 900 more than he had in 2012), 32 touchdowns (the second-most of his career) and only 11 interceptions (a four-year low).
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Our early 2014 Fantasy Football rankings:
- 2014 Fantasy Football QB rankings
- 2014 Fantasy Football RB rankings
- 2014 Fantasy Football WR rankings
- 2014 Fantasy Football TE rankings
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