2014 Fantasy Football Mock Draft (Standard Scoring): Round 8
Our new eight-round early 2014 fantasy football mock draft is now complete and here are the results from Round 8:
With Miles Austin likely gone this offseason, Williams will step in the No. 2 spot opposite Dez Bryant, officially, that is. As a rookie, Williams finished with 44 receptions for 736 yards, third most on the team behind Bryant and Jason Witten, and five touchdowns.
Setting a career high with 73 receptions, Olsen finished with 816 yards and six touchdowns and finished as TE8 in standard-scoring leagues last season. While he may not have the upside of the elite tight ends, Olsen is a safe option in an offense devoid of playmakers in the passing game.
Even if the Panthers add a receiver early in the draft, as I expect, Olsen is still a safe and relatively under-appreciated option at tight end in general.
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Once again, Woodhead outperformed his average draft position as he finished as the RB19 in standard-scoring leagues last year. Finishing second among running backs in receptions (76), he totalled 1,030 yards from scrimmage and scored a total of eight touchdowns in his first season with the Bolts.
The 29-year-old back may not produce as a top-20 option again in 2014, but it's more likely than not that he will outperform his draft position of RB36 in this mock.
Blackmon ended the season the same way he began it: on suspension. Although he is eligible to be reinstated before the season starts, he is technically still suspended. When he was on the field last year, he was productive as he averaged 103.8 yards per game in the four games he played.
While there is some uncertainty around the quarterback situation in Duval County, it's really a situation that can only be upgraded. Therefore, it's the uncertainty around Blackmon's ability to stay clean that worries fantasy owners the most.
With the exception of the AFC Championship Game (six yards on five carries), Blount was dominant down the stretch. In his final three games before the dud in Denver, Blount rushed for a total of 431 yards, 6.73 yards per carry and eight touchdowns. That said, Blount is about to become a free agent and it's unclear where he'll end up.
Missing the season finale due to his back injury, Romo's passing yardage dropped by more than 1,000 yards year over year, but he improved his TD-to-INT ratio (31:10 in 2013 compared to 28:19 in 2012). Not only did his pass attempts drop from 648 in 2012 to 535 in 2013, his yards-per-attempt average has declined from 8.02 Y/A (2011) to 7.57 (2012) to 7.16 (2013).
There are plenty of jokes that could be (and have been) made about who is calling the offensive plays in Dallas. Once again, Romo will have someone new calling the plays: new "passing game coordinator" Scott Linehan.
Under Linehan, Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford threw more than 2,000 pass attempts over the past three seasons combined and no other quarterback had more. So, it's certainly possible that Romo throws closer to the 648 pass attempts he threw in 2012 (than the 535 last year) in his first season with Linehan.
Many expected Pitta to have a breakout season in 2013, but a fractured hip derailed his opportunity to break out. Returning from short-term Injured Reserve in Week 14, Pitta had 20 catches for 169 yards and a touchdown in his four games played.
Heading into 2014, Pitta is scheduled to become a free agent next month, but the two sides are currently negotiating a deal. By agreeing to a contract extension with T Sizzle on Monday, the Ravens freed up some additional cap space to hopefully work out an agreement with Pitta.
The only rookie wideout with more receiving yards than Hopkins (802) last year was Keenan Allen. While I expect Hopkins to build upon last year's success, he will most likely do so with a new quarterback (hopefully for his fantasy owners) under center.
This is about where Bowe should be drafted. He's the WR41 in my rankings and he's the 38th receiver off the board in this mock. That said, Bowe followed up a disappointing season with one that was a bigger disappointment. Bowe set four-year lows with 57 receptions, 105 targets and 673 yards.
Even though Bowe never exceeded 70 receiving yards until the playoffs last season, he was was more productive in the second half of the season. Starting in November, Bowe had 39/521/4 in his final eight games (counting the playoff loss). Perhaps that will carry forward to 2014.
After missing all of last season, a contract year, due to a torn ACL, Maclin has indicated his hope to re-sign with the Eagles although there is interest from other teams as well. Excluding last year, Maclin has averaged 64/863/6 each year.
Even though Romo threw 218 more pass attempts than Foles, only a few fantasy points (11.4 to be exact) separated the two quarterbacks last season. In 13 games, Foles threw for 2,891 yards, 27 touchdowns and just two interceptions. In addition, he rushed for 225 yards and three touchdowns. Not only was Foles better than Romo on a per-game basis, only two quarterbacks scored more than Foles per game: Peyton Manning and Drew Brees.
While I don't expect Foles to finish third in fantasy points per game in 2014, I'm more than comfortable taking him this late to be my fantasy starter.
In his first season with the Bears and in Marc Trestman's offense, Bennett finished with 65 receptions for 759 yards, both of which were career highs, and five touchdowns, which tied his previous career high set in 2012 with the Giants.
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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