2014 Fantasy Football Mock Draft, Standard Scoring - Round 2
With the 2014 NFL Draft behind us, four of our contributors began a new 2014 fantasy football mock draft on Monday.
We finished Round 1 yesterday and have just completed Round 2. Here are Round 2 results (with commentary from yours truly):
In 13 games as a rookie, Bell got nearly 300 touches (244 carries and 45 receptions) and had 20-plus touches in all but two games. That said, Bell averaged only 3.52 yards per carry on the season. On a positive note, he averaged at least 4.0 YPC in four of his final five games after doing so only twice in his first eight games.
Even though the team added LeGarrette Blount, who was productive for the Patriots down the stretch, Bell should remain the team's workhorse back.
Even though Lovie Smith is a defensive coach, the team went offense heavy in the draft adding two wide receivers, a tight end and two offensive lineman. In addition, they drafted West Virginia running back Charles Sims with the fifth pick of the third round.
The Muscle Hamster had a disappointing sophomore campaign as a season-ending injury cut his season short after just six games. Even before the injury, however, Martin was not running the ball well as he averaged a yard less per carry (3.6) than he did as a rookie (4.6 YPC). That said, Adrian Peterson was the only running back to have more YFS than Martin in 2012.
Assuming good health in 2014, I expect a bounce-back year (on a per-touch and overall basis) for Martin.
Last season, Knowshon Moreno was a top-five finisher in fantasy points among running backs, but Moreno signed a one-year deal with the Dolphins in free agency. Moreno's departure creates an enormous opportunity for Ball in the league's most explosive offense.
Ball, the Broncos' second-round pick in 2013, got off to a relatively slow start: 3.26 yards per carry (68 carries for 222 yards) in first 10 games. From Weeks 11 to 16, Ball averaged 6.48 YPC (52 carries for 337 yards).
In addition, the Broncos did not draft any additional competition for Ball although they signed Kapri Bibbs as an undrafted free agent. Provided Ball gets roughly the same amount of work that Moreno received last year, he has a shot to finish as a top-five fantasy running back in 2014 despite being the RB11 in this mock.
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Beginning with plenty of uncertainty last offseason and into training camp, Foster was a risky selection for fantasy owners, but he was getting into a groove before his season was ultimately cut short by injury. In the final three full games that he played, Foster had 82 touches (68 carries and 14 receptions) for 487 yards from scrimmage (341 rushing and 146 receiving).
From 2010-2012, he rushed for 4,264 yards, added 159 receptions for 1,438 yards and scored a total of 47 touchdowns in 45 games. During that span, no player had more YFS or touchdowns than Foster.
With better health (knock on wood) in 2014, Foster could turn out to be a bargain here even without his pre-2013 level of production. Even though he had back surgery in November, he was cleared for the team's OTAs.
Although he saw a year-over-year drop in yardage from 1,382 to 1,233 yards, Bryant set career highs (barely, by one in each case) in receptions (93) and touchdowns (13). Battling a back injury, Bryant still played in all 16 games this season although he got plenty of attention/criticism for the minute or so he missed against the Packers. Despite some (im)maturity concerns, Bryant is one of the most physically-gifted players in the league and should be a lock for another 1,200-yard season with double-digit touchdowns.
As a change-of-pace back, Bernard had a productive rookie season and finished inside the top 20 fantasy running backs for the full season in standard-scoring formats. Averaging just shy of 15 touches per game on the season, his carries increased each month — 8.0 per game (Sept.), 9.8 (Oct.), 12.0 (Nov.) and 13.0 (Dec.). Finishing eighth among all running backs in receptions (56), he was an even better option in point-per-reception (PPR) formats.
Going into 2014, Bernard should be ready for his workload to continue its ascension. Before the draft, coach Marvin Lewis referenced the jump in workload and production that Ray Rice had from his rookie to second season and hopes Bernard "can take those same steps."
While the team drafted LSU's Jeremy Hill in the second round, they will likely move on from The Law Firm and I still expect Bernard's touches to increase from last season.
In both of his seasons reunited with Jay Cutler, Marshall racked up triple-digit receptions with double-digit touchdowns and 1,295-plus yards. While his receptions (100) and yards (1,295) dropped on a year-over-year basis, Marshall was able to set a career high with 12 touchdowns.
Although Alshon Jeffery led the team in receiving yardage, Cutler missed five games and Josh McCown seemed to have better chemistry with Jeffery. Assuming Cutler plays all 16 games in 2014, I would expect Marshall to lead the team in targets once again.
Although he was on the sidelines for part of the team's two playoff games, Mathews played a full 16-game season for the first time in his career. In the process, he rushed for a career-high 1,255 yards on 285 carries.
With six 100-yard games (and one 99-yard game) in an 11-game stretch starting in Week 6, Mathews was one of three running backs to gain over 1,000 yards on the ground during that stretch along with McCoy and Eddie Lacy.
There are still a couple of running backs that I'd prefer over Mathews at this point in the mock. Not only will Danny Woodhead get his share of touches, but the Chargers added an upgrade over Ronnie Brown by signing Donald Brown in free agency.
While he won't add much at all as a receiver and his numbers overall dropped last season, Alf has averaged 1,444 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns over his first two seasons in the NFL.
With the transition to the team's new offensive scheme, there are some concerns that Morris could see a decline in touches, but he has fair value in this spot of the draft.
Before his foot injury sidelined him for the remainder of the season, Jones had at least six receptions and 76 yards in all of the games in which he appeared. During that stretch, he hauled in 41 catches for 580 yards and two touchdowns. Compared to 2011 (73.8 yards per game) and 2012 (74.9 YPG), Jones had made huge strides, no pun intended, in 2013 (116.0 YPG).
While a foot injury is always troubling for a receiver, especially since it was a second time, he is expected to be 100 percent when training camp rolls around.
2.11 - Brendan Donahue (Team 1): Alshon Jeffery, WR, Chicago Bears
The second-year receiver had a breakout season with 89 receptions for 1,421 yards and seven touchdowns in addition to 16 rush attempts for another 105 yards. He finished sixth among wideouts in receiving yards, but if you add his 105 rushing yards to that total, only Cleveland's Josh Gordon had more yards from scrimmage than Jeffery in 2013.
Manning, a five-time league MVP, broke the record for most passing yards (5,477) and passing touchdowns (55) while throwing only 10 interceptions in 2013. Not only did he throw multiple touchdowns in all but one game, Manning threw four or more TDs in nine games. (As a comparison, Hall-of-Famer John Elway did that 10 times ... in his whole career.)
While the Broncos lost Eric Decker and Knowshon Moreno in free agency, they are loaded at the skill positions. Counting on record-setting numbers again may be unrealistic, but leading the game in fantasy points once again seems like a reasonable expectation.
2014 Fantasy Football rankings from Kevin Hanson:
- 2014 Fantasy Football QB rankings
- 2014 Fantasy Football RB rankings
- 2014 Fantasy Football WR rankings
- 2014 Fantasy Football TE rankings