2014 Fantasy Football Mock Draft, Standard Scoring - Round 5
Another round of our new 2014 fantasy football mock draft is now complete.
Here is Round 5:
There are a couple of reasons to be concerned about Jackson: (1) Jackson turns 31 in July and (2) nearly 3,000 touches (2,552 carries and 440 receptions) in his career. On a positive note, the Falcons took some steps to improve their offensive line by drafting Jake Matthews with the sixth-overall pick. They also drafted his likely long-term replacement in Devonta Freeman, a back that has been compared some to Frank Gore.
If Jackson stays healthy for the full season, something he didn't do last year, there is the potential for upside here. Given his age and cumulative workload, however, I wouldn't bank on a full 16 games from S-Jax in 2014.
Being second on the depth chart behind Adrian Peterson, it was no surprise that Gerhart did not get as many opportunities to carry the ball as you would expect a running back drafted in the second round to get. Over four seasons, Gerhart has a total of 276 carries for 1,305 yards (4.7 YPC) and five touchdowns. In addition, he has 77 receptions for 600 yards and three touchdowns.
Having never missed a game in his NFL career, White did not allow a high-ankle sprain suffered last preseason to keep him out of the lineup in Week 1. That said, he wasn't himself and was more of a decoy for the first half of the season. Eventually White sustained a knee injury as well and missed a few games.
While the injuries kept White from having a typical Roddy White type of season, he hit full stride by season's end. In five games in December, White finished with 43 receptions for 502 yards and two touchdowns. (That's comparable to a pace of 137.6 receptions and 1,606.4 yards.) In the last five games of the season, there were only three receivers with at least 500 yards: Josh Gordon (658), Alshon Jeffery (561) and White (502).
Even though Julio Jones is the team's No. 1 receiver now, White is only 32 years old and should have a couple more outstanding seasons in him assuming good health. Before last year, White had 1,153-plus yards in six consecutive seasons and I think 1,100-1,200 yards is a reasonable expectation in 2014.
White will be a target in all of my leagues and I'd be thrilled to get him in the fifth round.
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Hmmm ... I think this is a bit early for a complementary running back that is 31 years old. More than likely, Dan would have been able to take Sproles in the next round (or later). Based on the picks up to this point, Sproles is the RB27 yet he is my RB39 in my fantasy football rankings.
One of a handful 5,000-yard passers in NFL history, Stafford seems set up for his best opportunity to duplicate that feat. In addition to elite pass-catching weapons of Calvin Johnson, Reggie Bush and Joique Bell already on the roster, the Lions added Golden Tate via free agency as well as Eric Ebron with the 10th-overall pick in the 2014 draft.
Davis finished with 52 receptions for 850 yards and 13 touchdowns last season. It was the second time that he finished with double-digit touchdowns and he tied his previous career high of 16.3 yards per reception. If there is a frustrating part of owning Davis, however, it is that Davis doesn't get the amount of targets on a weekly basis that I'd expect considering how much of an athletic mismatch he is.
Playing only 10 regular-season games over the past two seasons, the concern with Harvin is his durability. When he's on the field, however, Harvin is one of the most electric and dynamic receivers in the NFL. As White (my first pick in this round) and Harvin indicate, quality wide receivers are available in Round 5.
While this team is loaded at quarterback (Drew Brees) and wide receiver (Demaryius Thomas and Dez Bryant), it leaves a bit (or a lot) to be desired at running back (CJ1K and now Moreno). Perhaps the QB/WR strength of this team will more than neutralize its weakness at RB, but I'd feel much more comfortable adding a WR2 of Harvin (the previous pick) or Victor Cruz (the next pick) than I'd be in making Moreno my RB2.
As the featured back in Denver's high-powered offense, Moreno ranked fifth in fantasy points among running backs last season. Transitioning from Denver to Miami, it's unlikely that Moreno produces anywhere close to the numbers he had last year, but I expect him to at least enter the season as the Phins' first-team back. As poorly as Miami protected Ryan Tannehill last year, Moreno's ability in pass protection bodes well for his snap count.
5.09 - Sean Beazley (Team 3): Victor Cruz, WR, New York Giants
As disappointing of a season as it was for the Giants, their offense and Cruz, Cruz still managed to finish with 73 receptions for 998 yards and four touchdowns in 14 games. In fact, he averaged more yards per game in 2013 (71.3 YPG) than he did in 2012 (68.3). Of course, the big difference was touchdowns as Cruz had a total of 19 touchdowns in 2011 and 2012 combined and only four last year. Even worse, he had three of those touchdowns against the Cowboys in Week 1 and only one other touchdown (Week 4) in his final 13 games.
Even though Jackson is only 27 years old and had a career-best season (82/1,332/9) in 2013, the Eagles released him outright without receiving any compensation in turn. While there may be some concerns off the field and in the locker room, Jackson is a difference maker on the football field.
One of the benefits about signing with Washington, Robert Griffin III throws an accurate deep ball and D-Jax has the explosiveness to take the top off a defense. With last year's NFL leader in receptions on the other side, however, Jackson could/should see a modest reduction in targets in 2014 compared to last season.
What to make of Richardson? With first-round running backs becoming rare in the real NFL, Richardson was essentially two first-rounders. Not only did the Browns draft him with the third-overall pick in 2012, but the Colts gave up their first-round pick this year to acquire T-Rich in 2013.
Despite his first-round ADP (in fantasy drafts), Richardson was arguably the biggest disappointment in fake football last season. Even with an upgrade at quarterback (Andrew Luck), Richardson averaged a paltry 2.92 yards per carry and was demoted in favor of Donald Brown.
With Brown in San Diego, Richardson should get the first opportunity to lead the team in carries this year. That said, it's hard to have any faith in Richardson. This could turn out to be a steal ... or a waste of a draft pick.
After missing the entire 2013 season due to a torn ACL, Maclin re-signed with the Eagles on a one-year deal worth $5.5 million. Even though there are a few receivers I'd prefer over Maclin (including the guy Dan took at pick 6.01), he will be the team's No. 1 receiver now that Jackson has been released. In addition, he should set career highs in both receptions and yards provided that he can stay healthy.
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
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