2014 Fantasy Football PPR Mock Draft: Round 10
We are in the final stretches of our new PPR fantasy football mock draft with only four rounds to go.
Here are Round 10 results:
The Patriots signed Amendola to replace Wes Welker a.k.a. The Slot Machine (one of my favorite athlete nicknames), but things did not turn out as well as anyone could have hoped. While Amendola had a few big games including the season opener (10/104 vs. BUF), injuries slowed him from the start and he never really got back on track. Instead, it was Julian Edelman that posted a career season. Durability will always be a concern with Amendola, but things should go much better in 2014 if, a big if, he can stay healthy.
10.02 - Kevin Hanson (Team 3): Terrance West, RB, Cleveland Browns
Granted, there is an enormous jump in level of competition between Towson to the NFL, but the big back (5-foot-9, 225 pounds) was über productive at the FCS level and running back is the easiest fantasy positions for a rookie to make an impact. Last season, West ran for 2,509 yards and 41 touchdowns!
The expectations are that it will be a fairly close position battle between West and Ben Tate, who has played only 40 games in his four NFL seasons. With Tate's ability to stay healthy being his biggest obstacle to the lead role, West could find himself with a prominent opportunity in this offense. Either way, the Browns will be a run-heavy team that should allow more than one running back to have fantasy relevance.
With explosive athletic ability, the six-foot-four Hunter has added 15 pounds of muscle to his (previously) thin frame this offseason. As a rookie, Hunter had a few big games near the end of the season and averaged nearly 20 yards per catch (19.7 Y/R). With a late-round ADP, Hunter has plenty of breakout appeal going into his sophomore campaign. I was hoping he'd last another round (or two) ...
With better health from Michael Crabtree, who missed most of last season with a torn Achilles, and the addition of Stevie Johnson from a trade with the Bills, Boldin is unlikely to duplicate last year's numbers (85/1179/7). That said, he was productive once Crabtree returned and he had 38 receptions for 549 yards and four touchdowns in the team's final six regular-season games.
It was a disappointing season for Austin and his fantasy owners. Austin finished with 40/418/4 (receiving) and 9/151/1 (rushing) while adding a return touchdown in 13 games. Coach Jeff Fisher says that the Rams will "do a better job of using him now that we know what he’s capable of doing. Kind of looking forward to see him improve from year one to year two."
10.06 - Brendan Donahue (Team 2): Carlos Hyde, RB, San Francisco 49ers
At one point, running back actually seemed like a very deep position for the team, but has solidified his role as the team's No. 2 back behind 31-year-old running back Frank Gore as the injuries mount in the team's backfield. Hyde, the team's second-round pick, was my top-ranked running back out of college. Considering Gore's age and cumulative workload, Hyde is a high-upside backup running back.
In his second season in the league, Jones took a big step forward with 51 receptions for 712 yards and 10 touchdowns. Going into 2014, Jones will have an excellent opportunity to improve on the receptions and yards totals as he is clearly the team's No. 2 receiver behind A.J. Green, but he won't repeat the double-digit touchdowns.
If you told someone a year ago that Moreno would finish the 2013 season as a top-five fantasy running back, that person would have scoffed at such a suggestion. But that's exactly what happened. Even after last season's top-five finish, others would probably laugh even harder if you made such a suggestion for 2014.
Transitioning from Denver to Miami, it's unlikely that Moreno produces anywhere close to the numbers he had last year. Initially, it seemed likely that he would at least lead the team in snaps, touches and production, but his start with the club has gotten off to a rocky start — poor conditioning, knee surgery, etc.
While Cordarrelle Patterson should easily lead the team's receivers in fantasy points, Jennings has solid, if boring, value as a later-round receiver due to the Vikings' changes in quarterback and offensive coordinator. Jennings had 68 catches for 804 yards last season.
A relative disappointment as a former first-round pick, Ingram has missed 11 games in his first three seasons combined and has averaged just 535 yards from scrimmage per season. After averaging only 3.9 yards per carry in each of his first two seasons, however, Ingram gained 4.9 YPC on 78 attempts last season.
While he was his most productive on a per-touch basis last season, it's certainly possible that he finishes third among the team's running backs in touches this year.
The Panthers-at-Ravens matchup on Sept. 28th will be one of the most intriguing matchups of the season. Smiff's warning: "put your goggles on cause there’s going to be blood and guts everywhere."
From a fantasy perspective, things are much less exciting and interesting when it comes to Smith's outlook as he's nothing more than low-ceiling, late-round fantasy option at this point.
Despite playing in Seattle's run-first offense, Wilson still finished as the No. 9 scorer among QBs through Week 16 last year. While he won't throw many more than 400 pass attempts (has 800 through two seasons), Wilson has finished in the top 10 in passing TDs in both of his seasons with 26 per year. In addition, he has rushed for 1,028 yards and five touchdowns in his two seasons.
2014 Fantasy Football rankings:
- 2014 Fantasy Football QB rankings
- 2014 Fantasy Football RB rankings
- 2014 Fantasy Football WR rankings
- 2014 Fantasy Football TE rankings
More fantasy football resources:
- Fantasy Football Mock Draft Simulator
- 2014 Fantasy Football Player Projections
- 2014 Fantasy Football Profiles
- 2014 Fantasy Football Strength of Schedule
- Fantasy Football ADP Movers
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