2014 Fantasy Football PPR Mock Draft (Round 2)
Over the weekend, four of our contributors — Brendan Donahue, Sean Beazley, Dan Yanotchko and yours truly — began a new PPR fantasy football mock draft.
Round 2 is now in the books and here are the results:
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 will remain the team's workhorse back and it wouldn't be a surprise if he led the league in touches.
In his second with Peyton Manning, DT's numbers were nearly identical to his first season. After finishing with 94/1,434/10 in 2012, Thomas had 92 catches for 1,430 yards and 14 touchdowns last year. Thomas should be a lock for 90/1,400/10 (or better) in 2014.
2.03 - Brendan Donahue (Team 3): Dallas Cowboys
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.
Despite some (im)maturity concerns (e.g., walking off the field in Packers game), 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.
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.
Even though Martin should easily lead the team's backs in touches, Tampa's coaching staff has made numerous comments about the use of a committee in the backfield. In addition, I wouldn't be surprised if Sims leads the team's RBs in receptions.
Through his first three seasons, Green has 260 receptions for 3,833 yards and 29 touchdowns. In a three-year span to start a career, no player has had more receptions than Green and only Randy Moss has more receiving yards (4,163) than he does.
In each of his three seasons, Green's numbers have improved — 65/1,057/7 (2011), 97/1,350/11 (2012) and 98/1,426/11 (2013). As the team transitions from a pass-first offense under Jay Gruden to a run-first scheme led by Hue Jackson, that (upward) trend may not continue, but Green is a lock for 90-plus catches for 1,300-plus yards and should have a great chance of scoring double-digit touchdowns once again.
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 five-game 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.
Since reuniting with quarterback Jay Cutler, Marshall has a total of 218 receptions for 2,803 yards and 23 touchdowns over the past two seasons combined. While his receptions (100) and yardage (1,295) dropped in Alshon Jeffery's breakout season last year, Marshall set a career high with 12 touchdowns. Excluding his two-year stint in Miami, Marshall has had five consecutive seasons of 100-plus receptions with Cutler as his team's starting quarterback.
It's going to be interesting to see how this team turns out as it's very uncommon that any of my teams start a draft with no running backs through two rounds. To be honest, it scares me some, but having two top-four PPR wide receivers (based on my rankings) helps ease those concerns a little.
With 60 Minutes signing a free-agent deal with the Dolphins last offseason, Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown had a breakout season as the team's No. 1 receiver even though he previously had an 1,100-yard season a couple of years ago as well.
Brown became the second receiver in franchise history to finish with triple-digit receptions (110) and was only two shy of tying the club record. Only Cleveland's Josh Gordon had more receiving yards than Brown (1,499), who also scored a career-high eight touchdowns.
Perhaps the most amazing part of Brown's huge success in 2013 was his consistency. Brown had a minimum of five receptions and 50 yards in all 16 games last season. No other player has ever done that in all 16 games of a season. Only one player in league history has a longer streak of 5/50 games, but that streak spanned two seasons (2002-03) and for two teams (NYJ, WAS).
2.09 - Kevin Hanson (Team 1): Alshon Jeffery, WR, Chicago Bears
Jeffery broke out in a big way in 2013. Along with Josh Gordon, Jeffery was one of only two players to record multiple 200-yard receiving games last year and he also set his franchise's single-game record for most receiving yards.
With career highs across the board, Jeffery finished with 89 receptions for 1,421 yards and seven touchdowns and added 105 rushing yards. The only receiver with more yards from scrimmage than Jeffery (1,526) was Gordon (1,734).
As one-half of the league's best wide receiver duo, Jeffery is protected by the fact that opposing defenses will focus on slowing down the receiver opposite him (Marshall) as much (or more) as they will focus on Jeffery himself.
With only one carry in the team's first four games, Stacy was given 250 of them in the final 12. In the final nine games of the season, Stacy had exactly 200 carries for 759 yards (only 3.80 yards per carry), 20 receptions for 96 yards and a total of seven touchdowns.
Stacy should get a larger (overall) workload in 2014. GM Les Snead was quoted as saying in February that Stacy "should be more productive (in '14) because he should have more carries."
Drafting Auburn's Tre Mason in the third round won't do anything to help Stacy's fantasy value, but Stacy should remain the team's workhorse back in 2014. What should help Stacy is that St. Louis also drafted Mason's teammate, Greg Robinson, the best run-blocking prospect in this year's draft class.
In his first season with the Lions, Bush ran for 1,006 yards and caught 54 passes for 506 yards with a total of seven touchdowns in 14 games. Despite missing two games, Bush set a career high in yards from scrimmage (1,512).
New offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi said that he sees Bush and Joique Bell "having a split role and both being very productive." Even with Bell getting 219 touches last season, Bush still set that career high in YFS last season. Coming from the Saints, Lombardi is essentially bringing the Saints offense with him. I would expect Bush to finish with more receptions and fewer carries than he had last year.
The loss of Aaron Rodgers for a huge chunk of the season had an adverse affect on Nelson's season, but he still managed to finish as the 11th-highest scoring fantasy receiver in 2013. Nelson had 85 receptions for 1,314 yards and eight touchdowns, but he had a line of 49/810/7 in the nine games that Rodgers started and finished. In other words, his yardage and touchdown totals would have likely been even higher had Rodgers had never broken his collarbone.
Since his breakout season (2011), Nelson has averaged 73 receptions for 1,208 yards and 11 touchdowns per 16 games. In fact, only three wide receivers have 3,000-plus yards and 30-plus touchdowns over the past three seasons: Megatron, Dez and Jordy.
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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