2014 Fantasy Football PPR Mock Draft: Round 5
Here are Round 5 results:
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 and a talented WR3 on Brendan's team.
With Reggie Wayne sidelined for half of the season, Hilton took another step forward in Year 2 with 82 receptions for 1,083 yards and five touchdowns. It's possible that he takes another step forward in Year 3, but my expectations are a little tempered.
Hilton should finish with numbers similar to those he had last season as better health from Wayne and the addition of Hakeem Nicks in free agency could contain Hilton's upside.
Even though Luck threw 57 fewer pass attempts and Reggie Wayne (ACL) was lost for more than half of the season, Luck finished fourth among quarterbacks in fantasy points. With good health from Wayne and the free-agent addition of Hakeem Nicks, Luck has an improved supporting cast and it appears that the Colts will open up the offense a bit more this season as well. An underrated athlete, Luck has rushed 125 times for 632 yards and nine touchdowns over the past two seasons.
The team's new offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi, who was previously with the Saints, has indicated that he'd like to split the workload between Bell and Bush, which is essentially what happened last season as well. Bell gained 1,197 yards from scrimmage with eight touchdowns on 219 touches and finished as a top-20 fantasy running back last season.
It's an understatement to say the past nine months have not gone well for Rice. After four straight seasons of rushing for more than 1,100 yards, Rice gained only 660 yards on his 214 carries, which averaged out to a career-low 3.1 yards per carry. He added 58 receptions for 321 yards, but both of those are lows during his time as a starter.
Not only was he a disappointment on the field last year, he was arrested for hitting his then-fiancee (now wife) in an Atlantic City casino in February. Even though he avoided jail time, Rice faces league discipline and could miss "significant" time.
If there is a positive note for Rice this offseason, it is that he has lost weight and has appeared to be more elusive during OTAs than he did last season. Therefore, he should be better on a per-touch, per-game basis, but the question about the number of games remains the biggest concern.
Thomas set a career high with 77 receptions in 2013. (His previous career high was 50, 2011). No running back had more receptions than Thomas last season.
Now that Darren Sproles is in Philadelphia, it seems likely that PT will at least finish with 70-plus receptions again with the upside for more. While he's solid in standard-scoring formats, Thomas is better in PPR formats.
Jennings should have an opportunity to lead the Giants running backs in touches and fantasy points, but David Wilson is expected to be cleared medically on Monday. When given the opportunity that resulted from a Darren McFadden injury last year, Jennings had 127 carries for 593 yards and six touchdowns and 24 receptions for 195 yards in the final eight games of the season.
Even though he rushed for a career-low 3.9 yards per carry last season, Johnson still managed to go over the 1,000-yard rushing mark for his sixth consecutive season. Not only is he one of the league's fastest players, he has been extremely durable playing 16 games in each of the past five seasons.
After being a workhorse back for the Titans over the past six seasons, however, the Jets plan to be "strategic" with their use of Johnson since he has "some miles on him."
5.09 - Sean Beazley (Team 3): Bishop Sankey, RB, Tennessee Titans
Not only was Sankey the first running back selected in this year's draft, at a record-worst slot (54th overall) for the first running back taken in a (real) draft, he has the best situation among all rookie rushers. With modest competition for touches in what should be a run-first offense, Sankey should lead all rookies in that category and come close to 300 touches on the year.
In his second NFL season, Floyd caught 65 passes for a team-high 1,041 yards, nearly double his 562 yards as a rookie, and five touchdowns. Floyd has generated buzz during offseason workouts, which could mean he's in store for even better production in 2014.
5.11 - Kevin Hanson (Team 3): Matthew Stafford, QB, Detroit Lions
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.
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. There are several wide receivers that I'd prefer over Maclin, such as Kendall Wright, Marques Colston, etc., but Maclin could be in store for a career year provided he stays healthy.
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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