2014 Fantasy Football PPR Mock Draft: Round 8
We have completed another round of our new fantasy football PPR mock draft -- Round 8 is in the books.
In addition to viewing our mock draft by round, you can also view the mock draft broken down by team as well.
Here are Round 8 results:
It was an up-and-down season for Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. To be more accurate, it was a down-and-up-and-then-back-down season for Brady from a fantasy perspective. To be fair, Brady began the season without five of the team's leading receivers from 2012.
Brady's production seemed to match the presence (or absence) of tight end Rob Gronkowski. Beginning with Gronk's third game back, Brady began a six-game stretch with five games of at least 344 passing yards that also included two games with more than 400 yards. In the seven games that Gronkowski was active, Brady averaged 315 passing yards and 1.86 touchdown passes compared to averages of 237.56 yards and 1.33 touchdowns in games he missed.
With training camp opening this week, all indications seem to point toward Gronk being ready for the season opener as he was cleared for the start of training camp.
What's not to like about a free-agent wide receiver signing with the Broncos? Well, perhaps the selection of Cody Latimer in the second round, but at least to start the season, Sanders will have an opportunity as the team's third receiver behind Demaryius Thomas and Wes Welker. And we've seen how productive DT, Welker and Eric Decker could be as a trio last season.
Entering last season as the team's backup, Foles did not throw his first pass until Week 4 against the Broncos. With a near flawless beginning to his season, Foles did not throw his first interception until Week 14 against the Lions in a weekend that was full of inclement weather around the league. Foles had entered that game with a 19:0 TD-to-INT ratio.
Even though he threw only 317 passes, Foles finished the season with 27 touchdowns, eighth-most in the NFL, and just two interceptions. While nobody will confuse Foles for Michael Vick, he did have success running the ball last season. Among quarterbacks, Foles ranked 10th in rush attempts (56) and 12th in rushing yards (225) while also scoring three touchdowns.
Of course, it will be nearly impossible for him to duplicate last year's efficiency, but he will be a viable QB1.
8.04 - Sean Beazley (Team 3): Mike Evans, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Often compared to new teammate Vincent Jackson when it comes to NFL comparables, Evans has great size (6-foot-5, 35-inch arms) and excellent athleticism for his size. While it's typically difficult for rookie receivers to make a major impact, Evans should be able to make an immediate impact in the red zone although there are a few receivers I'd prefer here over Evans.
In the past two seasons, Olsen has 142 receptions for 1,659 yards and 11 touchdowns. While he lacks the upside of some tight ends, he's extemely safe and should be a lock for 70/800/5 or better.
One of four tight ends to lead his team in receiving last season, Olsen should benefit again from the lack of elite options at wide receiver. All of the wide receivers that had a reception last season for the Panthers are no longer on the roster. Even though the Panthers signed a few, as Richard Sherman would call them, mediocre receivers in free agency and drafted Kelvin Benjamin in the first round, Olsen should once again lead the team in receiving.
Only a handful of teams, specifically five of them, posted a worst run-blocking grade from Pro Football Focus last season. In turn, both Pierce and Rice struggled last season. Among the 49 running backs with at least 25 percent of his team's snaps, no running back was worse than Pierce (48th) or Rice (49th) in yards after contact per attempt with 1.75 and 1.52, respectively. Pierce finished third in that category as a rookie in 2012 — Rice was 28th of 48.
Both Pierce and Rice have lost some weight this offseason, which could lead to an improvement in elusiveness and better production this season. With Rice suspended for two games, Pierce will have the opportunity to get a couple of starts but perhaps fewer than most had expected.
Once a potential first-overall pick (and perhaps still by MJD himself) in fantasy drafts, Jones-Drew heads to the Bay Area to play professional football where he grew up. Only a few years removed from a league-high 1,606 rushing yards (in 2011), MJD rushed for a career-low 3.4 yards per carry last season.
For various reasons (suspension, injury, talent, etc.), the supporting cast was lackluster in Jacksonville and that led to part of his struggles. Unfortunately for Jones-Drew, the supporting cast isn't much better in Oakland and he will compete with Darren McFadden for touches (when McFadden is healthy). Pocket Hercules turned 29 in March, however, and his 2,139 career touches is also beginning to take a toll.
The Jaguars used two second-round picks on receivers Marqise Lee and Allen Robinson as well as their first-round pick, third overall, on quarterback Blake Bortles. The organization has often discussed its desire to allow Bortles to stay on the bench in his first season, however.
With Justin Blackmon not expected to play for the Jaguars this season (or maybe next season after his arrest on Wednesday), Shorts should lead the team in receiving, but the team should utilize a run-first offense with Chad Henne still under center.
The good news is that Reed has been cleared from the concussion symptoms that forced him to miss an extended period of time last season. The bad news is that it took so long to gain that clearance and he's had a number of concussions dating back to his days with the Florida Gators.
When he was on the field, however, he was highly productive: 45/499/3 in nine games. That's a full-season pace of 80/887/5, which would be especially impressive as a rookie. As I tweeted a while back, only two rookie tight ends — Mike Ditka and Jeremy Shockey — have ever finished with 887-plus receiving yards in their rookie seasons. If he can stay healthy, Reed has top-five upside at the position.
There are a few tight ends still on the board that I have ranked ahead of him, but Ertz has tons of potential for a breakout in Year 2. As noted with the previous pick, it's typically difficult for rookie tight ends to make huge impacts, but Ertz was solid as a rookie (36/469/4). Chip Kelly has cited Ertz as one of the biggest potential beneficiaries of DeSean Jackson's departure from the standpoint of being more involved in the offense.
A fantasy disappointment in 2013, Kaepernick hit his stride down the stretch with three consecutive games of 20-plus fantasy points to close the season.
One of four quarterbacks to rush for 500-plus yards last season, Kaepernick should have much more success as a passer in 2014. The loss of Michael Crabtree (Achilles) for most of last season hurt Kaepernick, but Crabtree is healthy now and the team has added upgraded their overall depth at the position via trade and draft.
Kaepernick is my sixth-ranked fantasy quarterback for 2014, but the 11th quarterback off the board in this mock.
The hopes of a breakout season that many had expected were dashed in July when Pitta suffered a hip injury that nearly kept him out for the entire season. Back in 2012, Pitta finished with 61/669/7 and I expect him to set career highs across the board in Gary Kubiak's offense in 2014.
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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