2014 Fantasy Football PPR Mock Draft: Round 9
Another round of our new fantasy football PPR mock draft is complete. Here are Round 9 results:
9.01 - Brendan Donahue (Team 1): Jeremy Hill, RB, Cincinnati Bengals
By drafting Hill, it would appear that The Law Firm's days in Cincy are numbered. Either way, I would expect Hill to get a sizable amount of touches behind Giovani Bernard. A big and powerful runner, Hill rushed for 2,156 yards (6.2 YPC) and 28 touchdowns on 345 carries over the past two seasons at LSU.
With the depth at the position, there are a lot of excellent quarterbacks available in the middle-to-late rounds including Romo. Although Sean took Colin Kaepernick a few picks earlier, I've found myself using a similar strategy of taking a couple of quarterbacks late like this. While I'd be happy with either guy as my only quarterback, the Kaep/Romo duo gives Sean increased flexibility to take advantage of their matchups.
One season after throwing for 4,903 yards, Romo threw for only 3,828 yards with 31 touchdowns and 10 interceptions last season. With an atrocious defense and Scott Linehan calling the plays, Romo could be in store for a huge season as the offense tries to keep up with what the defense gives up.
9.03 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 1): Brandin Cooks, WR, New Orleans Saints
When the Rams traded up in the first round for Tavon Austin, the possibilities of getting him the ball in space seemed unlimited. They weren't. I have much more faith in a Sean Payton-led and Drew Brees-quarterbacked offense's ability to utilitize Cooks the way that the Rams should have used Austin last year.
I can see the ultra-quick and ultra-productive (in college) Cooks finishing with a line close to 80/900/5 in his rookie season. In addition to their eight home games, the Saints have a couple of road dome games (Atlanta and Detroit), where he could be especially dangerous.
Nobody will be (or should be) excited to draft F-Jax in any round as a 33-year-old running back, but he's one of my favorite players in real football. Making a career out of exceeding expectations, Jackson had 1,283 YFS and 10 touchdowns last season.
I don't expect him to repeat last year's production with the addition of Bryce Brown, especially if C.J. Spiller stays healthy. But can he outperform his draft status as RB38 in this mock? Absolutely.
In his first season with the Bears, Bennett set career highs with 65 receptions for 759 yards and tied a previous career high of five touchdowns. Competing with Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery and Matt Forte for targets, however, Bennett is no more than the team's fourth best option on offense.
There are a couple of tight ends still on the board that I'd prefer over Bennett, most notably Kyle Rudolph, who should flourish in Norv Turner's TE-friendly offense.
Based on the opinion of Williams himself (joked he should be a first-rounder), I'm getting a bargain here in the ninth round as the 39th running back off the board. In all seriousness, Williams should lead the team once again in carries and rush attempts and he provides some relatively uninspiring but solid running back depth.
As a rookie, Williams had 44 receptions for 736 yards and five touchdowns. Like most rookie receivers, Williams was a bit inconsistent as half of his production came in just five games (21/384/4 from Weeks 4 to 8). Going into the 2014 season, however, Williams will be the unquestioned No. 2 wideout opposite Dez Bryant and will have another year of building chemistry with Tony Romo.
Randle is a relatively cheap option on draft day with upside as the team installs a new offense that uses fewer option routes. While Randle led the Giants in TD receptions in his second season with the team, he and Eli often failed to get on the same page. Based on reports, Randle had an excellent offseason.
Stop me if you've heard this before, but McFadden has yet to play a full 16-game season in his career. It's actually been worse over the past three years (29 total games) than it was in his first three seasons (38 games).
While I expect Maurice Jones-Drew to lead the team in touches and production when both are healthy and McFadden has huge durability risks, as noted above, but if things fall right, he could certainly outperform his ninth-round draft status.
More than likely, Marshawn Lynch will end his holdout at some point, but he certainly beats to his own drum so who knows who it will ultimately play out. Regardless of whether he reports/plays, Michael, the team's talented second-round pick from 2013, will be much more involved in the team's offensive game plan this year.
With a new quarterback and new coach, Bowe set five-year lows in receptions (57) and yards (673) and a career low in yards per reception (11.8) last season. Over his past eight games counting their playoff loss, however, Bowe had 39 receptions for 521 yards and four touchdowns, which would equate to a full-season pace of 78/1,042/8.
While he may not produce at the 78/1,042/8 level this year, I think he comes closer to those numbers than last year's stat line. Bowe has shedded some weight and hopefully that will help him play faster in 2014, but his upside will always be capped by Alex Smith.
Wilson (neck) has received medical clearance and he's a full-go during training camp, which is excellent news for Wilson. Unlike last year, there won't be huge expectations of a breakout season as he will be the change-of-pace back to starter Rashad Jennings. Depending on his improvements in pass protection and ball security, Wilson has some upside due to talent as a runner.
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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