Fantasy Football Mock Draft Per Day (July 5th): 14 teams, No. 5 pick
Back on May 27th, we began our 2014 fantasy football mock draft per day series using our site's mock draft simulator (powered by FantasyPros).
As we continue through the offseason, I will continue to complete a mock draft every day as I vary the scoring format, league size, draft slot, etc. and today's mock is a 14-team league using standard scoring and I have the No. 5 pick.
Here are my picks in today's mock draft:
1.05 - Matt Forte, RB, Chicago Bears: In his first season with Marc Trestman, Forte set career highs across the board: 1,933 yards from scrimmage, 74 receptions and 12 touchdowns (tying a career high).
2.10 - Zac Stacy, RB, St. Louis Rams: Even though he averaged less than four yards per carry, Stacy was productive largely due to high volume. Only four running backs, one of which is Lacy, scored more fantasy points than Stacy from Weeks 8 to 16.
4.10 - Roddy White, WR, Atlanta Falcons: As my 13th-ranked fantasy receiver, White is prime bounce-back candidate in 2014. Injuries slowed him for much of the year, but he finished the season strong with 43 catches for 502 yards in December and Gonzo's retirement could lead to enough targets for both White and Julio Jones that both finish as top-14 receivers (i.e., WR1's in this 14-team league).
5.05 - Robert Griffin III, QB, Washington: Continuing the bounce-back theme, RG3 is poised for a bounce-back season with better health (thank you, Shanny) and the free-agent addition of D-Jax (thank you, Chip).
6.10 - Pierre Thomas, RB, New Orleans Saints: The Saints had two 70-catch running backs last season. One of them is gone; Thomas is not.
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7.05 - Mike Wallace, WR, Miami Dolphins: Disappointing fantasy owners in back-to-back seasons with less than 1,000 yards, Wallace has generated positive buzz during offseason workouts. New offensive coordinator Bill Lazor is bringing the up-tempo offense from Philly with him and the team will move 60 Minutes around while making a concerted effort to feature him in their attack.
8.10 - Kyle Rudolph, TE, Minnesota Vikings: While he has yet to put it all together, Rudolph has had some red-zone success so far with 12 TDs in his 24 games played over the past two seasons. With TE-friendly coordinator Norv Turner in town, Rudolph should have the best season of his career.
9.05 - Khiry Robinson, RB, New Orleans Saints: When a Hall-of-Fame coach (Bill Parcells) compares you to a Hall-of-Fame running back (Curtis Martin), that says something. I wouldn't be surprised if Robinson finishes as the team's most productive fantasy running back in 2014.
10.10 - Hakeem Nicks, WR, Indianapolis Colts: While his past two seasons might scare off fantasy owners, the upside of the WR1-type seasons that he had back in 2010/2011 make him worth the risk this late in the draft. I think we see a motivated Nicks, who had to be disappointed by the one-year deal he got in free agency.
11.05 - Rueben Randle, WR, New York Giants: Based on reports, Randle has had a good offseason and the switch in offensive coordinators could help the third-year receiver take a big step forward as McAdoo's offense will use fewer option routes. Randle had a team-high six touchdown catches last year, but he struggled to get/stay on the same page as Eli.
12.10 - Ladarius Green, TE, San Diego Chargers: Even though I have Heath Miller ranked higher than Green, I wanted to go with the one with the most upside (Green) since this would otherwise be a bench spot.
13.05 - Arizona Cardinals D/ST: With a slightly deeper league, I grabbed my top-ranked defense a round earlier.
14.10 - Brian Hartline, WR, Miami Dolphins: Hartline provides some boring-yet-solid wide receiver depth. Hartline has back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons, but he has scored 10 touchdowns in 76 career games.
15.05 - Nick Novak, K, San Diego Chargers: Once again, it's my top-ranked kicker with my final pick.
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Check out our 2014 fantasy football rankings:
- 2014 fantasy football quarterback rankings
- 2014 fantasy football running back rankings
- 2014 fantasy football wide receiver rankings
- 2014 fantasy football tight end rankings
- 2014 fantasy football cheat sheet
Tomorrow's mock draft will be a 12-team league using point-per-reception (PPR) scoring and the No. 12 overall pick. Follow me on Twitter (@EDSFootball) to keep track of our updates.
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