2014 Fantasy Football Dynasty Mock Draft: Round 2
On Sunday, we began a new dynasty fantasy football mock draft. Another round of our mock draft is complete and we will continue to post each round as we finish them up.
Here are Round 2 results:
Jeffery broke out in a big way in 2013. Along with Cleveland's 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 a team-high 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. Even though Marshall is ranked ahead of Jeffery in my re-draft rankings, I'd prefer Jeffery, who's six years younger than Marshall, in dynasty leagues.
It's a back-to-back Broncos start for this team with DT and Ball, who will turn 24 in December. Seemingly out of nowhere, Knowshon Moreno finshed as a top-five scorer among running backs in fantasy points last year. While Moreno lacks elite talent, playing in a Peyton Manning-led offense leads to huge rewards as we have seen.
Ball, the Broncos' second-round pick in 2013, got off to a relatively slow start: 3.26 yards per carry (68 carries for 222 yards) in first 10 games. From Weeks 11 to 16, however, Ball averaged 6.48 YPC (52 carries for 337 yards).
With top-five upside this season, Ball has the potential to be especially productive for as long as Manning is leading the offense.
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. In addition, Bell has shed a few pounds in the offsesaon, which hopefully helps make him more elusive and explosive.
Even though the team added LeGarrette Blount in the offseason, I expect Bell to remain the team's workhorse back. Bell is only 22 years old.
Rodgers has a combined passer rating of 112.7 over the past three seasons with a 101:20 TD-to-INT ratio during that span. Over the past three years, he has averaged 4,589.6 passing yards per 16 games. In addition, Rodgers has consistently posted solid rushing stats for a quarterback. Since becoming the starter in 2008, he has rushed for an average of 279 yards and 3.3 touchdowns per every 16 games.
While you could make an argument that Rodgers should be the top-ranked fantasy quarterback in re-draft leagues, he's an obvious choice to be the top-ranked quarterback in dynasty leagues. Turning 31 years old in December, Rodgers should be an elite fantasy quarterback for the next six to eight years (or more).
Murray has long been associated with the injury-prone tag. While he did not play a full 16 games last year, Murray was still very productive and played a career-high 14 games. Eclipsing the 1,000-yard mark (1,124 rushing yards) for the first time in his career, Murray set career highs in receptions (53), receiving yards (350) and touchdowns (10).
During a six-game stretch from Week 10 to 16 (team's bye was in Week 11), Murray scored double-digit fantasy points every week and had three games with at least 20 fantasy points. Only two running backs — McCoy (152.5) and Charles (144.33) — averaged more YFS per game than Murray (123.67) during that span. Only Charles (11) had more touchdowns than Murray (seven) over that stretch as well.
With more surgeries than I can count on one hand over the past two seasons, the biggest concern for Gronkowski is durability. That said, Gronkowski has the highest ceiling among all tight ends over the next several years.
Missing games to start and end last season, Gronk played in only seven games, but he averaged 84.6 yards per game and 15.2 yards per reception, both of which were career highs. More than anything, Gronk is a dominant force in the red zone as he has a total of 43 touchdowns in 50 career games.
[Related: Gronk is one of two TEs on my list of 12 undervalued fantasy football re-draft options in 2014.]
Since his reunion with quarterback Jay Cutler, Marshall has a total of 218 receptions for 2,803 yards and 23 touchdowns over the past two seasons combined. In his past five seasons with Cutler going back to his days in Denver, Marshall has a minimum of 100 receptions and 1,120 yards each season.
Having turned 30 years old in March, Marshall is the oldest receiver to be drafted up to this point, but he could have another five 1,000-yard seasons ahead of him still.
With Mike Wallace signing a free-agent deal with the Dolphins last offseason, 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.
Only 26 years old, 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 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 (Laverneus Coles) in league history had a longer streak of 5/50 games, but that streak spanned two seasons (2002-03).
While he won't add much at all as a receiver and his numbers overall dropped last season, Alf has averaged 1,444 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns over his first two seasons in the NFL. With the transition to the team's new offensive scheme, there are some concerns that Morris could see a modest decline in touches
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).
Even though Martin should easily lead the team's backs in touches this year, Tampa's coaching staff has made numerous comments about their intention to use a committee in the backfield.
Cobb played in only six games last season, but the dynamic 23-year-old receiver averaged career highs in receiving yards (72.2 per game) and rushing yards (13.0 per game) when he was on the field. Based on last year's averages, Cobb would have finished with 1,363 YFS had he maintained that pace over a full 16-game season.
Earlier this offseason, the Packers gave fellow wide receiver Jordy Nelson a contract extension. Well-respected Packers reporter Bob McGinn wrote that "it's become clearer than ever" that the front office "prioritized correctly." He went on to write that "Cobb has made almost no eye-catching plays" in training camp.
While I have Nelson ranked higher in my fantasy wide receiver re-draft rankings, I'd prefer the much younger Cobb to Nelson, who turns 30 next May.
One year after his 2012 breakout season, many (including me) figured Spiller would be onto bigger and better things. After all, Fred Jackson was another year north of 30 and the team had a new coaching staff that figured to bump up Spiller's usage. The plan was to give him the ball until "he throws up."
Instead, it was fantasy owners with upset stomachs as Spiller was a huge disappointment. His yards-per-carry average dropped from 6.0 in 2012 to 4.6 last year. A high-ankle sprain sustained in Week 4 was at least partly to blame.
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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