2014 Fantasy Football Dynasty Mock Draft: Round 7
As we continue our new "slow" dynasty fantasy football mock draft, another round is in the books.
Here are Round 7 results:
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."
I'm down on Johnson, who turns 29 next month, from a re-draft standpoint (RB32 in my rankings) so I'd prefer to go a younger route with someone like the next pick ...
7.02 - Kevin Hanson (Team 1): Terrance West, RB, Cleveland Browns
Both Ben Tate and West are going to be heavily involved in the Browns ground attack this season, but West has an opportunity for a huge role as rookie should Tate miss time. In four seasons (primarily as Arian Foster's backup), Tate has played only 40 games. My faith in Tate's ability to hold up for a full season in a more prominent role this year isn't very strong. (To be fair, I think Tate can be very productive provided he stays healthy.)
Long term, however, I'd most definitely prefer West over Tate. Granted, there is an enormous jump in level of competition from Towson to the NFL, but the big back (5-foot-9, 225 pounds) was über productive in his time there and running back is one of the positions easiest for a rookie to make an impact. Last season, West ran for 2,509 yards and 41 touchdowns!
Appearing on my list of undervalued fantasy options in re-draft leagues, Kaepernick had a relatively disappointing season, but he closed the season with three consecutive games of 20-plus fantasy points.
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.
Entering the season as the team's backup, Foles did not throw his first pass until Week 4 against the Broncos. With a near flawless 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. He even had success running the ball— 10th in rush attempts (56) and 12th in rushing yards (225) among QBs while also rushing for three touchdowns.
Clearly there will be regression from last year's insane efficiency, but Foles has long-term — although not quite 1,000 years — QB1 potential in Chip Kelly's offense.
One season after rushing for 1,263 yards, seventh-most in 2012, and 12 touchdowns, Ridley fumbled his way to a reduced role within the Patriots backfield rotation in 2013. Even though LeGarrette Blount, who had eight TDs in his past three games, signed with the Steelers, it's hard to have a ton of confidence in predicting Ridley's workload in 2014.
Provided he doesn't drop the ball (literally), he at least has the talent as a runner to put up numbers like he had in 2012. Whether he gets that opportunity remains to be seen. In fact, he had another fumble in last night's (Week 2) preseason game.
Along with teammate Shane Vereen, Ridley is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent after the 2014 season.
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 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 (or better) at the position this year and beyond.
Despite missing the first two games of the season, Gordon led the NFL in receiving, set franchise records for receiving yards in a game and season and scored more fantasy points than any other receiver last year. As great as he was last year, it remains unclear whether or not he will step on the field this year as we await the results of the appeal of his looming year-long suspension.
It appears more likely than not that the suspension will be upheld, but there is an outside shot that it turns out to be only an eight-game ban. Either way, Gordon will be an elite WR1 in 2015 and beyond provided he can keep his nose clean. In a dynasty league, I feel he's worth the gamble at this point.
It was a disappointing season for Austin and his fantasy owners. Austin finished with 40/418/4 (receiving) and 9/151/1 (rushing) while adding a return touchdown in 13 games. Coach Jeff Fisher says that the Rams will "do a better job of using him now that we know what he’s capable of doing. Kind of looking forward to see him improve from year one to year two."
7.09 - Sean Beazley (Team 3): Devonta Freeman, RB, Atlanta Falcons
With S-Jax turning 31 years old last month and being only four touches away from 3,000, there's no guarantee that Jackson will hold up for a full 16-game season. Even so, ESPN's Vaughn McClure wrote recently that if Freeman "looks as good in pads as he did in shorts, Jackson might have a battle on his hands."
Longer term, Freeman could take over the featured role in the backfield as soon as next year.
Davis finished with 52 receptions for 850 yards and 13 touchdowns last season. It was the second time that he finished with double-digit touchdowns and he tied his previous career high of 16.3 yards per reception. If there is a frustrating part of owning Davis, however, it is that Davis doesn't get the amount of targets on a weekly basis that I'd expect considering how much of an athletic mismatch he is.
With the 49ers having more weapons — a healthy Michael Crabtree, Anquan Boldin, Stevie Johnson, Brandon Lloyd, etc. — compared to last year, there could be more inconsistency from Davis, who turned 30 years old earlier this year.
Only one rookie receiver had more yards than Hopkins (802) last season: San Diego's Keenan Allen (1,046). I'd like Hopkins more if the quarterback situation were better, but Hopkins should build upon his rookie success in Year 2 even with Andre Johnson reporting to training camp on time. Going forward, he should emerge as the team's top wideout and his value will be continue to expand.
7.12 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 3): Eric Ebron, TE, Detroit Lions
A physically-gifted mismatch at the position, Ebron was the 10th overall pick in this year's draft. While it's difficult for rookie tight ends to make significant impacts, he has tremendous appeal in dynasty leagues. Ebron, who just turned 21 in April, has the physical tools to develop into a top-five fantasy tight end in the next few seasons.
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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