2014 Fantasy Football Dynasty Mock Draft: Round 8
Another round of our dynasty fantasy football mock draft is now complete. Here are Round 8 results:
When given the opportunity that resulted from a Darren McFadden injury last year, Jennings had 127 carries for 593 yards and six touchdowns and 24 receptions for 195 yards in the final half of last season. Although he turns 30 in March, he should at least have a productive season in 2014 as the Giants lead back although rookie Andre Williams has looked good this preseason and will get most goal-line carries.
Jennings is the third running back on this team, but he could be the better RB2 option in a larger share of weeks than Dan's second running back selected (Shane Vereen).
Decker had 172 receptions for 2,352 yards and 24 touchdowns over the past two seasons combined. In each of those seasons, he has finished with at least 85 receptions, 1,000-plus yards and double-digit touchdowns. In fact, only two other receivers had a line of at least 172/2,352/24 over the past two years: (now former) teammate Demaryius Thomas (186/2,864/24) and Dez Bryant (185/2,615/25).
That's the good news, but there's an obvious catch.
Is there a bigger fantasy buzzkill than going from Peyton Manning and the high-powered Broncos offense to the Jets low-powered offense? While their offensive woes last season were partly due to their lack of weapons, Decker enters a new role as a team's No. 1 wide receiver and will draw a more difficult assignment every week. On a positive note, though, he should see his targets increase.
The Ravens ground game struggled for a number of reasons last season. Among the 49 running backs with at least 25 percent of his team's carries, no running back was worse than Pierce (48th) or teammate Ray Rice (49th) in yards after contact per attempt with 1.75 and 1.52, respectively.
Both Pierce and Rice have lost some weight this offseason and look more elusive. Pierce will get his opportunity to steal a larger share of the workload as Rice will miss the first two games to suspension. And in fact, he may be a better fit than Rice in the team's new scheme.
Solid as a rookie (36/469/4), big things could be in store for Ertz in his second season. It's typically difficult for tight ends to make a huge impact as a rookie, but Ertz has also focused on his blocking to help keep him on the field for more snaps.
Quarterback Nick Foles has recently compared Ertz to his former Arizona teammate Rob Gronkowski saying that the pair were "similar in ability to stretch defense, make tough catches, thrive on athleticism."
8.05 - Sean Beazley (Team 2): Tre Mason, RB, St. Louis Rams
While Zac Stacy's role as workhorse appears to be safe, it's unclear how many touches Mason will get as a rookie. Pass protection is always the hardest adjustment for rookie running backs and Auburn didn't throw the ball much, but he was extremely productive as a runner with 1,816 yards and 23 touchdowns last season.
That said, the Rams liked Mason enough to use a top-75 pick on him in this year's draft.
For the first time in four seasons, Colston finished with less than 1,000 yards (943) and he also tied a career-low in touchdowns (five). That said, Colston was better in the second half last year as he averaged 6.0/75.1/0.5 over the final eight games of the season.
Unfortunately for Colston and his fantasy owners, he dealt with a foot injury that slowed him down last season, but he claims that his foot issues are no longer bothering him. The best may be behind him as a 31-year-old receiver, but he would be my WR2 (assuming Josh Gordon's suspension is upheld) this year.
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 becomes the unquestioned No. 2 wideout opposite Dez Bryant and will have another year of building chemistry with Tony Romo.
Despite playing in Seattle's run-first offense, Wilson still finished as the No. 9 scorer among QBs through Week 16 last year. While he won't throw many more than 400 pass attempts (has 800 through two seasons), Wilson has finished in the top 10 in passing TDs in both of his seasons with 26 per year. In addition, he has rushed for 1,028 yards and five touchdowns in his two seasons.
Going from a run-first offense in Seattle to Detroit could lead to a significant boost in fantasy production for Tate. Without a real (healthy) No. 2 receiver opposite Calvin Johnson for several seasons, Tate helps take some pressure off Megatron. But, of course, Megatron's presence on the other side will open things up more so for Tate, who should always see single coverage.
Tate set career highs in receptions (64) and yards (898) to go along with five touchdowns last season, but I would expect the 25-year-old receiver to set new career highs in 2014.
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. As a bigger-bodied receiver than Victor Cruz or Odell Beckham, Jr., this year's first-round pick, Randle is likely to lead the team in TD receptions again — and in the foreseeable future. That said, it wouldn't surprise me if he finished third among that group in receptions and yards as soon as 2015.
While injury cut his season short after Week 9, Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph was a bit of a disappointment in the first half of the season when he did play. In eight games, Rudolph finished with only 30 receptions for 313 yards and three touchdowns. In half of his eight games, Rudolph had two fantasy points or less.
Things are looking up for Rudolph as new offensive coordinator Norv Turner's offenses have typically allowed tight ends to prosper like Cameron last year and Antonio Gates (and others) before him. In addition, the days of Christian Ponder starting are over. With 12 touchdowns in his past 24 games, Rudolph has had red-zone success, but we should see an all-around improvement in production from the slimmed-down Rudolph in 2014.
In 13 games with the Broncos last season, Welker finished with 73 receptions on 110 targets for 778 yards, all of which were seven-year lows, and a career-high 10 touchdowns. With Eric Decker out and Emmanuel Sanders in, Welker should see an increase in targets per game in 2014.
At 33 years old, his long-term fantasy value is obviously low, but he's an excellent option here as the WR40 and a potential WR2 in given weeks behind Megatron and (in some weeks) ahead of Kendall Wright.
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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