2014 Fantasy Football Mock Draft - 2-QB League: Round 7
Another round of our new two-QB fantasy football mock draft is in the books. Here are Round 7 results:
With Reggie Wayne sidelined for half of the season, Hilton took another step forward in Year 2 with 82 receptions for 1,083 yards and five touchdowns. It's possible that he takes another step forward in Year 3, but my expectations are a little tempered.
Better health from Wayne as well as tight end Dwayne Allen plus the addition of Hakeem Nicks in free agency could contain Hilton's upside. Even without Wayne, Allen and obviously Nicks in the final eight regular-season games last year, Hilton was mostly boom or bust — three games with double-digit fantasy points and four games with four fantasy points or less.
When given the opportunity that resulted from Darren McFadden's injury, Jennings had 127 carries for 593 yards and six touchdowns and 24 receptions for 195 yards in the final eight games of the season. Jennings and rookie Andre Williams will form the team's 1-2 punch in their ground game. While Williams will get the goal-line carries and has looked impressive in the preseason, Jennings should lead the duo in touches and overall production.
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Albeit a boring option, Smith was a productive fantasy quarterback in 2013 as he finished in the top 10 in fantasy points among quarterbacks despite averaging a mere 6.5 yards per pass attempt. Smith has an extremely talented receiver out of the backfield in Jamaal Charles, but Charles is unlikely to score seven receiving touchdowns again in 2014. That said, Travis Kelce is a high-upside tight end that can create mismatches to make some big plays as we have seen early in the preseason.
In addition, Smith won't turn the ball over and he's an underrated runner (431 rushing yards last year).
Wright took a big step forward in his second season with 94 catches for 1,079 yards, both of which vastly exceeded his rookie numbers, but his low touchdown total (two) kept the joy of his fantasy owners in check. Consistently solid, but not spectacular, with 13 games of 50-plus receiving yards, only two receivers had more such games than Wright — Antonio Brown (16) and Demaryius Thomas (14).
Coincidentally, Sean took Brown at pick 3.04 for this team and Wright is his WR3/flex with Larry Fitzgerald as his WR2.
After four straight seasons of rushing for more than 1,100 yards, Rice gained only 660 yards on his 214 carries, which averaged out to a career-low 3.1 yards per carry. He added 58 receptions for 321 yards, but both of those are lows during his time as a starter.
With a shorter suspension than what was expected, Rice will miss only the first two games of the season. When he returns, Rice could be more productive than last year as he has shed a few pounds and has looked more elusive so far this preseason.
Even though Jackson is only 27 years old and coming off a career-best season (82/1,332/9) in 2013, the Eagles released him outright this offseason. One of the benefits about signing with Washington is that RG3 throws an accurate deep ball and D-Jax has the explosiveness to take the top off a defense.
With last year's NFL leader in receptions on the other side, however, Jackson could/should see a reduction in targets in 2014 compared to last season. Similar to his production prior to 2013, D-Jax could be more of a boom-or-bust weekly play. That said, he's the WR27 off the board in this mock and he's the WR24 in my rankings.
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.
After winning Super Bowl MVP and signing a nine-figure contract, last season was a year to forget for Flacco. Not only did the team miss the playoffs for the first time in his career, he had the worst statistical season of his career. While he set a career high with 3,912 yards, he threw a career-high 22 interceptions, 10 more than his previous high, and only 19 touchdowns.
Provided the Ravens can pass protect better in 2014, Flacco and the pass offense should be better but he remains little more than a low-end QB2.
After missing the entire 2013 season due to a torn ACL, Maclin re-signed with the Eagles on a one-year deal worth $5.5 million. With D-Jax released, Maclin is the team's No. 1 receiver and should set career highs in both receptions and yards provided that he can stay healthy.
Considering how long it took to obtain clearance on his most recent concussion and his history of them dating back to his days with the Gators, durability risk for Reed is as high as it is for any other tight end. That said, he has top-five (or better) upside provided he stays healthy.
In nine games as a rookie, Reed had 45 catches for 499 yards and three scores, which is comparable to a pace of 80 catches and 887 yards. Only three tight ends — Jimmy Graham (86), Tony Gonzalez (83) and Jordan Cameron (80) — had 80 catches in 2013. In addition, only two rookie tight ends have ever exceeded 887 yards — Mike Ditka and Jeremy Shockey.
No longer in the shadow of Arian Foster, Tate signed a free-agent deal this offseason with the Browns, who were in need of a featured back (at the time). When given the opportunity, Tate has been productive with a career 4.7 yards-per-carry average. Durability has been a concern, however, as he has played only 40 regular-sesaon games since being drafted four years ago despite being in a secondary role.
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."
As I noted in my post on overvalued fantasy football options, no running back has more games of 30 rushing yards or less (with at least eight carries) than Johnson (13) over the past three seasons. No longer a workhorse, his inconsistency could be even more frustrating for fantasy owners this year.
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