2014 Fantasy Football Mock Draft - 2-QB League: Round 9
Another round of our two-quarterback fantasy football mock draft is now in the books.
Here are Round 9 results:
Now 31 years old with nearly 3,000 regular-season touches in his career, it's unclear, perhaps doubtful, if S-Jax will hold up for the full season. In fact, he's currently dealing with a hamstring injury although the team says he will be ready for Week 1. If he stays healthy, he has some value here.
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, he will have a new starting quarterback. 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 a slimmed-down Rudolph in 2014.
Randle led the Giants in TD receptions in his second season with the team, but he and Eli Manning often failed to get on the same page. The good news is that the team will use fewer option routes so hopefully they develop better chemistry, but the offense as a whole has struggled so much so that the first-team offense will play in a fifth preseason game. I expect Randle to once again lead the team in TD receptions and take a step forward, but the offense's struggles could lead to a slow start.
There are a couple of obvious concerns with Locker — specifically his durability and accuracy, or lack of both. That said, there are a few reasons for optimism — Locker's arm strength and athleticism (6.9 YPC average over career) as well as the addition of Ken Whisenhunt, who was instrumental in Rivers' turnaround last year in San Diego.
Locker is Sean's QB3, but I have him ranked higher than his QB2 (Eli). Either way, adding a third QB in a 12-team 2-QB league makes a ton of sense to cover bye weeks. With 24 starting QBs in the league and at least another 12 needed to cover the byes, there should be more QBs drafted (36 or more) than there are NFL starting QBs/teams (32).
As one would expect (for any rookie quarterback), Smith struggled with consistency, but he played better down the stretch as the Jets won three of their final four games. Tied with Cam, Geno quietly led the position in rushing touchdowns (six) last season as well. Considering the team upgraded their skill-position players, it wouldn't be a shock of he finished as a top-20 fantasy QB in 2014. At a minimum, he makes for a quality QB3.
Last year was a year to forget for the entire Ravens rush offense. On a positive note, however, Pierce has shed some weight and has looked impressive so far this preseason. With Ray Rice suspended for the first two games this season, it's not out of the realm of possibility that Pierce emerges as the team's primary running back even after Rice is back.
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 will be the unquestioned No. 2 wideout opposite Dez Bryant and will have another year of building chemistry with Tony Romo.
The team's talented second-round pick from 2013, Michael should be more involved in the team's offensive game plan this year. And more than likely, he will be the team's workhorse back in 2015. That said, he's still clearly behind Marshawn Lynch and Robert Turbin actually remains ahead of him on the depth chart as well. I like Michael's talent and upside, but there are several RBs that I would take ahead of him here.
Jones-Drew is only a few years removed from a league-high 1,606 rushing yards (in 2011), but he rushed for a career-low 3.4 yards per carry last season. That said, MJD has lost some weight in the offseason and he has looked good this preseason.
9.10 - Kevin Hanson (Team 3): Jeremy Hill, RB, Cincinnati Bengals
It's possible that The Law Firm's days in Cincy are numbered with the Bengals drafting Hill, who is on my list of 12 undervalued fantasy football options. Either way, I expect Hill to get a sizable amount of touches behind Giovani Bernard. A big and powerful runner, Hill rushed for 2,156 yards (6.2 YPC) and 28 touchdowns on 345 carries over the past two seasons at LSU.
In relief of Jay Cutler, McCown posted a passer rating of 109.0 with a 13:1 TD-to-INT ratio and averaged 8.2 yards per pass attempt. While he's no longer in Chicago (or a backup), he still has a bunch of big targets with the trio of Vincent Jackson and rookies Mike Evans and Austin Seferian-Jenkins.
9.12 - Sean Beazley (Team 3): E.J. Manuel, QB, Buffalo Bills
Not only did Manuel miss multiple games over multiple stretches last season, he completed only 58.8 percent of his pass attempts while averaging a paltry 6.4 yards per pass attempt. Things haven't looked great for Manuel in the preseason, but the team has upgraded their receiving corps by drafting Sammy Watkins and trading for Mike Williams and Manuel accumulates a fair amount of rushing stats.
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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