2014 Fantasy Football Mock Draft - 2-QB League: Round 5
Another round of our new 12-round two-quarterback fantasy football mock draft is now complete.
Here are Round 5 results:
While Garcon set career highs in receptions (a league-high 113) and yards (1,346), the addition of DeSean Jackson means that Garcon will likely get fewer than the 182 targets he had last season. There are a few wide receivers — Roddy White, Victor Cruz and Vincent Jackson — that I'd prefer over Garcon, but he is solid WR2. Dan has Alshon Jeffery as his WR1 on this team.
Playing a full 16-game season for the first time in his career, Mathews rushed for a career-high 1,255 yards and six touchdowns. Getting off to a relatively slow start, Mathews was one of only three running backs (LeSean McCoy and Eddie Lacy were the others) to rush for 1,000-plus yards from Week 6 to 17.
Provided he stays healthy for a second season in a row, Mathews will lead the Chargers in rushing and fantasy points, but the Bolts added Donald Brown in free agency to join Mathews and Danny Woodhead.
5.03 - Kevin Hanson (Team 1): Roddy White, WR, Atlanta Falcons
While the injuries kept White from having one of his typical seasons, he finally hit full stride by season's end. In five games in December, White finished with 43 receptions for 502 yards and two touchdowns. (That's comparable to a pace of 137.6 receptions and 1,606.4 yards.) In the last five games of the season, there were only three receivers with at least 500 yards: Gordon (658), Jeffery (561) and White (502).
Even though Julio Jones has emerged as the team's No. 1 receiver now, White is only 32 years old and should have a couple more outstanding seasons in him assuming good health. Before last year, White had 1,153-plus yards in six consecutive seasons. With Tony Gonzalez retired, there should be enough targets to go around to allow Jones and White to both produce WR1 numbers.
Fitzgerald failed to reach 1,000 yards for the second season in a row, but he ended a streak of seasons with single-digit touchdowns. Last year, Fitz had 82 receptions for 954 yards and 10 touchdowns. There are still a few receivers on the board that I'd prefer over Fitz, such as the next guy Sean took, Victor Cruz, and others.
5.05 - Sean Beazley (Team 2): Vincent Jackson, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
In his second season with the Bucs, Jackson set a career high with 78 receptions and once again exceeded 1,200 receiving yards with seven touchdowns. While he has more than his fair of inconsistency from week to week, a 70/1,200/7 season (or better) should be a lock for Jackson.
5.06 - Kevin Hanson (Team 2): Victor Cruz, WR, New York Giants
The 17th receiver off the board in this mock, Cruz is my 14th-ranked receiver so I'm getting a little bit of value here. I'm not crazy about having him as my WR1, but this team already has two top-10 running backs (Adrian Peterson and Montee Ball), a top-three tight end (Julius Thomas) and my QB1 (Tom Brady).
It was a disappointing season for Cruz, but he averaged more yards per game in 2013 (71.3 YPG) than he did in 2012 (68.3). After 19 TDs in 2011 and 2012 combined, however, he had just four in 2013 with three of them coming in Week 1.
Although the transition to the new offense hasn't lit the world on fire so far this preseason, I expect a bounce-back season from Cruz.
An Achilles injury in May kept Crabtree from building upon his 2012 breakout season. Assuming continued good health in 2014, I would expect numbers comparable to his 2012 season (or better): 85 receptions for 1,105 yards and nine touchdowns.
In his first season with the Lions, Bush became the franchise's first 1,000-yard rusher since 2004 and caught 54 passes with seven touchdowns in 14 games. Despite missing two games, Bush set a career high in yards from scrimmage (1,512).
In his second NFL season, Floyd caught 65 passes for a team-high 1,041 yards, nearly double his 562 yards as a rookie, and five touchdowns. Floyd has generated buzz during offseason workouts, which could mean he's in store for even better production in 2014. And I wouldn't be surprised if he finishes with more fantasy points than Fitz.
Like with my squad that has Cruz as its No. 1 wideout, this team has WR2 as its top receiver as well. That said, I absolutely love the way my first four picks went for this team: Matt Forte and DeMarco Murray, both inside my top-six RBs, and Colin Kaepernick and Jay Cutler, both inside my top-10 QBs.
With Norv Turner running the offense in Minnesota, Patterson tops the list of receivers with breakout potential. One of the league's most dangerous players in the open field, Patterson led the NFL in kickoff return average (32.4 Y/R). In the final eight games of the season, Patterson had 29 receptions for 323 yards, 10 carries for 156 yards and a total of seven touchdowns.
Playing only 10 regular-season games over the past two seasons, the concern with Harvin is his durability. When he's on the field, however, Harvin is one of the most electric and dynamic receivers in the NFL.
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. That said, there is some durability concern with Welker as he suffered a pair of concussions in a short duration near the end of last season.
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