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August 22, 2014

2014 Fantasy Football Mock Draft - 2-QB League: Round 6

We are now at the midway point of our new 12-round 2-QB fantasy football mock draft as we have completed another round of our "slow" draft.

Here are Round 6 results:

6.01 - Sean Beazley (Team 3): Jordan Cameron, TE, Cleveland Browns

In his breakout season, Cameron was much more productive in the first half of the year than he was in the second half. In his first eight games, Cameron finished with 49 receptions for 596 yards and six touchdowns. While he had a huge Week 14 vs. the Patriots (9/121/1), the second half was a huge disappointment overall: 31/321/1. From Weeks 9 to 16, Week 14 was the only week he had more than four fantasy points.

As Josh Gordon (almost definitely) faces a season-long ban, however, it should open up the opportunities for Cameron — even if he draws more defensive attention — to produce TE1 numbers on a more consistent basis throughout the season.

6.02 - Brendan Donahue (Team 3): Joique Bell, RB, Detroit Lions

While he's far from a househould name, Bell broke out last season and finished as the game's RB17 through Week 16. Bell exceeded 50 catches for a second consecutive season and gained 1,197 yards from scrimmage on a total of 219 touches while scoring eight touchdowns. With expectations of an even larger role within the offense, Bell could improve upon last year's numbers and he's one of my favorite undervalued running backs this year.

6.03 - Kevin Hanson (Team 3): Mike Wallace, WR, Miami Dolphins

Wallace had a career-high 73 catches, but he averaged a career-low 12.7 yards per reception as he failed to reach 1,000 receiving yards for a second consecutive season. One of the league's fastest receivers, Wallace never seemed to get on the same page with Ryan Tannehill, who was sacked a league-high 58 times.

If the Dolphins can protect Tannehill better this year and the duo develops creater chemistry, we should see a bounce-back season from 60 Minutes. In addition, new OC Bill Lazor has brought the up-tempo offense with him from Philadelphia and early reports have been positive for Wallace.

6.04 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 3): Andy Dalton, QB, Cincinnati Bengals

A model of inconsistency on a weekly basis, Dalton managed to exceed everyone's full-year expectations as he finished as a top-five scorer among fantasy QBs in 2013. Dalton set career highs with 4,293 yards and 33 touchdowns, but he also threw 20 interceptions as well.

There's no chance that Dalton finishes as a top-five scorer in 2014, but he's fine as a QB2, which he is for Dan's time behind Andrew Luck.

6.05 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 2): Vernon Davis, TE, San Francisco 49ers

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. The frustrating part of owning Davis, however, it is that Davis doesn't get the amount of targets on a weekly basis that one would expect considering how much of an athletic mismatch he is.

With an improved and/or healthier wide receiver corps, it's possible that we see greater inconsistency from Davis on a weekly basis in 2014.

6.06 - Brendan Donahue (Team 2): Shane Vereen, RB, New England Patriots

Things got off to a great start, sort of, last year for Vereen, who rushed for 101 yards and added seven receptions for 58 yards in the opener. Of course, Vereen sustained a wrist injury in Week 1 that knocked him out of the next eight games. In the eight games he played, he had 635 YFS, 47 receptions and four touchdowns.

While he's better in PPR formats, if you double Vereen's numbers for a full-season pace, he would have finished with 1,270 yards from scrimmage. That would have ranked 14th among running backs.

6.07 - Kevin Hanson (Team 2): Ryan Tannehill, QB, Miami Dolphins

Poor offensive line play led to Tannehill being sacked a league-high 58 times last year. With improvements along their offensive line and the team's new up-tempo offense, Tannehill should take additional strides in his development in 2014. An excellent athlete for quarterback that once led A&M in receiving, Tannehill will have more opportunities to run as the Dolphins will use more read-option plays.

In addition, no quarterback has a better fantasy football strength of schedule than Tannehill.

6.08 - Sean Beazley (Team 2): Carson Palmer, QB, Arizona Cardinals

In his first season in Bruce Arians' offense, Palmer threw for a career-high 4,274 yards to go along with a career-worst 22 interceptions. With a talented duo of receivers, Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd, and a talented receiver out of the backfield, Andre Ellington, Palmer should come close to last year's numbers again. In addition, speedy third-round rookie John Brown has been turning heads and should secure No. 3 duties in the receiving corps.

6.09 - Sean Beazley (Team 1): Eli Manning, QB, New York Giants

Manning had a six-year low in completion percentage (57.5), five-year low in yards (3,818), nine-year low in touchdowns (18) and a career-high in interceptions (league-worst 27). The good news is Manning could only be better in 2014, right? The Giants have a new offensive coordinator/scheme, but the passing attack has looked lackluster this preseason.

6.10 - Kevin Hanson (Team 1): Frank Gore, RB, San Francisco 49ers

A few factors that could negatively impact Gore's fantasy value are: (1) age — now 31 years old, (2) workload — 2,500-plus career touches, (3) extra eight playoff games over past three seasons and (4) career-low 4.1 YPC last year.

That said, the 49ers have one of the league's best offensive lines and Gore has rushed for 1,100-plus yards and eight-plus touchdowns in three consecutive seasons. In addition, he has played all 48 regular-season games over the past three seasons. Before 2011, Gore had played 16 games just once in six seasons.

6.11 - Brendan Donahue (Team 1): Torrey Smith, WR, Baltimore Ravens

One of the league's faster receivers, Smith set career highs in receptions (65) and yards (1,128) but a career low in touchdowns (four) last season. Provided the Ravens protect Joe Flacco better, only Ryan Tannehill was sacked more often, the Ravens' pass offense should improve in 2014. In addition, Smith should be more featured in Gary Kubiak's offense than he was last year.

6.12 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 1): Bishop Sankey, RB, Tennessee Titans

Not only was Sankey the first running back selected in this year's draft, at a record-worst slot (54th overall) for the first running back taken in a (real) draft, but he faces the weakest competition for touches among the top rookie running backs. While there will initially be a committee approach with Shonn Greene getting short-yardage and some early-down work as well as Dexter McCluster playing a Danny Woodhead-type role, Sankey should emerge as a fantasy RB2 by the end of the season.

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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:

5.01 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 1): Pierre Garcon, WR, Washington Redskins

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.

5.02 - Brendan Donahue (Team 1): Ryan Mathews, RB, San Diego Chargers

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.

5.04 - Sean Beazley (Team 1): Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Arizona Cardinals

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.

5.07 - Brendan Donahue (Team 2): Michael Crabtree, WR, San Francisco 49ers

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.

5.08 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 2): Reggie Bush, RB, Detroit Lions

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).

5.09 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 3): Michael Floyd, WR, Arizona Cardinals

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.

5.10 - Kevin Hanson (Team 3): Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Minnesota Vikings

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.

5.11 - Brendan Donahue (Team 3): Percy Harvin, WR, Seattle Seahawks

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.

5.12 - Sean Beazley (Team 3): Wes Welker, WR, Denver Broncos

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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Fantasy Football Mock Draft Per Day (August 22nd): 14 teams, No. 2 pick, PPR

Back on May 27th, we began our 2014 fantasy football mock draft per day series using our site's mock draft simulator (powered by FantasyPros).

As we continue through the offseason, I will continue to complete a mock draft every day as I vary the scoring format, league size, draft slot, etc. and today's mock is a 14-team league using point-per-reception (PPR) scoring and I have the No. 2 pick.

Here are my picks in today's mock draft:

1.02 - Jamaal Charles, RB, Kansas City Chiefs
2.13 - Andre Ellington, RB, Arizona Cardinals
3.02 - Alshon Jeffery, WR, Chicago Bears
4.13 - Michael Floyd, WR, Arizona Cardinals
5.02 - Julian Edelman, WR, New England Patriots
6.13 - Pierre Thomas, RB, New Orleans Saints
7.02 - Colin Kaepernick, QB, San Francisco 49ers
8.13 - Darren McFadden, RB, Oakland Raiders
9.02 - Heath Miller, TE, Pittsburgh Steelers
10.13 - Cecil Shorts, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars
11.02 - Travis Kelce, TE, Kansas City Chiefs
12.13 - Josh Gordon, WR, Cleveland Browns
13.02 - Cincinnati Bengals D/ST
14.13 - Kenny Britt, WR, St. Louis Rams
15.02 - Dan Bailey, K, Dallas Cowboys

Some notes about my team (view full mock here):

  • QBs: I considered Aaron Rodgers at 2.13 (he went at 2.14) as there is a significant gap between my top-three fantasy QBs and the next tier. Within the next tier, however, they are tightly bunched together in terms of my projected fantasy points. One of four QBs with 500-plus rushing yards last year, Kaepernick has improved/healthier weapons in the passing game and has top-five upside. He's my eighth-ranked fantasy QB, but the 12th one off the board in this mock.

  • RBs: Charles and Ellington are two of the better receivers out of the backfield in the NFL. Charles set a career-high in YFS (1,980), TDs (19) and receptions (70) last year as he led all running backs in fantasy points. With it highly unlikely that he repeats or even comes close to the 19 TDs, he has a shot to get close to 2,000 YFS and 70 catches again. Ellington was highly productive on a per-touch basis last year — 5.53 YPC and 9.52 Y/R. If he is able to hold up to the spike in workload expected for him, Ellington can produce as a solid RB1 in PPR formats (as my RB2). Thomas led all RBs in receptions (77) and Darren Sproles, who also had over 70 catches, is now in Philly. McFadden is an injury-prone back, but there is enough talent there that he's worth the risk as an RB4 in a 14-team league.

  • WRs: Jeffery led the Bears in receiving yards and finished third in the NFL in the category last year. If you add his rushing yards, only Josh Gordon had more YFS last season among WRs. Like Jeffery, Floyd led his team in receiving yards in his second season. Generating plenty of buzz this offseason, Floyd has WR1 upside based on his skill set. Edelman may not repeat last year's breakout numbers, but he's clearly the receiver that Tom Brady trusts the most and is a solid WR2/Flex option in PPR formats. Shorts provides some depth as my WR4; I expect him to lead the Jags in receiving, but he has missed five games over the past two seasons. Only 25 years old and possessing tons of physical talent, Britt has failed to reach his potential due to injuries and character issues, but he seems to have his head on straight now. Last but not least (or maybe least), it's unclear if last year's top-scoring receiver will play at all. With six receivers on this roster, I can obviously cut him if his full-year suspension is upheld. If it's reduced, however, I get a WR1 for whatever number of games he can play at a fraction of the cost.

  • TEs: With my tight end duo of Miller and Kelce, I pair a solid and safe — perhaps boring — tight end with a high-upside — less boring — one. Another year removed from his torn ACL, Miller could finish with 70 catches and 700 yards and give me solid production each week. While Kelce missed all of last season after having microfracture surgery, but he has shown his mismatch-creating abilities with his pair of long touchdowns in the preseason. In an offense with limited options at wide receiver and a weak-armed quarterback, Kelce has TE1 upside.

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August 21, 2014

2014 Fantasy Football Tight End Rankings (Aug. 21st update)

Here are my updated fantasy football tight end rankings (standard scoring):

1. Jimmy Graham, New Orleans Saints

Looking back to last year, Graham arguably had the best season of his career even though he fell short of his previous career highs in both receptions and yards. He finished the season with 86 catches for 1,215 yards, but he had a career-best 16 touchdowns. It was only the second time in NFL history that a tight end had at least 16 touchdowns.

Not only did Graham lead all tight ends in all three statistical categories, but he had nearly 300 yards more than the tight end with the second-most yards (Cleveland's Jordan Cameron, 917). In addition, he led all players, regardless of position, in touchdowns; Denver's Demaryius Thomas was second with 14.

Over the past three seasons combined, Graham has a total of 270 receptions for 3,507 yards and 36 touchdowns; that equates to an average stat line of 90/1,169/12. A lock for a monster season at a position with only a few studs, Graham is worthy of consideration at the end of Round 1 of fantasy football drafts.

2. Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots

With more surgeries than I can count on one hand over the past two seasons, the biggest concern for Gronkowski is durability. Far from a sure thing that he's active Week 1 against the Dolphins, signs point to Gronk being ready for the opener.

Missing games to start and end last season, Gronk played averaged a position-leading and career-high 84.6 yards per game in the seven games in which he played. More than anything, Gronkowski is a dominant force in the red zone as he has a total of 43 touchdowns in 50 career games.

[Related: Gronk is one of two TEs on my list of 12 undervalued fantasy football options in 2014.]

3. Julius Thomas, Denver Broncos

Among tight ends, there was no bigger fantasy bargain than Denver's Julius Thomas in 2013. Despite ranking ninth at the position in targets (89), only two tight ends had more fantasy points than Thomas last year: Graham and San Francisco's Vernon Davis. Along with Graham and Davis, he was one of three tight ends with double-digit touchdowns and finished with 65 receptions for 788 yards and 12 touchdowns in his 14 regular-season games.

4. Jordan Cameron, Cleveland Browns

It was a tale of two halves for Cameron. In the first half of the season, Cameron finished with 49 receptions for 596 yards and six touchdowns. While he had a huge Week 14 vs. the Patriots (9/121/1), the second half was a huge disappointment overall: 31/321/1. From Weeks 9 to 16, Week 14 was the only week he had more than four fantasy points.

With Josh Gordon potentially (almost definitely) facing a season-long ban, however, it should open up the opportunities for Cameron to produce TE1 numbers on a more consistent basis.

5. Vernon Davis, San Francisco 49ers

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 an improved and/or healthier wide receiver corps, it's possible that we see greater inconsistency from Davis on a weekly basis in 2014.

6. Jordan Reed, Washington Redskins (Reed's 2014 fantasy profile)

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 for him to gain 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 rookie tight ends — Mike Ditka and Jeremy Shockey — have ever finished with 887-plus receiving yards. If he can stay healthy, Reed has top-five upside at the position.

7. Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys

Witten set seven-year lows in receptions (73) and yards (851) last season, but he finished with eight touchdowns, the second-highest total of his career. Two seasons ago, Witten set a single-season tight end record for receptions (110).

In an offense that should be one of the league's best (unfortunately due in part to a defense that should be one of the league's worst), I see a bounce-back season for Witten in the range of 80-90 receptions and 900-975 yards.

8. Greg Olsen, Carolina Panthers

In the past two seasons, Olsen has 142 receptions for 1,659 yards and 11 touchdowns. While he lacks the upside of some tight ends, he's extemely safe and should be a lock for 70/800/5 or better.

One of four tight ends to lead his team in receiving last season, Olsen should benefit again from the lack of elite options among Panthers wide receivers. All of the team's wide receivers with a reception last season are no longer on the roster. Even though the Panthers signed a few, as Richard Sherman would call them, mediocre receivers in free agency and drafted Kelvin Benjamin in the first round, Olsen could once again lead the team in receiving.

9. Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota Vikings

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 a slimmed-down Rudolph in 2014.

10. Dennis Pitta, Baltimore Ravens

The hopes of a breakout season that many had expected were dashed in July when Pitta suffered a hip injury that nearly kept him out for the entire season. Back in 2012, Pitta finished with 61/669/7 and I expect him to set career highs across the board in Gary Kubiak's tight end-friendly offense in 2014.

11. Zach Ertz, Philadelphia Eagles

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 (as noted earlier), but Ertz has also focused on his blocking to help keep him on the field for more snaps. Meanwhile, Chip Kelly has cited Ertz as one of the biggest beneficiaries of DeSean Jackson's departure from the standpoint of being more involved in the offense.

12. Heath Miller, Pittsburgh Steelers

If you're looking for a tight end with tremendous upside and flash, Miller's not your guy. If you're looking for an undervalued option if you wait on the position, then he fits the bill. Another year removed from his knee injury, Miller should be frequently targeted by Ben Roethlisberger and I have him projected for a stat line of 68/751/6.

13. Charles Clay, Miami Dolphins

With the injury to Dustin Keller last season, it opened up an opportunity for Clay, who scored more fantasy points than all but six tight ends with a 69/759/6 line last season. Going into 2014, Clay is a borderline TE1/TE2 and a solid late-round option for those in deeper leagues.

14. Martellus Bennett, Chicago Bears

In his first season with the Bears, Bennett finished as the 10th-highest scoring fantasy tight end and set career highs with 65 receptions for 759 yards and tied a previous career high of five touchdowns. Competing with Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery and Matt Forte for targets, however, Bennett is no more than the team's fourth-best option on offense.

15. Ladarius Green, San Diego Chargers

We saw a glimmer of Green's upside last year when he had nine catches for 206 yards and two touchdowns in a three-game span. Especially with the relative lack of depth at receiver behind Keenan Allen, Green has the potential for a breakout season in 2014.

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2014 Fantasy Football Wide Receiver Rankings (Aug. 21st update)

Exceeding the expectations from his strongest advocates (like me), Browns receiver Josh Gordon broke out in a huge way in 2013.

Despite a two-game suspension to begin the season, the second-year receiver set a franchise record with a league-leading 1,646 yards, which more than doubled his rookie season total of 805 yards. With an 87/1,646/9 line, Gordon led all wide receivers in fantasy points despite a less-than-ideal situation at quarterback and missing two games.

Not only did Gordon have 100-plus yards in exactly half of his 14 games last season, he had at least 67 yards in all but two games in 2013. In addition, he became the first player in NFL history to have back-to-back 200-yard receiving games as he broke the team's single-game receiving record (as Buggin' Out once said, "two times").

That's the good news.

The bad news, however, is that Gordon is facing a year-long suspension. Gordon met with league officials on August 1st in New York and via conference call after practice on August 4th and there is still no word whether the suspension will be upheld or reduced.

While a full-season ban appears most likely, I'd consider rolling the dice with Gordon as a WR5 in the hopes of a lighter suspension. If his suspension is reduced, he will automatically become a must-start WR1 when active. Stay tuned ...

Here are my updated fantasy football wide receiver rankings (standard scoring) for 2014:

1. Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions

With tremendous size and athleticism, no receiver can take over a game like Megatron. Counting the only playoff appearance in his career, Johnson has a total of six 200-yard games, the most in NFL history. Over the past three seasons, Johnson has averaged a statistical line of 101/1,712/11.

2. Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos

In his second season with Peyton Manning, DT's numbers were nearly identical to his first season. After finishing with 94/1,434/10 in 2012, Thomas had 92 catches for 1,430 yards and 14 touchdowns last year. Thomas should be a lock for 90/1,400/10 (or better) in 2014.

3. Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys

Although he saw a year-over-year drop in yardage from 1,382 to 1,233 yards, Bryant set career highs (barely, by one in each case) in receptions (93) and touchdowns (13). Battling a back injury, Bryant still played in all 16 games last season.

One of the most physically-gifted players in the league, Bryant is one of only two wide receivers with at least 3,500 yards and 30 touchdowns over the past three years. Another 1,200-yard season (or better) with double-digit touchdowns should be a slam dunk for Bryant in 2014.

4. A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals

Through his first three seasons, Green has 260 receptions for 3,833 yards and 29 touchdowns. In a three-year span to start a career, no player has had more receptions than Green and only Randy Moss has more receiving yards (4,163) than he does.

In each of his three seasons, Green's numbers have improved — 65/1,057/7 (2011), 97/1,350/11 (2012) and 98/1,426/11 (2013). As the team transitions from a pass-first offense under Jay Gruden to a run-first scheme led by Hue Jackson, that trend may not continue but Green remains an elite and safe WR1.

5. Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons

Before his foot injury sidelined him for the remainder of last season, Jones had at least six receptions and 76 yards in all of the games in which he appeared. During that five-game stretch, he hauled in 41 catches for 580 yards and two touchdowns. Compared to 2011 (73.8 yards per game) and 2012 (74.9 YPG), Jones had made huge strides, no pun intended, in 2013 (116.0 YPG).

6. Brandon Marshall, Chicago Bears

Since his reunion with quarterback Jay Cutler, Marshall has a total of 218 receptions for 2,803 yards and 23 touchdowns over the past two seasons combined. In his past five seasons with Cutler going back to his days in Denver, Marshall has a minimum of 100 receptions and 1,120 yards each season.

7. Jordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers (Nelson's 2014 fantasy profile)

The loss of Aaron Rodgers for a huge chunk of the season had an adverse affect on Nelson's season, but he still managed to finish as the 11th-highest scoring fantasy receiver in 2013. Nelson had 85 receptions for 1,314 yards and eight touchdowns, but he had a line of 49/810/7 in the nine games that Rodgers started and finished. In other words, his yardage and touchdown totals would have almost certainly been higher had Rodgers had never broken his collarbone.

Since his breakout season (2011), Nelson has averaged 73 receptions for 1,208 yards and 11 touchdowns per 16 games. Along with Megatron and Dez, Nelson is one of only three wide receivers with at least 3,000 yards and 30 touchdowns over the past three seasons combined.

8. Alshon Jeffery, Chicago Bears

Jeffery broke out in a big way in 2013. Along with Gordon, Jeffery was one of only two players to record multiple 200-yard receiving games last year and he also set his franchise's single-game record for most receiving yards.

With career highs across the board, Jeffery finished with 89 receptions for a team-high 1,421 yards and seven touchdowns and added 105 rushing yards. The only receiver with more yards from scrimmage than Jeffery (1,526) was Gordon (1,734).

As one-half of the league's best wide receiver duo, Jeffery is protected by opposing defenses looking to slow down the receiver opposite him (Marshall) as much (or more) as they will focus on Jeffery himself. Even though Marshall is ranked just ahead of Jeffery, both receivers are stud WR1's in terms of fantasy outlook.

9. Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers

With Mike Wallace signing a free-agent deal with the Dolphins last offseason, Brown had a breakout season as the team's No. 1 receiver even though he previously had an 1,100-yard season a couple of years ago as well.

Brown became the second receiver in franchise history to finish with triple-digit receptions (110) and was only two shy of tying the club record. Only Gordon had more receiving yards than Brown (1,499), who also scored a career-high eight touchdowns.

Perhaps the most amazing part of Brown's huge success in 2013 was his consistency. Brown had a minimum of five receptions and 50 yards in all 16 games last season. No other player has ever done that in all 16 games of a season.

10. Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers

Not only did Rodgers miss several games due to injury, so did Cobb, who played only six games last season. The dynamic 23-year-old receiver averaged career highs in receiving yards (72.2 per game) and rushing yards (13.0 per game) when he was on the field.

With good health in 2014, Cobb should have a WR1 type of season. Based on last year's averages, Cobb would have finished with 1,363 YFS had he maintained that pace over a full 16-game season. Only eight wideouts had more than 1,363 YFS last year.

11. Andre Johnson, Houston Texans

There have been two primary knocks on Johnson: durability and lack of touchdowns. While he has played in 16 games in back-to-back seasons, he has never caught double-digit touchdowns in his 11-year career.

When he has played 16 games in a season, however, he has been extremely productive. Playing a full 16-game slate in four of the past six seasons, Johnson has a minimum of 101 receptions (2009) and 1,407 yards (2013) in those four campaigns. Only Marvin Harrison (four) has as many 100/1,400 seasons in NFL history as Johnson.

12. Roddy White, Atlanta Falcons (White's fantasy profile

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 and I think 1,100-1,200 yards is a reasonable expectation in 2014. With Tony Gonzalez retired, there should be enough targets to go around to allow Jones and White to both produce WR1 numbers.

13. Keenan Allen, San Diego Chargers

Along with Cincinnati's A.J. Green, New Orleans' Marques Colston, Allen became the third rookie receiver to reach the 1,000-yard milestone in the past nine seasons.

Allen led the Chargers in receiving across the board with 71 catches for 1,046 yards and eight touchdowns. Once the calendar turned October, Allen was especially good. In the 14 games played in October through January including the playoffs, Allen had six 100-yard games and scored 10 touchdowns.

With limited snaps in the first couple of games as a rookie combined with working to improve his speed this offseason, Allen could put up bigger numbers in 2014.

14. Victor Cruz, New York Giants

As disappointing of a season as it was for the Giants, their offense and Cruz, Cruz still managed to finish with 73 receptions for 998 yards and four touchdowns in 14 games. In fact, he averaged more yards per game in 2013 (71.3 YPG) than he did in 2012 (68.3).

Of course, the big difference was touchdowns as Cruz had a total of 19 touchdowns in 2011 and 2012 combined and only four last year. Even worse, he had three of those touchdowns against the Cowboys in Week 1 and only one other touchdown (Week 4) in his final 13 games.

With the transition to the new offensive scheme under Ben McAdoo, Cruz should bounce back and see his receptions total increase. In fact, NJ.com's Jordan Raanan recently wrote that "100 receptions is a possibility" for Cruz.

15. Vincent Jackson, 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.

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2014 Fantasy Football Running Back Rankings (Aug. 21st update)

Here are my updated 2014 fantasy football running back rankings (standard scoring):

1. LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia Eagles

McCoy led the NFL in rushing yards (1,607), yards from scrimmage (2,146) and touches (366) in his first season playing in Chip Kelly's offense. With the addition of Darren Sproles to the team's backfield, McCoy could see a few less targets in the passing game and it's unlikely he duplicates his career-high 314 carries this year. That said, I still have McCoy projected for nearly 350 touches in 2014.

Speaking of my projections, it couldn't be much closer for the top spot than it is between McCoy and Jamaal Charles. Only one-half point separates the two backs in my projections: McCoy (262.8 projected points) vs. Charles (262.3)

2. Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs

Charles led the league in total touchdowns with 19 — 12 rushing and seven receiving scores. As great as that was for his fantasy owners in 2013, it will be unlikely for Charles to repeat. If you remember back to 2011, McCoy scored a league-high 20 touchdowns and then followed that up with just five total touchdowns in 2012.

Playing one less game than McCoy as the Chiefs rested their starters in Week 17, Charles set a career high in yards from scrimmage (1,980) and that ranked second only to McCoy. In addition, no player had as many games with 100-plus YFS than Charles (13) last season.

3. Matt Forte, Chicago Bears

In his first season with Marc Trestman as coach, Forte set career highs across the board: 1,339 rushing yards, 74 receptions and 594 receiving yards. He tied his previous career high in touchdowns (12).

With a talented duo of outside receivers in Alshon Jeffery and Brandon Marshall, Forte has protection from consistent eight-men fronts looking to slow down the run. In addition, both of those receivers are big-bodied wideouts that excel as blockers down the field.

4. Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings

Like with McCoy and Charles, Forte and Peterson are separated in my projections by the narrowest of margins (0.3 fantasy points, to be exact). And to be honest, I'd be thrilled with any of the top-four options at running back.

While he's unlikely to ever duplicate his historic 2012 season, Peterson has put up monster numbers despite battling injuries and facing eight- or nine-men fronts over the past couple of seasons. And while touchdown production tends to fluctuate for (other) running backs, Peterson has rattled off double-digit rushing scores in all seven of his NFL seasons.

If there are some concerns with Peterson, it's the fact that he's now 29 years old and has racked up more than 2,000 career rush attempts. Then again, doubt All Day at your own peril.

5. Eddie Lacy, Green Bay Packers

While the Packers have long been able to beat you through the air, their ground attack has left much to be desired — until this past season, that is. As a rookie, Lacy finished with 1,178 rushing yards, which ranked eighth in the NFL, and 11 touchdowns, only two RBs had more. Only McCoy (1,139) had more rushing yards than Lacy (1,127) from Week 5 on.

No running back had more games with 20-plus carries last year than Lacy. Counting their playoff loss, Lacy had 20-plus carries in 11 of his final 14 games last season. As productive as he was as a workhorse back, Lacy averaged only 4.15 yards per carry last season.

Provided that Aaron Rodgers stays healthy for a full season, however, I expect better numbers from Lacy on a per-carry basis and I wouldn't be surprised if he rushed for double-digit scores once again.

6. DeMarco Murray, Dallas Cowboys

Murray has long been associated with the injury-prone tag. While he did not play a full 16 games last year, Murray was still very productive and played a career-high 14 games. Eclipsing the 1,000-yard mark (1,124 rushing yards) for the first time in his career, Murray set career highs in receptions (53), receiving yards (350) and touchdowns (10).

During a six-game stretch from Week 10 to 16 (team's bye was in Week 11), Murray scored double-digit fantasy points every week and had three games with at least 20 fantasy points. Only two running backs — McCoy (152.5) and Charles (144.33) — averaged more YFS per game than Murray (123.67) during that span. Only Charles (11) had more touchdowns than Murray (seven) over that stretch as well.

There will always be injury risk for Murray, or any running back for that matter, but he could be in store for a monster season provided he maintains as good (or better) health in 2014.

7. Montee Ball, Denver Broncos (Ball's 2014 fantasy profile)

Seemingly out of nowhere, Knowshon Moreno finshed as a top-five scorer in fantasy points among running backs last year. While Moreno lacks elite talent, playing in a Peyton Manning-led offense leads to huge rewards. Moreno's free-agency departure to Miami creates an enormous opportunity for Ball in the league's most explosive offense.

Ball, the Broncos' second-round pick in 2013, got off to a relatively slow start: 3.26 yards per carry (68 carries for 222 yards) in first 10 games. From Weeks 11 to 16, however, Ball averaged 6.48 YPC (52 carries for 337 yards).

Provided he gets as much work as Moreno received last year, Ball's ceiling is a top-five finish (or better).

8. Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks

For a third consecutive season, Lynch rushed for more than 1,200 yards with double-digit touchdowns. Over that three-year span, he has 901 carries for 4,051 yards, 87 catches for 724 yards and a total of 39 touchdowns.

Perhaps Lynch breaks down due to his violent, earthquake-inducing running style and heavy usage over the past few years. Considering the team moved some of the money he was due next season into 2014, I feel more confident now that his workload won't dip too much. Many have speculated that Lynch could be a cap casualty next season.

9. Giovani Bernard, Cincinnati Bengals

As a change-of-pace back, Bernard had a productive rookie season and finished inside the top 20 fantasy running backs for the full season in standard-scoring formats. Averaging just shy of 15 touches per game on the year, his carries increased every month — 8.0 per game (Sept.), 9.8 (Oct.), 12.0 (Nov.) and 13.0 (Dec.). Finishing eighth among all running backs in receptions (56), he was an even better option in point-per-reception (PPR) formats.

Going into 2014, Bernard should be ready for his workload to continue its ascension. Recently the Cincinnati Enquirer projected close to 300 touches and a "good share" of the goal-line carries for Gio.

Even though the team drafted LSU's Jeremy Hill in the second round, the Bengals should be a more run-oriented team in 2014 as they transition to Hue Jackson's run-heavy offense.

10. Arian Foster, Houston Texans

From 2010-2012, Foster rushed for 4,264 yards, added 159 receptions for 1,438 yards and scored a total of 47 touchdowns in 45 games. During that span, no player had more YFS or touchdowns than Foster.

Before an injury ended his 2013 season prematurely, Foster was hitting his stride with 82 touches (68 carries and 14 receptions) for 487 yards from scrimmage (341 rushing and 146 receiving) over his final three full games. While I have been hoping that last year's injury — or more precisely, the reduction in workload — would help keep him healthy and fresh in 2014, Foster reminded us of his durability risk with his recent hamstring issue.

11. Zac Stacy, St. Louis Rams

With only one carry in the team's first four games, Stacy was given 250 of them in the final 12. In the final nine games of the season, Stacy had exactly 200 carries for 759 yards (only 3.80 yards per carry), 20 receptions for 96 yards and a total of seven touchdowns.

Drafting Auburn's Tre Mason in the third round won't do anything to help Stacy's long-term fantasy value, but Stacy should remain the team's workhorse back in 2014 as Mason works on his pass protection.

12. Le'Veon Bell, Pittsburgh Steelers

In 13 games as a rookie, Bell got nearly 300 touches (244 carries and 45 receptions) and had 20-plus touches in all but two games. That said, Bell averaged only 3.52 yards per carry on the season. On a positive note, he averaged at least 4.0 YPC in four of his final five games after doing so only twice in his first eight games.

Bell's fantasy value has taken a hit recently as both he and free-agent signee LeGarrette Blount have split first-team reps and Bell has admitted that he expects Blount to get goal-line carries. In addition, the team's top two backs were busted on Wednesday for marijuana possession as Bell also was arrested for DUI.

13. Toby Gerhart, Jacksonville Jaguars (Gerhart's 2014 fantasy football profile)

Behind stud running back Adrian Peterson on the depth chart, Gerhart did not many opportunities to carry the ball in his four NFL seasons. That said, Gerhart has been productive when given the opportunity (4.73 yards per carry).

Signed in the offseason by the Jaguars, Gerhart could possibly get more than his 276 career rush attempts in this season alone as the team's workhorse back. In my running back projections, I have Gerhart racking up close to 1,500 yards from scrimmage on nearly 300 touches.

14. Andre Ellington, Arizona Cardinals

Coach Bruce Arians previously exaggerated, obviously, Ellington's potential workload at "25-30 touches per game." That said, the team seems committed to utilizing him as a featured back.

Ellington was outstanding on a per-touch basis last season as he was tied with James Starks for the lead among running backs in yards per carry (5.5) and he averaged 9.51 yards per reception. Provided he holds up well to the increased volume, Ellington could become a bonafide RB1.

15. Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Even though Lovie Smith is a defensive coach, the team went offense heavy in the draft adding two wide receivers, a tight end and two offensive lineman. In addition, they drafted West Virginia running back Charles Sims, a talented receiver out of the backfield, with the fifth pick of the third round. Unfortunately, Sims fractured his ankle and is expected to miss most, if not all, of the 2014 season.

The Muscle Hamster had a disappointing sophomore campaign as a season-ending injury cut his season short after just six games. Even before the injury, however, Martin was not running the ball well as he averaged a yard less per carry (3.6) than he did as a rookie (4.6 YPC).

Even though Martin should easily lead the team's backs in touches, Tampa's coaching staff has made numerous comments about their intention to use a committee in the backfield.

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2014 Fantasy Football Quarterback Rankings (Aug. 21st update)

With only two weeks to go until the regular-season opener, I am in the process of updating my preseason fantasy football rankings and have started by updating my fantasy quarterback rankings.

Here are my updated fantasy quarterback rankings for the 2014 season:

1. Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos

It would be hard to discuss the quarterback position without beginning the discussion with Manning. It was a historic season as Manning, a (now) five-time league MVP, broke the single-season records for both passing yards (5,477) and touchdowns (55) previously held by Drew Brees and Tom Brady, respectively, as well as numerous other records.

As dominant as Manning was with his record-setting full-season numbers, he was remarkably consistent and dominant on a weekly basis. Throwing a touchdown in every game last season, Manning had only one game (excluding the playoffs) with less than two touchdowns. In addition, he had more games (nine) with four or more touchdowns than he had with less than four scores (seven).

While many (fantasy) championships were likely won by Manning-QB'd teams last year, I would still prefer to wait to on quarterback in my fantasy league(s), but I would begin to consider him at the end of Round 2 in standard 12-team leagues.

2. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers

Although he missed a big chunk of last season with a broken clavicle, Rodgers has a combined passer rating of 112.7 over the past three seasons with a 101:20 TD-to-INT ratio during that span. Over the past three years, he has averaged 4,589.6 passing yards per 16 games.

In addition, Rodgers has consistently posted solid rushing stats for a quarterback. Since becoming the starter in 2008, he has rushed for an average of 279 yards and 3.3 touchdowns per every 16 games.

3. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints

For a long time, 5,000 passing yards seemed like a special feat. And it is ... for everyone else. For Brees, however, it's become an expectation. Brees has now thrown for 5,000-plus yards in three consecutive seasons. With four 5,000-yard seasons in his career, Brees is tied with all other quarterbacks in the history of the NFL. In addition, Brees has thrown for 128 touchdowns over the past three years.

Even if Brees doesn't reach 5,000 passing yards this season, he's going to come close and he's a lock to be a top-three producer in fantasy points at the position once again.

4. Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions

One of the handful of 5,000-yard passers in NFL history, Stafford seems set up for his best opportunity to duplicate that feat. In addition to elite pass-catching weapons of Calvin Johnson, Reggie Bush and Joique Bell already being on the roster, the Lions have added Golden Tate via free agency as well as Eric Ebron with the 10th-overall pick in the 2014 draft.

Stafford is unlikely to be on many of my fantasy teams, however.

Based on my 2014 fantasy football projections, the gap between QB3 (Brees) and QB4 (Stafford) is projected to be 24.6 fantasy points. That gap is larger than the gap (of 23.06 points) between QB4 and QB12 (Tony Romo). In fact, the gap between QB4 and QB10 is only 4.04 points based on my projections.

In other words, I want to land one of the top-three fantasy quarterbacks should they fall; or wait and get someone like Jay Cutler or Colin Kaepernick, both of whom can be had four or five rounds later than Stafford.

5. Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts

Even though Luck threw 57 fewer pass attempts and Reggie Wayne (ACL) was lost for more than half of last season, Luck finished fourth among quarterbacks in fantasy points. With good health from Wayne as well as tight end Dwayne Allen and the free-agent addition of Hakeem Nicks, Luck has an improved supporting cast.

Luck's mobility is one of his underrated attributes and he has rushed 125 times for 632 yards and nine touchdowns in his two NFL seasons.

6. Tom Brady, New England Patriots

It was an up-and-down season for Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. To be more accurate, it was a down-and-up-and-then-back-down season for Brady from a fantasy perspective. To be fair, Brady began the season without five of the team's leading receivers from 2012.

Brady's production seemed to match the presence (or absence) of tight end Rob Gronkowski. Beginning with Gronk's third game back, Brady began a six-game stretch with five games of at least 344 passing yards that also included two games with more than 400 yards. In the seven games that Gronkowski was active, Brady averaged 315 passing yards and 1.86 touchdown passes compared to averages of 237.56 yards and 1.33 touchdowns in games he missed.

While it's far from a sure thing, most indications are that Gronk will be ready for the season opener.

7. Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers

A fantasy disappointment in 2013, Kaepernick hit his stride down the stretch with three consecutive games of 20-plus fantasy points to close the season. Recently, he admitted that an early-season foot injury had slowed him down — literally.

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, free agency and draft.

[Related: Kaepernick appeared on list of undervalued fantasy options in 2014.]

8. Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers

Except for setting a career high in passing touchdowns (24), Newton set career lows in passing yards (3,379), rushing yards (585) and rushing touchdowns (six) last season. Even so, Newton finished as a top-three fantasy quarterback last season. If Newton does not finish as a top-five fantasy quarterback this season, it will be the first time that he has done so..

Even though the Panthers used their first-round pick on Florida State wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin, the Panthers have one of the league's weakest wide receiver corps (once again). That said, you could easily argue that the group is better this year than they were last year. Newton's bread and butter as a fantasy stud, however, is his rushing production. From his career rushing stats alone, Newton has averaged 7.73 fantasy points per game.

9. Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears (Cutler's 2014 fantasy profile)

While Cutler did not stay healthy for the full season, the combination of Cutler and Josh McCown threw for a total of 4,450 yards and 32 touchdowns in Marc Trestman's first season in Chicago. Through Week 16, the Cutler/McCown duo scored 289.6 fantasy points, which would have been enough to finish third among QBs last season.

Not only do the Bears have a pair of stud receivers (Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery), but Matt Forte is one of the league's best receivers out of the backfield and he set receiving career highs last season. Cutler has looked sharp in the preseason as he enters Year 2 running Trestman's offense with the continuity of all 11 offensive returning from last season.

10. Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins

Poised for a bounce-back season with better health (thank you, Shanny) and the free-agent addition of DeSean Jackson (thank you, Chip), it's possible that Griffin III finishes as a top-five fantasy producer. New coach Jay Gruden coached up Andy Dalton to a top-five finish in 2013.

While Griffin's 10th in my updated rankings, the gap between RG3 and Stafford (QB4) is only 4.04 fantasy points in my projections, as noted earlier. Washington has one of the league's better young trios of pass-catchers with Pierre Garcon, D-Jax and tight end Jordan Reed.

11. Nick Foles, Philadelphia Eagles

Beginning the season as the team's backup, Foles played nearly flawlessly in 2013. While Manning was breaking records and winning a record-fifth MVP for a record-setting offense, it was Foles — not Manning — that led the NFL in passer rating. In fact, his passer rating (119.2) was third-highest in NFL history as he posted a remarkable — and virtually impossible to repeat — 27:2 TD-to-INT ratio.

While nobody will confuse Foles for Michael Vick, he did have success running the ball last season. Among quarterbacks, Foles ranked 10th in rush attempts (56) and 12th in rushing yards (225) while also scoring three touchdowns.

12. Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys (Romo's 2014 fantasy profile)

One season after throwing for 4,903 yards, Romo threw for only 3,828 yards with 31 touchdowns and 10 interceptions last season. With an atrocious defense that is even worse than last season, Romo and the Cowboys should be involved in plenty of shootouts.

In addition, Scott Linehan joins the coaching staff and takes over the play-calling responsibilities. Over the past past three seasons, the Linehan offense in Detroit led the NFL in pass attempts by quite a bit. As a Cowboys fan, however, I hope they are more committed to the run this season and think they will to help keep their defense off the field.

13. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons

Sacked a career-worst 44 times and throwing a career-high 17 interceptions, Ryan still managed to throw for 4,515 yards, the second-highest total of his career, and 26 touchdowns. In addition to poor offensive line play, Ryan was without Julio Jones for the final 11 games and Roddy White was slowed by injuries for much of the season.

Jones was having a breakout season — 116.0 YPG through five games — before a foot injury ended his season. In addition, White closed the season nearly as strong as Jones began it — 43 catches for 502 yards. Only two receivers had more yards in the final five games.

With improved health from his top two receivers, Ryan will have an opportunity to bounce back in 2014 although Tony Gonzalez has retired. (This time for good, I think.)

14. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks

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.

15. Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins

Poor offensive line play led to Tannehill being sacked a league-high 58 times last year. With improvements along their offensive line and the team's new up-tempo offense, Tannehill should take additional strides in his development in 2014. An excellent athlete for quarterback that once led A&M in receiving, Tannehill will have more opportunities to run as the Dolphins use more read-option plays.

In addition, no quarterback has a better fantasy football strength of schedule than Tannehill.

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August 20, 2014

2014 Fantasy Football Mock Draft - 2-QB League: Round 4

We are now one-third of the way through our new 12-round two-quarterback fantasy football mock draft.

Here are Round 4 results:

4.01 - Sean Beazley (Team 3): Tony Romo, QB, Dallas Cowboys

One season after throwing for 4,903 yards, Romo threw for only 3,828 yards with 31 touchdowns and 10 interceptions last season. With an atrocious defense leading to many shootouts and Scott Linehan calling the plays, Romo could be in store for a huge season. I would at least expect him to finish (much) closer to his 4,903 yards from 2012 than his 3,828 yards from 2013.

4.02 - Brendan Donahue (Team 3): Zac Stacy, RB, St. Louis Rams

With 200 carries over the final nine games of the season, Stacy gained 759 yards — only 3.80 yards per carry — and added 20 receptions for 96 yards and a total of seven touchdowns. Even though the Rams drafted Tre Mason early in the third round, Stacy should remain the team's workhorse back in 2014.

4.03 - Kevin Hanson (Team 3): Jay Cutler, QB, Chicago Bears

While Cutler did not stay healthy for the full season, the combination of Cutler and Josh McCown threw for a total of 4,450 yards and 32 touchdowns in Marc Trestman's first season in Chicago. Through Week 16, the Cutler/McCown duo scored 289.6 fantasy points, which would have been enough to finish third among QBs last season.

Looking sharp so far in the preseason, Cutler has the benefit of being the same offensive scheme for a second year in a row. In addition, the Bears return all 11 offensive starters and few, if any, teams have a group of pass-catchers as talented as the Bears have.

[Related: Cutler is on my list of undervalued options in fantasy football.]

4.04 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 3): Keenan Allen, WR, San Diego Chargers

Along with Cincinnati's A.J. Green, New Orleans' Marques Colston, Allen became the third rookie receiver to reach the 1,000-yard milestone in the past nine seasons. Allen led the Chargers in receiving across the board with 71 catches for 1,046 yards and eight touchdowns. Once the calendar turned October, Allen was especially good. In the 14 games played in October through January including the playoffs, Allen had six 100-yard games and scored 10 touchdowns.

4.05 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 2): Randall Cobb, WR, Green Bay Packers

Not only did Aaron Rodgers miss several games due to injury, so did Cobb, who played only six games last season. The dynamic 23-year-old receiver averaged career highs in receiving yards (72.2 per game) and rushing yards (13.0 per game) when he was on the field.

With good health in 2014, Cobb should have a huge season. Based on last year's averages, Cobb would have finished with 1,363 YFS had he maintained that pace over a full 16-game season.

4.06 - Brendan Donahue (Team 2): Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks

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.

4.07 - Kevin Hanson (Team 2): Julius Thomas, TE, Denver Broncos

Among tight ends, there was no bigger fantasy bargain than Denver's Julius Thomas in 2013. Despite ranking ninth at the position in targets (89), only two tight ends had more fantasy points than Thomas last year: Graham and San Francisco's Vernon Davis.

One of three tight ends with double-digit touchdowns along with Graham and Davis, Thomas finished with 65 receptions for 788 yards and 12 touchdowns in his 14 regular-season games last year.

4.08 - Sean Beazley (Team 2): Andre Johnson, WR, Houston Texans

There have been two primary knocks on Johnson: durability and lack of touchdowns. While he has played in 16 games in back-to-back seasons, it is shocking that he has never caught double-digit touchdowns in his 11-year career.

When he has played 16 games in a season, however, he has been extremely productive. Playing a full 16-game slate in four of the past six seasons, Johnson has a minimum of 101 receptions (2009) and 1,407 yards (2013) in those four campaigns.

4.09 - Sean Beazley (Team 1): C.J. Spiller, RB, Buffalo Bills

One year after his 2012 breakout season, many (including me) figured Spiller would be onto bigger and better things. After all, Fred Jackson was another year north of 30 and the team had a new coaching staff that figured to bump up Spiller's usage. The plan was to give him the ball until "he throws up."

Instead, it was fantasy owners with upset stomachs as Spiller was a huge disappointment. His yards-per-carry average dropped from 6.0 in 2012 to 4.6 last year. A high-ankle sprain sustained in Week 4 was at least partly to blame.

4.10 - Kevin Hanson (Team 1): Toby Gerhart, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars

Second on the depth chart behind Adrian Peterson, Gerhart did not get many opportunities to carry the ball as you would expect from a running back drafted in the second round. When given the opportunity, however, Gerhart was productive. Over four seasons, Gerhart had a total of 276 carries for 1,305 yards (4.7 YPC) and five touchdowns and added 77 receptions for 600 yards and three touchdowns.

By signing a free-agent deal with the Jags this offseason, Gerhart goes from being an infrequently used backup to a workhorse back. In my fantasy running back projections, Gerhart is projected for close to 300 touches and 1,500 yards from scrimmage.

4.11 - Brendan Donahue (Team 1): Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Pittsburgh Steelers

In the team's final nine games last season, the Steelers used the no-huddle offense with greater frequency and we should expect to see more no huddles from the Steelers in 2014. In those final nine games, the Steelers scored 10.36 more points per game than he did in their first seven games.

That change could lead to increased production from Roethlisberger, who threw for 4,261 yards and 28 touchdowns last year. Both of those totals were the second-highest of his career.

4.12 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 1): Philip Rivers, QB, San Diego Chargers

Rivers bounced back so much last season that he also took home the NFL Comeback Player of the Year award. With three 400-yard games in the first five weeks, Rivers got off to a great start but he then posted more modest numbers the rest of the way. Among QBs, Rivers was fourth in fantasy points through Week 5, but he was only No. 14 from Weeks 6 to 16. In this mock, he is the 16th quarterback off the board.

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August 19, 2014

2014 Fantasy Football Mock Draft - 2-QB League: Round 3

Another round of the new two-quarterback fantasy football mock draft that we began on Sunday is complete. Here are Round 3 results.

3.01 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 1): Alshon Jeffery, WR,

Jeffery broke out in a big way in 2013. Along with Josh Gordon, Jeffery was one of only two players to record multiple 200-yard receiving games last year and he also set his franchise's single-game record for most receiving yards.

With career highs across the board, Jeffery finished with 89 receptions for a team-high 1,421 yards and seven touchdowns and added 105 rushing yards. The only receiver with more yards from scrimmage than Jeffery (1,526) was Gordon (1,734).

As one-half of the league's best wide receiver duo, Jeffery is protected by the fact that opposing defenses will focus on slowing down the receiver opposite him (Marshall) as much (or more) as they will focus on Jeffery himself. Even though Marshall is ranked just ahead of Jeffery, both receivers are stud WR1's in terms of fantasy outlook.

3.02 - Brendan Donahue (Team 1): Jordy Nelson, WR, Green Bay Packers

The loss of Aaron Rodgers for a huge chunk of the season had an adverse affect on Nelson's season, but he still managed to finish as the 11th-highest scoring fantasy receiver in 2013. Nelson had 85 receptions for 1,314 yards and eight touchdowns, but he had a line of 49/810/7 in the nine games that Rodgers started and finished. In other words, his yardage and touchdown totals would have likely been even higher had Rodgers had never broken his collarbone.

Since his breakout season (2011), Nelson has averaged 73 receptions for 1,208 yards and 11 touchdowns per 16 games. Along with Megatron and Dez, Nelson is one of only three wide receivers with at least 3,000 yards and 30 touchdowns over the past three seasons combined.

3.03 - Kevin Hanson (Team 1): Arian Foster, RB, Houston Texans

Over the three-year span from 2010 to 2012, no player had more yards from scrimmage (5,702) or touchdowns (47) than Foster. That said, Foster (back surgery) missed the more than half of last season and has battled an assortment of ailments over the past couple of years including a hamstring issue earlier in training camp this month.

Foster is the 11th running back off the board — and my 11th-ranked running back — but he has top-five upside if, a big if, he can stay healthy.

3.04 - Sean Beazley (Team 1): Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers

Brown became the second receiver in franchise history to finish with triple-digit receptions (110) and was only two shy of tying the club record. Only Josh Gordon had more receiving yards than Brown (1,499), who also scored a career-high eight touchdowns.

Perhaps the most amazing part of Brown's huge success in 2013 was his consistency. Brown had a minimum of five receptions and 50 yards in all 16 games last season. No other player has ever done that in all 16 games of a season.

3.05 - Sean Beazley (Team 2): Andre Ellington, RB, Arizona Cardinals

Although coach Bruce Arians exaggerated Ellington's 2014 workload of "25-30 touches per game") earlier this offseason, it's clear that the plan is allocate the vast majority of backfield's workload to Ellington. Extremely productive on a per-touch basis as a rookie, Ellington gained 652 yards on 118 carries (5.5 yards per carry) and added 39 receptions for 371 yards and four total touchdowns.

3.06 - Kevin Hanson (Team 2): Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots

It was an up-and-down season for Brady, whose production matched the presence (or absence) of tight end Rob Gronkowski. In the seven games that Gronkowski was active, Brady averaged 315 passing yards and 1.86 touchdown passes compared to averages of 237.56 yards and 1.33 touchdowns in games he missed.

All indications point toward Gronk being ready for the season opener, which is excellent news for Brady's fantasy outlook. Last season, four of the team's top-five receivers (in snap counts) were either rookies or a first-year free agent.

3.07 - Brendan Donahue (Team 2): Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England Patriots

With more surgeries than I can count on one hand over the past two seasons, the biggest concern for Gronkowski is durability. While it's not a slam dunk that Gronk will be active on Week 1, he has recently participated in 11-on-11 drills and has said that it's his goal to play in all 16 games.

Missing games to start and end last season, Gronk played in only seven games, but he averaged 84.6 yards per game and 15.2 yards per reception, both of which were career highs. More than anything, Gronkowski is a dominant force in the red zone as he has a total of 43 touchdowns in 50 career games.

3.08 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 2): Matt Ryan, QB, Atlanta Falcons

Poor offensive line play and injuries to the team's top-two receivers led to Ryan being sacked a career-worst 44 times with 17 interceptions. In spite of that, Ryan managed to throw for 4,515 yards, the second-most of his career.

Before missing the final 11 games with a foot injury, Julio Jones was having a career season with a league-leading 116.0 yards per game at the time. Meanwhile, Roddy White dealt with high-ankle sprain and knee injuries for a good portion of the season, but he hit his stride in the final month: 43/502/2 in five games in December.

My 13th-ranked quarterback, Ryan was the ninth quarterback off the board in this mock so there are a few QBs that I'd prefer at this spot, but Ryan has some bounce-back potential with better health from Jones and White.

3.09 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 3): Alfred Morris, RB, Washington Redskins

While he won't add much at all as a receiver and his numbers overall dropped last season, Alf has averaged 1,444 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns over his first two seasons in the NFL. With the transition to a new coaching staff and offensive scheme, however, there are some concerns that Morris could see a modest decline in touches.

3.10 - Kevin Hanson (Team 3): Colin Kaepernick, QB, San Francisco 49ers

A fantasy disappointment in 2013, Kaepernick hit his stride down the stretch with three consecutive games of 20-plus fantasy points to close the season. (In fact, he has recently revealed that a foot injury slowed him early last year.)

One of four quarterbacks to rush for 500-plus yards last season, Kaepernick should have much more success as a passer in 2014. Not only will he have a healthy Michael Crabtree to start the season, but the team has added Stevie Johnson and Brandon Lloyd this offseason.

3.11 - Brendan Donahue (Team 3): Nick Foles, QB, Philadelphia Eagles

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. Even though he threw only 317 passes, Foles finished the season with 27 touchdowns, eighth-most in the NFL, and just two interceptions.

While nobody will confuse Foles for Michael Vick, he did have success running the ball last season. Among quarterbacks, Foles ranked 10th in rush attempts (56) and 12th in rushing yards (225) while also scoring three touchdowns.

3.12 - Sean Beazley (Team 3): Doug Martin, RB Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Muscle Hamster had a disappointing sophomore campaign as a season-ending injury cut his season short after just six games. Even before the injury, however, Martin was not running the ball well as he averaged a yard less per carry (3.6) than he did as a rookie (4.6 YPC).

Even though Martin should easily lead the team's backs in touches, Tampa's coaching staff has made numerous comments about their intention to use a committee in the backfield. That said, Charles Sims, their third-round rookie running back, will miss most or all of the season with an ankle injury that required surgery.

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2014 Fantasy Football Mock Draft - 2-QB League: Round 2

Continuing the 2-QB fantasy football mock draft that we began on Sunday, another round of our "slow" mock draft is complete.

Here are Round 2 results:

2.01 - Sean Beazley (Team 3): A.J. Green, WR, Cincinnati Bengals

Through his first three seasons, Green has 260 receptions for 3,833 yards and 29 touchdowns. In a three-year span to start a career, no player has had more receptions than Green and only Randy Moss has more receiving yards (4,163) than he does.

In each of his three seasons, Green's numbers have improved — 65/1,057/7 (2011), 97/1,350/11 (2012) and 98/1,426/11 (2013). As the team transitions from a pass-first offense under Jay Gruden to a run-first scheme led by Hue Jackson, that upward trend may not continue but Green remains an elite and safe WR1.

2.02 - Brendan Donahue (Team 3): Marshawn Lynch, RB, Seattle Seahawks

For a third consecutive season, Lynch rushed for more than 1,200 yards with double-digit touchdowns. Over that three-year span, he has 901 carries for 4,051 yards, 87 catches for 724 yards and a total of 39 touchdowns.

While Lynch did not get any "new" money after ending his short-lived holdout, the Seahawks did move some money from next season to this season. Considering the speculation of Lynch being a cap-casualty next year, that should mean he gets another heavy workload in spite of the expected increased usage of second-year back Christine Michael.

2.03 - Kevin Hanson (Team 3): DeMarco Murray, RB, Dallas Cowboys

Long been associated with the injury-prone tag, Murray played a career-high 14 games and eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark (1,124 rushing yards) for the first time in his career. In addition, he set career highs in receptions (53), receiving yards (350) and touchdowns (10).

During a six-game stretch from Week 10 to 16 (team's bye was in Week 11), Murray scored double-digit fantasy points every week and had three games with at least 20 fantasy points. Only two running backs — McCoy (152.5) and Charles (144.33) — averaged more YFS per game than Murray (123.67) during that span. Only Charles (11) had more touchdowns than Murray (seven) over that stretch as well.

There will always be injury risk for Murray, or any running back for that matter, but he could be in store for a monster season provided he maintains as good (or better) health in 2014.

2.04 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 3): Andrew Luck, QB, Indianapolis Colts

Personally, I'd prefer Matthew Stafford over Luck, but they are my QB4 and QB5, respectively, and I've noted how close it is in my next tier after the top three.

Even though Luck threw 57 fewer pass attempts and Reggie Wayne (ACL) was lost for more than half of last season, Luck finished fourth among quarterbacks in fantasy points. With good health from Wayne as well as tight end Dwayne Allen, who was lost in Week 1, and the free-agent addition of Hakeem Nicks, Luck has a much-improved supporting cast.

Luck's mobility is one of his underrated attributes and he has rushed 125 times for 632 yards and nine touchdowns in his two NFL seasons.

2.05 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 2): Giovani Bernard, RB, Cincinnati Bengals

As a change-of-pace back, Bernard had a productive rookie season and finished inside the top 20 fantasy running backs for the full season in standard-scoring formats. Averaging just shy of 15 touches per game on the year, his carries increased every month — 8.0 per game (Sept.), 9.8 (Oct.), 12.0 (Nov.) and 13.0 (Dec.). Finishing eighth among all running backs in receptions (56), he was an even better option in point-per-reception (PPR) formats.

Going into 2014, Bernard should be ready for his workload to continue its ascension. While the team drafted LSU's Jeremy Hill in the second round, I still expect Bernard's touches to increase from last season. With the change in offensive scheme (from Jay Gruden to Hue Jackson), the Bengals should be much more of a run-first team in 2014.

So far in the preseason, Bernard has been given all of the first-team snaps including the goal-line carries.

2.06 - Brendan Donahue (Team 2): Matthew Stafford, QB, Detroit Lions

One of the handful of 5,000-yard passers in NFL history, Stafford seems set up for his best opportunity to duplicate that feat. In addition to elite pass-catching weapons of Calvin Johnson, Reggie Bush and Joique Bell already being on the roster, the Lions have added Golden Tate via free agency as well as Eric Ebron with the 10th-overall pick in the 2014 draft.

2.07 - Kevin Hanson (Team 2): Montee Ball, RB, Denver Broncos

Seemingly out of nowhere, Knowshon Moreno finshed as a top-five scorer among running backs in fantasy points last year. While Moreno lacks elite talent, playing in a Peyton Manning-led offense leads to huge rewards. Moreno's free-agency departure to Miami creates an enormous opportunity for Ball in the league's most explosive offense.

Ball, the Broncos' second-round pick in 2013, got off to a relatively slow start: 3.26 yards per carry (68 carries for 222 yards) in first 10 games. From Weeks 11 to 16, however, Ball averaged 6.48 YPC (52 carries for 337 yards).

2.08 - Sean Beazley (Team 2): Brandon Marshall, WR, Chicago Bears

Since his reunion with quarterback Jay Cutler, Marshall has a total of 218 receptions for 2,803 yards and 23 touchdowns over the past two seasons combined. In his past five seasons with Cutler going back to his days in Denver, Marshall has a minimum of 100 receptions and 1,120 yards each season.

2.09 - Sean Beazley (Team 1): Le'Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers

In 13 games as a rookie, Bell got nearly 300 touches (244 carries and 45 receptions) and had 20-plus touches in all but two games. That said, Bell averaged only 3.52 yards per carry on the season. On a positive note, he averaged at least 4.0 YPC in four of his final five games after doing so only twice in his first eight games.

It appears that LeGarrette Blount, added via free agency, will get the team's goal-line touches, which would hurt Bell's fantasy value some.

2.10 - Kevin Hanson (Team 1): Julio Jones, WR, Atlanta Falcons

Before his foot injury sidelined him for the remainder of last season, Jones had at least six receptions and 76 yards in all of the games in which he appeared. During that five-game stretch, he hauled in 41 catches for 580 yards and two touchdowns. Compared to 2011 (73.8 yards per game) and 2012 (74.9 YPG), Jones had made huge strides, no pun intended, in 2013 (116.0 YPG).

2.11 - Brendan Donahue (Team 1): Robert Griffin III, QB, Washington Redskins

Poised for a bounce-back season with better health (thank you, Shanny) and the free-agent addition of DeSean Jackson (thank you, Chip), it's possible that Griffin III finishes as a top-five fantasy producer. If tight end Jordan Reed (concussions) can stay healthy, RG3 has one of the league's best young trios of pass-catchers with Pierre Garcon, D-Jax and Reed. After all, Andy Dalton finished as the No. 5 fantasy quarterback in Jay Gruden's offense last year.

2.12 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 1): Cam Newton, QB, Carolina Panthers

Except for setting a career high in passing touchdowns (24), Newton set career lows in passing yards (3,379), rushing yards (585) and rushing touchdowns (six) last season. Even so, Newton finished as a top-three fantasy quarterback last season. Through his three NFL seasons, he has yet to finish outside of the top-five fantasy quarterbacks.

Even though the Panthers used their first-round pick on Florida State wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin, the Panthers have one of the league's weakest wide receiver corps (once again). Newton's bread and butter as a fantasy stud, however, is his rushing production. From his career rushing stats alone, Newton has averaged 7.73 fantasy points per game in his career.

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August 18, 2014

2014 Fantasy Football Dynasty Mock Draft: Round 9

Earlier tonight, we posted Round 8 of our new dynasty fantasy football mock draft. Another round is now complete.

Here are Round 9 results:

9.01 - Sean Beazley (Team 1): Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Carolina Panthers

On a roster otherwise devoid of talent in the wide receiver corps, there should be plenty of opportunity for Benjamin to be productive as a rookie. Far from the fastest or most polished route-runner, Benjamin was blessed with something that cannot be coached — tremendous size (6-foot-5 and 34 7/8-inch arms). Benjamin's size and opportunity could allow him to flourish as a red-zone target in his rookie season and beyond.

9.02 - Kevin Hanson (Team 1): Frank Gore, RB, San Francisco 49ers

There are a number of reasons to dislike Gore in dynasty leagues: (1) he just turned 31 years old, (2) he has more than 2,500 career touches and (3) he averaged a career-low 4.1 YPC last year, perhaps a sign that his age and workload is taking its toll.

That said, the 49ers have one of the league's best offensive lines and Gore has rushed for 1,100-plus yards and eight-plus touchdowns in three consecutive seasons. In the ninth round, Gore should give me RB2-type production for at least one season. (Plus, the good news is this team has his long-term replacement, Carlos Hyde.

9.03 - Brendan Donahue (Team 1): Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee Titans

With explosive athletic ability, the six-foot-four Hunter has added 15 pounds of muscle to his (previously) thin frame this offseason. As a rookie, Hunter had a few big games near the end of the season and averaged nearly 20 yards per catch (19.7 Y/R). With a late-round ADP, Hunter appeared on my list of 12 undervalued fantasy football options (for re-draft leagues) and he has plenty of breakout appeal going into his sophomore campaign.

9.04 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 1): Emmanuel Sanders, WR, Denver Broncos

What's not to like about a free-agent wide receiver signing with the Broncos? Well, perhaps the selection of Cody Latimer in the second round, but at least to start the season, Sanders will have an opportunity as the team's third receiver behind Demaryius Thomas and Wes Welker. And we've seen how productive DT, Welker and Decker could be as a trio last season.

9.05 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 2): Pierre Thomas, RB, New Orleans Saints

Thomas set a career high with 77 receptions in 2013. (His previous career high was 50, 2011). Now that Darren Sproles is in Philadelphia, it seems likely that PT will at least finish with 70-plus receptions again with upside for more. While he's better in PPR formats (and in re-draft leagues), he is still a flex, at least, in standard-scoring formats this year although he turns 30 in December.

9.06 - Brendan Donahue (Team 2): Andre Williams, RB, New York Giants

With David Wilson's career sadly over, it opened the door for Williams to be the team's No. 2 running back behind Rashad Jennings and Williams should get the majority of goal-line work. A north-south runner that struggles as a receiver, Williams led college football with 2,177 rushing yards last year and had zero receptions. In four college seasons, he had 704 carrries and just 10 receptions.

9.07 - Kevin Hanson (Team 2): Jordan Matthews, WR, Philadelphia Eagles

Impressive offseason and training camp performances did not carry over to the preseason opener, but Matthews had a much better performance in Week 2 (nine catches for 104 yards). Of course, dynasty selections aren't made based on two preseason games. That said, I wouldn't be surprised if Matthews develops into Philadelphia's most productive receiver by the end of the season even though it's difficult for rookie wide receivers to make significant impacts.

With Hall-of-Fame bloodlines (Jerry Rice is his mother's first cousin), Matthews (6-3, 205) is the all-time SEC leader in both receptions (262) and receiving yards (3,759). Possessing excellent physical tools, it's the reports of his off-the-charts work ethic that stands out.

9.08 - Sean Beazley (Team 2): Knowshon Moreno, RB, Miami Dolphins

If you told someone a year ago that Moreno would finish the 2013 season as a top-five fantasy running back, that person would have scoffed at such a suggestion. But that's exactly what happened.

Transitioning from Denver to Miami, it's unlikely that Moreno produces anywhere close to the numbers he had last year. Initially, it seemed likely that he would at least lead the team in snaps, touches and production, but his start with the club has gotten off to a rocky start — poor conditioning, knee surgery, etc.

Moreno is only 27 years old although he seems much older.

9.09 - Sean Beazley (Team 3): Mark Ingram, RB, New Orleans Saints

A relative disappointment thus far as a former first-round pick, Ingram has missed 11 games in his first three seasons combined and has averaged just 535 yards from scrimmage per season. After averaging only 3.9 yards per carry in each of his first two seasons, however, Ingram gained 4.9 YPC on 78 attempts last season.

9.10 - Brendan Donahue (Team 3): Kenny Stills, WR, New Orleans Saints

Oozing with speed, Stills had only 32 receptions as a rookie, but he made the most of them as he averaged a league-high 20.0 yards per reception and scored five times. He should be able to build upon his rookie numbers, but the Saints traded up in the first round to draft Brandin Cooks as well, which keeps his breakout potential in check.

9.11 - Kevin Hanson (Team 3): Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots

It was an up-and-down season for Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. To be more accurate, it was a down-and-up-and-then-back-down season for Brady from a fantasy perspective. To be fair, Brady began the season without five of the team's leading receivers from 2012.

Brady's production seemed to match the presence (or absence) of tight end Rob Gronkowski. In the seven games that Gronk was active, Brady averaged 315 passing yards and 1.86 touchdown passes compared to averages of 237.56 yards and 1.33 touchdowns in games he missed. At this point, it appears that Gronk will be ready for Week 1, but it's far from a lock.

At least for this season and likely a few more seasons, Brady would be this team's starter.

9.12 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 3): Cecil Shorts, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jaguars used two second-round picks on receivers Marqise Lee and Allen Robinson as well as their first-round pick, third overall, on quarterback Blake Bortles. With Justin Blackmon not expected to play for the Jaguars this season, Shorts should lead the team in receiving this year. Shorts recently dealt with a hamstring injury, but durability is a concern in general with Shorts, who has missed five games over the past two seasons.

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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:

8.01 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 3): Rashad Jennings, RB, New York Giants

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).

8.02 - Kevin Hanson (Team 3): Eric Decker, WR, New York Jets

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.

8.03 - Brendan Donahue (Team 3): Bernard Pierce, RB, Baltimore Ravens

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.

8.04 - Sean Beazley (Team 3): Zach Ertz, TE, Philadelphia Eagles

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.

8.06 - Kevin Hanson (Team 2): Marques Colston, WR, New Orleans Saints

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.

8.07 - Brendan Donahue (Team 2): Terrance Williams, WR, Dallas Cowboys

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.

8.08 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 2): Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks

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.

8.09 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 1): Golden Tate, WR, Detroit Lions

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.

8.10 - Brendan Donahue (Team 1): Rueben Randle, WR, New York Giants

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.

8.11 - Kevin Hanson (Team 1): Kyle Rudolph, TE, Minnesota Vikings

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.

8.12 - Sean Beazley (Team 1): Wes Welker, WR, Denver Broncos

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.

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Fantasy Football ADP (August 18th Update): Biggest Weekly Risers/Fallers

Every Monday, we post an update in players that have had the biggest moves — both up and down — in fantasy football average draft position (ADP) from the previous week.

With this information, we can get a better sense of the collective perceptions of fantasy football owners (mock drafters). If a player is moving up the ADP chart, it may lead us to using a higher pick than his current ADP to make sure we secure a targeted player.

Of course, a player's ADP (and movement) is just one (small) piece in determining who to draft and our strategy used to assemble a fantasy roster.

For purposes of our study, we will use 14-team ADP data from Fantasy Football Calculator. While most may play in 12-team leagues, using ADP data from 14-team leagues provides data on more players.

Below are the three biggest risers over the past week (ADPs on 8/11 to 8/18 in parenthesis) by position:

Quarterbacks

  1. Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens: -13.5 (171.8 on 8/11 to 158.3 on 8/18)
  2. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons: -5.5 (73.6 to 68.1)
  3. Carson Palmer, Arizona Cardinals: -5.0 (150.1 to 145.1)

Running Backs

  1. Mark Ingram, New Orleans Saints: -19.6 (144.9 to 125.3)
  2. Andre Williams, New York Giants: -18.6 (122.4 to 103.8)
  3. Ronnie Hillman, Denver Broncos: -18.6 (168.5 to 149.9)

Wide Receivers

  1. Josh Gordon, Cleveland Browns: -23.6 (133.3 to 109.7)
  2. Kelvin Benjamn, Carolina Panthers: -13.9 (114.6 to 100.7)
  3. Brandin Cooks, New Orleans Saints: -13.4 (83.1 to 69.7)

Tight Ends

  1. Martellus Bennett, Chicago Bears: -7.1 (132.9 to 125.8)
  2. Ladarius Green, San Diego Chargers: -5.0 (120.6 to 115.6)
  3. Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: -3.9 (185.6 to 181.7)

Note: Minus signs mean the ADP is become better (i.e., earlier) in drafts.

Below are the three biggest fallers over the past week (ADPs on 8/11 to 8/18 in parenthesis) by position:

Quarterbacks

  1. Josh McCown, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: +8.0 (151.6 on 8/11 to 159.6 on 8/18)
  2. Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys: +4.9 (92.0 to 96.9)
  3. Nick Foles, Philadelphia Eagles: +4.8 (65.5 to 70.3)

Running Backs

  1. C.J. Anderson, Denver Broncos: +18.1 (163.6 to 181.7)
  2. Knile Davis, Kansas City Chiefs: +8.3 (143.1 to 151.4)
  3. Jonathan Stewart, Carolina Panthers: +8.0 (168.0 to 176.0)

Wide Receivers

  1. Jerricho Cotchery, Carolina Panthers: +13.6 (177.9 to 191.5)
  2. Robert Woods, Buffalo Bills: +11.2 (161.5 to 172.7)
  3. James Jones, Oakland Raiders: +7.7 (146.8 to 154.5)

Tight Ends

  1. Eric Ebron, Detroit Lions: +11.2 (122.6 to 133.8)
  2. Heath Miller, Pittsburgh Steelers: +3.9 (156.6 to 160.5)
  3. Coby Fleener, Indianapolis Colts: +2.7 (177.6 to 180.3)

Note: Plus signs mean the ADP is become worse (i.e., later) in drafts.

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August 17, 2014

2014 Fantasy Football Mock Draft - 2-QB League: Round 1

We have begun a new 2-QB fantasy football mock draft this weekend and like our other mocks, this will be a "slow" mock draft. Like with the other mocks, we will post each round as it's completed and Round 1 is now complete.

Here are Round 1 results:

1.01 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 1): LeSean McCoy, RB, Philadelphia Eagles

In a standard 12-team, one-quarterback league, I wouldn't even consider taking a quarterback with the first overall pick. In two-quarterback leagues, however, that deserves real consideration.

After all, the league starts 24 quarterbacks, all of whom obviously have a bye week. If each of those 12 owners want to ensure that they don't get a big fat ZERO for two of their weeks, they need to draft a third quarterback as a bye-week replacement. If every owner drafted three quarterbacks, that would be 36 quarterbacks and there are only 32 NFL teams.

That said, I agree with Dan here. Although it's not wrong to take Peyton Manning here, I'd prefer to lock up a stud running back like McCoy and then perhaps go QB-QB at the turn on the way back. There should be at least one top-12 (QB1 in this format) available on the way back.

McCoy led the NFL in rushing yards (1,607), yards from scrimmage (2,146) and touches (366) in his first season playing in Chip Kelly's offense. Essentially, it's a coin toss between McCoy and Jamaal Charles, both of whom are on separated by a fractional point in my 2014 fantasy football projections.

1.02 - Brendan Donahue (Team 1): Jamaal Charles, RB, Kansas City Chiefs

As noted above, it's neck and neck for the top running back spot in my rankings. In fact, McCoy is my top-ranked player in standard-scoring formats and Charles is my top-ranked player in PPR formats.

Charles led the league in total touchdowns with 19 — 12 rushing and seven receiving scores. As great as that was for his fantasy owners in 2013, it will be unlikely for Charles to repeat. Playing only 15 games as KC rested their starters in Week 17, Charles set a career high in yards from scrimmage (1,980), finishing second to McCoy. That said, Charles was more consistent as no player had as many games with 100-plus YFS than Charles (13).

1.03 - Kevin Hanson (Team 1): Peyton Manning, QB, Denver Broncos

Especially if you've been reading my fantasy football mock draft per day series, one of the things I usually point out when it comes to my QB(s) drafted is the gap between the top-three fantasy QBs and the rest of the QB1-type options (i.e., QB4-QB12).

In other words, the projected gap in fantasy points between QB3 (Drew Brees) and QB4 (Matthew Stafford) is essentially the same as the gap between QB4 (Stafford) and QB12 (Tony Romo). Therefore, I prefer to land one of the top three QBs or wait in one-QB leagues.

The same is true here, though. I'd prefer to get Manning, Aaron Rodgers or Brees as my QB1 or go with guys like Colin Kaepernick and Jay Cutler as my starting duo a little later.

It was a historic season for Manning, a (now) five-time league MVP, as he broke the single-season records for both passing yards (5,477) and touchdowns (55) previously held by Brees and Tom Brady, respectively, as well as numerous other records.

More impressive than the total numbers he posted was the way Manning was dominant on a weekly basis. Throwing a touchdown in every game last season, Manning had more games (nine) with four or more touchdowns than he had with less than four scores (seven). To put that into perspective, Manning had as many games with four-plus TDs as the next three quarterbacks combined — Brees (five), Ben Roethlisberger (two) and Andy Dalton (two). No other quarterback had more than one such game.

1.04 - Sean Beazley (Team 1): Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers

While he missed a significant portion of last season with a broken clavicle, Rodgers has a combined passer rating of 112.7 over the past three seasons with a 101:20 TD-to-INT ratio during that span. Over the past three years, he has averaged 4,589.6 passing yards per 16 games.

In addition, Rodgers has consistently posted solid rushing stats for a quarterback. Since becoming the starter in 2008, he has rushed for an average of 279 yards and 3.3 touchdowns per every 16 games.

1.05 - Sean Beazley (Team 2): Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints

For a long time, 5,000 passing yards seemed like a special feat. And it is ... for everyone else. For Brees, however, it's become an expectation.

Brees has now thrown for 5,000-plus yards in three consecutive seasons. With four 5,000-yard seasons in his career, Brees is tied with all other quarterbacks in the history of the NFL. In addition, Brees has thrown for 128 touchdowns over the past three years.

Even if Brees doesn't reach 5,000 passing yards this season, he's going to come close and he's a lock to be a top-three producer in fantasy points at the position once again.

1.06 - Kevin Hanson (Team 2): Adrian Peterson, RB, Minnesota Vikings

While he's unlikely to ever duplicate his historic 2012 season, Peterson has put up monster numbers despite battling injuries and facing eight- or nine-men fronts over the past couple of seasons.

And while touchdown production tends to fluctuate for (most) running backs, Peterson has rattled off double-digit rushing scores in all seven of his NFL seasons. If there are some concerns with Peterson, it's the fact that he's now 29 years old and has racked up more than 2,000 career rush attempts.

That said, Peterson seems to be superhuman.

1.07 - Brendan Donahue (Team 2): Eddie Lacy, RB, Green Bay Packers

Personally, I prefer Chicago's Matt Forte over Lacy, but they are fourth and fifth in my running back rankings, respectively.

Lacy finished with 1,178 rushing yards, which ranked eighth in the NFL, and 11 touchdowns, only two RBs had more. From Week 5 through the end of the regular season, however, only McCoy (1,139) had more rushing yards than Lacy (1,127). No running back had more games with 20-plus carries than Lacy, but he averaged only 4.15 yards per carry last season.

With good health from Rodgers, Lacy should improve upon his YPC average and he has an excellent chance to duplicate his double-digit scores in the team's high-powered offense.

1.08 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 2): Calvin Johnson, WR, Detroit Lions

Megatron is my top-ranked wide receiver, but I'd prefer Forte over him (like with the previous pick). With tremendous size and athleticism, no receiver can take over a game like Megatron. Counting playoff games (or should I say "game"), Johnson has six 200 receiving yards in his career. Nobody has more. Over the past three seasons, Johnson has averaged a statistical line of 101/1,712/11.

1.09 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 3): Jimmy Graham, TE, New Orleans Saints

At a relatively weak position, there is no safer stud option than Graham. While I think Rob Gronkowski has higher upside provided he can stay healthy for a full season, Gronk carries significant durability risk with him into the 2014 season.

Graham led tight ends in the triple crown of stats, if you will: 86 catches for 1,215 yards and a career-best 16 touchdowns. It was only the second time in NFL history that a tight end had at least 16 touchdowns. (Of course, Gronk had the other season.) Over the past three seasons combined, Graham has a total of 270 receptions for 3,507 yards and 36 touchdowns; that equates to an average stat line of 90/1,169/12.

1.10 - Kevin Hanson (Team 3): Matt Forte, RB, Chicago Bears

Once it was my turn to draft, I did a "Matt Forte" search for any potential injury that allowed him to fall to 1.10. If you look up "theft" in the dictionary, it refers you to pick 1.10 of this draft. Ok, in all seriousness, I did at least wonder if there was some negative news item that I might have missed. If I were drafting for every team, there is no way that he would have slipped past pick 1.07, but it's a matter of personal preference.

In his first season with Marc Trestman as coach, Forte set career highs across the board: 1,339 rushing yards, 74 receptions and 594 receiving yards. He tied his previous career high in touchdowns (12). With a talented duo of outside receivers in Alshon Jeffery and Brandon Marshall, Forte has protection from consistent eight-men fronts looking to slow down the run. In addition, both of those receivers are big-bodied wideouts that excel as blockers down the field.

As risky as first-round running backs can be (see 2013 drafts — C.J. Spiller, Trent Richardson, Ray Rice, etc.), Forte feels about as safe as you can get here.

1.11 - Brendan Donahue (Team 3): Dez Bryant, WR, Dallas Cowboys

Aside from Megatron, no receiver's best is as good as Bryant's best. Over the past three seasons, Dez and Megatron are the league's only two receivers to have accumulated 3,500-plus yards and 30-plus touchdowns.

The Cowboys should find themselves in their fair share of shootouts this season as the defense, which ranked 32nd (of 32 teams) last year, is even worse this year.

1.12 - Sean Beazley (Team 3): Demaryius Thomas, WR, Denver Broncos

As talented as I think Dez is, I would have taken Thomas as the second receiver off the board as he's part of an even better offense and even better quarterback. In his second with Manning, DT's numbers were nearly identical to his first season. After finishing with 94/1,434/10 in 2012, Thomas had 92 catches for 1,430 yards and 14 touchdowns last year. Thomas should be a lock for 90/1,400/10 (or better) in 2014.

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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:

7.01 - Sean Beazley (Team 1): Chris Johnson, RB, New York Jets

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!

7.03 - Brendan Donahue (Team 1): Colin Kaepernick, QB, San Francisco 49ers

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.

7.04 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 1): Nick Foles, QB, Philadelphia Eagles

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.

7.05 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 2): Stevan Ridley, RB, New England Patriots

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.

7.06 - Brendan Donahue (Team 2): Jordan Reed, TE, Washington Redskins

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.

7.07 - Kevin Hanson (Team 2): Josh Gordon, WR, Cleveland Browns

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.

7.08 - Sean Beazley (Team 2): Tavon Austin, WR, St. Louis Rams

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.

7.10 - Brendan Donahue (Team 3): Vernon Davis, TE, San Francisco 49ers

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.

7.11 - Kevin Hanson (Team 3): DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Houston Texans

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.

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Previous 15 Entries

Fantasy Football Mock Draft Per Day (August 16th): 14 teams, No. 3 pick Aug 16, 2014
2014 Fantasy Football Dynasty Mock Draft: Round 6 Aug 16, 2014
2014 Fantasy Football Poll: Which NFC West wide receiver will score the most fantasy points? Aug 15, 2014
2014 Fantasy Football Dynasty Mock Draft: Round 5 Aug 15, 2014
Updated 2014 Fantasy Football Quarterback (QB) Rankings Aug 14, 2014
Updated 2014 Fantasy Football Running Back (RB) Rankings Aug 14, 2014
Updated 2014 Fantasy Football Wide Receiver (WR) Rankings Aug 14, 2014
Updated 2014 Fantasy Football Tight End (TE) Rankings Aug 14, 2014
2014 Fantasy Football Dynasty Mock Draft: Round 4 Aug 13, 2014
2014 Fantasy Football Sleepers: 12 Wide Receivers I Like with Post-Round 10 ADPs Aug 12, 2014
2014 Fantasy Football Dynasty Mock Draft: Round 3 Aug 12, 2014
2014 Fantasy Football Dynasty Mock Draft: Round 2 Aug 11, 2014
Fantasy Football ADP (August 11th Update): Biggest Weekly Risers/Fallers Aug 11, 2014
Fantasy Football Mock Draft Per Day (August 11th): 14 teams, No. 8 pick Aug 11, 2014
2014 Fantasy Football Sleepers: 12 Running Backs I Like with Post-Round 10 ADPs Aug 11, 2014