We have posted another round of results from our in-progress 2013 fantasy football dynasty mock draft.
Here are the results from Round 8:
Of the Rams running backs, I would prefer Pead and/or Stacy over Richardson. Pead was already off the board in this mock, but Stacy is still available. Richardson averaged 4.8 yards per carry on the season, but he had only 24 rushing yards on 16 carries in five games in the month of December. Going forward, I would expect him to be used mostly as a change-of-pace back.
Davis had a relatively mediocre regular season sandwiched by a pair of spectacular postseasons. In other words, Davis was as productive in five playoff games over the past two years (546 yards and five touchdowns) as he was in 16 regular-season games last year (548 yards and five touchdowns).
Unfortunately for Franklin (and Eddie Lacy as well), the presence of both talented backs reduces the short-term fantasy value of the other. Taking a longer-term perspective, some/many feel that Franklin is a better value than Lacy.
Although he's not as big of a back as Lacy, Franklin has the ability to do it all including running in between the tackles. As a senior, he set the Bruins' single-season rushing record with 1,734 yards, caught 33 passes for 323 yards and scored a total of 15 touchdowns.
While he has plenty of upside, Hunter needs to improve his focus (reduce his drops). The lanky receiver (6-foot-4 with 33 1/4-inch arms) is an explosive athlete (4.44 forty, 39.5-inch vertical, 11-4 broad jump).
Hunter may not have a huge impact with the Titans as a rookie, but Kenny Britt is in the final year of his rookie contract and there is a strong possibility that the talented-but-troubled receiver won't be back after 2013. In addition to the presence of Kendall Wright, Britt and Nate Washington, the inaccuracy of the team's starting quarterback limits Hunter rookie-season upside.
While he is nearing the end of his career as a 34-year-old receiver, Wayne had a bounce-back season playing with rookie quarterback Andrew Luck, the No. 1 overall pick in 2012. He finished with 106 receptions and 1,355 yards, both of which were the second-most of his career, and five touchdowns.
Including Wayne, only four players have ever finished with 1,300-plus receiving yards at age 34 or older. Both Terrell Owens and ex-teammate Marvin Harrison reached that mark at 34 years old and Irving Fryar was the only to do that when he was older than 34.
Perhaps I could have waited even longer to select my quarterback, and I certainly recommend waiting on a quarterback in any format (re-draft or dynasty), Romo has the ability and weapons on the roster to exceed his draft slot here as the 11th quarterback off the board.
Throwing for a career-high 4,903 yards, the third-most in the NFL last year, Romo finished eighth among quarterbacks in fantasy points last season. Over the past six seasons, Romo has a 16-game average of 4,402 yards and 30 touchdowns.
Despite being a good route-runner with excellent speed, Maclin has failed to live up to expectations since being drafted in the middle of the first round of the 2009 NFL Draft. In four seasons with the Eagles, Maclin has yet to exceed 70 receptions or reach 1,000 receiving yards. Although he has only missed five games in four seasons, he has only played all 16 games once (2010) and always seems to be banged up.
Recently Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports wrote an article on breakout players for the 2013 season and included the Ravens tight end on the list. La Canfora writes that Pitta "has the size and is much faster than Boldin and can separate more. And with Jim Caldwell calling the plays in Baltimore, the middle of the field is more fertile territory. Joe Flacco, Pitta's BFF, was throwing the hell out of those seam routes on their Super Bowl run and Pitta could easily hit double-digit touchdowns next season and push 1,000 yards receiving."
I'm not a huge 'Quizz fan as he will once again be a change-of-pace back except the Falcons have a better primary option this year with Steven Jackson than they had last year with Michael Turner. As the 38th running back off the board in this mock, I suppose it's a fair spot for him to be selected. That said, there are several other backs that I would prefer over him that are still available like Shane Vereen, Zac Stacy, Marcus Lattimore, etc.
Obviously Manning won't be this team's starting quarterback for many years to come, but he is a top-five (or better) fantasy quarterback for this season — and perhaps one or two more after that. With the depth at the position, I will add another quarterback later in the draft with some upside and there are plenty of options available.
After sitting out all of the 2011 season due to multiple neck surgeries, Manning had one of his best seasons ever in his first with the Broncos. He threw for 4,659 yards, only 41 yards less than his career best, and 37 touchdowns, again the second-highest total of his career.
I considered Vereen with pick 8.10, but he would have been my RB5 and therefore I decided to finally draft my QB1. Vereen has the potential to be a solid flex option and even a low-end RB2 in 12-team leagues if things go right for him in 2013.
Now part of the Chargers backfield, Danny Woodhead finished as the 28th most productive fantasy running back last year. Much of his workload could find its way to Vereen, who had 162 yards from scrimmage, seven receptions and three touchdowns in two playoff games for the Patriots last year.
Over the past three seasons, Flacco has a combined 18-to-2 touchdown-to-interception ratio in the postseason. Earning Super Bowl MVP honors in his last game played has allowed Flacco to parlay his postseason success into a monster contract. That said, Flacco is a much better quarterback in real life than fantasy.
In the regular season, Flacco has yet to reach 4,000 passing yards or throw for more than 25 touchodwns in any of his five seasons as a pro.
After using his third-round pick (No. 25 overall) on a quarterback, this is a wasted pick to me. With the position so deep, why draft a guy at this point that will almost always ride your fantasy bench? If he had a better-but-older quarterback like Brees or Brady, I could see the logic in taking a backup quarterback here. But he doesn't.
At this point, he has as many quarterbacks (two) on his roster as he does wide receivers (two). In my opinion, it would make much more sense to add depth at wide receiver or running back here.
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