2013 Fantasy Football Mock Draft - Point-Per-Reception (PPR) Scoring
Scoring: This mock draft is based on re-draft leagues (2013 season only). Passing touchdowns are worth
four points while rushing and receiving touchdowns are worth six points. In addition, one point is earned per
25 passing yards, 10 rushing yards and 10 receiving yards plus one point per reception.
For this mock draft, four EDSFootball.com contributors will draft for three teams per round.
We will draft 15 rounds and I will include commentary for each of the 180 picks. This draft will only include QBs, RBs, WRs and TEs — no DEF/K.
This is a slow draft that is conducted offline, but picks/rounds of the draft will be posted as they are completed.
After being the primary offensive option with little help from his teammates, Steven Jackson moves to a team overflowing will talented skill players in the passing game (Roddy White, Julio Jones, Tony Gonzalez, etc.).
The active leader in carries (2,395), by far, Jackson has a lot of tread on his soon-to-be 30-year-old legs. With eight consecutive 1,000-yard seasons, however, SJax should get an opportunity to finally cash in at the goal line.
Before being released, Michael Turner had double-digit rushing touchdowns in each of the past five seasons for the Falcons.
Reunited with Jay Cutler, things could not have gone much better for Brandon Marshall (and his fantasy owners) last year.
Not only was he the first 1,000-yard receiver for the Bears since Marty Booker in 2002, but Marshall set the single-season franchise record in both receiving yards (1,508) and receptions (118). Of the five receivers to finish with triple-digit receptions, Marshall was the only receiver to finish with double-digit touchdowns (11).
Turning 29 years old this spring, Marshall should still have a at least a few more seasons of elite-level production left in him.
When I selected Graham in the first round, I was hoping that Forte, albeit less likely, or Lynch would fall to me with my second pick.
Lynch finished third in the league in rushing with a career-high 1,590 rushing yards. It was Lynch's fourth 1,000-yard season and he has now back-to-back seasons with 1,200-plus yards and double-digit touchdowns.
When things are good for CJ2K, we've seen how good they could be. In the year he rushed for more than 2,000 yards, he set the single-season record for most yards from scrimmage (2,509).
Over the past couple of years, he has been much less productive than his record-setting campaign due in part to indecisive running, trying to always hit the home run and horrible interior offensive line play. The Titans significantly upgraded all three of their interior offensive line positions with Chance Warmack and Brian Schwenke in the draft and Andy Levitre in free agency.
With the offseason addition of Shonn Greene, who rushed for 1,000 yards last year, Johnson may come off the field at the goal line or see his overall touches decrease some, but he has looked good in camp and the preseason so far.
Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant has all of the physical tools to tantalize fantasy owners.
Going into last season, however, both his on-field performance and off-the-field distractions had disappointed those same owners waiting for a breakout from the receiver.
Despite a slow start to the year, Bryant was the most dynamic wide receiver in the league not named Calvin for much of the season.
From Weeks 4 to 17, Bryant had 79 receptions for 1,218 yards and 12 touchdowns. He scored a touchdown (or two) every week from Weeks 10 to 16 and delivered for fantasy owners in a big way in Week 16, typically championship week in fantasy leagues, with 224 yards and two scores.
Having used my first-round pick on Calvin Johnson, I felt the need to go running back here and Bush is my top-ranked PPR running back still on the board.
While he should lead the team in carries and rushing, Bush stands to catch more than his fair share of passes out of the backfield. Under-utilized in Miami as a pass-catcher, Bush had only 35 receptions last year. But I wouldn't be surprised if he doubled that total in the Lions' pass-happy offense. Bush should be a PPR stud in 2013.
Jones had 79 receptions for 1,198 yards and 10 touchdowns and ranked 20th in the NFL in targets (129) last year. The gap in targets between Jones and Roddy White (143) narrowed considerably from Jones' rookie season.
Even if some perceive White to be the team's No. 1 receiver, Jones is, at worst, 1(a) and the receiver that defensive coordinators worry most about.
Provided he stays healthy, Jones should set career highs in his third season.
Things could not have gone much worse for Jones-Drew last year. Not only did he not get the new contract before/after ending his holdout, but he suffered a Lisfranc injury and missed the final 10 games of the season.
The good news is Pocket Hercules is healthy and entering a contract year and "has set his sights on 2,000 yards this season," according to SI's Jim Trotter.
Since emerging from relative obscurity in 2011, Cruz followed up his franchise-record season (1,536 yards) with another 1,000-yard campaign (1,096 yards). In addition, he set career highs in receptions (86) and touchdowns (10) last year.
Cruz and the Giants have agreed to a long-term extension this week so there won't be any distractions about his contract going forward.
That said, there are a few receivers I would take here before Cruz.
Sproles missed three games last season, which contributed to lower overall numbers from the previous season. In his two years in The Big Easy, Sproles has a 16-game average of 1,227 YFS, 9.4 TDs and 88.9 receptions.
Although he has only 691 career touches (384 carries and 307 receptions), the 5-foot-6 back turned 30 years in June.
Personally, I'd wait on quarterback, but you can't argue with Brees' production.
Leading the Saints pass-first-ask-questions-later offense, Brees led the NFL in both passing yards (5,177) and passing touchdowns (43) although those numbers were actually down year over year.
Brees became the first player in league history to throw for 5,000-plus yards and 40-plus touchdowns in back-to-back seasons. Not only is he the first (and only) player with multiple 5,000-yard seasons, his three 5,000-yard seasons tie ever other quarterback to play in the history of the NFL.
With the return of head coach Sean Payton in 2013, Brees has an excellent chance to exceed or come close to 5,000 yards and 40 touchdowns once again.
Morris finished second in the NFL in rushing with 1,613 yards, which set the franchise single-season rushing record. In addition, he finished second in the NFL in rushing touchdowns (13) behind Foster (15). Only Foster and Peterson had more carries than Morris (335).
Morris, one of the team's sixth-round picks, had 20-plus carries 10 times last season including his final seven regular-season games. He had more than 75 rushing yards in all but two games last season.
Part of me will always be concerned about Mike Shanahan even the back seems to be a perfect fit for his offense. On a positive note, Morris should be more involved as a receiver out of the backfield, but Roy Helu is back and healthy.