2014 Fantasy Football Mock Draft (Standard Scoring): Round 7

We are closing in on the end of our new eight-round fantasy football mock draft as we only have one round to go.

Here are the picks in Round 7:

7.01 - Dan Yanotchko, Team 1: Donald Brown, RB, Indianapolis Colts

A free agent-to-be, it will be interesting to see where Brown lands in 2014. With the Colts last year, Brown was more productive than Trent Richardson, who was fantasy football's biggest disappointment in 2013. Brown, the team's first-round pick in 2009, averaged a career-high 5.3 yards per carry and finished with 751 yards from scrimmage and eight touchdowns, both of which were also career highs.

Considering the uncertainty of where Brown will end up, I'd prefer about 8-10 other running backs still on the board. At this point in the draft, however, there are concerns with all of the running backs still on the board.

7.02 - Kevin Hanson, Team 1: Jason Witten, TE, Dallas Cowboys

I'm pretty happy with how this team is shaping up. Through seven rounds, I have McCoy, Bush and Gore as my top three running backs, Jeffery, Cruz and Floyd as my top three wide receivers and Witten as my starting tight end. While Witten had a down year in terms of receptions (73) and yards (851), he had eight (or more) touchdowns for only the second time in his career.

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7.03 - Sean Beazley, Team 1: Mike Wallace, WR, Miami Dolphins

The Dolphins threw a ton of cash at 60 Minutes last offseason, but the speedy wideout had his second consecutive season with fewer than 1,000 yards. While Wallace had a career-high 73 receptions, his 12.7 yards-per-reception average and five touchdowns were career lows.

While Wallace and Ryan Tannehill seemed to be off, Wallace said this offseason (via the Miami Herald): “Definitely have got to get the deep ball going. That’s the difference between winning and losing a couple games. I should have had 15 or 20 more touchdowns. And that’s being modest. If you press me, you have no shot to cover me. Once I get you to stop your feet, it’s over.”

If the duo has better chemistry on deep routes, we certainly won't see 15-20 more TDs, but it could allow Wallace to bounce back in 2014.

7.04 - Brendan Donahue, Team 1: Darren McFadden, RB, Oakland Raiders

McFadden has never played more than 13 games in a season and even worse, he has appeared in only 29 games over the past three seasons combined. In his past two seasons, he has rushed for only 3.3 yards per carry each season with a total of 330 carries for 1,086 yards in 19 games.

Oft-injured and about to become a free agent, it seems unlikely that McFadden will return to the Raiders. One of the destinations to which he's been linked is Cincinnati, where he would be reunited with former coach Hue Jackson, who is now the Bengals' offensive coordinator.

If Run DMC does end up in Cincy, one positive is that McFadden gained 1,771 yards on 336 carries (5.3 YPC) in 2010 and 2011 under Jackson.

7.05 - Brendan Donahue, Team 2: Lamar Miller, RB, Miami Dolphins

On the verge of what many expected to be a breakout season, Miller spent most of last season in a timeshare with Daniel Thomas. Miller saw his YPC average drop from 4.9 as a rookie to only 4.0 YPC in 2013.

While Miller had 15-plus carries in five games last season, he also had seven games with 20 rushing yards or less. In fact, he failed to reach double-digit rushing yards in four of those seven games.

Part of the problem is the offensive line issues in Miami and I expect the team to make improving that unit a focus in free agency and the draft over the next few months. But the other part of the problem is the inconsistency of his workload (example: 6, 15, 3 and 17 carries in his final four games, respectively) and I'm not sure exactly how much that will change in 2014.

7.06 - Kevin Hanson, Team 2: Trent Richardson, RB, Indianapolis Colts

As noted earlier in this round, there was no bigger disappointment for fantasy owners than T-Rich last season. Most fantasy owners used a late first-round pick on him last year only to see him get demoted within the season.

Richardson did not average more than 4.00 yards per carry in any game last season and averaged 2.99 YPC on the season. In the postseason, he was even worse: four carries for one yard (0.25 YPC).

At this point of the mock, however, I'm comfortable taking a shot on Richardson as my RB3 after Lynch and Spiller (another disappointment from 2013). Not only was he a top-three pick in the real draft in 2012, the Colts gave up a first-rounder to acquire him last year so I expect them to give him first shot to win the most prominent role in the team's backfield in 2014.

7.07 - Dan Yanotchko, Team 2: Jordan Cameron, TE, Cleveland Browns

Keeping with the (I'm sure, entirely unintentional) AFC North theme, Dan adds a fourth (of seven) player from the AFC North. Cameron had a breakout season last year with 80 catches for 917 yards (second at the position behind only Jimmy Graham) and seven touchdowns.

There are a couple of concerns with Cameron: (1) his first- and second-half splits and (2) coaching changes. In addition to the departure of TE-friendly coaches Rob Chudzinski and Norv Turner, Cameron was much less effective down the stretch last year. After a strong start in his first eight games (49/596/6), Cameron had only 31 catches for 321 yards and one touchdown in the final eight games of the season.

That said, Cameron has the talent and athleticism to continue to create mismatches and to build upon his (overall) success last season.

7.08 - Sean Beazley, Team 2: Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots

It was an up-and-down (or down-and-up-and-down) season for Brady. As you can imagine, Brady's numbers in 2013 were much different when Rob Gronkowski was in the lineup than they were without him.

In the seven games that Gronkowski was active, Brady averaged 315.0 passing yards and 1.86 touchdown passes compared to averages of 237.56 yards and 1.33 touchdowns in games he missed.

With Gronk suffering another season-ending injury (this time a torn ACL), we will deal with an offseason of some uncertainty around Gronkowski's status for the upcoming season although early reports are that he will be ready for the start of the 2014 season.

7.09 - Sean Beazley, Team 3: Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jaguars have already indicated that they will allow MJD to test free agency and there's a good chance that he will fail that test (or at least be disappointed by the results). After all, teams aren't exactly lining up to sign running backs approaching 30 years old with lots of mileage on the tires regardless of how productive someone like MJD has been during his prime.

Like with any free agent-to-be, MJD's fantasy value in 2014 will become much clearer once we know his landing spot. That said, this is a fair spot to draft him. If he ends up back with the Jags, where he would presumably maintain his featured role in 2014, he would be a solid value here.

7.10 - Kevin Hanson, Team 3: Matt Ryan, QB, Atlanta Falcons

If it weren't for injuries to the team's top two receivers, Ryan would have likely had the best season of his career in 2013. After posting career highs of 4,719 yards and 32 touchdowns in 2012, Ryan finished with 4,515 yards and 26 touchdowns.

While Julio Jones started the season strong, he missed most of it due to his foot injury. There are some concerns about the (recurring nature of the) injury, but Jones is expected to be ready for the 2014 season. On the other hand, Roddy White got off to a slow start due to his high-ankle sprain and then knee injury, but he finished the year strong (43 catches for 502 yards in final five games).

Ryan will (almost certainly) lose Tony Gonzalez to retirement, but a healthy duo of Jones and White entering 2014 will bode well for Ryan to have a bounce-back season.

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7.11 - Dan Yanotchko, Team 3: Cecil Shorts, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars

Compared to expectations and his 2012 season, it was a disappointing season for Shorts last year. Although he finished a career high in receptions (66) last year, he otherwise saw year-over-year declines elsewhere with 777 yards (979 in 2012), three TDs (seven) and 11.8 yards per reception (17.8).

Even though he played through a shoulder injury last year, Shorts played in only 13 games in 2013 as he sat out the final three games due to a sports hernia. Over his first three seasons, he has missed a total of 11 games due to a variety of ailments.

7.12 - Brendan Donahue, Team 3: Joique Bell, RB, Detroit Lions

Finishing as the RB16 in standard-scoring leagues last year, Bell rushed for 650 yards and eight touchdowns while adding 53 catches for another 547 yards. With Reggie Bush ahead of him on the depth chart, Bell got a lot of work for a team's second back (219 touches), but there was quite a bit of variability in his game logs. Bell had seven games with double-digit fantasy points, but he also had eight games with five or less fantasy points.

Going into the 2014 season, I wouldn't be surprised if Bell gets another 200 touches within the Lions offense, but I also I wouldn't be surprised if we continue to see ups and downs in his weekly fantasy performances.

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