2014 Fantasy Football PPR Mock Draft: Round 6

Another round of our new fantasy football PPR mock draft has been completed.

Here are Round 6 results:

6.01 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 3): Frank Gore, RB, San Francisco 49ers

A few factors that could negatively impact Gore's fantasy value are: (1) he just turned 31 years old, (2) he has more than 2,500 career touches, (3) he averaged a career-low 4.1 YPC last year and (4) Carlos Hyde and perhaps Marcus Lattimore will be in the mix for touches.

That said, the 49ers have one of the league's best offensive lines and Gore rushed for 1,100-plus yards and eight-plus touchdowns for the third consecutive season last year. 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.

6.02 - Kevin Hanson (Team 3): Trent Richardson, RB, Indianapolis Colts

With first-round running backs becoming rare in the real NFL, Richardson was essentially two first-rounders. Not only did the Browns draft him with the third-overall pick in 2012, but the Colts gave up their first-round pick this year to acquire T-Rich last year.

Despite his first-round ADP (in fantasy drafts) last season, Richardson was arguably the biggest disappointment in fake football although there were a number of first-round disappointments at running back. Even with an upgrade at quarterback (Andrew Luck) with his new team, Richardson averaged a paltry 2.92 yards per carry and was eventually demoted in favor of Donald Brown.

With Brown now in San Diego, Richardson should get the first opportunity to lead the team in carries this year. That said, it's hard to have any faith in Richardson.

I'd feel better taking T-Rich in Round 6 if he were my RB3/flex instead of an RB2. (His current PPR ADP is 5.07, via FFC.) Ideally, I'd prefer to capitalize on his potential upside if he bounces back without having to rely on what could be inconsistent production as an every-week starter.

6.03 - Brendan Donahue (Team 3): Kendall Wright, WR, Tennessee Titans

Wright took a big step forward in his second season with 94 catches for 1,079 yards, both of which vastly exceeded his rookie numbers, but his low touchdown total (two) kept the joy of his fantasy owners in check. Consistently solid, but not spectacular, Wright had 13 games of 50-plus receiving yards; only two players had more such games than Wright — Antonio Brown (16) and Demaryius Thomas (14).

6.04 - Sean Beazley (Team 3): Vernon Davis, TE, San Francisco 49ers

Unhappy with his contract situation despite two years left on his deal, Davis has skipped voluntary OTAs as well as the team's mandatory minicamp last month. Reports have indicated that his holdout is likely to extend into training camp.

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.

Although he is a solid pick in Round 6 as I don't expect him to extend his holdout into the regular season, I'd actually prefer Cleveland's Jordan Cameron over Davis. With the lack of other weapons in Cleveland assuming a Josh Gordon full-year suspension, Cameron could possibly lead the position in targets in 2014.

6.05 - Sean Beazley (Team 2): Ben Tate, RB, Cleveland Browns

No longer in the shadow of Arian Foster, Tate signed a free-agent deal this offseason with the Browns, who were in need of a feature back. When given the opportunity, Tate has been productive as he has averaged 4.7 YPC in his career. Durability has been a concern, however, as he has played only 40 regular-sesaon games since being drafted four years ago.

With Josh Gordon's looming suspension, the Browns will utilize a run-heavy attack, but the Browns added a pair of talented rookie running backs. Not only did they use a third-round pick on Terrance West, who posted video game-type numbers at Towson, but they signed Isaiah Crowell as an undrafted free agent. Off-the-field issues led to Crowell's undrafted status, but he may be the most talented running back in this year's entire draft class as a former five-star recruit before signing with Georgia.

6.06 - Brendan Donahue (Team 2): Lamar Miller, RB, Miami Dolphins

With expectations of a breakout, Miller rushed 177 times for 709 yards (4.01 YPC) and two touchdowns and added 26 catches for 170 yards last year.

On a positive note, the Dolphins have taken steps to improve their offensive line by signing Branden Albert and Shelley Smith in free agency and drafting right tackle Ju'Wuan James in the first round. (Of course, James probably would have been available with their second-round pick.) Among the 81 guards graded by PFF last year, however, Smith ranked fourth in run blocking.

Even though the Dolphins signed Knowshon Moreno to a one-year deal this offseason, Miller had worked with the first-team offense all offseason as Moreno's conditioning left a lot to be desired. By undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery recently, Moreno will likely start the season behind Miller on the depth chart.

6.07 - Kevin Hanson (Team 2): Jordan Cameron, TE, 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.

As noted earlier, Gordon is facing a full-season ban. Without him, the Browns have few options in passing game other than Cameron. Based on my projections, Andrew Hawkins will be the team's only receiver to finish as a top-80 fantasy wide receiver in 2014. While I have Hawkins ranked higher than his ADP, he's still outside of my top 50 wide receivers.

Cameron should be a target hog week in and week out even if the Browns have one of the league's most run-oriented offenses, as expected.

6.08 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 2): 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. In addition, Smith was nearly as productive in his first five games (27/556/1 — 20.49 Y/R) as he was in the final 11 games (38/572/3 — 15.05 Y/R).

While I'm not sure how much better the Ravens will protect Joe Flacco, who was sacked more than any quarterback not named Ryan Tannehill last season, one of the keys to consistency for the Ravens passing game (and Smith) will be improvement in their protection of Flacco, who had a career-worst regular season.

6.09 - Kevin Hanson (Team 1): 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.

6.10 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 1): DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Houston Texans

Only one rookie receiver had more yards than Hopkins (802) last season: San Diego's Keenan Allen (1,046). While I believe that Hopkins will build upon last year's rookie success, I think this is a bit early for him.

6.11 - Sean Beazley (Team 1): Jason Witten, TE, 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.

6.12 - Brendan Donahue (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 three NFL seasons, he has yet to finish outside the top-five in fantasy points among QBs.

The Panthers used their first-round pick on Florida State receiver Kelvin Benjamin, but they still have one of the league's weakest receiving corps. That said, Cam's rushing stats help mitigate that weakness. Based on his career rushing stats, he has averaged 7.73 fantasy points per game on his rushing stats alone.

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