2015 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: Round 5Scoring: This mock draft is based on standard-scoring fantasy football leagues for the 2015 season only (i.e., not keeper or dynasty leagues). 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.
Mock Draft Start Date: Saturday, May 9th
Mock Draft End Date: Friday, May 22nd
Four of our site's contributors — Kevin Hanson, Brendan Donahue, Sean Beazley and Dan Yanotchko — will make picks for three teams of this 12-team mock. The mock will go 12 rounds with no kickers or team defenses selected.
Although this is a slow draft, we will post picks as they occur, along with comments from Kevin Hanson, as opposed to waiting for the entire mock draft to be completed.
Here are the Round 5 results of our 2015 Fantasy Football Mock Draft:
5.01 - Sean Beazley (Team 1): Kevin White, WR, Chicago Bears
Long term, there is a lot to like about White as a prospect and NFL wide receiver, but this is probably a little earlier than I'd select him in re-draft formats. While some may label White as a "one-year wonder" after going the JUCO route to begin his collegiate career, White possesses a special combination of size (6-3, 215), speed (4.35 forty) and strength. During the draft process, NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah compared White to Atlanta's Julio Jones and he should start early in his career, likely Week 1, opposite Alshon Jeffery.
5.02 - Brendan Donahue (Team 1): Latavius Murray, RB, Oakland Raiders
Loaded with potential and upside, Murray is a physical freak that runs a sub-4.4 forty at 6-foot-3 and 225 pounds. Murray finally got a chance to showcase what he could do down the stretch last season and he gained 478 yards from scrimmage over his final five games on a total of 83 touches (72 carries and 11 receptions). With Darren McFadden and Maurice Jones-Drew out and Trent Richardson and Roy Helu in, Murray should be given every opportunity to be the team's lead back in 2015 and I was hoping he'd slide a couple more spots to me at 5.05.
5.03 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 1): Golden Tate, WR, Detroit Lions
Tate had a career year with 99 catches for 1,331 yards and four touchdowns plus five carries for 30 yards. With Calvin Johnson missing three games and being a decoy in a couple of others, Tate was especially productive over the middle of the season when he racked up a nine-game line of 64/935/3. If Megatron is healthy for the entire season, Tate is unlikely to repeat last year's career numbers, but he's otherwise a solid low-end WR2 in 2015.
5.04 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 2): Martavis Bryant, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers
Inactive for the first six games, Bryant went on a scoring spree in his first four NFL games with a total of six touchdowns in those four games. After that point, Bryant had just 12 catches for 239 yards and two touchdowns in the final six games of the season. Although Bryant could reach double-digit scores in 2015 and should start ahead of Markus Wheaton in two-WR sets, there will likely be some week-to-week inconsistency from Bryant as well but he has plenty of upside.
5.05 - Kevin Hanson (Team 1): Peyton Manning, QB, Denver Broncos
With a slow finish to the season, Manning finished the year as the QB4 (312.68 fantasy points) behind Aaron Rodgers (354.14), Andrew Luck (350.74) and Russell Wilson (327.6). In the first 11 games of the season, Manning averaged 23.96 fantasy points per game (323.45 YPG, 34 TDs and nine INTs). In the final five games of the season, he averaged 9.83 FPPG (233.8 YPG, five TDs and six INTs) and never scored more than 13.02 fantasy points in any of those games. Much of that decline can be attributed to his thigh injury, but Manning also struggles (in relative terms) as the weather gets colder. I like the value of Manning in the middle of the fifth round.
5.06 - Kevin Hanson (Team 2): Frank Gore, RB, Indianapolis Colts
Except for an 11-game season in 2010, Gore has rushed for 1,000-plus yards in eight of his past nine seasons with at least 1,100 rushing yards in the past four seasons. Underutilized as a receiver (18 receptions per year over past four seasons), Gore, once one of the league's top receiving backs, should see an uptick in targets with the Colts. Ranked as the RB19 in my rankings, Gore is a solid RB2 option in Indy's high-powered offense, but I really like him as my RB3/flex.
5.07 - Brendan Donahue (Team 2): DeSean Jackson, WR, Washington Redskins
Despite the revolving door at quarterback, Jackson was one of the few bright spots for Washington's offense in 2014. In his first season with Washington, D-Jax finished with 56 catches for 1,169 yards and six touchdowns and led the NFL in yards per reception (20.9). It was the second time in his career that he posted a Y/R average greater than 20.0.
Even though he finished as the 16th-highest scoring fantasy wide receiver, the big drawback of owning Jackson is the boom-or-bust nature of his production. Jackson finished as a top-17 fantasy wide receiver in eight of 15 games last year; in all of the seven other games, he finished as the WR53 or worse. Stated differently, Jackson had zero games within the range of WR18 and WR52 in a given week last year.
5.08 - Brendan Donahue (Team 3):
After sitting out all of 2013 with a torn ACL, Maclin returned to the Eagles on a one-year deal and posted a career-best season (85/1,318/10) in Chip Kelly's offense. Among players changing locker rooms in free agency, few players, if any, have seen their stock drop more than Maclin, who signed a five-year deal with the Chiefs to reunite with former head coach Andy Reid.
5.09 - Sean Beazley (Team 2): T.J. Yeldon, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars
Selected with a top-40 pick in this year's draft, Yeldon has excellent size (6-1, 225) and should immediately go to the front of the line in terms of the team's backfield depth chart. In fact, general manager David Caldwell said that he sees Yeldon as "a three-down back." The Jags ranked in the bottom two in both scoring and total offense last year and the general offensive struggles could limit Yeldon's fantasy upside as a rookie.
5.10 - Sean Beazley (Team 3): Tevin Coleman, RB, Atlanta Falcons
The biggest home run threat among backs in the 2015 NFL Draft, Coleman rushed for 2,036 yards on his 270 carries last season with four 200-yard games and eight 60-yard runs, most in both categories. Clearly, that won't be repeated at the NFL level, but it clearly illustrates his big-play ability as he joins one of the league's better offenses. D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution gives Coleman the slight edge (1A to 1B) over Devonta Freeman in his early projected depth chart.
5.11 - Kevin Hanson (Team 3): Julian Edelman, WR, New England Patriots
2013 seemed to be a perfect storm for Edelman as he was surrounded by other first-year receivers (either rookies or free agents) and Rob Gronkowski missed more than half of the season due to injury. After his breakout 2013 season (105/1,056/6), however, Edelman actually averaged slightly more receptions (6.57 in 2014 vs. 6.56 in 2013) and yards (69.43 in 2014 vs. 66.0 in 2013). While I'd prefer for Edelman to be my third receiver (instead of my second), he's my 23rd-ranked receiver and the 27th receiver off the board in this mock.
5.12 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 3): Jarvis Landry, WR, Miami Dolphins
Among rookies, only his ex-LSU teammate Odell Beckham (91) had more receptions than Landry (84) last season. Over the final nine games of the season, Landry had a minimum of five receptions each game and racked up a total of 59 catches over that span. In addition, he had at least nine targets in six of his final eight games. While's much better in PPR formats, Landry should improve upon his 84/758/5 rookie numbers.
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