2017 Fantasy Football Mock DraftPosted: May 2017
Scoring: This mock uses standard scoring and is for 2017 only (i.e., not keeper/dynasty leagues). Passing touchdowns are worth four points while rushing/receiving touchdowns are worth six points. In addition, one point is earned per 25 passing yards, 10 rushing yards or 10 receiving yards.
With the 2017 NFL Draft now behind us, we conducted our first Fantasy Football Mock Draft for the 2017 season.
Note: It's a "slow" draft so picks will be added as they occur with comments from Kevin Hanson (@EDSFootball).
Here is Round 8 of our 2017 Fantasy Football Mock Draft:
8.01. Sean Beazley III - Jeremy Hill, RB, Cincinnati Bengals
After an impressive rookie season (1,124 rushing yards and 5.1 YPC), Hill has failed to reach the 1,000-yard mark and has averaged under 4.0 yards per carry in back-to-back seasons. Not only did the Bengals draft Joe Mixon in the second round, a back that would have been a first-rounder if it weren't for character concerns, the team lost two of its best offensive linemen in free agency. If not to begin the season, I expect Mixon to out-touch Hill as the season progresses (as noted earlier).
8.02. Dan Yanotchko III - Delanie Walker, TE, Tennessee Titans
With more than 100 targets in each of the past three seasons, Walker has a minimum of 800 receiving yards each season with a total of 222/2,778/17 over that span. Walker will turn 33 in August and the team has invested in additional weapons for Marcus Mariota, but Walker should remain a solid and reliable TE1 in fantasy football for at least another season.
8.03. Brendan Donahue III - Brandon Marshall, WR, New York Giants
Changing teams with plans to play two more seasons, Marshall will still play half of his football games at MetLife Stadium. After a 109/1,502/14 season in 2015, Marshall disappointed fantasy owners with only 59 catches for 788 yards and three touchdowns. While he gets a quarterback upgrade with Eli Manning, he's clearly the No. 2 receiver to Odell Beckham and the team has a talented young WR3 in Sterling Shepard.
8.04. Kevin Hanson III - Jonathan Stewart, RB, Carolina Panthers
The Panthers used their top-two picks on weapons to help Cam Newton -- and likely hurt the fantasy outlook for Stewart. Both Christian McCaffrey and Curtis Samuel are different types of backs than Stewart, but both are extremely versatile and dynamic weapons that should make significant contributions early. Turning 30 this spring, Stewart has missed at least three games in five consecutive seasons and he has averaged less than 4.0 yards per carry in three of those five seasons including last year (3.8 YPC).
8.05. Kevin Hanson II - Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks
Like in 2015, Wilson got off to a slow start last season and played better in the second half. In the first seven games of the season, Wilson scored at least 15 fantasy points only once -- 23.86 in Week 4 at NYJ. In the final nine games of the season, Wilson scored 20-plus fantasy points five times. Finishing as fantasy's QB11, Wilson struggled running the ball with a career-low 3.6 YPC and 259 rushing yards with just one rushing score. The Seahawks used a second-round pick on center Ethan Pocic, but I expected them to address their offensive line issues more heavily throughout the draft.
8.06. Brendan Donahue II - Hunter Henry, TE, Los Angeles Chargers
Henry finished his rookie campaign with 36/478/8 and he was especially productive during a four-game stretch early in the season (18/290/3 from Weeks 3 to 6). Even with Antonio Gates back, it's possible/likely that Henry leads the position group in targets and production. Worst-case scenario: Henry should build upon his rookie numbers and remain a red-zone force.
8.07. Brendan Donahue I - Jameis Winston, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
A top-15 fantasy quarterback in each of his first two seasons, Winston has the potential to post his first top-12 fantasy season in 2017. The Buccaneers added DeSean Jackson, one of the league's best vertical threats, in free agency and O.J. Howard and Chris Godwin via the draft, all of whom should take some pressure off of Mike Evans and really open things up for the passing offense in general.
8.08. Sean Beazley II - Theo Riddick, RB, Detroit Lions
One of the league's most dynamic receiving backs, Riddick has averaged 5.12 receptions for 41.08 yards and 0.35 touchdowns per game over the past two years. Missing the final six games and having double wrist surgery this offseason, Riddick will remain at least a vital part of the team's passing offense going forward.
8.09. Sean Beazley I - Kyle Rudolph, TE, Minnesota Vikings
Rudolph shattered previous career highs with 83 receptions (previous career high: 53) and 840 yards (previous career high: 495) while scoring seven touchdowns. Rudolph should come close to those numbers once again in 2017.
8.10. Dan Yanotchko II - Derek Carr, QB, Oakland Raiders
Carr has thrown a total of 60 touchdown passes over the past two seasons combined and set a career low with six interceptions in 2016. Recovered from his broken leg, Carr should finish as a top-10 fantasy quarterback (QB9 in 2016) once again.
8.11. Dan Yanotchko I - Kenneth Dixon, RB, Baltimore Ravens
Coming into the NFL in 2016, Dixon was one of my favorite running backs, but his career started slowly due to a knee injury that sidelined him for the first four games of his rookie season. Now Dixon will miss the first four games this season due to a PED suspension. Productive at times in his rookie campaign, the suspension and addition of Danny Woodhead to the team's backfield makes it unlikely for Dixon to have a true breakout second season.
8.12. Kevin Hanson I - Danny Woodhead, RB, Baltimore Ravens
It's a somewhat crowded backfield when everyone is healthy or not suspended, but Woodhead joins the Ravens in free agency and should lead the backfield in receptions, at a minimum. Woodhead has missed the majority of two of the past three seasons, but he had a 76/605/6 and 81/756/6 receiving line in each of his past two full seasons.
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