Random late-May fantasy football mock draft results
Because it's never too early to start thinking about fantasy football, I took part in a 2014 fantasy football mock draft - in place of owner John Halpin who was working on Father of the Year and rightfully so - to knock the dust off my rankings and learn where the new rookie class would fall. I had the 10th pick overall in a 12-team PPR league:
Mock Draft Round
1) Peyton Manning
He was teasing the league, sitting there at No. 10 overall. Gone are Decker and Moreno, but if Montee Ball can improve is pass protection, Manning still has Deamaryius, Julius, Welker, Sanders, Caldwell, and the fantasy beat goes on. Set it and forget it.
2) Le'Veon Bell
A little concerned about Blount as a 2014 vulture inside the five yard line, but even missing the first month of the season, Bell finished inside the Top 15 fantasy running backs in scoring - standard scoring. This is PPR where he value receives a boost.
Pierre Garcon and Jackson will fight for targets, but I still believe D-Jax's on-the-field talent is worthy of a third-or-fourth round pick depending how the chips fall beforehand.
4) Victor Cruz
Cruz's fantasy projections for 2014 are more on Eli Manning than Cruz, but he has all the talent in the world to finish inside the top 10 in fantasy points scored among receivers and, in this mock, he's my WR2.
5) Frank Gore
Lots of miles on those legs with a train of talent behind him, but Gore has one more season with over 1,100 yards and seven-to-10 touchdowns.
6) Marques Colston
Failed to rack up over 1,000 receiving yards in a season for the first time since 2008 last season, but no more Darren Sproles creates more targets for Colston, 30, as he compliments Jimmy Graham in the passing game.
7) Kyle Rudolph
One name: Norv Turner. One more name (and a season): Jordan Cameron (2013).
Rudolph should see a nice uptick in production no matter who the quarterback is behind center.
8) Maurice Jones-Drew
It was the eighth round and MJD was still on the board. Chances are Darren McFadden is hurt by Week 4, leaving the bulk of the carries to Jones-Drew. Solid flex option for Round 8.
9) Jarrett Boykin
James Jones is now in Oakland. Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb are ahead of him, in theory, on the depth chart. However, Boykin received enough playing time in 2013 to build a rapport with Aaron Rodgers and a foundation of trust to target was built. Keep tabs on Boykin to emerge as a weekly start.
10) Fred Jackson
A season ago, C.J. Spiller was all the rage when the Bills' offensive coordiantor said he was going to touch the ball so much within the offense, Spiller would spew. Turns out, Jackson was just as involved in the rushing game. Now, the Bills did make a move to acquire Bryce Brown from the Eagles - so there is some lingering vultures behind the top two backs on the depth chart.
11) Steve Smith
It was the 11th round and Torrey Smith now has a possession receiver to replace Anquan Boldin.
12) Tony Romo
The draft got whacky here and there was confusion whether or not we had to draft a kicker/DST. If Tony Romo is on the board in the 12th round, I'm drafting him as my second string quarterback.
We had to draft a DST ...
14) Dan Bailey
... and a kicker.