Saturday, May 31, 2014

2014 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: Standard League

Most people won't be drafting their fantasy teams until August but what better time to start figuring out where players will land than now. For this draft I used the 'Fantasy Pros Draft Wizard' which is a great tool for those who don't want to wait around in a mock draft on ESPN where people take forever to make their picks or where everyone drops out. Fantasy Pros compiles a complete ranking of experts and you draft against a computer, so one draft can take just five minutes.

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QB: Colin Kaepernick, Carson Palmer, EJ Manuel
If you take a look at the rankings on this site you would see I consider Colin Kaepernick a top five quarterback. He slipped in this draft and Fantasy Pros expert rankings have him as the 11th quarterback so this is a steal. Kaepernick is going to have a huge season especially consider Michael Crabtree is healthy and Stevie Johnson gives him another weapon.

Carson Palmer is nothing more than a serviceable bye-week filler. However, EJ Manuel could be a potential trade chip if everything goes right for him. Last season he suffered three knee injuries which basically destroyed his season, his offensive line was terrible and a bunch of skill players had injuries. Now Manuel has an extremely talented group of receivers led by Sammy Watkins, all he has to do is stay healthy and get the ball in his playmakers hands.

RB: Arian Foster, Doug Martin, Steven Jackson, Tre Mason
Foster does have some injury red flags but if he stays healthy he is essentially guaranteed at least 300 touches. Doug Martin also had a rough 2013 that was cut short by injury but now he is 100% and figures to be the focal point of the running game. The Bucs did draft Charles Sims to be the number two but his presence might aid in keeping Martin fresh.

Steven Jackson is no longer an elite running back but being selected in the eight round as a backup is decent value.

Before the NFL Draft I would have drafted Zac Stacy somewhere in the top 10 but when the Rams drafted Tre Mason it hurt his value quite a bit. Stacy still figures to be the lead back but Mason could get eight to 10 touches a game.

WR: Keenan Allen, Torrey Smith, Eric Decker, Sammy Watkins Kevlin Benjamin, Kenny Stills
Keenan Allen proved to be Philip Rivers go-to-guy and owners can expect at least 1200 yard and eight touchdowns.

The Ravens did acquire Steve Smith but he is a shell of his former self, Torrey Smith will still be Joe Flacco's primary target.

The Jets quarterback situation still a mystery but whoever wins the job will be looking to Eric Decker quite a bit.

Sammy Watkins and Kelvin Benjamin are both rookies but both could enter the season as their team's number one receivers. The Bills have a much more talented group of receivers than the Panther that may hurt Watkins' value but his talent is on another level.

If one rookie is going to have the coming out party this year that Keenan Allen had in 2013 I wouldn't be surprised if it was Kelvin Benjamin. Who else is Cam Newton going to throw to? If Benjamin gains the coaches trust he could be in for a big season.

Kenny Stills is a legitimate deep threat and has a decent chance for high yards and touchdown totals. However, he really isn't the best option i PPR leagues.

TE: Rob Gronkowski, Zach Ertz
If I could redo the draft I may wait on a tight end and select a receiver in the fourth but if Gronkowski is healthy he will have a huge season.

Zach Ertz figures to have a much larger role in year two and with the injury risks that Gronk has it was important to get a quality backup.

K/DEF: I didn't draft either but if I did I would fill those slots with the last two picks. 

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