Saturday, July 5, 2014
2014 Fantasy Football PPR Mock Draft
QB: Tony Romo, EJ Manuel
Tony Romo is one of the best values at quarterback in fantasy football. In this draft he was the ninth QB overall, and per usual will have no problem putting up 4000 plus yards with close to 30 touchdowns. Considering the offensive coordinator is now Scott Linehan, from the Lions, Romo will continue to throw a lot, if not more.
There were still a lot of quarterbacks on the board when I wanted to draft a backup, so I waited for EJ Manuel with my last pick. The jury is still very out on Manuel, but showed moments of promise in 2013. He should at least improve quite a bit in 2014 considering the efforts the front office went into securing a solid offensive line, and an impressive group of receivers starting with Sammy Watkins, Robert Woods, and Mike Williams.
RB: Arian Foster, C.J. Spiller, Rashad Jennings, Ben Tate, Jonathan Stewart
Considering this was a PPR mock, I probably should have went heavier at receiver, but my priority in 2014 has been at running backs. Particularly this year, running back really dries up after the top 20 guys, and it is important to secure a couple of good ones. Not to mention, Foster, Spiller, and Jennings should hit at least 50 catches this year, PPR value is there.
Last year, both Foster and Spiller were two of fantasy's biggest disappointments, however now healthy both are primed for comeback seasons. Foster will once again be the bell cow for the Texans, and especially with Tate gone, should hit at least 300 touches once again.
On the other hand, Spiller played basically all of 2013 injured, and it probably would have been more beneficial if he just sat out. Regardless, word is that he is healthy, and the offensive is looking for better ways to get him the ball. In my opinion the Bills could better use Spiller in a Darren Sproles-esque role, giving him 150 carries, but 70 plus catches. We'll see what happens.
Jennings was a solid fantasy back for owners last year on the Raiders. While he isn't the flashiest guys, he is a grinder and gets the job done. Running back was a horrific position for the Giants last year, and having a consistent back like Jennings should be a breathe of fresh air. Right now he figures to be the Giants three down back, and could get near 300 touches.
In standard rankings I prefer Toby Gerhart at the moment, but Jennings could be a better option in PPR.
Ben Tate is an above-average backup, but like I said, running back dries up past the top 20, so I wanted a somewhat dependable backup. Also, Foster and Spiller have big question marks, so getting depth was a priority.
Lastly, Jonathan Stewart is one of my biggest sleepers this year. Supposedly he is finally healthy, and DeAngelo Williams certainly isn't getting any younger, and the offensive could potentially function better with Stewart. Let us not remember in his first two years Stewart totaled over 2000 yards and 20 touchdowns.
WR: Julio Jones, Mike Wallace, Eric Decker, Rueben Randle, Doug Baldwin
Julio Jones is a stud, that is fact, and he is supposedly at 100%. Not much to say.
I'm high on Mike Wallace this year, particularly because the offensive is supposedly creating better ways to get him the ball with the departure of Mike Sherman. Wallace had a career high 142 targets last year, but only caught 73 of them. This year the targets should remain high, but the catches should rise with better play calling.
Eric Decker has somewhat flown under the radar since joining the Jets. Geno Smith isn't Peyton Manning, but Decker is the closest thing to a legit NFL caliber starting receiver the Jets have had in a few years. It isn't out of questions to think Decker should be able to replicated the numbers he had on the Broncos.
Word has been at Giants training camp that Rueben Randle has been stepping up, and with Hakeem Nicks gone, his role will definitely increase as the Giants starting outside receiver.
Doug Baldwin is another favorite sleeper of mine. With Golden Tate gone, and the lack of dependable receivers besides the usually injury plagued Percy Harvin, Baldwin should have his first 1000 yard season.
TE: Greg Olsen
Olsen could be in for a huge season, I see him as a top five tight end option. Olsen was the ninth tight end in this draft, great value considering the Panthers have an entirely new group of receivers, and Olsen has been a safety blanket for Cam Newton.
I took Houston in the 11th round because I accidentally thought this was a 12 round mock. I would have waited till the 14th round to pick a defense.
K: Justin Tucker