2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: Round 8
In our latest 2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft, four of our contributors -- Kevin Hanson, Brendan Donahue, Sean Beazley and Dan Yanotchko -- will each draft for three (of 12) teams.
This mock draft will run 12 rounds and will use standard scoring -- i.e., not point-per-reception (PPR) scoring -- and we are now through Round 8.
Here are the Round 8 results in our 2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft:
8.01 - Sean Beazley (Team 3): Kenneth Dixon, RB, Baltimore Ravens
At the turn, Sean took Justin Forsett with the pick immediately preceeding this one. A talented rookie that slipped to the Ravens in the fourth round, Dixon could quickly emerge as the lead back in the team's crowded backfield. While Buck Allen will get work as well, doubling up here gives Sean a better chance of securing the team's best fantasy back.
Even with Doug Martin rushing for more than 1,400 yards, Sims finished as fantasy's RB22 (RB17 in PPR) in 2015. While his ceiling is capped if Martin stays healthy for a full season once again, it wouldn't surprise me if me duplicates last year's production -- 1,090 YFS, 51 receptions and four TDs.
Before breaking his leg, Johnson ranked near the top of the league in rush attempts and yards last season. In 11 games, CJ2K finished with 196 carries for 814 yards. That said, he averaged 3.6 YPC or less in his final four games before the injury and David Johnson should dominate backfield touches in 2016 as long as he remains healthy.
With CJ2K and V-Jax, Dan has taken players with 11th-round ADPs three rounds early. Neither of these guys are guys that I would take earlier than their ADPs, however.
Missing six games last season, Jackson had his worst season since signing with the Bucs both in absolute and per-game numbers. V-Jax finished with just 33 catches for 543 yards (54.3/G) and three touchdowns in his age-32 season. Jackson had just one or two catches in four of his 10 games last year.
In his third season with the Titans, Walker blew away previous career highs in receptions (94) and yards (1,088) and tied a previous career high in touchdowns (six). Walker had 52-plus yards in his final 12 games of the season and due to that level of consistency, he finished as a top-12 fantasy tight end in 11 of 16 weeks.
8.06 - Brendan Donahue (Team 2): Derrick Henry, RB, Tennessee Titans
The 2015 Heisman Trophy winner, Henry has great speed for his size (6-3, 247) and he should challenge DeMarco Murray early on for work as part of their backfield committee. Perhaps early in the season, we could see Murray getting 15-18 touches and Henry getting 10-12 touches per game.
For the first time in his career, Jennings played all 16 games and posted career highs in both carries (195) and rushing yards (863). Racking up 419 YFS in the final three games of the season, Jennings ended the season on a positive note and he should enter the season as the lead back. That said, he turned 31 in March, has struggled with durability and the Giants drafted Paul Perkins in the fifth round of this year's draft.
For a second consecutive season, Big Ben has led the NFL in passing yards per game (328.2/G in 2015). Even with the full-season suspension of Martavis Bryant, Roethlisberger has top-five upside provided he can stay healthy for 16 games.
Even without Jimmy Graham last year, Brees averaged 324.7 yards per game, which was the second-highest of his career. Over the past five seasons, Brees has averaged no less than 309.5 YPG with at least 32 touchdowns per year. During that five-year stretch, no quarterback has more passing yards (25,637), passing touchdowns (193) or 300-yard games (52).
It's déjà vu all over again with the four-game suspension for Brady, who appears as determined as ever to fight the suspension. Perhaps Brady won't have to serve the suspension in 2016, but even if he does, he should easily finish as a top-five (or better) quarterback in terms of fantasy points per game. Scoring more fantasy points than every quarterback not named Cam last season, Brady threw for 4,770 yards and a league-high 36 touchdowns in 2015.
Palmer set career highs in passing yards (4,671, fourth-most in the NFL) and passing touchdowns (35, second-most) in 2015 as the Cardinals led the NFL in total offense and finished second in scoring offense. With a talented trio of wide receivers in addition to one of the league's best young running backs, Palmer has a chance to once again finish as a top-five fantasy quarterback in 2016. Excluding Week 17, Palmer threw for 300-plus yards and/or multiple touchdowns in all but two games last season.
Diggs got off to a great start with six-plus catches and 87-plus yards in each of his first four games played and he was clearly the most productive of Minnesota's wide receivers. After the first four games, however, he exceeded 50 yards only twice and he closed the season with 22 yards or less in four of his final five games.
No team threw it less than Minnesota (454 pass attempts) and they drafted Laquon Treadwell in the first round. In other words, Diggs is a solid receiver at this spot, but the upside is limited.
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