In the final stretch of our new 2-QB Fantasy Football Mock Draft, we have completed another round; only two more to go.
Here are Round 10 results:
At least to begin the season, Cassel has been named the team's starting quarterback over rookie Teddy Bridgewater. It's possible/likely that Bridgewater replaces him at some point this year and the Vikes have their bye in Week 10. Sean has Tony Romo as his QB1 and E.J. Manuel as his QB2.
While Manuel's bye week is Week 9, Romo's is Week 11. It wouldn't surprise me if Bridgewater becomes the starter in Week 11 (following their bye), which could mean that Cassel is no longer the starter to cover Romo's bye.
The hopes of a breakout season that many had expected were dashed in July when Pitta suffered a hip injury that nearly kept him out for the entire season. Back in 2012, Pitta finished with 61/669/7 and I expect him to set career highs across the board in Gary Kubiak's tight end-friendly offense in 2014.
10.03 - Kevin Hanson (Team 3): Johnny Manziel, QB, Cleveland Browns
The Browns have decided to go with veteran Brian Hoyer as their starter for Week 1. It appears unlikely that Hoyer will remain the starter for the entire season, however. With an early bye (Week 4), it's possible that we see Johnny Football starting for the Browns in Week 5+. If/when he becomes the starter, his rushing ability could lead to weeks where he even flirts with QB1-level production.
After playing a full 16-game season from 2002 to 2012, Wayne missed nine games due to a torn ACL last year. Before the injury, Wayne had 38 catches for 503 yards and two touchdowns, which would have put him on pace for 87 catches and 1,150 yards. Even though he turns 36 in November, Wayne has a chance to reach the 1,000-yard milestone once again provided he stays healthy.
After five years in San Diego and three years in New Orleans, Sproles was traded to the Eagles this offseason. Over the past three seasons, Sproles has averaged 77/660/5 receiving and 63/356/2 rushing. That said, Sproles is now 31 years old and joins an offense with one of the league's best running backs.
For me, this is a bit too early for Sproles — RB50 in my fantasy rankings, RB37 in this mock.
10.06 - Brendan Donahue (Team 2): Andre Williams, RB, New York Giants
With David Wilson's career sadly over at just 23 years old, it has opened the door for Williams to become the team's No. 2 running back behind Rashad Jennings in addition to getting most of the goal-line work. While he has looked good this preseason, Williams is not much of a receiver out of the backfield. He led college football with 2,177 rushing yards last year and had zero receptions. In four college seasons, he had 704 carrries and just 10 receptions.
Entering last season as an after-thought following C.J. Spiller's breakout season, Jackson delivered for fantasy owners that took him late in drafts. Tied with Ryan Mathews, Jackson finished 10th in fantasy points among running backs last season.
Will Jackson get 1,283 YFS and 10 touchdowns again this season? I doubt it. But then again, who expected that type of production from him last year? While a fantasy owner shouldn't expect too much from a 33-year-old running back, Jackson has made a career out of outperforming expectations.
The Amish Rifle enters the season as Houston's starting quarterback. While he's not the long-term answer for the Texans, there's a good chance that he remains the starter for the vast majority of the season. Sean is loading up on QBs with this roster as Fitz is his QB4 behind Drew Brees, Carson Palmer and Geno Smith.
10.09 - Sean Beazley (Team 1): Blake Bortles, QB, Jacksonville Jaguars
Despite his high-draft status (third overall) and his performance in the preseason, Bortles enters the season as the team's backup. The Jags have insisted that Bortles will sit for a year before becoming the starter in 2015, but will the Jags really keep Bortles on the bench all season? I doubt it. Once again, Sean has added a QB4 to one of his rosters, hoping that the lack of depth in 2-QB leagues works to his advantage when it comes to negotiating trades.
With explosive athletic ability, the six-foot-four Hunter has added 15 pounds of muscle to his (previously) thin frame this offseason. As a rookie, Hunter had a few big games near the end of the season and averaged nearly 20 yards per catch (19.7 Y/R). With a late-round ADP (albeit one that keeps rising), Hunter appeared on my list of 12 undervalued fantasy football options and he has plenty of breakout appeal going into his sophomore campaign.
10.11 - Brendan Donahue (Team 1): Carlos Hyde, RB, San Francisco 49ers
With injuries in the team's backfield, Hyde has emerged as the clear No. 2 running back behind 31-year-old incumbent Frank Gore. As my top-ranked running back prospect in the 2014 NFL Draft, Hyde rushed for 1,521 yards (7.3 YPC) and 15 touchdowns as a senior at Ohio State last year. In addition, Hyde has impressed throughout the preseason as he rushed 17 times for 96 yards (5.6 YPC).
10.12 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 1): Mike Evans, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Often compared to new teammate Vincent Jackson when it comes to NFL comparables, Evans has great size (6-foot-5, 35-inch arms) and excellent athleticism for his size. While it's typically difficult for rookie receivers to make a major impact, Evans should be able to make an immediate impact in the red zone.
2014 Fantasy Football rankings:
- 2014 Fantasy Football QB rankings
- 2014 Fantasy Football RB rankings
- 2014 Fantasy Football WR rankings
- 2014 Fantasy Football TE rankings
More fantasy football resources:
- Fantasy Football Mock Draft Simulator
- 2014 Fantasy Football Player Projections
- 2014 Fantasy Football Profiles
- 2014 Fantasy Football Strength of Schedule
- Fantasy Football ADP Movers