With our new fantasy football PPR mock draft going 14 rounds (no kickers / team defenses), we are now officially halfway through it as Round 7 is now in the books.
Here are Round 7 results:
7.01 - Brendan Donahue (Team 1): Eric Decker, WR, New York Jets
Decker had 172 receptions for 2,352 yards and 24 touchdowns over the past two seasons combined. In each of those seasons, he has finished with at least 85 receptions, 1,000-plus yards and double-digit touchdowns. In fact, only two other receivers had a line of at least 172/2,352/24 over the past two years: teammate Demaryius Thomas (186/2,864/24) and Dez Bryant (185/2,615/25).
That's the good news. Not only does Decker go to an offense that is much less explosive, however, his new role as a team's No. 1 wide receiver means he will draw a more difficult assignment every week.
7.02 - Sean Beazley (Team 1): Mike Wallace, WR, Miami Dolphins
The Dolphins made a splash in free agency two offseasons ago by signing 60 Minutes, but he failed to live up to expectations and his monster contract last year. Wallace had a career-high 73 catches, but he averaged a career-low 12.7 yards per reception and failed to reach 1,000 receiving yards for a second year in a row. While he is one of the league's fastest receivers, Wallace and Ryan Tannehill never seemed to get on the same page.
Wallace has another year/offseason to develop better chemistry with Ryan Tannehill, who was sacked a league-worst 58 times last year. Not only should the the Dolphins protect Tannehill better, but new OC Bill Lazor has brought his up-tempo offense from Philadelphia and early reports have been positive for Wallace.
7.03 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 1): Stevan Ridley, RB, New England Patriots
With more value in standard-scoring formats, Ridley has some upside appeal as an RB3 in either format. One season after rushing for 1,263 yards, seventh-most in 2012, and 12 touchdowns, Ridley fumbled his way to a reduced role within the Patriots backfield rotation in 2013. Provided he doesn't drop the ball (literally), Ridley at least has the talent as a runner to put up numbers like he had in 2012. Whether he gets that opportunity remains to be seen.
7.04 - Kevin Hanson (Team 1): Golden Tate, WR, Detroit Lions
Going from a run-first offense in Seattle to Detroit's pass-first offense could lead to a significant boost in fantasy production for Tate. Without a real (healthy) No. 2 receiver opposite Calvin Johnson for several seasons, Tate helps take some pressure off Megatron. But, of course, Megatron's presence on the other side will open things up more so for Tate, who should always see single coverage.
Tate set career highs in receptions (64) and yards (898) to go along with five touchdowns last season, but I would expect the 25-year-old receiver to set new career highs in 2014.
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7.05 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 2): Matt Ryan, QB, Atlanta Falcons
Sacked a career-worst 44 times and throwing a career-high 17 interceptions, Ryan still managed to throw for 4,515 yards and 26 touchdowns on a career-high 651 pass attempts. In addition to poor offensive line play, Ryan was without Julio Jones for 11 games and Roddy White was slowed by injuries until the final month of the season.
Jones was having a breakout season — 116.0 YPG through five games — before a foot injury ended his season. White closed the season nearly as strong as Jones began it — 43 catches for 502 yards. Only two receivers had more yards in the final five games.
With improved health from his top two receivers, Ryan will have an opportunity to bounce back in 2014 although Tony Gonzalez has retired. (This time for good, I think.)
7.06 - Kevin Hanson (Team 2): Robert Griffin III, QB, Washington Redskins
Poised for a bounce-back season with better health (thank you, Shanny) and the free-agent addition of DeSean Jackson (thank you, Chip), it's possible that Griffin III finishes as a top-five fantasy producer. If tight end Jordan Reed (concussions) can stay healthy, RG3 has one of the league's better young trios of pass-catchers with Pierre Garcon, D-Jax and Reed. After all, Andy Dalton finished as the No. 5 fantasy quarterback in Jay Gruden's offense last year.
7.07 - Brendan Donahue (Team 2): Steven Jackson, RB, Atlanta Falcons
There are a couple of reasons to be concerned about Jackson: (1) Jackson turns 31 in July and (2) nearly 3,000 touches (2,552 carries and 440 receptions) in his career. On a positive note, the Falcons took some steps to improve their offensive line by drafting Jake Matthews with the sixth-overall pick. They also drafted his likely long-term replacement in Devonta Freeman, however, who is a back that has been compared some to Frank Gore.
If Jackson stays healthy for the full season, something he didn't do last year, there is the potential for upside. Given his age and cumulative workload, however, I wouldn't bank on a full 16 games from S-Jax in 2014.
7.08 - Sean Beazley (Team 2): Reggie Wayne, WR, Indianapolis Colts
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 will turn 36 in November, Wayne has a chance to reach the 1,000-yard milestone once again provided he stays healthy. The good news is that Wayne received medical clearance from his torn ACL already even though the team will likely limit his work during camp.
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7.09 - Sean Beazley (Team 3): Sammy Watkins, WR, Buffalo Bills
The most complete rookie receiver in this year's draft class, Watkins has big-time speed, great hands and is a dangerous runner in the open field. While he should lead the Bills in targets and production, it's disappointing that he ends up in a cold-weather environment with a less-than-ideal quarterback situation on a run-firsts team. After all, it's already difficult for rookie receivers to make significant impacts in Year 1.
7.10 - Brendan Donahue (Team 3): Darren Sproles, RB, Philadelphia Eagles
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.
7.11 - Kevin Hanson (Team 3): Danny Woodhead, RB, San Diego Chargers
One of the league's better receiving backs and therefore better in PPR formats, Woodhead had a career-high 76 receptions last season and totaled 1,035 yards from scrimmage with eight total touchdowns. The only running back with more receptions than Woodhead last season was Pierre Thomas (77).
7.12 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 3): Hakeem Nicks, WR, Indianapolis Colts
Once again, Nicks finds himself in a contract year. Without question, Nicks was disappointed with the financial terms offered to him in free agency as he settled for a one-year deal with the Colts.
Will we get a motivated and rejuvenated Nicks similar to the guy we saw in 2010 and 2011? Or the one that was a major disappointment in 2012 and 2013? I think Nicks could be in store for a bounce-back season, but the presence of Hilton and Wayne could all limit each other's upside.
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