2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: Round 5- Updated: Saturday, February 13, 2016
Scoring: This mock draft is based on standard-scoring formats and is for the 2016 season only (i.e., not keeper or dynasty leagues). Passing touchdowns are worth four points while rushing and receiving touchdowns are worth six points. In addition, one point is earned per 25 passing yards, 10 rushing or 10 receiving yards.
Note: This way-too-early fantasy football mock draft is a one-man mock draft so all of the picks are made by Kevin Hanson (follow on Twitter).
Later in the year, we will feature more mock drafts with more of our contributors and other scoring formats.
Here is Round 5 of my one-man 2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft:
5.01 - Team 1: Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers
The loss of Jordy Nelson (ACL) for the season hurt the offense in general and Rodgers production in particular. Rodgers completed 60.7 percent of his attempts for just 6.7 Y/A, both of which were lows since he became a starter (2008). Before this season, however, Rodgers finished as the QB1/QB2 in all full seasons as a starter and I'd be more than willing to draft him here as the QB3 in this mock.
5.02 - Team 2: Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Carolina Panthers
As a rookie in 2014, Benjamin finished with 1,008 yards and nine touchdowns. Unfortunately he missed all of 2015, but he's clearly the team's top wide receiver for last year's highest-scoring offense.
5.03 - Team 3: Jeremy Langford, RB, Chicago Bears
With Matt Forte set to play somewhere else in 2016, Langford could move up in my rankings if the team doesn't add much competition via free agency and/or the draft. When Forte was sidelined, Langford was productive for fantasy football owners. Even though he averaged just 3.33 YPC from Weeks 9 to 11, Langford racked up 366 yards from scrimmage and four touchdowns in his three starts.
5.04 - Team 4: Randall Cobb, WR, Green Bay Packers
Cobb exceeded 100 yards in Week 2 against the Seahawks and finished with 91 yards and three touchdowns in Week 3 against the Chiefs. From there on out, Cobb disappointed his fantasy owners. Over the final 13 games, Cobb averaged 47.85 YFS per game and scored just two touchdowns. With Nelson back as the team's No. 1 receiver, however, it should benefit Cobb as well.
5.05 - Team 5: Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots
Despite all the controversy leading into the season, Brady finished with the second-most fantasy points among quarterbacks behind Cam Newton, the 2015 NFL Most Valuable Player. With better health from his receivers (and running backs), Brady could have posted even better numbers, but he threw for 4,770 yards, 36 touchdowns and only seven interceptions with three rushing scores as well.
5.06 - Team 6: Chris Ivory, RB, New York Jets
Set to become an unrestricted free agent, it's unclear where Ivory will be playing his football in 2016, but it at least seems possible that it will be for someone other than the Jets. One year after finishing as a top-20 fantasy running back, Ivory finished the season as a top-10 fantasy back while recording his first-ever 1,000-yard season (1,070 yards on 247 carries).
5.07 - Team 7: Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks
After a slow start, Wilson's production spiked down the stretch as he once again finished the full season as fantasy's QB3. Not only did Wilson rush for 500-plus yards for a third consecutive season, he finished with career-best passing numbers — 4,024 yards, 34 touchdowns, 68.1 completion percentage and 110.1 passer rating. With the depth of talent at the position including the guys already off the board in this mock and others (Ben Roethlisberger, Drew Brees, Carson Palmer, etc.) still available, it once again makes sense to wait on a quarterback.
5.08 - Team 8: Arian Foster, RB, Houston Texans
A ruptured Achilles ended his 2015 season prematurely, but it's unclear whether Foster will be back with Houston for the final year of his contract. Not only does Foster turn 30 in August, but he has played only 25 games over the past three seasons combined. A workhorse back when healthy, Foster would go much earlier than this if you could guarantee he'd play (close to) a full season.
5.09 - Team 9: Dion Lewis, RB, New England Patriots
Tearing his ACL only seven games into the season, Lewis was on pace for 1,422 yards from scrimmage, 82 receptions and nine total touchdowns. Still only 25 years old, there's a good chance that Lewis will be ready for the start of the season.
5.10 - Team 10: Jarvis Landry, WR, Miami Dolphins
Setting a franchise record with 111 receptions last season, Landry had 1,159 receiving yards, 111 rushing yards and a total of six touchdowns. Better in PPR leagues, you could certainly argue that this is too low for him even in a standard-scoring league like this mock.
5.11 - Team 11: John Brown, WR, Arizona Cardinals
In Year 2, Brown finished with 65 catches for 1,003 yards and seven touchdowns as he scored the 22nd-most fantasy points among wide receivers. All three of the team's top-three receivers are limited some by the presence of the other two, but the arrow is pointing up for the speedy third-year receiver.
5.12 - Team 12: Michael Floyd, WR, Arizona Cardinals
While Floyd once again failed to exceed 1,000 yards, he finished the season strong after a slow start. Floyd exceeded the 100-yard mark in five of his final eight regular-season games in 2015.
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