Friday, December 27, 2013

2014 Fantasy Football 2nd round mock draft

We touched on the first round of Fantasy Football drafts for 2014. This week we start to look towards the second round! Following our early run of RB's in the first round, we will begin to see more WR's and possibly other positions begin to be drafted. Remember, these are based on a 12-team standard league and will probably change a lot through the course of the next 6 months. Enjoy!

2nd Round

13. Josh Gordon- Gordon was a thing of beauty in 2013. Not only did he outperform nearly every WR, but he did it with 3 awful QB's throwing him the ball. I think we can all agree that Brandon Weeden, Brian Hoyer, and Jason Campbell are not very good QB's. If Cleveland drafts a young QB in the draft it would help Gordon's value. If Cleveland decides to go with Hoyer as their starter we saw that Gordon can contribute with him as well.

14. Zac Stacy- I called for Stacy to get the starting roll in St. Louis before preseason last year. It took 5 weeks for it to happen but it finally did. When it did we were rewarded with a workhorse RB. Head coach Jeff Fischer loves to run the ball. It was evident by how he used Stacy. You can count on Stacy to get around 20 touches a game. That is solid gold in fantasy football. He is a safe bet.

15. Giovani Bernard- This all depends on what the Cincinnati Bengals do with BenJarvis Green-Ellis in the offseason. If they let him walk in free agency then Bernard's value will go sky high since he will be the only RB with any talent on the Bengals' roster. Bernard has the talent. He just needs a few more touches to join that elite level.

16. AJ Green- AJ Green has surpassed 1,000 receiving yards in each season he has been in the NFL. He is one of the few WR's that will consistently produce for you. He is as safe a play as they come at WR.

17. Arian Foster- One can only hope that the half year off that Foster receiving due to his back injury will help keep him fresh. Foster has a lot of miles on his wheels and because of this a lot of owners will be timid to take him in their draft due to him wearing down. Let's give Foster the benefit of the doubt and remember the fact that he is an every down RB. He does it all. That has to carry some credibility, doesn't it?

18. Aaron Rodgers- Rodgers always seems to consistently perform. Last season, Rodgers suffered a fracture to his collarbone which caused him to miss week 9-16. With the weapons at his disposal, I think we can all count on a great comeback from Rodgers. He is still in the prime of his career.

19. Demaryius Thomas- Thomas was one of those safe WR's that had a ton of upside. The first half of 2013 was a little rough but the second half was fantastic. He has Peyton Manning throwing him the ball along with a great set of receivers to help take the defensive coverage off of him. Expect more great seasons from this young WR.

20. Julio Jones- Julio Jones was on a tear up until week 5 where he suffered an ankle injury. Assuming he will be 100% healthy by training camp, I see no reason that Jones can't perform like he was the first 5 weeks of 2013. He still has Roddy White to keep the opposing defenses honest and he still has Matt Ryan throwing to him. Expect a great year for Julio if he can stay healthy.

21. DeMarco Murray- Murray is one of those players that I am always worried about due to the injury history that comes with him. 2013 was his best year as a professional by far. He played in every game with the exception of two. He finished the season on a high note as he scored 20 or more points in 3 of his last 5 games. If you're willing to gamble a little, Murray is your man. He has a ton of talent but just be sure you plan for him to miss a few games a year. When he is healthy he is as good as they come.

22. Drew Brees- No QB has been as consistent as Drew Brees. Brees is a near lock for around 5,000 yards passing and around 40 TDs. Those are incredible numbers from a fantasy perspective. The high powered offense in New Orleans isn't going anywhere and Brees has a few grand years left in the tank. Draft Brees with confidence.

23. Dez Bryant- Many people drafted Dez Bryant with the thought that he was going to continue the 2013 season with how he finished the 2012 season. While Bryant did have a great year, it wasn't nearly as great as many thought it was going to be, and therefor was slightly disappointing. Bryant is in a great offense and has a good QB throwing him the ball in Tony Romo. Bryant is a WR1 in all formats.

24. Brandon Marshall- Brandon Marshall has 7 straight seasons of over 1,000 yards receiving. That's incredible. Since joining the Chicago Bears in 2011 he has scored no less than 11 TD's. With the emergence of Alshon Jeffery he may lose a few looks in the passing game but it will also lessen the double teams that Marshall has been receiving for years. He will be 30 in 2014 and still a lot to offer fantasy owners.

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