Dynasty

Mock Draft Review: Part Two

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As you may have heard, one of the June DLF Mock Drafts was comprised completely of DLF writers. This is a the second part of a three part series which will analyze the draft of all twelve teams, rankings those teams based on expectations for 2014 and offering some comments about their hopes for the future

If you missed part one featuring my predictions for the bottom four teams, you can find that here. Here are the middle four teams, in reverse order of projected 2014 finish.

Rob Leath:

1.01     Jimmy Graham, TE NO
2.09    Jordy Nelson, WR GB
3.04    Andrew Luck, QB IND
4.09    Marshawn Lynch, RB SEA
5.04    Carlos Hyde, RB SF
6.09    Ryan Mathews, RB SD
7.04    Allen Robinson, WR JAX
8.09    Kelvin Benjamin, WR CAR
9.04    Jeremy Hill, RB CIN
10.09  Emmanuel Sanders, WR DEN

Other picks of note: Rashad Jennings, Frank Gore, Dwayne Bowe

Draft Analysis: Knowing that Rob is such a fan of the devy format of dynasty leagues, as am I, it is interesting to see the makeup of the base of his team. Three of his first four picks are veterans who have been in the league for at least four years. That is obviously not a knock considering he landed Jimmy Graham and Jordy Nelson and Rob found some good balance with rookies Carlos Hyde, Allen Robinson, Kelvin Benjamin and Jeremy Hill.

Potential Starting Lineup

QB       Andrew Luck
RB       Marshawn Lynch
WR      Jordy Nelson
TE       Jimmy Graham
FLEX   Ryan Mathews
FLEX   Kelvin Benjamin
FLEX   Frank Gore
FLEX   Dwayne Bowe

2014 Outlook: While I normally consider rookies the weak spot of a fantasy starting lineup and would ideally have the stability of a veteran, I see things differently with Rob’s squad. I’ve plugged in Panthers’ rookie receiver Benjamin as a possible starter and he should perform well, as he’s already considered the team’s top receiver. On the other hand, it’s Rob’s veterans that give me pause. Dwayne Bowe struggled last year and seems like he may have hit a wall when it comes to fantasy production. Running back Marshawn Lynch has been in the news for all of the wrong reasons lately and the 49ers just added the rookie Hyde. That reminds me of the great play that can often be seen in dynasty startups. Rob actually handcuffed the 9ers run game by taking Hyde earlier and then the undervalued starter Gore later in the draft. If Gore and Lynch can continue their production and Bowe turns things around, I can see Rob’s team finishing even higher than eighth.

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Ryan McDowell

Ryan McDowell

Senior Writer at Dynasty League Football
In addition to his role as Senior Staff Writer here at DLF, Ryan is also a husband, father of three and second grade teacher. Ryan is the commissioner of multiple dynasty leagues, most notably the HyperActive Dynasty Leagues. Here at DLF, Ryan’s focus is on identifying, monitoring and analyzing player value. Check out Ryan’s work on the Weekly Impact Events and Dynasty Stock Market, as well as our dynasty ADP data.
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