PPR Mock Draft Results – 5th Round
As has been the case in many mock drafts this summer, no tight ends went in this mock until the fifth round, but we did see four go in this round. Jermichael Finley was the fourth tight end off the board, and while he’s had a slow camp, since returning from his knee injury, he did have a touchdown in his latest preseason game. Finley will likely start the season slow, so don’t be surprised if he looks very average, early on, unless he finds his way to the end zone.
41. Dallas Clark (ADP 47.9) – As is the case with Reggie Wayne and all the Colts players, fantasy values won’t be the same if Peyton Manning isn’t on the field. That said, I wouldn’t be surprised if Dallas Clark is the least affected by what happens with Manning as he’s the ideal possession receiver in this offense.
42. Ryan Mathews (ADP 53.7) – Look to Ryan Mathews maybe a round or two later in your draft than the fifth round. With Mike Tolbert fixed to be a factor in the running game, and the likely goal-line back, Mathews is going to have a hard time being a RB-2 on your team.
43. Brandon Lloyd (ADP 44.7) – Fantasy owner finally found out what Brandon Lloyd could do if he actually took his career serious as he blew up last season. With Kyle Orton back as the starting quarterback, Lloyd is a worthy WR-2 and should be viewed as such. Believe in Lloyd and he will reward you with respectable numbers at this point in your draft.
44. Antonio Gates (ADP 36.4) - With all due respect, to the other tight ends around the league, Antonio Gates is still the top player to target at his position for fantasy football. Gates has had encouraging signs in his rehab, as he’s resumed practicing and has been active for a full week, without taking a day off to rest his foot.
45. Jason Witten (ADP 43.8) – While Jason Witten will be one of the top reception leaders at the tight end position, his touchdown numbers are likely to stay under five with Tony Romo at quarterback. While the two are supposed to be best friends off the field, Romo sure doesn’t seem to want to take care of his body around the end zone.
46. Jermichael Finley (ADP 43.0) – Look for the Packers top tight end to be on the field week one, but it will likely take him some time before he returns to the player we saw at the start of last season. It was encouraging to see Finley grab a touchdown in third preseason game, and he should be viewed as a top five option at his position for fantasy leagues.
47. LeGarrette Blount (ADP 32.1) – The Buccaneers will use LeGarrette Blount early and often but he likely won’t catch over 20 receptions this year. While that hurts his PPR value, Blount is still a worthy RB-2 as he will clearly be used as a feature back and the goal-line runner.
48. Mike Williams (TB) (ADP 38.1) – Josh Freeman clearly favors Mike Williams in the passing game, and that connection will continue to be solid this year. I do expect Williams to go through a learning curve, as defenses start to pay more attention to him, but he should catch around 90 balls this year.
49. Knowshon Moreno (ADP 48.1) – Willis McGahee figures to be a thorn in Knowshon Moreno’s side this year, and I recommend you look to Moreno as a flex play option and not a RB-2. Word out of Denver has Moreno looking average in camp and McGahee will be the main option at the goal-line.
50.Marques Colston (ADP 50.3) - No way, should you look to Marques Colston at this point in your draft. The veteran is coming off his second microfracture knee surgery of his career and the fifth knee surgery in his five-year career. It’s time to bail on Colston and look to Lance Moore in the later rounds.
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