Mock Draft Results – 13th Round
121. Julio Jones (ADP 159.87) - Julio Jones make better sense as an option for standard scoring leagues because he won’t rack up a large amount of reception. However, if Matt Ryan and the Falcons offense are going to take things to the next level, they need Jones to be a consistent deep threat. I believe that will happen because the Falcons have the pieces around Jones to allow him to have that kind of success, and Jones has flashed signs of being ready to start, early in camp.
Watchout for Jones, but make sure you look to him as a speculative backup in your draft this summer. He still has much to learn as a receiver, before he’s a weekly starter in fantasy leagues.
122. Dustin Keller (ADP 121.68) - With the loss of Braylon Edwards (added Plaxico Burress and Derrick Mason though), one could build a case that Dustin Keller may see increased work as Mark Sanchez continues to develop. Make sure you look to Keller as more of an early backup, as he can lack consistency in the Jets offense.
123. Bernard Scott (ADP 106.56) - Maybe Bernard Scott will be an option worth using at some point this season, but Cedric Benson will stand in his way. While Benson isn’t the most talented runners, he does tend to suit up and play through games, so Scott may not see much of a chance to be fantasy relevant in a bad offense.
124. Eli Manning (ADP 107.59) - While Eli Manning has lost some key veterans in free agency (Steve Smith, Kevin Boss), he should still be an early backup to target. Much like Philip Rivers, Manning proved a year ago he can still get the job done with backup receivers in the starting lineup.
Manning understands his passing scheme very well, and he knows how to throw receivers open. These are great attributes of a quarterback maintaining some fantasy value, even when things are falling apart around him. I do have some concerns that the Giants may run more as it seems like Brandon Jacobs has bounced back some.
125. Delone Carter (ADP 208.59) - Many in fantasy circles were growing in their optimism of Delone Carter winning the starting job with the Colts until Joseph Addai re-signed. Look to Carter to play a role in this offense as the season moves along, but he will need Addai to land on the shelf before he an option to consider. That could happen as Addai is an injury-prone player.
126. Marcedes Lewis (ADP 119.22) - With Mike Sims-Walker failing to show up in the Jaguars offense, tight end Marcedes Lewis became the top target. Lewis went on to post a solid season and became a weekly option to use in fantasy leagues. Look for Lewis to remain a weekly option to start in leagues, and he’s clearly undervalue as a 12th round pick.
127. Mike Thomas (ADP 165.51) - While Marcedes Lewis should be the top touchdown producer in the Jaguars passing offense, Mike Thomas should lead the team in receptions. Jason Hill should be a factor in the Jaguars passing offense as well but I like Thomas as the option to target in drafts. A better fit in PPR leagues, Thomas will probably be a bye week fill in option for standard scoring leagues.
128. Jets Defense (ADP 131.18) – The Jets defense is falling off just a bit has I will have them just outside my top five defenses in our next re-rankings this month. Still, a start-worthy group, the Jets should provide you with good value when they play average to below average offenses.
129. Visanthe Shiancoe (ADP 194.86) – This is an interesting tight end as Visanthe Shiancoe had a good season two years ago but fell off when Brett Farve proved to be washed up last season. Still, the starter in Minnesota Shaincoe has a decent veteran quarterback in Donovan McNabb and could give you some value this season.
130. Nate Burleson (ADP 114.56) - With Titus Young’s hamstring problems in camp, Nate Burleson should remain as the second receiver to target off the Lions in redraft leagues. Burleson can be a useful option when you need a starter in a pinch, but he’s not a play you want to rely on weekly.
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