Mock Draft Results – 6th Round
51. Anquan Boldin (ADP 62.61) – Veteran Lee Evans will lineup opposite Anquan Boldin as the Ravens now have a veteran to stretch the field. While Evans presence will help, if Boldin is going to be a worthy top twenty five receiver, he will need Joe Flacco to continue his progression as a quarterback and for Coordinator Cam Cameron to move him around to find miss matches. This should happen as Cameron is creative enough to find ways of getting Boldin open, and Flacco should be a better player.
52.Wes Welker (ADP 57.00) – While Chad Ochocinco may threaten Wes Welker for touches, I still believe Welker is Tom Brady’s go to receiver and is likely to make a run at 100 receptions. Welker is a decent No.2 because he can provide you will consistent numbers, but his touchdown total will be low, and he won’t make many big plays.
53. Kenny Britt (ADP 58.06) - As long as Kenny Britt can come into the season healthy and without a suspension (both seem unlikely), he would be an interesting gamble at this point of the draft. As it stands, Britt has high character issues and is still having hamstring problems, early in camp.
54. Felix Jones (ADP 44.69) - If Felix Jones is ever going to break out and be a dependable starter for fantasy football leagues, this has to be the year. Injuries will come about, but Jones is going to get every chance to be the main option in the running game as Marion Barber is gone and there are rumors that Tashard Choice may be released by the end of camp.
With rookie DeMarco Murray already sidelined with an injury and likely to miss half of camp, it is Jones that should be the feature back in this offense to start the season. With all that said, Jones is a respectable gamble pick at this point in the draft.
55. Brandon Marshall (ADP 44.07) - Count me in as one of the NFL fans who would be booing Chad Henne in practice if I was there, as he killed Brandon Marshall’s value in 2010. Some hyped Henne as a sleeper last year, but I was skeptical and remain that way today. I still like Marshall for PPR leagues, but would likely pass on him at this point in standard redraft leagues.
56. Marshawn Lynch (ADP 66.04) – With my selection in the sixth round, I turned to Marshawn Lynch to provide a little Beast Mode action in my flex position. The Seahawks have done a great job of adding to the offensive line and skill position in the passing game, to help them run the football effectively.
It appears Lynch is finally in a respectable situation, and that is the first time I’ve been able to say that since his rookie year. Oddly enough, that was the one-year Lynch was a worthy starting on a week to week basis, so look to Lynch as a nice sleeper this year.
57. Cedric Benson (ADP 60.58) - How Cedric Benson’s ADP value is higher than Mark Ingram and Jahvid Best I will never know as this second rate running back will be on one of the worst offenses in football. Sure, the Bengals will try to return to a run heavy offense this year, but with nothing to respect in the passing game, defenses can load eight or maybe nine in the box at times and pound on Benson. It’s going to be a long season in Cincinnati, and I would advise you to go with other options at this point in the draft.
58. Antonio Gates (ADP 52.61) – Growing health concerns are starting to make me think about moving Antonio Gates out of the top option at his position on our redraft rankings. Then again, Gates was plagued by injury last year, and in the ten games, he played, he was on a career pace.
If you take Gates this year, just make sure you back him up with a decent option like Owen Daniels or Tony Gonzalez to give yourself something to fall back on.
59. Steve Johnson (ADP 39.91) - With Lee Evans gone to the Ravens, Steve Johnson doesn’t have the luxury of having a veteran on the others side that can draw some attention away from him. This won’t help Johnson as top corner backs will lock on Johnson and he may face double teams. In our re-rankings next week I will likely drop Johnson outside of the top twenty, but he is still a worthy option to use as a late No.2 receiver.
60. Sidney Rice (ADP 50.78) - Sure Sidney Rice went to the Seahawks and now it’s not a great situation for fantasy, but at least he has a familiar quarterback in Tavaris Jackson. If you can get Rice as an early depth option, I think he’s fair value, but I wouldn’t look to him as a starter, even in deep leagues. It’s going to be hard for Rice to provide you with consistent points.
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