10-Team PPR Mock Draft Results: 5th Round
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A good reason why you should target running backs in the first three rounds of your draft is because of some of the names you may feel forced to reach for by this point in the draft. Both Shonn Greene and Cedric Benson can give you production early on, but you will be laughed at for taking them as high as a few fantasy owners decided to do in my latest 10-team PPR mock draft.
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41. Hakeem Nicks (ADP 4.09)-
No setbacks (knock on wood) for Nicks since his return from a foot injury a few weeks ago. Nicks has the ability and the situation to be a top five fantasy receiver, but his health has been a problem through his career.
No major injuries, but we should expect Nicks to find the injury report often. Still, he’s a terrific high-end WR2 and going at a nice value in the late fourth to fifth round of most ten-team drafts.
42. Dez Bryant (ADP 5.04)-
The upside is worth a fifth-round pick when considering Bryant on draft day. The third-year receiver is motivated to have a good year, and I think he’s ready for it, assuming he can stay on the field.
43. Mike Wallace (ADP 6.04)-
Not a fan of Wallace this high, especially in a PPR league as his reception total may not even reach 60 this year. Wallace still needs to get into football shape after his long holdout and needs to work with his teammates in the new playbook.
Expect an inconsistent first half of the season from Wallace and look to someone else at this point in your draft.
44. Cedric Benson (ADP 6.01)-
Moving up the draft board fast after a few runs impressed his teammates in the teams third preseason game. Benson is worth a roster spot but no way should we be targeting him in the fifth round, especially in PPR leagues.
Benson has never been a high volume receiving back and will be off the field in third-down situations. The Packers will remain a pass heavy offense so look to Benson as more of a RB4 on draft day.
45. Aaron Hernandez (ADP 5.02)-
If Gronkowski should find an injury or we notice Wes Welker’s game declining (might happen) this could be a 90 catch season for Hernandez. Brady continues to favor him over the middle in the preseason and I think he’s a terrific fifth-round pick in PPR leagues.
46. Percy Harvin (ADP 5.03)-
If Harvin can stay on the field and not tick his coaches off with this attitude, he’s worth a fifth-round pick. I’m not taking him this high, unless I’m in a league that is very friendly towards rushing yards, because he will get opportunities out of the backfield.
47. Willis McGahee (ADP 5.03)-
Rookie Ronnie Hillman has received a lot of buzz through the summer in fantasy circles but he’s probably not going to be the No.2 tailback on the team (likely Lance Ball), let alone a threat to McGahee, early on.
Watching the Broncos offense operate through the preseason, it’s clear McGahee still has a good burst and will be the main runner in this offense.
Problem is, he’s a candidate to breakdown in the second half of the season and that is when we could see Hillman make an impact. For now, McGahee is a solid RB2 addition.
48. Matt Ryan (ADP 5.05)-
Believe in Ryan as his footwork and confidence have improved this off-season. Then again, when you have Roddy White, Tony Gonzalez and budding super star Julio Jones in your offense, who wouldn’t have confidence?
This is a terrific situation for Ryan and I believe he’s ready to deliver around 4,500 yards and 30 touchdowns.
49. Shonn Greene (ADP 7.05)-
Early on this summer I thought Greene had a chance to get something done if Tim Tebow took over the offense.
That’s not going to happen and we should target Bilal Powell as a replacement for Greene towards the end of the draft. Greene brings little to the table and I haven’t seen much development in his game over the years.
50. Reggie Bush (ADP 5.06)-
Bush has looked good through the preseason and should give you respectable points in PPR leagues. Rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill may not have talented receivers, but he knows the offense well and I think he can sustain drives.
Scoring touchdowns will be a problem however, so look to Bush as more of a flex play start, even in PPR leagues.
ADP comes courtesy of Fantasy Football Calculator.
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