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10-Team Mock Draft Results: 5th Round

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Seven receivers off the board in the fifth round as fantasy owners are left to decide between taking a quality WR2 or a respectable RB3 in ten team leagues.

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41. Antonio Brown (ADP 6.01) –

Brown’s return skills in the open field were on display on his long touchdown catch and run against the Colts, and we should expect big things from the third-year receiver. Some may not like offensive coordinator Todd Haley but Brown has developed a good relationship with his new coach.

Looking comfortable in the offense, Brown will excel even if Mike Wallace misses time, but he will be helped if the speedster is in because of what he presents to a defense, with his long speed.

Going a full round ahead of his ADP trends, Brown is a respectable pick at this point and will deliver a quality season.

42. Brandon Lloyd (ADP 5.03) –

With all do respect to Brown, I would go with Lloyd before him. The table is set for Lloyd to have a career year and given what he did in 2010, that’s saying something. In fact, I would recommend you target Lloyd as a fourth-round pick and a low-end WR1 option in standard scoring leagues.

Defenses will be forced to choose who they will take away on any given play between Lloyd, Welker, Gronkowski and Hernandez. Don’t think for a minute Tom Brady won’t exploit defenses down the field, when opportunities present themselves and it will be Lloyd on the other side of most of those deep balls.

43. Reggie Bush (ADP 5.10) –

A better PPR running back, Bush has looked good in the preseason. I’m still concerned that the coaching staff will cap Bush’s workload in the running game, opting to use him more in the passing game that needs all the help it can get. If Daniel Thomas or Lamar Miller can emerge as a viable option in the backfield, it could frustrate owners who are counting on Bush as a regular starter.

This is where his reception points will be important and you won’t receive them in a standard scoring league.

44. Percy Harvin (ADP 5.03) –

If you should find yourself choosing between Harvin over Steve Smith, Hakeem Nicks or Demaryius Thomas please don’t take the Vikings talented receiver. Sure, Harvin could deliver WR-1 production but his health problems and attitude are question marks.

Harvin’s ADP is in the fifth round of late and I believe he will disappoint owners who take him over some other very talented options.

45. Steve Smith (ADP 5.01) –

Still an explosive receiver, Smith will continue to enjoy the later part of his career with Cam Newton as his quarterback. Recent news of Smith’s foot injury are a little concerning so maybe it’s a good idea to drop him a round until he gets back on the field.

46. Dez Bryant (ADP 4.09) –

Before Bryant’s knee problem I was ready to have him up in the top ten receivers. When Bryant is on the field, I’m convinced he’s ready for WR1 production, and he should be good for double digit touchdowns. Then again, it’s health that could hold him back (and maybe attitude problems) from delivering the numbers his skill-set suggest he can give us.

This is a risk vs. reward player, but I’m willing to roll the dice if I can get him as my second receiver in a ten team league.

47. Marques Colston (ADP 5.05) –

Not that high on Colston at this point in his career. More of a WR3, Colston will probably be third in line for receptions in this offense behind Darren Sproles and Jimmy Graham. Not much upside in what you’re getting here.

48. Hakeem Nicks (ADP 4.07) –

If you can snag Nicks late in the fifth round, you’re acquiring one heck of a receiver. Nicks does have his health concerns but it’s a good sign that he hasn’t suffered a setback (knock on wood) since returning from his foot ailment.

49. BenJarvus Green-Ellis (ADP 5.06) –

I’m not a fan of taking Green-Ellis at this point, mainly because of the receiver talent on the board. Green-Ellis can help a fantasy team but look to the option below in Demaryius Thomas as one receiver who could deliver WR1 upside.

Go with Peyton Hillis a round later, or better yet snag him at this point if you’re taking a running back.

50. Demaryius Thomas (ADP 6.01) –

While reports have Peyton Manning still struggling to throw passes farther than ten yards to his right, I’m not concerned about Thomas and Decker’s production. It’s not like he thrives on the deep ball and if we should trust anyone to figure a way to keep his team productive, it’s Manning.

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