We’ve reached the fifth round, and with free agency starting Wednesday, this will be the last round of my current mock draft.
What will happen? Who will sign with your team? Really though, how will it impact the way you and I approach our fantasy football drafts?
Let’s have fun one last time and do round five before all things change!
5.01 Kenny Golladay, WR, Detroit Lions
Outside of Kerryon Johnson, Golladay was the only player that showed life on the Detroit Lions last year; especially after the trade of Golden Tate to the Philadelphia Eagles and Marvin Jones going down with a knee injury. Golladay posted 79 catches for 1,069 yards and 5 touchdowns last year and I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Lions keep Jones at his somewhat-easy-to-swallow contract ($9.2M) as we prepare to see Golladay become the WR1 that the Lions have been missing since Calvin Johnson.
5.02 Mark Ingram, RB, New Orleans Saints (for now!)
Keep in mind that Ingram being selected here is under the assumption he’s still with the Saints. Even if the rumors are true of him going to the Baltimore Ravens, I feel this would still be the spot to take him based on what Baltimore has been able to do the last couple of years with Alex Collins and Gus Edwards – no-name guys who did something for your fantasy team. Playing in the high-powered Saints’ offense over the last five seasons, Ingram has scored at least six touchdowns each year. He still has the ability to be a three-down back, but should be looked at as a matchup dependent RB2-RB3 in fantasy.
5.03 Allen Robinson, WR, Chicago Bears
I feel that the Bears’ defense is what kept Robinson’s stats in check last season as he was primarily a bust more than a weekly performer based on where you drafted him in 2018. Going into year two of his 3-year, $42M contract, Robinson should see a hell of an uptick in production because how often do we see one of the league’s top defenses actually perform that well again the next season? I rest my case for this WR3, who will be putting up WR2 numbers to start the year.
5.04 Jerick McKinnon, RB, San Francisco 49ers
If any of you were following me on twitter last year, or read my 2018 fantasy football profile on McKinnon, you know I was low on him. How low? I wouldn’t even considering drafting him as I’ve been burnt by him too many times that I turned my attention to adding Matt Brieda in as many fantasy drafts as I could. The strategy worked out and Brieda was solid. As we all know, Brieda proceeded to get injured and then no-name Raheem Mostert and late-round rookie Jeffery Wilson filled in and continued to post solid stats. But this is 2019, and you have my attention as of right now, McKinnon. I’m taking the bait on this one as it seems like it doesn’t matter who head coach Kyle Shanahan has in his backfield; he know’s how to make it work. Here’s my one and final chance for McKinnon.
5.05 Doug Baldwin, WR, Seattle Seahawks
This selection may seem a little high as Baldwin is coming off his worst season since 2013. He dropped to the fourth round in most fantasy drafts last year due to injury, but people were still giving him a chance based on name value alone. He personally admitted that he wasn’t himself and was playing at 85%. His stats took a hit, but I think that has more to do with his injury and the fact that the Seahawks were second in rush attempts and first in yards on the ground. Keep in mind that Baldwin scored four touchdowns from weeks 13-16 and was returning to his WR1 form. Now it’s the offseason and he’s had time to undergo some procedures in an attempt to get healthy. Following his injury-riddled season, I expect the Baldwin we saw at the end of last season in a nice bounce-back 2019 campaign.
5.06 Alshon Jeffery, WR, Philadelphia Eagles
In 2017 Jeffery played with a torn rotator cuff, and even though it was later in the 2018 season, his bad luck with injuries continued as he was playing with cracked ribs. Jeffery had a more efficient season in ’18 compared to ’17, finishing with 54 more yards on 28 less targets, but he hasn’t had a 1,000-yard season since 2014. Jeffery’s stats have taken a hit with <strong>Carson Wentz</strong> being bit by the injury bug, and it doesn’t help that the Eagles regressed offensively last season; but here’s to hoping that year three in the Eagles’ offense will be a successful one as I see Jeffery finally getting back over 1,000 receiving yards in 2019.
5.07 Cooper Kupp, WR, Los Angeles Rams
Kupp was unstoppable last season averaging nearly eight targets, six receptions, 80 yards and a touchdown per game before he tore his ACL in Week 10. Extrapolating his averages over a full 16 games, Kupp would have finished with 126 targets, 91 receptions, 1,294 yards and nearly 14 touchdowns, which would of easily made him a top-five fantasy wide receiver last season. Out of all the wide receivers from the Rams, Kupp will be the one that I will be targeting in drafts as he has WR1 written all over him.
5.08 Julian Edelman, WR, New England Patriots
Future Hall of Famer Julian Edelman finished as the WR22 despite serving a four-game suspension at the beginning of the season for PED’s. Even with this offense looking to turn more to the run, I still expect Edelman to get his numbers (similar to how we saw Tom Brady feed him in the Super Bowl). Edelman is a PPR monster, and I’m predicting success for at least one more season (or as long as him and Brady are together).
5.09 Eric Ebron, TE, Indianapolis Colts
Would you believe me if I told you that Ebron’s 13 touchdowns last season with the Colts was more than his four-year career with the Lions? Or that he hit a career high in receiving yards with 750? Ebron turned out to be a hell of a red-zone weapon in his first year with the Colts with Andrew Luck as his quarterback; the two developed instant chemistry. Even with Jack Doyle coming back to full strength in ’19, I think it benefits Ebron as he had already recorded eight of his touchdowns before Doyle was lost for the season.
5.10 Lamar Miller, RB, Houston Texans
Nobody is really ever excited to draft Lamar Miller. He’s been a serviceable running back since his final season with the Miami Dolphins, but his weekly inconsistency will make you want to pull your hair out. General manager Brian Gaine recently endorsed Miller and called him a “three-down back”. Houston has a lot of cap space, and if they bolster that offensive line this offseason (which they will), expect a nice season from Miller who’s in a contract year.
5.11 Tarik Cohen, RB, Chicago Bears
The rumors going around that the Chicago Bears are looking to trade Jordan Howard speaks wonders about Cohen. In the offense under new head coach Matt Nagy, Cohen shined totaling 1,200 yards and eight touchdowns. His weekly usage was erratic in ’18, but his weekly usage should continue to grow in year two of the Nagy offense, making him a solid weekly flex option.
5.12 Deshaun Watson, QB, Houston Texans
Finishing as the QB6 last year, Watson bounced back nicely after his ACL tear back in 2017. Despite taking a league-high 65 sacks, he was still able to put up 4,165 yards and 26 touchdowns to go along with 551 rushing yards and an additional five rushing touchdowns. Like I have already said, the Texans need to and will fix that offensive line and hopefully get things turned around up front similar to what the Colts did last year. The coaching staff seems to not be concerned of his running so that’s a nice bonus when it comes to the QB position in fantasy. Watson is a quarterback whose career is starting to ascend at the right time and a good quarterback to try and get on your fantasy team.
Did you miss any of the first four rounds? Give them a look!
2019 1st-Round Fantasy Football Mock Draft
2019 2nd-Round Fantasy Football Mock Draft
2019 3rd-Round Fantasy Football Mock Draft
2019 4th-Round Fantasy Football Mock Draft
Be sure to check out the latest episode of the Loaded Box Podcast as the guys discuss the Antonio Brown trade, the Redskins’ love for average quarterbacks and a preview of the offseason for the Detroit Lions!