Feb 23, 2011
Just because the 2010 NFL season recently came to an end doesn’t mean that you can’t start preparing for the upcoming fantasy football season. Comprised of 11 members of the Bruno Boys Fantasy Football Staff and guest draftee Jim Day from Fantasy Football Whiz we bring to you the first of many Fantasy Football 2011 Mock Drafts. This draft will be a 16-round affair based on a standard scoring league (Pass TDs - 4 points, All Other TDs - 6 points, 25 Yards Passing - 1 point, 10 Yards Rushing/Receiving - 1 point). Outside of having to field a starting lineup made up of 1 QB, 2 RBs, 3 WRs, 1 TE, 1 K, and 1 D/ST, owners are free to fill out their rosters any way they like.
Commentary after each pick is provided by the Bruno Boys staff member who made that pick. The draft started on February 10, 2011. Be sure to check back on a regular basis for updates and feel free to give your opinion in our comments section.
2011 FANTASY FOOTBALL MOCK DRAFT ROUND 5 RESULTS
5.01: Bruno Boys Jimbo - Felix Jones, RB, Dallas Cowboys — I knew I had to grab my second running back now. It came down to either Felix Jones or Beanie Wells. I just can’t take a chance on Wells as being my RB2 after the season he had. While he may have the most upside, his 2010 campaign was straight up ugly. Jones is also an injury liability, but he really began to excel once Jason Garrett took over as head coach. In addition, Jones did in fact play all 16 games last year. With Marion Barber likely out of the equation next season, it’s Jones’ time to prove that he can be the lead dog in Big D. I’m rolling the dice on a player that I’m passing up right now to see if he comes back to me.
5.02: Bruno Boys Brad - Brandon Marshall, WR, Miami Dolphins — I was targeting another wide receiver, and Marshall has a lot of upside in my opinion. The Dolphins’ quarterback situation looks to be in flux again, but I think Marshall improves dramatically on his 1,014 receiving yards, three touchdown performance in 2010. The best part is I don’t have to be his teammate or his coach if he acts up again.
5.03: Bruno Boys JRonstadt - Marques Colston, WR, New Orleans Saints — I would have preferred to have rounded out my running back corps with this selection, but the value simply wasn’t there with what was left on the board. With Colston, I’m getting a high-end WR2 who has eclipsed the 1,000 yard, six touchdown plateau in four of five seasons. The number one option in a prolific offense and entering his age 28 season, Colston should once again deliver the goods in 2011.
5.04: Bruno Boys Cavigs - Jeremy Maclin, WR, Philadelphia Eagles — Maclin was one of the wide receivers I considered in Round 4, however I felt a lot of the pass catchers were similar and instead went with the top tight end in Antonio Gates. Six picks later I was thrilled to see the third year Eagles wideout on the board. While DeSean Jackson might get all the publicity it’s Maclin that is the more consistent option. His 149 fantasy points ranked No.14 among players at his position and Maclin had 10 games of at least seven fantasy points. On top of that, he led all Eagles offensive players in red zone targets. Maclin will make a great WR2 in 2011 and will fit in nicely with a receiving corps that features Hakeem Nicks and Antonio Gates.
5.05: Bruno Boys Cory - Wes Welker, WR, New England Patriots — I really wanted a wide receiver here, and I’m glad I was able to get Wes Welker of the New England Patriots. His 2010 season was a bit of a letdown considering his past season, but consider he still caught 86 passes for 848 yards and seven touchdowns. He could likely improve on those numbers, making him a great second receiver for my team.
5.06: FF Whiz - Jim Day - DeAngelo Williams, RB, Carolina Panthers — I like this pick a lot more if Williams finds a new home, but even if he doesn’t he should be able to regain the form he had before the injury. Williams had rushed for at least 1,100 yards in 2008 and 2009 and also led the league with 18 touchdowns in 2008. He should easily get back to his No.1 form in 2011 which would make this pick a steal.
5.07: Bruno Boys James - Jermichael Finley, TE, Green Bay Packers — I am so happy to grab this guy here. I was going to get Gates last round but now with two solid running backs and two solid wide receivers I wanted to make sure I get a tight end that has the ability to put up monster games. Sure the knee injury is scary but he’s had more than enough time to recover for the start of next. Also, in the first four games last season the Packers were making it a point to target this guy because of his size, agility and amazing hands. Not to mention Super Bowl MVP Aaron Rodgers is his quarterback and called him “the best tight end in football.” He is obviously going to be a big part of the Packers offense and with Driver ageing and James Jones hands issues, he should have an amazing 2011 campaign. I was thinking Dallas Clark, but I have Wayne, Vernon Davis but I have Gore and Witten but I have Dez…but either way I think Finley is just better.
5.08: Bruno Boys Rich - Jason Witten, TE, Dallas Cowboys — The leading scorer among tight end’s staring me in the face was too much to pass up in Round 5. Witten finished the season on fire with six touchdown’s in the Cowboys’ last five games. He had just one 100-yard game which is a bit of a concern, but he was able to produce even without Tony Romo under center. The return of Romo should not only rejuvenate the Cowboys’ offense but give Witten even more scoring opportunities. With the awful performances by tight ends all around in 2010, I feel better locking up one of the best options in the game and, barring injury, won’t have to worry about my tight end spot for the entire season.
5.09: Bruno Boys Ryan - Santonio Holmes, WR, New York Jets — I was hoping Brandon Marshall or Marques Colston would be available at this point, but they were both snatched up. However, I don’t view Holmes as a bad consolation prize by any means. Despite a struggling Mark Sanchez, Holmes scored six touchdowns in seven games and was clearly was one of the Jets best offensive options. It’s entirely possible Holmes with his A plusspeed, can score double digit touchdowns next season if he doesn’t miss any games because of injury or suspension.
5.10: Bruno Boys Lane - Ryan Torain, RB, Washington Redskins — Torain was a midseason surprise asset (well, not to me) for fantasy owners who started the season on the practice squad before eventually vaulting the heap of old, decrepit running backs the Redskins had on their roster. He picked up six total touchdowns ten games in which he played and bull-rushed his way to 4.5 yards per carry. Considering past history he’s a serious injury risk, but if he can stay on the field he makes for an ideal 3rd back.
5.11: Bruno Boys Kyle - Sidney Rice, WR, Minnesota Vikings — I’m going to take a gamble here and go with Rice. He was hurt for most of last season, and thus only has one full year of excellence under his belt, but the guy has always scored touchdowns. Consider that in his first two seasons, he only caught 46 passes, but eight of those went for scores. Even with an unsettled quarterback situation, I like Rice’s upside.
5.12: Bruno Boys Allie - Pierre Garcon, WR, Indianapolis Colts — I want a WR2 with upside and I think Pierre Garcon fits the bill. Although he didn’t step up in 2010 the way that many had expected after his surprisingly strong sophomore campaign in 2009, Garcon had a strong second half of the season capped off by a five catch, 112-yard and a touchdown performance in the Indianapolis Colts 17-16 loss to the New York Jets in the Wild Card Round. Garcon is blessed with great speed and is the clear deep ball threat in the Indianapolis Colts offense. Hopefully he’ll use the offseason to get on the same page as Peyton Manning and also work on minimizing dropped balls in 2011.