Feb 25, 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 6 RESULTS
4.01: Bruno Boys Allie - Steve Johnson, WR, Buffalo Bills — With two of 2010’s top-10 fantasy wide receivers named Johnson already off the board, I’ll use pick 6.1 to add the third overachieving Johnson–Steve, that is–to my roster. After catching just 12 balls for 112 yards and two touchdowns during his first two years in the league, Johnson was one of the 2010’s true breakout stars and waiver wire wonders. Johnson’s magical third season started in Week 3 when Ryan Fitzpatrick took over under center. He quickly surpassed Lee Evans as Fitzpatrick’s favorite target and Buffalo’s No. 1 receiver. His 82 receptions for 1,073 yards and 10 touchdowns also made him fantasy’s No. 10 wide receiver. While Buffalo’s offense is far from prolific, I’ll take that kind of production from my WR3 any day of the week. If Johnson doesn’t deliver, then expect to see me tweeting him and a certain “guy” upstairs about it.
6.02: Bruno Boys Kyle - Anquan Boldin, WR, Baltimore Ravens — Though Boldin was inconsistent this season, and disappeared during the fantasy football playoffs, he had flashes of brilliance and scored seven touchdowns. Derrick Mason can’t play forever, and it seems like a good bet that in 2011 Boldin will amass more than the 837 yards he gained this year. In Round 6, this is good value.
6.03: Bruno Boys Lane - Percy Harvin, WR, Minnesota Vikings — I needed a third wideout, and Percy Harvin fits the bill quite well. While the Minnesota Vikings quarterback situation and his annoyingly persistent migraines don’t give me total confidence in this pick, Harvin has undeniable ability that will surely justify this pick.
6.04: Bruno Boys Ryan - Dallas Clark, TE, Indianapolis Colts — I couldn’t pass up Clark with this pick. One of Peyton Manning’s favorite targets has been arguably the most consistent tight end in football not named Antonio Gates over the last four years. I believe Clark has a full recovery from wrist surgery and gets back to scoring near double digit touchdowns this season.
6.05: Bruno Boys Rich - Michael Crabtree, WR, San Francisco 49ers — Here’s hoping the sophomore slump doesn’t extend into this third season. Crabtree was drafted as a high-end WR2 in 2010 and ended up with a disappointing 741 yards and six scores. 2011 should be a make or break year for Crabtree, who will be entering his third season. It would be nice if the 49ers could find themselves a legitimate quarterback, but either way grabbing Crabtree as my WR3 seems pretty low-risk, high-reward to me.
6.06: Bruno Boys James - Mario Manningham, WR, New York Giants — Finally, a homer pick here from my hometown New York Giants. Manningham really stepped up last year when Steve Smith went down for the season and Hakeem Nicks dealt with his leg injury for a few games. Smith is a free agent now and is still recovering from from his knee injury and isn’t expected to start running until mid June. So, needing a WR3, I think Manningham has a ton of upside and could easily improve on his 60 catch, 944 yard and nine touchdown 2010 campaign. I fought with myself to grab my signal caller here, but the names at wide receiver are really wearing thin for guys that have to start each week.
6.07: FF Whiz - Jim Day - Vernon Davis, TE, San Francisco 49ers — Davis fell to seven touchdowns in 2010 after posting 13 in 2009, but that was with total confusion at the quarterback position. This year the entire offense should be helped by the addition of Jim Harbaugh as head coach. Harbaugh is an excellent offensive coach and is great at developing quarterbacks. Any increased production at quarterback can only help Davis get closer to his 2009 numbers. I don’t expect 13 touchdowns again, however I wont be surprised if he hits 10. Davis is my No. 2 ranked TE heading into 2011 and I have no qualms taking him at 6.07.
6.08: Bruno Boys Cory - Santana Moss, WR, Washington Redskins — In my opinion, getting a third receiver as good as Santana Moss is a solid pick, especially with a considerable drop in quality players at the position that’s about to happen. I considered a tight end with this pick, however the top four have already been drafted and I didn’t want to reach for one. Moss may not be the best red zone threat, and there are obvious quarterback issues in Washington, but he did catch 93 passes for 1,115 yards and six touchdowns, plus he produced regardless of who was throwing him the football.
6.09: Bruno Boys Cavigs - Johnny Knox, WR, Chicago Bears — Knox didn’t have the year that many Armchair General Manager’s expected from him in 2010, however you can’t overlook his late season surge. Knox hauled in six receptions for 170 yards and three touchdown in Week’s 15 and 16 and was a key contributor in the fantasy football playoffs. His 18.8 yard per catch average was tied for second in the NFL among wide receivers with over 50 receptions and entering 2011 Knox will be top option in the Chicago passing game. Don’t expect Knox to transition into a possession receiver, however with another year of experience don’t be surprised if you see a rise in production. He won’t win me a fantasy title in 2011, but he makes for an excellent WR3 option with tremendous upside.
6.10: Bruno Boys JRonstadt - Ryan Grant, RB, Green Bay Packers — Grant should be 100 percent recovered from a foot injury that sidelined him for almost all of 2010 and considering his steady production from 2007 through 2009, he stands a pretty decent chance of regaining the starting job over late-season sensation James Starks.
6.11: Bruno Boys Brad - CJ Spiller, RB, Buffalo Bills — I wanted a RB3 here, and I considered Joseph Addai, Chris Wells and Ronnie Brown, however decided to draft upside. Spiller has great potential, and even with Fred Jackson playing a big role in the running game, you can expect an increased role in the Bills’ offense from the speedster out of Clemson.
6.12: Bruno Boys Jimbo - Marshawn Lynch, RB, Seattle Seahawks — With a shaky second running back in Felix Jones on my team already, I wanted to get somewhat of a steady RB3 as a backup. Marshawn Lynch should ride his postseason success into 2011 as the Seahawks’ feature running back. Though Justin Forsett will see action, as well, Lynch is the starter and the goaline back. Now let’s just hope he doesn’t run into anymore legal trouble. Whether it’s old man Matt Hasselbeck or a new quarterback under center in Seattle, the Hawks will run the ball plenty in ‘11.