Feb 27, 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 7 RESULTS
7.01: Bruno Boys Jimbo - Owen Daniels, TE, Houston Texans — It took him three quarters of last season to do it, but we finally saw the old Owen Daniels at the end of the 2010 season. With Andre Johnson once again getting all the defensive attention next year, there will be plenty of open field for Daniels and Matt Schaub to hook up. I decided to pass on my third receiver here because I didn’t really like any of the ones available at this point. Daniels is one of the few stud tight ends remaining, and he definitely wouldn’t have come back to me, so I decided to grab my tight end now.
7.02: Bruno Boys Brad - Chris Cooley, TE, Washington Redskins — I think the tight end pool will be very thin by the time I pick again, so I’ll get a solid one now and get depth elsewhere later. I like Cooley’s potential in 2011, especially if the Redskins will be breaking in a young quarterback. He can certainly provide a reliable target.
7.03: Bruno Boys JRonstadt - Braylon Edwards, WR, New York Jets — I’ve never been a big fan of the inconsistent Edwards, but he’s coming off one of his best seasons in 2010 (53 receptions, 904 yards, seven touchdowns) and should once again deliver fine WR3 numbers in 2011. I’m hoping for Edwards, an unrestricted free agent this off season, to sign with a more receiver-friendly offense than that of the ultraconservative Jets.
7.04: Bruno Boys Cavigs - Matt Schaub, QB, Houston Texans — I am ecstatic about landing a quarterback of Schaub’s caliber in Round 7. He finished 2010 No.9 at the quarterback position with 237 fantasy points and out of the remaining QB1 options Schaub is surrounded by the best playmakers. While I considered Matt Ryan and Josh Freeman with this selection, Schaub is more proven and has been a consistent signal caller in each of the last two seasons. Let the quarterback run begin…
7.05: Bruno Boys Cory - Kellen Winslow, TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers — I wanted to get a tight end here, and there were some good options left but ultimately I decided to roll with Kellen Winslow of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He’s on a young and improving offense with a good quarterback, he’s a good red zone option, and he really came on in the second half of the season. In the final eight games Winslow caught all five of his touchdowns. If he can stay consistent in terms of production from last year, however add a few more touchdowns, which I feel he has the capability of doing, then I’m more than happy with this selection.
7.06: FF Whiz - Jim Day - Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Pittsburgh Steelers — Even with decreases across the board for Big Ben, mostly due to his 4-game suspension, he was able to post 3,200 yards and 17 touchdowns. With the Super Bowl loss fresh in the mind of the Steelers players, I expect them to come out hungry in 2011 and for Roethlisberger to bounce back to 4,000 yards and close to 30 touchdowns. Consider this nice value in Round 7.
7.07: Bruno Boys James - Josh Freeman, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Needing a quarterback, I was targeting both Matt Schaub and Ben Roethlisberger,however they both went a few picks before it was my turn. Shifting gears, the decision was between only Josh Freeman and Matt Ryan who finished 2010 almost dead even. Freeman averaged 15.4 fantasy points per game to Ryan’s 14.9 but the reason I took Freeman was the intangibles. He’s 6’ 6’‘, 250 lbs yet finished with the second most rushing yards among quarterbacks and constantly made things happen with his feet. I expect Freeman to only grow with his young weapons in 2011 and also get add a few rushing touchdowns next year.
7.08: Bruno Boys Rich - Matt Ryan, QB, Atlanta Falcons — After watching helplessly as the next three quarterbacks in my sights were taken in the last four picks,I begrudgingly take Matty Ice with the need for a quarterback. Ryan fits into the same tier as the Josh Freeman’s and Ben Roethlisberger’s so it makes sense, however in 2010 Ryan was just plain boring. He scored in double digits in all but two games but totaled over 20 just three times. In fact, he threw for over 300 yards just once in 2010. Ryan is consistently OK, howevert in 2011 I’d like to see him show some ability to be a fantasy game changer with some bigger games. The problem with that is the fact that the Falcons usually look to the run first. That said, Ryan likely won’t win me many games, but he won’t lose me many either.
7.09: Bruno Boys Ryan - Terrell Owens, WR, Cincinnati Bengals — The pool of wide receivers got thin real fast, but I think Owens is as solid choice as my WR3 option. Before he suffered a knee injury in December he was terrific. He accumulated 914 receiving yards and eight touchdowns between Week’s 1 and 12, which included a game in which he recorded over 200 receiving yards against the Cleveland Browns in Week 4. I’m a bit worried about what situation he’s going to end up in next season, however while many worry about his age I’m not overly concerned that he’s turning 38 next season. T.O. has clearly proven that he’s a physical freak who can still play at a high level in this league.
7.10: Bruno Boys Lane - Matthew Stafford, QB, Detroit Lions — I have high hopes for Stafford and willing to take on the huge injury risk to get his upside on my roster. It’s a small sample size, but he had six touchdowns to just one interception in the three games he played in 2010 and posted a 91.3 QB rating while showing tremendous improvement from his rookie year. He’s got one of the best weapons in the league to throw to (Megatron) and a pass-heavy offense in which to thrive. And yes, I do love the Detroit offense, no, I did not plan on taking their quarterback running back, and wide receiver and lord knows I didn’t think I’d be so high on Detroit four years ago. But that’s the way things go sometimes.
7.11: Bruno Boys Kyle - Beanie Wells, RB, Arizona Cardinals — I needed another running back, and although I’m taking a bit of a chance here with Beanie after his lousy year, he still has the capability to be a good feature back in the league. The former first-round pick needs to stay healthy this season, but if he does, Wells has enough talent to be the main back in the Cards’ backfield and produce solid fantasy football numbers.
7.12: Bruno Boys Allie - Jimmy Graham, TE, New Orleans Saints — I seriously considered Oakland’s Zach Miller along with New England duo of Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski here, however the Raiders offense is still a work in progress and it’s uncertain which Patriots tight end will emerge as Tom Brady’s favorite in 2011. Ultimately I decided on the big, fast, talented and athletically-gifted Graham, whom with the release of Jeremy Shockey will be the starter in New Orleans. After initially vying with Shockey and David Thomas for playing time, he developed late-season chemistry with quarterback Drew Brees, catching four touchdown passes in final three games of the regular season. He finished the season with 31 receptions for 356 yards and five scores. Graham is a rising star whose skills as a receiver in the Saints passing offense give him both immediate fantasy relevance and tremendous upside.