Mar 1, 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 9 RESULTS
9.01: Bruno Boys Jimbo - Mark Ingram, RB, Free Agent/Rookie — My team is a little weak at running back, so I’m going to roll the dice and gamble on the top rookie running back in this year’s draft. Mark Ingram was a star at Alabama, and could very easily have a star-studded NFL career. With so many of the remaining running backs in this mock draft riddled with red flags, why not go out on a limb.
9.02: Bruno Boys Brad - Marion Barber, RB, Dallas Cowboys — I had hoped Mark Ingram would be available here when I last picked, but Jimbo just grabbed him with the previous pick. Let that be a lesson, if you really want a guy don’t be afraid to take him slightly earlier than you had planned (within reason of course). I’ll settle for Barber, if for no other reason than he brings back memories for me when Minnesota Golden Gopher football was actually not THAT bad for a stretch. Kidding aside, I am hoping he can find his form again and prove to the doubters that he has something left in the tank.
9.03: Bruno Boys JRonstadt - Brandon Pettigrew, TE, Detroit Lions — After making steady progress from year one (30 receptions, 346 yards and two touchdowns), to year two (71 receptions, 722 yards and four touchdowns), Pettigrew could wind up as the game’s next elite tight end in this his third pro season, particularly if Matthew Stafford manages to stay healthy. Pettigrew is undoubtedly a rising star, who should continue to benefit from derelict coverage stemming from Calvin Johnson’s tendency to draw swarms of defenders along the sidelines.
9.04: Bruno Boys Cavigs - Mike Williams, WR, Seattle Seahawks — I am not a huge fan of Mike Williams the person, because of his shady practice habits as a Detroit Lions wide receiver, however I have to commend him for the bounce back season in 2010. Despite constant double teams, Williams hauled in a career high 65 receptions for 751 receiving yards and two touchdowns. He is the primary wideout in Seattle and should serve as a quality WR4 and bye week replacement for my fantasy football squad in 2011.
9.05: Bruno Boys Cory - Thomas Jones, RB, Kansas City Chiefs — It’s easy to forget about Kansas City Chiefs running back Thomas Jones considering how well his backfield mate, Jamaal Charles, played last season. However, Jones was no slouch either. He carried the ball 245 times for 896 yards and six touchdowns. As well as Charles played last season, Jones still found paydirt more than Charles and he carried the football more than him. It would be easy to call Jones a touchdown poacher if he didn’t carry the ball so many times. As my RB3, I really like Jones. He could even be a potential starter for my team if Cedric Benson falls on his face even more in 2011 than he did in 2010.
9.06: FF Whiz - Jim Day - Brandon Jacobs, RB, New York Giants — Jacobs didn’t have a solid season in 2010 but still ended up with nine touchdowns. Ahmad Bradshaw is a free agent, however I feel the Giants do everything they can to bring him back, which helps Jacobs in my opinion. He hasn’t been able to hold up to full time duties, but as a backup/goal line back he should still end up with at least 800 yards and very close to 10 touchdowns.
9.07: Bruno Boys James - Ronnie Brown, RB, Miami Dolphins — I really wanted my hometown guy Brandon Jacobs here, however Jim Day got him one spot before me. Having only Gore and Charles at running back, I needed a RB3 desperately and with 976 total yards and seven touchdowns in 2010, Ronnie Brown fits the bill. Ricky Williams and Ronnie Brown are both free agents but I expect that if Miami brings one back, it would be Ronnie Brown.
9.08: Bruno Boys Rich - Tim Tebow, QB, Denver Broncos — It’s probably too early to grab Tebow, especially in light of new head coach John Fox’s naming of Kyle Orton as the starter. Tebow, however, was great down the stretch with 651 yards passing, 227 yards rushing and seven total touchdowns over the Broncos’ final three games. He also added three more rushing scores earlier in the season. I expect him to win the starting job back from Orton sooner rather than later and give me some value this season. When given the opportunity, think a poor man’s Michael Vick in 2011
9.09: Bruno Boys Ryan - Michael Bush, RB, Oakland Raiders — With not that many great wide receiving options out there, I want to continue practicing my strategy of stacking my bench with running backs. Even though Darren McFadden had a breakout season, Bush still managed to be a productive fantasy player. He scored an impressive eight touchdowns in a part time role in 2010. If McFadden were to get injured, Bush would likely be a big part of the Oakland Raiders offense because the team continues to field lackluster quarterbacks. Bush proved he can handle a heavy workload in Week 17 against the Kansas City Chiefs rushing 25 times for 137 yards and a touchdown, and he did it in McFadden’s stead no less. McFadden will likely see the lions share of the workload in 2011, but Bush will have a fair amount of scoring opportunities in the Oakland Raiders run centric offense.
9.10: Bruno Boys Lane - Malcom Floyd, WR, San Diego Chargers — Floyd joins the squad as my WR4, but is talented enough to be a starter on a weekly basis. If it wasn’t for hamstring issues that sidelined him for five games he would have had a great season; his average of 65 yards per game would have totaled 1,043 yards over a full season along with nearly nine touchdowns. Floyd enters 2011 as a free agent, however the Bolts have said to make a strong effort to resign him. If this is the case, Floyd and Vincent Jackson will make a lethal combination, especially with Philip Rivers throwing them the ball.
9.11: Bruno Boys Kyle - Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England Patriots — I decided to wait to select my tight end, and my patience paid off. Gronkowski was actually the fifth-highest scoring tight end in fantasy football this season. He had 42 receptions for 542 yards but with 10 touchdowns. Inconsistency was a problem for him at the beginning of the year, but he had double-digit fantasy points in three of the last four weeks.
9.12: Bruno Boys Allie - Danny Woodhead, RB, New England Patriots — I haven’t drafted a running back since the first pick of Round 4 and it’s no surprise that there are few if any “sure-fire” options at the position left on the board. Among the backs that are still available is New England Patriots running back Danny Woodhead, another surprise from the 2010 season. The self-described “shade under 5’8” Woodhead was cut by the New York Jets after Week 2 and signed by the Patriots four days later. The speedy Woodhead quickly established himself as a presence in New England’s post-Randy Moss era offense, scoring a touchdown in his first two games as a Patriot. Woodhead posted 926 combo yards and six touchdowns on the season and his 117 fantasy points were more than many guys who were drafted early including Ryan Mathews, Shonn Greene and Jonathan Stewart to name just a few. I don’t expect big numbers from Woodhead,however his ability to catch the ball and his 5.6 yards per carry average make him a viable fantasy option. I might feel differently about Woodhead over the course of the offseason, but for now he seems like a relatively safe pick for my RB3.