Fantasy Football Experts 2010 Mock Draft in Progress.

Football ManiaxsSenior Writer IJanuary 18, 2010

FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 10:  Ray Rice #27 of the Baltimore Ravens runs the ball against the New England Patriots during the 2010 AFC wild-card playoff game at Gillette Stadium on January 10, 2010 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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To please the insatiable Fantasy Football fans, Antonino Buccellato from FF Maniaxs and 11 other fantasy experts from as many websites are conducting their first 2010 mock draft.

Each pick will be commented to reveal the reasoning behind it.

Get to know the experts and find out what the early 2010 fantasy sentiments are.


Pick 1.07
Fantasy Football Maniaxs selected Ray Rice, BAL RB

I could make a case for three to four running backs to draft at this spot, but selecting Ray Rice with the seventh overall pick becomes a no brainer at this point, even in a non-PPR league.

Granted,I cannot count on his 70 would-be points generated from receptions, but 700 receiving yards will still get you over 70 extra fantasy points any fantasy owner can certainly welcome. If Willis McGahee leaves Baltimore next season, Rice will improve on his 1,339 rushing yards and seven scores from last year on a run-first team with a great offensive line.

This reminds of my championship team's draft of last year when I picked Chris Johnson at the seventh spot.

Pick 2.06
Fantasy Football Maniaxs selected Ryan Grant, GBP RB

Probably the most underrated and consistent running back in fantasy football, Ryan Grant has quietly stringed two consecutive 1200-yard seasons together since becoming the uncontested starter in Green Bay, and almost rushed for a 1,000 yards (956) his rookie season starting in only seven games.  Grant is probably the only valuable back left in this draft that has virtually no competition for carries and just scored a career-high 11 TDs in ‘09.  

I have learned the hard way that in fantasy football creating running back depth is a must, as the position pool gets thin relatively fast, whereas valuable wideouts and quarterbacks can be easily found in later rounds or thru the waiver wire.  Backing up this theory is the fact that a starting back is guaranteed 20-25 touches a game while wide receiver is guaranteed nothing. Had this been a PPR league, I would have grabbed a WR here....

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