Just because the 2010 NFL season recently came to an end doesn’t mean you can’t start preparing for the 2011 fantasy football season. We eleven members of the Bruno Boys Fantasy Football Staff and guest draftee Jim Day from Fantasy Football Whiz bring 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 1 RESULTS
1.01: Bruno Boys Jimbo—Adrian Peterson, RB, Minnesota Vikings—When healthy, there isn't a more consistent or reliable running back than Adrian Peterson. I passed up on the trendy option in Michael Vick because I still feel like with your Round 1 pick—especially No. 1 overall—you have to get yourself a stud running back. Entering 2011, there isn’t a better running back in the game today than Peterson.
1.02: Bruno Boys Brad—Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars—I thought about Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson here, and even thought about going in a controversial direction (Aaron Rodgers crossed my mind). In the end, logic took over and told me this was not the time in the draft to gamble on selecting a quarterback. Thus I decided to go with the solid top tier running back with minimal downside in MJD. Yes, the knee injury has some worried; however, I am not one of them.
1.03: Bruno Boys JRonstadt—Arian Foster, RB, Houston Texans—I worry about the 393 touches in 15 games Foster withstood in 2010, but it’s hard to fret too much about landing fantasy’s No. 1 performer with the third pick. Foster, who should have the Texans backfield pretty much all to himself in 2011, possesses all the characteristics of an elite back—size, vision, power and speed. Only time will tell if durability can be added to his list of attributes.
1.04: Bruno Boys Cavigs—Chris Johnson, RB, Tennessee Titans—With 1,609 total yards, Johnson didn’t quite live up to the preseason hype that he was going to flirt with 2,500 total yards. However, he is still an explosive running back that can make game changing plays. The other guy I considered at 1.04 was Jamaal Charles, but in the end I went with the running back who doesn’t lose touches around the end zone.
1.05: Bruno Boys Cory—Rashard Mendenhall, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers—There were several different players I looked at here, but there’s so much to like about Pittsburgh Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall. He’s coming off a second consecutive 1,000-yard rushing season and last year he had 13 rushing touchdowns. His receiving numbers aren’t great, and he isn’t a threat to rush for 2,000 receiving yards, but Mendenhall scores six-pointers. I think he’s got the ability to do that 15 times next season, especially behind what should be an improved Pittsburgh offensive line.
1.06: FF Whiz Jim Day—Roddy White, WR, Atlanta Falcons—This would be an easier pick in a PPR league, but since it’s not, I will stop the run on running backs and go with Mr. Consistency. White has had back-to-back double digit touchdown seasons and has averaged 1,281 receiving yards per season over the last four. Look for him to hit both of those marks again in 2011.
1.07: Bruno Boys James—Jamaal Charles, RB, Kansas City Chiefs
1.08: Bruno Boys Rich—Michael Turner, WR, Atlanta Falcons
1.09: Bruno Boys Ryan—LeSean McCoy, RB, Philadelphia Eagles
1.10: Bruno Boys Lane—Ray Rice, RB, Baltimore Ravens
1.11: Bruno Boys Kyle—Michael Vick, QB, Philadelphia Eagles
1.12: Bruno Boys Allie—Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers
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