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 11 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: four points; All Other TDs: six points; 25 Yards Passing: one point; 10 Yards Rushing/Receiving: one point).
Aside from filling out the required starting lineup (one QB, two RBs, three WRs, one TE, one K and one D/ST), owners are free to draft 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 THREE RESULTS
3.01: Bruno Boys Jimbo—Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints
I decided to grab a stud quarterback now since they’ll all most likely be gone when I pick again at 4.12. While Drew Brees had more interceptions than his 2010 owners would have liked, he still produced his typical passing totals last season.
The Saints appeared to suffer a bit from the Super Bowl hangover, and rumors are swirling that Brees was playing hurt for most of last season. That said, 2011 should be a fresh start for Brees and one of the hottest offenses in the NFL.
I also thought about grabbing my second running back in this spot, but I decided to wait since none of the backs available really jumped out at me. I’d rather take a sure thing signal caller now and take my chances with my RB2 later.
3.02: Bruno Boys Brad—Dwayne Bowe, WR, Kansas City Chiefs
I thought about going for another running back at this spot. However, I feel the wide receiver crop gets thin fairly soon. I don’t pick again until No. 47 overall, and all the top fantasy options at wide receiver should be gone by then.
Bowe makes for a fairly risky pick, yet I think his upside is worth it, as things seemed to finally click for him last season. Despite what reports are indicating, I don’t see the Chiefs offense changing much with head coach Todd Haley taking over play-calling from the departed Charlie Weis, and Bowe is clearly the team’s best receiver.
3.03: Bruno Boys JRonstadt—Mike Wallace, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers
I was torn between Wallace and Reggie Wayne here, but I decided to go with youth and upside over experience and consistency. Wallace was a one-man wrecking machine in 2010, turning a mere 60 receptions into 1,257 yards and 10 touchdowns.
As gaudy as Wallace’s season totals were, they would have been even better had he not been catching passes from Dennis Dixon and Charlie Batch during the season’s opening four games. Here’s to hoping that the “new” Big Ben Roethlisberger is here to stay.
3.04: Bruno Boys Cavigs—Knowshon Moreno, RB, Denver Broncos
There were a lot of different routes to go with this pick. I could have snagged Philip Rivers and secured myself a true QB1 or gone with Reggie Wayne as my WR2 alongside Hakeem Nicks. However, at the end of the day I felt it was best to secure myself a top of the line RB2 in Moreno.
Plus, new head coach John Fox favors a heavy rushing attack, and a healthy Moreno could be in line for a breakout season. He showed signs of superstardom from Weeks 10-14 last season, and there is no doubt in my mind that he builds on his 1,151 total yards and eight touchdowns...even if Tim Tebow vultures some at the goal line.
3.05: Bruno Boys Cory—Philip Rivers, QB, San Diego Chargers
Well, this was a pretty obvious one for me. There are still some good running backs left; however, I kind of felt like none of the choices warranted a selection at 3.05. Solution: Take the best available quarterback, and in my opinion the last elite one.
Philip Rivers of the San Diego Chargers proved last year he didn’t need his top receiver, or left tackle, to post huge numbers. The scary part is I think he’s still getting better. I see room for growth in his numbers and believe he’s in line for a career year in 2010.
3.06: FF Whiz Jim Day—Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, New York Giants
There is a chance that the Giants don’t keep Bradshaw, who will be a free agent, but I just don’t see that happening. Even in a non-PPR league he has good value. Bradshaw had 1,500 total yards in 2010 to go along with eight scores. If the Giants do choose to let him go, he will be a starter for someone else.
Of course, he is an injury risk, but we also know Bradshaw is not afraid to play through pain. If healthy, in my opinion Bradshaw has a 1,700 total yard ceiling, and I consider him a solid Round 3 selection.
3.07: Bruno Boys James—Reggie Wayne, WR, Indianapolis Colts
3.08: Bruno Boys Rich—Brandon Lloyd, WR, Denver Broncos
3.09: Bruno Boys Ryan—LeGarrette Blount, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
3.10: Bruno Boys Lane—Miles Austin, WR, Dallas Cowboys
3.11: Bruno Boys Kyle—Ryan Mathews, RB, San Diego Chargers
3.12: Bruno Boys Allie—Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Arizona Cardinals
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