This is a 2010 Fantasy Football Mock Draft organized by Steven Lourie of FootballFanSpot.com. Twelve Web sites, including this one, participated in this mock. This mock (traditional; non-PPR) is still incomplete.
Each pick has commentary made by the corresponding Web site.
LestersLegends.com: Adrian Peterson, RB, Vikings
I believe Peterson, Chris Johnson, and Maurice Jones-Drew are pretty much on the sane level. I expect Chris Johnson to see a decrease in his workload after such a heavy one last year. MJD proved he could be the feature back, but doesn't get enough help. Meanwhile, Peterson had a monster year despite Favre & Co. taking the lead role in the offense. I think the Vikes run more and pass less this year, which should be huge for All Day.
FFToolbox.com: Chris Johnson, RB, Titans
Coming off a huge 2009 season, Chris Johnson is the number one player on my draft board this season. While Johnson may not carry the ball 358 times again this season, he is a threat to score whenever he touches the ball. Johnson will once again be the focus of the Titans offense in 2010, and should put up great fantasy numbers all season long.
BeastOrBust.com: Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, Jaguars
The third spot in a re-draft league is a great position this year. You get the last of the top 3 RB's, you don't have to agonize over the decision, and any way you slice it you are a getting a Beast. MJD, ADP and CJ2K are all so close it is really tough to pick a frontrunner. Not that we had the choice here, but we'll take the guy who is second only to LT2 in touchdowns since entering the league in 2006.
FootballFanSpot.com: Ray Rice, RB, Ravens
No surprises in the top 3, no surprises here either. Rice is one of 4 (5 if you count Frank Gore, but I don't like his inconsistency) running backs in the NFL with great talent, solid health, and a good shot at 300+ carries. He had 2000+ total yards last year and has a good shot at doing that again this year.
DraftZoo.com: Frank Gore, RB, 49ers
I'm not a huge fan of the fifth pick, but I think Gore is the best option here. He had 1120 yards and 10 TDs on the ground in only 14 games last season, and he really seemed to turn it on over his last four games, scoring four touchdowns and averaging 113 rushing yards in that span. With the upgrades on the O-line, he could be in for a big year. Plus, I've never taken Gore before, so there's that.
RothsteinSports.com: Michael Turner, RB, Falcons
This pick is weighted heavily on not being a PPR league, where Turner's value drops significantly. He is the best player available at this point.
Rotoprofessor.com: Andre Johnson, WR, Texans
He's the elite WR in the game and is just too valuable to pass up at this spot in the draft. Of the RB still on the board, there are just too many question marks to consider taking them over Johnson.
Scardraft.com: Calvin Johnson, WR, Lions
Taking a WR here wasn't my first plan of action, but since I have sleepers at other spots, I feel it's smart to at least get one good WR for the team.
FantasyDaddy.com: Steven Jackson, RB, Rams
With seven games with 100 or more yards rushing in 2009, Jackson was able to carry the offensive load for the Rams and many fantasy teams. With an improving offensive line, SJAX may be able to break the 2000 all purpose yards in 2010. A great value pick at #9.
FantasyPros911.com: Randy Moss, WR, Patriots
Was leaning towards Larry Fitzgerald, but with an early mock draft its hard to tell whether or not the quarterback situation is going to stable. That being said, I did not want a risky/shaky pick here so I'll go with a guy I feel can get 1,000+ yards through the air and double digit touchdowns.
WalterFootball.com: Shonn Greene, RB, Jets
Shonn Greene had an incredible playoff run. He was the better back at the end of the season, and New York's offensive line is still as powerful as ever (Alan Faneca secretly was the worst player on that unit). I'll be really surprised if Shonn Greene doesn't hit at least 12 touchdowns this year - and the sky's the limit if Mark Sanchez improves.
TheSportsBank.net: Drew Brees, QB, Saints
In a league that awards 6 points for every passing touchdown, I couldn't pass up on Brees this late. The RBs left on the board all have upside, but none of them are safe #1 RB's in my mind. In the first round, it's all about minimizing risk. Brees is a lock to finish as the top-5 QB.
TheSportsBank.net: Miles Austin-Jones, WR, Cowboys
I have to confess, I have an absolute man-crush on Miles Austin. While some may be wary of drafting him this early, I have no qualms. He was able to put up 80+ catches, over 1300 yards and double digit touchdowns despite only starting 3/4's of the season. It's scary to imagine what he could do with a full season. I also think the addition of Dez Bryant will only help Austin, as he will be facing less double-teams. Frankly, I'm all-in on Austin this year.
WalterFootball.com: Aaron Rodgers, QB, Packers
I don't think you're going to see Aaron Rodgers fall to the second round of many standard leagues. Rodgers is the top fantasy quarterback this year, as he piles up solid rushing yardage and touchdown totals on top of his impressive passing stats.
FantasyPros911.com: Rashard Mendenhall, RB, Steelers
Getting Rashard Mendenhall here in the second round is great value. Everyone is worried about his first four games, but if he can manage to get double digit points from yards and TD, fantasy owners will be happy. Let's add the fact that he's not splitting carries and you have potentially first round value.
FantasyDaddy.com: Reggie Wayne, WR, Colts
I cannot pass up Reggie Wayne. Fitz is very tempting, but I feel too many question marks surround him. Wayne is solid, consistent and I know exactly what I am going to get every week.
Scardraft.com: Roddy White, WR, Falcons
Roddy White is a very underrated WR. With his ability as a #1, I think both he and Calvin will rock out for me this year at the WR spot.
Rotoprofessor.com: Knowshon Moreno, RB, Broncos
This may be a bit early on Moreno, but I love his chance for a breakout this season and there is little chance that he is still on the board the next time I pick. He's reportedly improved his conditioning and adds a receiving dimension out of the backfield. With Brandon Marshall traded, the Broncos will rely heavily on him this season. Look for him to emerge as a first round lock in 2011.
RothsteinSports.com: Sidney Rice, WR, Vikings
I was tempted to take DeAngelo here, but the steady play of Rice over the last 10 games of the regular season last year out weighed the positional value of Williams. Rice averaged 6 receptions and over 80 yards over that span, including a 10 reception 136 yard day against the Steelers in week 7, 7 reception 201 yard performance week 10 against Detroit, and a 6 reception 112 yard day with 2 touchdown's against New York week 17. He played even better in the playoffs, recording 6 receptions for 141 yards and 3 touchdowns against the Cowboys in the divisional round playoffs.I don't want to gamble on him being taken before my next selection, he could be the best fantasy wide out come season end.
DraftZoo.com: Jamaal Charles, RB, Chiefs
I like Jamaal Charles this year, and I'm not all that worried about Thomas Jones. Jones could be a decent short-yardage and/or goal line back, but I don't see him commanding as many carries behind the Chiefs O-line. Charles can create on his own, plus he was on fire at the end of last season and remains KC's most dynamic playmaker. Hopefully he'll make up for a lack of GL opportunities with long scores and loads of receptions.
FootballFanSpot.com: Ryan Grant, RB, Packers
He may be boring, but he's healthy and there's no one challenging him for his job, or even to take any significant portion of his carries. He's a solid 4+ YPC guy and should get around 300 carries once again this year. I can expect 1200-1300 rushing yards with around 150 yards through the air and double digit touchdowns. RB-RB wasn't my strategy coming into this, but with so many receivers being taken early, I was able to get two top 10 RBs in the first 2 rounds.
BeastOrBust.com: Peyton Manning, QB, Colts
The earliest rounds of a fantasy draft are all about landing elite and consistent production. Taking a perennial Top-3 QB in Peyton Manning gives us just that. In 2009 he posted his 2nd most productive seasonal stat line in each of the following categories: Passing Attempts (571), Total Yards (4,500) and TD's (33). This is a trend that will definitely continue in 2010, making us totally comfortable with this pick. This early in a fantasy draft is not the time to over-think. An easy selection considering the question marks surrounding nearly every other QB still available.
FFToolbox.com: Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Cardinals
This pick came down to three players for me, but in the end I chose to go with Fitzgerald. I feel that even with Matt Leinart at quarterback, and Anquan Boldin gone, Fitzgerald is still a cut above the rest of the wide receivers left on the board. I am very happy to get Fitzgerald at the tail end of round two.
LestersLegends.com: Brandon Marshall, WR, Dolphins
Brandon Marshall didn't skip a beat when he went from Cutler to Orton or from Shanahan to McDaniels. Sure, he's a bit of a pain, but the dude can flat out play football. He's a virtual lock for 100 catches, and even though this isn't a PPR league, securing a premier WR here is the direction I'm going in.
Dear Walt, this is becoming prime "mock draft season." And while you have gone the extra mile by including 4 full rounds, I really wish you'd explain why the players are deserving of their draft slots, instead of solely focusing on team needs. It seems like your M.O. to explain for a few sentences why the team would pick a certain position. Then only explain in a sentence or two why the player is worth of said selection. Maybe in Round 4 that'd be acceptable, but for the Top 10-15 picks really should have in depth analysis of the player. That's just my 2 cents. Take care.
I've been on a hiatus with draft work lately and was focused on my Draft Prospect Rankings which you could find in the rants on this site. So, I figured doing one more before the Combine where more prospect movement could occur to see where I stand before and after with those prospects. So, without further adieu here we go!