2010 Fantasy Football Experts Mock Draft: Rounds 3-4
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: Ryan Mathews, RB, Chargers
Mathews is stepping into a perfect situation. He will get the bulk of the carries in a potent offense. He should get most of the carries at the stripe.
FFToolbox.com: DeAngelo Williams, RB, Panthers
This pick came down to Williams or Pierre Thomas, and I like Williams to have another big year in 2010. Despite Jonathan Stewart cutting into Williams' workload, Williams has averaged at least 5 yards per carry in each of the last 3 seasons. With the Carolina quarterback situation as poor as it is, the Panthers should run the ball more than ever in 2010, giving both Williams and Stewart the opportunity to reach at least the 1000 yard mark. I would love to get Williams in the third round of any draft.
BeastOrBust.com: DeSean Jackson, WR, Eagles
We need a WR at this point and it really comes down to two options - DeSean Jackson or Greg Jennings. While we don't love either of these players as our WR1, we anticipate a big year for Jennings, and we love the "score from anywhere on the field" ability of DJax. We like the foundation built in the first two rounds and we will therefore look past the question marks of Kevin Kolb and go for the "high octane" pick in DeSean Jackson. He's got some serious juice, and while his reception totals may not be Beastly, we hope to see him go for at least 1,000 receiving yards and find the end zone 10 times in 2010. We like this pick in a non-PPR.
FootballFanSpot.com: Greg Jennings, WR, Packers
I need a WR after going RB-RB in the first two rounds. Jennings is my best available receiver. He's got a great quarterback and with Driver suffering injuries, he is going to be getting the bulk of the targets for his team. He really caught fire late last year and I expect that to carry over to this season.
DraftZoo.com: Marques Colston, WR, Saints
Colston has required work on his knee in three straight offseasons, but he appears to be fully healthy now, and I'm willing to take the chance here. I don't want to wait and miss out on the last of the sort-of-elite receivers, and I like Colston slightly more than fellow injury risk Anquan Boldin.
RothsteinSports.com: Tom Brady, QB, Patriots
Brady seems to have the most value here at a position of need, the others being Benson and Stewart. Since I think both Benson and Stewart have just as good a chance busting as players I can target in later rounds, I'll settle for the New England QB whose playing for a contract.
Rotoprofessor.com: LeSean McCoy, RB, Eagles
Already with a top WR on my roster and Tom Brady off the board, I wanted to strengthen my RB duo. While I considered other options, McCoy is the top RB left on my draft board, so he gets the call here.
Scardraft.com: Jonathan Stewart, RB, Panthers
I can't believe he lasted this long. Carolina's RB by committee is the best possible thing for me to believe in when I make this pick. Even so, Stewart just gets the ball near the goal line and is good for at least 10 TD's normally.
FantasyDaddy.com: Chris Wells, RB, Cardinals
Wells finished strong in 2009 and would be a great play in 2010 even if Kurt Warner returned. With so many questions about the passing game in Arizona, Wells will be given the opportunity to carry the team. Love the value of this pick in round three.
FantasyPros911.com: Anquan Boldin, WR, Ravens
The No. 1 WR on a team that is talking like they want to pass more. Boldin now becomes the man in Baltimore and has shown that he can handle the pressure of being the main man.
WalterFootball.com: Pierre Thomas, RB, Saints
Mike Bell is gone, so maybe Sean Payton will stop playing games with his running back rotation and give Pierre Thomas the touches he deserves. And even if Payton falls in love with a new mediocre running back, Thomas is still a very good RB2 because he'll have tons of scoring opportunities in that great offense.
TheSportsBank.net: Cedric Benson, RB, Bengals
Going QB-WR with my first two picks, I have to go RB-RB with my next two. I'm not high on Benson by any means, but at the end of the third round he is a really nice value. I'm concerned about his durability, off-the-field issues and his ineffectiveness in the second half of last year, but he is is getting all the carries in a run-heavy offense.
TheSportsBank.net: Jahvid Best, RB, Lions
I'm a little hesitant to draft Best this early, because he is so unproven, but my gut feeling couldn't be any higher on this guy. The Detroit Lions have a plethora of young talent and head coach Jim Schwartz has already said that he wants Best to be the feature back. I think if Best can hold up, which has been a concern for him in college, he could put up monster numbers as a rookie. This is the ultimate "boom-or-bust" pick, but I'm hoping for the Best (sorry, I had to).
WalterFootball.com: Steve Smith, WR, Panthers
I'm not sure why Steve Smith keeps falling into Round 4 of my mock drafts. His injury isn't serious and he should be ready by Week 1. He had a down year because of Jake Delhomme, but finished strong with Matt Moore. Smith is still one of the most talented receivers in the NFL. He's a steal here.
FantasyPros911.com: Tony Romo, QB, Cowboys
With a ton of weapons at his disposal, Romo likely will reach the 4,000 yard passing plateau. I have him ranked as my No. 4 QB, so getting him now only makes sense since I'll have no shot if I would have waited to my next pick.
FantasyDaddy.com: Matt Schaub, QB, Texans
I passed on a QB last round because between Romo, Schaub, and Rivers at least one would come back to me. I'm selecting Schaub because I feel that he has great value with this pick. He is still underrated and I until Vincent Jackson shows up, Rivers is down graded on my board. With that said, I think you have a major drop off after Schaub.
Scardraft.com: Carson Palmer, QB, Bengals
Carson Palmer is the biggest sleeper at the QB position. With the weapons he has he is poised for a HUGE season.
Rotoprofessor.com: Ronnie Brown, RB, Dolphins
I considered continuing the run on QBs, but decided that I could gamble that one of the two QBs I want will be left on the board when my next pick comes up. What won't likely be there is one of the RB I want, so that's where my pick went. Ronnie Brown is the top RB on my board so that's who I'm going with.
RothsteinSports.com: Pierre Garcon, WR, Colts
This is a definite stretch, but with the retirement of Brett Favre looming, I now need another quality receiver to go with Sidney Rice. Garcon was inconsistent in his first year breaking the starting line up, but another off season with Manning should turn into more frequent double digit fantasy points. He shined when it counted most, recording 21 catches to go with 251 yards and 2 scores in the playoffs.
DraftZoo.com: Philip Rivers, QB, Chargers
With Favre gone, for now, there's one less quarterback worth taking in the draft. I like Rivers even without Vincent Jackson. I'm pretty sure he's completed passes to other receivers before, and even with all the hype surrounding Ryan Mathews, I don't expect this team to lean on anyone but Rivers offensively.
FootballFanSpot.com: Steve Smith, WR, Giants
He may be the lesser known of the two Steve Smiths, but I'd take them both around the same time. The Giants' Steve Smith is a consistent producer that only had less than 57 yards 2 times last year. I think he's pretty close to a lock for 1000 yards and at least 50-60 yards every week, with a good chance of more. I'll take his consistency as a starter on a weekly basis here in the 4th.
BeastOrBust.com: Matt Forte, RB, Bears
We like Forte as a solid strategy selection at this spot. We view him as an upside pick here considering his diminished value following a marginal 2009 season. While his career ypc average (3.7) has been disappointing, he has been overly impressive in the passing game averaging 60 receptions per season - a trait that should serve him well in his new (Mike Martz) offensive system. The addition of Chester Taylor will also limit some of the workload that has previously been all Matt Forte in the Windy City. Seeing that we have 5 picks until our next selection, we will pass on a WR here knowing we will land one of our high upside receivers at the start of the next round.
FFToolbox.com: Michael Crabtree, WR, 49ers
Michael Crabtree is a bit of an upside pick here, but I feel that he should put up great numbers in his first full season. Crabtree will have a full training camp and preseason to get accustomed to his teammates, and he has the talent to soon become one of the leagues best wide receivers. An upgraded offensive line should give Alex Smith more time to find Crabtree all over the field.
LestersLegends.com: Chad Ochocinco, WR, Bengals
Ocho bounced back last year and I think he's motivated to play well so he can stay in the limelight. T.O.'s arrival could take some of his production, but this is still a guy who is capable of 1200 receiving yards and 8 TDs.