2010 Fantasy Football Experts Mock Draft: Rounds 5-6
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: Joseph Addai, RB, Colts
Taking a rookie RB, even if he is in a great situation like Mattews, is a bit risky. Addai is a productive back, and perhaps even more important, one that Manning trusts. He can produce on the ground and through the air. Quality RBs are drying up, meaning I wouldn't get a good RB3 the next time my picks swing around, so I am filling the need now.
FFToolbox.com: Dallas Clark, TE, Colts
With no sure things left on the board at running back, I decided to go with the top tight end available. Clark is the safest tight end on the board, as he does not have the question marks surrounding him, as some of the other top options do. I will gladly take Clark at the top of the fifth round, as it is unlikely that any of the top tier tight ends will be around when I pick next.
BeastOrBust.com: Percy Harvin, WR, Vikings
We are going to stick with the playmakers theme for our wide receiver unit. No WR in the NFL broke more tackles than Percy Harvin last year. In addition to his slot receiver duties, Harvin is a threat out of the backfield and in the return game. We considered Hakeem Nicks and his immense upside with this pick, but ultimately decided that Harvin's triple threat skills were the best fit. Whether Brett Favre comes back or not, we are expecting steady growth from Harvin this season as he develops into a reliable WR2.
FootballFanSpot.com: Felix Jones, RB, Cowboys
Felix Jones strikes me as the type of guy who could be a perennial fantasy football 1st round pick if he gets 300+ carries per year. The issues, he still has to share carries to Marion Barber and he hasn't had more than 154 carries in a season in any level since high school. He did put on about 10 pounds of muscle this offseason and if he can maintain his speed with the heavier weight, the added muscle should make him more durable and if he starts showing that he can handle 20+ carries in a game, it's going to be pretty obvious to the Cowboys coaching staff who the best running back on the team is. I love Felix Jones' upside at this point.
DraftZoo.com: Hakeem Nicks, WR, Giants
Nicks has great potential this season after a nice rookie year, and Eli Manning should be more comfortable throwing his way. I think he's got a good shot at becoming the Giants' leading receiver, and his upside is high enough for me to take a shot on him as my WR2 considering his size and strength make him a unique fit in New York's red zone passing game. Plus, I don't think there's any way Nicks will fall back to me with my next pick, so I'm not taking any chances on missing out on him.
RothsteinSports.com: Brandon Jacobs, RB, Giants
Word out of Giants camp is that Jacobs has looked better than ever. I don't mind a buy low strategy with him here since I still need a quality starter at my RB2. In the 5th round, I would be happy with 1000 yards and 8 touchdowns.
Rotoprofessor.com: Dwayne Bowe, WR, Chiefs
With my RB set, it's time to find a counterpart to Andre Johnson. Bowe lost time last year due to injury, but had over 2,000 yards over his first two years and could be primed for a career year in 2010. At this point in the draft, that's more then enough for me.
Scardraft.com: Tony Gonzalez, TE, Falcons
I'd be stupid here to not take the top player at his position ever. Especially since Mr. Gonzalez doesn't seem to show any signs of slowing down yet.
FantasyDaddy.com: Wes Welker, WR, Patriots
Welker looks to be healthy heading into the season and that's good enough for me. You don't earn points for activity (PPR), but you do earn points for production and that is what Welker will do, produce. Based on the what is left at the wide receiver position I feel more comfortable talking Welker in this spot than taking a tight end and crossing my fingers he comes back to me. I'm sure a solid tight end or running back will make it back my way in the next round.
FantasyPros911.com: Marion Barber, RB, Cowboys
Get a No.1 guy here was important. After covering the Cowboys camp, head coach Wade Phillips assured me that Barber was still man, especially when it comes to goal-line.
WalterFootball.com: Mike Sims-Walker, WR, Jaguars
Mike Sims-Walker was pretty inconsistent last year, but that's because he was often hurt. When he was healthy, he was a big producer. He's not the ideal WR2, but I think he's passable in that spot.
TheSportsBank.net: Vincent Jackson, WR Chargers
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: Hines Ward, WR, Steelers
Consistency is king here. He may not have the highest ceiling, but I can bank on 8-9 TDs and around 1,000 yards. I had to take a safe WR here after gambling on VJax.
WalterFootball.com: Antonio Gates, TE, Chargers
I really don't like taking tight ends early, but Antonio Gates provides way too much value at the beginning of Round 6.
FantasyPros911.com: Jermichael Finley, TE, Packers
This kid is getting all the hype this preseason and deservingly so. He's a huge target inside the red zone and I'm looking for him to top last years numbers.
FantasyDaddy.com: Jason Witten, TE, Cowboys
Waited for a TE to come back my way and it paid off. Witten did catch less than four passes in any game during 2009, that is amazing consistency week to week. I realize his touchdowns are what drag him down, but I expect those to at least double this season with more attention being paid to Miles Austin.
Scardraft.com: Ben Tate, RB, Texans
I'm going to take Houston's new starting back here. While it may seem like a bit of a reach, I truly believe he could be a big sleeper this year.
Rotoprofessor.com: Joe Flacco, QB, Ravens
I've considered him with each of my last two picks and at this point, don't want to risk him coming off the board before I pick again. With the addition of Anquan Boldin, along with the presence of Ray Rice keeping defenses honest, he has the potential to develop into one of the elite QB in the league this season.
RothsteinSports.com: Vernon Davis, TE, 49ers
I really need Davis here to perform as well as he did in 09. I have had to settle for players in recent picks that I felt were a reach, but based on my draft position, it was necessary.
DraftZoo.com: Johnny Knox, WR, Bears
Word out of Bears camp is that Knox is the guy that Mike Martz wants to feature this season. He's holding off Devin Aromashodu pretty easily right now, and if he's really going to be the No. 1 in that offense, then I'll take him as my WR3. It's risky picking two second year guys in two of my WR slots, but I like both Nicks and Knox a lot this season.
FootballFanSpot.com: Malcom Floyd, WR, Chargers
After the Chargers cut Chris Chambers, Floyd had 34 catches for 525 yards in 8 games. Stretch that across 16 games and that's 68 catches for 1050 yards. Add in the fact that Vincent Jackson is suspended for 3 weeks and could hold out until week 7 making Floyd the #1 option in the Chargers' explosive offense for 3 weeks, and possibly 6 weeks or longer and Floyd might as well have the words "Fantasy Sleeper" stamped across his forehead. At 6-5, he'll also be one of Philip Rivers' favorite goal line threats. His ADP is significantly lower than this spot, but in an experts league, I'm not taking any chances with a guy who is a legitimate WR2 and, in my opinion, a lock for 1000 yards.
BeastOrBust.com: Santonio Holmes, WR, Jets
A 6th-Round run on Tight Ends, or an impending 4 game suspension doesn't phase BeastOrBust.com as we select Santonio Holmes at this spot. At this point in the draft it's all about finding the right value, and landing one of only 8 players to top 1,200 receiving yards in 2009 does just that. Reports from Jets camp have him already labeled as Mark Sanchez's favorite and most reliable target. Upon his return from suspension he will be playing for a contract in 2011 and should easily exceed the WR3 numbers we drafted him for. We expect he could even move into our WR2 position by seasons end. Say No To Drugs.
FFToolbox.com: Mike Wallace, WR, Steelers
Mike Wallace is a high upside wide receiver entering the 2010 season. Wallace led the NFL in yards per catch in 2009, and should see increased targets in 2010 following the departure on Santonio Holmes and the increased age of Hines Ward. Wallace is primed for a breakout season in 2010.
LestersLegends.com: Brett Favre, QB, Vikings
I am not from the camp that believes that Favre's retirement is for real. With all the weapons he has at his disposal in Sidney Rice, Percy Harvin, Bernard Berrian, Visanthe Shiancoe, and Adrian Peterson, Favre should turn in another big year.