There will be many more 2011 Fantasy Football Rankings and features in the late spring and summer, including tons of 2011 Fantasy Football Mock Drafts, Player Rankings, Sleepers and Busts. I'll also have an extensive 2011 NFL Fantasy Football Preseason Stock Report.
2011 Fantasy Football Draft: Fox Sports
I recently participated in a 2011 Fantasy Football Mock Draft for the FOX Sports Fantasy Football Magazine. These are the players I picked. You can see the rest of the mock draft when the FOX Sports Fantasy Football Magazine hits bookstores and newstands in June.
This 2011 Fantasy Football Draft was comprised of 10 teams in a non-PPR format. It starts two receivers and a RB-WR flex. All touchdowns are worth six points. We plan on playing this league out, so I'll have the results for you at the end of the year.
1.03. Chris Johnson, RB, Titans
I couldn't believe Chris Johnson was available. I figured that he and Adrian Peterson would be the top two picks, so I planned on drafting Maurice Jones-Drew. However, the No. 1 selection was used on Arian Foster, so Johnson fell into my lap. That last part sounded kind of dirty, actually. Not that there's anything wrong with that.
2.08. Aaron Rodgers, QB, Packers
I'm not one to draft quarterbacks early - unless I'm in a touchdown-only league - but Aaron Rodgers provided way too much value at 2.08. He was the first quarterback off the board, by the way.
3.03. Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Cardinals
I was down on Larry Fitzgerald last year because of Arizona's abysmal quarterbacks. Fitzgerald had a bad season by his standards, but still managed to total 1,137 yards and six touchdowns. The Cardinals' quarterbacking situation will automatically improve in 2011. Even if they can't land Kevin Kolb or Marc Bulger - I really think they'll obtain one of those guys - the physically gifted John Skelton will have one more year of experience under his belt.
4.08. DeAngelo Williams, RB, TBA
Where will DeAngelo Williams play next year? I'm not sure, but he will start for some team. I liked the idea of getting a player of his caliber at the end of Round 4. And yes, Jonathan Stewart was already off the board.
5.03. Dez Bryant, WR, Cowboys
Dez Bryant is a stud. People are going to be scared off by his off-the-field antics, but I'm expecting a big year out of the NFL's most renowned jewelry hoarder. Bryant didn't even know the playbook last year, yet was still able to produce.
6.08. Jahvid Best, RB, Lions
Does Jahvid Best have injury issues? Absolutely. But I feel like he was worth the risk as my flex in Round 6. If Best can stay healthy, he'll post huge numbers in Detroit's explosive offense. Just look at what he did against the Eagles in Week 2 when he didn't have two turf toe injuries: 78 rushing yards, 154 receiving yards, three touchdowns.
7.03. Austin Collie, WR, Colts
The Colts didn't take a receiver in the 2011 NFL Draft, which tells me that Bill Polian is optimistic about Austin Collie's recovery. Collie really only had two concussions last year - the first in Philadelphia and the second against the Jaguars. He appeared to have one in between, but that was just a relapse. If Collie can stay in the lineup, he'll definitely have a huge year. Just look at what he did against Jacksonville prior to his second concussion: eight catches, 87 yards, two touchdowns.
8.08. Owen Daniels, TE, Texans
Most of the 2010 season was a waste for Owen Daniels. But not the last four games - he posted 271 yards and two touchdowns in those contests. Can he stay healthy though? Well, the Texans apparently think so because they gave him a 4-year, $22 million contract in March. Daniels is going to be WAY undervalued in your fantasy drafts this summer.
9.03. James Starks, RB, Packers
Considering Ryan Grant went in Round 4, I think I'm getting incredible value with James Starks in Round 9. The Grant-Starks battle is currently a coin flip as far as I'm concerned. Grant has more experience, but Starks is way more talented.
10.08. Mario Manningham, WR, Giants
I would draft Mario Manningham over Steve Smith this year. Smith is coming off knee surgery and may not be ready for the start of the season. Furthermore, Smith has admitted that he's concerned that he has lost some explosiveness. Oh, and check out Manningham's numbers in the final three games of the 2010 campaign: 16 catches, 346 yards, four touchdowns.
11.03. Matthew Stafford, QB, Lions
Once upon a time, Matt Schaub was considered injury-prone. Remember that? No one wanted to touch him before the 10th round in their fantasy drafts for that reason. Now, Schaub is one of the top quarterbacks in fantasy football. I'll take a chance with Matthew Stafford in Round 11.
12.08. Jordy Nelson, WR, Packers
It took me 16 seconds to make this pick. It would have been 3 seconds if I didn't have to type Jordy Nelson's name in and click the "Pick" button. I like Nelson as a 2011 fantasy football sleeper that much. Donald Driver is pretty much done, while James Jones is a potential free agent with drop issues. Nelson quietly became Aaron Rodgers' No. 2 option down the stretch. Just look at his playoff run beginning with the Atlanta game: 17 catches, 286 yards, two touchdowns.
13.03. Jacoby Jones, WR, Texans
Here's how Jacoby Jones is perceived: He's a physically talented receiver who for some reason hasn't been able to produce for the Texans despite playing across from Andre Johnson. Here's the reality: In his final four games, Jones caught 22 passes for 287 yards and a touchdown. Maybe the light switch finally flipped on for Jones.
14.08. Sebastian Janikowski, K, Raiders
It was the penultimate round, and I needed a kicker.
Out of sheer boredom and the upcoming NBA draft has gotten me itching to make a new mock draft. Of course the NFL draft is a whole lot less predictable than the NBA draft, but also provides more success stories than the NBA draft. Again, I used schedules to determine each team's records and if you get upset with me just remember it's June and a whole lot can change by next April.