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2011 Fantasy Football: Mailbag

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 and Player Rankings. I'll also have an extensive 2011 NFL Fantasy Football Preseason Stock Report. Follow me @walterfootball for updates.

2011 Fantasy Football - Mailbag (June 5):

The following two 2011 Fantasy Football mailbag questions are regarding the Fox Sports Fantasy Football Draft.

  • From Rick James:

    You talked yourself right into waiver wire fodder on Collie in round 7. I like almost all your other picks..but I don't know who was on the board. You would be better off taking another kicker before drafting Collie. Like if you are drafting IDP, Ras-I Dowling will miss at least 9 games this year...great talent...built out of egg shells.

    --> I absolutely love Austin Collie this year. He's one of my favorite sleepers right now. When healthy, he's a stud capable of posting WR1 numbers. Yes, the concussions are an issue, but he only had two last year, and is currently completely healthy. Will he last 16 games? I don't know. But I'm looking forward to getting WR1-type numbers out of my seventh-round pick for at least 10 weeks.

  • From Matt:

    Any way you can post the results of the whole draft? I'd like to see where the other players are being draft at. BTW Nice value on Best and Collie.

    --> Thanks! I'd like to post the results of the whole draft, but I was asked just to list my picks. The FOX Sports Fantasy Football magazine will be released later this month, so you can see the complete results in there.

    The following six 2011 Fantasy Football mailbag questions are regarding the early 2011 Fantasy Football Top 150 Cheat Sheet.

  • From Multiple People:

    You have Peyton Hillis way too low! You're an idiot!

    --> I loved Peyton Hillis last year. I drafted him in most of my leagues. But he is No. 66 in my early cheat sheet this year.

    I know Hillis is being drafted in the second round of some early fantasy mocks, but I don't care. Hillis really wore down at the end of last season, and now he has to share carries with Montario Hardesty, whom the Browns really like. Plus, you can't possibly ignore the dreaded Madden Curse.

    You can go ahead and draft Hillis in the second or third round if you want. I guarantee you'll be searching for a new starting running back in Week 8 or 9 if you do.

  • From JTJC:

    Where is Pettigrew he had 722 yards and 71 receptions. those r good stats for a 2nd year TE

    --> The early cheat sheet was exactly what that adjective indicates - early. I miscalculated some players because I didn't complete my fantasy rankings just yet. I do like Brandon Pettigrew, and he definitely will be listed when I update my cheat sheet soon.

  • From Devilsaccomplice:

    Curious, I know its one spot but how/why is Mclin ahead of D Jack?

    --> DeSean Jackson will be ahead of Jeremy Maclin when this is updated, but they are very close. I don't trust Jackson. He's too brittle. After he was knocked around in the Houston game, he ran nothing but go routes. He did nothing after the second Dallas game for that reason. He also doesn't catch many touchdown passes, and he's very inconsistent. Furthermore, I don't trust Philadelphia's quarterback to stay healthy behind that weak offensive line.

    I'm not going to have Jackson on any of my fantasy teams this year.

  • From Disagree:

    As someone who probably does as much or more research than sites like this one, I respectfully disagree with quite a few of the rankings. Where's the QB in Arizona? Larry Fitz is nothing without one. 22 is waaaaaaay too high. You'd have to be on drugs to spend a low third round pick on him.

    --> For all the research you did, you failed to look at Larry Fitzgerald's stats last year. He had 90 catches, 1,137 yards and six touchdowns. Yeah, he's nothing all right. Fitzgerald's quarterbacking situation will automatically improve in 2011 because either Kevin Kolb or Kyle Orton is better than the drunken Derek Anderson.

  • From Chris H:

    Jamaal Charles in the second round? cmon. he had BY FAR the highest ypc last year and aging thomas jones is bound to lose some of the carries. and 3 QBs in the 1st round? i was hoping to look for some good 2011 mocks to compare mine too but this is a joke.

    --> Your fantasy team will be a joke if you spend an early pick on Jamaal Charles. Kansas City's offense is going to take a MAJOR step backward in the wake of Charlie Weis' departure, and every single player on that team will be affected - including Charles.

  • From Marques Colston:

    How am i that low should be higher. i have four 1000 yard seasons and 760 yard season but i missed a few games that year and i average 8 touchdowns a year walt

    --> Sorry, Marques. I'm not a fan of you this year. You recently had the fifth knee surgery of your 5-year career, so that raises a major red flag for me. I just can't draft you with an early pick. I'm sorry, bro.

    The following two 2011 Fantasy Football mailbag questions are regarding the 2011 Fantasy Football Rookie Rankings.

  • From Matt:

    Looks like you have finally learned your lesson after you extremely overvalued rookies Ryan Mathews and Knowshon Moreno the past two years. Can't trust rookies.

    --> Ehh... not really. I drafted Mike Williams in most of my leagues last year, and that worked out. I'm just not a fan of rookies this year because of the lockout.

  • From Zizkov:

    Why do you include a guy like Murray, who you presume will have no impact whatsoever, but not Shane Vereen, who will definitely take away carries from the Law Firm (who's stock is down after the draft)?

    --> Because I have no idea what Bill Belichick is going to do with his backfield. I think I'm just going to avoid all New England Patriot running backs all together and let the other owners in my league figure that one out. Seriously, anything can happen there, and I wouldn't be surprised.

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    2011 Fantasy Football Rankings: Running Backs - 9/8 (Walt)
    2011 Fantasy Football Rankings: Wide Receivers - 9/8 (Walt)
    2011 Fantasy Football Rankings: Tight Ends - 9/8 (Walt)
    2011 Fantasy Football Rankings: Defenses - 9/1 (Walt)
    2011 Fantasy Football Rankings: Kickers - 6/26 (Walt)
    2011 Fantasy Football Downloadable Spreadsheets - 9/8 (Walt)
    2011 Fantasy Football Dynasty Rookie Rankings - 8/27 (Walt)
    2011 Fantasy Football Auction Values - 8/27 (Walt)

    2011 Fantasy Football Cheat Sheets:
    2011 Fantasy Football Cheat Sheet: Top 150 Traditional - 9/8 (Walt)
    2011 Fantasy Football Cheat Sheet: Top 150 PPR - 9/8 (Walt)
    2011 Fantasy Football Cheat Sheet: Top 150 Touchdown - 9/8 (Walt)

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    2011 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: Fake Mock - 8/25 (Walt)
    2011 Fantasy Football Experts Draft - 8/25 (Walt)
    2011 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: Forum 2-QB Mock - 7/21 (Walt)
    2011 Fantasy Football: Mock Draft Scenarios - 7/17 (Walt)
    2011 Fantasy Football Auction: Mock PPR Auction - 7/14 (Walt)
    2011 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: Forum PPR Mock - 7/7 (Walt)
    2011 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: Forum Mock - 7/3 (Walt)
    2011 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: Four-Man PPR Draft - 6/19 (Walt)
    2011 Fantasy Football Draft: Fox Sports - 5/5 (Walt)

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    2011 Fantasy Football Weekly Rankings: Week 2 - 9/18 (Walt)
    2011 Fantasy Football: Week 2 Add/Drop - 9/13 (Walt)
    2011 Fantasy Football: Training Camp Stock - 9/8 (Walt)
    2011 Fantasy Football: Start Em, Sit Em - 9/6 (Walt)
    2011 Fantasy Football: Preseason Stock - 9/3 (Walt)
    2011 Preseason Recap and Fantasy Football Notes - 9/3 (Walt)
    2011 Fantasy Football: Preseason Targets - 9/3 (Walt)
    2011 Fantasy Football: Late-Round Sleepers - 9/1 (Walt)
    2011 Fantasy Football: Round-by-Round Strategy - 9/1 (Walt)
    2011 Fantasy Football: Value Comparison - 9/1
    2011 Fantasy Football: Must-Have Players - 8/24 (Walt)
    2011 Fantasy Football: Busts, Players to Avoid - 7/25 (Walt)
    2011 Fantasy Football Mailbag - 7/24 (Walt)
    2011 Fantasy Football Sleepers - 7/23 (Walt)
    2011 Fantasy Football: Various League Strategy - 7/18 (Walt)
    2011 Fantasy Football: Three-Dimensional Running Backs - 7/16 (Walt)
    2011 Fantasy Football: ADP Analysis - 7/15 (Walt)
    2011 Fantasy Football: First-Round Bust History - 7/10 (Walt)
    2011 Fantasy Football Mailbag - 7/9 (Walt)
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    2011 Fantasy Football Mock Draft Analysis - 7/1 (Walt)
    2011 Fantasy Football Mailbag - 6/18 (Walt)
    2011 Fantasy Football Mailbag - 6/12 (Walt)
    2011 Fantasy Football Mailbag - 6/5 (Walt)
    2011 Fantasy Football: Stock Up (Draft) - 5/6 (Walt)
    2011 Fantasy Football: Stock Down (Draft) - 5/6 (Walt)
    2010 Fantasy Football: Buy Low - 4/8 (Walt)
    2011 Fantasy Football: Defense Strategy - 4/8 (Walt)
    Running Backs with Most Carries - 4/8 (Walt)

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    Barney Fife's Bullet 08-07-2011 04:37 pm (total posts: 1)
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    Help me out Walt! I am in an 8-man 2 QB league. I pretty much know how the first round is going to go. I pick last. I am thinking about grabbing Brady and Brees in order to be dominant at QB. But I think Ray Rice and Jamaal Charles may be available. Should I change my thinking and grab the two stud RBS and take a chance of Romo and another QB falling to me? Thanks!
    JoeCleveland 07-31-2011 04:00 pm (total posts: 2)
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    With the Ravens removing McGahee and adding Leach, would it be crazy to consider selecting Ray Rice over Adrian Peterson and Chris Johnson? How much does the subtraction of Leach hurt Foster?
    bigben 07-25-2011 10:41 pm (total posts: 1)
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    hey walt i thought id let u know that some dumbass took jake locker first overall and proceeded to take mark ingram, aj green, leonard hankerson, and daniel thomas with his next 4 picks in a real draft on espn and i was wondering, r people getting more and more retarded?
    ATrepp 07-25-2011 02:52 pm (total posts: 1)
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    Have you had a chance to check out Matt Berry's piece on

    Pretty interesting analysis on Vick and Gates. What are your thoughts?
    Alex69der 07-25-2011 02:01 pm (total posts: 1)
    33     28

    I am really having a hard time picking between DFad or Gore going early into the second.I know you have Jackson ahead of them,but in my no flex league it offers a little more depth at the position.
    Kippaaa 07-25-2011 02:37 am (total posts: 1)
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    Walt, first off, I love your site. I trust your information much more than ESPN and Yahoo. I was wondering if you have read Matthew Berry's column on ESPN about Michael Vick being the number 1 overall pick? He had a very interesting breakdown of the QB/RB/WR/TE positions where he took the #1 scorer with regards to points per game at each position and then compared them to the avergae ppg for QB/RB/WR/TE #2-11 players. Vick average 8.6 ppg higher than the average for the other players, much more than any other position. He was even 7 points higher per game than Aaron Rodgers. Granted he only played 11 games, but if you have a solid backup to get you through a couple of those weeks, I suspect if he is healthy for weeks 14-15-16 you will be in great shape. I am interested to see your thoughts on this one as most people say there is less disparity amongst top QBs but Vick was a definite outlier to this in games that he played. Thanks!
    Skeptic 07-24-2011 11:04 pm (total posts: 1)
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    Hi Walt, Thanks for the response, I understand your unfamiliar with a 2-QB draft and you are strong at running back but your weaknesses at QB and wide receiver are pretty big. I'm not sold on Jahvid Best, although a stud when healthy that guys is nothing but an injury waiting to happen, and now he's splitting carries running behind a medicore o-line at best.. Gates is an absolute stud I'll give you that however with Jackson coming back this year I don't think he will have a season like he had last year. Your running backs are solid definetely, great combo. Your wide receivers are absolutely terrible. You said you are lacking a WR2, when really you are lacking a WR1 with Collie being your WR2. He's your 19th ranked reciever and hes your WR1? say what? And again as you know Campbell as your QB2, yuck! Again still love your stuff!
    Beast 07-24-2011 10:51 pm (total posts: 1)
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    It was definitly a poor class uptop. It was also a good example of misevaluations on players. Desean jackson (7th receiver taken), pierre garcon (6th roun), steve johnson (7th round) and devone bess (undrafted) were from that class anf have become solid players
    Satan 07-24-2011 10:24 pm (total posts: 4)
    27     25

    That Avery was the first WR drafted in '08 is one of the most shocking football facts I've ever heard. WOW, was that an awful draft for receivers... Limas Sweed? Dexter Jackson?
    Matt 07-24-2011 06:44 pm (total posts: 4)
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    Matthew Berry has an excellent analysis on the potential of Michael Vick in his Draft Day Manifesto. I'm actually a little bummed out he was so convincing that he should be the #1 pick. I was thrilled getting him in the 2nd round of most of my early drafts so far. That's not gonna happen now.
    Beast 07-24-2011 06:09 pm (total posts: 1)
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    Im a rams fan and i have to say ive been disappointed with gilyard. I was excited when we drafted him but i dont envision him making an impact for the rams unless there are alot of injuries. Im praying avery can stay healthy and showcase his speed that made him the first wr taken a few years ago, he would bolster the receiver corps
    Schu 07-24-2011 01:02 pm (total posts: 1)
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    I've seen the same things in my last couple drafts.. As well as Aaron Rodgers going in the top ten... I'm not complaining though cause i landed lesean McCoy and rashard mendenhall... #winning
    JGF 07-24-2011 12:22 pm (total posts: 1)
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    Gilyard is going to have trouble making the Rams roster. Veteran wideouts are getting healthy, they drafted WR's in the 3rd and 4th, and more than likely will seek WR help in free agency.
    nycsportzfan 07-24-2011 08:19 am (total posts: 1)
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    Thanks for the Reply walt! Also wanted to mention i agree with your analysis on Mardy Gilyard... If Alexander stays healthy, and u got the 3 albeit Rook pass catching weapons, and also a good line to run behind, and Clayton healthy and Avery healthy, its gonna be tough for Gilyard to find targets, especially if he has any type of legit worries with charechter...
    Mo 07-24-2011 12:46 am (total posts: 1)
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    @ Samarth Sulhan

    Philip Rivers:
    2008- 4009 yds 105.5 rating 11 Ints
    2009- 4254 yds 104.4 rating 9 Ints
    2010- 4710 yds 101.8 rating 13 Ints

    And I'm pretty sure there's more who have accomplished consecutive seasons of the nature... D:

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