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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.

    More 2011 Fantasy Football Articles:
    2011 Fantasy Football: Home

    2011 Fantasy Football Rankings:
    2011 Fantasy Football Rankings: Quarterbacks - 9/8 (Walt)
    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)

    2011 Fantasy Football Mock Drafts:
    2011 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: Real League Draft - 8/31 (Walt)
    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)

    2011 Fantasy Football Articles:
    2011 Fantasy Football Injury Reports: Week 2 - 9/18 (Walt)
    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)
    2011 Fantasy Football Mailbag - 7/4 (Walt)
    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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    Justin 07-23-2011 10:19 pm (total posts: 1)
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    I've done about 5 mock draft in the past few days on espn. And I've seen Mike Vick go number 1 twice, and in the top 5 all other 3.
    Samarth Sulhan 07-14-2011 07:55 am (total posts: 1)
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    you have good reasoning there on putting Schaub low...but walt, its pretty annoying when schaub gets underrated...How do you put him below Bradford, Tony Homo, and Josh Freeman?

    I mean the only quarterback to throw back to back 4000 yard seasons, while maintaining a 100+ qb rating, and throwing for less than 15 ints both seasons IS Shaub.

    That's right, no other QB in history has ever done that.

    And watch out for Dorin Dickerson, he's this years Arian Foster (as a WR).
    Satan 07-10-2011 03:08 pm (total posts: 4)
    31     22

    I'm gonna go out on a limb and say Frank Gore plays more games than MJD this year.
    James 07-10-2011 10:46 am (total posts: 1)
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    Focus on the last two paragraphs, statements from OC Dirk Koetter basically saying Jones-Drew will get his normal workload.
    Satan 07-09-2011 07:04 pm (total posts: 4)
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    Great explanation of the 3-headed QB draft strategy. Especially in the 13th round, Cutler gave you a monopoly on quality QB's (I think Cutler's gonna have a monster, "Eff You!" year for the Bears), and as the season wears on and injuries take their toll, you'll reap the benefits of having a productive one on your bench even if he never starts a week for you.

    Kind of along the same lines, I love taking my first "bench" RB early on in the draft (my league doesn't do a flex player) because it becomes like a Wild Card in the sense that if all goes well, you can flip one of your 3 productive RB's for starting-caliber help at your weakest position.
    @Marcus Vick 07-09-2011 04:56 pm (total posts: 1)
    24     28

    very good observation tbere..
    Lee Ving 07-09-2011 02:16 pm (total posts: 1)
    25     22

    Miss White?!! Sure, Madeline Kahn was cute in a chipmunk-like way, but let's be's ALL about Yvette the French maid and her heaving bosoms.
    Eric 07-09-2011 01:11 pm (total posts: 1)
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    Who do you think will have a better chance to have a Mike Williams (TB) type season this year, Jacoby ford, or Greg Little? I'm really high on Ford, and think the lockout is going to hurt Little a lot.
    Stephane 07-09-2011 09:12 am (total posts: 1)
    25     23

    Walt-I was doing a FF Mock on and I noticed Jimmy Graham was ranked 123 and Brandon Pettigrew was it just me or is that incredibly, insanely low for 2 of the sleeper tight ends this year?
    Marcus Vick 07-09-2011 04:34 am (total posts: 2)
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    I can't wait to see all the people crying on here once my bro goes down hard this year. Stick with your first instincts Walt. Vick is 31...has no pocket ability whatsoever...he can't figure out a blitz...he has no work ethic and has only been blessed by amazing natural talent...his best WR won't catch anything but bombs...he has a shady offensive line...he doesn't use his TE. The only way he has an awesome season is if Lesean McCoy stays healthy and bails him out for screens constantly.
    KLL 07-09-2011 01:22 am (total posts: 1)
    25     23

    @John I thought it was absolutely hilarious when I read that. Favorite line of the whole movie by far
    Elliot D. 07-09-2011 12:21 am (total posts: 3)
    25     23

    I watch the preseason for fantasy reasons too. That's why I took Arian Foster in round 14 last season. I had him, AP, and Jamaal Charles all on the same team. I traded Jamaal (and another WR) for Calvin Johnson. I dominated my league.
    Nick B 07-07-2011 02:44 pm (total posts: 1)
    30     24

    Yes. I hate Matt Cassel. I hate him so much... That... it... it... flam - flames. Flames, on the side of my face, heaving... breath -, heaving breaths. Heaving breath...

    LOL I'm not the only person who's seen Clue
    JoeCleveland 07-05-2011 11:16 pm (total posts: 2)
    25     23

    Is it crazy of me to consider ranking Blounte ahead of Maurice Jones-Drew?
    John 07-05-2011 01:24 am (total posts: 2)
    22     23

    @KLL Wow, I'm surprised I'm not the only one who caught that joke.

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