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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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    David 07-04-2011 11:32 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.113 (total posts: 2)
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    By the way, for all you people that think Walt's full of himself, I'm a witness that say he's not.

    I keep coming back here because he raved about Arian Foster and Mike Williams last year, so I trusted him and drafted them early in my fantasy draft. He came through for me.

    I never even knew that pre-season football was a good way to identify sleepers, but apparently it is because he was talking about a breakout year for Josh Freeman and Mike Williams based on their pre-season performances as well as others that turned out to be correct. The pre-season stock up, stock down section of this site is my favorite because of that.
    mtm 07-04-2011 11:24 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.113 (total posts: 2)
    26     22

    Not sure what that guy's talking about with the 30 and 10 comment....It's not that uncommon.

    Peyton's done it twice. Threw 49 and 10 and 31 and 9.
    Brady threw 50 and 8. Does that not count?
    Rodgers has done it.
    Steve Young threw 35 and 10.

    What's that guy talking about?
    KLL 07-04-2011 07:01 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.120 (total posts: 1)
    21     27

    Haha, I love the Clue reference!
    Ham 07-04-2011 06:19 pm xxx.xxx.xxx7.56 (total posts: 1)
    22     27

    Ham <3
    Automatic6 07-04-2011 05:42 pm xxx.xxx.xxx4.33 (total posts: 1)
    21     27

    Walt, Thanks for the rankings and mock draft results so far. I have a RB question though. If Vonta Leach does leave Houston, will Arian Foster still be the safest RB to select with the #1 pick? I hate the RB selection this year...
    Dorf 07-04-2011 05:23 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.214 (total posts: 1)
    25     21

    GREG JENNINGS!!!!!!
    Logan 07-04-2011 03:10 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.245 (total posts: 1)
    20     22

    Hey Walt, I got a question, but first I would like to thank you because I am only 14 and in my first fantasy league last year with my dad I made it all the way to the fantasy superbowl in a league filled with 30 year old men.

    But my question was would you recommend drafting the trio of Josh Freeman, LeGarrette Blount, and Mike Williams?
    Braynk 07-04-2011 12:22 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.102 (total posts: 1)
    20     22

    Walt I have to give you props, last season I had Adrian Peterson, Aaron Rodgers, Arian Foster, Greg Jennings, Mike Williams (Buccs), and Peyton Hillis. All of this was based on what Walt said last year. I plan on listening to you again this year in my IDP League. One thing though, could you maybe incorporate Defensive Players into you rankings. I know a substantial amount of people who use IDP instead of Team Defense.
    Joseph 07-04-2011 10:56 am xxx.xxx.xxx.134 (total posts: 1)
    23     26

    Walt could you answer my reply to your forum mock draft? Thanks man.
    Fantasy God 07-04-2011 10:55 am xxx.xxx.xxx.163 (total posts: 1)
    22     27

    Your wrong about Vick. Dude is the #1 QB going in every fantasy draft ive seen so far. And he should be. You take Brady and his 20 PPG. I'll take Vick where the sky is the limit. He will average 30 PPG no doubt. If he stays healthy there is not doubt the person who has him is at least making the playoffs and has a chance to win their league. I like those chances.
    Stephane 07-04-2011 10:45 am xxx.xxx.xxx0.49 (total posts: 1)
    21     21

    thanks for the inclusion in the mailbag, walter. also, i was curious to see your thoughts on jeremy maclin. i project him as a legit #2 WR, someone you could get in the 5th round and go RB-WR-RB-QB-WR or something like that
    $-The Moneyman-$ 07-04-2011 01:21 am xxx.xxx.xxx5.37 (total posts: 1)
    27     22

    In response to mrm27's question, Aaron Rodgers also had 30 touchdowns and less than 10 interceptions (7) in 2009, so it's been done fairly recently.
    Matt 06-20-2011 08:58 am xxx.xxx.xxx0.32 (total posts: 1)
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    Walt did like Arian Foster before almost everyone... but not before me. I was taking him in the 14th or 15th rounds of drafts as early as June. I remember people actually laughing at me when I took him and making comments like "Who the hell is he??"

    Foster did very well in the last two weeks of the 2009 season. Slaton was in the doghouse. Tate was a rookie. It was pretty clear to me that Foster would get the crack at the starting job there in 2010. I had no idea he would do THAT good though.
    Adam 06-20-2011 08:31 am xxx.xxx.xxx.124 (total posts: 1)
    21     26

    I love your predictions Walt. Thank you for being the man.
    DH 06-19-2011 03:04 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.163 (total posts: 1)
    21     31

    Hey walt, I've done a few mock drafts where matt forte was taken before steven jackson. I think forte could have a huge season next year, but I'm a Bears fan so I'm biased. Are people just stupid for taking forte first or does it have some merit?




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