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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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    Mike 06-18-2011 10:16 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.102 (total posts: 2)
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    thanks for adding me to your mailbag, but you still missed the point. I'm not saying you didn't like Foster in August.... but so did plenty of other fantasy footballers. Really, only casual fans didn't know about the guy.

    obviously his stock went wild later in the summer and he could no longer be had in the 10th round or later, but to act like you knew about him before anyone else is laughable.

    Pack Fan Sully 06-18-2011 06:40 pm xxx.xxx.xxx7.56 (total posts: 1)
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    Someone should tell Walt that Jennings has been working out with Fitzgarald the last 2 or 3 seasons
    Jay 06-18-2011 05:07 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.175 (total posts: 1)
    19     19

    People who call you crazy for having Jordy Nelson over Boldin, Ochocinco, and Sanatana Moss aren't living in 2005, they are living in 2010. Each one of them greatly outperformed Nelson last year.
    Satan 06-18-2011 03:25 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.126 (total posts: 4)
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    A dude in my 12-team league drafted Foster in the 2nd-round (every team could keep 1 player from the previous year, so in all reality Foster was actually the 10th or 11th RB off the board, but still) en route to a runner-up finish.

    I, of course, was the champion.
    Elliot D. 06-18-2011 02:13 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.144 (total posts: 3)
    20     21

    I also had Arian Foster as a sleeper. I drafted him in the 14th round of my draft and was a big reason I won my fantasy league last year. (Along with Charles, Bowe, Calvin Johnson, and Phillip Rivers.)
    @WALTER 06-17-2011 09:21 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.139 (total posts: 1)
    23     22

    before the season started last year i do recall that you had brandon lloyd projected as a major dud. i remember you ripped on him then showed a funny gif. of him dodging the football as it came at him. unless your referring to a couple weeks in the season this information would make you a fibber my good sir.
    Northern Charge 06-17-2011 02:01 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.108 (total posts: 2)
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    I also don't understand how you can have VJ #11 WR and Gates #1 TE with Rivers at #8 and them scoring 21 of his 30 TD passes... he didn't have either of these guys at the same time last year, and for a few weeks had neither of them and still put up numbers.
    Northern Touch 06-14-2011 01:25 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.108 (total posts: 2)
    21     22

    In the last three years, Rivers has not finished lower than 6th in fantasy points at the QB position, ending up 2nd in '08, 6th in '09 and 4th in '10.

    http://jwfantasysports.com/2011/01/top-25-quarterbacks-2008-2010/

    So even before his outlier year in pass attempts(which may not be such an outlier after a few more years without LT whining for carries) he was a top fantasy QB. That alone should justify him being higher than 8th, or the 'third QB tier' lol.

    He's constantly ahead of the pack in YPA and throws one of the best deep balls in the league.

    I agree that his yards will likely regress this year, but I have no doubt that his TD's will increase from 30 to at least 35 as long as Gates and VJ are playing all year.
    Tony 06-13-2011 03:16 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.249 (total posts: 1)
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    "Charles had ONE touch in the second half of that Baltimore game"

    This is why:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=01j8FdjWPlc

    I heard he was scared to go back in after that.
    Mike 06-13-2011 02:12 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.102 (total posts: 2)
    20     23

    you're pretty full of yourself huh?

    im suuure you had Foster as a sleeper before ANYONE else

    and you seriously respond to one of your readers by saying he has "sand in his vag"? very professional.
    E-A-G-L-E-S 06-12-2011 08:47 pm xxx.xxx.xxx9.97 (total posts: 4)
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    Your logic is wrong on Mccoy. so what if he doesnt get 250 plus carries when he is catching close to 80 balls a year?? Not only is that huge for ppr points, but also good for standard leagues since he averages almost 8 yards per catch. Those yards add up. He will get his 275 touches this year whether it is on the ground or thru the air.
    Elliot Dennis 06-12-2011 07:50 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.144 (total posts: 3)
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    Hey! You put my post on here. Awesome. But...I'm still right.
    Jason 06-12-2011 03:08 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.175 (total posts: 1)
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    walter i fail to realize why you think charlie weis leaving the cheifs will significantly impact his fantasy production, because it wont
    how well did he play the year before weis was with the cheifs
    exactly
    some of the things you write make me question myself if im on espn,or some other garbage
    Franchize 06-12-2011 02:21 pm xxx.xxx.xxx4.68 (total posts: 1)
    21     20

    Walt your cry baby haters are the best.
    Matt 06-12-2011 11:39 am xxx.xxx.xxx9.97 (total posts: 4)
    19     31

    Walt is right on Turner though. I'm taking Snelling as a late round sleeper.




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