So what if Zeke is a rookie? And they didn't draft him #4 overall, given that he's a prototype 3-down back, to have him in a timeshare with Morris or McFadden. Behind that line, coupled with his skills as a runner, receiver, and pass blocker, there's no way he should fall past the first round.
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 Mock Draft Analysis (July 1):
What I'm going to do is post my thoughts regarding each piece of their analysis.
Players that are showing good value.
Frank Gore - People have seen this movie. Gore went in the second round of every mock I was in except for two. One of those he went 12th overall and another he fell to the third round. What you get with Gore is obvious, but with the running class being not existent after Round 4 or so. Point is Gore is tremendous value in the mid-2nd round.
--> Gore's current ADP in 12-team drafts is 2.04. I'd say that's the right range for him because he's so injury-prone. If, however, he drops to the final stages of Round 2, don't hesitate to pick him up. There's just too much upside there.
Michael Turner -
Turner is in a similar spot as Frank Gore. People are down on him, I'm guessing because of the amount of carries Turner has. Turner is a TD machine who will benefit from teams having defend both Julio Jones and Roddy White. Turner went in the second round of every mock I was in.
Larry Fitzgerald -
This is probably because of the Cardinals quarterback situation, but Larry Fitzgerald is falling to the third round. He is AWESOME value there. Thought this could change if the Cards land Kolb.
--> Or Kyle Orton. Larry Fitzgerald's ADP is 2.12, which is insanely low. He's a major steal in Round 3. No matter what happens in free agency, his quarterback situation will automatically be better than it was in 2010. Nothing gets worse than a drunken Derek Anderson, microscopic Max Hall and ridiculously raw John Skelton.
Brandon Marshall -
He is going to be there in the late fourth or early fifth. If he is jump all over him.
--> Brandon Marshall's ADP is 4.05. His crazy wife stabbed him this offseason, but if he's OK, he's great value in the middle of the fourth round. People might be down on Marshall because of his four touchdowns in 2010, but that number will improve if the Dolphins sign a veteran like Kyle Orton.
Ryan Mathews -
He is falling to the end of the fourth round in some drafts. He is a good option if you go RB, WR, WR, RB.
Jamaal Charles -
The dude is going fourth overall. I don't see how people are taking him over Ray Rice and Maurice Jones-Drew.
--> I've talked about Jamaal Charles ad nauseum this offseason. Charles cannot be drafted as high as No. 4 because he's a one-dimensional fantasy running back. He catches passes, but that's it. He won't give you 250 carries, and he won't score many touchdowns because of Thomas Jones. One-dimensional fantasy backs cannot be selected anywhere near the top five in non-PPR leagues.
Peyton Hillis -
He would be solid in the fourth round but the dude is going before Frank Gore and Michael Turner. Peyton Hillis is a monster but you're not getting any value in the second round. I'm not talking late second either. The guy goes in the 13-18 range.
--> Peyton Hillis is another guy I've talked about a lot. He's my No. 25 overall fantasy player, so I'd feel comfortable with him in the third round.
Knowshon Moreno -
He is going in the third round with guys like Ahmad Bradshaw, LeGarrette Blount, and Johnathan Stewart. Guys like Ryan Mathews, DeAngelo Williams and Jahvid Best are better players going in the fourth.
--> The Broncos are rumored to be going after DeAngelo Williams, which would make Knowshon Moreno-Williams draft placement a bit ironic.
Matt Ryan -
People are jumping on him way too early. By too early I'm saying fifth round. Wait and take Josh Freeman, Big Ben, or Eli
--> Matt Ryan's ADP is 6.08, so anyone taking him in the fifth round is nuts. Matt Ryan is my No. 66 fantasy player, so 6.06 would be my ideal spot.
Jimmy Graham -
Everybody's favorite sleeper is just that. So people are reaching for him in Round 6. I'm not a fan of taking TEs that early, especially when he is a "breakout" player.
--> Jimmy Graham is my No. 64 player. His current ADP is 7.10, so I'll have to disagree with EllijayFalconsFan about Graham. I don't think he's a reach in Round 6.
Guys who are all over the damn place.
Darren McFadden -
The guy is going as high a mid first round to mid third round. That kind of range that high is crazy. People just don't know how they feel about him.
--> Darren McFadden's current ADP is 2.01. I'm not sure why he would fall to the third round of any fantasy draft. Perhaps the people drafting in those mocks are crack addicts.
Michael Vick -
It's hard to say why (yeah right), but I've seen QB Dog Killer go top five and as late Round 3 if you're in a room where people really hate him.
--> Man-Eaters recently asked me if I'd ever select QB Dog Killer in any fantasy league. I initially said no, but then corrected myself. If he fell to Round 5 or 6, I'd take him and trade him. I'd never start him because I'd never want to be in a position to root for him.
1. You HAVE to take two RBs within the first four rounds. If you don't you are screwed. If you're picking from 1-5 take a running back first. The depth in this fantasy season is shockingly slim. Make sure you get two solid starters by Round 5 or your going to have Daniel Thomas, Mark Ingram or Ryan Torain in your lineup.
2. The receiver corps is pretty deep. You can get a solid WR2 in Round 5.
--> The receivers were thin last year, but EllijayFalconsFan is right; unless you're in a league where you have to start three receivers, you can wait until Round 5 or even Round 6 to get your WR2.
People are overlooking Sam Bradford. You can wait until late to draft him and have a potential top five fantasy quarterback.
--> These are now Egg Shen's comments. Top five might be pushing it. Potential top eight is more like it. But I agree with the premise; Sam Bradford's ADP of 10.11 is WAY too low.
Marcedes Lewis is going even later than Sam Bradford in every mock, so you can wait on your starting tight end unless Antonio Gates falls to you.
--> This really surprises me. I thought people would be all over Marcedes Lewis in the wake of his 10-touchdown 2010 campaign, but fantasy players have gotten smarter apparently. Lewis is due for a decline because the Jaguars are going to be terrible this year. Even if they're fine, Lewis' touchdown percentage is bound to regress to the norm.
People are drafting Pittsburgh's defense way too early, and in my opinion, if you don't get Pitt or Green Bay, you might as well make defense one of your last picks and play matchups the entire season.
--> That's certainly what I plan on doing.
You need to reach for Steve Johnson if you want him.
--> Really? Steve Johnson is my No. 37 player, yet his ADP is 5.05. I figured I had him ranked higher than most.
If Steve Smith leaves the Giants, Mario Manningham can be a major steal this year.
--> Absolutely. Mario Manningham's ADP is 8.09, which is laughably low. Steve Smith doesn't even have to leave; he probably won't be ready for the season opener. Smith admitted that he's scared that he has lost his explosion, which is not a good sign.
Arian Foster has been the universal first pick.
--> As he should be. Unlike Adrian Peterson and Chris Johnson, Arian Foster won't be burdened with a raw rookie quarterback.
Roddy White is going late first/early second round, which is way too high because Julio Jones will snake some of his touchdowns this year.
--> Julio Jones will take some scores away, but I still think Roddy White makes sense at 1.12 (his ADP). Remember, this is a lockout year, so Jones won't have as big of an impact as he would under normal circumstances.
I think people are undervaluing Cedric Benson. The Bengals are going back to a run-heavy offense and Benson is the only one, as of right now, that can carry the load for the Bengals.
--> Bleh. Cedric Benson's ADP is 5.05 and I ranked him at No. 73, so I'll have to disagree. Benson won't give you any receptions and he won't score many touchdowns in Cincinnati's limited offense. Plus, he's just not that good to begin with. If he couldn't top 3.5 YPC with Carson Palmer, Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco last season, what's he going to do with a raw Andy Dalton under center?