by Russ Biss (5-31-11)


The fantasy experts mock draft has moved along so quickly that I couldn't keep up by just doing a round by round update. We are into round 13 now, and I will now instead list each pick starting with round 5, (for the previous 1st 4 rounds, see my fantasy football blogs over the last week or so) and giving some general thoughts about certain picks each round.

 

5.01

49

Pro Football Focus

Jones, Felix DAL RB

5.02

50

Lester's Legends

Brady, Tom NEP QB

5.03

51

Fanatic Fantasy Football

Romo, Tony DAL QB

5.04

52

Fantasy Football Xtreme

Ingram, Mark NOS RB (R)

5.05

53

FootballGuys

Williams, DeAngelo CAR RB

5.06

54

Fantasy Shrink

Johnson, Steve BUF WR

5.07

55

All Purpose Roto

Freeman, Josh TBB QB

5.08

56

Fantasy Football Starters

Witten, Jason DAL TE

5.09

57

DraftSharks.com

Addai, Joseph IND RB

5.10

58

Fantasy Football Trader

Davis, Vernon SFO TE

5.11

59

GO Ahead Score

Stewart, Jonathan CAR RB

5.12

60

Junkyard Jake

Ryan, Matt ATL QB

 

Tom Brady in round 5 is criminal. I also think the Tony Romo pick was solid as well, but do not understand why both Josh Freeman and Matt Ryan went this round too. There is a clear top 7 QB's, and Brady and Romo were the last 2. Steve Johnson was a great pick this round too and while Buffalo doesn't get much respect, Johnson should be just as good this year as he was in 2010. I usually don't take a TE this early, but after the big 3 (Gates, Finley, and Clark; all of whom come with injury concerns) were all taken in round 4, I figured taking Witten (a proven 90 catch, 1,000 yards TE) was better than a WR I wasn't as high on.

 

6.01

61

Junkyard Jake

Crabtree, Michael SFO WR

6.02

62

GO Ahead Score

Roethlisberger, Ben PIT QB

6.03

63

Fantasy Football Trader

Britt, Kenny TEN WR

6.04

64

DraftSharks.com

Schaub, Matt HOU QB

6.05

65

Fantasy Football Starters

Thomas, Daniel MIA RB (R)

6.06

66

All Purpose Roto

Graham, Jimmy NOS TE

6.07

67

Fantasy Shrink

Benson, Cedric CIN RB

6.08

68

FootballGuys

Rice, Sidney MIN WR

6.09

69

Fantasy Football Xtreme

Spiller, C.J. BUF RB

6.10

70

Fanatic Fantasy Football

Cutler, Jay CHI QB

6.11

71

Lester's Legends

Harvin, Percy MIN WR

6.12

72

Pro Football Focus

Holmes, Santonio NYJ WR

 

 

With 3 more QB's selected this round, all 12 teams have their starting QB. This round seemed to be all about risk vs. reward. Crabtree and Britt have their issues. Graham should be a great fantasy football sleeper TE, but had some injury concerns towards the end of last season. Benson, Rice, and Holmes are all free agents. Harvin needs to find a way to beat the migraines. Spiller needs to show he's better than the RB we saw last year. Thomas is a rookie with little speed but in a great situation. I took Thomas myself over other RB's because of his situation as the likely lead RB and potential feature RB for Miami. For me RB3, I thought this was the best move.

 

7.01

73

Pro Football Focus

Grant, Ryan GBP RB

7.02

74

Lester's Legends

Lynch, Marshawn SEA RB

7.03

75

Fanatic Fantasy Football

Boldin, Anquan BAL WR

7.04

76

Fantasy Football Xtreme

Garcon, Pierre IND WR

7.05

77

FootballGuys

Jackson, Fred BUF RB

7.06

78

Fantasy Shrink

Green, A.J. CIN WR (R)

7.07

79

All Purpose Roto

Starks, James GBP RB

7.08

80

Fantasy Football Starters

Nelson, Jordy GBP WR

7.09

81

DraftSharks.com

Daniels, Owen HOU TE

7.10

82

Fantasy Football Trader

Wells, Chris ARI RB

7.11

83

GO Ahead Score

Manningham, Mario NYG WR

7.12

84

Junkyard Jake

Knox, Johnny CHI WR

 

Kind of surprising that Fred Jackson gets so little love each year. C.J. Spiller was taken before Jackson in this draft but Jackson clearly outperformed Spiller last year. There were some great picks this round, especially at the WR position. Going into round 7, my plan had been to get 2 WR's in rounds 7 and 8 and I had targeted several WR's. My top 3 were Boldin, Nelson, and Manningham. But I only managed to get one of them as the other two were taken this round too. Even my other top guys here, Green, Knox, and Mike Thomas were all gone by my pick next round. The biggest surprise this round was Beanie Wells. I've been a believer in Wells, but the drafting of Ryan Williams really makes it difficult to think of Wells as being more than a RB4 for fantasy. At best he is in a time share with Williams.

 

 

 

8.01

85

Junkyard Jake

Jones, Julio ATL WR (R)

8.02

86

GO Ahead Score

Gronkowski, Rob NEP TE

8.03

87

Fantasy Football Trader

Thomas, Mike JAC WR

8.04

88

DraftSharks.com

Jacobs, Brandon NYG RB

8.05

89

Fantasy Football Starters

Amendola, Danny STL WR

8.06

90

All Purpose Roto

Manning, Eli NYG QB

8.07

91

Fantasy Shrink

Stafford, Matthew DET QB

8.08

92

FootballGuys

Moss, Santana WAS WR

8.09

93

Fantasy Football Xtreme

Williams, Ryan ARI RB (R)

8.10

94

Fanatic Fantasy Football

Pettigrew, Brandon DET TE

8.11

95

Lester's Legends

Ochocinco, Chad CIN WR

8.12

96

Pro Football Focus

Smith, Steve CAR WR

 

 

There goes Mike Thomas 2 picks before mine this round. I settled for Amendola only because of the ppr format. Knowing the Josh McDaniels offense is set up to make possession WR's like Amendola catch a ton of passes, I figured he was the more sure pick here than the other WR options. I like Moss, Ochocinco, and Smith, but where are they going to play? Do they really have that top potential left in them? The potential steal of this round could be Brandon Jacobs. With Ahmad Bradshaw a free agent, Jacobs could be in line to get the majority of the carries for the Giants this year. He could turn out to be a great RB2 this season.

 

 

 

9.01

97

Pro Football Focus

Tolbert, Mike SDC RB

9.02

98

Lester's Legends

Miller, Zach OAK TE

9.03

99

Fanatic Fantasy Football

Bess, Davone MIA WR

9.04

100

Fantasy Football Xtreme

Lewis, Marcedes JAC TE

9.05

101

FootballGuys

Ford, Jacoby OAK WR

9.06

102

Fantasy Shrink

Green-Ellis, BenJarvus NEP RB

9.07

103

All Purpose Roto

Helu, Roy WAS RB (R)

9.08

104

Fantasy Football Starters

Leshoure, Mikel DET RB (R)

9.09

105

DraftSharks.com

Flacco, Joe BAL QB

9.10

106

Fantasy Football Trader

Williams, Mike SEA WR

9.11

107

GO Ahead Score

Bradford, Sam STL QB

9.12

108

Junkyard Jake

Cooley, Chris WAS TE

 

 

How Chris Cooley fell this far I don't know. Even though we have no idea who will be the QB in Washington in 2011, in the ppr format, Cooley should have been the 6th or 7th TE off the board. Loved the Jacoby Ford pick as he is one of my favorite fantasy football sleeper WR's in 2011. Roy Helu is a nice pick with big upside too. I went with Leshoure here as my RB4. The only thing standing between Leshoure and a featured RB role is Jahvid Best. If Best proves to be injury prone, Leshoure here will be a steal.

 

 

10.01

109

Junkyard Jake

Keller, Dustin NYJ TE

10.02

110

GO Ahead Score

Torain, Ryan WAS RB

10.03

111

Fantasy Football Trader

Branch, Deion NEP WR

10.04

112

DraftSharks.com

Meachem, Robert NOS WR

10.05

113

Fantasy Football Starters

Alexander, Danario STL WR

10.06

114

All Purpose Roto

Thomas, Pierre NOS RB

10.07

115

Fantasy Shrink

Fitzpatrick, Ryan BUF QB

10.08

116

FootballGuys

Carter, Delone IND RB (R)

10.09

117

Fantasy Football Xtreme

Brown, Ronnie MIA RB

10.10

118

Fanatic Fantasy Football

Ward, Hines PIT WR

10.11

119

Lester's Legends

Cassel, Matt KCC QB

10.12

120

Pro Football Focus

Smith, Steve NYG WR

 

I so wanted Robert Meachem to fall to me here, but he went right before my pick. I know I already took a Rams WR in round 8 with Amendola, but when Meachem was gone, I figured it made the most sense to grab the other top Rams WR. Alexander has tremendous upside. His big risk is the many knee surgeries he has had, but if he can stay healthy, he is the most talented WR on the Rams and could explode in McDaniels system. I also really liked the Delone Carter pick as he was one of my favorite sleeper rookie RB's.

 

 

 

11.01

121

Pro Football Focus

Bush, Michael OAK RB

11.02

122

Lester's Legends

Tomlinson, LaDainian NYJ RB

11.03

123

Fanatic Fantasy Football

Moeaki, Tony KCC TE

11.04

124

Fantasy Football Xtreme

Moss, Randy TEN WR

11.05

125

FootballGuys

Edwards, Braylon NYJ WR

11.06

126

Fantasy Shrink

Little, Greg CLE WR (R)

11.07

127

All Purpose Roto

Winslow, Kellen TBB TE

11.08

128

Fantasy Football Starters

Sanchez, Mark NYJ QB

11.09

129

DraftSharks.com

Woodhead, Danny NEP RB

11.10

130

Fantasy Football Trader

Kolb, Kevin PHI QB

11.11

131

GO Ahead Score

Moore, Lance NOS WR

11.12

132

Junkyard Jake

Palmer, Carson CIN QB

 

Greg Little and Randy Moss topped my wish list for this round, but both were selected before my turn so I turned to Mark Sanchez as the backup to Peyton Manning. I normally don't worry too much about backing up Manning, but his recent neck surgery had me concerned enough to want one of the last stable backup fantasy QB's available. There's little worry about Sanchez being replaced as the Jets QB; can't say the same about the rest of those available at this point.

 

 

 

12.01

133

Junkyard Jake

Scott, Bernard CIN RB

12.02

134

GO Ahead Score

Hernandez, Aaron NEP TE

12.03

135

Fantasy Football Trader

Jennings, Rashad JAC RB

12.04

136

DraftSharks.com

Cook, Jared TEN TE

12.05

137

Fantasy Football Starters

Goodson, Mike CAR RB

12.06

138

All Purpose Roto

Vereen, Shane NEP RB (R)

12.07

139

Fantasy Shrink

Owens, Terrell CIN WR

12.08

140

FootballGuys

Gonzalez, Tony ATL TE

12.09

141

Fantasy Football Xtreme

Orton, Kyle DEN QB

12.10

142

Fanatic Fantasy Football

Tate, Brandon NEP WR

12.11

143

Lester's Legends

Steelers, Pittsburgh PIT Def

12.12

144

Pro Football Focus

Celek, Brent PHI TE

 

 

By this point, pickings are getting slim and it's time to go after the upside guys. Goodson showed very well last year when called upon to be the Panthers feature RB and with the assumption that DeAngelo Williams will be gone, Jonathan Stewart is the only player standing between Goodson and a prominent offensive role. With his performance last season, I expect Goodson will have a larger role this season than many will expect. Biggest surprise this round was that Tony Gonzalez was still available. His game may be slowing down, but to the point where he's available in round 12? That's just amazing. I also liked the Brandon Tate pick. Huge upside if he's really ready to step up into a more prominent role.