Mar 9, 2011
Just because the 2010 NFL season recently came to an end doesn’t mean that you can’t start preparing for the upcoming fantasy football season. Comprised of 11 members of the Bruno Boys Fantasy Football Staff and guest draftee Jim Day from Fantasy Football Whiz we bring to you the first of many Fantasy Football 2011 Mock Drafts. This draft will be a 16-round affair based on a standard scoring league (Pass TDs - 4 points, All Other TDs - 6 points, 25 Yards Passing - 1 point, 10 Yards Rushing/Receiving - 1 point). Outside of having to field a starting lineup made up of 1 QB, 2 RBs, 3 WRs, 1 TE, 1 K, and 1 D/ST, owners are free to fill out their rosters any way they like.
Commentary after each pick is provided by the Bruno Boys staff member who made that pick. The draft started on February 10, 2011. Be sure to check back on a regular basis for updates and feel free to give your opinion in our comments section.
2011 FANTASY FOOTBALL MOCK DRAFT ROUND 15 RESULTS
15.01: Bruno Boys Jimbo - Todd Heap, TE, Baltimore Ravens — I missed out on a TE2 run in the previous round, but I’ll still take my chances with Todd Heap as my backup tight end. While his best years are behind him, Heap resurfaced last season as a solid receiving option for Joe Flacco and the Baltimore Ravens. If Anquan Boldin gets off to another disappointing start next season, Flacco may be looking Heap’s way a lot in 2011.
15.02: Bruno Boys Brad - Donnie Avery, WR, St. Louis Rams — Avery missed 2010 after tearing his ACL during the preseason. When healthy, he has the speed to stretch the field and be a solid receiver and the addition of Sam Bradford in the Rams’ offense will only help his value. Look for Avery to compete with Mark Clayton and Danario Alexander as a go-to target for Sam Bradford in 2011, and expect him to make a nice WR5 with significant upside for your fantasy squad.
15.03: Bruno Boys JRonstadt - Jared Cook, TE, Tennessee Titans — Handed the starting tight end job at the tail end of the 2010 season, Cook quietly hauled in 15 receptions for 196 yards and a score during the final three games. A 2009 third-round pick, Cook has all to tools to be a prolific receiver for years to come, including a big frame, plus speed (Cook ran a 4.50-second forty-yard dash at the ‘09 Combine) and soft hands. The starting job should be Cook’s to lose in 2011 and there’s reason to believe he can put together 700 receiving yards and seven touchdowns if things break right.
15.04: Bruno Boys Cavigs - David Akers, K, Philadelphia Eagles — At this stage of the draft, all of the defenses to chose from are similar, so I will go ahead and grab my kicker. Akers is one of the most consistent kickers in the NFL. He leads all players at his position with 295 fantasy points (147.5 average) over the last two seasons and you can expect his 2011 numbers to be similar playing in a high powered Philadelphia offense.
15.05: Bruno Boys Cory - Mason Crosby, K, Green Bay Packers — I’ll go ahead and hop on the kicker train before the last round as well. I have no problems taking a kicker before the last round if I can get a guy I like a lot, and that guy is Mason Crosby of the Green Bay Packers. Crosby’s 2010 season was the worst of his career and he still hit 22 field goals and 46 extra points. Playing behind the explosive Packers offense, I expect him to rebound to a point total similar to what he did as a rookie in 2007.
15.06: FF Whiz - Jim Day - Josh Brown, K, St. Louis Rams — In 2010, Brown was tied for the lead with 33 field foal made over 16 games. With the addition of offensive minded coordinator Josh McDaniels and the maturation of Sam Bradford heading into his second year don’t be surprised if Brown has an even better 2011 campaign.
15.07: Bruno Boys James - Sebastian Janikowski, K, Oakland Raiders — Sea-Bass Finished as the No. 1 overall kicker last season and it just so happened to be the first .500 season for the Raiders since the Super Bowl year of 2002. The Raiders offense was much improved in 2010 and it has the weapons to be ever better moving forward. Plus, no one has a stronger leg. Got to love pudge in 2011.
15.08: Bruno Boys Rich - Justin Forsett, RB, Seattle Seahawks — I was going to jump on the kicker bandwagon but when I took a look at the kickers available, I saw eight guys that I consider very similar. With four teams picking before my final pick, even if every team takes one kicker I know I can grab one I like. Instead, I’ll take a gamble on Justin Forsett. He’s shown flashes in the past and while he likely can’t handle a full workload, the Seahawks would be smart to give him at least 10 touches per game and if he can get that I could get some value out of him at the end of the draft.
15.09: Bruno Boys Ryan - Rob Bironas, K, Tennessee Titans — I like reliability when it comes to drafting a kicker and Bironas fits that bill. Last year was a down year for Bironas only hitting 24 field goals, however he didn’t lose his accuracy connecting on 92 percent of his field goal attempts. I think the Tennessee Titans young talented players (Jared Cook, Kenny Britt) progress and the offense improves in 2011. At least I don’t think it will get worse. It’s reasonable to believe Bironas and his big leg will be in the top five kickers again in 2011.
15.10: Bruno Boys Lane - Bernard Scott, RB, Cincinnati Bengals — The 29-year old declining Cedric Benson is a free agent right now, and while the team has expressed hopes to resign him, there’s a good chance they don’t exactly meet eye-to-eye with him on what he’s now worth. While Scott doesn’t have the skills to be an elite back, he will no doubt be getting enough carries to make this pick lucrative in Round 15 if Benson moves on.
15.11: Bruno Boys Kyle - Toby Gerhart, RB, Minnesota Vikings — I have a full cupboard of players at each position, and I loathe taking a kicker before the final round, so I’ll go with Gerhart as my RB5. Adrian Peterson has been amazing, but running backs take such a beating that you never know when one will go down. If that does happen in Minny, Gerhart should be a fantasy football stud.
15.12: Bruno Boys Allie - Philadephia Eagles D/ST — When you wait until Round 15 to draft your team defense, you don’t expect a sure thing. Then again, there are only a handful of defenses that fantasy owners can count on from one year to the next. While there are intriguing options on the board–-the Kansas City Chiefs, Detroit Lions and New Orleans Saints to name a few–-I’ll take a chance that the Philadelphia Eagles rebound in 2011. Though the Eagles defense had a disappointing, injury-riddled 2010 season and gave up an eye-popping 31 red zone touchdowns, fantasy wise you could still count on them for big plays, including interceptions and forced fumbles. I like that Philly plans to stick with the 4-3 scheme and I think that new defensive line coach Jim Washburn will be a huge asset to recently appointed defensive coordinator Juan Castillo. Finally, Castillo said the Eagles will employ an “attack and react” style of defense in 2011, which to this girl, sounds like an excellent one-two punch for a fantasy football defense.