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 16 RESULTS
16.01: Bruno Boys Allie - Garrett Hartley, K, New Orleans Saints — Though I’m content to play matchups with kickers in season, I’ll happily draft New Orleans Saints kicker Garrett Hartley with my final pick. I like kickers who play on offenses that score a lot of points and if they also kick in a dome at least 50 percent of the time, even better. Although he got off to a rocky start in 2010, including a temporarily benching in favor of veteran John Carney, Hartley got back on track and finished the year 20-for-25 on field goal attempts and 40-for-40 on PATs. I think Hartley bounces back in 2011, and if he disappoints, then I’ll drop him faster than a network censor bleeps an objectionable word.
16.02: Bruno Boys Kyle - Robbie Gould, K, Chicago Bears — I only take kickers in the final round, and as we have come to that, the selection is one of the more accurate kickers in the league in Gould. Don’t expect him to lead all kickers in fantasy points, however if you are looking for a guy who is going to get you between six and nine points per week, Gould is a solid option.
16.03: Bruno Boys Lane - Stephen Gostkowski, K, New England Patriots — It’s kicker time, but that doesn’t make this pick any less agonizing as there are lots of eligible options left here that I would like to pick, such as Dan “The Dapper Dolphin” Carpenter and the heir-apparent to the beer-guzzling legend of the Sea-Bass in David Buehler. Of course that’s why you wait till the last pick to take a kicker. I chose to go with the less creative option in Stephen Gostkowski, who despite a horrific quad injury where the muscle was literally “torn off the bone” is ahead of schedule in his recovery and will likely be ready for training camp. Considering he kicks for one of the most lethal offenses in the league, as long as he can kick extra points he’ll a be solid selection.
16.04: Bruno Boys Ryan - Clinton Portis, RB, Free Agent — Not bad for my last pick in the draft. Portis was released by the Washington Redskins recently, but he will likely find his way into a time-share situation on another team. He is 30 and has a tremendous amount of miles on his legs, but perhaps sharing the field or not being the primary running back will keep him fresh during the season.
16.05: Bruno Boys Rich -Neil Rackers, K, Houston Texans — Rackers is a consistent kicker (27-for-30 in 2010) on a great offense (43 extra points made), there’s not much more to say here. I shouldn’t have to worry about my kicker spot all year.
16.06: Bruno Boys James - Anthony Dixon, RB, San Francisco 49ers — As much as I wanted to grab a QB2 at some point, I missed on all the decent one so I would look for a waiver add or a mid season trade, however I am happy with Freeman every week. So with my final pick, why not hand cuff Frank Gore who despite appearing to be fine for next year, will now always have a big risk attached to him.
16.07: FF Whiz - Jim Day - Arizona Cardinals D/ST — I need a defense and Arizona scored eight defensive touchdowns in 2010, easily the most in the league. Hard to catch lightning in a bottle twice, however considering the division they play in they have as good a chance as any to repeat those numbers.
16.08: Bruno Boys Cory - Jason Snelling, RB, Atlanta Falcons — There’s no doubt that Michael Turner is the running back that’s going to get most of the touches for the Atlanta Falcons. However, backup Jason Snelling does not get enough attention. The last two years he’s played well when called upon. Between rushing and receiving touchdowns, he had five of each in the 2009 and 2010 seasons. Plus, Snelling is becoming more involved in the passing game. Last season he caught 44 passes for 303 yards, and has 82 receptions combined in the last two seasons. Should something happen to Turner, Snelling would fill in admirably.
16.09: Bruno Boys Cavigs - Oakland Raiders D/ST — Time to play matchups with my defense throughout the 2011 season. That said, the Raiders were excellent at getting to the quarterback last year and they have one of the best young kicker returners in the NFL in Jacoby Ford. Plus, you can’t forget that outside of the San Diego Chargers the Raiders play in one of the NFL’s weakest divisions.
16.10: Bruno Boys JRonstadt - Matt Bryant, K, Atlanta Falcons — It’s hard to win a fantasy football league without a full starting lineup, so I knew taking a kicker with this, my final pick was a must. Bryant is about as safe as they come. He plays for a high-powered offense (Atlanta was the No. 5 offense in football last season), he has a powerful, accurate leg (9-for-11 on field goals between 40 and 51 yards and 28-for-31 overall in 2010) and he doesn’t pose a significant injury risk (16 games played in four of five seasons).
16.11: Bruno Boys Brad - Dan Carpenter, K, Miami Dolphins — Kickers are worth thinking too hard about in my opinion. Carpenter had a nice stretch in the middle of 2010, making 21 field goals (including two five field goal games) over a six-game stretch. I’ll bet on the Dolphins’ offense having to settle for a lot of field goals next season, no matter who they have at key positions.
16.12: Bruno Boys Jimbo - Dexter McCluster, WR, Kansas City Chiefs — I was hoping Toby Gerhart would be here to handcuff Adrian Peterson, but he got taken in the previous round. I would have liked to have added a fifth running back, and maybe if this were a real draft I might have anyway, but I’ll see what I can get out of Dexter McCluster here instead. Before an injury derailed his 2010 season, the rookie was doing pretty well in the slot for the Chiefs. With Todd Haley already stating that he wants the Chiefs to run a more conservative offense next season, a lot of screen passes and short slants could be headed McCluster’s way.