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Athlon Sports NFL Fantasy Mock Draft — February 2011
109. New England, DST (Athlon Consensus 2)
110. Mike Tolbert, RB, SD (Matt Taliaferro, Athlon Sports)
111. Michael Bush, RB, OAK (Steven Lassan, Athlon Sports)
112. Thomas Jones, RB, KC (Rob Doster, Athlon Sports)
113. Randy Moss, WR, TEN (Nathan Rush, Athlon Sports)
114. Chicago, DST (Mitch Light, Athlon Sports)
115. New York Jets, DST (Patrick Snow, Athlon Sports)
116. Matt Stafford, QB, DET (Tim Clark, Athlon Sports)
117. Montario Hardesty, RB, CLE (Corby Yarbrough, Athlon Sports)
118. New York Giants, DST (Charlie Miller, Athlon Sports)
119. Baltimore, DST (Braden Gall, Athlon Sports)
120. Matt Cassel, QB, KC (Athlon Consensus 1)
Five defenses in 12 picks should have been expected as the defensive runs can hardly ever be stopped despite what scoring setup you have. If Stafford can stay healthy then he’s a great back up for Vick; if neither can stay healthy, you’re screwed. Hardesty was drafted by the Browns in 2010 with a high pick for a reason. The question now is: What will Hillis’ role be and how will the coach that didn’t draft Hardesty use him under the guidance of the GM that did draft him? Getting Cassel to back up Freeman with the stable of RBs the AC-1 team has is about as good as you can expect.
The one name that sticks out to me in this round was Cleveland’s Montario Hardesty. He missed all of 2010 with an injury, but with Peyton Hillis needing a backfield mate, Hardesty could see significant playing time in 2011.
Thomas Jones is obviously aging, but still a good value here. Backing up Jamaal Charles, he had 896 yards and six scores. Did you ever think Randy Moss would go this late? Hard to see him returning to prominence after three clubs barely used Moss in ’10.
Stafford and Hardesty are the two picks that stand out. Each could have a huge season if they return to 100 percent.
Randy Moss in the 10th round? Crazy, since he had a 1,200-yard, 13-TD year in 2009. But that was with Tom Brady. Still, 2010 was only Randy’s second season in which he failed to notch either 1,000 yards or 10 TDs. Randy was probably a better pick than Braylon Edwards and rookie Julio Jones, who both went ahead of the future Hall of Famer.
Coming Friday, Feb. 18: Rounds 11-15
You will notice we had two Athlon Consensus draft spots. Each month the AC will draft in different spots and represent different draft styles that are commonplace in the world of fantasy football. We set up these two Athlon Consensus drafters for multiple reasons, among those being that there is always a drafter that never deviates from their position-by-position plan and there is always the drafter that selects best player available and sorts out the rest later. These players affect the outcome of both their drafts and yours as well. So we will consistently represent them in each of our monthly mock drafts at different draft positions on the board each time.
This mock draft, the first AC (AC-1) went the traditional RB, RB early route. Meanwhile, the second AC (AC-2) selected last in the first round was slated as the drafter who always goes QB-WR in the first two rounds no matter what.
This is a 12-team, head-to-head league. All touchdowns are 6 points. 1 point for 25 yards passing, 1 point for 10 yards rushing/receiving. Receptions are .5 points. Interceptions/fumbles are minus-2 points. PATs are 1 point, field goals are 3 points (30 yards), 4 points (40 yards) and 5 points (50-plus yards). Kickoff/punt returns count 6 points both for individuals and team defenses. Team defenses are scored with 1 point for a sack, 2 points for an interception, fumble recovery, safety or blocked kick. Points allowed are 12 for a shutout, 10 for 1-6, 8 for 7-13, 6 for 14-20, 2 for 21-27 and 0 for 28-plus. Lineup is 1 QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, 1 flex (RB/WR), 1 TE, 1 K, 1 DST and 5 bench spots.