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Athlon Sports NFL Fantasy Mock Draft — February 2011
13. Roddy White, WR, ATL (Athlon Consensus 2)
14. Steven Jackson, RB, STL (Matt Taliaferro, Athlon Sports)
15. LeSean McCoy, RB, PHI (Steven Lassan, Athlon Sports)
16. Calvin Johnson, WR, DET (Rob Doster, Athlon Sports)
17. Ryan Mathews, RB, SD (Nathan Rush, Athlon Sports)
18. Peyton Manning, QB, IND (Mitch Light, Athlon Sports)
19. Michel Turner, RB, ATL (Patrick Snow, Athlon Sports)
20. Greg Jennings, WR, GB (Tim Clark, Athlon Sports)
21. Darren McFadden, RB, OAK (Corby Yarbrough, Athlon Sports)
22. Philip Rivers, QB, SD (Charlie Miller, Athlon Sports)
23. Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, NYG (Braden Gall, Athlon Sports)
24. Matt Forte, RB, CHI (Athlon Consensus 1)
Doster started off his draft with Andre Johnson as the No. 9 overall pick and when it came back around to the 16th pick and Calvin Johnson was still on the board it was too good to pass up. He has two of the three premiere receivers in the league on his team and still managed to pick up a few solid RBs in the next two rounds. The round was rather uneventful save for Peyton Manning, Michael Turner and Greg Jennings being selected as the Nos. 18-20 overall picks.
Braden’s pick of Ahmad Bradshaw was interesting. If he can stay healthy and avoid Brandon Jacobs stealing some touchdowns, Bradshaw should be a top 10-15 fantasy back. I like Jonathan Stewart and Matt Forte just ahead of Bradshaw, but you can’t go wrong with any of the three. Corby got great value with Darren McFadden at No. 21 overall.
Interesting choice(s) in the back of the round as RBs like McFadden/Bradshaw/Forte went before top WRs like Wayne/Nicks/D. Jackson/Bowe.
This may be the last year to own Steven Jackson, but getting him in the second round seems like great value. I worry about the carry totals and the beating he has taken, but the team seems to be improving and he is still an incredible talent. The story is the same for Michael Turner — lots of carries but lots of talent on a good team. I thought those two were great picks. Mathews was a huge risk pick, but he should be better (healthier?) in his second year.
Following Andre Johnson with Calvin Johnson is a boom-or-bust move, but is relatively excusable in a three-WR plus Flex league like this one. Philip Rivers was a steal 18 picks after Aaron Rodgers was the first QB taken.
Coming Thursday, Feb. 10: Round 3
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.