Ryan was the first of three QBs selected in the third round.
Athlon Sports NFL Fantasy Mock Draft — February 2011
25. Jonathan Stewart, RB, CAR (Athlon Consensus 1)
26. Larry Fitzgerald, WR, ARI (Braden Gall, Athlon Sports)
27. Reggie Wayne, WR, IND (Charlie Miller, Athlon Sports)
28. Hakeem Nicks, WR, NYG (Corby Yarbrough, Athlon Sports)
29. Michael Vick, QB, PHI (Tim Clark, Athlon Sports)
30. Matt Ryan, QB, ATL (Patrick Snow, Athlon Sports)
31. Mike Wallace, WR, PIT (Mitch Light, Athlon Sports)
32. Dez Bryant, WR, DAL (Nathan Rush, Athlon Sports
33. Knowshon Moreno, RB, DEN (Rob Doster, Athlon Sports)
34. DeSean Jackson, WR, PHI (Steven Lassan, Athlon Sports)
35. Ben Roethlisberger, QB, PIT (Matt Taliaferro, Athlon Sports)
36. Dwayne Bowe, WR, KC (Athlon Consensus 2)
This was the round of potential. Is Jonathan Stewart going to be the lead back in Charlotte with DeAngelo Williams leaving? We think yes. Larry Fitzgerald in the third round with the numbers he put up with a terrible set of QBs? Hard to find value like that at the 26th pick. Michael Vick, the top scoring QB per game in 2010, proved it for one year but struggled down the stretch. He won many a player championships as the waiver pick up of the year, but one year and a stumble down the stretch does not warrant the kind of high ranking he is receiving among other fantasy Web sites. Hines Ward says he is coming back for another year and that should be good news for Mike Wallace to keep some attention off himself; of course the Steelers will also have Emmanuel Sanders and Antonio Brown to throw to as well. Hard to say if Dez Bryant is worth the 32nd pick with the Cowboys offensive struggles and Roy Williams still on the roster. Knowshon Moreno might thrive with a healthy OL and a run-minded coach in John Fox in Denver.
I really like Nathan’s pick of Dez Bryant. With Tony Romo back in the mix, expect this second-year receiver to explode in 2011. Although it may seem a bit high for Bryant, he’s worth the risk in a shallow pool of receivers.
This was decision time for your QB drop-off point. Once the top five were gone, do you want the next best guy or are you comfortable waiting until the 4th/5th round for who’s left?
The round of the young, rising receiver. Bowe, Jackson, Nicks, Wallace and Bryant all have loads of talent and potential, but don't overlook two former first rounders — Larry Fitzgerald and Reggie Wayne — who could offer some excellent value in the third round.
Mike Vick and Matt Ryan were solid mid-third-round QB values. Dez Bryant and DeSean Jackson are late-third-round steals; both are triple-threats who can score on any play and have an off-the-charts career-year potential.
Coming Friday, Feb. 11: Round 4
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.