Question marks or potential steals dominate the round
Athlon Sports NFL Fantasy Mock Draft — February 2011
37. LeGarrette Blount, RB, TB (Athlon Consensus 2)
38. Miles Austin, WR, DAL (Matt Taliaferro, Athlon Sports)
39. Tony Romo, QB, DAL (Steven Lassan, Athlon Sports)
40. Peyton Hillis, RB, CLE (Rob Doster, Athlon Sports)
41. Anquan Boldin, WR, BAL (Nathan Rush, Athlon Sports)
42. Shonn Greene, RB, NYJ (Mitch Light, Athlon Sports)
43. Marques Colston, WR, NO (Patrick Snow, Athlon Sports)
44. Antonio Gates, TE, SD (Tim Clark, Athlon Sports)
45. Brandon Lloyd, WR, DEN (Corby Yarbrough, Athlon Sports)
46. BenJarvis Green-Ellis, RB, NE (Charlie Miller, Athlon Sports)
47. Matt Schaub, QB, HOU (Braden Gall, Athlon Sports)
48. Mike Williams, WR, TB (Athlon Consensus 1)
This was the flash-in-the-pan or are-they-for-real round. LeGarrette Blount, Peyton Hillis, Brandon Lloyd, BenJarvis Green-Ellis and Tampa Bay Mike Williams all had breakout seasons, and if they can have encore performances this is a great quintet of talent in the fourth round. If Shonn Greene can be the bell cow for the Jets then he could join that quintet.
The thing that stood out to me in this round was the running back selections of Shonn Greene, Peyton Hillis and LeGarrette Blount. Hillis had an outstanding 2010 season, but wore down as the year went on. Greene has potential, but will Tomlinson return in 2011? Blount may just be tapping into his potential and could easily exceed this draft spot.
Blount (100-plus yards in three of last five games) could be a steal here. Schaub was also great value. He’s put together two consecutive 16-game seasons, butting to rest previous injury concerns.
This appears to the point in the draft where huge question marks start popping up. Blount, Romo, Greene, Lloyd, Williams and Green-Ellis each have their own particular set of issues. Even proven stud Antonio Gates (my favorite pick of this round) has some injury concerns. This might have been the make or break round for most owners.
The Law Firm, BenJarvis Green-Ellis, scares me in the fourth round. New England could just as easily cop a plea for a rookie like Mark Ingram or a veteran like DeAngelo Williams or Clinton Portis.
Coming Saturday, Feb. 12: Round 5
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.