Freeman ends the round as one team's starter
Athlon Sports NFL Fantasy Mock Draft — February 2011
85. Kellen Winslow, TE, TB (Athlon Consensus 2)
86. James Starks, RB, GB (Matt Taliaferro, Athlon Sports)
87. A.J. Green, WR, Rookie (Steven Lassan, Athlon Sports)
88. Joe Flacco, QB, BAL (Rob Doster, Athlon Sports)
89. Aaron Hernadez, TE, NE (Nathan Rush, Athlon Sports)
90. Austin Collie, WR, IND (Mitch Light, Athlon Sports)
91. Sam Bradford, QB, STL (Patrick Snow, Athlon Sports)
92. Hines Ward, WR, PIT (Tim Clark, Athlon Sports)
93. LaDanian Tomlinson, RB, NYJ (Corby Yarbrough, Athlon Sports)
94. Chris Ivory, RB, NO (Charlie Miller, Athlon Sports)
95. Brandon Jacobs, RB, NYG (Braden Gall, Athlon Sports)
96. Josh Freeman, QB, TB (Athlon Consensus 1)
Starks has gone from who’s that to will he steal Grant’s job? A great playoff run and drafting the day after the Packers win the Super Bowl can certainly make you a mid-round pick in a fantasy draft. Rookie A.J. Green doesn’t have a team yet, but has the physical tools to make an impact if he gets with a team that has a solid QB. Flacco joined a team that already had Eli Manning, and this is a situation you will run into again, just as in 2010. If you draft what you think is a mediocre QB when do you draft another mediocre QB to give yourself some matchup piece of mind? Collie’s concussions might sideline him for a while, but we draft him as if he will return, so that’s a good value. What will be the role of Tomlinson and Ivory? If LT repeats he’s great here, but it just goes to show you what the RBBC has done to fantasy football. Athlon Consensus 1 went RB heavy the first three rounds and held out for QB. It was a calculated risk that you will have to make by waiting. Every team had a starter and there was the chance Flacco or Bradford could have come back to him, but they were snatched as back ups by other teams. AC-1 was left with Freeman. It’s not the greatest of starting QBs, but there is plenty of emerging talent on the Bucs roster and he might be just as good as Flacco or Bradford in 2011.
The Athlon Consensus 1 waited until this round to pick its first quarterback and getting Josh Freeman is a pretty good prize. Although Freeman isn’t in the elite passer category, the Bucs are getting better and so is the talent around their quarterback.
The first backup quarterbacks went here. It’s a good idea to get a quality backup if you don’t draft a top-five 5 QB. They provide quality insurance and can be used as trade bait to fix a hole in your lineup midseason.
I love the Sam Bradford pick. He is the real deal and that gives (that owner) Matt Ryan and Bradford to pick from each week. Flacco was also a great value as his numbers have improved every year and he has never missed a start in his 48-game career. The risks with Collie, Starks and Hernandez were well worth it. Packaging Jacobs with Bradshaw was a great move by (owner) also. The Athlon Consensus 1 waited to take his quarterback last and ended up with Freeman here. While the Bucs’ signal caller looks like he will have a better-than-expected career in Tampa, I would not want to go into fantasy battle with Josh Freeman each week.
Josh Freeman as a No. 1 fantasy QB is a bold and possibly brilliant move. The big gunslinger threw for 3,400 yards, 25 TDs and just six INTs, while scrambling for 360 yards in his first season as a full-time starter. If the best is yet to come, Freeman will be a first- or second-rounder in 2012.
Coming Wednesday, Feb. 16: Round 9
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.