CFB Fantasy: Best Value Picks

Was Geno Smith a steal in the fifth round?

Was Geno Smith a steal in the fifth round?

Athlon Sports recently held its first college fantasy football mock draft for 2011. As expected, there were many interesting observations and questions raised during the draft. Over the next couple of days, the drafters will give their thoughts on some of the hot topics.

With the season right around the corner, Athlon Sports will be releasing its 2011 college fantasy draft kit throughout the summer. Everything you need to win your college fantasy league this year will be covered in Athlon's preseason draft kit, including player profiles, rankings, strategy pieces and more.

Athlon Sports May college fantasy football draft for 2011

Team-by-team look at the May college fantasy mock draft
Strategy talk: What was your plan going into the draft?
How does your strategy change from NFL to NCAA drafts?

Biggest draft regret?

Todd DeVries, College Football Geek (@CFFGeek on Twitter)
Regarding my roster, I was excited to grab Bryce Brown (RB, Kansas State) in the 14th round.  Bill Snyder has a stellar track record of producing stud fantasy running backs.  And with Daniel Thomas now toting the rock for the Dolphins, the door is open for Brown to become The Man in Manhattan.  We were happy to stash him away as our RB5.

I was surprised to see Adonis Thomas slip all the way into the sixth round.  But just before we could welcome Adonis to the CFG squad, Michael stole him from our clutches one pick ahead.  Thomas is primed for a monster season in the MAC.

Joe DiSalvo, The College Fantasy Football Site (@theCFFsite on Twitter)

1.     Geno Smith, 5th Round

2.     Tyler Wilson, 10th Round

3.     James Franklin, 20th Round

Alex Esselink, College Fantasy Football Insider (@CFFInsider on Twitter)
Zach Collaros is a guy I started considered drafting as early as round three. Unfortunately I waited too long and he went in round six. With an easier schedule in 2011, his numbers should rise.

Braden Gall, Athlon Sports (@AthlonBraden on Twitter)
On my team, I would have to go with Brandon Weeden in the third, Rex Burkhead in the 5th, Jermaine Kearse in the 8th, Antwon Bailey in the 11th and Bryce Beall in the 15th. Those picks were best available value picks for me. Andrew Luck in the early 5th is absolutely insane and might have been the best pick in the draft. I think Steven got great value with Stephens and Ball. Jason Ford in the 9th could be huge. Also, the Dan Herron, Terrelle Pryor picks at the end of the 9th and beginning of the 10th could turn into steals for the second half of the season and playoffs.

Michael Hurcomb, CBS Sports
 (@CBSHurc on Twitter)
I have to admit I was pretty stoked to get Adonis Thomas as my No. 3 Fantasy RB in the sixth round. Here is a guy that rushed for more than 1,000 yards in his breakout season in 2010 and was a monster down the stretch. He averaged 7.3 yards per carry in his final six games. People also forget he is a pretty good receiving option out of the backfield, totaling 31 catches for 372 yards and two touchdowns last season.

Steven Lassan, Athlon Sports (@AthlonSteven on Twitter)
In terms of my team, my goal of loading up on backs in the middle rounds paid off with Mike Ball in the sixth, Robert Turbin in the seventh, Darriet Perry in the 10th and Eric Stephens in the 12th. I will be interested to see if their value changes in fall drafts.

Other good value picks:

Bryce Beall, RB, Houston: Charles Sims and Michael Hayes are back at Houston, but Beall in the 15th was a great pick by Braden.

Dion Sims, TE, Michigan State: Sims has a lot of upside and should be hungry after missing last year due to a suspension.

Russell Wilson, QB, TBA: Why not take a look in the 18th round?

Drew Smith, Fantasy College Blitz (@fcbdrew on Twitter)
While I think Bobby Rainey at #12 is an absolute steal, I am going to go with Kyle Pardon at #29 as the best value pick in the draft.  He carries virtually no downside risk other than injury and is someone you can start almost every week without worry.  Runner up goes to pick #210 of Charles Sims who was a Top 25 pick a year ago, who missed the 2010 season due to academic ineligibility.

Patrick Snow, Athlon Sports (@AthlonSnowman on Twitter)
I think the Boise State receivers – Geraldo Hiwat in the 9th round and Tyler Shoemaker in the 12th – were great values. Everything is in place for the Broncos’ pass catchers to have big seasons. I also thought that running backs Joseph Randle (7th) of Oklahoma State and Spencer Ware (10th) of LSU were solid value selections.

Corby Yarbrough, Athlon Sports (@AthlonCorby on Twitter)
Originally, I would have said any of the Ohio State players selected in rounds 9-12, but as that team falls apart with its offseason troubles I am a little more skeptical. From my team, after taking just one proven RB (Dunbar 1-10) in the first nine rounds — Malcolm Brown, an incoming freshman at Texas and Dan Herron suspended five games at Ohio State — I was happy to get the top back from the nation's No. 2 rushing team in Air Force's Asher Clark in the 19th round. I also really liked Patrick Snow's selection of Josh Huff in the 17th; Eric Olson grabbing Navy QB Kriss Proctor in the 18th to see if he can repeat the kind of year Ricky Dobbs had for the Midshipmen last season and of course Joe DiSalvo closing his draft out with Mizzou QB James Franklin in the 20th round is about as strong as you can finish.

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<p> With the first college fantasy mock draft in the books for 2011, it's time for a review session. The drafters review some of the best value picks of the draft.</p>

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