RBBC dominates the round
Athlon Sports NFL Fantasy Mock Draft — February 2011
73. Santana Moss, WR, WAS (Athlon Consensus 1)
74. Steve Smith, WR, NYG (Braden Gall, Athlon Sports)
75. Reggie Bush, RB, NO (Charlie Miller, Athlon Sports)
76. Pierre Garcon, WR, IND (Corby Yarbrough, Athlon Sports)
77. Ryan Grant, RB, GB (Tim Clark, Athlon Sports)
78. Joseph Addai, RB, IND (Patrick Snow, Athlon Sports)
79. Ronnie Brown, RB, MIA (Mitch Light, Athlon Sports)
80. Beanie Wells, RB. ARI (Nathan Rush, Athlon Sports
81. Johnny Knox, WR, CHI (Rob Doster, Athlon Sports)
82. Ryan Torrain, RB, WAS (Steven Lassan, Athlon Sports)
83. C.J. Spiller, RB, BUF (Matt Taliaferro, Athlon Sports)
84. Danny Woodhead, RB, NE (Athlon Consensus 2)
This is the can-they-play round? Moss will reportedly not being extended in Washington, so will he be productive elsewhere? Steve Smith New York did not repeat his stellar 2009 campaign. Reggie Bush, Pierre Garcon, Ryan Grant (if James Starks gets a foothold on some Packer carries), Joseph Addai, Ronnie Brown, Beanie Wells, Ryan Torrain, C.J. Spiller and Danny Woodhead are all inconsistent. Are these names you feel comfortable going to battle with week in and week out. In a league with two RBs, three WR and a flex, I will say yes. In a more traditional league, I would be a little concerned since they all have stiff competition at their spots.
This round showcases some names with some high upside, but some questionable production next season – Reggie Bush, Beanie Wells and C.J. Spiller. Certainly some talented options, but what is their role in 2011?
You have to wonder about Reggie Bush’s decline. The former PPR dynamo scored 32 total touchdowns in his first four seasons, but only one last year in eight games. I wonder how/if Ryan Grant will fit back into the Green Bay running attack.
It appears, based on how this draft played out, that if you didn't land your starting RBs by this round, you might be in serious trouble. Certainly Addai, Grant, Bush, Wells, Torrain, Spiller and Woodhead could perform above their draft stock, but each one of those is a risk pick with a major question mark surrounding their future fantasy value. On a lighter note, Steve Smith could be a steal in this round.
C.J. Spiller wasn’t the second coming of the original C.J., nor was he the dynamic R.O.Y. alternative many fantasy owners would have been happy to settle with last season. Beanie Wells appears to be nothing more than a mirage in the desert. But both guys are still young and have more hold-your-breath upside than the similar Reggie Bush and Cedric Benson. Right?
Coming Tuesday, Feb. 15: Round 8
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.