Rookies to Consider for Your 2011 NFL Fantasy Draft

Each and every year, a rookie comes out of no where to become a fantasy hero. Last season, it was the Detroit Lions RB Jahvid Best and the Minnesota Vikings WR Percy Harvin the year before that.

Who will it be this season?

Here’s a list of which rookies you should keep your eye on as you begin day-dreaming about your fantasy draft.

By: Nick Grays
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Fantasy Football Experts Mock Draft:Round 3

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Round 3 Pick 1

Ryan Lester- Lester’s Legends

Pick: RB Ryan Mathews SD

Mathews is stepping into a perfect situation. He will get the bulk of the carries in a potent offense. He should get most of the carries at the stripe.

Round 3 Pick 2

Vin Sadicario- FF Toolbox

Pick: RB DeAngelo Williams CAR

This pick came down to Williams or Pierre Thomas, and I like Williams to have another big year in 2010. Despite Jonathan Stewart cutting into Williams’ workload, Williams has averaged at least 5 yards per carry in each of the last 3 seasons. With the Carolina quarterback situation as poor as it is, the Panthers should run the ball more than ever in 2010, giving both Williams and Stewart the opportunity to reach at least the 1000 yard mark. I would love to get Williams in the third round of any draft.

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TSB contributors face off in the 1st Annual Sports Bank Fantasy Football Challenge!

Welcome to the first annual Sports Bank Fantasy Football Challenge! Twelve of our best and brightest, um, people will be facing off throughout the NFL season in The Sports Bank Fantasy League. The 12 teams are split up into two divisions: Miller Lite and Bud Light. Scoring is standard for ESPN fantasy leagues, and each team goes head-to-head. Of the 12 teams, six will make the playoffs, which start in Week 15.

We will be bringing you highlights and lowlights of the TSBFL each week, including classic rants in the vein of Dennis Green, JimMichael Turner Mora, Herm Edwards, and other angry coaches that choke in big games. But to counteract that negativity in fantasy football that media assumes everyone feels, we’ll also have some love letters each week to players that carried a team to victory. For this week, we have a list of each team’s starting lineup (so you can decide who looks to be the favorite heading into the season and who drafted under the influence), some of the best quotes from draft night, and the Week 1 inaugural TSBFL matchups. Hopefully we last longer than the XFL.

Miller Lite Division

Team Penetration (Jake McCormick)
QB – Carson Palmer
RB – Michael Turner
RB – Marion Barber
RB/WR – Lee Evans
WR – Steve Smith
WR – Roy Williams
TE – Chris Cooley
D/ST – GiantsDrew Brees
K – David Akers
BE – Matt Hasselback
BE – Brady Quinn
BE – Le’Ron McClain
BE – Brandon Jackson
BE – Kevin Walter
BE – Darrius Heyward-Bey
BE – Kevin Boss

The Stafford Effect (H. Jose Bosch)
QB – Drew Brees
RB – Thomas Jones
RB – Joseph Addai
RB/WR – Bernard Berrian
WR – Randy Moss
WR – Terrell Owens
TE – Dustin Keller
D/ST – Steelers
K – John Carney
BE – Eli Manning
BE – Matthew Stafford
BE – Sammy Morris
BE – Santonio Holmes
BE – Steve Breaston
BE – Joey Galloway
BE – Brandon Pettigrew

Large, Oval Balls (Paul Schmidt)Larry Fitzgerald
QB – Tony Romo
RB – Brandon Jacobs
RB – Pierre Thomas
RB/WR – Marshawn Lynch
WR – Larry Fitzgerald
WR – Laveraneous Coles
TE – Dallas Clark
D/ST – Bears
K – Neil Rackers
BE – LeSean McCoy
BE – Fred Jackson
BE – Jamaal Charles
BE – Ted Ginn Jr.
BE – Domenik Hixon
BE – Nate Burleson
BE – Jeremy Maclin

Team Fowler (Jake Fowler)Steven Jackson
QB – Aaron Rodgers
RB – Steven Jackson
RB – Clinton Portis
RB/WR – Hines Ward
WR – Chad Ochocinco
WR – DeSean Jackson
TE – Owen Daniels
D/ST – Patriots
K – Josh Brown
BE – Ben Roethlisberger
BE – Chester Taylor
BE – Tim Hightower
BE – Leon Washington
BE – Muhsin Muhammad
BE – Devery Henderson
BE – Justin Gage

Team Weise (Andy Weise)Maurice Jones-Drew
QB – Matt Schaub
RB – Maurice Jones-Drew
RB – Brian Westbrook
RB/WR – Darren McFadden
WR – Anquan Boldin
WR – Vincent Jackson
TE – John Carlson
D/ST – Vikings
K – Ryan Longwell
BE – Jamal Lewis
BE – Julius Jones
BE – Mike Bell
BE – Torry Holt
BE – Michael Jenkins
BE – Patrick Crayton
BE – Plaxico Burress

SICA SportsBankers (Paul Banks and Soxman)Steve Slaton
QB – Tom Brady
RB – Steve Slaton
RB – Ronnie Brown
RB/WR – Chris Wells
WR – Dwayne Bowe
WR – Eddie Royal
TE – Zach Miller
D/ST – Eagles
K – Stephen Gostkowski
BE – Kyle Orton
BE – Darren Sproles
BE – Bernard Scott
BE – Antonio Bryant
BE – Earl Bennett
BE – Tony Scheffler
BE – Cowboys D

Bud Light Division

Purple Jesus is my Homeboy (Peter Christian)Matt Forte
QB – Peyton Manning
RB – Matt Forte
RB – Ray Rice
RB/WR – Cadillac Williams
WR – Roddy White
WR – Lance Moore
TE – Tony Gonzalez
D/ST – Texans
K – Jason Elam
BE – Brett Favre
BE – LenDale White
BE – Donald Brown
BE – James Davis
BE – Shonn Greene
BE – Glen Coffee
BE – Percy Harvin

JaJuan Johnson All-Stars (David Kay)Chris Johnson
QB – Matt Ryan
RB – Chris Johnson
RB – Ryan Grant
RB/WR – Knowshon Moreno
WR – Greg Jennings
WR – Donald Driver
TE – Anthony Fasano
D/ST – Packers
K – Mason Crosby
BE – Mark Sanchez
BE – Jerious Norwood
BE – Rashard Mendenhall
BE – Felix Jones
BE – Correll Buckhalter
BE – Hakeem Nicks
BE – Jerricho Cotchery

The Dick Whitmans (Shaymus McLaughlin)DeAngelo Williams
QB – Donovan McNabb
RB – DeAngelo Williams
RB – Willie Parker
RB/WR – Derrick Ward
WR – Marques Colston
WR – Brandon Marshall
TE – Jason Witten
D/ST – Ravens
K – Rob Bironas
BE – David Garrard
BE – Jason Campbell
BE – Earnest Graham
BE – Ricky Williams
BE – Visanthe Shiancoe
BE – Titans
BE – Chargers

Orange Crush (Chad Wuttke)Frank Gore
QB – Jay Cutler
RB – Frank Gore
RB – Kevin Smith
RB/WR – Reggie Bush
WR – Calvin Johnson
WR – T.J. Houshmandzadeh
TE – Antonio Gates
D/ST – Jets
K – Nick Folk
BE – Joe Flacco
BE – Shaun Hill
BE – Ahmad Bradshaw
BE – Devin Hester
BE – Derrick Mason
BE – Donnie Avery
BE – Jeremy Shockey

Team Guinness (Mike Escalante)Adrian Peterson
QB – Philip Rivers
RB – Adrian Peterson
RB – Cedric Benson
RB/WR – Anthony Gonzalez
WR – Reggie Wayne
WR – Braylon Edwards
TE – Greg Olsen
D/ST – Dolphins
K – Robbie Gould
BE – Matt Cassel
BE – Chad Pennington
BE – Jake Delhomme
BE – Fred Taylor
BE – Kevin Curtis
BE – Bobby Engram
BE – Nate Kaeding

Grateful Red (Thomas Lea)LaDainian Tomlinson
QB – Kurt Warner
RB – LaDainian Tomlinson
RB – Larry Johnson
RB/WR – Jonathan Stewart
WR – Andre Johnson
WR – Wes Welker
TE – Jermichael Finley
D/ST – Panthers
K – Kris Brown
BE – Trent Edwards
BE – Michael Bush
BE – Willis McGahee
BE – Chris Chambers
BE – Santana Moss
BE – Josh Morgan
BE – Kellen Winslow

Week 1 matchups (Home team listed second)

SICA Sports Bankers vs. The Stafford Effect
Large, Oval Balls vs. Team Penetration
Team Fowler vs. Team Weise
Grateful Red vs. Orange Crush
JaJuan Johnson All-Stars vs. Team Guinness
The Dick Whitmans vs. Purple Jesus is My Homeboy

Best draft night quotes (in context, of course. Remember, we may be playing on ESPN, but we aren’t into reporting ambiguous statements):

Large, Oval Balls (P. Schmidt) 8:31pm: That’s a great pick on Smith
Large, Oval Balls (P. Schmidt) 8:31pm: Til he punches another DB
– Said after Team Penetration picked Steve Smith in Round 2

Large, Oval Balls (P. Schmidt) 8:42pm: However, I do have a buddy who swears by drafting as many players with the same bye week as possible
Purple Jesus is My Homeboy (P. Andersen) 8:43pm: Do you tell that “buddy” he is a tard-factory?

Large, Oval Balls (P. Schmidt) 8:43pm: It’s the 7th round right?
Team Penetration (J. MCCORMICK) 8:43pm: 4th
Large, Oval Balls (P. Schmidt) 8:44pm: oh…then the ray rice pick blew

The Stafford Effect (H. Bosch) 8:45pm: if i didnt know any better, i would say no one liked the olsen pick
The Stafford Effect (H. Bosch) 8:52pm: i think ive regretted every single pick ive made tonight

Purple Jesus is My Homeboy (P. Andersen) 8:52pm: by taking Marshall are you required to pay for his babysitter?
– Said after Brandon Marshall came off the board in Round 6

Large, Oval Balls (P. Schmidt) 8:53pm: I feel like I just punted
– Said after taking Dallas Clark in Round 6

Purple Jesus is My Homeboy (P. Andersen) 9:03pm: I think I’m gonna take Greg Paulus… since this is an ESPN league and all. His leadership should give me the win every week

JaJuan Johnson All-Stars (d. kmiecik) 9:04pm: im gonna give u H1N1 next time I see u
JaJuan Johnson All-Stars (d. kmiecik) 9:05pm: i was convinced i’d get him in a couple rounds
– Said in response to Purple Jesus is My Homeboy selecting Brett Favre

The Stafford Effect (H. Bosch) 9:32pm: this feels like a junior high dance where everyone is standing off to the side and no one is dancing
– Said after the comment box went quiet for a few minutes and the pick selection started getting slower and less dramatic

Stay tuned next week when people stop being polite and start being real. This…is the TSBFL.

Deep League Fantasy Draft Results


Soxman’s Fantasy Football Advice Blog

The results of my first draft featuring Individual Defensive Players.  This league is extremely deep.  16 teams overall, so I think I did very well.  I punted front line RBs for high upside rookies.  We shall see how that strategy works out I guess.

Daniel Manning may look like an obscure pick at free safety, but we get points for returns, so it made sense providing he’s still the kick-off return guy this season.

Carney could be money if he has anything left in the tank.  In doors for half his games on what should be a high scoring offense.  He’ll be the kicker for at least the first four games.

Old faithful Adam Vinatieri should be at least serviceable as well.

You have to draft deep in this league because of the roster size.

For example, the only starting QB available in the free agent pool is Culpepper.

Kurt Warner
Joe Flacco
Mark Sanchez

Chris Wells
Knowshon Moreno
Ray Rice

Larry Fitzgerald
Greg Jennings
Ted Ginn
Kevin Curtis
Joey Galloway

Greg Olson
Randy McMichael

Team Defense
New York Jets
San Francisco 49ers

Adam Vinatieri
John Carney

Individual Defensive Players

Eric Weddle
Daniel Manning

Justin Tuck

Patrick Willis
Jon Beason

So, what do you think? Comment below