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3 Round Fantasy Mock Draft [NFL.com]
Fantasy mock draft
By Michael Fabiano
NFL.com Fantasy Expert
(March 29, 2007) -- Who said there's an offseason in the world of fantasy football?
There have been an absolute plethora of major transactions since our last draft -- a number of which included the ever-important running back position -- so our third one-man mock draft includes several alterations in the second and third rounds. Remember that each numbered position of the draft represents an individual team, so no one team will select more than one quarterback, two backs or two wide receivers in three rounds.
The draft is based on a standard scoring system that rewards one point for each 25 passing yards, 10 rushing and receiving yards and six points for all touchdowns.
1. LaDainian Tomlinson, RB, San Diego: The consensus first overall selection in all drafts, Tomlinson will remain a statistical monster under new head coach Norv Turner. The Chargers will continue to lean on him as the centerpiece of their offense, so another season with 2,000-plus all-purpose yards and 18-22 total touchdowns is in the cards.
2. Larry Johnson, RB, Kansas City: Johnson recorded a single-season record 416 carries in 2006, so he hired personal trainer Joe Carini, who has worked with Tiki Barber, in an effort to remain in top physical condition. Head coach Herman Edwards should utilize Michael Bennett more often to keep Johnson fresh, but he'll remain a true featured back.
3. Steven Jackson, RB, St. Louis: One of the most versatile runners in the NFL, Jackson led the position with 90 receptions and finished with over 2,300 all-purpose yards last season. The Rams should be well stocked with Marc Bulger at the helm of the offense, but Jackson will remain the main component for head coach Scott Linehan. Owners in leagues that reward points for receptions should consider Jackson ahead of Johnson.
4. Frank Gore, RB, San Francisco: Gore recorded a career-best 1,695 rushing yards and nine total touchdowns last season, and his role with the ***** will remain the same even with former offensive coordinator Norv Turner now out of the mix. New coordinator Jim Hostler will run the same offense as Turner, so another season with 1,400-plus yards is a virtual lock. As a result, the talented Gore will be a top-five selection in most drafts.
5. Peyton Manning, QB, Indianapolis: The unquestioned No. 1 quarterback in all of fantasy football, Manning threw for an impressive 4,397 yards and finished with 35 total touchdowns last season. One of the few non-runners that will warrant a first-round selection in all drafts, the man with the laser rocket arm should throw for 4,000-plus yards and total better than 30 touchdowns for the second consecutive season.
6. Shaun Alexander, RB, Seattle: A victim of the now infamous Madden cover curse, Alexander missed six contests due to an injured foot last season and failed to rush for 1,000-plus yards for the first time since 2000. While age (he turns 30 in late August) and the wear and tear of 1,969 career regular-season carries is cause for concern, Alexander should still have one more solid season in the tank and remains a No. 1 fantasy back.
7. Willie Parker, RB, Pittsburgh: Parker recorded a career-best 1,494 rushing yards and scored a solid 16 total touchdowns in a season that also included two 200-plus yard performances, so his value has never been better. An undrafted runner out of North Carolina, Parker will remain the offensive focal point for new head coach Mike Tomlin.
8. Brian Westbrook, RB, Philadelphia: The NFL's most versatile runner, Westbrook had career-highs in receptions (77), carries (240) and rushing yards (1,217) and tied his previous best with 11 visits to the end zone in what amounted to less than 15 games last season. A vital component in the offense of head coach Andy Reid, Westbrook is now a surefire No. 1 fantasy back and has added value in leagues that reward for receptions.
9. Rudi Johnson, RB, Cincinnati: Johnson failed to record 1,400-plus rushing yards for the first time in the past three seasons in 2006, but his 1,308 yards on the ground were solid nonetheless. He also scored 12 touchdowns for the third consecutive season, so his nose for the end zone is evident. A consistent runner, Johnson is a surefire first rounder.
10. Clinton Portis, RB, Washington: Hand and shoulder ailments limited him to eight contests last season, but Portis should be 100 percent for the start of next season. Head coach Joe Gibbs wants to use Ladell Betts more often in the offense, but Portis remains the starter and should still total around 1,400 all-purpose yards and eight touchdowns.
11. Joseph Addai, RB, Indianapolis: Addai finished with 1,406 all-purpose yards and eight touchdowns as a rookie, and his value has increased after the offseason departure of Dominic Rhodes (Raiders). The Colts are expected to add another back in the weeks and months to come, but Addai will remain the unquestioned starter in a solid offense.
12. Laurence Maroney, RB, New England: Now the featured back for the Patriots after the release of Corey Dillon, Maroney should be considered a viable breakout candidate across the board. He did have a surgical procedure on his shoulder in the offseason, but the team expects Maroney to be fine for the start of the regular season.
13. Reggie Bush, RB, New Orleans: Bush, who finished his rookie season with a solid 1,306 all-purpose yards and eight total touchdowns, will continue to improve with time and experience. He will be worth a first-round choice in leagues that reward for catches.
14. Travis Henry, RB, Denver: The new featured back for head coach Mike Shanahan, Henry should thrive in the backfield heaven that is Denver. A viable first- or second-round choice, Henry should record 1,200-plus rushing yards and seven to nine scores.
15. Willis McGahee, RB, Baltimore: McGahee had been inconsistent over the past two seasons, but an offseason trade to the Ravens will make him a more attractive choice. A borderline No. 1 or 2 fantasy back, McGahee should see 300-plus carries next season.
16. Chester Taylor, RB, Minnesota: Taylor broke down physically in the second half of last season, so head coach Brad Childress could use Mewelde Moore, Ciatrick Fason or even Naufahu Tahi to ease the load. Still, Taylor remains a solid No. 2 fantasy back.
17. Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans: Brees threw for an NFL-best 4,424 yards and 26 touchdowns in his first season in New Orleans, so his value is at an all-time high. He did dislocate his left elbow in the Pro Bowl, but the veteran shouldn't miss training camp.
18. Steve Smith, WR, Carolina: Smith dealt with injuries and a decrease in statistical success last season, but we expect him to rebound and post stellar numbers in 2007. The explosive wideout should record 1,200-plus yards and around eight to 10 touchdowns.
19. Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, Jacksonville: A true sleeper, Jones-Drew led countless owners to a fantasy football title last season. However, the return of Fred Taylor and Greg Jones has caused the UCLA product to fall out of the first round of our mock.
20. Ronnie Brown, RB, Miami: Brown endured injuries and an ineffective offensive line but still rushed for 1,008 yards and five touchdowns last season. The one issue with Brown is the potential return of Ricky Williams, which would no doubt hurt his value.
21. Carson Palmer, QB, Cincinnati: One of the most talented quarterbacks in the NFL, Palmer threw for a career-best 4,036 yards and 28 touchdowns in 2006. His success in an explosive Bengals offense will continue, so Palmer is a nice second-round selection.
22. Deuce McAllister, RB, New Orleans: An unbelievable value for owners, McAllister rushed for 1,057 yards and 11 touchdowns one season removed from a reconstructive procedure on his right knee. He'll remain a terrific No. 2 fantasy back in all formats.
23. Edgerrin James, RB, Arizona: The Cardinals will run the football close to 60 percent of the time next season, and that's terrific news for James. He'll lose some carries to the duo of Marcel Shipp and J.J. Arrington, but James is still the main man in the backfield.
24. Chad Johnson, WR, Cincinnati: Johnson went on an absolute tear in the second half of last season to finish with an NFL-best 1,369 receiving yards. The Bengals offense will remain prolific next season, so Ocho Cinco should continue to find statistical success.
25. Cedric Benson, RB, Chicago: With Thomas Jones out of the mix, Benson should record 1,000-plus yards and five to seven touchdowns if he can avoid serious injuries.
26. Torry Holt, WR, St. Louis: One of the most consistent and reliable wideouts in the NFL, Holt recorded double-digit touchdowns for the third time in four seasons in 2006.
27. Marvin Harrison, WR, Indianapolis: The top wide receiver in fantasy football last season, Harrison remains a terrific choice even as he closes in on the ripe old age of 35.
28. Ahman Green, RB, Houston: Green will be the main man out of the backfield for head coach Gary Kubiak, so he's a much more viable No. 2 fantasy back in all formats.
29. Thomas Jones, RB, N.Y. Jets: A consistent and versatile veteran back, Jones has averaged a solid 1,273 rushing yards with 15 touchdowns over the past two seasons.
30. Terrell Owens, WR, Dallas: Owens isn't expected to catch passes until training camp after offseason finger surgeries, but he should be fine for the start of the season.
31. Brandon Jacobs, RB, N.Y. Giants: An absolute touchdown machine, Jacobs will lose some carries to Reuben Droughns but remains a terrific sleeper candidate in all drafts.
32. Carnell Williams, RB, Tampa Bay: The Cadillac was stuck in neutral last season, but he still has some potential at the NFL level and remains a viable No. 2 fantasy back.
33. Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Arizona: His numbers were limited due to injuries in 2006, but Fitzgerald will be 100 percent next season and remains a valuable asset for owners.
34. Reggie Wayne, WR, Indianapolis: Wayne is overshadowed due to the presence of Marvin Harrison, but his solid numbers make him a surefire No. 1 fantasy wide receiver.
35. Anquan Boldin, WR, Arizona: Boldin, who recorded his third season with 1,200-plus yards in 2006, will be a prominent option for Matt Leinart in the pass attack.
36. Marc Bulger, QB, St. Louis: Bulger recorded terrific numbers last season, and the additions of Drew Bennett and Randy McMichael allow him even more weapons.
Re: 3 Round Fantasy Mock Draft [NFL.com]
I love to see Bulger finally getting the recognition he deserves, but I still think he should go higher then 36th. He has so many weapons to use this year and he finished top 20 overall last year.
Re: 3 Round Fantasy Mock Draft [NFL.com]
I think Bulger is going to have better seasons fantasy wise than a lot of the players in front of him. With the weapons he's got this year.. look out.