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  • Fantasy Football 3 Round Mock Draft---Jackson 3rd Pick

    http://www.nfl.com/fantasy/story/9908343

    One man's mock draft for 2007


    By Michael Fabiano
    NFL.com Fantasy Expert




    (Jan. 4, 2007) -- The fantasy football season might last only a few short months, but there is no true offseason for those enthusiastic owners who live, eat and breathe the National Football League. In fact, some have already started to research and examine how drafts could look in 2007 (training camps are just six months away!)

    In an effort to feed that fantasy football fix all year round, we here at NFL.com will run an updated three-round mock draft once a month throughout the offseason. Each numbered position represents an individual team, so no one team will select more than one quarterback, two running backs or two wide receivers.

    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. There are no points awarded for receptions.

    ROUND ONE
    1. LaDainian Tomlinson, RB, San Diego: Tomlinson was without question the MVP of fantasy football this season and will be the first overall selection in almost all 2007 drafts. He led the entire league with 1,815 rushing yards and scored an NFL record 31 touchdowns (33 total with his two touchdown passes included), and he will continue to be the centerpiece of the Chargers offense for head coach Marty Schottenheimer.

    2. Larry Johnson, RB, Kansas City: Johnson, who was the consensus No. 1 overall selection in this season's drafts, didn't disappoint with 2,199 all-purpose yards and 19 total touchdowns. The fact that he recorded an NFL single-season record 416 carries and should see at least 20-30 additional looks in the postseason is a bit of a concern, but it will still be hard for most owners to pass on this ultra-talented and versatile back.

    3. Steven Jackson, RB, St. Louis: Jackson broke out in his first season under head coach Scott Linehan with an impressive 2,334 all-purpose yards and 16 total touchdowns, so look for him to replace Shaun Alexander on the list of elite backs. The former Oregon State standout also recorded 90 receptions -- that's the most in the league for backs -- so he could be a better choice than Johnson in leagues that reward owners for catches.

    4. Frank Gore, RB, San Francisco: Gore, who was the top preseason sleeper on NFL.com, broke out under the guidance of offensive coordinator Norv Turner with an NFC-high 1,695 rushing yards and nine total touchdowns. He also posted an additional 485 yards as a receiver out of the backfield in what became an improved Niners offense. Gore should continue to thrive under Turner -- his goal for 2007 is 2,200 yards.

    5. Peyton Manning, QB, Indianapolis: There will be at most three elite quarterbacks next season -- Manning, Drew Brees and Donovan McNabb -- so look for some owners to pass on a back and take one of these studs. Manning, who threw for 4,397 yards and recorded 35 total touchdowns, will no doubt be the first field general taken and is almost a lock for another season with 4,000-plus yards and 30 touchdowns.

    6. Willie Parker, RB, Pittsburgh: Parker was inconsistent at times this season, but it's still hard to overlook his 1,494 rushing yards and 16 total touchdowns. The undrafted back out of North Carolina is productive and explosive -- he rushed for 200-plus yards on two different occasions for head coach Bill Cowher -- and the fact that he started all 16 games proves he can handle the punishment a featured back can endure.

    7. Shaun Alexander, RB, Seattle: The Madden cover curse struck Alexander and fantasy footballers hard as he missed six contests due to an injured foot and failed to rush for 1,000-plus yards for the first time since 2000. The experienced veteran will turn 30 before the start of the regular season -- that makes him somewhat less attractive -- but he still has the skills and abilities to rush for 1,200-plus yards and double-digit scores.

    8. Brian Westbrook, RB, Philadelphia: Westbrook is the most underrated back in all of fantasy football. The versatile veteran had career-highs in carries (240), rushing yards (1,217) and tied his previous best in total touchdowns (11) in what amounts to less than 15 contests. Westbrook proved he can be a featured back for an entire season, and he will be a better choice than Parker or Alexander in leagues that reward for catches.

    9. Rudi Johnson, RB, Cincinnati: Johnson failed to rush for 1,400-plus yards for the first time since 2003, but his 1,308 yards on the ground is impressive nonetheless. He also scored 12 rushing touchdowns for the third consecutive season, so he's proven to be consistent overall. Johnson will continue to be prominent in what will remain a solid offensive attack, so look for him to produce another 1,200-1,400 yards and 10-12 scores.

    10. Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans: Brees experienced an unbelievable increase in value this season. He was a middle-round choice at best in most 2006 drafts, but he now warrants first-round consideration. Brees threw for an NFL-best 4,424 yards with 26 touchdowns in his first season with the Saints, and there's little doubt his success will continue in an offense that fields such studs as Reggie Bush and Marques Colston.

    11. Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, Jacksonville: Jones-Drew came out of nowhere to produce an incredible 1,377 all-purpose yards and 15 total touchdowns even though he started just one game as a rookie. Much of his future value will depend on whether or not he can pass veteran starter Fred Taylor on the team's depth chart, but it's difficult to ignore his first-season numbers and long-term potential as an elite featured back.

    12. Steve Smith, WR, Carolina: Smith missed two contests due to injuries and saw a decrease in his level of consistent statistical success when Jake Delhomme was out of action, but he still finished the season with 1,166 yards and eight touchdowns. The talented wide receiver should bounce back and record much improved numbers next season, so look for him to be selected in the late first round in countless drafts.

    ROUND TWO

    13. Clinton Portis, RB, Washington: Portis is expected to be fine for the start of next season after hand and shoulder ailments limited him to eight contests in 2006. The one issue with the veteran back is the potential for a committee situation with Ladell Betts, which would no doubt hurt his overall value across the board.

    14. Donovan McNabb, QB, Philadelphia: Much depends on the time it takes him to rehabilitate his injured knee, but owners shouldn't forget that it was McNabb, not Tomlinson, who was the fantasy football MVP in the first half of the season. McNabb could move into the first round if he is expected to return for Week 1.

    15. Kevin Jones, RB, Detroit: Jones is now on track to return in time for the start of the regular season after a successful surgical procedure to repair his injured foot. He was on pace to finish with better than 1,600 all-purpose yards and double-digit touchdowns, and Jones will be more attractive if receptions are rewarded.

    16. Joseph Addai, RB, Indianapolis: Addai finished with an impressive 1,406 all-purpose yards and eight total touchdowns as a rookie and in a committee situation with Dominic Rhodes, so his potential as a breakout candidate is evident. Look for Addai to be closer to a featured back in his second pro season.

    17. Reggie Bush, RB, New Orleans: Bush had a solid 1,306 all-purpose yards and eight total touchdowns as a rookie, but he scored four times in one game and wasn't consistent for most of the season. His numbers will no doubt improve in his second pro season, but he won't be featured with Deuce McAllister in the mix.

    18. Chester Taylor, RB, Minnesota: Taylor posted an impressive 1,216 rushing yards and six touchdowns in his first season as a featured back, but he broke down late and was a bit of a disappointment in the fantasy football postseason. Still, Taylor remains a borderline first or second back in most cases and should improve.

    19. Deuce McAllister, RB, New Orleans: McAllister was a pleasant surprise for owners, as he rushed for 1,057 yards and 11 touchdowns one season removed from an ACL ailment. He will continue to share time with Bush, which limits his value a bit, but his stock could rise if he were to be traded in the offseason.

    20. Ronnie Brown, RB, Miami: Brown missed three contests due to a broken hand but still rushed for a respectable 1,008 yards and five touchdowns. Those numbers should increase next season unless the Dolphins decide to bring back Ricky Williams, in which case Brown's stock will fall across the board.

    21. Carson Palmer, QB, Cincinnati: While he was inconsistent at times, Palmer was still able to throw for 4,036 yards and 28 touchdowns. He will enter next season at 100 percent health and has an unreal arsenal of offensive weapons, so look for the talented quarterback to at least duplicate his solid 2006 numbers.

    22. Edgerrin James, RB, Arizona: James was a serious disappointment for much of his first season with the Cardinals, but he did finish on a high note and would see an increase in value if the team makes moves to improve its offensive line. Edge should be a nice second back for owners next season, but he's not a No. 1.

    23. Chad Johnson, WR, Cincinnati: Johnson had the word bust written all over him in the first half of the season, but he went on a statistical tear and finished with a league-high 1,369 receiving yards. The excitable wideout should continue to produce as the top option for Palmer in what remains a prolific offensive attack.

    24. Laurence Maroney, RB, New England: Maroney would be a lock first-round selection if Corey Dillon weren't in the mix, but for now we'll consider him a high-end sleeper candidate. Head coach Bill Belichick can't ignore Maroney's skills and abilities, so don't be shocked if he passes Dillon on the depth chart soon.

    ROUND THREE
    25. Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Arizona: Injuries limited Fitzgerald's numbers, but he is still in line to be a top-five wide receiver. He could even move ahead of Chad Johnson and be selected in the second round.

    26. Willis McGahee, RB, Buffalo: McGahee has been inconsistent over the past two seasons, but the Bills offense should be much improved in 2007. Too bad McGahee couldn't face the New York Jets each week.

    27. Torry Holt, WR, St. Louis: Holt will have a surgical procedure on his knee in the offseason, but the veteran should be fine for the start of next season. He is a durable, reliable and consistent choice overall.

    28. Marvin Harrison, WR, Indianapolis: Harrison improves with age like a fine wine -- he led all wide receivers in fantasy points in standard formats at 34 and will remain a solid choice for all owners.

    29. Travis Henry, RB, Tennessee: Henry came back from the fantasy football dead to record 1,211 yards and seven touchdowns in 14 games. However, his value could fall if he shares carries with LenDale White.

    30. Terrell Owens, WR, Dallas: Owens might not be back with the Cowboys in 2007, but he'll be a productive option wherever he lands. He led all wideouts with 13 touchdowns in his first season in Dallas.

    31. Reggie Wayne, WR, Indianapolis: Wayne had some inconsistent weeks, but his 1,310 yards and nine touchdowns were terrific nonetheless. He remains a solid No. 1 wideout with Peyton Manning at the helm.

    32. Marques Colston, WR, New Orleans: Colston posted 1,038 yards and eight touchdowns as a rookie in what amounts to less than 14 games, so don't be shocked if those numbers improve in his second season.

    33. Anquan Boldin, WR, Arizona: Boldin should double the four touchdowns he scored this season and will no doubt be a prominent option for Matt Leinart in what will be a Cardinals offense loaded with potential.

    34. Jamal Lewis, RB, Baltimore: Lewis saw an increase in production once head coach Brian Billick took over the offense, but there's a chance the veteran back will not return to the Ravens next season.

    35. Cedric Benson, RB, Chicago: Benson has definite sleeper potential, but he needs to pass Thomas Jones on the depth chart to be worth a third-round selection. Owners should watch him in the postseason.

    36. Carnell Williams, RB, Tampa Bay: Williams was a serious disappointment, but he still has a boatload of potential. He will be close in value to Brandon Jacobs, LaMont Jordan, and DeAngelo Williams in drafts.

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  • evil disco man
    3 Round Fantasy Mock Draft [NFL.com]
    by evil disco man
    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.

    ROUND ONE

    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,...
    -03-30-2007, 07:23 PM
  • RamsFan16
    Team Postion Rankings
    by RamsFan16
    Team DL rankings: Miami fourth
    Michael Harmon / FOXSports.com
    Posted: 4 hours ago

    My off-season fantasy caravan rolls on.

    This week, I'm stepping across the line of scrimmage and giving further inspection to the defensive units. Offensive players are scrutinized with every throw, run and passing route completed. It's high time that the individual components of defenses get their just due.

    Today, I'm examining the defensive lines of each NFL team. In addition to the straight personnel, I'm also evaluating the fantasy contributions we can expect heading into 2006. For example, the Browns and Broncos slide in this form of evaluation. While both are successful at cutting down on total points allowed, their overall contribution in other defensive categories were lacking.

    The defending NFC champions rise to the head of the class. With a ballhawking defense and an offense that will apply pressure of its own, the Seattle Seahawks lead my list of defensive linemen.

    1. Seattle Seahawks
    The Seahawks led the NFL with 50 sacks in 2005. Bryce Fisher and Rocky Bernard combined for 17.5 of those sacks and accounted for 76 tackles. Grant Wistrom provided solid pressure off the other end with 52 tackles and four sacks of his own. Of chief import here was Wistrom's ability to stay healthy through the course of the year. Marcus Tubbs also supplemented the efforts of Chartric Darby and Bernard when he rotated into the game. Tubbs added 40 tackles and 5.5 sacks of his own. Seattle is primed for another run to the top of the fantasy stats with this nucleus returning intact.

    2. Atlanta Falcons
    John Abraham got his wish and exited the Jets this off-season. He now pairs with Patrick Kerney to form one of the most formidable defensive end combinations in the game. And when you add the pressure applied by tackle Rod Coleman (10.5 sacks), the Falcons figure to terrorize opposing quarterbacks throughout the fall. The Falcons will count on Coleman and Chad Lavalais to stuff the run better than they did in '05, when Atlanta ranked 26th in rushing defense at 128.9 yards per game.

    3. Carolina Panthers
    The Carolina Panthers remained among the top defenses in 2005 with great pressure off the edges from Julius Peppers and Mike Rucker. The duo combined for 18 sacks and 94 tackles to boost the Panthers to fifth in overall defense. Carolina received great play from Maake Kemoeatu on the interior. He stepped up in the absence of Kris Jenkins, who played in only one game last season. Kemoeatu and Jenkins will team to protect the middle of the line and keep Carolina's lofty ranking in run defense (fourth at 91.6 yards).

    4. Miami Dolphins
    The Dolphins ranked second in the NFL last season with 49 sacks and return all four members of their defensive line. Jason Taylor remains the leader of the unit, and posted another double-digit...
    -06-06-2006, 10:25 PM
  • MauiRam
    Interesting view on Jerome Harrison ..
    by MauiRam
    FANTASY FOOTBALL DRAFT 2011 - RB

    By R.C. Fischer
    Release Date: 7/25/2011
    The Forgotten Free Agent RB for 2011 -- Jerome Harrison

    Most of the 2011 Free Agent RB discussions, speculations, "hopes & dreams," have centered around DeAngelo Williams and Ahmad Bradshaw. Whether you're just a fan of an NFL team with a RB need, or you are a Fantasy Football GM...you are anxiously waiting to see where all the available RBs wind up. If either one of D. Williams or Bradshaw winds up with "the right team," like say the Miami Dolphins...their Fantasy Football value is going to rocket on the enthusiasm and "possibilities".

    After Williams and Bradshaw, most people would say there is not a "difference-making" Free Agent RB available this year. However, we think a whole new wave of RBs is going to enter the pool to get people talking. We think Joseph Addai will not be retained by the Colts, nor Ronnie Brown by Miami...and possibly Cedric Benson is turned away by Cincy. If two or three of Addai, R. Brown and Benson hit the open market, there will be a renaissance/romanticized thought for them...and the exciting "possibilities" that they could bring to their new NFL teams. All three of them (to me) have a better stature/standing in the Fantasy Football community than their actual performance of late (and career-wise)...but the Fantasy Football reality is -- they will garner a lot of attention (hopeful or delusional) if/when they change teams via 2011 Free Agency.

    In the quest for a great 2011 RB Free Agent signing, one available RB is being overlooked/virtually ignored...and that RB will be considerably cheaper (payroll-wise) than all the RBs mentioned above. That RB is Jerome Harrison. Not only will Harrison likely be inexpensive for an NFL team, he might also be potentially better than most of the aforementioned 2011 Free Agent RB options as well.



    What if this was July 2010, and not 2011?

    If this lockout period-in-time and subsequent frenzied Free Agency situation was all happening with Jerome Harrison heading to Free Agency coming off his actual 2009 season -- it's possible that Harrison may have been near/at the top of the list of available/desired Free Agent RBs. Which is a radical difference one year later, as now Harrison is barely mentioned by anyone with any enthusiasm (if he's mentioned at all).

    Harrison finished the 2009 season with 3 amazing games 100+ yard rushing games -- tallying 187.0 rushing yards per game in that span, along with 5.3 yards per carry and 5 TDs in those three games. He also had the memorable/record-setting 286 rushing yards/3 TD game in Week-15 against Kansas City.

    When Harrison "touched" (rush + rec) the ball 10+ times in 2009 (six games total), he had the productivity of a top-tier RB for Fantasy Football. Taking the six games in 2009 where...
    -07-28-2011, 10:21 AM
  • thoey
    Two Rams WR's listed in Fanballs WR list
    by thoey
    Wide Receivers Preview
    By Christian Peterson, Associate Editor
    August 2, 2005 10:00 AM ET

    Can Randy Moss stay atop the fantasy world in Oakland?

    Running backs are the bread and butter of fantasy football. Thanks to record-breaking seasons by Peyton Manning and Daunte Culpepper a year ago, quarterbacks are making a comeback – we'll call them the lunch meat, or in Brett Favre's case, the cheese. But you can't have a good sandwich without a little mustard or mayo, right? Welcome to the third in our continuing series of preseason position-by-position previews, where we'll focus on the often overlooked, underappreciated fantasy condiments – the wide receivers. We'll start with the stud wideouts at the top, but we'll also delve into the depths of our rankings to answer a handful of key questions about the entire fantasy receiving class.


    The Superstars
    Like quarterbacks and running backs, the wide receiver crop has one player generally considered to be the No. 1 choice –Randy Moss. However, unlike the other positions, Moss is not clearly head-and-shoulders above the next couple of stalwarts. Hence, three players are clustered very tightly at the top:

    Randy Moss, Raiders: Moss has averaged an impressive 1,300 yards and 13 touchdowns per season so far in his career, but for the first time he faces a few question marks now that he won't be catching passes from Daunte Culpepper. Can the historically inept Kerry Collins keep him happy? Are the injury woes that caused him to either sit out or play injured in six games a year ago a thing of the past? The bet here, obviously, is that Moss has enough talent to put up great numbers despite the obvious downgrade at quarterback. Collins has enough talent to work with in Moss, Jerry Porter, and LaMont Jordan, he almost has no option but to succeed in this offense. Right?

    Terrell Owens, Eagles: Coming off a season in which he racked up 1,200 yards and 14 touchdowns in just 14 games, Owens should give Moss a run for his money atop the wideout rankings. But an offseason of constant holdout speculation and bickering between he, his agent, Eagles management, and even Eagles teammates bumps T.O. a notch below. Although the soap opera continues just as the Eagles open camp, for now we have to Assume Owens will be back in the fold in time for week one of the regular season. As long as his off-the-field antics don't become too much of a sideshow, expect another great season from Owens, who has proven repeatedly he can do as much talking on the field as off.

    Marvin Harrison, Colts: Apparently wanting to fit in with T.O. and Moss, the usually squeaky-clean Harrison got into the act off the field this offseason as well. The allegations that Marv assaulted a couple of young autograph seekers before last season's Pro Bowl makes him an official, card-carrying member of the enigmatic superstar receiver class, as...
    -08-03-2005, 11:10 AM
  • evil disco man
    2004 potential running back busts
    by evil disco man
    By Greg Kellogg, Special to SI.com

    When predicting boom-or-bust players, one has to look not only at the player, but at the team surrounding him. It is usually his supporting cast that will contribute to the surge or drop in production that dictates which players are which.

    This article will focus on bust players. But first, let's discuss what exactly constitutes a bust.

    First, any player who is injured is not a bust. Injuries are unpredictable. Some players seem to be more inclined to suffer injuries -- many remember ex-Minnesota Vikings RB Robert Smith. But Smith concluded his career with a season in which he started all 16 games and totaled over 1,800 yards. He also scored 10 TDs in what was his only season in which he didn't miss at least two games.

    One might assume Marshall Faulk will miss games due to injury in 2004. After all, he's missed some in each of his last four seasons and didn't dress for five games last year. But you can never be sure.

    So while you should take injuries into account, your assumptions should not be based solely on this one factor.

    A bust is a player who performs significantly below what one can reasonably expect to be his draft ranking by position. Since every draft is different, that could mean that a player taken in the late second round could be a sleeper or boom player.

    I was in a recent draft in which 19 of the first 24 picks were running backs. In this draft, Michael Bennett was the 25th player taken, but he was also the 20th running back taken. If he finishes 2004 in the top 10 running backs, then he will have played significantly better than projected.

    An understanding of the Average Value Theory will help in making these determinations. The chart below shows how each of the top 32 slotted running backs has performed using WCOFF scoring. In other words, the fourth ranked running back has averaged 323.4 points over the past three seasons. The 16th ranked back has averaged 220.8. (There are no names associated with these slots because the players that filled them are not consistent from year to year.)

    The next step is to determine which players should fill which slots. I am using a list generated at MyFantasyLeague.com from drafts, both real and mock, done over the past two months. This gives me a fairly large sample and should give a reasonable expectation of where individual running backs are being drafted. One thing to remember is that I am not so concerned with what round these players are being taken. I am only concerned with what rank they hold among other running backs.

    I will also provide a list based on the current Fantasy Asylum Composite rankings as of this writing. This will give you some differences but will hopefully add to the overall quality of this analysis.

    One thing that will not be considered is what round the player will...
    -07-05-2004, 08:44 PM
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