We're in the middle of our first 2011 Fantasy Football mock draft, and I like the way my team has started. Some of you, however, disagree with my third-round pick.
I went Arian Foster at No. 1 overall, and in the second round I took Tom Brady. In Round 3, I was hoping Calvin Johnson or Roddy White would fall to me, but both went in Round 2 after Andre Johnson as the top three receivers. That left me looking at a second running back.
On my draft list, the best player was Tampa Bay running back LeGarrette Blount. He proved his worth in half a season in 2010, and he should run well again in 2011 as the featured running back for the Bucs. He has a good offensive line, plenty of talent around him with Josh Freeman, Mike Williams and Kellen Winslow and a favorable schedule next year.
But some of you think that was too early for Blount. Here are the running backs who went after him: Ahmad Bradshaw, Ryan Mathews and BenJarvus Green-Ellis. Still on the board who could be comparable value are Jonathan Stewart, Ryan Grant, Ryan Torain, Cedric Benson, DeAngelo Williams and Shonn Greene.
I don't know about you, but I like Blount better than most, if not all, of those guys. But I posed the question on Twitter @jameyeisenberg if you trust Blount as a starting Fantasy option in 2011. Here are your responses ...
@BrycePrunty Let's see if Blount hits anyone in the off season first...
@commishpjn think he can be a decent #2 back.
@mikem57 great question, I DO! What"s your take??
@bsmurray06 Yes, I think he realizes what a great second chance he got with Tampa.
@oCLAYBOYo worried about timeshare Jamey, do you see that happening?
@ErikRBaughn upside is Brandon Jacobs circa 2008. So late 2nd early 3rd
@live2trade next year should be a tougher schedule
@dcChuck As of right now I do but I don't think you can tell until after the draft
@Lhiob given the full reps in training camp as the 1st team back, yes.
@MoonSetGallery had him this year. Solid #2 in my eyes for 2011
@gingerdad1 I trust Blount in the 2nd-3rd tier for RB's. I may be crazy but I am going all in on the Bucs next year!
@RJones22 I'd trust LeGarrette as my #2 starting RB, not putting all my eggs in that basket yet as #1
@AgentJR3 nope, he can't run like that for a full season and not get hurt.
@Ross_Spargur yes! he did great and really played hard. He would have been a high draft choice if he didnt punch that guy...
@DarrellDawson I sure as hell hope I do. Lot riding on him. Just need him to not punch anybody out during offseason.
@jigbim LeGarrette Blount is a RB3, at best a RB2 during the bye weeks
Blount will likely be one of those running backs that either falls far enough where he's great value, or someone might reach for him too soon. I think Round 3 is where he should be drafted, and I would gladly take him as my No. 2 running back in any standard league.