2011 PPR Mock Draft Results – 4th Round
Great quarterbacks were still on the board in the fourth round of our ten team PPR mock draft as Tom Brady, Drew Brees and Peyton Manning were all selected. Of the three, Brady may be the best of the bunch, as reports out of New England have him looking in mid-season form already. The addition of Chad Ochocinco only gives Brady another weapon to use as he carves up opposing defenses, and looks to build in his league high 36 touchdowns from his MVP season.
31. DeAngelo Williams (ADP 46.2) – It’s going to be another long season in Carolina but DeAngelo Williams is a worthy addition in the fourth round. I’m not sure if Williams can hold up for an entire season, but when he’s on the field, he can be a difference maker in fantasy leagues.
32. Tom Brady (ADP 23.8) – Expect another year where Tom Brady throws for over 34 touchdowns as he will be one of the front-runners for the leagues’ MVP trophy. The Patriots are set to win at least 12 games this year and while the Jets are talking a big game, expect New England to be on top of the division all year.
33. Miles Austin (ADP 24.7) – Expect Miles Austin to remain as Ton Romo’s No.1 target in the passing game, but Dez Bryant could cause him some problems, if he’s ready to produce at a high level. I expect the Cowboys to have a big offensive season, and there should be plenty of targets to go around to make both receivers top fifteen receivers.
34. DeSean Jackson (ADP 28.9) – While Jeremy Maclin and Steve Smith may be around as early as the first week of the season, look for DeSean Jackson to be the top receiver on this team. Jackson is at full strength and still looking to land a big contract. With plenty of motivation, Jackson should have great numbers by the end of the year.
35. Drew Brees (ADP 33.2) – The Saints will try to run the football a little more this year, but Drew Brees will have another great season. This team just continues to add talent and keep valuable players like Lance Moore around to keep Brees happy. It’s not unreasonable to believe that the Saints can win their second Super Bowl.
36. Shonn Greene (ADP 40.9) – I’m not sold that Shonn Greene can be a worthy RB-2 and especially when it comes to PPR leagues. That said, in a recent podcast, my friend and fellow writer on the site Matt De Lima puts up a good argument about Greene’s odds for success. While Greene will likely compete with LaDainian Tomlinson for touchdowns, he should be the main option in the running game, early on.
37. Brandon Marshall (ADP 37.7) – While I wouldn’t touch Brandon Marshall with a ten-foot pole in standard leagues, I can’t deny that he’s still a solid WR-2 in PPR leagues. Marshall may average 55 yards a game this year, but he’s likely to catch six or seven football each game while compiling that low yardage number. That’s really good for PPR, but horrible in standard leagues.
38. Wes Welker (ADP 29.8) – For PPR leagues, Wes Welker is undervalued at this point in our PPR mock draft, as he’s almost a lock to catch 100 passes. Maybe Welker won’t go over six touchdowns on the season, but he will be a consistent producer in PPR leagues and is still Tom Brady’s favorite target.
39. Dez Bryant (ADP 41.0) – Dez Bryant has the talent to be a top five fantasy receiver, but is he ready to put it all together, in his second year? The structure around Bryant is likely to make him a top ten receiver in fantasy leagues, but I’m a little concerned about nagging health problems, and the occasional blowup on the sidelines. Still, this could be a huge year for Bryant, just make sure you’re willing to handle him busting if it turns out his WR-2 value is maybe a year too soon.
40. Peyton Manning (ADP 50.5) – The veteran quarterback seemed encouraged on the sidelines of the Colts recent preseason game, that he might have a shot to play week one. While I think too much as been made of his recent conversation, hopefully Manning will be back at some point in September, and if so, he’s a value pick at this point in the draft.
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