With a shortened free agent market our experts take a look at several 2011 Fantasy Football draft day risers. These are guys that have moved up our draft board or their average draft position has increased due to things that have happened since the lock-out ended. Whether it is a trade, an injury, or just something that a coach has said these players have seen an increase in value.
Rice has been moving up draft boards and for good reason, McGahee is no longer in town to vulture touchdowns, the Ravens have announced Rice will get the goal line carries, and all the local beat writers are saying he is in the best shape of his career. Rice was going early in the second but grabbing him in the top seven picks is a lock at this point – too much upside here not to take him at the end of the first.
Chad Ocho Cinco
After being traded to New England, Ocho Cinco went flying up draft boards and with good reason. Ocho Cinco has had a few down seasons in a row but everyone remembers what happened when Moss went there. With that said don’t be crazy, he will not have Moss first season as a Patriot type numbers. We expect a solid year and he should be a solid middle round pick, key words, middle round don’t be that guy to take him in the third.
Roy Williams was going undrafted until he moved to Chicago. His reunion with Martz has fantasy owners thinking of his better days in Detroit. It also helps that Martz has been saying that Williams will be his top guy and he was vastly under used in Dallas. He is now a nice late round gamble.
First the Eagles traded for Rodgers-Cromartie then they came out of nowhere and signed Asomugha. This got fantasy owners drooling over their defense. It has been out of control however, having them go as the first overall defense sometimes as early as the ninth round. We certainly like then more but not as the first overall defense and certainly not in the ninth round.
The Cardinals traded for Kevin Kolb then let Steve Breaston go which says volumes about Andre Roberts. They would not have let Breaston go after getting Kolb unless they had huge confidence in him. We love this guy as a late round sleeper pick.
When Steve Smith decided to go to the Eagles people started to really notice Manningham. We loved this guy before the move since he was already locked in as the number two wideout. Manningham is headed into his third year, which is normally the breakout year, and has a ton of upside. Last year his close to 1,000 yards and nine touchdowns seem to go almost unnoticed but we expect him not to go unnoticed this year.
No one was happier about DeAngleo Williams staying in Carolina more than Knowshon Moreno. Everyone assumed that Williams would end up playing with his old coach and new head coach of the Broncos, John Fox but that did not happen. Now Moreno has the chance to be a great back in a run first offense.
Last season we started to fall in love with Arian Foster before Ben Tate ever got injured and this year were starting to fall in love with Best then the injury to LeShoure solidified that. We are not saying here is the new Foster since Best will still split carries but, he has great speed and could prove to be a great value still. The issue is with LeShoure going down he is no longer a value pick since he has moved up a great deal on all draft boards. If he is at the right value we still think you should grab him.