Analysis of a PPR Mock Draft
By Staff
July 7th, 2010

Last month, Footballguys gathered 12 staff members together for a mock draft using a standard point-per-reception (PPR) scoring format. We asked each participant a series of questions pre-draft (to determine their mindset going into the exercise) and post-draft (to see how effective their strategy was) and also peppered them with specific team-related questions. Hopefully, their thoughts will aid you in preparing for your drafts.

Matt Waldman

Pre-Draft Questions

Please describe your basic attack plan going into this draft from your draft position.

A strategy I'm using with greater frequency is to focus on skill positions other than running back at the top of the draft and then opt for mid-round runners. In recent years, 50 percent of the runners from last year's top-24 list don't return to it the following year - including 7 of the top 12 runners. However, when you have the first overall pick, it's worth opting for a running back because you have a more reasonable chance of taking an elite runner. So my plan is to take a runner, stock my roster with strong receivers and then select a few more backs.

How many players at each position do you intend to draft?

I like to load my roster with runners and receivers. The points-gap between quarterbacks is lower than other positions and tight ends simply aren't productive enough to stock my roster in bulk. Expect to see me take a maximum of two tight ends, two quarterbacks, a defense and a kicker. These four positions generally have productive players available on the waiver wire and I prefer to have as much depth at RB and WR so I have more flexibility with shaping my lineup through trades or creative, but hopefully effective lineup decisions.

Name three guys that you are hoping to land in this draft. Where do you expect to get them? What makes these players special to you?

  • Hakeem Nicks is the receiver I want as my WR2 and with an ADP of 5.02, I hope I'll land him at the end of round four. I'm concerned that Bloom - who likes him so much this year that I bet he already has an infant-sized jersey of the Giants receiver for his son Miles - will take him before I get the chance. Nicks was one of my favorite rookies last year and he showed he was physical enough to catch the ball anywhere on the field and also get yardage after the catch, but he also had enough speed to hold his own as a vertical threat. I think he will be the best receiver the Giants franchise ever had if he continues to develop his game. I could take him in early round three and still feel justified in reaching for him, but it creates another dilemma for me with the tight end position. See below.

  • Antonio Gates. In a PPR league, I'm a fan of taking a "safe" tight end. There seem to be plenty of good options this year, but I have concerns about each. Dallas Clark had a terrific 2009, but in addition to Reggie Wayne, I expect rising stars Pierre Garcon and Austin Collie and the returning Anthony Gonzalez to cut into Clark's targets. Brent Celek benefited from Donovan McNabb despite everyone trying to convince each other that the Eagles passing game will be as good or better with Kevin Kolb (good luck on that one guys). Tony Gonzalez is solid, but he no longer stretches the field like he used to. Vernon Davis was finally a monster this year, but his 13 scores were tied for the most by any tight end for the past 20 years. I don't expect him to repeat this level of end zone proficiency. So if I take Gates, which I think is the safest option, then I will have to hope Nicks slides past Bloom and company to his current ADP.

  • I hope to make Matt Stafford my second quarterback, because I believe he possesses the upside this year to reach 20-25 scores and 3500 yards. I believe the Lions are finally on the right track with their general management, coaching and player development. The Lions got three key upgrades for Stafford when they acquired Jahvid Best, Tony Scheffler and Nate Burleson. All three will take tremendous pressure off the second-year QB and WR Calvin Johnson. I believe more casual fans of the game will see consistent playmaking skill from the arm and legs of Stafford this year because he will be able to spread the ball around.

  • Post-Draft Questions

    Assess your team's strengths.

    I like my running backs, although I came into this draft expecting to have a super strong receiving corps. Chris Johnson's potential hold out would be a concern in August, but he is the best fantasy runner in the league and I'm drafting him in mid-June. With the Titans' line I believe Johnson could be a 1400-yard runner even if he had average NFL RB speed. Ahmad Bradshaw has been, is, and will be the best RB on the Giants roster. Smaller, quick backs with a low center of gravity are players I covet. A healthy Bradshaw has a good chance for 1200 yards in this offense on the rise. Rookie Jahvid Best is already the starter and a big-time PPR threat. I'm also a fan of Tomlinson as a situational runner, a receiver and as a red zone threat. New York beat writers worrying about Tomlinson not looking very fast in mini camp are more dramatic than most Broadway shows. If Rex Ryan believes Tomlinson will have the Leon Washington role in this offense, then Tomlinson is going to be a value as a 10th-round pick - beat writers notwithstanding.

    Assess your team's weaknesses.

    If Brett Favre retires, which I highly doubt, I might be in trouble with my quarterbacks. Taking Favre at 9.01 was a no-brainer for me, he's a top-five QB on a team loaded with young offensive talent. However, if I have to rely on David Garrard and Matt Moore for any length of time longer than a bye week, then I'm going to have to work hard to pick the right match ups to maximize my output. I like my receivers, but I can understand the perception some will have of their risk. Santana Moss and Antonio Bryant will appear as reaches to many and they constitute potentially half my corps. As long as they are healthy and ready in September, I'm very happy with them as starters.

    What will it take for this team to win the championship?

    Chris Johnson and Brett Favre will need to be ready to play by August, two of Best, Bradshaw and Tomlinson will need to perform like their teams' RB1 and Pierre Garcon will need to win the starting job for the Colts. If this happens, I believe I have a solid corps of supporting players like Gates, Moss, and Bryant to be a very legitimate threat.

    Besides your team, what other two teams do you like and why?

    Aaron Rudnicki has a strong squad at the positions that I think matter most - RB and WR. Ryan Mathews and Jamaal Charles are strong picks after taking Randy Moss and Miles Austin in the opening rounds. These four picks constitute a strong corps of players I believe will perform to, or out-perform their draft positions and make him competitive every week. I also like Clinton Portis as an RB3 and between Santonio Holmes, Kevin Walter, Louis Murphy and Kenny Britt, Aaron should find a solid WR3. Chris Cooley is a terrific pick that I expect to put up Brent Celek's numbers from last year. His quarterbacks are okay, but like mine, he hedged his bets and picked three to play match ups if Rivers falters a bit without Jackson. If his QB play works out, he should be one of the best teams.

    I'm at a bit of a quandary with the next team. It's a toss up among Jason Wood, David Dodds and Sigmund Bloom. Bloom has the luxury of Maurice Jones-Drew and I like the upside of Fred Jackson and Donald Brown, but I think his RB corps is not as strong as Dodd's or Wood's. If his receivers get the QB help they need, and his QBs get to the next level, he's a strong squad.

    Despite their risk of losing opportunities in a committee, I like Dodds' picks of Ricky Williams, Reggie Bush and Chris Wells combined with solid plays like Larry Fitzgerald, Roddy White, Tony Gonzalez and Tony Romo. I think he lacks Bloom's upside, but his team is a safer bet.

    Jason Wood's team is the best of both worlds when comparing it with Dodds and Bloom. I love his QB choices and I think he has four solid runners that can keep him competitive each week. Brandon Marshall, Percy Harvin and Nate Burleson are three receivers I hoped to see available to me and I think if Devin Hester plays like a Martz starter, this team will be a contender. Since I'm forced to choose, Wood gets the nod.

    Team Specific Questions

    After taking Chris Johnson with the 1st pick, you waited until the 5th round before grabbing your second back (Jahvid Best). Tell us what your thoughts were about constructing your team in this fashion.

    As I mentioned in the pre-draft questions, this was my plan. I wanted to acquire at least two quality receivers and an elite PPR-friendly tight end before taking another running back. With the likelihood that 50 percent of last year's top-24 runners won't be fantasy starters this year, the place to target backs is in the mid rounds. Best is one of those players I think has a good chance at becoming a strong fantasy starter this year. I thought he was the most patient runner in this draft class, and a much better all-around player than C.J. Spiller. I only like Ryan Mathews more as a rookie back.

    You took Santana Moss at 4.12 well ahead of his 7.12 PPR ADP. What do you like about his situation in 2010?

    I'm a Donovan McNabb fan and I think when you pair a veteran with McNabb's skill, an offensive mind like Mike Shanahan, and a receiver with speed, agility and hands like Moss, you will get production on par with a fantasy WR1. Moss had 70 receptions last year and 79 the year before without the help of a quarterback capable of extending the play or making great defensive reads. Moss should have more opportunities for big days now that he's paired with McNabb.

    I picked Moss at 4.12 because I believe he was the last of the sure-thing producers at the position in this draft. Dez Bryant, Mike Sims-Walker, Wes Welker, Vincent Jackson, Dwayne Bowe and Jeremy Maclin all have upside, but they each have a significant question mark about their consistency, quarterback, health, and contract situation. And after I took Pierre Garcon at 6.12, I would have cringed at the thought of taking Demaryius Thomas or Mike Wallace. I doubt that I could have taken Sims-Walker and still got a shot at Moss and Garcon with my next set of picks regardless of the current ADP. If the situation with his doctor and suspicion of using HGH turns into another BALCO, I could be in trouble but I doubt it will impact him this year.

    You took the 1st TE at 3.01 (Gates). What is your expectation there?

    Gates has five seasons with touchdown totals that are in the top 36 seasons for tight ends in the past 20 years. Gates also as five seasons with yardage totals within the top 25 seasons for tight ends during the same span. Gates was productive with or without Vincent Jackson, who has been the Chargers only wide receiver of note for several years, so this tidbit solidifies my belief that the Chargers tight end is the safest elite option at the position. With Gates' ADP in the fourth round, I knew I had to reach for him at the top of the third to have a chance. It meant I could lose my chance to take Hakeem Nicks, but I opted for Gates because I was not ready to take Nicks as my WR1 and risk losing Gates. I figured Nicks had a better chance to come back to me than Gates - and I was nearly right.

    Experts seem to be split over what to expect from rookie TE Aaron Hernandez. Tell us what you like about his game and how you expect the Patriots will use him this season?

    Although its rare for rookie tight ends to make a fantasy impact as a starter and the last one to be an elite producer was Mike Ditka nearly 50 years ago, Hernandez has the skills and the potential situation to have that kind of rookie upside. He has excellent hands and the best after the catch skills of any tight end in this class. In fact, his balance and agility as a runner might be the best I have seen in several years.

    Alge Crumpler is the expected starter, but he has evolved into a glorified offensive lineman - a role he openly acknowledged and relished last year as a Titan - and Hernandez has a great chance to see significant time as the receiving tight end. The rookie will be used from the slot, in the backfield or split wide and with his size and skill combo, it will make him a mismatch for defenses similar to the way the Colts use Dallas Clark. The hybrid TE from Iowa forces defenses to show its hand in a way that makes Peyton Manning's life easier. If it can work for Manning, it's going to work as well for Brady and the Pats who thought they had that potential with Ben Watson, but it never worked out as hoped. The fact that Hernandez is already seeing significant time with Tom Brady's groups in mini camp drills indicates his chances for immediate impact are better than average for a rookie tight end.

    These are the reasons that I'll gladly take the reins to the Aaron Hernandez bandwagon. What I found amusing was the reaction I got during this draft for taking the rookie at 13.01. The decision was discussed possibly more than any topic during the draft. Sure, I took Hernandez over starters like Greg Olsen, Jeremy Shockey, and Dustin Keller, but these are players in offenses where their production upside isn't as great due to the tremendous amount of competition for targets with multiple receiver sets. Other than Fred Davis and Tony Scheffler, none of the players picked after that aforementioned trio has Hernandez's situational or athletic upside. Since I doubt Wes Welker will be ready to contribute until 2011 and neither Torry Holt nor Julian Edelman offer the mismatch potential of Hernandez, I think 50 catches, nearly 900 yards and 8 scores is a potential upside too good to pass up with Gates as my TE1.

    You took 10 wide receivers - more than any other staffer. Explain your thoughts here?

    Brandon Tate and Sammie Stroughter were reaches according to ADP, but who am I going to trust more, my film study or a collection of others' perceived values of receivers after round 12? Roy Williams is the resident fantasy punching bag at Footballguys.com, but he's nice value at 19.01.

    Waldman's Complete Team

    Pick
    Pos
    Player
    Team
    9.01
    QB
    Brett Favre
    MIN
    15.01
    QB
    David Garrard
    JAC
    16.12
    QB
    Matt Moore
    CAR
    1.01
    RB
    Chris Johnson
    TEN
    5.01
    RB
    Jahvid Best
    DET
    7.01
    RB
    Ahmad Bradshaw
    NYG
    10.12
    RB
    LaDainian Tomlinson
    NYJ
    20.12
    RB
    Peyton Hillis
    CLE
    2.12
    WR
    Marques Colston
    NO
    4.12
    WR
    Santana Moss
    WAS
    6.12
    WR
    Pierre Garcon
    IND
    8.12
    WR
    Antonio Bryant
    CIN
    11.01
    WR
    Austin Collie
    IND
    12.12
    WR
    Dexter McCluster
    KC
    14.12
    WR
    Brandon Tate
    NE
    17.01
    WR
    Sammie Stroughter
    TB
    19.01
    WR
    Roy Williams
    DAL
    22.12
    WR
    Greg Camarillo
    MIA
    3.01
    TE
    Antonio Gates
    SD
    13.01
    TE
    Aaron Hernandez
    NE
    21.01
    PK
    Lawrence Tynes
    NYG
    18.12
    Def
    New Orleans Saints
    NO

    Cecil Lammey

    Pre-Draft Questions

    Please describe your basic attack plan going into this draft from your draft position.

    Drafting at #2 overall I'm going to get a premium running back, and am hoping that Chris Johnson falls to me. If not I'll certainly take Adrian Peterson, but then I would have to handcuff rookie Toby Gerhart to him later in the draft. It's a PPR league so I'm going to build my strength around wide receivers and quarterbacks with high upside. After my first-round running back I'm going to focus on players who could catch a lot of passes out of the backfield. I want to get a top 5 tight end, but if I'm caught at the end of a run then I will focus on tight ends with big upside and play matchups during the year. I'll wait until the very end of the draft to get my kicker and team defense.

    How many players at each position do you intend to draft?

    I'm only going to draft a couple of quarterbacks, but I won't take one too early. I won't get as many running backs as wide receivers, but the backs I do get will be pass catchers. Later in the draft I will focus on quality backup running backs who could take over and excel in case of injury to the starter in front of them. At wide receiver I want guys from top flight passing games, or I want guys who are the best receiving option on their team. I want to load up with wideouts early on, and will not hesitate to draft some rookies with high upside later in the draft when I'm looking for depth.

    Name three guys that you are hoping to land in this draft. Where do you expect to get them? What makes these players special to you?

    The guy at the top of the draft I really want is Chris Johnson. I would be happy with Adrian Peterson, Ray Rice, or Maurice Jones-Drew - but Johnson is the target. Some say he won't rush for 2,000-yards again this year, and I say why not? He's young, explosive, and the engine to the Titans offense. His current holdout is a concern, but let's be honest - Johnson doesn't need many reps during the preseason. Even if he doesn't rush for 2,000-yards I would say 1,500-yards rushing is his floor. At quarterback I want to get Carson Palmer. The Bengals are built to throw the ball this year after adding Antonio Bryant, Matt Jones, Jermaine Gresham, and Jordan Shipley through free agency and the draft. I could wait on a quarterback, and grab Palmer - who could finish the year as a top 10 fantasy quarterback. At wide receiver I want to get Jabar Gaffney. Most of the fantasy universe is sleeping on this guy. He's the only piece of the Broncos passing game I would want on my fantasy team, and he looked good filling in for Brandon Marshall last year.

    Post-Draft Questions

    Assess your team's strengths.

    I am strong at wide receiver, like I wanted, and have the depth to be safe in case injuries strike my roster. My quarterbacks both have high upside, and I believe the Giants and Bengals are going to throw more than other people expect.

    Assess your team's weaknesses.

    My running backs aren't the greatest. There's some upside after Adrian Peterson, but injuries are a concern with guys like Felix Jones and Steve Slaton. This group will look a lot better if Larry Johnson ends up winning the starting job in Washington. If Slaton can look more like the player he was two years ago I will come out even further ahead. I didn't get a top 5 tight end like I wanted, but I love the upside from Winslow, Keller, and Moeaki. I'll be able to play matchups, and if I start the right guys each week I should get good enough production from the position.

    What will it take for this team to win the championship?

    I'm a solid team all the way around, but I need my running backs to hit. I'm built with a high powered passing game, and should be able to win most games with my production through the air. Having a guy like Kellen Winslow stay healthy all season would be a great help as well.

    Besides your team, what other two teams do you like and why?

  • I like Bloom's team, and regularly found him grabbing players right before I was ready to jump on them. Going back to back quarterbacks in the 9th and 10th round was pure genius, and he got a couple of guys (Stafford, Ryan) with really high upside. His running backs are rock solid, and grabbing a guy like Marshawn Lynch in the 13th round was a low risk, high reward type of move. Hakeem Nicks is going to be a stud this year, and I wanted him on my fantasy team. Lance Moore was a great pickup in the 15th round, and he grabbed rookie Mike Williams right before I was going to pull the trigger on him.

  • I also like Wood's team, and he was another guy who was stealing my players before I had a chance to draft them. Love the quaternary of Brandon Marshall, Devin Hester, Percy Harvin, and Jabar Gaffney. Grabbing Terrell Owens in the 16th round could end up being a brilliant move. Brian Robiskie in the 21st round could end up being a great move as well. I love his quarterback duo of Drew Brees and Donovan McNabb, plus his RB corps is rock solid. And finally, Wood stole Brent Celek away right before I was ready to draft him. I honestly don't see a weakness on his team.

  • Team Specific Questions

    You picked 5 rookies (all but Dez Bryant late). Give us your thoughts about what we can expect this year from Toby Gerhart, Mardy Gilyard, Jordan Shipley, and Tony Moeaki.

    Gerhart was a must pick, and I didn't want to mess around and lose him to another owner who would block me from getting Adrian Peterson's handcuff. I believe he's a necessary addition for any ADP owner because if ADP goes down with an injury then Gerhart is automatically a top 10 fantasy RB. Even "Flo" from Progressive can't get you such a great deal on insurance.

    Mardy Gilyard is going to be a star in this league, and the Rams have one of the weakest WR corps in the entire league. He may start the season slow, but as Donnie Avery and Brandon Gibson disappoint (or get hurt) then Gilyard could step in and not look back. Yes, he'll likely have a rookie QB throwing his way but can get open on those underneath routes and Sam Bradford is crazy accurate inside 15-yards.

    Jordan Shipley was the most consistent receiver in college football last year, and is extremely dangerous because of his run after the catch ability. He's going to compete with Bubba Caldwell to be the Bengals slot receiver, and could win the job outright. As aforementioned, I think the Bengals are going to be able to pass the ball with ease because of all the talent in the passing game.

    Tony Moeaki could be the Chiefs starting tight end in week one. He's very athletic, and creates mismatches every time he lines up on the field. Moeaki is too fast for linebackers to cover, yet too big for safeties to cover. He has natural hands and is dangerous after the catch. Durability is the only concern for Moeaki as he only played in 20 games his final three seasons at Iowa.

    There was a run of TEs in the 6th (Celek, Gonzalez, and Daniels going before your pick). You took Kellen Winslow at 7.02 while the next TE went at 10.02. If you had this to do over, would you have went a different direction for this position? What are your expectations of Winslow?

    I should have waited at quarterback, and taken a tight end in the fifth- or the sixth-round. Winslow was an automatic selection for me at that spot because I missed out on some of the top guys, and I needed a sound TE1 for my Tight End By Committee. He's coming off his sixth knee surgery, but he Bucs are taking it easy on him in minicamp so he'll be at full strength for training camp and the regular season. Josh Freeman should avoid the sophomore slump, and even though he's got two new rookies (Mike Williams and Arrelious Benn) to throw to, we know who butters his bread - it's KW2. He'll be a low end TE1 this year, and I'll be able to play matchups with him, Dustin Keller, and Tony Moeaki.

    You reached a bit for Johnny Knox. Do you expect him to be WR1 in Martz's likely high-powered passing offense?

    I wanted startable receivers that were either in a pass happy system, or the main man in their passing game. Knox is in a pass happy Mike Martz system which will mean big numbers in 2010. He's a more natural receiver than Devin Hester, and may end up being the lead guy in Chicago. I love his speed and run after the catch ability, and being in a Martz system makes him ultra dangerous. His current ADP is WR36, and he could finish as a top 20 fantasy WR when all is said and done.

    Any concerns about Steve Smith's broken hand?

    Of course. This draft was done before Smith was injured, but he's obviously a big part of my passing game. If healthy, I will start Smith and Greg Jennings every week. Dez Bryant or Johnny Knox can play my third receiver, and the rest of the guys are there for depth. If Smith misses time it will force me to put Dez Bryant into my starting lineup. I believe that Dez will be a superstar from day one, but it's nice to have veteran insurance like Smith in case the rookie gets off to a slow start.

    Lammey's Complete Team

    Pick
    Pos
    Player
    Team
    6.11
    QB
    Eli Manning
    NYG
    9.02
    QB
    Carson Palmer
    CIN
    1.02
    RB
    Adrian Peterson
    MIN
    4.11
    RB
    Felix Jones
    DAL
    10.11
    RB
    Toby Gerhart
    MIN
    11.02
    RB
    Larry Johnson
    WAS
    12.11
    RB
    Steve Slaton
    HOU
    13.02
    RB
    Correll Buckhalter
    DEN
    18.11
    RB
    Kevin Smith
    DET
    2.11
    WR
    Greg Jennings
    GB
    3.02
    WR
    Steve Smith
    CAR
    5.02
    WR
    Dez Bryant
    DAL
    8.11
    WR
    Johnny Knox
    CHI
    15.02
    WR
    Jordan Shipley
    CIN
    16.11
    WR
    Josh Morgan
    SF
    17.02
    WR
    Malcolm Kelly
    WAS
    21.02
    WR
    Mardy Gilyard
    STL
    7.02
    TE
    Kellen Winslow
    TB
    14.11
    TE
    Dustin Keller
    NYJ
    22.11
    TE
    Tony Moeaki
    KC
    19.02
    PK
    Rob Bironas
    TEN
    20.11
    Def
    Indianapolis Colts
    IND

    Jeff Haseley

    Pre-Draft Questions

    Please describe your basic attack plan going into this draft from your draft position.

    My plan is to choose two RBs and two WRs in the first four picks, regardless of my draft slot. In this case, I have the 3rd slot, which means I know I will get a good RB - likely Maurice Jones-Drew or Ray Rice. I would be happy with either one. I would prefer to take a WR at pick 2.10, especially in a PPR draft, because the elite talent at WR falls off quickly in the first two rounds. By taking a WR1 at 2.10, I can get the best available elite WR remaining and still have an opportunity to grab a RB2 five picks later at 3.03. The QB and TE positions are deep this year. I probably won't choose the the top rated player from either of those positions, but if I can get a Top 6 QB and a Top 3-4 TE in rounds 5-7, after I select the nucleus of my RB/WR corps, I'll be happy. I like to use rounds 5-7 to select a QB, TE and depending on who's available, another RB or WR. I feel confident in my ability to find a good WR3 in the 7th or 8th round. This is the spot to take a pre-season Top 30 WR that has a chance to make the Top 15. After round 8, it is pretty much my philosophy to take the best available or over-bid on a particular sleeper I like, depending on how aware I think my league-mates are. I usually wait until one or two people choose a defense, before I do - unless the value is absolutely screaming in my favor. When choosing a defense, I also look to see how good their offense is. A good offense usually means a pretty good, if not great fantasy defense (minus the mid-90's Rams, of course). A good offense, means their opponent is likely playing from behind more often, which means more risks and that equates to more sacks and turnovers.

    How many players at each position do you intend to draft?

    In this mock draft, I want to get 2-3 QBs, 6-7 RBs, 7-8 WRs, 2-3 TEs 1-2 Defense/ST and 1 kicker. I try to draft just one kicker and aim for a one with a late bye week. That way I can wait until deep into the season, before I need to grab one off the waiver wire while my starter is on his bye. I'm targeting Mason Crosby (bye week 10) in nearly every league, if I can get him.

    Name three guys that you are hoping to land in this draft. Where do you expect to get them? What makes these players special to you?

  • Lynell Hamilton - Here's a guy that can be had in the 15th round or later that could wind up being a starting fantasy RB in any given week, if Pierre Thomas or Reggie Bush is forced to miss a game. In order to get a glimpse of his potential value, just look what Mike Bell was able to do with the Saints in the last two years. The Saints love to spread the ball around, even in their backfield. Grabbing Lynell Hamilton late is a low risk, high reward pick.

  • Dez Bryant - Put me in the camp that believes Bryant will make an impact with the Cowboys from day one. If he is available as my WR4, I am jumping all over him. The only problem is, with all the draft talent from the staff, I doubt he lasts past the 5th or possibly early 6th round. I'm not sure I want to risk taking him as my WR3. He is definitely on my radar. We'll see just how early he goes. I'm thinking he lasts into the 6th round, but someone like Cecil Lammey or Mark Wimer, who are known for making "statement" picks, could grab him earlier than expected.

  • Early Doucet - I am not exactly thrilled with the Cardinals QB situation, but there's something about Doucet that leads me to believe he's a better WR than Steve Breaston. Perhaps it was my last recollection of his ability in the Playoffs last year, when he caught 14 passes for 145 yards and 2 TDs in two games. He has not had much of an opportunity to showcase his skills with Fitzgerald, Boldin and Breaston ahead of him on the Cardinals depth chart, but when he does get his chances, he has looked awfully good. He is a low risk, high reward type of player that, if things go well, could be a WR3 for fantasy teams this year. I'll be looking for him later in the draft in round 16 or later.

  • Post-Draft Questions

    Assess your team's strengths.

    I believe I will have a Top 10 QB in Kevin Kolb, but I also have insurance with Ben Roethlisberger. He may not finish as a Top 15 QB this year due to his six game suspension, but that doesn't mean he won't have great games when he does play. If he can put up 20+ FP/game when I need him (bye week 8) or if Kolb struggles to meet expectations, I always have Roethlisberger waiting in the wings (after week six). I also added Jason Campbell late in the draft. Campbell is very quietly coming off three Top 20 seasons, including a 3,600 yard, 20 TD pass season last year. In my opinion Campbell is great insurance as a QB3.

    In addition to QB, I also like my running game. I believe I have two Top 20 RBs in Ray Rice and Shonn Greene. I believe Greene could have a season for the Jets like Michael Turner had in his first year with the Falcons. Greene, like Turner, is not a great pass-catching RB, but he can pound the ball and get into the end zone. I expect Greene to get the majority of the carries for the Jets in 2010 and don't forget, the Jets love to run. He was the 10th pick in the 2nd round, but he's got a chance to be a Top 10 RB if he puts up 8-10 TDs this year. Last year, the Jets RBs scored 16 rushing TDs. I also have Justin Forsett, who I really like this year in PPR leagues, plus a diamond in the rough candidate in Arian Foster, who could catch lightning in a bottle for Houston, if he really impresses in the pre season.

    Assess your team's weaknesses.

    In a PPR league, WR is a very important position, and I may not have a single WR that will finish in the Top 15, let alone Top 10. The Giants Steve Smith, Hines Ward and Robert Meachem round out my Top 3 at the position. That's a solid bunch, but there's not one elite WR in the group. If my trio can all finish in the Top 20 (which is possible), then I have nothing to worry about. They each have question marks heading into the season. Smith had a great year last year, catching 107 passes with 7 TDs, but that barely resulted in a Top 10 finish. Can he put up big numbers once again? Probably not that big. Hines Ward is right on the cusp of being on the downside of his career. In the last two years he has 176 receptions for 2,210 yards and 13 TDs. Hardly someone on the downside of his career, but could this be the year he starts to degrade in value? I can't say yes and I can't say no. I like Robert Meachem this year, but Drew Brees loves to spread the ball around and he rarely has two WRs on the same team in the Top 20. Meachem really came on last year, but he'll have to at least duplicate those numbers in order for me to rely on him as a Top 20 WR in my trio. My thinking is that he'll finish in the Top 30. There's also the issue with his foot, but it's still early to worry about any injury in June. It's something to keep an eye on. My other WRs include Mike Thomas, Chris Chambers, Devin Aromashodu, Early Doucet and Deon Butler. Thomas could catch 60 passes, but that's a stretch. Chambers could be an OK WR on a less-than-stellar Chiefs offense. Aromashodu was a chance to make some noise in the Bears potent passing attack, but in my opinion, he has Devin Hester and Johnny Knox ahead of him on the Bears reception tree. Early Doucet and Deon Butler are good WRs who are just waiting for their chance. Maybe 2010 is the year they get to showcase their abilities? It's not a bad WR corps, by any stretch, but it's not the strongest unit on my team.

    What will it take for this team to win the championship?

    My RBs (namely Ray Rice and Shonn Greene) will have to meet expectations with two Top 20 seasons, but if I'm correct in thinking both can be Top 10 RBs, I will be in great shape. If Justin Forsett takes over the starting role in Seattle, he could also play a big factor, especially in the playoffs, due to his favorable schedule. My RBs are the strength of my team, but I will also have to have one of Steve Smith (NYG), Hines Ward and Robert Meachem really rise past expectations this year. Either that or Mike Thomas, Devin Aromashodu or Early Doucet becomes a household name.

    Besides your team, what other two teams do you like and why?

    I seriously had difficulty choosing one team I liked, let alone two. I thought we all drafted pretty well. After changing my mind at least twice, my final answer to this question goes to Jason Wood and Cecil Lammey.

  • Wood's team impressed me, because he has not just depth at every position, but quality depth. His backup to Drew Brees is Donovan McNabb. After Rashard Mendenhall and LeSean McCoy he has Michael Bush, Thomas Jones and Jason Snelling. No problem. His starting trio of WRs includes Brandon Marshall, Percy Harvin and Jabar Gaffney. Some may shy on his selection of Gaffney, but he backed him up with Devin Hester at WR4, who could easily be his WR2 when it's all said and done. With all of the talent he amassed at RB and WR, it's amazing he was able to also secure a Top 6 TE, in my opinion, in Brent Celek, plus Fred Davis as a quality reserve. Even his defensive unit selection of San Francisco is a potential Top 5 finisher. Some may question his pick of Terrell Owens, but he is strictly a gamble that could pay off big time, if he signs with a team with a quality QB. I thought it was an excellent draft by Woodrow, in my opinion. Well done, Jason.

  • Lammey's team has two potential Top 10 QBs in Eli Manning and Carson Palmer. I wasn't too impressed with him taking Dez Bryant as his WR3, but he backed it up with Johnny Knox as his WR4. He's relying on Felix Jones to come through for him as his RB2, but I think he will. It's a solid all-around team with bench options that could emerge. I'm not concerned about Steve Smith's broken arm (to Cecil's credit, the draft happened before the injury). To the gritty and tough Smith, a broken arm is like a broken finger. He'll be fine.

  • Team Specific Questions

    Your draft epitomizes how to build a competitive team by using a QBBC approach. Tell us your expectations on your three QBs (Kolb, Roethlisberger and Campbell).

    My goal is for Kolb to be my starter, but if he doesn't perform up to expectations, I'll have Roethlisberger to choose from, after he returns from his suspension. Jason Campbell is insurance, just in case Kolb grossly underperforms before Roethlisberger returns or he is injured. I envision Kolb having a strong first year as starter, not too different from Aaron Rodgers first path to success.

    Most experts do not expect Shonn Greene to catch many passes this season. Can he get enough carries and goal line chances to justify his selection at 2.10 in a PPR draft?

    There's a lot of doubters regarding Shonn Greene, but if he runs for 1,200 yards and scores at least 8 TDs, the pick will more than pay off. Greene has proven to me that he can be a tough, productive RB in the league. The Greene vs. Tomlinson debate will only get louder as the season approaches, but in my opinion, Tomlinson is not what he used to be, even though he claims that's not the case. Shaun Alexander thought the same thing. So does Clinton Portis. We'll see how he does this year.

    Your top QB (Kevin Kolb), RB (Ray Rice), WR (Steve Smith (NYG) and Defense (Philadelphia) all have a week 8 bye. Can you overcome this deficit here? Was this by design?

    I can definitely overcome this and no it was not by design, however I made sure I had adequate replacements, especially at QB. Ben Roethlisberger play the Saints on Sunday night in week 8. His first national audience after his suspension. Something tells me, he'll want to make a statement in that game.

    You reached a bit for Justin Forsett (drafted at 6.10 against an ADP of 8.12). What are your expectations for him this season?

    Right now, I see Forsett as the primary RB for the Seahawks in 2010. Coach Pete Carroll knows his style of play well, after seeing him perform in his days in the Pac-10. He doesn't have a lot of competition between Julius Jones and Leon Washington, which should result in Forsett earning and keeping the starting RB role. He has a great opportunity to reach 200+ carries, which leads me to believe he'll finish in the Top 20, especially in PPR leagues, due to his pass catching skills. One other feather in his cap, the Seahawks have a favorable schedule against the run, with a solid playoff schedule (@SF, ATL, @TB) in weeks 14, 15 and 16.

    Haseley's Complete Team

    Pick
    Pos
    Player
    Team
    7.03
    QB
    Kevin Kolb
    PHI
    9.03
    QB
    Ben Roethlisberger
    PIT
    19.03
    QB
    Jason Campbell
    OAK
    1.03
    RB
    Ray Rice
    BAL
    2.10
    RB
    Shonn Greene
    NYJ
    6.10
    RB
    Justin Forsett
    SEA
    10.10
    RB
    Arian Foster
    HOU
    20.10
    RB
    Joe McKnight
    NYJ
    21.03
    RB
    Deji Karim
    JAC
    3.03
    WR
    Steve Smith
    NYG
    4.10
    WR
    Hines Ward
    PIT
    8.10
    WR
    Robert Meachem
    NO
    11.03
    WR
    Devin Aromashodu
    CHI
    12.10
    WR
    Mike Thomas
    JAC
    14.10
    WR
    Chris Chambers
    KC
    17.03
    WR
    Early Doucet
    ARI
    22.10
    WR
    Deon Butler
    SEA
    5.03
    TE
    Jermichael Finley
    GB
    16.10
    TE
    Jermaine Gresham
    CIN
    18.10
    PK
    Mason Crosby
    GB
    13.03
    Def
    Philadelphia Eagles
    PHI
    15.03
    Def
    Green Bay Packers
    GB

    Sigmund Bloom

    Pre-Draft Questions

    Please describe your basic attack plan going into this draft from your draft position.

    In a PPR start 3 WR + a flex league, I feel like having 4 WR1/WR2 level wideouts is crucial. This was made even easier by drawing the #4 pick, one of the best slots to have in such a league because you get one of the elite 5 RBs to anchor your RB corps and then you can concentrate on WRs for a big part of the rest of your early picks.

    How many players at each position do you intend to draft?

  • 2 QB

  • 7 RB

  • 9 WR

  • 2 TE

  • 1 K

  • 1 D

  • Name three guys that you are hoping to land in this draft. Where do you expect to get them? What makes these players special to you?

  • Hakeem Nicks - 4.9 - Breakout season coming, hands, run after catch, deep speed and my ball mentality, was playing on a broken toe last year - I'm convinced he is a star in the making.

  • Lance Moore - 14.9 or 15.4 - one year removed from top 15 season, two of the WRs ahead of him are coming off surgeries, and he has Brees trust and confidence. He strikes me as a Welker-type presence when healthy, massive PPR upside for a late pick.

  • Ahmad Bradshaw - 7.4 - Looked amazing on bad feet/ankles last year, has had surgery and says he feels "ten times better" - should become the lead back in NY this year.

  • Post-Draft Questions

    Assess your team's strengths.

    I have four WRs who all have major upside this year as they are on the upslope of their careers. Desean Jackson has a top 5 ceiling, Nicks and MSW top 15, and Maclin top 20. All of the four should be reliable every-week starters and any could greatly exceed their ADP. I have the top PPR TE, and one of the best backup QBs. I also have a plethora of young RBs who are one injury away from being a top 15-20 start in any given week, and one of the top RB1s in MJD.

    Assess your team's weaknesses.

    I lack an elite option at QB, although I have two who could produce a lot better.

    than their draft slot. I don't have a reliable RB2 and after my top 4 WR, none of my bench players are safe plays at this juncture. My top 4 WR don't have the track record of top 10-20 finishes to assure me of one of the top corps in the league.

    What will it take for this team to win the championship?

    Kevin Kolb will have to keep the Philly pass offense among the best in the league. One of Donald Brown, Fred Jackson, or Tim Hightower will have to be a solid RB2 play. MJD and Clark will need to stay healthy. Matt Ryan and Matthew Stafford will have to make the expected steps forward in their development.

    Besides your team, what other two teams do you like and why?

  • Wood has nice anchors at QB (Brees) RB1 (Turner) WR1 (Marshall), and tons of upside in picks like McCoy, MBush, Hester, Gaffney, and Celek.

  • Rudnicki has a deep RB corps (Mathews-Charles-RBrown-Jacobs), a top notch QB (Rivers), and the best 1-2 punch at WR (RMoss and Austin).

  • Team Specific Questions

    You let 13 QBs go before you took your first one (Matt Ryan). You then got Ryan and Stafford in successive picks for super cheap value of a ninth and tenth pick. Is this the winning strategy (wait for a long time at QB) in a PPR league for 2010? Tell us what you like about these players this year.

    Ryan actually made progress last year and should only improve with Harry Douglas's return and another year of experience under his belt. He should be a low-end QB1 at worst. Stafford gets to pilot one of the potentially most explosive offenses with the addition of players like Jahvid Best, Tony Scheffler, and Nate Burleson, and he also should improve in year two of his career. In a 4 pt per pass TD, start 3 WR + a flex PPR league, the spread at QB is more narrow and RB/WR become more important. There are 16-17 very viable QBs so you can just wait until the 9th-10th and get two quality QBs no matter who goes in front of you. In a 6 pt per pass TD or non-PPR league, going QB earlier might be a strong strategy, but the unprecedented depth at QB is something people should take advantage of by being patient at the position this year.

    After taking your first RB (Jones-Drew at 1.04), you did not take another RB until you took Donald Brown in the 7th. Any regrets waiting this long to get your 2nd back? Do you expect Brown to outplay Addai in 2010?

    Perhaps I could have taken Witten at 5.4 instead of Clark at 3.4 and taken a strong RB2 at 3.4 like Ryan Grant, or I could have taken only 2 WRs between the 4th and 6th, but I like Brown enough to be satisfied with him as an RB2. I expect him to have an equal role to Addai, with Addai injury upside + the possibility that he is a much better player in year two than Addai has been so far in his career. If none of the starters ahead of my stable of quality young backups get hurt and Fred Jackson gets held back by CJ Spiller, then this strategy could hurt.

    You took both starting WRs in Philadelphia (DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin). How good do you expect the Eagles passing offense to be in 2010 with Kolb under center?

    Even if Kolb struggles, I expect him to throw a ton of passes this year, and I expect the Philly pass offense to be productive enough to make both 1000 yard receivers. Andy Reid's offense routinely produces 4000 pass yards lately, and Kolb may run it truer to the conception, with quick reads and accurate passes that give Jackson and Maclin better run-after-catch opportunities.

    You took your kicker and defense in the last two rounds of the draft. Explain your thoughts about this strategy.

    Kickers are interchangeable in just about any scoring system and it does not pay to take one before the last round. I have found that a 22 man roster allows for a DTBC, making D/ST pickups for good matchups and cycling through D/ST as they get hot and cold.

    Lance Moore appears to be off most people's radar. What are your expectations for Moore in 2010?

    Moore should at worst be a role player that contributes 2-4 catches a week, but his track record of trust from Brees, good routes, and good hands could make him prominent in one of the top two or three pass offenses again this season. Robert Meachem's toe injury could be an issue that lingers into the regular season. The bottom line is that Moore is a proven producer in a top offense - if he hits, he'll hit big.

    Bloom's Complete Team

    Pick
    Pos
    Player
    Team
    9.04
    QB
    Matt Ryan
    ATL
    10.09
    QB
    Matthew Stafford
    DET
    1.04
    RB
    Maurice Jones-Drew
    JAC
    7.04
    RB
    Donald Brown
    IND
    8.09
    RB
    Fred Jackson
    BUF
    11.04
    RB
    Tim Hightower
    ARI
    13.04
    RB
    Marshawn Lynch
    BUF
    16.09
    RB
    Lynell Hamilton
    NO
    17.04
    RB
    Jonathan Dwyer
    PIT
    18.09
    RB
    Javon Ringer
    TEN
    2.09
    WR
    DeSean Jackson
    PHI
    4.09
    WR
    Hakeem Nicks
    NYG
    5.04
    WR
    Mike Sims-Walker
    JAC
    6.09
    WR
    Jeremy Maclin
    PHI
    12.09
    WR
    Mike Williams
    TB
    14.09
    WR
    James Jones
    GB
    15.04
    WR
    Lance Moore
    NO
    20.09
    WR
    Earl Bennett
    CHI
    3.04
    TE
    Dallas Clark
    IND
    19.04
    TE
    Todd Heap
    BAL
    22.09
    PK
    Jeff Reed
    PIT
    21.04
    Def
    New York Giants
    NYG

    Marc Levin

    Levin has been traveling post-draft. We will add his comments as soon as they are available.

    Levin's Complete Team

    Pick
    Pos
    Player
    Team
    3.05
    QB
    Peyton Manning
    IND
    17.05
    QB
    Kyle Orton
    DEN
    2.08
    RB
    Pierre Thomas
    NO
    4.08
    RB
    Cedric Benson
    CIN
    5.05
    RB
    Joseph Addai
    IND
    12.08
    RB
    Laurence Maroney
    NE
    14.08
    RB
    Julius Jones
    SEA
    16.08
    RB
    Mike Bell
    PHI
    20.08
    RB
    Sammy Morris
    NE
    1.05
    WR
    Andre Johnson
    HOU
    7.05
    WR
    Demaryius Thomas
    DEN
    8.08
    WR
    Eddie Royal
    DEN
    9.05
    WR
    Derrick Mason
    BAL
    10.08
    WR
    Devin Thomas
    WAS
    15.05
    WR
    Josh Cribbs
    CLE
    19.05
    WR
    Brandon LaFell
    CAR
    6.08
    TE
    Owen Daniels
    HOU
    11.05
    TE
    Visanthe Shiancoe
    MIN
    18.08
    PK
    Nate Kaeding
    SD
    21.05
    PK
    Sebastian Janikowski
    OAK
    13.05
    Def
    Baltimore Ravens
    BAL
    22.08
    Def
    Denver Broncos
    DEN

    Colin Dowling

    Pre-Draft Questions

    Please describe your basic attack plan going into this draft from your draft position.

    Drafting this far from the actual start of the season, my goal is to assemble as much talent as possible. I really like my draft spot (6th overall) and have planned accordingly: I'm going to take the last of the consensus top-6 players available in PPR (Johnson, Johnson, Jones-Drew, Peterson, Rice, and Gore) and then hope that an early run on receivers would allow a second top-notch rusher to fall to me in the second round. Perhaps a player like Deangelo Williams or Shonn Greene will fall to me in the second round, which will allow me to feel rock solid at running back and focus on receivers for a while. If that happens, the chances are good that I'll spend rounds three through six gathering a trio of receivers and a quarterback. From their, I'll shift to “best player available” until about round 16, at which point I'll start filling out my roster with some upside guys, kickers, and defense.

    How many players at each position do you intend to draft?

    In PPR leagues, I tend to focus on getting quality at running back, three-deep at quarterback, and then choosing a wide range of receivers who are all in different situations and that have different strengths. I wouldn't say I have firm positional intentions other then to say that in PPR my second round selection tends to determine my roster makeup: if I take a receiver in the second round then I'm going to have fewer receivers in the end as I chase running back depth. The converse is true as well: if I select a running back in the second round then I'll end up with more receivers then running backs as I chase pass-catcher depth.

    Name three guys that you are hoping to land in this draft. Where do you expect to get them? What makes these players special to you?

    I think there is some very interesting “upside” at running back this season and hope to have a chance at some of it. While Chester Taylor signed for big money in Chicago, I'm not so sure that we've seen the last of Matt Forte as a productive runner. I think Forte would be a great selection anywhere beyond the fifth round. Similarly, if Chester Taylor is available anywhere near his 11th round ADP then he'd be great value as well. I'll probably start eying Forte in the 5th and Taylor in the 9th (and possibly higher if I end up with Forte). I also am intrigued by Michael Crabtree. His ADP is in the 4th round but I think that's very much the low-side for him. Crabtree is going to catch a TON of balls this season in San Francisco and I'd be very comfortable with him as a WR1 for my team in this PPR league if I miss out on the top three or four receivers. Depending on how fast receivers come off the board I would consider Crabtree as high as the third round.

    Post-Draft Questions

    Assess your team's strengths.

    I really like my receivers. Some may think the Crabtree was a little reach and the Welker pick was a big reach, but Crabtree, Welker, and Boldin are all capable of catching 6 or 7 balls each game (an annual pace of 100 catches). Wallace and Heyward-Bey are wild cards – both have some upside or could flame out. And Hartline and Holt should be able to contribute a few catches here or there. Considering I didn't take any receivers til round three, I'm very pleased with the group I was able to assemble.

    Assess your team's weaknesses.

    Despite how thrilled I was to select Frank Gore and Deangelo Williams in the first two rounds, I don't like my running back depth all that much. Some would say I reached for both McGahee and Ward but my projections have them valued right around the spots I chose them. I think Hardesty can be a huge contributor right away as well. That said, I really wish I had a third running back that I trusted more. I was dying to have Cadillac Williams in the 10th round and missed him by a single pick. I certainly hope that type of misfortune does me in.

    What will it take for this team to win the championship?

    Mike Martz needs to have an immediate positive effect on Jay Cutler. Frank Gore needs to stay healthy. Wes Welker needs to start the season as an active player. Give me those three things for the season and I like my chances.

    Besides your team, what other two teams do you like and why?

    Dodds has great depth at receiver but I'm not sure I trust the rest of his team to fill out the rest of the score sheet. Even if Beanie Wells turns in to a stud as his RB1, a Reggie Bush/Ricky Williams combo scares me at RB2. If I had to chose a “favorite” right now it would be Rudnicki's team. He has perhaps the best top-two receivers in Randy Moss and Miles Austin, a top tier quarterback in Philip Rivers, and depth at running back that is the envy of everyone. Seriously, Jamaal Charles, Ryan Matthews, Ronnie Brown, Brandon Jacobs and Clinton Portis? That crew may score 50 touchdowns this season.

    Team Specific Questions

    You took Wes Welker at 5.06. No one is doubting his skills when healthy. But is he healthy? What are your expectations from him this season regarding games played, timeshare, etc.

    I was willing to take Welker that high because even if he misses the first 6 weeks of the season, he should still step in and catch 6 or 7 balls each week upon his return. By the time I picked Welker the high-production guys were long gone. My choice came down to taking a middling receiver like Dwayne Bowe, an upside-guy like Jeremy Maclin, or a guy that has finished in the top-12 among receivers in 2 of the last three years. Even if I only get that production for ten weeks it will at least be the last ten weeks of the season. Even if he only plays 10 games, I imagine he'll easily finish higher then where I drafted him.

    In a start 3 WR plus flex situation, your top 4 WRs are Michael Crabtree, Anquan Boldin, Wes Welker and Mike Wallace). Will that be enough production? What are your expectations of these guys?

    The top three guys are going to fine, particularly in the second half of the season when Crabtree has grown even more, Welker has gotten back up to speed from injury, and Boldin has had time to adjust to his new team. It may be “too little, too late” but I think my receivers points-per-game average will rival that top of the league in the second half of the season. I actually am only counting on Wallace in so much as I'm counting on one of he, Montario Hardesty, and Darrius Heyward-Bey to significantly outperform their draft spot. As long as one of those guys performs like I think they will (and not like their ADP indicates) then my Flex spot should be covered by and large.

    You got Torry Holt in the 22nd round. Does he have anything left?

    Eh....I'm not sure. He may not even make the team I don't suppose. But I figured that his experience and professionalism might earn him some early catches, particularly if Welker is injured. Honestly, I don't have high expectations for him this season but in the 22nd round, he was worth a flyer to me instead of taking an unproven player; I had already selected Heyward-Bey and Hartline so I went with someone experienced. The one caveat is that I had hoped to snag Damian Williams (TEN) with the hope that he'll quickly join the starting lineup for the Titans. When I missed out on Williams it made taking the grizzled veteran a lot easier.

    You selected Derrick Ward in the 13th round (against an ADP in the 20th). What do you expect from him this season? Can he overtake Cadillac Williams and be the #1 RB there?

    I was a little shocked to find later that his ADP was so much lower. I don't spend a ton of time looking at ADP during a draft this early in the summer – I see little reason to get cute with my drafting instead of just getting the players I think will perform best. Ward's 2009 was, in my opinion, similar to what Chester Taylor has going on this year. Ward got a nice contract from Tampa and then promptly did almost nothing in 2009. I think Cadillac Williams is the better player and I expect Ward to be a backup in the truest sense of the word....with two exceptions: I think Ward will catch more balls out of the backfield this season (always a plus in PPR) and I think that if Williams gets injured (which isn't exactly out of the realm of possibility) then Ward can step in and do a very good job.

    Dowling's Complete Team

    Pick
    Pos
    Player
    Team
    6.07
    QB
    Jay Cutler
    CHI
    9.06
    QB
    Joe Flacco
    BAL
    15.06
    QB
    Vince Young
    TEN
    1.06
    RB
    Frank Gore
    SF
    2.07
    RB
    DeAngelo Williams
    CAR
    8.07
    RB
    Montario Hardesty
    CLE
    11.06
    RB
    Willis McGahee
    BAL
    13.06
    RB
    Derrick Ward
    TB
    16.07
    RB
    Brian Westbrook
    FA
    21.06
    RB
    LeGarrette Blount
    TEN
    3.06
    WR
    Michael Crabtree
    SF
    4.07
    WR
    Anquan Boldin
    BAL
    5.06
    WR
    Wes Welker
    NE
    7.06
    WR
    Mike Wallace
    PIT
    14.07
    WR
    Darrius Heyward-Bey
    OAK
    17.06
    WR
    Brian Hartline
    MIA
    22.07
    WR
    Torry Holt
    NE
    10.07
    TE
    Heath Miller
    PIT
    12.07
    TE
    Jared Cook
    TEN
    19.06
    PK
    Ryan Longwell
    MIN
    20.07
    PK
    David Akers
    PHI
    18.07
    Def
    Pittsburgh Steelers
    PIT

    Anthony Borbely

    Pre-Draft Questions

    Please describe your basic attack plan going into this draft from your draft position.

    I drew the 1.07 pick, which means I can eliminate Chris Johnson, Ray Rice, Adrian Peterson, and Maurice Jones-Drew from my draft list. The only three players I will consider with this pick, in order, are Andre Johnson, Frank Gore, and Steven Jackson. Obviously, this is the easy part of my draft plan. I believe Johnson and his 100 or so receptions will be gone, so I am expecting a RB in round one and my draft plan is tentatively based on that. If that does not happen, I will adjust on the fly, but I think it is wise in this case to assume I will be drafting a RB.

    I doubt any RB that I would consider taking will slide to my 2.06 pick, so I am almost certain to take a WR with this pick. For the sake of my draft plan, I am assuming that I will draft a WR with the 2.06 pick. After that, my round three pick is wide open. I will lean to a RB if I happened to draft Andre Johnson, but if not, I am leaving everything on the table. Using assumptions again, I think the chances of me selecting another WR are about 75% or thereabouts, but I am not locked into anything. At this point, it depends who slides.

    Once I hit round four, I am looking at best player available. I am usually looking for a certain positional breakdown by the end of the tenth round, but I do not like to be overly rigid. Generally, I expect to have my starting QB and TE, with the other eight players being some combination of RBs and WRs. That is not etched in stone, but with this being a PPR league with a flex starter, I want to be heavily invested in RBs and WRs by the end of round ten.

    How many players at each position do you intend to draft?

    The first thing I do when looking at how many players to draft at each position is the type of league and roster size. With our rosters set at 22 players, it makes this part of my strategy relatively easy. First off, I will have one defense, one kicker, and two TEs no matter what. Next on the list is QB. With 22 roster spots, I almost always will draft three QBs so in virtually every PPR league I am in with 22 players, I am left with 15 players that will be some combination of RBs and WRs, with either five or six of them being RBs. This positional breakdown is the case at least 95% of the time in a league like this one.

    Name three guys that you are hoping to land in this draft. Where do you expect to get them? What makes these players special to you?

  • WR Pierre Garcon - I am targeting Garcon in every league, but it is very difficult to figure out where he will be drafted. He is pretty much an all or nothing player, meaning people either love him or hate him. That normally means I will not be able to steal him as late as I would like to. There really is no middle ground with Garcon. If he is available in round seven or eight, then I am all over it. But I realize Matt Waldman is in this league and he snaked Garcon from me in a recent startup dynasty draft, so I know he is very high on him as well. He picks at the 6-7 turn, so if I want to increase my chances of drafting Garcon, I may have to take him in round six and that may be a round earlier than I would like. It really depends on who is available with my 6th round pick, but Garcon will be a consideration.

  • WR Johnny Knox - Knox is a great fit in the Martz offense and for now, he is penciled in at one of the starting WR spots. He is being drafted anywhere from WR40 and higher. Knox is a playmaker and I believe he will keep the starting job, which should get him close to 1000 yards. I am hoping to see him fall to the 9th or 10th round.

  • WR Jacoby Jones - Jones is my favorite late round sleeper this year and I am trying to get him in every league I play in. I have heard nothing but good things about his dedication and maturity level and those were what were holding him back. Jones is very talented and I see a chance at 800-1000 yards if he starts. I do not believe I have to spend one of my first ten picks to get Jones, but after that, I will begin to take a closer look.

  • Post-Draft Questions

    Assess your team's strengths.

    My biggest strength is my starting lineup. I will roll out QB Matt Schaub, RBs Steven Jackson and Ryan Grant, WRs Sidney Rice, Dwayne Bowe, and Steve Breaston, TE Jason Witten, the Vikings defense, and K Stephen Gostkowski. I have several solid options to use as a flex. I also like my RB depth and end of bench upside.

    Assess your team's weaknesses.

    I am not enamored with my WR group. Sidney Rice is great and Bowe should be decent as my WR2, but after that, I wish I had one more proven WR. Breaston should be a solid WR3, but there is risk there. Braylon Edwards is even riskier because of the offense and Jacoby Jones has to prove he can start. I would have felt much better with one more proven WR, but every team has weaknesses. If any of Breaston, Edwards, or Jones pans out, this team will be solid as a rock.

    What will it take for this team to win the championship?

    My WRs after Rice and Bowe have to be solid. They do not have to be great because I really like the rest of my lineup, but someone has to step up and provide solid numbers. I also do not think I can afford to lose Schaub.

    Besides your team, what other two teams do you like and why?

  • Aaron Rudnicki put a strong team together. Led by Randy Moss and Miles Austin, his combined collection of RBs and WRs looks like the best in the league to me and he still managed to get Philip Rivers at QB. I think he has the best team in the league.

  • Picking a second team was tough because there are three or four that look pretty even, but I'm going to give a slight edge to Matt Waldman's team. It helps having Chris Johnson and getting Jahvid Best in the 5th round of a PPR draft is a steal. His WRs are solid and Favre is a great value pick in the ninth round for someone who waited to take a QB.

  • Team Specific Questions

    You missed Tony Romo by 1 pick here. Did you want Romo or do you consider Schaub and Romo to be about equal here?

    I like Romo a bit more because I think the Dallas offense is going to be one of the best in the league, but I am definitely happy to have landed Schaub. I see Schaub hitting 4500 yards with no problem this year. Romo is a lot safer though and I would have taken him if he was available.

    You reached a little bit to get Jacoby Jones. Do you expect him to beat out Kevin Walter and become the clear WR2 in Houston this year?

    Jones is my favorite late round sleeper this year and I do expect him to start over Walter, although it may not be in week one. His upside in that offense is huge if he can earn the starting job. I believe a pick like Jones can win leagues because he is being drafted so late.

    Your top 2 WRs (Sidney Rice and Dwayne Bowe), top TE (Witten) and only defense (Minnesota) all have a week 4 bye week. Can you overcome this week?

    I have never concerned myself with bye weeks except in one case: In 12 team leagues with three divisions, I do not want to have a lot of byes against a division opponent unless it is unavoidable. I will never drop from one tier to the next, but I may adjust and pick a player within the same tier to avoid the problem. Otherwise, I never worry about byes. It may even be better to take your bye week lumps all at once and be at full strength for more games. I will make sure my backup QB and TE have different byes than the starter, but that is the beginning and end of my bye week management except in the situation I mentioned.

    You took some late fliers on WR Brandon Gibson and WR Armanti Edwards. What do you like about those players and their situations this year?

    Since the picks were so late, I decided to take a couple of chances on younger players with some upside. Gibson has some talent and the Rams are weak at WR, so he could put up decent numbers. I normally do not draft rookie WRs, but if I do, it is usually very late and the WR has to be a potential playmaker. Edwards is raw, but he is electric with the ball in his hands and worth taking a chance on near the end of the draft. The Panthers lack WRs, so it is not out of the realm of possibility that Edwards produces something this year.

    Borbely's Complete Team

    Pick
    Pos
    Player
    Team
    4.06
    QB
    Matt Schaub
    HOU
    15.07
    QB
    Chad Henne
    MIA
    19.07
    QB
    Matt Leinart
    ARI
    1.07
    RB
    Steven Jackson
    STL
    3.07
    RB
    Ryan Grant
    GB
    7.07
    RB
    C.J. Spiller
    BUF
    10.06
    RB
    Cadillac Williams
    TB
    11.07
    RB
    Ben Tate
    HOU
    17.07
    RB
    Kevin Faulk
    NE
    2.06
    WR
    Sidney Rice
    MIN
    6.06
    WR
    Dwayne Bowe
    KC
    8.06
    WR
    Steve Breaston
    ARI
    9.07
    WR
    Braylon Edwards
    NYJ
    12.06
    WR
    Jacoby Jones
    HOU
    14.06
    WR
    Davone Bess
    MIA
    20.06
    WR
    Brandon Gibson
    STL
    21.07
    WR
    Armanti Edwards
    CAR
    22.06
    WR
    Deion Branch
    SEA
    5.07
    TE
    Jason Witten
    DAL
    16.06
    TE
    Tony Scheffler
    DET
    18.06
    PK
    Stephen Gostkowski
    NE
    13.07
    Def
    Minnesota Vikings
    MIN

    David Dodds

    Pre-Draft Questions

    Please describe your basic attack plan going into this draft from your draft position.

    From the 8th hole, I expected the stud RBs to be taken leaving me with either Andre Johnson or Larry Fitzgerald as my 1st pick. Then based on value and the RBs I like a bit later (3rd round on), I expect to take a WR in round 2 and a RB in round 3. I am mostly a value drafter, but if I start like that I expect to then avoid WR for a bit as I add another RB, QB and TE to form a solid core. After pick 10, I am looking at value picks and high risk/reward players that fit into my weaknesses.

    How many players at each position do you intend to draft?

    The best rosters will likely take 2-3 QBs, 7-8 RBs, 8-9 WRs, 2-3 TEs, 1 def and 1 kicker. Since I expect to avoid RB in the first two rounds, my likely lineup will probably look like this (grabbing late fliers at RB to compensate for a weakness):

    2 QBs, 8 RBs, 8 WRs, 2 TEs, 1 def, 1 PK

    Name three guys that you are hoping to land in this draft. Where do you expect to get them? What makes these players special to you?

  • Malcolm Floyd - I think Vincent Jackson won't be a Charger when the season starts. And if he is somehow still with the team, I expect AJ Smith won't negotiate with him so he won't likely be joining the team until late in the year.

  • Jerome Harrison - This Browns have a respectable OL. It's easy to get excited about a rookie coming in and to dismiss what Harrison did to end the season as a fluke, but what if that's not the case? Harrison is undersized, but at his ADP he represents terrific upside.

  • Anthony Gonzalez - I thought this guy was poised to be a force last year before before crumbling in game 1 to a season ending injury. All signs point that he will be ready. I think he outplays Garcon in camp and is the starter opposite Reggie Wayne when the games count.

  • Post-Draft Questions

    Assess your team's strengths.

    I have really strong WRs anchored by Larry Fitzgerald and Roddy White. That will be a strength. Tony Romo, despite being the 4th QB off the board could lead all QBs in passing yards this year with the addition of Dez Bryant and the emergence of Miles Austin. I have the best defense (Jets) and one of the best kickers (Hartley).

    Assess your team's weaknesses.

    I don't have any studs at RB. Most are in committee situations that might make it tough to determine who to play each week. An injury to Wells could doom this team early.

    What will it take for this team to win the championship?

    Chris Wells will need to stay healthy and assume a bigger role in the Arizona offense in 2010. I will need to find a decent RB2 and for one of my WR fliers to pan out and be a quality WR3. Like most competitive leagues, I will need my core to remain relatively healthy.

    Besides your team, what other two teams do you like and why?

  • I like the team Clayton Gray assembled. I feel he overpaid for Vincent Jackson, but if he gets traded and plays the full year, Clayton's team will be very hard to beat. Getting Tom Brady in the 6th was great value.

  • Jason Wood likely overpaid for Michael Turner, but the rest of his picks were rock-solid. Grabbing someone like Terrell Owens in the 16th could catapult this team should TO sign somewhere and become a full-time starter in week 1.

  • Team Specific Questions

    Excepting Chris Wells, all of your backs are either backups or have serious competition for touches. Discuss your strategy at this position.

    This is how I like to approach PPR drafts where you start 3 WRs and 1 flex. There are a lot of committee RBs you can get later than can contribute. Sometimes those guys even vault into starters like Jerome Harrison and Jamaal Charles did last year. Someone like Reggie Bush should catch enough passes to outperform many starters in this format. With RB being my clear weakness, I did spend 4 late flier picks on guys that could do well should the starter go down to injury. Bernard Scott, Glen Coffee, Jerious Norwood and Rashad Jennings play in offenses that feature the run. All they lack is the opportunity.

    You took Lee Evans, as your third WR, almost a full round before his ADP. Do you think he'll bounce back with the departure of Terrell Owens?

    His ADP is a bit ridiculous here. Yes the Buffalo passing game is going to be horrible. But who else on that offense is going to catch passes now that TO is gone? Evans is 29 years old and definitely has skills. I am betting his talent has him exceeding expectations here despite the poor QB and OL play.

    You selected Malcom Floyd four rounds earlier than his ADP. Is this solely due to Vincent Jackson's holdout, or do you think Floyd will produce even with Jackson on the field.

    I am convinced that Floyd is the WR1 for the Chargers this year. I don't expect Jackson to be on the team at all when the games are played. I see no possibility that the Chargers give Jackson the longterm deal he is seeking. This is a situation where I expect Floyd's ADP to be in the 7th round in August when this situation is so much clearer.

    You were the first to take a kicker and the first to take a defense. Why?

    I always laugh at the stubborn behavior of "expert" drafts. I got the Jets in the last part of the 11th round. By the end of the 13th, half the teams had taken their defense. So for a round or two, I got the NY Jets wile others have San Francisco or Cincinnati. This really isn't close in my opinion. In the 18th round (of a 22 round draft), I will always take the kicker that I think is the best. It just makes no sense trying to squeeze pennies of value out only to be on the wrong end of a run at a position and losing all that value and then some. Had I not taken a kicker then, I would have selected kicker 6 or 7 a round later. I prefer to get the guy atop my board.

    Dodds' Complete Team

    Pick
    Pos
    Player
    Team
    4.05
    QB
    Tony Romo
    DAL
    15.08
    QB
    Mark Sanchez
    NYJ
    3.08
    RB
    Chris Wells
    ARI
    5.08
    RB
    Reggie Bush
    NO
    7.08
    RB
    Ricky Williams
    MIA
    8.05
    RB
    Jerome Harrison
    CLE
    16.05
    RB
    Bernard Scott
    CIN
    17.08
    RB
    Glen Coffee
    SF
    20.05
    RB
    Jerious Norwood
    ATL
    21.08
    RB
    Rashad Jennings
    JAC
    1.08
    WR
    Larry Fitzgerald
    ARI
    2.05
    WR
    Roddy White
    ATL
    9.08
    WR
    Lee Evans
    BUF
    10.05
    WR
    Malcom Floyd
    SD
    12.05
    WR
    Donnie Avery
    STL
    13.08
    WR
    Anthony Gonzalez
    IND
    19.08
    WR
    Michael Jenkins
    ATL
    6.05
    TE
    Tony Gonzalez
    ATL
    14.05
    TE
    Jeremy Shockey
    NO
    22.05
    TE
    Bo Scaife
    TEN
    18.05
    PK
    Garrett Hartley
    NO
    11.08
    Def
    New York Jets
    NYJ

    Jason Wood

    Pre-Draft Questions

    Please describe your basic attack plan going into this draft from your draft position.

    Whenever I'm drafting against a group as talented as my fellow FBG staff, I believe you have to be flexible. There are very few players that fall outside of our radar or strategies we haven't all used many times. With the 9th pick, I really have the option of going WR/RB, RB/WR or WR/WR. I hope either Andre Johnson or Larry Fitzgerald fall to me, but if not I'll be fine and probably take a true 300+ carry RB (assuming all the clear elite RBs are off the board). Another key in a league like this is to not be too clever for your own good. At the end of the day, you have to take good players at every position when you feel they're good value; and if there's a particular player I think will outperform their ADP considerably, I have to be willing to grab them early and be aggressive.

    How many players at each position do you intend to draft?

    This is a mock draft so admittedly there's a bit more gamesmanship than if this was a league that was locked for Week One. But I'm going to try to treat this like a real league in order to give our subscribers a fair sense of how to approach their own drafts. To that end, I'm probably only going to take one PK but will grab two defenses. Even in a league where defenses don't score a ton of points, I like having two because it's important to play the matchups. I will almost certainly only take two QBs and two TEs, leaving the rest of my roster RBs and WRs, with at least six at each position but likely a few more.

    Name three guys that you are hoping to land in this draft. Where do you expect to get them? What makes these players special to you?

    I'm going to end up rostering Devin Hester and/or Jabar Gaffney in a lot of leagues this year. Whether I'll be able to snipe those two in a draft like this, remains to be seen but it's definitely a goal. Even if I have to take them a round or two ahead of their ADP, I still expect these WRs to HANDILY exceed their draft positions, particularly in PPR leagues. I'm also targeting Tony Romo, who I believe belongs in the elite tier right up with Manning, Rodgers, Brady and Brees this season. Only with Romo I should be able to get him a round or two later than the rest of that tier.

    Post-Draft Questions

    Assess your team's strengths.

    Let's start with the QB position. I definitely think this year you want to grab one of the true QB1s, and would have targeted someone like Philip Rivers or Tony Romo. That is until my otherwise savvy league mates let Drew Brees (who has a 1st round ADP) fall into the 3rd round. Grabbing Brees in the 3rd was a palace coup, and following it up with McNabb, who as my QB2 is better than a few other guys projected starters, gives me ridiculous depth. I also love my WR position. As the ADPs show, I was aggressive targeting some of these guys, but I really believe most of these players, even down to Brian Robiskie, will be coming off the board earlier than I got them once we get deep into training camps.

    Assess your team's weaknesses.

    I'm not in love with my RB stable by any means. There are a ton of question marks with only Michael Turner a clear-cut RB1 likely to see 20+ touches a game. I need guys like Bush and McCoy to emerge as the lead dogs in what very well could be a true committee situation for their respective teams. I'm not particularly crazy about my backup TE (Fred Davis) or my PK (Nick Folk), either.

    What will it take for this team to win the championship?

    Health, and about 16 weeks.

    Besides your team, what other two teams do you like and why?

    I love Rudnicki and Waldman's teams, in particular. Waldman obviously gets the benefit of Chris Johnson, which makes any team a contender. But he followed that up with Jahvid Best and Ahmad Bradshaw, who both could be huge in PPR formats. While I'm not crazy about David Garrard or Matt Moore, I respect that he took two backups recognizing that neither were stars. His WR depth is tremendous, I could see every one of those guys outside of Camarillo being a starter this year if things fell right. And even though I thought Aaron Hernandez was a wasted pick, how can you argue with Antonio Gates as his TE1? Rudnicki did the same thing as Wild Man, took two backup QBs (Cassel and Hasselbeck) which I think forgives the fact that I think very little of either individually. He could have four starting tailbacks, a rare feat in this deep a league. And similarly almost every one of his WRs is either a proven stud or could easily emerge this year with very little having to break their way.

    Team Specific Questions

    You took Michael Turner noticeably early (pick 1.09) in this PPR league. What are your expectations for him this season?

    Michael Turner is not a great receiver, that's for sure. But I honestly believe there are so few true workhorse RBs anymore that I had to be willing to grab one if he was there for me at the 9th pick, particularly if Fitzgerald and Johnson were already gone (which they were). Turner has scored 27 TDs in 28 games for Atlanta, and is 100% healthy and looks like a beast this preseason. Yes, he's not the most conventional option in PPR, but I fully expect him to deliver 1,500+ total yards and double digit TDs; which is plenty enough to justify the pick.

    At 3.09, Is Brees just too much value to pass on as the 3rd quarterback off the board? What kind of year do you expect him to have in 2010?

    Exactly. I would've considered someone like Matt Schaub or Philip Rivers or Tom Brady in the 3rd round, so when Drew Brees was there I nearly fell out of my chair. Taking him was probably the easiest decision I've ever made in a mock draft, and I've done a LOT of them over the years here at Footballguys.

    Your top two RBs (Turner, McCoy) and top TE (Celek) all have a week 8 bye. Can this deficit for that week be made up in this type of league?

    This isn't a Survivor league, so I really don't sweat bye weeks during my draft. History tells us that our rosters will turn over a fair amount during the season and that gives you plenty of time to adjust for upcoming bye issues, particularly when they're as late as Week 8. The other thing to consider is that we have a more compressed bye week season now, so it's nigh impossible not to field a team with at least one or two weeks when you're going to be undermanned.

    Right now, Terrell Owens is without a team. At 16.04 though he could be the steal of the draft if he signs with someone. Where do you see him landing? and what expectations do you have for him with this new team?

    Let's be clear here, I might not make this same decision if this were a draft being held in late August and TO still isn't on a roster. And if he IS on a roster by then, I wouldn't get the chance of grabbing him in the 16th. This pick was essentially to emphasize to our subscribers that TO is not a washed up commodity and, if he signs, is someone you absolutely want to have on your roster if you can grab him as a backup. He could easily be a fixture in your lineup by the time your fantasy playoffs roll around.

    You ended up landing McNabb in the tenth round providing exceptional depth to your team. What kind of season do you expect from him in Washington?

    Long-time subscribers know that I'm an Eagles season ticket holder and so seeing McNabb in Washington is a bitter pill to handle. Regardless, when McNabb is healthy he's generally been a Top 10 fantasy QB (on a per game basis) and Mike Shanahan has a great history of getting strong fantasy productivity out of his QBs. I have some questions about the supporting cast, and the offensive line, which is why I wouldn't want to rely on McNabb as a starter or active committee option. But as my pure backup behind the likely top (or 2nd best) fantasy QB in the business? No brainer.

    Wood's Complete Team

    Pick
    Pos
    Player
    Team
    3.09
    QB
    Drew Brees
    NO
    10.04
    QB
    Donovan McNabb
    WAS
    1.09
    RB
    Michael Turner
    ATL
    5.09
    RB
    LeSean McCoy
    PHI
    8.04
    RB
    Michael Bush
    OAK
    12.04
    RB
    Thomas Jones
    KC
    17.09
    RB
    Jason Snelling
    ATL
    18.04
    RB
    Fred Taylor
    NE
    19.09
    RB
    James Starks
    GB
    2.04
    WR
    Brandon Marshall
    MIA
    4.04
    WR
    Percy Harvin
    MIN
    7.09
    WR
    Devin Hester
    CHI
    9.09
    WR
    Jabar Gaffney
    DEN
    11.09
    WR
    Nate Burleson
    DET
    14.04
    WR
    Golden Tate
    SEA
    16.04
    WR
    Terrell Owens
    FA
    21.09
    WR
    Brian Robiskie
    CLE
    6.04
    TE
    Brent Celek
    PHI
    15.09
    TE
    Fred Davis
    WAS
    22.04
    PK
    Nick Folk
    NYJ
    13.09
    Def
    San Francisco 49ers
    SF
    20.04
    Def
    San Diego Chargers
    SD

    Aaron Rudnicki

    Pre-Draft Questions

    Please describe your basic attack plan going into this draft from your draft position.

    Drafting out of the #10 spot, I pretty much knew that all of the elite RBs would be gone by the time I was up, so I planned to grab the best available WR in round 1. After that, my plan was just try and take the best player available and maximize value. From participating in some other drafts, however, I had the sense that RBs were a bit deeper this year than usual with all of the RBBC situations around the league. Based on this, I wanted to try and lock up a couple of really good receivers early and then I'd fill in the RB spots on my roster with quality depth and hope that a few panned out. I also think it's a good idea to try and land one of the top-7 QBs or so because I feel like there's a clear drop-off at that point.

    How many players at each position do you intend to draft?

    With 22 rounds, I planned to take a single kicker and defense and that left me 20 spots to fill out my roster. The most likely scenario for filling those spots would be 2 QBs, 6 RBs, 8 WRs, and 2 TEs at a minimum. I figured to use the last two spots on positions that I felt needed the extra help or perhaps on a player with big upside that I could easily drop later if it didn't work out.

    Name three guys that you are hoping to land in this draft. Where do you expect to get them? What makes these players special to you?

    I usually don't go into a draft feeling like I have to get any specific players as I think all players can have value based on where they are drafted. There do, however, tend to be a few players that wind up on a lot of my rosters because I'm a bit higher on them than most other owners. As for this draft, I wanted to try and land a top QB, a couple of top-10 WRs, and some RBs with high upside.

    Post-Draft Questions

    Assess your team's strengths.

    Since I started out the draft going WR-WR, I feel like that is definitely a strength of the team. Randy Moss and Miles Austin both have a good chance to finish top-5 at their position. Considering that I waited until round 3 to draft a RB, I also think I have great depth there with 5 players that are likely to be the #1 RB on their respective teams this year. This should give me plenty of options to use in the flex spot each week, plus I spread out the bye weeks very well to allow for more consistent week to week production.

    Assess your team's weaknesses.

    Although I got one of the top QBs that I wanted, Rivers currently seems like the riskiest of the bunch given the Vincent Jackson and Marcus McNeill situations. There's still a chance that things will work out and he could still be a top-10 QB without Jackson, but I probably should have grabbed a better #2 QB just to be safe. My tight ends also aren't likely to be a strength, but Cooley and Olsen are both clearly capable of producing like elite fantasy options. The problem with Cooley could be the emergence of Fred Davis and Donovan McNabb's tendency to spread the ball around a lot. The problem with Olsen is the impact of Mike Martz on the Bears offense this year, but I felt like he was worth a shot at that point in the draft.

    What will it take for this team to win the championship?

    Along with general good luck when it comes to injuries throughout the roster, I think it would certainly help if Vincent Jackson winds up playing a full season in San Diego. I also likely need at least 2 or 3 of my RBs to come through with big seasons, which I certainly think is possible from Jamaal Charles, Ryan Matthews, and Ronnie Brown if he can stay healthy. At the WR spot, I obviously need Moss and Austin to put up numbers similar to what they've done in the past and then I'll also need some of my other players to come through. I'm hoping that Julian Edelman can be productive early on while Welker recovers and bridge the gap until Santonio Holmes is ready to play in week 5. Reliable play from the tight end position is also important, although I don't necessarily need them to carry me.

    Besides your team, what other two teams do you like and why?

  • I think Dodds has a very strong team and both of us seemed to use a similar draft strategy. He got a better QB1 than me in Romo, and we both started out WR-WR. I like my RBs and WR depth a little better than his, but that team seems to have enough reliable players and big upside guys that would make it tough to beat.

  • I also like what Haseley was able to do with his team drafting out of the 3 spot. He has a stud PPR RB in Ray Rice to build around and then followed that up with another lineup anchor in Shonn Greene. He has some nice sleeper options in Justin Forsett and Arian Foster, a solid trio of QBs that should allow him to play matchups, a stud TE in Finley, and a good group of WRs that should put up consistent points each week. He might have some bye week problems in week 8, but a lot of other teams will be short-handed that week as well.

  • Team Specific Questions

    You have no apparent positional bye week issues at all on this roster. Do you keep a careful eye on this while you draft? How important is this to you when drafting?

    Yes I do keep a close watch on bye weeks when drafting. Sometimes it is unavoidable, particularly during weeks when there are 6 teams on bye, but I try to minimize conflicts whenever possible. In trying to maximize my scoring potential every week, I feel like it's important to make sure you're not weak at any position. If I do start winding up with a few players from the same position on bye during the same week, I will often switch gears and start targeting players with the same bye week. My thinking there is that I can suck up the loss during that one week, but then I'll be full strength the rest of the season and have an edge over most other teams who are likely to be missing a few key players.

    You passed on RBs the first two rounds and then selected three in a row in rounds 3 through 5. Was this out of necessity based on a late draft position and the league's scoring rules (start 3 WR, PPR, and flex)

    I had a tough decision in round 2 as I felt DeAngelo Williams would have been a great RB1 option, but I also think Miles Austin is likely to put up another huge season. I felt pretty fortunate that Jamaal Charles lasted until my pick in the third round as I don't think he's a big drop-off from the RBs taken in round 2. From that point, I knew that I was behind the other teams at the RB position and ahead at the WR position so I decided to grab Ryan Mathews. He has what looks to be a pretty easy schedule this year and could certainly give me another RB that I can reliably start each and every week. I felt pretty good about my first 4 picks so when round 5 came around, I was basically looking for the best available player. Amazingly, Ronnie Brown was still available and was a pretty easy choice given that I think he can easily be a top-5 fantasy RB if he can somehow stay healthy for a full season. With the flex spot here, I won't have any concern about starting these 3 RBs, and I think all will benefit from the PPR rule as well.

    Any concerns at all abut anchoring your team around the 33 year old Randy Moss at 1.10? What are your expectations from him this year?

    Sure, there are always some concerns but he quietly put up nearly 1300 yards and 13 touchdowns last year. I don't think the Welker injury will have a negative impact on his production since Moss is always a focal point of the defenses he faces, and it actually should lead to more targets for him. Brady seemed a bit shaky at times last year, but he will now be a full season removed from the knee injury and should be more consistent. With Moss entering the final year of his contract, I think he'll also have extra motivation to put up big numbers. He looked to me like one of the safer options among the elite WRs because I have doubts about the Cardinals QBs and I think the Colts will spread the ball around a lot this year.

    You took a deep flier on Matt Jones. What are your expectations for him this year with the Bengals?

    The Bengals offense looks like it could be headed for another shift in philosophy after they became a very run-heavy team in 2009. Other than Ochocinco, they didn't really have any receiver that could threaten defenses but the power running game worked great so they relied on it heavily. This year, however, they brought in a very good WR2 in Antonio Bryant and also added the best tight end in the draft in Jermaine Gresham. I'm not sure Benson is durable enough to carry the same heavy workload so it makes sense that the Bengals will want to open up the passing game a lot more and rely on Carson Palmer. Matt Jones looks like he could be a great fit as the big-play WR3 role that Chris Henry used to fill. With defenders worried about all the other options in the passing game, Jones should also have a lot of favorable matchups. It looks like his main competition for playing time is Andre Caldwell and rookie Jordan Shipley, but Jones has the size, speed, and talent combination to easily beat them out if he's focused and stays out of trouble. If it doesn't work out, he's an easy guy to dump and move on, but we've seen him be productive in the past so I felt like he was worth a shot late in the draft.

    Rudnicki's Complete Team

    Pick
    Pos
    Player
    Team
    6.03
    QB
    Philip Rivers
    SD
    15.10
    QB
    Matt Cassel
    KC
    21.10
    QB
    Matt Hasselbeck
    SEA
    3.10
    RB
    Jamaal Charles
    KC
    4.03
    RB
    Ryan Mathews
    SD
    5.10
    RB
    Ronnie Brown
    MIA
    9.10
    RB
    Brandon Jacobs
    NYG
    10.03
    RB
    Clinton Portis
    WAS
    19.10
    RB
    Leonard Weaver
    PHI
    1.10
    WR
    Randy Moss
    NE
    2.03
    WR
    Miles Austin
    DAL
    7.10
    WR
    Santonio Holmes
    NYJ
    8.03
    WR
    Kenny Britt
    TEN
    12.03
    WR
    Julian Edelman
    NE
    13.10
    WR
    Mario Manningham
    NYG
    16.03
    WR
    Kevin Walter
    HOU
    17.10
    WR
    Louis Murphy
    OAK
    20.03
    WR
    Matt Jones
    CIN
    11.10
    TE
    Chris Cooley
    WAS
    14.03
    TE
    Greg Olsen
    CHI
    22.03
    PK
    Shayne Graham
    BAL
    18.03
    Def
    Dallas Cowboys
    DAL

    Clayton Gray

    Pre-Draft Questions

    Please describe your basic attack plan going into this draft from your draft position.

    My goal going into any draft is to be as flexible as possible in drafting a balanced team. Generally, I'll go after running backs and wide receivers early, but I often get an top quarterback. I certainly do not have a script where I'll take X number of Y position by round Z.

    How many players at each position do you intend to draft?

    In a vacuum, I'll go with the following:

  • 2 QBs

  • 6 RBs

  • 7 WRs

  • 2 TEs

  • 1 PK

  • 2 Defs

  • The two other spots are dependent on the quality of my starters at each position. If I get shut out of a top-tier quarterback, I'll add another reserve at the position. If I somehow miss out on a solid starting backs, I might roster eight total.

    Name three guys that you are hoping to land in this draft. Where do you expect to get them? What makes these players special to you?

    At the moment, I'm not in love with any player this year. Some that I am higher on than my fellow drafters include Knowshon Moreno, Michael Crabtree, and T.J. Houshmandzadeh.

  • Moreno was highly thought of last preseason, but he struggled last year and is now almost a forgotten player (if a starting back can be forgotten). However, he was nicked up in 2009 and still totaled 1,160 yards from scrimmage and scored nine times. Currently, he is healthy and should easily improve upon those numbers and should total 1,500 yards and double-digit touchdowns.

  • In 2009, Michael Crabtree had some outstanding moments despite holding out for part of the season. With a training camp and a full year of play, he could turn in excellent numbers.

  • Houshmandzadeh is a good lead receiver on a bad team. While the Seahawks probably won't sniff .500 this year, Houshmandzadeh will catch a good number of passes. He'll be a nice option in PPR leagues.

  • Post-Draft Questions

    Assess your team's strengths.

    Stud players everywhere. I have top-10 players at QB, RB (twice), WR, and TE. The starters are excellent (especially considering this team was drafted out of the 1.11 spot, where the uber-stud backs are long gone). Tom Brady, Rashard Mendenhall, Knowshon Moreno, and Reggie Wayne will be studs this year. The meat of the team is solid as well. Darren Sproles, Darren McFadden, and Leon Washington should see a good number of targets. No problem finding a flex starter there. Chad Ochocinco and T.J. Houshmandzadeh are among the best in this league at WR2 and WR3 respectively. Getting 13 games from Vincent Jackson would make this WR corps among the best in this league. Mohamed Massaquoi leads a group of reserves that could produce one or two viable fantasy options. I absolutely love the overall balance of this team.

    Assess your team's weaknesses.

    With the injury to Willie Colon, Rashard Mendenhall takes a hit. If he struggles, my starting backfield will be a little spotty. Also, if Vincent Jackson does hold out, it might be tough to find a strong flex starter during the bye weeks. Finally, without a strong defense, I'll be forced to play matchups. That can be dicey.

    What will it take for this team to win the championship?

    If the starters perform as expected and Vincent Jackson plays 13 games, this group will be as strong as any in the league.

    Besides your team, what other two teams do you like and why?

  • I like Dowling's team. He has a great starting duo of running backs and a quarterback that will put up tons of yards in the Mike Martz system. At wide receiver, Crabtree, Boldin, and Wallace are an excellent trio. He's a little light on depth, but there are always reserve players available on the waiver wire.

  • Borbely's is similar. With Jackson and Grant anchoring his backfield, he'll have consistent scoring to go with the explosiveness he has at the other skill positions.

  • Team Specific Questions

    Tom Brady in the 6th round! Even with a gimpy Wes Welker, you have to like that. What are your expectations this year for the Patriots' passing game?

    I have no delusions that he'll return to the level of their 2007 campaign, but the Patriots will be among the best offenses in the league this season. Brady should have no trouble approaching (or surpassing) 4,500 yards and 30 touchdowns.

    You waited until the tenth round to get your TE (Zach Miller, Oak). Do you recommend this strategy for others in this type of league (PPR, start 3 WRs + flex)

    Sure. As long as you can get an excellent undervalued tight end at that spot. While the WR corps in Oakland is improving, Miller is still the top receiving option in town. In general though, it is certainly OK to wait on a tight end as there are always viable starting options that pop up in free agency.

    You took Vincent Jackson at 5.11 despite his lockout with the team that appears to be worsening. The league also has yet to rule on the multiple DUIs. How do you think these situations play out for him in 2010?

    Obviously, Jackson was suspended for three games since the conclusion of our draft. That was about what was expected and the main reason Jackson wasn't off the board in the third round. The contract dispute is a tad worrisome, but these things generally play out OK. Rare is the player that actually misses game action. I expect to see Jackson on the field in Week 4.

    You have likely watched Darren McFadden more than anyone on staff (due to going to Arkansas football games). Can he bounce back and be the player people expected when he was drafted high by the Raiders? What is your expectations this year for him?

    McFadden has certainly been a disappointment since joining the Raiders, but he is still a dynamic, open-field player. I expect him to see 8-10 carries and a couple of receptions per game. With a real quarterback on the field, McFadden should have a little more room to operate and will turn those 10-12 touches into solid fantasy production.

    Gray's Complete Team

    Pick
    Pos
    Player
    Team
    6.02
    QB
    Tom Brady
    NE
    13.11
    QB
    Alex Smith
    SF
    2.02
    RB
    Rashard Mendenhall
    PIT
    3.11
    RB
    Knowshon Moreno
    DEN
    7.11
    RB
    Darren Sproles
    SD
    9.11
    RB
    Darren McFadden
    OAK
    11.11
    RB
    Leon Washington
    SEA
    18.02
    RB
    Anthony Dixon
    SF
    1.11
    WR
    Reggie Wayne
    IND
    4.02
    WR
    Chad Ochocinco
    CIN
    5.11
    WR
    Vincent Jackson
    SD
    8.02
    WR
    T.J. Houshmandzadeh
    SEA
    12.02
    WR
    Mohamed Massaquoi
    CLE
    14.02
    WR
    Laurent Robinson
    STL
    16.02
    WR
    Bernard Berrian
    MIN
    21.11
    WR
    James Hardy
    BUF
    22.02
    WR
    Damian Williams
    TEN
    10.02
    TE
    Zach Miller
    OAK
    17.11
    TE
    Kevin Boss
    NYG
    20.02
    PK
    Robbie Gould
    CHI
    15.11
    Def
    Miami Dolphins
    MIA
    19.11
    Def
    Chicago Bears
    CHI

    Mark Wimer

    Pre-Draft Questions

    Please describe your basic attack plan going into this draft from your draft position

    As I was in the #12 hole for this draft, I knew that all the elite running backs would be off the board. In order to gain advantage from this draft position, I wanted to land the top quarterback in the draft (Aaron Rodgers) and the top wide receiver (Larry Fitzgerald), which would help make up the drop-off at RB to be expected waiting until picks #36 and #37 to fill my top two RB slots. I expected to also target a premium TE (one of the top five on my board - Dallas Clark, Antonio Gates, Jason Witten, Owen Daniels or Vernon Davis) fairly early in order to chip away at the weakness I knew I'd have at RB. As WR is the position that is easiest to "hit" on with a flyer pick, I expected to draft a lot of WRs behind my premium guy (as the earliest I could get a #2 WR would be pick 60 (5.12).

    How many players at each position do you intend to draft?

  • 2-3 QBs

  • 5-6 RBs

  • 8-9 WRs

  • 2 TEs

  • 1 PK

  • 1-2 DEF

  • Name three guys that you are hoping to land in this draft. Where do you expect to get them? What makes these players special to you?

  • Aaron Rodgers - I'll probably be the first to take a QB, as I have to either grab Rodgers at #12-13 or kiss him goodbye. I have him 63 fantasy points ahead of the #12 fantasy QB in the league, and 20+ ahead of Brees, with 30+ margin over all other contenders at QB this year. He's the player who can help me make up being stuck at the 12 hole in round one.

  • Larry Fitzgerald - Fitzgerald should be there at #12-13 thanks to the ridiculous paranoia about his prospects in Arizona with Warner gone. Let me be clear: Fitzgerald is the most elite wide receiver in the game today, and he should be ahead of the entire field at his position despite having Leinart or even Anderson throwing to him. Fitzgerald is the most dominating receiver since Jerry Rice, in my opinion.

  • Chester Taylor - I love the idea of Mike Martz's back on my team this year, especially in the PPR format. 60+ receptions should be in reach of Taylor, and I think he easily beats out Forte in Chicago. It depends on how quickly the other owners take down RBs - I may have to pick him sooner than most would expect to ensure he's on my club, thanks to being at the turn.

  • Post-Draft Questions

    Assess your team's strengths.

    As I expected, this team is strong at QB and TE. I depend on Rodgers staying healthy, but thankfully he's a warrior who has yet to miss a start (since taking over for Favre) despite battling some painful injuries. Vernon Davis is just beginning his run as a fantasy stud, and is at the peak of his career. Depending on how the QB situation shakes out in Seattle, I could have a 1B TE on my squad in John Carlson, who finished 2009 very strongly.

    Assess your team's weaknesses.

    I like my group of RBs, but I would have liked to have a fourth RB option (effectively, I have just three teams in the mix, with CAR, DAL and CHI locked in for this club). I have backed up Taylor and Barber with their probable replacements (in case of injury or suspension), but another back on another team would have increased flexibility. However, I knew I'd be weaker than most at RB due to my draft position and draft strategy.

    At WR, I have to have one of my flyer picks hit to provide a solid WR3. I'm very happy with Calvin Johnson at WR1 and Donald Driver at WR2, but WR3 and WR4 are up in the air. Cotchery is a NFL starter but Mark Sanchez must improve his play for Cotchery to be a fantasy starter. Benn (Rookie), Schilens and Meier (Rookie) are largely unproven, with new quarterbacks for each across the board. I think I have a very good chance to cull a WR3 and WR4 from the group of Nate Washington, Devery Henderson and Donte Stallworth, but none of them are a sure bet as of June. I think that one of Benn or Schilens should be up to NFL speed by the second half of the season, giving me a good WR5 in the second half.

    What will it take for this team to win the championship?

    I have to be right about the Chicago RB being a fantasy star, and I have to be able to cull a viable WR3 and WR4 from my stable of picks.

    Besides your team, what other two teams do you like and why?

  • Jason Wood's team is very solid across the board and has the second-best fantasy QB in Brees on his squad. If the Michael Bush pick pans out for him, he'll be very hard to beat.

  • David Dodd's squad with Romo at QB, Reggie Bush/Ricky Williams/Chris Wells/Jerome Harrison RB corps and the Fitzgerald/White starting duo at WR is pretty powerful looking, and his TE corps is possibly as good as mine. If Jeremy Shockey can stay healthy, he's got a super-solid set there. Jets' D is a juggernaut as well.

  • Team Specific Questions

    You took Chester Taylor about 7 rounds sooner than his ADP. What must he do for your team to justify that high of a pick? What are your expectations for him in 2010?

    ADP is useful as a general guide to what the hypothetical "average" fantasy owner thinks of a player. However, it isn't too useful when facing a group of professional sharks such as the other guys on the Footballguys.com staff. I don't obsess about ADP when I'm working against this group - it is important to have a situational awareness about the level of expertise of the other owners in any given league. Frankly, in years' past I did pay more attention to ADP and often ended up seeing guys I coveted scooped in the few picks just prior to where I had them slotted. My first guide at any draft is my own set of projections - I do rely on some wiggle room where my opinion is a huge outlier (like Chester Taylor this year - nobody else in this draft thinks he's a top 12 prospect in the PPR format), but I don't push my luck too far, either. All it takes is one other owner out of the 12 or 14 in the room to have an opinion similar to yours - the guy you counted on (like Larry Fitzgerald in this draft for me) can be scooped despite what ADP projects.

    After all, ADP indicated that I should have easily locked in Larry Fitzgerald at picks 12-13 - it didn't work out that way, did it? - partly because those drafting prior to me knew in advance he was my #1 WR pick...

    To "justify" my pick Taylor will need to perform like the RB1 I expect him to be. As of this writing, I expect him to post 1,000-1,100 yards rushing with 7-8 rushing TDs and 50-55 receptions for 400-450 yards, 3-4 receiving TDs. I think there may be another 10 or so receptions in upside possible, but the minimum I expect from the Chicago starter is 50 receptions.

    You also took Matt Forte around his ADP? Is there enough offense for the RBs in Martz system to justify both of these picks here? Explain how you expect this to play out.

    Part of the reason I selected Forte where I did was because I knew my bench would be thin at the RB position and I wanted to have Taylor backed up by his obvious replacement in the event of a serious injury or suspension arising during the season. Forte was not at all likely to pull through to pick number 84 (my next selection after the block at 5.12/6.01) so if I wanted to lock down the Chicago RB position for certain, it was either "now or never". Being at the turn will often force the team owner there to go for some "reaches" as opposed to someone in the comfortable 6-7 hole. Also, I liked a lot of the WRs still on the board and expected to see some of them at my next block of picks. So, I also grabbed one of my top five TEs after Forte and left WR2 (WR3, etc.) until the mid-rounds to address.

    You took the 1st QB in Aaron Rodgers at 1.12. You then took RBs in rounds 3 through 5 leaving you a bit thin at WR outside of Calvin Johnson. Can Donald Driver, Jerricho Cotchery, Arrelious Benn and Chaz Schilens provide enough horsepower in a start 3 WR + flex PPR league?

    I absolutely expect Driver to be a solid WR2 for this squad - he plays in such a powerful attack that he should at least meet his level of production during the Rodgers era in Green Bay (70ish receptions, 1,000+ yards, 5-6 TDs). As I noted earlier in my analysis, I expect my WR3-WR4 from the group of Cotchery (hoping for an improvement on Mark Sanchez's part in year two), and one or two from among Nate Washington, Devery Henderson and Donte Stallworth. All these guys were what I consider "value" picks and have high upside if things break right for them during 2010. Benn and Schilens I view as likely WR5 candidates during the second half of 2010. WR is the position where it is easiest to find a fantasy gem among the field of players during the later rounds of the draft - I often use this approach to great success in various fantasy leagues.

    You grabbed Marion Barber and Tashard Choice in this draft. Is this an indication of their skills or more of a bet against Felix Jones staying healthy? How do you see the carries getting split up in Dallas this season?

    These picks are a bet that the hype surrounding Felix Jones is wrong (whether he is healthy or not). I think the Cowboys' coaching staff is looking at a "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" situation. They were the third-best rushing attack in the NFL last year (averaging 145 yards a game) while Barber was running on a torn quadriceps for 13 of 16 games. With his return to full health, I think Barber will shine as the team's "opener and closer". Jones will provide flash and big plays, when healthy, but when the game is on the line Barber will be the guy the team hands the ball off to. Choice is the logical replacement for Barber if the latter suffers serious injury or suspension, so I wanted to lock up that portion of the Cowboy's rushing attack by teaming up the two. Others can enjoy Felix Jones' runs between the 20's, with his expected three rushing TDs somewhere during the 16 games - I'll scoop most of the TD runs and the bulk of the handoffs with Barber and/or Choice. I expect Jones to stay at the 120-130 rushes with 25-35 receptions type level - a slight bump over 2009, but nothing to get excited about.

    With Brett Favre, Carson Palmer, Ben Roethlisberger, Matt Ryan, Joe Flacco and Donovan McNabb all going in the ninth round or later, any regrets taking the 1st QB off the board. What are your expectations of Aaron Rodgers this season?

    I expect Rodgers to crush the field at his position, outscoring Brees by 1 to 1.5 fantasy points per game and the rest of the field by 2-3 FP per game (on average). I have no regrets whatsoever about locking down the top fantasy QB in the league. He should put me over the top four to five times during the year based on his "boom" games with 2-3 passing TDs and 1-2 rushing scores in multiple appearances.

    Wimer's Complete Team

    Pick
    Pos
    Player
    Team
    1.12
    QB
    Aaron Rodgers
    GB
    17.12
    QB
    Josh Freeman
    TB
    21.12
    QB
    Charlie Whitehurst
    SEA
    3.12
    RB
    Jonathan Stewart
    CAR
    4.01
    RB
    Chester Taylor
    CHI
    5.12
    RB
    Matt Forte
    CHI
    7.12
    RB
    Marion Barber
    DAL
    14.01
    RB
    Tashard Choice
    DAL
    2.01
    WR
    Calvin Johnson
    DET
    8.01
    WR
    Donald Driver
    GB
    9.12
    WR
    Jerricho Cotchery
    NYJ
    10.01
    WR
    Arrelious Benn
    TB
    12.01
    WR
    Chaz Schilens
    OAK
    15.12
    WR
    Nate Washington
    TEN
    16.01
    WR
    Devery Henderson
    NO
    18.01
    WR
    Donte' Stallworth
    BAL
    19.12
    WR
    Kerry Meier
    ATL
    6.01
    TE
    Vernon Davis
    SF
    11.12
    TE
    John Carlson
    SEA
    20.01
    PK
    Matt Prater
    DEN
    13.12
    Def
    Cincinnati Bengals
    CIN
    22.01
    Def
    Atlanta Falcons
    ATL

    The Complete Draft

    Pick
    Drafter
    Pos
    Player
    Team
    1.01
    Waldman
    RB
    Chris Johnson
    TEN
    1.02
    Lammey
    RB
    Adrian Peterson
    MIN
    1.03
    Haseley
    RB
    Ray Rice
    BAL
    1.04
    Bloom
    RB
    Maurice Jones-Drew
    JAC
    1.05
    Levin
    WR
    Andre Johnson
    HOU
    1.06
    Dowling
    RB
    Frank Gore
    SF
    1.07
    Borbely
    RB
    Steven Jackson
    STL
    1.08
    Dodds
    WR
    Larry Fitzgerald
    ARI
    1.09
    Wood
    RB
    Michael Turner
    ATL
    1.10
    Rudnicki
    WR
    Randy Moss
    NE
    1.11
    Gray
    WR
    Reggie Wayne
    IND
    1.12
    Wimer
    QB
    Aaron Rodgers
    GB
    2.01
    Wimer
    WR
    Calvin Johnson
    DET
    2.02
    Gray
    RB
    Rashard Mendenhall
    PIT
    2.03
    Rudnicki
    WR
    Miles Austin
    DAL
    2.04
    Wood
    WR
    Brandon Marshall
    MIA
    2.05
    Dodds
    WR
    Roddy White
    ATL
    2.06
    Borbely
    WR
    Sidney Rice
    MIN
    2.07
    Dowling
    RB
    DeAngelo Williams
    CAR
    2.08
    Levin
    RB
    Pierre Thomas
    NO
    2.09
    Bloom
    WR
    DeSean Jackson
    PHI
    2.10
    Haseley
    RB
    Shonn Greene
    NYJ
    2.11
    Lammey
    WR
    Greg Jennings
    GB
    2.12
    Waldman
    WR
    Marques Colston
    NO
    3.01
    Waldman
    TE
    Antonio Gates
    SD
    3.02
    Lammey
    WR
    Steve Smith
    CAR
    3.03
    Haseley
    WR
    Steve Smith
    NYG
    3.04
    Bloom
    TE
    Dallas Clark
    IND
    3.05
    Levin
    QB
    Peyton Manning
    IND
    3.06
    Dowling
    WR
    Michael Crabtree
    SF
    3.07
    Borbely
    RB
    Ryan Grant
    GB
    3.08
    Dodds
    RB
    Chris Wells
    ARI
    3.09
    Wood
    QB
    Drew Brees
    NO
    3.10
    Rudnicki
    RB
    Jamaal Charles
    KC
    3.11
    Gray
    RB
    Knowshon Moreno
    DEN
    3.12
    Wimer
    RB
    Jonathan Stewart
    CAR
    4.01
    Wimer
    RB
    Chester Taylor
    CHI
    4.02
    Gray
    WR
    Chad Ochocinco
    CIN
    4.03
    Rudnicki
    RB
    Ryan Mathews
    SD
    4.04
    Wood
    WR
    Percy Harvin
    MIN
    4.05
    Dodds
    QB
    Tony Romo
    DAL
    4.06
    Borbely
    QB
    Matt Schaub
    HOU
    4.07
    Dowling
    WR
    Anquan Boldin
    BAL
    4.08
    Levin
    RB
    Cedric Benson
    CIN
    4.09
    Bloom
    WR
    Hakeem Nicks
    NYG
    4.10
    Haseley
    WR
    Hines Ward
    PIT
    4.11
    Lammey
    RB
    Felix Jones
    DAL
    4.12
    Waldman
    WR
    Santana Moss
    WAS
    5.01
    Waldman
    RB
    Jahvid Best
    DET
    5.02
    Lammey
    WR
    Dez Bryant
    DAL
    5.03
    Haseley
    TE
    Jermichael Finley
    GB
    5.04
    Bloom
    WR
    Mike Sims-Walker
    JAC
    5.05
    Levin
    RB
    Joseph Addai
    IND
    5.06
    Dowling
    WR
    Wes Welker
    NE
    5.07
    Borbely
    TE
    Jason Witten
    DAL
    5.08
    Dodds
    RB
    Reggie Bush
    NO
    5.09
    Wood
    RB
    LeSean McCoy
    PHI
    5.10
    Rudnicki
    RB
    Ronnie Brown
    MIA
    5.11
    Gray
    WR
    Vincent Jackson
    SD
    5.12
    Wimer
    RB
    Matt Forte
    CHI
    6.01
    Wimer
    TE
    Vernon Davis
    SF
    6.02
    Gray
    QB
    Tom Brady
    NE
    6.03
    Rudnicki
    QB
    Philip Rivers
    SD
    6.04
    Wood
    TE
    Brent Celek
    PHI
    6.05
    Dodds
    TE
    Tony Gonzalez
    ATL
    6.06
    Borbely
    WR
    Dwayne Bowe
    KC
    6.07
    Dowling
    QB
    Jay Cutler
    CHI
    6.08
    Levin
    TE
    Owen Daniels
    HOU
    6.09
    Bloom
    WR
    Jeremy Maclin
    PHI
    6.10
    Haseley
    RB
    Justin Forsett
    SEA
    6.11
    Lammey
    QB
    Eli Manning
    NYG
    6.12
    Waldman
    WR
    Pierre Garcon
    IND
    7.01
    Waldman
    RB
    Ahmad Bradshaw
    NYG
    7.02
    Lammey
    TE
    Kellen Winslow
    TB
    7.03
    Haseley
    QB
    Kevin Kolb
    PHI
    7.04
    Bloom
    RB
    Donald Brown
    IND
    7.05
    Levin
    WR
    Demaryius Thomas
    DEN
    7.06
    Dowling
    WR
    Mike Wallace
    PIT
    7.07
    Borbely
    RB
    C.J. Spiller
    BUF
    7.08
    Dodds
    RB
    Ricky Williams
    MIA
    7.09
    Wood
    WR
    Devin Hester
    CHI
    7.10
    Rudnicki
    WR
    Santonio Holmes
    NYJ
    7.11
    Gray
    RB
    Darren Sproles
    SD
    7.12
    Wimer
    RB
    Marion Barber
    DAL
    8.01
    Wimer
    WR
    Donald Driver
    GB
    8.02
    Gray
    WR
    T.J. Houshmandzadeh
    SEA
    8.03
    Rudnicki
    WR
    Kenny Britt
    TEN
    8.04
    Wood
    RB
    Michael Bush
    OAK
    8.05
    Dodds
    RB
    Jerome Harrison
    CLE
    8.06
    Borbely
    WR
    Steve Breaston
    ARI
    8.07
    Dowling
    RB
    Montario Hardesty
    CLE
    8.08
    Levin
    WR
    Eddie Royal
    DEN
    8.09
    Bloom
    RB
    Fred Jackson
    BUF
    8.10
    Haseley
    WR
    Robert Meachem
    NO
    8.11
    Lammey
    WR
    Johnny Knox
    CHI
    8.12
    Waldman
    WR
    Antonio Bryant
    CIN
    9.01
    Waldman
    QB
    Brett Favre
    MIN
    9.02
    Lammey
    QB
    Carson Palmer
    CIN
    9.03
    Haseley
    QB
    Ben Roethlisberger
    PIT
    9.04
    Bloom
    QB
    Matt Ryan
    ATL
    9.05
    Levin
    WR
    Derrick Mason
    BAL
    9.06
    Dowling
    QB
    Joe Flacco
    BAL
    9.07
    Borbely
    WR
    Braylon Edwards
    NYJ
    9.08
    Dodds
    WR
    Lee Evans
    BUF
    9.09
    Wood
    WR
    Jabar Gaffney
    DEN
    9.10
    Rudnicki
    RB
    Brandon Jacobs
    NYG
    9.11
    Gray
    RB
    Darren McFadden
    OAK
    9.12
    Wimer
    WR
    Jerricho Cotchery
    NYJ
    10.01
    Wimer
    WR
    Arrelious Benn
    TB
    10.02
    Gray
    TE
    Zach Miller
    OAK
    10.03
    Rudnicki
    RB
    Clinton Portis
    WAS
    10.04
    Wood
    QB
    Donovan McNabb
    WAS
    10.05
    Dodds
    WR
    Malcom Floyd
    SD
    10.06
    Borbely
    RB
    Cadillac Williams
    TB
    10.07
    Dowling
    TE
    Heath Miller
    PIT
    10.08
    Levin
    WR
    Devin Thomas
    WAS
    10.09
    Bloom
    QB
    Matthew Stafford
    DET
    10.10
    Haseley
    RB
    Arian Foster
    HOU
    10.11
    Lammey
    RB
    Toby Gerhart
    MIN
    10.12
    Waldman
    RB
    LaDainian Tomlinson
    NYJ
    11.01
    Waldman
    WR
    Austin Collie
    IND
    11.02
    Lammey
    RB
    Larry Johnson
    WAS
    11.03
    Haseley
    WR
    Devin Aromashodu
    CHI
    11.04
    Bloom
    RB
    Tim Hightower
    ARI
    11.05
    Levin
    TE
    Visanthe Shiancoe
    MIN
    11.06
    Dowling
    RB
    Willis McGahee
    BAL
    11.07
    Borbely
    RB
    Ben Tate
    HOU
    11.08
    Dodds
    Def
    New York Jets
    NYJ
    11.09
    Wood
    WR
    Nate Burleson
    DET
    11.10
    Rudnicki
    TE
    Chris Cooley
    WAS
    11.11
    Gray
    RB
    Leon Washington
    SEA
    11.12
    Wimer
    TE
    John Carlson
    SEA
    12.01
    Wimer
    WR
    Chaz Schilens
    OAK
    12.02
    Gray
    WR
    Mohamed Massaquoi
    CLE
    12.03
    Rudnicki
    WR
    Julian Edelman
    NE
    12.04
    Wood
    RB
    Thomas Jones
    KC
    12.05
    Dodds
    WR
    Donnie Avery
    STL
    12.06
    Borbely
    WR
    Jacoby Jones
    HOU
    12.07
    Dowling
    TE
    Jared Cook
    TEN
    12.08
    Levin
    RB
    Laurence Maroney
    NE
    12.09
    Bloom
    WR
    Mike Williams
    TB
    12.10
    Haseley
    WR
    Mike Thomas
    JAC
    12.11
    Lammey
    RB
    Steve Slaton
    HOU
    12.12
    Waldman
    WR
    Dexter McCluster
    KC
    13.01
    Waldman
    TE
    Aaron Hernandez
    NE
    13.02
    Lammey
    RB
    Correll Buckhalter
    DEN
    13.03
    Haseley
    Def
    Philadelphia Eagles
    PHI
    13.04
    Bloom
    RB
    Marshawn Lynch
    BUF
    13.05
    Levin
    Def
    Baltimore Ravens
    BAL
    13.06
    Dowling
    RB
    Derrick Ward
    TB
    13.07
    Borbely
    Def
    Minnesota Vikings
    MIN
    13.08
    Dodds
    WR
    Anthony Gonzalez
    IND
    13.09
    Wood
    Def
    San Francisco 49ers
    SF
    13.10
    Rudnicki
    WR
    Mario Manningham
    NYG
    13.11
    Gray
    QB
    Alex Smith
    SF
    13.12
    Wimer
    Def
    Cincinnati Bengals
    CIN
    14.01
    Wimer
    RB
    Tashard Choice
    DAL
    14.02
    Gray
    WR
    Laurent Robinson
    STL
    14.03
    Rudnicki
    TE
    Greg Olsen
    CHI
    14.04
    Wood
    WR
    Golden Tate
    SEA
    14.05
    Dodds
    TE
    Jeremy Shockey
    NO
    14.06
    Borbely
    WR
    Davone Bess
    MIA
    14.07
    Dowling
    WR
    Darrius Heyward-Bey
    OAK
    14.08
    Levin
    RB
    Julius Jones
    SEA
    14.09
    Bloom
    WR
    James Jones
    GB
    14.10
    Haseley
    WR
    Chris Chambers
    KC
    14.11
    Lammey
    TE
    Dustin Keller
    NYJ
    14.12
    Waldman
    WR
    Brandon Tate
    NE
    15.01
    Waldman
    QB
    David Garrard
    JAC
    15.02
    Lammey
    WR
    Jordan Shipley
    CIN
    15.03
    Haseley
    Def
    Green Bay Packers
    GB
    15.04
    Bloom
    WR
    Lance Moore
    NO
    15.05
    Levin
    WR
    Josh Cribbs
    CLE
    15.06
    Dowling
    QB
    Vince Young
    TEN
    15.07
    Borbely
    QB
    Chad Henne
    MIA
    15.08
    Dodds
    QB
    Mark Sanchez
    NYJ
    15.09
    Wood
    TE
    Fred Davis
    WAS
    15.10
    Rudnicki
    QB
    Matt Cassel
    KC
    15.11
    Gray
    Def
    Miami Dolphins
    MIA
    15.12
    Wimer
    WR
    Nate Washington
    TEN
    16.01
    Wimer
    WR
    Devery Henderson
    NO
    16.02
    Gray
    WR
    Bernard Berrian
    MIN
    16.03
    Rudnicki
    WR
    Kevin Walter
    HOU
    16.04
    Wood
    WR
    Terrell Owens
    FA
    16.05
    Dodds
    RB
    Bernard Scott
    CIN
    16.06
    Borbely
    TE
    Tony Scheffler
    DET
    16.07
    Dowling
    RB
    Brian Westbrook
    FA
    16.08
    Levin
    RB
    Mike Bell
    PHI
    16.09
    Bloom
    RB
    Lynell Hamilton
    NO
    16.10
    Haseley
    TE
    Jermaine Gresham
    CIN
    16.11
    Lammey
    WR
    Josh Morgan
    SF
    16.12
    Waldman
    QB
    Matt Moore
    CAR
    17.01
    Waldman
    WR
    Sammie Stroughter
    TB
    17.02
    Lammey
    WR
    Malcolm Kelly
    WAS
    17.03
    Haseley
    WR
    Early Doucet
    ARI
    17.04
    Bloom
    RB
    Jonathan Dwyer
    PIT
    17.05
    Levin
    QB
    Kyle Orton
    DEN
    17.06
    Dowling
    WR
    Brian Hartline
    MIA
    17.07
    Borbely
    RB
    Kevin Faulk
    NE
    17.08
    Dodds
    RB
    Glen Coffee
    SF
    17.09
    Wood
    RB
    Jason Snelling
    ATL
    17.10
    Rudnicki
    WR
    Louis Murphy
    OAK
    17.11
    Gray
    TE
    Kevin Boss
    NYG
    17.12
    Wimer
    QB
    Josh Freeman
    TB
    18.01
    Wimer
    WR
    Donte' Stallworth
    BAL
    18.02
    Gray
    RB
    Anthony Dixon
    SF
    18.03
    Rudnicki
    Def
    Dallas Cowboys
    DAL
    18.04
    Wood
    RB
    Fred Taylor
    NE
    18.05
    Dodds
    PK
    Garrett Hartley
    NO
    18.06
    Borbely
    PK
    Stephen Gostkowski
    NE
    18.07
    Dowling
    Def
    Pittsburgh Steelers
    PIT
    18.08
    Levin
    PK
    Nate Kaeding
    SD
    18.09
    Bloom
    RB
    Javon Ringer
    TEN
    18.10
    Haseley
    PK
    Mason Crosby
    GB
    18.11
    Lammey
    RB
    Kevin Smith
    DET
    18.12
    Waldman
    Def
    New Orleans Saints
    NO
    19.01
    Waldman
    WR
    Roy Williams
    DAL
    19.02
    Lammey
    PK
    Rob Bironas
    TEN
    19.03
    Haseley
    QB
    Jason Campbell
    OAK
    19.04
    Bloom
    TE
    Todd Heap
    BAL
    19.05
    Levin
    WR
    Brandon LaFell
    CAR
    19.06
    Dowling
    PK
    Ryan Longwell
    MIN
    19.07
    Borbely
    QB
    Matt Leinart
    ARI
    19.08
    Dodds
    WR
    Michael Jenkins
    ATL
    19.09
    Wood
    RB
    James Starks
    GB
    19.10
    Rudnicki
    RB
    Leonard Weaver
    PHI
    19.11
    Gray
    Def
    Chicago Bears
    CHI
    19.12
    Wimer
    WR
    Kerry Meier
    ATL
    20.01
    Wimer
    PK
    Matt Prater
    DEN
    20.02
    Gray
    PK
    Robbie Gould
    CHI
    20.03
    Rudnicki
    WR
    Matt Jones
    CIN
    20.04
    Wood
    Def
    San Diego Chargers
    SD
    20.05
    Dodds
    RB
    Jerious Norwood
    ATL
    20.06
    Borbely
    WR
    Brandon Gibson
    STL
    20.07
    Dowling
    PK
    David Akers
    PHI
    20.08
    Levin
    RB
    Sammy Morris
    NE
    20.09
    Bloom
    WR
    Earl Bennett
    CHI
    20.10
    Haseley
    RB
    Joe McKnight
    NYJ
    20.11
    Lammey
    Def
    Indianapolis Colts
    IND
    20.12
    Waldman
    RB
    Peyton Hillis
    CLE
    21.01
    Waldman
    PK
    Lawrence Tynes
    NYG
    21.02
    Lammey
    WR
    Mardy Gilyard
    STL
    21.03
    Haseley
    RB
    Deji Karim
    JAC
    21.04
    Bloom
    Def
    New York Giants
    NYG
    21.05
    Levin
    PK
    Sebastian Janikowski
    OAK
    21.06
    Dowling
    RB
    LeGarrette Blount
    TEN
    21.07
    Borbely
    WR
    Armanti Edwards
    CAR
    21.08
    Dodds
    RB
    Rashad Jennings
    JAC
    21.09
    Wood
    WR
    Brian Robiskie
    CLE
    21.10
    Rudnicki
    QB
    Matt Hasselbeck
    SEA
    21.11
    Gray
    WR
    James Hardy
    BUF
    21.12
    Wimer
    QB
    Charlie Whitehurst
    SEA
    22.01
    Wimer
    Def
    Atlanta Falcons
    ATL
    22.02
    Gray
    WR
    Damian Williams
    TEN
    22.03
    Rudnicki
    PK
    Shayne Graham
    BAL
    22.04
    Wood
    PK
    Nick Folk
    NYJ
    22.05
    Dodds
    TE
    Bo Scaife
    TEN
    22.06
    Borbely
    WR
    Deion Branch
    SEA
    22.07
    Dowling
    WR
    Torry Holt
    NE
    22.08
    Levin
    Def
    Denver Broncos
    DEN
    22.09
    Bloom
    PK
    Jeff Reed
    PIT
    22.10
    Haseley
    WR
    Deon Butler
    SEA
    22.11
    Lammey
    TE
    Tony Moeaki
    KC
    22.12
    Waldman
    WR
    Greg Camarillo
    MIA
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