Analysis of a Performance Mock Draft
By Staff
July 14th, 2010

Last month, Footballguys gathered 12 staff members together for a mock draft using a standard performance 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.

Aaron Rudnicki

Pre-Draft Questions

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

Drafting out of the #1 spot, I knew that I'd start out with a great RB. That would give me the flexibility to look elsewhere when it came back around to me at the next turn. My general draft strategy is simply to try and maximize value, but this can be much more difficult when drafting at one of the ends given the long wait between picks. As a result, I knew that I'd have to be a bit more aggressive than normal and pick the players who I felt I needed to have rather than waiting and hoping some players I like would fall to me.

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

I try to keep a pretty balanced roster so I went in figuring to take a couple QBs, 6 RBs, 7 WRs, 2 TEs, and a PK and team defense. That's 19 roster spots, which left me 3 picks to use for players that I thought had a high upside, brought needed depth, or simply represented great value where taken.

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 don't normally go into a draft with any specific player targets in mind unless I've had a lot of time to prepare for a specific draft position. In this scenario, I was picking at the #1 spot so I kind of knew who I'd get first and then I'd have to hope for some elite players to still be around with my 2nd and 3rd round picks. I was hoping to get an elite QB and TE at some point though as I felt those positions are not as deep, particularly in this scoring system.

Post-Draft Questions

Assess your team's strengths.

I think my team has a very strong group of starters, with the potential to have the #1 fantasy QB in Romo, the #1 fantasy RB in Peterson, and the #1 fantasy TE in Clark. That's a great core to build around and should allow me to score well nearly every week.

Assess your team's weaknesses.

While I should have a great RB anchor in Adrian Peterson, the other RBs I put around him probably would not scare anybody. I think guys like Fred Jackson, Clinton Portis, and Steve Slaton all represented good value in the draft, but I'd normally prefer to have a stronger or more reliable RB2. I also would normally prefer to use a RB in the flex spot in a non-PPR league like this.

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

As is the case with most teams, my key players need to stay healthy and perform up to expectations. I also would need some unexpected production from elsewhere, perhaps from a Marshawn Lynch trade or a return to form for Steve Slaton in Houston.

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

As is always the case, Dodds appears to have a very strong roster. I really like his RB group with Steven Jackson, Knowshon Moreno, Ryan Grant, and Michael Bush. But, he was also able to grab some high upside QBs in Kolb and Ryan along with a pretty solid WR group as well. Definitely think loading up on the RBs in this way will make this roster tough to beat in this scoring format.

I like Haseley's roster as well. Shonn Greene doesn't catch the ball but that doesn't hurt him in this format and he also added the Tomlinson handcuff, plus the Ronnie Brown/Ricky Williams combo should be extremely productive as well. Jay Cutler should benefit from the Mike Martz hire, and it looks like he should have a couple top-10 WRs in Andre Johnson and Sidney Rice. Everyone is expecting a big year from Jermichael Finley at TE but he also added a great value in Owen Daniels in the 11th round.

Team Specific Questions

Despite being very strong at quarterback, you took the aging Matt Hasselbeck. Do you see upside for him this season?

This was basically a late-round flier on a guy that I felt probably shouldn't have still been out there. I feel good about my top 2 QBs in Romo and Alex Smith, but if there was a preseason injury to one of them, I figured it wouldn't hurt to have an extra option. I'm not sure that Hasselbeck is a player I want to rely on during most weeks, but I think he'll have some easy matchups and I think he's proven in the past that he can be a productive fantasy QB.

With Adrian Peterson as your anchor at running back, you avoided the position until the end of Round 6. Each of your next three backs face serious competition for touches. If this were an actual league, how would you find a second starting back each week?

Well, I think Fred Jackson and Clinton Portis will both start out and wind up as the lead back on their respective teams this year so I think both can serve as a RB2/Flex starter during most weeks. I'm not as concerned about C.J. Spiller taking over right away as I see him being used as more of a situational player, and if Marshawn Lynch takes the starting job back I have him on my team as well. Larry Johnson didn't really show much last year and appears to be on his last legs so I think people may be writing off Portis a tad too early. Steve Slaton certainly looks like he'll have to earn his playing time this year, but I still like his upside to become an every-week starter. In hindsight, I think I would have preferred to land a better RB2. I just missed out on Jamaal Charles at the end of round 2 and could have taken Ryan Mathews or Jonathan Stewart as well, but there were no really attractive options at the 4/5 turn.

Even with Brian Westbrook out of the picture, Leonard Weaver seems to be an afterthought in Philadelphia. What are your thoughts on this player?

I'm just not completely sold on LeSean McCoy taking over as an every-down RB yet. Mike Bell is there as well and is the player I would rather have, but I think there's a good chance we see some type of RBBC in Philadelphia this year with Weaver getting significant touches every week. He's not a typical fullback and can contribute in all facets of the game. I liked what I saw from him last season and figured he was worth a shot late in the draft.

With Dallas Clark and Visanthe Shiancoe, you have two potential starting tight ends. Yet you took a third in Shawn Nelson. What are your expectations for Nelson?

I think Nelson is a potential breakout candidate this year and was a little surprised to see him go nearly undrafted. The Bills no longer have Terrell Owens at the WR spot opposite Lee Evans and will try to fill it with a group of unproven players. They also have an offensive line that looks to be strong up the middle but weak on the edges and I think this will create more opportunities for a TE like Nelson who has good size and the ability to get open on shorter and intermediate routes. With the last pick of the draft, I was looking for players with high upside and Nelson was a fit there regardless of the players already on my roster. If he hits, I figured I could always make a trade with another owner who was weak at the TE spot. If he doesn't hit, I can easily drop him for another player early on.

Rudnicki's Complete Team

Pick
Pos
Player
Team
3.01
QB
Tony Romo
DAL
12.12
QB
Alex Smith
SF
20.12
QB
Matt Hasselbeck
SEA
1.01
RB
Adrian Peterson
MIN
6.12
RB
Clinton Portis
WAS
7.01
RB
Fred Jackson
BUF
11.01
RB
Steve Slaton
HOU
15.01
RB
Marshawn Lynch
BUF
19.01
RB
Leonard Weaver
PHI
2.12
WR
Greg Jennings
GB
4.12
WR
Michael Crabtree
SF
8.12
WR
Jerricho Cotchery
NYJ
9.01
WR
Derrick Mason
BAL
10.12
WR
Braylon Edwards
NYJ
14.12
WR
Bernard Berrian
MIN
16.12
WR
Nate Washington
TEN
21.01
WR
Donte' Stallworth
BAL
5.01
TE
Dallas Clark
IND
13.01
TE
Visanthe Shiancoe
MIN
22.12
TE
Shawn Nelson
BUF
18.12
PK
Robbie Gould
CHI
17.01
Def
Pittsburgh Steelers
PIT

Colin Dowling

Pre-Draft Questions

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

Simple – my plan is to stockpile as much talent as possible. My first pick is going to be Peterson or Johnson and if I can snag a second running back with upside in the second round I'll be every excited. Furthermore, I'm hoping to get in on the front end of the inevitable quarterback run. I'll wait a bit on receiver as I think they are devalued in this format and there should be plenty of solid (if unspectacular) options left in the mid-to-late rounds when everyone else is trying to form a QBBC.

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

The only positional thought I've given is that I'd like to grab three starting quarterbacks if the cost isn't too high. I think that with 22 rounds, if I can grab a third starter late in the draft then I'll be dealing a blow to a few teams that miss out on a viable backup. Many owners would think that spending a roster spot on a player that isn't there to help my team (but rather is on the roster to hurt other teams) is silly, but I've found that its a small price to pay to weaken another team or two over the course of the season.

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?

Matt Forte's ADP is intriguing to me. I don't know how he'll do in a Mike Martz offense but I think he'll certainly be given a chance to shine before Chester Taylor takes over. And remember that a vital part of Martz's playcalling – passing to the running back – is right in Forte's wheelhouse. I'd also like a chance at one of the top quarterbacks (Rogers, Brees, Brady, Manning) as it makes the mid to late rounds a little easier. Taking the best player available is a lot easier when you have two stud running backs and a top-flight passer already on board.

Post-Draft Questions

Assess your team's strengths.

I took some flack in the draft room but I really like my running backs. Chris Johnson was an easy choice. Jamaal Charles was great last season once the Chiefs finally gave him a big workload. And I think Derrick Ward and Matt Forte are both undervalued this season. There are all kinds of reasons to not like Forte this season, but people too quickly forget how productive he was in 2008. And while Ward's role last season was a lot smaller then many people were expecting, Carnell Williams is hardly a beacon of health; if he goes down Ward is the big winner. I also really like that I have too aggressive defenses on board. People laugh off the importance of drafting a good D/ST but there always seems to be a game or two each year for each team in a competitive league where a couple sacks or an interception is the difference between winning and losing.

Assess your team's weaknesses.

My receivers are a scary lot. I'm betting big things on two rookies (Dez Bryant, Jordan Shipley), two has-beens (Evans and Roy Williams), and a couple guys who have yet to put it together (Heyward-Bey and Thomas). Toss in that my Malcolm Floyd pick could be a huge bomb if Vincent Jackson reports and I could be in serious trouble at receiver. Then again, my guys inarguably have talent. If a couple of them can put it together – a big season from Bryant, a return to production for Evans – then this weakness could be a bit of a strength.

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

I'm "all in" with big plays from the backfield. I'm counting on Tom Brady to keep throwing touchdowns and Chris Johnson and Jamaal Charles to gobble up yards by the boatload. This is how I typically build teams in this format: give me a big time quarterback and two running backs with big-play ability and I'll take my chances with whatever the rest of my roster looks like. Brady will have some 4 touchdown games. Johnson will have some 3 touchdown games. Charles will have some 150 yard games. I'm not going to be an easy matchup for anyone.

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

I don't see any teams noticeably better (or worse) then others. I think there is a lot of parity among the rosters and most everyone has a question or two that could make or break the season. I really like Anthony Borbely's team. Matt Schaub, Vince Young and Matt Cassel offer nice depth at quarterback and Ray Rice, Montario Hardesty, Joseph Addai, and Jonathan Stewart make a formidable backfield. But outside of Roddy White, he doesn't have a lot of firepower at receiver in my opinion. I also like Aaron Rudnicki's team with Romo, Adrian Peterson, and Greg Jennings. But I think Aaron is going to need either Steve Slaton or Clinton Portis to produce like its 2008 if he's going to win the league.

Team Specific Questions

Despite having an every-week starting quarterback, you spent a pair of picks on backups. Why?

As I mentioned earlier, I like rostering 3 quarterbacks that start in drafts with more then 18 rounds. Not that I expect Kyle Orton to ever see the field for me (and I should only need Garrard once), but having him on my roster is one less option for the competition. It certainly appears that everyone was able to roster at least two starting quarterbacks in this league, but what's left on the waiver wire is a sad excuse for production.

You selected Derrick Ward four rounds earlier than his ADP. What are your expectations for him?

I think Ward is very undervalued this season. I expect the Tampa Bay coaching staff to find a bit more of a role for him this year, particularly as a pass-catcher out of the backfield. If Carnell Williams is to stay healthy, someone is going to have to spell him. And if he doesn't stay healthy, someone is going to have to replace him. Both of those things give me optimism for Ward, a talented player who seemed to not quite fit in during his first year with the Bucs.

You avoided wide receivers until the fifth round, and your first five picks there were taken earlier than their respective ADPs warranted. If this were an actual league, how would you overcome a perceived weakness at this position?

By not getting a receiver until the fifth round, I had to select players that I thought had a reasonable chance to OUT-perform the place where I selected them. Dez Bryant may have a mediocre rookie season considering that he is, well, a rookie. But would anyone be shocked if he had 1,000 yards and ten touchdowns for the potent Dallas offense? Same goes for Lee Evans – he could be mediocre at best or he could catch 90 balls and score a dozen touchdowns. Heyward-Bey could be a completely different player considering he's had a year of experience and now has Jason Campbell throwing to him. I admit that my receivers are full of question marks, but given the choices available at each selection, I feel they were the right guys at the right time.

You are one of only two to take a pair of defenses. What is the strategy there?

In the last few rounds of the draft as rosters are being filled out, I'm going to take either a second kicker or a second defense. While many/most owners would take a flyer on an eight receiver or seventh running back, I'd rather select a player (or team) that has a reasonable chance at contributing for my team. To use an eight receiver, I would have had to hit it out of the park on a deep sleeper. Possible, yes. Likely, no. I'd rather have the roster spot taken by someone I'm planning to use. Plus you can never go wrong imitating David Dodds in a draft.

Dowling's Complete Team

Pick
Pos
Player
Team
3.02
QB
Tom Brady
NE
13.02
QB
David Garrard
JAC
19.02
QB
Kyle Orton
DEN
1.02
RB
Chris Johnson
TEN
2.11
RB
Jamaal Charles
KC
4.11
RB
Matt Forte
CHI
7.02
RB
Darren McFadden
OAK
11.02
RB
Derrick Ward
TB
20.11
RB
Kevin Faulk
NE
5.02
WR
Dez Bryant
DAL
6.11
WR
T.J. Houshmandzadeh
SEA
8.11
WR
Malcom Floyd
SD
9.02
WR
Lee Evans
BUF
10.11
WR
Devin Thomas
WAS
14.11
WR
Darrius Heyward-Bey
OAK
15.02
WR
Roy Williams
DAL
16.11
WR
Jordan Shipley
CIN
12.11
TE
Jeremy Shockey
NO
17.02
TE
Brandon Pettigrew
DET
18.11
PK
Rob Bironas
TEN
21.02
Def
New England Patriots
NE
22.11
Def
Tennessee Titans
TEN

Andrew Garda

Pre-Draft Questions

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

I knew I would get a top RB, but was going to be far away from a top WR or second RB stud. So early on, I wanted value and - if I could - leave myself open to the best talent on the board at a big position with my second pick. After that I wanted to fill out the better part of a starting lineup, but be open to grabbing a good player regardless of position when the price was right.

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

I'm planning to walk away with no more than a pair of QBs, a single kicker and at most two defenses. TE is probably going to be just two as well, but if I have a good enough one with a late bye, I might dare to stay with one. I plan on stockpiling WRs and RBs though to mix and match and take advantage of matchups.

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 want Chester Taylor somewhere around the 8-10th round as I think he will win the job in Chicago.
  • I'm aiming for Michael Crabtree - I was covering the Niners last year and saw a lot to like about him during his abbreviated season. I think he could have a tremendous year.
  • I've been aiming for Jonathan Dwyer a lot in Drafts and always get him very late. People are missing out in my opinion - I love what Dwyer could bring to this Steelers' offense and I believe he could be a huge boon to a team that has to start imposing their will on defenses from the ground.
  • Post-Draft Questions

    Assess your team's strengths.

    You can't go wrong with Peyton Manning. He's rarely hurt, always productive and consistent. Grabbing Henne covered me and actually gives me pretty strong depth in my opinion. I don't think Henne is a top tier guy but I believe he's in for a good season. I like my backs as well - MJD is a great RB1 and I think Jacobs will start off as a good RB2. But I'll be able to rotate in Hightower and Chester Taylor (who I believe will win the bears RB job) and get good productivity for both both during byes and in case of injury.

    Assess your team's weaknesses.

    I love DeSean Jackson and Hakeem Nicks but after that - there are some question marks. Mike Wallace may suffer from a more run oriented Pittsburgh team who just lost a key offensive lineman. Josh Morgan has never quite lived up to the hype though he's in a pretty good situation. I like Kenny Britt but he's already in the doghouse. I also ended up with two Browns and two Titans. That may cover me or that may be too much.

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

    I need a strong showing from the bench. Taylor/Hightower/Jacobs need to produce consistently. Beyond Jackson and Nicks, I'll need receivers to step up. If I get a few guys to pop I might trade for more consistent producers. I always haunt the waiver wire and this would be no different. I do think the ‘league' would be wide open though and it would be anybody's to win.

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

    I like Team Bloom. He has an exceptionally strong running back corps after a great RB 1 in DeAngelo Williams and a guy who I think could have big impact, Jahvid Best. Donald Brown and Ahmad Bradshaw are nice upside picks if they hit and even the depth - Choice, Washington and Morris. His wide receivers are a little hit or miss after Randy Moss and Steve Smith but I like the dual Tampa rookies (Williams and Benn) and think it very likely a combination of them, Moore, Jones or Hester will hit.

    I like what Rudnicki did as well. His wide receivers are really deep - Jennings is a decent low end WR1, Crabtree is a great WR2 with potential to be a #1, Cotchery and Mason will be reliable and put up some decent points and Braylon Edwards has the potential to put up some points if he can hang onto the ball. You can't argue with Romo at QB or Clark at TE - both top earners. If Slaton or Portis hits, his backs are in good shape as well.

    Team Specific Questions

    You took a quarterback early. What are the advantages of doing this?

    In this format, Manning was the #4 QB in scoring and while I like Schaub's upside, I'd rather have Manning so I think he's a strong bet to end up #3 or better again. I felt as though in this league, having a QB who would put up a ton of yards was key. At 4 points, touchdowns are less important, though Manning threw plenty of those in 2009. Going early on a guy like this allows me to build depth before having to chose a backup - which I did in round 11. Between Manning and Henne (in the 11th) I was able to grab a lot of RB/WR value and not have to worry about any runs at the QB position. At the time, I felt as though the RBs/WRs on the board were of similar value to those I could choose from next pick - while Manning was a step above the field.

    After anchoring your running backs with Maurice Jones-Drew, the rest of your selections at this position have serious competition for touches. Do you think you'll be OK at this position?

    I actually think that while Jacobs is in a RBBC, he's not going to lose a ton of touches to Bradshaw until he gets hurt (and I admit the likelihood of that is a good one). Beyond that, I am a big believer Chester Taylor will win the job in Chicago and I grabbed Hightower knowing he's really the backup in Arizona but should put up some nice PPR points. I expect at least one - maybe more - of my depth to rise up and earn some solid fantasy points, so yeah I think I'll be ok. Also I would likely run four receivers out as much as I could - in a PPR league I like to use my wide receivers a lot.

    You hit the wide receiver position consistently throughout the draft. Was that planned?

    Yes - in a PPR I like as much depth at wide receiver as possible. In this format I believe they are almost more important than the running backs in terms of depth. In my experience in PPR leagues, when I go heavy WRs I usually fare pretty well. And when you HAVE to start three and can start four, it's important to have a selection of players you can choose from to make the right combination.

    You have a pair of reserve, rookie receivers (Golden Tate and Damian Williams). What are you expectations for these players?

    Well right now, Tate is listed as the #2 wideout, so I actually think he could be a big part of the Seattle offense (we can debate what that might be worth). Really though, my expectations aren't tremendous. I'm hoping Tate can show some reliability early so Hasselbeck (or Charlie Whitehurst) will target him a lot. If he catches the ball enough he could be a productive WR4. Williams is a flier as late as I took him (in the 20th round) but I thought 1) he's insurance for Britt who hasn't had a great spring and 2) there is opportunity in Tennessee in a group of receivers who really haven't set the world on fire. Again, if he can be reliable for Young, he will become a nice part of a rotation for me. And if not, well a guy you get with the 237th pick isn't someone you should lose sleep over cutting.

    Garda's Complete Team

    Pick
    Pos
    Player
    Team
    2.10
    QB
    Peyton Manning
    IND
    11.03
    QB
    Chad Henne
    MIA
    1.03
    RB
    Maurice Jones-Drew
    JAC
    4.10
    RB
    Brandon Jacobs
    NYG
    8.10
    RB
    Chester Taylor
    CHI
    9.03
    RB
    Tim Hightower
    ARI
    16.10
    RB
    Anthony Dixon
    SF
    18.10
    RB
    Rashad Jennings
    JAC
    22.10
    RB
    Mewelde Moore
    PIT
    3.03
    WR
    DeSean Jackson
    PHI
    5.03
    WR
    Hakeem Nicks
    NYG
    7.03
    WR
    Mike Wallace
    PIT
    10.10
    WR
    Kenny Britt
    TEN
    12.10
    WR
    Josh Cribbs
    CLE
    14.10
    WR
    Golden Tate
    SEA
    17.03
    WR
    Josh Morgan
    SF
    20.10
    WR
    Damian Williams
    TEN
    21.03
    WR
    Brian Robiskie
    CLE
    6.10
    TE
    Brent Celek
    PHI
    13.03
    TE
    John Carlson
    SEA
    19.03
    PK
    Matt Prater
    DEN
    15.03
    Def
    Minnesota Vikings
    MIN

    Anthony Borbely

    Pre-Draft Questions

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

    The first thing I took note of was this league being a non-PPR league with a flex starter. That usually tells me to lean to RBs early and often whenever possible, but without drastic reaches. Drawing the 1.04 guarantees me one of the top four RBs, which is a big advantage this year in a non-PPR league. Knowing I will be drafting one of those stud RBs makes planning the draft much easier. I am hoping to land three RBs with my first 5-6 picks, but only if they represent value. I also know doing this will make me weaker at other positions, so I have to be prepared for that in later rounds.

    Aside from the advantage of being able to draft a stud RB with my 1.04, I also like the 2.09 and 3.04 picks this year in a non-PPR. There are numerous possibilities here. I am expecting Rodgers and Brees to be gone and possibly Manning as well. That should give me a chance to draft an elite WR or possibly a RB like Ryan Grant in round two.

    I think the WR pool is relatively deep this year and there are several mid to late round sleepers that I have an eye on. This will make it easier for me to load up at RB early if the opportunity presents itself. As far as QB goes, I expect them to be drafted earlier than I would take them, so I am not expecting to draft any of the so called "big-7" QBs. I will consider using my 4.09 pick on one of those QBs should they slide, but I am not expecting that to happen.

    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 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. If Garcon slides past Waldman's 6.03 pick, then I will consider using my 6.09 or 7.04 pick on him assuming he is still available.
  • 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. I expect Knox to be drafted earlier as the season draws near, but for now, he can be drafted as a WR4 in many leagues.
  • 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.

    I think my biggest strength is my depth at RB. With Ray Rice, Jonathan Stewart, and Joseph Addai, I can start 3 RBs every week and that is a big advantage in a non PPR league. I also have Montario Hardesty as my RB4. Even though I spent three of my first four picks on RBs, I still landed a stud WR in Roddy White and was lucky enough to have Matt Schaub fall to my 5.04 pick. This also makes my overall starting lineup strong. I can start Dwayne Bowe as my WR2 and either Santana Moss or Steve Breaston at WR3 and while they may not be studs, they are solid enough to start behind White. Solid is all I could have asked for at those positions since I used four of my first five picks on three RBs and a QB. I also drafted one of my favorite sleepers in Zach Miller. Obviously, I am not elite at TE, but everyone is weaker than other teams at some positions. Adding the Jets defense and Stephen Gostkowski to my starting lineup makes it very strong.

    Assess your team's weaknesses.

    It is clear that WR depth is my biggest weakness. I am very happy to have Roddy White as my WR1, but Dwayne Bowe at WR2 is not what I was hoping for and after those two, I have Santana Moss and Steve Breaston. Obviously, this is a major concern. After these four, I lack any proven WRs, but these four were the only WRs I picked prior to round 12, when I drafted my favorite sleeper, Jacoby Jones. But he is still unproven and I cannot automatically count on him. I also am in the bottom third of the league as far as my starting TE. I am high on Zach Miller, but he is not a stud. I am fine with these weaknesses because I feel my strengths are enough to compensate for them, namely my strong starting lineup and depth at RB.

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

    I have to get consistent production from my WRs. Roddy White is a stud, but I need more than that at WR to compete for a championship. I do think the other receivers I have are capable, but they have serious concerns. I also only drafted four receivers prior to round 12 and only five before the 16th round, so end of bench WR depth is an issue. TE is another weakness because Zach Miller is a low-end starter and his backup, Aaron Hernandez, is a rookie.

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

    I think Jene Bramel had a solid draft. His upper end talent is very good and his combination of RB and WR depth is arguably the best in the league. I think he has fewer weaknesses than any other team and should be in a great position to deal with bye weeks and injuries because of his depth.

    I like David Dodds' team as well, namely because he has a strong starting lineup. He can start Steven Jackson, Ryan Grant, and Knowshon Moreno every week. Despite drafting those three RBs in the first three rounds, Dodds was still able to draft a solid group of WRs and getting Kellen Winslow in round ten was a steal.

    Team Specific Questions

    You took Matt Cassel despite having a pair of solid options already. What are your thoughts on Cassel?

    Cassel is a difficult player to analyze because of his past circumstances. He did not start in college and has only started for two seasons in the NFL. While I do not think he is as good as the numbers he posted with the Patriots, he is still a serviceable QB who has no real competition for his starting job. The Chiefs added a few weapons and Cassel should be a little better than last year. The good news is I drafted him as my QB3 and there is no downside in that. I almost always draft three QBs in a league with 22 roster spots and all I want from my third QB is for him to be a starter for his team and to have a chance to be a top 20 QB. Cassel fits the bill in both instances.

    Kevin Smith performed well in 2009. However, he isn't over the injury he suffered at season's end and is now behind rookie Jahvid Best. What do you expect from Smith this season?

    I am unsure if Smith will begin the regular season on the PUP list, but if he is active, he should be the primary backup to Best and should see at least 10-12 touches in most games. That is good enough for me to draft him as my fifth RB in the 14th round. Should Smith not pan out, it is not really much of a loss because I drafted him late. The RB pool was pretty deleted when I drafted Smith, so my expectations are not that high. But should he be active in week one, I will consider this a solid pick.

    Armanti Edwards isn't on many people's radar in redraft leagues. Did you take him based on Steve Smith's broken arm or did you already expect big things from Edwards?

    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. There is no risk drafting a player like Edwards in the 20th round. I did not consider Smith's injury when making this pick. I do not expect him to miss any games and I doubt I would need to use Edwards early in the season anyway.

    You spent relatively high picks on elite options at kicker and defense. Why?

    I never plan to take a kicker or defense early. If I do, it is because the draft fell to me a certain way. In this case, I drafted the Jets defense in round 13 because the only other position that I was considering with that pick was WR and I simply did not see any WRs that I liked enough to use this pick on. The Jets defense is clearly the top defense this year and I decided to grab them here. The Gostkowski pick was similar and there was no downside in taking him in the 18th round. The other player I was considering with this pick was Cassel and I thought I could get him in the 19th and luckily, I did. But the choice was still easy because Cassel was only a third QB and I thought an elite kicker was a better pick.

    Borbely's Complete Team

    Pick
    Pos
    Player
    Team
    5.04
    QB
    Matt Schaub
    HOU
    10.09
    QB
    Vince Young
    TEN
    17.04
    QB
    Matt Cassel
    KC
    1.04
    RB
    Ray Rice
    BAL
    3.04
    RB
    Jonathan Stewart
    CAR
    4.09
    RB
    Joseph Addai
    IND
    9.04
    RB
    Montario Hardesty
    CLE
    14.09
    RB
    Kevin Smith
    DET
    22.09
    RB
    Jerious Norwood
    ATL
    2.09
    WR
    Roddy White
    ATL
    6.09
    WR
    Dwayne Bowe
    KC
    7.04
    WR
    Santana Moss
    WAS
    8.09
    WR
    Steve Breaston
    ARI
    12.09
    WR
    Jacoby Jones
    HOU
    16.09
    WR
    Davone Bess
    MIA
    19.04
    WR
    Michael Jenkins
    ATL
    20.09
    WR
    Armanti Edwards
    CAR
    21.04
    WR
    Deion Branch
    SEA
    11.04
    TE
    Zach Miller
    OAK
    15.04
    TE
    Aaron Hernandez
    NE
    18.09
    PK
    Stephen Gostkowski
    NE
    13.04
    Def
    New York Jets
    NYJ

    Jeff Tefertiller

    Pre-Draft Questions

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

    Frank Gore, assuming the ADP holds, is a great play at the 1.05. I plan on taking three backs with the first three picks. I am really hoping for Ryan Mathews in the third round. According to the Draft Dominator mocks, he should be there. I hope to come out of the next three rounds with a quarterback and two wide receivers.

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

    I only expect to select two quarterbacks, two tight ends, a kicker and a defense. This leaves 16 players to be divided between the Running Back and Wide Receiver positions. The ratio between the two positions will be determined by the flow of the draft and which position I need the most depth. With the league being non-PPR, I expect to spend early picks on running backs and dedicate the middle rounds to wide receiver depth.

    Name three guys that you are hoping to land in this draft. Where do you expect to get them?

    I will be targeting Chad Ochocinco in the fourth round, Hines Ward in the fifth, Michael Bush in the eighth, and Heath Miller or John Carlson in the 13th round.

    What makes these players special to you?

    All of these are great value plays. Ochocinco is a great value play in the fourth round. He is a borderline fantasy WR1 very late. Ward could be in for a big season with Santonio Holmes now in New York. I am a huge Michael Bush fan this season as I expect him to have a big season. The two tight ends are the last of my acceptable fantasy starters. I am hoping to slough the position and wait on one of these two.

    Post-Draft Questions

    Assess your team's strengths.

    The biggest strength is getting Frank Gore, Cedric Benson, and Ryan Mathews at the running back position in a non-PPR league. All three are the primary ball carriers for their respective teams. I also like the depth at running back and wide receiver.

    Assess your team's weaknesses.

    I have two obvious holes: fantasy WR1 if Vincent Jackson holds out for several weeks and at tight end. I feel good about the quarterbacks, and love the running backs and wide receivers (if WR1 can be satisfied).

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

    All this team would need to go very far in the playoffs is either Vincent Jackson to play most of the season or the emergence of one of the other wide receivers. I got Jackson at such a discount because of his potential holdout that if he does play most of the season, this team will be tough to beat.

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

    I liked the way David Dodds started. It looks as though he had a similar plan. Taking Steven Jackson, Ryan Grant, and Knowshon Moreno in the first three rounds was a great move in the non-PPR league. He followed that up with undervalued veterans, Chad Ochocinco and Hines Ward. He has a strong team.

    I really liked the way Tony Borbely started. He took Ray Rice in the first and followed up with a very safe WR1 in Roddy White. The selection of Jonathan Stewart and Joseph Addai in the third and fourth rounds was a good move. In particular, Addai was a steal. Borbely was then able to select Matt Schaub in the fifth round. Like Dodds, he had a strong start to the draft.

    Team Specific Questions

    You took three running backs to start the draft and obviously plan to use one of them as your flex starter. You also took a pair of marginal flex backs in Jerome Harrison and Darren Sproles. Is it possible to be too strong at this position?

    I ran several mock drafts on the Draft Dominator and the first three rounds played out exactly as expected. Since this is a non-PPR league, I wanted to load up on ball carriers early in the draft. Plus, I was targeting these three backs in particular because they do not face much competition for carries. I am higher on Jerome Harrison than most and thought he offered good value in the eighth round. I was hoping for Michael Bush, but he went a couple of spots before. I took Sproles as a handcuff to Mathews.

    Vincent Jackson is your anchor at wide receiver, but he is threatening to hold out. What are your expectations for him?

    I really do not know what to think. He will miss a few games early due to suspension from the DUIs, and is threatening to hold out. Whether because of trade or relenting, I am hopeful that Jackson plays at least half of the season. He offered too much upside to pass in the fifth round. My decision came down to Jackson and Hines Ward.

    You avoided wide receivers earlier but consistently hit the position in the middle and late portions of the draft. What are your thoughts on your group of receivers?

    The Wide Receiver position is especially deep this season. I was looking for as many solid fantasy starters as possible considering I took the risk on waiting on a WR, then selecting Jackson. I like the value of Jackson in the fifth and taking a gamble on Terrell Owens, but needed to take some safer options (Driver and Garcon) to embellish the position.

    Your tight ends are relatively weak, have the same bye week, and aren't thought of as high-upside guys. If this were an actual league, how would you improve this position?

    I was hoping either Heath Miller or John Carlson would slide to me in the thirteenth round. I do like Boss, and he can improve off last year. The selection of Watson was merely as a precaution because of Boss' foot injury. During the season, assuming Boss was healthy, I would drop Watson and roll with Boss.

    Tefertiller's Complete Team

    Pick
    Pos
    Player
    Team
    4.08
    QB
    Philip Rivers
    SD
    13.05
    QB
    Jason Campbell
    OAK
    1.05
    RB
    Frank Gore
    SF
    2.08
    RB
    Cedric Benson
    CIN
    3.05
    RB
    Ryan Mathews
    SD
    8.08
    RB
    Jerome Harrison
    CLE
    9.05
    RB
    Darren Sproles
    SD
    14.08
    RB
    Javon Ringer
    TEN
    19.05
    RB
    James Davis
    CLE
    5.05
    WR
    Vincent Jackson
    SD
    6.08
    WR
    Pierre Garcon
    IND
    7.05
    WR
    Donald Driver
    GB
    10.08
    WR
    Donnie Avery
    STL
    11.05
    WR
    Mohamed Massaquoi
    CLE
    12.08
    WR
    Terrell Owens
    FA*
    16.08
    WR
    Kevin Walter
    HOU
    20.08
    WR
    Brandon LaFell
    CAR
    21.05
    WR
    Jordy Nelson
    GB
    15.05
    TE
    Kevin Boss
    NYG
    22.08
    TE
    Ben Watson
    CLE
    18.08
    PK
    Ryan Longwell
    MIN
    17.05
    Def
    Baltimore Ravens
    BAL

    Jene Bramel

    Pre-Draft Questions

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

    I like drawing a middle draft pick in redraft leagues. It's generally easier to stay on the right side of positional runs and value often falls when owners around the turns try to protect their own rosters from those runs. With that in mind, I planned to remain flexible through the early and middle rounds and try to let the draft come to me. In a non-PPR, flex setup like this, however, it's important to remember that running backs will go quickly. I expected to have at least three backs drafted through the first four rounds. I think the WR2/WR3 pool is pretty shallow this year, but the flex WR with upside pool is very deep. I expected to be flexible with the WR group, with as many as five WR drafted in the first ten rounds or potentially as few as three depending on how quickly the flex WR tier dried up. Finally, I like the idea of pushing relative advantage at either QB or TE and expected to take a top six QB or top five TE within the first seven rounds.

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

    In a flex league, I think it's critical to load up at RB and WR and expected to have 14-16 of my 22 roster spots devoted to those two positions. I usually like to load up on wide receiver prospects rather than running back prospects when drafting before camps open, so I expected to have 9-10 WRs and 5-6 RBs. Value and strength of my draft at QB and TE dictate whether or not I roster a third QB or, since it's a flex league, a third TE. I planned to draft only one team defense.

    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 never go into a draft targeting players specifically. However, because I use a tiering system and will sometimes ignore ADP at times if I'm at the end of a tier, I'll often end up with the same players on many of my redraft teams. This year, I'm relatively high on Tony Romo, Michael Turner, Rashard Mendenhall, Justin Forsett, Cadillac Williams, Michael Crabtree, Jeremy Maclin and Jabar Gaffney and will probably have at least three of these players on my roster at the end of this draft. I think Romo's ADP at the time of this draft (QB7) is criminal and that he'll be an elite QB this year. I like Turner and Mendenhall alongside Frank Gore as high upside RB1 ahead of Steven Jackson and DeAngelo Williams due to the more well rounded offenses (and teams) in Atlanta and Pittsburgh (than St. Louis) and lack of divided duty (in Williams' case). I think Forsett and Williams are closer to every-down backs than they're currently believed to be, a commodity that should never be underrated. Crabtree, Maclin and Gaffney should all see a significant uptick in targets that I don't think are being accounted for in their current ADP. All three look like WR2 potentials to me.

    Post-Draft Questions

    Assess your team's strengths.

    I think I could have as many as six top 40 WR options in any given week. I expect Reggie Wayne, Jeremy Maclin, Jabar Gaffney and Santonio Holmes to be a solid core, and will be pleased if one or two of the Chris Chambers, Mike Thomas, Chaz Schilens and Malcolm Kelly group pan out early in the season to cover for Holmes' suspension. Depth here (and at QB) could be useful to bring in a RB3 later if needed.

    Assess your team's weaknesses.

    Running back could be a critical weakness, if only because there are arguments that my top three backs may underperform their draft position and lineup slot. I think Michael Turner has 325+ carry, 1500+ yard, 12+ TD upside. But durability concerns loom large for a first round pick that is expected to anchor the lineup. Chris Wells has RB1 upside, but may not get the carries to put up RB1 numbers and consistency may be a problem. Justin Forsett has very little competition for carries and catches, but goal line duty and strength of offense could limit his opportunity enough to prevent him from playing to a high RB3 draft slot. I continually just missed on stronger RB4 and RB5 options, so my depth is also weaker than I'd like.

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

    Like any draft with such strong competition, I'll need for the players I'm relatively higher on (Maclin, Gaffney, Forsett) to play to my expectations. I'll need consistency from the Indianapolis, Atlanta and Arizona offenses to provide ample opportunity for Wayne, Turner and Wells. A little luck that my depth at WR works out to a significant relative advantage at the flex spot if Forsett and Wells struggle to consistently get 15-20 carries a week wouldn't hurt either.

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

    I wasn't happy to see Borbely and Tefertiller drafting just ahead of me. We generally share opinions on players and tiers and it was no surprise to be frustrated when players like Ryan Mathews, Matt Schaub and Montario Hardesty were snapped up just when I thought an exceptional value might fall to me. Tefertiller will run out a core of Rivers, Gore, Benson, Mathews, Jackson, Driver and Garcon. If those WRs click by midseason, that's a very strong team. Bloom and Dodds are deep at every position and should easily find a lineup each week that puts up a solid number.

    Team Specific Questions

    Each of your three quarterbacks were selected after their ADP. Was it your plan to consistently find value at this position?

    As Bloom and I discussed in the QB installment of our tier series, this season's quarterback decision seems simple. Take a top six quarterback if good value falls to you during the first four rounds or wait until at least ten quarterbacks have been drafted before starting to build a committee. I'm very happy to have landed Eli Manning and Joe Flacco as my committee. Either could develop into a consistent QB1 and eliminate the need to worry over matchups. Both have strong offensive lines, plenty of offensive weapons and a strong enough defense to give them consistent pass attempt numbers regardless of matchup. I think Manning at QB10 is about right; he's safer and arguably has as much or more upside as those taken just after him. Getting Flacco at QB17 isn't as much of a steal as it may seem (though I like him much more than Matthew Stafford and Carson Palmer today). His slot in this draft just hammers home the point about how deep the committee QB tier is this year. The shared bye week is only a mild concern. The rosters are deep enough to allow me to carry a guy like Sam Bradford as insurance.

    Justin Forsett was taken six rounds earlier than his ADP. What are your expectations for him?

    I expect him to serve as a lesson learned for me. While I would rather draft a player a round or two before ADP to keep from having to settle for a lesser player in a later tier later in the draft, the Forsett pick is extreme. Much like Ray Rice last year, I have Forsett at least a full tier higher than my colleagues right now. I think Forsett is talented enough and closer to being an every-down back than most and I don't think it's out of line to see him as the RB23. However, one of my major draft guidelines is to be very careful about drafting players at the height of their upside. With Marshawn Lynch a possibility, the potential for extreme weakness with the Seattle offense, the non-PPR setup and the likelihood that Forsett will see few goal line carries, this pick violates that guideline in any number of ways. Given a mulligan here, I'd have grabbed Michael Crabtree then hoped that no one else wanted Forsett before I got back to him a round or three later. Of course, I'll also be very happy if and when Forsett finishes in the top 20 at the end of the season and proves that I was on target all along.

    Jabar Gaffney was taken 10 rounds earlier than his ADP. Are you too high on him or is he criminally undervalued?

    I don't want a mulligan here. His ADP is dead wrong. Demaryius Thomas has plenty of upside, but he's not filling Brandon Marshall's shoes anytime soon. Eddie Royal and Eric Decker aren't racking up targets this year. There's no TE or crutch checkdown RB on the roster. Gaffney is a solid veteran, well versed in a spread offense that will throw plenty and has shown nice chemistry with Kyle Orton. 120 targets and 70 catches seems like a very attainable floor. He's clearly in the WR3+ tier for me, outside of the very deep flex WR with upside group. I'll be surprised if his ADP doesn't reflect that potential soon and I'm certain that I wasn't the only one poised to draft him as a WR3.

    You have six running backs and nine wide receivers. Explain the advantages of this roster breakdown.

    I think all of us would argue that loading up at RB and WR over a third TE and backup defense or kicker is a smart use of your roster space in a league that requires two RBs, three WRs and a flex player in the lineup. There's an argument that the split should be closer to 50-50 in a non-PPR league. Had I not just missed on a couple of RB prospects at the end of my later tiers, my roster would have been closer to an even RB/WR split. When drafting before camps open, however, I'll almost always end up with more WRs than RBs. The pool of receivers with an easier road to meaningful playing time is much deeper than the pool of running backs that will see the field often enough to have value. That may be underrating the value of a backup RB on a solid offense that could blow up after an injury to the starter, but I'd rather have potential high upside flex plays like Chris Chambers and Mike Thomas than Leon Washington or high risk-reward WRs like Chaz Schilens and Malcolm Kelly than Anthony Dixon or Jason Snelling.

    Bramel's Complete Team

    Pick
    Pos
    Player
    Team
    8.07
    QB
    Eli Manning
    NYG
    10.07
    QB
    Joe Flacco
    BAL
    20.07
    QB
    Sam Bradford
    STL
    1.06
    RB
    Michael Turner
    ATL
    3.06
    RB
    Chris Wells
    ARI
    4.07
    RB
    Justin Forsett
    SEA
    11.06
    RB
    Larry Johnson
    WAS
    14.07
    RB
    Julius Jones
    SEA
    19.06
    RB
    BenJarvus Green-Ellis
    NE
    2.07
    WR
    Reggie Wayne
    IND
    6.07
    WR
    Jeremy Maclin
    PHI
    7.06
    WR
    Jabar Gaffney
    DEN
    9.06
    WR
    Santonio Holmes
    NYJ
    12.07
    WR
    Chris Chambers
    KC
    13.06
    WR
    Mike Thomas
    JAC
    16.07
    WR
    Chaz Schilens
    OAK
    17.06
    WR
    Malcolm Kelly
    WAS
    22.07
    WR
    Steve Johnson
    BUF
    5.06
    TE
    Vernon Davis
    SF
    15.06
    TE
    Jermaine Gresham
    CIN
    18.07
    PK
    David Akers
    PHI
    21.06
    Def
    New Orleans Saints
    NO

    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 7th slot and will be hoping that Michael Turner falls to me, otherwise I will likely choose a WR, maybe Andre Johnson if he's still available. 50% of RBs in the Top 10 from the year prior finish in the Top 10 the next year. I don't like my chances of choosing a stud RB at pick 7, if Turner is not there. If that happens, look for me to take Andre Johnson. If he's gone, I might roll the dice with Aaron Rodgers, but I would rather wait on a QB. The QB and TE positions are deep this year, so 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. Rounds 5-7 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?

  • I hope to get Michael Turner at pick 1.07. Since this is a non-PPR draft, Turner becomes a big RB of interest for me, because the RBs after that have question marks and are not worthy of a RB1 selection, in my opinion. He's a solid RB who is among the league's best when healthy. He had 10 TDs in just 11 games and 178 carries last year. If he can rebound to even 200-250 carries, he could easily be a Top 10 RB once again. If I can get Turner at 1.07, I should be able to still get a good RB2 at 2.06.
  • Shonn Greene. Greene may not be a favorite RB choice in PPR leagues, but in a performance league, he has a better chance to finish in the Top 10. If I can get Turner and Greene, I have a good chance of getting two Top 10 RBs with my first two picks. The 2010 season will feature Shonn Greene as the primary RB for the Jets. He showed in the playoffs that he can handle the load and get into the end zone. He had two games with 20 carries or more in 2009. In both of those games, he rushed for over 125 yards. He also had a 19-carry game where he proceeded to rush for 144 yards. Now that Thomas Jones is out of the picture, the Jets, who are a run-heavy team as it is, will lean on Greene as the primary ball carrier. LaDainian Tomlinson will see some action, I don't doubt that, but Greene will by far be the main rushing threat. He's a home run draft pick that currently can be selected in the 2nd round. I'll be looking for him at pick 2.06
  • Jay Cutler or Kevin Kolb - I am a big fan of waiting to select a QB, but not too late. The 6th or 7th round is probably when I will make my move to get a signal caller. The two I am targeting are Jay Cutler and Kevin Kolb. I like both for different reasons. Cutler, because of the high-octane offense that Mike Martz brings to the Bears. Combine his offensive strategies with Cutler's do-everything arm and you've got a great recipe for success for a QB that is probably the 8th or 9th off the board. Not too bad. Kolb has a great opportunity to finally showcase his abilities in Andy Reid's pass-happy offense. He has a great supporting cast of WRs, not to mention Brent Celek at TE. Kolb was very productive in his two starts last year, which could be a precursor for things to come in 2010. If I can get either of those QBs, I'll be happy.
  • Post-Draft Questions

    Assess your team's strengths.

    WR is definitely the strongest area of my team. Andre Johnson and Sidney Rice are two great cornerstones to work with. Both could very easily finish in the Top 10. I just need one of Robert Meachem, Devin Aromashodu, Demaryius Thomas, Earl Bennett, Brian Hartline or Deon Butler to come through as a WR3. I also like my TE position, led by Jermichael Finley. Finley's seven game stretch to end the season rivaled the best TEs in the league and he's only going to get better. There are several consistent TEs in the league, but none have the combination of youth, ability, speed, size and above all opportunity, that Jermichael Finley has. Backing up Finley will be Owen Daniels, who was the leading TE in the league, before he suffered a torn ACL in week 8 last year. He is expected to be ready for the start of the season, but I don't need him to start, therefore I can keep him on my bench until he is ready. Finley has a bye in week 10, which will give Daniels plenty of time to get back to game shape. Just for good measure, I added Fred Davis to my TE bench. Davis came on strong last year when he replaced Chris Cooley and could be a nice target for Donovan McNabb, who has a history of throwing to TEs.

    Assess your team's weaknesses.

    I like Shonn Greene this year and I was able to handcuff LaDainian Tomlinson to him to have the lion's share of carries in the Jets backfield. I liked it so much, I did it again with Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams. The Jets and Dolphins are two strong running teams, but there is some concern with Ronnie Brown and his injured foot. I believe Brown will be back to full health by week one, but there's always a chance he re-injures his foot, which would all but eliminate him as a RB threat on my team. Luckily I would also have Ricky Williams to fill in if needed. The combination of both Dolphins RBs is not a bad option, but each by themselves is a risk to produce for a full season. I added Lynell Hamilton and Deji Karim to round out my RBs, but both need injuries on the depth chart ahead of them to make a big impact.

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

    Shonn Greene and Ronnie Brown/Rick Williams will have to come up big and score 10+ TDs to keep my running game afloat. Jay Cutler will have to finish the job and not throw INTs in opposing team's territory like he did in 2009. If he has a rebirth under Mike Martz's offensive tutelage, he could be a big surprise among QBs this year. I may have two very good WRs, but I need a WR3 to step up to solidify the core strength of my team.

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

    I think the Audible Boys - Cecil Lammey and Sigmund Bloom both had good drafts and so did Dodds, but what else is new? I'll leave it to someone else to pat David's team on the back. I'm sure someone will. [sly grin]

    Cecil's team - Can't go wrong with Aaron Rodgers at QB with Matt Moore backing him up. Solid QBs. He wound up getting good RBs and WRs despite the early QB selection. LeSean McCoy, Reggie Bush and Felix Jones, combined with Arian Foster and Jonathan Dwyer at RB4 and RB5 is a great mix of youth, talent and depth. He took it on the chin at WR, but I still like who he was able to secure to be his starters. Miles Austin leading the way with a combination of WRs who will fill out the WR2 and WR3 roles while Wes Welker returns from injury. Antonio Bryant, Austin Collie, Johnny Knox and Brandon Tate are adequate WRs. I expect at least one or two to step up and be a startable WR this year. If Welker returns to form, his questionable unit at WR, all the sudden turns pretty solid. There's nothing wrong with Jason Witten at TE either. A solid draft with some questions at WR, but I like his chances.

    Bloom's team - Donovan McNabb and Carson Palmer are not considered top tier QBs, but they'll suffice for his team. I would not be surprised to see Palmer emerge as his go-to QB. I like the talent the Bengals have at WR and at TE this year. Bloom has adequate talent and depth at RB with DeAngelo Williams, Jahvid Best, Ahmad Bradshaw, Donald Brown, Tashard Choice, Leon Washington, Sammy Morris and Jason Snelling. Any one of Best, Bradshaw or Brown could rise to the forefront as his primary RB2. Best is the most likely, but the depth is excellent. At WR he has Randy Moss, Steve Smith (CAR) the Buccaneers boys Arrelious Benn and Mike Williams, plus Devin Hester, Lance Moore and Legedu Naanee as a flier, who I also like. At TE he has a proven producer in Tony Gonzalez with Jared Cook waiting in the wings to explode onto the scene. Not a bad team at all. Very well rounded, deep and talented.

    Team Specific Questions

    Ben Roethlisberger will open the season on the suspension list. How does his presence on your roster affect your quarterback position?

    I don't think it affects things at all. I selected Roethlisberger to be a back up to Jay Cutler. 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. Cutler's bye is week 8. It so happens that Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers will play the Saints on Sunday night in week 8 - his first national audience appearance after his suspension. Something tells me, he'll want to make a statement in that game. I also have Josh Freeman as my QB3, who I think could make a push to be a fantasy starter at some point this year. He is a student of the game with a strong arm that likes to make plays. The Buccaneers made an effort to improve their WR corps in the draft, which means Freeman will have talented WRs at his disposal. If rookie WRs Arrelious Benn and Mike Williams perform well off the bat, Freeman could develop into a QB that could potentially be a fantasy starter.

    With your first four running back picks, you took a pair of Jets and a pair of Dolphins. Explain this strategy.

    I like both team's offensive philosophies when it comes to running the ball. Both teams love to run and by me taking the starter and backup from each team, it solidifies my chances of having the one player that each team designates as the primary back. Not only that, but I also have their backup in the event of an injury. I believe Ronnie Brown will be 100% healthy by week one. When he is healthy, he is one of the best RBs in the league. I think a lot of people are shying away from him, but he's determined to come back and be a force for the Dolphins. He needs to, he's playing for a new contract in 2011, whether that's with the Dolphins or another team.

    After grabbing a pair of top-10 wide receivers, you avoided the position until Round 8 and didn't take your first backup until the 12th frame. What are your thoughts on your receiving corps after Andre Johnson and Sidney Rice?

    Good question. My hope is that Robert Meachem continues to be a productive WR for the Saints. Meachem was easily the next best WR on the Saints behind Marques Colston in 2009. If he becomes more of a focus point in the passing game, he could very easily come through as the WR3 I need for my team. Lance Moore is expected to be back to full health, which could minimize the looks that Meachem receives. In that sense, I may have to look elsewhere for my WR3. The next best option is Devin Aromashodu, who came on strong in the last few weeks last year. The Bears WR roles are up for grabs, but I like Aromashodu's chances to produce even if he is the WR3 on the team. I foresee a lot of three-WR formations, which means one way or another he should be on the field for a lot of plays. I'm definitely counting on one of those two WRs to come through as my WR3, if not rookie Demaryius Thomas in Denver. I'm not convinced that he is second coming of Brandon Marshall just yet. He may need some time, before he turns into a startable fantasy WR. I also have Earl Bennett who caught 54 passes for Chicago last year and Deon Butler who is looking to be the slot WR for the Seahawks.

    Earl Bennett seems to be the forgotten man in the rush to grab a Mike Martz receiver. What are your expectations for this player?

    Bennett was a last round pick that I chose, because of his opportunity with the Bears passing offense. Nobody is penciled in at WR for the Bears just yet and Cutler knows Bennett from their days at Vanderbilt. Of all the WRs still on the board at pick 22.06, Bennett offered the most upside. He had 54 receptions, 717 yards and 2 TDs last year. How many WRs still left in round 22 flirted with 60 receptions last year? Not many. If he somehow earns a spot in the starting lineup, that pick could be huge.

    Haseley's Complete Team

    Pick
    Pos
    Player
    Team
    7.07
    QB
    Jay Cutler
    CHI
    10.06
    QB
    Ben Roethlisberger
    PIT
    17.07
    QB
    Josh Freeman
    TB
    2.06
    RB
    Shonn Greene
    NYJ
    4.06
    RB
    Ronnie Brown
    MIA
    6.06
    RB
    Ricky Williams
    MIA
    9.07
    RB
    LaDainian Tomlinson
    NYJ
    15.07
    RB
    Lynell Hamilton
    NO
    20.06
    RB
    Deji Karim
    JAC
    1.07
    WR
    Andre Johnson
    HOU
    3.07
    WR
    Sidney Rice
    MIN
    8.06
    WR
    Robert Meachem
    NO
    12.06
    WR
    Devin Aromashodu
    CHI
    13.07
    WR
    Demaryius Thomas
    DEN
    19.07
    WR
    Brian Hartline
    MIA
    21.07
    WR
    Deon Butler
    SEA
    22.06
    WR
    Earl Bennett
    CHI
    5.07
    TE
    Jermichael Finley
    GB
    11.07
    TE
    Owen Daniels
    HOU
    16.06
    TE
    Fred Davis
    WAS
    18.06
    PK
    Mason Crosby
    GB
    14.06
    Def
    Green Bay Packers
    GB

    David Dodds

    Pre-Draft Questions

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

    In a non-PPR league, I like to grab RBs early. My strategy in these types of drafts is usually to go RB/RB and then circle back with 3 WRs. I then plan to grab a TE and QB when the value feels right (after the bigger names are off the board).

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

  • 2-3 QBs
  • 5-6 RBs
  • 7-8 WRs
  • 2-3 TEs
  • 1 PK
  • 1 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?

  • Malcom Floyd - I don't see Vincent Jackson playing for the Chargers this year. This means a bigger role for Floyd
  • Chester Taylor - He is a better fit for the Martz offense than Matt Forte. I think he could have a great year and you can get him cheaply in drafts.
  • Devin Hester or Johnny Knox - I expect the Bears to get these receivers very involved this year. Both have low ADPs and could be in for huge seasons.
  • Post-Draft Questions

    Assess your team's strengths.

    It better be at RB. I spent my first three picks at the position as I simply could not pass on Moreno in the third. Michael Bush in the 8th round also bolsters this strength through the bye weeks.

    Assess your team's weaknesses.

    I don't have much star-power at wide receiver. I think many guys are solid, but it will likely take Anthony Gonzalez and / or Early Doucet to match my high expectations of them for this team to be strong.

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

    I think this team is a trade or two away from being very good. It needs a better WR1. If Michael Bush, Anthony Gonzalez, Kevin Kolb or some of the TEs start the year off strong, I think I could swing the type of trade to make this team unbeatable. Instead of chasing my weakness at WR, I opted to add players at my strengths that I thought represented significantly higher trade value.

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

    I like Jene Bramel's team. He has solid players throughout. There are not a ton of superstars, but this is a team of players that should outperform their ADP in almost every case.

    Matt Waldman's team is the anti-Dodds drafting strategy. By foregoing RB, he was zagging while the rest of us were zigging. The team looks weak at RB on paper, but I could see a scenario where Williams, Maroney and Barber outperform their lowered expectations. If that happens (or Matt can get a RB during waivers after an injury), then his team could be extremely strong.

    Team Specific Questions

    Your quarterbacks are inexperienced (only Matt Ryan has a full season as a starter). How risky is it to take such an unproven group?

    I think Matt Ryan and Kevin Kolb will be fine. Neither of those players is in any danger of losing his job with a bad outing. In the case of Kolb, he has has shown he can be very effective in this offense.

    You took three running backs to start the draft and obviously plan to use one of them as your flex starter. How did this start affect the rest of your selections at running back?

    Anytime you select 3 RBs to start your draft, you potentially hinder yourself regarding drafting for value at that position later. Had I known I would get Moreno in third and Michael Bush in the 8th, I probably would have selected my WR1 with the 2.05 pick. But all-in-all I think it worked out for this team.

    Despite being relatively weak at starting wide receiver, you didn't take a backup until Round 12. What are your thoughts on your reserves at this position?

    I am soft here. There is no way to sugar coat it. I need some things to transpire like Anthony Gonzalez or Early Doucet lining up as the starter in week 1. I think both of those scenarios are possible, but if they don't come to pass I will likely need to trade some of my depth to bolster my WRs.

    After grabbing a pair of top-10 tight ends, you spent another selection at the position. Why?

    Greg Olsen in the 17th round is kind of silly. The WRs that were left were in the Malcolm Kelly mold. I would rather take a shot that Olsen does more in the Martz offense than waste a pick on Malcolm Kelly.

    Dodds' Complete Team

    Pick
    Pos
    Player
    Team
    7.08
    QB
    Kevin Kolb
    PHI
    9.08
    QB
    Matt Ryan
    ATL
    15.08
    QB
    Matt Leinart
    ARI
    1.08
    RB
    Steven Jackson
    STL
    2.05
    RB
    Ryan Grant
    GB
    3.08
    RB
    Knowshon Moreno
    DEN
    8.05
    RB
    Michael Bush
    OAK
    20.05
    RB
    Glen Coffee
    SF
    21.08
    RB
    Brandon Jackson
    GB
    4.05
    WR
    Chad Ochocinco
    CIN
    5.08
    WR
    Hines Ward
    PIT
    6.05
    WR
    Percy Harvin
    MIN
    12.05
    WR
    Eddie Royal
    DEN
    13.08
    WR
    Anthony Gonzalez
    IND
    16.05
    WR
    Early Doucet
    ARI
    19.08
    WR
    Louis Murphy
    OAK
    10.05
    TE
    Kellen Winslow
    TB
    11.08
    TE
    Heath Miller
    PIT
    17.08
    TE
    Greg Olsen
    CHI
    18.05
    PK
    Nate Kaeding
    SD
    14.05
    Def
    Philadelphia Eagles
    PHI
    22.05
    Def
    Chicago Bears
    CHI

    Cecil Lammey

    Pre-Draft Questions

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

    I know that most of the running backs I want will be gone by the time my pick is up in the first-round, so I may decide to start compiling talent in the passing game. I could see myself grabbing a guy like Aaron Rodgers in the first-round instead of a running back. Because it's a performance league I want versatile running backs who can rack up stats as a receiver as well as a rusher.

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

    I want a balance of RBs and WRs, but will have more wideouts when all is said and done.

    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 is my target in the first-round. He's one of the best (if not #1) quarterbacks in the league, and emerging weapons like TE Jermichael Finley increase his chances of finishing as the top QB in fantasy football this year. Jahvid Best is a rookie that I'm targeting in the third-round. He reminds me of a young Brian Westbrook, and has the versatility I'm looking for in my RB stable. Jabar Gaffney is a receiver that I want to snag somewhere around round 10. He knows that offense like the back of his hand and did a great job filling in for Brandon Marshall last year. Gaffney's the only Broncos receiver I want on my squad this year.

    Post-Draft Questions

    Assess your team's strengths.

    I have great strength in the passing game. I got Aaron Rodgers like I wanted, and backed him up with Matt Moore. My WR corps looks like a Pro Bowl roster with guys like Miles Austin, Johnny Knox, Wes Welker, and Antonio Bryant headlining the group. I also grabbed one of the best tight ends in the game when I got Jason Witten in the fifth-round.

    Assess your team's weaknesses.

    I'm happy with my running backs, but I wasn't able to get any uber-studs because of my draft position. I like LeSean McCoy to potentially finish as a top 15 fantasy back this year, but he's unproven and will need to show greater decisiveness as a runner this year. Felix Jones has the ability to be a top 10 fantasy RB, but durability is a big concern with him.

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

    I'll need my running backs to stay healthy. If that happens then it could be an easy stroll to the championship.

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

    Always love what Bloom does in fantasy drafts, and he didn't disappoint here. Love the pairing of Carson Palmer with Donovan McNabb ,and his wide receiving corps is full of young talent. He'll need his RBs to stay healthy (just like me) if we're going to duke it out in the championship! Waldman was another guy who built his team kind of like Bloom and I did – heavy on talent in the passing game. Like me, Waldman loves the potential in the Lions passing game and he was able to grab Stafford, Megatron (Calvin Johnson), and Burleson.

    Team Specific Questions

    You were the first to select a quarterback. What does this do to your overall team makeup?

    I had to select a quarterback because of my draft position, and it forced me to look at running backs with high potential later in the draft. I wanted backs who could have breakout seasons, and guys who are versatile. I believe I did that when I grabbed LeSean McCoy and Felix Jones as my starting duo.

    Your top three backup running backs (Arian Foster, Toby Gerhart, and Correll Buckhalter) were taken two to six rounds earlier than their respective ADP. What are your thoughts on these players?

    Arian Foster is the Texans starter right now, and getting him in the tenth-round is great value. If he stays healthy there's no reason to think he won't hold onto the starting job all year. Steve Slaton is a change of pace back, and Ben Tate just isn't that good (think Mike Bell). Toby Gerhart was a great pick in the eleventh-round. If Adrian Peterson misses time with injury, then Gerhart is immediately a top 10 fantasy running back. He could also break into the top 35 as a change of pace guy behind Peterson. When the Vikings are trying to milk the clock at the end of games I expect Gerhart to be on the field grinding down the defense. Buckhalter wasn't my favorite pick in the draft, but at that point I wanted a guy who was one play away from being the starter. Buckhalter looked better than Moreno at times last year, and if he's forced into a bigger role he would succeed.

    Wes Welker was taken four rounds earlier than his ADP. What are your expectations for him?

    I don't know what to expect from Wes Welker. You hear conflicting reports on his status for the upcoming season. Some people say he'll be ready to go in training camp, while others believe he'll start the regular season on the PUP list. I do know this – when Wes Welker is healthy he's a stud receiver. Grabbing him in the sixth-round could be the steal of the draft.

    Many people wait until the final rounds to pick a kicker and a defense, but you did not. Why?

    I HATED to do that, but I didn't like the skill position talent available to me at the time. I knew I could get some of my favorite long shot players (like Mardy Gilyard and Andre Brown) at the very end of the draft.

    Lammey's Complete Team

    Pick
    Pos
    Player
    Team
    1.09
    QB
    Aaron Rodgers
    GB
    19.09
    QB
    Matt Moore
    CAR
    3.09
    RB
    LeSean McCoy
    PHI
    4.04
    RB
    Felix Jones
    DAL
    7.09
    RB
    Reggie Bush
    NO
    10.04
    RB
    Arian Foster
    HOU
    11.09
    RB
    Toby Gerhart
    MIN
    13.09
    RB
    Correll Buckhalter
    DEN
    15.09
    RB
    Jonathan Dwyer
    PIT
    22.04
    RB
    Andre Brown
    NYG
    2.04
    WR
    Miles Austin
    DAL
    6.04
    WR
    Wes Welker
    NE
    8.04
    WR
    Johnny Knox
    CHI
    9.09
    WR
    Antonio Bryant
    CIN
    12.04
    WR
    Austin Collie
    IND
    14.04
    WR
    Mario Manningham
    NYG
    16.04
    WR
    Brandon Tate
    NE
    21.09
    WR
    Mardy Gilyard
    STL
    5.09
    TE
    Jason Witten
    DAL
    20.04
    TE
    Todd Heap
    BAL
    17.09
    PK
    Garrett Hartley
    NO
    18.04
    Def
    Dallas Cowboys
    DAL

    Matt Waldman

    Pre-Draft Questions

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

    I intended to use a strategy I discussed in this section for the PPR draft, but I didn't get to carry it through there as thoroughly as I hoped. In case you're reading this analysis first, the basics of the strategy is to focus on skill positions other than running back at the top of the draft and then opt for mid-round runners. With the 10-spot in this draft - and no PPR - this should be more of a textbook execution of the strategy.

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

    My intentions are the same as the PPR 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 as possible. This will hopefully give me 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?

    I'm hoping to land Ahmad Bradshaw after round six. I have been a big fan of his talents since I watched him at Marshall and I believe the Giants are willing to give him a bigger load if the can stay healthy and he has fewer lapses on third down. What makes Bradshaw special is his excellent stop-start change of direction that he combines with terrific peripheral vision and anticipation of what the defense is doing at the line of scrimmage. Bradshaw rarely takes a direct shot, accelerates quickly and he demonstrated last year that he can still be effective when not 100 percent. I think a fully healthy Bradshaw is capable of a 1300-yard 8-score season - and it's players like him that will be available after the first 4-5 rounds (ADP 8.05) that will allow me to wait on fantasy starters at the RB spots.

    Clinton Portis (ADP 9.12) after round seven would be a worthwhile catch. I like technically sound and highly instinctive runners. Edgerrin James was that kind of player, and he was a terrific starting fantasy RB for most of his 11 seasons. What James and Portis have in common beyond their time together at the University of Miami are excellent patience, great third down skills, and the ability to finish runs in a variety of ways. It's understandable why Clinton Portis' value has dropped. He has been a strong starter for six of eight seasons as a pro, and last year he dealt with knee and ankle injuries before he was sidelined with a concussion - missing half the season. In addition, Mike Shanahan, the coach that helped trade Portis, is the new leader in town and he has stockpiled the roster with "his" backs, including Larry Johnson and Ryan Torain. However, Shanahan has stated that Portis is the best third down back of the bunch and he also considers the veteran the starter.

    According to the media, Johnson looks better without the pads on, but let's get real for a minute (imagine Allen Iverson getting asked about practice before proceeding...): This is mini camp! No pads. No real hitting. And Johnson, who earned his ticket out of Kansas City for his lack of character and he effectively was the third-string RB in Cincinnati, has more to prove in camp than Portis. But don't mistake his high-speed practice reps for automatically being the better player. It's possible, but this mini camp report just means he has to show the coaching staff that he still has something left.

    The job is Portis' to lose, but again, don't be mistaken that Portis is complacent. He's just being smart about his effort. He knows Shanahan's offense, he knows his teammates, and he just has to show that he has a good attitude - which he has done.

    Since I'm not targeting Portis in the first four rounds, I'm not as concerned about Larry Johnson in the way fantasy owners of Ronnie Brown, Pierre Thomas, Felix Jones, Jamaal Charles, and Joseph Addai (all with ADPs between 3-5) should be concerned about the backs splitting time with their players. I think taking a chance on back after round seven that very easily could have 2-3 years left is a good thing, especially now that Portis is paired with an adept play caller like Shanahan, and a franchise caliber quarterback that will manage the game far more effectively than Jason Campbell.

    Brett Favre after round nine is my third choice. I took Favre in the PPR draft and I like his value here. Scratch that, I love his value here. I have a potential top-three passer on a team with a solid offensive line, a great running back, and excellent targets at the receiver/TE spots. And, the Vikings defense is good enough that the offense is in every game they play. And the guy is the NFL Ironman. I know it's not official that he's coming back, and when I drafted him I was prepared to write why anyone thinks he isn't, is nuts. But now that Cris Carter did the talking for me, I'll keep it at that.

    Post-Draft Questions

    Assess your team's strengths.

    Como se dice...wide receiver? Put them in any order you wish, but Larry Fitzgerald, Calvin Johnson and Brandon Marshall could easily be top-12 performers at the position. So could Steve Smith, who was the No.11 fantasy WR last year. And if you compare Antonio Gates' "decent" 2009 with his peers at wide receiver, his point total would have him just behind Smith and ahead of the No.12 WR Wes Welker. The sad part is I meant to draft Randy Moss, but I made a technical error with the draft software. Still angry over my error, I made another one with my next pick of Johnson with Miles Austin on the board. Even with these gaffes, I can live with my current choices and rely on them to help me win games.

    I also like my depth. Laurent Robinson and Nate Burleson have WR3-WR4 potential when healthy and despite my buddy Sigmund Bloom talking smack about Mike X. Williams throughout the draft, I especially enjoyed taking him with my last pick - telling Bloom this pick was for him. I think Williams has always flashed starter potential due to his excellent hands and I profiled him as a potential hidden treasure when fantasy dumpster diving at the end of a draft. You just have to look through the flab, which was hard to do, because poor conditioning can make a skillful player look inconsistent when the solution is simply getting fit enough to execute. Sammie Stroughter is another player I like as a late round pick who is getting overlooked due to the hype of Mike Williams and Arrelious Benn.

    Preach running backs early in drafts all you want, all I know is that I probably have top-tier players in five of the eight skill position slots of a fantasy lineup. With starter quality fantasy production at running back experiencing a 50 percent turnover year to year, I think I'm making the right call even in a non-PPR league.

    Assess your team's weaknesses.

    Running back doesn't look good on paper but with my strategy, it probably wouldn't have looked good even if I got all of the runners I wanted. It didn't look good on paper for several of my rosters last year, and I contended in a vast majority of those leagues.

    The players I hoped to land in this draft were Ahmad Bradshaw, Ricky Williams, Clinton Portis, Carnell Williams and Laurence Maroney. I got two of those five, but I hoped to land four. I see Williams and Maroney as backs with strong RB2 upside. Marion Barber also has high-end RB2 upside if he resumes his role as team closer and red zone specialist, but I would have felt much better about my RB depth chart if two of the first three backs I mentioned earlier were on my squad. They have more RB1 potential that my current roster probably lacks.

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

    I will need one of my backs to emerge as a low-end RB1 and another to perform as a high-end RB2 for my team to be a clear-cut favorite. However, I still think if my receivers and quarterbacks play as expected, I can easily make the playoffs and then I only need some strong play during a short stretch from my backs.

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

    Jeff Pasquino did a nice job with his selections. Rashard Mendenhall and Pierre Thomas are solid starters, and I think Thomas Jones and C.J. Spiller have potential as depth. Although listed as a receiver, I think Dexter McCluster could be the ultimate flex play this year. Combine those players with a solid receiving corps of Boldin, Sims-Walker and Colston, and I think he has a strong corps of backs and receivers. I also think Chris Cooley is going to be a very productive starter now that he has McNabb throwing him the football. When you pair this part of his depth chart with Drew Brees, he should be a tough beat every week.

    I also like what Jeff Haseley did with his draft. Andre Johnson and Sidney Rice are a strong 1-2 punch and Robert Meachem and Devin Aromashodu should give him solid depth with the potential of one of them (Meachem) emerging as a top-15 receiver. I really like how he wrapped up the ball carriers for the Jets and Dolphins, two of the best ground games in the NFL. With the way these offenses play, Jeff should have two strong starters and a solid RB2 or RB3 from these two teams. I also think Lynell Hamilton could be sneaky good depth. Jermichael Finley should be very good and I like the Fred Davis pick. As long as Jay Cutler gets off to a good start and Ben Roethlisberger finishes strong, he has the depth to compete.

    Team Specific Questions

    You avoided running backs completely until the sixth round. Explain this strategy and explain how it is viable.

    In recent years, 50 percent of the runners from the previous season's top-24 list haven't returned to it the following year - including 7 of the top 12 runners. Since the rules of this league allow me to use twice as many receivers as runners, and half the runners that will be new to the top-24 this year will likely come from the mid-to-late rounds, taking "surer things" at WR, QB and TE in the early rounds is an effective strategy. Last year, I used this strategy with success so I'm giving it another year. I can see why it appears risky to anyone that has an ingrained belief that one must pick backs within the first four rounds, but recent history tells me not to worry about it.

    Brian Westbrook was selected four rounds earlier than is ADP. Do you have big expectations for this unsigned player or was this selection more need-based?

    Westbrook was selected at 15.10 in a 22-round draft. If I took him in rounds 10-12, I might feel like the eyebrow raise would be warranted. However, I had my fill at receiver, I felt good about my two quarterbacks and with Antonio Gates as my starter, I wanted to wait longer on a second tight end. So my choices were limited: so-so backups, talents positioned as the No.3 RB on their respective teams, or a proven NFL runner with great receiving skills that is likely to sign with a team as a change of pace runner by August. If I'm wrong, then cutting a 15th-round pick from my roster isn't a huge loss. If I'm right, Westbrook could become a strong bye-week RB.

    Your first five picks were wide receivers and a tight end. Wouldn't this strategy be more viable in a PPR format?

    Not really. There are 10 spots in a starting lineup in this type of league, and running back only occupies 20 percent of that lineup. If the trend is saying that half of the running back picks made in the first four rounds are going to be bad picks and I target running backs in bulk in the mid-to-late rounds, then I'm likely to get strong enough producers at this position. In addition to the receivers and tight end that I took in the opening rounds, my team should be fine.

    Although last year's stats aren't indicative of the following year's performance, if you compare my team's best starting lineup based on points per game versus my competition in this league there are six teams better than mine. However, three of those teams are only better by 0.3-1.3 points per game. The five teams my squad out-pointed by 1.3-5.5 points per game. What this should tell you is that if my choice of strategy weren't viable then I would likely be at the bottom of the pack when comparing my performance.

    Of course, if you land two stud runners, you can be a formidable opponent for anyone. But from where I was sitting at the draft table, I didn't have a shot at one of the first three to five backs to seriously consider landing one I felt supreme confidence in choosing over the prospect of two stud receivers.

    Or would the WR/TE rush in that format keep it from being doable?

    As I discovered when we conducted our PPR mock, there was a greater WR/TE rush but my peers also placed enough value on backs with receiving skills that the basic strategy is doable with some adjustments. I had the first overall pick, so taking Chris Johnson seemed like a "should" and I focused on landing two receivers and a tight end before getting a runner in round five.

    Tony Moeaki has become a trendy sleeper selection. What are your thoughts on this rookie?

    The Chiefs rookie is already the odds-on favorite to start after a mini camp where he has shown excellent skill as a receiver. Moeaki has the athleticism to stretch the field and gain yardage after the catch, but he's also a technically sound blocker that will be an asset to the Chiefs ground game. I think he's a lot like Heath Miller, but quicker and faster.

    Waldman's Complete Team

    Pick
    Pos
    Player
    Team
    9.10
    QB
    Brett Favre
    MIN
    10.03
    QB
    Matthew Stafford
    DET
    6.03
    RB
    Marion Barber
    DAL
    7.10
    RB
    Carnell Williams
    TB
    8.03
    RB
    Laurence Maroney
    NE
    11.10
    RB
    Mike Bell
    PHI
    13.10
    RB
    Fred Taylor
    NE
    14.03
    RB
    Bernard Scott
    CIN
    15.10
    RB
    Brian Westbrook
    FA*
    1.10
    WR
    Larry Fitzgerald
    ARI
    2.03
    WR
    Calvin Johnson
    DET
    3.10
    WR
    Brandon Marshall
    MIA
    5.10
    WR
    Steve Smith
    NYG
    12.03
    WR
    Nate Burleson
    DET
    16.03
    WR
    Laurent Robinson
    STL
    19.10
    WR
    Matt Jones
    CIN
    20.03
    WR
    Sammie Stroughter
    TB
    22.03
    WR
    Mike Williams
    SEA
    4.03
    TE
    Antonio Gates
    SD
    17.10
    TE
    Tony Moeaki
    KC
    21.10
    PK
    Lawrence Tynes
    NYG
    18.03
    Def
    New York Giants
    NYG

    Sigmund Bloom

    Pre-Draft Questions

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

    The 11 hole is functionally the same as one of the turns, you usually take one value pick and one need pick. You have to anticipate runs, or even start them. One advantage to the 11 hole is that it makes QBBC even easier since you can pick off two of your targets in succession at the 7/8 turn or the 9/10 turn, depending on how your leaguemates draft. Until then, hammer away at RB and WR (especially RB in this nonPPR), staying open to values at QB and TE.

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

  • 2 QB
  • 8 RB
  • 8 WR
  • 2 TE
  • 1 K
  • 1 D/ST
  • 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?

  • Donald Brown - 7.11/8.02 - He is quickly ending up on most of my teams as the top candidate to follow in Rashard Mendenhall, Ray Rice, and Jamaal Charles footsteps as a talented second-year breakout back who is overlooked because of a disappointing rookie year.
  • Randy Moss - 1.11/2.02 - In a nonPPR, Moss's value rises as a deep ball and TD specialist. Tom Brady just missed him deep on many occasions last year, but that should change as Brady is back to full health.
  • Carson Palmer - 9.11/10.02 - I plan on going QBBC, and I expect Palmer to be available at this turn. The Bengals have added weapons for this offseason, and he is being underrated by the fantasy community.
  • Post-Draft Questions

    Assess your team's strengths.

    Randy Moss and Steve Smith should be one of the best 1-2 punches at WR in a nonPPR, and the RB2-4 combo of Best, Bradshaw, and DBrown are all under 25 backs who could greatly exceed ADP. James Jones, Lance Moore, and Legedu Naanee are all good talents who could see their roles grow in big-time passing offenses, and they are my WR6-8.

    Assess your team's weaknesses.

    I'm lacking a sure thing at WR3 and RB2, and QBBC obviously carries the risk of lagging behind the teams with stud QBs. My team is mostly young at RB and WR and will need some players to to take steps forward to be competitive.

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

    Someone out of my WR3 committee of Hester, the TB rookies, and Jones/Moore/Naanee will have to emerge. Jahvid Best will have to live up to the hype and one of Ahmad Bradshaw and Donald Brown will have to take the lead in their backfield. One of Carson Palmer and Donovan McNabb will have to return to past glory, and Randy Moss, Steve Smith, and Tony Gonzalez will have to produce at the levels we have come to expect over their prolific careers.

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

    Borbely did well to get one of last elite QBs in Schaub, a possible breakout TE in Zach Miller and a strong RB corps built around Rice, Stewart, and Addai. Dodds QBBC of Kolb/Ryan should produce like an elite QB1, his RB core of Sjax-Grant-Moreno is quite possibly the best in the league, and he will still be very competitive at WR with Harvin-Ward-Ochocinco.

    Team Specific Questions

    You were one of the last to select a quarterback and then took two back-to-back. What is the thought there?

    I see 16 or 17 QBs with a good shot at producing like a mid-to-low end QB1 this season, unprecedented depth at the position. Most of the teams that take QBs early will wait to grab their backup, so it should be very easy to grab two of them in the 9th and 10th. The QBBC candidates mix high ceiling (McNabb, Kolb, Cutler, Stafford) and high floor (Ryan, EManning, Palmer, Favre), so no matter how it shakes out leading up to those picks, it should be easy to craft a quality committee.

    Ahmad Bradshaw and Donald Brown were taken earlier than their respective ADP. What are you expecting from these two players?

    Both are still very young and on the upslope of their career trajectory in good offenses. I had to reach for both because of the long wait between picks when you are at one end of the draft order. Bradshaw flashed top 20 RB ability last year, now that his ankles and feet are healthy, I expect him to deliver this year. Brown was still a decent flex play before he got hurt, with a full NFL offseason under his belt, I expect him to push Joseph Addai to get half of the work in Indy.

    You selected four backs before taking your third starting wide receiver. How will you overcome this perceived weakness at receiver?

    Randy Moss and Steve Smith should give me top-end scoring at WR1 and WR2 to make up for any gap at WR3. Also, in a nonPPR, the WR3 candidates all bunch together, so I decided to go with a shotgun approach and hope that one or two hit, instead of investing a a third pick in the first seven to gain what would likely amount to only 2-3 points a week at most, and that's only if none of my later picks hit.

    You took both rookie Buccaneers receivers. What are you expecting from the Tampa Bay passing game?

    Josh Freeman showed in his rookie year he is not going to back down. He is willing to force the ball to well-covered receivers and let their talent finish the deal, which is something that I can Benn can do on short and intermediate routes, Brandon Marshall-style, and something that Mike Williams can do on jumpballs and in the red zone, Larry Fitzgerald-style. Between the two of them, one should emerge as the target Freeman looks to when the bullets are flying, with Kellen Winslow occupying safeties while he works the middle of the field.

    Bloom's Complete Team

    Pick
    Pos
    Player
    Team
    9.11
    QB
    Donovan McNabb
    WAS
    10.02
    QB
    Carson Palmer
    CIN
    1.11
    RB
    DeAngelo Williams
    CAR
    4.02
    RB
    Jahvid Best
    DET
    5.11
    RB
    Ahmad Bradshaw
    NYG
    7.11
    RB
    Donald Brown
    IND
    13.11
    RB
    Tashard Choice
    DAL
    14.02
    RB
    Leon Washington
    SEA
    18.02
    RB
    Jason Snelling
    ATL
    19.11
    RB
    Sammy Morris
    NE
    2.02
    WR
    Randy Moss
    NE
    3.11
    WR
    Steve Smith
    CAR
    8.02
    WR
    Devin Hester
    CHI
    11.11
    WR
    Arrelious Benn
    TB
    12.02
    WR
    Mike Williams
    TB
    15.11
    WR
    James Jones
    GB
    16.02
    WR
    Lance Moore
    NO
    20.02
    WR
    Legedu Naanee
    SD
    6.02
    TE
    Tony Gonzalez
    ATL
    17.11
    TE
    Jared Cook
    TEN
    22.02
    PK
    Jeff Reed
    PIT
    21.11
    Def
    San Diego Chargers
    SD

    Jeff Pasquino

    Pre-Draft Questions

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

    Sitting at the corner (Pick 12) it is all about getting whatever best values present themselves to me at the turn and also identifying which players will likely not get back to me. With 22 picks between selections, it is a LONG way back around to your next two picks. Taking one of the "best players available" and one of the "best player I like that will not be there next time" is a good approach. Often I have 3-4 guys I like with 1-2 from each category, so I need to look 2-4 rounds ahead and think of what positions will be deeper when the next chance or two comes around.

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

    I really did not have a plan for depth at each position. With so many draft picks available (22) I knew that I would only spend one pick on defense and kicker each. That left 20 spots to distribute, and with a minimum of two quarterbacks and tight ends I had 16 to play with for RB, WR and third options at QB or TE if value presented itself. I know that in non-PPR leagues RBs that emerge as featured rushers or goal line backs are worth their weight in gold, so a minimum was seven here at the position. I felt that six WRs was a minimum as well at wide receiver, so a basic breakdown was 2-7-6-2 at QB-RB-WR-TE with three wild card spots afforded to me for best players available.

    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 scoring here favors running back hording, so Thomas Jones and Willis McGahee were my hopes later in the draft. Based on their career history of being the goal line specialist and also since they are behind heavily favored guys who get selected early in the drafts (Ray Rice, Jamaal Charles) I targeted them as two to grab. Touchdowns are gold here and worth the equivalent of 60 yards rushing or receiving, so I want guys that get significant chances to score. Based on their ADPs and other drafts I targeted them at the 9/10 turn and was able to grab both of them. Those are my top two by far, but after that a TE like Owen Daniels later in the draft would be a steal if one of the two RBs I really want does not make it to the end of Round 9. I am likely to wait quite a while at tight end but if I can get Daniels or another strong TE candidate in Round 11 I will be quite happy.

    Post-Draft Questions

    Assess your team's strengths.

    Starting out of the box with Drew Brees, I would have to say quarterback is a strength. Wide receiver also looks pretty good with Marques Colston, Anquan Boldin and Mike Sims-Walker as three of my first six selections. Depth at other spots (RB, TE) should help to make up for shortcomings after the front line starters.

    Assess your team's weaknesses.

    Since I grabbed a quarterback early, that costs me some strength in other places. Having to pick last (1.12) I do not get my choice of a Top 5 RB so I have to try and strengthen the team at the other spots likely to be selected in the first six or seven rounds. Grabbing a top quarterback (Drew Brees) gives me production and stability at the spot and also a likely advantage at the position in comparison to the rest of the league. Taking three WRs in my first six picks may seem risky, but now I have three reliable starters and do not have to play "WR by committee" and hope to find enough starting caliber talent at that position. With QB and WR strengths I know that I will have to play TE and RB2 by committee and hope that some of my later picks step up and deliver.

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

    Drew Brees and my top wideouts will have to play well this year, giving my club good production from those spots. Mendenhall will have to be worth starting most every week as I am nearly married to him as my top pick at running back. At least two other running backs will have to become reliable touchdown producers - but with Pierre Thomas, Thomas Jones and Willis McGahee I believe that I have reasonable options. A bonus would be if Ben Tate and/or CJ Spiller emerge as fantasy starters. Tight end is not a strength either, so Chris Cooley must return to starting form or one of my two backups (Tony Scheffler, Dustin Keller) must put up reasonable numbers.

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

    The first thing I look for is touchdown production from running backs, and the team I like most (after my own, of course) is Dodds' squad. Ryan Grant is always underrated, Steven Jackson in St. Louis always finds a way to be productive (even with minimal scores last year) and both Knowshon Moreno and Michael Bush offer plenty of RB3 upside. After that, Kevin Kolb is a solid QB1 choice and he is a great pairing with Matt Ryan. I would have preferred more WR depth instead of a second defense for David, but Percy Harvin, Chad Ochocinco and Hines Ward should be solid starters. The other team that looks reasonably solid is Andrew Garda's club. He should have solid RB production from Maurice Jones-Drew and Brandon Jacobs, with Tim Hightower as an underrated RB3 option. Chester Taylor is a solid RB4 as well. The WR3 spot is a bit iffy after DeSean Jackson and Hakeem Nicks, but if there is a spot to be weak overall the third wideout is not a bad choice.

    Team Specific Questions

    Three of your first four picks were Saints. What are your thoughts on taking multiple players from the same NFL team?

    I'm not too concerned here, as I took a top quarterback (Drew Brees), his favorite wide receiver (Marques Colston) and a solid RB2 option (Pierre Thomas). All three were tops on my best available list so I grabbed them. With eight offensive starters I am not that worried about three of them all from the same team, especially one from a very prolific scoring club. Their bye is also rather late which should give me plenty of time to get ready for that eventuality.

    Excepting Rashard Mendenhall, all of your backs are backups or have serious competition for touches. What was your strategy at this position?

    I disagree here as Pierre Thomas is the starter and will see the lion's share of the touches for the Saints. He also will be the "between the tackles" RB, which makes for a solid touchdown candidate, something you always want to grab in non-PPR leagues. That's why every running back I grabbed after Thomas is one I could easily see getting the bulk of the end zone chances for their squads. Thomas Jones had 29 scores the last two years, while Willis McGahee racked up 14 in 2009. Add in four rookies who could all contribute (Ben Tate in Houston, CJ Spiller in Buffalo, James Starks in Green Bay and Joe McKnight for the Jets) and you have plenty of guys who can emerge as touchdown candidates for their respective clubs.

    People generally take only two tight ends. You grabbed three. Why?

    Sometimes you take the best talent available, even if you have "enough" at that spot. Tony Scheffler is viewed as a sleeper tight end who can contribute in a big way for Detroit this year, so even though I had already grabbed Chris Cooley and Dustin Keller it made sense to grab him. The flex spot offers the chance to start two tight ends on occasion, so if two of them have favorable matchups and I have issues at RB or WR with byes or injury I have the added flexibility to start two. Also, by grabbing the best available talent, I get both trade bait for later deals with other clubs and I keep those teams from drafting valuable players on the cheap. Just because I have enough at one spot does not mean my competition should get valuable talent at a discount. Lastly I was also one of the last guys to grab their first tight end so grabbing three might make up for it if one of them really explodes.

    If this were a real league, how would you select your flex starter? Do you have a player in mind or would you just wait for someone to emerge?

    My starting lineup would consist of QB Drew Brees, Mendenhall and Pierre Thomas at RB, Colston, Mike Sims-Walker and Anquan Boldin at WR and Chris Cooley at tight end most weeks. The likely flex starter would be one of Willis McGahee, Thomas Jones or a rookie who emerges like Ben Tate or CJ Spiller. After watching training camps for both backfield battles and to see who is the goal line back for each team I should have a good idea who will be the guy getting the ball for most teams in the Red Zone.

    Pasquino's Complete Team

    Pick
    Pos
    Player
    Team
    2.01
    QB
    Drew Brees
    NO
    14.01
    QB
    Mark Sanchez
    NYJ
    1.12
    RB
    Rashard Mendenhall
    PIT
    4.01
    RB
    Pierre Thomas
    NO
    7.12
    RB
    C.J. Spiller
    BUF
    8.01
    RB
    Ben Tate
    HOU
    9.12
    RB
    Thomas Jones
    KC
    10.01
    RB
    Willis McGahee
    BAL
    19.12
    RB
    James Starks
    GB
    21.12
    RB
    Joe McKnight
    NYJ
    3.12
    WR
    Marques Colston
    NO
    5.12
    WR
    Mike Sims-Walker
    JAC
    6.01
    WR
    Anquan Boldin
    BAL
    12.01
    WR
    Dexter McCluster
    KC
    15.12
    WR
    Julian Edelman
    NE
    18.01
    WR
    Devery Henderson
    NO
    20.01
    WR
    Jason Avant
    PHI
    11.12
    TE
    Chris Cooley
    WAS
    13.12
    TE
    Dustin Keller
    NYJ
    16.01
    TE
    Tony Scheffler
    DET
    22.01
    PK
    Jay Feely
    ARI
    17.12
    Def
    San Francisco 49ers
    SF

    The Complete Draft

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