Inside Fantasy Sports

September 4, 2009 7:06 PM

6th Round

Round 6

1. Hines Ward Troubanos

2. Zach Miller Feed to Suce...

3. Darren Sproles 8thstreetlatina

4. Thomas Jones World Watchers

5. Derrick Ward the problem

6. Owen Daniels BunnyT69

7. Chris Cooley shark's in t...

8. Ray Rice The Dudes

9. Knowshon Moreno Beware! TreeHasCrabs

10. Willie Parker Dragon

11. Jonathan Stewart Ice King

12. LenDale White A Brush With...

Knowshon Moreno making some DB look really, really bad
Commentary: With 1 RB, 3 WRs, and a QB already on my roster, it was pretty clear to me that I needed to round out my backfield with a second running back, especially since each of the tight ends that I would have considered were all taken before my pick. I wasn't happy to see Thomas Jones, Derrick Ward, and Ray Rice taken ahead of me, but Broncos rookie RB Knowshon Moreno was still there and I pounced on him. I like his play-making ability, receiving skills, and the fact that he'll be running behind a solid offensive line. A rookie's production is always pretty tough to predict, but Moreno's got a ton of potential and looked explosive in the one preseason game in which I saw him play.

The majority of the owners in this league are 49er fans, so I thought I'd be able to wait until the 7th or 8th round to snag TE Zach Miller, but a fellow Raider fan, Joyce (Feed to Succeed LLP), snagged him early in this round, causing me to shout an expletive and startle my co-manager. Miller is the Raiders' best receiver and QB JaMarcus Russell has shown on multiple accounts that he trusts him to come down with the ball in the middle of the field. While I was not happy to see him taken so early, I like that pick a lot.

It was surprising to see Sproles go so early. I like Jones, Ward, Rice, Moreno, and even Parker more than Sproles this year. He's a talented player, but LaDainian Tomlinson is going to dominate that backfield for much of the season, if not all of it. Sproles will get a few opportunities to handle the ball, but I don't see him being a fantasy factor until the last third or fourth of the season (unless LT goes down early). I checked to see if this was a handcuff pick (usually owners will "handcuff" their top RB to his backup), but Dave (8thstreetlatina...brilliant team name) doesn't have LT.

Come back later for rounds 7-9, where the league starts getting into serious sleeper country.

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