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September 6, 2009 7:22 PM

Draft Commentary: Round 7

Round 7

1. Beanie Wells A Brush With...

2. Santonio Holmes Ice King

3. Antonio Bryant Dragon

4. Cedric Benson Beware! TreeHasCrabs

5. Jerricho Cotchery The Dudes

6. LeSean McCoy shark's in t...

7. Felix Jones BunnyT69

8. Bernard Berrian the problem

9. Santana Moss World Watchers

10. Greg Olsen 8thstreetlatina

11. Ted Ginn Jr. Feed to Suce...

12. Leon Washington Troubanos

Cedric Benson
Commentary: While I still hadn't drafted a tight end, my strategy for the next few rounds was to shore up my running backs and wide receivers. My reasons: 1) Moreno (my 6th pick) is a rookie and, while his potential is great, rookie's are always fantasy wildcards; 2) two of my WRs (Bowe and Welker) share a bye week, so I needed a viable option to fill in at the WR position that week; and 3) I wasn't crazy about the value I'd get out of the available TEs in round 7. The RBs I was considering this round were Cedric Benson (Cin), Leon Washington (NYJ), Larry Johnson (KC), and Ahmad Bradshaw (NYG). While I really like Washington and Bradshaw as sleepers for their big play abilities, I wanted a guy that was guaranteed starting RB touches on a weekly basis. While his 2008 totals are not at all impressive, Benson finished the season strong, recording 73, 171, and 111 yards in the final three games. With Carson Palmer back at QB for the Bengals, I feel comfortable with Benson as my 3rd RB.

Like Moreno, Cardinals rookie RB Chris "Beanie" Wells has immense potential. If he can find a way into the team's starting lineup early on in the season I believe he'll be a viable fantasy option down the stretch as defenses will focus most of their efforts on slowing the Cardinals aerial attack, led by QB Kurt Warner and WRs Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin. With the attention primarily on the wide receivers, Wells (a big, bruising runner) will likely see success on inside runs between the tackles. Beanie was the other option I considered in the 6th round before deciding to select Moreno. Kudos to Bud (A Brush With Death) for that pick.

As I've said in this post and previous posts, I really like Jets RB Leon Washington. What he's capable of in open space is stunning and, while he probably won't ever be a workhouse back (20+ carries a game over the course of a season), his receiving skills and explosiveness make him a nice fantasy option in the middle rounds as as backup RB. Very nice pick by Adam (Troubanos) to conclude the 7th round.

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