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September 7, 2009 6:44 PM

Draft Commentary: Rounds 10-12

Round 10

1. Earl Bennett Troubanos

2. Tim Hightower Feed to Suce...

3. Philadelphia 8thstreetlatina

4. Green Bay World Watchers

5. Rashard Mendenhall the problem

6. Eli Manning BunnyT69

7. Ben Roethlisberger shark's in t...

8. Steve Smith The Dudes

9. Minnesota Beware! TreeHasCrabs

10. Dallas Dragon

11. Domenik Hixon Ice King

12. Steve Breaston A Brush With...

Pat (94) and Kevin (93) Williams (not related, but a deadly combo nonetheless)
Commentary: 6 defenses (NYG, Pit, Bal, Ten, Phi, GB) went from the 8th round until my pick in the 10th. Not happy with the RB and WR options available here, I decided to join in on the run and grab Minnesota's defense and special teams. While the team's secondary is not very good (tied for 21st in interceptions last year with 12), the Vikings front 7 makes up for it with sacks (4th with 45) and forced fumbles (T4th with 20). The team returned all four starters on the defensive line and added explosive rookie WR Percy Harvin as its kick returner, so they could be a top 5 defense/special teams unit from a fantasy perspective. In hindsight, I probably should have waited to grab the New York Jets D (13th round), but I thought the run would continue and leave me disappointed with my starting unit.

Four interesting sleeper WRs went this round: Earl Bennett (Chi), Steve Smith (NYG), Domenik Hixon (NYG), and Steve Breaston (Ari). Breaston is the only one of these guys that had solid production in 2008 (77 rec, 1006 yards, 3 TDs), but at least one more of these guys could emerge as a reliable fantasy option in 2009. My guess would be Hixon, who finished the season pretty well, breaking 60 receiving yards in 4 of his last 5 games (3 yards away from that being 5 of his last 6). The Giants passing game will likely struggle a bit without Plaxico Burress and Amani Toomer, which is all the more reason why they'll need someone to step up. Smith is a nice deep threat, but in a PPR league I think Hixon is the guy to target on the Giants (though rookie Hakeem Nicks could emerge down the stretch).

Round 11

1. John Carlson A Brush With...

2. Chester Taylor Ice King

3. Matt Cassel Dragon

4. Dustin Keller Beware! TreeHasCrabs

5. Josh Morgan The Dudes

6. Laveranues Coles shark's in t...

7. Nate Washington BunnyT69

8. Willis McGahee the problem

9. Julius Jones World Watchers

10. Stephen Gostkowski 8thstreetlatina

11. Isaac Bruce Feed to Suce...

12. Visanthe Shiancoe Troubanos

Dustin Keller

Commentary: When Bud (A Brush With Death) snagged Seahawks TE John Carlson with the first pick in the 11th round, I knew that the waiting game was over and that I'd have to take a tight end. My options were Dustin Keller (NYJ), Visanthe Shiancoe (Min), and Anthony Fasano (Mia). I know, I know, Shiancoe and Fasano were amongst my value picks, but remember that I have a co-manager and his favorite of the three was Keller while I was impartial. As a rookie, Keller had 48 receptions for 535 yards and 3 touchdowns in 2008. Showing why the Jets took him in the 1st round of the 2008 NFL Draft (his fantastic receiving skills), he got into a steady groove of production from week 10 to week 13, averaging 6.75 receptions for 78.25 yards in those four games. However, as QB Brett Favre's health became a major concern and his level of play significantly declined, Keller's numbers suffered (as did WR Jericho Cotchery's). With rookie QB Mark Sanchez under center, I think Keller will continue what he started in week 10. A rookie QB's best friends (aside from every quarterback’s BFFs, offensive linemen) are his running backs and his tight end, so Keller should see plenty of looks in 2009.

The fact that new Bengals WR Laveranues Coles fell all the way to the middle of the 11th round shows a lot about fantasy owners' faith (or lack thereof) in him, but Shae's (shark's in the water) pick here could prove to be one of the better bargains in the draft if QB Carson Palmer can stay healthy this year. The Bengals have plans to use Coles at now Seattle Seahawk T.J. Houshmandzadeh's old "Z" position, and if he can produce anything like Housh did in Cincinnati, this would be a great value pick. The "Z" receiver led the team in targets last season so Coles could be in store for a team-leading reception total in 2009.

Round 12

1. James Davis Troubanos

2. Rob Bironas Feed to Suce...

3. Devery Henderson 8thstreetlatina

4. Brett Favre World Watchers

5. Heath Miller the problem

6. Mason Crosby BunnyT69

7. Justin Gage shark's in t...

8. Patrick Crayton The Dudes

9. Earnest Graham Beware! TreeHasCrabs

10. Sammy Morris Dragon

11. Robert Meachem Ice King

12. Vernon Davis A Brush With...

Earnest Graham

Commentary: At this point in the draft I was simply looking for the WR or RB with the most upside. With two rookies (Moreno and Harvin) and some question marks with my backup RBs, Cedric Benson and Larry Johnson, I felt like I needed a little more depth in case of injury or poor production. While it seems as though Graham will start the season in a running back committee (sharing carries with Cadillac Williams and Derrick Ward), he looks to be the goal line back due to his size and power. I figured it was worth a shot snagging him and seeing how the remainder of the preseason played out.

The majority of football fans have probably never heard of Browns rookie RB James Davis, but I have a feeling that his popularity in fantasy circles is on the verge of skyrocketing. Indications out of the Browns’ camp suggest that RB Jamal Lewis' job is not safe (many beat writers speculated that he was on the roster bubble before Saturday's cuts) and that Davis could unseat the aging veteran as the starter. Davis has looked solid in the preseason (24 rushes for 186 yards and a TD) and has been taking some reps with the first team in practices. If Lewis doesn't step up soon, Davis will get a shot at the starting job. Nice sleeper pick by Adam (Troubanos).

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