Fantasy Football Analysis Draft II - Round 9

by KFFL Staff on August 11, 2009 @ 01:00:01 PDT's Fantasy Football Analysis Draft II brings you behind the scenes with each fantasy football pick. Who did each fantasy football expert consider? What do they need the selected player to accomplish on the fantasy football field to make the pick a success? Tune in for each round and find out! Along the way, we welcome you to share your thoughts on each selection and each fantasy football team as they develop!

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1) Dustin Keller, tight end, New York Jets

Team: Sara Holladay, | Team Roster

Reason: Keller is a bit of a risk with the question mark at QB for the Jets, but whether it's Kellen Clemens or Mark Sanchez chucking the rock, they're sure to rely upon Keller. Without wideout Laveranues Coles in the picture anymore, Keller should increase his receptions to 55-60 with maybe 600 yards and six TDs for the season. 

2) Tim Hightower, running back, Arizona Cardinals

Team: Paul Greco, | Team Roster

Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons
Hightower is in tough battle a for starting spot

Reason: I was in need of a backup running back; the other names on the board had the same bye week as my two starters so I had to go with the next best option. Hightower has a very good chance of beating out Chris Wells for the starting RB position. I just hope he can hold it through Week 9.

3) Josh Morgan, wide receiver, San Francisco 49ers

Team: Jeff Pasquino, | Team Roster

Reason: Morgan is a physical specimen and the true No. 1 WR for the 49ers. He possesses the same physical style and athleticism as Arizona Cardinals wideout Anquan Boldin and has the same upside. While others are concerned about when Michael Crabtree will get in camp, Morgan will be taking all the reps as the true starter and be poised for a breakout year. I expect 55-60 catches and 700-800 yards this season with five to seven touchdowns.

4) Jamal Lewis, running back, Cleveland Browns

Team: Cory J. Bonini, | Team Roster

Reason: I debated Lewis and Darren Sproles (a handcuff to LaDainian Tomlinson for me), but I figured Lewis could have value to me regardless of what happens to LT. Sproles isn't expected to have enough of a role in the offense to be a consistent play. I'm expecting about 275 carries for 1,100 rushing yards and seven touchdowns from Lewis.

5) Matt Ryan, quarterback, Atlanta Falcons

Team: Tony Holm, | Team Roster

Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons
Matty Ice finally went in the ninth round of the K-FAD

Reason: Being the last team to draft a QB I wanted to make sure I came away with a legit fantasy No. 1 and Ryan is that guy. Another year in the system, the addition of tight end Tony Gonzalez (Kansas City Chiefs) and the coming out party of wide receiver Roddy White and running back Michael Turner last year, not to mention what running back Jerious Norwood can do after the catch, make this offense one of the best in the league.

6) Steve Breaston, wide receiver, Arizona Cardinals

Team: David Dorey, | Team Roster

Reason: I missed out on a good tight end, but I received more bang for the buck with my RBs and WRs anyway. I opted here to draft the best WR on my board to cover bye weeks. Breaston already had a 1,000-yard season last year, and there is always the specter of Anquan Boldin getting traded or injured. At the worst I have an excellent bye week guy to use three times, and I very may well have a starting wideout on one of the premier passing teams.

7) Darren Sproles, running back, San Diego Chargers

Team: Paul Hickey, | Team Roster

Reason: The 5-foot-6 playmaker came up huge for San Diego down the stretch and in the playoffs last year and will touch the ball way more often on offense this year. Shoot, even LT has been asking for it to happen. Sproles is a legit weekly flex spot starter in deep PPR leagues.

8) Jerious Norwood, running back, Atlanta Falcons

Team: Herbie Teope, Time Warner Cable | Team Roster

After taking Michael Turner, I made a mental note to target Norwood here or in Round 10. He's in a contract year and a must-have handcuff to Turner. I would've preferred to grab wideout Josh Morgan here and get Norwood next round, but made a big statement by taking Morgan earlier in this round. Norwood is strictly backup and handcuff material, but he is serviceable if thrust in action due to a Turner injury.

9) Rashard Mendenhall, running back, Pittsburgh Steelers

Team: Ryan Lester, | Team Roster

Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons
How well will Mendenhall recover from last year's injury?

Reason: Running backs have been jumping off the shelves so I figured I would grab one with plenty of upside who also protects my butt in case my earlier selection of Willie Parker doesn't pan out.

10) Shonn Greene, running back, New York Jets

Team: Scott Engel, | Team Roster

Reason: Thomas Jones is in great physical shape, but he also has some significant wear on his tires, especially over the past few seasons. Should he get injured or hit a slump, the Jets pit crew can't expect to fully replace him with Leon Washington when they "change the tires." I really felt this was the best upside pick at this point. Setting statistical bars this late is risky, but I expect Greene to have, at least, a pair of 100-yard games and score four times.

11) Percy Harvin, wide receiver, Minnesota Vikings

Team: Ian Riley, OPEN Sports | Team Roster

Reason: The buzz simply is not dying on the rookie out of Florida, making Harvin a risk worth taking over the other receiver candidates still left on the board. I don't like the attitude concerns, but the fact that the Vikings are already creating packages tailored just for him means he will be involved on offense from Week 1. My fingers will be crossed he keeps himself out of trouble off the field.

12) Fred Jackson, running back, Buffalo Bills

Team: William Del Pilar, | Team Roster

Reason: Jackson will be the starter entering the season, and after that he will see about 10 touches per game even as a backup. In Week 17, he showed promise as the featured back rushing 27 times for 136 yards. You add wide receiver Terrell Owens forcing teams to account for the passing game and Jackson will see opportunities as a starter and as a backup. If anything happens to Marshawn Lynch, Jackson should become the starter despite the team signing Dominic Rhodes. Finally, Jackson is a solid one-cut runner who knows how to keep the legs moving and has surprisingly showed power.

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