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Reason: Once again, I believed the receivers I wanted would be waiting in another round. Having an injury-prone tight end in Kellen Winslow as our starter, I had to draft a solid backup and that is where Miller fits in. He led the team in receptions (56) and yardage (778) last year with one touchdown. He was eighth in receptions and targets among tight ends; he also runs his routes well and has solid hands. Most don't realize he led all tight ends in catches of 20 yards or more. Two other reasons I like him: Head coach Tom Cable wants to involve him in the red zone more this year, and despite the flak he took on draft day, rookie wideout Darrius Heyward-Bey could stretch the offense, loosening up the middle and making it easier for Miller to catch even more passes this year.
Reason: After last season's knee injury to Greg Camarillo in Week 12, Bess stepped in and averaged six receptions a game to finish out the season. He has also just been listed as starting on the team's first preseason depth chart, meaning he will be Pennington's go-to possession receiver if the season started today. To get a guy with the potential to catch 80 balls in a PPR league was too great a value to pass on in the 12th round.
Reason: Probably the least sexiest pick of this or any other draft when his name gets called. However, I do need some solid insurance for Matt Hasselbeck. Plus, I'm not expecting the Chad Henne experimental era to begin in earnest until 2010. He won't be great, but he won't hurt me, either.
Reason: Crayton should benefit from T.O.'s departure as he will slide back into the starter's role. With tight end Jason Witten, wide receiver Roy Williams, and the rushing attack garnering the bulk of the attention, receivers Crayton and Miles Austin should be able to carve out fantasy roles.
Reason: My gamble to pass on Trent Edwards didn't pan out, and I must address my backup QB with the best available option. The bad thing is I have two signal callers with the same Week 8 bye, but I have time to consider options. Additionally, I may choose to draft another QB for a three-headed committee. While Campbell is an enigma, he's plenty motivated to produce this season after the Redskins openly looked to upgrade the position. Moreover, Campbell is in a contract year, so there's more incentive.
Reason: With Donnie Avery likely out until Week 3 with a foot injury, I felt I needed another veteran presence at WR. Camarillo has looked great considering he's coming off a torn ACL midway through last season. Prior to the injury, he was on his way to PPR stardom, and he's expected to win back a starting role this season opposite Ted Ginn. I know, Davone Bess played well in his absence, but don't be surprised if Camarillo morphs into a Wes Welker-like weapon this year.
Reason: I've waited a long time to get a tight end, and once the top four were gone I was not in any hurry. I opted for Shiancoe, who helped me last year in many leagues. The Vikings could end up with Sage Rosenfels as the QB and that would only help all the receivers' numbers. I waited until the 12th round to get my tight end and probably gave up negligible points while drafting RBs and WRs that I really like.
Reason: If Carson Palmer thinks Henry can put up Randy Moss-type numbers that's good enough for me. Everyone in the Bengals organization has said Henry has put his past behind him and is focused on football. The talent is there and with maturity could come great things - a solid 2009 sleeper pick.
9) San Diego Chargers team defense
Reason: I rarely take a defense this early, but I didn't see anything else that piqued my interest in the late 12th round. I passed on the Baltimore Ravens on purpose - I'm worried about the loss of Rex Ryan and Ray Lewis' age. The Chargers get Shawne Merriman (knee) back, return a healthy Antonio Cromartie and drafted a potential beast in Larry English. I'm expecting a lot of sacks, which should lead to a lot of turnovers. This may not have been one of my better picks in the public's eyes, but I walk away with the defense of my choice and have no one to blame but myself if I screwed this one up.
Reason: Forget Deion Branch here – Burleson is your second starting wide receiver in Seattle. The Seahawks will struggle to run the ball, and Burleson scored 10 touchdowns two years ago (nine catches, one kick return) –very few NFL wideouts ever come close to double-digit scores in one season. The Seahawks need weapons on offense, as they had virtually no one to play wideout last year with all the injuries they suffered. Burleson could have a stellar comeback year with 50-plus receptions and 6-plus touchdowns in 2009.
Reason: Over Celek's last four games, including the playoffs, he caught 22 passes from Donovan McNabb, including four touchdowns. As a backup, I'll play Celek against nice matchups.
12) New York Giants team defense
Reason: While I normally don't take a defensive team on the early end like this, by the time the draft wraps back around to me, the quality of team defenses will be rather mediocre. I took this chance to grab one of the best defenses in the league. The Giants will bring lots of defensive points via sacks and a solid secondary rounds out the unit.
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