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Reason: Rookie WRs are never worth banking on, but Maclin has some serious upside as a guy with tremendous ability playing on a potent offense. He's well worth a grab in the 13th round on the off chance that he pans out into a flex play.
Reason: Since I already had three good RBs, a fourth rusher was in order. Taylor is poised to be the lead rusher for the Patriots this season, and considering that defenses must honor the Tom Brady, Randy Moss and Wes Welker trio, it would stand to reason that running lanes will be open often for Taylor. He is likely to split carries, but most backs are already sharing the workload. Taylor could get 1,000 yards this season and several TDs, making him a very nice spot starter and excellent fantasy depth.
Reason: I generally avoid rookie receivers, but Nicks has the potential to lead the Giants' passing game. I'm not sold on Domenik Hixon or Steven Smith yet, so the rook gets my vote of confidence. I'll take my chances with a player that reminds me of Anquan Boldin as my fourth receiver in a PPR league.
Reason: Maroney is one of the youngest of RBs on the roster and don't forget the Patriots took him with a first-round pick (21st overall) in the 2006 NFL Draft as the second RB taken in the draft. To put that in perspective, the RBs taken in the first two rounds in order were Reggie Bush, Laurence Maroney, DeAngelo Williams, Joseph Addai, LenDale White, and Maurice Jones-Drew. To say expectations are still high is an understatement, and I believe the Patriots will give him a lot of rope to perform at the level they've always expected.
Reason: I'll probably stop with the five wideouts since we only have 16 roster spots, and I think I need to shore up my TEs next round. I waited too long to get a TE so I better get two. Robinson is a rising WR in drafts since Donnie Avery (foot) is injured and the Rams will undoubtedly need to throw. On a team devoid of veteran talent for wide receivers, the ex-Atlanta Falcon Robinson is a sleeper type with a wonderful schedule as well.
Reason: There aren't high expectations for Shockey this season after he was basically worthless a year ago. However, the backup TE options were dwindling, and I'm definitely not one to go defense this early. Shockey has some upside in New Orleans' offense, and he fell because the hype machine hasn't been anywhere near New Orleans this offseason. By Week 5 or 6, I could be smiling when I think about this pick.
Reason: Coach Todd Haley has a history of getting the most out of receivers, so I'm expecting Bradley, who had stretches of production last season, to surprise. He's slotted to start in what should be a pass-first offense, giving him plenty of opportunities to produce.
9) Baltimore Ravens team defense
Reason: The defenses have been slow to come off the board so I figured I would take a second elite defense rather than adding a backup position player.
Reason: Burton is an untapped talent who will blossom this season, but he may do his best work when Donnie Avery (foot) returns. Burton is a fine physical specimen with big-play potential. If he isn't a prime concern for opposing defensive backs, he will indeed surprise them and make them respect him. Expect a few 100-yard outings and a minimum of five TD receptions.
Reason: I was really surprised at the fact that some owners were taking backup tight ends before I even drafted my starter. I had Brent Celek and Jeremy Shockey as guys I wanted with this pick, but both were snatched up before my selection so I grabbed Boss. While the receiver situation is still up in the air for the G-Men, Boss is the clear-cut starter and a viable red zone option on this offense. He may not be a strong PPR option, but I will be happy with 45 receptions if he can repeat his touchdown output from last season.
Reason: During my research I realized no one is considering him and most are ignoring him in drafts I've seen. I, however, view him as a great late-round pick. Right now he's been the most impressive wideout during the offseason for the Saints. He's supposedly outplayed Devery Henderson and because of a shoulder injury to Lance Moore (shoulder), Meachem is working with the first team. He has shown maturation both mentally by taking responsibility for his failures the last two years and on the field as the coaches say he knows the offense and is now reacting and playing. He's the team's best wideout in talent, is on the league's most high-powered offense and did I mention he's entering his third year - the year some receivers begin to make their impact because they're finally familiar with the offense.
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