Reason: He's the best quarterback left on my board. I needed to come back soon with a reliable backup. I like McNabb's potential in this offense with the targets around him (Santana Moss, Chris Cooley, Devin Thomas); he should chuck for another 3,500-plus yards, 22 or more scores and run in a few. In the end, I'm just not comfortable with the New York Giants' Eli Manning as my backup. Kolb and McNabb give me a solid combo at this position.
Reason: I didn't want to take the chance that he would not make it back to me, but this was a reach. In PPR scoring, McCluster could be a poor man's Wes Welker in this system. I expect he will catch at least 50 passes for 650 yards and score a few times.
Reason: Miller is coming off his best season yet, with 76 receptions, 789 receiving yards and four touchdowns. I have a feeling Pittsburgh quarterbacks will be relying on him even more often this year following the loss of Santonio Holmes.
Reason: I really don't see how the Texans would want Steve Slaton to get the lion's share of the workload this season. I think that's why they drafted Ben Tate. The Texans are hoping that either Tate or Foster can prove themselves to be the every-down back, so they can relegate Slaton into a specialty role. Foster has the size to be that guy, and he finished last season with very strong showings against the Miami Dolphins and New England Patriots. I thought Foster was worth taking a flier on here. It could pay off.
Reason: Taylor still has an outside chance to win the starting job, but even if does not, he should see a good amount of playing time because he is a factor in both the running and passing game. He should get around 40 receptions and 700 total yards.
Reason: Tom Brady is an injury risk at this point in his career. I needed a backup quarterback to cover a bye week and any injuries that might happen to Brady. Manning is a good No. 2 quarterback and is coming off of a solid 2009 season. Manning also has young, developing wide receivers to catch his passes, and he should have a productive season. He appeared to be the best available quarterback, so I took him with my 10th pick.
Reason: I firmly believe that Royal was not as bad as last season suggests - he had just 37 grabs for 345 yards and no scores. Although I'm not counting on his return to the 91-980-5 stats from his rookie year, something in between his first two year's of production isn't hard to comprehend and would be nice out of my No. 4 receiver. Subtract Brandon Marshall from the offense, give Royal another offseason to work with Kyle Orton and I see a rebound year. Royal should be the team's possession receiver, which bodes well for me in a point-per-reception format.
Reason: As noted in previous rounds, my running backs are very suspect. Lynch could wither away in Buffalo this year or be traded into a better situation during training camp. As my No. 5 running back, I'll take that 10th-round gamble. If he doesn't, I'll have an easy cut early in the season.
Reason: McGahee was a machine in the red zone, scoring 12 rushing touchdowns last season. Considering I have Ray Rice as my top running back, I picked McGahee just to make sure I'm covered in the event Rice gets hurt.
Reason: His final four games - 22 catches for 282 yards and four touchdowns - tell the story. Some experts speculate that the speed of Devin Hester and Johnny Knox will be a better fit for Mike Martz's offense, but I'm not convinced. What Aromashodu showed me late last season - chemistry with his quarterback, red zone prowess and soft hands - could work in any offense. If anything, the presence of field-stretchers like Hester and Knox is just another reason to believe Aromashodu can thrive, or at least produce like a viable No. 4 fantasy receiver.
Reason: The wideout handcuff: It's catching on! I own Wes Welker; this pick was coming. It's worth it - I secure a 100-catch position in a PPR setup. Did I need to take up an extra roster spot on New England's slot guy? Maybe not, but at this point, wideouts were gambles and potential in-season drops anyway. Security defeated a dice roll.
Reason: I haven't taken a wideout since I nabbed Calvin Johnson in Round 3. My hindsight: Skip Carson Palmer in Round 9; take a receiver. Regardless, I'm not down on my choices. Hester has put in a ton of offseason work in order to understand and, hopefully, excel in Mike Martz's offense. He was Chicago's most productive wideout in 2009 and is showing a previously unseen level of maturity. Hester isn't lost behind Johnny Knox and Devin Aromashodu - yet.
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