Fantasy Football Analysis Draft I - Round 8

by KFFL Staff on June 23, 2009 @ 01:00:01 PDT


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1) Torry Holt, wide receiver, Jacksonville Jaguars

Team: Kostas Bolos | Team Roster

Reason: Holt is no longer an elite fantasy receiver at this point in his career. However, he has great value as a No. 3 wideout on my team behind Andre Johnson and Larry Fitzgerald. Holt should be good for 70-plus receptions, 900-plus yards with six to eight scores.

2) Chris Cooley, tight end, Washington Redskins

Team: Ryan R. Bonini | Team Roster

Reason: He has a hot wife, can punch through a wall and catch a football and writes a pretty enjoyable blog. Not enough? He is coming off a career-best in receptions (83) and yards (849). His touchdown count (1) last year was pathetic, but he scored no less than six touchdowns in his previous four seasons so I'll cut him some slack. Cooley should be good for 70 receptions, 800 yards and six scores.

Jones has sleeper potential written all over him

3) Julius Jones, running back, Seattle Seahawks

Team: Nicholas Minnix | Team Roster

Reason: At this point, lead running backs are unavailable, save for Jones, an underachiever. Every time offensive coordinator Greg Knapp and head coach Jim Mora oversee a rushing attack, it finishes in the top 10 in rushing, though. Jones will lose a few scores to 'mate T.J. Duckett, but this could be the year.... I expect the Atlanta Falcons version of Warrick Dunn: 1,100 yards, 25-30 catches and four or five touchdowns.

4) Rashard Mendenhall, running back, Pittsburgh Steelers

Team: Tim Heaney | Team Roster

Reason: I needed to handcuff Parker with the bruising Mendenhall, who probably wouldn't have lasted another 16 picks. I might even be able to start both backs some weeks. I have now locked up a backfield I believe will rebound in a big way, with Mendenhall seeing ample goal line touches.

5) Ray Rice, running back, Baltimore Ravens

Team: Cory J. Bonini | Team Roster

Reason: I reached for Rice by his ADP standards, but I don't feel those figures are a fair barometer in his case. Rice has the potential to be this year's Steve Slaton - a backup that emerges from a mess of rushers and shines. Rice is undersized but yet powerful. He has moves that make defenders miss and has adequate hands out of the backfield. Rice, working behind an injury-prone Willis McGahee (knee, ankle), is running with the first team for now, which may not change if he continues to impress. If he becomes the starter, Rice is good for 1,400 combined yards and eight to 10 total touchdowns. In best-case scenario, he dominates and I have the steal of the draft on my hands. Conversely, he's a backup that I start when I have a bye week or injury to deal with.

6) Donald Driver, wide receiver, Green Bay Packers

Team: Tim Piotrowski | Team Roster

Reason: Driver has been one of the more consistent wide receivers in the league and, as a No. 4 receiver, I do not see much of, if any, drop-off this season. He is catching passes from potential fantasy stud quarterback Aaron Rodgers, so he should get his fair share of receptions during the season. He has also been amazingly healthy over the past several seasons, missing two games in seven years, which will allow me to count on him if needed each week. I would like to see around 65 to 70 receptions, 900 to 1,000 yards and five touchdowns as long as he stays healthy like he has in during the majority of his career.

7) Laveranues Coles, wide receiver, Cincinnati Bengals

Team: Matt Wilson | Team Roster

Reason: I need a No. 3 wide receiver, and I think the 31-year-old Coles has been undervalued heading into the 2009 season. Coles obviously will slide into the possession receiver spot vacated by wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh (Seattle Seahawks), serving as the security blanket for a now-healthy quarterback Carson Palmer (elbow). With enemy defenses focusing on speedy wideouts Chad Ochocinco and Chris Henry, as well as the Bengals rarely utilizing the tight end position, Coles should catch a solid number of balls each week. If the mercurial Ochocinco starts phoning it in on game day or is suspended, Coles' value will undoubtedly jump. I am looking for 85 catches for 900 yards and eight touchdowns from Coles.

8) Steve Breaston, wide receiver, Arizona Cardinals

Team: Keith Hernandez | Team Roster

Reason: I still need another running back but didn't want to reach too far. I realize that Breaston is the No. 3 wideout behind Fitz and Boldin in AZ, but he still caught 77 passes on the same roster last year. If either Fitz or Boldin get hurt again this year, Breaston will be worth the pick. He should continue to be effective while utilizing his quickness. He totaled 1,006 receiving yards and three touchdowns in 2008. I'm not expecting many touchdowns again in 2009, but I will take 60-70 catches as my fourth receiving option.

Can Crabtree overcome his foot issues?

9) Michael Crabtree, wide receiver, San Francisco 49ers

Team: Bryce McRae | Team Roster

Reason: I was looking for a high-upside receiver as my No. 4 with this pick. Crabtree is dangerous after the catch and should be one of the top targets in San Fran's passing attack. I have a few worries with taking a rookie receiver, but freshmen wideouts have contributed more in recent years.

10) Derrick Mason, wide receiver, Baltimore Ravens

Team: John Kotch Jr. | Team Roster

Reason: Mason (shoulder) represented good value at this draft position. He has produced consistently year in and year out. In 2008, he posted his seventh 1,000-yard season in eight years, and he did so with a rookie playing quarterback. There are possible issues with his age and some injuries, but Mason hasn't shown any signs of slowing down yet. He's still the Ravens' leading receiver, and in my view, picking him here was a no-brainer.

11) Sidney Rice, Wide Receiver, Minnesota Vikings

Team: Mike Egnak | Team Roster

Reason: Rice struggled with a knee injury all of last year and is just now getting 100 percent healthy. Entering his third season in the league and with the potential to add Brett Favre (shoulder) at quarterback, Rice is a solid breakout candidate. I'm hoping to see Rice pull in about 50 receptions for about 550 yards with six or seven touchdowns.

Harvin may do a little bit of everything in Minnesota

12) Percy Harvin, wide receiver, Minnesota Vikings

Team: Ilan Mochari | Team Roster

Reason: No doubt, rookie wideouts are risky. I learned a long time ago, though, that you don't win titles by drafting conservatively in Round 8. With all the legit No. 3 receivers gone, I opted for Harvin's home run potential, hoping for a fine first season, like Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson recorded last year. Like Jackson, Harvin has a quick first step, deep speed and little internal competition. Playing an offensive role similar to that of New Orleans Saints running back Reggie Bush, Harvin can amass around 60 receptions, 880 yards and six touchdowns.

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