Fantasy Football Analysis Draft I - Round 15

by KFFL Staff on June 27, 2009 @ 01:00:01 PDT


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1) Kevin Jones, running back, Chicago Bears

Team: Ilan Mochari | Team Roster

Reason: Jones is a handcuff to Bears running back Matt Forte, my first-round pick. More than that, Jones has the potential to rack up huge stats in a third-down role, especially in a PPR format: In 2006, he caught 61 passes. A former first-round pick and only 26 years old, Jones also has 27 career touchdowns in five seasons. I won't hesitate to start him if Forte gets hurt.

2) Green Bay Packers team defense

Team: Mike Egnak | Team Roster

Reason: The Packers play the Cleveland Browns when my No. 1 defense is off, giving me a solid replacement for that week. They're also good enough to start against more favorable matchups, as they have the ability to score a decent amount of touchdowns. I feel 35 sacks, 25 turnovers and three touchdowns are a decent expectations of them. 

3) Jake Delhomme, quarterback, Carolina Panthers

Team: John Kotch Jr. | Team Roster

Reason: After having Tommy John surgery on his throwing elbow prior to the 2008 season, Delhomme still managed to have a productive year. He should be totally healthy for the 2009 season and has a good supporting cast on offense. Wide receiver Dwayne Jarrett is expected to step up. I think Delhomme has a good chance at an increase in production. I consider him a good value as a quality backup at this point in the draft. 

4) New England Patriots defensive team

Team: Bryce McRae | Team Roster

Reason: With Tom Brady (knee) returning, the offense should score often, putting pressure on opposing offenses to keep up. In New England's record-breaking 2007 season, they ranked second in sacks (47) and tied for sixth in interceptions (sixth). They added talent to their D in the draft and still have the genius of Bill Belichick guiding them. Oh, and they also play four games at home in November.

5 )Justin Gage, wide receiver, Tennessee Titans

Team: Keith Hernandez | Team Roster

Reason: Gage played well in 2008 and set a career high in touchdowns with six while becoming the team's No. 1 receiver. I know the Titans don't have a high-octane passing attack, but I will settle with Gage as a reserve wideout.

6) Isaac Bruce, wide receiver, San Francisco 49ers

Team: Matt Wilson | Team Roster

Reason: The running backs have been thoroughly picked over, so I thought I'd add another receiver for depth. I know wide receivers Josh Morgan, Michael Crabtree and Brandon Jones are the future in San Francisco, but I don't think Bruce is washed up. The 36-year-old Bruce formed chemistry with quarterback Shaun Hill during the second half of 2008, catching 41 balls for 483 yards and three touchdowns. On the season, the former St. Louis Ram hauled in 61 catches for 835 yards and seven scores, so he obviously can still play. Bruce should continue to start - at least for the first part of the season - but I know his age, the presence of the younger receivers and the team's decision to switch to a heavy power-running attack could hurt his numbers. If Bruce's production sags or he spends a lot of time on the sidelines holding a clipboard, I'm only out a 15th-round pick.

7) Kevin Faulk, running back, New England Patriots

Team: Tim Piotrowski | Team Roster

Reason: I decided to take Faulk at this point more for his receiving skills than his running ability. In a point-per-reception league, his versatility out of the backfield will help tremendously. I would like around 50 receptions, 350 yards and one touchdown. Any rushing stats he can put up will be gladly taken.

8) Stephen Gostkowski, place kicker, New England Patriots

Team: Cory J. Bonini | Team Roster

Reason: Twelve defenses had already been drafted before I selected my first, so I knew I could hold off and it wouldn't matter. I went with Gostkowski as my top-ranked place kicker and expect him to be no worse than the third-best scorer at this fickle position in 2009.

9) Keenan Burton, wide receiver, St. Louis Rams

Team: Tim Heaney | Team Roster

Reason: I wasn't too concerned about taking a No. 5 wideout, so I waited to take Burton here. He's still battling Laurent Robinson for the No. 2 spot, but Burton has more experience with quarterback Marc Bulger. I'm not putting a ton of stock into Burton emerging, but he showed flashes last season, and he was the last viable starting receiver left that had some upside to him. He may be waiver wire fodder soon, too.

10) Chris Henry, wide receiver, Cincinnati Bengals

Team: Nicholas Minnix | Team Roster

Reason: Quarterback Carson Palmer is 100 percent (we think). The Bengals have rededicated themselves on offense (we think, again). Henry has turned a corner (he says). OK, it's not exactly cement. Back against the wall, maybe Henry does something with his ninth live. Considering his talent, and what's left, he's easily worth a 15th-round "gamble."

11) Ladell Betts, running back, Washington Redskins

Team: Ryan R. Bonini | Team Roster

Reason: I needed a fifth back with a lot of upside, and Betts gives me that. If Clinton Portis stays healthy, Betts provides little return to my team. If something happens to Portis, the sky is the limit, and I'll take that chance in Round 15.

12) Mason Crosby, place kicker, Green Bay Packers

Team: Kostas Bolos | Team Roster

Reason: Crosby should get plenty of opportunities to put points on the board behind a potent Packers' offense. He led the NFL in points in 2007 and has averaged 36.5 field goal attempts the last two seasons..

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