2010 Draft Kit

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Last Updated: 8/31/10
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2010 OL Rankings
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90 89 179 Only loss from this excellent OL was LG Faneca, but rookie Ducasse has the ability to step right in and keep this line performing at high level. One of the best OLs in the biz and solid for both the run and the pass, made stronger because it looks like T Gaither has dropped weight and will be in town all year. Getting older and lost their veteran C, yet his play had fallen off anyway and still overall one of the best lines in the business. The OL is clearly the strength of this team along with the running game. Very solid on the edges and overall one of the better lines in the league - if the two tackles are healthy. They are starting to slip and underperformed in 2009, but still have excellent continuity and stability here for the run and the pass. Losing LT Brown hurts but he was somewhat overrated and this otherwise solid line is helped by the incredible clock in QB Brees' head. Should be much healthier on the edges and addition of #1 pick Bulaga (who is battling for LG spot) really helps their depth. Major upgrades at T and G in the draft should result in this being one of the better lines in the league for both the run and the pass. Hanging in there overall and some youth infused at LT could help them, but overall they are still one of the better groups in the league. Had some injury issues last year, but should be strong on the edges. Still, they do have some issues inside although C Jackson and LG Herremans are off the PUP. In one year's time they have gone from an elite group to one with issues, especially if LT Clady can't play early in the season. Not a lot of stars on this line, but they are serviceable for both the run and the pass. Quietly did a great job for the run and serviceable in pass protection. Overall, they are above-average. Pretty solid overall and room for improvement in 2010 if Incognito is an upgrade over Smiley at RG. Still have solid talent but unathletic line with a potential issue at LT with first-year starter Doug Free, and now LG Kosier and RT Colombo have knee problems. Very strong last year blocking for the run, yet their pass protection needs to improve. If so, this line is pretty good. The improvement of LT Brown has helped, but they still do have to replace G Pitts and continue to improve overall. Disappointing in '09 blocking for the run and barely above-average for the pass but overall still decent and return all five starters. As usual, QB Manning makes them look better than they are. They're getting bigger, but run blocking was still mediocre last year. If they stay healthy they should be okay but this line has had injury issues and is getting older and LT McNeil contract squabble could be trouble. Better for the run than the pass, but at least this line has been together for a while and should be cohesive. If former #1 pick LT Smith plays up to his potential this line should be in solid shape despite the loss of RT Barron, who wasn't very good anyway.

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the QBs are officially in play for me. Better for the run than pass. Here’s how I’m approaching each position right now. Major issues on the edges. and even my own teams were able to excel despite my implementing the same strategy because. as always. Being flexible always helps. Addition of #1 pick Pouncey should help their run blocking but it remains to be seen if new RT Adams can fill in for injured Colon. Pick after pick after pick. and he could certainly come through for you. so could be very decent if the other veterans are healthy. Not a very talented line and have issues across the board. But overall. I’m not going to rule out taking a QB. the level and tendencies of their competition. That wasn’t a tragedy in the past. but overall this line still has some issues and is probably below average for run and the pass. Not only that. But that’s not as easy to do now. but this line was terrible last year blocking for the pass. as opposed drafting a guy like (Peyton) Manning. but why risk it that high? If you draft Charles over a top-flight QB. Addition of LT Okung and OG Pitts should help them. Unfortunately. FantasyGuru. It’s clear the position is keying offensive attacks more than ever.com As usual. and finding the right combination of reliable and upside picks is usually ideal.23 Washington Redskins 85 86 171 24 25 26 27 28 Arizona Cardinals Pittsburgh Steelers Jacksonville Jaguars Detroit Lions Chicago Bears 87 86 86 84 84 85 86 86 84 85 172 172 172 168 169 29 Kansas City Chiefs 85 85 170 30 Oakland Raiders 84 84 168 31 Seattle Seahawks 84 84 168 32 Buffalo Bills 83 83 166 #1 pick Williams should be a fixture at LT and RT Jamaal Brown gives them solid bookends. this line is average at best. Some potential to improve if all goes well and former #1 pick LT Williams a huge key. but there is a chance this OL isn't horrible this year. that's their upside: not being horrible. Very sluggish for the running game last year and also shaky for the pass. simply because people in these leagues refused to take a QB too early. a wise draft plan entails understanding the nuances of each position and how they relate to each other and getting the most value for your picks. It’s about knowing which players to target and when. but they were shaky in pass pro and the QB got hit a lot in '09. It makes too much sense in this day and age. who is as sure a thing as there is in pro sports – so you know he’s going to come through. Nothing to get too excited about here. and anything else that could screw up the 2010 championship plan. I was able to make up ground elsewhere. yet they may not be horrible in 2010 with a better QB and commitment to running game. when I’m drafting in the 2nd and 3rd rounds. players like Peyton Manning would remain on the board far too long. the Mannings of the world would stay on the board. 2010 Draft Plan by John Hansen Publisher. That strategy often resulted in teams taking shaky RBs with issues over a sure thing like Manning. while a poor early pick might have put me behind the 8-ball. and with Thomas Jones there now and with Charles not exactly Yahoo! Sports/FantasyGuru. but they seem to quietly do a decent enough job. I still don’t want to take a QB in the 1st round because I put a great value on the clear studs at the RB and WR positions. but after that. Some improvements made in the offseason should help. Disappointed a little in 2009 specifically blocking for the run.com 2010 Fantasy Football Draft Kit Last Update: 8/31/10 . I love Charles’ ability. and the ridiculous numbers put up in 2009 by lower-end guys like Eli Manning and even Brett Favre drive that point home. but there's some young talent here that could come to the surface. you’re going to have to hope he comes through. but it’s silly to invest such a high pick in a player like Jamaal Charles in the second round because it’s just not a smart investment. So this year. The Quarterback Plan For years. Run-blocking was serviceable. Of course. You just want to try to eliminate as much doubt as possible. readers need to consider factors such as their scoring system and league setup. in the “Expert” leagues I participate in. Flexibility is a big key.

Since there are so many players who could come through – but are far from locks. If not. I will snatch them up. like Donovan McNabb or Vince Young. In fact. Aaron Rodgers. like an Eli Manning or Matt Ryan (or any of the other four above).com 2010 Fantasy Football Draft Kit Last Update: 8/31/10 . who I am not feeling great Yahoo! Sports/FantasyGuru. I could roll one of the emerging young players at the position. but he’s been shaky. and a QB is a fine foundation for that. I may be inclined to protect myself by taking a rock-solid backup. my two favorite guys to target after the first 2-3 studs (Manning. Each of these guys is capable of producing at a starter’s level in 2010.being proven. given their solid preseason. and Drew Brees is still there. and Carson Palmer. and he might be a savvy pick if he falls too far. but most will be available in the 7th-9th rounds. However. Kevin Kolb. in today’s NFL environment. by the way seems destined to by only four games as of early August). but after that. he’s in this realm as well. the odds are decent you can get a guy just a notch below Charles later. I can take a calculated risk and hope a nice option like Tony Romo falls to like the 4th round. They should be money in the bank. Joe Flacco. so if I somehow find some seriously high quality RBs/WRs/ TEs falling to me in the first 3-5 rounds. Ideally. but since there are so many viable RBs in the player pool this year. taking Brees is a safe play. however. 8/28/10 Update: I was kind of feeling Mark Sanchez (8/20) as a guy you can get ridiculously late (even 200+) but who could be a top-20 guy. I do want to hold off a little on the position. Their ADPs are all on the rise. Not only that. If I don’t get one of three studs. and Tom Brady) were off the board were Aaron Rodgers and Philip Rivers. so they offer solid protection if you do opt to take a lower-end starter. there are some decent backup choices. So again. I could go with a more proven guy who may have minimal upside. other than Cassel. Ben Roethlisberger is also an option. Matt Cassel and Alex Smith at least have a smidge of upside (although I don’t like them much. I’m ruling out the position in the first round because I definitely see 12-14 extremely high quality RBs/WRs. since he’s certainly capable of putting up starter’s numbers once he returns from his suspension (which. say earlier in the 2nd round. drafting one of the first six QBs mentioned above is probably a really safe play. If I do take one of these appealing-but-shakier options. I may wait even longer because an option like Matt Schaub is pretty appealing to me in and around the 5th round of a 10 or 12-team draft (and Brett Favre. so if I’m staring a shakier RB like Charles in the face. and depending on how I felt my team was shaping up. but I’m concerned about his WR situation with Vincent Jackson out at least three games and possibly much more. especially if you’re a little stuck and don’t see a no-brainer RB or WR. of course. and then I’ll take advantage of the impressive depth at the position and take it from there. if there are still quality RBs/WRs on the board. there is some doubt. But I definitely like the combination of value and statistical potential for Jay Cutler. They all look very good on paper and are coming off nice seasons. just in case they slip up. if I’m feeling strong and want to be aggressive. too). If you take a chance that one of these guys will slip further and lose. I’m really warming up to Tom Brady anywhere from late in the 2nd and (ideally) early in the 3rd. all is not lost. So I’m not exactly locked into taking a QB in the first 2-3 rounds (unless the league is 6 points for passing TDs and like 6-8 guys typically go in the top 20 or so). and this is an important point and why I used the word flexibility at the top of this article. Or. you had better have built a tremendous foundation around them. Last year. I still do maintain that your best chance to form a devastating team is probably waiting on the QB and passing on all these guys – but that does also create more downside. As for Philip Rivers. But again. 8/31/ Update: I do feel better about Rivers lately. Or. I have to say. Brees. and Peyton Manning are fair game. like Matthew Stafford or Chad Henne. players like Drew Brees. It’s harder than ever to recover from a bad pick in the first few rounds. thus they will go later in drafts – my goal early in drafts is simply to collect as many impact players as possible to build my team around. There is excellent depth at the position this year. as Manning did in 2009. but if you’re going to roll with one of these guys as your starter. and those two worked out well. I see nothing wrong with investing a 2nd-round pick in one of those players. I like all four a lot.

Regardless of how important and productive the QBs have been lately. That’s why I’m okay with a guy like rookie Ryan Mathews in the 1st round. Maurice Jones-Drew. You also have older guys who should be very active for your depth. But he fits the profile of a RB who merits a #1 pick. with some of the stud wideouts having some issues going into 2010 – Larry Fitzgerald’s new QB and Reggie Wayne’s team having a ton of other options these days – I will prefer to take a back with my first pick. and Mendenhall. I do still like the potential of Jones. Best. Adrian Peterson. Slaton. Steven Jackson. Jackson. and it would be great to get two of them. no one should be locked into taking a RB with one’s first pick. Arian Foster. I really do want at least one of these RBs on my team this year. of course. I do want at least one stud I can hang my lid on. There are fewer and fewer true featured backs right now. Not including some players who don’t really do it for me (Ronnie Brown. and Hardesty. Michael Turner. players like Jahvid Best. Frank Gore. A pair of RBs the first five rounds is fine. there’s some solid depth in the middle rounds these days at RB. which is why I want to get at least one of the options mentioned above. Of course.about (8/29). and Ricky Williams. perhaps down to the 5th through 7th or 8th rounds. Ahmad Bradshaw. so we’ll sign off on him as a 1st pick. As much as everyone has downgraded the RBs lately. taking Mathews that early is probably way over the top. The players in the next group are viable anywhere from very late in the 1st to anywhere in the 2nd: DeAngelo Williams.J. Clinton Portis. I view the following backs as viable #1 picks: Chris Johnson. The Running Back Plan First of all. C. The first five guys are slam-dunks. however. thanks to his injury). Michael Bush. like Jerome Harrison. Things do fall off from there. Ray Rice. so I probably wouldn’t take him that high. If I roll with an Andre Johnson in the 1st and acquiring one of the aforementioned runners isn’t possible. not enough good receivers. I don’t feel great about all these players. but the final numbers will likely once again be there and in the top-20. and Justin Forsett. I’m going to take him. I’m next up going to focus on some of the solid options who’ll slip a few rounds. which is around 19. 8/28/10 Update: We’ve moved Mathews up into the top-12. while David Garrard and Jason Campbell are certainly also in play. so if I get a crack at one. I wouldn’t feel great about any other RB in the 2nd. as we’ve learned over the last couple of seasons. These are all great flex starters or acceptable #2 RBs if you’re loaded elsewhere. Matt Forte.com 2010 Fantasy Football Draft Kit Last Update: 8/31/10 . given his ADP. then I’ll have to do well and draft a sleeper or two at RB – and I might be inclined to play things aggressively with a Jonathan Stewart or a Jamaal Charles (JC. Marion Barber. but they are at least affordable. Otherwise. As you might be able to see. especially later in the 1st round. in a PPR) in an effort to catch up. such as Thomas Jones and Cadillac Williams and younger guys who have a chance like Laurence Maroney. And then you still have a few guys who could be money for their teams and great values. Ryan Grant is certainly more than serviceable. ideally. Spiller. However. and Knowshon Moreno. even Turner in a PPR (I’m that high on him this year). Cedric Benson. but I don’t see any sense in stockpiling backs because you might end up with too many good ones – and. so I’m probably not going to load up on the position early. This is a really interesting group. Yahoo! Sports/FantasyGuru. They don’t excite me too much. and LeSean McCoy and Pierre Thomas are good PPR guys. of course. Other options include solid complementary players in good situations like Reggie Bush and Chester Taylor. and Shonn Greene.

and I’m okay with most of them as my #3. If they fall in your draft and present a good value. and Dwayne Bowe. at this point. On the other hand. Chad Ochocinco. Houshmandzadeh. I was able to get Bear WR Johnny Knox as my #6 receiver. especially if I’m staring at a shakier RB. but that was a great example of the outstanding depth.There are also some real bargains with legit potential like Tim Hightower. Otherwise. I’m going to do my best to take advantage of the great depth at the position and will first target anyone who could potentially turn into his team’s go-to guy. Knox’s stock has risen significantly. Wes Welker. Steve Smith. just as I predicted in an earlier version of this article. Johnny Knox. In short. and he would be a solid one. Marques Colston. and Terrell Owens and T. Reggie Wayne. This is not the year to be proactive and draft Darren McFadden early. since more and more teams are implementing multiple receiver sets. Moss. Jeremy Maclin. If I do get a guy like Johnson. and Malcom Floyd are other nice young options with upside. this may be the year to take a shot late in the 1st round on a guy like Mendenhall. So later in the 1st round (or sooner in a PPR). meaning they Yahoo! Sports/FantasyGuru.J. my advice this year with the RBs is to be smart. Santana Moss. I’m going to place an even greater value on the true #1 wideouts. and it’s not the year to pay anything close to a premium for Brandon Jacobs based on his name and the hope that he returns to form. who could handle 300+ carries for the Steelers and really come through. Greg Jennings. I see a significant drop-off after the top 20 receivers. There are always some sneaky depth options in guys who aren’t go-to guys but play key roles in good offenses or receivers who have some issues but whose teams really need them to step up. For example. Percy Harvin. in the 14th round. So in some ways. Robert Meachem. There are also some solid veteran types in this realm. but this year’s landscape at the position is a little thin at the top. Steve Smith (NYG). Roddy White. Michael Crabtree. Brandon Marshall. Mike Sims-Walker. so I do want to get a pair of wideouts from the following group. Reaching for a shaky player early is a bad move. Heck. so my basic strategy is to ensure I acquire one or two of the elite options and then focus more on taking advantage of the excellent depth at the position. Remember. Miles Austin. I’m ready and willing to roll with Knox as my third receiver. with stud wideouts at times being more valuable and reliable than the supposed stud runners. and Randy Moss. DeSean Jackson. Willis McGahee. and Leon Washington. and Calvin Johnson are worthy picks anywhere from 10th overall on. that was a lesson learned last year – albeit an obvious one – with a guy like Austin in Dallas. Wayne. the go-to guys. that’s fine. And I’m sure a few others will emerge as being more desirable than I think they are right now. Fitzgerald. the position is as valuable as ever for fantasy. but reaching for a player with issues at this position will likely come back to haunt you. Hines Ward. Anquan Boldin. I’ll likely look to get two of the remaining quality wideouts. including Donald Driver. I’m going to strongly consider Andre Johnson. Nicks and Crabtree are great examples of potential go-to receivers. Similar to the RB position. there’s a ton of depth. which is usually the case. Pierre Garcon. I could have addressed another position and added him as even my #4 wideout. so I’ll also target very active #2 wideouts on teams that throw the ball a lot. yet there’s a lot to be said for a good player who’s a lock to get volume. thus spreading the production in the passing game among more players and making those featured receivers even more valuable. You always have to take some chances when drafting a fantasy team. Players like Austin are rare. But with that said. perhaps like Bernard Scott and Toby Gerhart. If I add two or more non-WRs in the first 1-3 rounds. and Hakeem Nicks. perhaps Sidney Rice and (Carolina’s) Steve Smith would be nice. who is clearly the cream of the crop. in an early May expert draft. I’m just preaching for fantasy players to take calculated risks that make sense. The Wide Receiver Plan This position is interesting this season in that we’ve all learned the importance of it early in drafts in recent years. like Cedric Benson got last year. I’ll look to hold off on getting my second wideout for another round or two while addressing other positions and target a solid guy like Mike Sims-Walker as my #2. Calvin Johnson. That currently remains the case.com 2010 Fantasy Football Draft Kit Last Update: 8/31/10 . if at all possible: Johnson.

and I’m really warming up to Heath Miller. yet won’t go too high in your draft. but it’s definitely deep in terms of potential. Ed Dickson. We pushed Brent Celek and Visanthe Shiancoe as values last year. Mike Williams. and Golden Tate. I love Cook. Julian Edelman. Mario Manningham. but it will also cost you at another position. He hasn’t quite arrived as a player considered by the masses as a stud.com 2010 Fantasy Football Draft Kit Last Update: 8/31/10 . Jacoby Jones. so the WW will likely be a source for a productive wideout or two for your teams this year. Rob Bironas. The Tight End Plan My plan here is to usually hold off on the position. there are good players who slip a little and present good value. for sure. not draftable commodities. so look for younger players who could surprise and emerge as key players for their teams. Kevin Boss is a sneaky back-up option. Some players who fit this bill are: Laurent Robinson. Late. And some are on teams with improved offenses. although he comes with risk as well. when looking for a backup. so no one should invest too heavily in a kicker anymore. Olsen’s kind of a big name. if you really hold off on the position. not someone you can truly rely on. Candidates this year are: Derrick Mason. The viable options don’t stop there. but I don’t want to go nuts the first half of my draft because the depth is excellent. since I love finding undervalued players among this group. Tony Moeaki. who is a nice pick this year. Later. like Jay Feely. Louis Murphy. Lee Evans. There are some other intriguing situations and players who may potentially emerge. Most likely. and Matt Prater. Kellen Winslow’s always a guy who seems to drop more than his talent and potential. especially Celek. Otherwise. Some seem to be in really good situations in terms of getting chances. the two Millers. Dez Bryant.have a chance. but at this point. but it’s too early to name any names. I haven’t even mentioned all the solid veterans like Jerricho Cotchery and all the intriguing youngsters like Mike Williams. I really like Zach Miller in Oakland. so make sure you hold off until at least the last 2-3 rounds before selecting one. Brandon LaFell. so he’s still a pretty good value. But this year I’m flexible because. most likely. Some guys are in great spots but coming off so-so seasons. Owen Daniels last year was a great example of a value. John Carlson. But that doesn’t mean you can’t try to locate some sneaky values at this position in the final few rounds. so it’s important to note that the position is very deep this year. and Mohamed Massaquoi. and believe it or not Darrius Heyward-Bey. who should be the #2 option in the Steeler passing game this year. given his knee injury. like Greg Olsen and Ben Watson. but he also drops for a reason (knee problems. Chris Cooley. and they certainly were. I’d prefer to go for the gusto and look for an upside option. and Rob Gronkowski will be Waiver Wire pickups. Both are great values. It may not be deep in terms of actual production once the season starts. and Dustin Keller are good choices. so I’m not going to rule out a Dallas Clark in the 3rd round. so he’s nothing more than an upside backup. as is the case every year. like Stephen Gostkowski and Mason Crosby. I want to address the position early and secure as many sure things as possible. The Place Kicker Plan Fantasy players have caught on. after his disappointing 2009 season and the presence of TE-hater Mike Martz. Carlson and Keller have a little more upside. Some are younger emerging guys like Dan Carpenter and Ryan Succop. Yahoo! Sports/FantasyGuru. Brandon Tate. Eddie Royal. and he might be again in this great offense. who is a good kicker with nice potential. I view Olsen as a luxury pick. So to summarize. and most likely guys like Jermaine Gresham. it’s all about upside at this position. which is why it’s advisable to stay patient at this position and don’t load up on too many receivers in the first half of your draft. poor QB). I’m all about impact players. unless I really feel strong and want to attempt to hit it out of the park with a Jermichael Finley in like the 5th or even 4th round – very possible because I absolutely love him – I will hold off on this position because. but it’s a tad too early to say fantasy players will be able to count on him (in fact he’s disappointing in camp a little bit). Devin Aromashodu. like Robbie Gould and Shayne Graham. although I’m not sure Keller can be a go-to guy on a team with plenty of other options in the passing game. Devin Hester. Doing that will not only offset the advantages of the good depth. as stated throughout this article.

Let’s take a look. it may actually mean more action for Peterson in the passing game.The Team Defense Plan Let’s face it. which is music to PPR owners’ ears. Last year. based on how lame the fantasy defenses have been lately. Who would have thought the Saint defense would have been so good last year? Certainly not I. a shift in offensive philosophy. but the formula that enabled them to make some many big plays last year definitely remains in 2010. that doesn’t mean you can’t find a value. I wouldn’t be shocked if the Jet D disappointed. and Peterson made big strides in ’09 catching the ball from QB Brett Favre. I like the Saint defense again. There are too many variables for a unit that includes 11 players. Sidney Rice will now miss at least six games after hip surgery.com 2010 Fantasy Football Draft Kit Last Update: 8/31/10 . the defenses are downright defenseless. For the most part. Running Backs Early Rounds (1-2) Adrian Peterson (Min) – Don’t look now. He finished #2 in standard scoring. So it sure looks like Peterson’s going to see the field a lot on 3rd down. you’ll probably be right along with everyone else in your draft and will be looking to add your fantasy D in one of the final 2-3 rounds. Due in large part to some of the rule changes implemented by the league. Otherwise. Taking one too early is just dumb. He once again did not score on a reception – only four red. New Orleans. this year’s group actually seems pretty decent. Minnesota. Philadelphia. That’s because veteran Chester Taylor is gone (and he’s taking 44 receptions from last year with him). and Pittsburgh looking like the best options. up from a poor 54%. with New York Jets. based on an expanded role. but he’s hardly a refined receiver – and neither is new Viking Ryan Moats – and it’s not clear yet how effective either will be in pass protection. but I’m not seeing that strategy applying to the defenses. If you swing and miss on the defense you choose. New backup Toby Gerhart has something to offer in the passing game. I give San Francisco.” but we obviously didn’t include every player who’s good for catches. or both. Some of the players listed below are bigger “names. The real focus is to point out players who are standing out a little more than their peers for PPR and also players who we think can surprise with their catch totals in addition to pointing out some players you should be able to get at a low price. and they cut Ryan Moats to add another WR (Javon Walker) to the roster. We find it hard to believe the Vikings will ignore their best player. and Cincinnati a chance to come through. you should be able to get one of these units.zone targets didn’t help – but he had an excellent 10. they won’t score 8 TDs again this year. yet should give you a solid number of cheap catches. So while the addition of Gerhart and possibly Moats will help keep him fresh as a runner. New York Giants. thanks to his TDs. Green Bay. by the way. the fantasy defenses are officially a joke. but AP could be a major player in the PPR realm. 2010 PPR Gold The goal of this article is to isolate some players who may be more valuable in PPR leagues this year than most people expect – or at least should have as much (or preferably more) value in PPR leagues than they did last year.1 yards per catch and a respectable 75% catch rate. I understand that taking the Jet defense higher could be considered in line with the strategy of grabbing the best available starter on the board. In short. so similar to the approach with the kickers. but his expanded role in the passing game helped him hold steady at #2 in a PPR league. Sure. Peterson doubled his receptions (from 21 to 43) while more than tripling his receiving yards (125 to 436). despite their obvious talent. Yahoo! Sports/FantasyGuru. And again. Even if you hold off a little. that’s what the Waiver Wire is for. • 8/25 Update: Is there a legit chance Peterson catches 60 balls this year? Look at it this way: he was the only player to catch a ball from Favre in his first preseason game. and they need him now more than ever.

Also. Will Tarvaris Jackson dump off more. which includes third downs. Jackson continues to have no competition for touches in the St.J. • • 8/25 Update: Jackson carried 4 times for 20 yards in his preseason debut. we have to wonder if he’ll lose touches to Moore. especially if #1 WR Sidney Rice’s hip continues to act up (or the Vikings don’t shovel him extra cash to pad the area)? This is definitely a situation to monitor if you’re considering taking Peterson #1 or #2 overall in a PPR league. but he did not play as a precaution coming off the back surgery. and he had a few nice runs and one really good one. in addition to being the #1 back on first and second down.• • 8/19 Update: Well. given his injury situation. Peterson sat out the team’s first preseason game as a precaution due to the minor hamstring issue he’s been dealing with in camp. Mendenhall has a legit chance to catch 45+ balls. But in his defense. He also caught only 68% of his targets. Feeley and Sam Bradford). short-yardage situations. since Moore could potentially regain that 3rd-down role. 8/19 Update: Jackson was active for the team’s first preseason game. • Yahoo! Sports/FantasyGuru. He could be even more important in the passing game if their shaky receiving corps turns into a real weakness. so we're still struggling with him a little. As long as the team doesn’t bring veteran Brian Westbrook in.4 to 7. Jackson looks sneaky-good in a PPR league. Although he was considered an effective receiver coming out of college. but on that one. but in his defense. the Eagles threw to their RBs a ton. was second in the league with a remarkable 1424 rushing yards. since the Rams are one of the few teams left that really uses only one RB. That could cut back on his carries. 8/19 Update: Mendenhall’s performance in the team’s first preseason game wasn't horrible. Keep in mind that Ram OC Pat Shurmur was in Philly for a decade. and he did still seem to run it hard when he did. getting as many targets (31) as Moore and catching them at a higher rate (81% vs. below average for a RB. and Jackson.com 2010 Fantasy Football Draft Kit Last Update: 8/31/10 . and at the goal line. It’s only one game. their second season running the West Coast offense. which has to make fantasy owners a little happier. • Rashard Mendenhall (Pit) – What some people may not realize about Mendenhall last year is that he essentially pushed veteran Mewelde Moore aside and took on the role of the team’s 3rd-down back. He had some shaky moments this past weekend. a career low. 8/11 Update: Nothing really new on Jackson’s potential involvement in a PPR. Kyle Boller. there’s been no progress on bringing in a veteran receiving back behind him. With Westbrook signing with the 49ers. he played all season with a stiff at QB (and you can take your pick among Marc Bulger. Over the course of a full season. Jackson’s upside in a PPR league is through the roof. That's all good. The fact is. and in that time.3 yards per catch. his receiving yards were down (322) because he gained only 6. but he's still not standing out at all in the preseason. his stock in PPR leagues shouldn’t be hurt at all. • 8/25 Update: The Steelers are prepared to hand over just about every RB role to Mendenhall. 8/11 Update: If Favre doesn’t play. The presence of Moore is a possible roadblock. and you have to believe that will improve in 2010. the Rams didn’t utilize him in the passing game very well. plus the injury to RT Willie Colon could mean a few more dump-off passes to Mendenhall. that secured role and effectiveness in the passing game is a clear indication of his high PPR worth – especially since he’ll be the bell cow as a runner. He also didn’t register a catch. That bodes well for his PPR chances over the course of a full season here in 2010. so he has a chance to get some chemistry with QBs A. but considering he made such a big jump in receptions last year with #4. despite being on a terrible team last year. his blocking wasn't very good. Steven Jackson (Stl) – While Jackson last year had his second-best reception total (50). it’ll be interesting to see how Peterson’s pass-catching is affected. but if the fumbling issues continue. but unless he fails to deliver in the passing game.3 yards per catch). Louis backfield. That said. but he’s been cleared to practice after sitting out rehabbing his surgically repaired back. Favre is back. 68%) for a better average gain (10. he lost the ball. and Keith Null). Mendenhall was still a pleasant surprise in the passing game in 2009.

though the Lions clearly drafted Best to offer up some explosion that even a healthy Smith can’t offer. 8/11 Update: Charles has actually entered camp behind Jones on the depth chart. Things will be tougher for him in the regular season. 8/19 Update: Best caught 1 of his 2 targets (the other being picked off) in the team’s first preseason game. but this is a guy who was an absolute fantasy beast the second half of the season. those comments came just days after Charles outplayed Jones in the team’s first preseason game. We’re not sure if Haley is just trying to keep Charles grounded or screw with fantasy owners’ heads. and the solid Smith should not be discounted this year. He ran well between the tackles. of course. showing both his speed and elusiveness in the running (5 carries.• 8/11 Update: Rookie power back Jonathan Dwyer doesn’t seem to be making much progress. It may in standard scoring systems. also below average. but it’s worth pointing that out here because the addition of Thomas Jones shouldn’t hurt Charles too much in a PPR. rushing for 37 yards on 4 carries and hauling in 2 balls for 6 yards. • 8/25 Update: The Lions got yet another impressive game from Best. so he could cut into Mendenhall’s PPR totals. and he’ll be utilized plenty as it stands now. We just want to get a better handle on his role in August. which we don’t really much into considering Todd Haley is the coach here.1 yards per catch in 2008 on 27 receptions. “Jamaal is a developing player. since Jones is still a quality runner – but his contributions in the passing game are negligible. that could actually open up Charles to catching a few more passes. so KC should be inclined to get him on the field as much as possible. 8/11 Update: The recovery of Kevin Smith from knee surgery has gone much better than expected. • 8/25 Update: Charles may be starting to gain more respect from HC Todd Haley.” By the way. he has a ton to offer as a receiver. Moore is always a solid receiver. but he definitely has the ability to get vertical in the passing game and averaged 10. so it appears as if Mendenhall will see the field for a really good amount of time in each game. and he added 10 yards and 2 catches in the passing game. he’s pretty worthless as a receiver. and most encouraging. we don’t like it. bad days and in-between days like a lot of other guys. but if he can get the job done. Charles looked much better than Jones. but so far he's been everything they'd hoped. “Jamaal is a player that. and that should help get him on the field in passing situations. so fantasy owners should be encouraged.8 yards per catch were poor. Charles should be the guy in passing situations. In short.com 2010 Fantasy Football Draft Kit Last Update: 8/31/10 . And again. especially with Jones a very viable 1stand 2nd-down back. • • Yahoo! Sports/FantasyGuru. And once again. but either way. He continued to show an ability to run inside and to catch the ball out of the backfield. He also showed surprising toughness last year. had good days.” Haley said Monday. with only 10 receptions.4. and he did nothing in the opener to change their big plans for him.and second-down touches. 26 yards) and passing game (3/23). and his yards per reception was 7. Charles’ catch rate last year (73%) was a little below average. Charles is the guy they need on the field with him. he picked up the blitz well on one play. 8/19 Update: Chief HC Todd Haley said that Jamaal Charles' role is “still to be determined” according to the Kansas City Star. if they want to get Cassel in the shotgun. who finished with 49 yards on the ground on 8 carries. which might not move him down boards too much. Jones in ’09 had his worst year by far in terms of catching the ball. but not out of line with his equally poor numbers from 2005-2008. His 5. First and foremost. However. especially after Haley saw Jones fumble very early for the Chiefs this past weekend. Jamaal Charles (KC) – It’s obvious that the versatile and dynamic Charles has some serious PPR juice. and that is part of becoming a dependable player on a daily basis. last year at times in that development. The presence of rookie Dexter McCluster could hurt Charles a little. He's certainly going to play a large role and (finally) force teams to respect the Lions' outside speed. But if the Chiefs are planning to give Jones a good deal of carries. • • Earlier Rounds (3-6) Jahvid Best (Det) – He’s small and shaky/inexperienced in pass protection. That is part of the development. showed off his great jets on a 15-yard run to the outside. It’s possible Smith receives a decent deal of first. not Jones.

60 receptions would likely place McCoy in the top-10 at RB in a PPR league. yet Thomas should. and McCoy carried 8 times for 30 yards. but even if he only repeats those numbers. We’re actually a little concerned about McCoy in standard formats. but he picked up a lot in his rookie season. which still has issues in the interior. which is something to keep an eye on. but the fact that the Eagles flexed him out on the first play of the game might be an indication of how they plan to use him. Forte was still 6th at RB with 71 pass targets – and that was without Mike Martz.7 yards per catch were both below average. even with veteran Brian Westbrook still getting 34 targets in 2009. It seemed as if the Saints used Bush as more of a movable chess piece and matchup problem for opposing defenses than ever – as opposed to a guy who was force-fed the ball – and that could work in Thomas’ favor this year. his role in the passing game did decrease in 2009. 8/19 Update: The team played its first preseason game last week. you never know where the touches will go. we have few qualms about the man they call Shady. so QB Jay Cutler should be dumping the ball off to these two backs plenty.1 yards per carry and 7. McCoy ranked a strong 12th in RB pass targets as a rookie (55). and there’s no better example of that than the 2006 season logged by Lion RB Kevin Jones. who is trimmed down and looking good this year. • Pierre Thomas (NO) – Thomas last year ranked a solid 22nd in pass targets at the RB position. he appears safe to grab as a low-end #2 RB. 8/19 Update: With so many weapons in the Saints’ offense. but they throw to their backs a ton. Totals of 200 rushes and 60 receptions don’t seem unreasonable and would produce almost 1300 yards at his rookie yardage averages. The team will likely have more success throwing to their receivers. due in part to the presence of veteran Mike Bell. so he’ll be relatively affordable. and he may actually see more action now that Lynell Hamilton. He may not be ready to be split out a lot like Westbrook. • • Matt Forte (Chi) – As bad as things got for him last year. so he’s very appealing in this format. and his role is clearly expanding. and being on the field will increase his chances of hauling in passes from QB Drew Brees. • 8/25 Update: Aside from carrying 7 times for 24 yards. including several nice runs up the gut. There’s no question the presence of Chester Taylor is a roadblock for Forte’s value.com 2010 Fantasy Football Draft Kit Last Update: 8/31/10 . but their OL is still an issue. • • 8/25 Update: McCoy caught his first pass of the preseason against the Bengals. is likely out for the season with an ACL injury. he’s probably going to be more of a shortyardage back. While the team added Ladell Betts to the mix. Thomas once again proved he’s one of the best screen receivers in the league. and his overall role should be expanding at least a little in 2010 with RB Mike Bell gone. He’s much younger and a little more dynamic than Taylor. That will get him on the field more. He didn’t catch a single pass. Thomas. It could mean more carries and occasionally an extra catch. a 9-yard reception. McCoy’s 4. 8/11 Update: The Saints’ love Thomas’ versatility. the Martz influence and potential in PPR is so strong that the timeshare with Taylor shouldn’t be considered a huge issue in this format. but make sure you keep an eye on Philly's OL. he can be productive if he gets most of the touches that went to Westbrook last year. plus Forte’s draft stock has clearly suffered. which he thinks will be big part of the offense. But in PPR. But while Reggie Bush did finish 8th in the league with 68 targets. Backs obviously catch the ball a ton in Martz’ offense. had 4/26 in the passing game and added 27 yards on the ground. who managed to finish as the 6th RB in PPR points per game that year and was 7th overall in pass targets at RB despite playing in only 12 games (he had 78 targets and 61 receptions) and despite rushing for only 181/689/6. who started. taking a dump-off from backup QB Chase Daniel to the house for a 31-yard score. 8/11 Update: McCoy thinks he'll be involved a lot in the screen game. In short. who could have filled the Bell role.LeSean McCoy (Phi) – The Eagles have not typically run the ball much over the last few years. Yahoo! Sports/FantasyGuru. For now. but Forte – who is completely healthy and has regained his form this year – should at worst be on the field about 60% of the time. Bush doesn’t really have a defined role.

you have to feel better about Forte's chances this year after watching him run on his 89-yard TD. • • • 8/25 Update: Against the Rams. made a nice cut up field to make a defender miss. He’ll probably enter the season as the starter but will need to remain quick to hold off Taylor. and instead will be looking to run an offense similar to the Patriots’.• • • 8/25 Update: While the OL is still an issue. too. and Forte. though. and he outran the Raider defense for a big-time confidence-boosting run. Taylor’s skill set actually compares to Marshall Faulk’s. Taylor may actually be the better value as well. Hardesty is a decent receiver. as he’s a more natural receiver than Matt Forte. Yahoo! Sports/FantasyGuru. so Harrison looks like a good bet to haul in 40-45 passes this year. Although Harrison added a solid 34 receptions in 2009 (compared to the 23 he had in his first three seasons combined). look at Taylor. Although clearly not as dynamic. 8/19 Update: Taylor didn’t get much going on the ground in the team’s preseason game against the Chargers (6 carries. and that’s allowed Harrison to place a firm grip on the starting job for now. he saw his per-catch average drop from 8. since he’s going up to 6-7 rounds later (or more). 8/11 Update: A knee injury has sidelined Hardesty for a couple of weeks. his role should be set as a pass-catching weapon. 10 yards). Taylor could be a #1A or an extremely active #2.7 to 6. Taylor looked good on one run. and his value in a PPR should shine. with more of a power running game. Whether Harrison is carrying the load or being used as an active complement to Hardesty (or James Davis). Forte is confident he is back at full-speed and much healthier than last season. The Browns don’t look to be running a West Coast offense. • Jerome Harrison (Cle) – The addition of RB Montario Hardesty in the draft appears to spell an end for Harrison’s massive workload. 8/19 Update: Harrison scored a TD and picked up 25 yards on the ground but didn’t register a catch in the team’s preseason tilt against the Packers last weekend. the Pats throw to their backs plenty. So if you’re looking for some cheap receptions. and once the games start up. 8/11 Update: Forte isn’t as natural a receiver as Taylor.com 2010 Fantasy Football Draft Kit Last Update: 8/31/10 . which illustrated how he's in much better shape health-wise right now compared to this time last year.and 2nddown back initially. so the offense should be fine for PPR production. though the nasty conditions helped to contribute to a fumble. but that was about it. when he fought through leg injuries. which is something Martz probably saw and influenced the team to sign him. which will be needed on this team. The decline could be due to heavier use. And the fact is that he was 21st at RB in pass targets. but he did catch his only pass target for a 14-yard gain. Harrison ran 5 times for 13 yards and added a 32-yard reception. since Harrison is best suited to be a changeup/3rd-down back because of his lack of size. Harrison will still have a role in this offense. so if he slides into that complementary role. and while Forte should be RB #1. who showed terrific burst. but to his credit he’s recovered quickly from knee surgery. he should approach that previous career average of 8. but he looks like the 1st. which could mean a lot of time on the field for Harrison on 3rd down. who didn’t receive a single target and had just 7 yards on the ground. according to the Chicago Sun-Times. At least he’s catching the ball. The line created a nice hole for him on this one. despite not being much of a factor the first half of the season. which is more than we can say for Forte.7 yards per catch. However. so Harrison has a lot of untapped potential as a receiver. but it’s probably for the best. He’s also good in pass protection.5. While we expect Hardesty to become “the guy” in the run game before long. and he appears healthier than he has at any point since 2008. 8/19 Update: Despite a subpar 7 yards on 4 carries (and zero catches) in the preseason opener. Middle Rounds (7-9) Chester Taylor (Chi) – While Forte’s value is on the rise in a PPR league with Mike Martz there. • 8/25 Update: Taylor caught 2 passes for 22 yards and attempted just 2 runs for 1 yard. Taylor’s obviously looking good. we’re confident he’ll continue to do that at least.

of which Jones has absolutely zilch. • • LaDainian Tomlinson (NYJ) – His game is probably going to fall off further this year. but the one factor that really works in Hightower’s favor and will get him on the field is his pass protection. carrying the ball 4 times for 16 yards. catching a deep ball and running the rest of the way to score a 70-yard TD. and in his final nine games. 8/11 Update: The Jets believe they can ride the hot hand depending on the situation. Julius Jones. it’s obvious Hightower is going nowhere. We're not going overboard. 8/11 Update: RB Leon Washington has moved on from his broken leg quicker than expected.3 receptions per game. He showed some of the LT of old in the team's scrimmage over the weekend. gained 14 yards on 5 carries and added a couple of catches for 12 yards. hauled in 3. Leinart should be inclined to check the ball down to him if he’s in trouble. and he should remain a strong presence. showing a little speed and the balance that has been his calling card for his great career. But although Wells has elite ability.Tim Hightower (Ari) – We fully expect stud talent Beanie Wells to assume a larger workload this year. but he's not expected to be in the mix as an every-down back. while the guy who won’t go away. The team loves his versatility and his “dirty work” (blocking. • 8/25 Update: Forsett got the start. Especially with a shakier QB under center now in Matt Leinart. We'd like to see more consistency from him. Hightower’s 6. but someone has to catch the ball here because Shonn Greene’s not going to cut it. That could easily mean 40+ catches for LT. especially in a PPR. and he should be in trouble often. 8/19 Update: Hightower got the start for Arizona in its first preseason game. especially for those in PPR leagues who would like to use an upside pick on Washington (who looked really good given his situation) or Forsett. especially in PPR leagues. though he expects Wells to get the majority of the touches.8 yards per catch was not very good. so Hightower – or as we referred to him at times last year “Captain Checkdown” – should continue to see a healthy number of pass targets. but he did have a 14-yard rushing TD taken off the board by a holding call. but he's got upside. but he carried just 5 times for 13 yards. but his receiving stats were still among the best in the league for RBs: 62 catches (2nd) on 80 targets (2nd) and 428 receiving yards. 8/11 Update: Our pal Kent Somers of The Arizona Republic believes Hightower will be the starter once again. It’s a situation that will have to be monitored going forward. and when all else fails. the Cardinals seem unwilling to give Beanie Wells a bigger role at this point of the preseason. the Cards should be inclined to design plays for Hightower to catch the ball. so for now Tomlinson looks like he'll have more of the 5-8 carry role we envisioned for him this year. He’s very good at it. but we'll need to see how the rotation shakes out in the preseason. • 8/25 Update: For some reason. Greene had only four more pas targets (and the same number of receptions) than our own Adam Caplan last year. and his 79% catch rate was just a little above average. and we know that Hightower is a versatile player. He carried 8 times for 17 yards and added 1/17 in the passing game. 8/19 Update: Tomlinson looked better than we saw him in all of 2009. We still like Forsett the most of the RBs in Seattle. including a 30-yard reception and 13yard run in last weekend’s preseason game. since the Cardinal OL isn’t great in pass protection. • • Late Rounds (10+) Yahoo! Sports/FantasyGuru. catching). which would translate to 50+ over the course of a full season. while also hauling in 1 catch for 6 yards. • 8/25 Update: He continues to show a surprising burst.com 2010 Fantasy Football Draft Kit Last Update: 8/31/10 . but he looks like a useful depth option. and Wells is shaky. and he continues to be worked into the offensive flow frequently – and early – so the good stuff surrounding LT continue. 8/19 Update: Forsett gained 47 yards on 8 total touches. and we don’t think rookie Joe McKnight is going to be ready to contribute this year. so he’ll get his chance to make an impact. • • Justin Forsett (Sea) – He caught 41 balls in sporadic action last year.

• 8/25 Update: McFadden (hamstring) plans to make his preseason debut against the 49ers according to the AP. Slaton should see a large majority of the work on 3rd down. so it wasn't all bad news for him. at best. • • Darren McFadden (Oak) – If things go to plan in Oakland (or at least our ideal plan). Slaton should still play plenty. It's feeling good right now. 8/19 Update: McFadden told reporters on the subject of his injured hamstring "I feel like I'm coming along pretty good. 8/11 Update: Though Slaton hasn’t exactly locked down a starting role. So I'd rather get it healthy now. so he should be more than ready for camp and in a great position to bounce back. as the rookie has struggled immensely in his transition to the NFL game. and while RBs who score four or more TDs on catches generally see a drop in their receiving TDs the next year. 8/11 Update: It’s beginning to get hard to endorse McFadden in any format or any round." McFadden said. it's something I just need to take care of just so I don't have to deal with it all season. If he can get this fumbling problem under control. the runner. but he does have untapped potential as a receiver. With rookie Ben Tate a good bet to handle most of the rushing workload on 1st and 2nd down. backs who have four of more receiving TDs and three or fewer rushing scores (like Slaton) generally did not see a drop in their receiving TDs. With Arian Foster primed to handle the majority of the carries. and then it won't bother me all season. But he did look very quick on a nice 21-yard catch and run. so that's no good. His fantasy scoring was helped by four receiving TDs. • 8/25 Update: Although he might have been helped by Arian Foster's fumble. Still. • • Darren Sproles (SD) – Sproles was completely miscast last season.Steve Slaton (Hou) – He tried to gain some weight to handle the bulk of the carries in 2009. he should have a very active role as a changeup and key 3rd-down back – and this is a great offense. and that will open the doors for Michael Bush to assert himself. Slaton definitely projects as a top receiving threat out of the backfield. and he ran with the first team during workouts. Using him in the passing game can accomplish that and can help get the most out of a player who has deficiencies as a runner. it looks like he’ll miss another. McFadden returned to practice on 8/24 for the first time in more than two weeks. which should do wonders for his PPR value. Slaton will be free to do what he does best: catch the football. A hamstring injury looks like it will keep him sidelined for a while. and right on top of the end zone no less. the ankle injury to Ben Tate does take some of the pressure off Slaton. McFadden’s no Bush. but I don't feel like I can open all the way up like I need to still. It’s becoming even more clear that McFadden is a satellite player. and head coach Gary Kubiak said last week he thinks Foster's ready for the lead role. He’s already dropped some weight (he’s back down to his 2008 weight of 200 pounds as of the spring). he’s certainly far ahead of Tate at this point. However. Sproles’ 93 carries were a career-high. and by those comments. "At this point. it'll be a moot point because he'll lose precious playing time.7 Yahoo! Sports/FantasyGuru. He announced on his Twitter page on 6/29 that he’s ready to rock & roll. But if he keeps fumbling." The hamstring did cause him to miss the team’s first preseason game. because Sproles was incapable of handling a full workload. but unless the undrafted free agent from Tennessee keeps fumbling.com 2010 Fantasy Football Draft Kit Last Update: 8/31/10 . Only a great 44/417/4 in the passing game was enough to salvage something for Slaton owners. and they do want to get him consistent touches. the fact remains that Foster looked good. But the Chargers had no choice but to allow LT a ton of touches again. who may offset any Foster fumbles with drops of his own. so he seems to be focusing on his strength. which is functioning as more of a change-up type of back in this offense. but it was a pretty ugly season last year for Slaton. a role that Slaton may evolve into this season. as the Chargers tried to make him more of a traditional RB because it was evident LaDainian Tomlinson didn’t have the same burst that once made him great. since Tate could have carved out a role as a change-of-pace back. so there's potential. Michael Bush will carry more of the rushing load. These backs were mostly 3rd-down backs. with McFadden emerging as a Reggie Bush-type player in the offense. who got the 10th-ranked performance in a PPR league and 18th in a non-PPR league. but his 3. "It wasn't bad. 8/19 Update: Slaton fumbled again in his first game of the 2010 preseason. it's much more Foster running the ball than Slaton.

so his PPR potential should as well. • 8/25 Update: Brown entered the game for Addai midway through the 1st quarter and looked both quick and powerful on his 4-carry. The Chargers probably know now after last year that Sproles needs to be used in a certain way to maximize his potential. they have TE Tony Gonzalez. His role should be expanding. In 2008.com 2010 Fantasy Football Draft Kit Last Update: 8/31/10 . so most of his increased statistics was due to greater opportunity and only a small amount to a performance increase. White told us last year that his brief holdout and contract squabble was a little bit of a distraction last year. Still. Sproles becomes an interesting flex option as a pass-catcher and change-of-pace type of back. He caught 69% of his targets both seasons and saw a moderate increase in yards per catch (from 10. If rookie RB Ryan Mathews can handle the workload that Tomlinson could not last year. So what we have here is a young. Smith finished an impressive 13th at 10. Last season. yet that won’t be a problem this year. He also added a catch for 7 yards. and his PPR value is pretty powerful. and it hurt his timing and chemistry with QB Matt Ryan. the Giants ran on 49% of their plays and tried to throw 519 times (pass attempts plus sacks). • Earlier Rounds (3-6) Steven Smith (NYG) – In 2009.2 FPG. at least in terms of YPC. and what people don’t seem to realize is that he’s one of the few unquestioned go-to guys at his position for his team. but White’s still by far the main guy at the position. he performed admirably in the passing game.1 to 11. Yes. Those two factors. but the loss of Plaxico Burress and Amani Toomer led to an increased opportunity for Smith to show off his stuff. Still. • Donald Brown (Ind) – Although Joseph Addai is a good receiver. • Wide Receivers Early Rounds (1-2) Roddy White (Atl) – White may be the most underrated fantasy receiver in the league. he has done nothing to take the job from Addai at this point. rushing for -4 yards on 5 carries and making just 1 catch of -3 yards in the first preseason game against the 49ers. we find his bubbly personality to be delightful. A quicker offense might mean more catches. along with an expanded role. 23-yard performance on the ground. meant Smith went from 83 to 155 targets. and incredibly consistent player who’s been money in the bank for those looking for 80+ catches three years running. and he caught at least three balls in every game (he caught six balls or more in 11 games. Smith was nothing more than a slot receiver before 2008. so we like this development. and we think they will. 8/11 Update: Added 8/11. it appears as if the Chargers will be able to utilize Sproles more effectively this year. • 8/25 Update: With a more effective runner in Mathews carrying the load in 2010. • 8/25 Update: White caught 2 passes for 26 yards in the Falcons’ matchup with the Patriots as Ryan and the offense executed the no-huddle pretty well. and he’s pretty darn good in pass protection. 8/19 Update: Brown had a forgettable day. and wideout Harry Douglas could surprise this year with his catch total. they ran on only 44% of their plays and tried to throw 574 times. Brown has the potential to be a great receiver. making PPR owners cry tears of joy). and his quick 24-yard catch-and-run in their first series was evidence of that fact. durable. he could better that.YPC was a career-worst. The receiving was enough to rank Sproles #30 at the RB position in PPR leagues last season. 8/19 Update: White was targeted twice in the team’s first preseason game. with an awesome 107/1220/7 line. so if he’s freed up to do more of the things he excels at.4). as did the ineffectiveness of the Giant run game in 2009. And if it helps. with a good 45/497/4 line. But there’s Yahoo! Sports/FantasyGuru. catching a 22-yard pass from QB Chris Redman in the 2nd quarter.

but more important for PPR purposes. and Byron Leftwich or Dennis Dixon under center won’t exactly scare opposing teams. pretty much a perfect guy to play pitch-and-catch with QB Alex Smith in what should be a run-oriented offense. but Smith is the #1 guy for a more effective passing game under QB Eli Manning.7 yards per reception he averaged the last seven weeks. 6. But the Steelers also dealt away WR Santonio Holmes. putting up 95/1167/6 on 136 targets (8th-most in the league). While we do think he’s a little overvalued overall. which could create mismatches and help his production in PPR. Smith doesn’t have the strongest arm. there are issues in 2010. Sims-Walker has good size (and plays bigger than he already is). With a modest improvement to a 60% catch rate. but if anyone in New York gets there. although he really fizzled late in the season.6 early on. runs good routes. Still. and more red zone looks. the Jaguars may have had the worst passing offense in the history of football in 2009. 8/11 Update: Nothing new to report on Smith.also a lot to be said for any wideout being able to haul in 107 balls. 75/1000 seems like a doable projection for a full season. He's still pretty damn good. those numbers are very good. the Jags kept feeding him pass targets. • Mike Sims-Walker (Jac) . Figuring out which Sims-Walker will show up in 2010 – even if it’s the full season version versus the quick starter or Yahoo! Sports/FantasyGuru. comes back to the ball well. there really wasn’t anything about him they couldn’t like. There’s a lot of talent at WR here. so Smith might not catch 100 balls again. But context is everything. For a veteran WR playing a full season. but he should still get the opportunity to catch a lot of balls. and he made a ridiculous catch for a gain of 45 yards down the sideline that saw him readjust with the ball being thrown to the wrong shoulder. Of course.com 2010 Fantasy Football Draft Kit Last Update: 8/31/10 . we’re still confident enough in Ward to deliver in this format again in 2010. Ward looked better than ever for a good stretch. The injury is considered minor. his potential appears better in PPR leagues. • • Hines Ward (Pit) – In 2009. 8/11 Update: The 49ers have indeed been utilizing Crabtree out of the slot. 8/19 Update: Crabtree was held out of the team’s preseason game against the Colts because of a strained neck but has since returned to practice. it’ll almost certainly be Smith again. which may limit Crabtree’s potential down the field. the 8 targets per game and 13. but once the Niners got Crabtree on the field for his rookie season. and music to the ears of PPR owners.8 targets per game down the stretch. • • 8/25 Update: Crabtree returned to practice Tuesday for the first time since straining his neck 8/11. not much of a drop off. runs well. Michael Crabtree (SF) – It took longer than they would have liked. considering the Jags lacked any sort of explosiveness or dynamite outside of him. On the season. his downfield involvement and overall effectiveness may take a hit. but in PPR. more than any WR with 100+ targets except Wes Welker. 8/19 Update: Smith was held out of the team’s first preseason game thanks to his nagging groin injury but has since returned to practice. and his hands are good. QB Ben Roethlisberger will miss at least the first four games with a conduct suspension. There’s no doubt the Giants will try to run the ball a bit more in 2010. would not look so good. albeit in a limited capacity. Ward had a fantastic season. all great traits for a possession receiver. For a rookie who missed the preseason with a holdout and played only 11 games. and catches the ball well away from his body. other than that our pal Ralph Vacchiano believes the pass-based offense in New York is here to stay. likely because Pittsburgh does a great job scheming to get him open. but he could come close. his 48/625/2 line. Unless the team fails to address the loss of RT Willie Colon by adding former Cowboy Flozell Adams. and the pair’s chemistry is excellent. He caught 70% of his targets. with 13. He always seemed to be open. and the targets (136 of them in ’09) will have to go to someone. A hundred catches is always a difficult number to predict for a guy. He has good size. Without Ben in the lineup.If it weren’t for Sims-Walker. but he was back on the field this past weekend. • 8/25 Update: Smith missed some time earlier this month with a groin injury. he caught 6 or more balls in 10 games.0 average yards per reception and 56% catch rate (both a little below the NFL average). That play alone was reason for a mention here. compared to 7. He had five games with 100+ yards. Sims-Walker finished with a 63/869/7 line. that’s less of an issue. Chances are that’s Ward.

is a key call fantasy owners will have to make this year. which is a great sign for his transition to the timing-based attack the Eagles will employ this year. Yahoo! Sports/FantasyGuru. 8/11 Update: Maclin has looked fantastic running routes this off-season.9) and catch rate (62%). SimsWalker led the Jags with 64 yards on 3 catches. • 8/25 Update: Maclin once again avoided what could have been a brutal injury when he suffered just a bruised shoulder.com 2010 Fantasy Football Draft Kit Last Update: 8/31/10 . it doesn’t appear as if the Jags have any real clue as to who can take looks away from MSW. it appears that Knox (who has arguably been their most impressive skill player at any position in camp) has the edge. and while Martz says that's by chance.late-season fader. but the best news of camp came when he avoided a serious injury. and Maclin seems as good a candidate as any to pull that off. and that translates well to PPR typically. but he has to throw to someone. Maclin is a little more of a complete receiver compared to Jackson. 8/19 Update: Maclin and the Eagle first-team offense as a whole looked very good in their first preseason game against the Jaguars. injuries pushed him into a prominent role. We tend to think the first half Sims-Walker will show up. putting up a solid 55/762/4. Maclin has since returned to practice. Bruce has been working with the Bear WRs as they attempt to nail down Martz's offense. Maclin caught a pair of passes for 32 yards on patterns in the middle of the field on some nice throws from Kolb. so he's still looking like a go-to guy. • • Johnny Knox (Chi) – We've been excited about Knox's potential since he developed a very quick and clear chemistry with QB Jay Cutler last season. More impressive. so he appears safe to receive the majority of the targets once again. but it was for a 21-yard TD in the back of the endzone. Due this his size and quickness. as opposed to a dislocated one. at least. who became a Hall of Famer in Martz's scheme. He’s a tough receiver who plays physically and excels catching the ball inside the hash marks in traffic. but MRIs revealed only a bone bruise instead of the torn knee ligaments that were feared. It was a broken play and one on which Cutler was scrambling. • 8/25 Update: Sims-Walker said he was more focused in the team's second preseason game after struggling in the team's first preseason game according to the Florida Times-Union. especially. but it might soon be time to wrap him in bubble paper. seven other rookie WRs caught between 50 and 60 passes (Maclin had 55) and between 700 and 800 yards (762). but like DeSean Jackson in 2008. basically out of necessity. 8/19 Update: Sims-Walker jammed his shoulder in last week’s game against the Eagles and left after catching just 1 ball for 2 yards. His arm is already out of a sling. It’s the second time Maclin has sidestepped a potential serious injury this summer. especially in a PPR with accurate QB Kevin Kolb now throwing him the football. but that was also a pretty good sign because the duo is generally on the same page. if there is one. David Garrard is an inconsistent QB. and he's still going relatively late in drafts. Three of those receivers had top-10 total point performances the next season. he’s a great fit for the West Coast offense. Since 1978. and the hiring of new OC Mike Martz sealed the deal. so he looks like a complete receiver with upside who projects well as a starter in the NFL. What's more. but Knox was still Cutler's most targeted wideout for the second week in a row (4 targets in this one). He’s back and practicing. since Knox has a physical skill set that resembles that of Isaac Bruce. and the Eagles ended practice early because of it. which is just fantastic news for Knox. he was an above-average WR in yards per catch (13. and Sims-Walker is about all they have in terms of size. against the Bengals. They're still working on things like timing. If we had to guess at the #1 WR in Chicago thus far. He’s also terrific after the catch and pretty darn good downfield. • 8/25 Update: He caught only one pass. who already looks very comfortable in the starting role. 8/11 Update: So far. • • Jeremy Maclin (Phi) – Maclin wasn’t expected to have a very large role this past season for Philadelphia. we tend to think it goes a little deeper than that. and he continues to say that the injury is not serious however there is no timetable for his return. That’s exactly what he’ll be to start the 2010 season. Now Knox has been the most targeted WR in Bears' camp. Maclin was carted off the field last week. and he responded well.

which is about what he averaged in 2008. both of which he uses to outmuscle others to go get the ball. but we've seen his ability to become a productive player nonetheless. who is known for putting his receivers in a great position to succeed. • • Mike Williams (TB) – He’s going to enter camp ahead of fellow rookie Arrelious Benn. 8/19 Update: Floyd didn’t make a catch in the Chargers’ preseason debut. Bowe was able to contribute with a 3/33 performance. We’ve always liked the player. it’s not unreasonable to expect him to see that level of opportunity again in 2010. someone has to catch the ball from the WR position. If he stays focused on the prize – a starting job – he could be a real steal. where he became a frequent guest last season. but has since returned to practice. Assuming he can stay on the field. QB Jay Cutler’s first pass of the 2010 season was a nice 33-yard gainer to his favorite target (and our favorite WR sleeper). He can be a good possession receiver in the type of spread offense that would benefit QB Matt Cassel the most. And his skill set is particularly suitable for production in the PPR format. Knox was wide open on the play. But the bottom line is this: Williams has more than enough talent to wind up being the team’s #1 WR – and that’s all you need to know in a PPR league. physical guy who can do dirty work underneath – his risk is offset for those in PPR league. probably with 7 TDs (based on his career TD/Target rate). Bowe already runs good routes and has great instincts to go along with size. including his PPR value. His ’09 season was pretty ugly. and at his career catch rate (56%) and yards per reception (12. Yahoo! Sports/FantasyGuru. 8/11 Update: Added 8/11. Middle Rounds (7-9) Malcom Floyd (SD) – Obviously. 8/11 Update: There appears to be no resolution to the Jackson situation on the horizon. so he scares us a little. Bowe should command the ball. and it could help him permanently stay out of Haley's doghouse. Bowe isn't an elite physical talent. It remains to be seen how the Chiefs will utilize him in new coordinator Charlie Weis' offensive attack. • • 8/25 Update: With QB Matt Cassel looking more comfortable this past week. • 8/25 Update: It sure seems like Jackson isn't going to be a factor for the Chargers this year. Knox. and he seems to be doing everything he can this year to endear himself to head coach Todd Haley this time around. and while they have more options now. But Knox also ran a great route on the play. showing that the duo is still on the same page. But when you look simply at the player. perhaps a result of a reduced workload stemming from a calf tweak suffered mid last week. and Floyd would likely be the top target. and we believe in his ability. That’s probably an upper-end projection. you’re left with a high-end talent capable of being a fairly dominant player. We think the Chief offense is on the rise. and Floyd has been using his time wisely. and with a more reasonable 140 targets. so pretty darn good for PPR. although he played in only seven games. but from Weeks Five through Sixteen. Bowe’s line would be more like 80/1000/6. but if Bowe remains focused. Cutler's next and last pass was a 14-yarder to Knox. there's no reason he can't haul in 70+ balls. he’s apparently been making some spectacular catches in Charger camp. so Floyd is moving up in the world.8) – neither of which is a very high number – he’d post 90 receptions and 1150 yards.• • 8/19 Update: Although it was only two plays. and likely because of his ability to stretch the field. perhaps an early testament to new OC Mike Martz. they were revealing. Knox dealt with a hamstring injury early this week. his overall value soars. 8/11 Update: The Chiefs have been pleased with Bowe's attitude early in training camp. That’s encouraging. as he did in his first two NFL seasons.com 2010 Fantasy Football Draft Kit Last Update: 8/31/10 . Drafting him will entail some risk until he proves otherwise. he averaged 10 targets per game. if Vincent Jackson is shipped out of town. Floyd (who caught 3 passes for 47 yards this past weekend and made a really nice play on one catch) has been a favorite target of Rivers. and if he is thrust into the #1 WR role and responds even relatively well. but given the type of player he is – a bigger. Dwayne Bowe (KC) – Bowe’s had some issues.

His rookie season YPC (10. In addition. underneath routes with Orton. Over the last two games of the 2009 season. but the transition to Kyle Orton at QB hurt him significantly. with 3/44 in the passing game this past weekend. but it might be the break PPR owners looking for a sleeper were waiting for. a drop of 54 catches and a fall from a stellar 71% catch rate to an atrocious 46. if he can pick up a healthy number of Marshall’s 153 targets from 2009 (5th-most in the league). Jabar Gaffney (Den) – Could Gaffney. since he’s an intermediate guy. His 91-catch rookie season (on 128 targets) was certainly no fluke. 8/11 Update: Royal has stood out recently after a couple of quiet weeks. had another fine performance. Gaffney finished strong last year and is in as good a position as any to produce. and we have serious doubts about Thomas’ ability to handle the learning curve and his route-running limitations right away in the pros. not on name. with Royal out. which is a nice sign. we know coach Josh McDaniels will decide competitions like these on merit. 8/19 Update: In his preseason debut. But he could rebound and turn out a solid PPR campaign if he’s asked to produce startertype numbers alongside rookie Demaryius Thomas (who. 8/11 Update: Although Benn has made some strides in the last few weeks. • 8/25 Update: Gaffney had a really nice game against the Lions. He’s still a little raw. Royal is too good a player to be wasted again.3 in 2009 was brutal. Williams still appears to be the favorite to enter the season as the Bucs’ #1 WR. His second season saw him post an ugly 37/345/0 line on 79 targets. and his development is something we’ll be watching intently as we move forward. and at the least. No question he’s worth a later pick for upside. Gaffney actually doubled Eddie Royal’s output in receiving yards a season ago. he could be thrown back into a role in which he’s asked to produce in a big way yet again. There isn’t much upside for Gaffney in terms of explosion – his 13. Royal did it in just five games in 2009. but the 91 catches helped him out in PPR. who still definitely appears to have a lock on a starting job. Gaffney put up a line of 21/282/2. Late Rounds (10+) Eddie Royal (Den) – It’s impossible to consider Royal’s awful 2009 anything but a disaster. but he did catch a 12-yard TD pass across the middle in the red zone. just 16 fewer catches and 63 fewer yards in two games than Royal had all year.• • • 8/25 Update: Williams. Gaffney’s currently running with the Bronco starters. Orton has major problems completing longer passes. cast to the side by multiple teams during the past decade. despite a smaller overall role than Royal’s.6 YPC in 2009 was actually his best since 2004 – but he produced when needed. Benn saw some targets from 2nd-string QB Josh Johnson but was held without a catch. Seriously. it looked like Royal would fit in perfectly. the veteran Gaffney may be asked to start right away for the Broncos. putting up a decent 54/732/2 line on 84 targets (64. while Royal was frozen out.2% catch rate). probably isn’t ready to excel just yet). The result was one of the biggest fantasy bust seasons in the past few years. by the way. catching 6 passes for 98 yards. although a drop to 9.8) wasn’t exactly good. as QB Kyle Orton looked really good as well. After catching at least three passes in 14 of 15 games as a rookie. This is not to suggest that Royal is worth a high draft pick in PPR leagues – not at all. fluid receiver with good hands who can play between the seams very well. which is better than hearing nothing.8%. Yahoo! Sports/FantasyGuru. which is fine for Royal. especially since Maurice Stovall rolled his ankle and vet Michael Clayton (1 catch. Because the Denver passing game was so limited using short. But Royal is a smart. And now. but his ability jumps off the screen when you watch him play. We know the team wanted to minimize their reliance on Orton. then something’s very wrong in Denver.com 2010 Fantasy Football Draft Kit Last Update: 8/31/10 . but it became so close to the vest that only Brandon Marshall was seeing targets consistently. maybe even a pick around 100 overall. with the Broncos trading Marshall in the off-season. really be the Broncos’ #1 receiving option entering 2010? It sounds ugly. alongside Jabar Gaffney. • • 8/19 Update: Royal didn’t have a huge game statistically in his preseason opener. 12 yards) continues to disappear into the background. And with rookie Demaryius Thomas still recovering from an off-season foot injury. The guy has exciting skills and potential. which is a 9th-round pick in a 12-team league. He’s still at the top of the depth chart.

which is a great sign. catching 2 passes for 37 yards from the starting lineup. as we expect. If put in the right situation. this is not necessarily a bad thing for Bess. but Bess appears to have the Dolphins’ slot role absolutely locked up.9% of his 186 targets over the last two seasons. • Davone Bess (Mia) – The WR position wasn’t exactly a highlight for the Dolphins in 2009. So far. he could become quite a useful player. First he has to win the job again and prove to be looking healthy this summer. so Bess doesn’t have a whole lot of competition for the slot job. 8/11 Update: Gaffney is alongside Royal atop the Broncos’ depth chart. who picked up some nice YAC on the 18-yard play. although it didn’t exactly translate for fantasy purposes. especially for a rookie (the absurdly low catch percentage is certainly a problem. As we said. Massaquoi became the #1 WR by default. always good for filling out a roster in PPR. At 6’2”. which he had all but locked up already. but we’re giving him a mulligan there because the weather was atrocious and seemed to affect the entire Dolphin offense. His 34/624/3 on 94 targets was respectable. so it appears as if he’s in line to start for the Rams. The leader in the clubhouse was Bess. His 18. this guy had 76 catches last season. but the Brown QB situation was so ugly we’ll give Massaquoi a reprieve on that one). and that’s why they went out and acquired a new toy for QB Chad Henne: superstar WR Brandon Marshall. so good. Bess has great hands and caught 69. • 8/19 Update: In what the team hopes to be a sign of things to come. but it’d be hard to be anything less. 8/19 Update: He did get a little dinged up in the game (strained hamstring). • • Mohamed Massaquoi (Cle) – When the Browns traded Braylon Edwards early in the 2009 season. which also helped him as a downfield threat as well. but Delhomme played Yahoo! Sports/FantasyGuru. who scored only 2 TDs on 758 yards receiving. Bradford fired a nice pass over the middle to Robinson. Robinson started alongside Donnie Avery. His 76 catches helped to boost him to 43rd in PPR leagues. 8/19 Update: Bess didn’t catch a single pass in the Dolphins’ preseason opener. a pretty darn good number.4 YPC ranked 4th among all WRs. but otherwise he looked pretty good and flashed a little as being improved. if the Dolphins shift more to a traditional NFL offense and away from the Wildcat. 8/11 Update: No surprises here. He seems like a really sneaky PPR option at this part. in his first game action since fracturing his fibula in Week Three of last year's regular season. he will definitely catch some balls for the Rams this year as their prototypical #1 WR for their West Coast offense. Laurent Robinson (Stl) – If he can stay healthy. 27-yard night. and Massaquoi still looks like the most viable WR here. • • 8/25 Update: Massaquoi sat out this weekend with a hamstring injury. he should continue to be a reliable threat in the intermediate range. which is a skill PPR owners should embrace because QBs will trust him to make plays. and Massaquoi had his share of dropped passes. Remember. Still. and he looked to be moving well during his 2-catch. In 2010. • 8/25 Update: The Dolphins just traded Greg Camarillo to the Vikings. it’s time for Massaquoi to turn more of those targets into receptions. who failed to get consistent enough production out of anyone on this roster. Not only that. Bess had a golden year compared to the rest of the Dolphin receivers.• • 8/19 Update: Gaffney had a solid preseason debut. he’s a receiver who uses his size. even if he isn’t the #1 option (which he won’t be). but the fact of the matter is that the Dolphins’ best WR was a bench player in even the most ideal scoring system. which was certainly impressive. 8/11 Update: Robinson looks healthy. It’s hard to believe Jake Delhomme will provide the Browns with an upgrade at the QB position.com 2010 Fantasy Football Draft Kit Last Update: 8/31/10 . so if he assumes the slot role as we expect. he showed an ability to use his size to go up and make a play. and he may continue to put up acceptable numbers in PPR leagues. especially for fantasy owners. Now.

He appears to have the slot position locked up over rookie Mardy Gilyard. Danny Amendola (WR. and his solid speed may give him a boost in YPC by default going forward.7% catch rate. he showed the playmaking ability. so Thomas could be an interesting guy in the very late rounds or Waiver Wire in your PPR league. and it’s no coincidence that he may have been “overlooked” with so many strong rookie WR performances in 2009. why not take a gamble on a young guy with some upside? We love Mike Williams. although we still think he's ideally suited to play the slot. Someone has to catch the ball here other than TE Kellen Winslow. He’s a perfect possession guy. even though he’s supposed to be ready for the season. WR Donnie Avery will be done for the year after suffering a significant knee injury in the Rams’ third preseason game. none have been as impressive as Amendola throughout the summer. Sammie Stroughter (WR. we know what time of the year it is. Mike Thomas (Jac) – Thomas is a diminutive 5’8”. especially if the Jags realize someone besides Mike Sims-Walker needs to see the ball in the pass game. finishing with a 48/453/1 line on 61 targets. Of course. 8/19 Update: He was leading the charge for the #2 job. • 8/25 Update: Thomas started and caught QB David Garrard’s only TD pass for two yards and also had a 25-yard catch. and it looks like he will be quite active. and although the Rams have some other young options (Gilyard. 8/11 Update: Thomas has performed well during training camp. We are looking for someone to separate and really take that two spot. He can find space and make plays. "That's the truth. He may have caught the quietest 48 balls we’ve seen from a #3 target. Freeman’s thumb injury is an issue. "I told him during one of the periods that if he keeps making those plays I'm going to keep throwing the ball to him. • 8/25 Update: Added 8/25. but this guy is pretty darn good from the slot. He didn’t do much after the catch." • • Brian Robiskie (Cle) – He’s really impressed this off-season. but he has strong hands and an instinct perfect for finding holes in the zone. and Stroughter might have 50+ upside from the slot. but he’s only a rookie. He caught a TD pass from Josh Freeman in the Bucs’ first preseason game this year. • 8/25 Update: Added 8/25. so they can’t put too much on his plate. Brandon Gibson). Even a marginal improvement at QB with either A. Now.very well. Feeley or Sam Bradford (Bradford looked great in the Rams’ third preseason game) will increase his productivity. He could prove to be a worthy depth guy in any format.com 2010 Fantasy Football Draft Kit Last Update: 8/31/10 . as long as he's okay. Remember. according to the Florida Times-Union. Yes. and that’s a valuable asset for a young QB looking to get comfortable in an offense (Freeman has shown a good deal of improvement in the glimpses we’ve had of him). Thomas has the potential to haul in 60+ passes this year. TB) – Stroughter has the slot receiver role in a stranglehold in Tampa. Stl) – He's not a household name by any stretch. so he should have an excellent chance to win a starting job here if he can carry that over to when they are actually practicing with pads.J. and QB David Garrard believes Thomas will be the #2 WR if he keeps it up. but if Stroughter is going to be a deep bench guy on your team. so he could be a guy who really surprises with 50+ catches. thus a perfect PPR option. He could be looking at a bigger role in 2010 with Torry Holt moving on to New England. but this was a good start for the Browns' #1 WR. and it makes us believe he’s almost a “forgotten man” in drafts this year. Amendola caught 43 passes last season in an awful passing offense. and although his YPC was miniscule (326). 8/19 Update: Thomas caught 1 pass for 16 yards in his preseason debut as a starter. and that could make him an effective PPR receiver this year. and he might have locked it up with a solid Yahoo! Sports/FantasyGuru. which translated to an exceptional 78. since he was the only Buccaneer receiver who showed any sort of upside in 2009. making him a bargain pick late in PPR leagues. He's kind of doing it." Garrard said. though Sims-Walker said he still expects the youngster to have a breakout season.

specifically by the now-former Raider JaMarcus Russell. • 8/11 Update: Added 8/11. he’s best friends with QB Tony Romo. mostly because he’s been running better routes and is showing more and more confidence. and Campbell is known for his check-downs. we’d expect Celek to see plenty of looks his way. As we always mention. and though Miles Austin emerged and Dez Bryant is there as well (once he gets healthy).9%). Tight Ends Earlier Rounds (3-6) Jason Witten (Dal) – Overall. Witten was a “disappointment” last season because he was typically the first TE drafted. and a pretty impressive TD catch on which Seneca Wallace was scrambling and Robiskie stayed with the play and presented himself as a target in the end zone. Miller played through multiple concussions (and multiple QBs). and still managed to put up career highs in catches (66) and targets (98). he’ll always be a go-to guy in this offense. caught two balls for 18 yards in Preseason Week One. especially since he will slip because of the perception of the team he plays for and the abundance of TEs with big-time name value that will go before him. Robiskie caught 3 balls for 32 yards. Celek had 16 catches on 20 targets. which as a point of reference is 36 more than Dallas Clark over the same period. We thought he had the potential to be a good possession receiver coming out of college. think how much better he can be with a competent QB. He’s got a great chance to top his numbers from last season and is a great option in PPR leagues. and occasionally others as well. Considering how productive Miller has been with a lack of help from pretty much the rest of the offense. • 8/25 Update: Our Greg Cosell recently studied every one of Celek’s catches from 2009 on film and after doing that feels he has the potential to be an elite player. and Jermichael Finley on draft boards. Cosell said Celek moves a lot better than he thought. His lack of TDs seems to have pushed him behind guys like Clark. But don’t be shocked if Miller catches 75-80 balls this year. the offense should be able to sustain more drives and. both of which led the team. Antonio Gates. Brent Celek (Phi) – Celek started to come on at the end of the 2008 season and rode that momentum into 2009 by having his best year as a pro. at least until he develops a better rapport with the team’s young receiving corps. sure to be a favorite target of his new QB. • Middle Rounds (7-9) Zach Miller (Oak) – Miller has been the most reliable and consistent receiver in Oakland the last few years. Yahoo! Sports/FantasyGuru.effort in the preseason opener.com 2010 Fantasy Football Draft Kit Last Update: 8/31/10 . but not by much. 8/19 Update: Celek. especially early on with Kolb attempting to find him comfort zone as the starter. Now with Jason Campbell at the helm. and he only scored 2 TDs. With Philly running the WCO and Kolb being a much more accurate passer than McNabb. despite generally poor QB play. but he also dropped an absolute dart from Kolb that would have resulted in a TD. so Miller should be his #1 option. move the ball with some success. who is not known as the most accurate passer in the league. In Kolb’s only two starts. He’s caught an amazing 271 passes over the last three seasons. dare we say. But PPR owners should not be anywhere near as worried. He caught 76 of his 112 targets (67. it could be an even better 2010 for Celek. which would be absolute money for PPR. playing the majority of his season with QB Donovan McNabb. and if he plays anything like we saw last season. This season. 8/11 Update: Robiskie looks entrenched as the starter opposite Massaquoi. and that appears to be the case thus far this offseason. The O-line should be improved. But he remains PPR money. He’s actually becoming a PPR value in some drafts. There’s an obvious chemistry there that should only improve by the time the season begins because the move to Kolb was made so early in the off-season. QB Kevin Kolb takes over as the starter.

that should go a long way as to how much they are involved. including a 19-yard pass down the middle to help set up an Anthony Armstrong TD. and now McNabb has an ankle issue. Cooley did lose a short TD to Davis. so imagine what they will do with Daniels back in the mix. Look for Cooley to possibly slip a bit coming off the injury. which gives him a chance to be a nice value. Miller's certainly looking like the #1 receiver in this offense. "I'm starting to feel like I'm back to normal again.com 2010 Fantasy Football Draft Kit Last Update: 8/31/10 . Chris Cooley (Was) – Cooley had his season cut short after just seven games last year. The Texan offense revolved around him and Andre Johnson. but he just needed to adjust to McNabb getting the ball there so quickly. • Late Rounds (10+) Health Miller (Pit) – The QB situation is a mess. at 34-years old. with 6 pass targets (3/32). Owen Daniels (Hou) – Before the ACL injury that ended his season prematurely after just eight games. Miller has been a favorite target in the red zone and is the go-to-guy when the Raiders need a completion. He has not been cleared for work as he rehabs from the ACL injury. 8/19 Update: No surprise. thanks to a broken ankle that landed him on IR after not healing as fast as originally hoped." Daniels said. but that won’t be as big an issue in PPR leagues as it is otherwise. Daniels was well on his way (40 catches. especially in PPR leagues. and he found a way to increase his catch total for the third consecutive season. Having TE Fred Davis still around could hinder Cooley a little bit. And that's certainly what you want to see from your fantasy TE. He's right on schedule. 8/11 Update: This could be the last week Daniels is on this list if we don’t get any definitive answer on his return. Houston’s high-powered offense took a step forward last season. especially with the injury problems for Chaz Schilens and the inconsistency of Darrius Heyward-Bey. but he continues to be the Raiders' most reliable target. he was quite active this past weekend. Daniels should be able to reclaim that spot easily. He's the only receiver you can count on in Oakland. and after the injury. The injury shouldn’t be an issue. and it might be a couple of weeks before we know for sure how he’s progressing. • • 8/25 Update: Daniels (knee) hopes to be cleared for practice next week according to the Houston Chronicle. and new coach Mike Shanahan likes to feature the TE in his offense. 58 targets) to topping his career highs in both categories.• • 8/25 Update: As we would expect. the team will look Yahoo! Sports/FantasyGuru. especially since it looks like he’ll be fully recovered well in advance of the regular season. • • 8/25 Update: Cooley caught 2 passes for 33 yards in McNabb’s shaky second preseason game. neither Kevin Walter nor Jacoby Jones really stepped up to be that #2 receiving option the team needed. 8/19 Update: Texan HC Gary Kubiak said Daniels might return for the final game of the preseason according to houstontexans. He’ll return this season with a new QB in Donovan McNabb at the helm but also playing alongside the same underachieving receiving corps as last year. Jerry McDonald of the Oakland Tribune told us." Kubiak said. and in Shanahan’s offense. Given the state of their receiving corps with key receivers Schilens and Heyward-Bey dealing with some issues. Miller set career highs for catches (78) and targets (98). These are just some of the reasons we like Miller to be a PPR force this season. and he could fall below the radar if owners believe his injury is a red flag. enters his 13th season in the league. especially since last season was the first time Cooley ever missed a game. Cooley is already developing chemistry with McNabb. and Hines Ward. "Do I expect to see him in the preseason? It would be the last game if we're going to see him. but Cooley is a much more complete player. McNabb helped Eagle TE Brent Celek have a career season. so this is something to keep an eye on. Santonio Holmes has been shipped to the Jets. Despite playing on a team loaded at the skill positions.com. Cooley did say after the game that he has complete confidence in McNabb putting the ball where it needs to be. thanks to his blocking. 8/19 Update: McNabb hit Cooley 3 times for 33 yards. including highs in catches (76) and targets (112). He and Davis are probably the most talented receivers on the team. thanks to a great (and healthy) year from QB Matt Schaub. With QB Ben Roethlisberger out for at least four games. We expect him to be a PPR force this season.

where there is a bit of a jumble at the TE position. Bo Scaife (Ten) – We love Jared Cook’s talent and physical ability. he scored on a nice 20-yard route down the seams on a throw from backup QB Seneca Wallace. 2010 Auction Draft Plan By Mike Horn Staff Writer. Finally. 22-yard game in poor conditions against the Rams. John Carlson (Sea) – Carlson was a fantasy darling in his 2008 rookie campaign. such as the ridiculously low 41 targets he saw last year. With Holmes (and his 79 receptions) gone.com Yahoo! Sports/FantasyGuru. Carlson will probably slip down the boards because of his sophomore slump and the notion that he plays in a bad offense. That’s lofty praise.to either the young Dennis Dixon or the uber-slow Byron Leftwich. • • 8/19 Update: Scaife didn’t catch a ball in the Titans’ preseason opener. but with a bunch of #2 WRs and no real go-to guy. and he does have a history of falling short of expectations (albeit high expectations due to his talent). and we aren’t sure that second-year WR Mike Wallace is ready to do that just yet. especially looking at Jake Delhomme as the starter. As the team’s best receiving option at the position and possibly the best receiving option on the team. 8/19 Update: In the preseason opener. • 8/11 Update: Hasselbeck is high on Carlson’s potential and recently has called his TE potentially the best player on the team. so he's looking okay here. new Seattle OC Jeremy Bates will likely run more than a handful of two-TE sets. according to multiple reports. but the negatives are enough for us to upgrade Scaife a bit. Carlson appears to be in a great situation to have a bounce. either of whom will most definitely be looking Miller’s way behind the average Pittsburgh O-line. Seattle’s O-line issues should have improved somewhat with the drafting of LT Russell Okung. and one of these years. which opens the door for Miller to see even more targets this season. so those of you in PPR leagues shouldn’t be afraid to give him another shot. His QB situation isn’t the greatest. Over half of Carlson’s 51 catches came in the first half of the season. Miller has a great chance to be a PPR monster this year and can probably be had for a great value with so much depth at the TE position. 8/11 Update: Watson is showing the ability to stretch the field and has become a favorite target of Delhomme. but last year he disappointed owners looking for some sleeper-type value who waited a few rounds to draft him as their starter. they’re going to catch him. whether veteran QB Matt Hasselbeck or the unproven Charlie Whitehurst wins the job. Carlson should see plenty of targets. Ward is coming off another great season. Scaife’s role as an active receiver for Vince Young should be secure. with rookie Colt McCoy looming down the road. someone will have to pick up the slack. he should get more chances than he did in previous seasons with the Patriots. and he had only 18 catches in his final eight games. With such depth at the TE position once again this year. which was his lowest total since his rookie season. but injuries always seem to creep up on him. 8/11 Update: There’s more negative to report about Cook than there is positive to report about Scaife at this point. but the fact is that he still hasn’t done anything yet. • • • 8/25 Update: Watson continued his run as one of Delhomme’s favorite targets with a 3-catch. Ben Watson (Cle) – Watson now moves to Cleveland. FantasyGuru. With all these factors in play. based on his involvement with Mike Shanahan in the past.com 2010 Fantasy Football Draft Kit Last Update: 8/31/10 . but with a lack of quality receivers. If Cook’s a little off the mark this summer. but he’s instantly the most talented pass-catcher among the group.back year. Carlson has the ability to separate himself from the pack. However. so he could surprise just in terms of catch total (he rarely scores). which means whoever is playing QB might not be on his back as much as Hasselbeck was last season.

Yahoo! Sports/FantasyGuru. Right now. Later this summer. this plan takes John Hansen’s draft plan and meshes it with my theories of auctioning. Typical Position Values Tier %Cap RB WR QB TE DEF I 30%+ Stud RB1 II 20-30% Other RB1 Elite III 15-20% Top RB2 Top WR1 Elite IV 10-15% Other RB2 Other WR1 Top QB1 Elite V 5-10% Top RB3 WR2 Other QB1 Top TE1 VI 2-4% Other RB3 WR3 Top QB2 Other TE1 Elite VII 1-2% RB4 WR4 Marginal QB2 Upside TE2 DEF1 1Dollar <1% Others Others Others Others Others PK Top PK Others For example. It’s also a shorthand I use since I can’t say to take Player X no earlier than in the third round or preferably in the fourth – instead. in an auction with a 200 dollar spending cap. As in previous years. As I’ve said before. fellow owners. I’ve listed those tiers below with the type of players that usually fall into them. 2-3 WR. I’m just giving my best estimate. TE. You want to buy three players from the Top III tiers for no more than 60% of your cap. you may want to shoot for more. In a “home” league with more casual fantasy players. 0-1 flex. So it’s only partly “my plan. Once you’ve got a foundation of top players. I’ve always stressed minimizing risks when paying for studs. this is probably the best you can do. If you can get more than three for this amount of money. DEF/ ST) and standard yardage and TD scoring have tended historically to value their players in price tiers defined by a percentage of the league’s cap. When I write “RB1. I use these tiers to structure my discussion of players both within and across position groups and to help you see where values exist in an auction or when the bidding on a player has gotten out of hand. and this year that may be even more important than ever. and get values when you buy lesser players. then look for upside players who your auction has under-valued compared to what you think their performance will be – remember this will vary from auction to auction. roster rules.I’ve written the auction plan for Fantasy Guru for a few years now. a stud RB probably costs over 60 dollars. But be realistic – if you’re in a tough league. etc. although from time-totime I add my opinion – just as you should when you use this. You might find it handy to print the chart to refer to for the rest of the article. The dynamic of every auction is different and you have to stay flexible in applying this or any plan. the plan is meant to give you some general guidance that you can apply in your auctions. Price Tiers Auctions in leagues with typical roster requirements (start QB. “RB2” is in the next 10-12 players at the position. The Basic Plan The basic plan remains constant: get at least three impact players while keeping enough cash to pay for a solid supporting cast of under-priced players with upside. great – get as many as you can.” I mean the top 10-12 RBs. I’ll use the tiers to give you some idea of his appropriate value in an auction.” Most of the player analysis is John’s.com 2010 Fantasy Football Draft Kit Last Update: 8/31/10 . 1-2 RB. The impact players who form the core of a successful fantasy franchise are generally in about the top 25-30 players or the top three tiers. while a top WR1 would cost 30-40 dollars. PK. but you have to adjust the plan and player values for your league – scoring system. I still have two keys to auction success: Get what you pay for when you buy a stud. etc. I’ll add some analysis on what tier various players are being auctioned in.

And the strategy among your fellow owners may also be to go after the top players at QB and TE. even more than in the past. you have now overpaid for one high-priced player. However. I also think more TEs will be priced in Tier V than in the past. I think it’s useful to build a list of whom you consider the “impact” players before the auction so you can see which players you mean by this term. I might find I can get Adrian Peterson. If they perform as expected. while still minimizing risk. you will end up managing your cap wisely and have more talent than you paid for: players worth 125% of the cap for 100% of the salaries you’re paying. I will have to see the value before I do it. you can buy them for 15-20% of your cap even though their worth to you is about 20-30% of the cap. The committee backfields and 3. I’d expect more QBs to sell in the elite tier than usual. Yet sticking to this may be tougher this year than usual. In that case. That makes those impact RBs and WRs even more scarce. I use the term fairly narrowly and will indicate who I think these players are as I go through the position groups. Understanding Price Patterns Every year. So while I won’t rule out buying a top QB or even TE. where a back in a committee or time-share can see his partner go down to injury or suspension and suddenly become the guy who gets all the touches.and 4wideout sets create a lot more upside options. paying only for a single WR1. last year Drew Brees was commanding Tier III money as an elite QB. and Greg Jennings for 60% Yahoo! Sports/FantasyGuru. in 2008 it was 18. the money being spent on WR1s may cause elite-type QBs to fall into the Tier IV price range and keep the cost of stud RBs down. which could drive up their cost. which reduces their value.Getting those impact players is a point of emphasis in this year’s plan. unlike the top RB and WR positions. the pools at both these spots is very deep. Drew Brees. Antonio Gates and Jason Witten cost 10-15% of a salary cap. The increase in spread offenses distributing passes to a larger number of wideouts means there are fewer receivers getting a dominant number of targets (in 2007. this would drive me toward a strategy of avoiding the high-priced QBs.com 2010 Fantasy Football Draft Kit Last Update: 8/31/10 . which makes it harder to achieve my standard auction Guideline #1: you want to use 100% of your salaries to buy players worth about 125% of the cap. and grabbing two under-priced RB1s to get my three impact players. for elite players (that is. Last year saw more WRs priced in Tiers III and IV than in previous seasons. For example. but they are typically rated and priced as RB2s. therefore. I believe paying for players in an elite tier is a mistake. the elite level for WRs. Elite Players and Cap Management As shown in the table above. Larry Fitzgerald and Andre Johnson were auctioned for Tier II prices. And usually you are paying for last year’s performance – not a good strategy. a trend that I think will continue. It makes it harder to build a solid team because so much extra cap room is tied up in those few players. Another place there is depth is at the RB3 and WR4 pools. So this becomes a tricky balancing act of getting the impact players you must have. However. and last year it was 15). If you do that a few times. you are fine – but if not. This is especially true at RB. you may think Jamaal Charles and Ryan Matthews are RB1s.and three-headed backfields means there are fewer running backs carrying the load by themselves. If I’m right. an elite price for a TE. 21 WRs had 125 targets. plus consistently buy other players at the low end of the price band for their tier. For example. you cannot get as much quality at two or three other positions. In general. in some auctions. Elite players are almost never underpriced. or about as much as many WR1s. at a price that won’t break your budget. there are shifts in historical cost patterns. It is very tempting to solve this dilemma by looking at the QB and TE position to snag one of those impact players. The increase in two. players who were projected in preseason to be elite in the upcoming year) you typically have to pay a premium of one tier above the going rate for another top player at his position. and as a result.

This is one part of reading an auction’s price patterns and staying flexible with the plan. the last “other QB1. the last stud RB1. If it looks like owners are sitting on their wallets. For example.” i. followed by the lower level RB1s. then you want to nominate someone you’re targeting. so I would nominate Aaron Rodgers. This is the critical position for deciding what direction I want to take my auction. I want to know very early whether or not I’m signing a QB as one of my impact players because that will drive my decisions on what to bid on the other impact players. even before the stud RBs and Johnson. so you’re getting other owners to burn their cap while you’re getting a handle on the auction’s price structure – but. especially for the “1s. Yahoo! Sports/FantasyGuru. Tony Romo. Don’t nominate a guy just because you have to. whether early in the auction or in the mid-game. many other owners are doing this as well. then get the stud backs and Johnson nominated. Another thing to read. On the other hand. nominate players you don’t want. forcing the DeAngelo Williams owner to overpay if he wants Jonathan Stewart. and Peyton Manning as early as I could. However.com 2010 Fantasy Football Draft Kit Last Update: 8/31/10 . Wait and get a quality NFL QB who may not be as good a fantasy choice as the top 8 at the position.of my cap as my impact players. Brett Favre – assuming he’s back – or Matt Schaub). not later when more money is chasing fewer players. fill a roster hole. Here it’s often useful to nominate a player you don’t really want to buy. otherwise. the depth of QBs available this year makes it tempting to pass on the elite and other top QBs who’ll be selling at a premium. Pick your spots to slide in a player that you DO want. An example of this last technique is to nominate a highly-regarded handcuff when a lot of money is left to be spent. Quarterback Plan There are almost always values to be found at quarterback later in auctions. Prices typically soar on the very last player in a tier. Once those QBs are off the board. you might put Andre Johnson into the auction in the first round of nominations. The next part is understanding when the last few players in a tier are nominated. There is almost no doubt that Johnson will be the most expensive WR. Drew Brees. Drew Brees. and what he sells for will set the market and give you an initial read on the WR pricing structure in your auction. especially if you think there is some hesitation by owners to spend their money early. too. It can be to suck money out of the auction. If early in an auction players are selling for less than their tier would indicate. The typical way to get a handle on your auction early on is to follow Guideline #2: Use your first couple of nominations to understand player values in your auction. have a reason for your choice. You want to watch for the second-last player in a tier and bid on him if you need to fill a roster hole. or force another owner to commit to filling his own roster before he’s ready. slip a targeted player under the radar. this year I think it’s critical to determine what direction the QB market is headed.e. There are three choices here: • • • Get one of the three impact players (Aaron Rodgers. of course. it means more money will be spent on lower-tier players later in an auction – and that the values are to be had now. When you think owners are spending too much. or Peyton Manning) at QB. As mentioned earlier. And don’t be too predictable – it’s good to vary your patterns. Tom Brady.” etc. All these and other ideas I’ll throw out later add up to Guideline #3: Always have a purpose for your nominations. this year it may be more important to get an impact player at this position than it’s been in the past. you’re likely to over-pay. Buy one of the other top QBs (Philip Rivers. So you may be wise to spend more upfront than you usually would. You could get a value.

Two more. this year it’s important to determine as early as possible in the auction if one of my impact players is going to be a QB. It doesn’t make sense to pay Tier V money for two QBs. I’d prefer to go a Tier VII route (and if you opt to buck the plan and pay Tier III money for an elite QB. or Eli Manning as my starter. My own take: This guideline applies to Rice this year. I think Rivers and Brady are going to cost Tier IV money and that is a fair price. anyhow) and David Garrard. I’d like to get a better backup if I have a weaker starting QB. but I wouldn’t hesitate to bid right up to that point. The key remains to pay Tier VI money for these players. both of them will sell for Tier II money. He should come for Tier VI money. I’m better off getting a top QB for Tier IV dollars. The intriguing guy at this price point is Ben Roethlisberger. After these six players come Michael Turner and Rashard Mendenhall. Ray Rice may be sold in Tier I– and definitely will be in PPR leagues. Yahoo! Sports/FantasyGuru. I would pay the cost if I had a low-end starter and might if I were in good cap shape with a top QB on my roster. I can go a safe route with Donovan McNabb or Vince Young. I’m more likely to find Romo. I want to know that before all the impact RBs and WRs are gone. it’s Jason Campbell (good schedule. Personally. or Matt Cassel. but Young has a good strength of schedule. if you think one of these RBs is a stud and he sells for Tier II money. and Maurice Jones-Drew. But I’m prepared to roll with Jay Cutler or Kevin Kolb. After these three. barring preseason injury: Chris Johnson. it should be you who pays it. I personally love them in a back-up role but would not be comfortable with them as my starters. if you wait any longer. Steven Jackson and Frank Gore. Both of them are solid RB1s. I prefer the upside route. could go in Tier I in many auctions. I’m comfortable rolling with one of the other four players I named as it frees up money for my RB and WR corps. again if I have a lesser starter. Favre. so you might opt for him. There are obvious questions about whether he’ll play as well as last year when he comes back. but I’d prefer to pay a below-fair price. Adrian Peterson. Kolb. Cassel probably plays in the least conservative offense of those three. Alex Smith. you’re on your own. as much as I like these three backs. the value is gone and I’d look for one of the other top QBs. so I’d probably prefer him. that Cutler. and I can see taking a shot at Gore in Tier II. The remaining top QBs should be priced in Tier IV and the rest of the potential starters in Tier V. I’d like to get them if I’ve committed to Cutler. or an upside route with Chad Henne or Matt Stafford. Guideline #4: Be flexible on your starting QB but insist on value. and I can wait for his suspension to expire. but he has great upside at this price point.com 2010 Fantasy Football Draft Kit Last Update: 8/31/10 . Carson Palmer and Matt Ryan are the top remaining players. The back I think is more attractive than either of these players is DeAngelo Williams. too. it’s the inverse of the quality of my starter. Basically.The impact players will typically cost elite QB (Tier III) money – and Rodgers may be priced in Tier II. and neither is a value unless he sells right on the Tier II/III border. or even Joe Flacco or Eli Manning in Tier V. But Palmer and Ryan must sell in Tier VI or I’m not buying. Note. As I said in the section on nominating players. and Eli all have Week Eight byes. Campbell might be available for only a dollar if I wait long enough. After that. I rarely advocate paying these prices. who may come in at a Tier III price and is just a Jonathan Stewart injury away from being a stud RB (I wouldn’t handcuff these two unless Stewart was priced in Tier IV). I much prefer Mendenhall to Turner. Guideline #5: Never pass on a player you think is a stud if you have the cash and he’s priced below Tier I. And the essential point is that whichever path I take shouldn’t cost me too much cap room. which is the ideal QB plan. or Schaub selling at Tier V level. After that. you have to save some money here) for Mark Sanchez. This is 24 QBs deep. I’m avoiding Jackson unless he’s priced well below these two. Otherwise. I will stay away from the impact QBs once their price hits Tier III. Kolb. I won’t get stampeded into spending too much just because the top 8 QBs are gone. the only one I think is risk-free is Peterson. Running Back Plan There are three backs who will definitely be valued as Tier I players. Once I’ve sorted out my starter. I can make decisions on my back-up QB. Flacco. Flacco. which dovetails nicely with Ben coming back and getting a week of playing time under his belt before I need him. however.

My first preference here is young guys like Steve Slaton. Jahvid Best. I’m looking for value for my RB2 (assuming I don’t get my two out of three ideal RBs). Leon Washington. Shonn Greene. Michael Bush. I will also pay Tier IV money for Felix Jones. like Brandon Jacobs or Darren McFadden. and Matthews. Joseph Addai. Chester Taylor. I do like Jones but as far as the other two. In fact. but I like Randy Moss. The one exception I’d make here is for Jonathan Stewart. I wouldn’t handcuff him to Williams in Tier III because I think that’s too many resources tied up for the players involved. I’d prefer two of these players for Tier VI cap room. especially rookies who are third on a depth chart are good one dollar players to fill your roster. As mentioned above. Correll Buckhalter. and Best or Spiller may creep into Tier IV in some auctions . and Tashard Choice for Tier VII or less prices. Fred Jackson. although that is a fair price. Ryan Grant. That brings us to the RB3s. I’d really like an RB corps with two of my three RB1-at-Tier-III-prices guys (Charles. Larry Fitzgerald.com 2010 Fantasy Football Draft Kit Last Update: 8/31/10 . Ahmad Bradshaw. I have to consider getting Andre Johnson in any auction this year. Matthews. Jackson. My favorites in this group are Charles. I think I have to do it. Clinton Portis. and Benson I personally have as high RB2s but as players who will often sell for Tier II money – I wouldn’t touch them at that price. and Cedric Benson as the remaining backs that I think are impact players. or even lower. Hardesty ideally will cost much less than that. I’d prefer snagging an RB2 from Montario Hardesty. I want at least one of the RBs listed so far as one of my three impact players. I would not pay Tier II money for any WR. Laurence Maroney. LaDainian Tomlinson. These three are probably going to be priced as Tier III backs. Reggie Bush. Depending on my bench size. and Reggie Wayne for a Tier III cap hit. if I can get him for Tier II money. Wide Receiver Plan While I rarely want to pay for elite players. leaving me cash to burn on a top WR1. Spiller. After Johnson. At a minimum I’ll have one impact RB and stick to value at every level of RBs. Other than the top 4-6 RBs. and two of the young RB3s I mentioned at Tier VI money. If they fall into Tier IV. I will not reach for shaky options who may come too high.that’s when I’d drop out. and Maroney. Pierre Thomas. C. or Matt Forte because they may come for Tier V money. I’d get two of Charles. Jason Snelling. Grant. Ideally.That leaves Ryan Mathews. Jamaal Charles. and Ronnie Brown as my RB2. not a value. and Cadillac Williams. but I rate them as RB1s. and that’s possible with Slaton. Greene. and Ben Tate. though. Donald Brown. Wells. he’s the most likely player to deliver Tier I performance. I’d be willing to take my chances with two of these four players matched up with one of my RB1s but I’m don’t see that happening for under 60% of the cap. I’m reluctant to pay Tier III money for a non-impact RB. Matthews). So remembering Guideline #5. Yahoo! Sports/FantasyGuru. one or two of: Jerome Harrison. and Wells for Tier III money. Brown. Chris Wells. I’d buy them. Bradshaw. Justin Forsett. Once I have at least one RB1. Some of these players will command Tier V money. Toby Gerhart. Finally. But because of his upside – an injury away from potential studliness – I’d be happy to have him as an RB2 for Tier III money if I don’t get Williams as my RB1. overlooked backups. Michael Bush. Bernard Scott. Thomas Jones. If I were to start an auction with Johnson plus two of Charles/Wells/Matthews for 60% of my cap.J. Wells. I’ll probably pass on Knowshon Moreno and LeSean McCoy because I think Tier III is the price they’ll command. There are also some old RB3 types for whom I’d pay Tier VI: Ricky Williams. I’d be very happy – and I think that is very possible.

Anquan Boldin. Donnie Avery. and Michael Crabtree are this year’s top potential go-to receivers. Mario Manningham. and they’d be worth it. as there is then a drop-off. examine chicken entrails. Houshmandzadeh I’d want in Tier VII. Another category to look at for my WR3/4 are #2 wideouts on teams that throw the ball a lot. These WRs include Donald Driver and Lee Evans. which is what I want to pay. I think Aromashodu is being overvalued a lot. so the key is to watch this group and bid on them while they’re in Tier IV. At a lower level. I’d probably target two of these WRs to round out my three impact players. If he’s healthy. Hester a little. Regardless of how I acquire my impact players. the value is the upside. etc. whom I’m targeting in Tier VI (and Evans may come cheaper). Nicks and Crabtree will probably cost Tier V money. looks like the one of these three who can be had for Tier VI cap space. Malcom Floyd. Greg Jennings.com 2010 Fantasy Football Draft Kit Last Update: 8/31/10 . read the tea leaves. I’d avoid paying Tier III money if at all possible. I’d like to have 2 WRs from the list so far. Britt is probably going to cost Tier VI money. Second. and Kenny Britt could also be the clear #1 WR on their NFL teams. This is where Guideline #5: keep several dollars for the endgame comes into play. Mohamed Massaquoi.J. Vincent Jackson. right now. the Chicago wideouts. which is ideal. Jabar Gaffney. and Jeremy Maclin are all WR2s who can be had in the Tier V range (Maclin maybe Tier VI). There are some veteran WRs I’ll consider for WR3/4. Mike Sims-Walker. but if I can get them cheap enough. we’d have talked about him in the WR1 group. Steve Smith (NYG). I can get my preferred players late in the auction when other owners are low on cash and I have that critical one dollar to overbid with. Anthony Gonzalez. The perfect example last year was Miles Austin in Dallas. Wes Welker. Steve Smith (CAR). but that may change between the time I write this and when it goes on the Internet. Antonio Bryant. The focus then shifts to targeting WRs who could turn into their teams’ go-to guys. Sidney Rice. Austin Collie. But in every auction there are bargains. You might even consider them to be impact players although they missed my cut. Meachem. Chaz Schilens. Some candidates to target if you’ve held your cash are: Eddie Royal. like Percy Harvin and Pierre Garcon. Chad Ochocinco. Davone Bess. Miles Austin. But his health is going to be a question mark. Next. Julian Edelman. You also want to leave roster room for a dollar spent on some other young wideouts who Yahoo! Sports/FantasyGuru. Right now. Hines Ward. I want to get them in Tier VI. or Johnny Knox. and Nate Burleson for a dollar. Devin Hester. he’s an obvious buy. I’d avoid any of these three who costs more than a dollar. These are all good receivers and if I get a stud RB. Jerricho Cotchery. If I can get Derrick Mason. I think he’s worth a shot even at that premium. I think most fantasy owners know that Mike Martz has made fantasy gold out of many NFL WRs. Until that point. Brandon Marshall. which is a tier lower than they’ll go for in most auctions. But until late in the preseason we won’t know for sure. They don’t have the obvious upside of young players who might win a #1 job. But the other three may be available for a buck. Bernard Berrian. which is too much to pay for a WR3 unless I’ve really saved my cash elsewhere. Braylon Edwards and T. If I’ve actually spent 60% of my cap on my impact players. Calvin Johnson. What we don’t know is will it be Devin Aromashodu. Santonio Holmes. and he probably will sell in Tier VII. has already been the Chiefs’ go-to guy and is also worth buying if he falls into Tier VI. Chris Chambers. and Knox is the value to target. and Mike Thomas.Then there’s a drop-off to the remaining impact players at the position: Roddy White. although that was obviously an exceptional circumstance. Hakeem Nicks. Prices will vary from auction-to-auction. which is too much. If he costs only a dollar. But I’d jump on any of them at that price (or two bucks at the end of the draft if I have an extra dollar). Robert Meachem. Marques Colston. Dwayne Bowe is a player who. they are good values. First. But if I discipline myself to hold a few dollars. Kevin Walter. I want to cover two special situations. It’s possible that Carolina Smith and Ochocinco can even be had for Tier V money if you’re lucky and I’d stretch my budget to take that price. this requires serious economizing elsewhere and biding my time for late auction bargains. but I need to have a few spare dollars set aside to pay it. We will watch the training camps. DeSean Jackson. if he gets his personal act together.

Another option is to pay Tier V price for is Jermichael Finley. whoever they are. Usually (and I wrote this paragraph last year). For the record. That may be just as good a technique. Feed the high-rated TEs into the auction and wait. and Ben Watson. will fit my target criteria – but I’m afraid he’ll cost Tier V cap room. Dez Bryant. Devin Thomas. you want to lay low on him. but Tier VI is good enough. If I still need a starter. Golden Tate. then my choice is to look to pay Tier VII money for Zach Miller. but he could be a monster. Robbie Gould and. but if healthy. Start at the top and go down the list of projected kickers until you get one for your league’s minimum. Owen Daniels is probably priced in Tier VI right now because of his injury issues. Mason Crosby. Heath Miller. Jason Witten and Vernon Davis are also viable Tier V options. Dan Carpenter. They all have issues. I want one of Chris Cooley. Brandon LaFell. Ryan Succop. the better chance you have of scoring him for a budget price. I prefer to find a tight end who has the potential to be this year’s Witten of 2007 or Gates of 2004 or even Vernon Davis/Jermichael Finley of 2009: underpriced and overlooked (classic auction target: a Tier VI player with the potential to perform a tier higher). but I don’t like their upside as much as Finley’s. The later your guy gets nominated. If you don’t love the projections. Louis Murphy. but there are no dominant WRs in Seattle. you have to be the one nominating him. Carlson could be huge and may not even cost Tier VI money. Pay a buck. Sebastian Janikowski. Whoever you think might be this TE. and they’ll probably cost more than Celek. he’ll well outperform that price. One option.com 2010 Fantasy Football Draft Kit Last Update: 8/31/10 . and then you won’t feel locked into a guy when this year’s hot kicker is available on waivers. I carry a back-up TE only on larger rosters. The thing to remember if you spend on a TE in Tier V is that you’ll have to sacrifice budget dollars at QB or WR3 at a minimum and maybe at WR2 and RB3. If you disagree and have Dallas Clark or Antonio Gates in that category. I might strike out but rarely will having a mediocre TE cost me a title – nor will paying stud prices for a known stud win me one. but they wouldn’t be this low if they didn’t. and Marcus Easley. so he might be worth a risk. or Dustin Keller as cheap as possible. decide not to pay for Finley. and avoid Daniels’ knee. can be the Super Bowl ticket. I recommend looking for a dependable guy on a good offense. I think John Carlson might be the guy. Some of these players will go for more than a dollar (Demaryius Thomas is a good example). Mike Williams. or Visanthe Shiancoe (the last two will have to slip a bit in my auction for this to happen). although I was wrong on him last year. Or you could just hold out. To get a guy for a buck. Demaryius Thomas. believe it or not. I’m spending only a buck for a bench TE. Kellen Winslow. Obviously he comes with QB issues. If I can’t get Carlson or Celek at a good value. Place Kicker Plan Don’t overspend. Jared Cook. Jay Feely. who if he falls into Tier VI. Rob Bironas. He doesn’t offer the price upside that Carlson might. The three candidates are Greg Olsen. the Fantasy Guru kickers to consider are roughly: Stephen Gostkowski.” is to start nominating kickers until someone lets you have one for a dollar. and generally I want upside. using your nominations for better purposes until most owners have kickers and pick one at random. Tight End Plan I do not think there are any impact players at TE this year. so if they find a quarterback. Yahoo! Sports/FantasyGuru. I’d consider them in Tier V but no higher.could emerge as key players: Laurent Robinson. just realize you may have to pay Tier IV money for them. Matt Prater. He might even be available as a Tier VII buy. after the “market gauging nominations. Arrelious Benn. though. A break-out TE bought cheap. look for another option. I also like Brent Celek. in which case. Let others spend multiple dollars on the “top” guys.

Not only that. Always have a purpose for your nominations. consider Baltimore. For the one dollar bidders. Minnesota. Will your management style be to throw caution to the wind and sacrifice long-term potential for short-term success? Can you handle the task and the ribbing from other owners that come with rebuilding should your gambles fail? It's all part of the allure of playing in a keeper or dynasty league. Should you take young Yahoo! Sports/FantasyGuru. a junior version of Daniel Snyder. However. either. you’ll get a decent option for one dollar. You want to buy three players from the Top III tiers for no more than 60% of your cap. and Cincinnati.com 2010 Fantasy Football Draft Kit Last Update: 8/31/10 . the buzzkill of knowing your team of the century is no more starts to set in. but you might get lucky. After answering the "how manys” and “how longs. four. without the billions and the smugness. are the reason "keeper" leagues were created. Or you at least want to draft a superstar a year or two before he’s actually considered a superstar.” the next layer of strategy you have to consider is how to build your team. Sooner or later. The New York Jets. or more players? The only boundary is really your own imagination. Larry Fitzgerald in the 2nd. and then your two homeruns in the final two rounds: RB Jamaal Charles and WR Mike Sims-Walker. 2010 Keeper League Strategies by John Hansen There are few things better than conceiving and executing your draft plan with precision: Chris Johnson in the 1st. New Orleans. Summary Overall plan: get at least three impact players while keeping enough cash to pay for a solid supporting cast of underpriced players with upside. open the bidding at two bucks. Use your first couple of nominations to understand player values in your auction. But I will not compromise on saving some cash for late in the auction in order to get a defense. if those defenses cost too much. Keep several dollars for the endgame. Defenses are too unpredictable to get caught overspending.Team Defense Plan I’m not a fan of spending more than a buck on defenses. two under-priced WR1s and a single top RB1 or stud RB). Philadelphia. Green Bay. not too long after you receive the trophy to commemorate your great achievement. Be flexible on your starting QB but insist on value. if you will. my friend. Aaron Rodgers in the 3rd. and you rolled over the other scrubs in your league and won a championship. San Francisco. You. New York Giants. Ray Rice in the 4th. You want to draft unknown players who turn into stars and keep them as long as you see fit. If you’re not comfortable with that. but you want to be able to make the farreaching decisions of an actual NFL executive. the first question asked should be “How many players should be retained from year to year?” Will it be a single franchise player. Chicago. and Pittsburgh look like the top options if you want to go that route. I want some cash on hand at the end to scarf up those upside players who can solidify your team in the endgame when other owners can only make minimum bids. or three. Guidelines: #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 Use 100% of your salary to buy players worth about 125% of the cap. preferably two RB1s who are underpriced and a Top WR1s to go with them (alternatively. They probably will sell for more and let them. You built a near-perfect franchise. Once you've decided to adopt a keeper format. One technique is to go about 5-6 teams down on the defense projections and start nominating.

but he fell off big time in 2009 and now his future is in serious doubt. a player who is a stud now can fall off a cliff quickly. and a player who seems to be years away from being a stud can be one before you know it. Every player is different (look at Thomas Jones and Ricky Williams). but you still have to make the right decisions based on your talent and those goals. Here’s a plan of action: Part I Choosing Which Players to Protect: It’s time to choose which players you want to build your team around. but if your RB is aging.com 2010 Fantasy Football Draft Kit Last Update: 8/31/10 . next year. regardless of age.players exclusively? Or can you draft older veterans and still win two or three years down the road? A blend of youth and experience is usually the ticket. not only for this year. and 2009 was no different. Play to win now. Be willing to deal away at least some of your future to win now. I can’t help you too much with this because all leagues are different. or both. you can choose to forsake the future and try for one more title by taking players you expect to contribute this year over potential future stars. By the same token. One tactic employed by those in the know is to set up a draft board the way you would for any other non-keeper draft. Worry about next year. depending upon the structure of it. it’s wise to focus on the here and now. as we saw guys like LaDainian Tomlinson and Brian Westbrook fall off a cliff. If he has a heavy workload for five or more seasons. Talent still wins. ranking the players into various cut groups according to talent. free agency. but also for many years to come. so it’s a solid plan for the long term. Generally speaking. you can slowly start building for the future by taking that potential future star who may need some time to develop. The talent on your team dictates your long-term and short-term goals. some older players are still very effective because their career workload hasn’t been as extensive as others – so you may want to give guys like that a chance – but as a general rule. but how about guys like Fred Jackson or Carson Palmer? Here are a few guidelines to follow: Understand the ramifications of your league’s setup. In today’s NFL. Too many weird things can happen to ruin a potential championship team down the road. Protecting Adrian Peterson or Drew Brees should be a no-brainer. Bail on aging RBs. Just keep in mind that the landscape changes quickly in the NFL. now he’s an afterthought. prone to injuries. Understanding your league’s setup and rules and applying them to your roster is absolutely paramount – so do it before you make any decisions. You may want to hold on to a player you drafted late the year before because he’s a cheaper commodity. This a lesson that is really pounded home every year. Yes. and general parity make it tougher than ever to project the year-to-year potential of players. and there are many routes a league could go. You may want to let go of a high-end player because he’ll cost you too much in terms of your draft picks the upcoming season. This is the same philosophy that has put the Philadelphia Eagles in the playoffs almost every year the last decade. it might be time to get out. Clinton Portis was viewed as a great fantasy option just a couple of years ago. injuries to studs. it’s better to bail on a guy one year too early than one year too late. If your team is aging. Know your team and how it relates to your long-term and short-term goals. Brandon Jacobs rushed for 15 TDs in 2008 and looked good to go for at least a few more years. Play to win now. then adjusting your player rankings within the cut groups according to age and future potential and upside. as opposed to keeping Wells for three more years. it’s time to get out. Known commodities are almost always the more prudent choices. Or. Make out your normal rankings. The lone exception Yahoo! Sports/FantasyGuru. You may want to drop a Maurice Jones-Drew in favor of a Beanie Wells because you can keep MJD for only one more year. like a Donald Brown in Indianapolis.

Joe Flacco becomes pretty darn desirable for a keeper league. if you can keep 8-10 players. Don’t undervalue the WRs. Odds are you will get a better value with that 1st-round pick. and in that regard.and 2nd-round draft picks.to this rule would be if you are virtually certain a player will retire within the next year or two or that he is clearly slipping and ready to fall off a cliff. It’s all about getting the most stud players you can. Since there are a lot of young star players in the league who are established studs. NO Peyton Manning. which means their extra stars will be available in the draft. but some owners feel pressure to keep a certain position. If you’re not truly excited about having any of your players on your roster this year. that depends on your league’s keeper structure. This is important so you know what your Yahoo! Sports/FantasyGuru. but don’t keep a shakier guy like Knowshon Moreno over Michael Turner just because Moreno is younger. the wiser course may be to draft/retain him anyway over a still unproven talent. If there is one who was thrown back. but they may be able to keep only two. GB Drew Brees. Guys like Tony Romo and Matt Schaub may be good keepers. the more you should view the QB position like you do for a regular draft. Jamaal Charles over Ryan Grant is fine. while getting a good feel for which players will be available to draft after the protection process is finished. don’t keep one unless necessary or obviously the most prudent choice. We’ve seen the trend recently for fantasy: WRs are worth more than ever. you have to be careful not to overvalue youth. the WRs can be as valuable as the RBs. And remember that every year a new crop of young stars emerges. Also. This approach may seem basic. Ind Tom Brady. after the first year of the keeper league. 3-5 players). Youth is great. so proceed with caution in limited keeper formats (those in which you can keep only.com 2010 Fantasy Football Draft Kit Last Update: 8/31/10 . the rest can be had in your draft. Some teams will have three or four players worthy of protecting. this decision is even more important. you may be able to strike a sweet deal to upgrade your roster at a minimal cost. For example. and thus they dip into the 3rd and 4th tiers of players when deciding on their keepers. There is just a chosen number of QBs who are worth keeping from year to year. The rest will be table scraps. given all the RBBC situations in the league. If your league allows you to choose whether or not you want to keep players in exchange for 1st. but they aren’t exactly "must-haves. combined with your position-by-position rankings. the chances are that player will be taken in the first round. After the top three or four. Review all the rosters in your league and try to predict which players will be protected. so try to see what players you think will go in the first and second rounds. Protect mainly first-tier players. As you would in a regular draft. or even more valuable in the case of the true #1 WRs. Here’s a list of the QBs you should be considering keeping if you have them and if you can keep at least three players: • • • • • Aaron Rodgers. the draft will be thinner on talent. If you don’t have a stud running back. This. say. you draft your player again. It does make sense when talking about the studs. Protect only the top QBs. but don’t go crazy. the higher the number of keepers allowed." As a general rule. SD As for the rest. NE Philip Rivers. don’t keep anyone. Youngsters and rookies always carry risk. by reviewing your opponents’ rosters trying to predict whom they will decide to protect. Remember. since they tend to have fewer injuries than the RBs. Do your own mock draft. Worstcase scenario. we advise not to keep a RB just because of his position. so you’ll have plenty of opportunities in the draft to fill your roster with players to build on in the future. can help you determine the depth of a certain position. But if an aging player is producing at an All-Pro level.

One middle-to-late round sleeper who develops into a team’s franchise player can set you up for many years of prosperity. talking to people who are breaking down film. my personal key for doing well in a keeper league is to get as many special players as possible. obviously you’ll want to draft a running back with your first pick. That’s why we’re really high on Beanie Wells right now. a solid and established veteran at the time. he exhibited special qualities in his rookie season. try to trade any players that you don’t want or think you can get great value for. it’s worth trading that player rather than throwing him back and getting nothing at all. here’s where we here at FantasyGuru. doesn’t deteriorate and ruin a solid scouting report). The more you know going in to a keeper draft. but we’ve argued for months now that Wells looked like one of the five most talented RBs in the league last year. Even if you can net yourself a mid-to-late round pick. or Adrian Peterson. and that is more important than anything when you’re building a fantasy franchise. the better. It was an easy call: Peterson all the way. here are some things to keep in mind when preparing for a keeper league draft day: Don’t pass on a special player. and you just can’t pass on those types if you get a crack at them. don’t hold grudges. but that’s a huge mistake. the first couple of rounds are usually solid. etc. but if you look back over the last few years. you can either trade one of your receivers at the draft or trade down for more picks. and he can’t be any worse than last year. Johnson is a once-a-decade type of player. Before your roster deadline. who hadn’t played a regular season down. and he was racking his brain about whether or not to take RB Willis McGahee. The one thing we've learned over the years is that people will overpay for an unknown commodity in hopes of landing the next [fill-in the blank]. It sounds basic. If you’re in a keeper league that is not starting from scratch. If you come to the conclusion that the top ones will be gone. That’s because we’re not just guessing on players and reading press clippings to formulate opinions. you’ll find we’re on target with players’ long-term potential more often than not (as long as the players’ character. We’re wrong on players all the time. work ethic. If you were protecting three receivers going into the draft. If you drafted Bear RB Matt Forte last year. People might have passed on Calvin Johnson the last two years in keeper drafts. Consider trading up for an extra 1st-round pick. but I always go back to a phone call I got from a friend three years ago. since most of the draft will be rookies and non-retained players. Almost regardless of position. Especially if you’re not sure if a player is potentially special or not. But the last thing you want to do is forget why you drafted him in the first place – he’s a rock-solid back who is still very young – and cut him loose just because he burned you last year.com 2010 Fantasy Football Draft Kit Last Update: 8/31/10 .com come in handy. In addition to the concepts that apply to any type of league. you were probably kicking yourself. If you have someone who is viewed as a potential star. Most keeper leagues will have a deadline by which you have to pare your roster down to a certain number of players. We’re breaking down film.draft strategy is. try to trade him first. He had the #1 pick in his keeper league. You have to be an NFL Scout. Part II Draft Day: The draft is when your team is truly made. Although you want to throw some players back that you don’t want. In short. yet you’re planning on throwing him back into the league mix because you’re stacked. He may never be as good as you had hoped. He looked truly special. Be patient and careful not to let your emotions dictate your moves. they could be of some value to another owner. on players from year-to-year. Don’t be afraid to trade for high-round draft choices. and then after that the talent usually drops off big time. and Yahoo! Sports/FantasyGuru. He has some issues. but it’s certainly possible.

you’re able to better envision a player’s value. Up-and-coming youngsters can make a good contribution now as well as be building blocks for many years to come. of course. so this is a key point. So the trick is not to overvalued youth by taking. you likely got a huge bargain in Mendenhall. and that axiom applies to keeper leagues. and combining all the information along with our own savvy and experience. For example.com 2010 Fantasy Football Draft Kit Last Update: 8/31/10 . and then fill in the blanks with some proven veterans in the middle rounds. so you should do some on your own. but it is still your team. At the very least. We’ll do the scouting for you if that’s what you prefer. So target those young studs in the early rounds. so drafting too many young players with bright futures may lead to your suffering through a year or two of futility. and he is this year. Forward thinking last year was believing that Eagle QB Kevin Kolb was going to eventually be the guy in Philly. In short. Star veterans can help you win now or be great trade bait for an owner who feels he or she is one piece away from a fantasy bowl berth and has some youth to give up. and if possible drafting Mendenhall in 2009 as if he is this year. so other than some choice veteran players. People have accused us of being Tebow haters. other variables come into play. so he’s not nearly as appealing as Ryan Mathews.” If you followed that advice. On the flipside. we’ll tell you about him. and those vets may just have a big role in your success. forward thinking meant you assumed LeSean McCoy would quickly be the guy in Philly last year. so anticipating a player’s future role can pay huge dividends. and there’s obvious potential there. and you need to Yahoo! Sports/FantasyGuru. Here’s a sample sentence from last year’s version of this article: “…anticipate things like Rashard Mendenhall carrying the load for the Steelers no later than 2010. you have to play GM and project players for the long-term. which we have on Tebow. having too many players in their twilight years can lead to a mad scramble for youth in the future. Houston’s Ben Tate looks like a good bet to be their 1st. when you think this way. or if I wanted to play things aggressively. then we’re fine with that. and that will likely still happen. A guy like Cleveland’s Montario Hardesty was clearly drafted to be a workhorse. If you operated under that assumption.conversing with legit NFL scouts and analysts. In the same vein as the previous tip. Top-notch scouting doesn’t always work out. Demaryius Thomas over Chad Ochocinco. And while it wasn’t too hard to figure out. say.and 2nd-down back. it’s possible to build your team with mostly young players without having to reach for an unproven guy. keeper owners need to think ahead. Forward thinking pays off. That said. Lewis is now retired and Greene is starting for a Super Bowl contender. I can offer all the tips about blending youth and experience in the world. Understand what a player’s long-term role is or could be. too. Fantasy drafts are sometimes won in the middle rounds. But he’s probably not going to be an every-down guy with Steve Slaton there. I wrote last year in this article about how I might take a chance on a guy like New York’s Shonn Greene over Jamal Lewis if I felt I could afford to take a player who might not help me right away. Although it’s taking a while. If hating players who don’t exhibit the traits needed to enjoy consistent success in the NFL is considered hating. much like they did four years ago with Vince Young (although we’re not hearing much from those nimrods lately). or if someone is a high quality player more than capable of truly excelling. forward thinking is assuming Packer WR Jordy Nelson will replace Donald Driver. While playing to win now is important. you likely got a major steal in the new Eagle starter. Things change quickly. but the bottom line is that youth rules in the NFL these days. and I will. The future is now. Sometimes. If a player like QB Tim Tebow does not exhibit the traits needed to play his position effectively in the NFL. But the ultimate goal is to have a chance to win every year. But if someone is potentially special. most of the players you’ll be drafting in the first half of your draft are young enough to be considered strong keepers the next 2-3 years. we’ll give you the heads up. like the player truly being a piece of crap.

and now he’s the guy with a promising future. It’s not always easy. and the player always has a high salary that should prompt the team to play him. High picks will play. doing well in practice. Chad Henne is a guy we told you to grab last summer in this article. you have to be proactive. Other than this year’s rookie QBs. Wondering about QBs Sam Bradford and Jimmy Clausen? As we saw last year with Mark Sanchez and Matthew Stafford (and the year before with Matt Ryan and Joe Flacco). which wasn’t that long ago. they will play. And also consider the offensive system. If possible. Charger head coach Norv Turner loves to run the ball. yet they likely won’t hurt you if they don’t pan out. etc. but back to Kolb in Philly. his supporting cast is really nice. you just hit a homerun. for example. are liked by the coaches. a position where it is generally easier to make the transition to the pros compared to the other positions. In Miami. it can’t hurt to Yahoo! Sports/FantasyGuru. Just because a player is a great unknown. Dynasty league players are hardcore when it comes to watching depth charts and reading news and notes on players because they are constantly looking for names of players who are moving up depth charts. it was a clear indication of what they wanted to do on offense. stop looking for keepers. and he should have a great opportunity. Contrary to popular belief. however. Spiller and Jahvid Best will play. When a team uses a high pick on a player. Rookie Tips Don’t draft rookies high just because they’re rookies. draft a QB of the future before his future has arrived. There are plenty of second and third-year players who are waiting in the wings to get their shot. Even if you’re not in one of these keeper leagues. This is especially true for RBs. It’s tough to do this with so many coaching changes the last 2-3 years. and he could be a great keeper sleeper. That can be done with a little research and a little insight. Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers could have been taken in the late rounds back in 2007. Rookies need all the help they can get. guys like C. then Clausen’s fantasy future isn’t going to be outstanding because Fox is all about running the ball. When you can keep a full roster. I have no idea how good he’ll be.J. When we saw Rex Ryan in New York draft a power back in Greene in 2009. ever. it doesn’t mean he’s got great upside.com 2010 Fantasy Football Draft Kit Last Update: 8/31/10 .anticipate them because being reactive isn’t good enough. if John Fox stays in Carolina. and that’s what they did all of last year. consider the system and supporting cast. keeper league owners could have had him for a song last summer. they do so because they believe the player can start or play a lot right away. are capable of starting. but. so they will get plenty of touches. and he’s churned out stud after stud after stud at the position – so it’s easy to see Ryan Mathews’ potential. And how about that John Skelton in Arizona. so don’t take Denver’s Demaryius Thomas over Robert Meachem just because Thomas might be a flashier pick as a rookie. If he gets it. a good example of a guy to get now at a discount is Seahawk Charlie Whitehurst. you can keep players who are major long shots. Both teams felt a strong inclination to get them very early. even if it’s in a complementary role. This rule doesn’t apply as much for the receivers. and also have NFL experience. At the RB position. If they do. but he does have the tools to be very good. but we at least learned that if there are injuries to the veterans. and they did so for a reason. where QB Matt Leinart continues to underwhelm? Skelton’s rough around the edges. and a poor supporting cast can stifle their production. More Tips: Never. teams won’t hesitate to put unproven rookies in prominent roles. A rookie on a great team with a great supporting cast and a great system is always attractive – which is one of the main reasons Philly’s DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin have delivered as rookies the last two years. As you should in any draft. but he has a ton of ability.

I gave him great advice. Conversely. for peanuts. I hope these tips will help you in your pursuit of your keeper league’s fantasy championship for many years to come. If you drafted a great team last summer and rested on your laurels early in the season. A good example right now is Donald Brown in Indy. and their expected role for the long-term. by the way) to take Williams over Joe Addai and Laurence Maroney several years back. DeAngelo Williams is a great example. At some point. but at this point.com 2010 Fantasy Football Draft Kit Last Update: 8/31/10 . Williams was equally frustrated his first two seasons. you are what you are. but he’s a quality player and will eventually get it done. Every year. High draft picks at RB are usually good. Have fun and good luck. So when you’re trying to decide which players to keep. but at some point. think about their talents/pedigree. RBs drafted in the 1st or 2nd round usually come through. It’s fair to give a young player the benefit of the doubt for 1-2 years. it’s unlikely he’s going to meet his 1st-round draft pick expectations. it should be a wise move. who looks like a great dynasty guy and a solid keeper. You’ll find no better example than DeAngelo Williams in Carolina. Yahoo! Sports/FantasyGuru. Off-season trading can reap you huge rewards. Think about how cheaply you could have gotten him in a keeper league just two years ago. You should always be looking to get better. Don’t be blinded by a guy like Donald Brown’s frustrating rookie season. there have been some buzzkills in the past. you might have missed out on grabbing Mike Sims-Walker. Sure. surprise players emerge whom you would have never considered keeping before the season started. Had you grabbed RB Jamaal Charles last year based on our positive spin on him – even before he blew up – you would have acquired a pretty awesome keeper option. If your player had a big year. I felt horrible for giving him such bad advice – but the cream rose to the top. even if it takes a while. shipping him off at the peak of his value can pay big dividends. their draft status.always keep your eyes open. so never stop your search during the season. but generally speaking. but you don't think he's totally for real. Have you no faith in Bill Polian’s track record? I sure do. Playing to win now is a wise strategy in today’s ever-changing NFL. but it’s also important to understand which young players have a legitimate chance to see a major increase in value and to possibly acquire them before they do. it’s time to stop hoping and stop trying to will a younger player into being productive. Recognize when a player’s long-term value could be greater than anyone thinks. I loved him coming out. if you can get a star coming off a down year or an injury cheaply. and I advised a friend of mine (who is atop the front office of a MLB team. His rookie season was quite poor. Turns out. I’m not saying any one should give up on a guy like Laurence Maroney. You’d be amazed at the quality players available on the WW during the season.