West Sports Report Mock Draft – Round 10
West Sports Report Analysis
10-1 The Sports Bank - Garrard, David JAC QB
Garrard had a down year last season much due to the fact that he often had zero time to throw behind a bad offensive line and no real trustworthy candidate to throw to down field. Both those positions of weakness have been addressed through free agency or the draft and Garrard should have a bounce back season.
10-2 KFFL - Daniels, Owen HOU TE
Daniels is one of the top three receiving options in a Houston offense that was fourth in the league in passing yards per game. He was the fifth most targeted tight end in league last year; I don’t expect that to drop too far this year. He’s is a fourth-year tight end that has shown improvement in each season. Now they just need to look his way in the red zone more often. Great value on his ADP.
10-3 West Sports Report - Miller, Zach OAK TE
Zach Miller is the clear cut #1 option in Oakland and hopefully after a full year with JaMarcus under center, Zach Miller’s stock rises.
10-4 Football Fan Spot - Norwood, Jerious ATL RB
Jerious Norwood is going to get more involved in Atlanta’s offense for two reasons. One, there is no way that Michael Turner is going to be given 376 carries again next season. Two, Atlanta is going to pass more, with the addition of Tony Gonzalez and Matt Ryan going into his 2nd year, and they’ll likely want Norwood, a pass catcher, in there more often. The 25 year old Norwood has a career YPC of 5.8, but has never gotten more than 103 carries. Expect him to eclipse that number this season and rush for 600-700 yards. He caught 36 bals for 338 yards last season in limited time so we could see that go closer to 400 yards this season, with Norwood getting more playing time, Atlanta passing more and Tony Gonzalez opening holes over the middle for Norwood. 1000+ all-purpose yards is very good value here in round 10 and allows me to get away with waiting until the 10th to take my RB3.
Brian Robiskie is considered by many to be the most pro-ready wideout of all the rookies. And the Browns will have to play him. What other choice do they have? Robiskie will be Brady Quinn’s second option. Cleveland may not score a lot this year, but at 6-3, 209, Robiskie has the potential to grab at least six touchdowns.
I’m taking a gamble on Maroney here. He may end up beat up again, but I think he has promise as my RB4. The Patriots just brought Fred Taylor in to help get the ground game going, and while some think that’s bad news for Maroney, I view it as a good thing. Maroney is used to splitting carries like he did during his entire college career. When he and Corey Dillon split time, Maroney ended up with 745 yards and six scores, not to mention about 200 receiving yards and a score. I think Taylor’s role will be similar to what Dillon’s was. Plus, with the way the Patriots should move the ball and take early leads they should be looking to run out a few games. Also, Maroney should be 100% this year, not a gimp with a broken shoulder.
Looking for depth at WR, I’ll take my Branch as my 4th WR and as the highest rated reciever left on the board.
I’ll take Fred Taylor as my RB4. I believe he still has something left in the tank, and Bill Belichick has a knack for squeezing the last bit of production out of talented vets.
Why not? He had a great season last season, and since I’m not exactly in love with the QBs that are left, this one works for me. He can at least start for me in a bye week capably.
10-10 Fantasy Draft Edge - Chambers, Chris SDC WR
Was last year the beginning of the end for Chambers or the exception that drops him to solid value in the 10th round of a fantasy football draft? Only time will tell.
10-11 Fantasy Football Extreme - Bennett, Earl CHI WR
This might be a bit early, but we’re suppose to make statements, right? Someone is going to benefit in Chicago now that Cutler is on the roster. He made Eddie Royal look like a top 15WR in 2008, something I don’t see happening in 2009 with Orton under center in DEN. Cutler is that good and he can turn good WRs into great WRs. Bennett has huge upside this year.
10-12 Junkyard Jake - Harvin, Percy MIN WR
I agree with Walter that Robiskie could be the rookie WR that makes the most significant fantasy impact this year, but Percy Harvin is also an interesting player to watch given the reports of his strong mini-camp performance. The Vikings apparently have been lining Harvin up at multiple spots in an attempt to figure out how to best employ his play-making abilities, and have reportedly designed a good number of new plays specifically for the rookie. Still a risky pick, but late 10th round could be the right spot for Harvin.