West Sports Report Mock Draft – Round 5
West Sports Report Analysis
5-1 Junkyard Jake - Jackson, Vincent SDC WR
There are a few great receivers to choose from at this point, but on the basis of his 1098 yard, 7 TD breakout season in 2008, Vincent Jackson is a solid choice to begin the 5th round. One other positive for Jackson is the continuity of the Chargers offense, where he reunites with emerging Phillip Rivers under the same coaching staff and offensive system in 2009.
5-2 Fantasy Football Extreme - Lynch, Marshawn BUF RB
This league only starts 2RBs and we already have MJD and Addai, but we can’t pass up the value here. Marshawn Lynch could get his three-game suspension reduced to 1-2, but even if he doesn’t, the stud is well worth the grab in the 5th. With Terrell Owens keeping defenses honest in 2009, I can see Lynch rushing for well over 1,000 yards and 10+ scores.
5-3 Fantasy Draft Edge - Stewart, Jonathan CAR RB
Would have LOVED to see Lynch last one more pick but very happy to get an exceptionally talented back behind a very good offensive line. Obviously sharing carries is a concern but he’ll get plenty of chances and if DeAngelo gets hurt we have one of the best backs in the league.
5-4 The Sports Bank - Jones, Thomas NYJ RB
By no means is this a sexy pick, but in the long run these are the types of picks that win you awards Safe picks that net value. Jones a is a proven back, a veteran of the NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE, and was actaully the top back left on my board for the last 20-25 picks or so. The normal arguments against him would be age (he’s a crazy workout guy, and hasn’t deteriorated like other backs his age) and that there’s a ton of competetion in New York. While the latter is true, Leon Washington siphoned off a ton of carries and 8 scores last season too, and with a new quarterback in camp in Matt Sanchez, the running game is going to be even more important for the Jets.
Santonio Holmes was supposed to break out last year, but he ran into some issues. He proved his worth in the Super Bowl though, and I expect that to carry over into the regular season. Look for him to finally crack the 1000 yard mark and approach double-digit TDs.
5-6 Fantasy Draft Tools - Bush, Reggie NOS RB
This is a huge risk/reward pick. After 8 weeks of 2008, Reggie was the best Fantasy RB in the league, especially in PPR leagues. Will he comeback 100% healthy in 2009…that’s the question, but being available in the middle of the 5th round, he’s clearly undervalued this year. He will share touches with Pierre Thomas, but that doesn’t mean he won’t be successful as there are plenty of RBBC’s where both guys are productive.
I like Eddie Royal here. I know I’m putting a lot of eggs in the Denver passing offense basket, but I think it could pay off considering how often they’ll be down and in need of throwing 50 times a game. I think Josh McDaniels offense will run much smoother in Denver where the offensive line is better, the QB is better (Orton is better than Cassel), and the receivers are still pretty talented. Basically I’m hoping that Eddie Royal becomes Wes Welker, Jr with better TD numbers
5-8 WalterFootball.com - Ward, Derrick TBB RB
Derrick Ward and Earnest Graham will split carries, but Luke “Captain Checkdown” McCown will turn to Ward often when he has to throw the ball. Ward should garner at least 1,300 total yards this season, making him a very good RB3.
He’s the unquestioned #2 in the Indianapolis offense and he’s in the his 3rd year, the magical year when all high upside wide receivers break out. He was a first round pick in 2007, so the upside is there. Now that he has the opportunity and the experience, he could be ready to shine. He has 1240 yards and 93 receptions in his short career so if he gets 75-80 receptions this year, not unreasonable for the Indy #2, he could get 1000 yards.
5-10 West Sports Report - Evans, Lee BUF WR
Lee Evans will do very well in Buffalo now that TO is there. He won’t get double teamed and Buffalo will probably air it out more.
5-11 KFFL - Johnson, Larry KCC RB
Wasn’t a need here but grabbing LJ gives me a No. 3 back that can produce like a No. 1, especially for when Clinton Portis and DeAngelo Williams get hurt. I think Johnson has at least one more good season in him, and we’ll hope that he can coexist with new head coach Todd Haley.
5-12 The Sports Bank - Gonzalez, Tony ATL TE
I really wanted LJ to fall to me here. I need a second running back and I’m not enthused with any of the remaining options. Gonzalez is the pick to ensure I get top production out of a spot that others won’t (especially if I’m going to be crossing my fingers at my 2nd running back spot).