Tag:Marques Colston
Posted on: March 11, 2008 4:16 pm
Edited on: March 11, 2008 5:14 pm

Mock Update, Rankings Update

Our SECOND Fantasy mock draft of the offseason is several rounds deep and full of surprises. Just goes to show you that even an expert draft has a few curveballs. If you'd like to follow it, you may do so here: www.sportsline.com/nfl/fantasy/stor

Going over my picks ...

ROUND 2: Earnest Graham

I was hoping for either Marshawn Lynch, Ryan Grant or Willis McGahee here -- any of those three would be fabulous second-round picks, but Graham was a no-brainer for me. As many of you know, I've just finished a study on him and Ryan Grant (the article is forthcoming) and how they stack up on their teams, in Fantasy Football and overall in the history of undrafted running backs. I learned a lot about Graham, and I'm probably going to target him as my No. 2 RB in several leagues this year. The only hole I found in his game was his efforts at Raymond James Stadium. Otherwise, he's about as solid as you'll get with a middle-to-late second-round pick. Darren McFadden crossed my mind, but he's going to either be a Jet or a Raider, and I don't love him in either spot. Reggie Bush is a gimmicky-type player who I'm trying to avoid, and Brandon Jacobs, as good of a player as he is, isn't a lock for 16 weeks, which means I would have to spend another pick on Ahmad Bradshaw later on. Graham is in the same mold as Jacobs without the wear-and-tear, or the overwhelming need to handcuff him.

ROUND 3: Andre Johnson

I love Johnson for 2008, especially since he's spending much of the offseason refining his game and not rehabbing injuries. I really, really wanted Larry Fitzgerald (who might end up being a top-three WR before this offseason is through), but it looks like if you don't pick in the top 30 overall, you don't get him. It was a close call between Johnson and Marques Colston, but I've picked Colston in this spot before and felt that Johnson would give me just as good production. Maybe Johnson is a smidge more injury prone. If this were a for-keeps league, I might have gone Colston. Dang it, now I have drafter's remorse. And it's MARCH. I have some problems.

ROUND 4: Wes Welker

In the past, I'd grab my third running back here, but with the 2008 draft class of RBs deep, and plenty of decent runners left on the board, my philosophy is changing. Welker fell into my lap here, picked behind the likes of Brandon Marshall and Edgerrin James. Plaxico Burress was the only other name I was considering, and when I thought about how he played while hurt last year, I didn't think twice.


If there's one thing I've caught on to, it's that there are going to be a LOT of "GOOD" running backs to pick from this year. About six will be drafted, and I'd guess another 15-to-20 are already in the NFL. By good, I mean No. 3-type runners. That said, I think the right focus in 2008 is to spend your top two picks on RBs, then raid wide receivers until the talent pool gets shallow. Then, raid the running backs and platoon at quarterback, likely with whomever slips to Round 8 or 9.

The rankings have been updated. As I've been doing all offseason long, here's a look at why who has gone where. You can find the positional rankings here: http://cbs.sportsline.com/fantasy/f
and the top 200 here: http://www.sportsline.com/fantasy/f
. If you like this feature, or have a suggestion on how to improve it, please leave a comment below or email me at: dmfantasyfootball@cbs.com.

Shaun Alexander's slide continues. With Julius Jones signing in Seattle, the writing appears to be on the wall that Alexander's days there are over. Without question, his days as an every-down back in Seattle are over. Why else would Jones have signed otherwise? We're expecting Jones to start with Maurice Morris and T.J. Duckett aiding him along the way. Jones should post his best numbers in two seasons and should make the jump to low-end No. 2/top-end No. 3 Fantasy RB before this offseason ends.

Minor stuff: Adjustments/corrections made for Torry Holt and Ron Dayne. ... D.J. Hackett slides since he's not going to be in a big role next season.


1. Detroit
2. Houston
3. Chicago
4. Carolina
5. Dallas

Posted on: February 19, 2008 4:33 pm

Offseason exercising

No, this isn't a blog about what I am doing this offseason to stay in shape (or lack thereof). Instead, I'm reporting on a mock draft I did with the guys at FantasyFootballXtreme.com.

We mocked it up -- 12 teams, 14 rounds, standard scoring. We started the day after the Super Bowl.

Here are my picks (I went 10th in serpentine draft).

1. Clinton Portis, RB, WAS
Why him?: Last high-touch RB left on the board who still gets goal-line touches. I did not like making this pick.
Passed over: Willis McGahee (probably should have taken him), Ryan Grant, Marshawn Lynch, Reggie Bush, Marion Barber, Willie Parker.

2. Willie Parker, RB, PIT
Why him?: Couldn't pass on his potential. Should up his TDs from 2007's two.
Passed over: Marion Barber, Earnest Graham, All WRs

3. Marques Colston, WR, NO
Why him?: Last youngish big-play No. 1 WR left on the board, and he's a third-year player in a contract year in 2008. I am expecting huge stats.
Passed over: Torry Holt, Wes Welker, Roy Williams

4. Greg Jennings, WR, GB
Why him?: Should continue to develop into quality receiver for Packers. Last of the No. 1s available.
Passed over: Brandon Marshall, Laurence Maroney, Anquan Boldin, Tony Romo, Antonio Gates

5 and 6, respectively: Travis Henry and Selvin Young, RBs, DEN
Why them?: Just trying to cover my bases on Denver runners. Can't remember the last time a Broncos RB went this late in drafts (could it be 2006?). Best case: Henry starts elsewhere and Young starts in Denver. Worst case: Broncos trade up for Darren McFadden.
Passed over: Calvin Johnson, Derek Anderson, Thomas Jones, Donald Driver

7. Brett Favre, QB, GB
Why him?: I needed a quarterback, and I am convinced he will come back for one more year based on the talent the Packers have and might still add. But I made this pick knowing I had to back him up properly.
Passed over: Donovan McNabb, Vernon Davis

8. Bernard Berrian, WR, FA
Why him?: He's going to sign somewhere to be a No. 1 receiver. Anywhere is better than Chicago.
Passed over: Bobby Engram, Reggie Williams, Santana Moss, Todd Heap

9. Jamaal Charles, RB, ROOKIE
Why him?: I'm a huge fan of his and think he can be a complete NFL back as soon as this year.
Passed over: Eli Manning

10. Matt Schaub, QB, HOU
Why him?: I am a big believer in him and expect big things from him -- if he can stay healthy.
Passed over: Jay Cutler, Matt Leinart, David Garrard, Jake Delhomme

11. Heath Miller, TE, PIT
Why him?: I needed a tight end, he's pretty good. Not a pick I loved.
Passed over: DeShaun Foster, Cadillac Williams

12. Nate Burleson, WR, SEA
Why him?: Another player I expect big things from in 2008.
Passed over: Chargers DST, Donte Stallworth

13 and 14. Packers DST and Nick Folk


No. 1 pick: Adrian Peterson; LaDainian Tomlinson was second

Tom Brady went 5th overall, Peyton Manning went 8th overall ... next QB was Tony Romo in the fourth round, an absolute steal. Carson Palmer was next at the last pick in Round 4.

Michael Turner went 25th overall (first pick in Round 3).

Darren McFadden went 31st overall (seventh pick in Round 3). Rashard Mendenhall was the second rookie taken (55th overall -- seventh pick in Round 5), and Jonathan Stewart went after him.

11 of 12 picks in Round 14 were kickers. That's the way it should be.

For a full review of the draft, including the ripping of me taking Portis in Round 1, click here: http://fantasyfootballxtreme.com/20
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