The 2009 football season is fast approaching and mock drafts are in full
swing. One of the ways fantasy football fanatics can prepare is to pay close
attention to fantasy football experts and the advice they are willing to share
as the season draws closer.
The Official Draft Order was:
1. Nick Pagluica of Fantasy Sharks
2. Paul Charchian of LeagueSafe
3. Jason McCoy of Stinkball
4. Mike Jones of Football Diehards
5. Tom Kessenich of National Fantasy Football Championship
6. Chris Jackson of Quest Fantasy Football Leagues
7. Nathan Zegura of The Fantasy Consultant
8. Jeff Boggis of Fantasy Sports Empire
9. John Tuvey of TheHuddle
10. Brian Swaw of GameTimeDecisions.net
11. Scott Swanay of FantasyFootballSherpa
12. Marc Caviglia of Bruno Boys Fantasy Football
These seasoned experts took questions and offered some valuable advice. Here
are their thoughts and predictions on NFL player value, specific PPR picks and
Q. Who would you take at No. 1 in this PPR league?
A. “I would take Maurice Jones-Drew,” stated Stinkball creator Jason McCoy.
Marc Caviglia, with Bruno Boys Fantasy Football Patrick Ewing
Jersey , agreed on MJD. “If I had the first pick I would be
targeting Maurice Jones-Drew. He was 40+ catches better than Adrian Peterson in
2008 and should see an even higher rise in 2009,” said Caviglia. Scott Swanay of
FantasyFootballSherpa suggested going with Michael Turner or LT.
Q. How do the guru's mentally prepare for these sparring events in front of
masses of millions at MDC (Mock Draft Central)?
A. Jason McCoy said he watches every game from last year over the weekend and
then feeds the results into a massive database. Scott Swanay prepares by
studying depth charts and fasting for 2 weeks prior. John Tuvey follows the
Napoleon theory espoused by Casey on SportsNight: #1 Show up and #2 See what
Q. Which first rounder wouldn’t you touch during the 2009 fantasy football
A. Scott Swanay said he wouldn’t touch Chris Johnson. There's too much of a
risk Chris Johnson falls into a timeshare with the newly-svelte LenDale White
according to Swanay. John Tuvey won’t touch Matt Forte and Jason McCoy said he
wouldn’t touch Michael Turner. Chris Jackson said he wouldn’t touch LT. Marc
Caviglia said he believed DeAngelo Williams won’t deliver 20 TDs like he did in
the 2008 season and Jeff Boggis agreed Deangelo Williams will not live up to his
first round pick. “Larry Fitzgerald is another 1st rounder I'm leery of,” stated
Swanay, “I don't believe Warner can stay healthy for 16 games again, and I'm not
sold on Leinert Mark Jackson
Jersey , St. Pierre.” Geoff SteinCommissioner agreed the Warner
injury scares him on Fitzgerald and McCoy proposed St. Pierre would get the
start because Leinart isn’t tough enough, mentally or physically.
Q. How do you guys factor in the holdout of rookie WR Michael Crabtree?
A. The experts agreed Crabtree’s holdout isn’t a positive indicator. Swanay
and McCoy said unless it was a very deep league they would pass on Crabtree.
According to McCoy WRs can have a huge learning curve and the holdout doesn’t
help. Swanay said he wouldn’t look at Crabtree until the 13th round and he
predicted he would be gone by then. “Crabtree needs to get into camp asap or
else he will struggle this year,” added Nathan Zegura.
Additional Fantasy Football Expert Tips
In addition to the questions above experts in the August 10 mock draft
offered some additional advice. Scott Swanay, Mike Jones, Jason McCoy Lance
Stephenson Jersey , Nick Pagliuca, Brian Swaw and Geoff Stein all
agreed Brian Westbrook is not a first rounder even if he plays in the preseason.
Gore was considered a late first round pick by Swanay and Swaw, but Nathan
Zegura, Nick Pagliuca and Jeff Boggis predicted Steven Jackson will catch more
balls than Gore in the 2009 season and the potential loss of Michael Crabtree
would affect Gore’s value. Experts agreed no one should go with a WR pick at #5,
in most formats it is better to hold off on WRs and go with the best available
RB. Reggie Wayne was considered a solid second round pick by Jason
Porzingis Jersey , Chris Jackson and John Tuvey. Schaub and Rodgers
were considered two of the best QBs after the big 3. The experts also agreed
that during later rounds it is better to grab upside guys instead of mediocre
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