Mock Draft Results – 9th Round
81. Reggie Bush (ADP 118.81) - This is a nice pick at this point in the draft, even for a standard league as Reggie Bush will be given the starting job in Miami. While he should break down as the season moves along, he can be an effective flex playback in the first half of the year.
82. Mike Williams (Seattle) (ADP 70.29) – The Seahawks first team looked horrible in their opening preseason game against the Chargers. In the end, what do you expect as this team has a bunch of new players, and it will take a little time for them to get things together. I still feel like Mike Williams is a decent depth receiver to land, but you may have to wait until this offensive passing game gets its feet under them before he’s ready to make a solid impact from around October on.
83. Mario Manningham (ADP 91.27) – Great selection at this point in the draft, as Mario Manningham has a firm lock on the No.2 job not just for this year but in the future as well. The Giants failed to re-sign Steve Smith as he darted over to the Eagles, and they also lost tight end Kevin Boss to the Raiders. Look for Manningham and Hakeem Nicks to be active in the Giants passing game.
84. Pierre Garcon (ADP 71.12) - As long as Austin Collie and Reggie Wayne are on the field, I don’t find Pierre Garcon to be a receiver worth stashing on your fantasy squad. Garcon lacks consistency and I don’t believe that will change as he’s more of a down the field threat and won’t provide enough activity to be a regular producer.
85. Steve Smith (Carolina) (ADP 87.27) – One of the greater disappointments of free agency had to be that Steve Smith decided to stay with the Panthers as I was hoping to see him land with the Chargers. I respect Smith’s decision to stay with this long-time team, but an eight to tenth round selection is about right for Smith as he’s clearly not worth viewing as a starter to begin the season in fantasy football leagues.
86. Ben Roethlisberger (ADP 72.39) – One of the cheep starting quarterbacks for fantasy leagues, Ben Roethlisberger still has a decent receiving core, even though he lost Santonio Holmes last spring. The emergence of Mike Wallace gives him one of the better deep threats in the game, and Roethlisberger knows how to get him the football. While Hines Ward isn’t the player he once was, he will still help Roethlisberger be an option worth considering when the Steelers face defenses, they can put numbers up against.
87. Jimmy Graham (ADP 81.61) - While Jimmy Graham seems to be one of the big names at tight end that fantasy owners believe will break out this year, he’s still young and struggling early in camp. I believe that Graham will make an impact on fantasy rosters this year, but expect him to have a slow start as David Thomas is still on the team.
88. Brandon Pettigrew (ADP 109.31) - Not a big fan of drafting Brandon Pettigrew as a starting tight end outside of PPR, 12 team leagues. Pettigrew had a nice rebound season from tearing his ACL in his rookie season, but his guy doesn’t project out to build on his numbers much.
89. Matt Ryan (ADP 103.61) - While I have Ben Roethlisberger listed ahead of Matt Ryan on my recent quarterback rankings, I would probably draft Ryan over Roethlisberger if I had to choose between the two. Ryan should benefit from the addition of Julio Jones as the youngster is having a good camp and will provide the Falcons with a much needed deep threat to go with Roddy White on the other side. This should be a breakout year for Ryan as the Falcons offense turns into more of a pass first offense over time.
90. Owen Daniels (ADP 127.49) - This should be a good season for Owen Daniels as he is now almost two years removed from his unfortunate ACL injury in the middle of the 2009 season. Daniels wasn’t the same player last year, but it’s hard to come back from that kind of injury and be the same player in your first year back.
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