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Industry Draft Recap

Tuesday, August 9, 2011


11.1 Pierre Thomas, RB, NO
11.2 LaDainian Tomlinson, RB, NYJ
11.3 Plaxico Burress, WR, NYJ
11.4 Sam Bradford, QB, STL
11.5 Jets D
11.6 Jay Cutler, QB, CHI
11.7 Tony Gonzalez, TE, ATL
11.8 Patriots D
11.9 Willis McGahee, RB, DEN
11.10 Greg Little, WR, CLE
11.11 Matt Cassel, QB, KC
11.12 Michael Bush, RB, OAK

NOTES: Plaxico Burress will be 34 on Friday and hasn’t played since 2008. His draft position here reflects that. ... The same can be said for another big name without much has left, Tony Gonzalez. We have T-Gonz as the No. 16 fantasy tight end in the 2011 Draft Guide. ... The good news is that Greg Little is headed for a No. 1 receiver role. The bad news is he plays for the Browns. ... If Darren McFadden were to go down, Michael Bush would border on RB1 status.


12.1 Tim Hightower, RB, WAS
12.2 DeMarco Murray, RB, DAL
12.3 Dustin Keller, TE, NYJ
12.4 Kevin Kolb, QB, ARZ
12.5 Shane Vereen, RB, NEP
12.6 Matt Bryant, K, ATL
12.7 Giants D
12.8 Delone Carter, RB, IND
12.9 Deion Branch, WR, NEP
12.10 Greg Olsen, TE, CAR
12.11 Eric Decker, WR, DEN
12.12 Jacoby Jones, WR, HOU

NOTES: Tim Hightower is headed for at least a third-down role in Washington. Cheap PPR flier. ... Greg Olsen is firmly on the TE2 radar in Carolina's new TE-friendly scheme. Don't forget he isn't with Mike Martz anymore. ... Jacoby Jones always appears to be on the brink of the light going on. Definitely worth a flier as Kevin Walter gets a year older.


13.1 Ravens D
13.2 Bears D
13.3 Jerome Simpson, WR, CIN
13.4 Zach Miller, TE, SEA
13.5 Jared Cook, TE, TEN
13.6 Torrey Smith, WR, BAL
13.7 Thomas Jones, RB, KC
13.8 Hines Ward, WR, PIT
13.9 Davone Bess, WR, MIA
13.10 Jerome Harrison, RB, DET
13.11 Jermaine Gresham, TE, CIN
13.12 James Jones, WR, GB

NOTES: Zach Miller's value took a hit with the move to Seattle, but not this bad. The 2011 Draft Guide still projects him for 64 catches. ... Speaking of tight ends, Jared Cook should be on everyone's sleeper list. Freakish talent, even if he is still raw. ... James Jones goes three rounds after Jordy Nelson for no real reason other than no one wants to deal with this timeshare.


14.1 Lee Evans, WR, BUF
14.2 Steve Breaston, WR, KC
14.3 Saints D
14.4 Chargers D
14.5 Bernard Scott, RB, CIN
14.6 Danny Woodhead, RB, NEP
14.7 Earl Bennett, WR, CHI
14.8 Donovan McNabb, QB, MIN
14.9 Ricky Williams, RB, BAL
14.10 Cadillac Williams, RB, STL
14.11 Javon Ringer, RB, TEN
14.12 Kyle Orton, QB, DEN

NOTES: Ricky Williams projects as a goal-line back and a RB2 if Ray Rice should go down. Nice value here. ... Javon Ringer is worth stashing as a handcuff, but no one really thinks Chris Johnson is going to hold out through actual games. ... Steve Breaston is running behind Jerheme Urban at Chiefs camp. The 2011 Draft Guide has Breaston as just the No. 54 wideout.


15.1 Danario Alexander, WR, STL
15.2 Tarvaris Jackson, QB, SEA
15.3 Mark Sanchez, QB, NYJ
15.4 Jason Snelling, RB, ATL
15.5 Marion Barber, RB, CHI
15.6 Ben Tate, RB, HOU
15.7 Steve Smith, WR, FA
15.8 Nate Kaeding, K, SD
15.9 Ben Watson, TE, CLE
15.10 Emmanuel Sanders, WR, PIT
15.11 Chiefs D
15.12 Dallas D

NOTES: Nate Kaeding is the No. 1 kicker in our rankings, yet he goes five rounds after Mason Crosby. Let that sink in before you take a kicker anywhere other than the last two rounds. ... I'm surprised Emmanuel Sanders slipped this far. His foot injury is healing rapidly and he has plenty of time to win that No. 3 wideout job. ... Danario Alexander is another worthwhile flier. If his knees are right, he can be a difference-maker.


16.1 Justin Forsett, RB, SEA
16.2 Stephen Gostkowski, K, NEP
16.3 Sebastian Janikowski, K, OAK
16.4 Adam Vinatieri, K, IND
16.5 Donnie Avery, WR, STL
16.6 Lions D
16.7 Alex Henery, K, PHI
16.8 David Buehler, K, DAL
16.9 Derrick Mason, WR, NYJ
16.10 Josh Brown, K, STL
16.11 Rob Bironas, K. TEN
16.12 Neil Rackers, K, HOU

NOTES: If there is such a thing, rookie Alex Henery is a kicker sleeper. Hard to see him failing considering he is part of the Eagles' explosive offense and he is the most accurate kicker in NCAA history.

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Adam Levitan is in his seventh season covering football and basketball for Rotoworld. He won the Fantasy Sports Writers Association award for Best Series in 2011 and 2009, and ESPN's overall fantasy football title in 2000. Find him on Twitter.
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