So, we as a Cafe group have been voting for who should be selected throughout the first two rounds of a hypothetical dynasty draft. We've been voting based on who we think will have the best fantasy football production in the NFL over the next 5 or 6 years, NOT who will have the best year in 2009. Below you'll find the links for each vote, and the discussions they provoked.
Props to The Lung, who initiated this great process!
Now, I'd like to focus on the Best of the Rest- the guys who weren't selected in the first two rounds. Feel free to post who you think warrants attention of the remaining rookies. Include a blurb about the players, if you'd like- this could be helpful for some and generate some good discussions.
Cedric Peerman- Peerman steps into a muddled Ravens backfield. McGahee is on the last year of his contract and would have been cut if not for the massive cap hit that would entail. McClain has been moved to FB. One of Ray Rice's knocks coming out of college was his short stature would make him more susceptible to injury and prevent him from being a bell cow. Concerns proved right that first year. Peerman is bigger and has even drawn comparisons to Frank Gore.
Mike Thomas- With Northcutt traded, someone will be lining up in the slot- Mike Thomas, Jarett Dillard or Tiquan Underwood. Thomas' size, stature and skills (quick off the snap, speedy in short distances, bursts out of breaks, tough and will initiate contact, crisp routes) makes him ideal as a slot guy. The last two years, Northcutt-as-slot guy has led or been second on the team in receiving yards and TDs.
Arian Foster- The big back Houston has been looking for to complement Steve Slaton, Foster is quick off the snap and hits top speed quickly. More importantly, considering his likely roll, he has good leg drive and manuevers as he's being tackled to gain yards after contact.
Mike Goodson- Goodson was an explosive, athletic RB at Texas A&M. Two knocks on him coming out college- 1) conflicts with current and former college staff; 2) some project he'll need to shift to WR. While that second point could be a damper on his perception, the prospect of starting opposite Steve Smith and providing Delhomme another explosive option at WR is very tempting.
Shawn Nelson- Another receiving TE, Nelson joins the Bills after they've acquired Terrell Owens. This is likely the coaching staff's last chance to produce. Buffalo recently has been very conservative, but talk of going to the spread 50% of the time, and Nelson practicing at WR, shows OC Turk Schoenert and staff are pulling out the stops.
Austin Collie- Someone will reportedly take Anthony Gonzalez's slot spot, now that Marvin Harrison's gone. Collie, Pierre Garcon and Roy Hall are competing for the spot, with the first two the favorites. Collie is quick off the snap, has good hands and runs very good routes. An ideal replacement for the once under-the-radar Colt Brandon Stokely.
Jared Cook- A spectacular athlete at TE, Cook joins a team nearly devoid of receiver options and has experience lining up out wide.
all 3 tight ends should be taken ahead of Pettigrew. Pettigrew maybe the better "tight end" because he can block and is a prototypical TE, but these three are superior in terms of pass catching and creating mismatches. CI and Beckum were the two of top guys going into last year before both got injured. In fantasy you want guys who get the ball and these 3 are going to do that.