John Hansen, FantasyGuru.com
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Q: Fred Jackson has been a source of disagreement in many drafts that I have been in… You drafted him in the 8th round… where do you think he’s drafted with no Marshawn Lynch suspension? Where would he be drafted if Marshawn were out for the season?
A: With no Lynch suspension I’d guess he’d be about a 12th round pick. I wasn’t thrilled with taking him in the 8th, but that’s not bad for a guy I can start to open the season. Plus, I think he’s better than Lynch, who I don’t think has been the same back he was his rookie year the last 12-14 months.
Q: You took Jason Witten as the 2nd TE off the board… How do you rate the big 4 TE’s? and how much difference is there between the four?
A: That isn’t my usual deal, drafting a TE early, but this league is a little light with starters with only 2 RBs and 2 WRs plus a flex (as opposed to 3 WRs and a flex), so I decided to get the best player available. Plus I think Witten will be a huge part of their offense, more so than last year. Other than Witten and Gates, I’d rather hold off on the position. Dallas Clark is very solid, but he doesn’t excite me based on his draft stock, and I’m not a big Tony G fan in 2009.
Q: Including your team, what players do you consider to be the steal of the draft and the reach of the draft?
A: Even though it’s not a PPR league, getting Reggie Bush with the 9th pick of the 5th round was a damn good value based on his upside. Ray Rice in the 4th round will go down as a reach. This isn’t a PPR league, and Rice hasn’t yet shown he can run inside out of a power formation. He will likely go down as the most over hyped player of 2009.