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Drafting: First Two Rounds
Mock:

1. Tomlinson

24. A Johnson

2. Peterson

23. MJD

3. Westbrook

22. Maroney

4. Brady

21. B Edwards

5. Jackson

20. R Wayne

6. Addai

19. Brees

7. Manning

18. L Johnson

8. Gore

17. R Grant

9. Portis

16. Owens

10. Moss

15. McGahee

11. Ja Lewis

14. Barber

12. Lynch

13. Romo

Round 1
The first two rounds can make or break your team. If you do not pick up on the best of the best, your guys in the 3rd/4th rounds will carry your team. In all drafts, the first three picks should be obvious. After that, everything is up for grabs.
LT, AP and BW are in a league of their own.
If Brady puts up like numbers to what he had last year, he will still be the #1 QB and challenging for #1 total in fantasy points.
Jackson and Addai are the next RBs, Jackson having huge upside as seen in 2006, and Addai holding steady numbers every year has been in the league.
Manning should be the next pick as the rest of the RBs are not very consistent whereas Manning has never had a bad year.
Portis has been solid for awhile, and Gore has the possibility of Bush-like receptions in Martz’s offense.
Moss is unstoppable with Brady.
J Lewis and M Lynch can be taken next. They are both steady RBs for improving teams and their numbers will only continue to get better.
Round 2
I would take Romo compared to any other back at this point. But Barber would still be a possibility. With almost two rounds before your next turn, you can pull another RB and probably still get maybe a Hasselbeck/Roethlisberger in the 3rd round.
Since Romo is gone, Barber is next, and now you get Lewis and Barber, two quality RBs with a late pick.
You could go with a WR duo of Owens and Moss, but that leaves you with no RBs, which is why McGahee would be the pick. He is the only constant RB left, compared to injury proned.
Already with Portis, you go for TD machine TO, other backs are too risky at this point, and TO is money.
Gore has the risk of being on a bad team, so you go with next on the list, R Grant. He may be a risk as well with Favre gone, but you can’t be unlucky in the first two rounds, right?
L Johnson is a tricky pick, but with Manning, you can risk it. Herm will show an improved defense, and LJ should put up decent numbers, not 20 TD, but enough to be safe with a top QB.
With Addai, who is almost for sure, you get a top QB in Brees. He has proven his worth every year in NO.
Jackson is another possible flop for an early pick, but he can hold the team, so you get Wayne who is automatic. RB possible though.
With Brady already, you may be looking for an RB, but I do not like Maroney/Brady on the same team, so get the next best WR in Edwards.
Adding to Westbrook, you get the next best option in Maroney. One stellar RB and another possible stellar.
Peterson is injury prone, so get MJD who can put up big numbers on days that Peterson doesn’t.
LT is golden, and with two straight picks, you can get an explosive receiver in A Johnson and Carson as your QB next year. Three top candidates, not bad.

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The good thing about drafting Quarterbacks is that you can find a starting one in almost every round up until the end. The only problem with this is that half of them are either rookies, competing for the starting spot, injury prone, on a bad team, or just not very good yet their team continues to put faith in them. I will split them up into QBs you can start, and QBs you probably should not have carrying your team.

When and who to pick relies on; who is left on the board and what type of team you are looking for.

Starters
+Right off the bat; Brady, Manning, Romo and Brees are all 1st and 2nd round QBs. If there is not a worthy starting RB/WR available, you need to take one of these guys to compete.
+Palmer and Anderson may fall into this category, but best bet would be in the 3rd round. Palmer has the risk of anything involving Chad Johnson and Anderson only has one quality year under his belt.
+Roesthlisberger, Hasselbeck and McNabb will all be drafted somewhere between the 4th and 7th rounds. You can take Big Ben in the 4th if you believe he can follow up last year’s success. However, the other two you can let slide. There will be QBs you can find in later rounds that will put up like stats +- 20 points.
+These include Delhomme, Bulger, Rivers, Garrard, Schaub, Cutler and Manning. They will be last of the line for starting QBs on your team. Most of these guys are either an injury risk, or yet to prove too much. Garrard, Cutler and Manning are all sleepers in this group. Garrard and Cutler each have received new WRs to throw to which should increase their production. Manning does throw a lot of interceptions, but has had steady production the last three years, and maybe with a Super Bowl he has more confidence.
+If you did get any of those QBs, you are either playing in a 20-team league or have a RB/WR heavy team.

Backups
+Now the backups come into play. Usually you just want to get a good guy that can step in for a bye week. If you have a risky QB already on your team, you need to get another guy that can step in and put up numbers in case things go wrong for your starter.
+Kitna, Young, Campbell and Rodgers can all fill that slot. Young and Kitna throw more INTs than TDs and neither Rodgers nor Campbell has completed a full season. Each has potential for a quality season though, unlike the rest of the bunch.
+The rest of the QBs are either fighting for position or in a run-heavy offense. Try and look for upside, but they still may be difficult. Whoever can pull away with the Cardinals job can put up decent points. Alex Smith has a possibility with not much competition behind him and an addition of a few veteran WRs. The rest of the QBs are up for grabs, take your pick.


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Back to Business

I have been working on my fantasy football website lately, but here are a few clips from it to get the season started. The BatCave will continue as long as the NFL does.

First off…

Please Brett Favre, just end this all. You are ruining Green Bay, ruining everything you ever had. Leave, say goodbye.

Also check out the blog by Michael Lombardi, there are some good reads in here.

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