before I get started here I want to thank those of you that have been reading this series... its been insightful and fun!
You have the 9th and 16th as your first two picks in the 2009 fantasy football draft and your on the clock. Its time to go big or go home. The top rbs are usually gone by pick 9 so why not take two big risks that could pay off big!
Brian Westbrook isn't the safest bet this year and that's exactly why I have him at #9 this year. He seems to be sliding to the 8th or 9th in almost every Mock Draft I've been in this year. Is it the fear of the 30th birthday in September that frightens us away from drafting him earlier? Maybe it is the new rookie McCoy that seems to be the future face of the Philadelphia Eagles?
To me this is a pick at #9 that you can not afford to pass on. I actually think a healthy Brian Westbrook is the most dangerous running back in the league. Yes, over A.P. and company....
I say this because on Sunday's last season everybody knew that the ball was coming his way. Be it on the ground or by air he got tons of looks. The Eagles had a very mediocre wide-receiver core and still the defenses couldn't stop him! Bringing a Jeremy Maclin and an up and coming DeSean Jackson into the mix should make for added distractions to Brian's fury. He can score 3 to 5 touchdowns in any given game! How many RBs can you say that about?
The gift of getting Westbrook at #9 could be the key to winning your fantasy league. Its important to get McCoy as a hand-cuff if you make this move. McCoy wasn't drafted in the second round this year for nothing. The eagles could have used some help on their defense with their second pick in the draft, but I think its eye-opening to see them get a backup running back. This might inspire Brian to perform at a higher level for atleast one more year before handing over the keys!
fantasy prediction for Westbrook: 1200 rushing 750 receiving with 18 combined TDs
With the 16th pick I recommend going with Tom Brady and more importantly the quarterback of the strongest fantasy offense.
I thought long and hard about this pick for many reasons. First is the fact that it is the first quarterback off the board. Taking him over Brees and Peyton is a bold statement. I would never make this pick had the Patriots not have traded away Matt Cassel. If Belichick is confident than so am I! coming from a Colts fan that should mean something, right?
If it were a running back coming back from ACL repair I would have bigger doubts. Tom Brady has the offensive line and wide-receiver weaponsto take him to the top of the fantasy world scorers. I could ramble on all day and bore you with 2007 stats that he and Randy Moss put up, but I'm not going to do that. Its simply a gut feeling that I have. With 3 super bowl ring, Brady has nothing to prove to be in the Hall of Fame... but he will prove it to himself that he is a part of one of the best football dynasties in the history of the NFL. Be sure however to get a solid back-up at QB. (Rothlisberger, Hasselback)
fantasy predictions for Brady: 4700+ yds 40+ tds and less than 10 INTs