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The Final 2 Rounds of the Stripe Hype Fantasy Football Mock Draft

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Round 9
Pick Team Player Position Ranking
1 A Ben Roethlisberger, PIT QB14
2 B Stevan Ridley, NE RB37
3 C Justin Blackmon, JAC WR38
4 D Michael Crabtree, SF WR39
5 E Sidney Rice, SEA WR40*
6 F Nate Washington, TEN WR41
7 G Pierre Thomas, NO RB38
8 H Jay Cutler, CHI QB15
9 I Fred Davis, WAS TE11
10 J Titus Young, DET WR42
11 K Josh Freeman, TB QB16
12 L Joe Flacco, BAL QB17

*Denotes Sleeper Pick
Initial Response: At this points I’m just going to highlight a few guys that aren’t dead sleepers, but guys that have a legitimate shot of making a significant impact on your team throughout the season and specifically in the playoffs. These are usually guys that will be stepping their games up during the season because their teams are making a playoff run and need the extra effort to get their teams into the NFL playoff mix. This round I think most of those picks are Quarterbacks. Roethlisberger, Cutler, Freeman, and even Joe Flacco are these types of players. Guys that you won’t start week 1, but may catch on fire late in the season and be Playoff MVP’s in your league. Not that’s probable for any of these players, but certainly possible especially for a guy like Jay Cutler. Between having arguably the toughest division in the NFC when the Bears are competing, and new weapons at his disposal this year, Cutler could be the steal of the later rounds in your draft at QB if he takes his game to the next level.

Sleeper Pick: I’d say the real sleeper pick of this round has to be Sidney Rice, WR for the Seattle Seahawks. This might be the safest position player pick of the last two rounds in your draft. Rice is a guy who would be ranked up to 2 rounds higher if it weren’t for his past two seasons. We saw the potential this guy has three seasons ago as an end zone threat in Minnesota when he had a QB that could get him the ball (1300 yards, 8TD). Now with the addition of backup sensation Matt Flynn, it’ll be interesting to see if we’ll see comparable numbers this year to his breakout 2009 season. If we do, look out, this guy will make a difference on your team if he can stay healthy.