Haze keeper preview: Blaine

Blaine lost to Doogie in the Haze Championship last year and selects his 2007 keepers second overall.

He also owns the No. 11 spot in the first round of the Haze serpentine draft.

Go here to see all the teams and keeper declaration deadlines.

Owner profile

Name: Blaine Clancy
Career record: 36 – 17 – 2
2006 Highlight: The winningest owner in Haze history made it to the 2006 Haze Championship against Doogie, but failed to bring home his first Haze title.

Haze keeper rules in a nutshell

Each Haze owner gets the opportunity to keep two players in the round the player was originally drafted for the first season. Every subsequent season the player is kept, he moves up one round in the draft.

Since this is the first keeper season for Haze, all keepers will be kept in the round originally drafted.

Blaine’s list of eligible keepers

  • Larry Johnson, Chiefs (1st round)
  • Clinton Portis, Redskins (1st round)
  • Antonio Gates, Chargers (2nd round)
  • Kevin Jones, Lions (4th round)
  • Matt Hasselbeck, Seahawks (4th round)
  • Plaxico Burress, Giants (5th round)
  • Joe Horn, Falcons (6th round)
  • Reggie Brown, Eagles (7th round)
  • Ladell Betts, Redskins (8th round)
  • David Carr, Panthers (8th round)
  • Josh Scobee, Jaguars (8th round)
  • Pittsburgh D (8th round)
  • Laveranues Coles, Jets (9th round)

Hazean analysis

Haze owners Michael McNeil and Marc Budyach team up to analyze the potential keepers for each owner in a PTI-like debate. Enjoy!

Budyach: Need a workhorse? Look no further than Larry Johnson. LJ is a bruising runningback that can light up any defense in the NFL. He scored double-digit fantasy points in 13 games last season and will give Blaine a superstar to anchor his team.

Reggie Brown is coming into his third season with the Eagles and that is when receivers tend to flourish. He is the No. 1 option on a West Coast passing team and could reach double-digit touchdowns for the first time in his career. As an 7th round pick the value is great.

McNeil: At No. 11 in the first round, regardless of any hold out or trade, Larry Johnson is a great value. But can he do it again? LJ carried the ball 416 times last season for the Chiefs and history is not on his side — most backs tend to fade after that kind of workload. Risk exists with this pick, but not enough to deter an owner from keeping LJ at No. 11.

Before the end of last season, I would have told you that Clinton Portis would be Blaine’s second keeper in a heartbeat. But now doubt exists with Portis, as Ladell Betts made a name for himself last year in Portis’ absence. I hate to agree with Marc, but I, too, think Reggie Brown is the best value for Blaine. In the 7th round, Brown is an up-and-coming talent and slated to be the Eagles No. 1 wide receiver this year. If McNabb can stay healthy, Brown will get his share of looks this season.

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