Haze keeper preview: Danny

Danny made it to the semifinals in 2006 but finished third in the league, earning him the No. 3 spot in the keeper declaration order.

He also owns the No. 10 spot in the first round of the Haze serpentine draft.

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

Owner profile

Name: Danny Belcher
Career record: 23 – 18 – 1
2006 Highlight: Finished the season in third place, Danny’s best finish ever.

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.

Danny’s list of eligible keepers

  • Cadillac Williams, Buccaneers (2nd round)
  • Chester Taylor, Vikings (4th round)
  • Andre Johnson, Texans (6th round)
  • T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Bengals (6th round)
  • Anthony Thomas, Bills (8th round)
  • Marques Colston, Saints (8th round)
  • Greg Jennings, Packers (8th round)
  • Trent Green, Dolphins (8th round)
  • Drew Brees, Saints (10th round)
  • Ahman Green, Texans (10th round)

Hazean analysis

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

McNeil: Danny can go a number of different ways. I think it is a no-brainer to keep Drew Brees in the 10th round. Could you even imagine Brees falling that far in a draft this season? In most mock drafts I have seen so far, Brees is going no later than the 3rd round and usually is the third quarterback off the board. So Brees is a lock.

What Danny does with the other spot is the real question. Of all his options, it seems the best value may be Ahman Green in the 10th round as well. Green, though aging, is a good value in the 10th round as the starting runningback for a team that has shown promising production from runningbacks (see Domanick Davis … now Domanick Williams) in the past.

Clancy: While most owners will be drafting their third wide receiver or a defense in the 10th round, Danny will be drafting arguably the third-best quarterback in the NFL in Drew Brees. The Saints offense is young and with another year of experience under their belts expect more big plays and lots of scoring.

Danny had the foresight to pick up the best rookie wide receiver in the entire draft last year: Marques Colston. Colston led all rookies with 1038 yards and eight touchdowns in 2006. With Joe Horn gone, Colston will have to work a little bit harder to get open, but he should still see the ball plenty in this explosive offense. He is getting 3rd-round talent for only an 8th-round pick.

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