Haze keeper preview: Grayson

Grayson gets the No. 5 spot in the keeper declaration draft thanks to a playoff appearance and fifth place finish last season.

He also owns the No. 8 spot in the first round of the Haze serpentine draft.

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

Owner profile

Name: Grayson Marloff
Career record: 30-33-2
2006 Highlight: Making the playoffs despite trading backup quarterback Drew Brees before losing starting quarterback Donovan McNabb to season-ending injury.

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.

Grayson’s list of eligible keepers

  • Shaun Alexander, Seahawks (1st round)
  • Terrell Owens, Cowboys (2nd round)
  • Torry Holt, Rams (3rd round)
  • Jamal Lewis, Browns (3rd round)
  • Donovan McNabb, Eagles (5th round)
  • Thomas Jones, Jets (6th round)
  • Todd Heap, Ravens (6th round)
  • Heath Miller, Steelers (7th round)
  • Jerious Norwood, Falcons (8th round)
  • Donte Stallworth, Patriots (11th round)
  • Jeff Wilkins, Rams (12th round)
  • Chargers D (14th 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: There are a number of players on Grayson’s roster worth noting as keeper options. Donovan McNabb, Shaun Alexander, Torry Holt, Terrell Owens, Jerious Norwood and Thomas Jones are the headliners and worthy of consideration. Grayson could go a number of ways with his two keepers. I think keeping Shaun Alexander in the first round at No. 8 overall is a pretty good deal, despite age and injury concerns. If the Seattle offense can rebound this year, Alexander could move back near the top tier of fantasy runningbacks once again. The other keeper is a tough call, but with the recent news about Warrick Dunn missing the first month of training camp, and the fact that he is well into his 30s, Atlanta’s Jerious Norwood makes for a solid value in the keeper draft. As an 8th rounder, Grayson could get the guy who will become the feature back on what has been one of the most productive running teams in the NFL.

Clancy: Keeping Shaun Alexander and Terrell Owens in the 1st or 2nd round is too much of a risk. Alexander was hurt for the majority of the first season, so his production this season is a big question mark. That is not something you want to be concerned about with a first-round pick. Terrell Owens is entering his second year in Dallas. It only took two years in Philly before things went sour for the entity known as T.O. Will there be a meltdown in Dallas as well? It is not worth a second-round pick to find out.

Torry Holt is universally considered to be in the elite five of all wide receivers. He will have another great year with 1000+ yards and getting into the double digits in touchdowns. Keeping him in the 3rd round will open up his 1st and 2nd round picks to fill out his roster.

Thomas Jones is joining a team that did not have a legitimate starting runningback last year, but still ran the ball a ton.  He will get 20+ carries a game and should put up some solid fantasy numbers.

Keeping Holt and Jones not only adds two players that can put up points, but it also frees up Grayson’s first two picks. He will be able to fill up his runningback and wide receiver positions after only two rounds.

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