Haze keeper preview: Johnny

Johnny made the playoffs behind fantasy powerhouses Peyton Manning and Chicago DST, but fell short in the first-round of the playoffs. Johnny owns the No. 6 pick in the keeper declaration draft.

He also owns the No. 7 spot in the first round of the Haze serpentine draft.

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

Owner profile

Name: Johnny Wortmann
Career record: 23 – 31
2006 Highlight: Both Peyton Manning and Chicago DST almost single-handedly won several games for Johnny in 2006.

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.

Johnny’s list of eligible keepers

  • Peyton Manning, Colts (1st round)
  • DeShaun Foster, Panthers (2nd round)
  • Randy Moss, Patriots (3rd round)
  • Darrell Jackson, 49ers (5th round)
  • Chicago DST (6th round)
  • Jason Witten, Cowboys (7th round)
  • Fred Taylor, Jaguars (8th round)
  • Maurice Jones-Drew, Jaguars (8th round)
  • Ryan Longwell, Packers (8th round)
  • Phillip Rivers, Chargers (10th round)
  • Braylon Edwards, Browns (11th 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!

Clancy: There is no doubt in anybody’s mind that Peyton Manning is the No. 1 quarterback in fantasy football. He is everything that you could possibly want in a No. 1 draft pick: high scoring and consistency. Manning will once again lead the league in passing touchdowns for the 2007 season. In a league that awards six points per passing touchdown, there is no better option than Manning.

Maurice Jones-Drew had a huge rookie campaign in 2006 scoring a total of 15 touchdowns. Splitting carries with Fred Taylor is the best thing that could have happened to MJD. Sharing the work load allows him to stay fresh throughout the season while others slow down from the wear and tear. In fact, MJD collected over 50 percent of his rushing yards (487 yards out of 941 yards) in December when most defenses are starting to suffer from the injury bug. In the 8th round, Johnny is getting a fantasy stud that will consistently score points, especially during the fantasy playoffs.

McNeil: It is hard to disagree that keeping Peyton Manning is a good idea. But I am going to do it anyway. Johnny has the No. 6 pick in the draft and may be able to pick up a top-flight starting quarterback with that pick if he throws the elder Manning back into the draft pool. By doing so, Johnny could keep Maurice Jones-Drew in the 8th round and Braylon Edwards in the 11th round. Jones-Drew had a great rookie campaign and is being groomed as the Jags’ runningback of the future. Edwards is a solid wide receiver who has potential to put up huge numbers in the future and could be a steal in this year’s draft, despite Cleveland’s quarterback ineptitude. 

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