My 2010 NFL Draft wish list

It’s sort of like Christmas here at the NFL.

People at the office are buzzing with anticipation for the start of the 2010 NFL Draft, which you can follow LIVE on NFL Network. I’ll also be covering all the fantasy-relevant picks right here in my blog.

For me, the draft is all about changes. Changes to player rankings. Changes to projections. Changes to our fantasy football magazine, which I’ve been working on since January.

Changes, changes, changes.

Unfortunately, NFL teams don’t take fantasy football into consideration when making decisions. That doesn’t mean I can’t hope and pray for certain scenarios to happen (or not happen) to make life easier for you, the fantasy owner.

With that in mind, here are the 10 things I wish would happen in the next three days.

1. C.J. Spiller is drafted by the Seahawks: I don’t care where in the first round it happens, but Spiller needs to be a member of the Seahawks. Not only does the team lack a true playmaker on offense, but the team’s eventual No. 1 back will have a very favorable schedule.

2. Spiller doesn’t go to the Jaguars, 49ers or Giants: If one of these three teams takes Spiller, it would be like putting a bomb in the list of top 25 running backs in fantasy football. There are enough backfield committees around the league right now. Fantasy owners don’t need more!

3. Ryan Mathews is drafted by the Chargers: The Bolts lack a No. 1 back after the release of LaDainian Tomlinson, and Mathews would be a perfect replacement. He’d see work on early downs, while Darren Sproles came in on passing downs as a change-of-pace option. As a member of the Chargers, Mathews would be a top-20 fantasy back.

4. Mathews doesn’t go to the Texans: As it stands, Steve Slaton, Arian Foster and Ryan Moats are all in the mix for carries in Houston. Adding Mathews to that group would just create more confusion from a fantasy perspective, as an imminent backfield committee would likely develop.

5. The Chargers acquire Marshawn Lynch: If my third wish doesn’t come true, I’d like to see the Chargers deal for Lynch. Not only would it increase his value, but Fred Jackson would also be a much safer fantasy option. Of course, the Bills said Lynch wasn’t on the block so this could be an unrealized wish.

6. Dez Bryant is drafted by the Denver Broncos: I don’t think this is going to happen, as the Broncos just traded a controversial wideout in Brandon Marshall. But from a fantasy perspective, the move would make a lot of sense. In fact, Bryant would develop into a more attractive option than either Eddie Royal or Jabar Gaffney.

7. The Cardinals acquire Ben Roethlisberger: I’m not a Big Ben apologist, and I think the suspension he received was warranted. But imagine if he ended up in Arizona, re-unites with Ken Whisenhunt and is added to a pass attack that includes Larry Fitzgerald? I don’t think this will happen, but that’s why we call it “fantasy” football.

8. The Ravens trade Willis McGahee. There are reports out of Baltimore that McGahee could be on the block, possibly for a third- or fourth-round pick. I’m not sure the Ravens could get that much in return, but wouldn’t it be nice to see Ray Rice receive more goal-line carries next season?

9. Sam Bradford is drafted by the St. Louis Rams: Bradford isn’t going to have a lot of fantasy value in seasonal leagues. But I’d rather have him throwing the football to Laurent Robinson, Donnie Avery and Brandon Gibson than A.J. Feeley. At least the Oklahoma product has some upside.

10. The Cowboys trade up and draft Earl Thomas: OK, this is more a fantasy scenario for me than it is a good move in fantasy football. As a Cowboys fan, I’d love to see Thomas come aboard and fill a safety position that lacks depth after the release of Ken Hamlin.

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