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AFC veterans who didn't enjoy Draft Day

Joseph Addai was a No.1 draft pick in 2006 and posted 1,000-yard, 8+ TD seasons in each of his first two years.
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Draft Day is sometimes a time of joy, as when your fantasy quarterback gets another weapon to use and sometimes it's a time of consternation when a team drafts your player's replacement.

Let's look at the players in the AFC who didn't like what they saw on Draft Day and see how it will effect their future fantasy value.

Joseph Addai, RB, Indianapolis - Addai was a No.1 draft pick in 2006 and posted 1,000-yard, 8+ TD seasons in each of his first two years. Last year he was limited to 544 yards rushing on just 155 carries. So he can't be happy that the team spent a high draft pick on Connecticut running back Donald Brown. Brown should bring an explosiveness that Addai hasn't displayed of late and one can't help but feel that at best they will share the position.

Thomas Jones, RB, New York Jets - Jones has played at least 14 games a year in eight of the last nine NFL seasons and produced 1,000+ yards rushing in the last four. Even before the draft, he was holding out for a new contract, so the selection of Iowa running back Shonn Green has to really annoy him.

Kellen Clemens, QB, New York Jets - Clemens probably thought he was finally getting his shot to run the offense with Brett Favre retiring (stop laughing), but then the Jets traded up to get Mark Sanchez. Goodbye big contract, goodbye commercials, goodbye fantasy value, hello clipboard.

Reggie Kelly, TE, Cincinnati - Not that Kelly had much fantasy value after catching 31 balls for 340 yards and two scores, but the thought of getting Carson Palmer behind center might have made Kelly a borderline starter. Now that the team has drafted Chase Coffman, a tight end with great hands, both Kelly and Ben Utecht better learn to play special teams.

Joshua Cribbs, WR, Cleveland - Cribbs is a great special teams player who can also run and catch a little. With Kellen Winslow in Tampa Bay and Donte Stallworth having legal problems, Cribbs might have been in line to play some offense. Alas, the team drafted, not one, but two wide receivers - Brian Robiskie from Ohio State and Mohammed Massaquoi out of Georgia.

Justin Gage, WR, Tennessee - Gage, like the rest of the Titans receiving corps, did catch many balls, but he sure made them count - 34 catches for six TDs and a 19.1 yards-per-reception average. Apparently Coach Fisher and the Titans management wanted to upgrade and added first-round selection Kenny Britt (Rutgers) and a third-round pick in tight end Jared Cook (South Carolina). That will mean even fewer passes towards Gage and his fantasy value will end up near zero.

Correll Buckhalter, RB, Denver - Buckhalter signed a big contract in the off- season to get out from under Brian Westbrook in Philadelphia and prove that he can be a No.1 running back. Then the team drafted Knowshon Moreno, a talented and versatile back out of Georgia and "Buck" is right back where he started - sitting behind a No.1 running back. At least he'll have a big check to keep him warm at nights.

Lamont Jordan, RB, Denver - Jordan left the crowded backfield in New England for the crowded backfield in Denver. I can't see him having much fantasy value now that the team used the No.12 overall pick for a running back.

J.J. Arrington, RB, Denver - Arrington left Arizona for the crowded and confused situation in Denver. I guess he thought he could work his way into the lineup. Oops, the team just drafted their No.1 running back for the future in Moreno.

Johnnie Lee Higgins, WR, Oakland - The receiving situation in Oakland couldn't get much worse when your top-two pass catchers are a running back and a tight end. Higgins did have a three-game consecutive scoring streak during last year's fantasy playoffs, but his future opportunities to shine took a huge dip when the Raiders made Darrius Heyward-Bey their top selection.

Comments? Criticism? Applause? Contact Steve Schwarz at sschwarz@sportsnetwork.com.

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