Ten NFC veterans who didn't enjoy Draft Day

By mid-season Kevin Curtis will have no fantasy value what-so-ever.
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 NFC who didn't like what they saw on Draft Day and see how it will effect their future fantasy value.

Domenik Hixon, WR, New York Giants - Over the final six weeks of 2008, Hixon grabbed 28 balls for 351 yards and a score. He might have thought he would get a good chance to be the team's No.1 passing option in 2009, but the drafting of Hakeem Nicks in the first round and Ramses Barden with the first pick of the third round shattered that dream.

Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, New York Giants - Bradshaw (67 rushes, 355 yards, 1 TD) saw teammate Derrick Ward head to Tampa Bay for the "big bucks" and he slid into the No.2 position behind starter Brandon Jacobs. Jacobs, of course, is injury prone (has never played in all 16 games in a season) and Bradshaw might have believed that he would get a chance to really show his ability in 2009. Then he saw the team pick North Carolina State running back Andre Brown in the fourth round.

Kevin Curtis, WR, Philadelphia - Curtis left St. Louis in 2005 because he had Torry Holt and Isaac Bruce in front of him and a limited upside. He came to the Eagles expecting to be a starting wide receiver and now Philadelphia has picked a receiver with their first pick in each of the last two drafts. By mid-season Curtis will have no fantasy value what-so-ever.

Brent Celek, TE, Philadelphia - When the Eagles let LJ Smith go without a fight, Celek who was very good in the 2008 playoffs with 19 catches for 151 yards and three scores, must have been smiling from ear-to-ear. He's a good receiving tight end, but not a great blocker. Then the Eagles drafted Cornelius Ingram, a tight end out of Florida, who has the same characteristics - good receiver, mediocre blocker. Maybe Celek won't have the fantasy value we think.

Rashied Davis, WR, Chicago - Davis, like all the wide receivers on the Bears, had to be ecstatic when the team made the move to obtain quarterback Jay Cutler. Then on Draft Day they also used a second-round selection on Juaquin Iglesias of Oklahoma. Instead of being a possible No.3 receiver, he'll likely not even be drafted in your fantasy league.

Bobby Wade, WR, Minnesota - Wade actually had more catches than Bernard Berrian, who was started in many fantasy leagues, but Wade's totals of 53 receptions for 645 yards and two TDs was not fantasy worthy. Now the team has brought in Percy Harvin and Wade likely won't even make it onto the field much in 2009. With Adrian Peterson, Berrian and Harvin the Vikings have three superior offensive weapons. Now, if the can just get some decent quarterback play - the sky's the limit.

Byron Leftwich, QB, Tampa Bay - Jeff Garcia and Antonio Bryant had a good thing going down the stretch in 2008, but now Garcia is gone and the team signed veteran Leftwich. Long-term, however, the writing is on the wall as the team drafted Josh Freeman with the 17th pick of the first round. If Leftwich had any fantasy value as a backup, even that is gone now.

Tim Hightower, RB, Arizona - With Edgerrin James nearing the end of his NFL career, Hightower (143 rushes, 399 yards, 10 TDs) might have thought he would be the primary ball carrier in 2009. Then the team drafted Chris "Beanie" Wells with the No.31 pick and at 6'1", 235 lbs, he is big enough to go inside and outside. Hightower might not even get the short yardage and goal line opportunities he got last year.

Jason Hill, WR, San Francisco - Both Hill (30-317-2) and Josh Morgan (20-319-3) couldn't be happy to see Michael Crabtree drop to the 49ers on Draft Day. With Bruce returning for another season, it'll be Bruce and Crabtree as the starters and Hill and Morgan become irrelevant from a fantasy point of view.

Bobby Engram, WR, Seattle - First the Seahawks sign T.J. Houshmandzadeh, then they draft Penn State wide receiver Deon Butler in the third round. The writing is on the wall for 35-year-old Engram (47-489-0) and oft-injured Deion Branch (30-412-4). Either perform or be replaced. If Hasselbeck stays healthy, the Seahawks could have a formidable passing game, but all four of the wideouts won't be fantasy worthy. I think Engram is the odd man out.

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