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By Michael Blunda

I asked in my previous blog entry for the help of you, the readers, in choosing which players to keep in my hometown keeper league, and you came through with some helpful advice. Thanks very much to everyone who gave his/her opionion either through the comments or e-mail. I read and considered each of them and have made my final decision.

Unable to pull off any trades that would've made my choice easier, I was forced to cut a couple guys I would've preferred to hold on to, but I guess that's the nature of the beast. Anyway, with the deadline having come and gone, here are the six players I ended up keeping:

QB Tony Romo / Cowboys
RB Chris Johnson / Titans
RB Clinton Portis / Redskins
WR Greg Jennings / Packers
WR Calvin Johnson / Lions
WR Marques Colston / Saints

I must say I'm pretty satisfied with the six I wound up retaining and am especially happy with four — Romo, Chris Johnson, Jennings and Calvin Johnson. There's nothing wrong with Portis or Colston, either, they just each have question marks that made me a bit hesitant to keep them. In the end, though, I can't complain about this six-pack of players. It should provide a nice core for the upcoming fantasy season.

Obviously, it wasn't easy to cut three guys I'm high on in Ryan Grant, Wes Welker and Greg Olsen, but it had to be done. I, like most people, really like Olsen's 2009 outlook, but I couldn't justify keeping a TE not named Witten, Gates or Gonzalez. Also, I simply couldn't keep four WRs, so that left Welker out in the cold. Grant was probably the toughest one to get rid of, as he's one of my top sleepers this season following a ho-hum '08. I certainly wouldn't mind getting him back in the draft and might be able to do so with my first-round pick, which comes at No. 8 (out of 10).

Now it's time to sit and wait, as we won't hold the draft for this league until later this month. However, now that it's August, I'll be frequently posting on a host of other fantasy topics right here at Finding Paydirt, so be sure to check back often as you get yourself ready for the '09 campaign.

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