Fantasy Football Drafts are Overrated

Dec 1, 2007

Sure, it’s important to draft well, but every year there are so many disappointments and surprises that seldom a team resembles the one you started with.  I trade more than the average player so I’m not a good comparison, but I didn’t have a single player on my post-draft roster around week 10.

Here’s what I do know.  Those of you who chuckled and mocked people’s selections earlier this year should take note.  Just because the experts say someone is going to have a breakout year doesn’t mean it will come true.  Just because you consider a guy a top notch selection, doesn’t mean it’s going to come true.  Let’s take a look at the top ten scorers at each position and see where they were drafted.

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QB
Tom Brady – Anywhere from 2nd to 4th QB taken
Tony Romo – Probably 5th-8th QB taken
Brett Favre – 8th-12th QB taken
Derek Anderson – Waiver wire gem
Ben Roethlisberger – Probably 10th-14th QB taken
Peyton Manning – 1st QB taken
Carson Palmer – 2nd-4th QB taken
Matt Hasselbeck – Probably 6th-10th QB taken
Drew Brees – 3rd or 4th QB taken
Jon Kitna – 8th-12th QB taken
Busts:  McNabb, Bulger, Rivers, Leinart, Vince Young

RB
Brian Westbrook – 4th-10th RB taken
LaDainian Tomlinson – 1st RB taken
Adrian Peterson – 12th-16th RB taken
Joseph Addai – 2nd-6th RB taken
Willis McGahee – 8th-16th RB taken 
Marion Barber – 12th-18th RB taken
Clinton Portis – 10th-18th RB taken
Jamal Lewis – 14th-20th RB taken
Reggie Bush – 7th-14th RB taken
Ronnie Brown – 6th-14th RB taken
Busts: Larry Johnson, Shaun Alexander, Travis Henry, Steven Jackson, Frank Gore, Rudi Johnson, Maurice Jones-Drew, Duece McAllister

WR
Randy Moss – 6th-12th WR taken
Terrell Owens – 4th-8th WR taken
Braylon Edwards – 12th-20th WR taken
T.J. Houshmandzedeh – 5th-10th WR taken
Reggie Wayne – 3rd-8th WR taken
Chad Johnson – 1st-6th WR taken
Larry Fizgerald – 6th-10th WR taken
Wes Welker – 20th-30th WR taken
Greg Jennings – 20th-30th WR taken
Plaxico Burress – 6th-12th WR taken
Busts:  Steve Smith, Marvin Harrison, Andre Johnson, Donald Driver, Torry Holt (somewhat), Lee Evans, Javon Walker, Roy Williams,

TE
Antonio Gates – 1st TE
Kellen Winslow – 2nd-6th TE
Jason Witten – 3rd-8th TE
Tony Gonzalez – 2nd-4th TE
Chris Cooley – 4th-8th TE
Dallas Clark – 6th-12th TE
Heath Miller – 8th-16th TE
Jeremy Shockey – 4th-8th TE
Donald Lee – Waiver Wire Gem
Benjamin Watson – 10th-16th TE
Busts:  Alge Crumpler, Todd Heap, L.J. Smith, Randy McMichael, Vernon Davis

It would have been relatively easy to draft a team consisting of Tom Brady, Brian Westbrook, Adrian Peterson, Randy Moss, Braylon Edwards, Greg Jennings, and Dallas Clark.  However, if someone did that I’d look in their garage for Doc Brown’s DeLorean.

So next year when someone makes a selection at your draft that you find funny, keep the chuckles to yourself.  You may save yourself a nice healthy serving of crow.

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3 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. JP
    December 2nd, 2007 at 1:34 pm #

    i shouldn’t have laughed at benny when he took a-pete. I totally should have drafted westy as my premier back.

  2. hdiaz1
    December 2nd, 2007 at 1:56 pm #

    I never understood how Brian Westbrook always puts up killer stats but is always drafted as an afterthought. And why were people so quick to jump on the Reggie Bush bandwagon before the season started when Deuce was still there??

  3. Ryan Lester
    December 2nd, 2007 at 9:16 pm #

    JP – No doubt
    hdiaz – Funny how Westbrook is an afterthought. It’s like I guess I’ll take him. He’s scary though. Scary good when he plays, but has a injury scare. He’s missed one game this year. Other than that he’s been lights out. I wasn’t a huge Bush guy unless it’s a PPR league. I don’t like those leagues though.

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