LestersLegends gets Passing Grade in KFFL Analysis Draft

Aug 26, 2008

Cory J. Bonini of KFFL.com offered an independent evaluation of the teams in the KFFL Analyis Draft.  Here’s what he thought of my selections.

By Cory J. Bonini
Edited by Tim Heaney

“I am here to independently evaluate each team in the KFFL Fantasy Analysis Draft. I’m not necessarily going to be kind, but I will play fair. I asked each participant to provide me with a few answers to specific questions and their best/worst picks of the draft.

Company: LestersLegends.com
Drafter: Ryan Lester
Pick: 1:02

Table: LestersLegends.com‘s roster

Player 
Tm 
Pos 
Rnd 
Pk 
Ovr 
MIN 
RB 
JAX 
RB 
11 
23 
CIN 
WR 
26 
KC 
WR 
11 
47 
ARI 
RB 
50 
WAS 
TE 
11 
71 
GB 
WR 
74 
DAL 
RB 
11 
95 
STL 
QB 
98 
NE 
D/ST 
10 
11 
119 
SF 
WR 
11 
122 
TEN 
TE 
12 
11 
143 
DET 
QB 
13 
146 
SD 
RB 
14 
11 
167 
HOU 
WR 
15 
170 
ARI 
16 
11 
191 

Naturally, the pick of Minnesota Vikings  running back Adrian Peterson has to excite one as an owner. I’m not so keen on AD after left tackle Bryant McKinnie was suspended for the first four games for being unruly off the field. It’s not like we didn’t see it coming, but how can you pass on Peterson at 1:02?

My first impression is that Mr. Lester built himself a strong team. In fact, I will go as far as saying this is the strongest team I have reviewed in the KFFL FAD yet. The only major weakness he could have is at quarterback if the St. Louis RamsMarc Bulger doesn’t show up or gets injured. I’m not wild about Detroit Lions quarterback Jon Kitna as a backup, but you can’t be strong in all facets of your team, can you? I don’t think so in an expert league, anyway.

My biggest gripe is one that not a lot of fantasy owners will share: How can you grab Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe in Round 4? I couldn’t draft him in Round 6, personally. There is simply too much uncertainty and potential for regression surrounding him. KC is an ugly team, to put it bluntly.

The only question I posed to Lester was about his suspect quarterbacks.

“Looking at the scoring system, it didn’t appear that QBs were very valuable in this league. Once the top guys went I decided to wait until I would get better value. I typically will wait for a QB until I think they are a good value. For example, if [Cincinnati Bengals quarterback] Carson Palmer had been there in the fifth [round] I would have taken him,” Ryan said.

Best: Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh

Worst: Houston Texans wide receiver Kevin Walter

I think his pick of Housh was fair value and not great. The best pick, which may be a bit of a stretch on my part, perhaps was Tennessee Titans tight end Alge Crumpler. I think he and quarterback Vince Young are capable of being a near-lethal combo in the red zone. As for his worst, I think I’d have to agree with the selection of Walter. He is only draftable to me in 20-round leagues or larger.

Grade: A-”

My retort:
First of all I would like to thank Cory for his kind words.  I’ll also take this opportunity to explain my rationale for some of the picks in question. 

Adrian Peterson – McKinnie will get suspended, but Peterson has 2000 yard potential.  I couldn’t pass that up.

Marc Bulger/Jon Kitna – While they aren’t sexy picks, I think they will be adequate in this format.  Bulger can be awesome when (if) he can stay healthy.  It’s a risk, but there’s a great reward if he can.  The more I think about the Kitna selection, the happier I am.  He has two stud WRs in Calvin Johnson and Roy Williams.  Gotta love that.

Dwayne Bowe – Given this is a PPR league, WRs were going like hot cakes.  I think he has the potential to catch 90 passes for Kansas City.  Theire offense may be awful, but it can still turn out some fantasy gems.  If I had a chance to see Calvin Johnson’s preseason prior to the Analysis Draft, I would have went that route.

T.J. Houshmandzadeh – Obviously I’m not enjoying the hamstring injury Housh is dealing with, but he’s a guy who tied for the league lead in receptions (which is huge in a PPR league), was 15th in receiving yards, and tied for 4th in TDs.  Not too shabby from a third round pick in a 12 team draft.

Kevin Walter – Kevin Walter was 26th among WRs (33rd overall) in receptions last year with 65.  He was 32nd in receving yards (36th overall) among WRs with 800.  Sure, he only scored 4 TDs, but there is no reason he shouldn’t be owned in a 12 team PPR league.

Alge Crumpler – I’m hoping that Alge ends up being my Steal of the Draft.

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3 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Mo Morrissey
    August 26th, 2008 at 1:49 pm #

    This is a fine example of why I keep coming back!

  2. Chuck
    August 26th, 2008 at 1:54 pm #

    Nice job, especially on the Peterson pick.

  3. LestersLegends
    August 26th, 2008 at 2:01 pm #

    Mo – Thank you for your kind words
    Chuck – Thanks, and of course.

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