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Tonight I did an online draft with a group of guys that I have competed against in fantasy football, baseball, and basketball the past couple of years. It’s a 12-team draft (non-keeper, non-ppr) and I had the fifth pick. Last year I had a dreadful showing. I’m hoping this year is much better. Here’s my squad.
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QB1 Jay Cutler
QB2:  Ben Roethlisberger
RB1:  Maurice Jones-Drew
RB2:  Jonathan Stewart
RB3:  Jerome Harrison
RB4:  Ricky Williams
WR1:  Brandon Marshall
WR2:  Greg Jennings
WR3:  Dwayne Bowe
WR4:  Braylon Edwards
TE1:  Jason Witten
TE2:  Zach Miller
K1:  Robbie Gould
DEF1:  Baltimore
DEF2:  New York Giants


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A typical fantasy football league consists of 12 teams nine starters (QB, two RBs, three WRs, TE, K, D) and anywhere from five to seven bench players. If you go with the latter bench allotment, you’re looking at 16 roster spots or 192 draft picks. By that definition, any sleeper should have an average draft position about 180 or higher.

 

Denver Broncos WR Jabar Gaffney doesn’t quite reach the 180 threshold, checking in with a ADP of 170 (61st WR) according to Mock Draft Central. He is, however, undervalued as the Broncos’ number one receiver.

 

He will not confuse anyone for Brandon Marshall, and in some ways that’s a good thing. He quietly goes about his business. Last year he hauled in 54 passes for 732 yards and 2 TDs. Head Coach Josh McDaniels is comfortable with Gaffney, having brought him over from New England last year.

 

So far Gaffney has had a productive preseason. He caught two passes for 37 yards in the opener against the Bengals. He followed up with six catches for 98 yards in the second game against Detroit.

 

The Broncos have several talented young WRs, but they will have growing pains. Eddie Royal is in his third season, but was an utter disappointment last year when many were expecting him to put up Wes Welker numbers. The Broncos drafted rookies Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker, but both have battled foot injuries. Unfortunately Thomas’ injury was an aggravation of a previous foot injury and it is still lingering, while Decker battled multiple injuries in college.

 

Thomas is the most talented WR on the Broncos, and will eventually take over as the top receiver. I just don’t see that happening this season. When you are adding WR depth late in your draft, don’t be afraid to take an unsexy pick like Jabar Gaffney. You don’t have to be sexy, as long as you’re steady.

 

What are your thoughts on the Broncos’ WRs?


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I have been doing an 8-team keeper league that’s going on it’s fifth season. If you think that it’s easier than 10- or 12-team leagues, you would be mistaken. It is just as competitive, only your waiver wire looks a lot more attractive.  Plus, while your team is stacked, but so is everybody else’s. Here’s a look at my roster.

 

QB1:  Tom Brady
QB2:  Philip Rivers
RB1:  Frank Gore (Keeper)
RB2:  Ryan Grant (Keeper)
RB3:  Lesean McCoy
RB4:  C.J. Spiller
RB5:  Ricky Williams
WR1:  Larry Fitzgerald (Keeper)
WR2:  Greg Jennings
WR3:  Pierre Garcon
WR4:  Santonio Holmes
WR5:  Johnny Knox
TE1:  Brent Celek
TE2:  Zack Miller
K1:  Stephen Gostkowski
DEF1:  San Francisco 49ers
DEF2:  Miami Dolphins

 

I didn’t need Philip Rivers, but he was too good of a value to pass up as he slid for some reason. I took two young RBs in McCoy and Spiller hoping somebody can challenge Grant as a keeper option. My WR situation is a little dicey, but I feel I have trade chips at QB and RB if I need to upgrade.

Happy Birthday Janelle!

 


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A typical fantasy football league consists of 12 teams nine starters (QB, two RBs, three WRs, TE, K, D) and anywhere from five to seven bench players. If you go with the latter bench allotment, you’re looking at 16 roster spots or 192 draft picks. By that definition, any sleeper should have an average draft position about 180 or lower.

 

Houston WR Jacoby Jones has an ADP of 186 (64th WR) according to Mock Draft Central. His 27 catches for 437 yards last year did not raise any eyebrows, but his 6 touchdown catches did. As did his finish when he caught seven passes for 144 yards and a pair of scores in the final two weeks.

 

He is in a stiff battle with Kevin Walter (53-611-2) for the number two receiver role opposite of Andre Johnson. The Texans will operate in plenty of three-receiver sets so it’s not like the loser will not get their share of targets. Still, whoever wins the battle will have the higher value, which is pretty much a given. Walter has been fairly productive the past three seasons, but Jones has more potential.

 

My assumption is that Jones will take hold of the flanker position, relegating Walter to the slot. Jones will be more productive in standard scoring leagues while Walter will be more productive in PPR leagues. Walter’s ADP is 136 (49th WR), making Jones a significantly better value. I feel both WRs are worthy of making a fantasy roster. Right now I prefer Walter (click to see my WR rankings), especially with his 6’3″, 218 lb. frame as a red zone target, but if Jones can win the starting job, my opinion will change.

 

What are your thoughts on Jacoby Jones? Kevin Walter?

 

I was fortunate enough to be asked to participate in the 2010 KFFL Fantasy Football Analysis Draft.  It is a group of 11 fantasy football experts and little old me.  Here is a look at the participants/draft order:

 

1. USA Today
2. Open Sports
3. Fantasy Pros 911
4. KFFL-Del Pilar
5. Draft Sharks
6. The Huddle
7. Lester’s Legends
8. Time Warner Cable
9. Football Guys
10. KFFL-Bonini
11. No Offseason
12. Roto Experts

 

  • Teams: 12 teams
  • Roster: 16 player
  • Starting Lineup: 1 QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, 1 TE, 1 Flex (RB/WR/TE), 1 PK, 1 DT
  • League Scoring Details: Combination with PPR Scoring

 


14.162
- Jason Snelling, RB, Atlanta Falcons
Snelling has the goods to deliver if the injury bug hits Michael Turner. He also serves as a trade chip if I look to deal this handcuff to the Turner owner.

 

Roster:
QB1:  Tom Brady
QB2:  Alex Smith
RB1:  Frank Gore
RB2:  Ryan Grant
RB3:  Jerome Harrison
RB4:  Darren Sproles
RB5:  Jason Snelling
WR1:  Michael Crabtree
WR2:  Chad Ochocinco
WR3:  Percy Harvin
WR4:  Eddie Royal
WR5:  Early Doucet
TE1:  Zach Miller
TE2:  John Carlson

 

I was fortunate enough to be asked to participate in the 2010 KFFL Fantasy Football Analysis Draft.  It is a group of 11 fantasy football experts and little old me.  Here is a look at the participants/draft order:

 

1. USA Today
2. Open Sports
3. Fantasy Pros 911
4. KFFL-Del Pilar
5. Draft Sharks
6. The Huddle
7. Lester’s Legends
8. Time Warner Cable
9. Football Guys
10. KFFL-Bonini
11. No Offseason
12. Roto Experts

 

  • Teams: 12 teams
  • Roster: 16 player
  • Starting Lineup: 1 QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, 1 TE, 1 Flex (RB/WR/TE), 1 PK, 1 DT
  • League Scoring Details: Combination with PPR Scoring

 


13.151
- Early Doucet, WR, Arizona Cardinals
Doucet played a key role in the Cardinals’ playoff games last year, and stands a good chance to pick up a good chunk of Anquan Boldin’s catches.
Others considered:  Devery Henderson
Expectations:  65 catches, 800 yards, 4 TDs

 

Roster:
QB1:  Tom Brady
QB2:  Alex Smith
RB1:  Frank Gore
RB2:  Ryan Grant
RB3:  Jerome Harrison
RB4:  Darren Sproles
WR1:  Michael Crabtree
WR2:  Chad Ochocinco
WR3:  Percy Harvin
WR4:  Eddie Royal
WR5:  Early Doucet
TE1:  Zach Miller
TE2:  John Carlson

 

I was fortunate enough to be asked to participate in the 2010 KFFL Fantasy Football Analysis Draft.  It is a group of 11 fantasy football experts and little old me.  Here is a look at the participants/draft order:

 

1. USA Today
2. Open Sports
3. Fantasy Pros 911
4. KFFL-Del Pilar
5. Draft Sharks
6. The Huddle
7. Lester’s Legends
8. Time Warner Cable
9. Football Guys
10. KFFL-Bonini
11. No Offseason
12. Roto Experts

 

  • Teams: 12 teams
  • Roster: 16 player
  • Starting Lineup: 1 QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, 1 TE, 1 Flex (RB/WR/TE), 1 PK, 1 DT
  • League Scoring Details: Combination with PPR Scoring

 



12.138
- Alex Smith, QB, San Francisco 49ers
I need a backup QB and Smith does not share a bye week with my starter (Tom Brady). He’s also the highest rated QB on my board.
Others considered:  Kyle Orton, Matt Leinart, Vince Young
Expectations:  3600 yards, 22 TDs, 12 INTs, 2 rushing TDs

 

Roster:
QB1:  Tom Brady
QB2:  Alex Smith
RB1:  Frank Gore
RB2:  Ryan Grant
RB3:  Jerome Harrison
RB4:  Darren Sproles
WR1:  Michael Crabtree
WR2:  Chad Ochocinco
WR3:  Percy Harvin
WR4:  Eddie Royal
TE1:  Zach Miller
TE2:  John Carlson

 

Yesterday I took part in the Fantasy Football Maniaxs Expert League Draft. It is a non-ppr, 6 point for passing TD league. I had the fifth overall pick. Here is how my roster looks:

 

QB – Peyton Manning, Ind QB
RB – Michael Turner, Atl RB
RB – Joseph Addai, Ind RB
RB/WR – Felix Jones, Dal RB
WR – DeSean Jackson, Phi WR
WR – Percy Harvin, Min WR
TE – Jason Witten, Dal TE
Minnesota Vikings D/ST
K – Sebastian Janikowski, Oak K

Bench – Brett Favre, Min QB
Bench – Chester Taylor, Chi RB
Bench – Willis McGahee, Bal RB
Bench – Mike Wallace, Pit WR
Bench – Santonio Holmes, NYJ WR
Bench – Devery Henderson, NO WR
Bench – Houston Texans D/ST

 

With six points for a passing TD, I wanted to ensure that I got a top notch QB. I could have taken Reggie Wayne and later got Tom Brady, but that is hindsight. Peyton Manning and DeSean Jackson isn’t much of a drop-off from that duo anyway. I like my my first three RBs, but don’t like my two bench options. There is always a trade off in fantasy drafts. RB depth was mine. I have a young, explosive WR corps led by DeSean Jackson, Percy Harvin, Mike Wallace, and Santonio Holmes. There are risks associated with that crew, but there is also a ton of upside. I got Jason Witten in the seventh round, which may have been my best value pick.

 

Overall I am pleased with my draft.

 

How do you think I did?

 

I was fortunate enough to be asked to participate in the 2010 KFFL Fantasy Football Analysis Draft.  It is a group of 11 fantasy football experts and little old me.  Here is a look at the participants/draft order:

 

1. USA Today
2. Open Sports
3. Fantasy Pros 911
4. KFFL-Del Pilar
5. Draft Sharks
6. The Huddle
7. Lester’s Legends
8. Time Warner Cable
9. Football Guys
10. KFFL-Bonini
11. No Offseason
12. Roto Experts

 

  • Teams: 12 teams
  • Roster: 16 player
  • Starting Lineup: 1 QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, 1 TE, 1 Flex (RB/WR/TE), 1 PK, 1 DT
  • League Scoring Details: Combination with PPR Scoring

 


11.127
- Eddie Royal, Denver Broncos
Royal was a train wreck last year going from 91-980-5 to 37-345-0. With Brandon Marshall in South Beach, Royal has a chance to get a lot of short passes. I’m not expecting major yardage or TDs, but he could catch a lot of balls, which is a plus in the PPR format.
Others considered:  Chris Chambers, Nate Burleson
Expectations:  770 yards, 70 catches, 3 TDs

 

Roster:
QB1:  Tom Brady
RB1:  Frank Gore
RB2:  Ryan Grant
RB3:  Jerome Harrison
RB4:  Darren Sproles
WR1:  Michael Crabtree
WR2:  Chad Ochocinco
WR3:  Percy Harvin
WR4:  Eddie Royal
TE1:  Zach Miller
TE2:  John Carlson

 

I was fortunate enough to be asked to participate in the 2010 KFFL Fantasy Football Analysis Draft.  It is a group of 11 fantasy football experts and little old me.  Here is a look at the participants/draft order:

 

1. USA Today
2. Open Sports
3. Fantasy Pros 911
4. KFFL-Del Pilar
5. Draft Sharks
6. The Huddle
7. Lester’s Legends
8. Time Warner Cable
9. Football Guys
10. KFFL-Bonini
11. No Offseason
12. Roto Experts

 

  • Teams: 12 teams
  • Roster: 16 player
  • Starting Lineup: 1 QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, 1 TE, 1 Flex (RB/WR/TE), 1 PK, 1 DT
  • League Scoring Details: Combination with PPR Scoring

 


10.114
- John Carlson, TE, Seattle Seahawks
The WRs are pretty picked over at this point, not leaving much value at that position. I will instead add a solid TE, which can still be used in a flex position in this format. Carlson is the highest on my board at this point.
Others considered:  Greg Olsen, Visanthe Shiancoe
Expectations:  770 yards, 70 catches, 5 TDs

 

Roster:
QB1:  Tom Brady
RB1:  Frank Gore
RB2:  Ryan Grant
RB3:  Jerome Harrison
RB4:  Darren Sproles
WR1:  Michael Crabtree
WR2:  Chad Ochocinco
WR3:  Percy Harvin
TE1:  Zach Miller
TE2:  John Carlson


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