Here are the results for the Fantasy Draft, held on August 25, and a few of my thoughts:
- 1. Rams Never Happened - Adrian Peterson
- 2. Welfare Bears - Doug Martin
- 3. Texas Desperados - Tony Romo
- 4. Cam's Newton - Arian Foster
- 5. Will starch you - Ray Rice
- 6. MF's New Mexicans - LeSean McCoy
- 7. A Real Piece of Work - Marshawn Lynch
- 8. The Low Metabolisms - Aaron Rodgers
- 9. California Dreamin' - CJ Spiller
- 10. Like I Care - Jamaal Charles
I missed the beginning of the draft, but given how the first round broke in front of my, Marshawn Lynch would've definitely been my choice.
Running back seems to be the theme this year, and after ADP, backs 2-6 are being widely debated.
Clearly, the stretch of the round came from UBP at #3, selecting Tony Romo, who surely would've still been around in rounds 4 & 5.
- 11. Like I Care - Calvin Johnson
- 12. California Dreamin' - Trent Richardson
- 13. The Low Metabolisms - Brandon Marshall
- 14. A Real Piece of Work - Matt Forte
- 15. MF's New Mexicans - Alfred Morris
- 16. Will starch you - AJ Green
- 17. Cam's Newton - Drew Brees
- 18. Texas Desperados - Maurice Jones-Drew
- 19. Welfare Bears - Dez Bryant
- 20. Rams Never Happened - Tavon Austin
Another quality round for myself, taking Matt Forte with the 14th overall pick. The Bears offense may be one of the most underrated in the league, and a back like Forte gets plenty of touches.
Pick #20 saw another reach, with Tnerb selecting rookie WR Tavon Austin about 60 spots ahead of his ADP (average draft position). Austin will have plenty of opportunities to prove himself this year, but 20 overall is still a heck of a reach.
- 21. Rams Never Happened - Colin Kaepernick
- 22. Welfare Bears - Stevan Ridley
- 23. Texas Desperados - Miles Austin
- 24. Cam's Newton - Jimmy Graham
- 25. Will starch you - Peyton Manning
- 26. MF's New Mexicans - Demaryius Thomas
- 27. A Real Piece of Work - Cam Newton
- 28. The Low Metabolisms - Julio Jones
- 29. California Dreamin' - Larry Fitzgerald
- 30. Like I Care - Steven Jackson
Nerb again stuns with his selection of Colin Kaepernick, but one bit of advice I always keep in mind, is there is nothing wrong with drafting the guys you want. Kaepernick at 21 overall isn't as much of a stretch as Austin and Romo were in the first two rounds, and when you have bookend picks like Nerb did, you have to take chances.
Personally, I had two players targeted for this round, as I locked up my two backs in rounds 1 & 2, and those players were Jimmy Graham and Cam Newton. How ironic then, that the team named Cam's Newton was responsible for confirming my decision to draft Cam 27th.
So, if you're scoring at home, Tony Romo went #3 overall, Tavon Austin went in the 2nd round, and the team named for Cam Newton were responsible for Cam being drafted by A Real Piece of Work.
- 31. Like I Care - Randall Cobb
- 32. California Dreamin' - Victor Cruz
- 33. The Low Metabolisms - Frank Gore
- 34. A Real Piece of Work - Roddy White
- 35. MF's New Mexicans - Vincent Jackson
- 36. Will starch you - Andre Johnson
- 37. Cam's Newton - Chris Johnson
- 38. Texas Desperados - DeMarco Murray
- 39. Welfare Bears - Dwayne Bowe
- 40. Rams Never Happened - Jared Cook
Round 4 started normally, and I was happy with my pick of Roddy White. I know, he's not the homerun hitter that Julio Jones is, but White is still a productive 85-100 catch WR capable of big years. Also, I wanted to focus on WRs who have capable QBs getting them the ball, as I've suffered too many years with the likes of Larry Fitzgerald and Dwayne Bowe being too dependent on inconsistent QB.
UBP got great value for DeMarco Murray at 38, even if it may have been a homer pick. Nerb again made a major reach with Jared Cook, but at least he'll be rooting for his guys all year long.
- 41. Rams Never Happened - Wes Welker
- 42. Welfare Bears - Danny Amendola
- 43. Texas Desperados - Jason Witten
- 44. Cam's Newton - Marques Colston
- 45. Will starch you - David Wilson
- 46. MF's New Mexicans - Reggie Bush
- 47. A Real Piece of Work - Reggie Wayne
- 48. The Low Metabolisms - Darren McFadden
- 49. California Dreamin' - Tom Brady
- 50. Like I Care - Pierre Garcon
Wes Welker and his replacement highlight round 5, with few stretches outside of Jason Witten to the Cowboys homer.
I love the Reggie Wayne selection here, as I feel Indy is in for a big year in Luck's second year. If nothing else, we know Luck likes to target Wayne (195 targets in 2012).
The Darren McFadden pick could be great, but based on his preseason production and the offensive line loss of Jared Veldheer tells me that this will be yet another frustrating year for McFadden owners.
- 51. Like I Care - Matt Ryan
- 52. California Dreamin' - Torrey Smith
- 53. The Low Metabolisms - Robert Griffin III
- 54. A Real Piece of Work - Jordy Nelson
- 55. MF's New Mexicans - Russell Wilson
- 56. Will starch you - Vernon Davis
- 57. Cam's Newton - Eric Decker
- 58. Texas Desperados - Hakeem Nicks
- 59. Welfare Bears - Matthew Stafford
- 60. Rams Never Happened - Montee Ball
I love the Jordy Nelson pick at 54 overall, given how much he's grown in the Packers offense. A good bit of new came yesterday (before both of my drafts) in the form of Jordy Nelson returning to practice. I managed to get great value (in my opinion) for him in both drafts as he's the clear fantasy stud playing with a great QB.
Vernon Davis at 56 overall seems like a nice normal pick, but let's not forget how far he dropped off once Colin Kaepernick took over at QB. I know, they've had a full offseason together, but 6 catches for 11 yards over the final 6 regular season games last year could be a troubling sign for Davis owners.
Ball is a popular pick in the 55-80 range, especially for a guy that's not likely to be the starter (Hillman) in Denver. I like the potential, but not enough to devote a starting RB or Flex spot to him.
- 61. Rams Never Happened - St. Louis DEF
- 62. Welfare Bears - Tony Gonzalez
- 63. Texas Desperados - Dallas DEF
- 64. Cam's Newton - James Jones
- 65. Will starch you - Eddie Lacy
- 66. MF's New Mexicans - Antonio Brown
- 67. A Real Piece of Work - Giovani Bernard
- 68. The Low Metabolisms - Steve Smith
- 69. California Dreamin' - Rob Gronkowski
- 70. Like I Care - Greg Olsen
Aside from the defenses going 30-40 picks early, Round 7 saw a lot of solid picks. Gonzalez is still a productive, if not spectacular option, Jones is a hit or miss home run threat, and Rob Gronkowski isn't too bad of a selection at 69, as long as he's handcuffed with Zach Sudfeld later in the draft.
- 71. Like I Care - Seattle DEF
- 72. California Dreamin' - San Francisco DEF
- 73. The Low Metabolisms - Mike Williams
- 74. A Real Piece of Work - Mike Wallace
- 75. MF's New Mexicans - DeAndre Hopkins
- 76. Will starch you - Chicago DEF
- 77. Cam's Newton - Le'Veon Bell
- 78. Texas Desperados - DeSean Jackson
- 79. Welfare Bears - Houston DEF
- 80. Rams Never Happened - Robert Woods
The run on defenses commenced in round 8, as four more came off the board. I'll be honest, my first impression of DeAndre Hopkins was "who?" and of Robert Woods was "who?"
Rookie WRs are rarely impact makers early in fantasy football, unless they're freaks like AJ Green. I'll just say it, Hopkins and Woods are not AJ Green. Best of luck to those owners.
- 81. Rams Never Happened - Greg Zuerlein
- 82. Welfare Bears - Matt Bryant
- 83. Texas Desperados - Matt Prater
- 84. Cam's Newton - Lamar Miller
- 85. Will starch you - Greg Jennings
- 86. MF's New Mexicans - Darren Sproles
- 87. A Real Piece of Work - Andre Brown
- 88. The Low Metabolisms - Stevie Johnson
- 89. California Dreamin' - Phil Dawson
- 90. Like I Care - Stephen Gostkowski
So far, Tnerb is running away with this year's homer title, is there enough time for UBP to catch up?
Anyways, 5 kickers come off the board, with a couple real good value picks sandwiched in between. Lamar Miller has tremendous upside in a Jamaal Charles-type mold. Jennings should still be a productive WR, and personally, I like Andre Brown more in the Giants backfield than David Wilson, who was drafted 42 spots earlier.
Brown will be on the field for the crucial short yardage, goaline, passing situations, not to mention sharing time with Wilson on first and second down occasionally.
- 91. Like I Care - Ryan Mathews
- 92. California Dreamin' - Andrew Luck
- 93. The Low Metabolisms - Fred Davis
- 94. A Real Piece of Work - Bryce Brown
- 95. MF's New Mexicans - Mike Vick
- 96. Will starch you - TY Hilton
- 97. Cam's Newton - Golden Tate
- 98. Texas Desperados - Ben Roethlisberger
- 99. Welfare Bears - DeAngelo Williams
- 100. Rams Never Happened - Anquan Boldin
Round 10 saw two players I'm really high on, Andrew Luck and TY Hilton. These two are entering year 2 together in Indy with increased expectations. It'll be interesting to see how they respond.
Personally, I was kicking around two players in my mind, Mike Vick and Bryce Brown. At this point, I have zero interest in taking a kicker, defense, or tight end, so I'm basically drafting for depth.
I eventually settled on Brown, who could be a great pick up if McCoy goes down. If nothing else, I have stolen MF's handcuff, which makes Shady's health all the more important.
- 101. Rams Never Happened - Jermichael Finley
- 102. Welfare Bears - Cecil Shorts
- 103. Texas Desperados - Ahmad Bradshaw
- 104. Cam's Newton - Denver DEF
- 105. Will starch you - Lance Moore
- 106. MF's New Mexicans - Owen Daniels
- 107. A Real Piece of Work - Kenny Britt
- 108. The Low Metabolisms - BenJarvus Green-Ellis
- 109. California Dreamin' - Shane Vereen
- 110. Like I Care - Vincent Brown
A solid round, altogether. The Denver pick surprises me, somewhat. This defense got torched by Torrey Smith (I'm talking about you, aging Champ Bailey), lost Elvis because of a fax, and is now dealing with Von Miller's 6 game suspension.
I just don't see much, if any value in Denver's defense.
- 111. Like I Care - Eli Manning
- 112. California Dreamin' - Kyle Rudolph
- 113. The Low Metabolisms - Arizona DEF
- 114. A Real Piece of Work - Daryl Richardson
- 115. MF's New Mexicans - Cincinnati DEF
- 116. Will starch you - Joe Flacco
- 117. Cam's Newton - Mark Ingram
- 118. Texas Desperados - Sidney Rice
- 119. Welfare Bears - Josh Gordon
- 120. Rams Never Happened - Sam Bradford
A St Louis player was drafted by someone other than TNerb!
Truth be told, I kicked myself after this pick, as only after I clicked submit did I see Ben Tate still on the board.
- 121. Rams Never Happened - Michael Crabtree
- 122. Welfare Bears - Jordan Cameron
- 123. Texas Desperados - Ronnie Hillman
- 124. Cam's Newton - Danario Alexander
- 125. Will starch you - Antonio Gates
- 126. MF's New Mexicans - Kenbrell Thompkins
- 127. A Real Piece of Work - Martellus Bennett
- 128. The Low Metabolisms - Heath Miller
- 129. California Dreamin' - Chris Givens
- 130. Like I Care - Michael Floyd
You can tell most players either checked out mentally, or went to auto draft, as the like of Josh Gordon (suspended), Michael Crabtree (injured), and Danario Alexander (IR) came off the board within 6 picks of each other.
I like the value of Ronnie Hillman, and I never thought I'd see the day when Antonio Gates fell to the 13th round.
- 131. Like I Care - Brandon Myers
- 132. California Dreamin' - Emmanuel Sanders
- 133. The Low Metabolisms - Pittsburgh DEF
- 134. A Real Piece of Work - New England DEF
- 135. MF's New Mexicans - Blair Walsh
- 136. Will starch you - Green Bay DEF
- 137. Cam's Newton - Garrett Hartley
- 138. Texas Desperados - Denarius Moore
- 139. Welfare Bears - Andy Dalton
- 140. Rams Never Happened - Jonathan Dwyer
I certainly could've done worse than NE as my defense, who open the season with Buffalo and the New York Jets
- 141. Rams Never Happened - Cordarrelle Patterson
- 142. Welfare Bears - Baltimore DEF
- 143. Texas Desperados - Jermaine Gresham
- 144. Cam's Newton - Matt Schaub
- 145. Will starch you - Sebastian Janikowski
- 146. MF's New Mexicans - Zach Sudfeld
- 147. A Real Piece of Work - Justin Tucker
- 148. The Low Metabolisms - David Akers
- 149. California Dreamin' - Tampa Bay DEF
- 150. Like I Care - New York Giants DEF
There you have it, our 2013 Fantasy Draft. Good luck to all!