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So it’s draft season and this past weekend I held my first draft of this 2014 season in what happens to be my favorite fantasy football league. I have dubbed this league the “Celebrity” league..
The Bear Down Podcast league was birthed from a talk myself and Matt Walsh had after one recording for my show where I pitched letting me host a podcast league for his show.
Last season we had some great talent like Rob Riggle,Dave Glover and Marc Bulger.
Here is a list of this year names and a draft recap for the 2014 BDP league.
-Matt Walsh (@MrMattWalsh) HBO’s Veep one of the founders of UCB “Upright Citizens Brigade”
-Jason Mckie (@Jmac37) Former Chicago Bear and Radio CoHost (@DoubleJShow877) 87.7FM The Game Chicago Sat./Sun. 2-5pm
-Matt Besser (@MattBesser) Host of one of my all time fav podcast Improv4humans and one of the founders of UCB “Upright Citizens Brigade”
– Brad Morris (@bradmorris773) Stand up comedian and by far was the hardest guy to get logged into the league.
– Max Foizey (@MaxonMovies) airs on (@971FMTalk) out of STL and producer for Dave Glover Show.
Team Csonka in the draft will be played by him.
– James Underdown not on twitter, executive director of The Center for Inquiry (CFI)
– max deacon (@MaxD9) Actor -Into the Storm
– Ron Livingston Swingers, Office Space,The Conjuring
-Dan Van Kirk (@danielvankirk) Ryan Sickler told me Dan had the best Mark Wahlberg impression.Also you can find dan Co-host Sklarbro County on Earwolf – Perform on UCB Maude Team: TUT! – Write the NFL blog Upon Further Review – Watch his sketch show DVK on Nerdist Channel.
– Reid Scott ( @ReidScott_ ) from HBO’s Veep
– Timothy C Simons (@TimothyCsimons ) Also from HBO’s Veep
– Travis Hafner MLB player Cleveland / NYY He once drafted himself in fantasy baseball.
– For my new readers Me- Dennis Farrell (@Dennis77Farrell) former espn radio host in Detroit, I now do fantasy sports for FOX Sports Detroit,Armed Forces Sports Radio, and TV for Fntsy Sports Cable Network channel 147 in NYC,NJ,CT or FantasySportsNetwork.com
And last but not least the 2013 Bear Down Podcast league champ Scot Armstrong ( @BearDownPodcast )
Scot has had his hand in the making of some of your favorite movies like Old School,Semi-Pro,The Hangover 2 and others.
1 LeSean McCoy, Phi RB Armstrong
2 Adrian Peterson, Min RB Besser
3 Jamaal Charles, KC RB Simons
4 Calvin Johnson, Det WR Farrell
5 Matt Forte, Chi RB Van Kirk
6 Marshawn Lynch, Sea RB Underdown
7 Eddie Lacy, GB RB Hafner
8 Peyton Manning, Den QB Morris
9 Jimmy Graham, NO TE Livingston
10 Aaron Rodgers, GB QB Mckie
11 Drew Brees, NO QB Csonka
12 DeMarco Murray, Dal RB Walsh
13 Arian Foster, Hou RB Deacon
14 Doug Martin, TB RB Scott
I was shocked to see Lacy fall to 7th overall Some of that falls on me as I passed on him
and Forte to take Calvin. Why? I wanted to test out a strategy this year..Matching a up 3 WR with his top
5QB for double points.
Steal of the round Lacy at 7th
Reach of the round Drew Brees at 11th
15 Le’Veon Bell, Pit RB Scott
16 Demaryius Thomas, Den WR Deacon
17 A.J. Green, Cin WR Walsh
18 Dez Bryant, Dal WR Csonka
19 Brandon Marshall, Chi WR Mckie
20 Giovani Bernard, Cin RB Livingston
21 Zac Stacy, StL RB Morris
22 Montee Ball, Den RB Hafner
23 Julio Jones, Atl WR Underdown
24 Alshon Jeffery, Chi WR Van Kirk
25 Alfred Morris, Wsh RB Farrell
26 Jordy Nelson, GB WR Simons
27 Julius Thomas, Den TE Besser
28 Antonio Brown, Pit WR Armstrong
I really did not want to go Morris here not a bad pick more safe the sorry I guess,>
I really had my eye on Jones or Jeffery here.
Steal of the round Demaryius Thomas who has a ADP of 8 overall
reach of the round Julius Thomas not a bad pick but his ADP of 31 suggests he might be back around in the 3rd
but he got his guy here.
29 Randall Cobb, GB WR ArmStrong
30 Reggie Bush, Det RB Besser
31 Andre Johnson, Hou WR Simons
32 Matthew Stafford, Det QB Farrell
33 Andre Ellington, Ari RB Van Kirk
34 Ben Tate, Cle RB Underdown
35 Keenan Allen, SD WR Hafner
36 Vincent Jackson, TB WR Morris
37 C.J. Spiller, Buf RB Livingston
38 Larry Fitzgerald, Ari WR Mckie
39 Frank Gore, SF RB Csonka
40 Cam Newton, Car QB Walsh
41 Rob Gronkowski, NE TE Deacon
42 Pierre Garcon, Wsh WR Scott
Reach of the round: Me with Stafford, I had my eye on Cobb here and after he went 29th overall I was left for the 1st time in the draft without a clear cut draft pick. Ellington would have been the smart play but after going Calvin 4th overall I figured why not let go double points. Staffords ADP is 44th.
Steal of the round: Has to be Gronkowski with a ADP of 30 a that’s a 11 spot fall.
43 Ryan Mathews, SD RB Scott
44 Victor Cruz, NYG WR Deacon
45 Ray Rice, Bal RB Walsh
46 Vernon Davis, SF TE Csonka
47 Rashad Jennings, NYG RB Mckie
48 Roddy White, Atl WR Livingston
49 DeSean Jackson, Wsh WR Morris
50 Andrew Luck, Ind QB Hafner
51 Wes Welker, Den WR Underdown>
52 Percy Harvin, Sea WR Van Kirk
53 Toby Gerhart, Jac RB Farrell
54 Trent Richardson, Ind RB Simons
55 Michael Crabtree, SF WR Besser
56 Nick Foles, Phi QB Armstrong
So I went Gerhart and with a ADP of 37 it suggests I got a deal here but I think real life play he might be more in the 50-60ADP range. I needed a RB and I just could not draft Sankey here.
Steal of the round:Michael Crabtree I’ll take Crabs over Harvin and Welker this season
Reach for the round: Trent Richardson It had to be someone I guess.
57 Michael Floyd, Ari WR ArmStrong
58 Torrey Smith, Bal WR Besser
59 Chris Johnson, NYJ RB Simons
60 Cordarrelle Patterson, Min WR Farrell
61 Terrance Williams, Dal WR Van Kirk
62 Steven Jackson, Atl RB Underdown
63 Colin Kaepernick, SF QB Hafner
64 Joique Bell, Det RB Morris
65 Jordan Cameron, Cle TE Livingston
66 Julian Edelman, NE WR Mckie
67 Stevan Ridley, NE RB Csonka
68 Bishop Sankey, Ten RB Walsh
69 Robert Griffin III, Wsh QB Deacon
70 Jeremy Maclin, Phi WR Scott
I was going to go CJ2K here but he was sniped right before me, I’m I happy with Patterson sure with a ADP of 46 I was kinda shocked he fell.
Steal of the round: I kinda feel like snagging Maclin at the end of round 5 in a 14 team league is great value.
Reach of the round: Hands down Terrance Williams with a ADP of 85 no doubt he would have been still on the board in round 6.Also RG3 or Ridley here both guys might have been sitting around on the round 6 swing.
71 Jason Witten, Dal TE Scott
72 Shane Vereen, NE RB Deacon
73 T.Y. Hilton, Ind WR Walsh
74 Seahawks D/ST D/ST Csonka
75 Pierre Thomas, NO RB Mckie
76 Marques Colston, NO WR Livingston
77 Reggie Wayne, Ind WR Morris
78 Lamar Miller, Mia RB Hafner
79 Emmanuel Sanders, Den WR Underdown
80 Bernard Pierce, Bal RB Van Kirk
81 Maurice Jones-Drew, Oak RB Farrell
82 Golden Tate, Det WR Simons
83 Kendall Wright, Ten WR Besser
84 Darren Sproles, Phi RB Armstrong
Look its a flex spot here and the 7th round MJD is a great low risk pick here
Steal of the round: SHHHHHHHHane Vereen what a true steal here with a ADP of 53 congrats! that was a steal.
Reach of the round: None
99 Khiry Robinson, NO RB Scott
100 Chris Ivory, NYJ RB Deacon
101 Riley Cooper, Phi WR Walsh
102 Knowshon Moreno, Mia RB Csonka
103 Danny Amendola, NE WR Mckie
104 Rueben Randle, NYG WR Livingston
105 Dennis Pitta, Bal TE Morris
106 Dwayne Bowe, KC WR Hafner
107 Tony Romo, Dal QB Underdown
108 LeGarrette Blount, Pit RB Van Kirk
109 Zach Ertz, Phi TE Farrell
110 Greg Jennings, Min WR Simons
111 Steve Smith, Bal WR Besser
112 Tre Mason, StL RB Armstrong
Once Pitta went I just had the feeling I waited a round or two too long.
Steal of the round: I really like Moreno the hate on him is so crazy and in round 8 it can only help you more then hurt you.Also Bowe here.
Reach of the round: Tre Mason I liked a few guys in round 9 over Mason here.
113 Brandin Cooks, NO WR Armstrong
114 Shonn Greene, Ten RB Besser
115 Darren McFadden, Oak RB Simons
116 Mike Evans, TB WR Farrell
117 Christine Michael, Sea RB Van Kirk
118 Mark Ingram, NO RB Underdown
119 Kyle Rudolph, Min TE Hafner
120 Donald Brown, SD RB Morris
121 Josh Gordon, Cle WR Livingston
122 Jeremy Hill, Cin RB Mckie
123 Philip Rivers, SD QB Csonka
124 Jonathan Stewart, Car RB Walsh
125 Justin Hunter, Ten WR Deacon
126 Ben Roethlisberger, Pit QB Scott
I’m just drafting bench guys here with high upside
Steal of the round: Josh Gordon and Jeremy Hill
Reach of the round: Ben Rothlisberger
127 Terrance West, Cle RB Scott
128 Panthers D/ST D/ST Deacon
129 Jordan Reed, Wsh TE Walsh
130 Matt Prater, Den K Csonka
131 Hakeem Nicks, Ind WR Mckie
132 Broncos D/ST D/ST Livingston
133 49ers D/ST D/ST Morris
134 Devonta Freeman, Atl RB Hafner
135 Cardinals D/ST D/ST Underdown
136 Knile Davis, KC RB Van Kirk
137 Carlos Hyde, SF RB Farrell
138 Bengals D/ST D/ST Simons
139 Rams D/ST D/ST Besser
140 Jarrett Boykin, GB WR Armstrong
141 Martellus Bennett, Chi TE Armstrong
142 James Starks, GB RB Besser
143 C.J. Anderson, Den RB Simons
144 Stephen Gostkowski, NE K Farrell
145 Marqise Lee, Jac WR Van Kirk
146 Roy Helu, Wsh RB Underdown
147 Kelvin Benjamin, Car WR Hafner
148 Andre Williams, NYG RB Morris
149 Patriots D/ST D/ST Livingston
150 Chiefs D/ST D/ST Mckie
151 Ahmad Bradshaw, Ind RB Csonka
152 Markus Wheaton, Pit WR Walsh
153 Tavon Austin, StL WR Deacon
154 Bills D/ST D/ST Scott
155 Justin Tucker, Bal K Scott
156 Mason Crosby, GB K Deacon
157 Josh McCown, TB QB Walsh
158 Doug Baldwin, Sea WR Csonka
159 Andy Dalton, Cin QB Mckie
160 BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Cin RB Livingston
161 Steven Hauschka, Sea K Morris
162 Browns D/ST D/ST Hafner
163 Phil Dawson, SF K Underdown
164 Eric Ebron, Det TE Van Kirk
165 Brandon LaFell, NE WR Farrell
166 Nick Novak, SD K Simons
167 Eli Manning, NYG QB Besser
168 Jerricho Cotchery, Car WR Armstrong
I kinda went rookie crazy in the end of the draft, I cant lie I wanted Ebron here went with the hopes Lefell gets his grove back.
169 Robbie Gould, Chi K Armstrong
170 Adam Vinatieri, Ind K Besser
171 James Jones, Oak WR Simons
172 Texans D/ST D/ST Farrell
173 Buccaneers D/ST D/ST Van Kirk
174 Blair Walsh, Min K Underdown
175 Dan Bailey, Dal K Hafner
176 Steve Johnson, SF WR Morris
177 Rod Streater, Oak WR Livingston
178 Carson Palmer, Ari QB Mckie
179 Charles Clay, Mia TE Csonka
180 Bears D/ST D/ST Walsh
181 Johnny Manziel, Cle QB Deacon
182 Jordan Todman, Jac RB Scott
183 Latavius Murray, Oak RB Scott
184 Marcel Reece, Oak RB Deacon
185 Shayne Graham, NO K Walsh
186 Andrew Hawkins, Cle WR Csonka
187 Nick Folk, NYJ K Mckie
188 Matt Bryant, Atl K Livingston
189 Ka’Deem Carey, Chi RB Morris
190 Lance Dunbar, Dal RB Hafner
191 Delanie Walker, Ten TE Underdown
192 Greg Zuerlein, StL K Van Kirk
193 Ryan Tannehill, Mia QB Farrell
194 Antonio Gates, SD TE Simons
195 Chris Polk, Phi RB Besser
196 Saints D/ST D/ST Armstrong
I love the Gates pick here.
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So it that time of year where everyone is looking for draft day steals.
We all enjoyed late round production in 2013 from guys like Alshon Jeffery and Knowshon. This year I see a lot of names who are not getting any love in mock drafts some rookies and some are fantasy football vet who once have helped or even lead your team to a championship .
Here is a list of guys with low ADP (Avg Draft Position) that could become draft day steals. (Round they are being drafted. pick in said round)
DeAngelo Williams (9.12)/Jonathan Stewart(12.7)
I’m leaning toward Stewart more here all signs point to Stewart being healthy and with coach speak saying they would be happy if the Wideouts would get 12-20 rec per-game. That tells me the Offense might be more run heavy.question marks around Cam Newton and his band of misfit Wide Revisers maybe just maybe D-Will and J-Stew might payoff.
Miles Austin (14.5)
Without Josh Gordon and if Austin can stay on the field I think he has the chance to see the Endzone at least 7-8 times. Before this I had him at 6 TD.as far as Rec before the Gordon debacle I projected Miles Austin at 65 Rec now I’ll give him a bump to 72-75.
Odell Beckham Jr (13.10)
Look OBJ has a real opportunity to be the 3rd WR on this team and truly think he could sidestep Rueben Randel as the number two guy on this team. my projection- 66Rec 760Yd 7TD
Tre Mason (11.7)
Realistically Mason is a great handcuff this season but what if we tried to put the clues together..One of the best RB in college football last season,The Rams already set with Zac Stacy drafts Mason with a 3rd round pick. I would not be shocked if Mason has 120 ATT 440 Yd and 4TD.
Steve Smith (12.10)
Last season Smith netted 97 fantasy points in standard leagues this season I think you see a bit of a bump upward in his stats I’m going to guess about 60-67Rec and 7TD,Add that to the fact he is being drafted late in the 12th and early in the 13th round Steve Smith is a draft day steal.
Heres a list of other names you keep a eye out on..
DeAndre Hopkins (11.3)
Carlos Hyde (11.8)
Jerrett Boykin (11.11)
David Wilson (12.4)
Markus Wheaton (13.4)
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So while I was working on my top 25 RB rankings for the 2014 season I got to thinking…How right are we(Industry Insiders)
and it turns out not really.. This is data from a site we all LOVE.. So much so fans have a blind devotion to the ranks and the talent. On draft day dont be a slave to the rankings.
Over the last 3 years between 6-7 RB that have been pre-ranked in the top 15 at the start of the year was NOT in the top 15 when the smoke settled . Here a look at the top 15 for the 2011,2012 and 2013 season (Not Ranked in the top 15)
2011 RB Pts (Pre-Ranked)
1.Ray Rice 300pts (5th)
2.LeSean McCoy 282pts (6th)
3.MJD 264pts (7th)
4.Arian Foster 256pts (4th)
5.Marshawn Lynch 219pts (Not Ranked)
6.Michael Turner 216pts (9th)
7.Ryan Mathews 190pts (Not Ranked)
8.Michael Bush 187pts (Not Ranked)
9.Darren Sproles 185pts (Not Ranked)
10.Steven Jackson 183pts (11th)
11.Frank Gore 180pts (10th)
12.Reggie Bush 180pts (Not Ranked)
13.Adrian Peterson 178pts (1st)
14.Fred Jackson 172pts (Not Ranked)
15.Matt Forte 170pts (14th)
—-2012 RB Pts (Pre-Rank)—-
1.Adrian Peterson 307pts (10th)
2.Doug Martin 263pts (Not Ranked)
3.Arian Foster 262pts (1st)
4. Marshwn Lynch 247pts (6th)
5.Alferd Morris 241pts (Not Ranked)
6.Ray Rice 222pts (2nd)
7.CJ Spiller 212pts (Not Ranked)
8.Jamaal Charles 205pts (9th)
9.Trent Richerson 204pts (14)
10.Frank Gore 203pts (Not Ranked)
11.Steven Ridley 199pts (Not Ranked)
12.Matt Forte 177pts (7th)
13.Chris Johnson 176pts (4th)
14.Reggie Bush 172pts (Not Ranked)
15.Shonn Greene 167pts (Not Ranked)
As you can tell its a crap shoot as to how they finish year by year.
Let take a look at the 2013 season before we get to my rankings .
—–2013 RB. Pts. (Pre-Rank)
1.Jamaal Charles 295pts (6th)
2.LeSean McCoy 262 (10th)
4.Marshawn Lynch 224pts (3rd)
5.Knowshon Moreno220pts (Not Ranked)
6.Eddie Lacy 198pts (Not Ranked)
7.Adrian Peterson 194pt (1st)
8. Chris Johnson 189pt (15th)
9.Demarco Murry 189pt (Not Ranked)
10.Fred Jackson 178pts(Not Ranked)
11.Ryan Mathews 175pts(Not Ranked)
12.Reggie Bush 174pts(Not Ranked)
13.Frank Gore 166pts (14th)
14.Alfred Morris 160pts (9th)
15.Leveon Bell 160pts (Not Ranked)
So my point is the top 15-25 has just as much value and chance to break the top 10 as guys being ranked in the top 10.
I will update my list as the days and the weeks leading up to camp so check back. (Are the ranking from two other sites)
—-2014 RB rankings—-
1.Jamaal Charles (1st,3rd)
3.LeSean McCoy (2nd,2nd)
5.Marshawn Lynch (4th,5th)
6.Eddie Lacy (5th,6th)
8.Zac Stacy (9th,9th)
9.Doug Martin (10th,7th)
10.Alfred Morris (14th,12th)
14.Reggie Bush (15th,15th)
15.Demarco Murry (12th,10th)
16.CJ Spiller (16th,18th)
17.Ryan Mathews (15th,17th)
18.Ben Tate (21st,16th)
19.Andre Ellington (17th,20th)
20.Trent Richarson (21st,32nd)
21.Reshad Jennings (25th,19th)
22.Shane Vereen (22nd,26th)
23.Bishop Sankey (24th,29th)
24.Knowshon Moreno (33rd,31st)
25.Joique Bell (23rd,27th)
So keep a eye on 16-25th I have a feeling one maybe two guys sneak into my top 15.
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This is just for 2014 fantasy football re-draft leagues.
1. Mike Evens drafted 7th to Tampa Bay
The guy has a wing span that rivals that of The Megaton and at 6’5 225 he looks to line up opposite of V-Jaxs
While manhandling the SEC with his ability to run slants,cuts and post and a Combine speed of 4.53 40.
I have Evans for 9-TD and 790yd.
2.Jordan Matthews drafted 42nd to Philadelphia
Matthews has H.O.F roots with a bloodline that includes Jerry Rice ,At 6’3 212 he will be lining up in the slot.
I really think in PPR leagues he could really pay off maybe by-passing Cooper in targets.
Best guess 50-60 Rec 699yd and 6TD
3.Sammy Watkins drafted 4th to Bills
At 6’3 and coming from a College Offense that other would call Gimmicky.
I worry a bit he may end of like a Devin Hester ,Watkins has the speed and the hands its the lack of polished rout running
while shying away from hits and playing the middle of the field that I dropped him to 3rd.
4.Allen Robinson drafted 61 to Jacksonville
I really wanted to put Cody Latimer or Brandin Cook here I also think both will be hampered by depth chart issues while Allen Robinson
should come in and edge out both in playing time and production.
5.Jarvis Landry drafted 63 to Miami
Mike Wallace and Hartline have underwhelmed for Tannehill and the Fins and Gibson coming back from a Tendon tear I truly believe
the 5’11 Landry will end the season as the Fins number 3 WR. Best guess here 580YDS 5TD
others on the list here…
6.Odell Beckham drafted 12th to NYG
7.Brandin Cook drafted 20th to Saints
8.Cody Latimer drafted 56th to Denver
9.Davante Adams drafted 53 Green Bay
10.Kelvin Benjamin drafted 28th to Panthers
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