Have you ever left a draft thinking “God I crushed this draft ” or ” Damn I truly am the smartest guy in the room”
Only to wake up the next day to see Yahoo Fantasy Sports has graded you a C- and worst draft in the league?
Now I get that it does not mean much and we still are a few weeks away from the start of the season and really what does yahoo know? I had the worst draft grade in the league last season and won the whole thing so why this year does it run me the wrong way?
Why do I really care?
I’m really not sure but when I woke up the day after my draft to see that I crushed the draft and yahoo and my league mates would be forced to recognize my greatness on draft day.
Sadly yahoo stole that from me.
So you ask what does your team look like?
Before I tell you , just know in this league I’m only forced to play 1 QB 2-WR 1TE and 1RB with 2 flex spots.
I opened up the draft picking from the 10th spot out of 12 team , having 4 picks between my next pick on the swing around.
With my 1st pick 10 overall I go Dez Bryant while I was one pick off of his ADP (11) I opted to go Dez over AJ Green here the chance was slim to land both I had a plan B who I was just as happy to land with my next pick.
Pick 2 15th overall I went back to back Wide outs and snagged Julio Jones . Jones has a ADP of 16 overall go picking at 15 was not far fetched but I have high hopes that Julio can end the year as a top 5 WR.
My 1st big steal of the draft came in the 3rd round and with the 34th overall pick I selected Le’Veon Bell, I’m not worried about his run in with the lawDog at all this season so while he still sports a ADP of 22 I was more then pleased to land him 12 spots later then his ADP suggests .
So far I now have two Wide outs and one RB so with my 4th pick I really was thinking Rb here and I had a feeling Doug Martin might fall to me here but he was picked with the 38th overall selection in turn making me rethink my pick. At this point I Figured I would bolster the best WR core in my fantasy league so when I seen Keenan Allen sitting around I jumped at the chance to add him with my 39th pick .Right now Allen is being drafted around 33 overall.
With some of my early round steals like Bell and Allan I let the draft dictate my next move here with my 5th round pick and already 6 QB off the board I felt the pressure here and reached for the guy I wanted knowing with the way the draft was going I might be on the wrong end of a QB run and QB Touchdowns are worth 6 points here I went Nick Foles with my 58th overall pick in this draft . Foles has a ADP of 73 right now so reaching at 58 hurt a bit . I would have loved to wait until my 63rd pick and I know it’s only 4 spots but two of the next 4 picks after mine was the QB position .
With my QB slot sintched up and really trying to make it a point this year to team up my QB with one of his top go to men I went with Jeremy Maclin with my 6th round pick 63rd overall . Maclin was not a reach or a steal here with a ADP of 66 but I now have my double point combo I wanted and a affordable price . So now I have my QB my one mandatory RB Slot(Bell) my two WR slots (Bryant, Julio Jones)
And now my two Flex spots (Maclin,Allen) all that was really left was my TE slot and Def and K.
As round 7 started I had my eye on Jason Witten here hoping to secure a what I think is to be a top 4 TE. Unfortunately Witten was selected 2 spot ahead of my draft position so now opting to wait on a TE and watching to see if a run was on it way I wanted to add depth to my Running Back core and with only one RB on my team after 6 rounds I went Chris Jonson in round 7 with my 82overall pick , if your counting at home that a true steal at 23 spots latter then his ADP suggests (59) . How do I celebrate that? Why going for what I feel was my 2nd reach of the draft and picking Zach Ertz (89) with a ADP of 106. I could have waited on Ertz I think at the time he was rated at the 4th best TE still on the board but if this Eagles team is as high octane as everyone thinks why not try for another combo of double points.
Now if your still reading this and trust me I’m kinda shocked you are lol trust me… Hey ps, follow me on twitter @Dennis77Farrell
Alright we move onto the 9th round if your still here, with only two RB on my roster I went with Bernard Pierce while I’m shocked at how late Ray Rice has been going in drafts I was just as shocked to see Pierce sitting around until 106 most drafts he has been going around 80-87 overall spots .
Josh Gordon ADP of 105 is a true risk reward player while he finished last season as the 2nd best WR in fantasy football with two less games played and facing between 6 to a whole season suspension this year I took a chance on him at 111 10th round . If he plays this year you could get a stud to plug into your lineup late in the year for a playoff run .
With most of my starting lineup set and the start of the 11th round I wanted to start working on a bench of players with a ton of upside so I went with Jonathan Grimes,who you ask?
Last month Houston made two moves dropping André Brown and Dennis Johnson making Grimes and rookie Alfred Blue and if you have ever employed Foster on your team you know he may or may not be looking replace him in your lineup from week to week.
Round 12 I got to thinking what if I’m wrong on Zach Ertz ? Maybe I should draft another TE who would replace him in my lineup. Hey why not backup a Ertz with a even riskier player so in steps Eric Ebron and in my defense Ebron has been drawing comparisons to Jimmy Graham so why not? Ebron has a ADP of 146 and I drafted him 135 overall.
I went KC def in round 13 and only 2 spots off the ADP 152
With my next 3 out of 4 pick to the the draft I go RB and a K,
I take Jeremy Hill at 159/14th round and that’s a steal because he has a ADP of 116 then Ahmad Bradshaw at 178 his ADP is 138 and with Trent Richardson looking like a hot dumpster fire I think Bradshaw can give you 9th or 10th round production . I go kicker Rob Bironas and end the draft with 202 overall and almost 50 later then his ADP call for is Jonathan Stewart who already has a 2TD game is pre season.
So in a nutshell that’s my team.
Just alone my starting lineup would be….
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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.
Ok guys thanks so much for sticking around this long. Do me a solid while I have you here please give me a follow on twitter @Dennis77Farrell
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Ad this fantasy football season limps into full affect I wanted to take a break from tv, podcast , mock drafts and ADP talk to take a look at some news and a few silly things I have seen and heard.
Over the Pro Football Hall of Fame induction weekend I had a chance to talk fantasy football with a former Green Bay Packers RB who not only told me but pulled out his phone to show me that he took the Seahawks Def in the 1st round of his draft.
Now as you could imagine I wanted to and tried to talk him out of it quite passionately , I’m sure it was hard to take me seriously as I was laughing hoping to see a candid camera host pop out some place.
Yes I think it is silly to take a Def in the 8th round (Seahawks ADP right now) in 12 team leagues but after some poking around I might have just changed my mind a bit…Just a BIT!!
Look last year the Hawks Def scored 195 fantasy points… That one more then both Dez Bryant and Adrian Peterson .Eddie Lacy and Brandon Marshall(198) only scored 3 more fantasy points then the Seattle def and both guys are going in the 1st round .Aj Green managed to out score the Def by 8 points while other guys like Demarco Murray(189) and Alshon Jeffery(186) finished behind the Seattle Seahawalks in points. Look I’m not saying go crazy here but maybe the 7th or 8th round is not so crazy for a player(Seahawks) that can give you top 30 overall points in and around picks 90-96 overall.
St.Louis Rams have listed Kenny Britt as the teams starting WR on its depth charts. Here’s a guys fantasy owners every year over drafted him looking for that big season out of him, Off the field issues and injures has derailed any hope of that. With a ADP of 13.2 right now Britt has become a true sleeper WR this season with zero risk and what we hope is a ton of upside.
Same will go for Josh Gordon who finished 2013 as the number one WR in fantasy points who is also facing a one-year suspension with a current ADP of round 12 in 12 team league and no word for 1-3 week on if it gets lifted or reduced. Here’s the deal I truly think the NFL will wait until last second to announce anything leaving fantasy owners in limbo. If my draft was today I would absolutely take the risk in round 12 on Gordon , by round 12 your filling in your flex if not bench guys your hoping to hit on and if he is out for the season WR is so deep take a guy like Nick,Hopkins and even rookie WR Mike Evans in round 10 .
If Gordon does play I’m guessing he would still sit for 6-8 games and being that deep into the season and getting a guy like him for a playoff push would be like a free gift or a crazy late season trade that would put you over the hump.
James Jones now with Oakland who in the last two years with Green Bay had 24TD is listed as the 2 team WR .
Adrian Peterson will not see any action this pre season.. Don’t be shocked at this news Peterson has not had a per season snap since 2011.
Here’s some news as to what I’ll be doing this fantasy football season
As always you can catch the Tv show and fantasy shorts on FantasySportsNetwork.com and Cable vision channel 147 in NYC Thursday and Fridays at 1pm est everywhere else check with you local cable provider .
Also on Fox Sports Detroit and Pro Football Focus Fantasy (The Fantasy Slant).
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Now here’s one of the coolest things I’ll be doing this season …
When I lived in St.Louis I had a favorite radio show The Dave Glover Show hashtag #DGS971 now this show helped get me though some bad times.. A job I hated a divorce . It was my my best friend mon-fri for a few hours a day. Now keep in mind going into the media business was not even on my radar, from show one I never missed it. Now I live in Michigan and podcast all 4 hours of the show and over the last 2 years they (Dave and Max) have let me become part of this one thing that has been part of my life . I take more pride in the 5 min hits I do for them then any of my other projects.
So this fantasy football season I will be giving the DGS fans fantasy football advice via the DGS blog I’ll give you sit/starts and matchup advice while answering email questions!!
Keep a eye out for more info here or go to the Dave Glover Show Blog or head over to ITunes and Download the show.
Ok guys this year I’ll be hosting two 12team leagues Fox Sports Detroit/Detroit Sports Nation and The F Word.
-The Fox Sports Detroit / Detroit Sports Nation league will be a live draft at a BDubs in mid-Michigan maybe in Novi Or some place south of there.
– One will be a online draft -day /time (TBD)
If you want a chance to be in this league(Free) with prizes !!!!
You need to help me out lol
Here’s are the ways….
1. iTunes head over its free to you and helps me.
Rate 5 stars , download it and leave a comment saying you want to be in the league (leave your email)
2. Follow me on twitter @Dennis77Farrell
I’ll be giving away spots there.
3. Follow The F Word on Facebook.
And Detroit Sports Nation
Big thanks to Detroit Sports Nation and Fox Sports Detroit for helping out together a great prize pack.