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.
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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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Ok guys this week I added a few guys you might want to trade as well.
Nelson Cruz 100%
Season- .314 20HR 52RBI 39Runs
I had Nelson going .270ish and 25HR
Whelp he had blown that out of the water but the downside is the Hammy issues over the last few years. I think we see a DL stint with him maybe two .
George Springer 100%
Season- .259 24Runs 10HR 29RBI
After that 7HR in 7 games everyone went nuts and picked him up .
If you own him you might want to move Springer . His value will never be higher then it is now if your lucky he will end the year with 17-20HR 60RBI and .263
Ben Revere 65%
Season .289 15SB 24-runs
65% kinda high for this list but if he is on your waver wire you must add him .
Right now Revere is killing it with a 8game hit streak with 3-SB and 13hits.
Josh Willingham 21%
Coming off of the DL on 5/25 Josh has been on fire in that 8 game span going .310(8hits) 8 RBI and 7Runs with 3HR
Roenis Elias 4% pitcher season- 65K 3.53ERA WHip 1.23
The ER won’t help you, Elias has been up and down all year. One day going 6IP 5ER and 5K the next start going 9IP 0ER and 8K. Good luck
Nathan Evoaldi 52%
His ownership has been a roller coaster going 61K 3.24ERA and 1.17 whip on the season . The bright side is over the last 3 games he has 20IP 5ER and 11K
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So here’s my 2014 Fantasy Football QB rankings.
As I was doing my rankings everything flowed smoothly until I hit 12-20.. I felt like I had some ups and downs I felt uneasy that I had a guy too low or too high.
Things did not get any better when I looked at my 2014 rankings vs 2013 final points for QB’s .
Once again things did not go well, I had two guys who finished 2013 5th and 8th overall for QB’s ranked 15th and 16th.
Last year Peyton Manning finished with 406pts (1st) second was Drew Brees with 348 points. That’s a 58 point difference. Cam Newton finished 3rd and was 66 points behind Brees. That’s a big gap between 1st, 2nd, and 3rd..but here’s what you should think about when looking and doing your own rankings. Only 41 points separated spots 4-16th in the finial QB ranking.
So for now here’s a rough draft of my QB rankings.
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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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