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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With stars dropping like flys and in some leagues the waiver wire is thin.
Here a new list of guys you might be able to plug and play for a week or so.
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Seth Smith 38% SD OF
Season- .333 R-18 HR-5 and 17-RBI
I still think he hits 15/20HR so to be 38% own is a steal. He has hits in 11 of his last 12 games and multi hits in 6 of them with stats of 10-RBI runs-8 and 3-HR.
Juan Francisco 61% Tor 1B/3B
Season – .292 18-R HR-8 and 19-RBI
Juan is a repeat offender on this list and I won’t stop until he owned in 62% of leagues .After going 0-10 Juan bounced back nicely with 7 hit in 6 games that includes 3HR and 7RBI.
George Springer 66% HOU OF
I hate tossing out guys who are owned over 60% but this guy was a much hyped prospect who has under whelmed . If this kid is sitting on your waver wire you must jump on him..Springer has shown life as of late with hits in 9 of 12 games 14 total and 7 runs with 9Rbi .
Gerardo Parra 40% AZ OF
Season – .273 23-Runs 4-HR 3-SB and 14Rbi
Parra has a 8game hit streak with and hit safely 12 time in that 8game span.
Going 0-4 on 5/14 Ol’ Gerardo has 5 hits and the last 4 games.
James Loney 57% TB 1B
Alright not the most sexy name on this or any list.. No power no speed…
Buuuut .306 18-Runs and 25-RBI he producing .
Kolten Wong 6% STL 2B
The welcome back to the Majors part has him starting in the last 3 games going 5 of 11 with 3RBI
Jedd Gyorko 46% SD 2
With his ownership dropping like a rock with a .154 BA he has teased us a few times already with signs of life. Gyorko is to good for this slump and if you have the room he could be a stud in a few weeks . The bright side is the 5HR and 20RBI already this season
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Shelby Miler vs Mil
Max Scherzer vs CWS
Hector Noesi vs Det
Chris Archer vs Bos
Felix Doubront vs TB
Charlie Morton vs Bal
Chris Tillman vs Pitt
Zach McAllister vs LAA
C.J Wilson vs Cle
Roenis Elias vs NYY
David Phelps vs Sea
Bartolo Colon vs Phi
Kyle Kendrick vs Mets
Edwin Jackson vs Reds
Tony Cingrani vs Cubs
Aaron Harang vs Mia
Nate Eovaldi vs Atl
Jesse Chavez vs Tex
Robbie Ross vs A’s
Drew Hutchison vs KC
Bruce Chen vs Jays
Zack Greinke vs Minn
Kyle Gibson vs LAD
Jordan Zimmermann vs Hou
Brett Oberholtzer vs Was
Jordan Lyles vs AZ
Josh Collmenter vs Col
Robbie Erlin vs SF
Tim Hudson vs SD
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