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TGIF: SoB Football League Draft

Last Saturday, the Sports of Boston Football League had its draft. In addition to the writers of Sports of Boston, we also had our friends from Wicked Pissa Dude Radio and The Blue Workhorse. We also had loyal readers join us for the fun. It is a 12-team league with positions set up as such: QB, QB, RB, RB, WR, WR, WR, TE, K, DEF. What is unique about the league is the fact that it requires two starting QB slots. Just an advanced warning, this made for a very interesting draft.

THE TEAMS

SoB-Chris: SportofBoston’s Chris
SoB-Mike: SportsofBoston’s Mike
SoB-Geoff: SportsofBoston’s Geoff
Shrink Dev Off: SportsofBoston’s Dev
WickedPissaDude: Our friend from Wicked Pissa Dude Radio
Hope I Get LT: Our reader who is “Merkle” in the SoB baseball league
The Holy Marys: SportsofBoston’s Dan
SoB-Pete: Yours truly.
The Blue Workhorse: Our friend from The Blue Workhorse
kj’s #1′s: Our reader and friend of KC
SoB-KC: SportsofBoston’s KC
SoB-Jeff: SportsofBoston’s Jeff

Before we begin, let me say that we use Yahoo! Fantasy Football and this year they introduced a system where teams can trade draft picks in different rounds. Before the draft occurred, SoB’s Chris and SoB’s KC made a huge trade where Chris traded his 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th round picks to KC for his 1st, 14th, 15th, and 16th round picks. 

Oh yeah, during the 3rd and 4th rounds, my computer died on me and I had two players autodrafted for me. I haven’t decided whether or not to use this as an excuse for how my team performs this season. We will see how things go.

SoB- Chris

  1. Tom Brady
  2. Tony Romo
  3. Ryan Grant
  4. Chris Chambers
  5. Nate Burleson
  6. Fred Taylor
  7. Reggie Brown
  8. J.T. O’Sullivan
  9. Ben Watson
  10. Chris Perry
  11. Chris Johnson
  12. Robbie Gould
  13. Deuce McCallister
  14. Tampa Bay Defense
  15. Jabar Gaffney
  16. Sidney Rice

Chris has clearly heeded the advice of the “Two QB Theory”. He used his two first picks on QB’s. Due to the trade with KC, he got two first rounders. As a result, he had huge gap between picks after round two (49 picks!). I like Fred Taylor with his sixth pick (Round 9). People need to stop living in fear of him getting injured. Taylor fell really low in drafts last season and he produced for over 1,200 rush yds. My criticism is that he is weak at WR. Oh yeah, and he didn’t draft LT with the first pick. Shame on you!

SoB- Mike

  1. LaDainian Tomlinson
  2. Donovan McNabb
  3. David Garrard
  4. Matt Forte
  5. Marc Bulger
  6. Hines Ward
  7. Anthony Gonzalez
  8. Ricky Williams
  9. Kevin Smith
  10. Reggie Williams
  11. Robert Meachem
  12. Troy Smith
  13. Alge Crumpler
  14. Bobby Engram
  15. Washington Defense
  16. Jeff Reed

Mike lucked out and LT fell to him. You can’t say a bad thing about taking LT. He is just the best out there. I wasn’t crazy about Matt Forte so early. I mean, even though Brandon Jacobs is an injury risk, he was still available for the taking at that point. Alge Crumpler is a good pick because now Crumpler is back with a scrambling QB and will put up the numbers he used to with Michael Vick.

SoB- Geoff

  1. Adrian Peterson
  2. Derek Anderson
  3. Steve Smith
  4. Earnest Graham
  5. Plaxico Burress
  6. Heath Miller
  7. Lee Evens
  8. Jeff Garcia
  9. Rudi Johnson
  10. Patrick Crayton
  11. Kyler Boller
  12. Dallas Defense
  13. Ahman Green
  14. Kris Brown
  15. Jerious Norwood
  16. Drew Bennet

Derek Anderson in round two was due to the QB run that occurred in round one. Lee Evens this late isn’t a bad gamble. If he was drafted as a top tier WR, then I’d have a problem but, Round 7 is just fine. I am not big on Steve Smith. He is going to miss the first two games and will put up at most 1,100 yds and 7 TD.

Shrink Dev Off

  1. Drew Brees
  2. Larry Fitzgerald
  3. Jamal Lewis
  4. Roy Williams
  5. Brandon jacobs
  6. Brett Favre
  7. Bernard Berrian
  8. Json Campbell
  9. Jonathan Stewart
  10. Donte Stallworth
  11. Brodie Coyle
  12. Ted Ginn Jr.
  13. Greg Olsen
  14. Justin Fargas
  15. Tennessee Defense
  16. Ryan Longwell

Dev was misinformed and was told that a QB was more valuable than he actually was (he thought passing TD’s were worth 6 pts where they are actually worth 4). So, he took Bress ridiculously early. It didn’t hurt him that much. He was able to get good RB’s. Brandon Jacobs, although overrated, was a great steal in Round 5. Brett Favre also fell to him in Round 6. I still feel the Madden Curse will take Favre.

Wicked Pissa Dude

  1. Brian Westbrook
  2. Braylon Edwards
  3. Andre Johnson
  4. Willie Parker
  5. Jason Witten
  6. Eli Manning
  7. Dinald Driver
  8. Green Bay Defense
  9. Chad Pennington
  10. Adam Vinatieri
  11. Selvin Young
  12. Vincent Jackson
  13. Joe Flacco
  14. Josh Brown
  15. Seattle
  16. Zach Miller

If Willie Parker can’t produce then this Round 4 pick will be a waste. Chad Pennington coud be a nice sleeper in a new offense. Taking a Denver RB can be a risk but Selvin Young is first on the Broncos’ depth chart and if he starts all 16 games, he will break 1,000 yds. Vinatieri in Round 10 wasn’t needed. He isn’t the best kicker and shouldn’t have been taken until the last two rounds with all the other kickers.

Hope I Get LT

  1. Steven Jackson
  2. Reggie Wayne
  3. Willis McGahee
  4. Wes Welker
  5. Antonio Gates
  6. Ronnie Brown
  7. Jericho Cotchery
  8. Santana Moss
  9. Chicago Defense
  10. Trent Edwards
  11. Nate Kaeding
  12. Damon Huard
  13. Chester Taylor
  14. Donald Lee
  15. Brian Griese
  16. Todd Collins

Jericho Cotchery could have a huge year if Brett Favre can work his magic in New York. Just imagine Greg Jennings from last season. Nate Kaeding in Round 11? Kickers should be taken last. He has major QB trouble. His two starters are Trent Edwards and Damon Huard (who isn’t even a starter).

The Holy Marys

  1. Peyton Manning
  2. Terrell Owens
  3. Reggie Bush
  4. Anquan Boldin
  5. Kellen Winslow
  6. Edgerrin james
  7. Aaron Rodgers
  8. Thomas Jones
  9. Matt Leinart
  10. Javon Walker
  11. Derrick Mason
  12. Kyle Orton
  13. Jacksonville Defense
  14. Mason Crosby
  15. Ahmad Bradshaw
  16. Muhsin Muhammad

I am not thrilled about his RB combo in Bush and James. Bush has yet to prove himself as a threat running the ball and James just isn’t what he used to be; his yards per carry are going down every season. Can’t blame him for taking Leinart because Warner wasn’t announced as the starter yet. T.O. and Boldin is a fierce duo to have at the WR position.

SoB- Pete

  1. Joseph Addai
  2. Michael Turner
  3. T.J. Houshmandzadeh
  4. Chad Ocho Cinco
  5. Philip Rivers
  6. Jeremy Shockey
  7. Minnesota Defense
  8. Matt Ryan
  9. Kurt Warner
  10. JaMarcus Russell
  11. Bryant Johnson
  12. Isaac Bruce
  13. Steve Slaton
  14. Rob Bironas
  15. L.J. Smith
  16. David Akers

Addai fell all the way to me at eight, so I was happy. My computer died and I had Houshmandzadeh and Ocho Cinco chosen for me. Ocho Cinco is battling injuries and I have two starting WRs on the same team. I was not pleased. Kurt Warner in Round 9 was great considering he was named the starter. I like Isaac Bruce that late because he is once again playing in a Mike Martz offense with which he is already familiar with during his St. Louis days.

The Blue Workhorse

  1. Randy Moss
  2. Larry Johnson
  3. Maurice Jones-Drew
  4. Brandon Marshall
  5. Greg Jennings
  6. Chris Cooley
  7. San Diego Defense
  8. Jon Kitna
  9. Nick Folk
  10. Alex Smith
  11. Julius Jones
  12. D.J. Hackett
  13. Tony Scheffler
  14. Josh Scobee
  15. Indianapolis Defense
  16. Sage Rosenfels

Brandon Marshall in Round 4 was great because his suspension is now just one game instead of three. Jon Kitna will no longer have value now that Mike Martz is not running the offense; the 4,000 yard seasons are over for Kitna. Sage Rosenfels in the last round could be useful if Matt Schaub is injured again this season. I wasn’t crazy about him drafting two defenses. The last rounds are for adding depth to your WRs and RBs.

kj’s #1′s

  1. Marion Barber
  2. Marshawn Lynch
  3. Marques Colston
  4. Torry Holt
  5. Marvin Harrison
  6. Dallas Clark
  7. Jake Delhomme
  8. Matt Schaub
  9. New York (Giants) Defense
  10. Shayne Graham
  11. Rashard Mendenhall
  12. Owen Daniels
  13. jerry Porter
  14. Baltimore Defense
  15. Phil Dawson
  16. Kellen Clemens

His 1-4 picks were great. I am glad he didnt take an aging Holt too early. Delhomme, who is coming off Tommy John surgery, and Matt Schaub, who was injured a lot last season, don’t seem to be a very threatening QB combination. I love Rashard Mendenhall that late. He will get the goal line carries and if Willie Parker can’t produce, Mendenhall will get the regular carries too.

SoB – KC

  1. Clinton Portis
  2. Ben Roethlisberger
  3. Darren McFadden
  4. Jay Cutler
  5. Santonio Holmes
  6. Calvin Johnson
  7. Tony Gonzalez
  8. Laveraneus Coles
  9. LenDale White
  10. Vince Young
  11. Joey Galloway
  12. Tavaris Jackson
  13. Pittsburgh Defense
  14. DeAngelo Williams
  15. Todd Heap
  16. Neil Rackers

Santonio Holmes might be a breakout candidate this season due to the magical 3rd year for WRs and the fact that he almost had 1,000 yds last season and Hines Ward just isn’t producing like he used to. I don’t get the hype around Calvin Johnson. There sure is a lot of pressure on a guy who spent his rookie season battling back injuries and has lost the pass-happy Mike Martz offense. Tavaris Jackson is a bad QB. Period. Vince Young is a risk but, in Round 10, he’s is well worth it.

SoB- Jeff

  1. Carson Palmer
  2. Frank Gore
  3. Matt Hasselbeck
  4. Laurence Maroney
  5. Roddy White
  6. Dwane Bowe
  7. Kevin Curtis
  8. New England Defense
  9. Vernon Davis
  10. Stephen Gostkowski
  11. Felix Jones
  12. Deion Branch
  13. Devin Hester
  14. Warrick Dunn
  15. Brady Quinn
  16. Shan Alexander

Frank Gore fell to Round 2 due to the QB run so that’s good for Jeff. Maroney could pay off well for a fourth round pick. Jeff has no backup QB’s except Quinn, who isn’t a starter. Actually his entire bench is unimpressive which is littered with non-starters and a RB (Alexander) who doesn’t even have a team.

 

So yes, that was the innagural Sports of Boston Football League draft. Now if you’re going to put a gun to my head and make me say who had the best draft then I would have to say either Dev or myself. Yes, I picked myself and I don’t care how conceited I sound. If Ocho Cinco plays a full season at his usual level then my only hole is at my 3rd WR slot. Other than that, my team is solid all around. Go ahead and flood me with hateful comments but seriously, when am I ever cocky about anything like this? Never!

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Discussion

4 comments for “TGIF: SoB Football League Draft”

  1. Tarvaris Jackson isn’t that bad. and he’s my 4th QB!

    Posted by KC | September 6, 2008, 10:45 am
  2. Last season in 12 games, he completed 58.2% of his passes for 1,911 yds, 9 TD and 12 INT. Those numbers are terrible, especially if you stretch them out over a full season.

    He is only owned in 2% of all Yahoo! leagues.

    Tavaris Jackson sucks. I’d rather have Tito Jackson as a QB.

    Posted by Pete | September 6, 2008, 2:30 pm
  3. My mistake he isnt owned in only 2% of leagues. My bad.

    He still sucks though.

    Posted by Pete | September 6, 2008, 2:53 pm
  4. Brandon Jacobs injury risk isn’t even the worst thing about him. With Ward and Bradshaw there, his carries could get split. Forte is at least a pretty solid #1 guy (I don’t think Kevin Jones will give him much of a push). Also, Chicago’s QB play should be awful, so he should have plenty of touches. Time will tell if it was too early.

    Posted by Mike | September 6, 2008, 6:07 pm

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