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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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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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