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Sunday, August 30th, 2009 – a date that will live in infamy – the members of Sports of Boston gathered to be part of the once a year event that changes our lives. Yes, I am talking about the Sports of Boston Fantasy Football League Draft. This was the second year that this blog has put together a league, and although some of the faces may have changed, the same unpredictable choices were still there.
Naturally, with limited budgets, time constraints, and overall laziness, we obviously did not all meet in person to do this draft (one day it will happen). So gathering together with some colleagues and friends, I joined the draft room and was ecstatic to see that everyone had made it (except for one, who gave advanced notice of his absence). With the recent expansion of writers at SoB, I was glad to have more bloggers in this year’s draft.
SoB – Brian: Sports of Boston’s Brian
Pete Sucks Campaign: Our friend Dan
The Blue Workhorse: Shotgun from The Blue Workhorse (auto-drafted)
SoB – Jeff: Sports of Boston’s Jeff
SoB – Mike: Sports of Boston’s Mike
PacMan Jones Fanclub: Sports of Boston’s Teddy
SoB – George: Sports of Boston’s George
UMass09: Sports of Boston’s Ty
SoB – Pete: Sports of Boston’s Pete
SoB – Chris: Sports of Boston’s Chris
SoB – KC: Sports of Boston’s KC
4 & Inches: Our friend Dev
The league settings differ from a normal football league in the sense that we require two starting QB’s. So, the setup is: QB, QB, WR, WR, WR, RB, RB, TE, K, DEF. We allow six bench spots and this is not a points per reception league. The league settings include a five-point bonus if a QB throws for 400+ yds in a game, a RB rushes for 200+ yds in a game, or a WR accumulates 200+ receiving yds in a game.
As a treat for you, the audience, this recap will include two great minds giving feedback. George and I will be leaving our comments and telling everybody what they did right and what they did wrong. Get ready for Pete and George’s excellent adventure of recaps and criticism.
No use in talking about AP at first overall. I question the pick of Texans’ QB Matt Schaub. Donovan McNabb, Matt Ryan, and Jay Cutler were still on the board and Brian chose to go for Schaub, who has never played a full season and is always battling injuries.
The Jets’ defense could end up surprising everyone this season since new head coach Rex Ryan now brings his defensive genius over from Baltimore. Then we also have everyone’s breakout sleeper Anthony Gonzalez. Good to see that Brian didn’t overpay for his services.
Love the first two picks of All Day and Megatron, but after that it gets a little shady. I think for a 2 QB league, Brian did not do a great job filling his roster with quarterbacks. He drafted two risky QBs in Schaub and Edwards. Pete elaborated on Schaub’s health issues, but Edwards is no slam dunk to be a top 20 quarterback. The Bills are starting two rookies on their offensive line and Terrell Owens is on the wrong side of 35.
However, I love the value with Anthony Gonzalez as well as Beanie Wells and Fred Jackson. Wells should start for the Cardinals by week 6 and Fred Jackson looks to be a big part of the Bills’ offense and he gets three starts to kick off the season.
Dan made the bold choice to wait on picking up a starting running back. He has chosen to have Detroit’s Kevin Smith and Buffalo’s Marshawn Lynch leading his RB core. Smith I like, but Lynch will miss the first three games due to his suspension. He also made the bold move of grabbing two elite QB’s right away. Let’s just hope Warner can stay healthy for one more season.
Dan picked up a few upside runners in Derrick Ward and Ray Rice. Rice has been having a great preseason and Ward looks to impress on the heels of his first year with Tampa Bay. Even if Warner goes down, Dan drafted Matt Leinart as insurance.
Much to Pete’s chagrin, it looks like the team leading the campaign against him had a very solid draft. Dan drafted two top 5 QBs with his first two picks and his WR are very solid. Braylon Edwards is his third WR! He also drafted solid RBs with Kevin Smith and Marshawn Lynch as starters. I actually love Marshawn Lynch this year because he is dropping in every draft and could produce like a number one RB once he returns from his suspension in Week 4.
I love Dan’s bench because he stocked it with high upside players like Derrick Ward, Ray Rice and Josh Morgan. Even Bradshaw could be a great pick if Jacobs goes down with an injury in the season. I’m interested to see who he plans on dropping to make room for his kicker.
Not being present at the draft hurt him bad. He has no starting QB. The QB’s he does have are all backups. Not to mention that Brandon Marshall has done nothing but be a distraction at camp and his playing time is up in the air. I hope he makes a trade before the season starts.
Let this be a lesson to all you kids – make sure you are present at your draft! Especially if it’s as deep as this 12-team, two QB league. Not considering QB’s, he actually has a very good starting lineup. Portis was a great value at the end of the second round (nice pick computer!) and Brandon Marshall as a third WR could bring number one WR value if he can get his act together. Like Pete said, a trade needs to be made here to get a decent starting QB because Pat White and Tyler Thigpen are not going to get it done.
Making a reach for Marion Barber in round three was a bold move. I think he should have went with the still available Ronnie Brown or Ryan Grant. Chicago TE Greg Olsen was a reach in round six. Jeff had just missed out on the elite TE’s and tried to get one in case there was a TE run, but he could have gotten high reward picks like Anthony Gonzalez or LenDale White.
Jake Delhomme is a more than serviceable option, especially after all the top-tier QB’s were gone. Also, Donnie Avery may turn out to be decent because, well, they have to throw it somebody in St. Louis and he is now the #1 WR.
Pete seems to be a lot higher on Ronnie Brown than I am, I guess we’ll see how that plays out on the season but I happen to like Marion Barber here in the third round. I probably would have taken Ryan Grant, but Barber has shown an ability to find the end zone, something Grant didn’t do until week 7 last year. Hopefully a healthy Felix Jones will help keep Barber fresher throughout the season.
His WR core has a lot of questions after Roddy White. Donnie Avery could be a solid option, but I’m not buying into the Rams’ passing game one bit this season. Also Lance Moore could be a disappointment as most of his production came while Colston was out with a thumb injury. I’m a believer that Laurence Maroney will finally have a break out season (it’s just a gut feeling) so I like the fact that Jeff took a flyer on him in the last round.
Thanks to the league’s two QB rule and our hatred for Frank Gore, it turns out that the San Fran RB fell all the way to the middle of round two…he still sucks. Mike waited to grab a WR until round six which has left his receiving core at Hines Ward, Donald Driver, and Percy Harvin. Not the worst in the world, but most certainly not the best.
Grabbing Leon Washington and Larry Johnson late were good value picks. Nobody is expecting a lot out of them, but for where Mike got them, there is no reason to complain. Washington is a great RB#3 and should put up decent numbers for bye-week fill ins.
Everyone is down on Frank Gore this season, but in the second round he is a great buy. I’m not a fan of Marc Bulger in the seventh round because, well, he sucks and is more fragile than my mom’s fine china. I would rather have Kyle Orton, Shaun Hill, Chad Pennington or JaMarcus Russell. Donald Driver is a great value in the ninth round. He should end up with close to 1,000 yards and five touchdowns.
Like Pete, I also I love the value in Leon Washington and I’ll add in Earl Bennett. Cutler is going to be looking for a favorite WR in Chicago and if Devin Hester doesn’t work out, Earl Bennett could be in for a nice season. I do not like the pick of Seattle’s defense. Mike chose to wait until late to find his defense, but Seattle was pretty bad last year and they have to face the Cardinal’s great pass attack twice this season.
I still have doubts about Carson Palmer. Can he recapture his past glory and overcome injury-plagued seasons? I would have gone with more of a sure thing at QB. Reggie Bush is his second starting RB and he will be playing second fiddle to Pierre Thomas.
Cedric Benson, although nothing special to write home about, is still a starter and round 10 was a great place to nab him. Nate Washington is the #1 receiver for the Titans (for whatever that’s worth) and has flown under the radar with a career 16.4 yds per catch.
Like Pete said, Teddy put a lot of stock into the arms of Carson Palmer and Brett Favre this season, which can’t be good because typing that sentence made feel uncomfortable. Needless to say, I am not a fan of either quarterback this season.
The trio of Randy Moss, Antonio Bryant and Lee Evans is very solid and I love the pick of Nate Washington in round 15. Sticking with the theme, I will also agree with Pete on Reggie Bush being a risky RB#2 and the great value of Cedric Benson in round 10. He could very well rush for over 1,000 yards and score six TDs.
Yikes! George waited for his second RB and ended up with Darren McFadden. I sure hope that Oakland plans on using him as more than just a platoon player this season. He could have drafted LenDale White or even Derrick Ward at that point.
Considering he was projected to go in late round one, Steven Jackson managed to fall to the middle of round two. I’m glad a first round pick wasn’t wasted on him and hopefully he can stay healthy all year.
My strategy coming into the draft was to get either Drew Brees or Tom Brady with my first pick and then go WR. Steven Jackson fell to me in the second round, which was too much value for me to pass up. One decision that could haunt me was drafting Anquan Boldin over Roddy White and Greg Jennings. I just liked the TD potential more in Boldin.
I get the feeling that Pete doesn’t like my RBs. Well I will say this, if McFadden and Parker can stay healthy all season their upside is much higher than the seventh and ninth rounds I drafted them in.
Jamal Lewis in round four? There were still RB’s like Ronnie Brown, Pierre Thomas, and Ryan Grant still available. On a personal note, the bastard stole Matt Ryan right before I wanted to take him. What an assbag.
I really like his pick of Hakeem Nicks from the Giants. The rookie is currently third in receiving yds this preseason amongst WR’s and may end up getting a starting job and helping out Eli Manning.
A RB core headed by Jamal Lewis and followed up by Felix Jones and Knowshon Moreno is not something to brag about, but a WR core of Larry Fitzgerald, Chad Ochocinco and Desean Jackson is something to brag about. I love Desean Jackson this year as the #1 target for McNabb.
He paid for a potential top defense in Baltimore in the seventh round, instead of taking a RB like Lendale White or Jonathan Stewart. I am not a fan of drafting defenses early because their production fluctuates so much from year to year. White or Stewart would have been a huge upgrade over Felix Jones as a RB#2.
If I had to do it again, I would get more WR’s for my bench. As it stands now, I only have an unsigned Michael Crabtree and unimpressive Michael Clayton. Oh yeah, Matt Cassel decided to sit out 2-4 weeks after I drafted him.
I picked up rookie’s James Davis and Donald Brown just in case their respective colleagues (Davis for Jamal Lewis and Brown for Joseph Addai) fail to perform. I feel my bench has a good assortment of RB’s and it also has QB Kyle Orton as a backup.
Thanks to the huge rush on QBs, Pete was able to draft Ryan Grant in the fourth round, which is great value. Drafting Matt Cassell over Donovan McNabb is an interesting pick. I think McNabb in that pass-first offense will put up some nice numbers this season. Pete did himself good by drafting four starting QBs so if Cassell falters he is not short of options in his lineup.
Eddie Royal and Kevin Walter are solid value picks and I think both will put up some nice numbers. Also getting the oft-injured Addai’s backup should provide Pete with some production from his bench running back.
I hope Chris doesn’t get burned with the news that Sean Payton wants to rotate three running backs. That could spell doom for Pierre Thomas. He is also taking a risk on Jeremy Shockey, who had zero TD’s last season.
Chris’s has a deep assortment of wide receivers. Even if Roy Williams disappoints, he has the always dependable Derrick Mason on stand by.
Joe Flacco is going to surprise a lot of people this year so I like him in the fifth round here. Staying with the Ravens for a second, Derrick Mason is another great value pick in the tenth round. I don’t know why he is dropping so much in drafts. He is a lock for 1,000 yards and six TDs.
Not a fan of picking Chris Johnson over LaDanian Tomlinson in the first round. LT may be 30 years old, but he was banged up all last year and still put up 1,500 total yards and 12 total TDs.
I guess my only complaint is the absence of a threatening #2 QB. Jason Campbell is nothing spectacular and the Redskins are once again going to rely on Clinton Portis to carry the offense.
You know it is a good draft when LaDainian Tomlinson falls to 11. If Westbrook can stay healthy, then KC has arguably the best RB duo in the league. His QB depth is also a valuable commodity.
Love the RB depth here. LT and Westbrook are two RB’s that can put up monster games any week and Thomas Jones is a great guy to have as a backup. I also like Shaun Hill as a backup QB and he could be better than Jason Campbell and move into KC’s QB#2 spot.
I don’t mean to be harsh here but I HATE Eli Manning as a starting QB. The Giants are run first and run often type of team and they don’t have anything great at WR. I also have a lot of built up anger due to him being the highest paid QB in the NFL with nothing to show for it. In other news, Kevin Curtis with his last pick could be the steal of the draft.
The receiving core is the weakest point. Can Vincent Jackson have another 1,000 yd season? It seems unlikely that he’ll repeat his 18.6 yds per catch from last season. Laveranues Coles is slowly fading away from recognition as well.
Having Ronnie Brown fall all the way to round four was a blessing. In a contract year, Brown has incentive to put up great numbers. Of course, someone had to draft Michael Vick. If McNabb goes down, we will all look stupid for not taking him.
Bold move drafting Aaron Rodgers in the first round, but I can’t say it was the wrong move. QB’s are important in this league and after Rodgers the pickings start to get pretty slim. I think Vincent Jackson is in for another great season, but I am not a believer in Terrell Owens. I know that Chris Henry is the popular sleeper pick this season, but owning him and Coles isn’t.
Dev drafted TDs as he owns both Brandon Jacobs and LenDale White. They could potentially score 30-35 combined TDs! Add the wildcard Ronnie Brown, who I am not very high on, and you have a pretty good RB trio.
Whew! 3,000 words later and that is a wrap. Only George and I put our input in, but we would LOVE to know what the rest of the SoB community has to say.
What will become of these teams 17 weeks from now? You’ll have to stay tuned to find out.