QB: Can Newton (7th) - I was afraid of a run on QBs with 16 picks before my next pick. RB: Le'Veon Bell (Keeper) WR: Dez Bryant (Keeper) WR: T.Y. Hilton (Keeper) RB/WR: Michael Crabtree (4th) - I only got him because a guy before me clicked on the wrong WR. TE: Martellus Bennett (8th) - There were still many WRs I liked so I went TE here. D/ST: Seahawks (10th) - Still a number of WRs I liked so I reached for a D/ST. K: Matt Bryant (12th)
Bench: Carson Palmer (13th) Bench: Doug Martin (6th) - Was happy with my starters, so I was okay with the suspension. Bench: Ameer Abdullah (5th) Bench: Jamaal Williams (14th) - A flyer here. Bench: Adam Thielen (9th) Bench: Corey Coleman (11th) - Kenny Britt was also on the board.
Overall I'd rate my draft a B or B+. The rest of this is super long, and I encourage you to stop reading now.
As for keepers I had Le'Veon Bell, Dez Bryant, and T.Y. Hilton. Obviously Le'Veon is a stud; but I'm not super high on either WR to start off the season. Dez Bryant has some really tough matchups and T.Y. Hilton without Andrew Luck is a bit of an unknown. As it turns out, had I dropped both I would have probably ended up with a choice between Amari Cooper, Dalvin Cook, and Isaiah Crowell. Anyway, it's a bit of an unknown; probably the biggest mistake here was someone letting go of Michael Thomas or Doug Baldwin to keep a 3rd round pick. I really don't know the thought process, perhaps if no one else dropped one of their keepers they would have had the first pick. Anyway, I think they had a huge drop since they ended up with DeAndre Hopkins. Probably one of the worst moves in the draft, IMHO.
My first pick was pick number 45. With the pick of Ty Montgomery all of the RBs; I was targeting in the first round were off the board. There really wasn't any value picks; I think I drafted Michael Crabtree about where he should have been taken. My next pick was number 5 overll. Things were looking good for me to go WR/WR, but then Martavis Bryant and Allen Robinson were taken with the two picks before my selection. I thought about Larry Fitgerald or Kelvin Benjmin, but ultimately decided to go RB...I took Ameer Abdullah. Great player, but as some competition with Theo Riddick.
So between my odd to even there are 16 picks. On my board there were 7 WRs that I was targeting. Unfortunately again they were all taken. All of the elite QBs and TEs were also taken; so there really wasn't any value pick here. The players available were Bilal Powel and Doug Martin. Bilal Powel was higher on my draft board, but because I was looking for flex play, I thought that Dough Martin had the most potential to beat out one of my starters...despite the suspension.
I feel this next pick was my worst pick of the draft. I took Cam Newton because I feared there might be a run on QBs. Looking at the guys that were left; I should have just drafted either Bilal Powell or Stefon Diggs. Total mistake there...I just was so fearful of a run on QBs that I didn't stick with my draft plan. Plus in drafting Cam Newton; I basically committed to drafting a backup QB. I regretted the pick the moment I hit submit. Oh well, maybe he'll have a bounce back year with an improved WR core.
Now typically my league does have a run on QBs; but this year they decided to go RB. I knew I wanted to target one of the 7-12 overall TEs. With Kyle Ruldolph, Delanie Walker, Hunter Henry, and Zach Ertz were all off the board; I decided it was time to go TE. I drafted Martellus Bennett, but I was very tempted to take Adam Thielen here. I was very happy to see him still available with my next pick.
When I'm drafting, I always like to really pause around this time to think about where I'm at. Most of the players left are all solid veterans with low upside or unproven players with high upside. I currently have rostered: QB, RB, RB, RB, WR, WR, WR, WR, and TE. I knew I still needed a QB, D/ST, and K...so that left two luxury picks. I decided at that point they were going to be a WR and RB. I kind of highlighted a group of upside players and figured I'd take whoever was left from that group. They ended up being Corey Coleman and Jamaal Williams. They actually were both the highest selection of the groups I highlighted. I was very happy with both of them.
Playing in an 8 team league with some friends. Crazy how good some teams are in an 8 team leagues. Mine is:
QB - Brees, Carr RB - Bell, Lynch, CJ Anderson, Gillislee, Peterson WR - Baldwin, Cooper, Hopkins, Garçon, Jordan Matthews TE- Gronk D - Denver K - Gostkowski
On of my 12 team leagues is much more down to earth
QB - Winston, Taylor RB - David Johnson, Bilal Powell, Doug Martin/Jaquizz Rodgers, Jamal Charles WR - Demarius Thomas, Hopkins, Devante Parker, Thielen, Corey Coleman TE - Olsen, Julius Thomas D - Denver K - Crosby
Went with a few risks that could pay off nicely in Charles and J. Thomas, but won't hurt me at all if they don't pan out.
QB- Mariota WR- DeAndre Hopkins, Michael Thomas, Larry Fitzgerald, Kenny Britt, Corey Davis RB- Devonta Freeman, Bilal Powell, Christian McCaffrey, Rex Burkhead, Jacquizz Rodgers, Jeremy Hill TE- Greg Olsen D- Cincinnati K- McManus
I never carry a backup qb unless somebody real good hits waivers and I have a spot for him. Wish I had been able to snag another good RB... hopefully one of Burkhead, Jacquizz or Hill is serviceable or I'll have to hit waivers early. The rest of my team is set up nicely though.
Someone interviewed Matt Nagy (Chief's OC) and he was hinting that KC might be a RB by committee this year. It's safe to assume Hunt will lead in carries, but West and Spiller are likely to get touches. From what I've seen, Hunt is very much like Ware. West and Spiller can break off larger runs. I'll probably bench Hunt until I see how they use him. I already posted in the NFL thread, but here goes:
10 Team Keeper League (QB, RB, WR, Flex, Flex, TE, K, D, 5x Bn): QB: Stafford, Luck RB: McCaffery. Mixon, Montgomery, D Martin WR: OBJ, AJ Green, T Hill, M Bryant TE: Bennett K: Sea-bass Def: Den
This is a rebooted keeper league (we reboot periodically to keep it fresh); I'm really hoping to nail 2 first round keepers. Drafted 7th... despite that I feel like as the season goes on I will get better, and hopefully be able to trade a RB or WR to improve QB.
My auction league (10 team, ppr, 2 qb's, flex spots): QB: Stafford, Manning, Dalton (ugh) RB: Freeman, Howard, Hunt, Mixon WR: D Bryant, K Allen, K Benjamin, M Bryant TE: Olsen K: Gostkowski Def: KC
I feel pretty good about this league, but it could totally blow up in my face. A lot of risk.
>> Yeah some back will probably emerge pretty quickly. not super worried about that.
>> but would anybody be surprised of quizz stole Doug Martin's job? He hasn't been
>> for a while now. If quizz looks good why go back?
> Wouldn't be surprising. I just hope it doesn't turn into a timeshare. There's too
> many of those around the league and they kill fantasy values.
The Buccaneers had the perfect opportunity to move on from Doug Martin, and they choose not to do so. I assume by this that they believe Doug Martin is far ahead of Jacquizz Ridgers. My expectation is that Doug Martin will return as the teams clear RB1.
QB: Derek Carr (9th) - I wanted to wait on QB, but was more than happy to land Carr this late. He was the 12th QB taken, but I think he's a top 8 guy. RB: Lamar Miller (3rd) - Not ideal but pickings were getting slim and I think he's still a RB1. RB: Danny Woodhead (6th) - Being a PPR league, Woodhead should be a decent RB2. RB is clearly a weakness of mine though. WR: Julio Jones (1st) - Picked 4th so didn't have much of an option here. Always love me some Julio. WR: Amari Cooper (2nd) - I think the Carr/Cooper pairing is going to be huge this year, and there weren't any RBs I was crazy about at the end of the second. WR: Demaryius Thomas (4th) - A steal in my eyes. Makes me loaded at WR. TE: Eric Ebron (10th) - Another position I don't mind waiting on, and he was the 13th TE picked. I think he's a serviceable starter. Flex: Golden Tate (5th) - Yet another WR, but I felt the value was too good to pass up.
Bench: Andy Dalton (13th) - Not a huge fan of his but he's a decent backup. Bench: Mike Gillislee (7th) - Wanted to get some more RB depth and think he has potential to be a solid guy this year. Bench: James White (8th) - The pass catching back in NE, and should see even more passes with Eldeman out. Bench: Duke Johnson (11th) - One more RB for depth sake, and Duke in the 11th is great value. Should be productive with his receptions. Bench: Kevin White (12th) - My pick to be the WR to own in Chicago with Meredith out. Bench: Devin Funchess (15th) - Benjamin hasn't exactly been a rock, and Funchess is pretty much locked in to be the WR2. Lots of potential with little risk. Bench: Cameron Brate (14th) - He did me well last year and I think he'll be a solid backup again this year.
All in all, I'm happy with how the draft went. I would have liked my RBs to be better, but I can't complain too much because I like my depth and I love my WRs.
I think you did great. I do agree that 4th is a big rough; because in my opinion there is some separation between D. Johnson, L. Bell, and A. Brown. Still I'd have also taken J. Jones there. 2nd and 3rd both seem like logical value picks, not steels, but solid picks a few spots after where they where on my board. I agree with you about D. Thomas. He seems like he'd normally go a round before that. I think you got value with every single pick, with the exception of J. White. Even there though you're about at value...so really not much to complain about. Even though you don't have an elite QB you're fine. In my league D. Carr went in the early 8th and A. Dalton in the 10th.
Yahoo added a really cool feature. If you look at your team, it'll show you your overall skill level which includes your alltime W-L record, winning %, how many teams you've managed and trophies you've won. Can look at others too which I'm sure won't hurt smack talk one bit. I'm VERY happy with my 67-43-0 alltime record for a winning % of .609. I've only seen 3 people with better records in ALL my leagues: two friends with (30-17, .638%) and (19-12, .613%) records aaaaaand my wife (21-10, .677%) with the best record of all. I'm adding a new goal to keep my overall record over .600. Keep eating your heart out ESPN.
Congrats Justin! Not sure if app has that personally.
putting this out there for a friend. He's doing two football betting leagues and wanted to see if anyone was interested so I said I'd ask once. 1) 22 League: You pick a team out of the ones available in the league and if they get 22 points exactly that week, you win. I think buy-in is $20 but not sure, can check if you're interested 2) Suicide League: Buy in is $20. Every week you pick 1 team to win, if you're right you move on to next week, if you're wrong you're eliminated. This keeps going until one team is left, you can't pick the same team twice. I'm doing this league and right now there's 9 people in so $180 pot.
Starts tomorrow so if you're interested in either, PM me.
He's in my flex. I was considering M. Bryant instead. Big Ben is one of the best deep completion percentage QB's in the league, and against the Browns, without Haden......and having to gameplan for A. Brown with double coverage.......like him getting one deep one that makes his whole stat line. But Hunt will have so many touches now, and in a PPR league in an Andy Reid offense........
I grabbed Kareem Hunt in both of my fantasy leagues. Looking like a steal after week 1. I was fortunate in that my drafts were scheduled for the weekend before the season started. Without the Spencer Ware injury, I likely would have passed on Hunt.
With OBJ going down, I need to trade Hyde or Doug Martin for a WR (I also have Hunt). Leaning towards Hyde but the best offers I've gotten are Watkins, Cooper, Tate, and Pryor. Would you guys take any of them for Hyde? I can't use him in the flex cause our flex is WR/TE.
Other receivers are Antonio Brown (keeper), Maclin, Jaron Brown, Marvin Jones.
Watkins is feast or famine so I don't like him personally Cooper has been absolutely abysmal so far this year so that's a huge risk Tate has been somewhat inconsistent, however he gets a lot of targets Pryor has under-performed so far this year as well, so he's a risk
With the bump, I'll update the OP with the transactions I've made this year. My league has a limit of 20 transactions per season.
1) Added S. Bradford / Dropped C. Palmer 2) Added D. Watson / Dropped S. Bradford 3) Added A. Kamara / Dropped J. Williams 4) Added R. Succop / Moved C. Coleman to IR 5) Added Redskins / Dropped R. Succop
I'm currently 5 of 12 in my league after dropping the first three games, going to be a bit of a battle to make of of the playoff spots this year.
I turned over 4 spots. Dropped Engram for Kittle (likely a rental), OBJ to IR picked up Funchess, dropped Prater for Butker and Detroit D for Goff (I have Denver). Dropped Stafford for Watson last week.
Go out and get Jacksonville's defense if unowned. I nearly dumped Denver for them. If D's are set up to score (like in my league), Jac can be a huge boost. They were my sleeper darling.
That's what I'm thinking. I like Drake, but Miami will probably be down big to New England, so they may need to abandon the run. The two Green Bay backs I love, but until we know which one is actually going to play you can't trust either of them. Mike Davis might be good but I'd like to see a little more out of him before I drop him in the fantasy playoffs.
And the WR, Lee has been pretty solid, but he's the odd man out. My other two are Hopkins and Thielen, both of which are must starts.
> Drake and gordon. Drake destroyed Denver last week and will catch a lot out of backfield.
Good advice. I was sold on Morris and Gordon, but eventually talked myself into Drake and Gordon. It worked out well for me. I didn't start Jamaal Williams though which sucked, but I won so it's all good.
> Should I start Alex Smith vs Mia or Blake Bortles@SF?
I have the exact same QB choice to make. Bortles is projected lower on ESPN but has been playing better. I'm leaning towards Smith though because I think he's due.
> Pick 2 : Hill vs Mia, Smith-Schuster@Hou, Diggs@GB, Cole@SF , Kupp@Ten
Tough one as well. If you look at Hill's year, he's basically alternated good and bad weeks every other week all year with like one exception. This would be his down week. Smith-Schuster is a must start out of that group I think. Diggs hasn't had a great year so it's hard to depend on him. Cole has been very hot as of late but small sample size. Kupp has had big weeks but also stinkers. I'd probably go Smith-Schuster and Cole.