Archive for September 2011
Every week, I try to go through all the box scores and pick out a few interesting tidbits for fantasy owners. I post them on Twitter as I go, but below is a compilation of this week’s tweets.
- DMC 27 touches, 143 yards, 2 TD; Bush 4 touches, 23 yards, TD; Bush still vulturing some goal line looks, but DMC getting a ton of work.
- Hagan 5-61 overshadowed by D. Moore’s big day. If Ford/DHB continue to be sidelined, might be worth a look.
- Fred Jackson has 229 rushing yards in last two weeks. 38 touches vs. Spiller’s 11. F-Jax upcoming sched: NE, CIN, PHI, NYG.
- David Nelson 10-83-1 on 13 targets. Stevie 20 targets, Nelson 19, D. Jones 11, Chandler 9.
- Jahvid Best 3.6 ypc, lackluster rushing once again. However he posted 6-66 in the passing game plus two TDs.
- Nate Burleson 7-93, leading the Lions in targets. Don’t forget about him, especially in PPR leagues. Titus Young 7 targets (5-89).
- Brandon Pettigrew 1-7 on three targets. Yeesh. Sit him down. Scheffler 1-36-1 on four targets.
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I was invited to join a league formed by Yahoo’s Andy Behrens made up of fantasy football writers who have performed well in FantasyPros individual or overall rankings accuracy studies. The draft order went like this:
1. David Dodds – FootballGuys
2. Andy Behrens – Yahoo
3. Brandon Funston – Yahoo
4. Josh Moore – 4for4
5. John Paulsen – Fantasy Shrink / 4for4
6. Jamey Eisenberg – CBS Sports
7. Pat Fitzmaurice – Pro Football Weekly
8. Scott Pianowski – Yahoo
9. R.J. White – Fantasy Football Cafe
10. Chet Gresham – Razzball (who was out of the country on a mission involving national security, so Eric Yeomans drafted for him)
11. Jeff Pasquino – FootballGuys
12. Bob Henry – FootballGuys
I thought they should have gone in order of the 2010 accuracy standings, but…whatever.
This is a 12-team league that starts 1 QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, 1 R/W/T flex, 1 W/T flex, 1 TE, 1 K and 1 DT. It’s a 0.5 PPR league that awards 6 points for all TDs.
Round 1: LeSean McCoy, RB
This draft was conducted Wednesday night on the heels of Arian Foster‘s “MRIgate” and before the end of Chris Johnson‘s holdout, so I was not particularly happy about drawing the #5 pick and was prepared to pass on Foster for Andre Johnson if the top 4 RBs flew off the board as expected. Luckily, Funston stepped up and took Foster, so I thanked my lucky stars as I nabbed McCoy. His value is a bit diminished in a half-PPR league, but he’s still a very safe pick in the first round.
Round 2: Mike Wallace, WR
I wanted to grab a WR here and then look for Antonio Gates or a RB in the third round. I think there’s a drop-off after Vincent Jackson and Wallace, and I’m a bit higher on Mikey. Entering his third year, I think he’s in for a big 2011.
Round 3: LeGarrette Blount, RB
Reggie Wayne, Jahvid Best and Blount made it to me, and I like the way Blount is playing (specifically the way he is catching the ball) in the preseason. I have Best in several leagues, so wanted to switch things up and take Blount.
Round 4: DeSean Jackson, WR
My decision was between D-Jax and Stevie Johnson here, and again, since I have Stevie in about three dozen leagues this year, I zagged and took D-Jax, who should have a fine season. I really wasn’t expecting him to make to 4.08 anyway.
Round 5: Jason Witten, TE
This was a tough pick. I was hoping Mario Manningham would fall to me, but he went 4.10 to Funston. Santonio Holmes went on the turn, so at 5.05 I was mainly looking at Witten and Peyton Manning. I love Witten, but I regret this pick because of how far a couple of other TEs fell later in the draft. Had I known that was going to happen, I would have taken Percy Harvin or Tim Hightower here and used a middle round pick on a TE.
Round 6: Joseph Addai, RB
I really wanted to grab a third WR here, but the RBs were thinning out quickly. Hightower, Beanie Wells, Reggie Bush, Fred Jackson, Cedric Benson, Marshawn Lynch and Mike Tolbert all went between 5.06 and 6.07, so while I wanted to grab Santana Moss or Mike Thomas, I felt compelled to take Addai as my RB3.
Round 7: Matthew Stafford, QB
A bit flustered after Moss, Thomas and Julio Jones all went on the turn, I decided to bypass my WR3 and take a QB that I haven’t really been targeting this summer. I figured I would need some bold moves to win an experts league and if Stafford can stay healthy, I think he’ll produce Top 5 numbers. Also, I have the other QBs that were on the board (namely Matt Ryan and Josh Freeman) in multiple leagues, so I again wanted to switch things up. (Note: Jimmy Graham and Owen Daniels were still on the board at this point, so if I had a do over, I would have taken Harvin or Hightower at 5.05 and taken Graham or Daniels here.)
Round 8: Pierre Garcon, WR
I’m not a big Garcon fan this year, but if Austin Collie or Reggie Wayne miss anytime, he’ll be WR2-caliber. As it stands, he’s a marginal WR3. I thought about Mike Sims-Walker, Danny Amendola or Davone Bess here, but I figured one would make it back in the 9th.
Round 9: Josh Freeman, QB
No such luck. Once again, I was foiled by the WR run at the turn, so with Freeman as the best value on the board, I took him to give me some insurance if Stafford can’t stay healthy. Freeman hasn’t had a great preseason, but the kid is a gamer and I think he’ll produce when the games start to count.
Round 10: Rob Gronkowski, TE
The WRs available were pretty dreadful from a value standpoint, and I think Gronk is capable of not only backing up Witten, but starting regularly in my WR/TE flex. I am higher than most on Gronkowski.
My picks for the remainder of the draft: Ronnie Brown (handcuff for McCoy), LaDainian Tomlinson (unexciting yet decent flex play), Jets DT, Arrelious Benn, Terrell Owens (yes, I know he’s still injured) and Jerome Simpson. I’ll have to drop someone for a kicker, but wanted to give myself an extra couple of days to consider my options.
Here are the complete draft results, and here is my full roster:
QB: Stafford, Freeman
RB: McCoy, Blount, Addai, LT2, R. Brown
WR: Wallace, D-Jax, Garcon, Benn, T.O., Simpson
TE: Witten, Gronkowski
Given the competition, I’m happy with my team. Most of the players I was targeting were going a round or two earlier, so it was tough at times to decide quickly about who to take. Most weeks I’ll be starting Stafford, McCoy, Blount, Addai, Wallace, D-Jax, Garcon, Witten and Gronkowski, and I don’t think anyone is going to want to play that team, at least not on paper. Wait, fantasy football is on paper! Sort of…