FantasyGuru.com Magazine Expert Draft Today

I have another expert league draft today, and it’s for our own magazine. This is the 5th year of the league. The first two years I was the top team entering the playoffs. The third year I was ok as the #2 team in points. Last year, I was middle of the pack. So over the last two years, this has been my worst league.

I’ll be tracking my picks here. The draft starts at 1pm ET. I have the 10th pick, which I like because I’ll definitely get two good backs and I won’t have to make a decision on Peyton Manning late in the 2nd round as I typically do in these leagues when drafting at the top of round one.

My plan in this draft is pretty simple, and I’m already convinved it’s THE plan of action this year.

1. Try to hold off on my QB, although Carson Palmer will be tough to pass up with my 4th pick if he’s still there. I also want to make sure I get a very good one who is almost assured to have a good year. Otherwise, I’ll have to wait longer and target Jon Kitna or even longer for Jay Cutler.

2. Resist the temptation to take a TE in the 4th-6th round and target a guy like Vernon Davis.

3. Make sure I get the Bear or Raven defense.

These are the keys to my draft plan this year. We’ll see how I do starting at 1pm ET.

Draft Starts on time at 1pm ET:

Round One
1.02 1. Tomlinson, Ladainian SDC RB Wed May 16 12:32:54 p.m. ET 2007
1.02 2. KFFL Johnson, Larry KCC RB Wed May 16 1:02:14 p.m. ET 2007
1.03 3. Fanball Jackson, Steven STL RB Wed May 16 1:02:23 p.m. ET 2007
1.04 4. CBS Gore, Frank SFO RB Wed May 16 1:02:38 p.m. ET 2007
1.05 5. FootballDiehards.com Addai, Joseph IND RB Wed May 16 1:03:08 p.m. ET 2007
1.06 6. Fantasy Index Bush, Reggie NOS RB Wed May 16 1:03:39 p.m. ET 2007
1.07 7. The Huddle Alexander, Shaun SEA RB Wed May 16 1:03:39 p.m. ET 2007 
1.08 8. Footballinjuries.com Westbrook, Brian PHI RB Wed May 16 1:04:56 p.m. ET 2007
1.09 9. Yahoo! Sports Maroney, Laurence NEP RB Wed May 16 1:05:31 p.m. ET 2007
1.10 10. FantasyGuru.com Henry, Travis DEN RB Wed May 16 1:06:01 p.m. ET 2007
1.11 11. Fantasy Sports Magazine Parker, Willie PIT RB Wed May 16 1:06:11 p.m. ET 2007
1.12 12. Foxsports Johnson, Rudi CIN RB

I was happy enough to land Henry here at 10th overall. I’m 95% convinced he will be very good in Denver and very productive for fantasy.

Round Two
2.01 13. Foxsports Manning, Peyton IND QB Wed May 16 1:06:52 p.m. ET 2007
2.02 14. Fantasy Sports Magazine McGahee, Willis BAL RB Wed May 16 1:06:59 p.m. ET 2007
2.03 15. FantasyGuru.com Brown, Ronnie MIA RB Wed May 16 1:08:05 p.m. ET 2007
2.04 16. Yahoo! Sports Jones-Drew, Maurice JAC RB Wed May 16 1:09:17 p.m. ET 2007
2.05 17. Footballinjuries.com Portis, Clinton WAS RB Wed May 16 1:09:59 p.m. ET 2007
2.06 18. The Huddle Jacobs, Brandon NYG RB Wed May 16 1:11:05 p.m. ET 2007
2.07 19. Fantasy Index James, Edgerrin ARI RB Wed May 16 1:11:36 p.m. ET 2007
2.08 20. FootballDiehards.com Johnson, Chad CIN WR Wed May 16 1:12:03 p.m. ET 2007
2.09 21. CBS Holt, Torry STL WR Wed May 16 1:13:04 p.m. ET 2007
2.10 22. Fanball Harrison, Marvin IND WR Wed May 16 1:13:54 p.m. ET 2007
2.11 23. KFFL McAllister, Deuce NOS RB Wed May 16 1:14:30 p.m. ET 2007
2.12 24. Thomas Smith, Steve CAR WR Wed May 16 1:14:46 p.m. ET 2007

To me it came down to Brown vs. Portis. Portis was temping, but I’m concerned with injuries and Ladell Betts playing a little more than your average backup. Brown’s Dolphins have issues, but he will be THE guy, and he’ll catch passes and score short TDs. I was bummed I didn’t get Reggie Bush with one of my first two picks, but I’ll take Henry and Brown as a solid 1-2 punch.

Round Three
3.01 25. Thomas Benson, Cedric CHI RB Wed May 16 1:16:21 p.m. ET 2007
3.02 26. KFFL Jones, Thomas NYJ RB Wed May 16 1:16:54 p.m. ET 2007
3.03 27. Fanball Owens, Terrell DAL WR Wed May 16 1:17:47 p.m. ET 2007
3.04 28. CBS Lynch, Marshawn BUF RB Wed May 16 1:18:08 p.m. ET 2007
3.05 29. FootballDiehards.com Barber, Marion DAL RB Wed May 16 1:18:46 p.m. ET 2007
3.06 30. Fantasy Index Wayne, Reggie IND WR Wed May 16 1:19:08 p.m. ET 2007
3.07 31. The Huddle Fitzgerald, Larry ARI WR Wed May 16 1:19:33 p.m. ET 2007
3.08 32. Footballinjuries.com Williams, Roy DET WR Wed May 16 1:21:05 p.m. ET 2007
3.09 33. Yahoo! Sports Green, Ahman HOU RB Wed May 16 1:21:19 p.m. ET 2007
3.10 34. FantasyGuru.com Johnson, Andre HOU WR Wed May 16 1:21:46 p.m. ET 2007
3.11 35. Fantasy Sports Magazine Williams, Carnell TBB RB Wed May 16 1:22:05 p.m. ET 2007
3.12 36. Foxsports Lewis, Jamal CLE RB Wed May 16 1:22:27 p.m. ET 2007

Very happy to get the chance to take Johnson, who caught 100+ passes last year, in this PPR league. I don’t see Matt Schaub hurting him this year and in fact I think he helps Johnson. My WRs have been bad in this league, so I smell a tough call coming with my next pick and QB Carson Palmer.
 
Round Four
4.01 37. Foxsports Moss, Randy NEP WR Wed May 16 1:23:03 p.m. ET 2007
4.02 38. Fantasy Sports Magazine Walker, Javon DEN WR Wed May 16 1:23:59 p.m. ET 2007
4.03 39. FantasyGuru.com Colston, Marques NOS WR Wed May 16 1:26:06 p.m. ET 2007
4.04 40. Yahoo! Sports Boldin, Anquan ARI WR Wed May 16 1:26:27 p.m. ET 2007
4.05 41. Footballinjuries.com Houshmandzadeh, T.J. CIN WR Wed May 16 1:28:15 p.m. ET 2007
4.06 42. The Huddle Peterson, Adrian MIN RB Wed May 16 1:28:34 p.m. ET 2007
4.07 43. Fantasy Index Evans, Lee BUF WR Wed May 16 1:29:08 p.m. ET 2007
4.08 44. FootballDiehards.com Driver, Donald GBP WR Wed May 16 1:29:28 p.m. ET 2007
4.09 45. CBS Gates, Antonio SDC TE Wed May 16 1:29:52 p.m. ET 2007
4.10 46. Fanball Williams, DeAngelo CAR RB Wed May 16 1:31:09 p.m. ET 2007
4.11 47. KFFL Taylor, Fred JAC RB Wed May 16 1:31:50 p.m. ET 2007
4.12 48. Thomas Palmer, Carson CIN QB Wed May 16 1:32:47 p.m. ET 2007

As expected, I had the tough choice on Palmer, and it was a BRUTAL one. I almost took Palmer here and he was VERY hard to pass up, but my WRs in this league have been such skank, and I know I can still get a good QB — or Jon Kitna much later. I think this was the way to go. I was also struggling between TJH, Driver, and Colston. Driver is so productive, but he just doesn’t excite me, and I worry about TJH’s injury. So I gambled that Colston is the real deal.
 
Round Five
5.01 49. Thomas Ward, Hines PIT WR Wed May 16 1:35:28 p.m. ET 2007
5.02 50. KFFL Brady, Tom NEP QB Wed May 16 1:35:44 p.m. ET 2007
5.03 51. Fanball Burress, Plaxico NYG WR Wed May 16 1:36:48 p.m. ET 2007
5.04 52. CBS Bulger, Marc STL QB Wed May 16 1:38:38 p.m. ET 2007
5.05 53. FootballDiehards.com Coles, Laveranues NYJ WR Wed May 16 1:38:48 p.m. ET 2007
5.06 54. Fantasy Index Brees, Drew NOS QB Wed May 16 1:39:12 p.m. ET 2007
5.07 55. The Huddle Branch, Deion SEA WR Wed May 16 1:39:48 p.m. ET 2007
5.08 56. Footballinjuries.com Moss, Santana WAS WR Wed May 16 1:40:10 p.m. ET 2007
5.09 57. Yahoo! Sports Edwards, Braylon CLE WR Wed May 16 1:42:15 p.m. ET 2007
5.10 58. FantasyGuru.com Brown, Reggie PHI WR Wed May 16 1:43:18 p.m. ET 2007
5.11 59. Fantasy Sports Magazine Jackson, Darrell SFO WR Wed May 16 1:43:28 p.m. ET 2007
5.12 60. Foxsports Glenn, Terry DAL WR Wed May 16 1:44:26 p.m. ET 2007

Yeah, I have a man-crush on Reggie Brown, I know. But my WRs have been so bad in this league and now I have 3 solid #1 NFL wideouts. Brown should be more active this year with Stallworth gone, and you can’t go wrong investing heavily in this Eagle offense.

Round Six
6.01 61. Foxsports Norwood, Jerious ATL RB Wed May 16 1:45:23 p.m. ET 2007
6.02 62. Fantasy Sports Magazine McNabb, Donovan PHI QB Wed May 16 1:45:31 p.m. ET 2007
6.03 63. FantasyGuru.com Taylor, Chester MIN RB Wed May 16 1:46:11 p.m. ET 2007
6.04 64. Yahoo! Sports Johnson, Calvin DET WR Wed May 16 1:46:50 p.m. ET 2007
6.05 65. Footballinjuries.com Dunn, Warrick ATL RB Wed May 16 1:47:53 p.m. ET 2007
6.06 66. The Huddle Kitna, Jon DET QB Wed May 16 1:48:13 p.m. ET 2007
6.07 67. Fantasy Index Cotchery, Jerricho NYJ WR Wed May 16 1:49:05 p.m. ET 2007
6.08 68. FootballDiehards.com White, LenDale TEN RB Wed May 16 1:49:21 p.m. ET 2007
6.09 69. CBS Gonzalez, Tony KCC TE Wed May 16 1:50:43 p.m. ET 2007
6.10 70. Fanball Henry, Chris TEN RB Wed May 16 1:52:11 p.m. ET 2007
6.11 71. KFFL Galloway, Joey TBB WR Wed May 16 1:52:53 p.m. ET 2007
6.12 72. Thomas Jones, Julius DAL RB Wed May 16 1:54:07 p.m. ET 2007

I obviously needed a #3 back and while there were a lot of guys similar to Taylor, I took the Viking. This was good enough value, I felt, while there isn’t much upside. Of course, if Adrian Peterson’s injury history pops up, then Taylor will be a very good value. I’m not in love with this pick, but taking a 3rd RB had to be done.

Round Seven
7.01 73. Thomas Bears, Chicago CHI Def Wed May 16 1:54:37 p.m. ET 2007
7.02 74. KFFL Heap, Todd BAL TE Wed May 16 1:55:08 p.m. ET 2007
7.03 75. Fanball Bell, Tatum DET RB Wed May 16 1:57:26 p.m. ET 2007
7.04 76. CBS Clayton, Mark BAL WR Wed May 16 1:58:42 p.m. ET 2007
7.05 77. FootballDiehards.com Romo, Tony DAL QB Wed May 16 1:59:13 p.m. ET 2007
7.06 78. Fantasy Index Cooley, Chris WAS TE Wed May 16 1:59:32 p.m. ET 2007
7.07 79. The Huddle Ravens, Baltimore BAL Def Wed May 16 2:00:25 p.m. ET 2007
7.08 80. Footballinjuries.com Chambers, Chris MIA WR Wed May 16 2:01:51 p.m. ET 2007
7.09 81. Yahoo! Sports Hasselbeck, Matt SEA QB Wed May 16 2:02:04 p.m. ET 2007
7.10 82. FantasyGuru.com Jackson, Brandon GBP RB Wed May 16 2:03:22 p.m. ET 2007
7.11 83. Fantasy Sports Magazine Shockey, Jeremy NYG TE Wed May 16 2:03:27 p.m. ET 2007
7.12 84. Foxsports Jackson, Vincent SDC WR Wed May 16 2:03:36 p.m. ET 2007

Time to take a chance, and a 7th round pick can’t be considered too big of one. I don’t think the Packers viewed Vernand Morency as a feature back when they traded for him, and the drafting of Jackson speaks to that. At worst, Jackson will be a very active member of a committee, and they love how he can catch the ball.

Round Eight
8.01 85. Foxsports Holmes, Santonio PIT WR Wed May 16 2:05:29 p.m. ET 2007
8.02 86. Fantasy Sports Magazine Hackett, D.J. SEA WR Wed May 16 2:05:35 p.m. ET 2007
8.03 87. FantasyGuru.com Winslow, Kellen CLE TE Wed May 16 2:06:22 p.m. ET 2007
8.04 88. Yahoo! Sports Jordan, Lamont OAK RB Wed May 16 2:07:49 p.m. ET 2007
8.05 89. Footballinjuries.com Davis, Vernon SFO TE Wed May 16 2:09:27 p.m. ET 2007
8.06 90. The Huddle Smith, L.J. PHI TE Wed May 16 2:09:46 p.m. ET 2007
8.07 91. Fantasy Index Jennings, Greg GBP WR Wed May 16 2:10:32 p.m. ET 2007
8.08 92. FootballDiehards.com Crumpler, Alge ATL TE Wed May 16 2:10:45 p.m. ET 2007
8.09 93. CBS Morency, Vernand GBP RB Wed May 16 2:11:15 p.m. ET 2007
8.10 94. Fanball Foster, De’shaun CAR RB Wed May 16 2:12:00 p.m. ET 2007
8.11 95. KFFL Stallworth, Donte’ NEP WR Wed May 16 2:12:38 p.m. ET 2007
8.12 96. Thomas Witten, Jason DAL TE Wed May 16 2:14:22 p.m. ET 2007

I just had to take a chance here. I’ve spoken with two Brown beat writers this week and both say all signs point to Winslow being ready to play Week One. There’s a small chance the microfracture surgery will give him back some of his explosiveness. Even if it doesn’t this is a steal this late in the PPR league as long as long as he’s on the field. I’m praying a certain QB is still on the board when it comes back to me.

Round Nine
9.01 97. Thomas Berrian, Bernard CHI WR Wed May 16 2:15:07 p.m. ET 2007
9.02 98. KFFL Rivers, Philip SDC QB Wed May 16 2:15:53 p.m. ET 2007
9.03 99. Fanball Young, Vince TEN QB Wed May 16 2:16:49 p.m. ET 2007
9.04 100. CBS Betts, Ladell WAS RB Wed May 16 2:17:06 p.m. ET 2007
9.05 101. FootballDiehards.com Vick, Michael ATL QB Wed May 16 2:17:26 p.m. ET 2007
9.06 102. Fantasy Index Clark, Dallas IND TE Wed May 16 2:19:43 p.m. ET 2007
9.07 103. The Huddle Jones, Kevin DET RB Wed May 16 2:20:05 p.m. ET 2007
9.08 104. Footballinjuries.com Cutler, Jay DEN QB Wed May 16 2:20:26 p.m. ET 2007
9.09 105. Yahoo! Sports Curtis, Kevin PHI WR Wed May 16 2:20:49 p.m. ET 2007
9.10 106. FantasyGuru.com Leinart, Matt ARI QB Wed May 16 2:24:15 p.m. ET 2007
9.11 107. Fantasy Sports Magazine Washington, Leon NYJ RB Wed May 16 2:24:27 p.m. ET 2007
9.12 108. Foxsports Bell, Mike DEN RB Wed May 16 2:24:59 p.m. ET 2007

Boy am I pissed right now. Jay Cutler would have made this draft for me but some a-hole named Adam Caplan took him right in front of me. I knew it was coming, though, and I called it in the office once I realized he hadn’t taken a QB yet and was picking right in front of me. Adam and I do a lot of work together, and we both love Cutler. I knew it was coming. I literally couldn’t find another strong pick, so I disgustingly took Leinart.
 
Round Ten
10.01 109. Foxsports Watson, Ben NEP TE Wed May 16 2:27:12 p.m. ET 2007
10.02 110. Fantasy Sports Magazine Roethlisberger, Ben PIT QB Wed May 16 2:27:15 p.m. ET 2007
10.03 111. FantasyGuru.com Turner, Michael SDC RB Wed May 16 2:27:35 p.m. ET 2007
10.04 112. Yahoo! Sports Manning, Eli NYG QB Wed May 16 2:29:06 p.m. ET 2007
10.05 113. Footballinjuries.com Favre, Brett GBP QB Wed May 16 2:29:55 p.m. ET 2007
10.06 114. The Huddle Bruce, Isaac STL WR Wed May 16 2:30:19 p.m. ET 2007
10.07 115. Fantasy Index Leonard, Brian STL RB Wed May 16 2:30:47 p.m. ET 2007
10.08 116. FootballDiehards.com Rhodes, Dominic OAK RB Wed May 16 2:31:43 p.m. ET 2007
10.09 117. CBS Horn, Joe ATL WR Wed May 16 2:33:50 p.m. ET 2007
10.10 118. Fanball Delhomme, Jake CAR QB Wed May 16 2:34:39 p.m. ET 2007
10.11 119. KFFL Muhammad, Muhsin CHI WR Wed May 16 2:36:10 p.m. ET 2007
10.12 120. Thomas Vinatieri, Adam IND PK Wed May 16 2:37:09 p.m. ET 2007

Maybe I’m pissed and looking to screw someone, but no one can argue with Michael Turner’s potential. I’m not going to close the door on a pre-season or even an in-season trade, either.
 
Round Eleven
11.01 121. Thomas Jones, Brandon TEN WR Wed May 16 2:38:07 p.m. ET 2007
11.02 122. KFFL Patriots, New England NEP Def Wed May 16 2:38:59 p.m. ET 2007
11.03 123. Fanball Gonzalez, Anthony IND WR Wed May 16 2:40:22 p.m. ET 2007
11.04 124. CBS Droughns, Reuben NYG RB Wed May 16 2:41:21 p.m. ET 2007
11.05 125. FootballDiehards.com Porter, Jerry OAK WR Wed May 16 2:41:57 p.m. ET 2007
11.06 126. Fantasy Index Losman, J.P. BUF QB Wed May 16 2:42:23 p.m. ET 2007
11.07 127. The Huddle Pennington, Chad NYJ QB Wed May 16 2:43:21 p.m. ET 2007
11.08 128. Footballinjuries.com Henderson, Devery NOS WR Wed May 16 2:44:34 p.m. ET 2007
11.09 129. Yahoo! Sports Chargers, San Diego SDC Def Wed May 16 2:45:23 p.m. ET 2007
11.10 130. FantasyGuru.com Schaub, Matt HOU QB Wed May 16 2:46:44 p.m. ET 2007
11.11 131. Fantasy Sports Magazine Curry, Ronald OAK WR Wed May 16 2:46:50 p.m. ET 2007
11.12 132. Foxsports Steelers, Pittsburgh PIT Def Wed May 16 2:48:26 p.m. ET 2007

I need to catch lightening in a jar, and I give Schaub a decent chance, although Alex Smith might have been as good or better a choice. I just have a lot of faith in Schaub and Gary Kubiak and not as much in Smith w/o Norv Turner.

Round Twelve
12.01 133. Foxsports Dillon, Corey FA RB Wed May 16 2:48:53 p.m. ET 2007
12.02 134. Fantasy Sports Magazine Dayne, Ron HOU RB Wed May 16 2:49:02 p.m. ET 2007
12.03 135. FantasyGuru.com Mason, Derrick BAL WR Wed May 16 2:50:01 p.m. ET 2007
12.04 136. Yahoo! Sports Brown, Chris TEN RB Wed May 16 2:51:05 p.m. ET 2007
12.05 137. Footballinjuries.com Hunt, Tony PHI RB Wed May 16 2:51:25 p.m. ET 2007
12.06 138. The Huddle Morris, Sammy NEP RB Wed May 16 2:51:43 p.m. ET 2007
12.07 139. Fantasy Index Eagles, Philadelphia PHI Def Wed May 16 2:52:03 p.m. ET 2007
12.08 140. FootballDiehards.com Seahawks, Seattle SEA Def Wed May 16 2:53:03 p.m. ET 2007
12.09 141. CBS Booker, Lorenzo MIA RB Wed May 16 2:53:21 p.m. ET 2007
12.10 142. Fanball Cowboys, Dallas DAL Def Wed May 16 2:54:48 p.m. ET 2007
12.11 143. KFFL Bennett, Drew STL WR Wed May 16 2:56:15 p.m. ET 2007

Mason may be just a body at this point, but I still think he’s playing at a high level; it’s the QB that concerns me more. Still, this is pretty late so a worthy depth pick.

Round Thirteen
13.01 145. Thomas Smith, Alex SFO QB Wed May 16 2:59:11 p.m. ET 2007
13.02 146. KFFL Kaeding, Nate SDC PK Wed May 16 3:00:37 p.m. ET 2007
13.03 147. Fanball Graham, Shayne CIN PK Wed May 16 3:01:05 p.m. ET 2007
13.04 148. CBS Johnson, Keyshawn FA WR Wed May 16 3:01:33 p.m. ET 2007
13.05 149. FootballDiehards.com Wilkins, Jeff STL PK Wed May 16 3:01:52 p.m. ET 2007
13.06 150. Fantasy Index Robinson, Michael SFO RB Wed May 16 3:02:43 p.m. ET 2007
13.07 151. The Huddle Jones, Matt JAC WR Wed May 16 3:03:39 p.m. ET 2007
13.08 152. Footballinjuries.com Broncos, Denver DEN Def Wed May 16 3:04:48 p.m. ET 2007
13.09 153. Yahoo! Sports Miller, Heath PIT TE Wed May 16 3:06:19 p.m. ET 2007
13.10 154. FantasyGuru.com Rackers, Neil ARI PK Wed May 16 3:06:37 p.m. ET 2007
13.11 155. Fantasy Sports Magazine Gould, Robbie CHI PK Wed May 16 3:06:59 p.m. ET 2007
13.12 156. Foxsports Akers, David PHI PK Wed May 16 3:07:29 p.m. ET 2007

There are only 2 rounds left (we do the final 6 rounds in August), and the rules are you have to draft a starting lineup for the magazine, so I had to take a PK and DT. I thought I’d be able to get Lorenzo Booker in the August draft, or Mike Bell for that matter who went a little while earlier. I felt Rackers was the best on the board on an improved Cardinal team and one season removed from monster numbers.

Round Fourteen
14.01 157. Foxsports Grossman, Rex CHI QB Wed May 16 3:07:56 p.m. ET 2007
14.02 158. Fantasy Sports Magazine Dolphins, Miami MIA Def Wed May 16 3:10:27 p.m. ET 2007
14.03 159. FantasyGuru.com 49ers, San Francisco SFO Def Wed May 16 3:10:59 p.m. ET 2007
14.04 160. Yahoo! Sports Brown, Josh SEA PK Wed May 16 3:11:25 p.m. ET 2007
14.05 161. Footballinjuries.com Elam, Jason DEN PK Wed May 16 3:12:24 p.m. ET 2007
14.06 162. The Huddle Scobee, Josh JAC PK Wed May 16 3:13:05 p.m. ET 2007
14.07 163. Fantasy Index Gostkowski, Stephen NEP PK Wed May 16 3:13:17 p.m. ET 2007
14.08 164. FootballDiehards.com Marshall, Brandon DEN WR Wed May 16 3:13:31 p.m. ET 2007
14.09 165. CBS Jaguars, Jacksonville JAC Def Wed May 16 3:13:37 p.m. ET 2007
14.10 166. Fanball McMichael, Randy STL TE Wed May 16 3:14:45 p.m. ET 2007
14.11 167. KFFL Kennison, Eddie KCC WR Wed May 16 3:15:05 p.m. ET 2007
14.12 168. Thomas Thomas, Anthony BUF RB Wed May 16 3:16:12 p.m. ET 2007

No Sh*t, Mosi, took the 49ers before seeing your post. Everyone knows I’m perfectly willing to overpay for the Bears or maybe even the Ravens, but after that it’s all about upside and all about waiting until the bitter end.
 
Final Thoughts
I may never get over the buzzkill of missing out on Cutler, and I may seriously regret not taking my boy Carson Palmer, who I took in a comparable spot in the 4th in my first expert league of the year. But I do have a good team and a lot of good players. I would call this team a strong contender, but not neccesarily the team to beat. It could have been better, could have been worse. I guess the one lesson I learned it it’s dangerous when you’re assuming you can get a QB who you covet any time after the 5th round. I say, you better make it a point to take a Brady, Palmer, Brees, Bulger, or McNabb any time after the 3rd round. And if you miss out on one of them, you should probably overpay a little for Kitna (say 7th round) or Cutler (say 9th, although he might be going all over the map this year). I know Leinart is comparale to Cutler on paper, but I think Cutler has a much better chance to go down as a great value whereas Leinart will likely be viewed as a guy who produces about to his draft position.

Projected starting lineup (PPR league)

Matt Leinart
Travis Henry
Ronnie Brown 
Chester Taylor
Andre Johnson
Marques Colston
Reggie Brown
Kellen Winslow
Neil Rackers
49er Defense
 
Bench
Matt Schaub
Brandon Jackson
Michael Turner
Derrick Mason

We have 6 more rounds to go and will pick this draft up in August. For now, I’ll give it a solid 7 1/2 out of 10, might have been an 8 1/2 with Cutler.

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31 Responses

  1. winit4mosi says:

    John,

    Why is it that I almost never see you pick late in a draft, or am I way off here? It always seem like you get the 2nd, 3rd or 4th pick. Either way, cheers to you, my man. As for your DEF strategy, I’m not banking on either DEF (the Bears and Ravens) to be as strong as last year. I’d be happy to grab the Chargers or even the Pats DEF this year. I’ve drafted Bulger two years straight now, and he’s served me well. So if he’s there late, I’d grab him and be content. Good luck, can’t wait to see what transpires.

  2. John Hansen says:

    I’m drafting 10th in this draft.

  3. winit4mosi says:

    Sorry John,

    I misread the part about Carson Palmer with the 4th pick. I’m running on about 4hrs sleep. My bad. Good picks thus far with Henry and Brown. The Henry pick worries me a bit with Broncos turnstile approach, but he should start and thrive in the system. Grabbing Booker late would be a good idea as insurance for Brown.

  4. Baron says:

    Passing on Portis and taking AJ in PPR format both were wise moves in my opinion. I just don’t feel comfortable with Henry and Brown as your starters yet. But both have upside for sure. Can’t wait for 4th…

  5. winit4mosi says:

    Ouch! Passed on Palmer for Colston? I don’t know,man. I hope you can still get Bulger or maybe Kitna late. Is it fair to assume there are no turnover penalties for QBs in this league?

  6. winit4mosi says:

    So far I like Fanball’s squad, but question taking a WR in the second round.

  7. Baron says:

    WOW, AJ and Colston! That’s 2 of the best WR’s for PPR.

  8. Baron says:

    Bulger, Brady, Brees, Palmer… all gone within the last 7 picks. Hmmm…

  9. John Hansen says:

    Yeah, I got hosed on QB. Time to turn to Plan D.

  10. winit4mosi says:

    Philip Rivers,or even taking a chance on McNabb at this point might be worth the risk. The quality drops ff considerably now. I smell Kitna.

  11. winit4mosi says:

    Bye, bye, Kitna. Go Rivers!!!!!

  12. Baron says:

    J.Jones in round 6 could be a real steal!

  13. winit4mosi says:

    Love the Brandon Jackson pick!!! If you’re going to take a chance, why not gamble on a big one. I just suggested BJax to someone in a Dynasty league. Nice pick ,John.

  14. winit4mosi says:

    I smell Jay Cutler as John’s next pick.

  15. Flizzo says:

    A late flyer on Jason Campbell?

  16. winit4mosi says:

    Nothing wrong with Leinart, although I still think the running game will take center stage in Arizona. No love for Rivers, eh? Hmmmmmmmmm……

  17. Baron says:

    Well, there’s just as much upside with Leinart as with Cutler. I only hope the line can protect him this season. If they do, he will do just fine as your starter. As of now, the 4th round pick could be the vital pick of your draft – you could have picked Palmer.

  18. Flizzo says:

    At a glance I like “Thomas” and footballinjuries the best. I like the Chester Taylor pick a lot. Very solid RB and WR corps, Hansen.

  19. John Hansen says:

    “Thomas” is the FG.com subscriber who won our playoff content this year. He clearly knows what’s he’s doing. Damn, his draft just smells like fantasyguru.com.

  20. winit4mosi says:

    I wonder what DEF will go next……

  21. Flizzo says:

    Late looks:
    Brandon Jones
    Chargers D
    Michael Turner
    Devery Henderson
    Welker (PPR)
    Furrey (PPR)
    Mike Bell for the handcuff

  22. winit4mosi says:

    Nice pick with Schaub, John. I figured the Pats DEF and SD would go next. Man, this is a compelling draft! (munches popcorn).

  23. winit4mosi says:

    What are the odds John picks up a sleeper DEF like SF?

  24. Flizzo says:

    Friggin Thomas…haha.

    And there went Turner! Nothing like opening multiple tabs in Firefox to view FGuru rankings vs. who’s left in the draft. I like the pick a lot, and I like the Schaub pick too…but if the Chargers D had dropped one more slot you could have packaged them with a late Alex Smith or J Campbell pick (‘skins fan :) .

  25. Flizzo says:

    Thanks for posting the draft. I’m feenin’ for this stuff and there ain’t much going around. FantasyGuru.com is THE BEST!!!

  26. winit4mosi says:

    Love the Niners pick, John. If you’re drafting IDPs this year, take a flyer on Patrick Willis. I think he’ll be this year’s DeMeco Ryans.

  27. Flizzo says:

    Nice call!

  28. winit4mosi says:

    I also like the fact that Niners are switching to the 3-4 this year. If your league is big on DEF scoring, then the Niners have some playmakers in their midst. Watch for a healthy (hopefully) Ray McDonald to make an impact as a rookie in this system.

  29. winit4mosi says:

    Nice work overall, John. It always good to watch someone else go through it early, so you can take something away from the choices.

  30. Miles to Go says:

    I think the squad looks very solid, as long as Leinert pans out. No real holes, and that’s a good start.

  31. PackFan says:

    Why do you think nobody has any love for Adrian Peterson of the Bears? There seems to be lots of eggs in Cedric Benson’s basket.

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