Popping in to let people know I have another “Expert Draft” tonight, and this one is important because it’s the first one I’ve done since training camps opened up, so it will be interesting. I will whip up an analysis of the draft ASAP and will have it up on the site tomorrow. Last year in this league, I had the top team entering the playoffs but lost in the semis. The year before I was average, and the year before that I won it.
BTW, I have the 8th pick in the league, and it’s not a PPR league. I’m hoping no one in the league reads this, but I’m likely going to pull the trigger on Travis Henry and Cedric Benson if I can. That is a potentially devastating backfield – but one with a little downside.
by Jim Coventry, Guest Blogger
I have seen owners play it both ways: some cannot have enough RBs on their roster, while others ride with a few quality ones and provide very little depth. How should an owner deal with the amount of RBs on the roster?
Over the years, I’ve seen many marginal RBs get drafted, just because the player can be seen at the position, and in a contract league, owners have locked such players up to fairly long-term deals. Favorite names I remember are former Rams Trung Canidate & Lamar Gordon, Justin Fargas, Troy Hambrick, and Maurice Morris. Except for a few games or short stretches of time, these were entirely wasted picks and put strain on roster depth for those teams.
I can’t say that I’ve seen many occasions in which an owner drafted lower than a second round NFL selection, and if I did, it hardly ended up panning out. Instead, I have seen the waiver wire produce absolute superstars for the owners that had kept enough roster space clear to make some moves. All of the following players were waiver wire acquisitions (in most leagues) before making a name for themselves in the NFL: Terrell Davis, Priest Holmes, [...]