First Draft Underway

I was wrong on the time, the draft started at 1pm. I’m being very aggressive, taking some chances, and adding as many stud talents as I can, regardless of position. I’m pleased with the results so far. Picking 12th out of 12, here’s what I got:

1st: Marion Barber – Maybe there’s not much upside with the potential RBBC, but no downside, either. I’ll take 12-15 TDs.

2nd: Andre Johnson – Major man-crush on this beast.

3rd: Drew Brees – It’s 6 pts per TD, so QBs are valuable, and wait until you see who went at this position the next 1-2 rnds.

4th: Antonio Gates – Injury is worrisome, but I want as many pure studs as I can and I will go from there.

5th: Calvin Johnson – The best choices were Coles, Galloway, Driver, Santana, etc. In other words, not much upside.

6th: Jonathan Stewart – I’m rolling with upside and explosiveness, so I rolled with Stewart. Hey, Matt Forte went only 4-5 picks later.

7th: DeAngelo Williams – It’s not a perfect draft pick, but things change so quickly in the NFL and it’s so important to have impact players. I’m banking that Stewart is one. If not, I got the other guy, [...]

(Quarter) Backed into a Corner

I have my first expert draft of the season today, for Fantasy Sports Magazine, and I’m having some issues with my first two picks and who to take. I’m picking last, 12th overall, so I get the double pick. It’s tough because QB Tom Brady makes a lot of sense if he’s there for me, yet in these expert leagues the quarterbacks usually go later than your average draft, so it’s hard to stomach taking a QB this early, even Brady.

Still, there’s unusual depth at RB this year, and given that fact that there will be tons of opportunities to grab a big-time producer or two late or even on the WW, Brady is hard to pass up.And given how many RBs disappointed last year, there’s a lot to be said for getting a stud with no downside, and that describes Brady. His TD and yardage totals will go way down, but 35+ TDs should be a lock. That’s about as safe as a draft pick as there is, so I might pull the trigger on Brady if he’s there at 12 overall. He might not be, though, and I get the feeling I’ll be faced with a tough [...]

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