May 15, 2008
Had yet another “expert’s Draft last night, this one with some pretty big names in the industry, key guys from Yahoo, Fox, ESPN, among others.
I picked 8th, and I definitely took a step forward in terms of implementing and perfecting my ideal draft plan for 2008. I tried to hold off a little on a QB, but couldn’t for too long, and I tried to do the same at TE, but couldn’t for too long. I also failed to grab a good backup QB. You can’t have everything in a draft full of people who really know what they’re doing, but I still came close in this one.
Looking at all the team’s drafted, I think mine has the best combination of balance from top-to-bottom, stability, upside, and depth. It’s very important to understand the league scoring and setup, though. In this league, you start only 2 RBs, which is dumb but it’s the rule. I was late for the draft, as usual, as I was all over the place in the evening, what with my four kids. I had just witnessed my 10-year old son Nicholas slap a game-winning double in little league off the best pitcher in the league, and the team I’m a coach for knock off the only undefeated team in our league 2-1, so the last thing I was thinking about was that I had a draft at 8pm. I got to the draft just in time, but I failed to realize/remember you started only 2 RBs. I might not have taken 2 with my first two picks then, but I’m happy enough with the two guys I got.
I also made a few picks that were a refection of how this was NOT a PPR league, so take note of that.
Here’s how my draft went picking 8th overall.
Frank Gore – He was the remaining true stud talent on the board, and since I wanted to try to hold off on my QB, I grabbed Gore.
Maurice Jones-Drew – I’m all over Drew this year as someone with no downside and a lot of upside. I bet his role and production is more like his incredible rookie season, what with more action in the passing game and another year of wear and tear and aging on Fred Taylor.
Torry Holt – Had to get a top wideout, and I got caught in a serious run, so I missed out on the guys I really wanted (like Smith, Colston, TJH, etc). The Ram offense will be better, and Holt was pretty solid last year through all the ugliness.
Drew Brees – I would have taken Roy Williams, but we went right in front of me. In this round people were taking guys like Kevin Smith, Thomas Jones, Earnest Graham, etc. I was like, nah, I’ll take a sure-thing QB; had to do it.
Lee Evans – Prayed Greg Jennings would fall to me, but just missed him. Thought hard about Dwayne Bowe, but his QB situation is scary and he could level off a little this year before he ascends eventually. Evans is frustrating, but it’s not a PPR league, so that helps a little because his catch totals are down lately. The QB can definitely play and he’s a year in the league, plus the sizable James Hardy should take some pressure off Evans and this offense as a whole is looking decent, with a good line and running game. Evans has upside and could very well be one of the better values this year, so I rolled with him.
Kellen Winslow – I probably wasn’t going to get an elite TE in the next round, which proved to be the case, so I was fortunate to get an elite player at this stage.
Ahman Green – Not the best option, but we’re also talking about the 33rd RB off the board, and someone who is still the starter in Houston. Between him and Chris Brown, someone’s going to have success running the ball in Houston, so my plan was to invest in this duo for my primary backup spot. Unfortunately, some ass-face took Brown earlier than expected.
Reggie Brown – Yeah, yeah, yeah, I love Reggie Brown. Well, I really don’t and was disappointed big time in him last year, but he was still a top-30 guy down the stretch last year, and it’s not a PPR league, so he’s a decent #3 with the potential to be a very good one. Philly’s offense is definitely going to be better, so Brown should be as well.
Patrick Crayton – I like Crayton as a good depth guy, especially in a non-PPR league. He’ll be the 3rd option in the passing game, but that’s not bad when the team is putting up 30+ TD passes. He’ll likely score 7-8 TDs.
DeShaun Foster – After getting squeezed on Brown and the Texan backfield, I took no chances on SF’s handcuff. Probably a round two early, but you never know.
Sidney Rice – Looking for an upside guy for sure, and I like Rice as just that. Especially in a non-PPR league, he could score any given week and will likely be their top red zone guy, plus he can make big plays. A legit sleeper.
Sammy Morris – Looking for some stability among the skank at RB, Morris was a good option. He was actually a top-30 back when he got hurt and should again be their goal line guy who gets 7-10 carries most games.
Green Bay Packers – Held off as long as I could on my DT, but with potentially-elite options dwindling, I added one in the Packers. A very decent starter.
Devin Hester – Looking for more upside, and the Bears think very highly of him as a receiver.
Adam Vinatieri – Actually pretty happy to get him at this late stage. Coming off a horrible year, but could easily bounce back and be one of the top 1-2 fantasy PKs this year.
Tarvaris Jackson – Actually should have taken Michael Bush and blown off backup QB, but I didn’t want to be totally stuck if Brees went down. You could do worse in terms of potential and a solid situation than Jackson.
Here’s my starting lineup:
QB: Drew Brees
RB: Frank Gore
RB: Maurice Jones-Drew
WR: Torry Holt
WR: Lee Evans
WR: Reggie Brown
TE: Kellen Winslow
PK: Adam Vinatieri
DT: Green Bay Packers
Here are all the other teams in this draft:
New England Patriots
New York Giants
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Ted Ginn Jr.
San Diego Chargers