This dynasty league draft continued over the weekend, and I made two ballsy picks, so let me break it down.
In the 4th round, after taking Cam Newton, Adrian Peterson, and Wes Welker to start my draft, I took Pittsburgh’s Antonio Brown.
Antonio Brown is an emerging player who could be special very soon
While Brown probably wouldn’t have lasted too much longer, this pick was a bit of a reach, especially since I took him over Marques Colston. Obviously, since this is a dynasty draft, I took Brown with the long-term in mind. The problem I had with Colston is I didn’t feel comfortable banking on him and his problematic knees since I’m already dealing with a serious injury issue with Peterson. Had I not had that injury-related issue, I would have taken the productive Colston, especially since he’s just signed a new deal.
I liked Brown because he’s obviously very young, but he showed flashes of potentially developing into a special player. The numbers may not show that, as he had a catch rate of only 57%, which isn’t great, but 16 yards a catch is pretty good and was right there with Mike Wallace. Brown actually had more targets last [...]
I was getting set to head out for the day Saturday and noticed I was up for my 3rd pick in this startup Dynasty League draft. I did not take a lot of time making my pick, but I liked my pick of Wes Welker. I seriously considered Greg Jennings, who I love, but Jennings has never even caught more than 80 passes in a season and has actually had more injury issues than Welker over the last five years.
This is a PPR league, and Welker is coming off an incredible season in this format, ranking as the #2 WR in PPR leagues last year, second only to Calvin Johnson. There are reasons to believe his production will drop off a bit going forward, such as the addition of veteran wideout Brandon Lloyd, his advancing age, and a potential contract squabble. Welker will at least play under the franchise tag in 2012, so he’ll be a Patriot this year. I would imagine the two sides will nail down a new deal, at least one for 2-3 years. Whenever you see a player whose production and effectiveness is tied to his specific team and system, I think you can expect him [...]
Today it was time for me to make my second pick in this startup Dynasty Draft. Already in this league the young and productive impact players without issues are dwindling down, and with a QB taken in the First Round (Cam Newton), the two young, stud TEs (Graham and Gronk) gone, and a ton of good WRs still on the board, I wanted to lock up a RB I can hang my hat on.
Of course, the RB depth falls off a cliff quickly, even in 2012 redraft leagues this year, so finding a great back even 20 or so picks in isn’t that easy these days.
My choice was down to Matt Forte and Adrian Peterson. Forte would appear to be the safer choice, based on his health, but he’s got some issues for 2012 and for the long-term. The Bears aren’t paying Michael Bush the type of money they are (four-year deal worth $14 million, including $7 million guaranteed) to just be a backup, so I would imagine he will play a lot and cut into Forte’s production. And that’s assuming Forte’s contract impasse doesn’t get very ugly with a long holdout here in 2012. Going forward, I just don’t [...]
I know people have asked for more Dynasty League content, and while I think we cover young and emerging players very well, which can obviously be applied to Dynasty, the fact is I’ve never even played in this format. So when a subscriber and MB poster randomly sent me a tweet to see if I’d be interested in joining a new Dynasty league with all FantasyGuru.com subscribers, I figured I’d give it a shot, specifically to help with our content in this area.
The first step is to cover the draft, which kicked off last night. I will continue to cover this slow draft (16 hour deadline for each pick) throughout the rest of the spring and summer, and as we move along I will cover my team, pickups, drops, etc. Hopefully, this will help me become a little more aware of the whole dynasty thing.
I drew pick 1.03 in this 12-team PPR league. All TDs are 6 points.
My pick was Cam Newton.
This was a really tough call for me because I initially wanted one of the elite RBs, and LeSean McCoy and Ray Rice were there for the taking. Calvin Johnson was a consideration. The first thing I’ve noticed about [...]
I did another mock draft last night, this one for Lindys magazine, which will be on newsstands in roughly 6-8 weeks. I cannot post the whole draft, but I can quickly review my picks with some thoughts. As usual, I lost interest toward the end and stopped crossing guys off my list, but it was a pretty solid draft, nevertheless.
This was a 12-team mock, non-PPR, 6 points for rushing/receiving TDs and 4 points for passing TDs. I had the 3rd overall pick.
1st round – I took Ray Rice over LeSean McCoy even though it’s a non-PPR and McCoy scored 20 TDs. I don’t think McCoy comes close to that number this year, whereas Rice scored 15 TDs and had more rushing and receiving yards in 2011.
2nd round – Looking for impact players, I gladly take Jimmy Graham, who I apparently reached for in the previous draft at 12 overall.
3rd round – Still looking for studs, preferably young ones, I took A.J. Green over Michael Vick, who I felt had a chance to slip to me in the 4th (missed him by one pick).
4th round – I don’t want to get pinched at QB, so I grabbed the usually reliable Tony [...]