10-Team NFFC Cutline Championship Draft Recap

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by John Hansen, Publisher

Published, 8/17/13 

I participated on Thursday night in a 26-round, 10-team draft for the NFFC Cutline Championship. This was against all subscribers, so it’s not an easy field for me. Not only do these people get all of our information, but they also know exactly what my Draft Plan is. Of course, that plan is flexible, and I didn’t feel like I got hosed on as many picks as I did last year, when I did something similar with the NFFC and drafting against subscribers.
This league is unique in that it’s very deep rosters (10 teams, 260 players drafted) and you’re only allowed three Waiver Wire moves all year. So I was a little more focused on durability and handcuffing my top players. I was also looking a little harder for viable stash-and-hope picks.
This is a PPR league with all TDs worth 6 points. Otherwise, the scoring is pretty standard.
I unfortunately don’t have the time to cover every pick, as I’m working on so many other things that are higher priorities, but I took some time to roll through this draft and offer some thoughts.
ROUND          PICK   PLAYER         POS    TEAM
1        1        Adrian Peterson        RB      Team paul
1        2        Jamaal Charles         RB      BrockmanBlitz
1        3        Doug Martin   RB      Sledgehammer
1        4        Calvin Johnson         WR     San Carlos 4
1        5        C.J. Spiller     RB      The Maestro
1        6        Arian Foster   RB      Felonious Assault 1
1        7        Ray Rice        RB      SlickRick23
1        8        Trent Richardson      RB      Guru's Guru
1        9        Marshawn Lynch       RB      BobbyG
1          10        LeSean McCoy          RB       Team Hansen
Comments: Felt fortunate to get McCoy at #10. This was done right when his second preseason game kicked off, and he probably would have gone higher after his stellar showing. Arian Foster at #6 was a value.
2          1          A.J. Green     WR      Team Hansen
2        2        Dez Bryant    WR     BobbyG
2        3        Matt Forte     RB      Guru's Guru
2        4        Brandon Marshall      WR     SlickRick23
2        5        Jimmy Graham         TE      Felonious Assault 1
2        6        Demaryius Thomas   WR     The Maestro
2        7        Julio Jones     WR     San Carlos 4
2        8        Randall Cobb WR     Sledgehammer
2        9        Aaron Rodgers         QB      BrockmanBlitz
2        10      Victor Cruz     WR     Team paul
Comments: Tough call here, but in a 10-team league and with 20 picks before my next pick, I felt the need to secure a stud WR. RB is pretty deep this year, so I felt the next to get one top wideout.
3        1        Alfred Morris RB      Team paul
3        2        Andre Johnson         WR     BrockmanBlitz
3        3        Larry Fitzgerald        WR     Sledgehammer
3        4        Steven Jackson        RB      San Carlos 4
3        5        Maurice Jones-Drew RB      The Maestro
3        6        Reggie Bush   RB      Felonious Assault 1
3        7        Chris Johnson RB      SlickRick23
3        8        Darren Sproles         RB      Guru's Guru
3        9        Stevan Ridley RB      BobbyG
3          10        Drew Brees QB       Team Hansen
Comments: I do want to hold off on a QB, but with 6 points for all TDs and my #1 QB on the board with what can also be considered the 4th round, you kind of have to pull the trigger, especially in this format with Brees so durable. There were a lot of good values in this round, including Reggie Bush, Stevan Jackson, and Alfred Morris.
4          1          Frank Gore    RB       Team Hansen
4        2        Peyton Manning        QB      BobbyG
4        3        Roddy White   WR     Guru's Guru
4        4        Dwayne Bowe WR     SlickRick23
4        5        Wes Welker   WR     Felonious Assault 1
4        6        Cam Newton QB      The Maestro
4        7        Le'Veon Bell   RB      San Carlos 4
4        8        Jason Witten TE      Sledgehammer
4        9        Vincent Jackson        WR     BrockmanBlitz
4        10      Danny Amendola      WR     Team paul
Comments: I needed another RB, and it was a little early for some of the younger guys like Le’Veon Bell and Lamar Miller, so I just took a reliable guy in Gore, who popped off a 50+ yard run last night. It wasn’t easy to pass on some of the other appealing options, but I need availability. But Gore looks appealing this year, given their receiver issues.
5        1        Darren McFadden     RB      Team paul
5        2        DeMarco Murray       RB      BrockmanBlitz
5        3        David Wilson RB      Sledgehammer
5        4        Lamar Miller   RB      San Carlos 4
5        5        Rob Gronkowski       TE      The Maestro
5        6        Marques Colston       WR     Felonious Assault 1
5        7        Shane Vereen RB      SlickRick23
5        8        Pierre Garcon WR     Guru's Guru
5        9        Reggie Wayne WR     BobbyG
5          10        Antonio Brown         WR      Team Hansen
Comments: Here’s where I got pinched at WR, as I was hoping my guy Pierre Garcon, or at least Reggie Wayne. I had to “settle” on Brown, whom I do still love. That was pretty nice value for Lamar Miller in the 5th round. That’s a great spot for him.
6          1          Daryl Richardson     RB       Team Hansen
6        2        Eddie Lacy     RB      BobbyG
6        3        T.Y. Hilton      WR     Guru's Guru
6        4        Ryan Mathews          RB      SlickRick23
6        5        Montee Ball    RB      Felonious Assault 1
6        6        Steve Smith   WR     The Maestro
6        7        Vernon Davis TE      San Carlos 4
6        8        Ahmad Bradshaw      RB      Sledgehammer
6        9        DeSean Jackson       WR     BrockmanBlitz
6        10      Stevie Johnson         WR     Team paul
Comments: Knowing I’m going up against subscribers, I realize I’m not going to get many great values, and I needed a RB. Especially since I’m not picking again for essentially two rounds, I had to get one. Ahmad Bradshaw and Eddie Lacy were very tempting, but Bradshaw’s age concerned me, and I do still have some concerns about how reliable Lacy will be this year (although I do think he has a very good chance to be very productive). I went with Richardson, who I think will have clear value all year, and who also has some upside. For most, he should be drafted 1-2 rounds later for better value.
7        1        Tavon Austin WR     Team paul
7        2        Tony Gonzalez          TE      BrockmanBlitz
7        3        Giovani Bernard        RB      Sledgehammer
7        4        Andrew Luck QB      San Carlos 4
7        5        Chris Givens   WR     The Maestro
7        6        Ben Tate       RB      Felonious Assault 1
7        7        Eric Decker    WR     SlickRick23
7        8        Matthew Stafford     QB      Guru's Guru
7        9        James Jones WR     BobbyG
7          10        Hakeem Nicks          WR      Team Hansen
Comments: I’m fairly thin at WR, so I could not pass on a possible value in Nicks. Yes, he has injury issues, but if he can stay on the field, this will be a great value. He’s a high-end player in a contract year, so I felt he was worth this risk. It would have been nice to get Reuben Randle, but that was not in the cards. This was too early for Tate.
8          1          DeAngelo Williams RB       Team Hansen
8        2        Mark Ingram RB      BobbyG
8        3        Anquan Boldin WR     Guru's Guru
8        4        Matt Ryan      QB      SlickRick23
8        5        Jordy Nelson WR     Felonious Assault 1
8        6        Torrey Smith WR     The Maestro
8        7        Tom Brady     QB      San Carlos 4
8        8        Mike Wallace WR     Sledgehammer
8        9        Chris Ivory     RB      BrockmanBlitz
8        10      Josh Gordon   WR     Team paul
Comments: Still looking for solid RB depth, I like Williams in this spot. He has been a pain, but it looks like they will go more conventional this year, and he looked very good the evening this draft took place (I probably took him 15 minutes before he started getting carries). Good value here for Ryan, and I seriously considered Anquan Boldin. Josh Gordon could be a good value if he’s out of trouble.
9        1        Jonathan Stewart      RB      Team paul
9        2        Greg Jennings WR     BrockmanBlitz
9        3        Tony Romo    QB      Sledgehammer
9        4        Golden Tate   WR     San Carlos 4
9        5        BenJarvus Green-Ellis          RB      The Maestro
9        6        Russell Wilson QB      Felonious Assault 1
9        7        Cecil Shorts    WR     SlickRick23
9        8        Miles Austin    WR     Guru's Guru
9        9        Kyle Rudolph TE      BobbyG
9          10        Jermichael Finley    TE        Team Hansen
Comments: In a smaller league, you’re looking for impact players, and I felt Finley was a worthy risk about 100 picks into the draft. He definitely has a chance to be very impactful, and his QB continues to heap praise on him this summer, most recently Friday 8/16. I liked the Golden Tate pick here.
10        1          Bryce Brown            RB       Team Hansen
10      2        Kendall Wright          WR     BobbyG
10      3        Andre Brown RB      Guru's Guru
10      4        Ronnie Hillman          RB      SlickRick23
10      5        DeAndre Hopkins      WR     Felonious Assault 1
10      6        LaMichael James       RB      The Maestro
10      7        Emmanuel Sanders   WR     San Carlos 4
10      8        Kenny Britt    WR     Sledgehammer
10      9        Kenbrell Thompkins   WR     BrockmanBlitz
10      10      Colin Kaepernick       QB      Team paul
Comments: I know he’s still behind Chris Polk, who looked solid in the second preseason game (Brown sat out with a minor injury). But ultimately, I’m betting that the cream rises to the top, and Brown is more talented than Polk. He’s a McCoy handcuff (hopefully) and also a player who might be worth using in a pinch. This was way too high for Kenbrell Thompkins, who did nothing on 8/16, the night after this draft. He could still surprise, for sure, but that’s still too early. Solid value here for Colin Kaepernick.
11      1        Robert Griffin III       QB      Team paul
11      2        Rashard Mendenhall RB      BrockmanBlitz
11      3        Cordarrelle Patterson WR     Sledgehammer
11      4        Lance Moore WR     San Carlos 4
11      5        Vick Ballard    RB      The Maestro
11      6        Alshon Jeffery          WR     Felonious Assault 1
11      7        Greg Olsen     TE      SlickRick23
11      8        Fred Davis     TE      Guru's Guru
11      9        Sidney Rice    WR     BobbyG
11        10        Vincent Brown         WR      Team Hansen
Comments: The vibes are shaky in SD, but Brown continues to look like a player ready to emerge, and he should be the #1 WR for this team Week One. I wish things were better around him and that he was more durable, so he’s not a perfect breakout candidate. But he’s still a good one, I believe. Lance Moore was a solid value I would have taken here. This was too early for Cordarrelle Patterson.
12        1          Pierre Thomas         RB       Team Hansen
12      2        Danny Woodhead      RB      BobbyG
12      3        Fred Jackson RB      Guru's Guru
12      4        Bernard Pierce         RB      SlickRick23
12      5        Mike Williams WR     Felonious Assault 1
12      6        Michael Bush RB      The Maestro
12      7        Jared Cook    TE      San Carlos 4
12      8        Justin Blackmon        WR     Sledgehammer
12      9        Michael Floyd WR     BrockmanBlitz
12      10      Rod Streater WR     Team paul
Comments: Looking for a viable RB for depth that I could count on if needed, and Thomas fit the bill well. I considered Danny Woodhead, whom I do like, but I picked Thomas on the Saints, since there are shaky vibes with the Chargers. Jared Cook was a good pick here, and Mike Williams a value.
13      1        Martellus Bennett      TE      Team paul
13      2        Robert Woods WR     BrockmanBlitz
13      3        Brandon Myers         TE      Sledgehammer
13      4        Rueben Randle         WR     San Carlos 4
13      5        Coby Fleener TE      The Maestro
13      6        Bilal Powell     RB      Felonious Assault 1
13      7        Eli Manning     QB      SlickRick23
13      8        Jordan Cameron       TE      Guru's Guru
13      9        Brian Hartline WR     BobbyG
13        10        Antonio Gates          TE        Team Hansen
Comments: When you take Finley as your #1 TE, you need another good option, and Gates was perfect. The vibes are shaky here, but Gates looked good in the second preseason game and it looks like he has another productive year in his legs. This was a little early for some players like Robert Woods and Bilal Powell. But it was not too early for Reuben Randle, Coby Fleener, and especially Jordan Cameron.
14        1          Isaiah Pead RB       Team Hansen
14      2        Brandon Pettigrew    TE      BobbyG
14      3        Seattle DST    DST    Guru's Guru
14      4        Ryan Broyles WR     SlickRick23
14      5        Sam Bradford QB      Felonious Assault 1
14      6        San Francisco DST    DST    The Maestro
14      7        Denver DST   DST    San Carlos 4
14      8        Chicago DST   DST    Sledgehammer
14      9        Jay Cutler      QB      BrockmanBlitz
14      10      Mohamed Sanu        WR     Team paul
Comments: The only reason I took Pead here (not that this is very high) is because I have Richardson. If he’s out or ineffective, Pead will get a major chance for the Rams.
15      1        Denard Robinson      RB      Team paul
15      2        Aaron Dobson WR     BrockmanBlitz
15      3        Owen Daniels TE      Sledgehammer
15      4        Jacquizz Rodgers      RB      San Carlos 4
15      5        Zac Stacy      RB      The Maestro
15      6        Houston DST DST    Felonious Assault 1
15      7        Cincinnati DST DST    SlickRick23
15      8        Tyler Eifert    TE      Guru's Guru
15      9        Ace Sanders   WR     BobbyG
15        10        New England DST    DST     Team Hansen
Comments: It’s getting late, might as well get a defense that has a chance to be impactful, but I can’t say I’m totally sold on NE defense given their potential problems on offense. This is a defense that thrives on turnovers, and it’s helpful when they have a great offense. Ace Sanders was a sneaky pick this late and Tyler Eifert was worth a shot.
16        1          Joique Bell     RB       Team Hansen
16      2        Johnathan Franklin    RB      BobbyG
16      3        Julian Edelman         WR     Guru's Guru
16      4        Malcom Floyd WR     SlickRick23
16      5        Rob Housler   TE      Felonious Assault 1
16      6        Andy Dalton   QB      The Maestro
16      7        Jonathan Dwyer       RB      San Carlos 4
16      8        Roy Helu        RB      Sledgehammer
16      9        Brandon LaFell         WR     BrockmanBlitz
16      10      Dustin Keller   TE      Team paul
Comments: This is almost like a league where you draft and don’t touch the roster, with only 3 WW moves allowed, so I like Bell as a good stash-and-hope option. If Reggie Bush is out, Bell should get catches.
17      1        Michael Vick   QB      Team paul
17      2        Donnie Avery WR     BrockmanBlitz
17      3        Arizona DST   DST    Sledgehammer
17      4        Knile Davis     RB      San Carlos 4
17      5        Jermaine Gresham    TE      The Maestro
17      6        Christine Michael       RB      Felonious Assault 1
17      7        Dwayne Allen TE      SlickRick23
17      8        Chris Ogbonnaya      RB      Guru's Guru
17      9        Michael Crabtree       WR     BobbyG
17        10        Stepfan Taylor         RB       Team Hansen
Comments: This was a bit of a reach, but then again we’re talking the 17th round. I do think there’s a chance that Taylor is a factor here, given the injury issues with the two RBs ahead of him. Chris Ogbonnaya could catch some passes here at FB, but this was too early for him. Michael Crabtree actually made sense here given the deep roster.
18        1          Carson Palmer         QB       Team Hansen
18      2        Denarius Moore        WR     BobbyG
18      3        Mikel Leshoure         RB      Guru's Guru
18      4        Marcel Reece RB      SlickRick23
18      5        Jeremy Kerley          WR     Felonious Assault 1
18      6        St. Louis DST DST    The Maestro
18      7        Baltimore DST          DST    San Carlos 4
18      8        Percy Harvin WR     Sledgehammer
18      9        Green Bay DST        DST    BrockmanBlitz
18      10      Andre Roberts          WR     Team paul
Comments: Brees is very durable, but with only 3 WW moves allowed, I had to get a good backup, and I think Palmer is. Mikel Leshoure, Percy Harvin, Denarius Moore, and Jeremy Kerley were worth a shot here. I’m being told that Moore is taking things a little more seriously this year. Of course, the Raiders are a mess.  
19      1        Zach Sudfeld TE      Team paul
19      2        Rashad Jennings       RB      BrockmanBlitz
19      3        Ben Roethlisberger    QB      Sledgehammer
19      4        Greg Little      WR     San Carlos 4
19      5        Tampa Bay DST       DST    The Maestro
19      6        Minnesota DST         DST    Felonious Assault 1
19      7        EJ Manuel      QB      SlickRick23
19      8        Matt Schaub   QB      Guru's Guru
19      9        Ryan Tannehill          QB      BobbyG
19        10        Kendall Hunter         RB       Team Hansen
Comments: This pick was made mainly because I have Gore. The 49ers are taking things slowly with Hunter, but I’m told he will still be the #2 RB if healthy. I’m ready to move Zach Sudfeld up after watching their 8/16 game today (8/17). He had a nice 2-point conversion from Tom Brady in addition to scoring. I would not have taken E.J. Manuel over Ryan Tannehill, but both were good values here.
20        1          Dexter McCluster    WR      Team Hansen
20      2        Robert Turbin RB      BobbyG
20      3        Knowshon Moreno     RB      Guru's Guru
20      4        Lance Dunbar RB      SlickRick23
20      5        Josh Freeman QB      Felonious Assault 1
20      6        Darrius Heyward-Bey WR     The Maestro
20      7        Mike Gillislee   RB      San Carlos 4
20      8        Shonn Greene RB      Sledgehammer
20      9        LeGarrette Blount     RB      BrockmanBlitz
20      10      Greg Zuerlein K        Team paul
Comments: I’m a little light at WR, and in McCluster I could get a 60-catch guy.
21      1        Cleveland DST          DST    Team paul
21      2        Julius Thomas TE      BrockmanBlitz
21      3        Blair Walsh     K        Sledgehammer
21      4        Phil Dawson   K        San Carlos 4
21      5        Matt Bryant    K        The Maestro
21      6        Sebastian Janikowski K        Felonious Assault 1
21      7        Kai Forbath    K        SlickRick23
21      8        LaRod Stephens-Howling      RB      Guru's Guru
21      9        Indianapolis DST       DST    BobbyG
21        10        Davone Bess WR      Team Hansen
Comments: Still looking for catches, we’re told that the Browns are very pleased with Bess, who should also get 60 catches.
22        1          Stephen Gostkowski           K          Team Hansen
22      2        Miami DST     DST    BobbyG
22      3        Andrew Hawkins       WR     Guru's Guru
22      4        Nate Washington      WR     SlickRick23
22      5        Dion Lewis     RB      Felonious Assault 1
22      6        Santana Moss WR     The Maestro
22      7        Damaris Johnson      WR     San Carlos 4
22      8        Keenan Allen WR     Sledgehammer
22      9        Daniel Thomas         RB      BrockmanBlitz
22      10      Ryan Williams RB      Team paul
Comments: My guy Phil Dawson (who hit two 50+ yard FGs on 8/16) was gone, so I settled on Gostkowski. Of course, he could go off this year given their issues at receiver, as it looks like they will still move the ball.
23      1        New York (N) DST    DST    Team paul
23      2        Matt Prater    K        BrockmanBlitz
23      3        Garrett Hartley         K        Sledgehammer
23      4        Justin Forsett RB      San Carlos 4
23      5        Justin Tucker K        The Maestro
23      6        Dan Bailey     K        Felonious Assault 1
23      7        Atlanta DST    DST    SlickRick23
23      8        Alex Smith     QB      Guru's Guru
23      9        Joseph Randle RB      BobbyG
23        10        Benjamin Watson    TE        Team Hansen
Comments: I love Watson as a deep, deep sleeper. He’s been on the field a lot this preseason, and he has upside if Jimmy Graham is out. He’s my #3 TE, so I liked him even more in this league with deep roster and minimal WW opportunities.
24        1          Brian Quick   WR      Team Hansen
24      2        Randy Bullock K        BobbyG
24      3        Brandon Stokley       WR     Guru's Guru
24      4        Lawrence Tynes       K        SlickRick23
24      5        Dallas DST     DST    Felonious Assault 1
24      6        Carolina DST DST    The Maestro
24      7        Ryan Succop K        San Carlos 4
24      8        Joe Flacco      QB      Sledgehammer
24      9        Detroit DST    DST    BrockmanBlitz
24      10      Latavius Murray        RB      Team paul
Comments: At this point, this is all about upside. Quick has been a disappointment, but he’s still ideally a starter here. If he shows he’s worthy, which is a big question, he could still start.
25      1        Shayne Graham       K        Team paul
25      2        Riley Cooper   WR     BrockmanBlitz
25      3        Toby Gerhart RB      Sledgehammer
25      4        Brandon Weeden      QB      San Carlos 4
25      5        Oakland DST DST    The Maestro
25      6        DuJuan Harris RB      Felonious Assault 1
25      7        David Akers   K        SlickRick23
25      8        Pittsburgh DST         DST    Guru's Guru
25      9        San Diego DST         DST    BobbyG
25        10        Brandon Lloyd          WR      Team Hansen
Comments: Still looking for WR help, figured an unemployed Lloyd had about as much potential as the remaining WRs. Brandon Weeden was a steal here.
26        1          Stephen Hill WR      Team Hansen
26      2        Alex Henery   K        BobbyG
26      3        Steven Hauschka      K        Guru's Guru
26      4        Danario Alexander    WR     SlickRick23
26      5        Marcedes Lewis        TE      Felonious Assault 1
26      6        Armanti Edwards      WR     The Maestro
26      7        Jon Baldwin    WR     San Carlos 4
26      8        Markus Wheaton       WR     Sledgehammer
26      9        Austin Collie   WR     BrockmanBlitz
26      10      Andre Ellington         RB      Team paul
Comments: At least Hill will start with the Jets, and he has talent. Markus Wheaton should have been my pick, though. I got lazy in the 26th round and didn’t seek him out. Wheaton could start at some point this year and might quickly help the Steelers forget about Mike Wallace.
Projected starting lineup (PPR, 6 points for all TDs):
QB: Drew Brees
RB: LeSean McCoy
RB: Frank Gore
WR: A.J. Green
WR: Antonio Brown
WR: Hakeem Nicks
Flex: Daryl Richardson/DeAngelo Williams
TE: Jermichael Finley
PK: Stephen Gostkowski
DT: New England

This squad may not be incredible, but it’s a pretty good team with upside, and in this format I like my depth.


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