fantasy draft recap: Roll Out!

6 09 2007

Roll Out!

Team Fight Song: “You’ll Always Be Houshmandzadeh To Me” – BradyFan83

(Skipping the 80’s theme for just a moment here…)

1. (3) Larry Johnson
2. (18) Reggie Wayne
3. (23) Cedric Benson
4. (38) T.J. Houshmandzadeh
5. (43) Matt Hasselbeck
6. (58) Deion Branch
7. (63) Todd Heap
8. (78) Donte’ Stallworth
9. (83) New England
10. (98) Tatum Bell
11. (103) Steve McNair
12. (118) Matt Jones
13. (123) Kirk Morrison
14. (138) Ladell Betts
15. (143) Rex Grossman
16. (158) Dominic Rhodes
17. (163) Sean Taylor
18. (178) Minnesota
19. (183) Ben Troupe
20. (198) Josh Scobee

How will LJ perform after a 400+ carry season, missing training camp, and running behind a weak offensive line? Will Hasselbeck be more productive now that a healthy Alexander is back to help open up Seattle’s passing game? These two question will determine fantasy success for this team. After some initial hype, it’s hard to find someone that’s excited about Cedric Benson taking over the starting role in Chicago, so this pick might backfire a bit. Nice work drafting Branch to complement Hasselbeck. Middle round picks (8-13) are all pretty low-impact. Betts in the 14th round will be a stone-cold steal of pick, as soon as Portis gets hurt. New England’s defense should take a step backwards this year with the loss of Richard Seymour and Rodney Harrison.





fantasy draft recap: Freak-a-Leak

6 09 2007

Freak-a-Leak

Team Fight Song: “Burning Down The House” – Talking Heads

(“Watch out. You might get what you’re after.”)

1. (7) Willie Parker
2. (14) Steve Smith
3. (27) Ronnie Brown
4. (34) Roy Williams
5. (47) Tony Romo
6. (54) Julius Jones
7. (67) Terry Glenn
8. (74) Chris Chambers
9. (87) Kevin Jones
10. (94) Matt Leinart
11. (107) Benjamin Watson
12. (114) Justin Miller
13. (127) Zach Thomas
14. (134) Seattle
15. (147) Marion Barber III
16. (154) Troy Williamson
17. (167) Fred Taylor
18. (174) Jeff Wilkins
19. (187) Desmond Clark
20. (194) James Farrior

Lots to be happy about here, especially if Romo has a breakout year and becomes a top-five fantasy QB, which is definitely possible in Wade Phillip’s new system. He’s looked very sharp so far in the preseason, which is a good sign. Good starting receivers, as long as Glenn’s knee injury isn’t too bad and keeps him from missing time. All the experts are expecting bigger things from Williamson in MInnesota, so he could see some time in the lineup if Glenn’s production drops. Willie Parker may also see his production drop slightly as well, as the Steeler’s o-line has not been all that great during the preseason. Barber and Julius Jones gives tons of depth and options at the RB spot. Seattle’s defense should also be better this year in terms of points allowed. Will have to be a bit creative in week eight to deal with five players that all have a bye week, including both QBs.





fantasy draft recap: Ham Sammich

6 09 2007

Ham Sammich

Team Theme Song: “Don’t Treat Me Bad” – Firehouse

(“Well, this could be the best thing that you’ll ever have..”)

1. (6) Shaun Alexander
2. (15) Travis Henry
3. (26) Drew Brees
4. (35) Donald Driver
5. (46) Andre Johnson
6. (55) Kellen Winslow
7. (66) Calvin Johnson
8. (75) LaMont Jordan
9. (86) Brett Favre
10. (95) Bernard Berrian
11. (106) Jerious Norwood
12. (115) Joe Horn
13. (126) Eli Manning
14. (135) L.J. Smith
15. (146) Chester Taylor
16. (155) Derrick Mason
17. (166) Will Witherspoon
18. (175) Antoine Winfield
19. (186) Neil Rackers
20. (195) San Francisco

I like this team a lot. Solid players at all positions. Alexander should rebound from a forgettable 2006 campaign and return to stud running back status. Travis Henry could easily run for 1500+ yards in Denver’s system. This team may also have the some of the best starting WRs if Calvin Johnson has a Randy Moss-type rookie season. The only thing that might derail this team would be any of the starters missing time with injuries. Berrian is an okay backup at WR and Chester Taylor is an okay backup at RB (until he loses his full-time job to Peterson), but the rest of the bench players should be pretty forgettable, fantasy-wise.





fantasy draft recap: The Rhymenocerouses

6 09 2007

The Rhymenocerouses

Team Theme Song – “Heading Out To The Highway” – Judas Priest

(“Gonna do it my way, take a chance before I fall.”)

1. (9) Joseph Addai
2. (12) Marvin Harrison
3. (29) Donovan McNabb
4. (32) Edgerrin James
5. (49) Jamal Lewis
6. (52) Reggie Brown
7. (69) Carnell Williams
8. (72) Terrence McGee
9. (89) Ben Roethlisberger
10. (92) Alge Crumpler
11. (109) Greg Jennings
12. (112) Muhsin Muhammad
13. (129) D.J. Hackett
14. (132) Donnie Edwards
15. (149) DeShaun Foster
16. (152) Oakland
17. (169) Isaac Bruce
18. (172) Brian Leonard
19. (189) Byron Leftwich
20. (192) David Akers

I fully expect to see a trade from this team to get more WR depth. Not sold on Reggie Brown as a number two fantasy option, he’s more of a top-end number three in my mind. Bruce is yet another year older, and will see red zone looks go to Drew Bennett instead. The good news is that there is a ton of solid picks at RB, pretty much all these backs could start and put up great numbers any given week. One or more of them might get dealt at some point. Cadillac Williams should have numbers that are more on par with his 2005 stats. McNabb should be solid as well if he can stay healthy, hopefully he’ll stay in the pocket and take care of himself.





fantasy draft recap: MSK’s So Close Irish

6 09 2007

MSK’s So Close Irish

Team Theme Song: “We Are The Champions” – Queen

(“…and we’ll keep on fighting til’ the end.”)

1. (10) Brian Westbrook
2. (11) Laurence Maroney
3. (30) Torry Holt
4. (31) Larry Fitzgerald
5. (50) Vince Young
6. (51) Philip Rivers
7. (70) Joey Galloway
8. (71) Deuce McAllister
9. (90) Vernon Davis
10. (91) Chris Cooley
11. (110) Philadelphia
12. (111) Adam Vinatieri
13. (130) Mike Vrabel
14. (131) Terence Newman
15. (150) Ronald Curry
16. (151) Pittsburgh
17. (170) John Lynch
18. (171) Jeremiah Trotter
19. (190) Sammy Morris
20. (191) Josh Brown

Westbrook and Maroney were the bookend picks to close out the first round, but I would’ve liked to see at least one more back drafted in the late rounds to get more RB depth. Even though he made it through last season okay, Westy always seems to have the injury bug bite him at the worst possible time. Maroney’s never made it through a full-time season without being hurt, even in college. If those two go down, it’s a pretty big hit. It’ll be interesting to see if Rivers starts vs. Young, gives some week-to-week flexibility at the QB spot. Starting WRs are very, very good. Galloway could put up better numbers with the upgraded QB situation in Tampa. A better fourth receiver would be nice. Philly’s defense is a question-mark for me at this point – they could give up a ton of points, or they could be a lot better this season – but it’s too early to say. Trotter’s been cut already, so look for an addition to the DL spot via the free agent pool.





fantasy draft recap: Otara Reborn

6 09 2007

First in a series of fantasy draft recaps…

Otara Reborn

Team Theme Song: “Beat It” – Michael Jackson

(“…no one wants to be defeated.”)

1. (5) Peyton Manning
2. (16) Clinton Portis
3. (25) Thomas Jones
4. (36) Marques Colston
5. (45) Hines Ward
6. (56) Plaxico Burress
7. (65) Marshawn Lynch
8. (76) Jerricho Cotchery
9. (85) Jeremy Shockey
10. (96) Jake Delhomme
11. (105) Marcus Pollard
12. (116) Dallas
13. (125) Adam Seward
14. (136) Chris Johnson
15. (145) Stephen Gostkowski
16. (156) Denver
17. (165) Shayne Graham
18. (176) Derrick Johnson
19. (185) Dan Klecko
20. (196) Josh Parry

Took Manning in the first round for the second year in a row. As far as first round picks go, you really can’t go too wrong here – you know he’ll throw 30 TDs, 4000+ yards, and not get hurt. RBs are solid, Marshawn Lynch could be the next Laurence Maroney. There are some nagging training camp injuries to some key players – Burress, Colston, Portis, and Jones have all missed some time. Hopefully this won’t carry over to the regular season. Two very solid team defenses, I expect Denver to be very strong this year with Champ Bailey and Dre Bly at the cornerback spots giving their pass rush more time to get after opposing QBs. Inexplicably has two kickers on the roster.





Bud Selig should quit, part deux

1 09 2007

Lost in the media buzz this week was this little gem, wherein Bud Selig has publicly endorsed Cecil Cooper as the new Astros manager.

This just strikes me as totally out of line.

Yes, it’s good to have diversity in hiring practices. But it’s completely unfair to the Astros to have pressure put on them from the commissioner’s office to hire a specific minority candidate when they should be focusing on hiring the best manager they can find, regardless of ethnicity.

Also, Cecil Cooper used to play for Bud Selig when he owned the Brewers. Can you say conflict of interest, Bud?

As the commissioner, Selig really should stay out of the day-to-day affairs of teams – it’s none of his business and cheapens the appearance of his office. Just another reason why he should resign as soon as possible, for the good of the game.

(See my previous post on why Bud should quit)