As a reminder of my new league’s unique settings:
- 2 QB with 6 point passing touchdowns
- IDP, 1.5 points per tackle
- 1 point for every 10 return yards
- 10 teams
- Final roster: 2 QB, 3 RB, 3 WR, 1 TE, 1 FLEX, 1 K, 3 DL, 3 LB, 4 DB, 1 DFLEX, 18 Bench
Well, it was finally the day. The draft was starting, my board was set, and I knew every sleeper that I wanted to target. Of course there would be twists, turns and shockers, but I felt pretty prepared going in. From the get-go, my strategy was aim young and younger. If a player was over 26, I had a really hard time keeping them on my board. I know that there’s a lot of value in established veterans. I could easily have drafted Marshawn Lynch and flipped him for picks within the year, but I wanted to make sure that I was set up for the long term now. With the 7th pick in the snake draft, things were about to get rolling.
The first pick comes in and it’s … J.J. Watt by our very own Calvin Danger. Calvin, I love you, man, but damn. I understood his logic with the pick. This was a clear Gronk situation where the player is just strictly that much better than any player at the same position. But I just wouldn’t have made the pick. We’re going to get back to Calvin’s team in a little bit, though.
1.01 J. Watt
1.02 Aaron Rodgers
1.03 Andrew Luck
1.04 Russell Wilson
1.06 Ben Roethlisberger
Okay, 2 quarterback league. We’ve already had a run on anyone worth a 1st round pick. And Ben Roethlisberger. I have to admit, that pick confused me. While I absolutely love his receiving corps (Bell, Brown, Bryant, Wheaton), I don’t see him as an elite option at QB1, especially this early in the 1st. Yes, he showed great potential last year with his two 6 touchdown games, but he is no longer the quarterback he once was.
So, this left me with a choice of my own. Do I reach for a quarterback just like Sharkey’s Machine did? Or do I take one of the elite players left on the board?
Top choices: Le’Veon Bell, Odell Beckham, Matt Ryan, Cam Newton, Dez Bryant, Julio Jones
My Choice: Le’Veon Bell
Obviously I can’t pass up the most talented back in the league. I’ve heard for ages that you’re supposed to build your team around wide receivers, but I’m taking young and huge points. There is tons of depth at receiver, but there are so few elite backs. Plus, I have enough options that one of my guys will be there next round.
Round 1 cont.
1.08 Cam Newton
1.09 Le’Sean McCoy
1.10 Matt Ryan
I have to say, I wasn’t the most happy at this point. There went two of my top options. QB is such a premium that it’s tough to get a premium player at the position.
2.01 Julio Jones
2.02 Tony Romo
2.03 Matt Stafford
Top Choices: Odell Beckham, Dez Bryant, Rob Gronkowski, Eddie Lacy
My Choice: Odell Beckham
My choice honestly couldn’t have been easier. I get the young receiver with super high potential that everyone wants for a fraction of the price most would pay for him. How he dropped to the 2nd round, I’ll never know, but you won’t hear me complaining. Easiest choice that I made all draft.
2.05 Dez Bryant
2.06 Demaryius Thomas
2.07 Rob Gronkowski
2.09 Jamaal Charles
2.10 Calvin Johnson
A run on receivers. Good thing that I grabbed Beckham while I had the chance.
3.01 AJ Green
3.02 Adrian Peterson
3.03 Randall Cobb
3.04 Ryan Tannehill
3.05 Alshon Jeffery
3.06 Jordy Nelson
Yeesh. Now I’m really glad that I grabbed OBJ. So, now I have a few different ways that I can go. I really need that starting QB1, but there are some top tier options at other positions that I can shoot for. I mean, Mike Evans is falling this far in the 3rd? CJ Anderson, too? Hell, there’s a veritable pantheon of fantasy gods left on the table. Decisions, decisions.
Top Choices: CJ Anderson, Mike Evans, Sammy Watkins, DeAndre Hopkins
My Choice: CJ Anderson
Can you tell I’m new to dynasty? I picked the stud running back over three absolutely elite receiving options that should be around for a long time. Honestly, I talked myself in circles on this pick. I’m not a believer in Jameis, so I was seriously worried about Evans’ future, Watkins had a scary (in a bad way) rookie season, and Hopkins really needs to find a QB to prove that he’s elite. Or fully establish himself as the #1 option. Ultimately, I went with Anderson because of a few reasons. He was incredibly efficient in 2014’s Broncos offense averaging 0.53 fantasy points per opportunity (Carries + Routes Run) in PPR formats (PFF – Subscription required), rating 7th in the league, being one of only 3 bellcow backs to have that high fantasy efficiency. On top of that, as the year progressed, Anderson’s role grew. Peyton has been declining, and the Broncos, no matter the coaching staff, are compensating by adding carries and increasing the number of passes to running backs. At the time, this was a no brainer. If I was to choose again, I would take Mike Evans, but the difference wouldn’t be that large.
3.08 Mike Evans (Dammit)
3.09 Arian Foster
3.10 Teddy Bridgewater
I was incredibly frustrated by the Teddy pick. He was my target at 4.04 from the start. For those of you that don’t know, I’m very much so a believer in Teddy. I see the real deal. Franchise quarterback with loads of intellectual talent to make up for the slight physical limitations that he has. He’s the same type of cerebral quarterback that we see in Brady and Manning. A big part of why both are so successful is that they just understand the game better than anyone. I see that in Teddy. So, seeing him go so close to my pick, it was a tough blow.
4.01 DeAndre Hopkins
4.02 TY Hilton
4.03 Jeremy Hill
So, none of these picks really affected my choice, but I’m still shaken by Teddy at this point. I have to admit, my next pick I was in full panic mode. This is a guy that doesn’t fit my team at all, but what can you expect from making a pick based on emotion and not your plan that you went into the draft with?
Top Choices: Drew Brees, Eli Manning
My Choice: Drew Brees
The old fogey of the bunch. Brees is ancient compared to the rest of my team. That said, despite the Saints unloading Kenny Stills and Jimmy Graham, New Orleans still has some great weapons in Brandin Cooks, Mark Ingram, Marques Colston and Josh Hill. They managed to revamp their offensive line, as well, which will hopefully extend Brees’ career, even if by a couple of years. I regret this pick, but he definitely adds some really good value to my team as a QB1 until I can get a young replacement in the long term.
4.05 Marshawn Lynch
4.06 Matt Forte
4.07 Sammy Watkins
4.08 DeMarco Murray
4.09 Kelvin Benjamin
4.10 Jimmy Graham
Well, I made the only QB selection this round, and he’s old old old. It wasn’t great value, but I didn’t get a bad quarterback for the pick. I’m getting touchdowns. I’m getting yards. I missed on two great rookie receivers, so I’m a little peeved in that aspect, but my team still took a step forward. I learned my lesson in regards to panic picks, though.
5.01 Brandin Cooks
5.02 Eli Manning
5.03 Golden Tate
5.04 Amari Cooper
5.05 Peyton Manning
5.06 Joe Flacco
Once again missing on some stud receivers. Cooks was a huge target on my radar after I picked up Brees, and everyone knows that Cooper is in a good situation. Missed on some QB talent, too, which I’ve learned is premier in this league far too late. Then again, I actually knew who I wanted here.
Top Choices: Luke Kuechly No Matter What
My Choice: Luke Kuechly
I got my guy. With tackles at 1.5 points per, there was no way that I was letting him slip past me. While Lavonte David is a stud in his own right, I’m personally just a Luke fan. Yes, this is probably addressing defense too soon, especially with some good offensive players on the board, especially with my team sorely lacking a second starter at QB. Tom Brady was still on the board. That said, I don’t think my team needs two QBs that are up there in years. With my high picks, I want multiple years of return, and that just wasn’t Brady. Kuechly gives me an absolute stud linebacker that starts off my defense on the right foot.
5.08 Melvin Gordon
5.09 Tom Brady
5.10 Todd Gurley
Unfortunately, I missed out on Gurley, but at this point in the draft, I was pretty happy with my team. I was aiming young, and my team is definitely looking at being the younger teams at this point.
My Team Through 5 Rounds:
QB1: Drew Brees
RB1: Le’Veon Bell
RB2: CJ Anderson
WR1: Odell Beckham
LB1: Luke Kuechly
From a PPR perspective, I’m incredibly happy with my team at this point. I’ve got loads of targets and yards. From a 2QB, 6 point passing touchdown perspective, I’m okay, but I’m not particularly happy. From an IDP standpoint, I’m hitting the ground running, drafting hard and fast.
What would you have done differently? Would you have focused on QBs earlier? Avoided IDP players? Take more established veterans? Let me know in the comments!
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