10-team PPR snake draft from the 7th pick. Yahoo gave this team a B grade for the draft.
RB Dalvin Cook Vikings
WR Davante Adams Packers
WR Allen Robinson Bears
RB Melvin Gordon Broncos
WR Keenan Allen Chargers
TE Darren Waller Raiders
QB Kyler Murray Cardinals
WR Will Fuller V Texans
RB Jordan Howard Dolphins
RB Antonio Gibson Washington
QB Matt Ryan Falcons
RB Damien Harris Patriots
RB Sony Michel Patriots
K Harrison Butker Chiefs
WR Bryan Edwards Raiders
RB KeShawn Vaughn Bucs
I can honestly say Michael Thomas was the player I wanted at pick 7. However he went with the 4th overall pick in the draft. With the Davante Adams pick I passed on Travis Kelce, George Kittle, Julio Jones, and DeAndre Hopkins. I’m willing to stand by that pick because of Adam’s target share and TD potential in the Packers offense. I knew going in that if I passed on Kelce/Kittle there I would need to be prepared to go up for Zach Ertz or Darren Waller. Having an elite TE is always a priority for my fantasy football teams. Allen Robinson was drafted ahead of JuJu Smith-Schuster, DJ Moore, Odell Beckham Jr, Adam Thielen, and Robert Woods. My Bears fandom aside, Robinson is the number 1 threat in the Bears offense. Robinson puts up WR2 type numbers despite less than stellar QB play. Melvin Gordon is the pick I received the most heat for because I passed on James Conner. Gordon was the pick for me because he’s scored 8 or more TD in 4 consecutive seasons. I don’t want to have early round picks bust and Gordon has less bust potential than Conner. The plan in Round 5 was either a TE or a WR depending on positional depth. Keenan Allen was the selection ahead of Courtland Sutton. Again I know what I’m getting with Allen, Sutton didn’t perform that well with Drew Lock under center. I own Sutton in a dynasty league, however this year I believe Allen performs better. My 3 top WR are all potential 90 plus catch players. Zach Ertz went at the end of Round 5 and I knew Waller had to be my pick in the 6th. Cam Akers was my target in Round 7, but went 2 picks ahead of mine. Time to pivot to my must have QB Kyler Murray. JK Dobbins was the hope in Round 8 yet again went 2 picks in front of me. Will Fuller V was the selection over Raheem Mostert. I saw more RB’s I liked late so I went with Fuller V. Jordan Howard became my selection as Zach Moss went earlier in the round. In Round 10 or later I’m looking for value or upside. Gibson fits into the upside category. Everyone is told to wait on QB’s because there’s so much depth. I say Bullshit. Matt Ryan in Round 11 is a great value. I like having 2 great QB’s for multiple reasons. 1. Kyler Murray is a smaller running QB, I have a high-end replacement if he gets dinged up. 2. Matt Ryan can’t be used to defeat me. Opponents may have to stream a lesser QB against me. 3. If I have an area of my team to address, Matty Ice is a valuable trade chip to fill holes. Having Damien Harris and Sony Michel means I have a strong chance of owning the top Patriots runner. Another thing fantasy analysts say to do is wait on defense and kicker until the last 2 rounds. I say Bullshit. Why fall behind on those 2 spots when going up a round or two earlier may give you a positional advantage? Defense and Kicker are point scoring roster spots so I’m not waiting. My last 2 picks were lottery tickets in Bryan Edwards and KeShawn Vaughn. This draft was done before Leonard Fournette was released by the Jaguars. If Edwards and or Vaughn don’t pan out so be it. I’ll cut them for the next best option of waivers. I had to pivot a few times in this draft as players went off the board. I’m happy with the talent on this team. My regret in this draft is not getting Cam Akers, JK Dobbins, or Zack Moss.
This team ended up winning the league championship with a better than expected draft. A majority of the 31 transactions were used to stream defenses and blocking opponents from using players against us. The best move out of all 31 was the first transaction of the season cutting Ke’Shawn Vaughn and picking up James Robinson. Some of the other moves were solid like picking up Marvin Jones Jr., T.Y. Hilton, and Cam Akers, however Robinson was the difference maker. Robinson ended up being the 4th highest scoring RB in our league. I was hoping Robinson would be a bye week replacement for Melvin Gordon. A majority of our players ended up ranking in or near the top 10 at their respective positions.
Dalvin Cook 2nd
Antonio Gibson 12th
Kyler Murray 3rd
Davante Adams 1st
Allen Robinson 7th
Keenan Allen 9th
Darren Waller 2nd
Harrison Butker 8th
Colts Defense 4th
My before the season analysis on some of these players proved to be correct. Adams has more receiving TD than 5 NFL teams entering play Week 17. Adams, Robinson, and Allen each caught 100 balls. Waller caught 98. Gordon wasn’t I had hoped for, but still outscored Conner and Fournette by a wide margin. This is one of the most complete teams I’ve ever put together in fantasy football. Fantasy Football season never ends. I’m looking through all my other drafts to figure out where I missed and prepare for next season.
The Cubs trade of Yu Darvish and Victor Caratini to the Padres for Reginald Preciado, Owen Caissie, Ismael Mena, Yeison Santana, and Zach Davies has drawn a lot of criticism. Outside of Davies, only Santana has played professional baseball. Before the trade, I had no clue who these players are and had to do some research. Santana is 20, Mena, 18, Caissie 18, and Preciado 17. The projected major league arrivals of these players is between 2023-2024. Selling off a Cy Young contender for a package of teenagers signals a rebuild to the fanbase. The economics of baseball at the moment means clubs are having to make tough financial decisions. The Cubs will only have to pay $5 million dollars of the $59 million dollars remaining on Darvish’s contract. I consider that a victory.
Looking into these prospects may help to explain the Cubs decision. Preciado looks to be the centerpiece of the trade. He was signed for $1.3 Million dollars by the Padres in 2019. The signing is the highest ever given to a player coming out of Panama. As a Switch-hitting shortstop, Preciado gives the Cubs another infield option up the middle along with Ed Howard. Caissie was a 2nd round pick for the Padres in 2019. The selection made him the highest ever Canadian outfielder drafted. His profile is as a corner outfielder. Power from the left side plays well in Wrigley Field and Caissie has it. Mena is another left-handed power hitting outfielder. His arrival to the Padres was to the tune of $2.2 million dollars in 2019. Imagine signing a contract for $2.2 million dollars as a 16-year-old. Santana is the old man of the group, but still can’t legally buy beer. He’s the only one with professional AB’s and profiles as a shortstop. What’s nice about shortstop prospects is they are often capable of transitioning to other positions in the future. Zach Davies is a back-end of the rotation starter that may help in 2020 or get flipped for more prospects.
Looking into the prospects helps to understand the trade. It takes two to tango in making trades. If the Cubs had already received a better offer for Darvish, don’t you believe they already would have made the trade? Ready now prospects like MacKenzie Gore probably weren’t an option. This was the best they could get in today’s market. The lottery tickets make sense as the farm system is depleted from trades and having to draft late. I believe a major reason the Cubs were forced to move Darvish is because he’s the big contract another team actually wanted. I don’t see anyone helping get the Cubs off the hook for Craig Kimbrell (1 yr $16 million with a buyout) or Jason Heyward (3 yrs $65 Million). The Cubs would have to pay off a majority of the money to expedite a trade of either player. The bad money of Jon Lester, Jose Quintana, Tyler Chatwood, and Brandon Morrow off the books also helps the Cubs save money. Non-tendering Kyle Schwarber was also another clue that the Cubs main objective this offseason was to shed payroll.
I see getting out of $54 million dollars and paying $5 million dollars for 4 lottery tickets as worth the gamble. Darvish is a terrific pitcher, but has only thrown 200 innings in a season once. At age 34, the time to sell would be now coming off a Cy Young runner up. At the moment the Cubs projected starting rotation top 3 is Kyle Hendricks, Alec Mills, and Zach Davies. Now we’ll have to see if the savings are reinvested in Javy Baez or being aggressive in free agency. I would think some of the money will be spent on veteran starting pitching.
Owned in roughly 50% of fantasy basketball leagues, Garland has been dynamite to start the season. 43 points, 18 assists, and just 4 turnovers in his 2 games. Garland plays 3-games this week vs. the Knicks at home, followed by road matchups with the Pacers, and Hawks. I was thrilled to be able to sneak Garland in at the end of the draft for $1.
Thunder SF Darius Bazley
15/10 in his season debut vs. the Bobcats. Bazley should be able to contribute defensive stats along with improved scoring in Year 2. 4-games this upcoming scoring period including home tilts with the Jazz, Magic, and Pelicans. Then it’s back on the road vs. the Magic. Bazley was drafted for $1 in the middle of the draft. All you heard was crickets as the timer expired. Power Forward eligibility should be on the way.
Pistons SG/PG Delon Wright
4-games this week on the road with the Hawks followed by home matchups with the Warriors and Celtics (2). Derrick Rose may get rested on the B2B and Killian Hayes has looked overmatched to start the season. Wright may pick up more primary ball handling duties in the short-term which makes him a worthy streamer.
This is a 10-team weekly points league auction draft. The top 2 players were keepers. Scoring heavily favors points along with bonuses for double-doubles and triple-doubles. I tend to draft young players that will play most back-to-back sets. I also look for high usage players on bad teams. Youth and depth are priorities at the back end of my roster. With it being a weekly league being able to maximize games played is key. In this draft I had $12 dollars remaining.
Luka Doncic Dal, PG
Jamal Murray Den, PG
Donovan Mitchell Utah, SG
Domantas Sabonis Ind, PF
LaMelo Ball Cha, PG
John Collins Atl, PF
Christian Wood Hou, C
Tyrese Haliburton Sac, PG
Andrew Wiggins GS, SF
Darius Bazley OKC, SF
Jerami Grant Det, SF
Marvin Bagley III Sac, PF
Wendell Carter Jr. Chi, C
Dillon Brooks Mem, SG
Darius Garland Cle, PG
The $12 dollars left really pisses me off. I saved money for the middle to end of the draft so I could fill out my roster with depth. The biggest regret is not continuing to spend and letting Khris Middleton go for $16. Andrew Wiggins at that cost is awful. I do believe Wiggins will improve year 2 in Golden State, but he’s not worth the price of Middleton. I had too much money to spend and the supply of proven SF was low. The one player I wanted that went for too much was Jayson Tatum at $40. Sabonis, Collins, Wood, and Wiggins were significantly more expensive than the site auction price. Sabonis, Collins, and Wood are perfect for this league setup. All 3 have PF/C eligibility and should accrue plenty of double-doubles. Because I had Doncic and Murray so cheap, I was willing to spend more targeted players. Donovan Mitchell at $22 is a better value than a $33 dollar priced Devin Booker. I was saving money at the end, but held up on James Wiseman $10 and Lauri Markkanen $14. Marvin Bagley III was a target I wanted to have money for at the end. I would have been willing to go into double digits to draft him this year. Many in the draft were stunned I was able to sneak Bagley III thru for $1. LaMelo Ball may not start right away, but I find it hard to believe he will ride the pine all year in Charlotte. Bazley, Grant, Brooks, and Garland are high usage players on bad teams. I love Bazley this season as a young player on a bad team that should play a lot. Grant was paid heavily in free agency by the Pistons. He should see a lot of shots on a bad team. Haliburton is more of a keeper prospect/trade chip at the deadline. Carter Jr. is a project that I really liked coming out of college. Carter Jr. is a post hype sleeper that I can wait on this season. The other thing I did was not have multiple guys from the same team. Bagley III and Haliburton are the only teammates. Spreading out across different teams helps to cut down on roster crunches on short-weeks. I believe this team will be competitive and has depth. Not my best effort leaving $12 on the table.
The Bengals defense has one more sack than TJ Watt (13/12). The Cowboys are due for something to go right this season and I think it happens in Cincinnati.
Broncos RB Melvin Gordon
Weird usage with the Broncos this season. Panthers have allowed 14 Rushing TD and opponents to run for 4.6 yards-per-carry. Gordon is a standard league flex play.
Titans WR Corey Davis
Terrific season despite having his 5th year options declined. Double Digit PPR scoring in 9 of 10 games played this season. Jaguars defense offers pinball points for Titans skill position players.
Bears TE Cole Kmet
7 targets last week as Jimmy Graham has ceded snaps to Kmet. With the TE position being so shallow and the ineptitude of the Texans secondary, Kmet is a deep streamer.
Colts K Rodrigo Blankenship
Good matchup and kicking indoors.
I anticipate the Titans bouncing back vs. the Jaguars after giving up 41 last week to the Browns.
Texans FS Justin Reid
Gets sent on blitzes and plays Center Field in the Texans defense. Mitch Trubisky misses too many throws over the middle of the field. Reid has a decent chance to pick off one of Trubisky’s wild misses.
Consecutive games of 3 Passing TD. The Jaguars allow a league worst 106.3 opponents passer rating.
Patriots RB James White
More involved in the offense in recent weeks with Rex Burkhead out. 6 catches 2 weeks ago, 2 Rushing TD last week. The Chargers have been generous to opposing RB’s. White is a PPR Flex play.
Colts WR T.Y Hilton
Scored his 1st TD of the season last week. The Texans have allowed 8 pass plays over 40 yards. For his career, Hilton has caught more balls for more yards and more TD vs. the Texans than any other opponent. (85/1,538/10)
Packers TE Robert Tonyan
Has scored as many TD (7) as Travis Kelce this season and more than Mark Andrews (6) and Darren Waller (5).
Texans K Ka’imi Fairbairn
Colts defense will stall out some Texans drives.
I still believe Carson Wentz is a viable starting quarterback in this league, but right now he’s broken.
Washington Football Team SS Kamren Curl
8 or total tackles in 4 consecutive games. The Steelers passing attack should provide more tackle opportunities.