01 May 2009
I recently took part in an experts' mock draft for Rotowire Magazine. I figured I'd share my team and see what you all thought.
Some general information on the league: 12 teams, standard rules (no PPR), 1 QB, 2 RB, 3 WR (no flex), 1 TE, 1 K, 1 D.
QB Aaron Rodgers GB R5 P2
QB Jason Campbell WAS R11 P2
QB Marc Bulger STL R13 P2
RB Adrian Peterson MIN R1 P2
RB Knowshon Moreno DEN R4 P11
RB Jerious Norwood ATL R8 P11
RB Leon Washington NYJ R9 P2
WR Reggie Wayne IND R2 P11
WR Marques Colston NO R3 P2
WR Devin Hester CHI R7 P2
WR Deion Branch SEA R10 P11
WR Brian Robiskie CLE R15 P2
TE Antonio Gates SD R6 P11
K Stephen Gostkowski NE R14 P11
DEF New York Giants NYG R12 P11
- I won't say who the first pick was as to not spoil the magazine, but when it wasn't Adrian Peterson, I was happy to snap him up at two.
- I'm not thrilled with my other back situation, but I think there's some potential there. I do think that Michael Turner's going to miss time with an injury, and when that happens, Norwood would be the starter and has some upside. I also don't think that Leon Washington is going to see Shonn Greene eat away at his time this year.
- I firmly believe Marques Colston is going to be the best wide receiver in fantasy football this year. I also figured that I could grab one of the second-tier backs on the way down, only to have Kevin Smith go a couple picks before me.
- Hester was probably an overdraft because I was watching him run routes the day before while working on his player comment. Suffice to say, I'm really high on the combination of him and Cutler next year.
- I didn't want to take a tight end that early, but thought Gates represented good value as opposed to any of the wide receivers or running backs on the board.
- Totally forgot I'd selected Campbell when I'd selected Bulger. I know, some expert. Either way, I like them both -- Campbell's entering his peak fantasy years (check out Rotoworld's fantasy preview mag for more details when it comes out), and Bulger has a weak schedule and could be flipped in most leagues if/when he gets off to a quick start.
- The Giants defense should have, what, 55 sacks this year? Maybe 143 is too early for them, but again, I was comfortable with my picks at the end of the draft. I know that, in a given league, I'm going to be able to exploit matchups better than most anyone else.
- It was either Robiskie or Nate Washington as the last wideout. I really like Robiskie in PPR leagues, but even in a standard league, there's just so much potential there for him to step right in and play an important role in that offense.
37 replies , Last at 11 Jul 2009, 12:27pm by Bill Barnwell