Monday, August 27, 2012

Bob's Preseason Rankings of WWFL

Team Hate –
                The good:  You did not pass on Andre Johnson and because of that you have 2 stud receivers (we won’t get into how you got 1 of them) and an OK to good QB (Rivers), which is a good start for 18 teams.  You also have a great back up QB (Locker, but anyone but Tebow really).  Great TE (Olsen) too, so underutilized in his career so far but I think that changes this year in a big way.
                The bad:  Well you took a shot at Ridley in the 4th and I don’t mind that, but wasting the next 4 picks I do.  You picked back to back TE’s (Olsen & Davis) who after Gronk and Jimmer not much of an advantage, a back-up level talent RB (Royster) and ANOTHER RB (Vereen) on a proven team to lead the league is passing attempts, not rushing.  And I have Indy’s future starting RB, not you.(Ballard)
 Draft Grade – D
My Dixie’s Wrecked –
                The good:  Very strong at WR, (Lane-o edit: but isn’t everyone?)  Marshall/Nelson/Garcon will all be top 25 wr’s and I like Steve Smith West - because who knows who is starting in St. Louis.  Jay Cutler should prove a good value in that spot (Lane-o edit: unless he throws another 55 picks) and if Rudolph meets any of the hype, you could be alright.
                The bad:  We all know McFadden is not playing a full season and you don’t have any good back- ups.  Ringer has practice squad talent and Mendenhall isn’t doing much until after playoffs are figured out.  Oh and Collie has a soft head and won’t play much.
Draft Grade – C-
                The good:  Love the stealing of Dez from My Dixie’s Wrecked.  He is what they consider a special talent.  Also really like Welker once Lloyd starts opening up the middle and he’s playing for a new contract.  Andddd stud kicker (my best player last year) (Lane-o edit: I think that sentence is an oxymoron).
                The bad:  The important thing when drafting Cardinals on your fantasy team, make sure it’s only 1 (and try like hell to make it Fitzy).  You blew 3 picks on them!! (Beanie, Williams, and Floyd) THREE.  Anyway, DeAngelo is getting shipped out after this year and will be worked out of the offense so don’t like that either.  And you waited too long to get a TE (Chandler), which is proving to be a big difference maker.   
Draft Grade – F+
Burnt Ham -
                The good:  Gronk. Gronk. Gronk.  Your 2 young WR’s (Torrey and Titus) should both have breakout seasons with only aging vets in front of them.  Since you have Vick, I think its genius to back him up with Luck.  He should have a really solid year or better if you needed him.  This may sound crazy, but I think Fasano has a breakout season under Philbin.  Great pick. 
                The bad:  RB’s are extremely weak.  I mean BenJarvus made his fantasy living on TD’s, which don’t come around to often in Cincy.  And Turner may have the biggest lower half of all football players, besides maybe Gates.  The Burner?!?!  The only thing he burns through is fast food.  Robinson is an overpaid deep threat and the rest of your team isn’t that good.  I think this may be the first time “best available” may have failed you.  But I am sure you will find someone on waivers from your insider.
Draft Grade – D-
                The good:  Doug Martin could be the next Ray Rice, but you better hope so cause you reached badly to get him.  I also like the Antonio Brown and David Wilson pickups.  Getting Brown late in the 3rd is a steal and Wilson should prove too explosive for the Giants to keep him on the bench.   
                The bad:  You want to know how bad picking Eli Manning with the 2nd pick in the 2nd round was?  Well it was so bad that it made my wife go “Eli Manning in the 2nd?  Eww”.  Well said babe.  Meachem isn’t doing anything this year because Rivers can’t throw the deep ball anymore.  And you picked Tebow.
Draft Grade –B-
Team Defibrillators -
                The good:  Well, ummm……. Maclin is a good pick in the 3rd I guess and backing up Trent was smart.  Also, like your last 2 picks and the fact that RG3 will get a lot of rushing points.
                The bad:  Oh boy here we go again.  I feel like Defib’s has an infatuation for old fantasy players and defenses like Al Davis did with players running a 4.3 forty.  I mean I really think you could drop every person on your roster after San Fran’s D and get better players on waivers.  Mark Sanchez should have gone undrafted or at least in the last 2 rounds, and Felix and Hightower were both wastes.  Boom Roasted.
Draft Grade – F-
Owner of the Year –
                The good:  Your keeper was not Ryan Grant.  Good start.  Stafford I think is a very safe pick because no Lions RB’s are going to do anything again, so he will probably throw another 700 times this year.  If Colston stays healthy, he should get more targets with Graham taking focus as top target with Meachem in Cali.  Really like Jared Cook too because Locker loves him and Kendall Wright (spoiler alert, I have him). 
                The bad:  I am up in the air on Gore.  Extremely talented and they love to run, butttt he’s getting old and they added a ton of RB’s this offseason for a reason I’m guessing.  I liked the Denarius Moore pick before his hammy’s started acting up again.  He needs to be healthy because Washington is going to the bench once Britt is done with his suspension and that leaves you only 1 good WR.
Draft Grade – C+
Team Dan Mac-
                 The good:  You missed the draft, so anything I say you can blame on your bro.  You have 2 great starting Wide-outs in Steve Smith East and Bowe.  I am not huge on either 1 of your QB’s (Freeman & Bradford) but with the pair you should be able to play matchups and be OK.  Also, love the Martellus Bennet and Kendall Hunter picks.  Eli loves TE’s and Kendall Hunter might end up as the best RB on San Fran this year.
                The bad:  MJD and AP look great on paper but they are both huge question marks right now.  Best case scenario is that MJD gets traded to the Colts and AP proves he is a freak by coming back strong after ACL, MCL and meniscus tears.  I think Redman will prove to be a wasted pick and TO may be the earliest pick on a person who gets cut.  However, if you biggest problem is AP and MJD in an 18 man league, you came out alright.
Draft Grade – B+
Team Predators-
                The good:  Love Fred Jackson falling to you in the first.  He is still so undervalued after leading the NFL in most categories before his injury last year and Buff loves to run.  Mike Wallace is good value in the 2nd as long as he reports soon and you have solid starters in (Bush, Money Sandwiches, and Lance Moore).  Very good starters.
                The bad:  Ronnie Brown.  He is just not good anymore (not like he ever was that good and once Mathews comes back, he won’t see the field beyond practices) (Lane-o edit: HEY! Watch what you say about my Auburn Boys).  Other than that though, I really like this draft.
Draft Grade – A-
                 The good:  2 Stud WR’s (Fitz & Roddy), even if Roddy is playing second fiddle to JULIOOOO (another spoiler alert, my team).  Love your RB’s as well (McGahee, Ingram, Benson).  They all play on what should be high scoring offenses (DEN, NO, GB) and all seem to be the goal-line options on those teams.  Also, really like the upside on the bench with Leshoure and Sidney Rice for later picks.  It’s almost like you did 20 mock drafts at work of something.
                The bad:  Another team that waited too long on the TE position.  Not like you aren’t going to trade for one, but after the draft it’s not looking too good.  And Sidney Rice may have upside, but if he gets injured AGAIN, you have no back up WR’s.
Draft Grade – A-
4th and 20 –
                The good:  You actually have running back’s this year, and plenty of them.   I really like Lynch this year as he has looked faster and quicker so far.  I like Stewart a lot (Lane-o edit: We differ here, I hate anyone in Carolina’s backfield not named Cam), but a little too early for me considering Carolina has the most talented backfield in the NFL.  Blackmon is your best value and will be a target monster.  Think a younger Brandon Marshall.  He just needs to stay out of jail (seems simple enough, but not for NFL players).
                The bad:  Outside of Blackmon, your next best WR was your last pick (Stokley).  Not good, especially with the NFL becoming so pass heavy.  Then you not only picked a kicker in round 9, but you picked another in round 15.  And even though you picked a TE in the 3rd and 7th rounds, I am not a fan of either one this year. (Witten & Winslow)
Draft Grade – C+
Pull N’ Pray –
                The good:  CJ2K and Murray create a very talented duo for you.  I would have liked Malcolm Floyd more if you waited another round or 2 but with Brown going down, he should act as their #1(besides Tubby TE).  Carson Palmer was a great pick in the 7th and I like Golden Tate and Chris Rainey as late picks. 
                The bad:  Vernon was a reach but ALEX SMITH in the 5th is just absurd.  If I didn’t know better, I would think you have never played fantasy football before.  I mean, you picked a much better QB  (Palmer) 2 rounds later so that should tell you how bad it was.  Then you picked Santonio Holmes, who I don’t know if you knew, still needs someone to throw him the ball (which you or I could do better than what they have currently).  A lot of mid to higher picks wasted.
Draft Grade – D-
Doin’ Thangs –
                The good:  Welp, your 1st year in the league and you get to keep the best RB in football (McCoy) and get the 5th pick (Jimmy Graham).  Good start.  It went downhill quick after that though so onto the bad.
The bad:  You picked a 38 year old QB with 4 neck surgeries (Lane-o edit: who can’t even throw to his right) before Matt Ryan?  Peyton is a huge upgrade for Denver, but that’s not saying much from what they had last year.  Then you picked Desean Jackson, who I like this year but not better than Maclin and followed that up with Shonn Greene.  Shonn Greene.  I don’t know if I should make a fat joke or an I suck at football joke (Lane-o edit: Definitely a fat joke – like can you tell the difference between Sexy Rexy and Shonn if you threw a jersey on both?).  Reggie Wayne is OK but belongs on Team Defibs and Gerhart is back to the bench by week 4 or 5 for good.  I will say, you drafted much better in the later rounds than early on.
Draft Grade – D-
Team Sillynannies –
                The good:  Steven Jackson.  Yes he is an old 29, but if the Rams improve their offense at all, he will be great value as an unquestioned starter who gets the ball 25 plus times a game.  Paired with Forte you have one of the best combo’s of a position becoming more and more diluted.  You also have potential with Jonathan Dwyer and Bernard Scott.  Dwyer will play a huge early season role with Pitt, which could lead to bigger things (think about undrafted Fast Willie Parker). 
                The bad:  Is this the year for Finley to finally break out?  Probably not.  I think you backed up Forte too early with Bush (never listen to Mac) and I don’t like any of your WR (Manningham, Mike William, James Jones) outside Lloyd really.  And I think besides the Def and K, you wasted your last 5 picks. 
Draft Grade – C
Team Screaming Emu’s –
                The great:  Arian Foster is the first pick after 18 keepers.  WOW.
The good:  Amazing running backs (Foster, R. Mathews).  They alone should carry (pun intended) you to the playoffs at the very least.  Love Matty Ice to have a monster season.  Great WR’s if Austin can get over his leg issue he’s had the past couple years (Lane-o edit: Is that a joke?).  Britt will be a beast once he’s back (Lane-o edit: if he’s not drinking and driving); you just have to hope his suspension isn’t long.  Great depth as well.  Pierre Thomas is such an effective football player when healthy and on a great offense.  Greg Little had 120 targets last year and now has a better QB to play with. 
                The bad:  I would have picked a lot of these guys. (I don’t have a good history of winning, but that has to be because of pure luck).
Draft Grade – A
Team Willie Beamen –
                The good:  Cruz and Jennings are 2 explosive WR and could score a TD on any given play.  Pettigrew will put up top 7 TE numbers, and if Mike Wallace reports soon then Big Ben should have plenty of weapons to perform well.  Add the fact that all of Pitts’ RBs are hurt and they could air it out more this year.
                The bad:  Darren Sproles will never live up to last year’s performance and therefore will be overdrafted.  Same with Helu, since Shanny loves to destroy fantasy teams by playing musical RBs.  You have OK starters but very weak bench that includes James Starks, Tolbert, and Snelling.  Oh and you drafted Plaxico Burress.
Draft Grade – D-
Team Air McNairicides –
                The good:  You got an absolute steal by snagging Hernandez in the 3rd.  And considering KC said they want to run it 500 times this year, Jamaal is looking like he is going to have a huge year (Lane-o Edit: Ya know, unless he gets hurt…).  I like Flacco to outperform this draft spot by a lot as well.
                The bad:  You picked Ben Tate before about 15 RB’s I would rather have.  He’s a great player, he just plays behind an even better player and will see his 5 – 7 carries a game.  Not good enough for 4th round.  Reaching for Randy was a huuuge mistake.  San Fran does not throw, and when they do it’s to Vernon or their running backs.  The rest of your team is very blah.  I could take them or leave them. 
Draft Grade – C- 
Team D-X –
                The good:  This is the perennial best drafting owner (Lane-o edit: so you must have missed the playoffs last year due to lousy trading??).  He has 3 top 20 WRs (that’s not including Kendall Wright, who is a spry young WR with loads of potential), the best QB in football (besides Tommy of course), and sooo much more.  Jaquizz is probably the biggest steal of the draft (could change to Rashard Jennings once MJD is traded or never reports) and we haven’t even got to the 10th round yet.  Giants D, Powell (eventual starter for Jets cause Greene is just plain bad) and Ballard just really put the icing on this team’s draft.
                The bad:  This game is mostly luck and the best team doesn’t always win.  (Lane-o edit: He conveniently leaves out his running back situation and the fact that Bilal Powell has a career rushing average of under 2 yard per carry…hmmm)
Draft Grade – A+ (Lane-o grade: C-)


Bob said...

Oh well, I dropped Powell for Alfred Morris anyway. HAHAHA

Matt said...

So you are confirming that you had a bad draft?

Bob said...

Never. Why don't you go pick Shonn Greene.

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