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Monday 23rd Oct 2017

I have had a couple of "real" drafts thus far as we rest a couple of weeks before the opening of the NFL season. I did a long (30-round) Sirius/XM Dynasy Draft and Todd and I did the FSTA Experts Draft back in June when we all convened in New York.

But, last night was a straight 16-round, PPR 12-team draft--also Sirius XM draft held down by the good folks at Fantrax with a bunch of mates a la Glenn Colton, Howard Bender, Adam Ronis, Chris Liss, Lisa Ann, and Peter Schoenke.

I know that the NFL is a passing game, and the conventional wisdom is to draft top wide receivers, but somehow, being a contrarian, I have a compulsion to go against the grain, so I built my team around a solid running back, Cam Newton, a bunch of #2 receivers, and all secondary running backs who could catch.

I like this team a lot, and so does the Fantrax projection, but we all know what that means. I drafted in the #4 slot, and here is who I got, and some logic, if any. 

Pick Player Comment
1. David Johnson (RB) He can run and he can catch and now he is a vet.
2. Cam Newton (QB) Technically the best scoring option in the game.
3. Jarvis Landry (WR) A favorite of mine and a potentially big time receiver.
4. Kelvin Benjamin (WR) Still should be Cam's #1 target despite the missed 2015.
5. Theo Riddick (RB) Caught 80 passes last year, and I grabbed him now thinking the Lion would not be there for my next pick.
6. Willie Snead (WR) 69 catches and almost 1000 yards last year.
7. John Brown (WR) 69 catches and 1004 yards for another now established vet.
8. Markus Wheaton (WR) Another #2 guy who should see a lot of passes.
9. Bilal Powell (RB) Another #2 back who can catch.
10. Pierre Garcon (WR) Long in the tooth, but deep in skill and just 30 after nine seasons.
11. Derek Carr (QB) A back-up I like as a first string in a lot of leagues.
12. DeAndre Washington (RB) Rookie RB who again can both run and catch playing on an improving team.
13. Breshad Perriman (WR) Former #1 pick who missed his rookie year and is now ready to rock.
14. Steven Hauschka (PK) A bit early for a kicker, but method to my madness that worked.
15. Richard Rodgers (TE) Caught eight TD passes last year as a rookie, and I knew he would still be here when this pick came up as everyone else had drafted two tight ends and were looking at Kicker and Defense.
16. Oakland Raiders (DEF) I am prepared to grab a defense out of the free agent pool each week, so who I drafted and when was kind of superfluous. However, I think the Raiders defense will actually be a lot better than ranked.

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