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.
|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.|