So, as you may know, or not know, and for those of you who do not know what I know that you know about what we both don’t know… uh, my computer just turned off. But, as I was saying,while having a stroke I guess, I don’t like calling myself an “expert”. Unless we are talking about browsing Redtube.com. I can do that for days. But in terms of fantasy sports, I prefer to just call myself a “writer”. A glorious and complicated descriptor, I’m sure. I have to say though, there are fantasy football experts out there, they do exist. How do I know this? Because that’s what they call themselves, and that’s okay! It’s not like they give degrees out for this stuff (though, they really should have so I would have payed a lot more attention in college…), so it is what it is. And this season, I was invited to take part in an experts league, (which I’m sure will be a surprise if you don’t read post title’s), called “The Fantasy Legends League“. Surprise! And how did your very own Jay do? Follow me after the jump to find out!
Here’s the lowdown… it was a slow draft for a 12-Team, 18-Round, Half-PPR Head-to-Head League with 3 QB/RB/WR/TE spots. We can start 3 flex spots each week, but only flex one per position, per week. Don’t worry, I had my lawyer go over the rules, and he informed me that it’s essentially a 2-QB league and to treat it as such. Also, lawyers are expensive, even when breaking down fantasy football rules. Who knew? The waivers are handled via a free agent budget of $200.00 for the season. The top-4 teams make the playoffs and there are no trades allowed.
1. Corey Parson – SiriusXM
2. Nick Capozzi – Razzball Radio
3. Liz Loza – The Fantasy Football Girl
4. Jason Longfellow – Razzball Football
5. Scott Engel – RotoExperts
6. Adam Ronis – RotoExperts
7. Dave Schmidt – Fantasy Ballblogger
8. Jesse Ferreira – Fantasy Ballblogger
9. Brian Forrester – ProjectRoto
10. Rachel Wold – Fantasy Football Chick
11. Jennifer Millman – RotoExperts
12. Dan Jay – Bills Fanatics
And here’s the team…
|QB||Cam Newton||CAR||12||2.09 (21)|
|QB/WR/RB/TE||Philip Rivers||SD||10||3.04 (28)|
|RB||Reggie Bush||DET||9||4.09 (45)|
|RB||Chris Johnson||NYJ||11||6.09 (69)|
|QB/WR/RB/TE||Danny Woodhead||SD||10||7.04 (76)|
|WR||Calvin Johnson||DET||9||1.04 (4)|
|WR||Keenan Allen||SD||10||5.04 (52)|
|WR||Reggie Wayne||IND||10||9.04 (100)|
|QB/WR/RB/TE||Kyle Rudolph||MIN||10||8.09 (93)|
|TE||Antonio Gates||SD||10||13.04 (148)|
|BENCH||Roy Helu||WAS||10||17.04 (196)|
|BENCH||Chris Ivory||NYJ||11||15.04 (172)|
|BENCH||Dexter McCluster||TEN||9||16.09 (189)|
|BENCH||Odell Beckham||NYG||8||12.09 (141)|
|BENCH||Kenny Stills||NO||6||11.04 (124)|
|BENCH||Rod Streater||OAK||5||14.09 (165)|
|BENCH||Charles Clay||MIA||5||10.09 (117)|
So… I actually sorta-kinda-maybe like this team. Unless we’re in week 10. Then it’s the worst sh*t ever produced by a fantasy football manager. I’m not even sure I’ll be able to field a legal roster. But, besides that one-week speed bump, and, you know, a broad-stroking of Chargers on this team (yeah, let’s call it that), the team could make some noise.
Technically, you don’t have to have two QB’s, but you essentially you must, since you’d be shooting yourself in the foot by not doing so. Don’t believe me? Well, that’s not nice of you. Also, you can find out my thoughts on Two-Quarterback Leagues here. And as I’ll talk about in with the wide receivers, I felt I could wait until the second round, as even in 2-QB leagues, the depth this season really allows one to do this. In most cases, especially if you have a selection near the turns of the draft order, you’ll just want to make sure you keep an eye on the depth. In the case of both Cam Newton and Philip Rivers, I really felt there was good value here. Specifically, I was able to nab Newton, who’s being underrated a lot this preseason, right after Jay Cutler. Granted, Cutler has the weapons and ability to potentially produce better numbers, but he has missed 13 games the past three seasons. I’m fine going with a QB who’s never finished outside the top-4 in QB scoring since his rookie year. And Philip Rivers needs no explanation. He’s Philip Rivers. And probably just fathered 234 more children. Antonio Cromartie can only watch in awe.
I feel I may have over-payed a bit here on Reggie Bush, but like Boardwalk Empire, the Detroit Lions offense features an egregious amount of Bush. And remember, sometimes you’re a slave to the site’s draft board, and he was just sitting there near the top of the queue, and as you can see with most of my other RB selections (Danny Woodhead, Roy Helu, Dexter McCluster, and maybe to a lesser extent, Chris Johnson), I certainly chose backs with pass-catching ability. Also, as you’ll notice above, I didn’t draft a defense, and my drop before week one will most likely be Helu, but I’m very curious how Jay Gruden utilizes him in the pre-season. (And, related, how Whisenhunt uses McCluster, who could be PPR viable this season.) And that’s another reason why I generally don’t like burning a roster spot on defense, a lot of things can happen until the season starts, and a gamble taken in the late rounds could pay dividends.
Look, I know it’s easy to paint me with the homer brush. I just showed you team that’s pretty much the San Diego Chargers, but only if Calvin Johnson was somehow traded to them. That’s fine, I am unaffected by my
rational irrational need to do this. But I really want to state for the record that I wasn’t planning on drafting Keenan Allen. I was actually wanting to draft Ryan Mathews there. Shut up. But I just couldn’t let him pass, the value in the fifth round seemed like too much to pass, especially with Victor Cruz, Percy Harvin, and Andre Johnson going right before. While I like Cruz this season (could see 100+ targets), there should have been a discount there, and I think Allen can outproduce Johnson and Harvin easily. And as alluded to earlier in the quarterback blurb, I was eyeing Aaron Rodgers there as my first overall pick, but I could not escape the allure of owning Megatron. TOO MUCH ALLURE.
Yeah, I’ll admit it, I drafted too many, and one of them doesn’t really have a purpose with the same bye week, but tough. This is my team, and I do what I want with it. I’d argue that I have three guys who all have the ability to either get injured, fade away, or generally just poop on the proverbial bed, so there’s some hedging and some Plan ‘B’ strategy going on around these parts. I could also argue that Charles Clay was the 7th highest scoring TE in this format last season (Gates was 9th) and both represented great value where they were drafted. And I think Kyle Rudolph and Norv Turner can do some interesting things together. That doesn’t necessarily justify carrying three tight ends, so I can only say… it’s Antionio Gates man. We’ve been together for 11 years.
I’m not sure if anything will materialize from Helu and McCluster, but I like handcuffing Chris Johnson with Chris Ivory, and I really like having some underrated potential in Kenny Stills and Rod Streater. I’m not sure what Odell Beckham will do this season, as I’m usually quite bearish on first year receivers, but I’ve seen worse gambles. Danny Amendola just waved. And then promptly tore his ACL. I’ll probably end up playing match-ups and gut feels with my tight end triumvirate, but overall, the bench seems like a good balance.
So what do you Razzballers (shotcallers, dippin’ in the Benz with, what is it, spawlers? What are spawlers? Spiders that break the law?)? What are your thoughts on this team? Do you hate it? Do you love it? I love it. But, then again, I did get it at Ross. So there’s that…