Over the past few weeks we’ve been analyzing Draftmaster 29 on a round-by-round basis here at Razzball. If you missed it, just scroll down past this article. You’ll see it. I just have to warn you – it’ll blow your mind so prepare for your mind to be blown before scrolling down.
Time for a recap! Here are my thoughts on each team, and my selections for the best and worst picks of their draft. You may want to wear a helmet because this could possibly blow your mind too, and you’re going to need your mind later on in life.
Team @EyeOfTheGator: Peyton Manning, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Arian Foster, Pierre Thomas, Mark Ingram, Rashad Jennings, Tashard Choice, Reggie Wayne, Austin Collie, Santana Moss, Jerome Simpson, Plaxico Burress, Chris Cooley, Dustin Keller, Josh Scobee, Giants Defense.
Best Pick – Peyton Manning in round 4: Not only was Manning drafted in round 4, he was drafted as the last pick in round 4. I’m surprised he fell that far.
Worst Pick – Pierre Thomas in round 3: I would have preferred Jahvid Best or Peyton Hillis, both of whom were on the board when Thomas was taken.
Team Analysis – This team has a lot of upside. Austin Collie, Jerome Simpson, Tashard Choice and Mark Ingram could all pay off in a big way if things go their way. Three Colts players were drafted as starters which could come back to haunt this team. It’ll be tough to get a win when the Colts are on their bye, or if the Colts happen to have a bad offensive afternoon. Overall this is a solid PPR team that has strong starters at every position.
Team @FatKat52: Sam Bradford, Jason Campbell, Chris Johnson, Ryan Mathews, BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Joseph Addai, Dez Bryant, Marques Colston, A.J. Green, Deion Branch, Terrell Owens, James Jones, Jason Witten, Ben Watson, Josh Brown, Bears Defense.
Best Pick –Marques Colston in round 5: Colston will be drafted as a WR2 in all leagues this year, but has the potential to produce WR1 numbers in PPR leagues.
Worst Pick – Sam Bradford in round 9: Not only was Bradford drafted too high, but this team drafted him as a QB1. He’ll improve, but he’s not a weekly fantasy starter yet.
Team Analysis – I hate to pick on anyone, but I think this is one of the weaker teams drafted. Sam Bradford can’t be relied upon every week, and the wide receiver group is very hit and miss. On a positive note, this team has nice running back depth and two terrific PPR tight ends. The problem will be inconsistency. The RB2 spot is going to drive this owner nuts. This team can win games, but I see this team finishing near the bottom of the league standings by season’s end.
Team @FF101: Michael Vick, Jay Cutler, Adrian Peterson, Felix Jones, Mikel Leshoure, Ronnie Brown, Ricky Williams, Vincent Jackson, Kenny Britt, Jordy Nelson, Julio Jones, Hines Ward, JerMichael Finley, Heath Miller, Robbie Gould, Jets Defense.
Best Pick – Jay Cutler in round 10: I don’t love Cutler, but in round 10 I think he’s nice value. Vick tends to get hurt, and Cutler can hold the fort down nicely for a few weeks.
Worst Pick – Kenny Britt in round 6: A week ago I was fine with this pick. Now that Britt is in legal trouble he probably won’t play a full season. Tough break for this owner.
Team Analysis – My first thought when looking at the roster is this team will either win BIG, or lose by a lot. There isn’t a lot of depth and that’s going to hurt when the bye weeks come around, or if anyone gets injured. The health of Michael Vick, Adrian Peterson, Vincent Jackson and JerMichael Finley is going to make or break this team. One guy that could pay of nicely is rookie Mikel Leshoure. Leshoure has an every-down back skill set and could produce RB2 numbers in the right situation.
Team @BNQuinlan: Aaron Rodgers, David Garrard, LeSean McCoy, DeAngelo Williams, Ryan Grant, Tim Hightower, Toby Gerhart, Larry Fitzgerald, Steve Johnson, Michael Crabtree, Mike Thomas, Owen Daniels, Kellen Winslow, Garrett Hartley, Patriots Defense, Chargers Defense.
Best Pick – Owen Daniels in round 9: Daniels comes with injury concerns, but landing a potential 80+ catch tight end in round nine of a PPR draft is a steal.
Worst Pick – Chargers Defense in round 15: This team drafted the Patriots Defense in round 13, and there really is no need for two defenses on a fantasy roster.
Team Analysis – This team was very nicely drafted. Outside of the Chargers Defense pick, I like every other selection this owner made. The depth of this team is very solid. Mike Thomas is a terrific WR4, and Kellen Winslow should be starting in a 12-team league. Ryan Grant and Tim Hightower are a little risky, but if both win the starting RB job on their respective teams, they’ll be some of the best value picks of Draftmaster 29. This team looks like a playoff team.
Team @RadialRebels: Eli Manning, Kyle Orton, Jamaal Charles, Jahvid Best, Shonn Greene, Brandon Jacobs, Thomas Jones, Miles Austin, Brandon Lloyd, Mario Manningham, Braylon Edwards, Louis Murphy, Tony Gonzalez, Aaron Hernandez, Dan Carpenter, Dolphins Defense.
Best Pick – Jahvid Best in round 3: It’s all about the upside with Best. In a PPR league he has the potential to produce round one type numbers.
Worst Pick – Miles Austin in round 2: Austin will produce, I just prefer Reggie Wayne, Larry Fitzgerald or Vincent Jackson. All were available when Austin was drafted.
Team Analysis – If this team can live up to it’s potential, it’ll be tough to beat. Jamaal Charles and Jahvid Best are two of the most explosive backs in the league and can win a fantasy game by themselves. Miles Austin and Brandon Lloyd are solid starting WRs, and the WR depth is good. I think the Achilles heel of this team will be an inconsistent QB, along with lack-luster options at tight end and defense. This is a boom or bust type of team.
Team @EricPedigo: Philip Rivers, Mark Sanchez, Ray Rice, Peyton Hillis, Reggie Bush, Willis McGahee, Greg Jennings, Anquan Boldin, Steve Smith (NYG), Johnny Knox, Mark Clayton, Robert Meachem, Marcedes Lewis, Brent Celek, Adam Vinatieri, 49ers Defense.
Best Pick – Mark Clayton in round 10: Clayton was targeted 42 times in just over 4 games last year before getting hurt. I don’t know if these owners forgot about him or what, but round ten in a PPR league for Clayton is highway robbery.
Worst Pick – Anquan Boldin in round 5: I can see this owner starting Steve Smith (NYG), Johnny Knox, or Mark Clayton more often than Boldin in 2011.
Team Analysis – The one-two punch of Ray Rice and Peyton Hillis is lethal. They may be the strongest running back tandem in this league, particularly given the PPR scoring. Although I don’t like the Boldin pick, I think this team has solid depth at wide receiver. Steve Smith and Mark Clayton were great picks. It was a smart move to handcuff McGahee to Rice as well. I’d prefer a stronger defense, more RB depth, and a more consistent tight end, but I think this team can make the playoffs.
I see you’ve made it through the entire article with your mind in tact. Congratulations! I’d hate to be responsible for your mind being blown anyways. As you can see, this is only six of the twelve teams that drafted so we still have some analyzing to do. We’ll continue on next week.
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