Time for the final chapter of the Draftmaster 29 Razzball book. We’re wrapping things up with the best and worst picks of the draft, and an analysis of each team’s roster. If you missed part one of the recap, then click here and read what pops up on your screen so I don’t have to write it all over again. I don’t have time to write it again. I’ve got a lot of junk food to eat, TV to watch, and sleeping and snoring to do. Priorities, people. Priorities.
Team @Redsoxnation88: Tom Brady, Matthew Stafford, Maurice Jones-Drew, Darren McFadden, Danny Woodhead, Mike Goodson, Jason Snelling, Dwayne Bowe, Wes Welker, Pierre Garcon, Steve Smith (CAR), Jacoby Ford, Jimmy Graham, Jared Cook, David Akers, Chiefs Defense.
Best Pick – Darren McFadden in round 2: I admit I’m higher on Run DMC than most, but mid round 2 for a guy that can produce round 1 type numbers is awesome.
Worst Pick – Steve Smith in round 10: It’s hard to pick a “worst pick” on this team. I like them all. I’ll say Smith since he’s always hurt and plays on a bad offense.
Team Analysis – Drumroll please…this is my favorite team of Draftmaster 29. If I were a betting man, I’d put my dinero on this team to win the whole sha-bang-a-bang. The only real weakness I see is the defense. I’d prefer stronger WR depth but in a 12-team league, Jacoby Ford and Steve Smith aren’t so bad. Love the QBs. Love the starting RBs. If Jonathan Stewart and Michael Turner go down – two guys with injury concerns – this team will hit the jackpot. This is the team to beat, folks.
Team @vmahaffe: Tony Romo, Joe Flacco, Steven Jackson, Ahmad Bradshaw, Ryan Torain, Mike Tolbert, Montario Hardesty, Mike Wallace, Santonio Holmes, Danny Amendola, Arrelious Benn, Jason Hill, Antonio Gates, Tony Moeaki, Sebastian Janikowski, Steelers Defense.
Best Pick – Tony Romo in round 5: This is where I expect Romo to be drafted in all leagues, but in this offense I expect him to easily outproduce his draft position.
Team Analysis – The running backs make me nervous. Steven Jackson has been overworked throughout his career and I worry about him wearing down. Ahmad Bradshaw has had four surgeries in two years. Cause for concern. The receiving corps is very hit and miss. This team will win some games, but it won’t be consistent. There isn’t enough depth on the roster for this team to be a contender.
Team @GridironGuy: Drew Brees, Kevin Kolb, Matt Forte, Knowshon Moreno, Beanie Wells, Fred Jackson, LaDanian Tomlinson, Bernard Scott, Andre Johnson, Sidney Rice, Mike Sims-Walker, Chad Ochocinco, Vernon Davis, Jermaine Gresham, Mason Crosby, Ravens Defense.
Worst Pick – Beanie Wells in round 7: He’s proven nothing in the NFL. I would have swung for the fences with a guy like James Starks or Mikel Leshoure instead.
Team Analysis – This is a very well-rounded, solid roster. The running back corps is very good, and Kevin Kolb could turn out to be one of the best back up fantasy QBs out there if he lands in the right situation. My only concern with this team is the wide receiver position. I’m not so sure Sidney Rice will be a reliable WR2. Mike Sims-Walker and Chad Ochocinco aren’t reliable for solid production, either. With that said I still like the balance if this team and I think it can make a push for the playoffs.
Team @Treadstone06: Matt Schaub, Tim Tebow, Michael Turner, Jonathan Stewart, Chris Ivory, Michael Bush, Anthony Dixon, Roddy White, Mike Williams (TB), Davone Bess, Malcom Floyd, Randy Moss, Emmanuel Sanders, Dallas Clark, Rob Bironas, Falcons Defense.
Worst Pick – Randy Moss in round 11: After producing squadouche last season – emphasis on the douche – why even take the risk?
Team Analysis – I really like the wide receiver group (outside of Moss) on this team. Emmanuel Sanders has a chance to make some noise this year, and Davone Bess is very under appreciated. Owning the handcuffs of two injury prone running backs is always a good thing, too. Michael Bush and Anthony Dixon could produce great numbers if they get an opportunity. The starters are strong on this team, but when the bye weeks hit I think this team will struggle to win games.
Team @FantasyTaz: Ben Roethlisberger, Matt Cassel, Frank Gore, LeGarrette Blount, Cedric Benson, James Starks, Donald Brown, Hakeem Nicks, DeSean Jackson, Percy Harvin, Lance Moore, Nate Burleson, Rob Gronkowski, Todd Heap, Nate Kaeding, Cardinals Defense.
Worst Pick – DeSean Jackson in round 4: There were numerous WRs I would have opted for over DJax in a PPR league. Welker, Lloyd, Collie, and Colston to name a few.
Team Analysis – The PPR scoring format is going to hurt this team. In a standard scoring league I’d like this team a lot more, but since it’s PPR I think this team will suffer. LeGarrette Blount, Cedric Benson, DeSean Jackson and Rob Gronkowski are going to cost this team a win any given week since they just don’t catch a lot of passes. I think this team can make a playoff push, but in the end the PPR scoring may be the demise of this squad.
Team @ericdickens: Josh Freeman, Matt Ryan, Rashard Mendenhall, Marshawn Lynch, C.J. Spiller, Ben Tate, Javon Ringer, Calvin Johnson, Jeremy Maclin, Brandon Marshall, Mike Williams (SEA), Zach Miller, Brandon Pettigrew, Matt Bryant, Packers Defense, Rams Defense.
Best Pick – Matt Ryan in round 8: Ryan quietly finished as the 8th highest scoring QB last season. Tremendous value in round 8 of a 12-team league.
Worst Pick – Rams Defense in round 16: I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – there’s no need for two defenses on a fantasy roster.
Team Analysis – The running back depth of this team sticks out like a sore thumb. It’s not good. The WR and QB depth is very solid though, so this owner could possibly make a trade to get stronger at RB. Rashard Mendenhall and Calvin Johnson are going to have to carry this team, and I just don’t think they can do it for a full fantasy season. As the roster stands now I think this is one of the weaker teams, but a trade or two could turn this team into a playoff contender.
This is the last you’ll see or hear about Draftmaster 29 until September. It’s been a lot of fun analyzing this draft. Draftmaster 29 has gotten me all excited for the 2011 fantasy football season, and it’s still 5 months away! Man, that’s going to be a long 5 months. At least the lockout was lifted! Well, for now anyways. We’ll see what happens in the coming months. I hope you all enjoyed the analysis as much as I enjoyed writing it.
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