The Draft podcast that was recorded live during our draft can be listened to after the jump at the bottom of the post, which was again hosted by former ESPN Producer PodVader. Come to think of it, he not only hosts this league year-after-year, but he also special hosts for the actual podcast! Two birds! One stone! You know how the saying goes… (Hint: if you’re a bird, you’re f*cked.) And with this expert draft in the books a season after I took the championship (blind squirrel, nuts, I like your nuts joke, etc.), it’s time to write about said draft in a self-deprecating manner that will captivate all of my first dates (and not so coincidentally, my last dates) to no end. So first, let’s introduce the players… (and if you’d like to check out the team that pulled it off in 2016, you can grab your context here. But grab lightly! Think juggling with jazz hands…)

ESPN’s former Producer PodVader, (Jay Soderberg) from Next Fan Up and BlogTalkRadioDFSR‘s Doug Norrie, Mat Harrison from LeagueSafe (use promo code: RAZZBALL for $10.00 League credit!), “d-Rx®” (yes, that’s his name, no, he’s not a T-Rex with a silent ‘T’, unfortunately) from Pyromaniac, Matt Freedman from FantasyLabs and RotoViz RadioPro Football Weekly‘s Kyle Nabors, Joel Henard from Fantasy Insiders, Chris Schubert from FanRag SportsBrandon Marianne Lee from Her Fantasy FootballDale from Eat-Sleep-FantasyMatt Chatham from Football by Football, Kevin from The Fantasy Football Guys, Todd from The Fantasy Sharks, and Jay from Razzball (hey, that’s me!) And now? The recap!

Note: The leaguewent through some changes from last season’s iteration, moving from standard scoring to half-PPR and going from a 10-team league to a 14-team league. The league home can be found here.

Slot Player Pos Team Bye Pick
QB Russell Wilson QB SEA 6 91
RB Melvin Gordon RB LAC 9 7
RB Bilal Powell RB NYJ 11 50
WR Doug Baldwin WR SEA 6 22
WR Terrelle Pryor Sr. WR WAS 5 35
TE Jack Doyle TE IND 11 134
FLEX Sammy Watkins WR LAR 8 63
DST Eagles DST PHI 10 218
K Caleb Sturgis K PHI 10 203

So, at first gander, I’m okay with my team. Not completely ecstatic, but not too worried either. I like Melvin Gordon (surprise!), but I don’t really like Sammy Watkins. For that specific pick, I just felt that he was falling too much and wanted the value. I’m pretty sure that the Rams offense is still a dumpster fire, but perhaps it’s still an improvement over last season’s offense, which was a dumpster fire outside an abortion clinic. To offset all the negativity and dead baby jokes (it was a light one! No controversy at all!), I’m excited to have Bilal Powell and Doug Baldwin (to pair up with Russell Wilson and his miracle water) in this league’s new half-PPR format. As you’ll note from my Quarterback Position Preview, I’m not the biggest fan of drafting QBs early, but the exceptions are always rooted with what the league and format is, and in this case, I’d advocate for drafting a higher-tiered QB in a 14-teamer. There will naturally be less streaming options during the season, and the position will get thin earlier in the drafts than your normal 12-team and 10-team sized leagues. I’m iffy on the Terrelle Pryor hype, but the cost was right and feel that while there’s nothing flashy with the team above, there’s plenty of balance…

Player Pos Team Bye Pick
Terrance West RB BAL 10 106
Jacquizz Rodgers RB TB 11 119
Jamaal Charles RB DEN 5 147
Chris Thompson RB WAS 5 162
Jeremy Maclin WR BAL 10 78
J.J. Nelson WR ARI 8 175
ArDarius Stewart WR NYJ 11 190

The bench is definitely a mishmash of stuff, as I guess it should be with 14 teams drafting. The only price I regret paying for was Jacquizz Rodgers… I had been eyeing Tevin Coleman for that slot, but he was drafted a bit earlier than I was hoping for and I guess since I’m probably the most bawdy person I know, having a player named after my own national past time doesn’t hurt. Otherwise, I always prefer to get solid depth, and in this case, I’m confidant in landing both Terrance West and Jeremy Maclin as that depth, especially in a PPR format. I’m actually pretty intrigued with what Jamaal Charles will bring… I’m sure it’ll be an explosive ACL, but at that pick placement, the lottery ticket seemed completely worth it. ArDarius Stewart also makes me lift an eyebrow (the left one!), if only because you can’t just throw it to Quincy Enunwa every single time, (can you?) [Note: After this post was written, Enunwa was place on the IR with season-ending neck surgery] and a WR2 or 3 should emerge out of that smörgåsbord of gang green (sounds like my Friday night!), and Stewart might just get there. As for Chris Thompson, just your prototypical RB3 pass-catching specialist that might vulture it up… And I’m not even sure why I drafted J.J. Nelson. Maybe because his first name is my name, but twice. Totally a solid reason.

The complete draft results for all the teams can be found below…

Pick Player, Team, Pos Pick Player, Team, Pos
5 LeSean McCoy, Buf RB 7 Melvin Gordon, LAC RB
24 Brandin Cooks, NE WR 22 Doug Baldwin, Sea WR
33 Marshawn Lynch, Oak RB 35 Terrelle Pryor Sr., Wsh WR
52 Drew Brees, NO QB 50 Bilal Powell, NYJ RB
61 Willie Snead, NO WR 63 Sammy Watkins, LAR WR
80 Adrian Peterson, NO RB 78 Jeremy Maclin, Bal WR
89 Andrew Luck*, Ind QB 91 Russell Wilson, Sea QB
108 Marqise Lee, Jax WR 106 Terrance West, Bal RB
117 Martellus Bennett, GB TE 119 Jacquizz Rodgers, TB RB
136 Jason Witten, Dal TE 134 Jack Doyle, Ind TE
145 Seahawks D/ST D/ST 147 Jamaal Charles, Den RB
164 Cole Beasley, Dal WR 162 Chris Thompson, Wsh RB
173 T.J. Yeldon, Jax RB 175 J.J. Nelson, Ari WR
192 Dion Lewis, NE RB 190 ArDarius Stewart, NYJ WR
201 Panthers D/ST D/ST 203 Caleb Sturgis, Phi K
220 Phil Dawson, Ari K 218 Eagles D/ST D/ST
Pick Player, Team, Pos Pick Player, Team, Pos
9 Jordan Howard, Chi RB 12 Jordy Nelson, GB WR
20 Michael Thomas, NO WR 17 T.Y. Hilton, Ind WR
37 Tom Brady, NE QB 40 Michael Crabtree, Oak WR
48 Golden Tate, Det WR 45 Jordan Reed, Wsh TE
65 Jimmy Graham, Sea TE 68 Matt Ryan, Atl QB
76 James White, NE RB 73 Paul Perkins, NYG RB
93 DeVante Parker, Mia WR 96 Theo Riddick, Det RB
104 Matt Forte, NYJ RB 101 Mike Wallace, Bal WR
121 Latavius Murray, Min RB 124 Darren Sproles, Phi RB
132 Marvin Jones, Det WR 129 Broncos D/ST D/ST
149 Chiefs D/ST D/ST 152 Anquan Boldin, Buf WR
160 Mohamed Sanu, Atl WR 157 Matt Bryant, Atl K
177 Adam Vinatieri, Ind K 180 Dan Bailey, Dal K
188 Allen Hurns, Jax WR 185 Matt Prater, Det K
205 O.J. Howard, TB TE 208 Sam Bradford, Min QB
216 Torrey Smith, Phi WR 213 Tim Hightower, SF RB
Pick Player, Team, Pos Pick Player, Team, Pos
2 Le’Veon Bell, Pit RB 11 Devonta Freeman, Atl RB
27 Demaryius Thomas, Den WR 18 Amari Cooper, Oak WR
30 DeAndre Hopkins, Hou WR 39 Mark Ingram, NO RB
55 Eddie Lacy, Sea RB 46 Joe Mixon, Cin RB
58 Larry Fitzgerald, Ari WR 67 Stefon Diggs, Min WR
83 DeSean Jackson, TB WR 74 Randall Cobb, GB WR
86 Eric Decker, Ten WR 95 Jameis Winston, TB QB
111 Hunter Henry, LAC TE 102 Duke Johnson Jr., Cle RB
114 Marcus Mariota, Ten QB 123 Julius Thomas, Mia TE
139 Sterling Shepard, NYG WR 130 Philip Rivers, LAC QB
142 Texans D/ST D/ST 151 Cameron Brate, TB TE
167 Shane Vereen, NYG RB 158 Jamaal Williams, GB RB
170 Charles Sims, TB RB 179 James Conner, Pit RB
195 Joe Flacco, Bal QB 186 Curtis Samuel, Car WR
198 Cairo Santos, KC K 207 Chris Boswell, Pit K
223 David Njoku, Cle TE 214 Steelers D/ST D/ST
Pick Player, Team, Pos Pick Player, Team, Pos
10 A.J. Green, Cin WR 4 Odell Beckham Jr., NYG WR
19 Rob Gronkowski, NE TE 25 Todd Gurley, LAR RB
38 Alshon Jeffery, Phi WR 32 Isaiah Crowell, Cle RB
47 Carlos Hyde, SF RB 53 Greg Olsen, Car TE
66 Frank Gore, Ind RB 60 Emmanuel Sanders, Den WR
75 Tyler Eifert, Cin TE 81 C.J. Anderson, Den RB
94 Jordan Matthews, Buf WR 88 Cameron Meredith, Chi WR
103 John Brown, Ari WR 109 Dak Prescott, Dal QB
122 Corey Davis, Ten WR 116 Rishard Matthews, Ten WR
131 Robby Anderson, NYJ WR 137 Giovani Bernard, Cin RB
150 Josh Doctson, Wsh WR 144 Cooper Kupp, LAR WR
159 DeAndre Washington, Oak RB 165 Austin Hooper, Atl TE
178 Kenny Golladay, Det WR 172 Eli Manning, NYG QB
187 Dustin Hopkins, Wsh K 193 Devin Funchess, Car WR
206 Bengals D/ST D/ST 200 Giants D/ST D/ST
215 Carson Palmer, Ari QB 221 Brandon McManus, Den K
Pick Player, Team, Pos Pick Player, Team, Pos
3 Antonio Brown, Pit WR 1 David Johnson, Ari RB
26 Ty Montgomery, GB RB 28 Christian McCaffrey, Car RB
31 Aaron Rodgers, GB QB 29 Keenan Allen, LAC WR
54 Ameer Abdullah, Det RB 56 Brandon Marshall, NYG WR
59 Spencer Ware, KC RB 57 Tyreek Hill, KC WR
82 Kenny Britt, Cle WR 84 Kyle Rudolph, Min TE
87 Zach Ertz, Phi TE 85 Kareem Hunt, KC RB
110 Corey Coleman, Cle WR 112 Derek Carr, Oak QB
115 Ted Ginn Jr., NO WR 113 John Ross, Cin WR
138 Taylor Gabriel, Atl WR 140 Patriots D/ST D/ST
143 Carson Wentz, Phi QB 141 Justin Tucker, Bal K
166 Jonathan Williams, Buf RB 168 Robert Woods, LAR WR
171 Breshad Perriman, Bal WR 169 Kenny Stills, Mia WR
194 Tyler Lockett, Sea WR 196 Jay Cutler, Mia QB
199 Mason Crosby, GB K 197 Nelson Agholor, Phi WR
222 Ravens D/ST D/ST 224 Wayne Gallman, NYG RB
Pick Player, Team, Pos Pick Player, Team, Pos
13 Jay Ajayi, Mia RB 14 DeMarco Murray, Ten RB
16 Dez Bryant, Dal WR 15 Leonard Fournette, Jax RB
41 Travis Kelce, KC TE 42 Julian Edelman, NE WR
44 Martavis Bryant, Pit WR 43 Jarvis Landry, Mia WR
69 Pierre Garcon, SF WR 70 Kelvin Benjamin, Car WR
72 Tevin Coleman, Atl RB 71 Delanie Walker, Ten TE
97 Kirk Cousins, Wsh QB 98 Tyrell Williams, LAC WR
100 Samaje Perine, Wsh RB 99 Cam Newton, Car QB
125 Zay Jones, Buf WR 126 Derrick Henry, Ten RB
128 Thomas Rawls, Sea RB 127 C.J. Prosise, Sea RB
153 Cardinals D/ST D/ST 154 Kevin White, Chi WR
156 Stephen Gostkowski, NE K 155 D’Onta Foreman, Hou RB
181 Andy Dalton, Cin QB 182 Joe Williams, SF RB
184 Marlon Mack, Ind RB 183 Deshaun Watson, Hou QB
209 Coby Fleener, NO TE 210 Wil Lutz, NO K
212 Jalen Richard, Oak RB 211 Falcons D/ST D/ST
Pick Player, Team, Pos Pick Player, Team, Pos
8 Julio Jones, Atl WR 6 Mike Evans, TB WR
21 Lamar Miller, Hou RB 23 Ezekiel Elliott, Dal RB
36 Allen Robinson, Jax WR 34 Dalvin Cook, Min RB
49 Davante Adams, GB WR 51 Danny Woodhead, Bal RB
64 Jamison Crowder, Wsh WR 62 Mike Gillislee, NE RB
77 Doug Martin, TB RB 79 LeGarrette Blount, Phi RB
92 Darren McFadden, Dal RB 90 Donte Moncrief, Ind WR
105 Robert Kelley, Wsh RB 107 Adam Thielen, Min WR
120 Tyrod Taylor, Buf QB 118 Jonathan Stewart, Car RB
133 Jeremy Hill, Cin RB 135 Ben Roethlisberger, Pit QB
148 Eric Ebron, Det TE 146 Vikings D/ST D/ST
161 Matthew Stafford, Det QB 163 Alvin Kamara, NO RB
176 Tavon Austin, LAR WR 174 Rex Burkhead, NE RB
189 Robert Turbin, Ind RB 191 Antonio Gates, LAC TE
204 Jaguars D/ST D/ST 202 JuJu Smith-Schuster, Pit WR
217 Josh Lambo, LAC K 219 Sebastian Janikowski, Oak K



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