Here are the results of the Inaugural Razzball Invitational Fantasy Football Experts Draft, IRIFFED for short. It is a 10 team, non ppr league. Pretty much the same as all your leagues unless you get all funky with slots for announcers and beer commercials. All the managers are bloggers and you can find some of them just to the right a little bit down in Mom’s Basement.

I never have a set strategy going into drafts besides trying see how many Goose Island IPA’s I can have before the draft is done. But I usually have some very basic goals in mind. I’ve said it before, but I am an old school RB/RB kind of drafter, but with the 10 slot that idea often is scrapped for some hot wide receiver action. I wasn’t overly pleased with this draft, but I think I can be a contender. Take a look see.

1. (10) Chris Johnson: I felt like he was the best RB left on the board. I really didn’t have anybody else I wanted here.

2. (11) Randy Moss: He’s my number one WR this year and I think he’s going to be mooning the world after a whole bunch of TD’s. It was between him and Frank Gore, but I was hoping my man Ronnie Brown was going to come back to me.

3. (30) Kevin Smith: Alas, no such luck with Ronnie. The RB pickins were slim and I wasn’t about to ride a nuclear warhead down onto Russia with my cowboy hat a wavin’ while waiting on a RB. So I picked Smith. I think he will be solid this year. I chose him over Pierre Thomas which may come back to haunt me if Bush goes down early.

4. (31) Wes Welker: Seems to be a theme here with Patriot receivers. This league runs with three wide receivers so I needed my second one quickly and I felt Wes was the best left, but I sure don’t care to put all my eggs in one Patriot basket, but I did.

5. (50) Marshawn Lynch: My first backup pick. I like stacking my RB’s since they go down so easily and Lynch is already down for the first three games. I felt like he had good value in the fifth round and really could be better than K. Smith, so he might end up being my starter.

6. (51) Aaron Rodgers: I like Rodgers a lot this year, but I always end up thinking I should have waited on a QB.

7. (70) Donald Driver: With my top 3 receivers I like to play it conservatively and go with consistency. Driver is the bran flakes of wide receivers.

8. (71) Larry Johnson: LJ is flying under the radar this year and probably for good reason. Haley’s new offense may not be the best fit for LJ, but the guy still seems to have his legs and he hasn’t been completely overused in his career. He still had 4.4 yards per carry last year. He could do something this year besides spit drinks at women.

9. (90) Kellen Winslow: I wanted Greg Olsen, but missed out. Winslow should get plenty of work in Tampa’s conservative offense.

10. (91) Kurt Warner: Just couldn’t pass up on the old man this late. I won’t be taking him with my first QB pick this year, but if he can stay healthy he may supplant Rodgers as my starter. I feel pretty good about my QB’s.

11. (110) Percy Harvin: My only rookie pick. Harvin is getting a lot of hype in training camp and I’m buying in. He is a rookie and could be over his head, but he’s got upside out the backside.

12. (111) Fred Jackson: A Lynch handcuff. He knows how that feels.

13. (130) Steve Smith (NYG): I’m gambling that Smith is the #1 over Hixon. I’m playing with house money at pick 130.

14. (131) Minnesota: Had to pick a D.

15. (150) Earl Bennett: Another wide receiver gamble. Cutler used to play grab ass with Bennett at Vanderbilt.

Check out some other riffs on IRIFFED! FantasyDC, Big Troph, and RookieBlitz.

EDIT: To view the entire draft results go here.

  1. Josh says:
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    holy shit, how did Warner last until #91?! I guarantee you’ll be raking someone over the coals this season when their #1 QB goes down. great value on Rodgers and Lynch too, which makes up for you reaching a bit I think on Welker and Driver (I’m guessing Royal and DeSean weren’t still around at #70?).

  2. Rockefeller says:
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    Not bad…plenty of depth and value…

    No kicker???

    I’ll be interested to hear how all the various “experts” do in this one…

  3. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @Josh: Yeah, Royal and Jackson were gone. I think people had their starting QB’s set and were filling in with WR and TE’s and wanted to get their starters before getting a backup QB which many in the league felt Warner was.

  4. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @Rockefeller: Yeah, no kicker. Others in the league skipped and there are some decent kickers on waivers so I’m going to see how my late WR pickups do in preseason before I drop one for a kicker.

  5. Rockefeller says:
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    You are a lucky man in that respect…

    Guess I’m from the old school where you HAVE to draft all starters initially…

  6. dbhammel says:
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    From what I can tell it went Peterson, x, MJD, Forte…who went #2? Sjax?

  7. dbhammel says:
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    Turner. Duh.

  8. cleaver596 says:
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    I think this is a fairly solid team. Rodgers and Warner should make for excellent matchup starts. Lynch was nice in round 5, even though he misses some games, but you grabbed Jackson, who should put up quality numbers when lynch is out. Add in Larry Johnson and kevin smith to compliment CJ, and you should have a good group of RB’s. I agree with you on winslow, he should have a bounceback year down in tampa. WR might be a bit questionable. Welker is good, but not overwhelming in non PPR. Driver is pretty old. I do like the picks of Steve smith and Bennett. I think either one of those two could be worth owning by the end of the season.

  9. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    hey doc,in my keeper league(we can keep 3)ill be keeping chris johnson ,westbrook and roddy white i think my other notables are,boldin gates houshmandzadnez and sir pierre thomas,any and all insight welcome

  10. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    adding to post #9i traded forte for the 3rd overall pick

  11. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Doc: all of those others i mentioned above have questions coming into this year except gates,but i cant see keeping a tight end unless she`s in her early 20`s and rich

  12. cleaver596 says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC: standard scoring or PPR? how many WR you start? also, you have two first round picks because you traded forte for one? very nice. I would consider keeping boldin over white maybe, only because boldin missed 4 games last year and still had one more catch than white and 4 more TD’s. I understand that White is on the rise, but boldin is a steady top WR. If you averaged out boldin’s number over 16 games, he would have stats that would mirror Fitzgerald. Westbrook might be considered a risky play, due to injury, but whats new?

  13. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @cleaver596: oh yes,it is ppr,that alone helps westbrook

  14. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @cleaver596: yes i get his pick and mine,and i`m torn on the boldin white call,before getting hurt boldin was #1 wr so you might have talked me into that one,or should i keep them both and not westbrook then grab best 2 rb`s with my top 2 picks?

  15. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    i have to haul off my flood ruined stuff today,but ill be in and out to check on here,so again any and all comments help,ill get back to you about every hour

  16. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC: Depends on what RB’s people are holding. In a ppr keeper league it will be hard to find two backs better than Westbrook. I’m a believer in White, but Boldin has been very consistent. I like White more because I don’t trust Warner to last all season and I think Fitz is now the de facto #1.

  17. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Doc: thanks,the good part is that with 2 1st rnd picks i can get either 2 (probably get white)stud wr or a stud wr and i also like 3 top rb`s might grab 1 if he`s available

  18. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    by the way we have 2 rb 3 wr and 1 of the rest

  19. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    and we get 1/2 a point per reception

  20. Rockefeller says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC:
    So I have to ask, who are you eying at number 3 that you would trade Forte for, lol, he would BE my number 3…

    I’m not sold on Westbrook at all. With McCoy there now, and all those injuries on that team, it’s gonna be a LONG year for Philly…

    I’d keep Gates instead. After about the first 3 TE’s, there’s generally a MAJOR drop off at that spot, and he is one of the 3…

  21. Josh says:
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    @Doc: hmm, I really don’t think there are 10 QBs better than Warner though. I guess that means guys like Palmer and Schaub were going ahead of him? In my draft I got Schaub at #60 and felt that was probably a reach, but Warner had gone at #39.

  22. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Rockefeller: we are only allowed to keep 3,forte i would love but i would have to outright drop johnson and white,basically i got johnson and the #3 pick for forte

  23. Rockefeller says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC:

    OK…now that makes sense…

  24. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Rockefeller: yeah i tried tradeing johnson and even westbrook or boldin or white with no takers,thought id get a 1st rounder rather than drop most of them

  25. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @Josh: I agree, but he is just too risky after his off season surgery and age. I rather have a younger starter. And I guess that is what others were thinking as well.

  26. Still, I’m high on any Card with that patsy playoff schedule they should blow up just at the right time. I would have thought that the experts would consider that, I sure am.

  27. Doc

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    @Elijah: If Warner is in the infirmary during the fantasy playoffs it won’t matter too much. He says he’s 85 percent after his surgery. I don’t like the sound of that.

  28. I’m a cards fan, its a total non issue. He’s in some pain yes but hes moving much better than he has in years. He hasn’t missed a practice. He played the whole 2nd half of last year with that injury and it was certainly worse then than it is now. Sure he could get hurt any # of other ways and I wouldn’t be surprised if he did. But Warner’s hip is less of a worry than Brady’s knee at this point. In other words, its not a worry.

  29. Doc

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    @Elijah: Hope you’re right. I like watching Fitz and Boldin do their thing.

  30. Warner definitely could get hurt and miss time. But its more a matter of perception than reality that hes a much bigger risk than other guys. Brees has had several catastrophic injuries over his career but I haven’t heard one person mention him as an injury risk. Any QB is a risk to go down for the whole season, regardless of past history of not being hurt. I would think after Brady last year people would recognize that.

  31. Actually the last two years of FF my #1 QB’s were both Free Agents (Favre, then Warner) and both were quite capable. In a 10 team league there are bound to be a couple surprise QB’s floating around that you can use if your #1 goes down. Just have to be alert for sleepers and jump on guys.

  32. And if that fails, in a 10 team league every year there ends up being a team with 2 real good QB’s you can trade with. (One guy in my league last year had Rodgers, McNabb, AND Cutler all on his team). Now if it were a 14 team league I would say its a different story.

  33. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Elijah: 2 years ago i had anderson then last year went with elli and thigpen won 1st 2 years ago and ended up in 3rd last year

  34. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @Elijah: Agreed. I just think Warner is old and I have a bad feeling about him. I would never tell someone they were completely wrong for drafting him. I did!

  35. Rockefeller says:
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    @Doc:
    Good recovery :-) Cuz you got a little bit of age/possible breakdown on your team…Warner, Driver, Moss, Larry(for an RB)…

    Careful what you say…karma…lol

  36. Commish Cauda (formerly Mike) says:
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    How about a link to the entire draft results?

  37. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @Commish Cauda (formerly Mike): I think you have to be part of the league, but I may be able to take a screen shot and put it in the forums.

  38. Commish Cauda (formerly Mike) says:
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    Thanks…seeing the pick-by-pick results as they unfolded is always a helpful perspective.

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