You know how sometimes you wake up in the middle of the night and feel completely disoriented? You think, “Where am I? Was that all a dream? I never even had a subscription to Word Up magazine!” Then you roll over and go back to sleep. Well that’s how I felt after the Writers League draft, except instead of going back to sleep, I have a roster to maintain all season.
The back story is that I was in Savannah for a different draft that happened to coincide with the Writer’s league draft. I protested the draft time, but Sky and the others were all like, “Deal with it. There are no IDPs anyway, you don’t stand a chance.” While the IDP thing may be true, I am an equal-opportunity fantasy owner, so I was confident about my chances to make a statement in the Writers League this year. Confident, until I had a little too much fun that day in Savannah. The end of my other draft was blurry to say the least, and when I finally logged into the Writers draft, it was the middle of the 5th round. Luckily I had set my own rankings, knowing an autodraft was likely. Here are the results:
A few things may jump out at you
- Arian Foster fell to 8th? Bad back or no bad back, I still consider Foster a top 5 pick until he proves me wrong.
- Cruz and Nicks? As I mentioned, the beers from the morning were starting to catch up to me, so for my first actual pick, I doubled up on Giants WRs. I like them both this year, but that’s not my ideal situation.
- You know you can carry more than 2 RBs right? This league is very WR-heavy, but I’ll be the first to admit that I went overboard with the pass-catchers and I’m hurting at RB after my top 2.
Here is my logic, position-by-position:
There are 12 teams in this league, and there are 12 QBs that I’m comfortable starting. I waited as long as I could, but I had to make a move once Luck was the last of my Dirty Dozen remaining. Backups didn’t come off the board until the 12th, but I wouldn’t have put it past someone like Murph to snatch Luck if he fell to the 10th.
As I said, I’m still a believer in Foster. I also believe that if you draft him, you need to be deep at RB. I obviously went the other way on that one, taking Ridley in the 2nd, then waiting until the 7th and 11th to take my other RBs. Lucky for me, those were Andre Brown and Jonathan Stewart. Curse you Bud Lite! I’ve since picked up the dream team of Tolbert and McGahee, but I can see a trade in my future.
This is where I think I dominated the draft. We can start up to 4 receivers and it is a PPR league, so receivers are at a premium. My corps of Cruz, VJax, Nicks, Smith, Tate, Rice and Moore is likely the best in the league. So being the best suited at arguably the most valuable position is a good thing. Desperately needing to trade one of these guys for RB depth is not so good. Maybe the injury gods will repay me for Brown and Stewart by giving Nicks a healthy season…but I’m not holding my breath.
I apparently went with the streaming approach, though I don’t remember consciously making this decision. I’m hoping the Trestman hype is legit, and the Black Unicorn becomes a TE1 this year. If not, the Bennett/Pettigrew combo should do well enough for 13th and 14th round picks.