Orland Fantasy League Draft Review
Winners and Losers
(Rd 1 Grade)
Well we saw a huge trade start the proceedings as the Wausau Winners traded the #1 pick away to Pick Titty for other draft picks. This swapped the home of Chris Johnson and allowed Finn to get more depth with 4 picks in the top 30. It worked well for both sides and was just one of many trades on the day.
Top 3 went as planned with Hype getting my favorite #3 pick ever. I love Ray Rice and would love to have that pick.
Also Byrne gets a 1A with his pick and can not be upset about getting AllDay AP.
Pick 4 is when I knew this was going to be a fun draft as Korhonen made a pick that only a true Hank could make. He took Aaron Rodgers with the highest selection I have ever seen a QB go and he avoided MJD. I feel if injury concerns for MJD were not out there he would have gone #4 and this draft would’ve been more predictable.
Castro had the first real decision as he faced the fear of choosing one player out of a selection of 3 stud RB’s and an elite WR, and throw into the mix that QB’s were going early and often and he could’ve gone anywhere with this pick. I think he made the right call on Gore (either him or MJD there) and Gore is safer due to the previously discussed injury concerns with MJD.
I took MJD because I had to, even though Johnson was my target at WR there, because he brought me a title last year and when healthy is a top 2-3 back and only gains value in a PPR system.
Bone made a nice pick with Turner who is going to be a great back this year and brings great value to #7.
Jake was just the MVP of the draft for me because you never knew what name was going to be called. Taking Peyton Manning this early to me was a sin, because yes he may produce and I think this Colts team will have great numbers, but he is still a QB and that is just too early. He was my #4 or #5 QB on the board and people have to remember he does not win you fantasy titles only real ones (he usually sits weeks 15-16 when the semis and finals are going on.) A surprise pick there and I wish you the best of luck Jake.
Voss had the arguably the best pick of the first round as he snags A Johnson at 9 when I know I wanted him at 6. Lot of value there if he stays healthy and Voss teamed him up with Schaub so he can rename his team The Houston Vossans or the Dutch Texans.
Shitbox takes a good RB but it is not his fault the elite players were gone by this point, now he just needs value and production and I think he got it.
Steven Jackson…well I do not know what to do with him. Has an easy schedule and puts up great numbers, but may be cursed by a bad team and bad offense. We shall see…
Mac gets back into a groove with some nice picks at 12 and 13, he gets an elite QB in Drew Brees (slight improvement over Cutler huh Mac?) and an elite RB in Mathews. It will be interesting to see how Chargers use him at GL but he will get lots of touches and an easy schedule.
Now I will just give a summary from round to round that includes best and worst pick, and some other notes. Enjoy.
Best Pick: Randy Moss-Voss
The reason I love this pick is he was to me a 1st round guy and he is going to mash this year. And Voss now has the top 2 WR in the league and he is going to be a force if he gets any run game production.
Worst Pick: Jahvid Best-Jake
Not a bad pick because I love the player, but it was a bad pick because no one would’ve taken him until the 3rd at minimum. His ADP was in the 50’s and 60’s and Jake could’ve gotten an elite WR here and Best in round 3 or 4.
Surprised to see DeAngelo fall to me, wasn’t planning it but had to take him. Also Ryan Grant is a stud, and so is Calvin Johnson and I actually like the QB’s being picked there. Little high but they will both be studs this year. Reggie Wayne is a guy I do not want though and be careful with Charles; he has bust-or best written all over him.
Best Pick: Cedric Benson-Hype
I think Benson was the best pick here because he provides a workhorse (as long as healthy) and he is going to get lots of carries and lots of yards. Also they like to punch run it in when in the red zone and look for CB to be a beast.
Worst Pick: Roddy White-Finn
I think I made the worst pick because I had him ranked 23 and not this high but I freaked on Jennings and tried to wait him out. I failed (thanks Byrne) and should have taken Jennings and than Marshall/ Mccoy/Colston. White may turn out to be a stud, but I wanted Jennings and so I failed.
I love Jennings at 26, I wanted him at 30 but I waited too long. Lot of good WR going in this round, a little later than I would have guessed. Mac fucked this round up let’s not forget and if I were him I would’ve taken Pierre Thomas over Boldin just because Flacco is not going to lock in on him. Lots of WR’s and lots of variety in Baltimore. Also Voss filled a need at RB and thank god he got Wells because if he got elite proven RB we would be in trouble.
Best Pick: Matt Schaub-Voss
He completes his aerial attack and teams up Johnson and Schaub. More importantly it is the last of the Elite 7 QB’s and he gets him just in time. Matt would not have made it past my #49 I know that. Great value and sets him up well.
Worst Pick: Jason Witten-Pick Titty
I like Witten but that was just too early. Taking Witten at #48 when Finley went #73 is just too big of a gap. TE’s are key and bring lots of value, but there is not much difference between #3 and #7 in their rankings. I would have waited and grabbed Hines Ward or Arian Foster here.
Good round to shake out winners and losers. Here, the elite players are gone and it is time to pick those guys who will spring you forward to the top of the standings. I like Dallas Clark simply because he gets mad PPR points and lots of TD’s (as opposed to Witten getting very few TD’s last season.) I like Ochcocinco, I think he is going to be nasty and I also like Steve Smith as a nice week 14-16 guy (check the schedule it is cupcake city.) Also Addai and Moreno for me are bad picks but Moreno could be a great one. Addai is a no-go for me and would never take him on my team ever again for eternity. Give me some Donald Brown. Also interesting to see Welker go (traded to JoeSal) because I didn’t know how early that would happen.
Best: Arian Foster-Bone
Great selection, here is a guy who is going to put up crazy numbers and most do not even know his name. I simply love Foster and he is a top 10 RB in my opinion by seasons end.
Worst: Marion Barber- Dr. Rush
This pick is confusing to me because I would rather have Felix Jones and he fell to 82nd. I find it hard to believe Joesal couldn’t have waited 3-4 rounds and still gotten Barber. Even then I would hate it but he took him way way too early.
Weird round, with some stretches and hopes (Maclin, Forte, Bradshaw) and some solid WR’s (Driver, Ward, Harvin.) Lot of upside acro0ss the board but could be the worst round as well as many players have ?’s surrounding them. On a personal note I needed Joe Flacco, and I know Bone is pissed, but I reached for him here a little early.
Best: There is no best pick, just 3 terrible ones.
Worst: Chris “Penis Playbook” Cooley- Castro
Kellen Winslow- Jake
I can not believe these 3 guys were taken in the 6th round. Throw on top of that they were taken BEFORE Jermichael Finley (not complaining though hehe),Visante Shciancoe, and Owen Daniels baffles me. If you wanted any one of those 3 TE’s you could have waited (and in Cooley and Winslow’s case..waited and waited and waited.) They were taken way to early when you k now TE’s are somewhat random and their value is somewhat balanced. Very suprising.
Other parts of this round….I love Santana Moss and Garcon as nice WR picks and also Kolb should be fine. Ward I am on the fence with your Eli pick especially since your back up plan Big Ben has the hardest schedule in the NFL in weeks 14-16.; Also Voss gets Spiller and it could be pick of the draft or the pick that ruins him.
Best: Dwayne Bowe- Ward
Terry has some good WR’s (lots of consistent value) and this is a prime example. He will be a #1 and looks better than ever in camp, and he will have a nice year. To get him in the 7th is shocking.
Worst: Green bay Def-Voss
I like the timing on the defense but it was not the right team to take. You can only take a lock down defense that plays an easy schedule this early. The Packers play a tough offensive schedule and will be in a lot of shootouts. They will need a lot of big plays and return TD’s to be of value here. You can’t expect some of those guys to repeat what they did defensively last year (see: Woodson, Charles.)
Lot of WR value here, and I like Bowe, Owens, Wallace but Mason and Edwards scare me. Mason will get hurt by TJ Whosyourmomma and Sanchez just can not throw the ball well enough to trust Edwards yet. I can not believe that Finley fell to me at this pick and I was pumped, also Matty Ice could be a great pick by Byrne.
Best: Michael Bush-Billy & Malcolm Floyd-Byrne
I love both these guys and I think Michael Bush is just a stud (http://finnsfantasyworld.blogspot.com/2010/08/fantasy-sleeper-picks-1-of-20.html). Floyd will get easy looks against a scrub schedule and Jackson is out minimum 6 games if he plays at all for SD this year and believe me Rivers is good enough to pick up the slack. Bush will lead a dedicated ground game that has much more balance now with Campbell in Oakland and he will be a 1,000 yard back.
Worst: Vincent Jackson-JoeSal
While I like the risk factor involved and the fact that he may come on strong later in the year, it is just too costly here. You could have gotten his replacement player and likely #1 target for Rivers in Floyd. Also could have gotten depth at RB here. I just think it was too risky in such a solid league
Lot of good depth in this round as you can still get starters and quality players but the tide is beginning to turn a bit. Two suspended WR’s in Holmes and V Jackson get taken, but also great RB’s in Forsett and Bush taken. I took my #1 Defense in the 49ers and they are looking nasty and have an easy easy schedule.
Best: Clinton Portis-Finn
Mike Shanahan=1000 yard backs. And to have a guy like Portis back there as your solid #1 is a guaranteed top 20 RB season. I may start him moving forward and I am glad to have snagged him up. Last quality RB left I think.
Come on Voss. A Kicker in the 9th? Whats worse this pick or your team name?
McNally takes DNabb for some depth and lot of defenses taken here. Voss reaches for a kicker and also Houshmenzadah is a great pick up for Billy. Boring round though all in
Best: Jerome Harrison-Bone
I mean once Hardesty went down Harrison became a #1 again and he brings great value. Could be their leading rusher and best player as they improve or a struggling scrub as the Browns fall further into the pit of despair that is the NFL cellar.
Worst: Mason Crosby-Mcnally
Seriously guys…Kickers this early? Come on!!!! You don’t even know what the hells going to happen with them.
Besides Mac taking a kicker, there was a lot of good picks here. Bears WR’s were taken and they are all random until we see who Jay picks so could bring good value. Also Thomas Jones is a nice pick by Dupree and also Brandon Jacobs and Maroney could be steals. Not a lot of bad picks here.
Rest of Draft
Fred Jackson- Dupree
Chris Chambers- Castro
Antonio Bryant-Jake (Currently not on NFL roster)
John Kasay-Finn (Fucking Kicker-WHY???)
Golden Tate- Mac (Come on Irish)
Earl Bennett-Castro (Just had to take another Bears WR? Haha that makes 4!!!)
Well it was a great draft and the random predictions are (that mean nothing!!!):
4. Terry Ward
6. Mark Ward
Valenta v Voss
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Fantasy Finn (AKA Da Commish)