Friday, September 4, 2009


Will get back to the last topic later.

I just wrapped up drafting a brand-spankin'-new Yahoo! Fantasy Football team (standard format). Here's the outcome:

QB - Kurt Warner
WR - Andre Johnson
WR - Calvin Johnson
WR - Hines Ward
RB - Ronnie Brown
RB - Kevin Smith
TE - Visanthe Shiancoe
K - Jason Elam
D/ST - Miami

LenDale White (RB)
Laveranues Coles (WR)
Ray Rice (RB)
Matt Hasselbeck (QB)
Kyle Orton (QB)
Leon Washington (RB)

In a ten team league I was stuck in one of the more unusual positions - LAST PICK. What does that mean exactly? It means I wait until the tenth pick of the first round to grab up a player and then I get the first pick of the second round. Back-to-back picks! Boy does that seem awesome. Until you have to wait for another 18 picks to go by before you get your next back-to-back bit of fun. It's a tough position and you have to be creative to figure out how to go about using those picks. At that point, the top five running backs are definitely drafted. You could get two top 20 RBs, but that feels like a waste.

What did I opt for? Two incredible receivers - Andre Johnson and Calvin Johnson. I prayed that the nine players before me would leave me with Maurice Jones-Drew, Matt Forte, or LaDainian Tomlinson. Surprise, surprise, no luck. So as it got closer, I thought about grabbing up Drew Brees, but that was taken from me by pick eight. Unfortunately, I had to weigh my options. I looked down the barrel of these wildly productive receivers, one of whom is getting an offensive upgrade (C. Johnson) and laid them down as my top two picks. Sure, it's a hell of a wild shot, but it seemed solid at the time. Now with those solidified, I had to wait...a while.

When it finally came around to my next turn, I knew I wanted a solid RB and a strong arm to top it off. With Tom Brady, Phillip Rivers, and Brees gone, I opted for Warner. Sure, he's another year older, but his receiving core is just as incredible as ever. Even if he drops in production by 20% overall, it's a winning situation. My RB choice was Ronnie Brown. The man is poised for an amazing season. He's at peak physical condition and it's a contract year, so he's got something to prove. We're looking at 1,000 plus yards and an increased potential in the Wildcat.

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