Aug 31,2011

My FansEdge Pro League… Round by Agonizing Round

About a week ago, I was graciously invited to participate in one of the FansEdge pro leagues. For those of you who don’t know, FansEdge is an awesome apparel website for any and all sports fans. Seriously, if you’re in the market for some new NFL gear before the 2011 season officially starts check out their website and take advantage of their selection (as well as their $4.99 flat rate shipping). In any case, I totally accepted and wanted to share my draft results with you.

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I will say that this was THE TOUGHEST draft I’ve ever muddled my way through. My strategy was to wait until the 5th round to draft a QB, making sure I picked up a solid core of RBs and WRs. I was shocked at how deep people were getting. For instance, Tim Hightower was the 50th overall pick in the draft (i.e. the 2nd pick of the 5th round). I know his fantasy stock has been soaring, but that’s still 13 spots above his current ADP. Craziness!

So here you go… my results and subsequent explanations in fabulous detail. Let me know what you think and good luck in YOUR draft.

League: FansEdge
Team: TheFFGirl – Ministers of Defense
Stats: 12 team standard Yahoo! scoring, 15 round snake draft

Round: 1
(10) Andre Johnson WR
By the 10th pick, all of the elite RBs (ADP, Arian Foster, Ray Rice, Jammal Charles, CJ2K, and Mendy) as well as both Rodgers and Vick were off the board. Switching it up a bit, I decided to roll with a stud WR. Considering Johnson led the NFL in targets per game last season and has looked just as good in the preseason, I think I chose wisely.

Round: 2
(15) Daren McFadden RB
I know he’s been battered and bruised and broken plenty of fantasy dreams, but this year could be THE year for McFadden. At this point in the draft, my other two options were Michael Turner (aka The China Doll) or MJD. Considering all three backs have battled or are battling injuries, I felt McFadden had the most upside.

Round: 3
(34) Ahmad Bradshaw RB
His numbers last year were solid, leading the Giants in rushing yards and picking up 8 TDs. I’m expecting similar stats this season, making Bradshaw a less than sexy, but certainly solid RB2 option.

Photo by: G. Newman Lowrance/Getty Images

Round: 4
(39) Dwayne Bowe WR
His strength of schedule might suck, but his talent and potential certainly do not. Last season things really started to gel for LSU alum and I expect that trend to continue in 2011. With nothing but praise from Coach Haley, I’m willing to work the waiver wire at the end of the season and roll the dice on Bowe.

Round 5:
(58) Ben Roethlisberger QB
A Super Bowl defeat and a new wife appear to be huge motivating factors for this franchise QB. He looks to be in excellent shape having scored 4 TDs in his past two preseason games. With an arsenal of weapons at his disposal (including the exciting new rookie, Antonio Brown), Big Ben should make some big plays this season.

Round: 6
(63) Mario Manningham WR
Thanks to Steve Smith‘s decision to move to Philly, Manningham has moved up the Giants depth chart and is now their No. 2 receiver. That’s great for them, but as the owner of this team, I’m going to start him as my WR3.

Round: 7
(82) Mike Tolbert RB
With Ryan Mathews having a slow go of it in the preseason, I like Tolbert as a solid RB3. He’ll be manning the goal line and involved in the passing game. With the 82nd overall pick, I felt Tolbert was a great value and an awesome flex option.

Round: 8
(87) Kellen Winslow TE
I’ll admit I probably jumped the gun on this pick. I probably should have waited another round or two, but considering the top 7 TEs were already off the board, I made my move and decided to use one of my late round picks to draft a back-up TE. Assuming his knee doesn’t become an issue, I think he and Freeman can hook up enough to satisfy my team’s needs.

Round: 9
(106) Davone Bess WR
Last year, this slot receiver was a great “plug and chug” option for my fantasy team. Considering the Dolphins are expected to pass much more this season, I think Bess could surpass his numbers from the past 3 seasons and end 2011 with 900+ receiving yards. Here’s to hoping!

Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Round: 10
(111) Kevin Kolb QB
Sure, his O-line is a mess and he’s – for all intents and purposes – totally unproven, but he’s got the support of Coach Whisenhunt and Fitzy on the outside. As a back-up QB, I’m feeling Kolb’s potential. He’s been improving in the preseason and connecting deep with Fitgerald. If he can keep it up and keep his cool then he’ll be a totally capable bye week option.

Round: 11
(130) Danny Woodhead RB
Eh, I wasn’t too pleased about this pick. Woodhead is great when the Pats are playing from behind and they need him, but he’s not exactly the most consistent or predictable option. I had hoped to snag either Roy Helu, Delone Carter, or LanDainian Tomlinson, but they were all snatched away just moments before my pick. Still, given Woodhead’s ability to both rush and receive, I think he’s a fine RB4 choice.

Round: 12
(135) Chicago DEF
Yup, this was a full on homer pick. In my defense, the Steelers, Jets, and Philly DEFs were already off the board. Bear Down!

Round: 13
(154) Earl Bennett WR
I’m am woman enough to admit a homer pick (see above) and this was not that… entirely. As a die hard Bears fan, I’m more knowledgeable about their offense than the majority of other offenses. As a result, I have foolishly convinced myself that Bennett has more potential than a host of other more-widely discussed receivers. This could absolutely blow up in my face (see Devin Aromashodu from last season), but in round 13 I’m willing to a take flyer on #80.

Photo by G. Newman Lowrance/St. Louis Rams

Round: 14
(159) Lance Kendricks TE
Redemption, at last! After a few a less than elating picks, I was thrilled to back up Kellen Winslow with this rookie TE. I know it’s only the preseason, but the Wisconsin alum has led the Rams in receiving yards, catching 11 passes for 155 yards and 3 TDs. With Bradford looking solid, there’s no reason to believe these two won’t continue to connect.

Round: 15
(178) Adam Vinatieri K
It was the last round, I needed a kicker, and Mr. Vinatieri’s name is so fun to say… done and done!

MY TEAM:
Ben Roethlisberger QB
Darren McFadden RB
Ahmad Bradshaw RB
Andre Johnson WR
Dwayne Bowe WR
Mario Manningham WR
Mike Tolbert RB (Flex)
Kellen Winslow TE
Chicago DEF
Adam Vinatieri K

BENCH:
Kevin Kolb QB
Danny Woodhead RB
Davone Bess WR
Earl Bennett WR
Lance Kendricks TE

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