Oh, hello there, welcome back to the second part of the perfect draft of 2016.
As a reminder, we are going to be going through a 10 team standard scoring, snake draft (1 QB, 2 RB, 2 WR, 1 TE, 1 Flex, 1 Defense, 1 Kicker and 5 Bench spots). Each member of this 10 team league will be drafting based off of a different personality that every draft tends to have. I will be drafting in the third spot and be making the perfect draft, based off of what we have seen, a little more than half way into the season. Again, the other nine teams will be drafting by these characteristics but also, by how they would have drafted to start the season without knowledge of how this year would play out, unlike myself.
- Stay Safe My Friends
- What Am I Even Doing Here
- The Oldies
- The Jack Reacher’s
- Mr. Upside
- Autopick… Really?
- All Stats, No Game
- All Pats, #@&! Goodell
- By The Book
The Perfect Fantasy Draft – 2016
|71||By The Book Travis Kelce, TE, Kansas City Chiefs|
|72||All Pats, #@&! Goodell Duke Johnson Jr., RB, Cleveland Browns|
|73||All Stats, No Game DeSean Jackson, WR, Washington Redskins|
|74||Autopick… Really? Michael Floyd, WR, Arizona Cardinals|
|75||Mr. Upside Coby Fleener, TE, New Orleans Saints|
|76||The Jack Reacher’s Ameer Abdullah, RB, Detroit Lions|
|77||The Oldies Arian Foster, RB, Houston Texans|
|78||Myself LeGarrette Blount, RB, New England Patriots|
|79||What Am I Even Doing Here Matt Jones, RB, Washington Redskins|
|80||Stay Safe My Friends Giovani Bernard, RB, Cincinnati Bengals|
I put LeGarrette Blount in the category with my last pick, Michael Crabtree. They are both older players who are on great teams and are guys you wouldn’t think are having as good of a year as you may think. Maybe you knew that Blount was having himself a year but not putting up Top 10 Fantasy numbers (non-quarterbacks).
He is ninth overall and the seventh best Fantasy running back this year. The nine rushing touchdowns is key but when the Patriots get down close, they love to run the ball and give it to the big guy. With Dion Lewis coming back, you may see Blount’s role diminished but when the Patriots are up big, they love feeding Blount to run out the clock.
Good pick from By The Book here by snagging Travis Kelce. He has had an up and down season, which has been the case for the TE position in general. In seven of his nine games played, Kelce has had five or more catches in each game, so the volume is there. Coby Fleener coming into the season was being drafted as one of the first few tight ends off the board. However, he has just been way to inconsistent this year, sitting on 49 Fantasy points with 35 of them coming in two games.
The Oldies added another old player in Arian Foster. Foster was an interesting value and looked to be the lead back with the Miami Dolphins. Pretty much sums up The Oldies squad with this pick, seeing that Foster announced his retirement a few weeks ago.
|81||Stay Safe My Friends Jordan Matthews, WR, Philadelphia Eagles|
|82||What Am I Even Doing Here Seattle Seahawks Defense, D/ST|
|83||Myself Derek Carr, QB, Oakland Raiders|
|84||The Oldies DeAngelo Williams, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers|
|85||The Jack Reacher’s Rashad Jennings, RB, New York Giants|
|86||Mr. Upside Derrick Henry, RB, Tennessee Titans|
|87||Autopick… Really? T.J. Yeldon, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars|
|88||All Stats, No Game Jason Witten, TE, Dallas Cowboys|
|89||All Pats, #@&! Goodell New England Patriots Defense, D/ST|
|90||By The Book Allen Hurns, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars|
Derek Carr is currently the fifth best Fantasy quarterback right now with 163 points on the season. The guy looks like a stud and his three interceptions through nine games is quite impressive. It blew my mind how he was the 17th quarterback based off ADP taken in drafts, and the 105th overall player picked. Two guys who hadn’t even played a down in the NFL were drafted ahead of Derek Carr (Dak Prescott and Carson Wentz). The Oakland Raiders are really a fun and impressive team to watch. Glad to have him on the squad.
There is always that one guy who starts the run of defenses and you guessed the team right.
|91||By The Book Carolina Panthers Defense, D/ST|
|92||All Pats, #@&! Goodell Martellus Bennett, TE, New England Patriots|
|93||All Stats, No Game Tyler Eifert, TE, Cincinnati Bengals|
|94||Autopick… Really? Blake Bortles, QB, Jacksonville Jaguars|
|95||Mr. Upside Kevin White, WR, Chicago Bears|
|96||The Jack Reacher’s Stefon Diggs, WR, Minnesota Vikings|
|97||The Oldies Antonio Gates, TE, San Diego Chargers|
|98||Myself Matt Ryan, QB, Atlanta Falcons|
|99||What Am I Even Doing Here Steven Hauschka, K, Seattle Seahawks|
|100||Stay Safe My Friends Gary Barnidge, TE, Cleveland Browns|
I am fine with taking a quarterback in consecutive rounds. That way I can play the matchups and also have the option of trading one of them during the season. Maybe to the struggling owner who is banging their head against the wall for taking Russell Wilson, Carson Palmer, Eli Manning, or Blake Bortles.
The guy I would think about getting rid of first is Derek Car because of the differences in schedules for the Fantasy playoffs. There are a lot more favorable matchups for Matt Ryan. His Week 13 matchup against the Chiefs may be tough, but it is at home. In Week 14 and 15, he faces the Rams on the road and the 49ers at home. Both teams sport a weak secondary.
Matt Ryan is in the conversation for Fantasy MVP this year with Melvin Gordon because of their value. Ryan was the 21st quarterback and 114th overall player to be taken in drafts this season. Oh, and he is the No. 1 quarterback in Fantasy by more than 20 points.
The Pats fan has formed the tight end tag team with Rob Gronkowski and now Martellus Bennett. This was a really good pick as a handcuff for Gronk, who has a history of injuries. I mean, you were absolutely paid dividends early on with Gronk missing time to injury once again. Bennett is fifth amongst tight ends this year with 60 Fantasy points, only four points behind Gronk. It just goes to shows you how bad this position is this year. Just brutal. Speaking of tight ends, there goes Antonio Gates hobbling on crutches to The Oldies team.
|101||Stay Safe My Friends Spencer Ware, RB, Kansas City Chiefs|
|102||What Am I Even Doing Here Chris Ivory, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars|
|103||Myself Jimmy Graham, TE, Seattle Seahawks|
|104||The Oldies Torrey Smith, WR, San Francisco 49ers|
|105||The Jack Reacher’s Willie Snead, WR, New Orleans Saints|
|106||Mr. Upside Sterling Shepard, WR, New York Giants|
|107||Autopick… Really? Tyler Lockett, WR, Seattle Seahawks|
|108||All Stats, No Game DeVante Parker, WR, Miami Dolphins|
|109||All Pats, #@&! Goodell Tavon Austin, WR, Los Angeles Rams|
|110||By The Book Theo Riddick, RB, Detroit Lions|
It is tough to have sleepers coming into the NFL season due in part to the amount of information that Fantasy owners have now, at the touch of a button. Jimmy Graham for me, was a guy who I thought was being under drafted and this season is proving me right. The 13th tight end off of the board this year based on ADP is currently the No. 2 Fantasy tight end. Five of his eight games this season he has scored over five points and three of his eight games he has over 11 Fantasy points.
Coming off of a knee injury, Graham looks to be back and better than ever. Graham has a nice Fantasy playoff schedule, so he looks to finish as a Top 5 tight end once again this year.
It was a really nice pick of Spencer Ware for the Stay Safe My Friends. Ware has been an extreme value this season. He is the No. 16 running back in terms of Fantasy points. He was the 37th running back taken and 112th overall. A lot of teams probably took Ware as a handcuff to Jamaal Charles or as a trade chip to ship him off to a Charles owner. Instead he has been a steady back who has won you weeks.
Three of his eight games he has had more than 18 points. Has been dealing with a concussion for the last week but once he gets back, he should be off and running. Pun absolutely intended. His Fantasy playoff schedule is fantastic as well, starting in Week 13 against the Falcons, Raiders, and finally the Titans in Week 15.
|111||By The Book James Starks, RB, Green Bay Packers|
|112||All Pats, #@&! Goodell Chris Hogan, WR, New England Patriots|
|113||All Stats, No Game Tevin Coleman, RB, Atlanta Falcons|
|114||Autopick… Really? New York Jets Defense, D/ST|
|115||Mr. Upside Josh Gordon, WR, Cleveland Browns|
|116||The Jack Reacher’s Will Fuller V, Houston Texans|
|117||The Oldies Arizona Cardinals Defense, D/ST|
|118||Myself Terrelle Pryor Sr. WR, Cleveland Browns|
|119||What Am I Even Doing Here Victor Cruz, WR, New York Giants|
|120||Stay Safe My Friends Alex Smith, QB, Kansas City Chiefs|
I never take a defense or kicker until the last few rounds but as you all know, many teams do and these are the rounds that can win you championships. Hitting on guys like Terrelle Pryor Sr., for example. Pryor is the ninth best wide receiver this season and ahead of guys like Jordy Nelson, Brandin Cooks, Allen Robinson, Alshon Jeffrey and DeAndre Hopkins who were taken well ahead of the undrafted Terrelle Pryor Sr. People will win championships with guys like Pryor.
A couple handcuffs are snatched up here in the 12th round by Stats and By The Book. So far this season, you could have started both Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman for a few weeks and won matchups because of it. Even with missing the last few weeks due to injury, Coleman is still in the Top 20 of Fantasy running backs. Great value here in the 12th round, no doubt about it. I bet Josh Gordon was going in some drafts a lot earlier, so I would assume The Upside guy was ecstatic to grab him in the 12th.
|121||Stay Safe My Friends Denver Broncos Defense, D/ST|
|122||What Am I Even Doing Here Jamison Crowder, WR, Washington Redskins|
|123||Myself Minnesota Vikings Defense, D/ST|
|124||The Oldies Adam Vinatieri, K, Indianapolis Colts|
|125||The Jack Reacher’s Brandon McManus, K, Denver Broncos|
|126||Mr. Upside Houston Texans Defense, D/ST|
|127||Autopick… Really? Dwayne Allen, TE, Indianapolis Colts|
|128||All Stats, No Game Kansas City Chiefs Defense, D/ST|
|129||All Pats, #@&! Goodell Ted Ginn Jr., WR, Carolina Panthers|
|130||By The Book Jameis Winston, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers|
The Minnesota Vikings were drafted as the ninth defense this year based on ADP. They are the No. 1 defense in Fantasy so far this season. The Vikings also already had their bye. Now most of their damage came in the first seven weeks. The last three weeks they have combined for three points. The least amount of points they had in that seven game stretch was seven! The Vikings have hit a wall here that is for sure.
This is the round for kickers and defenses. I will say this, these two positions can win or lose a week for you but it is still smart to wait until the final two rounds. I mean, the Vikings, Eagles and Ravens are all in the Top 5 in standard scoring and all three were drafted based outside the Top 8 defenses per ADP. You can wait on defenses.
|131||By The Book Justin Tucker, K, Baltimore Ravens|
|132||All Pats, #@&! Goodell Philip Rivers, QB, San Diego Chargers|
|133||All Stats, No Game Sebastian Janikowski, K, Oakland Raiders|
|134||Autopick… Really? Mason Crosby, K, Green Bay Packers|
|135||Mr. Upside Roberto Aguayo, K, Tampa Bay Buccaneers|
|136||The Jack Reacher’s Green Bay Packers Defense, D/ST|
|137||The Oldies Cole Beasley, WR, Dallas Cowboys|
|138||Myself Matt Bryant, K, Atlanta Falcons|
|139||What Am I Even Doing Here Tyler Boyd, WR, Cincinnati Bengals|
|140||Stay Safe My Friends Robbie Gould, K, Chicago Bears|
I’ll take the No. 1 kicker in Fantasy, thank you very much. That Falcons offense is a force and Matt Bryant owners are very well aware of that. Kickers are always fluctuating and are ranked differently on any site you check. Matt Bryant was the 16th kicker drafted and he is returning quite the value for you.
|Stay Safe My Friends||What Am I Even Doing Here||Myself||The Oldies||The Jack Reacher’s|
|QB||Russell Wilson||Aaron Rogers||Matt Ryan||Drew Brees||Ben Roethlisberger|
|RB||Mark Ingram||Latavius Murray||LeSean McCoy||Adrian Peterson||David Johnson|
|RB||Frank Gore||Ryan Mathews||Demarco Murray||Jonathan Stewart||Lamar Miller|
|WR||Antonio Brown||Dez Bryant||Julio Jones||Brandon Marshall||John Brown|
|WR||Allen Robinson||Jamison Crowder||Mike Evans||Jordy Nelson||Stefon Diggs|
|FLEX||Brandin Cooks||Matt Jones||Melvin Gordon||Arian Foster||Ameer Abdullah|
|TE||Gary Barnidge||Greg Olsen||Jimmy Graham||Delanie Walker||Jordan Reed|
|K||Robbie Gould||Steven Hauschka||Matt Bryant||Adam Vinatieri||Brandon McManus|
|BN||Eric Decker||Eli Manning||T.Y Hilton||Jeremy Maclin||Jeremy Hill|
|BN||Giovani Bernard||Andrew Luck||Michael Crabtree||DeAngelo Williams||Jeremy Langford|
|BN||Jordan Matthews||Chris Ivory||LeGarrette Blount||Antonio Gates||Rashad Jennings|
|BN||Spencer Ware||Victor Cruz||Derek Carr||Torrey Smith||Willie Snead|
|BN||Alex Smith||Tyler Boyd||Terrelle Pryor Sr.||Cole Beasley||Will Fuller V|
|Mr. Upside||Autopick… Really?||All Stats, No Game||All Pats, #@%! Goodell||By The Book|
|QB||Dak Prescott||Blake Bortles||Cam Newton||Tom Brady||Carson Palmer|
|RB||Ezekiel Elliott||C.J. Anderson||Devonta Freeman||LeVeon Bell||Todd Gurley|
|RB||Carlos Hyde||Jamaal Charles||Doug Martin||Danny Woodhead||Eddie Lacy|
|WR||Amari Cooper||Odell Beckham Jr.||Doug Baldwin||Julian Edelman||A.J. Green|
|WR||Sammy Watkins||DeAndre Hopkins||Golden Tate||Larry Fitzgerald||Demaryius Thomas|
|FLEX||Kelvin Benjamin||Alshon Jeffery||Matt Forte||Duke Johnson Jr.||Keenan Allen|
|TE||Coby Fleener||Dwayne Allen||Jason Witten||Rob Gronkowski||Travis Kelce|
|K||Roberto Aguayo||Mason Crosby||Sebastian Janikowski||Stephen Gostkowski||Justin Tucker|
|BN||Donte Moncrief||Thomas Rawls||Emmanuel Sanders||Philip Rivers||Randall Cobb|
|BN||Derrick Henry||Jarvis Landry||DeSean Jackson||Martellus Bennett||Allen Hurns|
|BN||Kevin White||Michael Floyd||Tyler Eifert||Chris Hogan||Theo Riddick|
|BN||Sterling Shepard||T.J. Yeldon||DeVante Parker||Tavon Austin||James Starks|
|BN||Josh Gordon||Tyler Lockett||Tevin Coleman||Ted Ginn Jr.||Jameis Winston|
One of the best things to do after a draft is to analyze each team and see where your team stands. So which team sticks out to you as the best team coming into 2016?
I really liked By The Books approach myself. Carson Palmer coming off of a big year with the same weapons around him. Add in Todd Gurley who was a monster last year and people were real high on a bounce back from Eddie Lacy this year. His strength is by far his receiving core with A.J. Green, Demaryius Thomas, Keenan Allen and Randall Cobb. Unfortunately, a lot of his guys have really struggled this year from Palmer to his first pick, Todd Gurley.
Now, what teams are the best as of NOW. Teams make moves whether it be by trade, free agency, etc. But looking at the teams, who do you think would be in first place? Now, I was drafting based on the knowledge I had through nine weeks of the NFL season, so I would say my team is the No. 1 team but looking at others, who would be in contention?
I really like the Stay Safe My Friends squad and his approach with drafting Antonio Brown and Brandin Cooks as his core. You can throw Spencer Ware into the mix as he has been solid all season with Jamaal Charles injured. If they were to get a little lucky with the schedule, and are a few games above .500 to this point, watch out with guys like Russell Wilson, Mark Ingram, and Allen Robinson really coming on.
The Mr. Upside team looks like the most fun with arguably the two best rookies of 2016, Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott. You add in Carlos Hyde and Amari Cooper and you have something to work with. Now Hyde has dealt with injuries as of late, Sammy Watkins is gone for the year and Coby Fleener has really struggled, but Elliott is on a different level than everyone else. With the right moves in free agency and the core of this team, you got something here drafting upside kind of guys.
The last team that I think is right there with anyone is the Jack Reachers. With Ben Roethlisberger, David Johnson, Lamar Miller, Stefon Diggs (who is hot), Jordan Reed and Jeremy Hill who is coming on. That is a tough team right here. I always say in drafts that I am going to reach for certain players but I tend to always be way too safe with my picks so I never reach.
There is really no right or wrong way to draft. The right way would obviously be to draft the team I drafted above every year, but it’s hard to do. Every year is different. One year it may be all about the rookie wide receiving core like a few years back and the next it may be all about the young running backs or quarterbacks, such as this year. You can never predict what is going to happen, as I said in the introduction. Again, that is what makes every Fantasy Football Draft unique and fun.
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