I have drafted my second team of the season, this time PPR. I have much LESS experiene with PPR drafts, so let me know how you think I did. Note: This was NOT a Mock Draft.
Scoring & Settings: 12-team league, 1 Point Per Reception and W/R/T Flex spot; otherwise using Standard Scoring & Settings. I end up with the #11 overall pick; a big wait, but near back-2-back picks.
3-2-1 and it’s time to Giv’r!
Picks 1-9 – Aaron Rodgers, Arian Foster, Calvin Johnson, LeSean McCoy, Ray Rice, Ryan Mathews, Maurice Jones-Drew, Tom Brady, Chris Johnson.
My Pick #10 – Roddy White: I am not the most experienced PPR team owner, but my strategy in my head was pretty clear for the first round: get an elite pass-catching RB, if I can’t get a WR with a guarantee for tons of targets, barring an injury. With the #10 overall pick I wouldn’t be getting a top RB or Calvin Johnson, so my next target was Roddy White. White hasn’t gone under 1100 yards in 5 seasons and is coming of a season with 100 catches. While many are expecting a break out season from Julio Jones, I still feel as though White is almost a lock to see 140 targets in the coming season and will have AT LEAST 80 receptions.
Picks 11 & 14 – Trent Richardson, Cam Newton, Larry Fitzgerald, Rob Gronkowski.
My Pick #15 – Drew Brees: I had considered taking Wes Welker with this pick, seeing as to how he is coming off a 122-catch season, but worries of a cluttered WR core forced me to go elsewhere. Jabar Gaffney and Brandon Lloyd come to town while Deion Branch, Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez continue to battle for targets. While Welker would still be a good choice I had my doubts as to him repeating his 2011 campaign and decided to go with Drew Brees. Brees is currently wrapped up in holdout and contract negotiations that may have many people worried, but I have faith that he will still be on the field for week 1 and ready to perform at an elite level once again. I am not banking on him throwing for another 5300 yards, but I am expecting Brees to be powerhouse for me on a weekly basis.
Picks 16-33 – Matthew Stafford, Andre Johnson, Jimmy Graham, Darren McFadden, Adrian Peterson, Victor Cruz, Wes Welker, Greg Jennings, Hakeem Nicks, Marshawn Lynch, Julio Jones, Brandon Marshall, Eli Manning, Matt Forte, DeMarco Murray, Jamaal Charles, Steve Johnson.
My Pick #34 – Darren Sproles: I have read many times that it can greatly hurt a PPR team to not have a good pass-catching RB, so with these next two picks I had to grab one. I had just watched a slew of great players get drafted as draft works its way back to me, and I anticipate that after these 2 picks the talent level, especially at RB will take a huge drop off. Taking Darren Sproles here was a no brainer for me, as mentioned I really needed an RB, hopefully one who catches passes. While only amassing 600 yards and 2 TDs as a rusher, Sproles also added 700 yards and 7 TDs on a NFL 7th best 86 receptions among all positions.
Picks 35-38 – A.J. Green, Michael Turner, Fred Jackson, Jordy Nelson
My Pick #39 – Jeremy Maclin: It was either Demaryius Thomas or Jeremy Maclin with this pick, and in the end the deciding factor was the target totals I expect them to have at the end of the season. Thomas has a lot of hype around him, but not enough to convince me to draft him as my #2 receiver. Maclin on the other hand is playing on an Eagles tema that is looking for some major redemption, and he himself is looking to play 16 games after missing 3 in 2011. He is only 24 years old and in my mind, a lock to hit 1000 yards for the first time in his career, getting close to 80 receptions, while his teammate DeSean Jackson continues to be a boom or bust player.
Picks 40-57 – Mike Wallace, Miles Austin, Doug Martin, Jay Cutler, Demaryius Thomas, Dez Bryant, Tony Romo, Antonio Brown, Frank Gore, Justin Blackmon, Ahmad Bradshaw, Percy Harvin, Aaron Hernandez, Marques Colston, Dwayne Bowe, Kenny Britt, Brandon Lloyd, Reggie Bush.
My Pick #58 – Vincent Jackson: When making this pick I was also thinking of taking Shonn Greene as my #2 RB, as the choices left were very thin. I have no love for Greene and usually try to avoid drafting him but knew that was likely going to a workhorse for the Jets this year as the team moves away from having Mark Sanchez throwing so much. However, I also really wanted another good WR and thought I might be able to grab Greene when the draft comes back around to me in 5 picks. I had considered taking Stevie Johnson as my WR here, thinking he has great odds of hitting 1000 yards again this year with another healthy TD total. But in the end I went with a WR I would usually avoid in Vincent Jackson. Like DeSean, Vincent is liable to be a boom or bust player, going for 120 and 2 TDs one week, then combining for 100 and maybe TD over the next 2. However, I am hoping that with a new team he can become a weekly star, so far reports out of the camp sound good, with most of them praising how Jackson has looked so far.
Picks 59-62 – Peyton Manning, Jason Witten, Stevie Johnson, Shonn Greene.
My Pick #63 – Roy Helu: This is easily the most disappointing draft pick I made. While Helu is a great pass catcher, he is also still a Redskin, a team notorious for having chaotic RB committees. People were originally very high on Helu until word came down that the Skins had resigned Tim Hightower, scaring people into thinking that it will be another time share for the two players. While I am also worried that Helu will have to share with Hightower, I am hoping that his youth and talent will help him become the more prominent and productive of the pair. He is still the much better pass catcher and will routinely be involved on 3rd downs; Helu caught 49 passes last year.
Picks 64-81 – Jermichael Finley, Vernon Davis, Michael Vick, Brandon Pettigrew, Philip Rivers, DeSean Jackson, Ben-Jarvis Green-Ellis, Antonio Brown, Robert Griffin III, Andrew Luck, ben Roethlisberger, Willis McGahee, Isaac Redman, Fred Davis, Reggie Wayne, Eric Decker, Jonathan Stewart, Robert Meachem.
My Picks #82 – Beanie Wells: At this point I still need a TE, but also have the W/R/R flex spot to fill so I figured it would be best to grab a quality RB or WR. I happy with the Beanie Wells pick, despite the injury woes, he was a stellar runner last season, especially out of the gate. I few picks after I grab Wells, Mendenhall gets picked, and I kind of think that grabbing him woud have been a good pick, potentially giving me team a big boost when he comes back from injury, but alas here I am with Beanie Wells, coming off a 1000/10 season. When looking at my team after the draft I realized that Beanie will likely be my #2 RB over Helu.
Picks 83-86 – Pierre Garcon, Torrey Smith, Tony Gonzalez, Rashard Mendenhall.
My Pick #87 – Jacob Tamme: All of the top level TEs such as Witten, Gates and Vernon Davis (Gronk and Graham are elite) were gone at this point, but I wasn’t to worried as the position is pretty deep lately. In drafted Tamme expecting him to be a favourite target of a healthy Peyton Manning early in the season and ending with a breakout season, easily finishing inside the top 10 at the position.
Picks 88-105 – Michael Bush, DeAngelo Williams, Sidney Rice, Nate Washington, San Francisco DEF, Matt Ryan, Jermaine Gresham, Pittsburgh DEF, Jahvid Best, Randy Moss, Santonio Holmes, Anquan Boldin, Denarius Moore, Darrius Heyward-Bey, Chicago DEF, Baltimore DEF, Mikel Leshoure, Lance Moore.
My Pick #106 – Malcolm Floyd: At this point I am drafting for my bench, hoping to grab some players who can breakout, bounce back, or to put it plainly, have the potential of cracking the starting lineup. Since I thought myself weaker at RB than at WR, but found the RBs available to be to weak to want to draft. Instead I went with Malcolm Floyd of the San Diego Chargers. Floyd has had a big of trouble staying on the field, but in has last to season has a combined 1500 yards and 11 TD in 23 games, not bad I thought. He also no longer has to deal with Vincent Jackson. Robert Meachem is said to be the teams new #1 but I don’t think is as talented a WR as Jackson, meaning Floyd could see mroe targets than he has in recent seasons.
Picks 107-110 – Mario Manningham, Matt Schaub, Donald Brown, LaGarrette Blount,
My Pick #111 – David Wilson: I had realized at this point that I will likely be starting only 2 RBs on a weekly basis and playing a WR in the flex spot based on the layout of my draft so far. Unless Roy Helu becomes a safe choice on a weekly basis, Wells will likely play alongside Sproles, while Helu and the rest of my bench players fight for the flex spot. By drafting David Wilson I had hoped to draft a player with a huge upside. Wilson will be playing behind Ahmad Bradshaw, meaning limited targets, but Bradshaw has issues staying on the field. If Bradshaw does a few games or even more, Wilson could become a great fantasy option.
Picks 111-130 – Jabar Gaffney, Mason Crosby, Sebastian Janikowski, Robbie Gould, David Akers, Felix Jones, James Starks, Dan Bailey, Santana Moss, Brent Celek, Michael Floyd, Andy Dalton, Dan Carpenter, Peyton Hillis, Josh Freeman, Stevan Ridley, New York Giants DEF, Nate Burleson.
My Pick #130 – Danny Amendola: Likely a steal at this point, in 2010 DAnny Amendola was a PPR star and was relevant in standard leagues as well. Playing with a rookie Sam Bradford he emerged as one of the best slot receivers in the league, amassing 85 catches on the season (for a total of under 700 unders though, hence being a PPR star only). However, in 2011 he suffered a season ending injury and has since become and afterthought in most fantasy owners minds. With Bradford entering his 3rd season healthy, and with a battle-hardened new Head Coach, 2012 could end up being a great season for the talented WR.
Picks 131-134 – C.J. Spiller, Green Bay DEF, John Kasay, Michael Crabtree,
My Pick #135 – Laurent Robinson: Robinson is in a much worse scenario then last year when he broke out for 850 yards and 11 TDs, but I still felt that a late round waiver on his was worth while. I am not convinced that Justin Blackmon (who went many rounds earlier) will be the clear but #1 for Jacksonville and think Laurent can still have a better season than most analysts are saying. Obviously the worst thing abut his new situation is that Blaine Gabbert is throwing him passes instead of Tony Romo, but here is to hoping that Gabbert makes some sort of progress. Or perhaps Chad Henne takes over after a few games and doesn’t suck as bad as he did in Miami. I think the better option is that Gabbert has a whole off season and training camp to mature and takes noticeable strides towards becoming a quality starter.
Picks 135-154 – Ben Tate, Mark Ingram, Greg Little, Doug Baldwin, Mike WIlliams, Detroit DEF, Ryan Williams, Joe Flacco, Philadelphia DEF, Stephan Gostkowski, Alshon Jeffery, Brian Hartline, Coby Fleener, Pierre Thomas, Mike Tombert, Jaquizz Rodgers, Dallas Clarke, Davone Bess.
My Pick #154 – Ronnie Hillman: I am not going to lie, I was basically taking a waiver on this guy. I dont know a whole lot about Hillman, other than that I keep seeing his name and hearing about his, so yes I obviously affected me. I figured that Moreno is a bum and McGahee might get hurt or not be as effective as last year with his wear and tear. So, I am hoping that Ronnie Hillman, a 3rd round draft pick in 2012 will end up breaking the starting rotation and become a breakout player. However, the more I look into Ronnie Hillman the more I think I might regret this selection when I could have grabbed Hightower to handcuff Helu, Titus Young and all his potential in Detroit.
Picks 155-158 – Tim Hightower, Brandon Jacobs, Titus Young, New England DEF.
My Pick #159 – Brian Quick: Here is to hoping that Sam Bradford is healthier this year and bounces back from a very disappointing sophomore season. Brian Quick has been compared to Terrell Owens before and is being included on many fantasy analysts lists of rookie WRs to keep an eye on. Brandon Lloyd is no longer a Ram, so the #1 WR position seems wide open to me and could end up being Quick.
Picks 160-177 – Kellen Winslow, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Carson Palmer, Dustin Keller, Owen Daniels, Devin Hester, Jared Cook, Daniel Thomas, Rueben Randle, Golden Tate, Jerome Simpson, Dallas DEF, Toby Gerhart, Sam Bradford, Dexter McCluster, Greg Olsen, Joseph Addai, Houston DEF.
My Pick #178 – Cincinatti DEF: The Bengal’s defence was very good last year and I’m hoping that they can take another step forward. I usually just play the best match ups on a week to week basis, and will likely be doing that at times this year.
Picks 179-182 – Rob Bironas, Cedric Benson, Chad Ochocinco, Alex Smith.
My Pick #183 – Matt Bryant: Atlanta scores a lot of points, meaning this guy will have a lot of chances to get me at least something on a weekly basis.
Picks 184-192 – Mike Nugent, New York, Seattle, Buffalo, Neil Rackers, Billy Cundiff, Jason Hanson, Arizona DEF, Mike Goodson.
My Final Roster: QB Drew Brees, RB Darren Sproles, RB Beanie Wells, WR Roddy White, WR Jeremy Maclin, WR, Vincent Jackson, TE Jacob Tamme, DST Cincinnati, K Matt Bryant, BNCH Malcolm Floyd, BNCH David Wilson, BNCH Danny Amendola, BNCH Brian Quick, BNCH Ronnie Hillman, BNCH Laurent Robinson.
So, what do you think of my PPR team. I am nowhere near as versed in PPR as I am in standard scoring but I am hoping that I didn’t bomb this draft and my team can at least figt for a playoff spot.
Let me know of any changes you think I should make, or things I could have done differently to improve my draft.
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