My local league of buddies held its annual draft on Sunday night. It's a 10-man PPR league. I drafted from the 8 hole. Here's the squad that will be leading me to another championship:
Pick 1.8: LeSean McCoy, RB, Eagles. Love him in PPR leagues, particularly this late in the first round. The RB is the true beneficiary of Chip Kelly's offense, so this could be a career year for Shady.
Pick 2.3: Dez Bryant, WR, Cowboys. Amazingly, Megatron went with the pick just before mine. I had a feeling a WR run was about to take off, so I jumped in and took a chance that a solid RB would be there on the swing back. As you know, Dez is my top-rated wideout, so I'm loving this pick.
Pick 3.8: Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, Jaguars. If he's healthy, MJD will be a terrific RB2. I'll be saying a prayer for his foot.
Pick 4.3: Andre Johnson, WR, Texans. I can't believe he slid this far, especially in a PPR league.
Pick 5.8: Matt Ryan, QB, Falcons. Very happy to get an elite QB this late.
Pick 6.3: Jordy Nelson, WR, Packers. I had intended to take a TE with one of these picks, but I didn't like the value. He'll be another injury worry; but when healthy, Jordy gives me a trio of game-breaking WRs.
Pick 7.8: Hakeem Nicks, WR, Giants. I realize he may be past his elite years, but this is awfully far for him to fall.
Pick 8.3: Chris Ivory, RB, Jets. Yuck. I neglected my RBs a bit too long.
Pick 9.8: Le'Veon Bell, RB, Steelers. I've stolen him around here in every draft. Word today is that he is aiming for a Week 2 return. I won't believe that till I see it, but clearly there's a great deal of upside and he should be a more-than-solid RB3 soon enough.
Pick 10.3: Colin Kaepernick, QB, 49ers. Yep, you got it. Kaep slid so far that even I decided I couldn't pass him up. Not a big fan, but he could certainly prove me wrong and, if nothing else, he's awesome trade bait. Love him as my backup QB.
Pick 11.8: Seahawks defense/special teams. The 49ers and Bears were picked shortly before me, but I got my top unit anyway. Continued a nice run on defenses.
Pick 12.3: Jordan Cameron, TE, Browns. I'd like him a lot better as my TE2, but he's going to have to come through for me now. It could happen.
Pick 13.8: Justin Blackmon, WR, Jaguars. With my WR corps, I can afford to await his return from suspension. Once he gets up to speed, he could come up big.
Pick 14.3: Bryce Brown, RB, Eagles. Time to handcuff Shady.
Pick 15.8: Randy Bullock, K, Texans. Six of one, half dozen the other.
Pick 16.3: Zach Sudfeld, TE, Patriots. I swung for the fences with my last pick. Glad he wasn't on the others' radar.
There you have it. Now it's time to go to battle!