Tuesday, September 3, 2013

My final draft of the preseason

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!


  1. Ladd and Fools,
    I have an opportunity early to make a splash. PPR 14 team league: would you trade W Welker and RGIII for AJ Green and Jay Cutler? Aj is an upgrade over Welker and RGIII is merely a back up as I have M Ryan.
    My roster:
    WR's-Steve Smith, TY Hilton, Welker, K Thomkins
    RB's-Forte, A Morris
    QB- M Ryan

  2. I'm not an expert...but if it were me I would do it

  3. I've got an any positional player flex...should I go Phillip rivers or mike Wallace its a ppr league

    1. I'd go with Rivers. Wallace is on my sit list this week, though I'm not crazy about Rivers either.

  4. I'd go Wallace. Rivers is facing a tough D. Wallace has struggled against hadden but law of averages (can't last forever).