I just completed the draft for the other league I’m in. This league is also 10 team PPR superflex league that is heavily weighted towards yardage bonuses. The roster is as follows QB, RB, RB, WR, WR, WR, TE, Q/W/R/T, K, D. The scoring is as follows 1 pt per 25 passing yards, 6 pts per passing TD, 1 pt per 10 rushing/receiving yards, 6 pts per rushing/receiving TD, 1 pt per reception, 6 pts per return TD, -2 pts per interception/fumble lost, 8 point 100 yard rushing/receiving yard bonus, 8 point 300 yard passing bonus, 10 point 200 yard rushing/receiving yard bonus. It’s a keeper league where you can keep players 2 rounds earlier than where you drafted/kept them the year before. Roster restriction maximums: 3 QB, 5 RB, 6 WR, 3 TE, 3 K, 3 D. I had the 7th pick in this draft as well.
Round (Pick) Player
1. (7) LeSean McCoy (Phi – RB)
In this league, quarterbacks are really heavily weighted because it’s so easy to pass for 300 yards in today’s NFL. Without the bonus points being a factor, QBs typically should not go this early even in a 2 QB or superflex league of only 10 teams. Brees, Manning, and Rodgers went picks 2-4 with Adrian Peterson going #1 overall, Jamaal Charles going #5, and Demaryius Thomas going #6. Using my custom rankings app, Calvin does come out ahead of Shady, but the ceiling for RBs is higher than the ceiling for WRs, so I went McCoy here.
2. (14) Brandon Marshall (Chi – WR)
I was a little nervous I wouldn’t get one of the stud receivers on the backswing, but Marshawn Lynch went at pick 12 which let Marshall and Alshon both slip to me at 14. I like the upside of Alshon, but can’t pass on Marshall who’s a stone cold lock.
3. (27) Keenan Allen (GB – WR)
I’m happy to still get Keenan Allen who I saw as the last tier 2 receiver left on the board in the 3rd round. Pickins are a little slimmer because of keepers, so no complaints starting off my team with these 3 guys.
4. (34) Matt Ryan (Atl – QB)
Technically drafting my first QB here, but really is my second rostered QB because I have Andrew Luck as a 6th round keeper. I love having 2 potential top 5-8 QBs on my team in a superflex league. As long as Julio stays healthy, I think Matt Ryan is in for a big year.
5. (47) Michael Floyd (Ari – WR)
I wanted to lock down my top 3 wides because I also have Le’Veon Bell as a 10th round keeper which means my 2 starting running backs are locked in at this point.
6. (54) Andrew Luck (Ind – QB) – Keeper
Luck is 3rd-4th round value coming in the 6th round because of the superflex.
7. (67) Jeremy Maclin (Phi – WR)
I wasn’t loving this pick, but I felt like I had my top 3 receivers already and could take a chance on Maclin’s health.
8. (74) Eric Decker (NYJ – WR)
I think Decker has value in quantity not quality. He should see plenty of looks in the Jets offense which is probably a little better than most are giving it credit for. Having 5 quality receivers locked up plays into the strategy I take later on in the draft.
9. (87) Pierre Thomas (NO – RB)
Taking Pierre Thomas again here in the same exact spot I drafted him in my other league. Same thoughts as before… in a PPR league, I think he should be going earlier than 87.
10. (94) Le’Veon Bell (Pit – RB) – Keeper
What more needs to be said here. Probable top 10 back in the 10th round as a keeper.
11. (107) Jeremy Hill (Cin – RB)
With Green-Ellis being cut, Hill is certainly in for a significant role in the offense. I’m not as high on Gio Bernard as many others as a result of Hill’s presence.
12. (114) Maurice Jones-Drew (Oak – RB)
Part of me wanted to take Devonta Freeman here, but the other part of me said there’s some upside with MJD that is being overlooked by many and being able to grab him in the 12th round is worth passing on Freeman.
13. (127) Ladarius Green (SD – TE)
I’m vocally not a fan of the roster rules in this league, but I’m not the commissioner so what can you do. Hopefully we put this to vote and get rid of the roster restrictions. Because you’re forced to either draft 2 TE, 2 K, or 2 D (assuming you draft 3QB, 5RB, 6WR), most people end up taking 2 TE which means sleeping on a TE can hurt you. It hurt me as I saw Kyle Rudolph and Zach Ertz go in the 3 picks before I took MJD in round 12. This forced me to wait another round and hope that Green’s upside pays off.
14. (134) Josh Gordon (Cle – WR)
This might seem crazy, but if he stays clean and I can manage to hold the roster spot all year, I’ll have Gordon as a 12th round keeper next year. The worst case scenario is that I end up cutting a 14th round pick which happens most of the time anyways. I think the reward is worth the risk at this point, especially after solidifying a strong top 5 receiving corps.
15. (147) Heath Miller (Pit – TE)
I need to back up the hit or miss Green with a reliable boring option, so I grabbed Miller in the 15th.
16. (154) Jake Locker (Ten – QB)
I think Locker’s actually good value in the 16th in a superflex league, but as always with Locker health is the question.
16. (167) Phil Dawson (SF – K)
All the solid defenses are gone and this league gives a lot of points for distance kicks, so I take the kicker before the defense here.
17. (174) Texans (Hou – D)
I’ll probably end up streaming defenses, but the Texans might have a decent enough defense with some early match ups that aren’t terrible which might allow me to survey the field and see if any surprise defenses end up worth waiving (a la Kansas City last year).
So that’s it. I love my team at the top 3 positions and really don’t like my team at TE or D. I’m pretty sure with my quality at the QB, RB, and WR positions that I can overcome my vulnerability and TE and D though. And as always, feel free to rip me, praise me, or leave any other comments below.