Team Foolish Decisions taking Buffalo Wild Wings All-Star Blogger League by storm

Or at least, I’d like to think it will…this week.

Buffalo Wild Wings invited me to play in a fantasy football league this season with several of the fantasy elite who are also mildly Internet famous (not really a kind of famous) and really, really ridiculously good-looking.

I know Fantasy Football Librarian, Miller at The Sports Outlaw and others have already been spreading the word about it, but I’ve had my team in a bit of an incubator since it came out a little premature…and it showed in the Week 1 scores.

But that’s no problem. My team, Foolish Decisions, is bound for greatness simply because it is represented by the Mango Habanero sauce — they are spicy AND sweet (Howdotheydoit?). To be honest, I’m scared to death of any taste that works in both wing flavors and margaritas. I think it stems from my mysterious relationship with tequila. Regardless, mangoes should be one of the most feared things on the planet.

The illustrious and firm-handed Trey Wingo is the commish of this league, and you can join in our trash-talking and fantasy football tips over at the league site that Buffalo Wild Wings has created to track the Fantasy Football Blogger All-Star League.

Drop by anytime. I promise there won’t be in any mangoes. Maybe.

If you have any interest in critiquing, I’ve shared the draft for this league below. And if you’re now bored of this, jump to the comments or over to the Buffalo Wild Wings site to check it out.

I’ve got some challenging competition, but it should be fun…for the winner…which should be me…unless some unforeseeable events conspire to ruin my chances…

There better not be any mangoes.

The Buffalo Wild Wings All-Star Blogger League Draft

**- Represent my picks for Foolish Decisions

Round: 1
(1) The Jerk Store – Adrian Peterson RB
(2) Roto University – Michael Turner RB
(3) Kibbles & Vicks – Maurice Jones-Drew RB
(4) Pro Football Weekly – Matt Forte RB
** (5) Foolish Decisions – Andre Johnson WR
(6) The Sports Outlaw – DeAngelo Williams RB
(7) Eastbound & Down – Steven Jackson RB
(8) The Sporting News – LaDainian Tomlinson RB
(9) The Fury of Fanball – Larry Fitzgerald WR
(10) FantasyFootball Librarian – Chris Johnson RB
(11) FantasyGuru .com – Frank Gore RB
(12) FanSided Fiends – Tom Brady QB

Round: 2
(13) FanSided Fiends – Randy Moss WR
(14) FantasyGuru .com – Calvin Johnson WR
(15) FantasyFootball Librarian – Reggie Wayne WR
(16) The Fury of Fanball – Drew Brees QB
(17) The Sporting News – Steve Slaton RB
(18) Eastbound & Down – Roddy White WR
(19) The Sports Outlaw – Steve Smith WR
** (20) Foolish Decisions – Brandon Jacobs RB
(21) Pro Football Weekly – Greg Jennings WR
(22) Kibbles & Vicks – Ryan Grant RB
(23) Roto University – Ronnie Brown RB
(24) The Jerk Store – Philip Rivers QB

Round: 3
(25) The Jerk Store – Brian Westbrook RB
(26) Roto University – T.J. Houshmandzadeh WR
(27) Kibbles & Vicks – Marion Barber RB
(28) Pro Football Weekly – Kevin Smith RB
** (29) Foolish Decisions – Anquan Boldin WR
(30) The Sports Outlaw – Clinton Portis RB
(31) Eastbound & Down – Peyton Manning QB
(32) The Sporting News – Marques Colston WR
(33) The Fury of Fanball – Wes Welker WR
(34) FantasyFootball Librarian – Aaron Rodgers QB
(35) FantasyGuru .com – Vincent Jackson WR
(36) FanSided Fiends – Dwayne Bowe WR

Round: 4
(37) FanSided Fiends – Darren McFadden RB
(38) FantasyGuru .com – Knowshon Moreno RB
(39) FantasyFootball Librarian – Joseph Addai RB
(40) The Fury of Fanball – Pierre Thomas RB
(41) The Sporting News – Terrell Owens WR
(42) Eastbound & Down – Ray Rice RB
(43) The Sports Outlaw – Chad Ochocinco WR
** (44) Foolish Decisions – Marshawn Lynch RB
(45) Pro Football Weekly – Tony Romo QB
(46) Kibbles & Vicks – Jason Witten TE
(47) Roto University – Eddie Royal WR
(48) The Jerk Store – DeSean Jackson WR

Round: 5
(49) The Jerk Store – Willie Parker RB
(50) Roto University – Tony Gonzalez TE
(51) Kibbles & Vicks – Kurt Warner QB
(52) Pro Football Weekly – Roy E. Williams WR
** (53) Foolish Decisions – Thomas Jones RB
(54) The Sports Outlaw – Dallas Clark TE
(55) Eastbound & Down – Antonio Gates TE
(56) The Sporting News – Brandon Marshall WR
(57) The Fury of Fanball – Jonathan Stewart RB
(58) FantasyFootball Librarian – Braylon Edwards WR
(59) FantasyGuru .com – Reggie Bush RB
(60) FanSided Fiends – Derrick Ward RB

Round: 6
(61) FanSided Fiends – Larry Johnson RB
(62) FantasyGuru .com – Felix Jones RB
(63) FantasyFootball Librarian – Santonio Holmes WR
(64) The Fury of Fanball – Chris Wells RB
(65) The Sporting News – Donovan McNabb QB
(66) Eastbound & Down – Lee Evans WR
(67) The Sports Outlaw – Cedric Benson RB
** (68) Foolish Decisions – Matt Schaub QB
(69) Pro Football Weekly – LenDale White RB
(70) Kibbles & Vicks – Santana Moss WR
(71) Roto University – Anthony Gonzalez WR
(72) The Jerk Store – LeSean McCoy RB

Round: 7
(73) The Jerk Store – Bernard Berrian WR
(74) Roto University – Jay Cutler QB
(75) Kibbles & Vicks – Jerricho Cotchery WR
(76) Pro Football Weekly – Ahmad Bradshaw RB
** (77) Foolish Decisions – Fred Jackson RB
(78) The Sports Outlaw – Matt Ryan QB
(79) Eastbound & Down – Antonio Bryant WR
(80) The Sporting News – Greg Olsen TE
(81) The Fury of Fanball – Kevin Walter WR
(82) FantasyFootball Librarian – Leon Washington RB
(83) FantasyGuru .com – Carson Palmer QB
(84) FanSided Fiends – Hines Ward WR

Round: 8
(85) FanSided Fiends – Chris Cooley TE
(86) FantasyGuru .com – Derrick Mason WR
(87) FantasyFootball Librarian – Owen Daniels TE
(88) The Fury of Fanball – Darren Sproles RB
(89) The Sporting News – Donald Brown RB
(90) Eastbound & Down – Steelers D/ST D/ST
(91) The Sports Outlaw – Lance Moore WR
** (92) Foolish Decisions – Devin Hester WR
(93) Pro Football Weekly – Donnie Avery WR
(94) Kibbles & Vicks – Torry Holt WR
(95) Roto University – James Davis RB
(96) The Jerk Store – John Carlson TE

Round: 9
(97) The Jerk Store – Rashard Mendenhall RB
(98) Roto University – Matt Hasselbeck QB
(99) Kibbles & Vicks – Ravens D/ST D/ST
(100) Pro Football Weekly – Zach Miller TE
** (101) Foolish Decisions – Percy Harvin WR
(102) The Sports Outlaw – Ben Roethlisberger QB
(103) Eastbound & Down – Donald Driver WR
(104) The Sporting News – Laveranues Coles WR
(105) The Fury of Fanball – Kellen Winslow TE
(106) FantasyFootball Librarian – Justin Gage WR
(107) FantasyGuru .com – Visanthe Shiancoe TE
(108) FanSided Fiends – Fred Taylor RB

Round: 10
(109) FanSided Fiends – Le’Ron McClain RB
(110) FantasyGuru .com – Vikings D/ST D/ST
(111) FantasyFootball Librarian – Giants D/ST D/ST
(112) The Fury of Fanball – Cadillac Williams RB
(113) The Sporting News – Brett Favre QB
(114) Eastbound & Down – Julius Jones RB
(115) The Sports Outlaw – Chester Taylor RB
** (116) Foolish Decisions – Chris Henry WR
(117) Pro Football Weekly – Josh Morgan WR
(118) Kibbles & Vicks – Nate Washington WR
(119) Roto University – Steve Breaston WR
(120) The Jerk Store – Matt Cassel QB

Round: 11
(121) The Jerk Store – Ted Ginn Jr. WR
(122) Roto University – Tim Hightower RB
(123) Kibbles & Vicks – David Garrard QB
(124) Pro Football Weekly – Eli Manning QB
** (125) Foolish Decisions – Shonn Greene RB
(126) The Sports Outlaw – Steve Smith WR
(127) Eastbound & Down – Willis McGahee RB
(128) The Sporting News – Eagles D/ST D/ST
(129) The Fury of Fanball – Titans D/ST D/ST
(130) FantasyFootball Librarian – Trent Edwards QB
(131) FantasyGuru .com – Michael Bush RB
(132) FanSided Fiends – Kyle Orton QB

Round: 12
(133) FanSided Fiends – Domenik Hixon WR
(134) FantasyGuru .com – Earl Bennett WR
(135) FantasyFootball Librarian – Glen Coffee RB
(136) The Fury of Fanball – Jamaal Charles RB
(137) The Sporting News – Jamal Lewis RB
(138) Eastbound & Down – Dustin Keller TE
(139) The Sports Outlaw – Chris Chambers WR
** (140) Foolish Decisions – Shaun Hill QB
(141) Pro Football Weekly – Edgerrin James RB
(142) Kibbles & Vicks – Ricky Williams RB
(143) Roto University – Patrick Crayton WR
(144) The Jerk Store – Jeremy Maclin WR

Round: 13
(145) The Jerk Store – Chargers D/ST D/ST
(146) Roto University – Laurence Maroney RB
(147) Kibbles & Vicks – Jeremy Shockey TE
(148) Pro Football Weekly – Mike Bell RB
** (149) Foolish Decisions – Peyton Hillis RB
(150) The Sports Outlaw – Ladell Betts RB
(151) Eastbound & Down – Tashard Choice RB
(152) The Sporting News – Kevin Boss TE
(153) The Fury of Fanball – Joe Flacco QB
(154) FantasyFootball Librarian – David Clowney WR
(155) FantasyGuru .com – Hakeem Nicks WR
(156) FanSided Fiends – Nate Burleson WR

Round: 14
(157) FanSided Fiends – Brent Celek TE
(158) FantasyGuru .com – Jermichael Finley TE
(159) FantasyFootball Librarian – Correll Buckhalter RB
(160) The Fury of Fanball – Michael Crabtree WR
(161) The Sporting News – Jets D/ST D/ST
(162) Eastbound & Down – Jerious Norwood RB
(163) The Sports Outlaw – Bears D/ST D/ST
** (164) Foolish Decisions – Tony Scheffler TE
(165) Pro Football Weekly – Cowboys D/ST D/ST
(166) Kibbles & Vicks – Brandon Jackson RB
(167) Roto University – Chansi Stuckey WR
(168) The Jerk Store – Robert Meachem WR

Round: 15
(169) The Jerk Store – Mason Crosby K
(170) Roto University – Patriots D/ST D/ST
(171) Kibbles & Vicks – Rashad Jennings RB
(172) Pro Football Weekly – Kenny Britt WR
** (173) Foolish Decisions – Packers D/ST D/ST
(174) The Sports Outlaw – Bernard Scott RB
(175) Eastbound & Down – Matt Leinart QB
(176) The Sporting News – Stephen Gostkowski K
(177) The Fury of Fanball – Dolphins D/ST D/ST
(178) FantasyFootball Librarian – Justin Forsett RB
(179) FantasyGuru .com – Matthew Stafford QB
(180) FanSided Fiends – Panthers D/ST D/ST

Round: 16
(181) FanSided Fiends – Jason Elam K
(182) FantasyGuru .com – Robbie Gould K
(183) FantasyFootball Librarian – David Akers K
(184) The Fury of Fanball – Nate Kaeding K
(185) The Sporting News – Chris Brown RB
(186) Eastbound & Down – Ryan Longwell K
(187) The Sports Outlaw – Rob Bironas K
** (188) Foolish Decisions – Kris Brown K
(189) Pro Football Weekly – Josh Brown K
(190) Kibbles & Vicks – Neil Rackers K
(191) Roto University – Jeff Reed K
(192) The Jerk Store – Earnest Graham RB

Expert League Team Retrospective: Fantasy Website Drunken Pirate Slapfight Expert League

Fantasy Website Drunken Pirate Slapfight Expert League

About a month ago, I completed an expert draft with several fantasy football analysts and bloggers. The draft took almost the entire month of July because it was conducted with a 10-hour timer for each pick on MyFantasyLeague.com for those of us with day jobs. Psh, day jobs.

The results of this draft, although mentioned in passing, have yet to be fully explained for all you fools. I waited because the draft was so early in the offseason, and I thought it would be best to let my picks mature…like a fine wine.

Matured they have. Now that my roster has had some time to digest, I can safely brag about it.

You can view the draft in its entirety here, and you can also read about what Smitty, the very distinguished expert representative from Fantasy Football Xtreme, thought of the first seven rounds of the draft.

This 12-team league uses standard scoring with all touchdowns counting for six points. For those of you tracking stats in the audience, here is the complete scoring setup.

A starting lineup consists of 1 QB, 2 RBs, 3 WRs, 1 TE, 1 K and 1 team defense (D/ST), but we have nine bench spots to hold backup players. Don’t reach for a calculator. That means 18 players on our teams and an 18-round draft.

Now let’s talk through it.

You’ll notice that I went heavy on wide receivers because this draft is the one that convinced me that there is plenty of depth at running back this year.

I got shafted with the tenth overall pick in the expert draft — one of the more difficult spots to be in this year — but somehow managed to put together what I feel is a strong contender for this year.

1.10 Tom Brady QB New England Patriots

With the first pick, I really, really wanted to take a running back. Pinkie swear. Brady just fell into my lap.

At the tenth overall pick, Brady has some nice value. Someone is about to draft Randy Moss, and by taking Brady, I get credit for every single one of those Moss TD throws plus every other Patriot TD through the air.

For the record, I think Brady is best drafted in the ninth overall spot or later. Drafting him any earlier puts you in a bad spot to make up lost ground on running backs and wide receivers.

Note: I’ll disprove that statement about drafting Brady with another one of my upcoming draft breakdowns, but I’m not sure how I did it.

2.03 Ryan Grant RB Green Bay Packers

I was scheming for Marshawn Lynch to fall to me here.

Actually, part of my brilliant strategy in taking Brady in the first round was that I expected to catch Lynch, a potential first-round talent, here.

Unfortunately, JunkYard Jake spoiled my plan by taking Lynch at 2.02, just before me. The audacity.

I had to settle on Ryan Grant, which isn’t a bad “settle” considering he could end up being a top-five or at least top-10 running back this season. I am not worried about Aaron Rodgers affecting his production. Not at all.

3.10 Chad Johnson WR Cincinnati Bengals

When my pick came back around, I was hoping there would be some tiny morsel of a top wide receiver left for me to take since I was set back taking Brady in the first round.

I was nearly heartbroken when all the elite quarterbacks and the top receivers were flying off the board around the end of the second round and beginning of third round.

Luckily for me, most of the other experts didn’t want to touch Chad Johnson. This draft was taking place during his talky-too-much phase of the offseason. He fell all the way to 3.10, and that’s some insanely good value if he ends up producing his usual season totals or better.

I’d take Chad Johnson just before the fourth round any day.

Smitty from Fantasy Football Xtreme called this pick as “probably the steal of the entire draft.” Yes…I agree.

4.03 Brandon Marshall WR Denver Broncos

Keep in mind that this pick was pre-suspension. Some reports still thought he would get off with just a slap on the wrist for his offseason debauchery and flirtation with the law.

Now we know, of course, but at the time, I thought I might just be snagging two potential top-five receivers in the third and fourth round.

To be honest, I’d still take “Baby T.O.” in this spot even with the suspension. He should get lots of targets from Jay Cutler, and Cutler is looking like he is ready to show off this season.

5.10 Jonathan Stewart RB Carolina Panthers

Alright, I went a little receiver-crazy in the early rounds, but I was set on establishing one of the strongest receiver groups in this league.

By the fifth round, it was time to take another running back before they dropped off in value. Due to the hype surrounding his projected rise to the starting role and Carolina’s nice schedule for running, I liked Stewart a lot going into this draft.

I got screwed last year when the Panthers stuck with DeShaun Foster after all the “DeAngelo Williams’ time to shine” talk. In taking Stewart, I was counting on him to win the starting job. Still am.

It’s not completely out of the question that he gets to start this season (at some point), but it’s not looking good right now. DeAngelo Williams has looked impressive in preseason showings and is running hard.

Even before knowing what I know now, I knew I was taking a risk here with Stewart and planned on making sure I acquired Williams a few rounds later. Unfortunately, I underestimated how much other drafters were interested in him…

6.03 Jerricho Cotchery WR New York Jets

I was not too fond of any running backs at this point in the draft, and I thought it was too early to take DeAngelo Williams. I stuck with drafting receivers — you know, for my super, amazing receiving group.

I liked Cotchery as a WR3 before Favre, but I like him even more now.

Cotchery looks like he has already developed a nice relationship with the old gunslinger. Sorry, you must use “gunslinger” when referring to the man formerly known as a Packer — it’s a rule and much better than “Jet Favre.” Cotchery should benefit from Favre’s much more powerful arm this season.

This pick would have paid off without the Favre trade, but with it, Cotchery now looks like he can hold me off as a WR2 until Brandon Marshall returns in Week 3 or Week 4. With Brandon Marshall in my lineup, Cotchery should complete a fearsome three-receiver set for my team.

7.10 Santana Moss WR Washington Redskins

I wanted to take DeAngelo Williams here. Epic fail.

Phil from UltimateFFStrategy.com either sensed my plan or really liked Williams despite the Stewart hype and snagged Williams at the end of the sixth round.

After missing my chance to lock up the Carolina running game, I couldn’t even stand to look at any of other running backs available here.

Knowing Marshall was no lock to start every game because of his suspension concerns, I decided to pad my receiver corps.

Santana Moss hasn’t played up to his potential the last few seasons, but the new offense and Jim Zorn should give him some wind under the sails. Adding two rookie receivers behind him on the depth chart is what I call motivation.

Jason Campbell having another season under his belt doesn’t hurt Moss either. He’s worth packing onto my roster at this point in the seventh round. If he pays off big, he could be my best trade bait once Brandon Marshall returns.

8.03 Deuce McAllister RB New Orleans Saints

The running backs were about to drop off by this round, and I liked Deuce McAllister the best of the ones remaining. McAllister should — fingers crossed — return from his knee injury to once again be the center gear of the Saints’ high-powered scoring machine.

I expect solid production out of him once he gets back on the field. Reggie Bush dances. Deuce keeps the Saints moving forward. Not a bad back to acquire this late.

9.10 Nate Burleson WR Seattle Seahawks

I hadn’t abandoned receivers just yet. The good No. 1 options were mostly off the board, but the upside of receivers was about to drop off considerably.

I already had four wide receivers, but I wanted to make sure I stockpiled any receivers with big upside and the potential to be top fantasy studs in 2008. If nothing else, they become trade bait to fix my running back problems if I run into any.

At the time of this draft, Bobby Engram was still expected to be the pseudo-No. 1 receiving option for the Seattle Seahawks. I lucked out — another maturing pick on my part — when Engram injured his shoulder.

It looks like I now have the most experienced receiver the Seahawks have to start the season in Burleson. Here’s to you, Nate. Do me proud, and catch everything Hasselbeck throws to you.

10.03 Tony Scheffler TE Denver Broncos

Most of the top tight ends were off the board by this round, and I wanted to make sure I got someone solid.

Last year, I ran my teams off rotating sleeper tight ends. Tony Scheffler was one that stuck in my rosters, and I like him this season as more than a sleeper pick.

You know what other tight end is best buds with his quarterback? Jason Witten. That’s all I’m saying.

11.10 Ahman Green RB Houston Texans
12.03 Chris Brown RB Houston Texans

These two injury prone “starters” fell pretty far down from their preseason rankings. Since I failed to catch my DeAngelo Williams to lock up two solid running back starters, I decided to take the plunge. I knew that I could get them both with these two picks.

Green and Brown are last resorts to use as starting running backs on your roster since they both could end up losing their job to Steve Slaton before the year is out. Regardless, one of them is going to be the starter for at least a good part of the 2008 season.

I took them as my “safety net” starters. If both Deuce McAllister and Jonathan Stewart fail me as RB2s, I’ll flip a coin (Lovie Smith style) and throw one of these battered guys into my starting lineup.

13.10 Devin Hester KR/WR Chicago Bears

I don’t get points for kick returns, but Devin Hester is the only Chicago Bear likely to be making big plays on offense this year.

I took a chance he’d develop into a receiver that the coaches liked. He has thus far apparently.

I’m satisfied taking him late in Round 13 to add more receiver depth. If he starts looking like something special fantasy-wise, he gets a spot in my starting lineup or packaged in a trade. Big risk, big reward.

14.03 Warrick Dunn RB Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Earnest Graham was still holding out of camp, and Warrick Dunn was gaining ground and attention in Tampa Bay. I felt good taking him as another backup running back option at pick 159.

Judging by the size of Dunn’s contract, Tampa Bay brought Dunn in to do more than just backup the undrafted Graham. He should see action each week.

I’d much rather have Dunn, who could develop into a consistent but not spectacular fantasy option or drop-worthy dead weight, than lock up my bench with a one of my starters’ backups.

I had already missed out on Pierre Thomas (McAllister) and DeAngelo Williams (Stewart) if I was going to snag backups anyway. Brandon Jackson hadn’t and still hasn’t shown he’s worth rostering behind Ryan Grant just yet. There are too many backs there to confuse the situation if Grant was injured.

15.10 Tarvaris Jackson QB Minnesota Vikings

The majority of the starting quarterbacks were off the board at this point — even the retired and dramatic Brett Favre at pick 142.

I didn’t really need to put emphasis on a backup quarterback since I drafted Tom Brady. When you draft any quarterback in the first two rounds, you shouldn’t be looking to back him up until VERY late in your draft unless you run across some great value.

When I drafted Jackson, I knew several good things about him. Tarvaris Jackson wasn’t going to be replaced by Favre, the coaches love him and he seems to be improving with a nice supporting cast.

I know I took a chance on him here, but he could put up some solid numbers this year. I also know that I can replace him with someone off the waiver wire if need be for Week 4, Brady’s bye week.

Speaking of that, J.T. O’Sullivan doesn’t seem like a horrible free agent to pick up at this point. He faces New Orleans in Week 4.

Jackson’s opponent in Week 4 is Tennessee. As long as their run defense is as stout as last year, he’s going to be forced to make some plays or swing some passes out to Adrian Peterson and Chester Taylor. I’ll buy one ticket for that ride and see where it takes me.

16.03 Green Bay Packers D/ST

Green Bay coaches say they are going to play it more aggressive this year. They have the young defense to do it well. More sacks could mean more fantasy points, and they don’t face too many offensive powerhouses.

Green Bay is an up-and-coming defense that finished in the top 10 in 2007. Plus, they come cheap. I felt better about them than the Giants defense, facing tough NFC East foes all season, in the sixteenth round.

17.10 Mason Crosby K Green Bay Packers

Why not go Packer crazy?

Mason Crosby was the top kicker last season. Even though Green Bay may not be as high scoring as they were in 2007, I think they will move the ball well enough to get Crosby into range a few times a game.

I picked him to see if my prediction comes true. If they are inefficient at getting the ball to the end zone every time, I get all those field goal points.

18.03 Ben Utecht TE Cincinnati Bengals

I made a slight mistake here drafting a second tight end with the same bye week as my first, Week 8, but I’ll admit that I didn’t really care what his bye week was.

I am really interested to see what Ben Utecht will do as a starter and with Carson Palmer under center. Utecht looked ferocious getting that touchdown in the preseason game.

The bye week problem shouldn’t come back to bite me. I am hurting Week 8 anyway since many of my players share that same bye. I will probably free up some room on my roster through trades or add/drops by halfway through the season, and I won’t have to lose one of my tight ends to sub in a starting tight end that week.

Whichever tight end performs better between Tony Scheffler or Utecht will win my starting job. The other gets to be…did you guess it? Trade bait!

According to MyFantasyReport.com’s draft recap, I had the third best draft.

Coach Jacob had an excellent draft in the recent 2008 Fantasy Website Drunken Pirate Slapfight Expert League draft. Their FantasyFootballFools.com franchise came away with the number 3 ranked draft (out of 12) in the league based on analysis by MyFantasyLeague.com.

FantasyFootballFools.com made their best pick of the draft in round 1, selecting Tom Brady with the 10th pick of the draft, as compared to the 6th spot he should have been selected in, according to ADP rankings. “Brady should be in line for a great season even if it is not another monster one,” FantasyFootballFools.com coach Jacob said.

FantasyFootballFools.com made their worst pick of the draft in round 8, selecting Deuce McAllister with the 87th pick of the draft, as compared to the 125th spot he should have been selected in, according to ADP rankings. “I heard he got the bionic knee this time,” FantasyFootballFools.com coach Jacob said.

Starting in week 8, FantasyFootballFools.com won’t be able to submit a full lineup, due to having 2 tight ends on bye.

FantasyFootballFools.com nabbed Tom Brady in the 1st round, which reflects the fact that he was the number one ranked quarterback for the 2007 season, based on this league’s custom scoring rules.

FantasyFootballFools.com nabbed Mason Crosby in the 17th round, which reflects the fact that he was the number one ranked place kicker for the 2007 season, based on this league’s custom scoring rules.

With a little bit of work on the waiver wire this season, or a few strategic trades, coach Jacob should be able to turn their 3rd ranked draft effort into a championship fantasy team this year.

I might have altered the quotes there…

It seems that MyFantasyReport.com puts a lot of weight on the final 2007 rankings. The draft recap function is only in Beta, so what does it really know anyway?

Now that I’ve put my bleeding heart out here for you with my expert league draft (and first draft of this fantasy season), I am sure you want to tell me what you think of it. I see you there just bursting with a compliment.

What do you think? How does this team weigh in against the competition? Do you like or dislike my picks?

Berate or compliment profusely in the comments, and my trained monkey will respond.

I’m dead set on making the coveted drunken pirate trophy mine.

The Incredible Depth at Running Back in 2008

If you followed along with my recent expert draft, you saw me pass on taking a lot of depth at running back (RB) in the early rounds. Only in the later rounds did I really flesh out the RB position on my team.

Taking Tom Brady in the first round certainly didn’t help me snag several elite RBs, but he fell to me at the 10 spot. Come on, I had to do it.

In the first seven rounds, I only took two RBs, Ryan Grant in the second round and Jonathan Stewart in the fifth round.

I don’t hate the idea of taking two or three RBs at the beginning of your draft this year. In fact, I have in several mocks I’ll be posting about soon. It just so happened that each time my pick came up in the expert league draft, I saw RBs who I expected to be available at my next pick that I was fine waiting to get. I never felt compelled to take a RB because there were always more. There are ALWAYS more this year! Did you hear that?

Unfortunately, since this was an expert league, many of the other drafters also saw these RBs falling and snagged them before it was my chance. So much for catching fatty LenDale White where I wanted him.

As a result of the running back by committee (RBBC) system and the high number of casualties at the RB position, there is a wealth of RBs in 2008 drafts. Once you get beyond the elite and a few more starters, there is quite a large plateau of talent that could at least operate in a rotation for your fantasy team.

I probably would have taken more RBs early in this expert draft, but my average draft position (ADP) stats were all over the place compared to where many of the RBs were taken. Expert leagues operate a little off the norm.

If you aren’t taking elite backs, I found better value in snagging elite and solid wide receivers and elite quarterbacks early in my draft. I’ll toy with my strategy a bit in the mocks I am doing this month, but I have to say, don’t sweat not talking RBs early. There’s plenty to go around this year.

Expert league drafting for experts in the expert off-season

For a week now, I’ve been participating in an ongoing expert league draft put together by JunkyardJake.com. Other than a few small mocks, this draft is my first of the 2008 fantasy football season, and it’s also the earliest I have ever tried to put a team together for fantasy football.

Drafting this early is sort of like trying to sketch a picture of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s new twins before you’ve even seen them — and no, it’s not just hard because they still always look like stick figures. You know that it’s got to be some world-ending, judgment day kind of beauty when these fantasy studs come together in training camp, but without seeing it live and in-person, there’s still that level of unpredictability. Your rookie stud could burnout in training camp, your veteran’s injury could continue to flair up until he hits the PUP list and/or your sure-thing WR3 could get passed on the depth chart. Hey, the twins could end up being the most horrifying sight since Flava Flav returned to television. At this point, we just have to play off what we know and a lot of coach speak.

And for the record, until the Brangelina twins are seen in public not shooting fiery red lasers from their eyeballs and demanding us to bow before them, I’m ducking every time I hear thunder.

The consolation for drafting this early is, of course, that I reinforce my ability to throw around my credentials as an “expert” and abuse power once again…as validated by a third party…which is not my mother.

Then there’s the other (real) benefit of drafting this early: my readers as well as the readers of all these other esteemed fantasy football outlets get to see what several fantasy football minds think before their own drafts when it comes down to guts, glory and the possession of this trophy. My mantel cries out for it — and not just because it could potentially double as a bottle opener.

I plan on discussing the draft and breaking down my own team once it has completed, but in the meantime, you can check out the running commentary on the expert draft from Smitty over at Fantasy Football Xtreme. I already received credit (see: hatred of all involved) by snagging the potential “steal of the entire draft,” Chad Johnson near the end of the third.

Who was the biggest steal of this round? Try Chad Johnson at 3.10. That is insane value! In fact, this was probably the steal of the entire draft – We see Chad having a top 5WR season in 2008.

I’ll take Ocho Cinco that late any day. I don’t mind his mouth. It might just end up being another way for him to catch the ball and/or celebrate his TD. You really notice when guys fall to you like this in a draft if you do one simple thing: tier your cheatsheet.

If you want to follow the expert draft as it happens, you can view the entire draft here. Keep in mind that there is a 10 hour clock between picks, so it moves in spurts each day.

I’ll also be spitting out commentary on the draft from time to time on my twitter stream (also displayed in sidebar).

If you would like to make a suggestion for my next pick or would just like to discuss the draft with me, drop me a comment on this post, email me or shoot me a twitter reply.