Hey, look up there! It's a bird! It's a plane! No, it's Josh Gordon getting high.
Anyway, for the nth year in a row, I have to do a review of the draft results for my family fantasy football league, Frameshmania. This year is the first year we've had the whole cast of characters repeat, and that should give us some opportunities to forge rivalries and develop meaningful matchup statistics for me to feed you at the end of the season.
OK, for the format: you'll see everyone's team, I'll rate each team's positions (NOT ranked, just a number to compare teams -- there could be repeats, and no one is rated below a 4 on anything). Then I'll take an overall rank based on a composite of those ratings.
Let's go to work. (Apologies in advance for weird formatting, copying from Excel is a bummer).
|Bench||Robert Griffin III|
Those who were in the room at the time know that all I could say after about the 8th round was “I hate my team”. I took Kaep and RGIII in the middle rounds when guys like Brady and Wilson fell until much later, I don’t have any good players behind Lacy and Ball, and even my stud-receiver collection doesn’t stand up that well against other groups when you really look at it. The team relies on a lot of guys who have injury or consistency concerns, and that just doesn’t inspire much confidence.
With the 7th pick, as most of the league zigged with RBs, Laurie was forced to zag with Megatron and Graham as her top picks, which obviously loaded up those positions, but her need to fill up on running backs caused her to wait a little too long at QB. She ended up as one of only two teams with a single quarterback, and Matt Ryan just doesn’t have the stability or upside to be left on an island like that in an 8-team league. She has some depth at RB, but I don’t feel confident enough in the Stacy/Bernard/Spiller trio to rank the group highly.
Phil noted during the draft that his mostly-nonexistent plan was uprooted when Peyton fell to him in the middle of the second round, and his slight reach for Julius Thomas soon after prevented him from having top-level RB / WR starters. I like the Ellington / Jennings picks behind Forte, though, considering draft position, so the roster as a whole doesn’t look as bare as one might think from a team that took QB and TE early. Teams that take those positions early are likely to look worse than they perform, though, so I have this squad pretty “up there” and poised for a repeat championship.
Jon-Michael didn’t draft his own team and finished in last place last year, and he was rewarded with the last pick this year. He loaded up on running backs early to compensate for his missing the top guys, netting three top-15 guys at the position. Leaving Cam as his only quarterback is a risk considering the injury and receiving corps concerns, so we’ll see how that goes, but there’s a big chance Jon-Michael looks really smart or really dumb as a result. I thought he was a steal this year until he had the rib injury, and now I’m not so sure. I think there’s some upside at receiver but not much in terms of proven performers , so I could be wrong on my rank there.
Kyle didn’t follow his usual grab-dem-RBs strategy, instead grabbing A-Rod as the first QB off the board, and also taking two solid receivers. However, having Mathews and Rice on the bench is pretty solid in this climate, so there isn’t too dramatic a drop-off when the byes hit. I initially wasn’t a huge fan of the receivers, but having the Sanders/Welker combo with the upside of Cooks is pretty solid, so I moved him up to a tie with Jesse.
Jesse got maybe the steal of the draft in Russell Wilson in the last few rounds, which is great insurance for the potentially-erratic Stafford. I’m obviously a fan of the RB group headed by Charles and Murray but with Bush and Gerhart as solid depth. This roster is chock full of aging possession receivers (I count 4, plus one moderately-aged one in Edelman), so I just don’t see much upside in that group. I think this roster is pretty bust-proof, but might lack the “oomph” to get over that 7-6 hump that Jesse hasn’t summited.
Matt had his SIXTH CONSECUTIVE top-2 pick in this league, and made it count. He benefited from Alshon Jeffery falling a bit, and that gave him a ridiculous set of five receivers where the worst is the #1 receiver in what should be a vastly improved offense. The running backs behind Peterson have some serious question marks, but, oh wait, is that Drew Brees? Crap. I hate liking this team.
Emily went a little out of her way to grab her team’s namesake in Andrew Luck, but picking up Brady AND Romo late was a great (if overzealous) performance. Her top 3 receivers are awesome but a lack of depth could be a problem, and speaking of a lack of depth, that RB group behind McCoy is very suspect. She also grabbed two top-7 tight ends, which should serve her pretty well considering both players’ inconsistency last year.